In what it calls an effort to make itself “a more reliable source for election-related news and information,” YouTube has announced that it will be removing “content that contains hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes, such as elections and censuses.”
It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations throughout the world were told to “shelter in place,” all in the name of combating the COVID-19 virus.
YouTube’s decision to ban discussion of hacked information on its platform is unlikely to improve election integrity in the US, it will, however, continue to tilt the balance in favor of established corporate-funded outlets like Fox News and CNN.
First of all, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all who have contributed to building our new Economic Justice & Health Group so far this year. This is such a critical area to be organising in right now. This month it has been fantastic to see our Economic Justice research group carry forward its work with some admirable examples of scholarship and collaboration, and making great progress on this project.
Washington, Israel and the Gulf states want to sharpen the Middle East’s battle lines. The Palestinian issue was in the way
Middle East Eye – 15 August 2020
If there is one conclusion to draw from the agreement this week between Israel and the United Arab Emirates – with Israel temporarily “suspending” its threat to illegally annex parts of the West Bank, in return for “full normalisation” with the Gulf state – it is this: The peace industry is back in business.