Since the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio which killed more than 30 people combined in a period of less than 24 hours, several people from around the country have been arrested for making threats of terrorism on social media platforms.
In one example from August, CNN said that “Police in Weslaco, Texas, arrested a 13-year-old boy. The boy will face a charge of terroristic threat for making a social media post that prompted a Walmart to be evacuated, police said on Facebook. The boy’s mother brought him to the station.”
These people are likely banned from social media after making such threats – as they should be. Threats of imminent harm are not protected under the First Amendment. We couldn’t find any of the people on CNN’s list of criminals who still had active Facebook profiles.
But what’s disturbing is that in the eyes of Big Tech, these crazed, potentially-violent people, many of whom have been charged with terror-related crimes, are listed in the same category as prominent conservative commentators who have been totally banned from Big Tech platforms.
Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, and Paul Joseph Watson, none of whom have ever made a violent threat to commit mass violence, were all banned from Facebook for being “dangerous individuals” with extremist tendencies. In essence, they’re put into the same category as deranged wackos.
Those deranged wackos with whom they are lumped include a “26-year-old Winter Park, Florida, man was arrested after investigators say he posted a threat on Facebook that he was about to have his gun returned and people should stay away from Walmart,” on August 9.
“A 25-year-old Jefferson County, West Virginia, man was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats online to kill people, according to CNN affiliate WDVM,” CNN reported.
On August 15, a Connecticut man was arrested after he “expressed an interest in committing a mass shooting” on Facebook. He reportedly had tactical gear in his home.
“Claremore, Oklahoma, police arrested an 18-year-old who they say made social media threats against police officer families, according to a Facebook post from the Claremore Police Department,” CNN reported.
The list continues. There were at least four more instances of people being arrested for making threats on social media platforms during the month of August.
Is it really fair to place conservatives in the same category as such people? Certainly not. But that’s what Big Tech does in service to its far-left ideological allies in media and Washington, D.C. Labeling conservatives as dangerous extremists is an easy way to shut down political debate on what is the modern day public square.
Meanwhile, during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), in conjunction with representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the far-left Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for more law enforcement presence on the social media titans.
There is conceivably a point in which Big Tech, after re-defining “extremism” to include conservative thought, works with law enforcement to punish those who hold conservative opinions.