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January 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Big Tech is coming for pro-lifers, and it will not be long before we face a choice: either we can self-censor and modify our views, steering carefully between progressive pylons, or we can end up kicked off platforms accessible only to those with the correct perspectives. Progressives now have both power and pretext, and I have no doubt that they’ll use them both in spades.
This has been a long time coming. Twitter’s code of conduct already demands that users refrain from “deadnaming,” misgendering, or using the wrong pronouns—and Twitter is more than happy to permanently ban those who refuse to play along with gender ideology. If you call Caitlyn Bruce, you’re gone. Theoretically, you could be kicked off simply for stating a fact about Bruce before he was Caitlyn. It might not make sense, but them’s the rules.
Pro-life activists, perhaps because the anti-abortion cause has fared better than that of traditional marriage, have suffered less (although some) censorship on digital platforms when posting about abortion. I suspect that is about to change. Big Tech will be both eager to please progressive politicians in order to avoid government regulation as well as happy to have an excuse to get rid of those with unpopular views.
With the president of the United States banned from social media for “incitement”—a standard that does not apply, for example, to Iran’s ayatollahs—this standard will most likely be applied, haphazardly, to pro-lifers articulating difficult and painful truths about the nature of abortion. Abortion is an act of violence that results in the death of a pre-born child. There have also been, over the decades, a handful of fringe extremists who have perpetrated violence against abortionists.
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
Please take a couple of minutes to READ this LifeSiteNews article about MRC's initiative: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lifesite-joins-effort-asking-state-attorneys-general-to-investigate-big-tech-for-deceptive-trade-practices
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
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When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
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To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
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The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!
This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.
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It is thus simple, in this era of heightened paranoia and progressive opportunity, for the abortion industry to claim that simply telling the truth about their work constitutes “incitement” or “violence.”
Abortion activists like Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada have been doing this for years (ignoring the reality that in Canada, violence is perpetrated almost exclusively against pro-lifers.) So have plenty of abortion workers in the United States. But with Big Tech looking to crack down, abortion activists sense an opportunity to silence those who tell the truth about the violence they perpetrate daily against the most defenseless humans in our society.
Case in point is the response of abortionist Leah Torres to a tweet made by Live Action founder Lila Rose, who noted on January 7 that “Abortion is violence.” Torres responded with a tweet clearly meant to bait the Big Tech censors into coming for Rose: “This is violent rhetoric. It is objectively false and meant to incite others to commit crimes against clinics, patients, and health care providers. This is what domestic terrorism looks like.”
Torres, incidentally, made comments that went viral several years ago, describing the violence inherent to abortion. “You know fetuses can’t scream, right?” she wrote. “I transect the cord [first] so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx.” She later deleted the comment. Abortion is violence by definition. But Torres and her comrades in the abortion industry are hoping that by labeling the truth about abortion “violence” and “domestic terrorism,” they can persuade social media platforms to de-platform pro-life leaders like Rose for “incitement.”
I hope this won’t happen, but we appear to be facing a perfect storm. Big Tech has set a new standard for de-platforming, and progressives who have long seethed about having to share the digital public square with those they hate sense their opportunity. Over the coming months, we’ll see them accuse pro-life and pro-family leaders of violence. We’ll see them trot out fringe figures in order to discredit an entire movement of millions. We’ll see them call on Big Tech to exile pro-lifers and pro-family activists from privately-owned platforms where most cultural discussions now unfold. And in all likelihood, we’ll see Big Tech buckle, and pro-lifers banished.