Twitter’s Crusade Against the Free Press

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Thursday, October 15, 2020


Today, Twitter (and Big Tech as a whole) took bold action. They decided that it was time to make an open and deeply partisan attack on not only the conservative movement and its media, but the media as a whole. 

The NY Post published a damning article on the dealings of Hunter Biden with the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, who was allegedly trying to buy meetings with former Vice President Biden. The validity of these allegations isn’t yet known to us, but it does raise many questions that the voters have a right to ask. But, according to Twitter’s censoring goons, the article contained “harmful” content.

Twitter didn’t care. They never have, and only now are they being open about it. They started by encouraging users to read the article before retweeting it. That’s a fair enough request, and everyone should read things before sharing them. Even so, how often do they ask users to read unsubstantiated articles critical of President Trump? I’d venture to say that it’s never happened. For most, that should be enough to cry foul and demand that a company do better but Twitter, of course, is different. We continue on and forget about their slight against conservatives once we wake up in the morning.

In a move that would be classified as an attack on the free press if the victim were Buzzfeed or the Washington Post, they completely stopped users from posting the article to Twitter, as well as prohibiting its spread in direct messages. Simply because it was from the NY Post and an article that called into question the ethics of the Democratic nominee, they took a firm stance against it.

Their crusade didn’t stop there. They took extra care in banning anyone who chose to subvert their efforts to silence the free press. My account, as well as the account of my former NewsBusters boss, Curtis Houck, was targeted. The NY Post’s main account was suspended. Kayleigh McEnany wasn’t safe from Twitter’s ire either. We, among countless others no doubt, received 12-hour suspensions because we found ways to get around their censorship.

Make no mistake, if we give Twitter an inch, they will take a mile. The time to make a stand is now. As Bill Buckley penned in Up from Liberalism:

I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.

It’s undeniable that Big Tech is attempting to silence conservative voices. Whether it is intentional or not, this will have a drastic influence on the election. When a company that claims to be a bastion of free speech and thought is openly tilting the playing field in favor of one party over the other, there’s an issue. Many of my conservative colleagues will disagree with me, but my undying love for the free market leads me to believe that it is an issue that can be solved without government intervention. If I’m proven wrong, I’ll gleefully join the ranks of those who wish to remove the Big Tech shackles we currently reside in, so that I may retain my own power as any good American should wish to do.

Joseph Chalfant is the Lead Development Officer at Lone Conservative and an intern for NewsBusters. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation. He is known for being the resident Game of Thrones expert for wherever he works.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Joseph Chalfant is the Lead Development Officer at Lone Conservative and an intern for NewsBusters. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation. He is known for being the resident Game of Thrones expert for wherever he works.

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