Facebook and Google Promise Congress They’ll Brainwash You With Their Own Counter Propaganda

By John Vibes

Tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter testified to Congress this week about extremist content appearing on their platforms. In an odd admission, the companies promised to suppress extremist ideologies online by distributing their own counter propaganda, choosing to call it “counterspeech.”

Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management told Congress on Wednesday that the site plans to take matters into their own hands.

“We believe that a key part of combating extremism is preventing recruitment by disrupting the underlying ideologies that drive people to commit acts of violence. That’s why we support a variety of counterspeech efforts,” Bickert said.

Meanwhile, representatives from Google admitted during the testimony that they use an algorithm to send anti-terror messages to people who they suspect of viewing seditious material. The use of this algorithm is known as the “Redirect Method,” and was developed by a team at Google called the Jigsaw research group.

Juniper Downs, YouTube’s head of public policy, also said that the company has plans to implement censorship on videos that they deem to be extremist.

“Our advances in machine learning let us now take down nearly 70% of violent extremism content within 8 hours of upload and nearly half of it in 2 hours,” Downs bragged during the testimony.

Meanwhile, Twitter has set up over 100 “training events” all over the world including at elite locations like the White House or United Nations.

Twitter’s Carlos Monje Jr., director of public policy and philanthropy in the U.S. and Canada, said the company has participated in more than 100 training events since 2015 on countering extremist content.

While countering terrorism is certainly a noble cause, as TFTP has reported at length, these tactics are also used to snub out peaceful views that simply challenge the status quo.

In recent months, social media organizations have come under fire for the negative impact that they have had on human interactions and society at large. These groups have taken the blame for the recent divisions that have been tearing friends and family apart along political lines, and that blame is well placed for the most part.

Much of this problem has been created by the algorithms that curate and select the content that we see online, not the platforms themselves. These problems did not exist when social media had free-flowing timelines that were unrestricted and in chronological order. Unfortunately, these companies do not want to give up the control they have on the content that you consume, so they are doubling down on their algorithms and will undoubtedly make the problems that they seek to solve much worse.

As we also reported this week, YouTube alienated a large portion of its audience this week by demonetizing all of their smaller content creators. In an email sent out to millions of independent artists, musicians, and journalists, YouTube informed them that they were no longer eligible for advertising revenue on the site because their channels were simply not big enough. The site now requires a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of viewed content, automatically disqualifying a large chunk of their creators from monetization.

These companies have become so far removed from their customers that they are no longer concerned with delivering a product that people actually want, which is the inevitable outcome of monopolies.

These organizations may have a stranglehold on the social media market for now, but it is only a matter of time before more free platforms are widely adopted. For example, a blockchain social media website called Steemit has been growing in popularity by the day. On that site, users get paid in cryptocurrency for posting, commenting and even “liking” other posts. You can find The Free Thought Project on Steemit @tftproject.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John is currently battling cancer , and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support .


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7 Comments on "Facebook and Google Promise Congress They’ll Brainwash You With Their Own Counter Propaganda"

  1. lightingstrikesthrice | January 21, 2018 at 8:22 am | Reply

    And so it begins. Well, in earnest now. ‘Counterspeech; now that’s precious. Hatespeech, unlikespeech, nicespeak, personalspaceinvasionspeach, politicalcorrectness….I am laughing while coming up with these so called ‘words’, newagespeak; the audacity, arrogance, psycopathy, and insanity.

  2. Vlad TheSkewerer | January 21, 2018 at 9:34 am | Reply

    For a long time I used FB as an anthropological data collection platform. You could see what propaganda and social engineering was taking hold, what memes and programming being accepted or rejected, the lies believed or truth rejected based solely on the source. But then they kicked me off, and now that I am not bombarded by people worshiping the agents of their self destruction I feel better, I won’t be back.

  3. Let’s face it, we are enroute to full-on censorship, at least insofar as mainstream social media is concerned. But why should we be surprised? After all, Facebook, the big G, etc. are “partners” with the gubmint. As such, their all-out assaults on free speech are dishonest, disingenuous, conniving and underhanded. Certainly, we can all agree that anybody who recruits for terrorist organizations, or incites violence needs to be stopped. But it’s our moral imperative to affirm free-speech rights for law-abiding citizens. For example, if somebody wants to post or blog about the earth being flat, or Planet X colliding with earth, that’s their right, even if they are bat-poop crazy! The good news is that people are starting to abandon social media that is controlled by the gatekeepers of evil.

  4. Tolerance of intolerance is the enemy of free speech and human rights. Hate speech and incitements to discrimination and/or violence have no place in a free society. Germany learned this lesson, that extremist and hate speech leads to genocide. It’s time we learned the First Amendment is not a suicide attack and hate or extremists speech is the enemy of freedom. Those defending hate speech will attack this perspective; I would urge them to read the classic Repressive Tolerance by Herbert Marcuse before having a kneejerk reaction.

    • what is hate speech? define hate speech
      and how do you identify it?
      extremist and hate speech were not what led to the genocide in nazi germany, it was censorship (the “official” narrative) that brought about / was immediately involved with the genocide
      defending hate speech is not about defending hate speech, it is about defending ALL speech
      when you call the hillarious one a lying b!tch, that is speech, what makes that WORSE speech than calling Trump a bigot?
      sometimes, words are just words is as simple as it gets
      what is it when you decide that you or anyone else can’t call obama a black man, even although he obviously isn’t white?

  5. I don’t use Facebook or Google. It will be hard for either to brainwash me. I would suggest you quit using them too.

  6. BugsBunnyPatriot | January 22, 2018 at 6:55 am | Reply

    Once again giving up freedom for the illusion of security.
    “the companies promised to suppress extremist ideologies online by distributing their own counter propaganda, choosing to call it counterspeech.” We all know that Extremist Ideologies are anything that is not in line with the Communist Left Globalists. I dropped all social media long ago.

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