Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, released an op/ed on Saturday where he called for Big Brother to regulate his competition out of commission while putting new Draconian restrictions into place that would shift the blame off of him for committing an Orwellian assault against free speech on his corporate platform.
“The rules governing the Internet allowed a generation of entrepreneurs to build services that changed the world and created a lot of value in people’s lives. It’s time to update these rules to define clear responsibilities for people, companies and governments going forward,” the Facebook founder wrote about his restrictive proposal to strange the free internet.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own. So we’re creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. We’re also working with governments, including French officials, on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems,” Zuckerberg added, making it clear that he is happy to cede unprecedented power to big government if it will clear up his public relations problem.
Some “free market” commentators, like the leather jacket-clad Nick Gillespie of the Koch-funded Reason Magazine, are already throwing in the towel. An avid proponent of laissez-faire economics, Gillespie sees the monolithic corporations embracing this regulatory push and is rolling over since his dogma claims there is nothing we can do to stop these so-called market forces.
“Goodbye to hive minds, the wisdom of crowds, and the disintermediation that allow each of us to decide what is ‘terrorist propaganda, hate speech and more.’ We’re back in bad old meatspace, with ‘independent bodies’ and expert committees and all that,” Gillespie wrote, bemoaning Zuckerberg’s push for more regulation.
“Goodbye, open internet; you will be missed,” Gillespie wrote in a final submissive whimper to Big Brother.
However, all hope is far from being lost. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) can be amended to revoke certain special government immunity privileges for tech companies if they act as partisan political publishers rather than neutral content providers.
The key provision of the CDA reads: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Freshman US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is leading the charge against Big Tech for Orwellian censorship policies against conservative free speech as well as other hostile business practices:
The new Congress needs to investigate and find out. Twitter is exempt from liability as a “publisher” because it is allegedly “a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.” That does not appear to be accurate.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 27, 2018
The Big Tech giants regularly abuse the public trust – spying on consumers, taking data without consent, discriminating against conservatives. Then they wonder why citizens are angry? Time to hold them accountable pic.twitter.com/m4vSNUKOBp
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 5, 2019
Handicapped by a mediocre ideology, the Koch-suckers at Reason Magazine cannot fathom anything but total obsequence to their corporate masters, but there is a non-invasive solution: Changing Section 230 of the CDA. If tech corporations refuse to uphold basic American values like freedom of speech, they should not be give any special government favors protecting them from liability and competition.
HIDING OUT: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Vacationed in French Polynesia as Big Tech Platform Banned Trump
Establishment elitist coward.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey vacationed on a private island in French Polynesia when the Big Tech platform permanently suspended President Donald Trump, according to sources within the company this week.
Twitter sources indicate that Dorsey expressed concern and at times opposition to the purge of the President. Dorsey generally remained hesitant to permanently ban President Trump from Twitter, even as authoritarian liberals and the Democratic party establishment made aggressive demands that he engage in censorship of the President.
Dorsey reportedly conferenced into Twitter executive meetings in which hysterical company employees demanding a permanent ban of Trump, citing a raucous protest at the US Capitol and establishment demands for strict censorship of political dissidents. Dorsey continued to provide a token opposition, but ultimately caved to censorship demands following the January 6th protest. Dorsey played coy in a a tweet thread following the ban, seeking to avoid responsibility for the corporate act of political censorship by feigning consternation with the ban.
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
The State Department currently recommends against personal travel to French Polynesia. This didn’t stop Mr. Dorsey, who has presided over a propaganda campaign surrounding various COVID-19 topics, from traveling to the luxury destination to vacation as his platform purged the voice of the American president. The island which Dorsey fled to is reportedly a favorite of the media and entertainment elite, who seek to avoid media and paparazzi.
Dorsey will ultimately go down in history as a childish icon of Big Tech’s arrogance and insolence, styling himself the propaganda leader of Silicon Valley’s monopolies. It’s time to build free speech systems such as Gab, Parler and Minds in order to render the feckless Silicon Valley establishment censor an irrelevance.
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