This is how you kill the political opposition. Deny them the ability to speak their mind, exclude them from the conversation.
Is anyone locked out of Gab? I’ve been trying to get in for awhile. Scuttlebutt is that they shut down earlier for someone’s anti-semite remarks about the shooting in PA. I had access until about an hour ago and haven’t posted all day. Just wondering – are you shut out? pic.twitter.com/z7MBe8XAsX
Robert Bowers, the suspected shooter at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, is being used to denounce social media not on the corporate reservation.
Bowers had an account on Gab, the free speech social media alternative to Twitter and Facebook, where he posted antisemitic content, and this is now being used to portray the site as a haven for antisemites.
I don’t believe this will work. Gab, often described as a refuge for alt-righters bounced from corporate-government social media, is targeted for destruction.
Soon after Gab launched in 2016, the corporate media piled on, describing the site as an echo chamber for alt-righters who are, according to the propaganda media, white supremacists and Nazis down to the man and woman.
“Gab’s appeal for that crowd is obvious,” writes Wired, a Condé Nast publication. “The only posting guidelines are no illegal porn, no threats of violence, no terrorism, and no doxing. Oh, and a fifth commandment that literally says ‘try to be nice.’ Everything else is fair game. Notably absent? Any explicit stipulations against hate speech.”
The “hate speech” pejorative is being used to tag anybody to the right of Hillary Clinton as extremist, the sort of people who stroll into synagogues and commit mass murder. The corporate media has done an exemplary job of demonizing the alt-right as nothing more than a fringe gaggle of racists and misogynists, which is of course absurd on its face.
Worth going back to 2016 piece by @amandahess on Gab, “a digital safe space for the far right, where white nationalists, conspiracy-theorist YouTubers, and minivan majority moms can gather without liberal interference” https://t.co/5XKr7EAgpb
The effort to shut down Gab depends on the Nazi stereotype. If you’re on Gab, as I am, it’s assumed you’re a fascist, a white supremacist, an angry white male acting violently to preserve his privilege.
Three months ago we spoke out about the Nazi-loving social media platform @getongab after Nazi’s threatened @EdKrassen and me.
Today it turns out that the Pittsburgh shooter, Robert Bowers was a prominent member on Gab.
For the Left, violence is acceptable—if it is aimed at alt-righters and others not part of the Resistance™. Hatred is all good if it’s directed at people who are 1) white, 2) male, 3) think Identity politics is pure insanity, and 4) are not Democrats or progressives, therefore Nazis.
Are you horrified by the mass murder of congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue? Wonder where the shooter could have been radicalized & encouraged to “kill jews”? It’s called Gab, the social network for Nazis and bigots. Powered by @stripe.
If you believe I’m exaggerating about the effort to shut down Gab and any other social media platform not under the control of the state and its corporate partners, check out this post from Gab:
I believe some day in the not too distant future you will not be allowed an internet presence if your political views don’t align with the state and its corporate propaganda media.
Of course, the state isn’t “progressive,” as many alt-righters tend to think. It is fascist—a melding of state and corporate power.
The elite are exploiting a gullible Left to advance their long-term agenda: a one world government and an all encompassing surveillance state that will make real resistance—not the kind imagined by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—all but impossible.
Jamie Fly, a former high-ranking Bush era neocon, believes you shouldn’t have the right to post on social media.
“Fly went on to complain that ‘all you need is an email’ to set up a Facebook or Twitter account, lamenting the sites’ accessibility to members of the general public. He predicted a long struggle on a global scale to fix the situation, and pointed out that to do so would require constant vigilance,” writeJeb Sprague and Max Blumenthal.
This attitude shouldn’t come as a surprise. Neocons believe they are a special breed, the chosen few of an intellectual crème de la crème, and the rest of us are merely bread and circus spectators on the sidelines as they forge our collective history (and increasingly possible ruin).
Fly is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. He “served” in the National Security Council and the Defense Department during the Bush presidency. He also worked at the Claremont Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. Fly tutored presumptive presidential candidate Marco Rubio on foreign policy and he is the former director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a staunch neocon advocacy group founded by arch neocons William Kristol, Robert Kagan, and Dan Senor.
He is now a senior fellow and director of the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund, an organization funded by the US government and NATO. The German Marshall Fund organized the Alliance for Securing Democracy and its Hamilton 68 effort to destroy alternative media under the false (and largely debunked) claim it is a cutout for Russia and Vladimir Putin who are, we are reminded daily, dedicated to destroying democracy and taking down the exceptional and indispensable nation.
Jamie Fly and his coconspirators Laura Rosenberger and J.M. Berger know the Russians aren’t responsible for thousands of alternate media websites and social media accounts. They know this phenomenon, which began with the birth of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s, is homespun and has absolutely nothing to do with Russia. It is their mission to make sure the establishment is free to promulgate its lies and war propaganda without counterbalance and the interruption of truth.
These folks are digital book burners on par with Nazis who burned books in Berlin on the Opernplatz in May of 1933. Like the Nazis, they want to silence those who counter the narrative. For the Nazis, the targets were communists, socialists, anarchists, and all who opposed fascism, while our new book burners—liquidators of heresy against the ruling elite—are focused on groups and individuals challenging the lies and half-truths of the state regardless of ideology.
For the elite, populism and nationalism represent a twin threat to the emerging globalist scheme of a one-world government and currency directed by a cadre of unelected bureaucrats and ideologues.
Donald Trump portrayed himself as a patriot and nationalist—Make America Great Again—however after the election the same old crowd of CFR operatives, Goldman Sachs alumni, and hardcore neocons staffed his administration, thus making the realization of his campaign promises virtually impossible.
The ruling elite, their functionaries and proxies have declared war on “alternative facts,” that is to say information contrary and even hostile to the narrative. While it is true the corporate media has lost some influence, it still projects a powerful influence on public opinion, especially in the current highly polarized political climate.
For instance, it is now assumed a Trump supporter send bombs to Democrats, and this has become a trending topic on social media. There is zero evidence a Trump supporter had anything to do with this incident, and yet the hashtag “MAGABomber” has gone viral on social media, demonstrating how easily it is to sell lies and fabrications to a polarized public.
Fly and his digital book burning associates will not stop until the last vestiges of the alternative media are wiped out. This process is underway now with a number of popular alternative media websites losing significant traffic following removal from social media.
As Mr. Fly says, this is only the beginning. They will not stop until the challenge is defeated and the digital information landscape is once again completely in control of the psychopaths at the top and their well-paid minions pushing the idiotic lie that Putin and the Russians are responsible.
It’s like a mental defect, this inability to understand something very simple and straightforward.
If you’re not part of the corporate club, you’re not going to be allowed the privilege of posting on social media. If you rub the state-sanctioned narrative wrong, you will be deplatformed.
Reverb Press found this out the hard way. It was caught up in the sanitization campaign that memory holed hundreds of websites from Facebook and Twitter.
Marc Belisle, a former editor at the leftist website, whined about his treatment at the hands of Facebook after the corporate behemoth swept the website into the memory hole for unexplained crimes against the narrative.
According to Belisle, Reverb’s editor, James Reader, was extra careful to not offend Facebook—and went so far as to follow every minor nuance of its best practices—but this didn’t save the website.
“They basically shut everybody down and sent the same boilerplate thing to all the pages,” Reader told Belisle.
Reverb, however, was all for scrubbing folks based on political ideology. It celebrated the deplatforming of Alex Jones. And it was vicious in its celebration, employing now routine pejoratives overused by leftists to describe their political enemies.
Like everyone who has worked for Reverb Press, I am passionate about researching, analyzing, and informing people about politics. And like most people who worked there, the Great Recession left me overeducated, underemployed, and buried under student loan debt. Despite my financial situation, I continued to write about politics, for little pay, because it’s important to me. The fact that I got paid anything at all was just a bonus to pursuing my passion and reaching an audience of over 800,000 people who chose to follow our work on Facebook.
Join the club, Mr. Belisle. There are thousands of us out here writing for little or no pay.
But that’s not the point.
The point is this: corporate social media, in bed with the state, is moving to wipe all media off the web that does not support the narrative. The targets include social media accounts on both the right and left.
Belisle worked for a website that celebrated corporate censorship. Reverb is now having a self-righteous moment of indignation as it conveniently ignores its own behavior.
It’s well past time to fully comprehend the dynamics of the current situation. It is really quite simple, even blinkered and brainwashed leftists—and their counterparts on the right—should be able to understand.
If you’re not a member in good standing with the corporate media combine or you’re not taking foundation money from the gatekeepers, you will be swept into the memory hole.
It’s simple as that and really not difficult to understand, even for double standard leftists who aren’t opposed to censorship and media purges so long as they are not victims.
An article posted today on Global Research features a couple screen grabs from the PropOrNot Twitter feed. Both celebrate the takedown of hundreds of social media accounts this week.
Notice the emojis. Cute touch, would’t you say?
I don’t believe for a second the anonymous group or individual behind PropOrNot actually believes Russia had anything to do with the social accounts in question. But it’s possible they may have fooled themselves into believing this. If they’re idiots.
I’m convinced PropOrNot is in some way linked to intelligence or its corporate appendages.
But here’s what’s interesting. The accounts disappeared were included in a Washington Post article in 2016. The Post collaborated with the mysterious (front operation) PropOrNot to blacklist popular and well-trafficked websites.
Before the election the elite had brainstormed ways to get rid of an alternative media that has dogged it at every turn, primarily after 9/11. The growth of anti-establishment websites expanded exponentially with the rise of social media and affordable full-featured web hosting.
The Clinton-DNC loss was immediately blamed on the Russia and its supposed nefarious connections to Putin and the Oligarchs. This soon evolved into a detailed and full-blown conspiracy theory despite its implausibility. The establishment media then turned it into a Big Lie. It was repeated over and over until it became an unarguable fact.
The manufactured hysteria was used to get Congress to investigate—with the intrepid Diane Feinstein leading the charge—and this added another layer of authentication. In true Mussolini fashion the corporate sector piled on. The Atlantic Council launched its Hamilton Dashboard and corporate news organizations began employing “fact-checkers” (almost exclusively with a liberal bias) to tell Americans what is fake and part of a large Russian scheme to destroy democracy.
History is replete with examples of the state covertly undermining and destroying organizations and individuals perceived as threats to its monopoly of power and violence. The accounts closed down by corporate social media on the heels of the takedown of Alex Jones were tagged for destruction a couple years ago. This is a highly coordinated effort that shares a parallel with the destruction of Occupy Wall Street and many other movements before it.
The phase following the sanitization of corporate social media will include efforts to pressure ISPs and providers into closing down accounts and denying service those included on a no-fly list for the internet. All of this will continue to build on the discredited and absurd Russian influence ruse until the mission is accomplished.
I realize millions of Americans understand the whole remarkably lame Russian influence campfire story is transparently bogus. But that doesn’t matter. Influential members of Congress believe it—or were told to believe it—and this will result in legislation and possibly even a confrontation with Russia.
[Facebook’s] reputation for fake news blew up during the 2016 presidential election, when it was overrun with political spam deployed in large part by Russian trolls and foreign profiteers. But the company’s newest efforts indicate that the Russian boogeyman has given way to something far thornier:fake news of a homegrown variety.
Fake news sleeper cells, who would’ve thunk?
Ideological disparity does not figure into this ominous threat to democracy. For instance, a leftist website, Reasonable People Unite, was jettisoned by Facebook.
“I am a legitimate political activist. I don’t have a clickbait blog. I don’t have a fake news website. And I haven’t been doing anything that all the other pages in this space aren’t doing,” the guy who runs the website, Chris Metcalf, told The Washington Post, the crown jewel of a long-standing CIA effort to shape public perception with its own brand of fake and manipulated news.
Meanwhile, a hack for the BBC over on the other side of the pond warns fake news imperils official conduits of state propaganda.
“The fake news tag has given street cred to mass disbelief. That doesn’t just threaten journalism everywhere. It threatens people everywhere,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC.
How to fight this scourge? Indoctrinate the kids.
Hall announced that the British broadcaster had started a program with schools to educate pupils about how to spot fake news, as well as organizing an event where teenagers from London, Delhi and Nairobi will work to stop its spread. Hall also said he wants the BBC to extend the work of its “reality check” fact-checking teams and will use more data and evidence to explain why something has happened.
Not to worry, Mr. Hall. The BBC is safe at Facebook, even if it pushed the blatantly fake Novichok story.
She begins with the Brett Kavanaugh kerfuffle and from there identifies several terrorists.
Among those cheering on the hate-trollers were many familiar faces from the sewers of the modern far-right disinformation metropolis: dandified Republican rogue (and likely Mueller investigee) Roger Stone, his alt-media protégés Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, anarchist turned Kremlin propaganda employee turned Bernie backer turned Trump backer Cassandra Fairbanks, and breathless Infowars conspiracist-in-chief Alex Jones. And not surprisingly, alt-right super-troll Chuck Johnson had his own connection to players in the scandal.
McKew believes our entire way of life is threatened by a new form of terrorism that invades the mind through social media and the internet.
This is an operational unit of information terrorists helping to transform the way Americans consume news in the age of Trump—some of the central nodes that give order to the information deluge and around which bot armies and human amplification networks can be organized, wiped out, reconstituted, and armed for attack.
What Americans read and consider news and non-news is none of Ms. McKew’s business. If I want to consult Green Eggs and Ham before shuffling into a polling place, that’s my business.
McKew argues that exiling information terrorists from the corporate social media kingdom will not silence the cadre and finally put an end to its “digital violence.”
Some call this trolling, but that term is far too mild. These are not the proverbial hoodied losers in some basement, engaging with other humans only via videogames and 8chan. This cadre has hundreds of thousands of followers and devotees on Twitter, Instagram, Gab, and other social media, many of whom will post and amplify their views even after the personalities themselves are kicked off the platforms for threats and rules violations. The network also takes advantage of affiliations with increasingly mainstream partisan media outlets that will subscribe to any argument that suits their current agenda.
After crawling through the QAnon and Pizzagate swamp, McKew concludes there is a huge conspiracy afoot. She conjures up trench warfare and the psychological terror of Stalin to make her point.
“The immediate costs are already visible in America. The long-term costs will be devastating. One need only look to Stalin’s campaigns of internal psychological terror waged in captive nations to understand the price can be inconceivably high,” she writes.
It’s a massive conspiracy to get inside your head and through the voodoo of social media and Facebook ads shape your political convictions and thus on Election Day make sure you vote for the inheritors of Stalin’s terror.
Although McKew—a former employee of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili—has not explicitly called for rounding up this new generation of terrorists (who have miraculously turned ones and zeros into a weapon of mass destruction), her screed insinuates something drastic must be done if we are going to save America from white nationalists and the defenders of Brett Kavanaugh.
If Donald Trump is to be taken down along with Roger Stone, Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Cassandra Fairbanks, and millions of other digital terrorists, action must be taken.
Both the Free Thought Project and The Anti-Media lost their social media accounts in a coordinated attack today by Facebook and Twitter.
Antiwar critics of establishment politics @AntiMedia and @TFTPROJECT just had their pages with millions of followers deleted by Facebook, along with hundreds of other alternative media outlets. Latest escalation of corporate censorship used as state censorship in the west. pic.twitter.com/Fdk9Yd13jI
Facebook alone removed 559 pages and 251 accounts.
Facebook has unpublished our page
After 5 years of building fans Facebook has officially unpublished our page (3.1 million fans) so we can’t post on it anymore. This is truly an outrage and we are devastated. We will do everything we can to recover our page and fight back. pic.twitter.com/H3AmHTT8Qo
— Free Thought Project (@TFTPROJECT) October 11, 2018
Dan Dicks is another victim.
“The Press For Truth FaceBook Page with 350k followers has just been memory holed form the internet! 350k followers gone in the blink of an eye as we are right before our eyes witnessing the results of what happens when these big tech companies appoint themselves as the gatekeepers of political thought and opinion,” a headline story at Press For Truth reports today.
Facebook just shut down, Free Thought Project, Press For Truth, Anti-Media and dozens of other VERY IMPORTANT alternative media pages that we, of course, have a very close relationship with.
The midterm election is being used as an excuse to purge social media accounts and thus reduce traffic to websites on the target list.
First it was alt-right figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich who had their accounts pulled for behavior that is an every day occurrence by others on social media.
Then Alex Jones was taken down. This was a landmark event that served notice on other websites diverging from the establishment narrative and spreading dangerous “alternative facts.”
Now the effort has moved on the the next level of targets, those with moderate to high social media traffic and successful websites with growing viewership. Not millions like Jones, but a couple hundred thousand all the way down to tens of thousands.
Numbers are way down for sites banished from the corporate social media kingdom. Traffic is drying up and thus support.
This is precisely what the establishment and its political class have in mind. It has nothing to do with “inauthentic” content as they claim. It is a concerted effort to wipe out for good entire segments of the alternative media.
If Democrats take control of Congress next month, watch out. They will make it impossible for another Donald Trump to get elected with the help of social media.
They leveraged the patently absurd and widely discredited Russian influence scam. The accusation Trump somehow colluded with the Russians has been used to tarnish his supporters, conservatives in general, and other groups not part of the establishment engineered political arrangement.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others are building an algorithmic filter. It will not permit entire segments of the population to weigh in on political issues during federal elections.
That model, most recently tested in Brazil, will be used. If successful in November, it will be further implemented after the election.
The European model (not based on constitutional liberties) will be adopted. This is a collectivist arrangement where certain groups are protected by the government while individual Germans and Swedes are singled out and prosecuted for criticizing the arrangement on social media.
Finally, I believe somewhere down the line many of us will barred access to the internet if were appear on a government list similar to the malfunctioning no-fly list. This will be easy to implement. Pass a law forbidding ISPs from selling service to Americans espousing political ideas considered racist, homophobic, misogynistic, transphobic, etc., by the government.
In the current political climate, it’s easy to fall into one of these categories. Others will be memory holed simply due to their political philosophy, most notably conservatives and libertarians, but also nonviolent radical leftists and progressives opposed to the military-industrial-surveillance complex and neoliberal globalism.