Monday, February 22, 2016

Is Twitter Censoring Conservatives?

Robert Stacy McCain is a conservative blogger and activist who manages the website "The Other McCain." McCain has worked for and been featured in numerous conservative publications, including the American Spectator and the Washington Times. Stacy Mccain is an unapologetic conservative, and as a result, his Twitter was recently suspended. Why? Because he disagreed with the social justice warrior narrative. As Reason's  Robby Soave notes:

     But there’s a difference between using strong language to disagree with people, and abusing them. If McCain has crossed that line, I’m not aware of it.

    Twitter is a private company, of course, and if it wants to outlaw strong language, it can. In fact, it’s well within its rights to have one set of rules for Robert Stacy McCain, and another set of rules for everyone else. It’s allowed to ban McCain for no reason other than its bosses don’t like him. If Twitter wants to take a side in the online culture war, it can. It can confiscate Milo Yiannopoulos’s blue checkmark. This is not about the First Amendment.

    But if that’s what Twitter is doing, it’s certainly not being honest about it—and its many, many customers who value the ethos of free speech would certainly object. In constructing its Trust and Safety Council, the social media platform explicitly claimed it was trying to strike a balance between allowing free speech and prohibiting harassment and abuse. But its selections for this committee were entirely one-sided—there’s not a single uncompromising anti-censorship figure or group on the list. It looks like Twitter gave control of its harassment policy to a bunch of ideologues, and now their enemies are being excluded from the platform.

    Banning McCain wasn’t even Twitter’s only questionable activity last night. It seems that Twitter also suppressed the pro-McCain hashtag subsequently created by his supporters, #FreeStacy. After it started trending, Twitter made it so that the hashtag wouldn’t autocomplete when people typed it. “The #FreeStacy tag would be in the US top 10 now, but Twitter has scrubbed it,” wrote Popehat’s Patrick on Twitter.

This sort of nutty, eggshell psyche call to censorship has become increasingly common on the left. Instead of engaging with ideas that make them uncomfortable, liberals have opted to group together and create societal pressure to censor those ideas. There's only one way to fight back. Take to twitter, and use the hashtag #FreeStacy to show that you find their policy unacceptable. It's our way of showing them that we as conservatives and consumers, won 't stand for ideological censorship.



Anonymous said...

If Twitter can shut down an account, acting as a private business, why is it not OK for a gun range to ban anyone that they wish?

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals don't want the truth and they want Big Brother to monitor the internet just like Obama and the United Nations wants

Storm the Albatross said...

Twitter please don't make me angry i'm real'y unpleasent when i'm angry