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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook amped up its censorship this week when it announced it had banned an astonishing array of dissidents such as Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Louis Farrakhan, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and other “extremists” from its platforms, which include Instagram. This Tech Totalitarianism coup against President Trump’s own supporters seems finally to have caught his attention—but the situation is now desperate and he must do more than tweet.

Facebook claimed all the banned individuals were too “extreme” and allegedly promote violence [Facebook bans Alex Jones and Laura Loomer for violating its policies, by Casey Newton, The Verge, March 2, 2019]. Incredibly. Facebook also said it would punish any users who dared to share InfoWars content and possibly ban them for this grievous sin.

Refreshingly, Trump spent most of Friday night and Saturday morning tweeting about this:

Trump also retweeted Paul Joseph Watson and Lauren Southern, a move of implicit support for the right-wingers censored by Big Tech.

But even though Trump now seems concerned with this censorship, it’s still just tweeting. Patriots need concrete action. As activist Laura Loomer (who, let the record show, is Jewish and pro-Israel) explains passionately in this video, at 25 her life is ruined, her income is down 90 per cent, because she supported Trump from 2015.

What is Trump doing? The latest round of bans is an escalation and will encourage Big Tech to silence more voices if not met with action.

  • Alex Jones runs a popular news outlet and is a major public figure. He’s gone.
  • Louis Farrakhan is not a right-winger and exerts significant influence over the black community. He’s gone.
  • Paul Joseph Watson primarily expresses the populist nationalism sweeping the West and is regularly retweeted by Donald Trump Jr. He’s gone.

These moves follow Facebook’s announcement in March it would no longer tolerate “white nationalists.” That rule proved to cover a wide number of people and groups who do not identify as white nationalists, such as the American Identity Movement and VDARE.com contributor Faith Goldy. Now it appears that rule covers, Infowars, Milo and (weirdly) the Nation of Islam.

The ultimate goal of this censorship: to make sure anything like Trump’s election never happens again.

Whether Big Tech is blocking alleged “Russian bots” or taking a stand against “Hate Speech”—an offense unknown (as yet) to American law— it will invent any justification for censoring prominent nationalist voices. It wants to do what it can to ensure that Open Borders Leftists retain power and conservatives and nationalists are suppressed.

The justifications and scope of the ban should give everyone pause. When asked for specific examples for why some of these figures were banned, Facebook provided these insane reasons, according to The Verge ( a Vox spinoff, but even dumber ):

  • First in December and again in February, Jones appeared in videos with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes. Facebook has designated McInnes as a hate figure.

  • Yiannopoulos publicly praised McInnes and British far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who Facebook has designated as a hate figure.

  • Loomer appeared with McInnes in December, and more recently declared her support for far-right activist Faith Goldy, who was banned after posting racist videos to her account.

So mere appearances in videos with such dangerous figures as Gavin McInnes, or showing support for Tommy Robinson, a serious candidate for European parliament, opens you up to censorship.

McInnes and Robinson are undeniably public figures, yet the Tech Totalitarians want them entirely erased from their platforms. No one can dare to speak their name or share their image.

The other new and disturbing feature about the ban: the elimination of Infowars links and positive mentions of it. According to The Atlantic,

Facebook and Instagram will remove any content containing Infowars videos, radio segments, or articles (unless the post is explicitly condemning the content), and Facebook will also remove any groups set up to share Infowars content and events promoting any of the banned extremist figures.

[Instagram and Facebook Ban Far-Right Extremists, by Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, May 2, 2019]

Emphasis added.

Alex Jones’ Infowars was already banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Now you can’t even mention the site on two of the biggest tech platforms unless you condemn it. This is an explicit and blatant steering of political debate. It goes beyond banning and into the territory of Orwellian oppression.

Infowars will certainly not be the last outlet to suffer this fate. It’s just a matter of time before VDARE.com and other dissident publications are disappeared by Big Tech power.

But you’ll still have Ben (“Peter Brimelow is a white supremacist”) Shapiro!

Another thing to be noted: some of these figures used Instagram for entirely benign purposes. Watson’s Instagram mainly featured pictures of himself and his normal activities, not politics. Apparently even those photos are too offensive to be allowed.

Needless to say, this ban did not cover the extremely violent Leftist groups that use Facebook to spread their terroristic fantasies. They are still around and are not facing censorship:

This week’s censorship has inspired far greater outcry than past cases. But it will mean nothing without action.

The sad thing is that, as far as I can see: nothing is in the works in Congress or the White House to tackle censorship.

The Trump Administration had a rough draft of a tech censorship Executive Order last Fall. It was apparently scrapped after being leaked to the press. [White House Considers Draft Order to Look Into Google, Facebook, by Ben Brody & Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg, September 22, 2018]

Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have offered ideas to curtail the problem, but have not yet offered them as bills.

Perhaps this recent outcry will prompt Cruz, a perpetual mediahound, into action. He has no better way to elevate his profile right now than to position himself as the lead fighter against Tech Totalitarianism.

Trump’s tweets are not sufficient. But they do put pressure on the Tech Oligopolists. There is a chance Facebook may reverse its decision on Watson, actor James Woods and a few others because of the President’s tweets. The tech giants do fear Trump and seek to curry favor with him. For example, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey recently met with the President to allay his censorship concerns. [President Trump meets with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after accusing platform of bias, by Oliver Darcy, CNN Business, April 23, 2019]

Additionally, while nothing seems to be happening on the legislative front, the legal front is active:

Paul Joseph Watson has promised to sue Facebook for defamation over the characterization he’s a dangerous extremist:

Watson will be bringing his lawsuit in the U.K., which still actually has libel protection for public figures (unlike the U.S. since the Civil Rights Moral Panic). This lawsuit could set a positive precedent in tech policy. Tech Oligopolists may be forced to define what their exact guidelines are and have to prove those they block are actually violent extremists. No more arbitrary bans based on rules set by Outrage Mobs!

Another positive difference: the surge of black opposition to Farrakhan’s ban. Rapper Snoop Dogg told his millions of social media followers to flood their Facebook and Instagram pages with Farrakhan videos. This challenges Facebook actually to enforce its policy consistently [Snoop Dogg backs Louis Farrakhan, tells fans to support him: ‘Show some love to a real brother’, by Anna Hopkins, Fox News, May 3, 2019]

This pressure is good. But, again, it is no substitute for legislative or Executive action.

At the very least, Trump and his Congressional Republican colleagues must look at Section 230 protection and threaten to take it away.

The First Amendment will mean nothing if Americans aren’t allowed to speak freely in the public squares of the 21st century.

Which means President Trump will have no effective social media support in the 2020 election.

Washington Watcher [email him] is an anonymous source Inside The Beltway.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. It is essential we can face reality – the truth – and be able to. The reality is we are heading for another world war, nuclear Armageddon.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @anon
  2. BuelahMan says:

    I want to see Trump’s head explode when he tries to reconcile his sycophantic jewish butt-kissing with appeasing whites who get fed up with the beanie wearer’s continuing push for antisemitism legislation (or another kingly signing statement).

    How will we truthfully question the JQ when they ban that thought crime, all-the-while allowing “free speech”?

  3. KenH says:

    For example, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey recently met with the President to allay his censorship concerns.

    And yet the censorship and big techs tyranny against the political right continues so Trump doesn’t seem to intimidate them. All major social media platforms should be declared public squares and they should be barred from censoring any speech that falls within the Brandenburg V. Ohio decision. This means all speech, including so called hate speech, is protected as long as it does not incite “imminent lawless action” such as calling for violence against specific individuals.

    Of course, the Jews and their goy lackeys have been arguing that pro-white speech and political activism is a form of “violence”. Anything that triggers (((them))) or liberal white and non-white snowflakes should be declared illegal.

    I won’t be surprised if Farrakhan gets reinstated since blacks act as a collective and Facebook won’t want to be perceived or labeled as anti-black. Blacks support their race radicals while whites do not. This is why whites are losing in the cold racial war taking place.

    The Jewish led left talking point that pro-white & anti-Jewish speech is so extreme and hateful that those espousing such ideas should be denied basic services, Constitutional rights and made societal pariahs is slowly taking root in the general population and among political elites, so this is still a very dangerous situation for white people who don’t hate themselves or obey commands to worship racial minorities and the Jewish people.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  4. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Trump is Vice-President of Israel. He is to Netanyahu what his daughter is to Jared Kushner. A bitch to his master.

    Jewish Globalists humiliate him by showing how ineffective he is. All talk, no walk. He can stop the caravan. He can’t stop the censorship. He can’t go after antifa.

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  5. dvorak says:

    at 25 her life is ruined, her income is down 90 per cent, because she supported Trump from 2015

    She can make aliyah. Whites will need a different plan than Loomers.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  6. @Anon

    What he can and cannot do is ultimately determined by the constituency.
    The others are straw men — comfortable ones, indubitably.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  7. anon[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @peter mcloughlin

    The reality is we are heading for another world war, nuclear Armageddon.

    why would we be headed for a world war?

    Russia and China aren’t the enemy, our own govts and big businesses are

    • Replies: @Per/Norway
  8. @anon

    “List of 24 Points Pressing Hard toward Recession-The Great Recession Blog”
    “g00gle” it.
    the alternative headline would be: 24 points that show why the US regime will start ww3 to stay in power

  9. Muggles says:

    Geez, getting tired of all the Jew bashing here. How childish to reduce everything to that.

    As for Google, Facebook, etc. they are able to become private censors due to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Sec. 230. That allows them no liability for what they “publish” on their websites because they claim to be “neutral content carriers.” Once that was passed the Internet boom in stock valuations took off.

    A couple of decades later that “neutral” part disappeared. Why hasn’t some deep pocket outfit sued them for that? Once they lose that liability shield they will either have to stop censorship or become subject to lawsuits for slander, libel, tort harms, etc. for everything they “permit” on their websites.

    One fact often overlooked: the biggest tech giants doing the censoring are basically ad sellers. Advertising agencies collecting eyeballs. The stock market understands that but most who get knocked off of those platforms seem to ignore this. Advertisers have always been sensitive to who and what their advertising sits next to before the public. Getting knocked off Facebook is like getting booted off a major media network. No eyeballs, no ads, fewer people reading/watching.

    So long as Facebook, et.al. falsely claim to be that “neutral content carrier” anyone relying upon their good graces for earning ad revenues, etc. are at high risk of cancellation. So don’t do it if that is your concern. In a few years “social media” will largely disappear anyway as its documented addictive qualities, privacy violations and passe cultural views will obsolete them. Meanwhile, where are the lawsuits?

    • Replies: @Brabantian
    , @anon
  10. Anonymous [AKA "j.jericho"] says:

    The banned should tell Zuckerberg, Sergei Brin, and the other Zio-Jewish owners of public speech in the US to go and “chingar a sus madres.” However, the goyim, stupidly and criminally, have allowed themselves to be castrated. The near future belongs to the tyrannical rule of the Pax Judaica of Antichrist. Already it rules the US (which with typical autistic arrogantly calls itself “America”). The US is finished, conquered by all that the Protocols so perfectly predicted and described. But the Goys don’t have the guts or the lucdity to face it squarely.

    • Agree: Rosie
    • Replies: @anon
  11. The global social media sites are Extra First Amendment / Extra Legal entitles. They can override the First Amendment, putting global speech standards First.

    The First Amendment does not protect every type of speech, just political speech, the very type of speech they’re banning. You can’t legally cry “fire” in a crowded theater, and you might not be able to legally bully individual, ordinary teenagers so harshly, using social media, that the suicide rate for teenaged girls rises measurably.

    But, in America, political speech used to be protected speech, especially for public figures. How else do competing political groups get their word out to the voters in an era of corporate-controlled broadcast media and a dying print media? Newspaper circulations took a bigger nosedive about 2012, concurrent with the rise of social media.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  12. anon[346] • Disclaimer says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump himself, or his government, were behind this. Didn’t Adolf crush is former SA supporters once he got power? I think this is a deepstate operation using tech companies as a front. Trump pretends to be offended to dampen outrage, does nothing, repeat. Eventually, all opposition is banned.

  13. @Muggles

    Re

    Where are the lawsuits?

    The erroneous assumption here is that the USA courts are somehow interested in ‘justice’

    And another wrong assumption, is that the corp media will somehow ‘cover’ the story of a court case the oligarchy does not like … or lament when the case is dismissed

    The tech companies and the oligarchy and the USA judges have a ‘deal’ together … Once that is truly understood it all falls into place

    Google is sued all over the place in the USA and 99% of the cases are dismissed / won by Google, it is said

    How many friggin’ times have we all seen someone write somewhere that a lawsuit is filed about some big issue … And then you never hear about it again

    US courts do not function like in Hollywood movies, tho people are under that illusion, entertained and deceived by stupid court stunts like a million dollars awarded for spilled coffee

    US judges taking bribes or playing political games know Google is their best friend … Gag orders and ‘orders to Google’, which can be secret, i.e., there is also a court order blocking revelation of the court order, everything under seal … hiding the judges’ own corruption and malfeasance … not to mention the crimes of the political donors

    You can file an appeal ha-ha… and then appeal to the Supreme Court … where something like 99% of appeals to the USA Supreme Court, are dismissed without argument or hearing

    ‘That’s how it goes – Everybody knows’, as Leonard Cohen said

  14. Rosie says:
    @atlantis_dweller

    What he can and cannot do is ultimately determined by the constituency.
    The others are straw men — comfortable ones, indubitably.

    No it isn’t. It’s determined by the media that get to filter what the constituency gets to see and hear about.

  15. El Dato says:

    As activist Laura Loomer (who, let the record show, is Jewish and pro-Israel) explains passionately in this video, at 25 her life is ruined, her income is down 90 per cent, because she supported Trump from 2015.

    Being in the Holocaust and the Gulag at the same time.

    > life is ruined

    I thought the economy was booming?

    I demand an immediate stop to the drama.

  16. Rosie says:
    @dvorak

    She can make aliyah. Whites will need a different plan than Loomers.

    I’m not so sure about that. Are you still a member in good standing of the tribe if you openly side with badwhites against immigration? She seems to have thrown her lot in with us, the deplorables.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  17. @Endgame Napoleon

    “The global social media sites are Extra First Amendment / Extra Legal entitles. They can override the First Amendment, putting global speech standards First.”

    Time to deem them as Common Carriers and require them to carry all traffic. FCC could do that with little delay … if they had the stones. Trump jawbones the Fed constantly, but hasn’t had a peep to the powers that could actually deal with the fake news aimed at him and The Right.

  18. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @Muggles

    Geez, getting tired of all the Jew bashing here. How childish to reduce everything to that.

    As for Google, Facebook, etc. they are able to become private censors due to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Sec. 230

    i can’t understand all this jew-bashing either

    its almost like i’m an uninformed idiot

  19. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The US is finished, conquered by all that the Protocols so perfectly predicted and described. But the Goys don’t have the guts or the lucdity to face it squarely.

    surely someone with big balls like you could lead the way?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  20. Hibernian says:
    @Rosie

    They wouldn’t take Meyer Lansky. There are some limits; don’t know if they’d take her.

  21. Anonymous [AKA "Renaud"] says:
    @anon

    @anon 115: “surely someone with big balls like you could lead the way?”

    Surely someone like you with shit for brains could be his deputy, lol. My God, how this place is crawling with fools. What j.jericho writes is on the money, you fool. For starters, read the material, and read Dmitri Orlov’s recent article, in which he says precisely that the US is finished. Of course, I doubt you will. Ignorant, smug and lazy big mouth slobs read little or nothing, given their goldfish-like attention spans and very limited intelligence.

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