Vladimir Putin and the West moved to the brink of world war.
The horrific invasion of Ukraine has many politicians itching for escalation.
But Putin and Biden agree on one surprising non-nuclear threat to Western Civilization.
Strongman authoritarian government is old hat in Russia. But the Left’s derangement over Donald Trump and COVID have dragged the West toward more and more authoritarianism in recent years.
Politicians everywhere seem to agree a major threat to their own power is free speech on the Internet.
And they’re hellbent on crushing dissenting citizens’ free speech.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is putting Big Tech companies in a bind.
Putin issued a new law that forces these companies to establish legal entities within the country.
If they do not comply, they could be shut out of the country completely.
The New York Times reported that, “Russian authorities warned Google, Meta, Apple, Twitter, TikTok and others that they had until the end of this month to comply with a new law that requires them to set up legal entities in the country. The so-called landing law makes the companies and their employees more vulnerable to Russia’s legal system and the demands of government censors.”
If the companies get on board with Putin’s edict, it would prove that these corporations do not care about free speech, only expanding their reach.
They would also be exposed as hypocrites, they expelled Donald Trump from their platforms, then turned around and caved to the whims of a dictator.
Hollywood and sports and many tech companies have already bent the knee to the Communists in China.
Now, Silicon Valley faces decisions about Russia at a time when Putin stepped up a war of aggression against Ukraine, so the stakes are high.
The Times added that, “[l]ast year, the Russian authorities threatened to arrest employees of Google and Apple to force them to remove an app created by supporters of Aleksei A. Navalny, the imprisoned Russian opposition leader.”
Google began work on Project Dragonfly for China—a disturbing censorship and surveillance nightmare—and only backed out amid backlash from employees.
And China is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world, so these Big Tech companies aren’t moored by principles.
If Twitter and Facebook want to be open platforms, they should be open platforms, whether it’s in America where they routinely censor Conservatives or in foreign countries with strongman governments.
However, they’re apt to cave and do the bidding of whichever regimes are in power.
In the United States, the left-wing establishment runs the country and that’s who runs Big Tech.
Aleksander Litreev, a tech entrepreneur who worked with Navalny, explained:
“The Russian government would like to have embassies of those companies in Russia…They would like to have a way to pull a lever to manipulate information and how it is spreading around the internet.”
Russia’s new “hostage law” is shedding light on a problem that already exists in the United States, and it’s only going to get worse.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.