How Did Big Tech Censor Conservatives in 2021? Here’s Six Huge Ways

How Did Big Tech Censor Conservatives in 2021? Here’s Six Huge Ways

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The following article, How Did Big Tech Censor Conservatives in 2021? Here’s Six Huge Ways, was first published on Flag And Cross.

As the year 2021 comes to a close, the biggest tech story didn’t have to do with new hardware or stock offerings. No, it didn’t even involve Mark Zuckerberg’s creepy metaverse demo — although it tangentially touches on the problem.

Instead, it had to do with Big Tech going into censorship in a big way, particularly after former President Donald Trump was out of office and Democrats gained control of the Senate in January. Seemingly freed from any check on their power — except for Democrats who demanded they become more censorious — they could do whatever they want. Lo and behold, that didn’t mean banning Democrats.

Of course, we’re well-acquainted with Big Tech’s bias, particularly when it comes to demonetizing us when we report on topics like vaccine issues or transgender issues. Companies like Google are invested in social engineering on a massive level — and we’re dedicated to fighting this. You can help us in our fight by subscribing.

At the conservative Media Resource Center, writer Brian Bradley cataloged the 12 worst cases of censorship he saw this year. The fact that there were some I could think of that didn’t make the list should show you how rotten this annus horribilis was. Here are, however, six of the 12 worst.

1) Trump was permanently banned from social media.

All the largest mainstream social media sites banned then-President Trump in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

The first was Facebook, which banned him on Jan. 7.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. That two-week ban became indefinite shortly after.

Subsequently, the platform’s oversight committee announced in May that it would set a timeframe for Trump’s return after an indefinite ban was ruled to be against Facebook’s oversight rules. In June, they decided it would last for at least two years — until January of 2023.

The Board also found Facebook violated its own rules by imposing a suspension that was ‘indefinite.’ This penalty is not described in Facebook’s content policies. It has no clear criteria and gives Facebook total discretion on when to impose or lift it.

— Oversight Board (@OversightBoard) May 5, 2021

“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” said Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg, in a statement.

Twitter would go on to ban him too — although, as Bradley noted at the MRC, “the site still continues to host foreign dictators and pro-genocide propaganda.” Trump had over 88 million followers at the time his account was banned.

YouTube was the last to ban him on Jan. 12. None have reinstated him.

2) Twitter bans COVID skepticism.

Have an opinion that differs, even slightly, from the COVID consensus? Twitter doesn’t want to hear it.

“You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm,” Twitter announced earlier this month.

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