As claims of censorship by Facebook grow, a new website has emerged to document the complaints.
The owner of the site, Rusty James, told the Conservative Firing Line he came up with the idea in May 2018 after his two favorite bloggers were suspended by Facebook.
“It really hit home for me, seeing both of them silenced,” James said. “I started asking questions — just how many sites are being blocked?”
James observed Facebook was banning anything not considered “politically correct.”
He said he was struck by the “sheer number” of individuals who were being censored.
“A lot of people seem to get a good laugh out of it but they don’t think about the full impact,” he said.
Conservative Firing Line cited activist Chris Sevier, who has drafted legislation that is under consideration by state legislators titled the “Anti-Social Media Censorship Act of 2019.”
Sevier argued social-media websites “are engaging in contracts with users in the states and can be regulated for bad faith, unfair dealing, and fraudulent inducement.”
“Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 would safeguard Internet providers and search engines from this act but not interactive individual websites with more than 75,000,000 people who market themselves as being open to the public and open to the sharing of ideas only to prove otherwise,” he noted.
He contends Facebook “has perpetrated a form of fraudulent inducement, tortious interference of business relations, breach of the duty of care, unjust enrichment, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress by at first allowing conservatives and Christians to build a platform where they were supposedly free to express themselves only to then turn around and arbitrarily find some speech permissible and other speech impermissible.”
New reports of censorship
Among the latest claims of censorship, PJ Media reported Facebook blocked a New York Post article by Salena Zito, a CNN contributor, that explained “why Trump’s supporters won’t care about Cohen and Manafort’s convictions.”
Facebook, PJ Media said, also targeted Jenna Lynn Ellis, director of public policy at the James Dobson Family Institute, who published an article in the Washington Examiner explaining why “Democrats are overreacting to the Michael Cohen guilty plea.”
The online censorship goes beyond the Silicon Valley tech giants.
WND reported Thursday that Mastercard, influenced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, blacklisted The David Horowitz Freedom Center, forbidding the well-known conservative think-tank from using their donation processing systems.
The center initially said Visa also had banned them, but a company representative told Breitbart News that the claim was in error.
Robert Spencer, whose influential Jihad Watch site is hosted by Horowitz’s organization, recently was banned from the web-based funding site Patreon, which claimed Mastercard demanded the move, also due to the influence of SPLC.
A new documentary called “The Creepy Line” asks, “What if your whole life was taken over, analyzed and exploited, and you signed up for it?”
“Google and Facebook, they’ll sell you anything. They’ll sell you,” says a voiceover in a trailer for the film.
Jordan Peterson, the psychologist who has become wildly popular via social media and his stand against politically correct speech, comments in the film that the “free services” offered by the tech giants are not really free.
It’s the point made by tech icon George Gilder in his new book “Life After Google,” which contends that amid daily news of censorship, privacy violations and market monopolization, the age of the tech giants and their centralized, top-down hierarchical world is about to end, largely because their “neo-Marxist, deterministic” worldview is “fundamentally flawed.”
Google’s products are free because a price of zero, he told WND in an interview, signifies a return to the ancient barter system, and what is exchanged for the goods is a person’s attention and ultimately their time, which, Gilder points out, “is actually your life.”
The digital world after Google, says Gilder, who provided the blueprint for Reagan’s economic revolution and predicted the iPhone among other innovations, will be a new frontier of free enterprise that will look more like the original internet of limitless possibilities but be bolstered by a new architecture rooted in security and private property.