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Katie Hopkins' ejection from Twitter is symptomatic of a society that values opinion over debate

Alex Kane


Fifteen years ago, Twitter was the antidote to the MSM... today it is the MSM, argues Alex Kane

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Katie Hopkins was permanently suspended from Twitter for breaking its rules on hate speech

Katie Hopkins was permanently suspended from Twitter for breaking its rules on hate speech

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Katie Hopkins was permanently suspended from Twitter for breaking its rules on hate speech

When Twitter and Facebook were launched around 2006 they were hailed as a breakthrough for "genuine free speech", as well as a major challenge to mainstream media (MSM) which, according to critics on both the Left and Right, "only allowed the right sort of people, with the right sort of opinions, to have their say".

YouTube, which was launched in 2005, was also hailed as a champion of free speech that would enable anyone with a voice or an opinion to get it out there.

Yet today those revolutionary, era-changing vehicles are being accused of exactly the same deplatforming tactics and control as the MSM. No one should be surprised: revolutions always eat their children, and the new masters always replicate the practices and restrictions of their predecessors.