Sunday, February 18, 2018 by Jayson Veley
Earlier this week, a number of prominent conservatives and entrepreneurs participated in the Social Media Neutrality Panel at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to discuss everything from the current tech climate to social media bias. Among the people in attendance were Pamela Geller of The Geller Report, Margaret Howell of Rightside Broadcasting, Oleg Atbashian from The People’s Cube, tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel, and Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit.
For those that are unaware, Jim Hoft is the founder and Editor of The Gateway Pundit, a conservative website that has grown from two readers a day when it was founded in 2004 to over a million page views each day. It is an enormously successful website, and has played an integral role in exposing the radical left and their agenda.
During the event, Hoft discussed how tech giants like Google and Facebook continue to suppress the site and limit the spread of content, even though Columbia Journalism Review and Harvard ranked The Gateway Pundit as the “fourth most influential” news website throughout the 2016 presidential election.
As an example of this sort of anti-conservative censorship, Hoft talked about how a recent article written by Cassandra Fairbanks about Black Lives Matter targeting the Super Bowl was flagged by Facebook on the grounds that the story was “fake news.” As a result, the report was essentially removed from their platform. However, since then, it has been widely documented that Black Lives Matter did in fact target the Super Bowl and shut down multiple rail lines, meaning that the original report was right on the money. These so-called Facebook “fact checkers” decided to block the report simply because it didn’t fit their liberal agenda. (Related: Facebook censors Natural News from users who want it, but won’t allow you to block Mark Zuckerberg’s feed.)
Hoft went on to stress the need for the American people to “speak truth to power” in a climate where Silicon Valley actively targets conservative voices and seeks to control what type of content the people can and can’t see on the Internet.
Much of this anti-conservative sentiment that exists in Silicon Valley has been brought to light by James Damore, a former Google engineer who is now suing his former employer for allegedly censoring and discriminating against right-of-center employees. Internal messages included in the lawsuit provide proof that Google employees were openly conspiring against Damore in the days and weeks following the release of his memo criticizing the company’s focus on diversity and intolerance towards conservative voices.
“You know, there are just certain ‘alternative views, including different political views’ which I do not want people to feel safe to share here,” wrote one high-ranking Google employee on a company message chain. Another employee chimed in: “If Google management cares enough about diversity and inclusion, they should, and I urge them to, send a clear message by not only terminating Mr. Damore, but also severely disciplining or terminating those who have expressed support.” Of course, Damore was relieved of his duties at Google not long afterward. (Related: Google insiders have warned that outright censorship of the Internet is Google’s top priority… and everyone has been intimidated into silence.)
The irony of all this, of course, is that while Google claims to stand for diversity and inclusion, they work tirelessly to condemn and alienate their conservative employees. Furthermore, Google seeks to suppress and/or censor right-leaning content on the Internet, which begs the question: Do they really care about tolerance and acceptance towards all, or are they just a social justice cult posing as a technology company? Sadly, the answer appears to be the latter.