The Truth about Goats
There is a school of thought that suggests bad things are solved by pretending they are not there; and it is this logic that convinces us that erasing Trump’s Twitter feed somehow erases his Presidency. It is the same reasoning that says if we had banned Hitler from TikTok then WWII would never have happened.
Closing down the media platform Parler may give us a break from all the conspiracy fruitcakes from Alabama – who are somewhere to the right of Vlad the Impaler – but it does not make Billy-Bob-Bobblysock the Third go away. All it does is make us feel safer and helps us to pretend that we did not give Billy the ammo for his gun, in the first place, or the tin foil to make his hat.
Allowing unregulated corporations at the behest of lobbyists to dictate who gets to speak and what people get to think, does not feel like a natural antidote to fascist tendencies. Just because nobody wants to hear or see Julia Hartley-Brewer, does not mean we should elevate her to status of Fahrenheit 451.
Tech giants promising to protect free speech by banning it, feels a tad counterintuitive. Explained one Facebook executive: ‘We will always confront Fascism – provided it doesn’t get elected, prove popular or make us lots of money – terms and conditions apply’.