The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is warning the public of big tech’s “unchecked power” in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s permanent suspension from social media.
Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, said in a statement that Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump from social media sets a precedent for tech companies to silence voices. Censorship is running rampant right now and few seem to notice or even give a damn.
The ACLU first took issue with Trump’s usage of social media outlets to question the results of the November 3 election and his allegations of voter fraud. “We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” the ACLU statement read.
Ruane reiterated that transparency is needed from Big Tech companies, noting that activists who don’t have alternative ways to communicate will suffer. “President Trump can turn his press team or Fox News to communicate with the public, but others … who have been censored by social media companies—will not have that luxury. It is our hope that these companies will apply their rules transparently to everyone,” according to the statement.
“Censorship is to society what cancer is to the human body,” says YouTube creator Brian of High Impact TV.
Trump has been censored almost everywhere. Twitter, which suspended Trump’s account on Friday indefinitely suspended the president’s access. Instagram, Twitch, Facebook, and others have done the same.
Big Tech has taken on the role of suppressing the free speech of people with whom they disagree. If you honestly still believe you live in a free society, you’re living in a delusion. Other concerns have been expressed about civil liberties after Apple and Google moved to remove social media app Parler—a social media website used primarily by conservatives—from their respective app downloading stores, saying it has not implemented adequate moderation policies.
Parler’s CEO says Big Tech is trying to squash the completion along with the basic fundamental right to free speech. “There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” he said in a post on Parler. “This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place … You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”
They came for Trump and I said nothing.
They came for Parler and I said nothing.
They came for the Patriots and I said nothing.
They came for me and no one was left to talk for me.
I have another truism —
The enablers are always surprised, when they are very they first to be persecuted.
You told us the fable of the snake, then made a half dozen woke concessions in the sotu.
(Pardon my typo.)
Now that the Dems. have acquired all the power of officialdom, they will relentlessly work to consolidate it and ensure they will keep it. They must keep happy and maintain their base of leftists, liberals, progressives, marxists, donors, lobbyists, state and local gov’t politicians, leftist institutions, and everyone else who supports them to have the force of numbers and legitimize the coming Dem. agenda. One of the chief items on this agenda includes a comprehensive plan for gun control as we have seen it before. Not only will it be large, but byzantine so that any and every construed “infraction” can be covered.
The Policing and Prison Industrial Complex sees the political writing on the wall. The war on drugs is a fading business model. The leftist fed. gov’t and leftist state/local gov’ts. refuse to arrest or jail antifa and blm types, etc. The new growth model will be arresting and putting non-PC white people and conservatives in jail for a host of newly fabricated social and political crimes. Non-compliance will be construed as crimes against society and the State. Gun owners who won’t comply with draconian gun control will be in the middle of all this. New gun laws will focus heavily on whites, conservatives, businesses, and those who believe in the 2nd Amendment.
The millions of far lefties and leftist institutions despise conservatives, traditionalists, Trump supporters, etc. They will have official carte blanche permission to attack, smear, libel, slander, suppress, deny employment, and frustrate in every way those labeled as deplorables (by Hillary) and dregs of society (by our new prez). They will have special rights to sue gun owners, gun and ammo manufacturers, etc. to drive them out of existence.
We must be unified and proactive as never before. Do not comply, do not play their game, don’t play by their rules. We must form or join real gun rights organizations so as to project power than simply beyond our numbers. Be vocal and vote only for those who strongly believe in unfettered gun rights. Do not willfully surrender you guns – your Constitutionally guaranteed rights, your property.
Perhaps more should do as I have done and eliminate Facebook, twitter, mainstream media etc from my life.
It is not as bad as you think.