November 29, 2017

FCC Chair Calls Out Silicon Valley For Censoring Conservative Voices

Rebel Staff

During a speech on Net Neutrality reform on Tuesday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called out Twitter, YouTube and other Silicon Valley powerhouses for censoring conservative voices: 

Now look: I love Twitter, and I use it all the time.  But let’s not kid ourselves; when it comes to an open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem.  The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate.  As just one of many examples, two months ago, Twitter blocked Representative Marsha Blackburn from advertising her Senate campaign launch video because it featured a pro-life message.  Before that, during the so-called Day of Action, Twitter warned users that a link to a statement by one company on the topic of Internet regulation “may be unsafe.”  And to say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users.  This conduct is many things, but it isn’t fighting for an open Internet.  

And unfortunately, Twitter isn’t an outlier.  Indeed, despite all the talk about the fear that broadband providers could decide what Internet content consumers can see, recent experience shows that so-called edge providers are in fact deciding what content they see.  These providers routinely block or discriminate against content they don’t like.  

The examples from the past year alone are legion.  App stores barring the doors to apps from even cigar aficionados because they are perceived to promote tobacco use.  Streaming services restricting videos from the likes of conservative commentator Dennis Prager on subjects he considers “important to understanding American values.”  Algorithms that decide what content you see (or don’t), but aren’t disclosed themselves.  Online platforms secretly editing certain users’ comments.  And of course, American companies caving to repressive foreign governments’ demands to block certain speech—conduct that would be repugnant to free expression if it occurred within our borders.

In this way, edge providers are a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.  That might explain why the CEO of a company called Cloudflare recently questioned whether “is it the right place for tech companies to be regulating the Internet.”  He didn’t offer a solution, but remarked that “what I know is not the right answer is that a cabal of ten tech executives with names like Matthew, Mark, Jack, . . . Jeff are the ones choosing what content goes online and what content doesn’t go online.” 

It's incredibly refreshing to see Pai speak out against the attack on conservative voices that has been taking place in this country for far too long. The left is on a mission to rip away the First Amendment rights so that dissenting opinions are silenced. Since social media giants like Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook are all operated by left-wingers, they have been able to step up their efforts to silence conservatives both before and since Trump won the election. 

Unfortunately, it looks like this attack on conservative voices is only going to get worse in the coming years. The youngest adult progressives on college campuses have made that clear by launching violent protests whenever their schools so much as schedule a remotely conservative speaker. 

Once these snowflakes graduate, they will make up the next generation of Silicon Valley, a place that is as youthful as it is progressive. While we applaud what Pai said, we doubt that any of these snowflakes will actually be listening...

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commented 2017-11-30 19:07:42 -0500
William Elder, I think your predictions will come to pass, I agree, they are too arrogant to see what’s ahead.
commented 2017-11-30 17:46:23 -0500
Andy, there seems to be a lot of articles disappearing from the internet.
commented 2017-11-30 04:35:08 -0500
Indeed… Looming large in the coming months, if not years, is the issue of “mind control” via somebody censoring information from all sources.. The wiping of historical information is already well evident on Google… Much like the “photoshopping out” of disfavoured Soviet era figures off of the May Day parade stand pictures… Here’s a challenge for anybody who doubts it… Try now to find any evidence that John C. Munro, then Minister of Indian Affairs in Canada, fell down the stairs dead drunk when arriving at the Mount Hope Airport in Hamilton… There are several reporters from The Hamilton Spectator who saw it happen, and wrote about it, but try to find that item now via Google… Poof!… Magically gone!…
commented 2017-11-29 22:43:44 -0500
Drew – good question. I have another question for lefty’s . . .

If all cultures are equal – i.e., Islam is just as good as western culture – how come you keep trying to change ours? You’ve been on a mission for 50yrs to change it. Why? Why didn’t you just leave the way it was in say, the 30’s, or the 50’s? Well what do you mean it oppressed women and gays and the like? Islam still does and it’s equal to our culture. So answer the question – if all cultures are equal – why do you keep trying to change ours?
commented 2017-11-29 22:24:23 -0500
Question for the left wing commenters-If you are so correct and sure of your ideals then why the need to censor and control? Afraid your ideals will shrivel and die in the light of debate and free choice?
commented 2017-11-29 22:21:56 -0500
So many on the left hate free speech and free thinking as it negates their imagined superiority if someone is not a mindless drone they can dictate to.
commented 2017-11-29 20:44:50 -0500
I’ll make a prediction here you can get back to me on later – I can see in Trump’s 2nd or 3rd year a mass of antitrust charges/suits bring down the internet moguls and the collusive fake news cabals – all under FCC license – all liable to breaching Fcc and federal law concerning free access and restriction of trade. They’re on thin ice and too stupid/arrogant to hear it cracking under them.