Not to sound like a certain, conspiracy-riddled persona non-grata in the news industry, but there is a disturbing trend emerging in the gatekeeping of internet information.
As the digital age evolves, those companies who emerged as the premier destinations for young techies have now grown into some of the world’s most powerful and wealthy businesses. I can recall when Amazon.com was an online bookstore, something that seems so quaint and out of place in our world of Kindles and iPads. Now, Amazon is threatening to turn the entire world into a home-delivery, big-box store of convenience, funneling the nation’s revenue to those companies who choose to do advertising business with the shopping behemoth.
And let’s not get started on AWS – the Amazon Web Service that could easily pigeonhole a number of businesses into become Amazon-dependent.
This is just in the realm of shopping, however. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook practically own the opinions of their users, and they aren’t afraid to blatantly shape those sentiments before our very eyes.
More often than not, these informational gatekeepers err on the side of political leftism, which is in and of itself a problem. But now, Twitter has proven that they are simply uninterested in reality.
The reactions were rightfully heated.
The suspension by Twitter of @OpDeSanitize, whose entire purpose was to help end a humanitarian crisis in Yemen by circulating images and stories from the brutal war, is shameful and exemplifies why we should be concerned about social media platforms editing political content. https://t.co/gQ4bG1NN6W
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 4, 2018
And here come the amateur investigators with their ideas:
It makes sense that Sneera Tanden and her shadow puppet RagTag would be behind this. CAP is a de facto lobbyist for the UAE war machine. Peace with #Yemen means they lose money. https://t.co/EVPCpcdBrD
— 🍀Pearl Jolly🍀#FreeAssange⏳#TheDawnOfEverything (@PearlJolly) December 4, 2018
We, as Americans, must demand an end to Twitter’s partisanship and political objectives. The internet should be the great equalizer, that allows us to share the reality of the world in real-time, so that we can come together as a nation and push our values forward.
If our new public square is being controlled by internet mafiosos with ties to the ruling class, this becomes extremely difficult.