Is Chinese style tech censorship coming to Reddit?
Tencent is the first Asian tech company to surpass the $500 billion market value.
What appears like business as usual, this move by Tencent may have strong free speech implications. China is notorious for its sophisticated censorship regime, the Great Firewall of China. Ironically, Reddit is blocked under the Great Firewall of China. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Tencent is no casual participant on China’s internet. It’s actually one of the chief actors behind China’s internet censorship campaign. The Great Firewall was not exclusively a creation of the Chinese State. It takes two to tango in order to make China’s censorship program function.
Adrian Shabaz, the Research Director for Technology and Democracy at Freedom House clears up some misconceptions about the Great Firewall:
We tend to think of Great Firewall as this huge thing the state has built. In reality, it’s the companies in charge of weeding out unfavorable information online. There’s a whole host of regulations, one new law passed on average every two days, about what content can and cannot appear online. Then it falls to Chinese companies to comply with this widespread censorship regime set by the communist party itself.
Reddit is a platform that claims to be a champion of free speech. Unfortunately, Reddit has taken numerous actions in the past that have put its mission into question. In 2016, Breitbart showcased several instances that Reddit censored Conservative content.
Tencent’s recent move to buy a significant stake in Reddit should raise even more concerns among those on the Right side of the political spectrum. A potential partnership with a company that is connected to one of the most robust censorship apparatuses in the world would only strengthen Reddit’s censorship campaigns.
This certainly does not bode well for free speech on social media, which is already being curtailed by Big Tech giants. Adding Chinese style censorship into the mix could prove disastrous for Internet freedoms.
Former Deep State Critter Connected to Joe Biden Hints at Wanting to Assassinate Alex Jones
Revolver News reported that Zachery Tyson Brown, who was employed at the Office of the Secretary of Defense not too long ago, went on Linkedin to hint at giving Alex Jones the Anwar al-Awlaki treatment. Basically, he floated the idea of having Jones be assassinated by the U.S. government.
He wrote on Linkedin::
We killed Anwar al Awlaki for stuff like this.
A surge of right-wing terrorism is just waiting to be unleashed on this country, and the government must be prepared to crack down on the prion disease that’s been allowed to spread too far.
Brown shared a link to the left-wing smear merchant outfit “Right Wing Watch”, which receives funding from George Soros.
A screenshot of Brown’s post can be found here:
Anwar al-Awlaki was an Islamic terrorist and U.S. citizen that the Obama administration assassinated via drone bomb. He was connected to multiple terrorist plots in the United States and United Kingdom, which included an attempt to blow up a Detroit bound jetliner. Al-Awlaki built his reputation through his various online sermons and propaganda videos that turned him into one of Al-Qaeda’s most prominent personalities
The U.S. government placed Awlaki on its official targeted-killing list, which President Barack Obama authorized, and the National Security Council approved. Under this designation, Awlaki was deemed a military enemy of the U.S., despite being a U.S. citizen. On September 30, 2011, the Central Intelligence Agency used two drones to kill Awlaki and Samir Khan, another American al-Qaeda member.
As of July, Tyson Brown was employed in the Trump administration at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Deep Staters don’t like any expression of free speech that comes from the Dissident Right, so they work to find ways to muzzle it shut.
Individuals like Brown would like nothing more than to have Joe Biden at the helm along with a Democrat-controlled Congress to more easily push hate speech laws and other ways to clamp down on speech from effective dissident figures.
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