The attack on free speech is accelerating exponentially. Big Tech is steamrolling former President Donald Trump, but they may not stop there.
YouTube is the latest internet platform to announce they would now ban Trump indefinitely, according to the New York Post. The Google company made the announcement Tuesday, revising the existing suspension the former president’s channel faced since earlier this month.
“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” Ivy Choi, YouTube spokesperson, said in a statement explaining the decision to cut the former president off from his channel’s nearly 3 million subscribers. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.”
This latest effort to cut Trump off from his supporters comes after other Silicon Valley giants have already thrown Trump off of their platforms. Twitter announced it would permanently ban Trump while Facebook maintains it has suspended the former president indefinitely.
All of these actions are supposedly in response to his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. During a demonstration protesting the Electoral College vote counting, a group of Trump’s supporters broke in and caused damage, destruction, and even death. Although Trump did not incite the attack and condemned their actions, he’s facing impeachment and has been effectively shut out of public life by the internet elite.
Judging from the way other conservatives have also been silenced, it appears this has little to do with Trump’s purported responsibility in the attack on the Capitol, however. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was also banned from Twitter for sharing his theory of possible voter fraud and the problem with the Dominion machines, the UK Daily Mail reported. The longtime Trump supporter has also had many major retail outlets pull his products from store shelves.
The social media platform Parler had its Amazon servers taken offline in the final blow that followed removal of the app from Apple and Google, the New York Times reported. It doesn’t take a conspiratorial mindset to put the pieces together that there’s a concerted effort to silence free speech — at least when it’s coming from the conservative viewpoint.
Platforms like Facebook and Pornhub have been slow to respond to their role in human trafficking and the distribution of materials that depict sex crimes — sometimes of minors — that requires swift and serious action. Yet they spring into action it comes to shutting down viewpoints that oppose their political leanings. There is something very wrong with Silicon Valley and the moguls who fancy themselves the arbiters of truth.