Social media giants wield more power than ever.
And they’ve shown they are unafraid to exercise their clout.
Now Twitter locked one commentator’s account for a disturbing reason.
YouTube political commentator Dave Rubin was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours.
His crime was tweeting out true information about COVID, but it conflicted with the establishment narrative.
Rubin, a disaffected liberal who’s become more of a right-leaning libertarian over the years, reached out to supporters of his own site Locals, which serves as an alternative to platforms like Facebook and Patreon.
Rubin has nearly 1 million followers on Twitter and over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, so his suspension was going to be felt.
Pushback forced Twitter to overturn their “mistake” and issue an apology:
Yesterday’s misleading and potentially harmful information is misinformation is today’s error! pic.twitter.com/z6yTz4neWP
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 30, 2021
The troubling thought is that if Rubin didn’t have a big following, the suspension would’ve stood.
The suspension conspicuously came as Rubin announced pre-sales for his upcoming book Don’t Burn This Country.
Twitter’s rules are arbitrary, and there is virtually zero transparency.
People can be banned for “misinformation” even when it’s true.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, a constant pain in the neck of the establishment, was kicked off Twitter under dubious circumstances.
O’Keefe is currently suing both Twitter and The New York Times, and he’s undefeated in his suits.
Rubin and other right-wingers are attempting to create workarounds for the bottlenecks created by the establishment.
For example, the Left has been going after payment processors and financial institutions in order to silence dissident voices.
Author and founder of Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer, was barred from crowdfunding because Mastercard pressured the company to cut ties with him.
Other conservatives have had their bank accounts closed.
Twitter competitor Parler had its business blown up when Amazon yanked web hosting services from them and Google and Apple refused to put their app in their respective app stores.
If effective workarounds are created for these major institutions, they will lose a considerable amount of power that they hold.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.