I’ve been on the road all day, so I haven’t had a chance to post anything. My tablet messed up early in the day, so I stopped and upgraded my device. I then promptly fell asleep, so that didn’t help much. At least the Note 4 is nice. And no, Samsung didn’t pay me anything to say that.
Even though I’m away from my desk, I wanted to bring you an update on the ongoing Twitter War. To be clear, this isn’t anything like a real war. I’m using that as a figure of speech. But, the stakes are still sky high. If we surrender to the SJW hivemind now, they will have successfully censored one of the last free and open platforms left. Giving up is just not an option.
Twitter has a lot to answer for here as well. I don’t want people thinking that I’ve absolved them of blame. Their recent partnership with WAM is disturbing, and seems to be directly related to the recent attacks on speech. We didn’t see these sorts of suspensions before. I doubt that it’s a coincidence.
Speaking of the suspensions, last night, military veteran and outspoken GamerGate advocate, RogueStar, was suspended from Twitter. Sources have told me that this was because of his criticism of a very high profile anti-GamerGate figure. I can’t say if that’s true or not. One reason for that, is because Twitter has thus far been totally silent on the matter. If they know the reasoning, they aren’t saying. This makes the ban even more distasteful. At least give us a reason.
This is yet another blow to freedom of expression on the Internet. Twitter is within their legal rights to ban whoever they want. But, these bans have a chilling effect on the free flow of ideas. Debate is stifled by actions such as these. It’s my belief that this sort of reaction is always wrong, no matter who it is being harmed. I would say the same thing I’m saying now about Leigh Alexander, if she got the boot under dubious circumstances. Some of you might not believe that, but it’s absolutely how I feel. The ability to speak your mind without censorship is just that important to me.
No matter who it is getting silenced, it’s not right. My site is censorship free for a reason. OK two reasons. The first is, I’m too lazy to moderate. But the second, and more important reason, is because I truly believe in the free speech ideal. It’s been imprinted on my brain for as long as I can remember. So when I see people getting censored, it naturally makes my blood boil.
In the long run, this may be a good thing. I’m not the only one who gets worked up when they see blatant censorship. After all, that was one of the things that kicked GamerGate off in the first place. Most people naturally recoil from censors, and that’s helped fuel our cause. They more they continue down this road, the more people will consider joining our ranks. Everyone should make backup accounts, and fight these moves as hard as possible. But we should also sit back and smile.
Censorship has never worked against us. It’s unlikely to start now.