Are social media websites censoring conservative and libertarian voices?
I know when I say censorship, some people will tell me, “Facebook and Twitter are private companies. They aren’t the government! They can do whatever they want!”
A couple months ago, I’d probably say the same thing, but recent examples have changed my mind a bit.
Facebook and Twitter claim to be these politically unbiased websites where people can express their views.
However, there’s often a double standard in who and want they censor.
On Facebook, anti-Donald Trump memes never get censored. People can call him nasty names and it’s all good.
Yet, when my friends at Liberty Memes post this anti-Hillary Clinton meme:
They get banned.
Not cool, Facebook.
It’s frustrating that right-leaning people are censored far more than the left. Facebook is showing that they do have a political bias.
I get that it isn’t a First Amendment issue. Because Facebook is a private company, they should probably care about feedback from users if they want to keep us.
Yes, I understand that I don’t have to use Facebook.
I use it as a way to spread my work since most people have Facebook accounts. I just wish that they didn’t remove certain speech.
Isn’t criticism part of the market? In the absence of government interference, people will express concerns or boycott a company to pressure them to change policies.
One criticism is expressing disapproval that Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently banned from Twitter.
He was in a Twitter beef with the actress from the new Ghostbusters movie, Leslie Jones.
Now, I know some people will say that Milo gives “us” a bad name, but those people usually aren’t conservatives.
I think he’s hilarious, if you get the joke. Sure, I disagree with him on some issues. But he has created a backlash against the extreme left on college campuses, which I fully support. He has made it “cool” to not be a leftist! He understands culture better than most conservatives and all libertarians.
Some people might call me a hypocrite because I just made a video about how Christian Mingle has the right to not include a gay section on their website.
The difference is that they are using the force of government to get their way.
I’m not asking the government to un-ban Milo from Twitter!
Christian Mingle has the right to not include gays and gays have the right to criticize them for that decision.
Likewise, Twitter has the right to ban anyone from their website and we have the right to criticize them for their decisions.
What got Milo banned?
If you’re a public figure, and you can’t handle that criticism at this point, you have no business being on the Internet.
“Your work is terrible.”
People tell me that every day!
Now, I understand that his “followers” sent far more disturbing and flat out racist tweets.
It’s a slippery slope to blame someone for other people’s actions, though.
I love to argue on the Internet. Am I next to be banned from Twitter because someone can’t take my sick burns?
Often times, people who follow me on Twitter will see that I’m beefin’ with someone. They will jump in to defend my honor and they will get much nastier than me.
Am I to blame for them?
I’ve been temporarily banned from Facebook for “cyberbullying” because other people on my page insulted this girl who then reported my page.
We’re content creators! We don’t control other people!
Why am I not telling people to stop leaving mean comments?
Please stop leaving mean comments, guys!
Did that work?
I’ve even made statuses on my page asking if people could stop being jerks to each other. No one listens to me!
No one likes getting mean comments online. But it comes with the territory of putting yourself out there.
As someone who deals with a lot of trolls online and happens to understand the troll mentality, Leslie Jones made the mistake of getting publicly irritated and fighting with the trolls. They saw this and pilled on because she was giving them the reaction that they wanted. They got more inappropriate and it got out of control.
Don’t encourage the trolls.
I don’t want to stop using Facebook and Twitter. That’s why I hope they listen to users who are concerned with selective enforcement of their policies. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if another social media website takes their place.
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