October 11, 2018 can be remembered in historical past because the day the tech giants tried to wipe out unbiased, liberty-minded, antiwar media from the airwaves. On Thursday, in a coordinated effort, a whole bunch of pages dedicated to peace and liberty have been reminiscence holed by social media giants.
As a part of its purge, Fb has eliminated the pages of a number of police accountability/watchdog/critic teams, together with Cop Block, the Free Thought Mission, and Police the Police. They’ve additionally apparently severely restricted exercise for the Pictures Is Not a Crime web page.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) October 12, 2018
What makes this latest purge from Fb and Twitter so egregious is that the pages just like the Free Thought Mission, the Anti-Media, Press for Fact, and dozens of others, didn’t match the hate speech narrative these identical corporations used to wipe out Alex Jones. As an alternative, these pages have been devoted to spreading peace, bridging the divide, bringing humanity collectively and holding authorities accountable.
And the way does this poem finish, once more? https://t.co/nUZ82x9JFt
— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) August 6, 2018
The purge occurred round 12:30 p.m. CST with mainstream information experiences launching on the identical time — implying that they got the heads up concerning the transfer.
In a statement co-authored by Fb Head of Cybersecurity Nathaniel Gleicher — who Caitlin Johnstone aptly points out, additionally occurs to be the previous White Home National Security Council Director of Cybersecurity Coverage — the large social media platform defined that it has eliminated “559 Pages and 251 accounts which have persistently damaged our guidelines in opposition to spam and coordinated inauthentic habits.”
Fb stated the pages have been “working to mislead others about who they’re, and what they’re doing.” Nonetheless, this couldn’t be farther from the reality. Our names, addresses, and cellphone numbers have been on all of our pages and our profiles.
“We have been verified by Fb with just a little examine mark subsequent to our title, so that they know we’re a official group/outlet. They’ve seen our “Articles of Group” which was issued by the state of Louisiana, which is the place my accomplice and The Free Thought Mission co-founder lives,” Jason Bassler, co-founder of the Free Thought Mission defined.
Nonetheless, of their assertion, Fb then prompt the true cause behind the purge — elections are coming — and pesky people just like the unbiased media have a approach of reporting info on candidates that the mainstream tends to disregard — like struggle, corruption, and most not too long ago, Brett Kavanaugh’s disdain for the Constitution.
“Given the exercise we’ve seen — and its timing forward of the US midterm elections — we wished to give some particulars about the sorts of habits that led to this motion,” Fb stated, earlier than accusing us of hawking pretend merchandise or functioning as advert farms that tricked “folks into pondering that they have been boards for official political debate.”
It must be acknowledged that TFTP by no means hid the truth that we labored with different unbiased media teams to share our info across the net — that is the very definition of grassroots. However all of us collectively definitely posed a menace to the mainstream so this nonsense about tricking folks was introduced into play.
Inside all of our pages below the Free Thought umbrella, we had shut to six million followers. Does Fb suppose it is aware of higher than the 6 million individuals who clicked like on our web page? We additionally had near 16,000 opinions on our web page with a median four.1 star ranking, straight exhibiting that individuals desired to see what we have been placing out. The one ones manipulating folks listed below are the tech giants themselves.
All however proving the case that this was a coordinated assault by the tech large neighborhood, shortly after the purge on Fb, Twitter adopted swimsuit, wiping out our profiles on there as nicely. They gave completely no cause for the suspension.
“This signifies a re-consolidation of the media. Cable information media managed the narrative for most of fashionable historical past, however the web has lowered that barrier to entry and allowed the typical individual to change into the media themselves. This clearly took market share and affect away from the normal media, and it has allowed for a extra numerous public dialog. Now it appears the platforms which have monopolized the trade are favoring mainstream sources and silencing different voices. So now, as a substitute of permitting extra folks to have a voice, these platforms are creating an environment the place solely highly effective media organizations are welcome, simply as we had on cable information,” John Vibes poignantly famous.
The underside line is that websites like ours and the others who have been wiped from the web yesterday symbolize a voice in opposition to the plutocratic information-controlling institution. We problem their paradigm of management and this can be a thorn of their aspect.
There are not distinct strains between social media giants and authorities both which renders the “they’re non-public, they’ll do what they need” argument moot.
Fb has been partnering with the Digital Forensics Lab, an arm of the Atlantic Council suppose tank — a neoconservative group funded by Gulf monarchies, protection giants like Raytheon, megabanks like HSBC, overseas state actors, and the US authorities — to weed out folks like us who problem the established order.
The entity that’s making censorship choices for Fb, as publicly introduced, is the Atlantic Council, a partly US government-funded entity. At what level will the extraordinarily tight ties between these corporations and the US authorities finish the “they’re non-public” argument?
— Daniel McAdams (@DanielLMcAdams) October 12, 2018
Serving as a kick within the enamel to the 1000’s of people that misplaced their livelihoods yesterday due to this purge is the truth that pages who do got down to intentionally deceive folks, put out precise pretend information, and slander others — just like the notorious Your News Wire — stay intact and in a position to publish.
No, we’re not calling for these pretend pages to be eliminated, however as a substitute utilizing it as some extent of reference as to why they focused us when pages like YNW have change into well-known for spreading lies and deceiving folks.
Those that demanded Fb & different Silicon Valley giants censor political content material – one thing they did not really wish to do – are discovering that content material that they themselves help & like find yourself being repressed. That is what has occurred to each censorship advocate in historical past: https://t.co/IZHF8GVkgC
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 12, 2018
Certainly, we now have reached the precipice of corporate-state censorship. Those that have consistently demanded that tech giants silence their critics and data that ‘offends’ them are lastly seeing the inevitable outcomes of such irresponsible acts.
As we now have been declaring for the final two years, tech monopolies massive sufficient to silence these with whom you disagree, are massive sufficient to someday silence you.
The silver lining to this huge purge of unbiased media is that it alerts the start of the tip of censored media. TFTP has been planning for today and we now have been rising our e-mail record and our subscriber base. We won’t be silenced.
Whereas it could appear bleak for now, we’ll rise from the ashes of the social media dinosaurs to assist construct and create new platforms which are out of their management the place concepts of peace and freedom will be mentioned brazenly with out worry of devoting years to a platform that may disappear you within the blink of a watch.
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