Facebook, as we have said in the past, has generally been a good social media outlet for this website. We have serious issues, but our relationship hasn’t been bad. However, we’ve watched with concern as conservatives and libertarians appear to have been targeted by the company recently. The worst example (that we know about) was the censoring of Prager University a couple of weeks ago, a very mainstream conservative outlet with high quality and thoughtful content. (Not that non-mainstream content should be censored either.) There is nothing about Prager that in any way should trigger a reasonably adjusted adult. However someone at Facebook was clearly triggered. And as we said this is of concern.
Having done some work with people in the Bay Area, and specifically with people who would probably identify as “progressives,” I have seen an increase in intolerance in recent years. As adherents to the politically correct philosophy have come to dominate much of West Coast tech, minds have closed. Gone is almost any sense of “liberalness,” and in many respects it has been replaced with a really totalitarian mindset. This mindset has been hardened by Trump, who some “progressives” see as an existential threat to what they thought America was going to become. That America continued to reject Obama’s legacy, that is reject the “progressive” agenda, to the point that they didn’t give the presidency to Hillary Clinton who was supposed to be a slam dunk, has hardened many in the political correctness brigades. Many of these people work at places like Facebook.
But there are other people at these companies too. There are many people who remember the more tolerant days of tech. They value openness, and innovation, and dare we say it? FREE MARKETS. They understand the importance of dialogue and dynamism in thought. These people still exist in Silicon Valley. But as is the case at many universities these days, these people have been bullied into silence.
It looks like at least a few people at Facebook are standing up for themselves however. A risky career choice to be sure, but indicative perhaps of how bad things have become.
(From The New York Times)
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”