A conservative journalist and Big League Politics contributor was banned from Facebook on Sunday in the midst of a purge of prominent right-wing figures by Silicon Valley tech giants.
“Laura Loomer has been unpublished for repeatedly posting things that don’t comply with Facebook Terms,” the site informed Loomer. “Please review Facebook Community Standards to learn more about our policies.”
When fascist tech giants silence users, they never give a concrete reason, only a vague “violation of terms” excuse.
The ban comes on the heels of Loomer being assaulted by a Palestinian congressional candidate from Michigan. Loomer posted the video of the interaction to her Facebook page, and was subsequently banned.
In the past week, radio news giant Alex Jones was banned from YouTube, Apple and Facebook, among smaller platforms like Spotify and Pinterest. British free speech activist Tommy Robinson was then banned from Instagram. Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media was banned from Twitter.
What do Loomer and the other three purge victims have in common? They are all conservative voices with large platforms.
Many have argued over the past week that tech giants, being private entities, have the right to deny service to anyone they please. Usually this argument works.
But Silicon Valley is a vastly different case. The big four, Apple, Google (YouTube), Facebook, and Twitter have a virtual monopoly on the internet itself, which is the main platform for public discourse in the current year. Not to mention, Silicon Valley is one of the largest lobbyists of bought-and-paid for leftist politicians in Washington, D.C.
Just because the government is not officially silencing conservatives, does not mean they are not complicit.
Either way, corporate fascism is still fascism.
Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
On Tuesday morning the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The lawsuit accuses Google of engaging in monopolistic, anticompetitive practices to tighten their stranglehold on the search and search advertising market.
In the words of the WSJ report, the company is “maintaining its status as gatekeeper to the internet through an unlawful web of exclusionary and interlocking business agreements that shut out competitors.” Google also allegedly uses billions of dollars in ad revenue to pay smartphone manufacturers, carriers, and browsers, so that they “maintain Google as their preset, default search engine.”
Many have been eagerly awaiting this move for some time. Big League Politics published an article five months ago on the Justice Department’s intention to file an antitrust suit against the tech giant:
Despite the Wuhan virus pandemic making work complicated for the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr has allocated significant resources into the Google investigation and continues to place it as a top priority. Barr told The Wall Street Journal in March that he wanted the Justice Department to make a final decision this summer. “I’m hoping that we bring it to fruition early summer,” Barr said during the time. “And by fruition I mean, decision time.”
Paxton said the pandemic was not preventing his office from pursuing further action. “We’ve issued [civil subpoenas] to Google and impacted third parties. We hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall,” Paxton declared in a statement. “If we determine that filing is merited we will go to court soon after that.”
Google responded to the lawsuit saying, “Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to—not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives. We will have a fuller statement this morning.”
It’s about time we see one of these Big Tech behemoths get challenged in court. Hopefully this represents a first step in the government going after Silicon Valley in general.
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