Less than 24 hours after I penned my warning about the political activism of Amazon AWS IaaS, this article came rolling in about Salesforce and the RNC. Salesforce claims it will block RNC email communications to prevent the “incitement of violence”. No matter what your political inclinations, no reasonable person can hold an organization responsible for what a handful of “supporters” might have done. But Salesforce is right there, ready to jump on the mob bandwagon – effectively muting the ability to communicate by one of America’s 2 major political parties.
The ability – and eager willingness – with which “private” tech companies are quashing our civil rights (and in such a short period of time) is terrifying. If our leaders had any stones they would be body slamming these Silicon Valley Oligarchs with a barrage of anti-trust actions and the repeal of Section 230 subsidies.
If this doesn’t send chills down your spine, I don’t know what will.