Well, it’s all been leading to this.
Since the 2016 election, Democrats have been whining about fake Russian news and phony stories circling social media.
Twitter has censored and shadowbanned conservatives.
Facebook had limited some conservative pages and banned others.
YouTube has put conservative content on age-restriction while allowing similar (liberal) content to go unchecked.
And now we have the first inclination that, should they ever get half a chance, Democrats on Capitol Hill want to go Silicon Valley one better. Instead of simply relying on the American people to decide for themselves what to read and what not to, a group of Senate Democrats want to essentially take over the internet and use the power of the federal government to clamp down on any content they don’t like.
Axios first revealed a memo written by Sen. Mark Warner titled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms.” Inside this memo, which has been making the rounds in Washington, Warner suggests that because of Russia’s undue influence in the last election (which of course is the ONLY reason Hillary Clinton lost), it is time for Congress to confront digital propaganda with an eye towards censorship.
“Today’s tools seem almost built for Russian disinformation techniques,” he writes.
The tools Warner proposes would take the power away from the Russians and put it back in the hands of the American people. Er, well, a handful of American people, anyway.
Examples of the tools include mandatory location verification, wherein any social media user would have to authenticate where they are located before posting a link or a comment; mandatory identity verification, where social media sites would have to authenticate all user accounts (think the blue checkmark system on Twitter); social media sites would be forced to label bots as such or face consequences; the reintroduction of “net neutrality” laws; additional revisions to the Communications Decency Act, which would empower users to demand the removal of content they don’t approve of.
We shouldn’t be surprised, and, frankly, we aren’t. The writing has been on the wall for a long time. From the campus “deplatforming” of conservative speakers all the way up to Facebook’s decision to ban Infowars, this has always been the left’s endgame. They realized in 2016 that they can’t win if the informational playing field is even. Their ideas are simply too insane. To take back power, they literally have to crack down on free speech in a way that hasn’t happened since the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
These are the last, desperate gasps of liberalism in the West. Enjoy.