Former 12-term Texas Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has been suspended from Facebook.
In the wake of the suspension, Paul took to Twitter and pointed out that Facebook was absurdly vague explaining why it suspended him, but he surmised that he knew the real reasons behind the tech giant’s actions.
Big Tech’s Usual Rigmarole
Paul has long been a leading light in libertarian circles. Though he exited Congress in 2013, he remains respected and highly regarded in that community for his staunchly and inflexibly pro-Constitutional voting record and his adherence to limited government principles.
On Monday, January 11, Paul tweeted out his reaction to receiving the news about his suspension, saying, “With no explanation other than ‘repeatedly going against our community standards,’ Facebook has blocked me from managing my page. Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified.”
The charge of “repeatedly going against our community standards” is just the sort of vague nonsense that Facebook has been using in its rabid campaign to censor the speech of anyone whom its managers, owners and officials disagree with. It allows the company to cloak something that is in fact utterly insubstantial in the language of a serious violation.
This move is just the latest in a long series of purges by Silicon Valley oligarchs of all kinds of right-wing voices from their websites, the most high-profile causality of which to date has been President Donald Trump himself.
Silenced for Telling the Truth
But why did the former Congressmen get suspended? What are these mysterious “community standards” which he allegedly violated?
Paul believes that he knows the answer.
Since leaving Congress, Paul has become the host of a regular podcast called the Ron Paul Liberty Report and the chief proprietor of the Ron Paul Institute, a libertarian think tank that discusses all sorts of issues from a libertarian perspective, with a special focus on foreign policy.
When tweeting about his suspension, Paul also linked to an article from the Ron Paul Institute in which he discussed President Trump’s suspension from Twitter and denounced everyone — including Democratic politicians, the mainstream media and Big Tech — for lying that the president called for violence on January 6. It is probably the case that he did not.
Further, the article discussed how social media companies had been running interference for Joe Biden, working to prevent the spread of legitimate stories describing his and his family’s corrupt connections to Chinese and Ukrainian companies and the Chinese government. Sites like Facebook and Twitter arbitrarily declared these stories to be “disinformation” without ever bothering to explain why they thought so.
When you tell the truth about Big Tech, they ban you. As the saying goes, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
This action is chilling and Orwellian, but it is only to be expected from a power-drunk left.