If you haven’t heard, Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos. Milo is a technology editor at Breitbart and is a “cultural libertarian,” is gay and is also a vocal critic of feminism and Islam. He has been quite a bully on Twitter, especially more recently toward Leslie Jones, star of the new “Ghostbusters” movie. He’s been temporarily suspended multiple times because of his egregious words.
I posted some thoughts about Twitter’s decision on Facebook the other day:
Ok, so I think Milo Yiannopoulos can be a jerk. He’s flamboyantly gay, arrogantly says lots of things I disagree with, and comes across as blatantly misogynistic.
Twitter just permanently suspended Milo because he’s “hateful.” Yes, he’s distasteful and very blunt. But he has EVERY RIGHT to speak. First amendment anyone?? Just because he hurts peoples’ feelings and isn’t towing the liberal line, he’s banned??
I tell you, this frightens me, because people like me are next. People who share conservative opinions will soon be banned from social media platforms because we are seen as hateful and bigoted, and the world needs to rid itself of us.
As someone on Twitter said, “Can we just take a moment and appreciate how fascist the left has become while preaching tolerance?”
Watch this short video explaining the truth about this whole shabacle:
Twitter has every right to make their own rules.
However, they claim to be a neutral platform, and this is not neutral. Do you remember the bakers in Colorado who didn’t want to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple? They ended up having to pay a HUGE fine and shut their bakery down because of their choice. If the bakers were forced to comply, should Twitter be forced to comply? Twitter is denying service to Milo based on their beliefs. The bakers were merely denying service to the gay couple based on their beliefs, right? So anyone who supports Twitter in their right to make this decision (which I do) should also support the bakers.
Both Twitter and the bakers are private companies and should be 100% allowed to refuse service…nobody should be forced to provide a courtesy against their will. And they should both be able to discriminate equally. If the verbal and thought police can shut down one type of speech, then if and when Donald Trump becomes President, he could shut down any speech he disagrees with too. Allowing all speech and allowing discrimination is what protects us from the tyranny of the future. Speech and discrimination should be controlled in the marketplace of ideas, not under the bounds of the law.
Here are some recent tweets from Black Lives Matter followers (excuse the language):
The hypocrisy of supporting Black Lives Matter followers who tell people to “go kill cops”, while banning Milo for “targeted abuse” is what I’m upset about. Twitter should at least call their platform what it is–not claim to be neutral, and they should be consistent in their discipline. If Twitter wants to ban someone for violating their TOS, then they should make sure they’re banning *anyone* who violates those terms. Why aren’t the people in the above image being banned?? Milo gets banned, but cop-killing supporters still have active accounts?! How is that appropriate?
Twitter permanently suspended Milo because, “Our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.” Is telling people to “go kill cops” not targeted harassment of others??
Leslie Jones’ Tweet should justify her being banned as well:
Believe me, I have had some incredibly hateful, threatening comments on my blog. I have cried many, many times. People can be horrific online. However, I don’t believe that right should be taken away. And the hurtful comments that people post? I don’t ban them, I post them. I let them be what they are, because I don’t believe I am the judge, and am ok leaving it up to the rest of the world to decide what they think about that person. Only one person’s comment has been silenced on my blog, and it was solely because he used the “F” word like 6 times, and wasn’t capable of just speaking without profanity in every other word.
I’m done with Twitter.
I am giving it one week, and then I’m gone.*
One week for Twitter to reinstate Milo, or admit they are not neutral (and in fact are left-leaning), or actually delete everyone who is violating their terms of service–regardless of whether they are liberal or conservative.
I have more than 19,000 followers on Twitter.
Deleting my Twitter would mean a huge loss in traffic for me. It would mean the loss of thousands of dollars in income. It would mean I lose a platform that I’ve worked tirelessly to build and maintain.
But if that’s what I have to do to take a stand, then that’s what I’ll do.
I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is and stand up for the protection of free speech. I’m willing to go down with the ship if I have to, but at least I’ll know I did everything in my power to maintain these basic rights for my children. Because if I don’t, who will??
*It’s been more than a week now, and my Twitter is gone! It was very liberating. =)