Yesterday morning, as I was checking my Twitter feed, I received some very interesting news.
And I’d like to share it with all of you.
That’s right. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) spouted off one too many times about misleading and incorrect COVID-19 information, to the point where she apparently earned her fifth strike from Twitter. And five strikes – and you’re out. Completely.
Now what does this ban mean? Well, Twitter essentially kicked her off their platform for violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service rules. As a private company, they can set their own rules and act in a way they see fit.
And here’s the thing … whether you like what Twitter did or you didn’t like it, it’s Twitter’s platform. You don’t like it? Go to one of those fringe microblogging sites like Parler or GETTR or the like.
Well, Marjorie Taylor Greene had plenty to say about her Twitter ban. She claimed that Twitter violated her First Amendment rights to free speech.
And then this post popped up from a Marjorie Taylor Greene supporter.
Wow. I must have missed the section in Twitter’s Terms of Service where they were now an official arm of the United States Government. And honestly, that tweet sure sounded like a threat.
And then the presumptive Republican candidate to represent the Capital District doubled down.
Boy, I really hate to do this.
This is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
There it is, in bold Italic print. Congress can not make a law restricting free speech. That’s Congress. Not private businesses. Private businesses have their own rules about what can and can’t be done with their companies. The most common statement regarding this is, “Freedom of Speech does not mean you can scream ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater.”
And if these people are advocating that the United States Government tell a private platform what can and can’t be done … then there’s a problem.
Besides, if we’re going to test the boundaries of free speech, and I went on Parler or GETTR or one of those other fringe microblogging sites and spouted about how Donald Trump was an orange goblin and Marjorie Taylor Greene needs high heels to qualify for the height requirement on the adult rides at Six Flags, those platforms would kick me off faster than you can say Antifa. And I could argue, “But my freedom of speech!” and they would respond, “It’s different when you your free speech hurts our feelings.”
So, yeah. A Georgian snowflake got her feelings hurt.
And on that same day … I cleebrated a little anniversary of my one.
Oh, Liz. When I met you a few years ago, at a small gathering with Chuck and others, I thought you were better than this. Conservative as all get out, but principled. Ah, well.
Liz No-Joy drank the Trump Kool-Aid, and now she stands with Empty-G.
Empty-G, BTW, still has her work account on Twitter, but it’s a matter of time before she loses that, too.
If there’s one thing the Gang Of Perverts don’t understand, it’s the Constitution. Hell Demented Donny violated it almost every day for four years, including the First Amendment. No reason to expect anything different for Major Mistake Marge and her fan club of morons.
Got no problem with the Twitter suspension, as long as they apply their rules uniformly, consistently and across the board to politicians and average citizens alike, and they post the facts supporting their decision.
Otherwise, Twitter’s A.I. screening process is free to bounce someone as notable as a pioneer in the development of the the mRNA vaccine, who might have something important to share about the COVID vaccines – over nothing more than a difference of opinion.
Joy and the 1st Amendment – many people make this mistake, but a potential public office holder shouldn’t be one of them.
It should also be pointed out that IF Congress took some legal action against Twitter for their suspension of anyone then THAT would in in fact be a violation of the First Amendment.
And maybe (going out on a limb here) one of the well thought-out building blocks of Twitter, et. al.
Liz Joy is a sociopath. She claims to be a Christian yet she says so many vile disgusting things. Attended those Fundamentalist churches as a kid. It’s all a cult.
Liz Joy is a homophobic idiot.
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