Internet Censorship Continues as Facebook Bans CRTV Host Gavin McInnes
The social-media ideological purge continues. Facebook has now banned Gavin McInnes, the host of CRTV‚Äôs Get off my Lawn and the founder of the Proud Boys organization, which is known for confronting vicious Antifa agitators during their usually violent, anarchist protests. The social network has also begun banning individuals with ties to McInnes or Proud Boys.
Instagram joined Facebook, also banning McInnes and Proud Boys content. Twitter had already banned McInnes earlier this year.
The purge is ongoing, as the main pages of McInnes and Proud Boys have been removed but several associated pages remain functional for the time being....
Outstanding points, Buckeyes. We who own property wouldn't permit anyone to do anything they wanted to do on it. At some point, that's tresspassing. These companies own servers and a slice of cyberspace. There is a fundamental question regarding their right to regulate the kind of speech that occurs on their private property. While we may not like the decisions those companies have made, we don't have to use them either. That said, I am all for asking hem to reconsider. But as you aptly stated, this is not a public sphere but a private party.
There is no place for thugs of any flavor. Our weapons are not of this world. While we should defend ourselves when attacked, we should do so with the minimum force required. There are some, however, who have a different view on this, like this group, and from those we must separate.
(TMC) First off- Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are privately owned companies with stated terms of service. If you violate those terms of service expect to be kicked off. If you disagree with those terms of service, use or build a different platform. Have these companies displayed bias and been discriminatory in the past? Absolutley! But people who have actually broken the stated rules don‚Äôt get to play the martyr card.
Second- I looked into The Proud Boys a few weeks ago after reading this from World Magazine:
The Proud Boys group started as McInnes‚Äô unofficial fan club, but has morphed into more of a gang with initiation beatings, and multiple levels of participation. The highest honors go to those members who get into physical fights at protests. In fact, after footage went viral of a non-member beating an antifa protestor with a board; the Proud Boys paid his bail and legal fees, and made him the founder of their para-military branch- The Fundamental Order of Alt-Knights. In short- these folks are foul-mouthed hooligans with an ax to grind and no respect for the rule of law- they are not ‚ÄúConservatives‚ÄĚ. As my brothers have said, what‚Äôs needed today are Humble Men.
The bearded, bespectacled McInnes was recently described by The New York Times as a "former Brooklyn hipster turned far-right provocateur". One of the co-founders of Vice Magazine, he has used his trademark aggressive style in recent years to carve out a career in the alt-right media sphere as an outrageous cultural agitator....
... The Proud Boys is McInnes' fan club. The male-only group now has chapters across the US, Australia, Canada and UK, all formed in the past 18 months. Proud Boys members, many of whom wear signature black and gold Fred Perry shirts, have become a conspicuous presence at many violent protests in the US. One member, Jason Kessler, organised the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in one woman's death....
excerpt from, "Australia should be wary of the Proud Boys and their violent, alt-right views"