So, let’s talk about corporate censorship.
Facebook Staff Protest
Facebook employees stage a virtual walkout to protest Trump’s posted content on TWITTER advocating the use of national guard to end riots in Minneapolis.
Snapchat Tanks Trump
Snapchat stops circulation of Trump content systematically.
Reddit bans ‘r/The_Donald’ group
Trump Incites Capitol Riot
Gives a speech that spews lies about the election, stirs up the crowd.
At no accident or surprise, Trump supporters riot, storm the capitol, where Senators are confirming the Biden election, and apparently some of them were there to target the Vice President and his family with mortal intent.
and certifies the election of Joseph Biden as the next president of the United States
Snapchat bans Trump
Shopify Deplatforms Trump Merchandise
Shopify removes all Trump official campaign merchandise and disables all his online stores.
Pinterest Makes Trump related Content Non-Grata
Pinterest starts removing Trump-related imagery and restricting searches for Trump content.
TikTok deplatforms Trump videos, no account to suspend, and redirects hashtags
Trump hashtags redirect to their “Code of Conduct”, videos related to Trump are removed, with no account to suspend.
Instagram suspends Trump
Trump Moves to Parler
Wait for it…
So, here’s where things get way more interesting and way more scary.
Trump Moves to Parler
Apple begins plans to remove Parler from Apple Store
Apple begins planning to remove Parler from the Apple Store, issues an unobtainable ultimatum to Parler to submit a plan for moderation improvement to avoid it, with a 24 hour countdown.
Twitter bans Trump
We all saw it.
Reddit bans ‘r/Donald_Trump’ subreddit
Google Removes Parler from Play Store
Discord bans Trump-associated servers
Apple Removes Parler
Amazon De-Hosts Parler
Amazon issues unobtainable ultimatum to submit a plan for moderation, Parler doesn’t meet their demands, Amazon deplatforms Parler.
Twitter expands AWS Partnership
Youtube pulls Ron Paul content
Facebook blocks Ron Paul
That’s alot to take in, so, let’s start with focusing on sets of times: June of 2020, December of 2020, and January of 2021.
In June, Facebook faces internal protests to deplatform people who say things they don’t like. This action leaks over to Snapchat and Reddit in that same timeframe.
Why? These people do not work together. They don’t know each other. They don’t associate.
In December of 2020, Twitter dives into AWS. Parler is a competitor to Twitter. Around this time republican-leaning politicians start getting targeted on Facebook and Youtube. Youtube is owned by Google.
And in January, all hell breaks loose with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, SnapChat, Instagram, and more all working in tandem to shut Trump down — and then when he moves to a platform that won’t deplatform him — AWS, who has partnerships with these companies — boots the platform he moved to off their hosting to shut them down.
Is it not painfully clear that AWS went to Parler and said “Ban Trump like all the others or we’ll shut you down?”
If you’ll recall back in September of 2020, I made a post entitled:
And this post surrounded the seemingly coordinated acquisitions that resulted in a corporate theocracy that controls the flow of information in the entire tech world held by only a few companies? And at the time I cited a similar deplatforming with debunked conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to show that these companies have some form of collaborative orchestration at play that would enable them to do things like this at a threat to free exercise of speech.
Well it hasn’t gotten better — it’s gotten worse, and it’s gotten more flagrant.
The solution here is anti-trust legislation. These companies need broken up into little pieces to allow the free market to continue flowing. Right now they’re only doing it with folks that are easy to disagree with — what’s going to happen when the gravity of this extends to things we do agree with? What’s stopping them? Free competition? Oh, you mean like Parler?