>If you go to the @instapundit account, this is what you see:
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This is getting crazy. Twitter is blocking access to my blog, banning Milo, suspending Instapundit… it appears the thought police at Twitter are openly declaring war on the social media Right.
UPDATE: This was Twitter’s excuse:
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds responds:
Sorry, blocking the interstate is dangerous, and trapping people in their cars is a threat. Driving on is self-preservation, especially when we’ve had mobs destroying property and injuring and killing people. But if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.
Was just on Hugh Hewitt talking about this. Since Twitter won’t let me respond to — or even see — my critics, let me expand here.
I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.
But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.
“Run them down” perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.
Meanwhile, regarding Twitter: I don’t even know that this is why I was suspended, as I’ve heard nothing from Twitter at all. They tell users and investors that they don’t censor, but they seem awfully quick to suspend people on one side of the debate and, as people over at Twitchy note, awfully tolerant of outright threats on the other.
Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.
UPDATE: Apparently Twitter has reconsidered and unsuspended Glenn. For now.
Meanwhile, GabTechNews warns that YouTube has gone the Reddit route, almost precisely as spelled out by QuQu of GGRevolt.
Grave news: Youtube has gone the Reddit moderation path.
Volunteer-staffed mass flagging, comment removal, all that.
The internet is becoming a very coddled place.
They call it YouTube Heroes.
I think, at this point, we are going to have to assume that it is only a matter of time before Blogger is similarly converged and prepare accordingly. I’ve always had several backups running, of course, so I doubt much of an interruption will be necessary, but if Blogger goes the way of Goodreads, Wikipedia, Facebook, and now Twitter and YouTube, check in at either Gab or Castalia House to find the new location.
* To put it from their viewpoint, the election is coming up and The Donald could actually win. Got to pull out all the stops.
* They already shut down Hikok45’s YouTube gun channel by ‘accident’ last year. It’s back up but it appears in the last 24hours that the reality of Trump actually winning has them shatting their pants.
Banning Instapundit? He’s about as subversive as Mister Rodgers.
* As others have said, it must be about Trump. They’ve generally been far more circumspect until now. From their perspective, he’s worse than Nixon, Reagan, and W combined. They’re so self-absorbed that they think these actions will actually help their cause.
* Trump is aware that this is war. Facebook, twitter, google (youtube) and reddit are all trying to sneakily sabotage his election. Trump doesn’t forget nor forgive. If elected he’ll antitrust their ass so hard they’ll never sit again.
* We need a YouTube alternative. I’ve been looking this morning. Vid.me looked possible… then I read this on their community standards page:
“No hate speech
No videos that promote racism, bigotry, physical harm of any kind against any group or individual.”
Hate speech is an SJW term. Too bad.
YouTube makes some serious money for good content providers with large followings. A problem with convergence is that it’s really going to cost some folk their income.
How long until income from Amazon gets cut too?
Most of my antifragile planning has been based on creating revenue from a range of sources. Most of these, however, are still tied into these large platforms and switching off of them may allow dissemination of content but without the associated revenue.
It’s not looking good.
* These large charitable trusts go on for generations and tend to accumulate Social Justice Warriors in their leadership. Defining charity much more narrowly would be helpful. Also one might require they spend, say, ten percent or more of their funds annually. That would tend to drain them down.
Universities are hotbeds of left liberalism and they more or less control who becomes a journalist. That produces a press made up of hard left or liberal folk. I know the management has a say, but complicating this model, making it less automatic, would be helpful.
* Infowars has a video of a rapper in Charlotte spreading the false flag on social media that the guy who got shot had a book, not a gun, and was just sitting there waiting for his son. A couple videos went up on Twitter of guys in Charlotte also spreading that false flag on social media.
These guys are the ones violating the user terms. They are the ones actually inciting real violence, not Glen Reynolds.
The enemy is pretty cagey here. We’d do well to penetrate and map these disinformation campaigns.
* /pol/ is trying to make saying “google” instead of “nigger” a thing, such that people who type “google” will get lead to examples of nigs nigging, as well as to just trash the word “google”, in general.
Ok, Operation Google is pretty funny.
And I bet it would work. Fucking googles. pic.twitter.com/1shblW8FTk
— John Rivers (@JohnRiversToo) September 22, 2016
* Regarding “funding” would someone please explain why would they ever run out of it? Not being expert at all the various fine points of how the racket works, and to what extent it is controlled by whom, there may well be unaccounted-for factors which render the points below off the mark in one way or another….
1. Money is nothing but zeros added to accounts by the counterfeiting cartel – used to create trillions of more phantom “money” via the derivatives rackets, etc., etc., etc.
2. Folks in the sanhedrin like (((Soros))) have access to a literally unlimited supply of such “money” which is accepted by most people – thanks in part to government decrees that it be accepted – as payment for hard assets and the like. For the few cranks who don’t accept it, they can come up with enough gold, etc. – or simply steal it outright or seize the assets they want by blackrobe decree. It’s not as if there is any rule of law to prevent this – just ask John Corzine’s customers.
3. As with the Slim-Duranty Times, Twitter, Faceberg, and the various converged entities can operate as long as the fake money is accepted as real and the debt-racketeering, derivative casinos and the like continue to spin along. “Cash” infusions can continue as long as those who call the shots need them to operate. Besides, most of these entities continue to make enough money in terms of cash flow that they’ll be propped up (or, more accurately, their propping up will be sold to institutional investors, etc. as prudent investing).
Yes it will eventually come crashing down – very hard. As VD himself noted quite a while ago, the (((Learned Elders of Wye))) already have an escape plan for when the Banana Empire finally folds. They’ll quietly slip away to China as the dindus, et al go for the final-solution for YT. Some YT might be awake enough to fight but most of those who don the uniforms of the Banana Empire remain in the pay of the enemy and will obey orders – until they wake up and stop doing so. Since (((Soros))) even owns the Roman Catholic Church, with High-Fellatin’ Franny as his shuffling, drooling step-n-fetchit dancing to every Klezmer rendition of YT must die, perhaps a better question to be asking would be what isn’t converged?