Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport
Thanks to the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk and the subsequent release of the Twitter Files, we’re increasingly finding out what many of us already knew in our bones to be true: the government has been pressuring social media companies to censor Americans—thus violating the free speech rights of countless individuals (not to mention of the companies themselves).
Some on the Left have tried to dismiss this overt violation of basic human rights, claiming that a government agency “suggesting” or “asking” for accounts to be censored is different than “forcing” them to be. That argument is utter hogwash. When an entity has the power to break up your company, fine or jail your owners, or haul your employees in for investigations…their “suggestions” are implied threats. If you don’t do what they say, you know what comes next.
According to the Cato Institute’s Will Duffield, this practice is known as “jawboning.”
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He writes, “Government officials can use informal pressure — bullying, threatening, and cajoling — to sway the decisions of private platforms and limit the publication of disfavored speech. The use of this informal pressure, known as jawboning, is growing. Left unchecked, it threatens to become normalized as an extra-constitutional method of speech regulation.”
In a recent article, Duffield compiled over 60 examples of jawboning against social media companies, and while they’re all infuriating, we’ve pulled our nominees for the top 10 worst examples.
Let’s dig in.