Censorship, Limited Opinions, and Fake News Welcome to 1984.

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Anyone who has read Orwell's book 1984 knows the Ministry of Truth.

Those who have not read the book will now get to know it because the Ministry of Truth is emerging from social media censorship.

Social media censorship has been bad enough so far. Before the US election, it was largely limited to the censorship of opinions. Those who deviated too far from the mainstream, the reach was shortened, or posts were censored or deleted. In doing so, they relied on arbitrary terms such as “hate speech,” which were nowhere really defined, and there was no way of defending themselves against them.

What was perceived as censorship before the US elections?

Even before the US elections, so-called fact-checkers came into fashion, allowing them to decide the truth and what is not, especially in social networks. Alleged untruths — for which the new term “fake news” was invented — were not often deleted, but warned.

But that was all harmless. A few weeks before the US election, censors were openly censored when more and more compromising material about Joe Biden and his son Hunter became known. Suddenly the social networks began to censor openly, and every post that linked these messages was consistently deleted. For example, the cheeky thing was that on Facebook, a certain Anna Makanju was responsible for the “integrity of the US elections,” that is, for the censorship that has deleted all compromising reports about Joe Biden on Facebook. Before joining Facebook, however, Makanju was a close associate of Vice President Joe Biden’s in the White House.

Anyone who had hoped that censorship would decrease again after the US election was quickly taught better when, for example, YouTube proudly announced a month after the US election that it had deleted 8,000 channels for political reasons. The screw was even tightened after the election.

After the US elections, censorship really got going.

Anyone who has read Orwell’s book 1984 knows the Ministry of Truth. Those who have not read the book will now get to know it because the Ministry of Truth is emerging from social media censorship.

Social media censorship has been bad enough so far. Before the US election, it was largely limited to the censorship of opinions.

Those who deviated too far from the mainstream, the reach was shortened, or posts were censored or deleted. In doing so, they relied on arbitrary terms such as “hate speech,” which were nowhere really defined, and there was no way of defending themselves against them.

What was perceived as censorship before the US elections?
Even before the US elections, so-called fact-checkers came into fashion, allowing them to decide the truth and what is not, especially in social networks. Alleged untruths — for which the new term “fake news” was invented — were not often deleted, but warned.

But that was all harmless. A few weeks before the US election, censors were openly censored when more and more compromising material about Joe Biden and his son Hunter became known.

Suddenly the social networks began to censor openly, and every post that linked these messages was consistently deleted. For example, the cheeky thing was that on Facebook, a certain Anna Makanju was responsible for the “integrity of the US elections,” that is, for the censorship that has deleted all compromising reports about Joe Biden on Facebook. Before joining Facebook, however, Makanju was a close associate of Vice President Joe Biden’s in the White House.

Anyone who had hoped that censorship would decrease again after the US election was quickly taught better when, for example, YouTube proudly announced a month after the US election that it had deleted 8,000 channels for political reasons. The screw was even tightened after the election.

After the US elections, censorship really got going.
The pace is ever increasing, as current events in the USA show. When the Capitol storming began, Trump immediately addressed his supporters with a speech and asked them to “go home peacefully.” The video was immediately deleted from social networks because it (destroys) the legend Trump attempted a coup. I wrote about it in detail, and the article can be found here.

Unfortunately, it makes no sense to link this video from Trump because it is now consistently deleted. Trump initially set it up on Twitter and Facebook, the posts, including video, were deleted immediately, and Trump’s accounts were initially blocked for 12 or 24 hours. In my article, I also linked the video, which was then published on other channels, but it was deleted after less than 48 hours.

But even that is not enough for the self-appointed truth guardians who delete the truth from the network. Meanwhile, Trump has been deleted from all social networks. It was deleted on Twitter for life, and anyone who posts Trump’s messages will also be deleted immediately. This is already being implemented: When Trump’s campaign staff published a message from Trump on Twitter, their account was immediately deleted.

Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton had a leg up when Twitter blocked Trump, as her tweet clearly showed. If you want, you can understand Hillary’s tweet as ticking off his other point on the way to total censorship and opinion control.

Facebook has also extended Trump’s suspension indefinitely, but at least until January 20th.

This is an unprecedented form of censorship if you take away an incumbent US president’s opportunity to communicate directly with people. The USA’s television channels have not shown Trump’s speeches for some time, and when they report on them, they are incomplete and untrue. But Trump can hardly speak directly to people today. In Internet companies, the Ministry of Truth has started its work and decides what people are allowed to learn and whatnot.

The attack on alternative platforms

There are some alternatives to internet companies. For example, there is the alternative platform Parler to Twitter, which enjoys growing popularity, especially in the USA, because there is no censorship.

The “quality media” have been trying hard for some time to prevent people from using Parler by portraying it as a network of “right-wing extremists” or “conspiracy ideologues.”

But that was still harmless. Since the current events in Washington, the thumbscrews have also been tightened here. Apple and Google have taken Parler out of their shops, so you can no longer easily install it on your phone if you haven’t already installed it. Or do you know which settings you have to change on your mobile phone to download an app that is not listed in the Google or Apple shop?

People should now openly be denied access to information and opinions contrary to the mainstream if the “established” social networks now consistently delete accounts and posts that spread dissenting opinions and the Internet companies at the same time access platforms that Do not perform censorship, block.

bryan@dijkhuizenmedia.com

bryan@dijkhuizenmedia.com

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