Without warning, Facebook on Thursday unilaterally banned several people from its platform that the speech Nazi has deemed "controversial" and, as such, not worthy of being heard.
In an effort to make it seem as though the lifetime bans were 'bipartisan,' Facebook booted conservative pundit Alex Jones along with well-known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan in what can only be described as the most draconian measure yet taken by a social media behemoth.
In addition to Jones and Farrakhan, former Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, former Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, conservative Jewish activist Laura Loomer, and others were also shown the virtual door by Facebook after the platform labeled them "extremists" and "dangerous."
Few people were fooled by the appearance that Facebook was banning Left and Right.
"The geniuses at Facebook really believe they won't get accused of bias if they ban Farrakhan as well. But the fact that they consider a brazen anti-Semite and racist in any way comparable to classical liberals and populists like @PrisonPlanet just shows their bias even more," writes senior Breitbart News tech correspondent Allum Bokhari on Twitter - before he, too, gets banned.
The deplatforming of Jones goes much further, however. Facebook says its censors will remove any Infowars content and could even move to ban/deplatform people who share it.
Journalist Nick Monroe noted: "Read my lips. This is WORSE than the usual sorts of bans. Facebook/Instagram: "will remove ANY content containing Infowars videos, radio segments, or articles, and Facebook will remove any Groups set up to share Infowars content" That's TOO MUCH power to give Facebook."
For his part, Watson, who recently launched his own website, Summit News, lamented that Facebook did not give him any reason as to why he was banned nor did he break any of the company's rules.
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"Reports are true. I have been banned by Facebook. Was given no reason. I broke none of their rules. In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged. Please visit Summit.news while it still exists," he tweeted.
Naturally, authoritarian Leftists are celebrating the deplatforming of Jones and others because they are of like mind and agree that censorship ought to be employed against anyone with whom they disagree. What they can't understand and don't yet see is that when an entity is allowed to wield the kind of power Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been given, they almost always wield it tyrannically. Allies today who somehow fall out of favor with the gods at a later date will eventually be victimized as well.
But conservatives believe the banning of anyone is harmful to our country and a major insult to our Constitution.
Mike Tokes, CEO of YukoSocial, tweeted, "Facebook banned a lot of very well known conservatives today. They are stifling free speech and banning all your supporters. Social media is this centuries PUBLIC SQUARE. Something needs to be done about this."
As in, Congress and/or the Trump administration will have to step in at some point and impose new regulations on the the social media behemoths to ensure that people cannot be persecuted for their ideas and their speech, even if such speech or such ideas are not 'mainstream' or 'offend' even a majority of Americans.
The solution to this problem isn't going to come from government, however. It will have to come from the free market. The Facebook disaffected and banned will simply have to find a social media platform of their own that they can build into an entity just as large and influential - but without the political persecution.