Thursday, February 22, 2018

Twitter Appears to Block Accounts of Many US Conservatives and Libertarians Branding Them as ‘Bots’

 And according to Justin Raimondo, this happened:
Meanwhile, things got worse over at Medium for some conservatives.

Medium has suspended the accounts of populart far-right figures Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer.

Medium spokesperson Sandee Roston told The Hill that the company does “not comment on individual accounts.”

Roston did point to a Feb. 7 post detailing an update to its rules.

We have all seen an increase and evolution of online hate, abuse, harassment, and disinformation, along with ever-evolving campaigns of fraud and spam,” Medium's rules update reads. “We have strengthened our policies around this type of behavior.”

“We do not allow calls for intolerance, exclusion, or segregation based on protected characteristics, nor do we allow the glorification of groups which do any of the above,” the new rules specify.

In its previous set of rules, the company had billed itself as a “free and open platform for anyone to write their views and opinions,” and said it believes “free expression deserves a lot of leeway, so we generally think the best response to bad ideas is good ideas, not censorship.”

Look, Big Internet is not the friend of libertarians or non-establishment conservatives. These organizations are largely run by Lefties. Power and control are the left's game.

Big Internet sites should be considered enemy territory and used with extreme caution for limited purposes.



  1. A business has the prerogative of being run as the owners see fit. However this leftist nonsense of suppressing alternative viewpoints clearly violates their terms of service which should bind them.

    I also submit that leftists behave like this because they know they cannot win a fair debate with their opponents.

    1. No purchase has been made. They’re not bound by anything.

    2. @ Jack

      Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion if your speech gets you shut out of the banking sector?

    3. @Paul Hansen
      That woudn't happen without state coercion, and the state coercion would be wrong.

    4. @ Jack

      That's already happened to people like Andrew Anglin and Christopher Cantwell because they've been labeled as 'Nazis' by the same (((people))) that run both the media and banking sectors. All libertarians have to say is that private companies can do business with whoever they want. Funny thing is, when white people choose to interact with only other whites, then all of a sudden it's no longer just a matter of private association.

    5. @Paul Hansen
      What I gather from some reading about them is they’re both white nationalist/alt-right agitators, at a minimum. That of course has incured the scorn of many. But being shut out of the entire banking system is something else.

  2. So what do we do? Can we create our own platforms that can't be taken away or will they always be taken away because it's progressives that are truly creative entrepreneurs?

  3. Raimondo is sounding entitled, or maybe a snowflake. Just refollow. It's theirs to run as they choose to.

    1. 1. Raimondo is a national treasure and he's dying of a horrible form of lung cancer. Cut him some slack.

      2. The NAP only creates categories of activities for which the proper response is violence. There's probably no permissible violent response to Twitter's dishonest, dishonorable and cowardly behavior. But the NAP would not prohibit everyone from refusing to sell them or provide them with food or water while watching them starve to death.

    2. Good point. I regret my first sentence on those grounds. He lost me as a regular reader a while back. In any case, he's not claiming to have been censored by them.

      The owner of a platform, blog, YouTube, or whatever can set any terms of service they want according to libertarian principle. However, if Twitter is getting political pressure to do this, it’s a bit different.