Censorship 2.0: Online Giants to Censor Online News to Combat Misinformation

Remember when liberals used to be the first ones to defend the freedom of speech?

Well, something odd has happened over the last couple years. The same people who started companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, promising the world these platforms were going to be the pinnacle of free speech and expression, have apparently decided that well, they don’t actually like that whole freedom of expression thing after all.

The Ministry of Truth: Even Orwell would have a hard time believing it!

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Facebook, Twitter and some 20 so-called “news organizations,” have joined forces to combat news that they don’t like; pretending they are somehow saving the internet from what they are calling online misinformation. But one man’s misinformation is another man’s political opinion, and these tech giants seem to think they should be the ones who decide what is right and what is “misinformation.”

First Draft News, which is backed by the global behemoth Google, announced that 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network that will decide on best practices for online journalism. The companies, all of whom are supposedly in competition with each other, all seem to have one goal in common; they think they should be the ones who decide what is and what isn’t seen online and on social networks.

So who is in this Coalition to kill Free Speech?

The partner network includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, The New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, ABC News of Australia, ProPublica, AFP, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Le Monde’s Les Decodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange and Al Jazeera Media Network.

Other organizations in the network include Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network and Duke Reporters’ Lab.”

It seems the internet is far too much freedom for these Orwellian Globalists

A Scene from Orwell's 1984

What’s happening here is nothing more than a full-fledged propaganda campaign against the freedom-loving people of the world. They are literally trying to shape public opinion.

While some who share the same political ideologies as these companies may believe this is a good thing, you need to ask yourself, do you really want a handful of global corporations deciding what is and isn’t newsworthy? What happens when your beliefs and opinions all of sudden become a threat to their bottom line, will your thoughts and speech then end up in their online speech prisons, deemed too dangerous for the world to read?

This goes so much further than just political opinion.

Unfortunately, we now live in a world where both political parties, along with a number of corporations have come to fear the internet that they claimed to support. We have a handful of companies who wrap themselves in internet freedom, while at the same time trying to kill the spirit which spawned the internet.

Journalism isn’t a collective; we aren’t communist Russia, and no conglomerate of internet/media companies should have the power to decide what is and isn’t news. The great thing about the internet has always been the ability to find new information, new ideas, and express yourself without fear or retribution. Once they take that away, what’s left?

Open Internet in Jeopardy of U.N. Takeover

On October 1st, the Obama administration is set to give away the United States’ control of the internet; something that these tech giants are pushing for.

Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet’s technical management to the global community.  In the Sept. 13, 2016 letter, a copy of which had been reviewed by Reuters before it was sent, the technology companies said it was “imperative” that Congress does not delay the transition.”

Internet freedom watchdog groups warn that this alone could stifle free speech and kill open commerce, as dictatorial governments from around the world wrestle for control of the open internet.

These companies are creating an internet monopoly, and since Twitter, Facebook and Google now account for the majority of all internet traffic, smaller sites and alternative media are soon going to find it impossible to get their word out to the masses. A small number of liberally run corporations, corporations that should have never even been allowed to have this much power under antitrust laws, now have the power to shape everything you see. We are heading into some interesting times!

So what can you do to fight back?

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I wrote an article about this earlier in the year, warning about what I saw coming. For the last couple of years, this site has been routinely censored and even suspended from a number of Social Media sites simply for sharing our opinions. Here is what I suggested then, and still suggest today.

1. Limit, stop using, or take control of how you use these Social Media Ghettos!

Matt Drudge describes these social networks as “Social Media Ghettos,” warning people that these tech giants are swallowing up content and killing organic growth for alternative media websites. There is more than a little bit of truth behind what he is saying. These companies have created a system where it’s almost impossible to go around them, literally swallowing up the Internet into communities they control and regulate.

Out of my 330,000+ followers on Facebook, I’m lucky if Facebook shows my post to 5% of those people. And Twitter has recently started Shadow Banning people, refusing to show controversial posts to even people who choose to follow your account.

While there still may be some value to sharing these types of articles, almost like going behind enemy lines, the fact is it’s getting harder for alternative media to reach the people who want to see their stories.

2. Start your own website or online community.

I’m one guy; if I can do it, so can you.  I started this OFFGRID back in 2007, and I have slowly grown it one day at a time. It’s not easy, and it often takes a lot out of you, but I do believe it’s important.

In the process of doing building the site, I’ve talked to millions of people, written a book that helped expand my reach beyond the internet, and helped a countless number of people become better prepared for the very real threats in today’s society.

So yes, it is worth it!

Even if it’s just a small blog, one that is only read by a handful of people, you have the power to create your own community that isn’t owned by Facebook, Google, Twitter, or any other media conglomerate. You can write about the things that are important to you, and you can share the stories and links that you think are important.

  • Don’t just leave comments on Facebook: Comment in the comments section on this and other blogs. This will help move the conversation off these social media sites, and back into arenas where we control the content.
  • If you don’t want to start your own page, shoot me an email through my contact page if you want to write for OFFGRID Survival or one of my other sites that I’m currently trying to get off the ground.

3. Download and use an RSS Reader

While not many people still use RSS Readers — Facebook essentially killed them — there isn’t a better way to collect the news you want to see. Instead of relying on Google or Facebook to tell you what’s important, download an RSS reader and subscribe to sites like this and other independent media sources. With an RSS Reader, you choose what you see, when you see it, and how much of it you see.

4. Sign up for our Newsletter: I don’t send them often, but when I do you can be sure that you are getting our articles straight from the source.

9 Comments

  1. Gerbils
    September 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    How you started this article is dead on. We have a nation of brainwashed idiots, the same people who grew up talking about free speech every chance they got are now the same ones applauding safe zones at colleges and censorship online. The problem is we have a one party system masquerading as two parties who have fooled the gullible masses who all think their free because they can smoke pot, watch pornography, and stair into the idiot box and watch shows about trannies and same-sex marriage.

    We have become enslaved by evil and idiocy! You say Orwell wouldn’t believe this, but I think it’s even worse. I think the best propagandists in the Nazi Government would be shocked at the complete brainwashing of the world.

  2. PNW
    September 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Step one: Control the banking systems and make the money worthless. Done
    Step two: Limit the ability to voice concerns. Done
    Step three: Remove all means of personal protection. In the works.

    Wake up people.

  3. Rickshaw
    September 14, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I seen your post on Facebook but only because I purposely went to your page it never actually showed up in my feed even though I subscribe to your page on there. Thanks for the tips on how to break free from these companies, but I’m afraid we are probably past the point of no return.

    I saw the graphic you posted on there about the 16 companies who basically own most of the websites online and was shocked to see that websites I thought were independent are actually run by these Mega corporations. Wow even Reddit, who knew!

  4. Brian
    September 14, 2016 at 3:47 am

    It is the online giants that contribute to the disinformation and misinformation now and if they start censoring their own disinformation and misinformation then we all might as well stop reading anything that is published

  5. Well said my friend, this influx of censorship is the reason why we took survivalpulse.com underground (newsletter only service). I have no doubts it will get worse before it gets better.

    • mac
      September 14, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Thomas. I am subscribed to the newsletter and look forward to it everyday. (am actually upset when it doesn’t arrive in my inbox) That being said, one of the things I loved was being able to go back to previous days posts and read the wealth, practically a library’s worth, of excellent articles on numerous topics. Is there any chance or way in the foreseeable future that there may be an archives of the older posts? Just curious. Thanks for all you do.

      Mac in Texas

      • Howdy Mac, First of all, thanks for the support! We really appreciate it. With regards to archiving in this current political climate with major tech firms clamping down, its obviously a risk. It won’t take much for google to label us as “alt-right extremists” and delist us from their search index based on the nature of the data we provide. I will talk with Elise and see if we can create a private (password protected) archive for readers to access but for now we prefer the out of sight, out of mind approach.

  6. Al metcalf
    September 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    These socialist dictators have never really been for free speech. Oh, they shouted it loud and clear but everyone knew what they really meant was free speech ONLY when they agree with what was being said. Here’s a story for you, Google controls WAY more than people realize, even small town classifieds . And they can and do dictate what can be sold. I live in one such small town and they used to run gun ads on this online classified site all the time. Google told them they had to stop running ads for firearms or lose their service! So they had to pull all private firearm sales listings. They ended up starting a new page just for firearms where Google had no say in the matter. Not sure what they did.

  7. B from CA
    September 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Brother Nathanel Kapner’s site “Real Zionist News Brother Nathanel Kapner is hard to get but it’s still on the web. He has an article how the bullying law is misused by the ADL. It goes hand in hand with this censorship phenomen. Considering that the CIA was behind the creation of the NET it was always intended to enslave us. To some degree however, it has backfired.

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