When you think of internet censorship, you think about countries such as China, but censorship happens in the West as well. In the Western Hemisphere, though, it’s not the government that’s censoring people, it’s privately owned tech companies. People will say that if the government isn’t censoring you, then it’s not censorship. However, the definition of censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or “inconvenient” as determined by a government or private institution. With that in mind, here are a two Conservative individuals and one Conservative organization that have been censored. Before you read on, check out these t-shirts.
About two-and-a-half weeks ago, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify cracked down on Alex Jones and his Infowars media empire, removing wide swathes of content or terminating his accounts entirely. All the actions seemed to happen within 24 hours. (Source). Many claim that Alex Jones was unjustly censored, but one YouTuber by the username Thunderf00t argues that Alex Jones deserved to be banned from all of these platforms.
The Activist Mommy
Facebook banned popular blogger Elizabeth Johnston, also known as “The Activist Mommy,” for alleged hate speech. However, Facebook did not mention what post Johnson made that would be considered hate speech.
Facebook later issued an apology to Johnston after shutting her out.
“Remember how Facebook banned me from my platform for ‘hate speech’ this week but couldn’t tell me what I had done that was hateful? Guess I wasn’t so hateful after all,” Johnston posted. “They apologized.” (Source)
Prager University, a non-profit organization that creates videos with conservative political views was also censored on Facebook.
According to the university, Facebook deleted at least two videos after labeling them “hate speech.” One of the videos addresses the need for men to be masculine again.
Facebook did not say why the video was censored, but according to CBN News, the video did not contain graphic or violent content.
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