De-platforming: You Created it

In August of 2018 Alex Jones became the first to be de-platformed for wrong think. There wasn’t even the term de-platforming then. You may not have agreed with Alex Jones about much or at all. You may not have even heard of him. As it turns out he was right on much of what he has been predicting for decades. He was so right that even now Glenn Beck, almost daily, discusses topics he made fun of Alex for making years ago.

Your personal feelings about Alex Jones aside, if you had a platform and it was taken away, you have no one but yourselves to blame. Alex, like you had a right to his opinion. Then, when they came for Alex you said nothing and continued to use their platforms. Why are you now on alternative social media or news media whining about it? Why should I care?

Remind you of a famous quote?

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

You had the ability to leave those platforms (even if only in protest) before you were de-platformed. I have been messing around the web for thirty years, I know there were alternatives in 2018. Not as popular or as easy to use as a Twitter or Facebook, but they were there. Where were you?

It has been four years since Alex was de-platformed. Many have been de-platformed now. No one cares anymore that you were de-platformed. The news reports and social media posts of your fate are barely read. You remind me of that “woman” screaming at President Trumps inauguration. Then they de-platformed me-and there was no one left to speak for me. You should have defended Alex.

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