by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
the weak hit the fly with a hammer.”
who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S.
tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making
independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant.
the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and
enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly
straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues
surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge
Analytica (stuff that had been going
on for years) could finally be linked to the
Trump campaign. It was at this point that powerful and
nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the company’s
gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own
ends. Rather than hold executives to account and break up the
company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the
platform. This is where we stand today.
not whitewash history though. These tech companies have been
compliant, out of control government snitches for a long time.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we’re aware of the deep and longstanding
cooperation between these lackeys and U.S. intelligence agencies
in the realm of mass surveillance. As such, the most recent
transformation of these companies into full fledged information
gatekeepers should be seen in its proper context; merely as a
dangerous continuation and expansion of an already entrenched
it’s all out in the open now. Facebook isn’t even hiding the fact
that it’s outsourcing much of its “fake news” analysis to the
Atlantic Council, a think tank funded by NATO, Gulf States and
defense contractors. As reported by Reuters:
began looking for outside help amid criticism for failing to
rein in Russian propaganda ahead of the 2016 presidential
scores of its own cybersecurity professionals and $40 billion
in annual revenue in 2017, Facebook might not seem in need of
doesn’t need outside help, it needs political cover, which is the
real driver behind this.
the lab and Atlantic Council bring geopolitical expertise
Facebook to distance itself from sensitive pronouncements. On
last week’s call with reporters, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief
security officer, said the company should not be expected to
identify or blame specific governments for all the campaigns
like ours don’t have the necessary information to evaluate the
relationship between political motivations that we infer about
an adversary and the political goals of a nation-state,” said
Stamos, who is leaving the company this month for a post at
Stanford University. Instead,
he said Facebook would stick to amassing digital evidence
and turning it over to authorities and researchers.
would also be awkward for Facebook to accuse a government of
wrongdoing when the company is trying to enter or expand in a
market under that government’s control.
donated an undisclosed amount to the lab in May that was
enough, said Graham Brookie, who runs the lab, to vault the
company to the top of the Atlantic Council’s donor list,
alongside the British government.
employees said privately over the past several months that
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to outsource many of
the most sensitive political decisions, leaving
fact-checking to media groups and geopolitics to think
tanks. The more he succeeds, the fewer
complications for Facebook’s expansion, the smaller its
payroll, and the more plausible its positioning as a neutral
platform. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
that in mind go ahead and check out the Atlantic Council’s donor
list and all the shady
characters on its board.
that it’s been established that Facebook is in fact censoring
based on advice provided by former spooks and other assorted
establishment charlatans, let’s talk about what this means. I
think there are two major takeaways.
and foremost, the entire push to make
arbitrary de-platforming by tech giants the new norm proves
the establishment is scared to death. The very
powerful folks accustomed to manipulating and shaping the world
via narrative creation aren’t terrified about what Alex Jones
says, they’re terrified that it’s popular. The establishment
“elites” are in such denial about the consequences of the world
they created, all they can do is spastically attack symptoms.
Trump didn’t divide U.S. society and Alex Jones didn’t cause our
widespread (and entirely justifiably) distrust in
institutions; the status quo system did that via its spectacular
failures. Trump’s election and Alex Jones’ popularity are merely
symptoms of an incredibly corrupt and failed status quo paradigm,
the stewards of which continually refuse to take a look in the
mirror, accept blame and reform.
way I see it, two key events of the 21st century directly led to
the situation we find ourselves in currently. The launching of the
Iraq war based on false evidence spread by intelligence agencies,
politicians and the media, and the decision to bail out bankers
and protect them from jail in the aftermath of the financial
crisis. Combined, these two things created an environment of anger
and distrust in which nearly anything becomes possible politically
and socially. Trump and Alex Jones are symptoms of a failing
society, not the root causes of it.
I’m right about this, censorship of such voices by SilIcon Valley
billionaires will backfire spectacularly. Alex Jones has now been
made a martyr by tech oligarchs and deep state think tanks, which
gives him more street cred than he had before. De-platforming does
nothing to the demand side of the equation when it comes to his
content, as we saw with his Infowars app soaring
in the charts soon after the purge. If people want to
find Alex Jones and Infowars, they will find it. Moreover, other
communities are beginning to wake up to how dangerous all of this
is. For example, last week we witnessed a growing number of
accounts at decentralized Twitter-alternative Mastodon in
case Jack Dorsey decides to step up censorship there.
it’s safer for society to have open public forums where all ideas
— whether you consider them dangerous and crazy or not — can be
openly expressed alongside each other. That way we can see what’s
out there and debate or debunk them in front of large and diverse
is 2018 and de-platforming popular content won’t make it go
away. It’ll just shift it over into
areas of the internet you can’t see, where it’ll fester and grow
stronger over time in even more intense and radicalized echo
think it’s gone from society because it’s been safely cleansed
from your corporate-government Facebook timeline, but it may
grow even stronger in the shadows. This
is particularly the case in a nation dominated by an entrenched,
corrupt and unaccountable elitist class. One that refuses to
confront the reality of its monumental failures, and instead
chooses to self-interestedly obsess over what are just symptoms of
a decadent empire in decline.
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