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Aug 07 2018

Silicon Valley Silences Alex Jones

The leftist junta running Silicon Valley is clever to test the limits of its power to restrict thought on the Internet by targeting unhinged conspiracy monger Alex Jones, best known for shouting that 9/11 was an inside job and Sandy Hook was a hoax. He isn’t likely to win any popularity contests. But if they can silence Jones’ Infowars, they won’t stop there. Even the liberal establishment seems to feel some unease about where this is heading. From the Washington Post:

Major technology companies including Apple, Facebook and YouTube this week deleted years of content from conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars shows over allegations of hate speech, a sudden clampdown that is fueling the growing debate over the degree to which technology companies block those who spread objectionable material.

“Objectionable” in this context means contrary to liberal ideology. Whether Jones is a conservative is debatable, but he is associated with the right.

The actions came in a cascade, starting with Spotify removing some podcasts last week. Then, late Sunday, Apple removed the majority of Jones’s podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps. On Monday morning, Facebook followed by blocking four of Jones’s pages, and then YouTube deleted his Infowars page, with 2.4 million followers.

Especially alarming are the vague excuses for silencing Jones:

[T]he technology companies cited unspecified violations of their rules against hateful language. Facebook said in a statement Monday that it was removing four of Jones’s pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

“Glorifying violence” is vague enough to apply to describing the exploits of war heroes. “Dehumanizing language” means expressing an irreverent attitude toward groups that we are forbidden to criticize according to the tenets of cultural Marxism.

The recent actions by the technology companies also highlight the opaque nature of their decision-making, with most not publicly specifying what content by Jones violated their policies or how they decided what posts to block and which to leave online.

That is by design. If there are clear rules, people test the limits. Under any form of totalitarian repression, be it Islam, communism, or what we now call “liberalism,” it is not specifically what you say that is a crime; it is your dissident attitude that is punished.

Brace yourself, so that this blast of hypocrisy doesn’t knock you off your seat. From an official statement:

“Apple does not tolerate hate speech… We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

Apple and the rest show their own respect for those with differing opinions by branding those opinions as “hate speech” and silencing them.

Also alarming is that the big tech companies are in effect colluding as they act in unison to crush political dissent:

“You are starting to see these platforms act as a coherent field,” said Daniel Kreiss, a professor at the school of media and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “They are likely all having similar internal debates and watching what each other are doing. There is safety in numbers in that.”

Although the WaPo piece ends with several paragraphs from the point of view of Sleeping Giants, a pro-censorship liberal activist group, it also includes this voice of reason:

“Conservatives are increasingly concerned that Infowars is not the end point for those who want to ban speech. It’s just the beginning,” said Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, based in Reston, Va. “I don’t support Alex Jones and what Infowars produces. He’s not a conservative. However, banning him and his outlet is wrong. It’s not just a slippery slope; it’s a dangerous cliff that these social media companies are jumping off.”

If we fail to defend Alex Jones on the grounds that he is an obnoxious screwball, next thing we know, content on the Internet will consist of ideologically homogeneous pabulum. Alternative platforms like Gab need our support.

On a tip from Stormfax.

7 Responses to “Silicon Valley Silences Alex Jones”

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