Big Tech executives have been called to testify in front of Congress on multiple occasions over the past few years due to their targeted censorship of conservatives. This weekend, though, became what many felt was the beginning of a bigger battle in the war of Big Tech versus free speech.
The storming of the Capitol building last Wednesday became the excuse Silicon Valley companies needed to establish their decision to shut down, block, censor, and ban big names on the right on their platforms beginning on Friday night. Despite the Capitol siege being undertaken by far-left agitators who infiltrated a peaceful Trump rally in Washington D.C., it’s the event Big Tech companies needed in order to pin blame on the right and begin their battle.
On Friday afternoon, Facebook seemingly began the ban-a-thon after Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, announced on Twitter that “FACEBOOK has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has BANNED ME and EVERY MEMBER of my team!!!” He added, “Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE. Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway.”
Later on in the day, Twitter took its turn by abruptly suspending President Donald Trump’s personal account. The popular social media platform, often used by the president, cited, without evidence, the risk of “further incitement of violence and closing off one of his main communication tools following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his followers.”
The president then turned to utilizing the @POTUS Twitter account to criticize the platform’s move to permanently ban him. Those tweets were briskly deleted by the platform.
The suspension of the Twitter accounts of General Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell soon followed.
At around the same time of the suspensions, Apple and Google threatened to remove social media platform “Parler” from their app stores. Parler became a popular social media alternative among conservatives after Twitter faced backlash from Trump and Republican lawmakers in Congress for censoring conservatives. Soon enough on Friday evening, the companies followed through with their threats and banned Parler from their stores.
Silicon Valley behemoth Amazon told Parler on late Saturday that it would be suspending the company from its web hosting platform.
Many household names on the right reported losses of tens of thousands of followers over the course of the weekend. In response to the bans and suspensions, many big names including Rush Limbaugh, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, deleted their Twitter accounts.
The mass exodus of users from Twitter and over to Parler caused delays in utilizing and posting to the alternative app.
As I write at this moment, George Orwell’s 1984 is #1 in Amazon’s best seller list. Would it be a surprise to you if books written by conservative authors were removed from Amazon’s marketplace tonight?
Would it be a surprise if Visa or American Express shuttered the accounts of conservatives or outspoken Trump supporters? Major companies including Verizon, Marriott, JP Morgan, CitiBank, AirBnB, and many more, have already begun a wave in pausing donations going to any Republican lawmakers who were involved in the challenge to Joe Biden’s Electoral College certification.
None of these should come as a surprise if they came to fruition. Prepare. Buy your books in hardcopy before they disappear off of your Kindle.
The left’s continued attack on free speech and their desire to suppress thought through censorship is an agenda not only being carried out by the media but by Big Tech, as we’ve clearly seen. It’s not going to get any better anytime soon, so we have to remain aware and vigilant.
Progressives patiently waited on Biden’s election to be sealed and for their takeover of Congress – they got what they wanted. As conservatives, we cannot give up on protecting our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Our Bill of Rights will be under siege more and more as time passes and we have to stand up to tyranny.