On the same day that Twitter banned POTUS, Apple, and Google (the only two app stores in the world) are colluding to ban Parler (Twitter’s only competitor). Google and Apple are suspending Parler, claiming they didn’t censor postings that “seeks to “seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.”
It’s time for those anti-trust laws to kick in. Did you notice how these leftists didn’t do this when Democrat Antifa and BLM were burning and looting???
In addition to Twitter erasing President Trump, Brandon Straka’s group, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, Techno Fog, Tracey Beanz, and many others, they are deleting followers of popular figures on Twitter. Legendary host Rush Limbaugh was removed! It’s a massive purge.
CNN thinks they can take Fox News off the air. They have already pressured all the cable companies to drop Fox News, blaming them for all violence and disinformation.
Reporters for conservative outlets are losing followers quickly, and Republicans are silent.
Wow. Just lost 5,000 followers in less than an hour. This purge of political opposition is beyond intense
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 9, 2021
I have lost around 7,000 followers. This is it. This is the push to remove all conservatives from social media.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) January 8, 2021
Actor James Woods announced that he lost 15,000 followers in a few hours and suggested there was “no point” in continuing to engage on the forum.
Twitter, the “public forum” for free speech, has deleted 15,000 followers from my account in the last few hours.
There is no point engaging in a national conversation on a “forum” that is in actual fact a propaganda organ.
God bless America.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 7, 2021
Kirstie Alley responded to Woods and said that she lost 9,000 followers herself and suggested a “purge” was taking place.
Now 9,000 lost followers.. so weird .. something strange is happening ..the purge
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) January 8, 2021
Just lost another batch of 3.7K followers pic.twitter.com/b9pHmv9998
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 8, 2021
600 more followers just removed at one time …
7,500 since yesterday
This is only happening to all conservatives accounts. https://t.co/knDjO6J0hH
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) January 8, 2021
I don’t care that much anymore, especially compared to our first world problems, but it’s weird that twice in the last few months I reached 312k followers & immediately started losing them. Now down to 308k in a few days. I haven’t tweeted enough lately to alienate that many IMHO
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) January 8, 2021
Lost over 11k followers thus far today. Big Tech purge accelerating? https://t.co/W7bqX9avjF
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 8, 2021
7K+ for me in two days… pic.twitter.com/uwkrvaJJTf
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 8, 2021
Wow 10,000 followers gone in one week. Just like that they are going to get rid of all us. Please sign up at https://t.co/mfghoLy7gR – we will be helping!
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January 9, 2021
It’s not just section 230 that keeps these social media tyrants in power. When President signed the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, he probably didn’t know that the NAFTA-replacing trade agreement, USMCA, gives tech giants in Silicon Valley a special legal privilege to censor his own supporters — and anyone else they find “objectionable.”
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube all engaged in pre-election censorship against Republicans and Trump supporters. Yet they’ve managed to sneak a liability protection into President Trump’s trade bill that would make it even easier for them to censor their own users.
USMCA entrenches the tech giants’ legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grant them legal immunity for user-generated content. This is an important part of the law that allows tech platforms to host a wide variety of speech with light-touch moderation.
But USMCA also entrenches tech companies’ right to censor without liability. Article 19.17 of the trade agreement gives tech companies immunity from any lawsuits arising from actions taken to “restrict material it considers to be harmful or objectionable.”
Section 230 has a similarly problematic provision, which needs to be amended by the next Congress if the censorship of the internet is to be stopped. But the new, even broader censorship provision, will make it nearly impossible for the tech giants’ privilege of legal immunity from any lawsuit that arises out of their censorship practices to be taken away.
Whereas Section 230 can be amended by the U.S. Congress, USMCA is a trade agreement – once ratified by all three nations (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), it will take further agreement from the three nations to amend it. And only one of those countries has a First Amendment.