Joshua graduated from the National Paralegal College with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2020.
The Big News
Well, it's official. Elon Musk is taking over at Twitter HQ. The response from those on the left has given away the game, and they are terrified that people may be able to actually voice an opposing opinion. Greater free speech on a platform such as Twitter can do some good for American society.
There have been constant complaints from left-wing media pundits that the right has been living in an echo chamber. Ignoring the incredible hypocrisy of this complaint, it has a tiny bit of truth to it. However, it is important to note that the increase in right-wing echo chambers did not occur for the reasons provided by these same pundits and Twitter makes an excellent example.
For years now the big tech social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have engaged in the suppression and censorship of right-wing content on their platforms. The Washington Post was barred from posting on Twitter after they broke the Hunter Biden laptop story. At the time, they were chastised for perpetrating Russian disinformation. It was later admitted that this story was actually a valid news story. Facebook and YouTube put disclaimers on content that contradicted whatever stance Anthony Fauci decided to take on the COVID-19 pandemic on a given day and in some cases they would just take the content down all together. This was the case with the stories being published that COVID came from a lab, which now looks to be pretty likely. Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo even took down a video which said that this pandemic was planned. More recently Tucker Carlson's Twitter account was suspended because he stated that the Assistant Secretary for Health, Rachel Levine, is in fact a man.
To The Left Politically
While these are only some examples there is certainly more than enough to establish a pattern. It is also important to note that the political affiliation of these tech giants is overwhelmingly to the left. According to the Daily Mail 92% of political contributions from Facebook employees went to Democrats and 99% of political donations from Twitter employees went to Democrats. This absolutely shows in the way they craft their policies. All of the instances I listed out earlier are instances where someone on the right or not on the radical left attacked one of the stances that the radical left has taken, you would be hard pressed to find any sort of pattern like this being done when someone attacks a right-wing narrative. They have deemed "hate speech" to be inappropriate conduct on their platforms. The big problem with this is that the so called "hate speech" just so happens to fall into place with the lefts woke orthodoxy.
The right has been raising concerns about this for years now and when those concerns were raised the right was told that these are private companies and can do what they want in regards to free speech. At the same time, members of the government on the left side of the aisle have been calling for social media platforms to be regulated because they allow too much "hate speech". As these calls from members of the government continued to come and the left-wing media pundits continued to tell those on the right to go build their own because Twitter is a private company and can do what it wants, the right was doing exactly that.
The Downfall of Parler
This is the reason platforms such as Parler and Truth Social become so popular among conservatives. They were constantly told that if they don't like that these other platforms are going to ban their accounts or remove posts that conflict with their own political ideals they should go build their own. Parler met an unfortunate fate when over the span of about 24hrs Google removed the app from Google Play, Apple removed the app from their App Store, and then AWS removed Parler from their servers all together. The reason given from the de-platforming of Parler was because people who took part in the Capitol riot on Jan 6th were using the app to coordinate. A lot of people on the right saw this as an excuse to get rid of Parler, especially when new broke that there were over 30,000 accounts involved in similar actions over Facebook and Twitter and they were not de-platformed. Whether or not you feel that AWS, Google, and Apple were right to take down Parler it goes to show that the right has been feeling increasingly shut out of the public discourse. According to an article published by The Western Journal Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was quoted by Fox News as saying "We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don't feel safe to express their opinions at the company". They have been pushing people away.
The Goal Is More Speech
The hilarity currently playing out at Twitter has been amazing to watch. The same left that has been telling the right that these are private companies so they can do what they want and that if we don't like it we should go build our own platform are now wailing because Twitter will be allowing free speech under Musk. Having more platforms that uphold free speech will help immensely in breaking apart these right and left-wing echo chambers. The best top down solution to bad speech is not to limit the speech, rather it would be to allow more speech in the public discourse.
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