When companies do something to displease their customers long enough and severely enough, competitors to those companies will begin to emerge. When there is a demand for something and money to be made by fulfilling that demand, someone will eventually come along and create supply.
The recent explosive growth of Parler, a social media alternative to both Facebook and Twitter, amply confirms the truth of this basic principle of both economics and common sense.
Big Social Media Companies’ War on Free Speech
On January 6, both Twitter and Facebook suspended the accounts of President Donald Trump. Twitter’s suspension lasted for only 12 hours and so was lifted on January 7, but Facebook’s suspension remains in force.
This is only the latest in a relentless campaign of blatant censorship led by Twitter, Facebook, and other massive social media sites like YouTube. The president is by far the most high-profile person thus far to be hit with such a suspension, but countless others have been similarly targeted before him. Most of these people are either conservative activists of one type or another or more controversial figures like Alex Jones.
Google, which owns YouTube, has also been a notorious culprit in such censorship. YouTube has removed countless videos, including those documenting evidence of election fraud or simply reporting the news in a way that its owners and managers disapprove of. Google has also been proven to manipulate and curate search results to make it more difficult for people to find certain kinds of information, especially information that reflects positively on the president.
Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s earlier claim that he does not want Facebook to become an “arbiter of truth,” he has been happy to make his company into precisely that. The statement he issued in which he announced his suspension of the president’s account was filled with a predictably meaningless boilerplate about Trump’s alleged “undermin[ing] of the peaceful and lawful transition of power.”
Of course, the statement declares Joe Biden to be Trump’s “elected successor,” but this statement assumes Biden was duly elected and that there was no significant fraud in the election. This has never been demonstrated. It is simply arrogantly asserted by Zuckerberg and his ilk.
Why Free Speech Matters
In societies that value the principle of free expression, whether one is “controversial” or not should have no bearing on whether or not he is to be allowed to express his views.
Frankly, a true commitment to free speech means even tolerating the sharing of false information. It is only in the light of free discussion that truth can be reliably sifted from falsehood.
If elitists like Zuckerberg usurp that responsibility to themselves, the possibilities for propaganda become endless.
In true postmodern fashion, big social media companies have been attempting to make “truth” into a product of power. They appear to have no concerns at all about the consequences of doing this.
Parler: An Online Haven for Free Speech
The CEO of Parler, John Matze, has bravely objected to this insanity, however. Through his website, he has provided a forum for conservative activists, Trump supporters, and other dissidents or controversial figures to express their views.
*“If free speech truly is the enemy and we must restrict and censor the voices of people to keep our country safe then our country is already lost,” *he said.
Commenting on the arrogance of the social media titans, he added, “It’s clear that Facebook and Twitter believe the ends justify the means. They believe the American people are weak. They insult our founding fathers by suggesting Zuckerburg (sic) and Dorsey know what is best for us.”
He summed up his ethos and the outlook of his company by saying, “Parler is not an arbiter of truth. We believe in you. We believe you are wise enough to decide for yourself and trust that given access to all information we can self-govern.”
As Big Tech tightens its squeeze on all those who disagree with the establishment party line, companies like Parler—as well as other social media alternatives like BitChute, LBRY, Rumble, Minds, and 3Speak—will only continue to grow.
They certainly deserve to.