There are few things more powerful and important to the modern American politician than social media. This could and should be the ultimate expression of the almighty First Amendment, and it allows our public servants to not only vie for their jobs directly with We The People, but it also allows We The People to give them some immediate, well-varied feedback.
So, when these avenues of communication are taken away by Big Tech and the Sultans of Silicon Valley, there is plenty of reason to begin to worry.
Facebook has suspended the page of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), an action that came fast on the heels of Twitter permanently banning the Republican congresswoman’s account.Advertisement - story continues below
Rep. Greene decried Facebook’s actions in a post on Gab.com, the free speech friendly social network, accusing them of censoring her for critical commentary on the Vaccine Averse Reactions System (VAERS), the official system for reporting negative vaccine side-effects to the government.
Greene did not mince her words.
“This is beyond censorship of speech,” said Rep. Greene. “I’m an elected Member of Congress representing over 700,000 US tax paying citizens and I represent their voices, values, defend their freedoms, and protect the Constitution.”
“But apparently they too think the CDC managed #VAERS system on our own government websites are misinformation. And to date there has been ZERO investigation into reported Covid deaths from government mandated #covid vaccines.”Advertisement - story continues below
“Who appointed Twitter and Facebook to be the authorities of information and misinformation? When Big Tech decides what political speech of elected Members is accepted and what’s not then they are working against our government and against the interest of our people.”
Greene’s Twitter ban was allegedly under the auspices that the Congresswoman broke the platforms rules on COVID-19 misinformation, but no official explanation of a specific infraction has been made public at this time.