EXCLUSIVE: Twitter executive for Middle East is British Army ‘psyops’ soldier

30 September 2019 — Middle East Eye

Head of editorial for MENA is part-time officer in the 77th Brigade, an ‘information warfare’ unit which has worked on ‘behavioural change’ projects in the region

The head of the British Army has described the 77th Brigade’s talents as including “social media, production design, and Arabic poetry” (British Army)

By Ian Cobain

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New Zealand PM promotes internet censorship at UN By Tom Peters

30 September 2019 — WSWS

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used her visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly to accelerate global efforts to censor the internet. Her government is playing a leading role in exploiting the March 15 Christchurch terrorist attack to promote international mechanisms to block or take down online material that governments deem “extremist.”

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Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align With The US Empire?

12 September 2019 — Caitlin Johnson


Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts for reasons the social media platform has yet to explain as of this writing, a move which journalist Dan Cohen has described as “the equivalent of silencing CNN, Fox, WaPo and NPR’s accounts” for that nation. The Union of Cuban Journalists has denounced the move as censorship.

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Government Internet shutdowns on the rise internationally By Kevin Reed

19 September 2019 — WSWS

Several recent media reports have pointed to the rise of government Internet shutdowns internationally as a mechanism of censorship, repression and control in response to growing political turmoil and mass protests. Based largely on data maintained by Access Now—an organization that “defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world”—these reports show a trend of dramatically accelerating Internet shutdowns over the past three years.

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US Defense Department prepares for mass internet censorship By Kevin Reed

6 September 2019 — WSWS

DARPA requests proposals for “Semantic Forensics” system

The US military has issued a call for research proposals from technology partners for the development of an automated system capable of scanning the entire internet and locating and censoring content deemed as “false media assets” and “disinformation.” According to government documents, the requested solution would provide “innovative semantic technologies for analyzing media” that will help “identify, deter, and understand adversary disinformation campaigns.”

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‘We are moving into a new, controlled society worse than old totalitarianism’ – Zizek on Google leak

17 August 2019 — RT

‘We are moving into a new, controlled society worse than old totalitarianism’ – Zizek on Google leak

FILE PHOTO: Banner protesting against ‘Google Campus’ construction in Berlin, August 17, 2018 ©  AFP / John MacDougall

Modern censorship is more dangerous than open totalitarianism, it being concealed and incorporated in our daily routine, says Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, commenting on the insider leak detailing Google’s news blacklist.

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Leaked Draft of Executive Order to “Censor the Internet” Sets Off Alarm Bells By Jon Queally

11 August 2019 — Truthout – Common Dreams

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8chan: Another Mass Shooting, Another Internet Purge This is the third “mass casualty event” in less than a year that was immediately followed up by censorship of the internet

5 August 2019 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Last year, after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the new social-media platform Gab was attacked in the press and bullied off the internet. Earlier this year, following the Christ Church mosque attack, New Zealand briefly totally blocked access to several websites.

Yesterday, two men allegedly killed 30 people at a store in Dayton Ohio, and a mall in El Paso Texas.

Today 8chan has been totally shut down.

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How a Small Group of Pro-Israel Activists Blacklisted MintPress on Wikipedia

30 July 2019 — Mint Press

For over ten years, Wikipedia has been a key focus of right-leaning, pro-Israel groups that have effectively weaponized the online encyclopedia as a means of controlling the narrative when it comes to the state of Israel’s more than 50-year-long military occupation of Palestine.

by Whitney Webb

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