On the heels of conservative journalist Laura Loomer’s epic protest in which she handcuffed herself to Twitter’s office in New York City, right wing pundit CJ Pearson was banned from the platform.
“What happened today with Twitter is more of the same – an overt and intentional attempt at censorship to silence a voice they cannot control,” Pearson told Big League Politics. “The left will not silence me.”
Pearson said the pretext for his ban was age, for which Twitter has suspended him before. Twitter’s terms of service dictate that one must be at least 13 to use the platform.
“I’m 16 years old, not 13,” he said. I established this months ago with Twitter when they banned me using the same reasoning. This is nothing more than a creative approach at censorship.”
Pearson said that six months ago Twitter suspended his account, forcing him to verify his age, and even getting his mother involved in the process. He was defending Loomer’s protest Thursday afternoon when his account was taken offline.
The social media giant has been under scrutiny for its repeated banning of right wing figures, including Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos. Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes.
Earlier this week, the platform banned Fox News pundit Jesse Kelly, but reinstated his account after widespread outrage.
MeWe Goes Big Tech Authoritarian, Opts for Political Censorship
This is no different than a Big Tech platform.
Supposed Big Tech alternative MeWe is opting for the path of political censorship and repression, caving to demands of media leftists to censor right-leaning political content.
MeWe’s administrators confirmed they would close so-called ‘Stop the Steal’ groups and purge their content from its platform earlier this month.
MeWe styles itself as somewhat of a Facebook alternative, advertising user privacy and independence from a data surveillance business model. MeWe’s administrators have taken to signalling against real free speech social media platforms such as Parler and Gab, a thumb in the face of their largely anti-establishment user base, many of whom joined the service to begin with in pursuit of a Facebook alternative that doesn’t censor.
MeWe is NOT an "anything goes" site like Parler or Gab. MeWe's TOS is strict & clear (https://t.co/oJP1JvrxiZ)- haters, lawbreakers, violence inciters etc. are not welcome. We have an outstanding Trust & Safety team that works hard every day to investigate & remove TOS-violators
— MeWe (@mewe) January 10, 2021
An overwhelming majority of Americans who attended ‘Stop the Steal’ protests are peaceful and non-violent, with only a handful getting out of control during the January 6th raucous US Capitol riot. MeWe’s decision to implement political censorship en masse makes it no different than the worst Big Tech authoritarians, except for the deceptive marketing of a free speech social media platform.
In any event, a social media platform that bans arbitrarily defined “haters” is almost assured to have draconian anti-free speech policies. MeWe has opted for the path of a minuscule Big Tech clone in a betrayal of its own user base. Gab offers a wide range of social services without the politically correct censorship, and MeWe’s users should embrace it as the real home of free speech online.
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