“Those who control story, control society.”-Plato
Social media has become the dominant form of communication. The average person spends 2.5 hours per day on social networks.
Since 2016, using the pretext of suppressing “misinformation,” Facebook Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn have silenced conservatives who express views which are in conflict with their views.
The act of calling out censorship is, in itself, labeled “misinformation.” The user who calls out the censorship is punished by being banned from the platform.
The Coming War On “Hate Speech”
The internet, once hailed as the information super highway, is increasingly becoming a weapon for radical liberal’s. The power elite has made their intentions clear. They will pursue and prosecute words, thoughts and expressions that challenge their authority.
Little by little, Americans have been conditioned to accept incursions on their freedoms. Major changes, if implemented slowly in small stages over time, can be accepted as normal.
Obama’s Embrace Of Censorship
It seems every day a notable Democrat is pushing for purging “hate speech,” that elusive term that covers anything Democrat’s do not like.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is working with Big Tech to enforce a comprehensive political misinformation policy The DNC wants to regulate, punish and even criminalize free speech.
Reporters criticized former President Trump for his habit of slapping the “fake news” moniker on their work, but Trump never called for censorship or punishment of a journalist.
People have forgotten that it was former President Obama who originally bemoaned the rise of “fake news” both before and after the 2016 election. Obama’s discussion of “fake news” alwasy carried the implication that what is “fake” must be excised.
The anti-American reign of censorship Obama tried to kick off in 2016 is now back with a vengeance.
Obama has called for independent media to be totally abolished before the 2024 presidential election.
Speaking at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in June, Obama called for a total worldwide ban on content he deems to be “disinformation.” Invoking the January 6 Capitol riot he said, “In my own country, the forces that unleashed mob violence on our Capitol are still churning out misinformation.”
Obama continued by demanding that technology companies “accept oversight and accountability.”
At a Stanford speech on April 21, Obama called for “solving the disinformation problem” with social media censorship of “hate speech” and said that content moderation “does not go far enough.”
In the final days of his presidency, after the January 6 Capitol protest, Twitter shut down Trump’s account. At the time, Trump had 89 million followers. Facebook and Google’s YouTube quickly followed suit and shut down Trump’s accounts.
Trumps response was, “Nowhere is censorship more dangerous and brazen than on social media, the public square of our times. We have seen renowned medical doctors banned from platforms for contradicting health authorities.”
Liberals Collude To Take Down Musk/Twitter
Fearful of Elon Musk’s promise to bring unrestrained free speech to Twitter, high profile liberals are collaborating to lobby corporate advertisers to boycott Twitter.
In early May, a group of 26 organizations penned a public letter claiming that Musk’s takeover of Twitter would “be a direct threat to public safety” and turn the platform into “a cesspool of misinformation.”
At least 11 of the letter’s signatories have taken money from organizations funded by the Gates Foundation and George Soros. Two of the three groups leading the letter were founded by former staffers of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.
Musk reacted to the boycott letter by calling for an investigation of the signatories funders. “Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigare. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
The First Amendment has no qualifier excluding “misinformation.” The Founders of America understood that all opinions and viewpoints are in need of protection.
Lon Safko, author of “The Social Media Bible” explained, “The original internet was based on the premise that if the viewer disagrees or is offended by the conversation, then it it their right to simply close the window and walk away. The social media platforms have a responsibility to allow those conversations to transpire.”
In a warning issued by Benjamin Franklin 250 years ago, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”
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