As the days go by, one has to realize that social media is no longer a free marketplace for the exchange of ideas.
Content creators are constantly harangued by social media censors and see their most controversial content policed.
Former Congressman Ron Paul is just the latest victim of this kind of policing of “wrongthink”.
Facebook claims that the host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report shared “false information.”
Christina Haas of Reclaim the Net, noted that Paul went on Twitter to announce the censorship he faced, stating, “Facebook has restricted my Ron Paul Page for ‘sharing false information.’”
The video that apparently kicked off the censorship incident was an interview featuring Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, which Paul shared.
“I shared an interview with the Pfizer CEO saying in his OWN WORDS that two shots offers “very limited protection, if any,” Paul declared on Twitter. “it was HIS OWN WORDS! What say you @Meta? You call that a ‘fact check’?”
Paul published the images of the “fact check” and censorship update that was sent to him.
As Haas astutely noted, the latest episode of censorship directed towards the former Texas congressman came almost a year after he was locked out of his Facebook page.
It’s often forgotten that in January 2021 the former Texas Congressman was blocked from posting on and running his Facebook after the social media titan claimed he “repeatedly” went “against our community standards.”
Paul asserted that he and his team never received any notifications about his alleged violation of community standards in the past and added that Facebook never identified the post in question.
It’s clear that the masters of the universe at Big Tech find Dr. Paul’s message to be a threat to the universalist narrative they’re pushing. We’re at a point where the political establishment is working overtime to shut off all forms of dissent.
The Right must get serious about checking Big Tech. There will need to be an Internet Bill of Rights and a new framework that treats social media platforms as public utilities in which no government or corporation can prevent peaceful individuals from using to express political statements.
Social media is the new public square and our laws should be updated to reflect that.