You can’t say you saw this post on Reddit anymore

If you rely on Silicon Valley firms for a branding campaign on social media and you have a Republican bent to your thoughts, you are either screwed or soon to be.

The takedown or censorship of Trump supporting voices on social boards accelerated Wednesday with the wipe out on Reddit of the subreddit Great Awakenings.

In a matter of minutes all traces of a robust board vanished along with all traces of any posts or interactions related to the forum.

This goes way beyond shadow banning. It wipes out primary research and the alternative first draft of history. In a media world of super concentrated voices and opinions, what Reddit suppressed was equal to a book burning in the town square.

To silence the views of those not in lock step with Silicon Valley’s very literal liberal bias. Look at this recently released video from Breitbart, showing Google execs (Sorry I don’t use Alphabet, since no one knows the name and it was really just a tax scheme to add a parent company to Google) ruminating the Friday after the 2016 election. The hand wringing of Sergey Brin saying he is “deeply offended” by the election of President Trump. Later on an HR execs speaks about how Google employees may want to work from Canada. Not sure if they handed out crying towels as workers filed in?

Into this environment we cast our words, thoughts and opinions. It’s as if Hillary Clinton won the election.

Into this void, the Justice Department is looking into Silicon Valley’s silencing of conservative voices. What we need is a Teddy Roosevelt-type trust buster to say these companies are not working in the public good and since they employ the use of the public network they need to be regulated.

I’m usually not for regulation generally, but these firms have brought this upon themselves with their biases showing at every turn. While each social media site has its own unique way of censoring or corralling alternative voices or ideas — most unbeknownst to the user, the wipe out of entire communities of conservative voices shows that Silicon Valley has no regard for level playing field or freedom of speech when that speech is not theirs.

How brazen are the Silicon Valley firms to think its our platform we will do what we want. Ma Bell thought the same way until Federal Judge Green came along and broke them up to little pieces.

Let’s get these censorship cases in front of a new Judge Green quickly.

(Editor’s Note: I’ll be attempting to post this on Voat.co in theawakenings forum.)

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Very funny that some will not be able to say I Reddit

I don’t understand Reddit. What is the function?

I have been placing my postings on the conservative board for more than 6 months often getting more than 100 up votes for the posts. Continue reading

Silicon Valley’s censorship bumping up against 1st Amendment

Silicon Valley’s huge content aggregators have no Constitutional constraints to uphold the first amendment.  Unlike the early TV broadcasters, which were using the public airways, these companies are using pipes owned by themselves or other private firms.

Alphabet’s Google and YouTube as well as Twitter, Facebook, Go Daddy and Reddit can censor the content of any poster or customer for any reason they can cite.

Now given the tech sector’s left-leaning political attitudes, this power to control what appears on their platform has to be bumping up against free speech in the broadest sense.

Of course in any business, if there is a segment of the industry not being served, then there is room for a competitor to come in. However, with the size and capital of these firms cited above, profits are at a premium for any start-ups or smaller competitors.

Perhaps the pendulum is swinging too far left, due to the fact that some Democrats say Hillary Clinton’s presidential defeat can be laid at the right’s “fake news” presence on the web. I think that’s foolish in the sense that there was plenty of real news the campaign had to navigate and obvious couldn’t in the end.

I just think that for all its libertarian beginnings, the web has moved too far left for its own good. And since the trillions of dollars that have been made in the San Francisco Bay area over the years this was probably enviable.

That said, I think we need a test case on the order of “public airways” as communication moves to the digital platforms and not leave it to the individual companies to shape public opinion through what they allow or not allow to be viewed on their services.