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Twitter Delenda Est

Featured image Twitter must go. It is a threat not only to our democracy, but to whatever sanity our body politic still possesses. The latest instance is that of Dr. Ray Blanchard, one of the world’s leading experts on gender dysphoria. Dr. Blanchard is one of the psychologists responsible for the discussion of gender dysphoria in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard reference work »

Josh Hawley: Let’s have a third-party audit of Twitter

Featured image In a letter to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, Sen. Josh Hawley has called for a third-party audit of Twitter’s account suspension policies. It’s pretty obvious to conservatives that Twitter blocks more conservative than liberal content and that there is no good explanation for the disparity. An independent audit would either confirm or disprove this suspicion. The immediate impetus for Hawley’s letter comes from Twitter’s treatment of the new pro-life movie »

Tweeting Into the Void?

Featured image Both Paul and Scott have commented on the New York Times leak-story to the effect that after President Trump fired James Comey, the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was a Russian agent. You can’t make this stuff up! Today the president himself got into the act, denouncing the Times and the miscreants at the FBI: Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former »

Time to Quit Twitter?

Featured image I tweet my own posts pretty often, but in the last couple of years have rarely actually gone onto Twitter, mostly because I consider it a cesspool of stupidity and hate. But it has been a useful communications medium for many, including Glenn Reynolds, who had a lot of followers and tweeted often. But no longer: TWITTER’S GONE CRAZY BANNING PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT, so I’ve deactivated my Twitter account. »

Is Trust-Busting the Answer?

Featured image Our friend Glenn Reynolds has an op-ed in USA Today in which he urges antitrust enforcement actions against the dominant tech firms: “Donald Trump must bust Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google monopolies like Teddy Roosevelt.” Roosevelt built a strong reputation by going after the trusts, huge combinations that placed control of entire industries in the hands of one or a few men. He broke up John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, the »

Farewell, Gay Patriot

Featured image Bruce Carroll, the Gay Patriot, was one of the most entertaining voices on Twitter. My daughters loved him, and his tweets often enlivened our family chat system. But Gay Patriot is no more: not on Twitter, anyway, which was his natural home. Twitter has permanently banned him for unspecified “hateful conduct.” Given that Twitter does not ban liberals who engage in hateful conduct like threatening to kill conservatives’ children, it »

DOJ Considers Breaking Up Big Tech

Featured image I wrote last night about the leaked Google video that confirms, once and for all, that Google is an arm of the Democratic Party. Now, word emerges that the Department of Justice has invited 24 state attorneys general to meet for the purpose of discussing possible antitrust actions against the dominant technology platforms: On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that nearly half of the state attorneys general would »

Return of the Hypocrite

Featured image After staying mostly quiet for the last year and a half, Barack Obama has emerged to campaign for the Democrats in the midterm elections. The king of hypocrisy wasted no time denouncing President Trump for being divisive and failing to respect the Constitution. He also tried to claim credit for the economy’s taking off as soon as his policies were reversed. Did I mention chutzpah? A number of observers have »

Whose Side Is Google On?

Featured image The Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Wednesday, to which representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter were invited. Google declined to attend, perhaps because its representative would have been questioned about why Google privileges the governments of Russia and China over that of the United States. Top executives of Facebook and Twitter–Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey–did show up. Tom Cotton noted Google’s empty chair while questioning Sandberg and Dorsey »

How the Left Is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

Featured image Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship. But they have a problem: the »

Social Media: The Prime Threat to Freedom of Speech?

Featured image In a brief post, John Hayward makes several critical points about the current media landscape: Blogs shattered the Old Media monopoly during the 2004 election. We remember it well. At the time, it seemed like the dawn of a new age. Social media became an instrument to restore the power of the guild. As websites grew dependent on a few big social platforms for clicks, a leash that could tame »

The Assault on Free Speech, Continued

Featured image The Left’s attack on free speech has many fronts, but two of the most important are Twitter and Facebook, simply because a large portion of political discussion, involving many millions of Americans, takes place on those platforms. As I noted here, our First Amendment gives powerful legal protection to political debate–protection that for now, at least, is acknowledged even by the four Democratic Party Supreme Court justices. (See, e.g., Matal »

On Social Media, Freedom of Speech Is Under Attack [Updated]

Featured image The fact that Facebook and Twitter are the platforms on which political discussion largely takes place, and probably will remain such for the foreseeable future, given the network effects that entrench them, is deeply troubling. Both companies are run by liberals, and free speech is under attack on both platforms. This story in Entertainment Weekly is a chilling reminder of how little regard liberals–even liberal reporters!–have for free speech: Facebook »