North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson argued on Wednesday that Facebook and Instagram are censoring his posts about the Taliban takeover of U.S. military equipment in Afghanistan.
“Facebook and Instagram are censoring this post on their platforms, despite these numbers being compiled by official government agencies and ‘fact checkers’ not disputing them. We cannot let Big Tech hide the truth,” Hudson tweeted on Wednesday.
“In addition to thousands of Americans and allies left behind in Afghanistan, President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal also left billions of dollars of military equipment – paid for by American taxpayers – in the hands of the brutal Taliban regime. This is a disgrace,” Hudson tweeted earlier the same day.
The same graphic was widely shared by conservative lawmakers and many others across social media.
The restrictions on Hudson’s post were later removed, with no explanation from Facebook.
“My post was temporarily censored today detailing the billions in military equipment, in addition to Americans and allies, left behind in Afghanistan by President Biden. We can never let these facts be censored or hidden from the American people,” Hudson then tweeted Thursday.
“While fact-checkers have disputed the exact dollar amount of equipment left in Afghanistan (estimated to be $24 billion of our total $82.9 billion investment in Afghanistan), there is no dispute of the inventory of vehicles, arms, and aircraft American taxpayers sent to Afghanistan over the last two decades,” Hudson said following the flagging of the post, according to the Washington Times.
I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve seen a version of this story before? A conservative says something online that is true but that liberals don’t like and “poof” it suddenly disappears or an account gets suspended.
Repeat too often and you become the next Trump, banned from the platform and pushed out of the spotlight of the world’s largest social media providers.
What happened to freedom of speech? Big tech has now overtaken free speech, working with the White House and mainstream media to label whatever it doesn’t like as “inaccurate and misleading” or calling it “hate speech” or extremism.
If you want to have some real fun, take a little peak at how many people in the Biden administration used to work at Facebook or Twitter. We’re not talking one or two people, but NUMEROUS EXAMPLES. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki even admitted the administration works with Facebook.
At one time, radio and TV were just networks. Then they were fragmented into mainstream networks and conservative outlets. Social media is experiencing the same shift. There was once simply social media. Now social media is fragmenting into left and right, with the largest players joining the left.
Rumble and Gab and Parler and Gettr are the only places were conservative thoughts are allowed to be published, but their numbers and influence do not yet compare to Google or Facebook or Twitter. Conservatives need to keep speaking out while they can, pushing for changes that will include social media in the category of public utilities like phone companies that grant free speech. Otherwise, any strong American view will become limited to smaller networks, once again giving a win to the left.