With an internet purge that makes the post-Charlottesville purge look like kids play, a lot of people are coming to me and saying “you must feel vindicated, because you told everyone that this was going to happen after you were banned.”
“Vindication” is not the primary emotion I am feeling right now.
The primary emotion I feel right now is “exhaustion.”
The media is gloating, explaining this is all necessary and assuring the goyim that it’s fine and legal because it doesn’t violate the First Amendment for the government to contract out mass political censorship to private companies.
One Twitter wag joked about lights flickering on and off at the White House being Donald Trump signaling to his followers in Morse code after Twitter and Facebook squelched the president for inciting rebellion.
Though deprived of his big online megaphones, Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach, led by the far right-friendly Parler — even if Google and Apple both removed it from their app stores.
Trump may launch his own platform. But that won’t happen overnight, and free speech experts anticipate growing pressure on all social media platforms to curb incendiary speech as Americans take stock of Wednesday’s violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol by a Trump-incited mob.
As we’ve been over and over, this is just a lie – the cops opened the doors and allowed the mob to walk into the Capitol.
Twitter ended Trump’s nearly 12-year run on Friday. In shuttering his account it cited a tweet to his 89 million followers that he planned to skip President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration that it said gave rioters license to converge on Washington once again.
Facebook and Instagram have suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also have disabled Trump’s accounts, while Shopify took down online stores affiliated with the president and Reddit removed a Trump subgroup. Twitter also banned Trump loyalists including former national security advisor Michael Flynn in a sweeping purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory and the Capitol insurrection. Some had hundreds of thousands of followers.
In a statement Friday, Trump said: “We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.”
The “immense power that the social media platforms have as gatekeepers of public discourse” had been flexed as never before — a power that should be troubling even for supporters of the Trump ban, tweeted Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
They actually did this exact same flex after Charlottesville.
It was in many ways worse, what happened to me, than what is happening to Trump supporters now.
But it is just getting started.
I have no doubt that they will pull out all the same stops they pulled on me, and possibly even more on everyone.
Experts are betting Trump pops up on Parler, a 2-year-old magnet for the far right that claims more than 12 million users and where his sons Eric and Don Jr. are already active. Parler hit headwinds, though, on Friday as Google yanked its smartphone app from its app store for allowing postings that seek “to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.” and Apple threatened to do the same, giving Parler a 24-hour ultimatum.
Apple told Parler executives in an email Friday it got complaints the app was being used to “plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”
(Apple officially banned Parler a couple hours ago, after they failed to meet their obviously impossible ultimatum.)
Parler CEO John Matze complained on his site of being scapegoated. “Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler.” He said he “won’t cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech.”
Losing access to the app stores of Google and Apple — whose operating systems power hundreds of millions of smartphones — severely limits Parler’s reach, though it will continue to be accessible via web browser. Another potential landing spot for Trump is Gab — though both Google and Apple booted it from their app stores in 2017.
Online speech experts expect social media companies led by Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to more vigorously police hate speech and incitement in the wake of the Capitol rebellion, as Western democracies led by Nazism-haunted Germany already do.
What a paragraph!
They’re going to enforce the same speech laws that governments in Europe do – but it’s just going to be private companies doing it, so somehow it’s legal!
One thing I learned is that talking about how it is unfair, or how you have rights, doesn’t do anything.
Of course, at the time, I was appealing to the people who are getting banned now, saying “you know they’re coming for you next, right? Why don’t you help me now, so they can’t come for you later?”
So, to be fair, my appeal to “but my rights” actually made some sense.
The entire conservative landscape could have rallied around the Specular Effect and said “well, I don’t agree with him, but this is going to be a slippery slope, and if they can do this to him, they can do it to all of us. We need laws to protect free speech on the internet.”
No one said that, other than Tucker Carlson and a few other randos, like Sargon of Akkad. I’m sure Nick Fuentes said it, but no one knew who he was in 2017.
The point is: Will Chamberlain didn’t say it.
Don Jr. didn’t say it.
Breitbart didn’t say it – even though almost every article on their front page is now about the horrors of censorship, and how no one could have predicted it.
Frankly, not even Alex Jones said it (even though he got banned barely a year after I did).
This appeal by these people does not make any sense.
These people have no one at all to appeal to for aid.
Right now, morons are celebrating people moving to Parler and *cough* Gab, but guess what will happen to those sites, now that they’ve already been pulled from the app stores? They will pull their domains.
Libertarians are the single most useful group of idiots on the planet. They get none of the things they want, ever, unless those things happen to overlap with what the ruling oligarchy wants, such as “private companies should be allowed to do whatever they want to anyone.”
This is obviously not what the Founders intended when they wrote the First Amendment.
If we go back to the 18th century, this is like if there was an absolute monopoly on the production of paper and ink, and that monopoly could refuse to sell paper and ink to people whose political views they disagreed with. Then, if the political dissidents tried to make their own paper and ink, the monopoly forces came and burned down their factory, and the government says “they’re allowed to burn down your paper and ink factory because they’re a private company.”
We have an entire history of the government regulating communications mediums in this country, from the establishment of the postal service to the various telecommunications acts that ensured universal service to phone lines and then to broadband internet access. This whole “a private company can silence anyone and strip them of their First Amendment rights” was invented in 2017, for the purpose of silencing me she many others and nobody questioned it because I was a bad, bad man who made a mean, mean joke about a fat, fat woman and Africans.
You had – just like now – outright communists coming out and making extremist libertarian arguments.
Remember: this is just getting started.
By the time that Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, all freedom of speech will be shut down on the internet.
Furthermore: any public gathering of MAGA people will be declared “an attempted insurrection,” so you’re not going to be allowed to organize in public either.
Yes, obviously I predicted all of this, but I do not take any pleasure in that.
I only feel frustrated.