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.
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
rights of these companies to refuse service to anyone they like,
their influence in the political sphere should not be overlooked.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
think you have to be worried about big tech becoming big brother,”
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?”
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.
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
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
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.
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