Timothy Benton | May 17, 2019 | 0
FaceBook And Other Social Networks Going All Out With Tech to Censor
We Americans have had enough, the shut down by the left of any speech, which they consider as threats over what they see as inappropriate thoughts or ideas. We have gone to the point of what we saw with the fascist in the 1930s and 40s, the only difference we aren’t burning books physically, the tech companies are instead throwing them into their electronic trash bins. Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, and other social networks are leading this charge, other tech companies like Google, Apple, and others are following, trying to censor through algorithms, thus giving them more power then even the government has.
I have been personally fighting this, was banned off of news sites, some after applying I lasted a total of 5 minutes, and why? My opinions, even if they are shown to be informed opinions, with facts, references, and documents to support my conclusions were seen as not politically correct, so places like Google News feeds have shut me down.
Facebook is even worse, I post my stories with groups I am part of, they have at times allowed me to post in one group, then ban me for 10 days, something I am currently experiencing, now until noon on the 11th I can only post in groups I manage, and this may fix that, Facebook is like the all seeing eye, you say something they don’t like, they just shut you down. This is not censorship; this is a dictatorship by tech, something that has to be fought.
And I am not the only one experiencing this, you have personalities like Alex Jones, whom even if you don’t agree with his ideas or claims, you have to wonder how on earth Facebook, Twitter, and Paypal are justified in shutting him down, demonetizing him, so he can’t get paid, when does this stop?
Facebook jail has become so regular for conservatives it has become a joke, in spite of Zucklburg claiming in front of Congress that such things don’t go on. A week after he is done, he doubles down and makes it impossible for conservative sites to function on his platform, Congress does nothing but wring their hands.
We all know that if this was a conservative platform doing this to liberals, the GOP members in Congress would be outraged and siding with their liberal colleges, would demand hearings and take whatever steps are necessary to stop this, but because it is conservatives, and most of these people are conservative only in name only, they really could care less.
But are we conservatives the only ones affected? One of the greatest affected are Romance writers, and other authors, many are finding the covers they have listed on either Tumbler or Facebook shut down because their cover may show a male with bare chest, or possible violent scenes that go against what today’s new censors find objectionable.
Genres that get into a more specific type of writing, more to suit the needs of the reader, they are finding themselves under increasing attacks if their covers or book don’t go along with what the morality police within the tech world and social media is leaning towards.
While I do agree that some of this is not suitable for young readers to read, if they are not posting the book online, just giving reference to it along with the cover, I am not sure how they can justify that anyone is hurt.
Even the LGBQ community is being censored for words that the now politically correct leadership in the community is seen as incorrect, even if it is not sexual is now shutting down accounts for what they deem as inappropriate speech.
While I am not a follower of this community, I am an author; I have a massive problem with any censorship. I understand that some photos are inappropriate, and they should be screened out, such as nudity if you are dealing with a site that children are accessing, but words are not the same as long as they are not sexually explicit in nature.
If you find speech offensive, you don’t shut it down, otherwise, you make the speaker feel they are justified in what they said, you are only shutting them down because you are threatened by what they see as the truth, others looking on wonder what it is that you are hiding, make them more determined to seek this speaker out.
You counter bad speech with good speech, you expose a liar with the truth, you expose hatred and racism by putting the light of logic, reason, and truth on it, these things never stand up to such exposure. When you expose lies with the truth, you expose the speaker for what he is, people lose interest quickly in a liar, the ones that don’t, you can’t stop them, they would rather hang on to ignorance than face the truth. The same with racism, bigotry, and hatred, you expose it with the truth, by thus doing this, as in all things, when you expose darkness with light, the darkness is quickly overcome and fades away into nothing.
I am not saying there is not hate speech, and that we should not stand against it, but when you silence it by censorship you don’t ever stop it, you make it much more enticing to others. When you expose with the truth, the people soon see the house of cards this type of thought is built on, the speaker loses all moral authority, you did not shut him down, you give the right to speech, you just exposed the speaker for what they are.
This was the beauty of what our founding fathers put together with free speech, they never set this up to support speech we find we all agree with, speech that makes us happy, that we can support, no, they did it for the speech we don’t all agree with, speech that makes us at times angry, that we can’t support in any way, but still allow the person to speak.
The founding fathers knew this, unfortunately as the schools dumb down our children by taking away civics, the history of why our fathers did things the way they did, teaching history so we can learn from the past, we instead have drones that are uninformed and clueless, they come out of school indoctrinated, are threatened by the truth, are taught to fight if they hear someone preaching something they weren’t taught. New ideas are to be feared, thoughts different then the status quo are to be shut down at all cost, expression of these thoughts are to be shut down as well, violently if needed.
This is where we are now, this is why it is so vital that we stand up to this and all fight against this insidious control Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumbler, YouTube, and a host of other tech sites are trying to force on us all, we need to demand our leaders do something, to stop this, they are there only to offer a platform, not to control everyone.
We are a company that at this time due to Google now devaluing our advertising making much less then we are pulling in a month in income, as with all things, there are costs that come with this. We are also under non-stop attack from the likes of Facebook, Google has cut off our ability to post news articles, so has Yahoo, but we will never allow them to silence us, we are now looking for alternate venues. Until then we are also looking at opening up a podcast to reach more people, but need your help to continue. In addition, we are as of now with a team creating a new social network site, if FB and Twitter are going to censor, we will set up our own site that others can access which will allow all political ideals to be published so long as they are not advocating breaking the law. If this is something you think is important, please help us as we head into the holidays.