(ConservativePeak.com)- In what has to be deemed a shocking announcement, the head of one Big Tech company believes the silencing project being undertaken by various social media companies against conservative voices is a bad idea.
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the more outspoken liberals on many social issues, said recently that the social media bans such as those by Twitter of former President Donald Trump results in nothing but bad things. He said the fact that Twitter placed a lifetime ban on Trump — meaning he won’t have access to the site even if he wins election as president again in 2024 — leads to more divisiveness in the United States.
Gates told Fox News Sunday that Trump wrote many tweets questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election “that are corrosive. But, the idea that you end up with a lifetime ban — that, it seems like we should discuss.”
“We don’t want to partition and have a social network for one party and another social network. We want to have a common base where we’re exchanging ideas and thoughts.
“There’s got to be some way that, between the government and the well-meaning actors, we draw the line so we keep the open debate without the corrosive parts.”
Gates has a really great point here — which most conservatives won’t say very often. If mainstream social media companies continue to silence conservative voices, what is going to naturally happen?
The silenced conservatives aren’t going to all of a sudden stop talking and connecting with other people. They will, instead, seek out other ways, other forums, where they can express their thoughts and opinions in a safe way where they won’t be chastised for it.
We’ve already seen that when many conservatives flocked to the alt-social media platform Parler before it was ultimately silenced by tech giants Amazon, Apple and Google. Luckily, the company found a way around that, as it’s moving forward with a re-launch that includes a new web hosting company and new leadership.
Social media was created as a way to join millions of people from all over the world together so they could share their thoughts and opinions on whatever they wanted to. It was a way for people to exercise their right to free speech under the First Amendment without being concerned that they’d be under a police state.
In the last few years, though, that has certainly changed. Tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to take control of the speech they allow on their platforms.
It’s not the fact that these companies want to stop violent hate speech. That’s a good aim. It’s the fact that these companies are silencing people for other arbitrary reasons, and they’re doing so unequally across the political mindset. Conservative voices are silenced way more often than liberal voices are.
As Gates says, this is an issue that needs to be figured out, and maybe the government needs to step in and help these inept social media company leaders do something about it.