Atheist video blogger Hunter Avallone, who appears on the speaking circuit for Turning Point USA (TPUSA) events, told a crowd during a speech at Penn State University on Thursday that “conservatives are not being censored online the way big conservative names have claimed.”
Avallone appeared at the TPUSA event with Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin to discuss free speech. He stated his beliefs that conservatives complaining about Big Tech censorship are “playing the victim” because they are only concerned with “fame and money.”
Parts of his speech where he denied Big Tech censorship can be seen here:
Hunter Avallone at a Turning Point USA meeting claiming that Big Tech censorship against conservative isn’t real. Thank goodness he cleared that up for us. pic.twitter.com/yvHNYuBlqP
— Z Mite✝️ (@Zoomer_mite) October 24, 2019
After he took heat on social media over his comments, Avallone became defiant on his Instagram account. He viciously maligned paleoconservative video blogger Nick Fuentes and conspiracy researcher Mark Dice for reacting to his shocking denialism about Big Tech censorship.
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Lmao. A bunch of @nicholasjfuentes alt-right cuck friends are currently crying their little eyes out over the fact I think conservative censorship is an overblown victim mentality. Shouldn’t you guys be working through your emotional issues after your wives ditched you for black guys?! 🤡
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Funny how conservatives are just like the SJW’s. One ounce of disagreement and they completely turn on you. What a dumb boomer @markdice – you’re an embarrassment to conservativism. You clearly don’t want “millennials” like me to be heard, because you know I’m about to challenge your victim mentality.
Avallone’s comments come in spite of a mountain of evidence contradicting his point. Big League Politics has published dozens of articles about the ongoing purge of right-wing voices such as Laura Loomer, James Allsup, Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, and many others from major social media platforms.
Facebook has recently demonstrated anti-Christian bigotry in their Big Brother censorship, as their targeting of pro-life Christians has even caught the ire of Republican Senators:
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Braun issued a scathing letter to Facebook on Wednesday, calling them out for their anti-Christian censorship against the pro-life activists at LiveAction.
“Your company, like Twitter, Google, Pinterest and so many of the other major social media firms in Silicon Valley, has repeatedly been presented with evidence of bias against those with conservative viewpoints, especially on the issue of abortion,” states the letter, which is addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The Senators and the primary victim of Facebook’s censorship campaign, Live Action President Lila Rose, demanded that the social media provider reverse their arbitrary distinction of “fake news” and issue an apology.
“The platform should be a place for the free exchange of ideas, not one where only pro-abortion arguments are allowed. Live Action has asked Facebook to rectify this situation by rescinding their fact-check, sending a new notification to all users about the change, and apologizing, as well as reforming their “fact-check” process,” Rose wrote.
However, Facebook has done the exact opposite of the responsible thing to do. They are thumbing their noses at the federal government, and doubling down on their censorship campaign against LiveAction and by extension the pro-life community.
Avallone’s apologetics for Big Tech censorship comes following news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is wooing conservative thought leaders in order to form strategic partnerships as his tech monopoly comes under increased scrutiny:
It was revealed on Monday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been holding off-the-record dinners at his home with top conservative thought leaders hoping to curry favor with them and form alliances…
Individuals Zuckerberg has reportedly dined with include Fox News host Tucker Carlson, talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell, neoconservative Sen. Lindsey Graham, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York, Town Hall editor Guy Benson, think-tank contributor Matt Continetti, and ‘Never Trump’ crusader Ben Shapiro.
A spokesperson for Facebook downplayed the importance of the gatherings, saying, “For years, Mark Zuckerberg has met with elected officials and thought leaders all across the political spectrum.”
A source close to the situation told Politico that Zuckerberg talked with the right-wing personalities about “free expression, unfair treatment of conservatives, the appeals process for real or perceived unfair treatment, fact checking, partnerships, and privacy.”
Avallone may have become the latest popular voice in conservative media to succumb to the powerful influence of Big Tech lobbyists.
Facebook Will Create “Oversight Board” For Users to Appeal Censorship Decisions
A smidgen of accountability.
Facebook is planning on rolling out an “oversight board” to which users of the platform can appeal the censorship of content.
“Over the next few weeks, our nearly 3 billion users will have access to an independent review of difficult content decisions,” announced the company in a Thursday blog post.
Oversight Board to Start Hearing Cases https://t.co/AAaa2nPmsF
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) October 22, 2020
Facebook is describing the oversight board as a “global body of experts separate from Facebook that will make independent and binding decisions on the cases they choose to hear.” Facebook users will presumably have the option to appeal incidences of censorship to Facebook’s oversight board when they have exhausted use of Facebook’s existing censorship appeal process. However, the existing process is only available on a seemingly arbitrary basis, and it’s probably not unlikely that those who already aren’t in Facebook’s good graces won’t be allowed the opportunity to appeal to the oversight board.
The overseers are employed and selected by Facebook itself, casting serious doubt as to whether they’re genuinely impartial arbiters of social media censorship.
It’s hard to tell if this is a step in the right direction or merely a ruse for the monopoly to counter accusations that its arbitrary censorship process is undemocratic and authoritarian. In predictable fashion, the powerful Oversight Board is staffed almost exclusively with Soros-linked neoliberal progressives, some of whom have already advocated for a European understanding of “free speech” as opposed to an American one.
With great power comes great responsibility, and Facebook seems content to accept the former without the latter. It simply isn’t their place to declare what is permissible political speech.
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