Facebook Censorship: The Grotesque Mainstream Solution

By Jon Rappoport

The problem with Facebook started a long time ago. They used their money to promote their social media operations, and tons of users jumped on board, believing that conventional rules of free speech applied.

That was a mistake.

The mistake was on the level of believing the military-industrial complex is only interested in legitimate defense of the nation; or believing the pharmaceutical industry is only interested in alleviating existing illness with safe drugs.

Some lawyers and scholars are trying to “correct” Facebook. But beware: most of them are arguing that, since the Internet is a new platform, far beyond the ability of the Founding Fathers to have anticipated, we now have to change the meaning of the 1st Amendment, in order to make social media “more responsible” about the content they permit. In other words, Facebook should eliminate “more fake news.” This is the road to disaster, as any sane person can see.

Who decides what is fake? Government appointed fact checkers? The CIA? Either of the two major political parties? A biased hate speech organization?

These scholars and attorneys want social media to be defined as “public square, town hall, news media”—but not so public that all political views are allowed through the door. No. They only want “reasonable” content, to protect “robust debate in a democracy.” This is pure baloney.

We’re also seeing increasing calls for government regulation of social media. This means more censorship. We’re witnessing that in California, where State Senator Richard Pan has introduced a bill (SB 1424), designed to force all Internet activity based in California to use designated fact checkers and issue warnings about fake news.

It may seem like a good move to redefine social media giants as “more than private companies,” but that direction is dangerous. In the main, it’s not being shaped by true free-speech advocates, it’s controlled by mainstream operatives who want their news to dominate the scene.

A 10/11/17 Wired article contains this stunning piece: “’You cannot run a democratic system unless you have a well-informed public, or a public prepared to defer to well-informed elites,’ says Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation and an expert in constitutional law. ‘And we are now rapidly heading toward neither. Without one or the other, our constitutional system and our liberal democracy will end, perhaps not imminently, but over time’.”

Defer to well-informed elites? Really? This is the mainstream argument right out in the open: The vaunted traditional news outlets speak the truth and we must listen to them. We must censor all the extraneous “noise” on the Internet. The NY Times and the Washington Post and CNN and CBS would never lie. They vet their stories and fact check them. They are objective. They light the lamp of truth and point the way. They protect democracy.

To mainstream scholars, improving social media means destroying the 1st Amendment under the guise of “adjusting and updating it.”

Eliminating hate speech includes censoring material that contradicts the “progressive culture” on issues like immigration, open borders, gun control, vaccination, and gender identity.

“Free speech” is replaced by “better speech.”

“I don’t like what you say” is replaced by “you have no right to say it.”

The very popular pro-Trump Diamond and Silk duo recently reacted to Facebook censorship: “…giving us the run around, Facebook gave us another bogus reason why Millions of people who have liked and/or followed our page no longer receives notification and why our page, post and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage. Here is the reply from Facebook. Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM: ‘The Policy team has come to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community’.”

I guess Diamond and Silk are part of the dangerous noise that distracts the American people from “responsible journalism” so necessary to maintaining a robust democracy.

Yes, that must be it.

As far as I can tell, the following quote about the news was written before the Internet and Facebook existed, and therefore—heaven forbid—was actually aimed at mainstream sources:

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.” (Thomas Jefferson, June 11, 1807)

Censor Jefferson! He’s contributing to doubt and disbelief in our most trusted streams of information. Ban him from Facebook! He’s unsafe to the community. He’s a corrosive influence. He’s obstructing democracy. He’s a conspiracy lunatic. The new and improved 1st Amendment doesn’t protect him. How can we conduct intelligent and proper debate on serious matters in the face of such blanket condemnations which he spews?

Yes, ban him, so we can be safe again.

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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9 Comments on "Facebook Censorship: The Grotesque Mainstream Solution"

  1. Facebook needs to crack down on those using it to spread fake news and collect data for nefarious purposes but its right to promote a viewpoint or censor is no more or less than Fox News, NBC, or any other non-government organization, to which the First Amendment does not apply.

    The attack on Facebook is one with the attack on the media…………..a fascist tactic to control the media through intimidation and distract from a fake President who is about to start a hot war on Syria, which means war with Russia which means………..well, thank God we do not have that war mongerer Clinton!

    • lightingstrikesthrice | April 11, 2018 at 10:58 am |

      Last sentence: Right Mr. Ruff. Made me chuckle that sentence did. And I completely concur. The only way to stop censorship, is to make non privatized public forums. But our ‘leaders’ still wouldn’t want certain topics discussed so….But, this is why everything gets privatized: control.

      • We can talk about power and money until we’re blue in the face but there is one ultimate goal and that is Control. Control the masses.

        • lightingstrikesthrice | April 15, 2018 at 7:26 am |

          Here here on that. I am beginning to conclude that this goes beyond psychopathy, that these people are just plain primitives. Believing in something that humanity should have developed beyond a couple millennia ago. Unless we are just plain created to be this way.

  2. Facebook Solution, I’ll tell you the Facebook solution. Get out of it and let it shut down from lack of use.

    • lightingstrikesthrice | April 11, 2018 at 10:55 am |

      I concur. I use it just for quick communications with a whopping 4 people. And that perhaps weekly. I don’t ‘like’ nor subscribe to anything, nor follow. Facebook’s ‘people you may know’ are mainly people I’ve never heard of and not of my country, foreigners. Hilarious. Their algorthyms don’t know me, and I like it that way.

    • or maybe even better, NEVER EVEN ENTER IT… Never allow to make a book, out of your face!!!

  3. lightingstrikesthrice | April 11, 2018 at 10:53 am |

    9th paragraph, 3rd sentence: “Without one or the other,…”; eventually to be gone? It was never there to begin with. Perhaps a bit more independence and autonomy, but never really free. And the work started immediately to erode that independence and autonomy. 10th paragraph: right on. Slather on that sarcasm. 11th paragraph: “To mainstream scholars….”; It has already happened with the word kakistocracy being stricken from Webster’s Dictionary nary a century ago. 19th Paragraph: Jefferson’s quote. Yes, he was mostly correct in that assumption. Funny, he and his brother ran a printing press. So, in sub context, was he saying don’t believe him? He was from the peerage and part of the kakistocracy and multiple ‘secret societies’. Yeah, how many wonderful quotes have come from our ‘leaders’ throughout US and world history? We The People never was intended for the disdained chattle. Jefferson knew that perfectly well. I like the octopus poster. I liken the kakistocracy as a trident, with the spikes/blades being: corporations, governments, and religions. Each blade can be thought of having a little octopus(kraken?) on each one with myriad of tentacles each.

  4. Indeed ban Jefferson he is not in tune with “modern political correctness”.THIS IS THE ORVELLIAN WORLD NOW.

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