Atheist commentator and “intellectual dark web” figure Sam Harris announced that he would be deleting his Patreon account in response to the company’s gravitation towards political censorship Sunday night. In a statement on Twitter, Harris explained that although he didn’t share the political views of those who were banned, he no longer saw a reason to patronize an engine of political censorship puppeteered by Patreon’s “Trust and Safety” committee.
Patreon is a fundraising platform that provides a means for content creators of various sorts to be supported by their fans. Harris’ departure from the platform, which he used as a way for his fans to support his podcast, could singlehandedly represent a threat to the San Francisco company’s business model, as the author’s account was the 13th biggest on the entire website.
A few suspensions of prominent Patreon users on transparently political grounds had directed a wave of criticism towards the company. Liberal centrist YouTuber Sargon of Akkad was purged from the platform earlier this month, and other figures recently deleted entirely from Patreon include Milo Yiannopoulos and counter-jihad author Robert Spencer.
Despite a deluge of bannings targeting any content creator even vaguely located on the political right, a bevy of nakedly violent left-wing extremists continue to use Patreon to raise funds for activities that are openly violent and terroristic.
Patreon’s CEO, Jack Conte has taken numerous opportunities to make his leftist views clear to the world. He’s spoken of his “disgust” for Donald Trump, and has described patriotic immigration laws as the antithesis of “everything we’re building at Patreon.”
The corporate left will stop at nothing to silence skepticism and critical inquiry that represents a threat to the dream of a progressive, milquetoast political climate that places the premises of the left beyond question. It remains unlikely that Harris’ departure, while impactful, will prevent Silicon Valley tech bigwigs from continuing on their cultural quest for a sterile and boring corporate online environment in which Big Brother is placed beyond reproach.
Facebook Mass Censoring Any MENTION of the Word ‘Coronavirus’
Pathetic level of censorship.
Facebook appears to enacting a totally new level of Orwellian censorship, going so far as to mass delete any comment or post with a mere mention of the word ‘coronavirus.’ Some online conservatives brought up the remarkable and reactionary censorship on Monday, expressing surprise that the company would go so far as to silence any mere mention of the disease’s name.
Other Facebook users recounted the exact same experience. It’s unclear if the automated ban on saying ‘coronavirus’ applies throughout the entire platform, or is merely blanketed upon a subsection of users.
The author had a similar experience when posting a comment that merely said the word ‘coronavirus.’
Curiously, the comments merely stating ‘coronavirus’ don’t appear to have been outright deleted from the platform. Instead, they’re rendered invisible to anyone but the individual that posted them, ensuring that Facebook can claim they aren’t deleted, but just as effectively silenced.
The coronavirus epidemic is one of the most significant global events since World War II. But don’t you dare as so much even think as to mention it on Facebook.
For the world’s largest social media network to so callously silence anyone who even dares to mention the name of the disease is reminiscent of some of the most authoritarian censorship practices in history, such as those practiced in the Soviet Union.
It’s hard to think of a practice that could so effectively reveal malfeasance and authoritarianism on the part of Silicon Valley tech elites, but they don’t care. So much as an actual discussion on coronavirus isn’t permitted for the unwashed masses, and is reserved as a privilege for the liberal elites.
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