Twitter lacks something important for political discourse.  And Joe Rogan found it on Gettr.

Twitter lacks something important for political discourse. And Joe Rogan found it on Gettr.

The rise of alternative social media spaces is resolving concerns of bias felt by conservatives, like myself, who see double standards pervasive by established tech giants like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook in an effort to disproportionately ostracize our voices.

It seems that everyone should be happy: space for you; space for me. But the downside to all of this is that social media is on the cusp of becoming more ideologically balkanised.

There is now a conservative answer to many of the major social media platforms we’ve become accustomed to over the years.

With division continuing to be a problem in the country, we need to pay attention to the role the actions of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook play in deepening the divide.

There is now a conservative answer to many of the major social media platforms we’ve become accustomed to over the years.

Truth Social, the platform led by former President Donald Trump, is expected to launch on February 21 — Presidents Day — according to its description on the iOS App Store, where it is available for pre-order. The product screenshots for Truth Social on the App Store look a lot like Twitter.

Rumble, a YouTube competitor popular with conservatives, reported that it had 44 million monthly active users in August. It plans to offer its shares for public subscription in the second quarter of this year, at a value of $2.1 billion. Rumble, a Canadian company launched in 2013, filed a lawsuit in January 2021 against Google for more than $2 billion in damages, alleging that the Silicon Valley giant tampered with its algorithm in favor of YouTube on Rumble in search results, reducing revenue ads. “We will defend ourselves against these baseless allegations,” a Google spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal after the lawsuit was filed. In an application filed in June, Google asked the court to dismiss and strike parts of Rumble’s complaint.

Another startup, Gettr, dubbed the “Twitter Killer” by its supporters, started in July. The platform got a huge boost last week when Joe Rogan joined broadcasting. Gettr spokesperson Kylan Dorr told me that Rogan was unpaid and had heard about him organically from a guest on Rogan’s Show.

Dorr also said that the platform now has more than 4 million registered users, and its largest user base is the United States, with 2.2 million users, followed by Brazil with half a million (Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is a prominent user) and the United Kingdom, Germany and France with more than 300,000 each . To prevent lewd, obscene, and violent content, Dor said the platform’s content “moderation leadership has more than 20 years of experience in community management and moderation in the Fortune 500.”

Some might look at Twitter’s 330 million monthly active users and say there’s no way Gettr could rival the 4 million, but that’s still, remarkably, the 4 million people who find this conservative-leaning community somehow attractive.

“I believe that when Joe Rogan joined Gettr, he represented the ‘Great Awakening,'” said Jason Miller, CEO of Gettr, in a statement emailed to me, via Dorr. He announced it.” “Rogan is not a right-winger, but instead a man who transcends the mainstream narrative and calls it as he sees it. He is willing to let competing ideas be heard, which we present on Gettr.”

Other notable Gettr users include Canadian author Jordan B Peterson, Boston Celtics player Ennis Kanter Freedom, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Dozens of members of Congress — including Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, as well as the Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives — also use the platform.

I asked him if Miller was concerned about whether America would become more polarized by the growth of conservative social media sites. “People of all political stripes are welcome, because true liberals should value freedom of speech as much as the most conservative should,” Miller said. “We want a strong discussion on our platform, not an echo room. This is what Twitter has become, with the vast majority of users sticking to left-wing views.”

Another Gettr user is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, Republic-GA. , whose personal Twitter account was recently permanently suspended for violating the platform’s Covid-19 disinformation policy.

As a conservative, I wouldn’t condone the offensive statements made by every governor, but there is strong evidence that Twitter, and other tech giants, have blatant double standards for what they consider abusive rhetoric.

There is strong evidence that Twitter, and other tech giants, have blatant double standards regarding what they consider offensive speech.

Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, said in November 2020, while serving as the company’s chief technology officer, “Our role is not to commit to the First Amendment, but to serve a healthy public conversation, and our moves are reflective of the things we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.” .

The problem with Agrawal’s position is that it further insulates liberals from exposure to conservative ideas (while irritating conservative consumers). An October 2020 Pew Research Center study found that “a small minority of users create the vast majority of tweets from adults in the United States, and 69% of these prolific tweeters are Democrats.”

Pew found that not only are the top Twitter users more likely to be Democrats, but that they are Liberal Democrats rather than middle Democrats. While an internal Twitter study found bias in its algorithm for selecting conservative politicians and news outlets, even if something conservative spreads on Twitter, that doesn’t mean it’s qualitatively presented in a favorable way. According to Pew’s study, between November 11, 2019 and September 14, 2020, Trump was mentioned at least once by 13 percent of Democratic Twitter users (compared to 12 percent of Republicans). That’s a lot of hate tweets!

The bias goes beyond Twitter to Facebook, which is suing veteran libertarian journalist John Stossel for alleged defamation after the company’s fact-checkers put this label on his video: “Context is missing. Independent fact-checkers say this information could mislead people.” If viewers are interested in learning more about the findings of the fact-checkers, they can click for more information, which ultimately leads them to this: “Claim –” bushfires are caused by mismanagement. Not because of climate change. Verdict: Misleading.” Stossel’s suit said he never made that claim.

Ironically, Facebook’s response to Stossel’s lawsuit asserted that he could not be prosecuted for defamation because “fact checks” are in fact a “protected opinion.” Sounds like Orwell’s claim that facts are opinions, doesn’t it?

This is another example that the company’s fact-checkers have a left-wing bias. When asked by CNN in 2020 whether Facebook fact-checkers were biased against conservatives, a spokesperson referred to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles, which all platform fact-checkers are required to sign. It states that fact-checkers should “not unduly focus their fact-checking on any aspect”. But many conservatives have long complained about the company’s fact-checking bias.

Big tech can help itself and the country using the same rules, regardless of the political point of view. Old tech companies stand at a crossroads: allow a more balanced dialogue or risk losing market share to motivate conservative bootmakers.

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