Gerard Batten MEP BANNED From Twitter
Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP for London has been banned from Twitter for tweeting in reply to a question;
“No one disputes that. Muslims kill each other for being the wrong kind of Muslim more than they kill infidels. It’s a death cult.”
Twitter has asked Batten to remove the tweet but it is unclear a) why and b) what precisely was so objectionable about the tweet. Batten rightly argues that this tweet was a simple statement of the truth:
This of course is just a simple statement of the truth. Far more Muslims are killed in Iraq, Syria etc. because they belong to a particular Islamic sect deemed unacceptable to another Islamic sect, than non-Muslims are killed in terrorist attacks.
He has appealed and is refusing to delete the tweet. I would hazard a wild guess and say it was probably the ending of the tweet which rightly refers to Islam as a ‘death cult’because as we know anyone criticising the tragically misnamed ‘religion of peace’ is liable to be censored immediately.
We live in dangerous times for free speech. Both Twitter and Facebook are allowed to act as totally unaccountable arbiters of what should and shouldn’t be allowed on their platforms and although alternatives do exist such as Gab they have nowhere near the reach of the big two. So, not only do they have to not account for their actions, they have far greater potential consequences for the hapless user than for them.
The state is putting pressure on both of them to crack down on so-called ‘hate crime’. The Crown Prosecution Service which really should be chasing real criminals is instead busy sounding the clarion call for a crusade against online ‘hate’; better defined as ‘political opinions which challenge the cosy consensus on issues such as Islam’. Counteracting this drive to massive censorship is one good reason that UKIP needs its own media, a policy that thankfully seems to be favoured by all the candidates.