biggest of the Big Tech companies are quickly positioning themselves as
the internet’s thought police, threatening to stamp out one of America’s
most cherished freedoms — the right to free speech.
internet has clearly evolved into the public square of the 21st century.
Over the last couple of election cycles, it’s become the number one
source for sharing and discussing political and social ideas.
Big Tech monsters like Google and Facebook have become nothing less than
incubators for far-left
liberal ideologies and are doing everything they can to
eradicate conservative ideas and their proponents from the internet.
any sort of public mandate beyond its own ideological predisposition,
the Big Tech leviathan is silencing the silent majority. A leaked
internal Google brief with the Orwellian title “The Good
Censor” proves this point by laying out the search giant’s plan for
controlling the internet.
begins the report by echoing the liberal contention that free speech is
a “social, economic, and political weapon,” calling it a “utopian” idea
that’s no longer practical because internet users are “behaving badly.”
report portrays President Trump as one of those free speech offenders
and labels him as a conspiracy theorist for pointing out — correctly —
that Google manipulated search results to favor Hillary Clinton in 2016.
company also argues that tech companies should distance themselves from
the “American tradition” that “prioritizes free speech for democracy,
not civility,” and in its place adopt the suppressive “European
tradition” that “favors dignity over liberty and civility over freedom”
to create “well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.”
wants to “police [the] tone” and provide so-called “positive guidelines”
(read: don’t go against our views, or else) to create online safe
wanting to be outdone, Google’s sometime-rival, Facebook, just banned dozens
of prominent conservative blogs and pro-Trump pages, including one with
more than three million followers, less than a month before the midterm
justified this purge of conservative voices by slapping them with
another Orwellian label: “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” It’s
unclear whether Facebook would apply that descriptor to its tech cousin
Google for recently listing the
ideology of the California Republican Party as “nazism.”
is clear is that Facebook’s election-eve purge has been long in the
making. Last year, reporters revealed that
radical liberal activist groups have been working with Facebook to crush
“propaganda and fake news,” which actually means deleting conservative
Facebook’s removal of 559 pages and 251 accounts wasn’t
enough to satisfy its accomplices, who responded by demanding
that the social media giant silence what it calls “far-right
disinformation pages.” They are especially concerned about right-leaning
“meme pages,” which they want purged from the online community simply
because they are much more effective than the left-leaning equivalent.
course, the Palo Alto Mafia’s obsession with “authenticity,” “civility,”
and emotional “safety” that I have called
out doesn’t apply to liberal-leaning speech.
year, Google fired conservative engineer James Damore for challenging
the company’s liberal echo chamber. Former colleagues harassed him, with
one branding him
a “misogynist” and a “terrible human being” before threatening that “I
will keep hounding you until one of us is fired. F*ck you.”
HR department decided that Damore was the greater liability than his
had a similar in-house drama this year. In August, more than 100
conservative Facebook employees expressed their
concerns to executives about the company’s left-wing “monoculture” and
bias against conservatives. On Friday, that movement’s leader, engineer
Brian Amerige, quit
the company in protest against Facebook’s latest purge of
internet was once a safe haven for political dissenters. Social media
platforms and Google’s predominance as a search engine enabled a digital
public square where Americans could go to express their grievances,
especially in more recent years. It’s where the silent majority had a
during the 2016 election, the forgotten men and women of America who
turned to social media because they were sick and tired of the
establishment swamp in Washington were inundated with pro-Clinton puff
pieces when they were just searching for basic facts.
real and underreported collusion scandal is actually Big Tech’s
behind-the-scenes campaign to help Democrats win elections. Though that
may not even be the most disturbing thing lurking beneath Silicon
Valley’s glass and steel glitz and laid-back, all-organic cafeteria
it was recently
revealed that Google has also locked arms with China, an
ideological soulmate of sorts, to create a censored search engine in the
large Communist-controlled nation. Vice President Pence was right when
he called on
Google to stop aiding a tyrannical government that has killed and tortured dissidents
with electric shock, rape, and brutal attacks.
long-reluctant to deliver its service to China for fear of getting
caught up in censorship and repression, now appears to
be strongly considering joining Google in serving that market, too. No
great surprise there.
will no longer have a meaningful right to free speech if corporations —
especially ones that cozy up to repressive regimes like China’s — are
allowed to dictate what is and is not acceptable speech and expression
on the internet.
is an existential threat to our individual liberties as well as our
system of government. Google and Facebook have shown that they will not
hesitate to use their control over online content to suppress
conservative thought and expression. Now, as we approach the midterm
elections, they are clearly ramping up their purge of conservatives that
first manifest in the 2016 presidential campaign.
listen to conservatives about this threat — read Google’s report and see
the actions of Google and Facebook to recognize that when the freedoms
of speech and expression are suppressed, impacting the digital public
square as well as the outcome of elections, our civil society is at