If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably caught yourself on more than one occasion over the last few weeks venting about the absurd double-standard on the part of tech giant Twitter to permanently ban President Donald Trump for “inciting a riot” while doing little to mitigate ISIS recruitment content as the jihadi army was rising to power.
To say nothing of the far-left, violent, significantly more widespread rioting that has also been coordinated on Twitter over the last year alone.
Trump was blamed for riots he didn’t start—and free speech network Parler, which was largely populated by Trump supporters and conservatives, was accused by Amazon Web Services of failing to prevent incitement on its platform and booted from its web hosting.
Well, as left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last week, not only is there no evidence that the Capitol Hill riot was organized on Parler, but any social media organizing took place on Facebook and Twitter—the same big tech platforms now silencing conservatives because it took place.
You know what they say: if the left didn’t have double-standards, they’d have no standards at all.
Sadly this isn’t a case of simple hypocrisy. It’s much worse than that. It’s the deliberate suppression and manipulation of free speech and the mass-silencing of millions of conservatives simply for having an opposing view. Opposing viewpoints are healthy in sustaining a democracy.
Journalist and former civil rights lawyer Glenn Greenwald spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night about the power of big tech and the scapegoating of Parler in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot.
“Of the first 13 people arrested by the FBI in connection with the event at the Capitol, a total of zero were active users of Parler. The overwhelming amount of planning for that event, the overwhelming amount of advocacy for people to go there and to breach the Capitol was done on Facebook, and on YouTube, and on Twitter,” Greenwald told Carlson.
This isn’t about inciting violence, he continued, this is about business.
“This is one of the ironies is that Google is one of the monopolies that wants to police our discourse and control our thinking and rule our politics that kicked Parler off of its app at the exact time that Parler had gone to number one,” the journalist asserted.
“Google said, we will not allow you on our service. The reality is the service that Google owns, YouTube, played a much greater role,” he added.