Why privacy-busting, law-breaking GCHQ’s pledges to protect the public using artificial intelligence should raise an eyebrow

2 Mar, 2021 — RT

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions.

The UK’s signals intelligence agency isn’t known for its commitment to the rule of law, so claims its new Artificial Intelligence capabilities will be used to safeguard citizens, not spy on them, shouldn’t be taken at face value.

Twitter’s Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme

24 February 2021 — Mint Press News

Unintended consequences

“The new Twitter scare label illustrates the threat our kind of factual reporting presents to a national security state that must employ social media censorship to conceal its agenda from the public.” — The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal

SAN FRANSICO — “These materials may have been attained through hacking.” That is the warning message that any Twitter users coming across a recent Grayzone investigative report are met with, replete with a large exclamation point (!) signaling danger.

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Twitter Deletes Dozens of Russian Accounts for “Undermining Faith in NATO”

24 February 2021 — Mint Press News

Stealth propaganda

A propaganda system is far more effective — and dangerous — when those inside are unaware of it and believe themselves to be free from influence.

by Alan Macleod

Social media giant Twitter announced yesterday that it has deleted 373 accounts it claims were linked to Russia, Iran, and Armenia. In a blog post entitled “Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations,” it claimed that it had taken the decision to remove 69 Russian accounts primarily because they were “undermining faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.”The move sparked controversy on Twitter itself, with many users joking that their own fealty to NATO was insufficiently zealous.
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Western Governments Now Try to Strangle Funding of Independent Media

25 February 2021 — Global Research

After years of working hard to stop the voice of independent media being heard on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, the turn has now come to strangling their funding. The financial company Patreon is the latest to join the establishment drive to marginalize and criminalize all dissenting opinions.

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Censorship Gone Mad – ‘Be A Good Citizen!’

25 February 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Yesterday the censorship department at Twitter went mad.

Twitter Safety blogged:

Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations

Today we are disclosing four networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry. The networks we are disclosing relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations that we have attributed to Armenia, Russia and a previously disclosed network from Iran.

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When Google decides what news you read

24 February 2021 — USRTK

As tech giants wrestle over content moderation, “their decisions also run the risk of stifling routine reporting,” reports Parker Higgins for Freedom of the Press Foundation. “When content is removed or an algorithm tweaked behind closed doors, news organizations and journalists are often left without any sort of transparency into the process or a clear path to appeals.”

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I Can’t Stand Fox News, But Censoring It Might Be The Dumbest Idea Ever

24 February 2021  — TK News

How will the latest campaign against “misinformation” backfire for the country? Let’s count the ways

By Matt Taibbi

Two and a half years ago, when Alex Jones of Infowars was kicked off a series of tech platforms in a clearly coordinated decision, I knew this was not going to be an isolated thing.

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Biden Launches Campaign to Silence Critics of Killer Vaccine

 22 February, 2021 — Global Research

Imagine if an ordinary working man went on a rampage and killed 929 people and maimed 316 others. The media would naturally call such a man a serial killer or a homicidal maniac. Now imagine if a big pharmaceutical company did the same thing by releasing a vaccine that killed and maimed a similar number people. Would the drug company be treated the same as the working guy? Would their product be denounced as a “killer vaccine” and shunned by the public, or would they be praised on the cable news channels, provided lavish funding by the government, granted full immunity from liability for personal injury, waved through the regulatory process, and had the red carpet rolled out for their spectacular nationwide “Product Launch” extravaganza?

Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist

 9 February 9, 2021 — The Grayzone
 Ben Nimmo Atlantic Council NATO
Ben Nimmo at the DFRLab’s 2018 Digital Sherlocks conference in Berlin, Germany

Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices.

This report was originally published by Mint Press News.

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India: Raid On NewsClick: An Attempt To Muzzle The Voices of Dissent

10 February 2021 — Counter Currents

NewsClick, a progressive website based out of Delhi has been raided by the Enforcement Directorate. The raid comes at a time when NewsClick has been bravely covering the farmers’ agitation and other issues of the marginalised when most of the mainstream media are keeping silent or toeing the line of the government. The raid on NewsClick is a continuation of the attempt of the Modi regime to silence the voices of dissent across the country.

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“At First I Thought it Was a Joke”: Academic Media Censorship Conference Censored by YouTube

1 February 2021 — Mint Press

The entire video record of the conference — estimated at around 24 hours of material — was mysteriously disappeared from YouTube say conference organizers.

YouTube Censorship Feature photoAn academic critical media literacy conference warning of the dangers of media censorship has, ironically, been censored by YouTube. The Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas 2020 took place without incident online over two days in October and featured a number of esteemed speakers and panels discussing issues concerning modern media studies.