Tech has a big bias problem.
media platforms that once facilitated the free exchange of ideas
and information are now actively seeking to silence and censor
new Orwellian impulse that is taking over Big Tech is particularly
problematic because social media websites, which are supposed to
be safe spaces for all free speech, get special legal perks.
230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites such as
Facebook and Twitter are not treated as publishers of “information
provided by another” — which would subject them to libel laws and
other headaches publishers have to deal with — because they “offer
a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”
means social media platforms are not merely private companies who
can censor whomever they wish — They are considered, by law, to be
public forums that allow free and open debate.
they’re doing the exact opposite. They are stifling online speech,
warping the national discourse, and obstructing the free flow of
ideas. Big Tech is not just biased against conservatives — it is
actively trying to silence them and deprive them of online
Tech’s bias was on full display recently when conservative
activist Candace Owens was suspended
from Twitter for satirical tweets
mimicking the racist, anti-white tweets of New York Times
editorial board member Sarah Jeong — who has never been suspended
from Twitter despite a history of racist comments.
ban came just weeks after another controversy hit Twitter for
anti-conservative bias, following revelations that the website had
shadowbanned prominent Republican leaders.
isn’t the only major social media site with a demonstrated history
of bias against conservatives. Facebook is infamous for its
lopsided application of its “community standards.” Conservative
content is regularly removed from the site while vile, often
violent, radical left-wing content is left alone. Recently, a GOP
congressional candidate’s ad was banned because
it depicted images of the Cambodian genocide.
make matters worse, the social media giant recently changed its
feed algorithms — ostensibly to combat fake news — but the result
has been a suspicious and significant drop in the reach of
conservative pages and advertisements. A
study found that while liberal publishers
saw a roughly 2 percent increase in web traffic from Facebook
following the algorithm changes, conservative ones saw a loss of
traffic averaging around 14 percent.
Tech’s anti-conservative bias is positively institutional.
Facebook, Google (YouTube), and Twitter all work with the Southern
Poverty Law Center, a far-left organization with a proven track
record of anti-conservative bias, to decide what is and isn’t
it doesn’t look like Big Tech is set to return to its free speech
roots anytime soon. The Left clearly no longer values free speech
commentator Alex Jones and his website Infowars were
deplatformed last week from Facebook,
YouTube, and other sites. The act was met with relish by liberals
and Democrats. They were excited by the establishment of a
precedent that will inevitably lead to the silencing of those with
far less controversial opinions than Jones.
we are seeing in Big Tech is the inherent totalitarian impulse of
the Left come into full focus. The Left is losing at the ballot
box, and there are some signs it is starting to lose the culture
war too. The free and open Internet has been indispensable in
spreading conservative ideas, and it was indispensable in getting
Donald Trump elected president — and now the Left wishes to
giants of Silicon Valley must be challenged and reminded of what
made the Internet so great in the first place. They must be
stopped from turning the Internet into Big Brother.