Canceling culture and wokeism have turned social media into truly evil tools: they now aggressively censor key views (at least right-wing ones) while letting sex trafficking flourish in Facebook’s case – and sometimes even allowing nudity of children. These “services” go against traditional American values.
The ban by former President Donald Trump, a world leader, of such widely used platforms was unprecedented for an advanced, free and democratic republic like ours and totally contrary to the nation’s long-standing love for freedom. expression. The good news: Trump is fighting back with a comprehensive lawsuit to assert the constitutional rights of all Americans.
Not so long ago, the nation celebrated our shared values and common interests while respecting dissenting opinions. But that cherished mindset is now nearly obsolete in the mainstream media and on college campuses.
And it is Silicon Valley that is now spearheading the drive to restrict views, filtering opinions using biased algorithms under the sole control of each company. Big Tech Board Room and C Suite leaders Claim to be enlightened and act in the public interest, but they actually only use crass censorship as they see fit – the culmination of the revival culture of revival and re-awakening.
The point is, our common sense of values is compromised when it comes to the imprecise and imprecise policies of social media platforms. I know this firsthand, having worked for Facebook through one of its subcontractors, Cognizant, before becoming a whistleblower to sound the alarm on hypocrisy and unfair practices that discriminate against conservatives.
Yet slamming free speech isn’t Facebook’s only abuse: the platform also serves as a primary tool for sex traffickers. Strengthening the southern border, of course, is key to our fight against sex trafficking, but it doesn’t stop there: social media needs to step up as well.
Sadly, the Human Trafficking Institute reported last month, Facebook is the primary source of recruitment for sex traffickers and child exploitation. The exploiters promise jobs, housing or dating to lure victims. The faces and profiles of emotionally and physically vulnerable people are shared, exchanged and marketed on the Facebook platform of nearly 3 billion subscribers.
According to HTI 2020 report, 59 percent of online recruitment of victims occurred on Facebook, coupled with a shocking 65 percent of child victims.
It’s confusing to think that Big Tech platforms are protected from prosecution by Section 230 legislation while restricting conservative free speech rights and allowing adults to take advantage of our young people.
Let’s face it: Anything even remotely related to pedophilia and sex trafficking is objectionable to almost all Americans and has no place on a public platform, especially accessible to minors. How ironic that Facebook is censoring conservatives for saying it cares about public safety while allowing the posting and sharing of offensive and dangerous content.
The company has also permitted the dissemination of obscene content on its platform, although obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. Granted, Facebook’s official political standards technically prohibit “content that sexually exploits or endangers children,” and the company says it removes “nude images” of children. However, he makes a glaring exception for nudity which he deems “artistic” or “of public interest”.
It’s time Americans demanded that Facebook follow both the letter and the spirit of the law, discourage the use of its platform to exploit children and respect freedom of expression, even that which lacks a left-wing narrative. Americans cherish their traditional values; we shouldn’t let corporate hypocrisy and the censorship of a bastion of self-proclaimed geeks destroy them.
Ryan Hartwig is the co-author of “Behind the Mask of Facebook: The Shocking Story of a Big Tech Bias and Censorship Whistleblower” and founder of the Hartwig Foundation for Free Speech.