If you’ve been paying attention in recent months, you may have noticed a disturbing trend. Conservatives all over the Internet of disappearing — their sites are going dark, their funding revoked and their social media banned.
The big tech companies Google, PayPal, Facebook, and Twitter all have huge influence online and have started to remove anyone that they disagree with, aided and abetted by the mainstream media. Probably the most notable removal was in August, when Alex Jones channel, InfoWars, was removed from Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google (which owns YouTube) all in the space of 12 hours. The main reason given is “hate speech.”
Now, by no means is this article an endorsement for Jones; however, his banning, along with several other issues we’ll talk about have raised some genuine concerns on Internet censorship. All of these tech companies are privately owned so from a free-speech viewpoint, they are entitled to say what they will and will not allow on their servers. But therein lies the problem.
If you were writing content that you thought people needed to know and your government censored you, there are lots of other countries where you can spread your content. It’s not a government though – if the tech giants decide to censor you, you really have nowhere else to go.
There have been a couple of bright spots in the darkness of liberal, Internet censorship. The YouTube alternative, BitChute, has long been the backup channel of many conservative and Christian YouTubers. Gab, the free-speech social media platform, has been picking up users that were banned from Facebook or Twitter. Finally, there is Minds, a crypto social network who believe in free speech and decentralization.
None of these platforms are without issue, however, because silicon valley does not like competition. BitChute had their PayPal account shut down and their founder Ray Vahey speculated the reason:
“it’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.”
Gab was taken off-line for several days after the Pittsburgh Synagogue shootings, as the shooter had an account there. They lost their domain registrar, their web host, and their PayPal account. The double standards here are obvious. If the rule was that every time there was an awful tragedy, every social media platform the perpetrator had an account on was closed down, then we’d have no social media sites left.
Of course, all of the de-platforming only seems to be happening to conservative platforms or voices and if a competing platform opens up its quickly knocked down by big tech.
The Daily Caller is currently running their own investigation into internet censorship, having obtained access to an internal google debate that talked of suppressing themselves and Breitbart from the search listings.
When President Trump was elected, engineer Scott Beyer falsely labeled both the Daily Caller and Breitbart as ‘opinion blogs.’ He also flat out said “Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years,” suggesting that Google would actively tamper with the search results to get the result that they want. A Google spokesperson denied any manipulation of the search rankings for political reasons.
There is now an undeniable truth that certain tech companies hold a monopoly, those companies are almost exclusively liberal, and they are doing their best to rid the internet of the conservative viewpoint.
Senator Ted Cruz voiced his concern on Twitter:
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) 3 December 2018
He should get the chance to ask his questions to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, On December 12th when he testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee.