A disturbing trend is emerging in modern media and our online communications. Both government and private organizations are collecting personal user data for their own purposes, often without disclosing that fact. Now, social media platforms are banning views that contradict their mainstream views and political opinions.
There goes the cyber neighborhood.
The present situation really got started in 2013, when whistleblower Edward Snowden, a federal contractor, copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden produced documents that proved that the NSA had been successful in developing a massive program to collect every user’s telecommunications (phone calls) plus online activities, from email exchanges to instant messages to websites visited.
The NSA continues to gather all U.S. citizen’s private information even though it is against the law. Employees of fusion centers are paid to receive, analyze, gather, and share “threat-related information between federal; state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT); and private sector partners.”
The problem here is what constitutes a threat. In a classic case of the fox watching the henhouse, the DHS defines both what are threats to national security and how to neutralize them. What could possibly go wrong?
The short answer is: plenty.
Consider this list of characteristics that DHS finds threatening to the safety and well-being of our great nation:
- Pro-2nd Amendment (the constitutional right to keep and bear firearms)
- Libertarian (a political party that seeks reduction of government with honesty and transparency from lawmakers)
- Self-sufficient (emergency preparedness – which is highly ironic since the federal government operates the Ready.gov disaster response website)
- Fearful of economic collapse (buying gold and silver)
- Believer in a New World Order conspiracy
- Fearful of big government (Big Brother)
- Defender of the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties
The last item is particularly troubling since the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land. How on earth can the DHS suspect people who support the national legal framework are potential terrorists?
But even more disturbing is the fact that most Americans remain completely undisturbed by the trampling of more and more civil rights and social freedoms.
“Silence implies consent,” as the saying goes. The U.S. federal government and its corporate allies are marching forward with little to no opposition to their plan. Their collective goal is to shut down any ideas and all people who resist their iron grip on modern reality.
Social media muzzling is another growing problem facing truth seekers in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately for Patriots and Freedom Fighters, there is an active campaign against the truthful reporting of conspiracies and anything else that goes against the official narratives on every topic imaginable.
Social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube are removing content that expresses a political view different from that of their CEOs. A recent article published on January 26, 2019, by Alex Galbraith revealed that YouTube has judged all conspiracy theories to be “misinformation” – fake news – and is changing its software algorithm to keep such information out of recommended video lists.
YouTube doesn’t plan to remove this content – for now. They just won’t recommend it. Of course, the next logical step to get rid of free thought and speech is to ban this content entirely.
This has already happened to Alex Jones of Infowars. In September 2018, Twitter permanently banned the outspoken conspiracy researcher – whose theories generally prove to be facts.
The Infowars alternative news organization’s tagline is, “There’s a war on for your mind!” and we are watching it unfold.
Only weeks before, in August 2018, the news content of Infowars was deemed harmful enough to warrant bans on Apple iTunes, Facebook, Youtube, and Spotify.
In July 2018, Twitter led the social media bandwagon when they started their crackdown “on hate, abuse and online trolls.” Public response was immediate: Twitter stock fell 20.5 percent the day after Facebook’s stock value fell 19 percent (after the Cambridge Analytics data theft and fake news scandals broke).
Yet, Twitter continues to punish free thinkers for being honest and closing the door on any reasonable debate about truly big issues such as open borders and conservative politics. The corporate rationalization (to their shareholders, the public, and themselves) is that they are prioritizing “long-term stability of its platform above user growth.”
This is bad business, in every sense of the phrase.
The social media companies’ case being made against Jones and Infowars is that telling the truth about “conspiracies” such as the negative effects of unbridled North African immigration, chemtrails, and school shootings constitutes “hate speech” that is violent and dehumanizing. Social media controllers say they are promoting “safe” online environments by silencing disagreement. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Once again, our basic civil right to free speech is being sacrificed to the gods of safety and community standards. There is no safety in a world where governments regularly lie to their citizens and cover-up their uncivil plots to control us all.
The truth is that a community that suppresses dissenting points of view is neither healthy nor desirable. Banning users who tell the truth (even those who never swear or sling unsupported accusations) is called “deplatforming” – and this growing social media practice is both vile and reprehensible.
The sad fact of the matter is that the world is full of racism, misogyny, and homophobia. Banning free speech about these unpleasant subjects will not make them go away. Ignoring the growing gang violence in Europe won’t stop it. Problems left to fester usually get worse, not better.
If social media giants such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook get their way, credible reports on all topics deemed taboo and threatening to national security will wind up like the dodo bird: extinct.
The only thing left will be blind obedience to a police state. This is apparently what the NSA, DHS, and social media corporations want.
It’s time to ask ourselves: what do We the People want?