Forget China and Russia, We Need To Look At Big Tech For Election Interference.
From 2016 until now, we have heard nothing but warnings and dire predictions of how Russia will interfere with our election. This is nothing but smoke and mirrors; there is no evidence to date that Russia changed one vote in 2016, doubt anyone will be able to show the same for this year. Our worry should be what is hiding behind this smoke, that would be big tech, who is actively trying to censor to throw the election away from the GOP and into the hands of the liberals.
What we have seen is stagnant, it is growing in intensity as we get closer to the election. This last week Google blocked several conservative websites from showing any sites with conservative bias, Twitter banned thousands of accounts with “QAnon,” threatened to suppress thousands more, then turned on Zionism and the Star of David.
We no longer hope that big tech will sit back and let things be; they are openly censoring any political thought that does not agree with their views. Go on YouTube, question COVID-19, say you support Trump, find yourself in danger of being demonetized from Google, and conservative sites face demonetization in increasing numbers. Even we, with our articles, have seen some demonetized, have to relabel the address to bring back funding, that does last for a little while.
Google’s anti-conservative bias is nothing new. The tech giant manipulated search results to favor Democrats in 2016 and has maintained blacklists that hide conservative sources for years. Its “fact-check” feature targets right-wing media almost exclusively . Searching for 0censor news articles is more likely to bring you to another site, many of our articles now have been cut off.
Likewise, for even more milquetoast or housebroken conservative sites. Thus last Monday and Tuesday, Google searches blocked Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Caller, and others for several hours. It was a “glitch,” Google claimed, that mysteriously targeted only conservatives and the independent left. Main Stream Media were unaffected. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and others speculated that this was a test run by Google to interfere in the 2020 election. A former Google engineer said the “glitch” likely revealed another blacklist.
This latest move continues what Google has been doing for some time, particularly since the advent of the Floyd Riots. In June, the company cut off advertising to the popular ZeroHedge and The Federalist because of their anti-Black Lives Matter material. Google restored ads to The Federalist after the site scrapped its comments section. We had to go through our comments at 0censor, taking down any comments seen as ‘racist’ or faced threats of being blacklisted from Google advertising, something we need to handle the expenses. That same month, it’s subsidiary YouTube banned Stefan Molyneux, American Renaissance, and many other Dissident Right channels. YouTube’s explanation:
We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech. “After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies.”
This is the reason we are now working on creating 0censor View, which is a site that believes the best way to deal with hate sites is to leave them open to debate if you censor you risk people wondering what it is that you are threatened by. YouTube instead has censored the speech of people like David Duke, Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer. While we at 0censor by no means endorse the views of these racists, if you silence you risk making these people into martyrs.
Twitter is the most radical, that could be why after we get 0censor View set up we will be looking for a site like Twitter, where all voices are heard, if you find them offensive, block them. But Twitter banned more then 7,000 accounts and limited the engagement of another 150,000 due to associated with QAnon sites.
Twitter’s action last week was even more radical. It banned more than 7,000 accounts and limited the engagement of at least 150,000 accounts associated with QAnon. Twitter said it would also shadowban terms associated with and block all links from QAnon sites
If you agree or disagree with QAnon is immaterial, they aren’t advocating violence like Black Lives Matter is, nor are they acting like Antifa, two groups that Twitter seems to have no problem supporting.
This ban was pushed by TV personality Chrissy Teigen, who attacks Trump and his supporters every chance she gets, yet was offended that people from QAnon dared to respond back to her.
In one swoop Twitter wiped out many Trump supporters, now is sitting back to see how we respond, I can promise, if we do nothing, they will come for the rest of us.
This would have been unthinkable back when Big Tech’s execs said they valued free speech. But now they want Trump defeated, so free speech is out the window.
Trump understands what is going on, but due to big Tech waiting until the eleventh hour, there may be nothing that can be done at this point, but don’t think for a second Trump will forget this if he wins the election this fall. Big tech knows this, but they are hoping Dems hold the house, are gambling their future on defeating Trump.
The questions: What should Trump do? What can Trump do?
The one thing he cannot do: hope for Big Tech to back off. In the past, corporations feared Trump’s wrath because critical tweets could hurt their stocks. That fear has dissipated, largely due to the president’s criticism no longer impacting stock performance. This change is all-too apparent in Silicon Valley.
Up to last year, the tech giants rushed to soothe Trump’s anger and swore they didn’t censor his supporters.
Fortunately, an executive petition is expected to be released this week expanding on Trump’s May executive order on tech censorship. The new order will direct the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the tech platforms for violating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides them with immunity from defamation suits because they are politically neutral. We all know now that Twitter, Facebook, and others aren’t politically neutral. Which invites the question of why they continue to receive such special protection. At this point we know they are not going to stop their open bias, their interference for the Left, using their platform and control over speech to push their will, the only way to stop this is to start up anti-trust proceedings against them.
Despite the general skepticism about the Executive Order (not least from Trump’s long-suffering supporters), it could make a difference. FCC action could dramatically reduce censorship. Platforms would be forced to protect political speech and explain with much greater specificity the speech that violates their terms of service. Losing Section 230 protection could put a social media platform out of business. Twitter or Facebook, for instance, would be liable for all material published on their platforms, making them vulnerable to thousands of potentially ruinous defamation claims.
But will the FCC act? The majority of commissioners are Republicans and would be inclined to want a fair election this year. If Trump and conservative media can pressure the FCC to act, tech tyrants might pull in their fangs.
Problem is, Trump can only ask the FCC to act. The agency operates independently of the executive branch, and Trump can’t fire commissioners for failing to act on his executive order. Persuasion is his only option. (One of the Republican commissioners, Michael O’Rielly, is skeptical about the order, but he is helpfully up for reappointment, which Trump can refuse if he doesn’t play ball).
This executive order is probably this election year’s best chance to stop Big Tech Tyranny. Josh Hawley’s bill aiming to ensure tech platforms’ respect free speech or lose their Section 230 protections won’t pass Congress. House Democrats are not going to pass a bill that could cost them an election—and GOP Senate Leader McConnell apparently not interested enough to bring it up there.
Some people want Trump to leave Twitter and Facebook for Gab or Parler to send a message. My opinion: that won’t work. The tech tyrants probably want Trump and his supporters to leave. Preaching to the choir, he would interact with far fewer people, and worse still, leave the major platforms the domain of liberals.
Ensuring Big Tech respects free speech is the First Amendment fight of our time. The tech tyrants have shown can literally shut down conservative ideas if something isn’t done. Trump cannot win an election if he and his supporters are silenced.
It’s time for Trump and the GOP to kick the FCC in the seat of the pants and push the free-speech issue until the commissioners are too embarrassed not to act.
An election, and the future of the America, might well depend on it.