I’m not a fan of Alex Jones, never have been. But what is happening to him is nothing less than coordinated censorship and it should alarm every person out there on social media. It is true that the tech giants are private companies and can do as they see fit, but yesterday’s banning of InfoWars was a coordinated hit. Virtually all social media except for a very few banned Jones. I am a First Amendment proponent and the language you hate the most is the language that should be most protected. Yesterday’s shunning of Alex Jones was an attempt to make him non-existent… to shun him into silence. That will backfire I imagine as it will only make InfoWars more popular. I heard he moved his social networking to Gab after all this.
Immediately after InfoWars was banned, Media Matters started calling for all climate change deniers to be banned as well. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is also saying that “InfoWars is just the tip of a giant iceberg.” Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Pinterest, Google, and Spotify are among those who banned Jones and InfoWars.
As The Daily Wire points out, Murphy has a problem with the First Amendment: “I know Facebook and Apple and YouTube have gotten so big they sometimes seem like the government. But they aren’t. They are private companies that shouldn’t knowingly spread lies and hate. They took a good first step today by removing Infowars.” Followed by: “Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that use sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.” Except this isn’t a democracy, you dolt… it’s a republic.
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