Social Media is Coming for Your Speech
The Woke Crowd Must Approve
Since Friday of last week, 6/26/2020 Mark Zuckerberg personally lost over $7 billion. Companies like Starbucks, Pepsi, Coca Cola, and Proctor and Gamble, to name a few are boycotting all social media ad spending until they put stricter controls on what they deem “hate speech and divisive content” (you can find the continually updated list HERE. What do they think “hate speech and divisive content” is? Why disagreement with them of course.
The Bible is the single best-selling book in history. One of the three major global religions is based on it, Christianity. Yet, if you quote from it, state you believe it, say it has truth in it, and say you base the principles of your life on it you are a bigoted racist. Don’t believe me? Post any of the following statements on social media and see how quickly those posts get banned or at the very least piled on by the Woke Crowd as hateful.
30 “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Matthew 12:30-32 (NASB)
There are two genders, male and female.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:27 (KJV)
Marriage is between one man and one woman.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:21-25 (KJV)
Males were made to be leaders.
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are members of His body.
31 FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33 (NASB)
Homosexuality is sinful
24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Romans 1:24-32 (NASB)
Hateful, intolerant, misogynist. Unquestionably, the Woke Crowd will declare “this is different” and move the goalposts. Their first line of defense, and to be intellectually honest they are right on this, is that the I Amendment only restricts the government from making laws that restrict freedom of speech. However, the reason that amendment is in there is that we as Americans hold the right to have an opinion and express it publicly as sacrosanct. We should not be tolerating private companies who get to force their political and religious moralistic positions upon the rest of us while silencing the rest of us.
The first salvos are already being fired under the guise of “getting rid of white supremacy” but they are also catching Conservatives and Evangelical Christians in that broad net as well. Note the media loves to paint people of Christian background who tend to vote Republican (they always “tend to vote Republican” it seems) as racist. This begins to liken everyone who votes against their policy positions as racist. This makes it easier to label any speech in opposition to a position they hold as “hate speech” or at least “divisive content”.
But it isn’t just religious statements of faith that are getting caught here either. Twitter has openly stated they are going to ban all political ads and censor Donald Trump’s tweets they believe, in their view alone, are false. Recently Project Veritas released a series of videos capturing Facebook employees and contractors admitting they are censoring content from Trump, Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, and people who hold opinions that would be classified as right of center. But of course, the Woke Crowd screams, “That’s different” and moves the goalposts. This “that’s different” is usually centered around an “edited video” which it certainly is…so the boring parts aren’t in it. Project Veritas has always released the full videos which reveal that they edit out things like walking down the hall, going to a bathroom, mundane conversations, and things that are not germane to the topic of the report (that’s a big word that means “having to do with” for the Woke Crowd).
Oh, there will be many things caught up “by mistake” to be sure. At first, those mistakes will be done on purpose to set the stage. They will be done against groups and individuals who have little or no real impact on the social discourse of the country, but this is by design so that when they need to block actual content that matters like, say political ads during a campaign season, they can do so. Certainly, they will unblock them but not before the damage is done, the timeframe where the ad or post would have impacted them has passed, and the danger to them is gone. They will apologize and give some “algorithm” as the excuse. The pattern is already taking shape.
The bias on social media, technology companies, and their employees are well documented. So well documented that if someone is going to try and stand on the idea that there is not a bias, discontinue serious conversation with that person because that will only be a frustrating experience. The bias exists…on both sides. Fox News used to be “fair and balanced” but hasn’t been for some time. They are far more forthright in their reporting than any of the other media outlets, but they are absolutely biased to the Right and not being willing to admit that makes us intellectually dishonest about the conversation from this side of the fence.
The covert is now overt
It has already begun. In May Twitter began putting “fact check” symbols on Trump tweets that they, in their sole opinion decided were false. We are all aware of how bias to the Left “Fact Checkers” are and have seen examples of this on Facebook as they “fact check” sarcastic memes as though they were news stories. Twitter, Facebook, Google, Snopes, Politifact, et al are not just slanted left but have a vested interest in seeing the Left succeed. To that end, they have begun to openly work to silence free speech on their platforms.
This week Youtube removed a large number of what it called “White Supremacist Content” from its platform. Prior to that, they demonetized Prager University for “hate speech”. Many other videos came down as well but with the boycott on social media ad spending and the election cycle heading into a November presidential election expect more and more content from the Right to begin to disappear, be labeled as “misleading” by “fact-checkers”, and generally see less of the content from people with dissenting opinions.
Our Eyeballs Are Their Product
Mark Zuckerberg lost in excess of $7 billion in stock value. That’s a paper loss, but it is tangible when one considers the idea that it is wealth that secures loans and other forms of doing business. No one loses that kind of money without taking action and Facebook looks to specifically focus on political speech, but how does Facebook stock warrant that kind of value? Simple. Facebook wracks up 2.6 BILLION users in a quarter. They monetize their “free platform” around the eyeballs of the user.
Our eyeballs are their product. What we look at is what Facebook sells. Specifically, their ability to get ads that will cause us to click and visit the advertiser’s website is what they sell. To do that, they need to know A LOT about the people who possess those eyeballs. What that means is Facebook, and other social media systems that serve up ads, gather as much personal data about their users as they can. They then explain to the companies that advertise with them how accurately they can send that company’s ads to the right people. They make their money solely by selling advertisements to companies…who are right now boycotting spending money with them until they toe the line of the Woke Crowd, which means no more money until they limit the speech of people who disagree with the Woke Crowd.
What Can We Do?
GET OFF FACEBOOK. Period. “But, but, I social media…I can’t live without cat videos!” Fine. Faithlife.com, Parler.com, MeWe.com, or your own website (like this one) are viable alternatives, and more are being created every day. Explore those sites. Create accounts. Spend time interacting with others on those sites, and a viable alternative to Facebook will emerge. Otherwise, stop complaining. You’ve decided those cat videos are more important that your free speech. That’s the bottom line. If you stay on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other woke social media that you allow to demonetize and deplatform speech, you will get all the cat videos you want, but you will lose your freedom in the process.
And for those of you who have managed to read all the way through this but are on the side of the Woke Crowd, first, let me thank you for reading. Second, let me tell you that they eventually will come for some aspect of your freedom you covet but I will no longer be willing to help you because you decided my freedoms weren’t worth your effort. You reap what you sow. Stand by and allow my freedoms to be trampled on and I will have zero patience, zero energy, and zero desire to help you because I will be spending all my time defending what little freedom I have left, and you will be on your own when they come to load you into the boxcar next. Good luck.