Big Tech is one of the main tools used by America’s current ruling class to exert its control over society.
All political regimes ultimately rest on consent. To manufacture consent for a regime, the elite must create stories and propaganda that the masses must then be made to believe. The most important way to ensure that the stories promulgated by the elite are believed is to make sure that the masses are not able to access information that contradicts those stories.
As soon as too many people come to be exposed to information that runs contrary to pro-elite narratives, the elite’s hold on power begins to slip.
That is why Big Tech is so important. In its original incarnation, the internet was an informational free-for-all.
Anyone could post or share almost any kind of information they wanted even if it contradicted what was said by large, formal media organizations. This freedom, however, proved dangerous to the elite as it led to too much information getting out, which undermined the ruling class’ authority.
Hence, Big Tech’s crackdown on anyone with dissident political opinions.
However, there are reasons for hope. Alternative social media sites like Gab, Odysee and Minds are growing, and now, even left-leaning digital rights organizations are finding themselves uncomfortable with the extent of Big Tech’s blatant censorship.
Leftists Start Coming Out Against Tech Censorship
Apple has total control over access to its App Store. Anyone not able to post their apps to the store will be severely limited in their ability to reach iPhone users. And since Apple has not been shy about refusing companies that it disagrees with — like Gab and Parler — the right to feature their apps in its store, this has had an overwhelming censorship effect.
Conservatives have long decried things like this for obvious reasons, but now, it seems as if even leftist organizations are growing fed up with Apple’s heavy-handedness. Fight for the Future, a left-leaning nonprofit that works to expand digital rights, has recently called out Apple in one of its statements.
“Apple has a long history of working with authoritarian governments to remove apps from the App Store,” the statement says. “This is unsurprising. Apple is a for-profit business, and to operate in a country, it must obey the local laws, no matter how unjust.”
The ultimate problem, as Fight for the Future points out, is that apps cannot be installed on iPhones, except through the App Store. Prevent an app from getting into the App Store, and you can lock users out of using it.
Fight for the Future’s statement continues, “Developers have worked around App Store censorship by creating web apps. But if a government blocks access to the Internet, and Apple removes VPN apps from the local App Store, those web apps become inaccessible.”
And as Evan Greer, the director of Fight For the Future plainly stated, “If you buy a phone, it’s your phone. You should have the right to install whatever software you want on it.”
This is a message that no one who values civil liberties can find anything objectionable in. Anyone who does object to it should immediately be treated with suspicion.
It is encouraging that even left-wing organizations are beginning to take a stand against digital censorship. It is encouraging that some have the decency to call out their own.