Reddit has just quarantined The_Donald, the single biggest Trump support forum on the Internet.
The_Donald played a critical role in the 2016 elections, helping generate a lot of the memetic momentum that propelled Trump to the Presidency. Considering his narrow margin of victory, it’s entirely possible that Trump would have been stumped without The_Donald.
True, it has since degraded into a nest of Zioshills, agitating against socialism and for Making Israel Great Again, and banning anyone who is not as enthusiastic about MIGA as about MAGA. This was, in fairness, probably inevitable. It was always a personality cult first and foremost, and so they will continue slavishly supporting Trump on anything he does, no matter how congruent it is with Campaign!Trump’s MAGA agenda.
Nonetheless, crappy memes about AOC’s plans for Green Communism (or whatever) is still better than no memes at all, which is what we are actually likely to get come election season next year. Quarantining a subreddit massively reduces its visibility, and is usually the first step to banning it. Twitter has already been rather thoroughly cleansed, while YouTube has started on that in earnest. Tucker Carlson’s days at FOX are likely numbered.
Why can we be sure of that? Because the people at Google have told us this themselves, and it stretches the bounds of credulity to assume concern for dissidents’ freedom of speech is greater at any of the other tech giants.
This recent Veritas investigation shows Google insiders openly discussing their curious ideas of “fairness” – namely, systemically promoting an SJW agenda in web searches, and preventing a repeat of the “Trump situation.” Why is it on Bitchute? Because Google banned their account from YouTube. Followed by a bunch of other tech giants banning them from their platforms in an endearing act of inter-corporate solidarity.
Anyhow, I do think that the quarantining of The_Donald is the make or break moment so far as Trump’s commitment to protecting the free speech rights of his own supporters go beyond proclamations of “concern” on Twitter.
There are any number of ways in which this emerging, collective Picus News that is the Silicon Valley tech giants can still be stopped. They can be broken up as monopolies (the alternatives to sites like Twitter or Reddit are completely marginal). They can be regulated as utilities (we haven’t yet gotten to the stage where electricity or the Internet is cut off for crimethink). They can be redefined as – and subjected to – the laws governing publishers, which they undoubtedly are considering their explicit and politically biased role in regulating content. Of course, to push through any of these solutions, one also needs a work ethic, a sense of responsibility to one’s friends, a willingness to disregard cuckservative protestations about muh constitution and muh corporate rights, and the fortitude to avoid putting Javanka in charge of it. Trump has given plenty of cause for doubt on all four of those requirements.