A popular podcast run by the man who went viral after defending himself against an Antifa member was banned by Facebook with no explanation or opportunity to appeal the decision.
Panman and his cohost, Jason Lo, say their Facebook page “Titans of Liberty” was banned from Facebook without a notification, appeal process, or explanation for its removal last week.
Speaking to Big League Politics, Lo explained that the page was, strangely, removed from Facebook without any of the platform’s usual procedures.
“The page disappeared out of thin air, and it’s just gone,” said Lo. “No warning, no nothing.”
Facebook typically warns users they are infringing on the platform’s community standards several times, temporarily suspending their ability to post in increments ranging from 24 hours to 30 days, and eventually escalate these punishments to the complete removal of a Facebook page.
Rather than following this pattern, Facebook removed the “Titans of Liberty” page with no explanation, and Lo and Panman received no punishment on their personal profiles. Lo told Big League Politics he was given “No reason at all.”
The ban could be related to Panman’s affiliation with the Proud Boys, which Facebook considers a “hate group.”
Facebook’s decision to ban Lo and Panman’s page comes on the heels of the big tech platform’s decision to ban several prominent right wing figures, including Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos from both Facebook and Instagram.
One reason given by Facebook for the ban was that Jones interviewed Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes on his radio and TV show, who Facebook considers a “hate figure” and banned previously.
Big League Politics asked Facebook for comment on this story and did not receive a response.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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