The giants of the “big tech” industry have quickly made a collection of moves that are being described as an unprecedented “Orwellian” suppression of speech of conservative movement leaders across the country.
It all started this past week when the social media giant Twitter took the unprecedented action of banning President Donald Trump from the platform. Twitter then proceeded to remove numerous other conservative figures from the site, including General Michael Flynn, and attorney Sidney Powell.
Most recently, Facebook removed the profile of former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, without providing any reason for the removal, and has starting banning mentions of the “stop the steal” movement.
“This is absolute insanity!” tweeted Donald Trump Jr, the President’s oldest son. “We are living in Orwell’s 1984. Free speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few.”
Trump Jr. continued in a series of tweets pointing out that while Twitter had banned the President of the United States from the platform, they had continued to allow the Ayatollah of Iran, and representatives of other dictatorial regimes to continue using the platform.
Twitter released a statement regarding the suspension of President Trump’s account, claiming that the move was made “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The statement echoes politically charged accusations being made by Democrat Party leaders against the President, claiming he incited the violent mob that descended on the capitol last week.
In a short amount of time, however, “big tech” has continued to launch an aggressive attack on conservative figures and has now even blocked a competing social media site from gaining internet access.
The social media site “Parler” which has become extremely popular with conservatives who have expressed frustration with Facebook and Twitter for discriminating against conservative users, was essentially shut down after Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants collectively blocked the site from the ability to access the internet.
Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) responded to Apple blocking the app from being accessed on their products, saying if Republican-controlled state legislatures were to cut off the flow of tax dollars being used to buy Apple products, the company would take a huge loss. Cain also said he will be filing a bill to do just that in the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.
Texas Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) also weighed in, saying in a post online, “public forums like Twitter and Facebook should NOT be allowed to discriminate against individuals based on political beliefs.”
Gooden went on to say that he is drafting a bill that amends the Civil Rights Act to include political affiliation as an impermissible basis of discrimination.
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