A movement has officially started on Twitter, called #FreeTheInternet….and it’s already gaining enormous traction!
The movement is an attempt to place pressure on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google, etc., to stop censoring conservative voices, and to stop shutting down accounts for no apparent reason….other than being conservative.
The problem has been going on for years. It’s no secret that Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube are super liberal. Just think back to 2016, in the months leading up to the election. Twitter and Facebook both changed their algorithms to keep any negative news about Hillary Clinton from being seen in your feed… and if you googled Hillary Clinton, your choices were about her fabulous pantsuits or hairstyle, not about her latest scandal-of-the-day. Everyone knew it was happening… but back then, these social media platforms were still making a vague attempt to hide their bias.
Then things changed. A few weeks ago, in late February, Mueller indicted 13 Russians for interference in the election. Suddenly, there was a newfound enthusiasm to eliminate any Russian “bots” from all platforms. Quite honestly, if that’s all they did, there wouldn’t be huge backlash. But that’s NOT what they did.
In the early morning hours of Feb. 21st, while most everyone was sleeping, Twitter purged thousands and thousands of conservative accounts, under the guise of being suspicious Russian bots. People woke up to either having their account taken down, or losing thousands of followers overnight. Here are a few snapshots:
(and here’s the video, in case you wanted to watch it…)
Many Trump-loving patriots worked diligently to gain new trump-loving followers, almost at a frenzied pace. I personally joined in the frenzy. I got myself on 2 Trump Trains, and also Trump Force One. (These are huge follower lists for Trump supporters.) We banded together, and forged ahead… as most hard-working conservatives tend to do.
All seemed to quiet down a little bit, until Facebook started in on the conservative take-downs. Yesterday, Facebook took down the Christian satire site, The Babylon Bee, because they did a satire piece on CNN, claiming they spin their news in an industrial sized washing machine. After a MAJOR backlash, Facebook finally put it back up, without any significant apology. The Federalist wrote a story about it, citing:
Hours later, Adam Ford, who runs The Babylon Bee, got a notification warning him that the post had been flagged as so-called “fake news” by Snopes, and that if it happened again, the Bee’s Facebook page could face de-monetization and its posts would suffer a reduced reach.
Not only did Facebook threaten to punish the Bee, the social network has also been warning its users who click on the obviously satirical post that it is, in fact, satire.
(The fact that Facebook is relying on Snopes to fact-check, is too ironic for words, but let’s move on…)
YouTube has also been quashing down videos at record speed as well… especially if you said anything negative about David Hogg, the crisis-actor who was going on CNN and MSNBC ad nauseam to somehow blame the NRA for the latest Florida school shooting. (I could go on and on and on about that whiny attention seeker… but I’ll save that for another blog post.) The Red Elephants, Inc. did a pretty good job in an article about this, if you’d like to read more.
Finally, after learning a few days ago that President Trump’s twitter account was severely damaged as a result of Twitter’s tinkering, things became crystal clear. It was reported that his twitter interactions had been reduced by 45%! That’s not just a little bit of tinkering… that’s 45% for heaven’s sake!!
Conservatives had reached a tipping point. Enough was enough. SOMETHING has to be done about these liberal social media platforms quashing conservative viewpoints…. and something has to happen FAST so that our voices aren’t silenced for the 2018 Midterms, or even the 2020 election!
Thus, #FreeTheInternet was born. The movement is hoping that somehow, someway, the Government can pass some sort of law to force these social media platforms to allow free speech from liberals AND conservatives, without fear of losing their account if a precious snowflake gets their feelings hurt… or worse, fear of losing their account whenever these social media platforms feel like pretending that all conservatives are Russian bots!
Let’s get #FreeTheInternet MOVING, shall we? Contact your Senators and Representatives. Let them know that these social media giants have messed with our right to free speech, for too long!!!