[January 4, 2021] There is a wise saying that goes something like this, “Censorship reflects a lack of self-awareness in the agent.” Over the past several years, social media companies have been exercising censorship over speech with which they disagree. Those who censor the ideas of others are themselves practitioners of moral cowardice.
“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” – George R.R. Martin
Like so many other social media platforms, Twitter has taken to using its near-monopoly to use various technological tricks to suppress ideas. They do this through outright blocking of content, selective message tampering, search bias, “fact” checking, warning messages, and more that can still be found on the Internet.
The censorship has been incorrectly called “biased reporting” but has reached the U.S. Congress and the President’s attention. Little has been done. Each time Twitter or other media companies tighten their grip on people’s thoughts, Congress calls the CEO in for hearings, garnering a lot of hype, but nothing is done.
Let’s be blunt. This is modern-day book burning. The 1930s Nazi Party was not the first to use it, nor will they be the last. Twitter executives hold themselves out as virtuous, the vanguard against evil forces, and the classic hero who slays the dragon and saves the girl. They are, however, none of these. Their self-delusion is severe and dangerous.
It is an open secret that social media is anti-Conservative. Twitter has not been subject to government intervention because it enjoys a hyper-liberal bias and because it has U.S. law under Section 230 as protections against being sued for content, not within their control.
It can be argued that if the U.S. Government conducted itself in the same way as Twitter, it would violate the First Amendment to the Constitution.
In late October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill to give his side of the problem. He denied any bias against conservative thought. Texas Senator Ted Cruz slammed Dorsey by noting that Twitter is editing and censoring and silencing specific news stories.2
The stereotype military officer is seen as an inflexible, narrow-minded, knuckle-dragger with little education or even a creative thought. It’s looking more and more like the stereotype fits Twitter executives who have prostrated themselves to leftist causes in America.