Big tech censorship

Jan 13, 2021 by

The greatest threat to American democracy is not Trump, by David Robertson, Christian Today:  Arnold Schwarzenegger compared Capitol Hill to Kristallnacht in 1938…The comparison is hyperbolic nonsense. There is, however, another comparison with the Nazis that is more relevant: the Reichstag fire of 1933. In 1933, a Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, set fire to the German parliament. This was used as an excuse to eventually pass an Enabling Act “to protect the German People and...

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The Deplatforming of America

Jan 13, 2021 by

by Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine: For a moment as brief as it was recent, the prospects of Catholics in the American public square looked better than they ever had. Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic mother, was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Attorney General William Barr was speaking frequently about the place of people of faith—and of their faith itself—in civic life. Conversations on the right about public morality gained momentum rapidly before finally taking...

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The black hole of online censorship

Jan 11, 2021 by

By Josephine Bartosch, The Critic: There has never been a perfect public space; the agora of ancient Athens was only open to men, and those harvesting the coffee beans never had the chance to enter the coffee houses favoured by enlightenment thinkers. But at a time when we are barred from pontificating about politics over a pint or at a public meeting, social media platforms are a lifeline to the marketplace of ideas. This week, the banning of sitting President Trump from Twitter and the...

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Big Tech has become a tyranny

Jan 10, 2021 by

by Tom Slater, spiked: Facebook’s banning of Donald Trump sets a terrifying precedent. In a crowded field, those cheering the suspension of Donald Trump’s Facebook account might just be the most idiotic people in political life today. The decision announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday to close down Trump’s page for the rest of his presidency, perhaps indefinitely, represents the most profound assertion yet of Big Tech’s right to police democratic politics. At a stroke,...

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The woke purge

Jan 9, 2021 by

by Brendan O’Neill, spiked: Cancel culture doesn’t exist, they say. And yet with the flick of a switch, billionaire capitalists voted for by precisely nobody have just silenced a man who is still the democratically elected president of the United States. With the push of a button in their vast temples to technology, the new capitalist oligarchs of Silicon Valley have prevented a man who won the second largest vote in the history of the American republic just two months ago — 74million...

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Ofcom wants to No Platform trans-sceptics

Jan 7, 2021 by

by Neil Davenport, spiked: The UK broadcast regulator is trying to deny airtime to critics of transgender ideology. Speaking before parliament’s digital, culture, media and sports committee in December, Melanie Dawes, chief executive of broadcast regulator Ofcom, said it was ‘extremely inappropriate’ for broadcasters to seek to ‘balance’ the views of transgender people by also giving airtime to the views of ‘anti-trans pressure groups’. Ofcom has now followed through on Dawes’ comments by...

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