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Beneath the noise of America's Capitol Hill protests lurks the silent rise of Silicon Valley.  Tens of thousands of social media users have vanished from the online discussion – snuffed out in the…
Beneath the noise of America's Capitol Hill protests lurks the silent rise of Silicon Valley.

Tens of thousands of social media users have vanished from the online discussion – snuffed out in the last twenty-four hours without acknowledgement by the platforms involved. It is the erasure of political opposition to create the illusion of consensus. What was once a playground of ideas has become a digital 'yes-man' for those with delusions of power.

Purging is customary at the beginning of a cultural revolution. When emotionally insecure political movements take power, their first course of action is to expunge criticism. Historically, this was achieved through murder and expulsion of populations from a region. In 2020, civilisation's ideological landscape is digital and the eviction is via an account suspension.

Twitter's only comment about the disturbing tide of mass censorship was made yesterday in a series of posts related to President Donald Trump's account:

Our public interest policy – which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years – ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe. In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules. Threats of and calls to violence are against Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly. In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labelled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labelled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, retweeted, or liked. We are also exploring other escalated enforcement actions and will keep the public updated with any significant developments. We will continue to evaluate the situation in real time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public…
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