BIG TECH may have ‘rigged’ the U.S. Elections as a divisive result came in following America’s midterm vote.
In a mixed result, President Donald Trump and the GOP lost the House to the Democrats but held the Senate.
In the run-up to the vote, several U.S. Media outlets and a Social Media website were suppressed and thousands of social media accounts were removed from Facebook and Twitter – mainly those that supported the GOP.
Most notably, Alex Jones and his InfoWars network were purged by YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple in August and later Twitter.
Facebook unpublished four pages run by Jones for “repeated violations of community standards”, the company said.
YouTube terminated Jones’s account over him repeatedly appearing in videos despite being subject to a 90-day ban from the website, and Spotify removed the entirety of one of Jones’s podcasts for “hate content”.
Facebook’s removal of the pages – the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page – comes after the social network imposed a 30-day ban on Jones personally “for his role in posting violating content to these pages”.
Following that suspension, a Facebook spokesperson said: “More content from the same pages has been reported to us – upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Twitter later banned Jones and Big Tech was accused of a “co-ordinated” purge led by CNN.
Breitbart reported: “Big tech’s coordinated purge of InfoWars — which was hit by bans from Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube in rapid succession — did not occur in a vacuum. On this issue, Silicon Valley bowed to CNN journalists and Democrat politicians who ceaselessly lobbied for the site to be censored.”
Facebook later deleted more than 800 pages and accounts citing “the spread of disinformation, political spam, and inauthentic activity.”
In the final week of the Midterm Election cycle, free speech social media site Gab was taken offline for nearly two weeks.
Big Tech came down on Gab after it was revealed that the Pittsburgh synagogue terrorist had made threats on the social network to kill Jews.
Multiple tech firms dropped Gab —including its domain registrar GoDaddy, web host Joyent, and payment processors PayPal and Stripe.
Facebook and Twitter were let off the hook after the leftist Mail Bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr., posted hateful and violent messages on Facebook and Twitter.
Over the weekend, however, Gab returned to the web.
The left likes to talk highlight proven Russian interference – but surely they should lead by example and not try to suppress opinion and free speech.