As the far-left Marxist crowd seeks to win more influence in the Democratic Party, it has become evident that progressive authoritarianism is becoming more prevalent. Many on the right are justifiably concerned about the prospect of these forces gaining power in the government.
Over the past few years, the far-left has demonstrated that they are not exactly friendly toward the First Amendment, and some have suggested passing laws reimagining how the U.S. views free speech. But lately, it has become clear that social media companies like Twitter and Facebook are already implementing the left’s agenda.
Facebook Changes Its Algorithm Post-Election
The New York Times published a piece detailing Facebook’s post-election censorship decision. The report explained how CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to alter the platform’s algorithm to promote establishment media outlets like CNN and The Times.
The change brought about “a spike in visibility” for “big, mainstream publishers.” Now, the algorithm causes “posts from highly engaged hyperpartisan pages, such as Breitbart and Occupy Democrats” to become “less visible” in news feeds.
Parler CEO John Matze criticized Facebook for its blatant censorship, noting that the algorithm change was designed to prevent users from choosing the type of content they wish to see. “So for me, this kind of Facebook secret internal algorithm thing is kind of Orwellian,” he said in an appearance on Fox News.
Twitter Blocks Sidney Powell’s Lawsuit
Attorney Sidney Powell, who worked closely with the Trump legal team before it distanced itself from her, prepared a lawsuit to be filed in Georgia on Wednesday alleging widespread voter fraud involving voting machines. The lawyer had been hyping up the suit for weeks, stating that it would be “epic” and “biblical.”
After Powell publicized the documents she intended to file, Twitter’s Ministry of Propaganda went to work to stop disseminating the documents. To put it simply, they gave Powell’s lawsuit the New York Post Hunter Biden story treatment.
Newsweek reported that links to Powell’s site were blocked by the social media platform. “An attempt to click on the link to Powell’s website on Twitter is met with the message: ‘The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter’s URL Policy.'”
Twitter’s New Censorship Czar
A tech news site called Protocol recently published a profile piece on Christine Su, Twitter’s new senior product manager for conversation safety. The article, titled: “How a Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman is Rethinking User Safety at Twitter,” detailed Su’s plans for the company’s policies regarding censorship on the platform.
According to the news outlet, Su is tasked with “keeping everyday users safe online and rethinking the fundamentals of the platform along the way.” She indicated that the company’s policy regarding speech would focus on “transformative and procedural justice.”
The bottom line is that her role is to make it easier to prevent certain views from getting in front of the platform’s users. She will intensify censorship under the guise of trying to protect minorities and other marginalized groups.
Social Media As Dictator
These three examples are only a drop in the ocean of instances in which social media companies have displayed their desire to control what people say on their platforms and the opinions to which they are exposed. It is indicative of their refusal to trust that people can determine for themselves what forms of content is reliable and acceptable.
The far-left, more than anything, wants power. By determining who is allowed to speak, it seeks to transform the battlefield of ideas into a stage on which only one set of acceptable ideas are allowed to stand. As it turns out, government censorship may not be necessary at this point. When companies like Facebook and Twitter are already squelching the political and social views they deem unacceptable, they are already making authoritarianism a reality.
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