February 10, 2016
Surprise, goyim, surprise!
The Great Shut Down of 2016 is rapidly developing. Already seriously struggling Twitter is embracing political correctness and feelings over free speech and profit.
The Jews are – of course – teaming up with the feminists. But that’s like a Jewish Kabbalist wizard teaming up with his golem.
In order for users to feel confident expressing themselves “freely and safely,” Twitter is debuting a new advisory group dubbed the “Trust & Safety Council.” But a quick glance at its membership roster suggests the council is almost as Orwellian as it sounds—and overwhelmingly biased in favor of speech suppression.
If you thought Milo Yiannopoulos losing his blue checkmark was the opening salvo in the next great culture war (I tended to agree with Popehat’s Ken White that the controversy was overblown), then this might be your virtual invasion of Poland.
The council includes more than 40 organizations that will be tasked with helping Twitter, “strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power.” But if the goal was really to find some middle ground between total free speech and safeguards against harassment, one might have expect Twitter to solicit some diversity of opinion. In fact, despite the press release’s claim that the council includes a “diversity of voices,” virtually none of the council members are properly classified as free speech organizations. (Full list here).
Some of the groups—such as Hollaback! and the Dangerous Speech Project—don’t think harassment should be criminalized outright. But the vast majority are certainly more concerned about allowing too much speech rather than too little. Notable members include Feminist Frequency—the blog and Youtube channel of anti-Gamer Gate activist Anita Sarkeesian—the Anti-Defamation League, and a host of suicide-and-domestic-violence prevention groups.
My everything has been shut down – PayPal, other payment methods, various different webhosts, disqus comments, etc. – but everyone else is about to get the Anglin Treatment.
The Right Stuff recently had their host shut them down. YouTube and Facebook accounts are getting shut down.
The age of free speech on the internet – at least while using the services of any big company – is over.
We need to deal with this, and come up with new options.