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Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images (Getty Images) In the wake of last Wednesday’s insurrection on Capitol Hill, Big Tech platforms have begun purging certain right-wing services and accounts known to traffic in conspiracy theories and promote violence. The scrubbing includes the removal of at least 70,000 Twitter pages known to promote QAnon ; the president’s own Facebook and Twitter pages have also been removed or suspended , effectively cutting Donald Trump off from his bully pulpit in his administration’s dying days; and Parler, the conservative answer to Twitter, has been booted from Amazon’s servers , fashioning the haven for “unbiased social media” a digital vagabond. For any conservative with a sizable profile, the social media reckoning has been met with comparisons to a book and author you might know from high school. “This could not be more Orwellian,” Josh Hawley, the Republican Senator from Missouri, wrote on Twitter after Simon and Schuster canceled his book deal in response to his support for overturning the 2020 presidential election results. “We are living in Orwell’s 1984 ,” opined Donald Trump, Jr. after Twitter suspended his father’s page, likening the move to a death knell for Constitutionally guaranteed free speech. In reality, the socialist author George Orwell would probably shudder at the overwrought use of his name to describe a midnight social media purge of accounts that played a part in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Pallavi Yetur, a psychologist and Orwell expert, told USA Today that 1984 more readily […]