This Thursday, Argentinian conservative writer, political scientist and lecturer, Agustín Laje, was censored on Instagram without any explanation from the platform.
“For no reason and without any explanation, Instagram disabled my account,” Laje commented on Twitter. “They don’t even pretend to be complying with vague ‘community standards’ anymore,” he explained.
Laje also commented that censorship by social networks has reached a degree of “unbearable authoritarianism.”
The censorship against Agustín Laje is one more example of Big Tech’s growing persecution against conservative voices, which had its first moment during the month of January when then President Donald Trump was restricted from Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Apple, among other websites and digital platforms, during his last days in office.
This new anti-conservative trend in social networks prompted former President Trump to file a lawsuit against the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey respectively. The Republican’s decision was backed by the non-profit organization, America First Policy Institute.
In addition, a new lawsuit accuses the White House and Facebook of colluding to censor the American people and violating the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in Tampa, Florida, after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the administration “is pointing out to Facebook which problematic publications are spreading disinformation.”
Richard Rogalinski, one of the plaintiffs points out that the best evidence of collusion between the government and Facebook is Psaki’s confession. “When she said they were working with Big Tech, it changed everything because then it’s the government’s to censor,” he told The Epoch Times.
Censorship isn’t just against conservatives, it’s against any dissent
As the pandemic began, Facebook prevented any opinion or reporting on the origin of the coronavirus. The platform announced in February that it would remove posts containing “false information about COVID-19” and mentioning the possibility that the disease had been caused by orders or negligence of the Communist Party of China or the hypothesis that it had been caused by humans.
Then, after the inconsistencies and doubts about the origin of the virus became public, the social network retracted. Facebook’s drastic change of position followed with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statements admitting that he was “not convinced” that COVID-19 had developed naturally.
Censorship in Big Tech seems to affect only conservative voices. In that sense, Marxist organizations such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa, despite their repeated demonstrations of street violence, (which have left injuries and vandalized public property in several U.S. cities) can express themselves freely on social media.
In addition, BLM has been linked and publicly seen with some of the leaders of the main communist dictatorships in the world. Likewise, it also does not hide its links with totalitarian regimes directly with the main subversive leaders who have tried to destabilize American democracy in the last decades. A clear example of this is the communiqué written by the organization in 2016 following the death of Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.
Meanwhile, communist dictators such as Miguel Díaz-Canel, Nicolás Maduro, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega, remain active and free in all their social networks, taking advantage of the various platforms to spread their ideology and make public calls for violence.