We all remember the fallout from President Trump’s speech to his supporters before some of those in the crowd stormed the Capitol in November 2020. Concentrating on nothing other than the punishments that were handed down to Trump by the social media giants who make the rules up as they go along, the majority of people not blinded by the dogma of the Leftwaffe noticed that the punishment – that of being denied access to a platform for which Trump’s use, or overuse was renowned – didn’t fit the crime.
Just to remind us all, the two tweets that caused the bosses at Twitter to blow a fuse were the following:
- 1) "The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!"
- 2) "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."
OK, girding our loins, let’s try to fathom what it was in those tweets which the social media giant found so utterly unacceptable.
Well, it’s a dead-end, isn’t it? I looked at, in, and around both quotes and can truly find nothing to justify Twitter’s statement that these two tweets violated the company’s policy against glorification of violence. If we’re to believe what Twitter stated, then presumably all people who respond in the negative to party invitations on Twitter are playing with fire.
Twitter claimed that the tweets violated their policy regarding the glorification of violence, but that’s an obvious lie. Twitter had a prepared answer and anything Trump tweeted was made to fit. What we’re looking at is a pre-fabricated excuse to ban the president. The decision had long been made and, with all the arrogance that we’ve come to recognise in members of the Leftwaffe, they didn’t bother to even try to make any sort of connection between the two ends that they were determined to Sellotape together.
Doesn’t this remind you of something? Yes, the Soviet Union, a political empire which was so sure of itself that it regularly advertised nothing less than bare-faced lies in response to questions asked.
Recently President Putin drew the attention of Biden to the fact that there were startling similarities now appearing between the US today and the Soviet Union of yesterday. Perhaps it is only to be expected that certain media giants are, if not leading the change, at least following very closely.
Banned from Twitter for an indefinite period of time, the man who used Twitter to reach his supporters a little too successfully, was also suspended from Facebook. The Facebook suspension was recently reviewed and the company decided to uphold the suspension and extend it for a period of 2 years. Once again unable to resist the chance to play God, Facebook, similar to Twitter has decided to set itself up as some kind of global moral guardian. According to Facebook, Trump will only be allowed to come out and play on Facebook (and Instagram) if the company deems that there is no “serious risk to public safety” from Trump.
Of course, the whole situation is nothing less than absurd. The cartwheels that Facebook and Twitter are performing are no more credible than the propaganda which used to spew from the East Germans and the Soviets, and the propaganda which occasionally trickles from the North Koreans.
But the Leftwaffe expect us to take them at their word. They tell us that they’re truly impartial guardians of morals, guiding our planet to a better, safer state, and we’re expected to blindly follow their teachings.
But what happens when the roles are reversed?
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari had a tweet deleted by Twitter after several Twitter users reported the tweet for... yes, you guessed it... inciting violence. With President Buhari, however, the tweet in question – a response to a wave of arson attacks against electoral offices – is arguably clearer than Trump’s, at least as far as discerning violence between the lines is concerned. Even so, this is no clear cut call to arms:
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Biafra war. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Twitter, alerted to the problem by those who reported it, stated that Buhari’s tweet violated its “abusive behaviour” policy, which lead to a 12-hour suspension of his account. Play nicely, or you won’t be allowed to play at all.
Pride wounded, the President responded by suspending Twitter in Nigeria with major telecoms networks apparently blocking access to the platform. That said, some Nigerians were able to access Twitter, so the picture remains unclear. But why wouldn’t it be unclear? Who among us knows the intricacies of Nigerian politics well enough to state who is doing what for which reason at this point in time? Not me, that’s for certain, and I’d venture that Twitter hasn’t got a fucking clue either. But then Twitter doesn’t feel the need to comprehend, does it?
Amnesty International which has, over the years allowed itself to be transformed into a blunt tool for beating all those who dare to be illiberal, condemned the ban. Well then, what other evidence is required? As far as the liberal Leftwaffe are concerned, if Amnesty said it, it’s the gospel truth (not that they believe in the gospel, mind you).
Of course, wouldn’t you know it, the Nigerians were forced to back down.
The president, a former general who won a historic election in 2015 was no match for the forces lined up against him outside his country. Twitter, used only by a small percentage of Nigerians, is tellingly popular amongst activists, journalists, and politicians. Twitter stated that they were “deeply concerned” by the ban and would “work to restore access for all those Nigerians who rely on Twitter.” Always fighting the good fight, eh?
Last year, following protests against police brutality which then turned into examples of police brutality, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, encouraged his followers (via Twitter of course) to donate money to the protestors. Fine, he’s free to do whatever takes his fancy, but it’s a thin line that his company and others are treading.
An unelected behemoth with the power to change the electoral chances of political candidates worldwide, Twitter and Facebook are very much in danger of overreaching themselves.
Try as they might to convince the world of their benign intentions, the truth is far less black and white than Twitter, Facebook et al., would like us to believe. For those of us who fear the veritable if self-defined ‘wall of truth’ that the Leftwaffe and their friends continue to force upon us, the answer is clear: we must create our own space in which we can play and communicate without fear of falling victim to unknown reports which land us in hot water.
Meanwhile, as his diplomats are instructed to apply pressure around the globe to ensure that Twitter continues to win hearts and minds with its Orwellian concept of free speech, the Biden administration, seemingly vanilla to the core, are embarking on less detectable methods of ensuring their objectives.
Ever critical of Trump, the Biden administration continued a fight, started by the Trump administration, in trying to obtain the e-mail logs of four reporters for The New York Times. This is a prelude to identifying the sources of the reporters concerned. Trump started this fight, but Biden has continued it and added that wonderful Leftwaffe touch: a gagging order to ensure that Biden’s team and the Leftwaffe are not challenged in their version of events.
Various people tweeted about it, but don’t expect anything to come of it. The Leftwaffe, continually building their ‘wall of truth’, aren’t about to let anything like that happen.
Give it time, however, and more and more people will start to realise the difference in attitude that lies at the heart of the ‘wall of truth’. Then, and only then will things change.