In response to privacy concerns surrounding targeting of individuals, on Facebook has been working overboard to roll out new features and guidelines to protect the privacy of users. That is with everything besides political content, where they have taken the exact opposite approach.
To post political ads going forward, users will be required to go through a stringent verification process that can take weeks to get approved. With that verification process, a user will need to provide a form of identification, and will need to confirm their address through a code that will be mailed to them.
Facebook claims that these changes in their rules are about “[providing] people with more information about who’s behind the ads they’re seeing.” This makes it sound as though Facebook won’t just use that information to verify that people posting political ads are actual U.S. citizens, but it will use that information to let everyone know who posted the ad.
These aren’t just political campaigns, and issue advocacy organizations they are talking about as well. The definition of “political ad,” makes it appear that they are targeting anything that has to do with a national legislative issue, or is “otherwise regulated as political or election-related advertising.”
A “political ad” is defined as an ad that:
Is made by or on behalf of a candidate for public office, a political party, or a political action committee;
Advocates for the outcome of an election to public office or relates to the voting in an election for public office;
Relates to any national legislative issue of public importance in the place where the ad is being run; or
Is otherwise regulated as political or election-related advertising
So a group of concerned citizens attempting to rally in support, or in opposition to a political measure will be forced to endure the same restrictions as a U.S. Senate campaign. They will also be forced to identify themselves to the world if they want to speak out and put a little bit of money behind their speech.
These new changes put a damper on the right of anonymous political speech, which has been long upheld by the Supreme Court. If a citizen is concerned about an issue, they shouldn’t be forced to give up their privacy to practice that speech, even when they decide to throw some of their own money to spread their speech further.
Facebook is a private company, so they are allowed to put these requirements in place. But if Facebook is to become a “public utility,” as many are speculating they will, they should uphold the laws as written, and not make up their own rules.
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Google Bans InfoWars App From Play Store, Censoring Unauthorized Coronavirus Information
Big Tech is using coronavirus as an excuse to ramp up draconian censorship.
Google has removed the Infowars App from its Play Store, using coronavirus as an excuse to censor the leading independent news provider.
“Now more than ever, combating misinformation on the Play Store is a top priority for the team,” a Google spokesperson said to WIRED. “When we find apps that violate Play policy by distributing misleading or harmful information, we remove them from the store.”
Jones is under fire for disputing the approved narratives regarding coronavirus, urging people not necessarily to panic at the behest of the globalist media.
In one of the comments that have gotten him in hot water, Jones reportedly said that “everybody dies under the new world order except maybe one tenth of one percent that believe they’re going to merge with machines and have made deals with this inter-dimensional thing that gave them all the technology … You can’t make a deal with these aliens, OK, that the Bible tells you about and ever get off the planet.”
It is not only Big Tech that is using the coronavirus in an attempt to destroy Jones’ ability to freely communicate. The state of New York has also taken aim at Jones’ business for selling products that he claimed improves bodily immunity to toxins.
The affirmative-action New York attorney general Letitia James used her bully pulpit earlier this month to target Jones and demand for him to stop selling the supplements that sustain his news operation:
Jones has urged people to buy the products in his web store as a “stopgate” against the coronavirus and SARS. New York attorney general Letitia James says that this is unacceptable and has demanded for him to stop selling these helpful products.
“As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies and has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties,” James said, claiming that Jones’ advertising is “incredibly dangerous.”
Jonathan Emord, a lawyer from “The Alex Jones Show,” claims that James’ allegations are false and that the products were never marketed “to be used in the treatment of any disease, including the novel coronavirus.” They will be adding a disclaimer on their page to make sure that is known.
The government is also cracking down on remedies not approved by the FDA, such as colloidal silver, as a way to protect the Big Pharma monopoly on health and wellness, using coronavirus as the excuse to flex their muscle.
Joseph Simons, who works as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, has said that “what we don’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims.”
Colloidal Vitality LLC has been targeted by the federal government for claiming that “it’s actually widely acknowledged in both science and the medical industry that ionic silver kills coronaviruses.” Televangelist Jim Bakker has also been targeted for selling colloidal silver as a possible coronavirus remedy.
“Mr. Jones’ public platform has not only given him a microphone to shout inflammatory rhetoric, but his latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation,” James said, making it clear that she has a partisan vendetta against against Jones.
Jones clarified his advertisement campaign while addressing the controversy on his radio show, dispelling the far-left lies used against him in an attempt to destroy his reputation and his business.
The authoritarian measures taken by public and private actors may end up causing more damage to society than coronavirus by the time this nightmare is said and done.
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