Last week’s massive social media purges – starting with President Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter and other outlets – was shocking and chilling, particularly to those of us who value free expression and the free exchange of ideas.
The justifications given for the silencing of wide swaths of public opinion made no sense and the process was anything but transparent.
Nowhere in President Trump’s two “offending” Tweets, for example, was a call for violence expressed explicitly or implicitly. It was a classic example of sentence first, verdict later.
Our oligarchs decided otherwise.
Many Americans viewed this assault on social media accounts as a liberal or Democrat attack on conservatives and Republicans, but they are missing the point.
The narrowing of allowable opinion in the virtual public square is no conspiracy against conservatives. As progressives like Glenn Greenwald have pointed out, this is a wider assault on any opinion that veers from the acceptable parameters of the mainstream elite, which is made up of both Democrats and Republicans.
In other words, oligarchs are out of bounds on this one . . .
He offended the oligarch.
Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas claimed he was suspended from managing his public Facebook page Monday.
“With no explanation other than ‘repeatedly going against our community standards,’ @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page. Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified,” Paul tweeted.
“The only thing we posted to Facebook today was my weekly ‘Texas Straight Talk’ column, which I have published every week since 1976,” he added.
Daniel McAdams, an executive director for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told the the Washington Examiner that Paul “has been locked out of managing his Facebook Page for an unspecified ‘violation.’”
“They claim the lockout is temporary, but have provided no additional information as to the length of the suspension or any remedy,” McAdams explained.
Paul’s latest column, which was the last thing he had posted on his Facebook page, railed against Big Tech for censoring large portions of public opinion: . . .
Something ye shall not do . . .
Cumulus cracking down?
Happened on Mark Levin last night. He said he has gotten no such memo. Ditto Dan Bongino.
NYT had reported the contrary, having not asked Levin!