Google enjoys the protection of Section 230 for its core business. Now, after some incitement from an NBC News activist and a UK lefty organization, it decided to target The Federalist over, as it currently claims, its comments section.
Now the Federalist’s comments section is gone.
Comments sections are integral to conservative sites. Conservative sites shouldn’t resemble media operations, broadcasting one voice and stifling all other voices. I regret not having the time to participate in them the way I used to. But to me, they carry an echo of what used to be a conservative internet that was decentralized, spread across many blogs and larger forums, of which only traces remain today.
And getting conservative sites to shut down their comments section further isolates conservatives. The comments on Front Page Magazine contain personal anecdotes, compelling ideas, and entire mini-articles.
Their loss would be a tragedy.
Unlike the YouTube comments section which Google has no problem monetizing. Google’s ad business is its original sin and will face a DOJ reckoning. The ad business is Google’s bread and butter, and it’s using it as a cudgel against conservative political opponents.
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