(NewsBroadcast.com) – There’s an old adage that says “actions are louder than words.” Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter like to represent themselves as places where people can gather to talk and discuss things, something like the old town squares of the 18th and 19th Centuries. For example, one company’s investor page says, “People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.”
Following suit, Twitter has a similar page on its site, designed to attract money (a.k.a. investors), stating its mission “is to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.” But, as the world saw when Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey (CEOs of Facebook and Twitter respectively) appeared before Congress concerning their editorializing and banning of posts by Conservative voices, especially President Donald Trump, they quickly distanced themselves from the ideals they claim form the basis of their companies.
Kyle Rittenhouse Controversy
Mr. Rittenhouse had been put on trial for murder in the deaths of two men who were part of a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest-turned-riot. His lawyers claimed he acted in self-defense. After each side presented their case, the 12 members of the jury agreed with him and he was acquitted on all counts.
Before and during the trial, Twitter users regularly posted their opinions, along with news stories, that described him as a “murderer” and/or a “white supremacist.” Predictably, Twitter allowed the posts, notwithstanding the fact a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in America. However, according to journalist Josiah Lippincott, after Rittenhouse was found not guilty, Twitter reportedly suspended accounts of people for using the phrase he “did nothing wrong.”
In a similar move, the fundraising site GoFundMe prohibited people from asking for donations for the Rittenhouse defense throughout the duration of his legal ordeal. They did ultimately lift that ban, but only after his acquittal. According to a story on Law Enforcement Today, however, a page seeking $5 million to bail out Darrell Brooks, Jr, was allowed on the site. Brooks is the man who allegedly drove his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin killing six and injuring more than 40 others.
Conservative pundits and politicians have been calling out what they view as a double standard between Liberal people/causes and Conservatives. If the most critical of the doomsayers among them are correct, America is descending a slippery slope toward a Soviet Union brand of communism.
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