Wikileaks has spoken out on the recent ban of Infowars on social networks. The Washington Examiner reports:
WikiLeaks warned it could be “next” if “political pressure can be used to censor publishers,” as the controversial secrets-publishing organization on Tuesday defended its support of Infowars’ Alex Jones.
Several technology platforms, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Spotify, pulled years of Infowars content in recent days, citing violations of their codes of conduct relating to hate speech.
Calling the purge a display of “suspiciously simultaneous censorship,” WikiLeaks tweeted that it came soon after “hawk” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democratic senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee, circulated a policy paper in tech circles “threatening new regulation against those same media companies.”
The suspiciously simultaneous censorship of Infowars by Google, Apple, Facebook came just one week after U.S. Senate intelligence committee hawk Mark Warner (D) circulated this policy paper threatening new regulation against those same media companies: https://t.co/8kLI1GAedM pic.twitter.com/Qdo0frJbPJ
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 7, 2018
The tweet included a link to a draft copy of the white paper obtained by Axios, which contains proposals dedicated to fighting “disinformation.” While the paper prepared by Warner’s staff talks of the need to “ensure proper oversight, transparency and effective management of technologies,” it does not suggest creating a new federal regulatory agency focusing on the digital realm.
Does this mean further conflict between Wikileaks and the Congress?