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“Last night we informed they have violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to move to a different provider.”

No matter how big your business might be, if you use third-party internet providers to host your business, your company is at risk…

It appears that America is being governed by progressive communist democrats who have entered into a fascistic public-private alliance to support a woke agenda that cancels or censors dissenting speech.  

It is time to curtail those nebulous “terms of service” twisted by the political winds.

  • The first step is to hold internet service providers, especially those with social media platforms, legally and financially accountable for their actions by eliminating Section 230 of the United States Communications Decency Act that generally provides immunity for website platforms concerning third-party content. That is, it exempts platform owners/operators from liability if they act as a platform, NOT a publisher with editorial control over displayed content.
  • The second step is to prohibit “arbitration clauses” in complaints based on content. That is, removing the financial barrier from an individual or entity to bring legal action on behalf of those similarly situated in a class-action lawsuit.
  • The third step is to bring anti-trust/anti-competitive legal action against those who appear to act in concert, even a loosely-based conspiracy based on a similarity of agendas.
  • And the fourth step is to fight fire with fire by mounting an active media campaign against those who are willing to trample your rights to pursue a toxic political agenda such as socialism – especially one that has resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent individuals.

Those who believe that this somehow interferes with the free flow of commerce, rest assured that the marketplace resolves everything. If you do not like content, don’t participate – find another content platform or provider more to your liking. As for those who say, “build your own platforms,” let us remember that this extensive and expensive infrastructure was not created overnight and was partly subsidized by favorable government contracts, grants, and tax relief.

What you can do…

(1)  Avoid proprietary platforms as much as practical, using transferrable systems that can be hosted at alternative sites with little or no modification.

(2)  Be aware of relationships. Few people know that GoDaddy moved "the bulk of its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services" in 2018 and that Amazon has been known to de-platform content providers based on progressive politics, potential competition to their larger customers, and for other unspecified reasons. For those who do not know the story of Parler, originally billed as a “free speech” platform, the story is instructive, not only about political risks but the efforts to recover from an existential threat to its business.

(3) Back up your content, especially graphics and audio-visual resources.

(4)  Build links you control and keep a link library list that connects resources with textual materials. (i.e. do not include the name of a vendor in your links.)

(5)  Test, if possible, moving your site to another host without going live. Or using a dedicated computer to simulate such a move.

(6)  Maintain vigilance of the political situation lest you be caught unaware of “potential” adverse action.

It’s not only GoDaddy….

EXCLUSIVE -- Amazon to proactively remove more content that violates rules from cloud service -sources Inc plans to take a more proactive approach to determine what types of content violate its cloud service policies, such as rules against promoting violence, and enforce its removal, according to two sources, a move likely to renew debate about how much power tech companies should have to restrict free speech.

Over the coming months, Amazon will hire a small group of people in its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division to develop expertise and work with outside researchers to monitor for future threats, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.

It could turn Amazon, the leading cloud service provider worldwide with 40% market share according to research firm Gartner, into one of the world’s most powerful arbiters of content allowed on the internet, experts say. <Source: Reuters>

Bottom line…

We are living in politically perilous times.  When words are redefined, up is down, right is left, moral is immoral, and good is evil.

The media moguls and the tech tyrants are schilling for the government, the source of contracts, grants, subsidies, tax abatement, favorable regulations, and lack of prosecution. 

We are so screwed.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell