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Who Will Next Be Removed From The Internet?

Date: Friday, January 15, 2021 8:24 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump for a second time – this time with just a few days left in his term.

It was a mostly symbolic rebuke. Financial and precious metals markets barely budged on the news.

The Senate, which alone has the power to convict and remove an impeached President, isn’t even expected to hold a trial until after Trump leaves office and Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th.

Censored

Of much wider significance for the future of American politics – and for the free, open exchange of ideas on an array of controversial subjects – is the unprecedented mass, coordinated de-platforming of President Trump and some of his supporters by social media companies.

Trump’s iconic @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle has been permanently suspended. The reason, according to Twitter, is “incitement of violence.”

Inexplicably, Twitter singled out as the last straw for Trump this tweet in particular: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

This, in the minds of Silicon Valley’s content police, is tantamount to encouraging violence.

In addition to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Pinterest, and other major online platforms axed the sitting President of the United States. And large banks vowed to cut him off financially.

“Offensive” Speech to Result in Bank Blacklisting, Firings

The precedent has been set. If not even the office of the presidency is above the arbitrary speech policing of internet overlords, then “cancel culture” can be deployed on anyone, at any time, over any alleged political transgression or micro-aggression.

Any offensive post dug up on someone who holds the wrong opinions can mean that person no longer has access to social media, no longer has a job, and possibly even no longer has a bank account.

The internet, once a decentralized, unregulated bastion of free expression, has been weaponized into a highly centralized system in which over 95% of content must pass through the filters of a few giant corporations acting in tandem.

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