Day 15. 25 pages, 10,510 words.
I was delighted today to see that Alex Jones, the big crazy stupid daddy of Info Wars, has been taken off some of the big social media platforms.
Now let’s get something straight:
This is absolutely not a violation of his freedom of speech or freedom of expression. He has those rights still. He does not have a right to a platform. Unlike many people, I have read the user agreement for YouTube and they can absolutely remove him if they decide to. He has no rights there. It’s part of what makes these user agreements so scary. Forget shady agencies owning your data and trying to manipulate you – try reading those agreements you’ve signed fifty of.
This was pure and simple a question of his outright harmfulness, not his politics or opinions. If he was going on YouTube and telling everyone it was safe and healthy to drink bleach, I would expect him to be removed – and what he was doing was just as detrimental to civilisation. Right or left, I don’t care. Shout and rant all you like. I might prefer it if you shut the fuck up, but I’d rather debate you and convince you, if that’s even possible. Marketplace of ideas, and all that.
But when you start telling your millions of followers that your ideological opponents are vampires, and get them to go out and shoot them – goodbye, my lad.
The Young Turks, as always, sum this up more fairly and even-handedly than I ever could. I’m just glad the raving fucktumble is finally getting bitch-slapped. I don’t think it will last, because I think those millions of viewers will coordinate an attack and YouTube and the others will fold, because they always do.
But it was a nice gesture. And there’s a dire warning here, of things to come from these crazy, crazy, crazy cunts.
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while sitting in the carpark after work.