Nigel Farage, a member of the European Parliament, criticized Twitter Tuesday for its political censorship of conservatives and said it must be held accountable.
“The big tech giants are moving fast against the political right, the libertarian radicals, and those walking away from the Democrat Party in the United States,” Farage wrote in a Fox News op-ed Tuesday. “The same applies in my country, the United Kingdom.” (RELATED: Nigel Farage Rails Against Establishment For Russian Collusion Claims)
Farage cited Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens and her suspension from Twitter as the latest example of the company’s liberal agenda.
Farage also said other prominent conservative figures are being “shadow banned,” which means their tweets and accounts are buried and become harder to search for. He referenced Alex Jones’ InfoWars and the ban it received from YouTube, Apple and Facebook.
“While many on the libertarian right and within the conservative movement have their issues with Alex Jones and InfoWars, this week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify represents a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media history,” he wrote.
Farage said people must adapt and begin to hold social media platforms accountable for the actions they take.
“If someone — anyone — publicly defames me on Twitter, why isn’t Twitter accountable for publishing damaging untruths,” Farage wrote. “If the glorification of terrorism, or calls to violence are spread on Facebook or YouTube — perhaps we need to ensure they, as any book publisher would be for instance, are liable for such content?”
Farage said social media does not represent free market capitalism and recommended a “social media bill of rights” to check the powers of “corporatism.”
“I believe we urgently need to prosecute this issue in the public square and campaign for a social media bill of rights in our respective countries,” he concluded. “And for those that don’t take issue with the latest censorship of right-wingers by big social media — unless we take a stand now, who knows where it could end.”
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