Many Alt-Right leaders have built their audiences on Medium’s blogging platform. The site has long been a place for philosophers and journalists to share content that doesn’t fit into 240 characters or less.
But earlier this week, Medium banned Mike Cernovich, Laura Loomer and Jack Posobiec, sending a clear message that Alt-Right ideology is not welcome. However, this isn’t limited strictly to prominent provocateurs like Cerno, as indicated by Medium’s new policy guidelines, conveniently updated the same day, disallowing any posts that:
glorify, celebrate, downplay or trivialize violence, suffering, abuse or deaths of individuals or groups, including the use of scientific or pseudoscientific claims to pathologize, dehumanizes or disempower others.
So, not only will violence and death be off the table of discussion, but science is not to be written about, if it offends anyone or makes them look like, well, a bitch.
Also prohibited, “calls for intolerance, exclusion, or segregation based on protected characteristics, nor do we allow the glorification of groups which do any of the above.” So, they’re banning (segregating) people for having ideas that offend them, because they want to promote tolerance and inclusion. How…tolerant and inclusive of them.
It’s important to note that, not only will bloggers not be allowed to discuss any of the above wrongthink on Medium, but they will also be banned if they discuss any of the above off Medium. That’s right. If you discuss or associate with anyone who promotes or discusses anything that offends anyone, ever, you will also be banned from Medium, whether your content follows their guidelines or not.
We do not allow posts or accounts that engage in on-platform, off-platform, or cross-platform campaigns of targeting, harassment, hate speech, violence, or disinformation. We may consider off-platform actions in assessing a Medium account, and restrict access or availability to that account.
I find it particularly interesting that they added the word “disinformation.” This is a tactic employed by the lamestream media to classify any opposing view as fake news. Of course, the two synonymous terms are often used to silence and discredit those speaking truth, instead of exposing lies.
The best way to determine how a platform is using the “disinfo” label, is to look at how they decide who and what is disinformation. Any respectable news outlet, for instance, will have to provide sources and factual evidence disproving information before labeling it such, in the interest of transparency. Medium, on the other hand, prefers to decide such matters in secrecy, while hiding their bias behind the mask of Twitter-style Jackassery: “We don’t comment on individual accounts.”
Foregoing the offensiveness of science, logic or reasoning, Medium must have some patent-pending magical potion that separates truth from disinformation. How convenient that it only identifies Rightwing writers as disinfo agents, while far-left Commies are free to publish “10 Reasons White People Destroyed Christmas.” We wouldn’t want science to make a bitch out of anyone, after all.