For those of you who have not caught up with the news, after a court hearing yesterday, InfoWars/Alex Jones has been banned from YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spottily for violating policies on "hate speech."
Yes the man gets on my nerves. too. His vaccine information is not always the most accurate, he is much too shouty, and some of the good info he does have to offer gets lost in chaos. I kind of think of him as a dog that barks at everything. Occasionally he is right and at those times it is good to be paying attention, but who can stand all that barking for very long. However... him being thrown down the memory hole marks the beginning in earnest of a so called "conservative purge" which is now cascading... and it looks to be working down a list that we and our groups are on. (I mean, they are calling it a "Conservative Purge" but I think it is more of a "Those Getting Mouthy With The Globalists Purge." Which right now is mostly the right, but there are plenty of disaffected and not snowed people on the left too.")
So even you, my high born limousine liberal friends and Bernie socialist loved ones... if you are advocating on vaccine safety issues, you and your groups may be on the list. Because ultimately, "hate speech" is in the eye of the beholder... or the pockebook of The Man. I was repeatedly told that I was engaging in "hate speech" last week when I posted this bunny meme on twitter.
The Democrats are even circulating a memo on how to regulate speech on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, the chief aim of which is "Combating disinformation." (Seems to line up nicely with Senator Pan's next project which is totally not fascist at all, and in no way reminds anyone of 1984.)
Scoop: 20 ways Democrats could crack down on Big Tech
There is a suspicion that this purge will increase over the next few months in order to influence the election in November. Facebook's previous algorithm changes this year dropped traffic to conservative outlets by 97%. Again NINETY SEVEN PERCENT. They do not want conservative messages to flow... and again... Silicon Valley considers the "anti-vaxxers" worse than republicans. There have already been several large vaccine facebook groups deleted.
Perhaps Congress will intervene, perhaps not. In any case...
Expect slowdowns and interruptions, and HAVE A PLAN.
BACK UP YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS AND PAGES. You need to have an offline copy. (Google for instructions)
Get your state groups mailing lists together with email and full home addresses. Don't depend on your state vaccine safety Facebook groups being forever. Make back up accounts and groups on other platforms, like I have here, and make sure you follow me in these platforms:
At some point, the law and the courts will have to decide if these platforms are Public Bulletin Boards to which everyone should have access, and for which companies are responsible for content; or they are basically magazines that the companies are editing, and thus responsible for content. We likely have a long legal road ahead of us on these matters, as Facebook and twitter have become the public square, and the fact that Twitter is shadow banning conservative members of Congress is only accelerating the coming of those legal battles. But for now...
Stay alive. I will find you.