Big tech censors are unqualified to talk about free speech
Douglas Murray, author of “The Madness Of Crowds,” joined The Federalist’s Ben Domenech on Fox News Primetime to discuss the dangers of Big Tech censorship on Friday night.
“These companies – which assume the right to decide what you and I can know, read and say – are nowhere near up to the job,” Murray said. “My personal point of view is that in reality no one could be, but they are particularly unspeakable; they talk about free speech like nobody thought about it until a seminar they had last semester.
“We are dealing with children here,” he said, adding that “these companies were completely wrong about the last year” and citing Big Tech’s censorship of the Wuhan lab leak theory.
Murray and Domenech also discussed Facebook’s recent announcement that it will suspend former President Donald Trump’s account for the next two years. “Do you remember when Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would not be an arbiter of political discourse? Domenech asked. “Apparently he doesn’t remember that either.
Murray noted Facebook’s Nick Clegg, who announced today “We think his [Donald Trump’s] actions are a serious violation of our rules which deserve the highest punishment available, ”said a former deputy prime minister of Murray’s native Britain. “He was kicked out by his own constituents,” Murray said. “But now he can say what a former President of the United States can say, where and when. So in some ways I congratulate him on a huge global upgrade. “
“It is insulting that Mark Zuckerberg occupies a more powerful position than the Pope in Rome,” Domenech added.
These displays of power and censorship, concluded Murray, show “it is high time we made it clear that we cannot and will not live under Big Tech rules. They are not up to the job they took on their shoulders to do.
Elle Reynolds is an associate editor at The Federalist and received her BA in Public Administration from Patrick Henry College with a minor in Journalism. You can follow his work on Twitter at @_etreynolds.