When the people are not allowed to freely speak their mind, is there truly any liberty in speech left?
That’s the question that we need to be asking ourselves in this new, digital age of instant gratification and realtime publishing. Tools such as Twitter and Facebook should be boons to the First Amendment, but, thanks to the tyrannical and fascist ideals of their ownership, the “powers that be” in social media are abusing their roles in order to promote themselves to the position of political gatekeepers.
Just days ago, controversial crackpot Alex Jones was blindsided by video sharing platform YouTube, who issued the conspiratorial firebrand a “second strike”, claiming that Jones was endangering the lives of children and committing “hate speech” on their site.
Remember, all things not-pursuant to the Constitution are illegal by nature, and restricting someone’s freedom of speech could certainly be considered just such an act.
Now, for the second time this week, Jones is being targeted by the left-leaning media mavens of the digital age.
Facebook has suspended InfoWars host Alex Jones for 30 days, citing a violation of their community standards on “bullying” and “hate speech.” The suspension came just days after company executives claimed that they would not remove Jones from the platform in an effort to balance “free expression and safety.”
“Our Community Standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech],” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement about Jones’ suspension.
In this latest case, Facebook has removed four videos from both InfoWars and Alex Jones’s public page, which a combined total over 2.5 million followers, while the suspension means page administrators will be unable to post content for the next 30 days. Confusingly, the suspension is only of Alex Jones himself, meaning InfoWars employees can still post content on his page and continue to do so as of this article.
In America, liberty should always be considered the premiere priority. This is absolutely not the case when it comes to millennials and the media organizations that they operate.