Escalating Online Censorship
by Stephen Lendman
In cahoots with dark US forces, anti-social media escalated their war on alternative views – ones conflicting with the official narrative by pulling down hundreds of pages.
The worst is likely yet to come. Censorship in America is the new normal – speech, media and academic freedoms threatened.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tech giants are allied with Washington against digital democracy, the last frontier of media freedom.
Major print and electronic media operate as press agents for wealth, power, and privilege, suppressing what’s vital to know on issues mattering most.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is increasingly ignored in America and Europe, stating:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
These fundamental rights and values are increasingly eroding. When they’re compromised, so are all others – free societies replaced by totalitarian rule, increasingly where US-led Western societies are heading.
In August, Facebook purged over 650 pages originating in Russia and Iran, falsely calling them malicious accounts engaged in disinformation.
Twitter suspended nearly 300 accounts at the same time, falsely accusing them of involvement in “coordinated manipulation.”
Ahead of November midterm elections, Facebook purged over 800 legitimate pages, including some with millions of followers.
Reliable indymedia sites and others were shut down for “inauthentic behavior” – code language for diverging from the official narrative, truth-telling exposing state-sponsored disinformation and Big Lies.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tech giants are coordinating censorship tactics to suppress important alternative views on major issues.
They’re using censorship algorithms to greatly diminish traffic on targeted sites. Their so-called war on disinformation, fake news, hate speech, inappropriate language, spamming, and inauthentic behavior is all about blatant censorship, the hallmark of totalitarian rule.
Online censorship so far may be prelude for much worse to come. Maybe all content dark forces in Washington want suppressed will be eliminated – including truth-telling web sites.
America and other Western societies are on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny.
A month-ago article discussed the Trump regime’s plan to charge fees for groups wanting to demonstrate on the National Mall, a flagrant First Amendment violation if imposed.
Restricting public demonstrations on sidewalks in front of the White House and at other city locations, including Trump’s Washington hotel, was proposed – another affront to constitutionally protected speech and public assembly.
According to Partnership for Civil Justice Fund executive director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, other US administrations tried curbing Washington protests.
Trump regime hardliners intend “the most bold and consequential overhaul” of First Amendment rights – way beyond where their predecessors dared go with enormous potential consequences.
“There’s never been such a large effort at rewriting these regulations. I don’t think there can be any question that these revisions will have the intent and certainly the effect of stifling the ability of the public to protest.”
Perhaps it’s coming everywhere after enforcing it in the nation’s capital.
Speech, media, academic, and assembly freedoms are threatened in America and other Western societies.
Greatly curbing or prohibiting them is what tyranny is all about.
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