President Trump last night gave a shoutout to his “keyboard warriors”, tweeting: “Thank you to all of my great Keyboard Warriors. You are better, and far more brilliant, than anyone on Madison Avenue (Ad Agencies). There is nobody like you”!
While he may be correct, as the right memes way better than the left in originality and content, his keyboard warriors are being removed one by one from platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Jack Dorsey last year in front of Congress stated: “Let me be clear about one important and foundational fact: Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules. We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially.”
Conservative voices permanently or temporarily suspended by Twitter: Milo Yiannopoulos, Roger Stone, Baked Alaska, Sheriff David Clarke, Paul Nehlen, Tommy Robinson, Owen Benjamin, Candace Owens (t), Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Info Wars, Kris Paronto, Scott Ford (t), James Woods (t), Lady Maga (t), Laura Loomer, Alex ALX, Owen Shroyer, Paul Joseph Watson, Zero Hedge News and many more.
The defense these companies take is: They are privately run companies, and as such they have no legal obligation to comply with the First Amendment or embrace political neutrality.
Puslishers, not platforms: At the bottom of the barrel of this debate are Facebook, Twitter, and other social network software systems. As versatile as they may or may not be, they are not platforms. They want to be seen as platforms for the sole purpose of avoiding legal constraint, which costs money to work around and requires more responsibility than these companies want to be burdened with. They are publishers. It is time we stopped giving them a free ride as “platforms” as if they have no control and cannot be held responsible for what their users post. We see Facebook and Twitter banish people and remove some pages or tweets, and we see them doing their job of editing the work to be published so it meets community and legal standards. Just like a newspaper, magazine, or any publisher is supposed to do.