Facebook appears to be employing several of its well-known content filtration tactics to censor articles from the alternative media platform ZeroHedge.
The finance-based blog and news outlet published an article Monday revealing a trend of the social media behemoth nuking or censoring its content, most commonly by designating it to be spam.
Increasingly, giant Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google seek to minimize the spread of anti-establishment and populist political content through ‘shadow ban’ style techniques, as opposed to directly removing or banning it. The former allows the monopolies to deny responsibility for censorship, while shielding their liberal daddies from criticism or skepticism online.
At least some ZeroHedge content appears to have been outright banned. It’s likely that the Silicon Valley behemoth has altered its algorithm to automatically detect and censor ZeroHedge articles without so much as even a report from an incensed and offended progressive.
Much of the content being banned and censored was posted in conservative groups, contrasting with Facebook’s notion of ZeroHedge content being unwanted spam.
Facebook is increasingly taking a direct and heavy-handed approach towards conservative and libertarian group pages, often reaching at straws to find an excuse to shamelessly ban pages with more than 10,000 members.
Last month, the viral meme page ‘God Emperor Trump’s Dank Meme Stash’ was purged from the platform under the dubious grounds of promoting ‘nudity.’
It also appears that Facebook was nuking links to content on the website ‘Minds-‘ thus directly censoring content from a competitor to the Silicon Valley monopoly. Minds bills itself as a decentralized alternative to big tech authoritarianism and censorship.
ZeroHedge was one of the first online media platforms to take Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy seriously in 2015 and remains a preferred outlet for cryptocurrency buffs and others interested in finance.
‘Non-Profit’ Funded by Soros and Big Tech Files Lawsuit to Stop President Trump’s Anti-Censorship Order
The Center for Democracy and Technology is a globalist front group.
A non-profit organization funded by Big Tech has filed a lawsuit to protect the right for their corporate backers to commit acts of Draconian censorship on various digital platforms.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) claims that President Trump’s recent executive order against tech censorship violates the rights of some of the most powerful government-connected multinationals in the world, who are protected under the 1st Amendment to crush the free speech of the peasants.
“The Executive Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting misinformation, voter suppression, and the stoking of violence on their platforms,” said Alexandra Givens, who works as leader of CDT.
“Courts have recognized that retaliatory conduct chills a person or entity from exercising their First Amendment rights in the future,” the lawsuit states. “President Trump—by publicly attacking Twitter and issuing the Order—sought to chill future online speech by other speakers.”
It should come as no surprise that the CDT opposes Trump’s order meant to protect digital freedom of speech. They are funded by some of the most powerful tech monopolies and oligarchs throughout the world.
In the financials section of their official website, they list Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as organizations that have given them donations of at least $200,000 in 2019.
Entities that gave the CDT over $100,000 last year include Apple, Verizon, the Ford Foundation, the Soros-backed Open Society Foundations, Verizon, and Walmart. Other prominent donors include Comcast, Twitter, Mozilla, AT&T, the Charles Koch Foundation, Lyft, Uber, Visa, Exxon Mobil, Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, Perkins Coie, Disney, Starbucks, and Sprint.
In short, CDT is bankrolled by an array of the most powerful globalists in the world. Virtually all of the major Big Tech entities give them oodles of cash on an annual basis, so the CDT acts as their prostitute so to speak. This is why they are trying to undermine common sense measures that would restrict Big Tech’s ability to censor and manipulate the political process.
Big League Politics reported on Trump’s landmark executive order against Big Tech censorship when it was signed last week:
President Donald Trump signed an executive order regarding social media regulation today after Twitter hit one of his posts with a so-called fact check from the fake news.
“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or even promote is nothing more than a political activism group… And it’s inappropriate,” Trump said at a press conference before signing the executive order.
“This censorship and bias is a threat to freedom itself. Imagine if your phone company silenced or edited your conversation. Social media companies have vastly more power and more reach than any phone company in the United States,” Trump added.
The president described his executive order as a measure to “protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people.” He blasted social media corporations for abusing their special privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which shields them from liabilities for content posted on their vast platforms.
He claims his executive order will revoke Section 230 protections for tech giants that capriciously censor content to push a partisan political agenda, and empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on fraudulent or deceptive practices by tech corporations.
“What they’re doing is tantamount to monopoly, you can say. It’s tantamount to taking over the airwaves. Can’t let it happen, otherwise we are not going to have a democracy. We’re not going to have anything to do with a Republic,” Trump explained.
Lobbying groups that launder Big Tech cash to manipulate the court systems like the CDT will try to undo Trump’s great progress on behalf digital freedom of expression. Many more lawsuits against the executive order are expected to follow the one filed by the CDT.
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