The social media crackdown appears to be a prelude to something far more ominous. Elected officials, particularly those on the Democratic side, referred to the trespassing at the capitol building as “terrorism” and called for more robust investigation and prosecution of acts of “domestic terrorism.” With the president of the United States himself, leading conservative media figures and, indeed, entire platforms being thrown off of the Internet, there is every reason to believe that when elected officials talk about “domestic terrorists” they are speaking of people who have not broken any laws and whose only crime is being critical of a corporate-neoliberal regime that now rules America without meaningful opposition.
The issue is that conservative speech is being treated differently than leftist speech. There are instances of literal genocide being planned and executed on Facebook yet they have no problems accepting payments and don’t face equal criticisms for these posts. How about this Twitter post, which has been up for six years, saying that Israel should be wiped from the face of the earth:
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 8, 2014
A long article detailing some of the events of the last month.