tyranny rising from free speech to free press

The amount of tyranny rising from the private sector acting on behalf of the democrat party is accelerating at an alarming rate. 

We have laid out the precedence that allows for the foundation of regulating the social network industry to protect the first amendment.  It is no secret that Apple, Google, and Amazon worked together to remove Parler from the internet entirely.  For those paying attention, the social network Minds has been put in the cross hairs by Google, and have eliminated primary functions of the app in order to capitulate and remain available on the play store.

Minds became a popular alternative to social media platforms like Facebook that developed during the first term of the Obama administration, providing an opposition to this tyranny that they could see rising over the horizon.  They have continued to grow ever since. 

It’s not just Minds either.  Gab has already suffered the effects of having been taken offline in 2018.  This removal occurred after GoDaddy required the network to change domains following the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre.  The shooter had previously used Gab, and GoDaddy held the company liable for the content provided by an individual. 

Presently, the Anti-Defamation League is calling for the Department of Justice to investigate Gab following the riot at the US Capitol on January 6th.  The irony of such defamation has been completely lost on the ADL.

This forced capitulation doesn’t seem to be ending here either, or ending any time soon.  In fact, the ADL is warning that users from Parler are merely going to migrate to other platforms.  Vox reports:

So it’s probably going to be a while before Parler is back in full force. In the meantime, would-be Parler users are likely going to other apps, says Oren Segal, a vice president for the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

“Before Parler went dark, as we were monitoring the platform, we saw discussions about where people were going to migrate to — Telegram or Gab, etc.,” Segal told Recode. “They’re always preparing for where they’re going to go to next, anticipating that their platform of choice is going to go down.”

The point cannot be made enough times that freedom of speech is intended to protect speech that is controversial.  There are already laws that define very specifically types of speech that are not protected by the first amendment, such as death threats and calls to violence.  Therefore, any speech in violation should not be removed by social media for community standards, but rather investigated my law enforcement.  That investigation should be for the poster, and not for the CEO of the platform you decided you do not like. 

From Free Speech to Free Press, It’s Not Just Social Media Under Attack

Calls to silence the opposition by democratic organizations are not stopping with social media posts.  In fact, calls for rising tyranny have now grown to take down platforms such as News Max and One America News Network. 

Apart from the laughable admission that YouTubers are able to draw in a larger audience than CNN, this is a dangerous trend to see being promoted by mainstream media.  Especially considering the direct ties to the Democratic Party, effectively making CNN the communistic state run media. 

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press go hand in hand, and are foundational to a free society.  This is why both of these principles, along with freedom of assembly, redressing grievances, and religion, are protected in the first amendment of the bill of rights. 

Infowars Was the Test Run But You Didn’t Care

It doesn’t matter what your opinion of Infowars or Alex Jones may be.  The fact remains that in 2018 he was wiped off of all major social media platforms and has been under constant attack ever since.  The only reason that they are still alive today is the foresight and investment in their own server farms and infrastructure.  This ultimately is why Parler failed, as they operated on leased servers from Amazon. 

Not only was this effort successful, but it was praised in the media as being a good thing to strip a media organization of their first amendment rights.  The left cheered and celebrated, and the right either did the same or simply ignored that it happened because it wasn’t them.

However, with the banning of President Trump and the sights clearly being turned toward anyone toward the right of socialism, talk radio pundits are now outraged that such a concept is even possible. 

To the Mark Levin’s and Tucker Carlson’s I say:  It’s better late than never, but this better be a lesson to stand for the rights of everyone – even if you disagree with them. 

Show Your Support To Underdogs and Alternative Outlets

Ultimately it is up to you to ensure that rising tyranny cannot prevail, and that major corporations cannot completely take over our digital town square and our sources of information.  If you are able to in these tough financial times, send donations to the platforms that you use or the media networks you rely on.  Help them grow their audiences by word of mouth and sharing articles.  Bookmark URL’s and use outside communications like direct text messages or email as well as your preferred social media outlets. 

By Josh Earwood

Josh has been an activist, citizen journalist, and commentator since 2013. He spent two years as a broadcast journalist, and has written for various groups in various capacities over the years. He has always been vocal, encouraging others to understand what is going on in the world around them.

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