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John Hinderaker

March 11, 2019

ZeroHedge is one of the most popular news sites on the internet. Its traffic is, I believe, more than ours. Yet it has been banned by Facebook, the great bluenose of our time:


Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that “the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.”


It isn’t hard to understand what is going on here. Leftists who work at Facebook, Google, et al.–probably a majority of those companies’ employees–are using their companies’ power to advance their own political views and, on occasion, their employer’s interests. This is antithetical to the free speech ethos that social media companies profess, and it is, in my opinion, contemptible. But lots of conservatives made the first mistake in abandoning the “free” internet for social media platforms that offered easier access to an audience. What social media companies give, they also can take away.

Happily, we at Power Line–like ZeroHedge–don’t depend on the favor of leftist corporate monopolies to reach our audience.

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