This is just the latest egregious suppression of a voice of freedom at Twitter. We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our First Amendment rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths.
The Urgent Case for Legislation against Social Media Giants Pamela Geller, American Thinker
AT&T has called for an “Internet Bill of Rights” and argued that Facebook and Google should also be subjected to rules that would prevent unfair censorship on their platforms.
AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies, called for Congress to enact an “Internet Bill of Rights” which would subject Facebook, Google, and other content providers to rules that would prevent unfair censorship on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast or AT&T as well as content providers such as Facebook and Google.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson wrote, “Congressional action is needed to establish an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.”
Stephenson posted the ad in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national news outlets on Wednesday.
We must get behind this — all of us — and fast. Because what is happening is being engineered at the government level. A chief officer from a major American communications company went to the terror state of Pakistan to assure the Pakistani government that Facebook would adhere to the sharia. The commitment was given by Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan, who called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. “Facebook has reiterated its commitment to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence with its community standards.”
Early last year, I wrote: “The US government has used anti-trust laws to break up monopolies. They ought to break up Facebook. Section 2 of the Sherman Act highlights particular results deemed anticompetitive by nature and prohibits actions that ‘shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.’ Couldn’t the same be applied to information? The United States government took down Standard Oil, Alcoa, Northern Securities, the American Tobacco Company and many others without nearly the power that Facebook has.”
The left’s war on free speech is escalating. The deplatforming of Amy Mek is just the latest of many such incidents. The social media giants must be broken up, quickly, or America will be over as a free society.
“Proof: Twitter Takes Commands from the Hard Left – The Deplatforming of @amymek,” RAIR Foundation, June 15, 2020:
On May 28, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order aimed at preventing online media censorship. The President’s executive order comes at a time when radical left organizations are pressuring and influencing the social media giants into online censorship. Aligning with these radical groups, Twitter, Facebook, Google and others are increasingly silencing conservative voices. RAIR Foundation USA’s own Amy Mek has been caught up in this conservative censorship storm as her Twitter account has been suspended since April 16th for reporting the facts about Coronavirus jihad attacks.
Twitter, Facebook and Google, have made it a regular practice to delete selective content and entire accounts without warning or rationale, leaving users without recourse. While every media business is certainly free to choose the content it publishes and the editorial position it advances on issues including politics, typical media businesses can be held liable for libel and slander for publishing erroneous and damaging content.
These social media behemoths, however, have successfully categorized themselves as “platforms” and not media companies that create or publish content. The Communications Decency Act essentially provides an exemption to these “platforms” from the liability that all other media companies, including your local newspapers and tv stations, New York Times, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and individual bloggers, must defend themselves from every day.
Examples like the deplatforming of Amy Mek by Twitter and the ever-growing other countless examples of these “platforms” removing content or restricting access to their distribution channels makes it crystal clear that these social media giants have crossed the line from passive distributors of content like a wireless cell phone carrier facilitating phone calls and entrenched themselves deeply as editorial content businesses advancing political agendas.
In making their editorial and deplatforming decisions, Twitter and its social media brethren are now customarily turning to radical left organizations for “facts” and succumbing to the pressures from these groups. Twitter’s recent handling of the weaponization of the coronavirus by a group of Jihadists represents an alarming and ever-growing trend of social media companies cowering to the agendas of radical left organizations, and allowing them to dictate what accounts and what information is removed from its platform.
Equality Labs Imposes Its Radical Agenda on Twitter
With the global outbreak of the coronavirus, Jihadists in India and around the globe were caught weaponizing the coronavirus. This is not speculation. Instead of loudly calling out the vastly unreported and potentially deadly tactics, militant leftist organizations such as Equality Labs, launched an aggressive online campaign to suppress, intimidate and deplatform citizens who reported the well-proven Coronavirus Jihad.
With gushing publicity from Time, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and The Guardian, Equality Labs pushed the the hashtag #StopCOVIDIslamophobia and lobbied for online censorship to support its radical agenda. Equality Labs’ sent a letter lobbying world leaders, Twitter and the other social media companies that can be viewed here.
Although there exists a plethora of factual support that Jihadists in India and around the globe are in fact weaponizing the coronavirus, Twitter chose to adopt the Equity Labs “facts” and censored dissenting, albeit substantiated, posts on the subject. As a result, the @amymek Twitter account has been suspended since March 16th….
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