By J. D. Heyes
Concerned with the manner in which the social media tech giants are censoring, banning, and deplatforming conservative news organizations and political figures, a British filmmaker has produced a new movie exposing the blatant Left-wing bias of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and others.
In an interview withÂ Big League Politics, filmmaker George Llewellyn-John noted that he wants to inform as many people as possible that the social media behemoths have become Orwellian speech Nazis, even though their platforms have become an integrated part of modern life and exclusion from them can negatively impact people and businesses.
AsÂ Big League PoliticsÂ noted:
The movie, set to be released on May 15, will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on the recent waves of censorship at the hands of big tech companies that has resulted in prominent conservatives being removed from the public sphere.
â€œPeople think itâ€™s just social media, we still have this outdated view of it,â€ Llewellyn-John wrote in response to an interview request from BLP. â€œIn reality, social media is where we live our lives, where we refine our views and hammer out important cultural issues.
â€œItâ€™s the â€˜one person, one voteâ€™ principle,â€ he noted further. â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter how educated you are or what your income is or what you do for a living â€“ you get a vote. It should be the same for social media.â€
The filmmaker said he hopes his project will help â€œmainstream conservativesâ€ get a clue about how impactful social media is on their political objectives, while convincing the Left that they, too, are not going to be immune from an all-powerful social media cabal at some point in the future.
â€œI hope people on the Right, particularly the mainstream Right, will realize how big a problem this is for them.â€ Llewellyn-John added that he hopes that â€œpeople on the Left will realize this issue is going to start affecting them as well.â€
Continuing, he noted, â€œWe have to stop viewing free speech as a one-sided issue.â€
The filmmaker said he doesnâ€™t align politically with all of the figures depicted in his film. However, he nevertheless believes their stories are important for society because â€œif the First Amendment isnâ€™t for everyone then it isnâ€™t for anyoneâ€ (and look â€” it takes a Brit to point that out to the American Left).
While his film had been in production for a while, he noted that â€œas things heated upâ€ in terms of the coverage of social media shadow banning and deplatforming he ramped up his production schedule so that he could get the picture released by May 15.
He began production of â€œYou Canâ€™t Watch Thisâ€ in January, he said, so the flick includes some highlights and critical moments in the history of social media censorship. This includes British Right-leaning activist â€œTommy Robinson making his last livestream on Facebook before he was banned,â€ as well as conservative and Proud Boys founder â€œGavin McInnes wrestling with the prospect of starting from scratchâ€ after being deplatformed by virtually all social media.
Llewellyn-John toldÂ Big League PoliticsÂ he believes the timing behind his filmâ€™s release is â€œperfectâ€ and that â€œfor the people involved itâ€™s never been more urgent.â€
The filmÂ will be released exclusively on Vimeo, Llewellyn-John said.
Timing, indeed. Just last week Alex Jones and his Infowars news organization,Â along with conservatives Paul Joseph WatsonÂ and Laura Loomer, were completely banned from Facebook, which is home to more than 1 billion users.Â
President Donald Trump has expressed solidarity with conservatives who have been banned recently and in the past, as well as concern over whether the platforms should be regulated by the government.
Attorney General William BarrÂ said during his confirmation hearingsÂ in January he would examine â€œantitrust issuesâ€ regarding the big tech platforms.Â
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.