‘Grotesque’: Google, YouTube Invest $12 Million in Global Fact-Checking Media Network

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 — The Defender

Reacting to Tuesday’s announcement that Google and YouTube will fund a global fact-checking network through the media institute Poynter, media expert Mark Crispin Miller, Ph.D., said, “This is grotesque — almost to the point of comedy, except it’s not funny.”

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D. 

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Claiming that “Combating misinformation is an ongoing global challenge for society,” Google and YouTube on Tuesday said they will spend $12 million to create a Global Fact Check Fund that will support a network of 135 fact-checking organizations operating from 65 countries in more than 80 languages.

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Digital Maps Require Greater Government Oversight

6 November 2022 — Undark

We rely more on mobile navigation apps than we realize. It’s a mistake to overlook them when regulating Big Tech.

By Benjamin Santos Genta

Even though I have lived in Los Angeles for more than five years, I still regularly open the map on my phone to orient myself, to avoid traffic, and to choose the best restaurants nearby. Anecdotes and data tell me that I’m not alone: The majority of Americans regularly use mobile GPS navigation, even in their own cities. Google Maps, the most popular such app, has more than one billion active monthly users worldwide.

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Biden Sanctions Nicaragua (Again)

Thursday, 27 October 2022 — MintPress News

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On Monday, President Joe Biden announced new sanctions on Nicaragua’s state-owned mining enterprises. Revenue from these mining operations funds Nicaragua’s social welfare programs. The move comes less than 2 weeks before President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party is expected to secure major victories in local elections.

Last year, days before Ortega’s re-election, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Nicaragua to intimidate voters into abandoning the Sandinista party. Twitter and Facebook also banned dozens of Nicaraguan activists, influencers, and journalists under the guise of removing botnets.

“We battled the algorithm and won”

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 — The Electronic Intifada

Omar Zahzah

Meta and Twitter have been accused of censoring Palestinian voices. alexskopje/Newscom

Social media juggernaut Meta Platforms lists “Give People a Voice” as one of the principles on its website.

“People deserve to be heard and have a voice – even when that means defending the right of people we disagree with.”

It seems that Meta employees should have added “fiction writing” to their job description, however. A number of damning recent articles exposing patently unjust experiences of censorship have revealed the company to be more concerned with silencing voices – particularly Palestinian ones.

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Ukraine: How British Intelligence Globalized Online Trolling

Tuesday, 6 September 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Kit Klarenberg

Since the conflict in Ukraine began, numerous commentators have drawn attention to the blatant weaponization of social media in service of the proxy war.

Legions of users on Facebook, Twitter, and other major platforms, many anonymous and recently registered, have relentlessly propounded pro-intervention, pro-Ukraine propaganda, viciously attacking all those deviating even slightly from established Western narratives. It has created an unprecedented situation, which writer Caitlin Johnstone calls “the most aggressively trolled war of all time.”

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Journalists who challenge NATO narratives are now ‘information terrorists’

Vanessa Beeley 

We will have to answer to the ‘law’ as ‘war criminals’

Nazis congregate on Google Plus 2019.

A US state department sponsored round table on ‘countering disinformation’ was recently held at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine. 

“Information terrorists should know that they will have to answer to the law as war criminals” Andrii Shapovalov

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How One Spook-Run London College Department Is Training the World’s Social Media Managers

Monday, 22 August 2022 — MintPress News

Staffed by NATO military officers and former government ministers and notorious for training the West’s top spies, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London is also providing the workforce for many of the largest social media companies. This includes Facebook, TikTok, Google, and Twitter.

MintPress study of professional databases and employment websites reveals a wide network of War Studies alumni holding many of the most influential jobs in media, constituting a silent army of individuals who influence what the world sees (and does not see) in its social media feeds.
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Independent Journalist Facing 3 Years Prison in Germany For Reporting Truth From Ukraine

2 July 2022 — News Punch

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German independent journalist Alina Lipp has been defying mainstream media by bravely reporting from Ukraine’s Donbass region. Now the reporter, who has been based in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region for six months, is facing three years in prison in her home country for her “crimes.”

CBS Wanted To Do Critical Reporting On Ukraine’s Government But Ukraine’s Government Said No

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

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Following objections from the Ukrainian government, CBS News has removed a short documentary which had reported concerns from numerous sources that a large amount of the supplies being sent to Ukraine aren’t making it to the front lines.

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National Security Search Engine: Google’s Ranks are Filled with CIA Agents

Monday, 25 July 2022 — MintPress News

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Google – one of the largest and most influential organizations in the modern world – is filled with ex-CIA agents. Studying employment websites and databases, MintPress has ascertained that the Silicon Valley giant has recently hired dozens of professionals from the Central Intelligence Agency in recent years. Moreover, an inordinate number of these recruits work in highly politically sensitive fields, wielding considerable control over how its products work and what the world sees on its screens and in its search results.

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How The CIA Made Google

26 Januar 2015 — MintPress News

Google ciaThe Google campus-network room at a data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo: Connie Zhou/A

Originally published on Medium.

INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

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Canada: Government Censorship Rebrands with “Disinformation” Campaign

Wednesday, 20 July, 2022 — Dissident Voice

by Yves Engler

Last week the Social Media Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Management released a report titled “The reach of Russian propaganda and disinformation in Canada”. According to lead author Anatoliy Gruzd, “the research provides evidence that the Kremlin’s disinformation is reaching more Canadians than one would expect. Left unchallenged, state-sponsored information operations can stoke societal tensions and could even undermine democracy itself.”

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RT responds to ‘trial after conviction’ by UK media watchdog

Monday, 18 July 2022 — RT

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The broadcaster says it’s being punished for sharing views and facts the British establishment want kept out of the public eye

RT has pointed out the ‘absurdity’ of UK media regulator Ofcom’s decision to find the Russian outlet guilty of violating broadcasting rules months after revoking its license. In a statement on Monday, RT also questioned how British authorities planned to further punish the already sanctioned company.

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The Federal Bureau of Tweets: Twitter Is Hiring an Alarming Number of FBI Agents

tuesday, 21 June 2022 — MintPress News

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter has been on a recruitment drive of late, hiring a host of former feds and spies. Studying a number of employment and recruitment websites, MintPress has ascertained that the social media giant has, in recent years, recruited dozens of individuals from the national security state to work in the fields of security, trust, safety and content.

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Google is censoring this – and many other independent news sites

Friday, 17 June 2022 — The New Dark Age

The Message is: Don’t Use Google to search for anything ‘Contraversial’ as You won’t Find It!

I wondered why readership, according to my WordPress stats, has plummeted since March of this year and it’s because the Google ‘search’ engine is filtering out searches that include ‘williambowles.info’ as part of the address. It’s no doubt connected to my coverage of events in the Ukraine, given the date, March 2022, when the Russian military operation began. It also implies that these censoring tools were already in place!

Using Startpage instead of Google, results in just a handful of additional results but because Startpage uses the Google engine, this was to be expected.

The best so far have been DuckDuckGo and Ecosia which both return actual links to articles on this site. Google, by comparison, returns just 2 hits, the home page and the About page, that’s all I get! So that explains why I’m now getting so few visits, censorship. I might add, that there are over 27,000 stories on this site and no doubt, people doing specific searches would be denied access to any hits on this site!

And another thing about Google; it’s insinuated itself into the essential elements that make the Internet work, making it de facto indispensible to its functioning. I proved this to myself a couple of months ago by canceling my Google subscription and a lot of things I did normally on the Internet, no longer worked!

Corporate capitalism at work, creating an effective monopoly out of what was meant to be a shared, collective resource.

I might also add that it’s only because I have around 1000 subscribers, possibly a lot more via my old Google Feedburner feed that I no longer have access to, that I get the readership that I do. But of course, what the Google censor  does is deny access to alternative views of events that people might be searching for. It’s insidious and apparently legal! Isn’t democracy wonderful.

I have since discovered that virtually all independent news and information sites are getting the same treatment! This is blanket censorship across a vast range of sources!

Priti Patel’s sweeping new threat to free expression

Monday, 6 June 2022 — Declassified UK

Journalists and staff of civil society groups in the UK could be sentenced to life imprisonment for offences committed under the government’s proposed new National Security Bill.

Priti Patel leaves St Paul’s Cathedral with other ministers after the Platinum Jubilee service on Friday. (Photo: Andrew Parsons / No 10)

Journalists who receive some funding from foreign governments are at risk of committing offences under a bill that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The risk also applies to individuals working for civil society organisations such as human rights groups.

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Paul Mason’s covert intelligence-linked plot to destroy The Grayzone exposed

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 — The Grayzone

Leaked emails reveal British journalist Paul Mason plotting with an intel contractor to destroy The Grayzone through “relentless deplatforming” and a “full nuclear legal” attack. The scheme is part of a wider planned assault on the UK left.

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They’re Worried About The Spread Of Information, Not Disinformation

Monday, 23 May 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone   

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We’re in the final countdown to British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision on the fate of Julian Assange, with the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the United States due to be approved or rejected by the end of the month. Joe Lauria has a new article out with Consortium News on the various pressures that Patel is being faced with from both sides of this history-making issue at this crucial time.

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