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The Karma of Censorship

People who champion online censorship are shocked that they are being censored over the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

One such example is eLife editor Michael Eisen. He was fired from his job after he retweeted parody from The Onion that called out what he describes as “indifference to the lives of Palestinian civilians.” Yet he applauded the cancel culture in the past.

The Washington Post, a lover of government disinformation campaigns, changed its tune after watching “Palestinian-focused creators” censoring themselves so as not to get downranked. They say, “Their rhetoric has revived years-long scrutiny over how tech companies like Meta, YouTube, and TikTok police their platforms during moments of heightened violence between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“Funny,” says journalist Michael Shellenberger. “there wasn’t “years-long scrutiny” by the Washington Post when conservatives and other disfavored voices were being censored. On the contrary, the Washington Post has published at least four long articles dismissing the censorship revealed by the Twitter Files and Missouri v. Biden lawsuit, which is headed to the Supreme Court.”

You cannot have it both ways! Shellenberger calls this double standard: “Free Speech For Me, Censorship For Thee.”

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