- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2018

Ben Shapiro may consider InfoWars is a “dumpster fire,” but he still says Apple, Facebook, and YouTube were wrong to ban the channel from their platforms.

The editor in chief of The Daily Wire told readers on Monday that the swift termination from InfoWars from major social-media platforms is a sterling example of “the political Left” in action. His take: Purposefully ambiguous guidelines allow companies to target anyone they choose at will under the guise of combating “hate speech.”

“These policies are extraordinarily vague,” Mr. Shapiro said. “These policies aren’t merely designed to crack down on speech openly advocating or threatening violence, or containing obscenity. These policies are deliberately unclear as well as political.”

Mr. Shapiro then noted how conservative pundit Candace Owens was briefly suspended from Twitter on Saturday after mimicking the racist tweets of New York Times technology writer Sarah Jeong.

“Twitter will ‘accidentally’ suspend Candace Owens, a black woman, for simply substituting the words ‘blacks’ and ‘Jews’ for ‘whites’ in Sarah Jeong tweets to demonstrate the double standard in the media; Jeong, however, retains her elevated position at The New York Times,” Mr. Shapiro wrote. “The same Left that says people of color are incapable of racism says that it will suspend people for ‘hate speech.’”

“How exactly are we supposed to trust in free and open debate when those setting the limits are openly setting them up with embedded double-standards? The answer is, we don’t. Trust in social media is declining nearly as fast as trust in media overall,” he continued.

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The conservative warned that despite thinking Mr. Jones is a “nut case,” observers need to know that social media giants “show no signs of limiting their censorship” to InfoWars.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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