The mass purge continues as free speech on the internet is erased
Just one day following the seemingly coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on radio host Alex Jones, Twitter continued its crackdown against conservative and independent media figures.
The mass purge, which is now continuing on the Twitter platform, has now suspended several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director.
Yesterday, Neon Nettle reported that black conservative Candace Owens was locked out of Twitter for highlighting the algorithmic hypocrisy of the far left tech giants by replacing the word “white” with “Jewish.”
According to ZH: just after controversial conservative Alex Jones, and his podcast InfoWars, was kicked out from most social media platforms, prompting conservative to accuse the social networks of collusion in a collective crackdown on non-mainstream voices.
The Silicon Valley giants were criticized by the US political establishment for failing to prevent alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile, critics now say the pressured media giants are engaging in political censorship, using their market dominance and lack of legislated neutrality requirements to target descent voices ahead of the midterm elections.
In a scathing op-ed on Tuesday, Nigel Farage wrote that “while many on the libertarian right and within the conservative movement have their issues with Alex Jones and InfoWars, this week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify represents a concerted effort of prescription and censorship that could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media history.”
These platforms that claim to be “open” and in favor of “free speech” are now routinely targeting — whether by human intervention or not — the views and expressions of conservatives and anti-globalists.
Two more casualties of the Twitter purge of antiwar voices: @ScottHortonShow, the new editorial director of https://t.co/QNAmINHNCX, and @DanielLMcAdams, director of the Ron Paul Institute.
Are you next?
— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) August 6, 2018
Scott Horton, Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams have been suspended from Twitter.
If you go to their accounts, you will see their old tweets, but they are prohibited from making new tweets. They were reported by @KatzOnEarth for criticizing his posts. Please complain to Twitter. pic.twitter.com/kaWAqasLKQ
— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) August 6, 2018
Hey @ThomasEWoods , @scotthortonshow can’t tweet out his interview of Peter Van Buren @wemeantwell from last week because Twitter suspended both of their accounts. Can you?https://t.co/zIYVZeOfPG
— Phil Brown (@philinexile) August 7, 2018
This is why they no longer even fit the bill of “platforms.” They are publishers in the same way we regard news outlets as publishers.
They may use more machine learning and automation, but their systems clearly take editorial positions.
We need to hold them to account in the same way we do any other publisher.
Farage then accused social media giants of being corporatist:
That they cannot profess to be neutral, open platforms while being illiberal, dictatorial, and hiding behind the visage of a private corporation (which are more often than not in bed with governments around the world at the very highest levels).
This isn’t capitalism. It’s corporatism.
He concludes that the real interference in “US democracy” comes not from Russia, but from some of its most powerful corporations which now yield more power in some cases than the government itself:
“This isn’t “liberal democracy” as they keep pretending. It’s autocracy.”
“…for those that don’t take issue with the latest censorship of right-wingers by big social media — unless we take a stand now, who knows where it could end.”