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Not all media… January 14, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Finn McRedmond in the IT is concerned this morning at the fact a private social media company has removed a certain person from its services.

…there are a litany of compelling reasons for depriving him of his account. He was inciting violence. He was directly interfering in the process of a live democratic election. Twitter has no obligation to provide him with a platform. This is all well and good, but the question we should be asking is not whether the ban is warranted, but whether that decision should fall within the remit of private social media companies at all.

Dahlia Lithwick on Slate.com has a more useful take:

The false equivalency on display in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings was breathtaking. An armed insurrection against lawmakers in the seat of government is cast as functionally equivalent to Donald Trump being “censored” by “big tech” for violating their policies against inciting violence. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has compared being deplatformed on Twitter to “cyber god’s Kristallnacht!” On Fox News, Jeanine Pirro made the same analogy about the deplatforming of Parler, saying, “They gave us a taste of this pre-election when they suppressed the Hunter Biden story, and now that they’ve won, what we’re seeing is the kind of censorship that is akin to a Kristallnacht.” Being denied the ability to say false things is not, in fact, Kristallnacht, but by all means continue to suggest that the injuries are equivalent.

And worth keeping in mind that that person has the ability to call press conferences at will that every network will cover, issue press statements that will be carried in most media, etc. There’s an interesting focus on social media as if it is all media and as if being banned from that is the equivalent of being banned or prevented from getting messages across. The reality is very different.


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