In the weeks after military veteran and conservative pundit Joe Biggs was banned from Twitter for denouncing Antifa, Biggs has now been banned from PayPal and Venmo, further cutting him off from his supporters.
Last month Biggs was banned from Twitter for posting negatively about Antifa, even though what he wrote was far more mild than the violent threats made by Antifa on the same platform. Strangely, Biggs had his profile’s verification stripped hours before he was eventually removed from the platform.
Biggs, a military veteran who was formerly a reporter with Infowars, has been an outspoken critic of ANTIFA and the terrorist far left, which was on full display in Portland this past weekend when journalist Andy Ngo of Quillette was savagely beaten by a leftist mob.
VDARE News noted that Twitter actually has members of ANTIFA on their staff, as the corporate tech giant actively harbors the anti-American domestic terrorist sleeper cell that viciously attacks journalists in the streets.
Now, Biggs says he has been deplatformed by two of the most popular payment apps, PayPal and Venmo.
On his new Facebook account, Biggs wrote “Venmo and PayPal have permanently banned me as of this morning. Venmo is how I send my child money and PayPal is how I got donations to travel on these rally trips.”
He added, “This left wing hissy fit is getting pretty old. But it won’t stop me.”
PayPal previously deplatformed Big League Politics reporter Luke Rolfing without giving him an explanation:
PayPal banned Big League Politics reporter Luke Rohlfing from its platform mere months after he exposed the online payment processor’s funding of an illegal immigration group that has provided services to those that encourage illegal immigration.
Rohlfing says he did not use his PayPal account to receive donations, receive payments, or otherwise conduct business as a reporter, but simply used it to expedite payments and increase security on various websites. Still, PayPal said in its email to Rohlfing notifying him of his account’s termination that the decision was based on his “activities” and relating to his “usage of PayPal services.”
The email also instructed him to remove all mention of PayPal as a payment processor from his website, even though Rohlfing has no website.
While PayPal bans conservative journalists, pundits, and organizations, the platform still lends itself to groups who provide aid to illegal immigrant caravans that seek to break United States immigration laws.
Does the Arizona Constitution Provide Means for Lawmakers to Crack Down on Big Tech Censorship?
Does the Arizona Constitution provide protections from Big Tech?
The Arizona Constitution provides stronger protections for freedom of speech than the First Amendment does, potentially providing legislative solutions to Big Tech censorship in the state at a moment where political censorship is more pervasive than ever.
Article 2 Section 6, Arizona Constitution states that “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. “
This differs greatly from the federal constitution in that it doesn’t limit the powers of a legislature to restrict freedom of speech. The US Constitution identifies “Congress” as the body it’s restricting from making a law abridging the freedom of speech.
The speech rights established by the Arizona Constitution are thus expressed positively; recognizing a right belonging to the people, as opposed to negating an infringement of said right.
Quite obviously, the Arizona Constitution was written in an 1910, an era in which the internet would’ve been just as inconceivable as it was in 1789.
In a 2019 Arizona Supreme Court case, the state’s highest court recognized in a 4-3 judgement that the Arizona Constitution provided greater protections than the federal constitution. The case recognized that violations of the First Amendment would represent de facto violations of the
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Arizona Attorney General, or state legislature, could hold Big Tech oligarchs to account for violating the Article 2 Section 6 rights of Arizona citizens- especially in a context the major platforms are collectively adjudicated to be acting as a trust in order to suppress competition and silence lawful speech.
Three Arizona legislators called upon Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an antitrust investigation into Big Tech oligarchs following the coordinated deplatforming operation against Parler, in which both Amazon and Apple colluded to restrict the free speech platform from the internet.
In an era where the overwhelming majority of free speech is communicated online, the censorious actions of Big Tech very plausibly represent an assault of the right of free expression guaranteed in the Arizona Constitution. Both chambers of Arizona’s legislature remain Republican, even as the state has become purple, and action against Big Tech censorship on the state level could become a real possibility in the coming years.
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