I don’t know if they’re the ones who came up with it or if
it had been done before. But Students
for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List just did something very clever in
response to the news that responsible pro-life advocate Live Action had been
banned from Pinterest for being…well, pro-life.
It appears Students for Life initiated the plan, but I saw
it in this tweet from Susan B. Anthony List:
I love this idea. In
a nutshell, rather than abandoning their own platforms in solidarity – which
could actually be interpreted fairly as completely counterproductive – these
groups will continue posting their life-affirming content while giving Live
Action updates as well. It forces the
hand of left-wing Big Tech.
Rather than a single act of arbitrary platform deprivation,
Pinterest now must decide whether they will ban all pro-life groups and give up
any pretense of being even-handed or objective.
It’s a brilliant strategy that, to me at least, is far more effective
I have become a major opponent of boycotts over the last
several years because it is repeatedly demonstrable that the only people who
truly suffer are local branches and employees who have nothing to do with
corporate decisions. The nutty CEO
calling the shots isn’t going to be hurt closing down a branch in one area and
opening it in another. Who is hurt are
the local workers, many of whom probably share my values anyway. Why would I seek to deprive them of their
livelihood? I don’t like boycotts.
But with this strategy, it isn’t Students for Life or Susan
B. Anthony that are demanding a boycott.
They are making Pinterest decide whether they really want to remove
major content providers and creators over politics. Imagine if every pro-life American on
Pinterest did the same thing. Pinterest
would be forced to decide whether they were willing to destroy their own
business by purging half of their clientele.
Like I said, it’s a brilliant strategy.
Now extrapolate that outward to other tech platforms. Twitter and Facebook would have a much harder
time silencing conservative voices if remaining conservative voices committed
to this kind of approach. Boycotts out,
Ban One/Ban All in. I like that.