"I’m not sure why republicans conservatives libertarians would be upset that a company decides someone is not in line with their own values and therefore Takes away his right to use their platforms.
Because in this case, it was companies (plural), not a singular company. It was very clearly a coordinated effort made by Google, Facebook, Apple and Spotify all within the span of just several hours to suspend & suppress Alex Jones under very shady pretenses.
"This has always been the republican mantra. Companies are people too and have the right to refuse services.
Indeed they do. The problem is the very general, vague reasoning these companies gave. When these tech companies claim to be arbiters of free speech and have a zero tolerance of hate speech, and do shit like this whilst completely ignoring black nationalists or Muslims spewing actual, true hate speech unfettered you can't just shrug your shoulders and think nothing's wrong. Double standards are double standards.
"A gay couple want a cake. It’s against the bakers religeon and they say no. The republican support the baker. Okay fair enoug
Ales Jones says atrocious things against the majority of people’s moral fiber (republican and Democrats) and some are losing thei shit.
said, there is a big difference between a small town bakery refusing to serve gays and social media giants who have a global audience and whose influence on world affairs cannot be understated. Alex Jones does say very incendiary things, the problem though isn't that "some are losing their shit," it's about him being silenced in a coordinated effort by the biggest social media and podcast/streaming outlets.
"Why? Because he has no other platform? Eh he can find one he has plenty of money. His followers can buy more products.
True enough, but this is detracting from the main point at hand, which is Jones' unfair mass suspension.
"Amazon with indie authors and filmmakers for years has very haphazard banning rules. They give authors very little guidance and it is kind of hit or miss and has nothing to do with politics it’s more thei own sense of what’s objectionable (usually sexual and violence).
No one on the right has lost their shit over artists not haveiing crate Blanche to express themselves.
Again Facebook for years is very haphazard on their banning of profiles, advertisements, postings for years.
Where has the outrage on the right been? Silent except when it effects people they are lined up with
I don’t know much about Amazon, other than the fact that they are actively trying to suppress Jones’ products: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ ... -products/
What do you mean by Facebook being haphazard? You do know the majority of those who've been getting banned lately are conservatives, right? Where's the outrage on the left for people with right-leaning viewpoints being censored en masse?
"I’m sorry I still remember it was republicans who wrote letters to advertisers to try and ban Married with Children and who protested Robert Mapplethorpe photo exhibits and again stand by the baker who didn’t serve the gay couple.
Did Fox cave in to Republicans & cancel the show? Were Mapplethrope’s exhibits taken down? I don’t believe so. And standing by a small town baker who didn’t want to bake a cake for gays? That is not remotely in the league of a major voice in news (for better or for worse) simultaneously getting silenced by the world’s biggest social media & podcast outlets.
Also remember when angry leftists threatened a pizza owner & forced him to close down when he SAID
he wouldn't host a gay wedding in his shop? https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... /70813430/
"The outrage seems super selective and nothing to do with the policy except when it negatively effects one of their own.
And only Republicans are guilty of this? Don’t make me laugh. Just look at the reaction towards James Gunn's firing compared to Roseanne's.
"What is the alternative? Govt interference? Lol
I don’t think that is a sensible solution. But perhaps complacent liberals like yourself need to connect the dots and realize that if this can happen to a figure as well known as Jones, it can surely happen to anyone else these tech giants deem “undesirable,” whomever that might be. I think that’s the main takeaway here, at least it was for me. Alex Jones, whether you like him or not is a very well known figure and not just some small time political commentator. For him to essentially get axed by a multiple social media and podcast outlets under bullshit pretenses should raise red flags for anybody who’s remotely concerned with civil liberties.
"Also free speech is very misunderstood by a lot of people. You have the right to speak. A company does not owe that person a place to voice it.
This is true enough, can’t refute it. Still, like I said earlier, you can’t portray your company as an arbiter of free speech (only disallowing hate speech) when you clearly don’t hold everyone to the same standards.
"So what’s the issue then? It’s a monopoly? He can create pod casts and sell them on his own website ..again monopolies are not something that In this country people on the right have not had a huge issue with compared to the left with judges they support and policies they vote on.
Well yes, that’s one of the issues. You can’t reasonably create an alternative to YouTube, since you won’t get nearly the same amount of exposure, recognition, etc. You might be able to convince several thousand like minded people to convert, but for the billions elsewhere around the world you’re trying to spread your message to? Good luck with that.