Even before former President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter after the deadly failed insurrection of January 6, conservatives had lamented the supposed liberal bias from major social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.
As a result, so-called "free speech" outlets have been constantly sprouting up, presenting themselves as the conservative alternative to the alleged tyranny of Big Tech. In addition to previously existing sites like Gab and Parler, former Trump spokesman Jason Miller founded GETTR while MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell swears by Frank Speech. Trump himself has promised the imminent arrival of TRUTH Social, a division of his new Trump Media and Technology Group.
"Without limitation, we may, but do not commit to, do so to address content that comes to our attention that we believe is offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, pornographic, violent, harassing, threatening, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate, or to enforce the rights of third parties or these Terms or any applicable Additional Terms."
In an interview last year, Mike Lindell warned that Frank Speech wouldn't allow swearing:
“You don’t get to use the four swear words: the c-word, the n-word, the f-word, or God’s name in vain."
Of course, these are common sense, boilerplate rules, but some far-right users of these sites remain frustrated that they can't spew unmoderated hate speech in the bowels of the internet.
Jon Miller, an employee of right-wing media outlet TheBlaze, is the most recent ex-GETTR user frustrated with the site's basic moderation after trying to use the N-word on his GETTR profile.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, GETTR confirmed this was the reason it banned Miller from its platform:
“Jon Miller was suspended from Gettr because he used the N-word in his profile. This is a clear violation of our terms of service. Gettr defends free speech, but there is no room for racial slurs on our platform.”
Miller ranted on Twitter that he was banned for "no reason."
And just like that...conservative cancel culture struck again, as conservative social media users decried the platform.
GETTR's Global Communications Director Ebony Bowden defended the decision.
But the users continued to turn on her and the conservative outlet.
The consequences of unmoderated online speech have been readily apparent on websites like 4chan and 8kun, where white supremacists posts graphic, racist memes and mass shooters post their manifestos.