The Jan. 6 storming of the United States Capitol Building by activists and rioters is being used as a justification by Big-Tech companies to declare themselves the sole arbiters of truth, to unilaterally decide what news and opinions are worthy of distribution and what are not, and to constrain the ability of other voices — particularly conservative voices — to make their case.
So writes Joseph Magen for AllIsraelNews at https://www.allisrael.com
“This is wrong and is a dangerous overreach by the leading Big-Tech companies,” Magen said in a Jan.12 column for the web-based outlet.
Magen says Social Media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have claimed for years to be neutral and open platforms — not “publishers,” not “editors,” not “arbiters of the truth.”
“Until now,” Magen said.
In his column, Magen writes: “Although President Donald Trump released a video condemning the attack of the halls of Congress, it wasn’t enough for Silicon Valley. The Big-Tech leaders have issued their own overreaching verdict. They banned the president of the United States from publishing his views and statements on Facebook and Twitter.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, stated on Jan. 7 that Trump was banned indefinitely from Facebook to prevent “the use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland