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Online Censorship Cancels the Right of Free Speech

Diane Dimond on

There is an astonishing trend afoot, and if something isn't done to stop it in its ugly tracks, your right to freely express an opinion is in jeopardy.

Former President Donald Trump may be one of the most reviled people in the United States, but the moves to silence him in the public square -- and others who have espoused similar ideologies -- have created a chilling reality.

Social media platforms Facebook and Instagram announced plans to permanently remove all Trump accounts. Not just until he leaves office but forever.

In what universe is it OK to eternally bar an American citizen from exercising his or her fundamental right to free speech at a place where millions gather to exchange ideas? And how unbalanced was Twitter's expulsion policy when it allowed Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to post all sorts of violent and hate filled posts about the U.S., Israel and other perceived enemies on its platform? The ayatollah is OK, but the president of the United States is not?

Am I the only one who wants to read what our chief executive is thinking, no matter what the message might be? Better to know what the powerful are up to than to ignore them. Everyone should be alarmed about being cut off from the most powerful person on the planet.

In addition to social media forever muzzling the president, prominent tech companies controlling app distribution -- Google and Apple -- dropped the Parler app from their offerings. Parler is described as "the conservative alternative to Twitter" and was a logical choice for Trump's next social media home.

 

In what seemed to be a coordinated effort, Amazon quickly piled on and informed Parler that its home on the internet would be annihilated. That prompted a lawsuit from Parler.

The stated reason for removing Parler's fast-growing app? Parler doesn't do enough fast enough to delete questionable posts that promote violence and crime. Reportedly, some users partially planned the U.S. Capitol siege via Parler.

Interesting that similar steps weren't taken against Twitter, Facebook or Instagram when those platforms were used to coordinate last year's left-wing demonstrations, which frequently turned violent. Why the censorship double standard?

Interesting, too, that a Simon & Schuster book deal was abruptly canceled with Republican Sen. Josh Hawley after he objected to some of the 2020 election results. The book's title? "The Tyranny of Big Tech." See the pattern here? Trump, Parler, Hawley. Forced silencing of conservative (only) opinion. Shockingly obvious.

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