If you ever doubted the left is afraid of conservative voices on the internet, this story should disabuse you of that notion. The left’s fear of the proliferation of conservative ideas drove them to target pundit Alex Jones and his website, InfoWars.
Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple purged all content produced by InfoWars from their platforms. It was the most brazen action against conservative online content that the left has taken so far. This decision carries deep ramifications for the conservative movement in America. It demonstrates that the left could be moving towards a more aggressive approach in their effort to stifle right-leaning views online.
Social Media Companies Target Alex Jones
This week, the left-leaning leadership of some of the most prominent tech companies implemented a scorched-earth campaign against InfoWars. Apple took down five of Jones’ podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps. Google’s YouTube removed his videos. Facebook purged four of Jones’ pages. Each of the companies that banned InfoWars’ content stated that he had violated their regulations regarding “hate speech.”
These actions all took place on the same day. It was the social media version of Michael Corleone assassinating the bosses of rival mafia gangs as he attended his nephew’s baptism. Jones’ online presence was all but annihilated.
Paul Joseph Watson, the Editor-At-Large of InfoWars, tweeted:
“This is the key point.
4 big tech firms all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other.
This suggests collusion and it PROVES that their terms of service are all arbitrary and bullsh**.
Other conservative outlets — many of whom disagree with Jones — have come to his defense as well. Ben Shapiro, who has clashed with Jones on numerous occasions questioned the left’s usage of the term “hate speech.” He wrote:
“It’s a problem because these policies are extraordinarily vague. These policies aren’t merely designed to crack down on speech openly advocating or threatening violence, or containing obscenity. These policies are deliberately unclear as well as political.”
This Is Just The Beginning
Make no mistake — the left didn’t go after Alex Jones just because he peddles conspiracy theories and has made controversial statements. Indeed, his reputation just made him an easy target. The left will not stop with InfoWars — they seek to impose limits on conservative speech overall. If anything, Jones was likely a test run for what they plan to do to the rest of conservatives on the internet.
We have already seen the left’s efforts to censor conservative speech online. Previously, the left dominated the majority of media in America. However, conservatives have successfully used the internet to reach more people with their message. The advent of alternative media has allowed those on the right to subvert the left’s control over news outlets, learning institutions, and the entertainment industry.
Obviously, the left can’t have that.
Luke Nash-Jones, a British citizen and founder of “Make Britain Great Again,” organized a march in support of Alex Jones. He told Liberty Nation:
“The Orwellian ban of Alex Jones by a plethora of media outlets – YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple – is a clear attack on free speech by the globalist dominated technology industry. The timing reveals motivation – the US midterm elections are drawing close, and the left are still bitter over Trump’s use of social media to overcome fake news platforms. This is a crackdown on the people and our voice by the elite.”
Nash-Jones is right. This action on the part of these companies is nothing more than an attempt to silence those who disagree with them on politics. As usual, the left prefers to silence opposing voices rather than engage in debate.
The left is not going to stop at Alex Jones. They want to make sure that conservatives are unable to take advantage of social media to disseminate their ideas.
How Should Conservatives Fight Back?
It may seem that conservatives are helpless to resist the left’s efforts to silence them online. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Conservatives can still use their online voices to call out the left for their cultural totalitarianism. They can continue to shine a light on the left’s censorious actions. Exposing the left’s hypocrisy when it comes to online speech will show those in the middle that the left wishes to stifle non-leftist views.
The majority of Americans still believe in free speech and open debate. Moreover, conservatives need to start creating their own online outlets. The left may own the social media companies, but they do not own the internet. Organizations like CRTV provide examples of how the right can use the digital world to promote conservatism. This is a war of ideas, and information war, and the cost of losing is very high.