Big Tech’s Political Purge
Big Tech’s Political Purge
In an unprecedented coordinated manner that the ACLU warns constitutes “unchecked power,” several big tech firms have moved to wipe conservative voices from the Internet. U.S. representative Devin Nunes has called for these technology firms to be investigated for racketeering.
In the days following the confirmation of Biden as the presidential election winner and the chaos that unfolded at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the largest tech companies in the world have taken many steps to censor content on the Internet, including wiping away entire accounts or even companies.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has labelled Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump as “un-American” and says it is comparable to that of communist China. He went on to say that “we cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP”.
World leaders have also condemned this overwhelming censorship. German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to it as “problematic” whilst French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire described the tech giants’ coordinated efforts as being part of a “digital oligarchy” and a “threat to democracy”. Others have said that Big Tech’s excessive censorship is a big mistake.
Following this unprecedented censorship, many people fled to Parler; a platform that has been seen as something of a sanctuary for conservatives due to its absence of censorship. However, as a result of this, it soon became a target and was swiftly removed from the Google and Apple Inc. app stores as well as Amazon’s web hosting service, effectively removing the company from the Internet entirely. Parler CEO John Matze Jr. has now been forced into hiding with his family after receiving death threats.
- Oct. 14, 2020: censors New York Post article on Hunter Biden. Then, suspends the entire New York Post account for nearly two weeks. After the election, the Department of Justice announced that they are, indeed, investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
- Jan. 8, 2021: suspends and then permanently bans President Trump from the platform. Also bans are Trump’s campaign account and the accounts of some campaign staff.
- Jan. 11, 2021: suspends over 70,000 accounts associated with ‘QAnon’
- Jan. 7, 2021: announces it will remove all photos and video from the rally in Washington DC, regardless of content, effectively wiping them even from its platform.
- Jan. 8, 2021: bans #WalkAway campaign group, a movement founded by Brandon Straka — a prominent LGBTQ advocate and former Democrat. The group was a vocal critic of what it calls the radical ideology driving the Democratic party to the extreme left in recent years.
- Jan. 11, 2021: announces plan to remove “all content” that contains the phrase ‘stop the steal,’ ahead of Biden’s inauguration.
- Jan. 10, 2021: removes free-speech-friendly Parler from its servers, effectively shutting down the entire company.
- Jan. 9, 2021: removes free-speech-friendly Parler app from the Google app store.
- Jan. 9, 2021: removes free-speech-friendly Parler app from the Apple app store.
- Jan. 7, 2021: takes down Trump campaign store site.
- Jan. 11, 2021: bans all fundraisers associated with future pro-Trump rallies.