Recently Facebook deplatformed a meal plan group that was favored by Crossfit and its followers. Crossfit responded as follows:
Recently, Facebook deleted without warning or explanation the Banting7DayMealPlan user group. The group has 1.65 million users who post testimonials and other information regarding the efficacy of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. While the site has subsequently been reinstated (also without warning or explanation), Facebook’s action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion.
Facebook and its properties host and oversee a significant share of the marketplace of public thought. To millions of individuals and communities across the world, Facebook and its properties remain the platforms where ideas and information are exchanged. Facebook thus serves as a de facto authority over the public square, arbitrating a worldwide exchange of information as well as overseeing the security of the individuals and communities who entrust their ideas, work, and private data to this platform. This mandates a certain responsibility and assurance of good faith, transparency, and due process.
Crossfit has now joined the world conservatives face on a regular basis.
Google is accused of trying to bury conservative news organizations. Twitter deplatforms conservatives on a regular basis. Facebook does the same thing.
Conservatives have screamed about this for sometime. There have been threats of boycotts and claims conservatives would move to a different platform. But the question is, where is the alternative to Facebook, Twitter and Google?
There are plenty of smart conservatives in tech and there are plenty of wealthy Republican investors. So why hasn’t an alternative emerged?
It is not like these tech companies can crush a rival. They cannot underprice them because the services are free. They cannot deny them access to the Internet because there is no barrier to access. Anyone can put up a website. There is a development cost for something new, but none of the current tech giants has the ability to stop someone from funding a new start up.
So why aren’t there good alternatives?
There are a few out there who present themselves as “alternatives.” There are some search engines that are alternatives to Google. There are some social networking sites that are alternatives to Facebook and Twitter. None of them have really taken off and arguably, they are not as good.
When will conservatives stop complaining and start doing something?
My personal guess is never, because it is much easier to simply complain than fix the problem.