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    Prepare for the Great Decoupling – Deplatforming moves downstream to WordPress.com and Mailchimp

    Prepare for the Great Decoupling – Deplatforming moves downstream to WordPress.com and Mailchimp

    The unrelenting deplatforming pressure from the left leaves non-leftists no choice but to prepare for decoupling on our own terms.

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    In the past day there have been two very disturbing developments in internet deplatforming.

    We are all familiar with deplatforming from major social media services such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as those platforms outright silencing important news that harms Democrats, like the Biden family influence peddling scandal. Twitter regularly now places notices or restrictions even on Trump’s tweet on the allegation that his opinions on the election are disputed. In the four years Trump as been the subject of dishonest and malicious conspiracy claims, particularly Russia collusion, I can’t remember Twitter ever placing such restrictions on the tweets from Adam Schiff, other Democrat politicians, or mainstream media outlets peddling that disinformation.

    The two recent developments take it to a new level.

    First, The Conservative Treehouse website says it received notification from WordPress.com that “… given the incompatibility between your site’s content and our terms, you need to find a new hosting provider and must migrate the site by Wednesday, December 2nd.”

    WordPress.com should not be confused with the WordPress website software. WordPress.com is a hosting platform owned by Automattic:

    Automattic owns and operates WordPress.com, which is a hosted version of the open source WordPress software with added features for security, speed and support. Please append “.com” when referencing our product name.

    WordPress is open source software, which is written, maintained, and supported by thousands of independent contributors worldwide. Automattic is a major contributor to the WordPress open source project.

    Legal Insurrection uses WordPress software, but we are not hosted by WordPress.com.

    I have emailed Automattic asking them to confirm or deny the story as related by the Treehouse, but have received no response. This form of deplatforming is particularly troubling. Longtime readers may recall that one of the main reasons we left Google Blogger (blogspot.com) in 2011 was fear of being deplatformed by Google.

    Two and one-half years later, after almost 8 million visits and 10 million page views, I’m moving away from Blogger.  I made the decision even before the Big Blogger Blackout of 2011, but that event confirmed my view that I no longer was comfortable relying on the goodwill of Google.

    We are now self-hosted, but retain the fear that our host could turn out the lights on a whim or more likely, under some sort of political pressure. We back up the website off-platform every night, and have been assured by our tech team that we would be up and running elsewhere quickly if that were to happen.

    But what if that “elsewhere” refused to take us under the same pressure. If we were a left-wing website, we would have no such worries because leftists almost never get deplatformed. At least WordPress.com gave the Treehouse notice, but the chilling effect is there. Not only do non-leftists risk deplatforming on Twitter and Facebook, now it’s moved to hosting services.

    Second, the Northern Virginia Tea Party has been deplatformed by Mailchimp, as Luke Rosiak reports:

    Mailchimp, a common email delivery service, has refused to provide service to the Northern Virginia Tea Party, citing that it violates their terms of agreement about “potential… misinformation.” It had attempted to notify members about a recount rally.

    We used to use Mailchimp for our Morning Insurrection newsletter. We switched to Salsa Labs for reasons unrelated to Mailchimp itself (Salsa Labs integrates many functions into one platform, including donations). While I worried about being deplatformed by Google Blogger, I never even considered that an email service like Mailchimp would review the content of our newsletters and refuse service because it disapproved of our opinions (as opposed to using the service for an illegal purpose).

    Deplatforming is moving downstream when two of the best-known and largest hosting and email marketing services start censoring users who otherwise are conducting lawful business on their platforms.

    Non-leftists (notice, I didn’t say “conservatives”) need to prepare to decouple. The creation of Parler, funded by conservative Rebekka Mercer, is the future. We need our own platforms, and we need to decouple on our own terms.

    There needs to be a place to go. We’re at Parler, and in two months have amassed over 200,000 followers, by contrast, we’ve been on Twitter for a decade and have been stuck a under 40,000 followers for years. We’ve also opened a platform at MeWe, as a refuge for the day when we are deplatformed by Facebook, where our “reach” has stagnated and decreased in the past couple of years. Hopefully alternative non-leftist internet platforms will continue to expand.

    The unrelenting pressure from the left leaves us no choice but to prepare for decoupling on our own terms. Others should prepare for the eventuality as well.

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    yaddamaster | November 17, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I left Facebook for MeWe. No interest in Parler. It makes sense if you’re a blogger but if you need privacy then you simply cannot have your posts open to the world.

    Gab was deplatformed. I liked it but……yeah, I went with MeWe.

    But what happens when the credit card companies start deplatforming? Send checks? What happens when banks decline to process checks?

    Where does this end?

    So I’m in favor of building our own platforms…..but see this ending with civil war. Seriously. If we cannot tolerate each other this is a bad sign.

    According to newsmax, the Wayne county board of elections is refusing to certify the results
    Professor jacobson: It would be uplifting to see a post on this, so far Google can’t find it and I doubt they will

    I continue to get annoyed that free market economy as well as freedom of speech can be shut down by a few individuals living and working in large companies in Ca and Wa.

    That all being said. How do I as a small data center owner attract those businesses that want to setup a server in my small boutique data center in Columbia Mo? I won’t care about anybody’s content. I just need to fill my DC and make a living.

    Do I join up and post to all forums and sights like this? Do I set marketing SEO keywords and worry that our GOOGLE friends will drop them because it moves away from their Narrative?

    Anyway any suggestions or pointers in this space would be helpful.

    Thanks
    Kris


       
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      henrybowman in reply to KrisK. | November 18, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you for your contemplated service.

      You would have to ensure your bulk data feed comes from a source unlikely to cut you off for social justice pretenses.

      I would compile a short list of right-leaning political causes, then post press releases to some of the major blogs covering those issues: LI, Ammoland, Tea Party, Right to Work, FIRE, state Right to Life orgs, etc. Maybe find a way to take out some ads on them. Once a few blogs migrate your way, word of mouth will be an effective force multiplier.

      Then I would hire a massive tech squad to immediately begin armor-plating your site against all the harassment, hacking, and outright destruction your servers will immediately attract from social justice berzerkers, cretins, and locusts.

      After that, it’s just rake in the dough. :-/

      There is a precedent here: when Operation Chokepoint caused banks to cancel the credit-card processing ability of hundreds of firearms dealers, Phoenix dealer Kelly McMillan stepped up and created McMillan Merchant Solutions to offer a merchant services operation where dealers could sign up without fear of cancellation. I understand his company was quite successful in serving this niche, to the point where he now has a number of competitors.

      So the strategy can work where there is a need… and it’s obvious the need is ramping.

    Many years ago a friend pointed out cookies on the computer to me. I looked them up and even though the description said they weren’t invasive it made me paranoid.
    I always wipe out my cookies and use CC Cleaner every time I turn the computer on.
    Got rid of facebook somewhere around 2005 or 2006. Didn’t like it then and sure don’t like them now. Never had twitter and most of my fun time is going onto the hill dot com and riling the liberals up. Surprised they haven’t banned me although I have had time outs.


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