Conservatives have always had a target on their back when it comes to spreading their ideas on college campuses, but, now, they have to deal with a new reality of being silenced by the tech giants of Silicon Valley.
On Friday, conservative provocateur and commentator Milo Yiannopoulos posted to Facebook an email he received from the digital event organizing platform Eventbrite on Thursday showing that his upcoming event, and any event in the future, would be canceled.
The email stated, “Following further review, we have determined that Milo Yiannopoulos is no longer authorized to benefit from the Eventbrite platform due to a violation of our Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Service.”
The email indicated that his book-signing event, “MILO Takes Orlando (Dangerous Book Signing Party),” with a subject that included the words “Trust and Safety.”
“While you may continue to use Eventbrite for other events, please be aware that we reserve the right to remove any future events in your account pertaining to Milo Yiannopoulos and listing such an event could result in your account being closed,” the email read.
In a caption of the photo, Yiannopoulos wrote, “Now Eventbrite has banned me entirely from its platform. Silicon Valley is declaring war on conservatives.”
Responding to a request for comment, Yiannopoulos wrote in an email to Red Alert Politics:
“I am a New York Times bestselling author. Eventbrite agreed at first to provide ticketing for a book signing and then without any explanation cancelled the event and banned me from using their website’s services entirely. Silicon Valley is silencing any conservative, libertarian, or right-winger based on their own bias and discrimination even if no wrongdoing has occurred. If Eventbrite thinks that this will silence me they’re as boneheaded as Antifa.
“Eventbrite’s censorship of my book signing and its apparent total ban on me from its platform is part of what I call ‘the great shuttering’. Libertarians and conservatives are seeing their access to all kinds of online products and services revoked with no reasons offered by Orwellian-sounding ‘trust and safety’ teams — which is code for the far-left activists who run the tech industry’s customer service departments. It isn’t just the neo-Nazis: Silicon Valley is using Charlottesville as a pretext to hurt even moderate conservatives like me and to prevent us from doing business. Next it could be you.”
Yiannopoulos was infamously banned from Twitter in 2016 permanently and has been shut down from speaking at a number of college campuses. In February, UC-Berkeley had to cancel his speech because Antifa began to riot just outside his scheduled talk.
Eventbrite is just the latest tech giant to silence conservatives and remove access to allow them to peacefully assemble. Earlier in August, James Damore, a former engineer at Google, was fired for sending a company-wide memo criticizing the tech giant’s diversity policies and accusing them of alienating conservatives. The reason Google gave Damore for his termination was for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”