Gov’t Warns Social Media Subversives “Something Has Got To Give”

Busy day on Capitol Hill and a bad one for the likes of Tony Ortega and his religion-bashing wife, Arielle Silverstein.

Chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. (two of the key social media platforms Tony Ortega and Arielle Silverstein misuse in order to spread their hateful propaganda) told lawmakers they’ve been making progress fighting the lies, bigotry and hate speech, even as they acknowledge the fact their respective companies are still making too many mistakes.

For a while now we’ve been alerting the public about individuals like Tony Ortega and Arielle Silverstein who have been using these social media platforms to build an audience of like-minded militantly anti-religious cretins in order to amplify their message of division and intolerance.

The tough tone of questions from both parties at the congressional hearing, however, suggested that social-media giants will face higher risks of new regulation for allowing people who continually lie and push bigoted agendas to flout the laws when the next Congress is seated in January 2021.

At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, conducted over more than four hours, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey touted improvements their companies made in blocking or reducing misleading information and inflammatory hate speech. 

But their pitch didn’t appear to persuade lawmakers, who renewed their grave concerns about the platforms’ power and reach as well as their handling of specific content. 

Image posted by Arielle Silverstein on Facebook. Click to see the full image

Though the names Tony Ortega and Arielle Silverstein didn’t explicitly come up, there can be little doubt that obsessive social media frauds like these two were exactly the type of rule-violating users under discussion.

The Chairman of the Judiciary himself noted that social media companies should prepare for modifications to federal legal protections shielding them from liability for user-posted material. Those protections also give the platforms wide latitude in policing content. 

We have argued at length that, in particular, the latitude being granted to the most regular violators of rules against the sort of hate speech Ortega and Silverstein trade in must come to an end.

So it was with great joy we read the conclusion of the Judiciary committee’s take on the matter:

“When you have companies that have the power of governments…something has to give… [Section] 230 as it exists today has got to give.” 

And give it must, if for no other reason than with tensions at a critical boil across the nation, agitators who traffic in rhetoric fueled by hate and ignorant narrow-mindedness must not be allowed to have the final word.

For all the breath Tony Ortega has wasted whining about free speech for sex traffickers, perhaps it is time he considered the rights of others — rights like the freedom from daily being subjected to the belligerent lies, combative callowness and the documented instances of violence Tony’s online hate induces.

And if Ortega doesn’t comply he may soon find himself banned from Facebook and Twitter — the last two remaining platforms willing to publish him these days.

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