- The Silencing of President Trump by Big Tech is Moral Cowardice, And All About The Opportunistic Pursuit of Power And Profit
by Norman Lewis, https://www.rt.com/
Silicon Valley’s billionaire social media titans have no principles – their actions are all about protecting and nurturing their rapacious businesses & destroying competitors. We’re in the grip of monopolistic authoritarians.
The cancelling of President Donald Trump by social media platforms shows that the unelected billionaires from California are now staking their future profit on woke censorship. If there is one truth about the pulling of the plug on the president, it is that in just over a week’s time, he will be out of power, but Silicon Valley’s social media platforms won’t be. This should be a cause for deep reflection and thought, not celebration.
The behaviour of the Big Tech giants needs explaining because it reveals that there is no end to which their moral cowardice and opportunism will take them in the 21st century. Self-serving pragmatism to boost their profitability rather than any commitment to upholding moral or democratic standards lies at the heart of what transpired.
Why act now? The chief executives of Twitter and Facebook, Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, have been under pressure for years to police their platforms, especially to curb Trump and his supporters, which they consistently resisted. Their defence of Trump had little to do with free speech or the defence of American democracy. Trump’s 88 million followers on Twitter and 35 million on Facebook were a key force driving traffic and thus data on their platforms from which they profited enormously. Pulling the plug on Trump will no doubt impact on millions of people and will lead to boycotts.