Forget Russia, Social Media Giants Banning Alternative Voices Will Directly Influence Elections

in #news3 years ago

As the Russian hacking conspiracy theorists continue pining away in  their relentless attempt to prove Russian interference in the United  States 2016 elections, Americans, in general, are unaware of the far  more sinister interference taking place right now—in the form of their  social media news feeds. Social media giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have gone on the offensive in the past few weeks and executed a full on purge  of various accounts they claim violate their terms of use. 

While it is  certainly within the rights of these companies to refuse service to  anyone they like, their influence in the political sphere should not be  overlooked. With the click of a mouse, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple  effectively erased Alex Jones from their platforms earlier this month.  

While many people cheered on this removal of Jones, conservatives  included — because of his vitriolic and often close-minded approach — it  was just the beginning of a full on press to silence those who  challenge the status quo. Since Alex Jones was banned, individuals on the right and the left  have found themselves being purged from the interwebs. Or, others have  found themselves on the other end of a shadow ban so massive that they  would reach more people yelling from a street corner than tweeting or  posting to their tens of thousands and even millions of fans. 

While there are currently no metrics to show just how large of an  effect these bans, shadow bans, and suspensions have been in silencing  voices who attempt to put forward a narrative that challenges the status  quo, one would have to be completely out of it not to realize the  implications of such control over information. To put this into perspective, let’s assume — for the moment — that  the Russian government actually did launch a massive social media  campaign aimed at influencing elections and they had countless bots  doing this for them. Even if they had millions of users actively putting  out disinformation, their dissent would be essentially powerless to the  almighty algorithm who could and already has castrated their reach with  the click of a mouse. 

Last month, literally overnight, Facebook deleted thousands of pages  they say were linked to Russia. Consequently, a leftist page that was  set up to counter the right wing Unite the Right rally in DC, that  claims it was not linked to Russia at all, was also taken down. Last month, veteran activist Noam Chomsky accused Israel of  “brazenly” interfering in US electoral politics in a way that vastly  outweighs any efforts that may have been carried out by Russia. And he’s  right. “First of all, if you’re interested in foreign interference in our  elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs  in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly,  brazenly and with enormous support,” he said. 

However, there is no mention of Israel’s interference by any of the  social media giants because they promote the establishment’s agenda of  constant war and growing the police state. Whether or not Google wants to admit it, their censoring of antiwar  channels on YouTube and their bans of Alex Jones and the like will have a  direct effect on the information people gather in making a decision on  who to vote for. The exact same thing can be said about Facebook as  well. A small function in the algorithm could even be used deliberately to  steer entire populations into a certain camp. 

The power these companies  have over the flow of information is enormous and it’s not some  “conspiracy theory” to point this out either. Of course, we aren’t calling for Facebook or Google to be regulated  or banned, but if this information control is not called out, it will  inevitably lead to total control. 

All the Russian influence and trolls  in the world, working constantly to push out disinformation do not have  the power to do what Google can do with their lines of code. In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Hillary Clinton’s former  pollster Mark Penn laid out the ominous nature of this censorship and  control that these tech giants wield over society. The pair discussed Alex Jones and noted how neither one of them care  for his antics, but that his silencing is just the tip of the iceberg in  what could become total information control. 

“It’s not really about Alex Jones, is it? It’s about the idea that  companies can make it impossible for your voice to be heard. Is that a  precedent we should feel comfortable with?” asked Carlson. 

“I think you have to be worried about big tech becoming big brother,” answered Penn. 

“And it’s not just him (Jones),” said Carlson. 

“There are many like  him who’ve been yanked like him — less known, but still. This has  political implications. You ran and managed campaigns for so long, this  must of occurred. 

A lot of our political debate takes place on social  media platforms. So, if they clamp down on one side of the debate, why  wouldn’t that influence an election’s outcome?” 

“Obviously it could have a big influence on elections — increasingly  because where people turn for their news is that they look at the news  feeds that are run by the major social media companies. They are more powerful than any T.V. station. More powerful than Fox,” said Penn. And he’s right. But that doesn’t have to be the case. While the future of social  media may seem bleak, there is also amazing news on the side of  innovation and free thought. 

To those who’ve been paying attention, they  saw the problem presented by so many people using a similar system that  is ultimately controlled by those who have an interest in mining your  data for profit, controlling the political narrative, and essentially  creating a personal database on billions of people, the likes of which  corrupt governments salivate over. Instead of trying to change the system from within, several  individuals came together to build a new system—which showed the  obsolescence of the old. Thus, Steemit was born. Steemit, using a blockchain technology, enables rewarding comments  and posts with secure tokens of value which means its users actually get  paid to be on it. 

There are a bunch of networks just like Steemit as  well. DuckDuckGo  is also an amazing search engine that doesn’t track you or filter  results like Google does. The options are here, if we don’t want to be  manipulated. We just have to be willing to use it. Will you embrace the  the system of corporatism and government information control? Or, will  you choose to abstain from this system and grow the new one that is  based on freedom and liberty? The choice is yours. 

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It is also important to remember that they receive liability protection from what is posted on their services due to being a neutral platform. Yet, they are no longer neutral. They are now choosing who they will permit to speak, which narratives are permitted, etc. That liability protection it seems should be gone. You either are neutral and open and you qualify for the liability protection, or you are not neutral and thus do not qualify for such protection.

Simply stating they are a private company does not change this. That is a detail a lot of people seem to forget.

They also attracted and built these platforms on the concept of freedom and neutrality at the same time they were offered those protections. Then they suddenly change their policies and yank the proverbial rug out from people they suckered into using their product based upon what ultimately turns out to be a lie. At least these days.

If you want to advertise you are open and for the people then with that comes free speech. If you the private corporation can dictate what someone is allowed to think and then give voice to then that is not an open platform, and it isn't for the people. It is for those that control the private corporation to use as a tool to collude, and meddle with the minds of people after decades of making so much of society reliant upon their services under apparently false pretenses.

Finally we have many tech giants all deciding to ban Jones within hours of each other in what can only be seen as a coordinated attack. Yet they didn't even stop there. They also attacked the people that supplied any services to Alex Jones own private websites. So they didn't limit their attack to just their private sites. They've attacked him anywhere they could.

This is collusion of the highest form. In a criminal endeavor it goes by the label CARTEL. It is also what the famous Rico Act was designed to fight.

Not to mention it is clear election meddling of the highest order. It could easily be considered IN KIND donations to those few politicians they agree with that they are giving a platform to. Just like the owner of a billboard would be responsible for allowing the politicians they like to use it for free. That is a large criminal violation.

In a neutral setting they cannot be charged with these things. Yet clearly they are no longer neutral are they...

It's important to remember that none of these websites no matter how much market share they have really has anything proprietary all they have is their users and the content they produce if they kick off their users and content producers then they have nothing. Anyone can eat the lunch of any of those giants by putting out a better or even just a newer product. Any of them could become the next Myspace overnight. As users it is up to us to select sites that don't censor, if we do so then sites that don't censor will become dominant. It's funny though leftists are still complaining that Facebook and Twitter don't censor enough. I've done my part for the STEEM blast today have you?

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Already happened here in the Philippines last 2016 presidential elections as well. That's what they really get money from by selling the users' data.

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The elections are already rigged by Freemasons anyway. The msm will tell us we have the power, the actor puppet politicians will appear to be competing against each other. Promises will be made and after the election, broken. US military will continue the fascist occupation of the Middle East and their oil, and any other resources. It's been planned for many years.

I think it’s a grave time that we are in. The censoring is no different than the censoring that goes on on the television it’s just a more covert manner for the average person to detect.
We are also in the beginnings of a technical revolution in my opinion. Steemit can be poised to take an enormous role in the future as long as we can ensure that the witnesses stay out of reach to the individuals that look to control the narratives. If we can manage that then we are going to pick up where sites like Facebook are failing their users.

Important to lift these questions!