I knew Twitter was over when Baked Alaska was banned.
In the months since Charlottesville, Baked 2.0 had gone back to being a Trump supporter and a normie. He wanted to preach peace and be left alone to play video games. He had gone out of his way to be as inoffensive as possible. Nevertheless, Baked 1.0 had committed the unforgivable sin of raising the Jewish Question and attending the #UniteTheRight rally in Charlottesville.
Baked Alaska is a Christian gamer now
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tune in next week for your Baked update pic.twitter.com/i38n4rq7Yo
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) November 13, 2017
The same afternoon Twitter stripped Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, James Allsup, Tommy Robinson and Laura Loomer of the verified blue checkmark status. By itself, this is a meaningless cosmetic change but the “Twitter Trust and Safety Council” spearheaded by the ADL is rolling out a bunch of new rule changes which include an “abuse and hateful conduct” policy and “violence and physical harm policy” and “hateful imagery and hate symbols” policy. These rule changes are set to go into effect over the next month and will effectively turn Twitter into another Facebook.
I’ve always said this was going to happen. It has been gaining steam since Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. In a clear act of retaliation, Twitter purged a bunch of Alt-Right accounts in the immediate aftermath of the election and has been banning accounts ever since which aren’t engaging in trolling or harassment. There has been a similar retreat from free speech on Reddit and Facebook and other Silicon Valley crowdfunding platforms like PayPal and GoFundMe. This is all part of a plan the Democrats cooked up after Hillary Clinton’s defeat to deplatform “hate speech” on the internet by setting themselves up as the arbiters of orthodoxy and heresy.
Charlottesville didn’t cause this. It was an excuse to accelerate the censorship. Occidental Dissent had already been banned from PayPal, Disqus and Donately before Charlottesville. Facebook was already engaging in massive censorship. AirBnb was banning people before Charlottesville. Reddit was already purging Alt-Right communities. Twitter was also quietly purging accounts. The big story before Charlottesville was YouTube demonetization and Google rigging its algorithm.
In the final days of Twitter, we will look back on this and remember that people were shitposting as Groypers and sharing “It’s Okay To Be White” fliers. In hindsight, I am wondering if we ever used this medium to effectively communicate our message. I feel like we used it to great effect for bantzing, trolling and silliness and to get Trump elected. We invigorated conservatism and the result is going to be a huge tax cut for millionaires while we are purged from the internet.
After the Twitter Purge, I expect there will be a Great Migration to VK.com, Minds.com. Wrongthink.net, Gab.ai, Bitchute.com and Pew.tube. Are we going to carry on as before there?
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