The Political Purge Is Here

The Political Purge Is Here

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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, DiasporaMastodon, FloteSola, 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.

One particular decentralized application called memo.cash skips all the censorship nonsense, as it allows users to post content to the BCH chain. In November 2020, memo.cash launched its iOS application for the App Store.

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.

Lbry is a sharing platform that uses blockchain technology to enable users to publish material and get paid for doing so. Peepeth is similar to Twitter but user content is etched to the Ethereum blockchain.

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 VoiceMemo.cashPeepethMember.cashSocialxSapienLbryDtubeAll.meMindsSociety2PeakdHive, and Indorse.

Big Tech's Freedom of Speech Purge Pushes People to Censorship-Resistant Blockchain Social Media
The blockchain-based social network Minds moved to the Ethereum network in 2018. Minds calls the application a cross-platform distributed social networking service.

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.

Censorship Timeline

December 1, 2010

TWITTER AND FACEBOOK REMOVE OPERATION PAYBACK ACCOUNT

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

TWITTER SUSPENDS ACCOUNT OF BRITISH JOURNALIST GUY ADAMS

…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

FACEBOOK TEMPORARILY REMOVED A CHICK FIL A APPRECIATION DAY EVENT

April 1, 2014

TWITTER BEGINS SUSPENDING ACCOUNTS OF USERS TIED TO ISIS

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

TWITTER REMOVES THE BLUE VERIFICATION CHECK FROM MILO YIANNOPOLOUS

Milo Yiannopolous was an editor at Breitbart a alt-right news organization

May 1, 2016

TWITTER SUSPENDS ACCOUNTS SATIRIZING THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, SPARKING FREE SPEECH OUTRAGE.

Twitter claimed the satire accounts failed to identify themselves as parodies, and Twitter restored them. There were accusations of double standards.

June 4, 2016

GOOGLE ACCUSED OF FILTERING OUT SEARCH OPTIONS FOR “CROOKED HILLARY”

while leaving up search results for “Lying Ted”

June 22, 2016

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RELEASES REPORT ON GOOGLE BLACKLISTS.

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

TWITTER PERMANENTLY SUSPENDS MILO YIANNOPOLOUS

for “targeted harassment” and racism against SNL star Leslie Jones.

August 1, 2016

TWITTER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS GUCCIFER 2.0

an anonymous account that hacked the DNC.

December 1, 2016

FACEBOOK LAUNCHES FACT CHECKING PROGRAM

February 1, 2017

TWITTER REMOVES CRAIG BRITTIAN

an Arizona GOP candidate, after he called the Parkland shooting a “false flag” attack.

August 1, 2017

TWITTER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS POPEHAT

a legal blog, for posting personal information of users while sharing screenshots of death threats the account had received.

August 7, 2017

GOOGLE ENGINEER JAMES DAMORE FIRED

after suggesting disparity between male and female engineers was not sexist.

August 31, 2017

CHRISTIAN BLOGGER ELIZABETH JOHNSTON TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM TWITTER

after criticizing Teen Vogue for encouraging teens to try anal sex.

September 17, 2017

TWITTER DEEMS TRUMP’S TWEETS “NEWSWORTHY,” SAYS THEY WILL NOT BAN WORLD LEADERS.

September 22, 2017

TWITTER BLOCKS ADVERTISEMENTS FOR PRO-LIFE GROUPS.

October 9, 2017

TWITTER REMOVES ADVERTISING FROM SEN. MARSHA BLACKBURN

in which she talked about her efforts against Planned Parenthood.

October 12, 2017

ACTRESS ROSE MCGOWAN WAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM TWITTER

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

PRAGERU, FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST YOUTUBE

for suppressing its videos by flagging them as inappropriate.

October 28, 2017

ROGER STONE REMOVED FROM TWITTER FOR HARASSING CNN REPORTERS

Twitter claims Roger Stone’s account was permanently suspended for violating their Abusive Behavior policy multiple times this year.

November 3, 2017

“ROGUE” TWITTER EMPLOYEE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS TRUMP’S ACCOUNT.

The account was down for 11 minutes

January 9, 2018

GOOGLE FOUND TO EXCLUSIVELY FACT-CHECK CONSERVATIVE OUTLETS.

April 7, 2018

COMEDIAN OWEN BENJAMIN REMOVED FROM TWITTER

for tweet mocking Parkland teen David Hogg.

April 9, 2018

FACEBOOK DEEMS CONSERVATIVE DUO DIAMOND AND SILK “UNSAFE” FOR THE ONLINE COMMUNITY.

July 1, 2018

TWITTER PURGES ACCOUNTS FOUND TO BE BUYING FAKE FOLLOWERS.

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 DEEMS PARTS OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE “HATE SPEECH.”

Facebook later apologized for the decision.

July 25, 2018

VOX REPORTS THAT TWITTER “SHADOWBANS” CONSERVATIVE ACCOUNTS

making them less visible on the platform to limit their content without fully banning the accounts.

August 6, 2018

REPUBLICAN CANDACE OWENS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM TWITTER

after quoting New York Times columnist Sarah Jeong’s tweets about white people.

August 11, 2018

GAVIN MCINNES AND SEVERAL PROUD BOY ACCOUNTS REMOVED FOR INCITING VIOLENCE.

August 20, 2018

FACEBOOK REMOVES CONSERVATIVE PRAGERU VIDEOS.

Facebook later apologized and restored the videos after claiming they were wrongly flagged as “hate speech.”

September 6, 2018

INFOWARS FOUNDER ALEX JONES REMOVED FOR REGULAR VIOLATIONS OF TWITTER POLICY.

September 6, 2018

TWITTER CEO JACK DORSEY SAYS TWITTER ALGORITHM IS NOT “IMPARTIAL”

September 23, 2018

CONSERVATIVE ACTOR JAMES WOODS SUSPENDED AFTER POSTING MEME

that joked that Democrats wanted white men not to vote during midterms. Twitter said the post could be “misleading” to voters.

October 10, 2018

GOOGLE’S MEETING LEAKED TO BREITBART SHOWING INTERNAL PLANS ON HOW TO CENSOR CONTENT.

“The Good Censor”

November 14, 2018

SMASH RACISM DC WAS SUSPENDED FOR DOXING TUCKER CARLSON.

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

JOURNALIST MEGAN MURPHY REMOVED FROM TWITTER FOR TWEETING “MEN AREN’T WOMEN.”

November 21, 2018

FAR RIGHT ACTIVIST LAURA LOOMER REMOVED FROM TWITTER

after claiming Rep. Ilhan Omar was “pro-Sharia.”

March 11, 2019

FACEBOOK BLOCKS ADS FROM ELIZABETH WARREN THAT CRITICIZED FACEBOOK.

May 2, 2019

FACEBOOK BANS FAR RIGHT COMMENTATORS ALEX JONES, MILO YIANOPOLOUS, AND LAURA LOOMER.

June 5, 2019

YOUTUBE DEMONIZES CONSERVATIVE COMEDIAN STEPHEN CROWDER

July 25, 2019

GOOGLE SUSPENDS TULSI GABBARD’S CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENTS DURING PRIMARY DEBATE.

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

ZUBY, A BRITISH RAPPER, WAS SUSPENDED FOR REPLYING “OK DUDE” ON A TRANS PERSON’S ACCOUNT.

May 2, 2020

CANDACE OWENS SUSPENDED FROM TWITTER AFTER CRITICIZING MICHIGAN’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

May 26, 2020

TWITTER FLAGGS A TRUMP TWEET AS MISLEADING FOR THE FIRST TIME.

June 3, 2020

SNAPCHAT STOPS PROMOTING TRUMP CONTENT ON HOMEPAGE.

June 23, 2020

TWITTER REMOVES CARPE DONKTUM

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

DONALD TRUMP JR. SUSPENDED BY TWITTER

for claiming Hydroxychloroquine could be a cure for COVID-19

October 6, 2020

FACEBOOK BANS ALL QANON GROUPS.

October 30, 2020

TWITTER SUSPENDS ACCOUNT FOR THE NEW YORK POST

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

FORMER TRUMP OFFICIAL STEVE BANNON REMOVED FROM TWITTER

after he said Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded during a podcast.

January 7, 2021

TRUMP SUPPORTERS REMOVED FROM TWITTER

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

TWITTER SUSPENDS TRUMP’S ACCOUNT TEMPORARILY FOLLOWING THE ATTACK ON THE U.S. CAPITOL.

The company later announced the suspension was permanent. Twitter also suspended the campaign accounts, as well.

January 8, 2021

GOOGLE REMOVES PARLER FROM THE APP STORE.

January 8, 2021

REDDIT BANS POPULAR TRUMP PAGE R/THE_DONALD

January 8, 2021

APPLE SENDS A LETTER TO PARLER FRIDAY MORNING

demanding that the platform give them a plan on how they will moderate content just as the app hit number one.

January 9, 2021

AMAZON AWS ANNOUNCES PLANNED SUSPENSION OF PARLER

January 9, 2021

APPLE REMOVES PARLER FROM THE APP STORE

after claiming it failed to provide a plan to moderate content.

January 10, 2021

TWILO, AN INTERNAL EMPLOYEE MESSAGING SYSTEM, REMOVES PARLER.

January 10, 2021

OKTA, A USER VERIFICATION SERVICE, ENDS FREE PARTNERSHIP WITH PARLER.

January 10, 2021

AMAZON REMOVES PARLER’S DOMAIN FROM ITS CLOUD, MAKING THE WEBSITE UNREACHABLE.

January 12, 2021

TWITTER REMOVES 70,000 ACCOUNTS TIED TO QANON CONSPIRACY.

January 13, 2021

YOUTUBE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM, TWITCH, SHOPIFY AND REDDIT ALL BAN TRUMP.

Three of these being owned by Facebook, Google, and Amazon

February 11, 2021

TWITTER PERMANENTLY BANS INVESTIGATIVE NEWS SITE PROJECT VERITAS.
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