Free speech is not always something that we enjoy. Often, our values are challenged. Many times, bad language and disgusting ideas rear their ugly heads. That ugliness is the price we pay for living in a reasonably free environment. Free speech does not generate happy-happy, joy-joy posts, but it does give us the opportunity to learn from one another and hopefully grow as people.
“YouTube and Twitter and Facebook have more power than the government. If you can’t host a website or tweet, then you effectively don’t have a right to free speech.”
The Washington Post has a fascinating article, Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns.
The Nazis have a site called the Daily Stormer. Monday, Godaddy decided to no longer decided to “delist” that site. That site then went to Google that then did the same. Since then, the Daily Stormer went to the dark web. In all honesty, I was rather surprised that the Nazis had not already done that. Not only do they bypass all censors, they now have a site that is a lot harder to track.
While I have no sympathy for Nazis, I do have free speech concerns. Make no mistake about it, private companies have every right to choose not to support things they find abhorrent, or do they?
Lets think this through VERY carefully. If I own a bakery, I must make wedding cakes for homosexuals and support Muslims. The fact that I might be a Christian or Jewish is ignored. If I service internet sites, I have no such obligation? If I am a mega-corp, I can cut off free speech and stop the flow of money as I see fit without any consequences? I see a big problem…
The incompatibility of those two positions shows exactly where we are. The law is now being applied differently for different political views. For those of you who need it spelled out, that is the very definition of INJUSTICE! While very few people are Nazis, and thus are not really affected, this is a slippery slope that has many negative side-effects.
The southern poverty law center, a well known schill for ultra-left discrimination and hatred is very happy with those tech companies. They see it as a victory for their side. I would expect such a reaction from thugs like them.
I see antifa as a terrorist organization. They are acting in a manner that establishes a do-it-yourself terrorist group. From stalking to attacking, they have a clear record of violence. They are not wearing masks for fun. They are doing their best to make sure they can not be identified. Yes, they are bad people.
We will NEVER see those same Silicon Valley types ban antifa sites.
The Washington Post article points out that right wing techies are responding by building parallel digital services. In other words, paypal, patreon, youtube, twitter, facebook, google, godaddy and others have kicked over a hornet’s nest. I am glad that they have. It is time to neuter those who would determine what can and can not be said. Make NO mistake about it, one way or the other, people will have their say. Information will flow. The hegemony of the mega-corps will be decentralized and many smaller organizations with take up the slack and the profits. The mega-corps have just started a battle for survival that they CAN NOT WIN.
The article lists a few of those organizations daring to form the parallel structures needed;
I look forward to seeing how Infogalactic, a Wikipedia substitute for those looking for a more neutral set of facts, develops. The Washington Post says that they are for a more alt-right type user, I don’t believe that to be correct. They are just not left or right. They are trying to stay neutral and as non-political as possible.
I want to see WeSearchr, a site for placing bounties on information, thrive. This site is a brilliant idea. It allows any person or collective of people to place a “bounty” on desired information. Think of it as wikileaks a la carte.
I hope for the success of hatreon, or a site similar to it, as a substitute for patreon. I was very concerned when people started reporting that patreon was defunding people in a tyrannical manner. I believe that their attack on Lauren Southern will be the beginning of the end for them.
The twitter killer, gab.ai looks damned interesting. As twitter continues to lose users and censor the right, gab is growing. It is worth taking a look at.
While I advocate free speech, there is another reason for supporting hate sites. I want to know what the hell they are planning! Both Nazi groups and antifa are sneaky little bastards that like to pretend to be something they are not. They are very good at busting into other people’s events and committing violence. Knowing where these ass-clowns will be is the first warning that many event organizers will have. That warning is now gone.