day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants
Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose various
social media accounts were banned or suspended in a matter of
hours, the crackdown against alternative media figures continued
as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute
director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.
Monday, Twitter suspended the editorial director of antiwar.com
Scott Horton, former State Department employee Peter Van Buren,
and Dan McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute.
was reportedly disciplined for the use of "improper language"
against journalist Jonathan M. Katz, he said in a brief statement,
while McAdams was suspended for retweeting him, he said. Past
tweets in both accounts were available to the public at the time
of the writing, unlike the account of Van Buren, which was fully
Horton and McAdams fell
victim of Twitter’s suspension algorithm
after objecting to Katz’s quarrel with Van Buren over an earlier
suspensions come days after Twitter suspended black conservative
Candace Owen from Twitter for highlighting the algorithmic
hypocrisy of Twitter by replacing the word “white” with “Jewish”
in a series of tweets modeled on those by New York Times editor
after controversial conservative Alex Jones, and his podcast
InfoWars, were kicked out from most social media platforms,
prompting conservative to accuse the social networks of collusion
in a collective crackdown on non-mainstream voices. The Silicon
Valley giants were criticized by the US political establishment
for failing to prevent alleged Russian interference in the 2016
presidential election. Meanwhile, critics now say the pressured
media giants are engaging in political censorship, using their
market dominance and lack of legislated neutrality requirements to
target descent voices ahead of the midterm elections.
op-ed on Tuesday, Nigel Farage wrote that
"while many on the libertarian right and within the conservative
movement have their issues with Alex Jones and InfoWars, this
week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify represents
a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that could
just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social
platforms that claim to be “open” and in favor of “free speech”
are now routinely targeting -- whether by human intervention or
not -- the views and expressions of conservatives and
is why they no longer even fit the bill of “platforms.” They are
publishers in the same way we regard news outlets as publishers.
They may use more machine learning and automation, but their
systems clearly take editorial positions. We need to hold them
to account in the same way we do any other publisher.
then accused social media giants of being corporatist:
they cannot profess to be neutral, open platforms while being
illiberal, dictatorial, and hiding behind the visage of a
private corporation (which are more often than not in bed with
governments around the world at the very highest levels).
isn’t capitalism. It’s corporatism.
concludes that the real interference in "US democracy" comes not
from Russia, but from some of its most powerful corporations which
now yield more power in some cases than the government itself: "This
isn’t “liberal democracy” as they keep pretending. It’s
those that don’t take issue with the latest censorship of
right-wingers by big social media -- unless
we take a stand now, who knows where it could end."