President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager says the giants of Silicon Valley are stifling free speech, particularly conservative speech, manifesting the “inherent totalitarian impulse” of the left.
In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, Brad Parscale wrote that social media platforms “that once facilitated the free exchange of ideas and information are now actively seeking to silence and censor conservative opinions.”
“This new Orwellian impulse that is taking over Big Tech is particularly problematic because social media websites, which are supposed to be safe spaces for all free speech, get special legal perks,” he said.
Parscale noted that under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites such as Facebook and Twitter are not treated as publishers of “information provided by another,” which would subject them to libel laws, because they “offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”
That means, he argues, they are “not merely private companies who can censor whomever they wish but public forums that allow free and open debate.”
“Yet, they’re doing the exact opposite,” he said, “stifling online speech, warping the national discourse, and obstructing the free flow of ideas.”
The companies, he said are actively trying to silence conservatives and deprive them of online platforms.
He cited as an example Twitter recently suspending conservative activist Candace Owens for satirical tweets mimicking the racist, anti-white tweets of New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong.
Jeong, he noted, has never been suspended from Twitter despite a history of racist comments.
Parscale also cited revelations that Twitter had shadowbanned prominent Republican leaders.
Facebook, meanwhile, “changed its feed algorithms — ostensibly to combat fake news — but the result has been a suspicious and significant drop in the reach of conservative pages and advertisements.”
Earlier this month, Facebook banned a Republican congressional candidate’s ad because it depicted images of the Cambodian genocide.
A study by Western Journal found that while liberal publishers saw a roughly 2 percent increase in web traffic from Facebook following the algorithm changes, conservative sites saw a loss of traffic averaging around 14 percent.
He also noted Facebook, Google (YouTube) and Twitter all work with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the far-left organization that puts major pro-family Christian organizations such as the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom on its “hate list” along with the Ku Klux Klan.
Controversial commentator Alex Jones and his website Infowars were banned last week from Facebook, YouTube and other sites, which he said “will inevitably lead to the silencing of those with far less controversial opinions than Jones.”
“What we are seeing in Big Tech is the inherent totalitarian impulse of the Left come into full focus,” Parscale said.