posted on Oct, 30 2020 @ 02:04 AM
It is popular sport on ATS to bash the leaders of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Heck, I do it myself. These people are engaged
in rank censorship, they are deeply partisan, and it's getting worse. Nothing wrong with calling them out.
But here is the thing. Zuckerberg and friends are sort of caught between a rock and a hard place. Here is the scuttlebutt I have received from a
source in the know. (Either believe me or don't...I'm not going to jump through hoops to prove this).
The leaders of the social media companies are liberals, but they aren't as liberal as you might think. They are businessmen first, and they realize
full well that alienating half the country (conservatives) is not a moneymaking strategy.
However, these companies are largely staffed by young, "woke" hipsters who are putting pressure on the upper management to move to the left. The
upper management faces the choice of alienating half their customers or dealing with an employee revolt, as hyper-leftoid twentysomethugs pitch hissy
fits if they even have to look at the letters T-R-U-M-P in that order. The staff is pushing for hyper-censorship. If the upper management doesn't
throw them a bone they risk possible workplace chaos.
At the same time, the CEOs are getting hauled in front of congress and screeched at by both the Repub and the Dem lawmakers, who want opposite things.
So imagine you are the CEO of one of these companies. Whatever decision you make, you are going to enrage half of congress. At the same time, you face
the choice of a mutinous workforce that can bring your operation to a screeching hault, or a disgusted 150 million Americans who see you as a
I'm not asking you to have sympathy for these people. They dug their own grave and I have little sympathy to spare for billionaires in any case. But
it's important to remember it isn't entirely a result of "CEO desire to censor." What the CEOs really want is to drag their heels enough so they
don't have to be drawn and quartered by all these conflicting stakeholders. But with the screeching on the left and the groaning on the right, they
are running out of wiggle room.
Which way will the clownshow break? Or do the tech CEOs have enough torque to stay relatively neutral and avoid radical breaks?