A newly-launched web hosting platform is positioning itself as providing a safe harbor from far-left Big Tech censorship for conservatives and other free-speech advocates
“Americans are rightfully concerned about being de-platformed after seeing Big Tech unilaterally silence the sitting president of the United States as well as countless other fellow citizens,” RightForge CEO Martin Avila declared. “Starting today, Americans now have a choice. They can choose to make themselves subjects of Big Tech monopolists or choose to be free citizens of the Internet.”
It seems like not a day goes by without the corporate-America-enabled, anti-free-speech woke mob canceling, or trying to, an individual or group.
The latest example is web-hoster GoDaddy abruptly dropping a website operated by Texas Right to Life after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block, at least temporarily, the Lone Star State’s fetal heartbeat law.
Avila implied that he was inspired to create what his company calls “the first global Internet infrastructure company committed to American principles online” when — in the aftermath of January 6 — Amazon Web Services de-platformed Twitter competitor Parler, which was also booted from the Apple and Google app stores.
At the time, Parler was on the rise, but it has since seemingly lost a lot of its momentum upon getting back online via a new platform in February 2021.
“That was the actual physical real estate that’s very hard to replicate and very hard to understand what it is,” Avila told Fox News. “The physical real estate of the servers, the access to power and processing and storage was being taken away, the ability to create the Internet and exist on the Internet was being taken away by a company. So you could be rendered unable to exist online and they did that, so what we saw as the opportunity was to solve for that.”
With a tech company that suggests that it is motivated by America’s founding principles and values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Avila underscored the seriousness of maintaining freedom of speech online through a competitive marketplace.
“It’s so important because the internet is everything – it’s in our doorbells, it’s what we see every day, it sees and filters and controls the information going into our brains at all times.”
Abiding by a motto of “our code is liberty,” RightForge says it operates servers in 30-plus data centers all over the world along with a 24/7 national operations center staffed by U.S. military vets.
Customers can create a new website or migrate an existing one to RightForge servers, and a number of conservative organizations and individuals have done just that.
Earlier this summer, President Donald Trump sued Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube for banning him. It is uncertain at this point whether Trump’s case will make any headway in the court system.
If there is ever a finding that Silicon Valley is operating as an arm of the federal government, users would theoretically be subject to the freedom-of-speech protections of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Legislation has been proposed to break up the Big Tech companies on grounds along the lines that they are functioning as monopolies or to strip them of their Section 230 liability immunity.
Over the years, some on the right have wondered why wealthy conservatives and others haven’t funded a build-up of a censorship-free Internet ecosystem. This also includes cultural institutions. Recall that the late Andrew Breitbart popularized the phrase “politics is downstream from culture.”
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