Scandal-Ridden OPCW Now Using Twitter’s “Hide Replies” Function

19 February 2020 — Caitlin Johnson

When Twitter first implemented its “hide replies” function last year I published an article warning that it could be used by establishment narrative managers to marginalize dissident voices and diminish the relatively egalitarian nature of the platform. When I wrote it I was imagining the function being used by overt manipulators like cable TV pundits and Washington Post columnists, and think tank operatives like Neera Tanden who vocally supported the implementation of the function.

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HuffPost UK editor works with gov’t censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia

3 February 2020 — Grayzone
Jess Brammar HuffPost UK DSMA British government

HuffPost UK ran yet another hit piece smearing academic critics of the dirty war on Syria as Russian stooges. The outlet’s editor-in-chief Jess Brammar assists a British government program that censors journalism that may “compromise UK military and intelligence operations.”

By Ben Norton

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‘These Are New Tactics Being Employed to Silence Journalism’

5 February 2020 — FAIR

CounterSpin interview with Rainey Reitman on Greenwald persecution

Rainey Reitman
Janine Jackson interviewed Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Rainey Reitman about the persecution of Glenn Greenwald for the January 31, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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US Clearing Anti-War Voices Off Social Media in Vast Censorship Operation

14 January 2020 — The Mind Unleashed

The Trump administration is ramping up its information war by suspending accounts and removing content.

Social Media Censorship

(TMU) — Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN.

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America’s Internet Is Being Closed Off In Preparation For A Total War Scenario

17 January 2020 — See You in 2020

Rainer Shea

Artwork from Project Censored

Artwork from Project Censored

If you’ve paid attention to the unprecedented online censorship that Western governments and tech companies have been carrying out in recent years, you’ve noticed a pattern. Almost every time a notable account gets shut down or measures are put in place to sabotage the alternative media, these entities claim that they’re doing it for some sort of national security purpose. The first social media policies to filter out “fake news” were done in response to widespread establishment hysteria about Russian propaganda. This rationale of combating supposed foreign disinformation became a precedent for actions like the massive social media account purges of summer and fall 2018, wherein Facebook shut down the page of the anti-imperialist outlet Venezuela Analysis and deleted major anti-police pages.

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Australian police begin “foreign interference” raids

24 December 2019 — WSWS

By Mike Head

Without providing any details whatsoever, the front-page headline on last Saturday’s Weekend Australian declared: “Police launch raids on foreign agents.”

It began: “The Australian Federal Police has frozen the bank accounts of a suspected foreign agent and will move against a range of foreign operatives in the first half of next year as part of a crackdown aimed at curbing unprecedented levels of foreign meddling.”

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The revelations about Cambridge Analytica indicate clearly that western governments are subverting democracy

17 December 2019 — Politics and Insights

Written by Kitty S Jones

I wrote an article about Cambridge Analytica, the commodification of voter decision making and the marketisation of democracy, along with previous articles about western government strategies for subverting democracy. I have also extensively criticised governments’ use of ‘behavioural economics‘, and the authoritarian neuroliberal turn more generally.

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Reddit Bans Users for Telling the Truth

7 December 2019 — Off Guardian

Apparently honesty is now “Russia-like activity”

Kit Knightly

Last week (November 27th), at a press conference, Jeremy Corbyn unveiled dozens of leaked documents. Documents showing that Boris Johnson – and the Tories in general – are lying when they say there are no plans to open up the NHS to US trade.

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