InfoWars

So Alex Jones and InfoWars got themselves deplatformed by Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify. Probably if I didn’t know it, I’d never notice. Like everybody else, I’ve been there a couple of times and decided it was a waste of time, and brain cells. In other words, he ain’t on my playlist. But it does matter.

And that is why it matters. Infowars may be (and likely is) irrelevant.

But Elizabeth Heng is not. She is the daughter of Cambodians who managed to escape the Cambodian genocide. She is a smart, attractive, conservative candidate (endorsed by Victor Davis Hanson, no less) for the California 16th Congressional district, where last I read she was even with her opponent. Her first campaign ad was suppressed by Facebook, presumably for showing scenes of that genocide. It’s her personal story about why she loves America. Which the left has pretty much consigned to the memory hole.

There are plenty of others.

YouTube said this about Alex Jones:

 YouTube explained that, “When users violate … policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.” Facebook’s removals came after they decided that Jones’s material was violent: “Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence … and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

Which leads me to conclude. Who died and left these leftist wienies in charge? Where’s the protection for say Candace Owens, who got physically and verbally abusively run out of a Philadelphia diner the other day by Antifa, who never has a problem with YouTube censorship?

Now mind, this is not a First Amendment issue. These are all private companies, and as such, are not subject to it, unlike say a small bakery who does not wish to bake a cake for a gay wedding, because of their religion.

But the thing that needs to be decided is this.

  • Are these companies common carriers, like the phone company? Then they should (must, actually) be allowed (required) to carry all messages without regard to their content. That’s mostly what the tech oligarchy has argued over the years. I’m good with that as well. Actually, I think it the best possible model.
  • Or are they publishers? In that case, they bear the responsibility, and the authority to screen what they publish. They also bear a legal (and financial) obligation to stay within the guidelines. In addition, they are subject to anti-trust laws.

The choice is binary, one can not choose one on every day except every other Tuesday after the sailboat races. One or the other.

Then there is the whole ‘hate speech’ thing. There is NO definition of what ‘hate speech’ is, it all a murky quagmire of what this person or that person is offended by, even if it’s not about him. Mind you, we’re doing a bit better than the UK here, where you can go to jail for such mindless drivel, here you can’t, yet. But you can lose your social media, which many have spent a lot of time and money building into a profit center. Gone because some leftist tech puke has offenditis.

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20 Responses to InfoWars

  1. Scoop says:

    Hey, even an insignificant blogger like myself has had my Facebook and my Twitter feeds removed and banned and they were simply my criticism of the gay culture and the Muslim love fest that the libs like to engage in. I don’t know if they have unblocked me yet because I rarely go there; my articles are set to be sent automatically as I post them on my website. These people are toxic and my dislike of these platforms is growing daily. They are left-wing actors with an agenda; and they don’t cotton to anything that rubs them the wrong way.

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  2. the unit says:

    Nope, not a conservative like i.e. William Kristol or George Will. Self described paleocon. Arrested while protesting at 6th Avenue and 48th Street in New York City for being a paleface and was charged with operating a megaphone without a permit. 🙂 (paraphrased from Wiki)
    And nope, not a regular of his either, but known about him for over 20 years. Why stop him now?

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  3. Nicholas says:

    I saw Sargon of Akkad talk about this yesterday and Paul Joseph Watson. What times. People seem to have lost the distinction between being offended but shrugging something off and taking legal action or other serious action. We have always had conspiracy nuts – but we just laughed them off. Now people seem to want to control it all – madness, utter madness. If this goes on much longer there won’t be anything interesting left to say – heaven knows, the left has ruined comedy and certain films.

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  4. the unit says:

    Still cleaning out my historical files from long ago. Think I’d be best Henging it up. No skeletons here within 1000 feet of a school. 🙂
    https://imgur.com/a/a7cUGwi

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