One of the largest papers in Denmark says they failed their readers by only publishing official government statements about Covid, without due skepticism and questioning.
Crazy stuff. When a doctor referred to “mass formation psychosis” to suggest manipulation of the public about Covid-19, all of the media piled on, in perfect synchrony, saying there was no such thing as “mass formation psychosis”.
“Fact Checks” pretend to resolve social media memes that go against the authoritative conventional wisdom. Under the guise of sounding official, the “Fact checks” are often little more than propaganda messaging masquerading as official information. Fact checks have become a new form of propaganda.
Google cloud services is scanning the content of your Google Drive files. If they find you have engaged in wrong think, they will restrict access to those files. Wrong think can include content that Google defines as “misinformation”.
Twitter, and Youtube a week ago, appear to banning the use of photos or videos that may include anyone for which you do not have a signed release form. This would appear to ban the posting of photos or videos you have taken in public settings, such as a public parade, outdoor sports activity, showing other people while hiking on a trail, and other examples.
Starting today, Youtube will begin removing the “dislike” count from videos, saying that too many people had participated in “dislike” mobs to downvote videos (often political videos). The dislike button will remain, and content creators can see the count, but the count will no longer be visible to others.
Social media titans believe that the path to truth leads through censorship. This item illustrates an example where Twitter censored a 100% accurate tweet, claiming falsely it was misleading.
The ACLU rewrote the words of the co-founder of their very own [Person’s] Rights Project and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg in an unusual way that erases women from historical quotes.
Scientific American reports on how government agencies use “media embargoes” to control reporting.
Facebook completely controls public discourse in a totalitarian fashion. The WSJ reveals internal FB documents showing that FB “white lists” up to 6 million accounts world wide to get exemptions or special treatment from content moderation. The FB system applies to both FB and Instagram, and tends to include politicians (even down to the local city council level), actors, news media, sports personalities, academics – even those with very large followings on social media.
Because the FB content moderation system makes frequent errors, FB wanted to avoid the publicity that happens when a prominent person was censored by FB – thus, they excluded elite people from the system.
Through this system, Facebook controls public discourse – everyone can speak equally except some can speak “more equally than others” (to paraphrase Animal Farm).
The company has lied to the public about this system in the past, claiming that everyone was treated equally. But they are not. When public speech is censored by Facebook, Facebook becomes the arbiter of all information. In this case, FB has decided that elite members of society are more important than you or I and are given special speech privileges. Imagine the impact this has when some can promote (propagandize) their views but others are denied that option.
Facebook is a true menace to society.