The time has come that the big tech companies are going to be regulated by the government. This is not the right action, but they have overplayed their hand in the silencing of Paul Joseph Watson. PJW is an affiliate of Infowars, and that’s why he was banned off of Facebook and Instagram. Along with him, on the conservatives side (the right) they banned Alex Jones, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopoulos. On the liberal side (the left) they banned Louis Farrakhan. Alex and Milo both are very provocative and really push for attention. Laura Loomer is an investigative journalist who confronts people aggressively, not by attacking them or anything, just asks them very uncomfortable questions, and often gets booted from whatever event she is at. Paul however does a lot of reports on how social justice warriors are ruining everything. The worst thing he’s done was criticize Islam, but that hasn’t been recent. What do these people all have in common (except Farrakhan)? They were instrumental in getting Donald Trump elected. Facebook just over played their hand, but stuff like this has been going on for a while, it’s just about time they went over the edge.
The ironic thing is that Paul Joseph Watson is actually from the United Kingdom, but nonetheless they caught the attention of the big man himself. Will he actually do something… probably not. As I said, this has been going on for a while but this one is different. Facebook has gone as far as “link banning” – anyone posting a link to Infowars will be banned.
Where is the paradox here? You have private companies stifling the free speech of individuals. If Facebook doesn’t like you, you can’t stay – but only if you are conservative. You won’t be banned for being black, or Chinese, or gay, or trans, or furry, or liberal – which is fine you shouldn’t be, but you shouldn’t be for conservative either (not all, just the influencers). Regardless of the “official reason”, Facebook banned Farrakhan was just so people couldn’t say these bannings were an attack on a certain ideology, he was collateral damage. These platforms are not publishers and are not responsible for what is posted on their sites. When they start to ban certain types of ideas, that makes them publishers and can then be in legal jeopardy of anything on their platform. Facebook and Twitter are what’s considered monopoly social hubs. Any other competition that comes in are ridiculed and smeared until they are out of business. Let’s put this in outside internet perspective. If you go to a park, you can interact with people, you can trade pictures and sell things to each other. Now imagine that park has security to kick out people who harass or attack others, so far everything is good. Then the security suddenly starts only kicking out people with voted for Republicans. That’s basically the spot Facebook is currently at. Now outside intervention called the government, is going to crack down on them. No one wants more government in their lives, once the government starts regulating the hell out of these companies, they are going to go under because no one will trust them… Not that anyone trusts them already… ESPECIALLY after a bunch of outlets had articles published about this within minutes of it happening.
Good luck Paul, we are behind you!