Love him or hate him, he’s not one to back away from a fight.
Dismissed by his critics as a tin-foil-hat crank, he has some legitimate complaints.
In a world where groups that actually council violence (say, Antifa or Louis Farrakhan) can continue with a social media presence, Alex Jones and his site, “Infowars” has — at worst — been dismissed as being loopy.
But HIS site was shut down, while others remain.
It was also revealed that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg personally made the final call to ban Jones, following in the footsteps of Apple’s Tim Cook. —Infowars
He’s testifying in some Censorship hearings in DC, where he’ll be asked questions about Social media and censorship.
What is Jones’s BIG concern with the Tech Giants?
It isn’t just censorship of political dissent — although that is certainly a concern that he shares among many others.
It goes deeper than that.
He’s talking about private personal information of Americans that is being held in ‘the cloud’ (meaning server farms) in countries like China where there is no absolute right to personal privacy. He sees that as a threat both to a citizen’s personal privacy as well as a threat on a national security level.
Here’s Jones addressing the Public in a presser this morning.
Not all countries have our view of diversity, freedom and inclusion. For example:
In China, cameras track their citizens’ every move and Winnie The Pooh is suppressed on the Chinese internet.
In Pakistan, the issue is blasphemy, where one social media user has been sentenced to death for statements insulting to Islam.
In recent months, Pakistan’s interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has increased pressure on Facebook and Twitter to identify individuals suspected of blasphemy. On 7 July, Facebook’s vice-president of public policy, Joel Kaplan, met with Khan to discuss the government’s demand that Facebook either remove blasphemous content or be blocked in the country.
Source: The Guardian
And now, in Saudi Arabia, satire can land you in prison. (And in case you’ve forgotten, there is a significant Saudi ownership of Twitter.)
He’s not just picking a fight that will decide how his own rights are protected, many assume that Tech Giants are waiting to see how their removal of this ‘low-hanging fruit’ plays out in the court of public opinion so they can move on to more relevant — and mainstream — political targets.
Prager U, for one example, is another piece that left-leaning tech agitators would LOVE to remove from the chessboard of political play.
If this guy folds like a card table, and nobody speaks up for his right to say goofy things to those who want to hear it, who will the next target be?