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    Then the deplatformers came for Dan Bongino

    Then the deplatformers came for Dan Bongino

    Outbrain advertising service cuts off Dan’s websites.
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    We are quickly moving towards two internet universes, one controlled by liberal and leftist tech giants, the other controlled by upstart conservative services providing a refuge for deplatformed, demonetized, and throttled conservatives.

    This emerging decoupling is wholly a product of deplatforming of non-leftists at Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. We recently covered how cut off The Conservative Treehouse while Mailchimp cut off the Northern Virginia Tea Party. We covered the development in Prepare for the Great Decoupling – Deplatforming moves downstream to and Mailchimp.

    Demonitization is a subset of deplatforming, a way to deprive creators of an income stream from a platform. Another form of demonetization is cutting advertisers off from generating revenue at a website, TV, or radio show. That has been the preferred method for Media Matters and others in attacking Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative media.

    Dan Bongino is a big name in emerging conservative media, and a longtime friend of Legal Insurrection. We covered his political races dating back to 2012 from his earlier life, and have watched as his media career took off with his podcast,, The Bongino Report, and regular appearances on Fox News.

    Politico ran a hit piece this morning about Dan, portraying him as someone who burst on the scene by peddling post-election conspiracy theories, Dan Bongino leads the MAGA field in stolen-election messaging:

    Bongino — a former police officer and Secret Service agent who was a latecomer to the talk-show world — is the surprise leader in the far-right media sweepstakes set off by Trump’s refusal to concede the election. While the president’s chances of clinging to power remain wafer thin, the prospect of a new conspiracy theory that could dominate right-wing discourse for four years is not being ignored by the pundits, podcasters and mini-moguls who populate MAGA-world.

    Only ignorant or malicious liberal journalists could not know that Dan’s star has been rising for years, particularly this year. To attribute his success to post-election posturing is deceptive and false. But I suspected something else was up regarding the focus of the Politico article on election contests — that is an excuse being used by social media giants to ban or restrict many people who question how the election was conducted and the vote count.

    Maybe it was coincidence, but today Dan also revealed that Dan and his entities have been demonetized by Outbrain, a large online advertising system which allows publishers to place links to their articles on other websites. When you see boxed links to articles at other websites, it’s usually advertising and Outbrain is one of the largest players.

    Dan tweeted today:

    The tech tyrants strike again. They’re doubling down on their war on speech. Here’s an email from the tyrants at .
    @Outbrain who canceled services on our websites for spurious reasons.If you’re running a conservative website, you’ve been warned about Outbrain.More on my show today

    Matt Polumbo adds at

    Outbrain is a platform that publishers can use to display ads on their websites – including this one… formally.

    This morning Dan got an email from Outbrain, informing us that they’d no longer be allowing us to use their platform. “It has come to our attention that some of the content on one or more of the domains associated with your account are in violation of the terms of our agreement” Outbrain says, without specifying what was violated.

    Bizarrely, this email comes from their “anti-fraud team”…. who allege no fraud….

    While we have [no[ idea whatsoever what content of ours supposedly violated their terms of service, and we can only speculate that it’s for purely ideological reasons, it would be yet the millionth time this has happened to conservatives.

    Outbrain is free to clarify what policy was violated – though it’s a bit odd they didn’t do so in the first place.

    Coincidence that this came as Politico tried to marginalize Dan? Do you believe in coincidences?

    It appears that questioning Joe Biden’s “victory” is now grounds to get you banned on the ground of undermining trust in elections.

    Under that standard, almost every major Democrat and leftist Twitter account should be banned for undermining trust in Trump’s 2016 election. But of course, that’s not how it works.

    My best guess is that Outbrain demonetizing the Bongino media entities was not a high-level corporate decision. In all likelihood, one or more woke youngsters in positions of power at Outbrain made that decision. The question is, will it stick.

    Prepare to decouple.


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    maxmillion | November 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    W4econtinue to marginalize ourselves by ceding them this power. I do not use their social media and I never have. It’s easy to see that they exploit their users that they are the products. O

    This is an amazing opportunity to conservative techies who have dreamed of becoming billionaires.

    Get to it!!!!!!!!!

    “We are quickly moving towards two internet universes…”

    I don’t think that will last for long. Once conservatives are relegated to the second universe, it will be shut down completely. I believe the medium-term plan for progressives probably includes internet “kill-switches” that can be aimed only at the conservative internet.

    Conservatives I guess will have to build their own completely separate internet, infrastructure and all. That’s going to require lots of capital. I doubt banks or many investors would be able or willing to cross the progressives to provide the capital, as they would then be closed down as well.

      artichoke in reply to james h. | November 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      It would be easier, I’d guess, to subvert their attempts at internet kill switches. Have we ever seen anything like that work? The internet is designed to route around problems i.e. to prevent that working.

    I find this concerning.
    I hope Professor Jacobson can find an alternate.
    We ain’t long for here.

    What I like best about this site, is the patience everyone has for people who don’t understand things as well as they do. Maybe teaching instead of chastising would be better for the cause. Particularly now, as we are in trying times. We all bring something. Just say’n.

      DSHornet in reply to rayc. | November 19, 2020 at 12:07 am

      Except for daniel_ream, wherever he came from – not that I’ve been here for a long time but today is the first I’ve seen him. He does have a bit of an attitude, doesn’t he? Arrogant @$$.

        Milhouse in reply to DSHornet. | November 19, 2020 at 4:56 pm

        If today’s the first time you’ve seen him then you haven’t been paying attention. And he knows exactly what he’s talking about. He knows his subject from the inside, and you should listen and learn instead of thinking you know better.

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