Censorious Big Tech bros get pro-Trump pushback from a small Idaho internet company
Twitter’s ban of President Donald Trump has ignited a debate that extends beyond, and will linger past, the president himself.
That is – how closely should we regulate social media companies? Or perhaps the question is: how much of a bad thing is too much?
While reverence for free markets, capitalism and entrepreneurship is more common than on the right than on the left – where such warm feelings about economic freedom seem to extend only to abortions, porn and pot dealers – the true free marketers are debating how much rope private companies should have before they hang themselves.
Sure, many are troubled by the purging of 70,000-plus conservatives on Twitter accounts – the rationale for which, by the way, was a lie, as Twitter admitted on Tuesday.
But … but … but, some of these capitalists reply, it’s a private company, it can do what it wants – while also noting that the yahoos whose accounts disappeared into the abyss were not a hill worth dying on anyway. Free speech, meh.
Yet, in Idaho, one of the few places where freedom still reigns, we’re seeing what should be a logical consequence of bad behavior by private industry: a corrective applied by the market place.
As the Associated Press reported on Monday, “An internet provider based in northern Idaho says it will block Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to claims of censorship.”
“Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you"https://t.co/cnfQFipIfK
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 12, 2021
The company, Your T1 WiFi, issued emails that said, “It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and Information. We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed … and that they do not want their children to go to these sites.”
“They could do this themselves,” it continued, “but some do not have the technical knowledge to do so and it would be very tiresome for us to do it for them and it would be expensive to visit each customer that wants this done.”
The company further added, “Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you, stop you from seeing what your friends and family are posting. This is why with the amount of concerns, we have made this decision to block these two websites from being accessed from our network.”
Good for them! Let’s see if any other ISP does even close to the same.
That would be AbsoFkinLutely Amazing!
— Anthony McLain (@StonyTony480) January 12, 2021
Your T1 WiFi apparently will still allow regular service for some, while establishing social media firewalls for those customers who want them. The firewalls reportedly go up on Wednesday.
This small Idaho company may not prevail against the Dorsey-Zuckerberg cabal. After all, local media noted that Washington state – the Idaho company also serves the Spokane area – has a “net neutrality” law that makes it illegal for internet service providers – as opposed to social media companies – to “block lawful content,” or “impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of internet content.” The state attorney general’s office is reportedly looking at Your T1 WiFi.
Everyone needs to strike back at this censorship. Servers need to get them in return and we need to get off Facebook and Twitter ASAP. The tech stocks are falling and DOJ should start an anti-trust investigation.
Their advertisers, stockholders are not getting their monies worth.
— S Narbutis (@Narby4U) January 12, 2021
Of course, the left-wing government in Olympia, knowing who butters its bread, will likely work to keep one small company in rural America from fighting the Big Tech bros on their own turf.
Still, as dispirited conservatives ponder how prevent being sidelined, if not squelched entirely, Your T1 WiFi’s willingness to throw elbows at the Twitbook conglomerate shows that the upcoming Biden-era “resistance” from the right is not directed at who controls the government, but rather to liberals who act as its proxy.