Social media giants like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram banned Trump
The recent events on how the US President Donald Trump and conservatives are being treated by social media giants is a grim reminder to other democracies around the world, particularly India. Within the last 48 hours, Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account with more than 88 million followers along with the accounts of many conservatives. Facebook and Instagram also indefinitely suspended the accounts of Trump (and other conservatives). When Trump and conservatives moved to another social media app Parler which is similar to Twitter, Apple and Google blocked the Parler app from even being downloaded. Not only that, Amazon which provides Web hosting service to Parler said they will shut them down this weekend basically completely shutting the Parler app for all existing users. They are even shutting down Government Emergency messages!
The same Twitter that banned Trump and conservatives allows leftists radical messages on its platform, even trending to ‘hang US Vice President Mike Pence‘, foreign leaders’ messages like Iran’s Ali Khameini asking to eradicate Israel or China’s propaganda as reported in Fox News. Many US conservative lawmakers spoke out that such censorship of free speech that does not suit their agenda happens only in communist countries, not in America. This biased and autocratic social media giants behaviour, such as their practices against President Trump and conservatives, killing competition in marketplace etc., was discussed in multiple US congressional hearings in lengthy sessions by US lawmakers during the last few months where CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon were repeatedly grilled. According to a US election watchdog group named ‘Thomas More Society’s Amistad project’ in the US, which participated in several US State election fraud hearings, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife foundation spend 500 million dollars in recent US elections favouring one political party over another blatantly flouting election laws.
There is increasing recognition of the dangers posed by these social media giants by many countries. In Dec 2020, Russia announced that it could ban Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for ‘censoring’ content based on many complaints from Russian citizens. Poland passed a bill slapping $2.2 million fine for even a single message censored. The UK and European Union are setting strict rules with massive fines for these social media companies. Per Wall Street Journal article, European Union proposed two bills last month, one on illegal content and another on anticompetitive behaviour, that could empower regulators to levy fines up to 6% or 10% of annual worldwide revenue or break up big tech companies to stop competitive abuses.
India needs to be very wary of these social media giants because they are driven by Western ‘Deep State’ agenda and they are part and parcel of Western Elite and their institutions who aspire for global domination through establishing amenable leaders around the world that fit their agenda. What happened in the last few months against Trump and conservative supporters in the US is a grim reminder and India is particularly very vulnerable. When the East India Company came to India for business, it did not simply establish mercantile offices but established 260,000 soldiers army to gain control of India. In today’s world, you do not need armies or weapons, you just use the information to manipulate the voters’ minds in democracies to establish puppets to serve their agenda. Information is the new weapon, it is the new army.
In this aspect, India has a lot to learn from China which established its own complete social media framework from the applications to the back end hosting and support systems. Google, Facebook, Twitter and many other apps are not allowed in China. The social media giants investing in India are not doing India a favor, they see great potential for rising India with a young population in the form of future revenues. It is not just about revenues, they will have the power to manipulate the minds with how information is propagated on a particular party or candidates to suit their interests. There were many complaints against Twitter and Facebook during the last few years in India on how conservative voices are censored. Even if aggrieved users attempt to pursue alternatives, they have complete control on which apps will be allowed to be used, as we are seeing in the United States now even the President is blocked from using the Parler app as an alternative to Twitter.
India will make a grave mistake in contending that establishing rules will take care of themselves because these giants will have captive audiences of large swathes of the population and they can easily get away by flouting rules or drag in the courts. They know that with millions of people using them, the government will be hard-pressed to shut them down completely. The detailed information they have about citizens in the country can be used to fit their agenda and narrative. With many break India forces active in India (many supported by same western ‘Deep State’), India has a need to censor anti-national content while at the same time allow reasoned debate protecting free speech. India needs to watch so that the big tech do not kill local competition and engage in anti-competitive practices as they are accused of doing in the US. Such practices could be a serious blow to India developing local applications and infrastructure. Western ‘Deep State’ want to use India for ‘Technical coolies‘, not become a competition and they will do everything to stop India from developing its own Google, Facebook, Twitter type companies. With the resources at their disposal, they can compromise regulators, politicians, media and even Judiciary.
This is a grave issue of national security and a big impediment to the ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat‘ goal of the country.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
 Amazon to Remove Parler From Its Web Hosting Service – Jan 09, 2021, The Epoch Times
 Twitter bans Trump, but Iranian ayatollah, Louis Farrakhan, Chinese propagandists still active – Jan 09, 2021, Fox News
 Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing – Jul 29, 2020, The Verge
 Report: Zuckerberg Money Used in Violation of Federal Election Law – Dec 16, 2020, News Max
 Russia could ban Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for ‘censoring’ content – Dec 26, 2020, Financial Express
 Poland’s New Bill Slaps $2.2 Million Fines For Social Media Companies Censoring Lawful Posts – Dec 23, 2020, Christianity Daily
 U.K. plans big fines for online companies over harmful content – Dec 15, 2020, NBC News
 Tech Giants Face New Rules in Europe, Backed by Huge Fines – Dec 16, 2020, Wall Street Journal
 How the East India Company became the world’s most powerful business – Sep 6, 2019, National Geographic