by Michael Karolchyk
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
A couple days I was woken by my phone at 3:32 AM. “Brian”, whose company runs my Instagram account, was calling me in a deep panic. The Spartacus Strategies Instagram, my company’s account, was taken down and canceled. The Spartacus Strategies Instagram account has pictures of barely–clothed females kissing each other, holding guns near their private parts, smoking pot and drinking magnum bottles of Champagne with their magnum and magnificent breasts and smiles. “Brian”, deeply perturbed and appalled by the Orwellian censorship, said we were removed from Instagram for “bullying.”
You probably are wondering how sexy and lustful women smoking pot, kissing each other, and holding 50-calibre Desert Eagles over their bare breasts or beautiful buns is bullying. That would make two of us! “Brian” had put a column I had written for the Dailysurge.com in the Bio section of the account. The column, titled “Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham are big fat liars”, was a piece that showed how Amy Schumer was nowhere near size six but most likely a size 12 on a skinny day and had absolutely no business being on the cover of any magazine with the exception of Krispy Kreme monthly. The column offended both ladies and their mean-spirited, angry and fat fans then had Instagram remove my account for telling the truth. Liberals call it “Bullying” when a conservative writes facts that make them upset.
After having my first amendment rights assaulted by Instagram I decided to do some research to see how often Social Media is silencing and suppression free speech of conservatives. What I discovered was shocking; there is no free speech for conservatives on social media. Social media has become like the college campuses around the country; conservatives are not allowed to express their ideas or thoughts without being punished, silenced or expelled.
In 2013, multiple black conservative groups were claiming that their twitter accounts were shut down for no apparent reasons. The national black pro-life Coalition had their account taken down when they tweeted that the group would be protesting the NAACP at the image awards. Within minutes of the tweet announcing the protest their Twitter account was canceled. Twitter then sent a message to the group that required them to acknowledge they had been reported and that they needed to change their behavior. National Black Pro-life Coalition complied with the Stalinist demands and their account was restored. But a week later when they put out another tweet accusing the NAACP of betraying the black community the account was shut down AGAIN.
This past January Twitter waged war on Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos by un-verifying and suspended his account for his thoughts and views on immigration, terrorism and other hot topic issues. Are you kidding me? Twitter is a gutter and cesspool full of nasty tweets, death threats and insults against almost every possible demographic. You can have ISIS accounts wanting to kill Americans or even Anti-Semitic ones with vile and venomous comments against Israel and Jews. However, if you dare start being against open Borders and more Muslim Migration you will be shut down.
Yiannopoulos would go on to report how Twitter began “shadow banning” politically incorrect users. Twitter maintains a “whitelist” of favored twitter accounts and a “blacklist” of not favored accounts. If you are with the approved liberal groups of the ‘whitelist’ you will be prioritized in search results even if they not even close to being the most popular among users. If you are a Conservative with views shared by the majority of people in this country? Your account will get the Scarlett letter and those accounts will have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.
Kristi Merrit posts funny memes on Facebook which are shared more than 100,000 times. She dresses up as Pirates, famous male warriors or Football players and asks if this makes her a NFL athlete or Male warrior. What is her message? A woman in men’s clothing does not make her a man or vice versa. Kristi believes men should not be able to use female bathrooms and supports the North Carolina law not providing for transgenders to use either restroom of choice. Facebook now has censored Merrit by taking her account down repeatedly. Facebook’s stated reason for this assault on conservative free speech? NUDITY. None of Merrit’s posts have ANY nudity; conservative free speech suffers another casualty.
Researchers for years have said they have detected the “spiral of silence” phenomenon. Unless people know their audience agrees, they are not going to discuss anything remotely controversial on social media. Keith Hampton, a communications professor at Rutgers and expert on the subject, has said, “Social media may actually be removing conversation from the public sphere.”
Hampton did a survey where 86 percent of people would be willing to discuss their views about political subjects at work, at a restaurant or with friends. However, only 42 percent of Facebook or Twitter users said they would be willing to post online about political subjects. Most people who use social media frequently are terrified of offending someone and losing a “friend” or “follower”. If only Lenin and Stalin could have had Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to use in the old days!
“Brian” just called me as I was finishing this column. Our account is back up after a week’s hiatus! He has never had an account suspended on Instagram before and still cannot believe liberal trolls and chubbies are such online fascists and bullies. He asked me if he thought this could happen again and I said, “I cannot even use your real name or company name for my story buddy!! How messed up is that?” If Brian’s real name was used and company name was exposed they would be punished for their association with America’s most infamous fat shamer. He then asked me if I was going to tone it down with my columns and not tell people the truth in hopes of avoiding offending the liberal fascists. I said, “Death before censorship! PC isn’t political correctness; it is pathetic chubbies. Social media can take my accounts down but they won’t silence the truth which I wield as a battle axe every day against liberal, obese socialists. NO CHUBBIES!!”
Michael Karolchyk, is the CEO of Spartacus Strategies, a leading Libertarian activist, Health Guru and all around ass-kicker.