Social media really isn’t all that different from the mainstream media. Just like with the media you’ll find on tv, the people in charge of online platforms tend to be Liberals hell-bent on getting their agenda accepted by the masses.
It doesn’t take an internet sleuth to see that Conservative voices have been silenced on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and even Reddit.
In fact, FreedomWire has had its own run-ins with both YouTube and Facebook over the past year, even though we’ve done our best to abide by their guidelines
Censorship is a HEAVY issue, and it’s something that Americans have traditionally been against. The US Constitution grants us the freedom to speak freely without being punished by the government.
However, that same freedom isn’t afforded to us by privately-owned companies. These entities aren’t a part of the US federal government, so they can “punish” whoever they choose for saying things they don’t agree with.
If they don’t like what you’re saying, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter have every right to censor you or even punish you with a suspended or deleted account…
Or do they?
Whose Truth Matters More?
See, it all depends on what label the company takes for itself.
If they present themselves as a publisher, then they have EVERY right to fact-check you (Facebook), ban you for a year (see Twitter with James Woods), or kick you off their platform altogether, like many have done with Alex Jones.
However, if they say they’re a public platform, then they technically do NOT have the right to censor anybody. If they do restrict content, they’d be in direct violation of the First Amendment.
So, which is it? Are social media companies platforms or publishers?
While that question has been is still is being hotly debated, it brings us to the question at the very heart of this entire issue: what is TRUTH?
Whose truth is the REAL truth? Or, even better, is there a REAL truth, or only an individual’s interpretation of it?
It’s a hard question to answer…
But traditionally Left-leaning Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, one of the most-visited sites on the internet, attempted to weigh in on the issue. In a recent statement, Zuckerberg decided to speak out against fellow social media giant Twitter for their recent “fact-checking” of one of the president’s tweets.
The tweet, in which was Trump talking about how mail-in voting could open the door to voter fraud, was flagged as “misinformation,” and redirected to facts provided by CNN and The Washington Post. However, it was later discovered that a proven Trump-hater was the Twitter employee responsible for flag, and that the information that “refuted” the president’s claims simply confirmed this employee’s own bias.
This prompted the President to issue an executive order to curtail these companies’ ability to censor those they disagree with.
But it also prompted Zuckerberg to speak out.
Kettle Vs. Pot: Zuckerberg Speaks Out AGAINST Censorship
“We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg stated. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think, in general, private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
He’s not wrong.
As he stated, the truth can be very subjective, and Zuckerberg bringing that fact to the forefront with his statement carries weight.
Now, it’s worth noting that Zuckerberg’s own company is JUST as guilty of it as Twitter. It’s basically the pot calling the kettle black here, but still…
It can seem a bit disingenuous, but Zuckerberg may be thinking about the long-term here. Playing by the rules of the administration in power is the best way for the company to survive.
Or maybe, just maybe, Zuckerberg truly feels that nobody has the ability to discern what somebody’s truth actually is.
It’s impossible to tell what’s in any man’s heart…
But regardless of his motivations, simply by weighing in, he’s validating what Conservatives have been saying for years now.
Hopefully, Zuckerberg’s words and Trump executive order can foster REAL change…
Because if things keep going in the same direction they always have, we could be facing an Orwellian level of censorship within our own lifetime.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . ..” – George Orwell, 1984