Engineer, I feel like you’re speaking in good faith.
Thank you. I recognize your commitment to your position as well.
I did know those people. We had associations and some, friendships, on Twitter and I watched them get banned one by one. It happened to me too for criticizing popular public personas who fronted to prevailing narrative.
In my opinion, getting banned from Twitter or Reddit or A2k has nothing to do with free speech. These are private entities trying to make a profit. Imagine of someone were to stand up in the middle of a Cracker Barrel dining room and started talking to the other guests about Covid vaccines (or anything else for that matter). You could imagine that after some confusion, the management would escort them out. It doesn't matter so much what is said as it disturbs the experience that Cracker Barrel desires for their customers. Likewise Twitter can boot anyone they want for any reason they want. Musk has proven this many times over, he just boots for more capricious reasons.
When Musk bought Twitter, we were allowed back and told the reasons we were banned/canceled listed on old Twitter files—when the FBI had an office at Twitter HQ.
This has been a right wing talking point for a while, but the reporter who Musk released the files to, Matt Taibbi did not find anything to support that claim
Musk tweeted that Twitter had acted "under orders from the government", though Taibbi reported that he found no evidence of government involvement in the laptop story, tweeting, "Although several sources recalled hearing about a 'general' warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there's no evidence—that I've seen—of any government involvement in the laptop story." His reporting seemed to undermine a key narrative promoted by Musk and Republicans that the FBI pressured social media companies to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop stories.
While Wikipedia is aggregating information here, you can find all the links to the original stories. (Note, if you think Matt Taibbi has a liberal bias, he just left Twitter in a spat with Musk to go to Trump's Truth Social because Musk suppressed links to Substack.)