Most of you reading this will be aware that Zerohedge’s prolific and highly popular twitter account with over 670,000 followers was on the receiving end of a lifetime ban by the Twitter politburo. This post won’t focus on the details of this specific ban, but if you want to read more about it, see the following: Zerohedge Suspended On Twitter.
It’s imperative not to overly focus on the individual victims of tech giant bans, and instead zero in on the bigger picture. Rather than debating whether or not you like Zerohedge, or whether you think it crossed a line, I want to highlight the dangerous implications of dominant social media companies wielding permanent bans as a weapon against freedom of speech in practice.
This post will cover three main issues.
First, the fact that Twitter and other social media companies have essentially created a caste system when it comes to engagement on their platforms.
Second, the question of whether or not a lifetime ban from social media platforms is an ethical concept.
Third, the dangers of Twitter essentially throwing the entire timeline of a banished account into the memory hole.