Big tech had a responsibility. It was supposed to connect the world. That was the vision we were promised three decades ago, a vision that made sense at the time and should still make sense today. But big tech has changed. The 2016 election changed them. Their casual and ambiguous tinkering with the political landscape failed them. This is why today, they’re not being casual. They’re unambiguous with their bias. And they’re going after you, right-leaning Americans, because it is your fault President Trump is in office.
They won’t let that happen again. That’s their goal, at least. We can stop them, but it won’t be easy. We have to come together with all of our combined powers to make sure the 2020 elections aren’t stolen by legacy media, big tech, and the progressive indoctrination machine at work on the hearts and minds of millions of Americans today.
Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” has always been left-leaning as a community. Sure, there’s clearly a Libertarian streak to many of the users, but the powerful r/politics subreddit is essentially a Democrat echo chamber. Meanwhile, r/conservative is still tiny by comparison. The biggest conservative subreddit, r/the_donald, has been quarantined. It wasn’t over specific actions, according to CEO Steve Huffman in a recent interview, but more about the general ongoing “Trump rally” that the community invokes.
And, as Huffman noted in an interview with Vox’s Kara Swisher, we all know what happens at Trump rallies, right?
“They are self-described as a never-ending rally for the President, which I think is important in this context, if we just consider the behavior of people at those rallies,” Huffman said.
This statement is a dangerous one, especially when considering Huffman continuously talked of the dangers of big tech companies policing speech on their platforms. Out of one side of his mouth he condemned censorship. From the other side, he justified the quarantine of Trump supporters’ only safe haven on the site. It’s as if the self-awareness of far-left progressives has deteriorated to nothingness in the wake of Trump’s first election victory.
His second election victory would be a death blow to their psyche.
While many conservatives have called on Washington DC to step in and regulate sites like Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube, there’s a challenge. DC’s track record of making things better once they get involved is abysmal. I don’t trust bureaucrats any more than I would trust the CEOs of these companies to make the right decisions, and that’s assuming the first batch of such regulators would be appointed by President Trump. If and when a Democrat takes the reins, conservatives could be regretting their support for such actions.
Where DC can get involved is to give big tech companies a choice: either be unbiased platforms and continue to enjoy platform protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or have those protections removed and get treated like publishers who have responsibility over the content posted on their sites by users. Removing those protections would essentially destroy the platforms by making it cost-prohibitive to police the content posted by users. They would be forced to play fair or close shop. Giving them an ultimatum is far superior of an option to regulating them from DC.
If Reddit and other social platforms want to continue receiving platform protections, they need to start acting like platforms. That means no more policing of content that doesn’t break the law. Freedom of thought must be protected.
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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