Censorship started in small steps that nearly everyone supported and encouraged.
In 2014, Twitter and Facebook began suspending accounts tied to ISIS.
The terrorist were using these accounts to recruit Americans to carry out violent acts.
Big Tech was universally praised. Understandably.
Then Twitter permanently suspected journalist Meghan Murphy for tweeting “men aren’t women.” It went after Milo Yiannopolous and Alex Jones. Actor James Woods was suspended for joking that Democrats did not want white men to vote. Back then, believe it or not, that was a JOKE.
And what about the others?
Google started in February 2014 – with WND.
“The world’s most powerful Internet search engine has accused WND of using ‘hate speech’ and has threatened to block ads on the news site over its use of the term ‘black mobs’ in news stories and columns reporting on a two-year epidemic of racial attacks in the U.S.,” we reported.
“In response, WND is preemptively blocking Google ads in content in which that phrase appears in past and current stories, including this one. Other ad providers have agreed to step in and fill the gap,” the newssite said.
What would you do if you were a news organization and you noticed a two-year trend of one-sided racial attacks on mostly white and Asian people. Not report it? This was real. It happened. No one disputes it. But yet we were demonetized because of our reporting.
Also, we were pretty secure in 2014, and we weren’t particularly alarmed about it. Google ads were the lowest revenue ads generally, and we figured we could always get others. However, we quickly found out that Google and Facebook were about to corner the market – handling upwards of 90% of the inventory.
We were still on the way up as WND became diversified. We had our biggest year yet with over $15 million in revenues in 2015.
But then the bottom fell out of the longest running independent news service in 2016 and 2017. I call it revenge for our support of Donald Trump and his eventual victory as president. After all, Facebook and Twitter both silenced him permanently before he left office. Imagine. The president of the United States muzzled by would-be dictators who has opposite political beliefs.
We saw it coming – in dramatically woeful revenues. We had to cut our book publishing unit, our movie making unit, our reporting staff, marketing team and other things – all in the span of two years. Then I had five strokes that left me unable to speak or write!
One thing we cut, or thought we cut, was any ties to Google.
But lo and behold we had not severed ties at all.
This week we found that Google went further. They cut ad monetization entirely with WND. They left us high and dry once more. Even when you think you have escaped Google’s clutches, you find you’re not out of the woods yet.
THEY’RE BIG – TOO BIG TO FAIL … in the eyes of some congressmen. But this is as serious as a heart attack for companies like WND – news people with a different agenda than the New York Times and CNN.
Can you imagine getting all your news from the New York Times and CNN? It might come to that. But we take censorship seriously.
Do you remember what happened with Parler in January? First Google removed Parler from its store, rendering the app unreachable on any Android phone. Then it was Apple’s turn to remove them from the App Store. Then Amazon notified Parler it would be removed from its server farm – permanently.
To me Parler was just a site for like-minded conservatives to share their thoughts. Is there any harm in that? But to these tech monopolies they were part of a dark cabal of conspiracy theories unfit for American consumption.
What on earth is becoming of America?
What happened to the ethos of live and let live?
What is wrong with these people?
Today, there’s no one safe on the right side of the spectrum from these fiends.
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