Big Tech censorship is not a myth or right-wing talking point. It’s always been real, and it’s always been a threat. As a conservative site that often takes aim at liberal targets, we’ve felt vulnerable to censorship for quite some time—especially since we depend on Facebook and Twitter for traffic (and Google for ad revenue). Several suspensions, policy violation notices, and threats of demonetization have validated our concerns.
But the rise of alternative platforms brought some hope. Parler, for example, promised to be a place where conservatives would always be welcome. We took some comfort in that, and began growing a following there. As of this past weekend, we had amassed 1.2 million followers on Parler.
Then came the incident at the Capitol, after which Trump was banned from social media and Parler became a scapegoat. Apple and Google removed the top-ranked Parler app from their stores and Amazon pulled the plug on Parler’s servers, instantly cutting The Babylon Bee’s access to our largest social media audience. And Parler can’t easily set up shop somewhere else. Amazon offers services that are hard to replace, and so far every company Parler has turned to has declined to host their platform.
It is not hyperbole when we say this is a big deal. It’s huge. We are heading in a bad direction, and we’re heading there at lightning speed. Parler did nothing but host a site where conservatives congregate and speak freely. If that’s beyond the pale, no conservative sites are safe.
The internet is quickly becoming a very different place, and one that is more hostile than ever to our freedom of speech and thought. But we can forge our own path in it — together. I’m sending you this email to invite you to join the Babylon Bee as a subscriber, and to help us preserve a place online where humor, community, and free thought are upheld and cherished.
Left-run Big Tech companies are selectively enforcing their policies to silence political opposition on a grand scale. They’re doing it blatantly, right out in the open. And they’re doing it with impunity. It doesn’t end with Trump and Parler—it begins with them. Anyone who tells you otherwise is naïve.
When we first launched our subscription service, the primary reason we gave for supporting us was to help us reduce our dependence on Big Tech. That hasn’t changed. In fact, as Big Tech has become more tyrannical, the need for independent financial support has only increased.
So I’ll close with the same call to action you might have heard from us before: If you value The Babylon Bee and want to see us prevail in the face of Big Tech censorship, please consider becoming a subscriber. Your support will make a difference.
From our whole team, thank you for your loyal readership and support.