By Robert Wenzel
Infowar's Alex Jones is on the warpath following a CNN hit piece on his network.
The story reports that CNN contacted both Facebook and Youtube and asked the organizations what they were going to do about certain Infowar's videos.
Here is the reaction of Jones. You only need to watch the first one minute and 30 seconds to get the gist.
Jones is justified in being angered by CNN's antics.
According to CNN, YouTube will ban The Alex Jones Channel outright if two more videos receive strikes within the next three months---and CNN is pushing to have more videos reviewed.
Setting aside the specific content of the Infowars videos, the removal of videos, or worse a channel, is censorship. YouTube and Facebook are private organizations that can do whatever they want but it should be understood that Big Internet is no friend of all out discussion and reporting. And Big Internet is getting more and more aggressive in patrolling and removing what it deems unacceptable.
This is a particular problem for those who hold non-conventional views. Those who post such views need to know the limits of what they can get away with at these platforms.
As I have said before, these platforms need to be used only as teasers to drive traffic to our own sites.
Big Internet is not our friend. There is a tendency for Big Internet to be filled with lefties, who have no moral limits on stopping what they see as unacceptable commentary or reporting. Big Internet also likely has subtle, and perhaps not so subtle, pressure from the government to police unconventional views. Be aware.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on iphone and stitcher.