I have something in common with President Trump. No, it’s not that we both love golf – we’ve both been censored. This week the former president filed a lawsuit against Big Tech for their unlawful censorship of him and other Americans. Perhaps I should join his class-action lawsuit.
Last year during the height of the Covid pandemic, I wrote a new book called Changing Healthcare. It is a compilation of over 150 of my blog posts over the last six years. One of the chapters covered the Covid pandemic and that’s when the trouble started. When I submitted my manuscript to my publisher, KDP – Kindle Direct Publishers – owned by Amazon, they refused to publish the book until that chapter was eliminated. They explained that they were not publishing any “unofficial sources of coronavirus information.” In other words, they refused to consider sharing Covid information that had not been blessed by the government.
This is a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment which protects free speech. Naturally, I don’t have the same resources to sue Big Tech as Donald Trump, so I’m pleased to see he is taking on this fight on behalf of himself and others, like me, whose free speech rights have been violated. Free speech is what separates our country from repressive regimes like China, Russia, and Iran. Free speech is what freedom is all about.
Trump writes in The Wall Street Journal, “No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence. They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself. Consider content that was censored in the past year. Big Tech companies banned users from their platforms for publishing evidence that showed the coronavirus emerged from a Chinese lab, which even the corporate media now admits may be true. In the middle of a pandemic, Big Tech censored physicians from discussing potential treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, which studies have now shown does work to relieve symptoms of Covid-19. In the weeks before a presidential election, the platforms banned the New York Post – America’s oldest newspaper – for publishing a story critical of Joe Biden’s family, a story the Biden campaign did not even dispute.”
There are other examples, too. Jennifer Horton, a Michigan schoolteacher, was banned from Facebook for sharing an article questioning whether mandatory masks for young children are healthy. (Scientific studies say they are not.) Later, when her brother went missing, she was unable to use Facebook to get the word out. Colorado physician Kelly Victory was deplatformed by YouTube after she made a video for her church explaining how to hold services safely. Kiyan Michael of Florida and her husband, Bobby, lost their 21-year-old son in a fatal collision caused by a twice-deported illegal alien. Facebook censored them after they posted on border security and immigration enforcement.
Yet the same platforms approve Chinese propaganda and allow the Iranian dictator to spew threats and hateful lies with impunity.
In response, Trump has filed class-action lawsuits to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people. The suits seek damages to deter such behavior in the future and injunctions restoring his accounts.
Unfortunately, the Biden administration does not oppose this censorship. Trump says, “Further, Big Tech and government agencies are actively coordinating to remove content from the platforms according to the guidance of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Big Tech and traditional media entities formed the Trusted News Initiative, which essentially takes instructions from the CDC about what information they need to “combat.” The tech companies are doing the government’s bidding, colluding to censor unapproved ideas.”
Since we have already lost faith in the credibility of the CDC (CDC Credibility Gone), we cannot trust the information they are disseminating with the aid of Big Tech. Protecting our free speech is the only thing separating us from the authoritarian regimes of our enemies. Our only real hope is in the Supreme Court, the last defense against tyranny.