The Big Tech backfire, by Stephan L. Miller

Suppressing an idea on one platform doesn’t eliminate that idea, and usually the idea finds a home on another platform. From Stephan L. Miller at spectator.us:

How does forcing Trump supporters into seedier corners of the web help unite the country?

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If your aim is to stop America descending into civil conflict, it’s hard to think of a less effective method than forcing millions of people to abandon public platforms and instead use some segregated messaging system. Big Tech companies are not actually de-escalating hate online censorship, and corporate media companies are merely using their actions as an excuse to de-platform their ideological competition.

The Silicon Valley overlords should think about this as they carry out an unprecedented purge of users following the siege of the Capitol. President Trump’s personal and official Twitter accounts have been ‘permanently suspended’ (oxymoron?) and Facebook has banned him from posting. Conservative blue-checks have watched as tens of thousands of followers have disappeared from their Twitter accounts with little explanation. Cry us a river. CNN hall monitor Oliver Darcy used the opportunity to try to kneecap a competitor, urging cable companies to stop carrying Fox News.

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