Elder Patriot – Before you dismiss this as nonsense understand that Facebook has engaged in censorship across the globe from Pakistan to China and has proven to be a portent of the role they’re now playing in stifling free speech here at home.
In December of 2016 we called your attention to Section 1287 hidden within the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
Section 1287 provided the funding and the guidelines necessary to establish a Global Engagement Center. At the time we warned that the wording is sufficiently vague enough for the GEC to become a Ministry of Truth:
Section 1287, (a) Establishment, (2) Purpose: The purpose of the Center shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.
Section 1287, (b) Functions, (2) Analyze relevant information, data, analysis, and analytics from United States Government agencies, United States allies and partner nations, think tanks, academic institutions, civil society groups, and other nongovernmental organizations.
Section 1287, (b) Functions, (5) Facilitate the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques by sharing expertise among Federal departments and agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and implementing best practices.
At the time we questioned why anyone would think this was intended to defend against foreign propaganda is naïve. The language in the bill is sufficiently vague so as to allow the government, or perhaps corrupt government officials, to silence their critics.
And, we are now all aware of how the Obama administration ignored federal surveillance laws and corrupted the application of IRS laws among others when he thought it would be helpful to advancing his Marxist agenda.
The scary part is that it passed both Houses of Congress by overwhelming margins.
The vote in the Senate was 85-13.
The House passed it a week earlier by a vote of 375-34
That’s a paltry 47 nay votes against a law that expressly violates our First Amendment protection:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Internet publishers have been experiencing the erosion of our First Amendment rights ever since. It’s as though this was all orchestrated to shut don dissent.
We are not the only ones threatened by these unilateral and unconstitutional changes. This threatens your right to determine what the unvarnished truth is for yourself with input from those with the nerve to question the official government narrative or the political agenda of a couple of large social media giants and the world’s largest search engine.
Yesterday, the largest social media titan in the world, Mark Zuckerberg announced his platform was going to finish the job of censorship that they had been relying on rigged algorithms to accomplish until now.
Algorithms provided a way to limit the reach of dissenters by relying on sites like Snopes and Politifact (that themselves lie to defend the leftists’ agenda) to determine how many of Facebook’s users would be allowed to view items in their news feed.
The announcement yesterday outlined a new way to rank and de-rank publishers and it unmasks Facebook’s decision to further curb dissent:
“There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.”
So who gets to determine what is and is not misinformation? In fact no one can.
Anyone who has been depending on the mainstream media matrix for the last two years would never know the truth about Obama and Hillary that is about to become publicly acknowledged when the House Intelligence Committee releases its findings.
I can say this because the MMM has been silent on every abuse of power they committed. Just like in the old Soviet Union.
So Zuckerberg claims this should be turned into a popularity game instead.
“We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.
“Here’s how this will work. As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)”
Can you imagine that? The worthiness of our work will now be determined by how many people are “broadly trusted” even though those voting haven’t followed us directly to know anything about the veracity of our work.
Nothing like a company using its size and power to determine what you can see especially when they want to curry favor with the political elite.
Like during the last election when the shenanigans of Facebook and Google almost stole the election for Hillary Clinton.
Researcher Robert Epstein found that, “Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated.”
Epstein then noted, “…Half of our presidential elections have been won by margins under 7.6 percent, …well within Google’s control.”
Facebook did its part as well permitting strategically timed computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz their platform with links to the pro-left stories.
Research leaves little doubt about whether Google and Facebook have the ability to control voters. In laboratory and online experiments conducted in the United States, Epstein declared: we were able to boost the proportion of people who favored any candidate by between 37 and 63 percent after just one search session. The impact of viewing biased rankings repeatedly over a period of weeks or months would undoubtedly be larger”.
President Trump knows what he, and we are up against and has taken steps to end the Internet giants control over what is considered acceptable for discussion. That is why President Trump appointed Washington antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
Simons is considered to be a Trust Buster in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt. We hope that Simons gets to Facebook sooner rather than later.
After all, if Facebook was sincere about empowering its community of users to determine what news sources they want to read, Zuckerberg would’ve continued to rely on the existing multi-billion daily user survey that is based on likes and shares. Instead Facebook will now be telling users what they will like.
Hillary labeled publishers like us alt-right just as she labeled you deplorable. She promised to shut us down just as she promised to relegate Americana to the scrapheap of history. What we stopped her from doing to us the social media titans are now moving to accomplish.
“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” ― George Orwell, 1984