More threats against BigTech will cause them to change how they run their businesses – and may be used by the government to encourage more de facto government censorship via proxy. “What would you like us to censor today?” they might ask.
Illinois says they have too many carjackings and proposes the solution is to ban the Grand Theft Auto video gaming. Censorship is so 2021!
Facebook CEO did, in fact, intercede in FB’s teams decisions regarding acceptable speech on Facebook. Now we get government censorship via proxy – and let billionaires decide what we are allowed to read, see or hear.
The large social media companies have demonstrated they have more power than government, government leaders and government agencies. At what point does this get treated by a government as a declaration of war, and get a corresponding response?
If the government prohibited us from engaging in speech someone in power did not like, this would be called censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. What is it called when the government puts pressure on BigTech companies to censor speech? It’s called government censorship via proxy. And the BigTech companies seem very happy to comply with government censorship campaigns – to curry political favors as government threatens them with regulation.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.
Globally, all FB users are now banned from sharing or viewing Australian originated news articles; all Australian news publishers are prohibited from sharing their own content on their own FB pages. UPDATE: Facebook has even cut off official Australian government pages on health, police services and wildfire issues.
Under new Google rules for Android apps in the Google Play store, only government approved speech about Covid-19 will be permitted. This is traditionally known as censorship. This goes in hand with the next item, where Facebook announced similar rules, prohibiting speech not fully in line with officially approved government speech about Covid-19.
Under Facebook’s new censorship program “Content from government agencies and health organizations, however, will be exempt from the changes, Facebook said.” Because WHO and CDC have been 100% accurate since the beginning of 2020. Isn’t that nice?
Some police appear to be playing music when someone video records their activities so that those videos get flagged on social media and taken off line: BHPD’s recent behavior suggests that at least some cops believe they can prevent themselves from being filmed or livestreamed by playing copyrighted music, which would have serious implications for more serious incidents of police misconduct. That is: if this had only happened once, an officer coming up with an off-the-cuff, if slightly dodgy, plan…