BIG Tech’s grip on what the public may or may not discuss grows with each passing day.
I warned last month that Twitter’s censorship of President Trump’s tweets was merely the beginning of a new wave of clampdowns on public discourse. As of this weekend, the platform is continuing its policy of restricting Trump’s account. With a near-monopoly on the public forum, the totalitarian Left is now able to censor even the President at will.
It doesn’t stop there. Restrictions on speech are increasingly overt. YouTube now notifies content creators that trying to upload to its platform a video which disputes the legitimacy of the US election will see it removed. Any such video that manages to find its way on to YouTube will be deleted, accompanied by a message to the content’s creator:
‘We wanted to let you know our team reviewed your content and think it violates our spam, deceptive practices and scams policy.’
‘Spam, deceptive practices and scams’? This is how the hyper-partisan technological elite of Silicon Valley describe widespread concerns over electoral irregularities. More than two-thirds of Republicans believe that the election was compromised by various types of fraud. Now, however, they are being denied the ability to voice their concerns.
The message sent to producers of content displaying wrongthink continues:
‘What our policy says: Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the U.S. 2020 presidential election is not allowed on YouTube.’
So there you have it. Without having to discuss the validity of the claims, the Californian overlords of public discourse merely mark it verboten. If you fail to comply with the accepted narrative presented by the vested interests of Big Tech, your ability to express yourself in the public sphere is denied.
No doubt the hackneyed arguments of ‘make your own platform’ will be trotted out. Indeed, there are attempts at making alternatives to YouTube, Twitter et al. Yet, having attained a near-monopoly in their respective domains, these companies’ powers are unmatched. They constitute the public square. Trump failed to deal with the issue of Big Tech’s totalitarian streak over the last four years. With his legal efforts failing, any hopes that he would check their powers in a second term seem all but extinguished. There is truly nobody left to stand up to such egregious encroachments on our ability to express ourselves freely.
Certainly, don’t look to the ‘conservative’ media to ask such questions. They have been successfully gaslighted by those who seek their ultimate destruction into believing the cuddly narrative of merely wanting to restore ‘decency’ and ‘respectability’ into politics. Wrapped up by promises of ‘fact-checks’ and seduced by smooth-talking ‘experts’, they waddle off obediently to their inevitable marginalisation. They haven’t been ‘cancelled’ by the revolution – at least not yet. Their time will surely come.
Soon we may not be able to express any dissenting views on any major online platform. Does that sound like a prediction too far?
Let us look to Germany for some concrete evidence. A Munich court has decided that all Facebook users must register accounts under their real name. Any account registered under a pseudonym is liable to be deleted. All in order to ensure that ‘anti-social behaviour’ is weeded out, supposedly. The catalyst for such a move was someone posting a picture of ‘black cannibals’ and a ‘dancing Hitler’. Crimes of the century, I’m sure we can all agree.
Unable to cloak yourself in anonymity, you are easily monitored and surveilled. If you are foolish enough to post anything that contravenes our modern blasphemy laws you will be punished accordingly. A 70-year-old man from North Rhine-Westphalia has been fined €13,000 for a heinous online crime. He posted a photo of migrants to Facebook, accompanied by the somewhat crude caption ‘One cannot stop a plague of ants by building a wall: one must stop leaving the honey open.’
His defence lawyer pleaded freedom of expression. Once upon a time that may have washed, but it is not enough today. He dared post something other than a vibrant incantation of LGBTQ Refugees Are Welcome Here. His freedom of speech was nullified by attacking a legally protected group (schutzbedürftige Gruppe). The development of a two-tier legal system across the West continues, in which legal citizens are unable to criticise those committing crimes (i.e. illegally entering countries) owing to their position in the hierarchy of oppression. Events in 2020 show this trend not merely to be confined to our Teutonic friends.
More of the same will follow. The entirety of the Western world is heading rapidly down a road towards extreme censorship, dictated by an unholy alliance of Big Tech and their willing sycophants in boardrooms and governments. Indeed, the development of ‘woke capitalism’ has made this all the harder to resist, with companies eschewing the profit-making incentive and instead fully embracing the ideological precepts of this Leninist death cult.
The Right finds itself in a perilous position. For decades it just hoped that wokedom would one day evaporate as those espousing it came to their senses. What it failed to see is that the revolution will not end until it has destroyed our civilisation: such is and always was the Left’s goal. Conservatives are in the position of having nearly every aspect of their lives dominated by those who seek their downfall.
Now, the Right finds itself bereft of allies in positions of authority who are willing to stand up to the continual march of the woke. The creation of organisations such as the Free Speech Union is a vital step in the right direction. Nevertheless, with elections manipulated and voices censored – all endorsed by a complicit or cowardly political class – every day it grows harder to see by which methods those unwilling to adhere to the destructive policies of wokeism can resist.