We now have inside information that Twitter is censoring speech via shadow banning Tweets, 90% of which is conservative or Republican. Anyone who has ever used Twitter can easily pick out the leftist hostility to those on the conservative side. Those Tweets are never censored and nothing ever happens to the accounts making them, unless a big enough outcry forces Twitter’s hand. Twitter of course is denying this by saying the undercovered video has been “selectively edited,” which is basically a tactic to deflect from the fact that it is a FACT. The abortion clinic did the same thing when the fact was, whole conversations were displayed in unedited form and the unedited video was released saying the exact same thing. This “selectively edited” excuse is pure BS. If Twitter is working on an algorithmic way to censor people based on keywords that leftist employees deem fit, then Twitter as a platform for free speech is beyond dead.
The lever of control that Silicon Valley now has on speech is very dangerous. Google removed an app for the free speech site called Gab, which made users have to use the web version to interact there instead of an easier to use app version. Google’s reason, the app contained “hate speech.” First, there is no such thing as “hate speech” if you are a country that stands up for FREE SPEECH. You have to take the good with the bad. I looked around Gab for about 15 minutes and it was way too far right for my my libertarian leaning ways, so I deleted my account and never went back. THAT is what people should do as opposed to Google deciding where people should be allowed to congregate.
I’m fairly certain that Facebook is also doing something similar with political speech and censorship. When this whole idiocy about ads being bought by Russia to influence political voting on FB became a thing… they did a study and MOST of the ads bought were trying to influence people to vote for Clinton. Yet we still have this shadow story that it was Trump who was the winner of these false spoils. Why? Because FB is a leftist controlled site and they oppose the will of the people. So like Twitter and Google, they create the narrative, and then use their social network to push the fake story,
I’ve been trying to be less and less political on social media but when one is presented with the fact that a site is clearly censoring speech it does not like, how can one defend that site? I certainly cannot defend Twitter, Google, or FB in any way when it comes to Free Speech. These sites are partisan left. These sites censor any speech that isn’t to their partisan liking. These sites create narratives that are partisan left. These sites rank partisan left stories, posts, and tweets higher in the effort to show that that is how the country thinks. If you are middle to right politically, be aware that these sites are probably silencing your speech, so much so that what you are writing or saying maybe just going into the void.
These are troubling times to be sure and while the internet was a good idea, social networking is turning out to be not such a good idea. It’s becoming the home of the partisan leftist narrative where the companies controlling the speech can control that entire narrative and flow of ideas. Big Brother is watching… Both the government spying on us, and the social media acting like our friend but really controlling how we engage.