If there is one silver lining in last week’s purge, it’s that Facebook is no longer even trying to hide its bias. Their half-assed explanation for their censorship dragnet sounded more like corporate America’s equivalent of the exasperated DMV worker rolling her eyes and popping her gum when asked a question. When pressed, Facebook rattled off some excuse about Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones being booted for at some point publicly appearing with another banned person, commentator Gavin McInnes. McInnes and a fraternity he founded called the Proud Boys were among the targets in a coordinated cross-platform sweep just before the 2018 midterms.
This behavior surprises exactly no one, especially Silicon Valley-watchers. In the aftermath of the 2016 general election, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, who some claim is an interdimensional synthetic humanoid, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive Bearded Shaman-Ninja, had a reckoning. They blamed themselves for the election of Donald Trump and vowed to never let it happen again.