I don’t personally like Gavin Mcinnes, but it alarms me the pace at which people are being deplatformed and how normalized it is becoming. Just a few months ago this behavior wasn’t commonplace, and all the major firms are acting in unison. Is this the end of free speech?
In the past few months major social media platforms have been acting in unison as if they’re some form of cartel. Why is there no debate/discussion surrounding the silencing of independent thinkers? Why has the pace of bans picked up so much after Alex Jones, was he just the first high-profile test of public reaction?
Regardless of what someone preaches, if it is not calling for literal violence (not some indirect ‘hate-speech’ leads to violence bs) then we should all have an ethical dilemma with silencing the thoughts of others. Yet, everywhere I look the media is applauding these companies as if they’re doing some sort of social activism. I fear that silencing unpopular opinion is becoming protocol and will be fully normalized in our society. Why does the general public not care? Furthermore, why do they applaud these actions and not see the potentially dire long-run implications?
Gavin McInnes, the founder of the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys, was fired from Blaze Media, and his YouTube account was disabled ― the latest in a series of professional setbacks for the far-right bigot.
The Blaze, founded by conservative pundit Glenn Beck, merged with CRTV last week to form right-wing media giant Blaze Media. McInnes hosted a podcast with CRTV called “Get Off My Lawn,” which he used to discuss his anti-Muslim and misogynistic beliefs.
“Blaze Media no longer has a relationship with Gavin McInnes, and per company policy, cannot comment on personnel matters,” the company tweeted Saturday.