Cloaked behind syrupy concern and zealous protection of sensitivities and dignity, the Charlatans of Big Tech are ganging up on those of us who brave expression that transcends the boundaries of good taste and timidly blind love of all.
For roughly the thousandth time, the masters of social media in Silicon Valley are promising to do something about online hate speech. Bloomberg reports that an impressive-sounding group of tech giants — Facebook, Twitter,Google and Microsoft — have “pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.”
This announcement comes with more pomp (the EU! combating terrorism!) than previous vows to start taking internet abuse seriously, but it’s wise not to get too excited about our supposed future internet featuring 50% less racist vitriol. Users of these services have been subject to innumerable promises to do better, and invariably people find that the internet continues to be the toxic waste dump that it was before the promised clean-up. Skepticism isn’t just warranted, but mandatory at this point.
Claiming to declare, with fatuous authority, all that is righteously offensive and hateful, the Charlatans of Big Tech wield the ubiquitous weight of online presence on their side; with the subsequent collusion with governments who share the dictatorial need to restrict free expression.
Money begets power begets influence begets collective acclaim and legitimacy.
Like high school, anyone who refuses to submit to the dominant paradigm will find themselves pummeled, physically, more likely socially, from the fabric of collective existence. Drummed insignificantly to the sidelines, cast to the vilified fringes. The internet, once young, once full of outlaw promise, could not offer the disillusioned and unpopular the promise of everlasting sanctuary. In fact, not content to merely marginalize and shed those who perpetuate unpopular dialogues, the caterers of the dominant paradigm (spearheaded by the Charlatans of Big Tech), it appears that the next level of their intrusive cleansing of that which is “offensive” is to hence criminalize it.
The internet once offered freedom from constraint, but now it is becoming the vehicle which carries us on the path of punitive censorship.