Here’s a perfect example of why the deplatforming of Alex Jones bothers me so much. Baidu, China’s “Google” equivalent is now blocking cryptocurrency related search results. Although blocking searches in China may not be breaking news, the deplatforming of Alex Jones should be. WeChat China’s social messaging app also blocked cryptocurrency related accounts.
This now becomes alarming to me, because how far off is this from deplatforming a major source of alternative news. Regardless of how you feel about Alex Jones, and his sensationalist style of journalism, our corporate overlords are now dictating what we can view, or hear in the realm of alternative news. They have decided that “we the people” are too stupid to discern fact from fiction. This now becomes very alarming.
China’s Baidu Joins Tech Giants Tencent, Alibaba in Imposing Fresh Anti-Crypto Measures https://cointelegraph.com/news/chinas-baidu-joins-tech-giants-tencent-alibaba-in-imposing-fresh-anti-crypto-measures
If they did it to Alex Jones, what’s to stop them from doing it to crypto….. “In the name of your safety we’ve decided that you’re too stupid to handle your own money. The crypto market is volatile, and isn’t a legal asset. We have decided to block all crypto related media and links for your own protection.”…. or something based around that narrative. You get the point.
I strongly feel what happened to Alex Jones sets a dangerous precedent for US companies. It’s not much different from the state controlled censorship of China. If they deplatformed Alex, they could certainly do it to crypto or any other subject matter they don’t approve of.