Big Tech recently banned two additional prominent social media accounts, those of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and of the inventor of mRNA technology, Robert Malone. What is less clear is why their accounts were banned.
A year ago, President Trump was thrown off Twitter, again without any cogent explanation as to what he had done wrong. The official excuse that he was banned because he tweeted that he would not attend the Jan 20 inauguration never passed the smell test.
If it’s not anything specific they said, why are so many prominent accounts banned by Big Tech? And at whose behest?
The answer to that question lies squarely in what is known as Section 230. Section 230 is the 1996 law that exempts social media companies from liability for what their users post. Without Section 230, big social media companies could not exist.
And so it is that these companies will do anything to ensure they keep Section 230 protections, including doing the government’s bidding to deplatform unwanted voices.
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