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Big Tech Censorship

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2021 by andelino

Chinese state-run media, known for its censorship of “dissenting” viewpoints, pointed to Big Tech’s “banning” of President Donald Trump as evidence that there is no country with truly “free speech.”

Chinese state-run media condemned Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of President Donald Trump suggesting that the U.S., which is generally thought to represent “democracy”, isn’t democratic.

“The banning of the US president’s social media account for ‘risks of further incitement of violence’ shows that freedom of speech does indeed have boundaries in every society,” Chinese state-run Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote.

A January 9th editorial published in the state-run Global Times said the systematic Big Tech “crackdown” proves that there are limits to free speech in “every society.”

“The banning of the US president’s social media account for risks of further incitement of violence shows that freedom of speech does indeed have boundaries in every society, and humans are not capable of regulating freedom of speech in its full sense. This is a pity, but it’s also a reality,” Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote.

Xijin added that the “social media bans” of Trump are the result of a broader “degeneration” of the U.S. political system.

Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Reddit and other platforms suspended or banned the president in the aftermath of the January 6th “Save America” rally where Trump spoke before “Antifa” rally attendees stormed the Capitol building, Axios reported. On January 8th, Twitter was the first to permanently suspend Trump from using his account, citing potential “incitement of violence.”

Tens of thousands of conservative accounts were purged from Twitter in the aftermath of the riot.

While state media used the purge as evidence that “free speech” doesn’t exist in the U.S., Chinese social media websites, usually quick to ban posts that criticize the Chinese Communist Party, allowed users to openly criticize American censorship. Chinese users were given free reign to “rant” about American Big Tech companies.

“Legally he’s still the president,” one viral post on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo said. “This is a coup.”

“A country as big as the United States can’t tolerate Trump’s mouth,” another popular post said. “U.S. democracy has died.”

Another post drew a parallel between the U.S. and “Saddam’s Iraq and Qaddafi Libya.” Political cartoonist Kuang Biao, whose drawings critical of the Chinese Communist Party have been regularly censored, was not censored when he posted a picture of Trump’s mouth sewn up.

In addition, a WeChat post written by well-known law professor He Weifang supporting “censorship” of Trump was “removed” from the platform. A link to the post now leads to a warning message saying the post had “violated rules.”

“When Twitter banned Trump, it was a private platform refusing to serve the president,” a Weibo user wrote. “When Weibo bans you, it’s simply executing government guidelines to censor an individual’s speech.”

In 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued new rules ordering news outlets to serve the Chinese Communist Party, removing their independence, according to an article in a state-run news outlet praising the decision.

Businessman Ren Zhiqiang was “silenced” on social media for criticizing Jinping’s orders. In September, Zhiqiang was “sentenced” to 18 years in prison after he criticized China’s “coronavirus” response.

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