Deplatforming

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Deplatforming is a 2010s term for a form of social censorship, in which a political opponent is denied the chance to communicate their message to others.

This can take the form of denying someone the chance to make a speech or a public presentation; or to remove them from various media, like a newspaper column or social media, or to make it hard or impossible for them to have a website on the internet, like the Daily Stormer in 2017. Deplatforming is typically used by left-wing organizations against right-wing opponents, and is considered an extension of political correctness.[1] Right-wing organizations have also been accused of censoring opponents in their own ways, however.

Examples

  • Google removed an app from Gab.ai from its Google Play platform due to political disagreements with Gab's right-wing or far-right user base.[3]

Replatforming

The politically neutral term replatforming, which means transferring media to a new format without changing its content (for example from a traditional website to the mobile Web), has been adopted by the Alt-Tech political movement to describe a policy of creating alternate platforms that can't be censored by mostly left-wing opponents. Examples include Infogalactic, the Discord VoIP application, Voat, the Brave browser, and Gab.ai.[5][6] Mainstream media have questioned such attempts however, and defended deplatforming as an appropriate method of establishing social norms.[7]

References

  1. Derrick Jensen (Aug 10, 2015) https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/10/liberals-and-the-new-mccarthyism/
  2. (Jul 21, 2017) https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/richard-dawkinss-response-to-his-de-platforming-in-berkeley/
  3. J. Martin (Aug 17, 2017) https://www.sott.net/article/359515-Google-moves-to-deplatform-conservative-Gab-ai
  4. James Soderholm (Dec 1, 2016) http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/12/01/deplatforming-milo-langton-grammar-school/
  5. https://altright.com/tag/alt-tech/
  6. Sonya Mann (Jul 11, 2017) https://www.inc.com/sonya-mann/counterfund-far-right-crowdfunding.html
  7. Hiawatha Bray (Aug 16, 2017) https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/08/16/shutting-alt-right/ISvB17zo6CdSj9RDBvhs5M/story.html