Tech giants help Israel muzzle Palestinians

5 June 2021 — The Electronic Intifada – Jonathan Cook

[Note: Jonathan Cook’s website is currently offline (as is his domain) and this has happened a  couple of times over the past weeks. Accident or design? WB]

By Jonathan Cook

Benjamin Netanyahu touches a finger to his faceIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has tried to shut down social media posts critical of Israel – Amir Cohen Reuters

Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to shut down all use of the popular video-sharing app TikTok in Israel last month.

The attempt to censor TikTok, details of which emerged last weekend, is one of a number of reported attempts by Israel to control social media content during last month’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.

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Watch Panel Discussion: Israeli Intelligence Colludes with Facebook, Google to Censor Palestinian Voices

24 May 2021 — Mint Press News

MintCast is joined by Mickey Huff, Suhair Nafal, and Jessica Buxbaum to discuss censorship and Israel’s collusion with Google and Facebook.

by Mnar Muhawesh Adley

The ongoing assault on Palestine has captured the world’s attention. The latest violence was sparked by an attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by Israeli security forces, resulting in over 300 casualties, as Muslims had gathered to celebrate Ramadan in the region’s holiest place of worship. Outside, far-right groups cheered as the mosque was damaged, and launched pogroms against non-Jews inside Israel.
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The Censorship Pandemic

6 April 2021 — Swiss Policy Research

Former NKVD chief Nikolay Yezhov got removed from a photograph with Stalin, though not for asking questions about vaccine adverse events (Read more; source of meme)

During the coronavirus pandemic, the well-known manipulation and censorship on major US internet platforms Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia has reached unprecedented levels. The platforms generally claim to enforce WHO and ‘local health authority’ guidelines, not because they are correct – they were mostly wrong – but because they are deemed “authoritative”.

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Meet the Censored: U.S. Right to Know

7 April 2021 — US Right to Know

“A nonprofit that investigates Genetically Modified Organisms and the origins of Covid-19 is the latest to see its traffic plunge after a search engine update,” writes Matt Taibbi in TK News.

Taibbi reports on the dramatic drop in web traffic U.S. Right to Know experienced after Google’s last core algorithm update in early December – for no reason we can find out, or that Google will tell us.

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Twitter Deletes QAnon to Protect US from Upheaval; Russia May Delete Twitter for the Same Reason

17 March 2021 — MintPress News

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has taken action against the QAnon movement, deleting more than 150,000 accounts that promoted the conspiracy theory. This follows a similar crackdown by YouTube. The impetus for the decision was the storming of the Capitol Building on January 6, led by many adherents who believeDonald Trump was leading a fightback against a satanic cult of cannibalistic pedophiles in the Democratic Party and the national security state.

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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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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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?

Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

25 November 2020 — TK News

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm

Matt Taibbi

On November 15th, weeks after news that a New York Post article about Hunter Biden had been blocked by prominent social media platforms, Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters ripped Twitter for a less-publicized incident:

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QAnon Legal Battle Against YouTube Could Transform Free Speech Online

11 November 2020 — Mint Press

Q-Anon Feature photo

The Purge

A lawsuit brought against YouTube and parent company Google by 15 QAnon social media stars could end up in the Supreme Court and transform the meaning of online free speech in America.

by Raul Diego

The welding of American politics with social media may be the defining moment of a sea change that is taking place at the very top echelons of power in the United States and the world. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all revealed their inescapable ties to the establishment when they launched an information warfare campaign against their own users and content creators in a bid to shape perceptions and control national discourse on the government’s behalf. Continue reading

Social media’s erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future

26 October 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Facebook, Google and Twitter are not neutral platforms. They control the digital public square to aid the powerful – and can cancel any of us overnight

Middle East Eye – 26 October 2020

There is a growing unease that the decisions taken by social media corporations can have a harmful impact on our lives. These platforms, despite enjoying an effective monopoly over the virtual public square, have long avoided serious scrutiny or accountability.

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