Microsoft Joins the Censors

Microsoft Joins the Censors, by John Hinderaker.

The Left has enlisted Big Tech to help suppress conservative activism and conservative ideas. We are seeing this on a number of fronts, one of the more recent (March 1) being Microsoft. Microsoft announced a new Service Agreement effective May 1 that applies to the company’s “consumer products, websites, and services.”

Those include the Office suite, Xbox and Skype, among others. …

iv. Don’t publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).

v. Don’t engage in activity that is fraudulent, false or misleading (e.g., asking for money under false pretenses, impersonating someone else, manipulating the Services to increase play count, or affect rankings, ratings, or comments).

vii. Don’t engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services, or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, posting terrorist content, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others). …

“Inappropriate content or material” could cover just about anything. I would put pretty much the entire contents of the New York Times in that category. “Offensive language” is similarly broad. Offensive to whom? David Hogg? Or me? I think we know how Microsoft’s censors will answer that question.

Likewise, Microsoft’s ban on “false or misleading” content sounds like an attack on “fake news,” but again, I might consider much of what the Washington Post publishes as false or misleading. I don’t think that is what Microsoft has in mind, however. And does Microsoft seriously intend to police conversation on Skype to ensure that no one says anything that is false or misleading? Good luck with that.

Obviously the ban on “hate speech” covers most conservative speech and a plethora of facts, which the PC elite find downright hateful.

Happily, Microsoft doesn’t have a large presence on the internet. (My impression is that just about all the money Microsoft earns comes from Windows, Word, Excel and Power Point licenses paid for by companies. Pretty much everything else Microsoft has tried has been a failure.) But the trend is consistent: the Big Tech firms are lining up behind the Left to enforce a less-than-free speech regime that draws on the insanity we see on today’s college campuses.