When Facebook’s “unbiased” review board decided not to reinstate President Trump’s account, Republicans lashed out over censorship while Democrats cheered the same. It has become a major dividing line between the right and left; conservatives want no censorship of legal content on platforms like Twitter and Facebook while progressives are demanding even more.
Questions were raised by Republican strategists about how this would affect Trump’s political future. Facebook and Twitter each hold a tremendous amount of sway in politics, for now, and not having access to them would hamper a future presidential run by Trump. NPR acknowledged this, and in doing so made the de facto pronouncement that Big Tech wields tremendous power over elections. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist noticed.
Interesting way of admitting how much election interference and election meddling against Republicans that our tech companies can do and have done! https://t.co/EzQMD3lWO2
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 6, 2021
“Interesting way of admitting how much election interference and election meddling against Republicans that our tech companies can do and have done!” she Tweeted in response to an NPR post.
The article titled “Why Facebook’s Decision On Trump Could Be ‘Make Or Break’ For His Political Future” was promoted by NPR with the comment referenced by Hemingway. They Tweeted, “Whether or not Facebook decides to reinstate former President Trump’s account in the coming months will likely have major consequences for Trump’s political power and possible future campaign.”
The article reads:
Facebook’s Oversight Board on Wednesday essentially punted the decision back to the company on whether to eventually allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram. What the social media giant decides in the coming months will likely have major consequences for Trump’s political power.
“It could be a make-or-break moment for Trump’s political future,” said Eric Wilson, a Republican political technologist.
That’s because being on Facebook is crucial for modern-day political campaigns, as a majority of Americans use the platform and those who do log into it multiple times daily. Facebook has become crucial for raising money and for targeting supporters and swing voters, something the Trump campaign did in unprecedented ways. The majority of online ad dollars go to either Facebook or Google.
“Even with all the resources Donald Trump has,” Wilson said, “Facebook is so much bigger than that, that you can’t get around it.”
In a statement responding to the Oversight Board’s non-decision decision, Trump, who remains banned on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, called the stances of the social media giants a “total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country.” He also promised a degree of retribution, threatening that they “must pay a political price.”
As Hemingway noted, the power that Big Tech companies have over elections invariably puts very heavy thumbs on scales that benefit Democrats. Silicon Valley and other tech hubs are heavily populated by leftists. Meanwhile, both leadership and the majority of employees at Big Tech companies are generally progressive, sometimes radically so.
They don’t even try to hide it anymore despite the fact that they lie outright when questioned about it on Capitol Hill. In testimony, Big Tech CEOs have always claimed to be unbiased but the vast majority of bans, suspensions, and purged content are right-leaning if not outright conservative. Meanwhile, ludicrous leftist notions like Critical Race Theory and Defund Police are heralded on these platforms, shared widely with nary a risk of repercussions.
Republicans have called for restrictions to censorship by these platforms for some time with little movement towards actual action. Critics of such moves say these are private companies who can do what they want, but they are also protected under Section 230. That protection should not allow them to be so unambiguously one-sided in their censorship decisions.
With Democrats in charge of Capitol Hill, states must act. The power wielded by Big Tech over American society is massive. They direct politics and culture. They decide winners and losers. They must be reined in as soon as possible.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $4100 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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