Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Washington. Two recent Boeing 737 MAX crashes, in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which killed nearly 350 people, have lead to the temporary grounding of models of the aircraft and to increased scrutiny of the FAA’s delegation of a number of aspects of the certification process to the aircraft manufacturers themselves. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The events of the past couple of days have demonstrated conclusively why free speech cannot survive in a monopolistic environment such as currently exists in social media. Steve Crowder’s YouTube channel has been demonetized because a vile, disgusting simualcrum of a human being could dish out abuse and call for violence but couldn’t take being laughed at. So he went to that motherlode of similar personalities at YouTube and was able to get revenge on the person who made him look nearly as ridiculous as he is.
Today Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in:
This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee (“Ivanka is a feckless c***.”) & @JimCarrey (“look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb”) aren’t. No coherent standard explains it. Here’s an idea: DON’T BLACKLIST ANYBODY. https://t.co/F6ez8XHzXS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 6, 2019
They also need to explain how people are able to call for the death and rape of conservatives like Dana Loesch with no repercussions.
Cruz has said on numerous occasions that he sees the trend in the social media giants towards controlling what speech they allow to be problematic. He isn’t alone. Elizabeth Warren has made the same critique.
If anything good comes of this it could be having YouTube stripped of its safe harbor protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and made liable for every copyright violation that takes place there.