My Podcast Has Been Banned From The iTunes Store

By Tara McCarthy | Article

Aug 21

Censorship by online communications platforms seem to be happening every day now. My podcast has been up on the iTunes store for almost 1 year at this point, and today it was removed for ‘reasons’.

You never get a clear reason from these companies. Just a vague reference to an even vaguer list of terms of service.

Basically: we don’t like what you said, get out.

What makes this ‘they’re a private company, they don’t have to do business with you’ concept scary is that it’s now extending beyond social media companies and to hosting and domain services. Restaurants, dating sites, payment services (including Visa), and now even hack protection services have all pledged to ban ‘hateful’ or Alt Right related people or organizations.

The next step is literally being banned from using basic utilities such as electricity, water, housing (AirBNB have already banned us), travel (Uber denied James Allsup service) and internet and cell phone service providers.

Where will the line be drawn?

When is enough enough?

Andrew Anglin, owner of the Daily Stormer website is now referring to himself as an ‘unperson’ because people and companies are oh too ready to treat him as subhuman because he hosts a website that often has objectionable views on it.

Note that I am not complaining about having been banned from these services because of having broken the law in any way, but simply for expressing views that some others happen to find offensive.

Lauren Southern was recently banned from Instagram for having posted photos ‘fat shaming’ her hedgehog.

Christopher Cantwell, now facing possible arrest and trial and in need of a defense lawyer recently had his primary means of income, PayPal donations, shut down just when he needed it most.

Conclusion: we live in a digital world. Social media platforms are the public square now. When the social media companies ban people for having right wing views, they are essentially shutting down right wing views – and that can reasonably be thought to interfere in elections.

Some have speculated that this may be their intention.

Perhaps we could institute a law that says that if a company has more than 1 million customers in the USA they cannot deny service to US residents for their political beliefs (or unless they have actually done something to break the law). That seems reasonable to me as it’s not something that would put undue burden on small businesses.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

PS: I’ll be livestreaming every week at 2 pm Eastern on this channel. For now I’ll continue to post to YouTube. Please join me on pro-free speech website Gab where they’ve promised to honor free speech.

  • Zombie_Ramboz

    Where to now?

  • Martin

    You are right. There needs to be legal oversight.

  • Cog Hrossearsson

    I am pro-discrimination on principle when it comes to private companies,
    whether it comes to a right-leaning bakery or a left-leaning media
    site. As much as I disagree with what they are doing, they should have the right to refuse service regardless of how successful they are. I know it hurts people financially, but they aren’t under any obligation to provide those individuals with a living. If you want a social media site that must provide service to all citizens, then you are essentially asking for a taxpayer-funded, government-administered platform. Apart from that, the only other choice is starting your own platforms, like Gab & Minds.

    • ar ar

      I flat out hate calling for government regulation. I think more often than not it is a mistake that will use that same clause down the road in an adverse way. That said this is getting out of hand. It seems now its possible to banish someone from the internet. Are these companies allowed to discriminate by race, gender, religious beliefs. I believe they arent? Why not just put political freedom in that catagory? Race and gender you dont choice but religion you choose to subscribe to it and choose to show it. Doesnt seem like political opinon is a far leap? Whats the downside? Or what am I missing here? Can itunes kick off a podcast for talking about christian or islamic beliefs (if everything they say is legal)?

    • Hen Thorp

      You’re missing the point:

      It's the TARGETING/REMOVING of those exposing the truth and the red
      carpet SERVICE TO and PROTECTION FOR those who live the life of "No
      Law Applies To Me".

      (I’m not capitalizing bc I’m yelling. There’s no way to underline, bold or italicize font.)

      Tara has been harassed, banned and removed from one platform or another since early 2016… and, more likely than not, before that… while watching her targets flourish under that very same platform.

      She has broken no law. Only exercised her right to free speech.

      While those she seeks to shed light on – who should be in prison … in gen pop – are allowed to continue with ZERO harassment.

      The vast majority of us know why she’s here now. It does her no good to go into further detail.

  • Hen Thorp

    I’m really hoping that someone other than me flagged Josh B’s comments. Is this pseudo person using a burner profile/name? Absolutely. But at least report these and get them removed.

    Josh B: Another glorious, upright and shining example of left wing tolerance.

  • Robert Koch
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