Free speech is under attack like never before.
Big Tech giants Instagram and Facebook (both of whom fall under the new “meta” branding) are now censoring one of the Founding Fathers.
Specifically, it turns out that a quote from Thomas Paine about freedom of speech goes against their community guidelines.
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest” is the quote in question.
Colin Wright is the managing editor of Quillette, a right-leaning publication.
He made the discovery that the famous quote was being censored by the ‘metaverse’ as
…get this…. “false information.”
This is what Thomas Paine and all the Founding Fathers warned us about.
Newsbusters has the inside scoop:
Both Meta social media platforms — Facebook and Instagram — blocked a quote this week from Founding Father Thomas Paine advocating free speech.
Reclaim The Net reported that several Facebook and Instagram users tweeted about a common problem they were facing Monday and Tuesday. The “Meta” platforms had either removed posts or temporarily blocked accounts that had uploaded a picture and quote of American revolutionary Thomas Paine.
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest,” read the quote, published in the Pennsylvania Journal in April 1776.
Colin Wright of the Quillette shared this screenshot from Instagram
Western Journal has more details on Wright's dicscovery:
Post any of Paine’s religious quotes to Instagram and you’re not going to find yourself in a whit of trouble, one imagines.
Colin Wright, managing editor of conservative-leaning publication Quillette, managed to find one Paine quote the censors weren’t going to let fly, however: “He who dares not offend cannot be honest.”
That eight-word quote went against Instagram’s community guidelines due to it being false information, Wright said in a tweet on Sunday evening.
He quickly found he wasn’t alone:
Several social media users confirmed for themselves
Clearly Paine's quotes on freedom make these tyrants nervous.
Let's share a bunch of them: