Popular social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have banned several influential conservative figureheads, including Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars, Louis Farrakhan from the Nation of Islam, Milo Yiannopoulos (fromerly from Brietbart), and Laura Loomer (formerly of The Rebel Media in Canada).
Conservative thinkers James Woods, who is an actor, and Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who lead the YouTube channel Diamond and Silk, were also banned.
These are worrisome times…
- In the case of Yiannopoulos, Farrakhan, Jones, and Loomer, all of who were banned from Facebook, it’s clear the social media giant dislikes them. The platform released a statement shortly after the ban accusing them of being “dangerous” and “promoting or engaging in violence and hate.”
- Facebook also told iconic African-American duo Diamond and Silk that their brand was “unsafe” for the community. However, the two later shared that the social media giant has been limiting their post reach since as far back as mid-2018, showing a long history of censorship.
- The recent focus on banning Conservative-leaning users across the web’s largest information sharing platforms is raising questions about the power social media platforms have over the people who use their services.
- While some of the bans have been for seemingly legitimate reasons, others seem more like abuse of the platform’s reporting system. On Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, initial algorithms check how many users have reported the content; something reported by more people is much more likely to result in removal or a full-on ban.
- This essentially means it’s possible for Left-leaning users to mass report content that doesn’t really break any rules just to “get rid of” the person who posted it because they disagree.
- James Woods’ ban is the perfect example. He tweeted about the Mueller report and tagged it wit the hashtag “#HangThemAll.” Most of us know this isn’t a threat; he simply means “hold the abusers responsible.” Yet the content was reported as a threat by Leftist users, leading to Woods being permanently banned.
- President Trump also took a minute to express his deep concern over the ongoing censoring of conservative voices on social media sites. “This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!” he tweeted.
- Trump also raised another point: conservative thinkers often make a respectable living sharing their thoughts with the online world. There’s no shame in this! After all, why not make a living fighting the good fight if you can? “They work so hard and what has been done to them is very sad,” he tweeted, “and we’re looking into. It’s getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!”
How true, President Trump — how true.
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