The Big Tech War for Hearts and Minds
With Twitter, others cracking down on free speech, it’s time to consider alternatives
The digital purge has formally began, and if you don’t align with homogenous Leftist orthodoxy — well, good luck.
People across the country are being de-platformed by Twitter. Not shockingly, it’s conservatives who bear the brunt of the cyber purge. Worse, one doesn’t have to have advocated or supported the outlandish riots in the Capitol on Jan. 6 — or even be a Trump supporter — to suffer the consequences. Merely un-abiding by the scathing speech violations, and terms and conditions, that hipster-commie Jack Dorsey favors on his anti-First Amendment safe space is enough.
According to Twitter’s Jan. 8 press release, the cleansing happened because the platform “regularly challenge[s] accounts to confirm details like email and phone number.”
To clear up confusion about fluctuations in follower counts:
In order to prevent spam, we regularly challenge accounts to confirm details like email and phone number. Until that info is confirmed, these accounts aren’t included in follower counts. https://t.co/8BYcBCmxxA
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 9, 2021
Let’s think for a second.
What are the odds that strictly conservative account owners are those who haven’t confirmed those details? It seems highly improbable that this vague rationalization would not apply to people of all ideologies, as this is a non-partisan issue.
We can’t pretend we’re unaware why this is all happening.
In our hyper-polarized climate, the Left ascertains one foundational truth. If they can control what people see on the Internet, effectively through the powerful vessels run by Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Bezos and others, they know they can control the hearts and minds of the American people.
Xi Jinping and the vile People’s Republic of China regime knows this too, as did their predecessor in Mao Zedong. If the information pipelines are snatched, if there’s nowhere for the individual man to participate in discourse, it will be darn near impossible to overthrow such tyranny. We know this from realizing the barriers citizens across the world in authoritarian regimes have overcome.
It wasn’t enough for the Left to begin booting conservatives off Twitter. On Jan. 10, Apple announced it will no longer allow Twitter competitor, and free-speech platform, Parler to be downloaded on its store (following suit from Google’s decision prior).
Amazon has already disallowed Parler from its web servers, as the website scrambles to rebuild.
“It’s devastating,” CEO John Matze said. “Every vendor, from text-message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us, too, on the same day. They’re trying to falsely claim that we were somehow responsible for the events,” referring to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Given what Big Tech has said to Matze, it becomes even more tantamount why conservatives are being purged from the internet. Rethinking history is one key.
September 11, 2001 is a day Americans will never forget. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and 6,000 were injured. This is a tragedy that must always be revisited.
But from 9/11, the U.S. government justified a whole swath of policies that infringed upon the negative rights of Americans. Namely, FBI intelligence efforts ramped up and vague justification was made to track people.
While what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 does not remotely compare in terms of graveness — the implication is key. The Left is using this riot, unlawful and immoral as it was, to justify their increasingly harsh crackdowns on the Right.
And they are ignoring the fact that it was a sectarian mob of Trump-supporters, not in fact remotely all of the right that caused this disturbance. But according to the virtuous blue-check marks on Twitter, now that Joe Biden will take office, it is time to enact change.
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The glaring commonality with the Left’s synthesis of this phenomenon is that they do not care — so as long as all conservatives face the repercussions for a small, impassioned minority. This sort of generalized approach by Twitter directly goes against American values.
So where do we go from here?
With businesses apt to inevitably cease transactions with those that have ties to the Right, this is all disturbing. This is precisely why conservatives must coordinate amongst themselves to solve their own problems, to build their own self-reliant platforms.
We need people on our side who will fight for us, who will let our voices be heard and who will not subject us to third-party providers who reject free speech and for those who honor it.
Commentator and Daily Wire Podcast host Candace Owens has proposed a viable solution to Elon Musk.
@elonmusk the future is yours if you want to do it. Tech creators are now being told they have to censor millions and millions of people—including a sitting President— if they want to exist in the Apple and Google store.
We hate both of these companies.
Give us an alternative.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 10, 2021
Owens is spot-on.
Whether it be the free-thinking Musk, or another not fully compromised entrepreneur, there is a gaping hole in the market. Whoever wishes to fill this hole might reap the rewards of half the American people.
Gabe Kaminsky — @Gabe__Kaminsky — is a spring intern at The Federalist, and an Academy participant at The Heritage Foundation. His writing has appeared in Townhall.com, The Daily Wire, The Washington Times, The American Conservative, RealClearPolitics, Washington Examiner, and several other outlets.