I think there’s a bit of confusion over the meaning of the First Amendment.
Twitter has every right to decide who uses its platform. So does Facebook. And Google. Whoever pays the mortgage gets to decide the rules.
As a techie guy and online business owner, I run a few servers and own the rights to all of my content. Just like Twitter and Facebook, I get to decide who has a voice on my platforms.
Unlike Big Tech, I actually cherish free speech. I believe in spirited debate. And I believe in the free exchange of ideas.
That’s why this rock-solid constitutionalist conservative permits liberals to interact with all of my content or services, and assist them with learning just like anyone else.
I am probably one of the most tolerant admins in existence. Don’t use my servers to build actual terror groups (like Antifa) and don’t promote pedophilia. That’s pretty much the core to my moral online code. I’ll even fight DMCA takedowns and subpoenas to the very end.
Hell, I’m bi-racial (black and white) and I don’t even believe in censoring racist or “offensive” language. I believe in the block button and that it should be put to good use when running in to people online you really can’t stand. Unlike real life, when roaming the net, you can’t walk away or punch someone in the face when they begin to annoy you.
And why is that? It’s because I’m confident in my beliefs and I’m a staunch defender of the United States Constitution. That’s what it means to be a conservative.
So, it’s troubling that Big Tech has declared war on conservatives. Thousands of Trump supporters were purged on Twitter over the past few weekends and countless over time, though the company constantly claims the actions are part of a routine audit to remove bots.
What should be of even greater concern, however, is the Democrats and their propagandists in the Mainstream Media who are encouraging what has become a political cleansing.
They want to punish anyone who supported President Trump. It’s not about reconciliation, it’s about retribution.
What happened at the U.S. Capitol was an attack on the very foundation of America. Those responsible should face the stiffest penalty under the law.
But to suggest that every conservative and every Christian conservative in the nation bears responsibility is nonsense.
Whether you like it or not, Big Tech has every right to decide what information you receive on their platforms. They have a right to determine who gets a platform and who does not. They get to determine who has a voice and who is silenced.
What they do not have a right to is special protections provided by the federal government. Unfortunately, Republican leadership in the House and Senate squandered any opportunity of us righting this offensive wrong.
It’s not the first time in world history that authors and artists and political pundits have been silenced. Look no further than 1930s Germany to see what happens when your ideology clashes with the ruling class.
A great darkness swept across the world and I fear we may be in for some very difficult days.
Over the weekend the political director of ABC News literally called for the cleansing of Trump supporters – a tweet he later deleted.
But, still. He said it.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden told us darkness was coming to America. Believe it.
Decentralized Networks and Blockchain-Based Social Media Alternatives
The intense censorship storm has invoked a great number of people to leave Twitter and Facebook and search for alternatives. Of course, there are decentralized alternatives that don’t use blockchain tech like Gab, Diaspora, Mastodon, Flote, Sola, and Manyverse, but there are many social media apps that do use blockchain tech.
A blockchain-based social media application operates just like the popular social media giants we all use today, but they also allow people to post content in a censorship-resistant and immutable fashion.
Right now there are a few blockchain-based alternative social media sites that allow people to speak and share content in an immutable fashion. Some of these applications have been operating for a few years now, and some of them are just starting to kickstart the social network. These platforms are also built on various blockchains like Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, EOS, and more.
A few of the apps also leverage both blockchain technology and the Inter-Planetary File System (ipfs.io) in a combination. Blockchain apps that people can sign up for and test today include platforms like Voice, Memo.cash, Peepeth, Member.cash, Socialx, Sapien, Lbry, Dtube, All.me, Minds, Society2, Peakd, Hive, and Indorse.
For instance, the app Peepeth is a decentralized “microblogging” platform that emulates Twitter in some ways. The platform is built using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. Another application called Memo.cash is a decentralized social network powered by the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Essentially, all Memo posts are visible to anyone using the BCH blockchain, with each Memo account being associated with a BCH wallet address. Member.cash is another decentralized public platform for discussion and reputation built using the BCH chain. The Member.cash model is similar to Reddit, but leverages the BCH network for censorship resistance and decentralization.
The application called Minds leverages the Ethereum (ETH) network and claims to be accessible to all, and says it is censorship-resistant as well. People looking for Youtube alternatives can try Dtube or Lbry. For instance, Lbry’s creators say the app is a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform that is wholly owned by its users. There are many types of social media applications that leverage blockchain, decentralization techniques like IPFS, and have created places where anyone can speak their minds.
As usual, the biggest downfall of all these applications is the lack of users, as most people have not gravitated toward decentralized social media. However, during the last few years as nation-states have ramped up censorship, and heightened the crackdown against anti-government rhetoric, these platforms have seen significant growth.
The best thing people can do right now is to start migrating toward social media applications that offer decentralization and blockchain censorship-resistance, because the dystopian world that looks an awful lot like Fahrenheit 451 or 1984 is surely upon us.
The Future Ahead
There is no doubt in my mind that as the months go by, until 2022 or 2024, our nation will be less free. In the coming years I suspect that Christians and conservatives in general will be the target of relentless attacks.
They have already announced their intentions to declare an all-out war on the traditional American family. The Democrats will seek to shut down our businesses and our church houses.
If you are a follower of Almighty God, you need to prepare for the coming days of persecution. Regardless, people of all beliefs and none (talking to you fellow Atheists) must prepare for the uphill battle we are to face.
December 1, 2010
This account was tied to support for WikiLeaks and it was removed in a coordinated denial of service effort alongside Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.
July 1, 2012
…after he posted the company email address of some NBC executives during the Olympics while Twitter was co-sponsoring coverage. Twitter eventually lifted the suspension and apologized.
July 24, 2012
April 1, 2014
Over the next two years, Twitter suspends more than 360,000 accounts tied to ISIS. These are the first accounts to be suspended by Twitter.
January 12, 2016
Milo Yiannopolous was an editor at Breitbart a alt-right news organization
May 1, 2016
Twitter claimed the satire accounts failed to identify themselves as parodies, and Twitter restored them. There were accusations of double standards.
June 4, 2016
while leaving up search results for “Lying Ted”
June 22, 2016
The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group
July 1, 2016
for “targeted harassment” and racism against SNL star Leslie Jones.
August 1, 2016
an anonymous account that hacked the DNC.
December 1, 2016
February 1, 2017
an Arizona GOP candidate, after he called the Parkland shooting a “false flag” attack.
August 1, 2017
a legal blog, for posting personal information of users while sharing screenshots of death threats the account had received.
August 7, 2017
after suggesting disparity between male and female engineers was not sexist.
August 31, 2017
after criticizing Teen Vogue for encouraging teens to try anal sex.
September 17, 2017
September 22, 2017
October 9, 2017
in which she talked about her efforts against Planned Parenthood.
October 12, 2017
after posting evidence of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein. Twitter claimed she was suspended because a screenshot included a private phone number.
October 23, 2017
for suppressing its videos by flagging them as inappropriate.
October 28, 2017
Twitter claims Roger Stone’s account was permanently suspended for violating their Abusive Behavior policy multiple times this year.
November 3, 2017
The account was down for 11 minutes
January 9, 2018
April 7, 2018
for tweet mocking Parkland teen David Hogg.
April 9, 2018
July 1, 2018
This was in response to the 2016 election and claims that fake users, mostly from Russia, tried to sway the election.
July 5, 2018
Facebook later apologized for the decision.
July 25, 2018
making them less visible on the platform to limit their content without fully banning the accounts.
August 6, 2018
after quoting New York Times columnist Sarah Jeong’s tweets about white people.
August 11, 2018
August 20, 2018
Facebook later apologized and restored the videos after claiming they were wrongly flagged as “hate speech.”
September 6, 2018
September 6, 2018
September 23, 2018
that joked that Democrats wanted white men not to vote during midterms. Twitter said the post could be “misleading” to voters.
October 10, 2018
“The Good Censor”
November 14, 2018
Twitter waited several days to suspend the account after Carlson’s family was doxed, prompting a boycott of Twitter by Fox News.
November 15, 2018
November 21, 2018
after claiming Rep. Ilhan Omar was “pro-Sharia.”
March 11, 2019
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June 5, 2019
July 25, 2019
Gabbard later sued Google for suppressing her campaign.
August 9, 2019
TEAM MITCH, MITCH MCCONNELL’S CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT, WAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR QUOTING THE THREATS MADE AGAINST THE SENATOR.
September 15, 2019
BRISCOE CAIN, A TEXAS STATE HOUSE REPUBLICAN, SUSPENDED FOR TWEET PERCEIVED AS A THREAT AGAINST BETO O’ROURKE.
February 27, 2020
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May 26, 2020
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June 23, 2020
a favorite meme account of President Trump, for making a satirical video of the Kingsman movie in which Trump shoots his critics and members of the press.
July 28, 2020
for claiming Hydroxychloroquine could be a cure for COVID-19
October 6, 2020
October 30, 2020
after it released a report on Hunter Biden. Twitter also would not let users share the report as a post or a direct message. Twitter said it was investigating the post as misinformation. Later, it was revealed by the Biden transition that Hunter was under investigation for the claims made by the New York Post.
November 5, 2020
after he said Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded during a podcast.
January 7, 2021
L. Lin Wood, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, and other Trump supporters removed for inciting violence and “coordinated harmful content” for pushing election conspiracies after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
January 7, 2021
The company later announced the suspension was permanent. Twitter also suspended the campaign accounts, as well.
January 8, 2021
January 8, 2021
January 8, 2021
demanding that the platform give them a plan on how they will moderate content just as the app hit number one.
January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021
after claiming it failed to provide a plan to moderate content.
January 10, 2021
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January 12, 2021
January 13, 2021
Three of these being owned by Facebook, Google, and Amazon
February 11, 2021