There’s a petition out for people who are sick of tech giants silencing their voices in the digital public square. Have you signed it yet?
If the public has strong opinions about protecting our democratic process — and the value of our vote — from international influences when even President Obama assured us that the Russians had not manipulated the election outcome
Unlike so many petitions, the (clickable) title of this one is pretty clear and straightforward:
The petition was launched on August 28 and, at the time of this writing, has over 87,000 signatures.
Here is the text of the petition:
The internet is the modern public square. It is where political campaigns are fought and won, where journalism is created and distributed, and where grassroots movements are born. Yet, the free and open internet has become a controlled, censored space, monopolized by a few unaccountable corporations.
By banning users from their platforms, those corporations can effectively remove politically unwelcome Americans from the public square. That is repugnant to our shared values of free speech and freedom of the press.
The President should request that Congress pass legislation prohibiting social media platforms from banning users for First Amendment-protected speech. The power to block lawful content should be in the hands of individual users – not Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey.
Because if one side can shout, while the other side is silenced, it is not possible to have a public with a full understanding of the issues. A public square where one voice is shouted down is functionally no different (in terms of what the public can know) from a Soviet State, or North Korea where only State media propaganda filters down to the people.
China has already banned Winnie-the-Pooh from their internet because it is critical of their Communist leadership. Big tech wants access to that market, and it is playing by their rules.
In Pakistan, Facebook and Twitter were asked to identify those who had blasphemed Islam in 2017. One man was sentenced to death… for blaspheming Islam on Facebook.
Killed over a social post.
And here in America? Your MAGA posts will be censored. Comedians who question the wisdom of providing puberty blockers to young kids are permanently deplatformed. (But Mask-wearing, Molotov-chucking Antifa types are just fine.)
Even such uncontroversial and almost Vanilla Conservatism as Prager U is demonetized and deemed unsafe for public spaces like schools.
The Close Connections between Silicon Valley and left-leaning politicians is merely a coincidence, right? Their top brass liked the post about a ‘Civil War’ in America to force a cultural change.
It isn’t a coincidence. There is a plan, and they’re executing it.
David Brock’s 49 page war manual for defeating the American right.
Do any of the details in that plan look familiar?
At his rally in Indiana, President Trump addressed the problems with social media censorship.
Trump: "We as a country cannot tolerate political censorship, blacklisting and rigged search results … we will not let large corporations silence conservative voices."pic.twitter.com/1gUVolR2R9
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 31, 2018
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