Facebook has removed a whopping 150 accounts because of medical misinformation, hate, an odd violence claim, conspiracy theory, and, of course, for conspiring to do all of this in coordination.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro is working on a draft law that might create an anti-censorship regime for social media platforms operating in Poland. Failing to reinstate legal posts despite formal judicial review could carry hefty fines between 50,000 and 50 million Zloty (currently around $13,300 and $13.3 million).
After the platform does not respond positively to the users complaint, he can digitally file a ‘court petition’ which leads to a legal review of his post. If the judge upholds the legality of the post and the platform does not react, the case will go to a newly created ‘free speech council’ that has the power to mete out the penalties.
The EU is working on a new ledger of legislation to combat “hate speech.” By the end of this week they are expected to present a “Digital Services Act” that is posing potential penalties for non-compliance of something between 6-10% of a company’s turnover. This should concern all of us, no matter where we live, because the clout of the EU market will shape the behaviour of Big Tech everywhere. Additionally, President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen is starting a “Transatlantic AI Agreement,” hoping to reign in the dark magic of AI-driven search results and recommendation systems. Artificial Intelligence is the part of the already highly manipulated algorithms that will always remain a black box for purely technological reasons. The mere idea that there is a something that the EU cannot control is driving the Eurocrats absolutely BONKERS. Ursula von der Leyen has repeatedly stated that she wants Artificial Intelligence and the removal of black boxes from algorithms at the same time. She lacks the knowledge und the humbleness to listen to qualified people to deal with the technological issues she tries to mess with. Hoping that you spread my content as far as possible on as many platforms as possible, I will only say, and say it loud and proud, that this has nothing to do with her gender or Islam.
Conservative news blog “Tichys Einblick” (TE) has just lost a court case against Correct!v, the German equivalent of Snopes. The facebook partner attached themselves on TE’s facebook post to claim that not 500 scientists wrote an open letter against climate change hysteria. They argue that retired scientists aren’t scientists and have no expertise whatsoever to speak about the science here. Research in pharmacy companies and other institutions does also not qualify scientists as scientists, says Correct!v. But who is Correct!ve, anyway?
https://www.tichyseinblick.de/tichys-einblick/correctiv-wenn-faktencheck-zur-propaganda-wird/ (also following the links from there)
Brother Rashid has a TV show on Al Hayat TV and is a fairly well-known figure in the Arabic-speaking world.
And the censorship goes on … Facebook, Twitter and YouTube officials have been actively deleting popular posts from an ex-Muslim who speaks about the truths of Islam — often, critically.
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Social media giants have readily accepted the mantle of the new totalitarians. Facebook will also step up its monitoring of hate speech, adding 3,000 [sharia-compliant] content reviewers to nearly double the size of its existing team. Who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? Why is anti-semitic, anti-Israel propaganda rampant on Facebook, while criticism of jihad…
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In the twentieth century, the US government used anti-trust laws to dismantle US corporations with far less money and infinitely far less power. Never in the history of mankind has such absolute power in the information battle-space been in the hands of so few. If the body politic understood this and the ramifications of inaction, they would be terrified. And rightly so.
Our events, social media pages, are scrubbed, censored and blacklisted. Shouting into the wilderness is not the freedom of speech. Talking to yourself is not freedom of speech.
Every day I received emails from readers and members of my various Facebook groups, asking for help after having been blocked for posting a story or comment that might offend Muslims.
This is America, not Saudi Arabia. Enough.
I am suing.
The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) is filing a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment. In a press release, he AFLC explained that “Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.” The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Jihad Watch.
read more here
It was only a couple of days ago that Facebook blocked Jürgen Fritz account for the fourth time within a year. This time the punishment was for 30 days. But apparently that was not enough. Followers of Mr Fritz’ WordPress blog or his twitter account have posted his articles anyway which may have rankled Facebook. For whatever the reason, while the account was blocked, Facebook went a step further and removed it completely.
Not even Facebook claims that any of their guidelines had been violated. The account bore his correct real-life name, represented only him as a person and was Mr Fritz’ only account on the platform.
It is another case that makes clear that the silicon valley censorhip, which targets dissidents on both the left and the right, has nothing to do with ‘hate’.
Wars were always about deception. In our times, more than in any times before, the body count is only the extension of the lies we hear.
When Orwell wrote his 1984 he did not write about a world that was darker than our’s. He wrote about our’s from his insider perspective. He saw tyranny and he worked in propaganda.
What we see today is the clamp down across multiple social media which has become the market place of our times. While governments and large corporations can control us ever more through modern technology, our means to connect with one another have not improved accordingly. Poster columns gave way to glass-shielded advertisement boards which are expensive to rent, village communities have given way to nomadic single lifestyle. When we dissent we are easily isolated. The control is with the elites.
At the same time the elites got more authoritarian. They set morals through outrage culture and punishment of semi-public figures and they create tenets of their substitute religions by repeating their nonsensical propositions long enough. Not noticeable for the agreeable, a climate of fear was installed for the rest.
Edit: Facebook has reestablished Jürgen Fritz’ account on 2017-08-06 after he provided a hell load of evidence for his identity.
- driver license
- a note from his university
- a copy of a document proofing that he won the Michael Raubal award
- a current bank statement
- payment note by the publisher of his book ‘Das Kartenhaus der Erkenntnis’ (Card House of Knowledge)
His 30 day ban continues.
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At the beginning blogs were for the most part a matter of special interests. These artsy photo shots you wanted to display, the recipes of your nana, your life as an Asperger and so on.
Then came Zuckerberg. His college interest was about shaming fellow students. He created Facebook. I’m not using FB, because I started taking interest in such affairs fairly recently, but leave all marketing aside and there is nothing but an ordinary blog. With time some gadgets were added to upload and play videos, send files and so forth, but nothing of it was extraordinary.
The whole reason why almost everybody is blogging now is that we as human beings have a tendency to be mean. And FB was the first ‘mean first’ blogging site.
Along came reddit. This started fairly innocently and was about following news and discussing matters of the day. Mean bloggers + politics = even meaner bloggers. Somehow, the age of doxxing began.
I’m not on reddit either so far and I can’t speak of its shortcomings, but somehow ‘Twitter’ rose up to more attention. Twitter differs from other blogs because never-ending texts were replaced with the one-thought-one-post concept. Anywhere in a discussion a different user can come in and make an argument or issue a correction to a post. Also new is that comments and posts are one and the same thing, giving everybody the same tools to slug it out.
The situation today is that Facebook is the basis for many arrests of political opposition around the world. We can’t prove that the company might even be cooperating, but we know that they are very gullible to governments. Until fairly recently Twitter was more defiant driving governments (like Germany) mad and having the lickspittle media complaining about it on end.
Now Twitter cracks down on its users. The tool gab.ai from Texas promises freedom of speech. However, Germans who access gab.ai receive a warning message not to break the law. If gab.ai is willing to kowtow to the German government (and given the threats to fine them I understand it), I’m sure that they will not resist the Chinese, the Pakistani, the Russians and so forth.
Along comes disqus. Disqus allows more signs per post and groups people into channels. You can join a discussion or issue a new post to one of the established channels. I can’t really tell, but I think that is equivalent to the FB Group concept. Disqus, however, does not have the reputation of constantly blocking users, closing accounts, or (I can’t prove it) passing information to totalitarian governments. They have found their niche by offering a widget that manages the comment section of many blogs (most famously Breitbart News).
As far as I can tell disqus is also better programmed than slow-motion Twitter.
And then of course there is WordPress and (Blogger) blogspot who are very traditional. Their strength is that they still serve the cat-photo-autism-poetry clientele well with features most other sites can’t provide. The weakness is indeed the lack of connection between the different bloggers.
That is my quick, uninformed brainstorming on Blogs and social media. Tell me what you think in the comment section?