ELDER PATRIOT – Apple has stripped its app store of VPN’s that allow users to circumvent government internet filters further tightening government control over the news and opinions that consumers get to see.
Right now Apple is limiting this censorship abetting restriction to China but make no mistake, once you know Apple’s reason you’ll realize that it’s only a matter of time before we are facing the same government constraint on news offerings here.
When asked to comment, Apple released a statement saying that the Chinese government recently announced all developers offering VPNs needed to obtain a government license. This essentially gives the government complete control over free speech rights – who gets to be heard and what the consumer of information can gain access to.
The New York Times notes:
This is not the first time that Apple has removed apps at the request of the Chinese government, but it is a new reminder of how deeply beholden the tech giant has become to Beijing at a moment when the leadership has been pushing to tighten its control over the internet.
Why would Apple, a company that rose to prominence on facilitating the free flow of information over the Internet, now abandon the core ethic of its very reason for being? For the same reasons Facebook and Google have, it’s all about money.
Be aware that this is not the first time that Apple has removed apps at the request of the Chinese government. Greater China is Apple’s largest market outside the United States. And, with the Chinese market potentially 3-4 times the size of the United States, Apple sees this as the source that will keep fueling the meteoric rise of its stock price.
The threat this poses for Americans is imminent and cannot be overstated.
Once China overtakes the United States as Apple’s largest revenue source Apple will be even more beholden to the demands of Beijing. Imagine the incredible leverage China will then be able to exert over what Americans get to read over the Internet. China’s move to purchase Hollywood’s largest studios proves its intent to control America’s media for propaganda purposes.
Before you comfort yourself that can’t happen here because we are protected by the First Amendment then consider these facts:
- Before leaving office, President Obama used the cover provided by his vacation and the Christmas holiday to sign the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 into law. The law funds the creation of what amounts to a Ministry of Truth in violation of our First Amendment protection that first passed both Republican held Houses of Congress and is the first step in ushering in Chinese style censorship.
- The New York Times reported that “[Facebook] has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked.”
Zuckerberg knows that to gain access for his social media network to China’s 1.1 billion people he’ll need to play by China’s rules. That means accepting China’s Internet censorship rules.
The Times account included this fact: In the last half of 2015 Facebook blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries.”
Here, in the United States conservative websites have seen traffic to their websites’ suppressed by Facebook’s algorithms many times in the past. The truth of these allegations was confirmed by “anonymous sources at Facebook’s news team who confirmed to Gizmodo that, in addition to suppressing conservative news sources, the company suppresses stories about itself while artificially promoting stories about the Black Lives Matter movement.”
If Zuckerberg succeeds in cutting a deal with China it won’t be long before the share of Facebook’s revenue coming from China dwarf’s the revenues the company is realizing in the United States. This will give China enormous future influence over Facebook’s future content in the United States.
- This Fox Business article outlines how Google is already suppressing what Americans see and don’t see, already.
As we reported, earlier this year Google almost stole the election for Hillary and the Globalists by adjusting numeric weightings in their search algorithms to artificially promote or suppress content as they see fit. This is a secret process that Google has admitted to engaging in.
Google’s decision makers know that 94% of users never leave the first page of results giving them massive leverage over what people actually see without engaging in outright censorship.
With its soft censorship of conservative websites Google serves as the police state surveillance branch of the NSA. But that’s only part of it.
Google is actively monitoring your searches and building a psychological profile of who you are and how you think becoming the Orwellian surveillance apparatus it once assured us it could never be.
America teeters on the brink because we have accepted the Libertarians’ argument that Apple, Facebook, and Google are private companies that should be free to grow as large as they can and control as much as they can.
However, it is this size and control that now threatens every Americans’ freedom to earn and to express them selves.
Their defenders either are unaware of, or ignore, Apple, Facebook and Google’s willingness to accept government funding and do the government’s bidding so that they may be permitted to continue growing.
Remember the lie that “Too big to fail” was? With these tech giants we have passed the point of allowing them to grow bigger because that growth is dependent on the mandates of hostile foreign governments.
Apple, Facebook and Google already serve as giant propaganda arms of our government. We cannot stand by and lose even more control of their content to governments we have no recourse over.
This is why President Trump authorized White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon to call for regulating Facebook and Google like the utilities they have essentially become. Imagine if your current utilities – water, electric, phone – were allowed to limit your usage based on your political views.
Information warfare is the 21st century battlefield. We were warned about this eventuality by the author of our Constitution James Madison, who wrote:
“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
When will we realize what former NY Times reporter Sydney Schanberg once wrote?
“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.
I hope this article proves to you that if we wish to preserve our freedoms we must force our elected leaders to open the information pipeline and keep it open.
If you think the article is worth sharing please send a link to your friends directly because our primary platform has been Faceplanting us as of late.
God bless you.