One of the most glorious realities surrounding the idea of Free Speech is that you either have it, or you don’t.
And it should be that simple. There is no reason to push back on this ideology, whatsoever. In America, we are allowed to question, disagree, and pontificate however we so choose, so long as it isn’t directly inciting violence against our fellow countrymen.
Without that liberty, we are but a shell of our nation’s dream.
Unfortunately, corporate greed has now tainted this right, as the freedom of the internet is being reigned in by the leftists at the top of the Silicon Valley social media heap.
Platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have all taken to inexcusably censoring political content that falls to the right of middle, hoping to silence the beliefs of American conservatives in favor of leftist ideologues. Twitter has been particularly vengeful as of late, deciding arbitrarily what reality they will allow to be disseminated.
Yes, this is fascism, despite what the left will tell you.
Now, a group of lawyers who value Free Speech above all are taking Twitter to task, and forcing the social media giant into a courtroom for a lesson in liberty.
“A group of free-speech lawyers filed the most serious legal challenge yet to Twitter’s censorship policies Tuesday in San Francisco County Superior Court, seeking a ruling preventing Twitter from banning users purely on the basis of their views and political associations.
“The 29-page complaint contends that, under a California legal doctrine that recognizes some private facilities as ‘public forums,’ Twitter may not discriminate against speech on their platform based purely on viewpoint. If successful, it would be the first extension of that doctrine to internet social media platforms and could transform the way free speech is treated online. The suit became all the more relevant Wednesday as Twitter stood accused of locking out thousands of conservatives under the guise of cracking down on ‘Russian bots.’
“The genesis of the suit is Twitter’s November 2017 announcement that they would start banning and sanctioning users based on their offline behavior and associations. On December 18, 2017, Twitter, five years after their top British executive described the company as ‘the free speech wing of the free speech party,’ made good on this threat, ‘purging‘ hundreds of mostly right-wing users. Twitter’s new policy refers to association with ‘violent extremist groups,‘ and a company blog post claimed, ‘If an account’s profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended.’”
Twitter’s push to sculpt a liberal utopia ignores the number one rule of utopias in general: For every bit of paradise, there is an equal but opposite land of pure, unadulterated, ideological evil being created.
Why, then, would Twitter seek to silence the nation’s conservative voices? Simply to play into the left’s favorite political strategy of “divide and conquer”.