It isn’t easy to monitor everything Vincent James O’Connor has ever said or written online. Since 2015 he has been a prolific creator of online content, with an output that includes three hour live video segments, streamed multiple times each week.
So maybe Vincent James O’Connor has said something absolutely horrible, something so vile that even those of us who defend his right to free speech would be hesitant to defend him. That’s not likely, though, because despite being on the predictable leftist hit lists for years, YouTube didn’t kick him off their platform until a few months ago. He discussed all of this on a video he recently posted to BitChute.
Demonetized by YouTube along with Steven Crowder and dozens of others in June 2019, O’Connor started placing 3rd party ads on his own. It wasn’t until August of 2020 that YouTube cancelled O’Connor’s “Red Elephants” channel altogether. No strikes. No warning. No reason provided.
Meanwhile, O’Connor had begun streaming on DLive, a relatively new platform that welcomed everyone. Five days a week, three hours per day, for nearly a year, O’Connor was broadcasting on DLive, putting in the same volume of work as major talk radio hosts. And by doing this, this man whose political opinions have made him unemployable in most professions was able support his family.
But no more. All too aware of what happened to Parler, shortly after the events of January 6, management at DLive banned O’Connor from their platform. The people banned along with O’Connor had some of the biggest audiences on DLive, including Nick Fuentes, Patrick Casey, Ethan Ralph, Patrick , Steve Franzen, Salty Cracker, Jake Lloyd, and many others.
Coping with being thrown off two platforms where he’d placed his biggest bets, O’Connor has now made his primary home a new platform Trovo.live/VincentJames. For financial support Vincent James O’Connor’s Red Elephants relies on viewers going either to SubscribeStar or using Bitcoin. He cannot be supported via CashApp, PayPal, Venmo, GooglePay, or Apple Pay, because they’ve all banned him. For that matter, O’Connor has also been banned by Airbnb, Uber, Uber Eats, Vrbo and others.
There are at least two things signified by what’s happened to O’Connor. First, if you become a target of the left and the censors, they won’t stop at pushing you off platforms. Your banishment will extend to a full spectrum of online services including payment processors, transportation, and lodging.
Second, and more generally, the censorship in America has advanced beyond silencing individual voices like Vincent James O’Connor, and has now moved to silencing entire platforms. Parler is gone and may or may not come back. DLive has been kneecapped. Telegram is coming under siege, and not surprising at all, a front in this battle is Apple, which is being sued by someone alleging “emotional distress” based on Telegram’s presence in Apple’s App Store. And Gab, not dependent on 3rd party servers, is overwhelmed with traffic and faces a tough challenge: How will they make enough money to expand, if every bank, major hosting vendor or ISP, and possibly even ICANN is determined to see them fail. How will any of them?
If Vincent James O’Connor has said anything, ever, to justify this sort of censorship, then YouTube ought to be willing to provide the evidence. The same goes for every single case of censorship. The Left in the United States, backed up by a frightening array of corporate and federal power, has nearly succeeded is eliminating not “hate speech,” but speech they hate. This must stop.
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