Free Speech

Cyberspace’s Cancelled Conservatives

It has been observed for quite some time that Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube are censoring conservative content, as Forbes recorded beneath the headline “Facebook Deleting Coronavirus Posts, Leading To Charges Of Censorship”. But what has become clear to all with eyes to see is that the mainstream media is profoundly biased. Just take the example of Bill Clinton.

Newsweek is reporting the eyewitness testimony of Virginia Giuffre that Bill Clinton capered with ‘young girls’ on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island’. Without doubt, this is a valid news story of the year — or would be if the named party was someone other than the infamously priapic ex-president. I mean, just imagine if the person in question were Donald Trump? And yet every major progressive news outlet in both the United States—as well as Australia— has accorded the story passing attention at best before forgetting about it entirely.

Below is a transcript of Giuffre’s testimony:

The Newsweek article goes on to state:

In 2015, the now-defunct pop-culture and news website Gawker released the flight logbooks for Epstein’s Gulfstream jet and his ‘Lolita Express’ 727. Clinton is listed as having taken at least 11 flights on the Lolita Express. On one flight Clinton allegedly flew with a softcore porn actress listed under “massages” in Epstein’s address book. On all his 11 flights, he rode with Maxwell and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen, accused in court filings of recruiting young girls on Epstein’s behalf.

What’s more, Project Veritas has released the video of Amy Robach, an anchor with America’s ABC, saying on a ‘hot mic’ in the studio that the network’s news division had all the evidence—including pictures—regarding Bill Clinton’s relationship Epstein, and yet the story was suppressed. ABC’s response to that charge can be viewed here.

Not only that, but earlier this week, Facebook removed a video posted by Breitbart News of a press conference held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors in which the featured medicos shared their professional opinions of coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic. YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter removed the footage, but not before the video had been viewed over 17 million views times! A copy of the presentation can still be viewed here. The response of major progressive media outlets, such as the Washington Post, was to attack the personal credibility of one of the female doctors, a Pentecostal Christian originally from Cameroon.

It seems certain segments of the online media are intent on only presenting a progressively approved narrative. All of which should be of particular concern to conservatives throughout the world. Likewise, Martyn Iles, director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has recently posted on social media:           

        Sadly, I have been shadow banned by Facebook.

After flying under the radar for a year, it seems someone with a bit of power has noticed me and disliked me.

Either that or activists inundated my content with spam reports, so Facebook has decided I’m spam …

… Overnight, the reach of all my posts, the view counts on my videos, and the rate at which I was acquiring new followers dropped by as much as 80%. It feels like I am back at the very beginning.

I am taking some encouragement from reports that it’s usually a temporary affliction. Maybe others with experience of it can confirm.

It’s disheartening as I have always sought to conduct myself in a manner that’s above reproach. I am not abrasive, combative, vulgar, or unfeeling. I cite data and am clear about my logic. I seek to be thoughtful and gracious. I have never caused a media sensation, had a public spat with anyone, or been scandalised through anything I’ve said, so I think I’ve done OK.

The worst someone could reasonably say about me is that they strongly disagree.

Alas – Facebook is its own authority…

Martyn subsequently added some final thoughts.

P.S. Lots of people doubt whether shadow banning is a thing – I did, too, wondering if it was just suspicious people over-reacting. Believe me, it’s real, and there is no mistaking when it happens to you. It is reported that Facebook have privately confirmed they do it to “false” content and spam.

What all of the above demonstrates is that we have reached a dangerous new moment in the history of free speech — especially, as in the US, when an election is in the offing. What it also means is that it is incumbent on those of Christian faith and/or conservative conviction to stand up and be counted. We’ll be counted out otherwise.

Mark Powell is associate pastor of the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Strathfield, NSW

4 comments
  • RB

    Your religious belief is not what is under attack directly but a mere byproduct of the screaming mimi’s priapism for any world view contrary to their own. I note it is entirely probable that a fair percentage of believers also adhere to what is broadly described as “regressive left” ideology.
    Religious institutions have power, its on the wane I grant you but it is there nonetheless, lefties want that power and will do anything, say anything to take it off you.
    The US government made this issue when they gave away the citizenry’s legal rights by declaring those websites as platforms rather than be treated like other media, only the US government can fix it but they won’t because one-half of said politic likes what they are doing.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/07/29/heres_the_data_congress_needs_to_regulate_social_media_143824.html

  • Geoff Sherrington

    Plausibly, I am the first scientist to have account closed (permanently) by The Conversation. Yes, I know how it feels to be censored. More happily, bodies who censor seldom endure because they are born with their seeds of self-destruction.

  • DG

    Getting banned from the Conversation is like not having dust blown in your eyes anymore.

  • Bwana Neusi

    Would you believe me if I told you that Apple Mac also sensor emails and have bounced a couple of mine for not complying with their policy? ” Message rejected due to local policy. Please visit https://support.apple.com…..”
    there was absolutely nothing in the content that could even be described as contra virtual. Apple have yet to advise me as to exactly what local policy was unacceptable

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