There are few things more important in the United States than the First Amendment, but that inalienable right is under attack.
Freedom of speech is one of the most intrinsically American representations of our nation available to us. Our entire culture and government are predicated on the idea that we will not censor, punish, or otherwise discriminate against each other for an opinion or an ideology, so long as it doesn’t cause physical harm to anyone else. The liberal left doesn’t see it this way.
Democrats and their progressive pals have constantly been attempting to stifle the First Amendment, neutering the all-important right with the concept of emotional offense being equal to physical harm. These radical leftists believe that free speech is only acceptable so long as you don’t ruffle any of their feathers; an absurd and incorrect mutation that flies in the face of the original intent of the amendment.
While, thanks to the First Amendment, everyone is entitled to their opinion, the left has been violently and vehemently working to install this incorrect ethos for years, including by using force in cities such as Berkeley, California where riots break out every time a conservative speaker is scheduled to appear at a local college.
Now, in the new digital age, there are threats to free speech that we have never faced before, including social media censorship by Facebook, Google, and Twitter, the latter of which has now admitted to a massive, immoral campaign of tweet-burying antics.
“Twitter ‘hid’ nearly 50 percent of tweets bearing the hashtag #DNCLeak along with a quarter of those with #PodestaEmails during the last two months of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to new testimony from Twitter’s general counsel.
“On Oct. 31, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism heard testimony from Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett in its investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Edgett said that Twitter systems concealed substantial numbers of tweets relating to hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee as well as from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, despite the fact that it knew that only a tiny percentage of these could have even ‘potential links to Russia.’
“’We found that slightly under 4% of Tweets containing #PodestaEmails came from accounts with potential links to Russia,’ Edgett said in his written testimony, whereas of tweets bearing the #DNCLeak, ‘roughly 2% were from potentially Russian-linked accounts,’ he said.
“Despite the low correlation between those hashtags and possible Russian involvement, Twitter hid 48 percent of tweets with the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of tweets with #PodestaEmails, Edgett said.”
This completely unacceptable behavior has been prevalent not only with Twitter, but also with giant social media platform Facebook, who has openly admitted to employing a team of engineers to cull the Trending Topics section of the site of any conservative headlines.
Twitter’s admission will likely spur no rebuke at this time, given that the social media company is still, technically a private company. Amid controversies such as this, however, there is little belief that such denial can last as calls for social media regulation grow stronger each day.