I feel real bad about that. Really. I do.
Twitter has long been adversarial to conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and other right-leaning users; we’ve been suspended and/or banned so often that a lot of conservatives have a second account in place should they end up in the infamous #TwitterGulag.
Since the outrage and backlash against these blatant attempts to silence any and everyone not toeing the regressive line, Twitter has become more creative in its efforts to silence “wrong thought.” First it was shadow-banning, and when they got called out on that, they started a new and deeply bizarre not shadowbanning shadow-banning policy.
It’s no accident that top former Obama admin officials have landed lucrative, powerful positions at lucrative, powerful internet and social media outlets. From Amazon to Facebook, from Twitter to Netflix, the Obama administration has woven itself into Big Tech.
The Washington Post reported in its 2015 article “Why Silicon Valley is the new revolving door for Obama staffers”:
The affinity between the White House and the tech industry has enriched Obama’s campaigns through donations, and it has presented lucrative opportunities for staffers who leave for the private sector.
On Thursday, former White House press secretary Jay Carney joined Amazon as its senior vice president for worldwide corporate affairs. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe runs policy and strategy for Uber, the car service start-up. And several other former administration officials are peppered throughout Silicon Valley in various positions, lobbying on important policy issues related to taxes, consumer privacy and more.
Last year, Plouffe joined Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s “philanthropy team.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Although a handful of officials from previous administrations have joined high-tech firms in the past, there have been “orders of magnitude greater penetration” under Obama, Randlett said, where figures such as Plouffe have taken the campaign’s tactics to the private sector. “In the past, it was in one direction.”
Facebook has hired several former White House officials, including Marne Levine, who was chief of staff for former National Economic Council director Lawrence H. Summers. Louisa Terrell, who now works at the FCC, joined Facebook after serving as legal counsel to Obama.
Airbnb has three White House press office alumni: Clark Stevens as its global head of strategic safety initiatives and Nick Papas and Courtney O’Donnell at its communications team. A fourth former Obama staffer, Marie Aberger, recently left the firm.
The mobile payment company Square hired the then-acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios J. Marantis in 2013 to head its international government, regulatory and policy shop, while two of its communications managers, Colleen Murray and Semonti Stephens, worked at the Treasury Department and the first lady’s office, respectively.
Key Obama admin figures have been quietly dispersed to every major social media outlet—and to storefronts like Amazon, to entertainment outlets like Netflix, and etc.
Twitter’s involvement in this progressive thought police and regressive policy web is so profound that even its CEO admitted that his conservative employees “feel unsafe” and unable to express their own opinions.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that the social media giant’s staffers who have right-leaning political views don’t feel comfortable to speak up because of the company’s ultra-liberal work environment.
“We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don’t feel safe to express their opinions at the company,” Dorsey told New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen in an interview published on Friday by Recode.
“They do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right,” he added. “We should make sure that everyone feels safe to express themselves within the company, no matter where they come from and what their background is. I mean, my dad was a Republican.”
Your dad was a Republican, Jack? What does that have to do with your employees feeling that their political views, ideology, and worldview are unwelcome in your company? Do you need to post “conservatives need not apply” signs? What are you going to do with all those heretics running around Twit HQ?DONATE
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