How We Could Wind Up Banned From Discussing An October Surprise On Social Media This Election

15 August 2020 — Caitlin Johnson

In what it calls an effort to make itself “a more reliable source for election-related news and information,” YouTube has announced  that it will be removing “content that contains hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes, such as elections and censuses.”

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Twitter spreads paid US gov’t propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads

10 August 2020 — The Grayzone
Twitter VOA Persian US state media ads propaganda
Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America’s VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries.

By Ben Norton

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The Great American Firewall: On the Question of Censorship

16 July 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor

The Great American Firewall: On the Question of Censorship

It should not surprise anyone that China would take protective measures against the threat of U.S. imperialism in the realm of cyber technology.

“Censorship in the United States is rampant but the Great American Firewall is rarely discussed.”

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Police surveilled George Floyd protests with help from Twitter-affiliated startup Dataminr

17 July 2020 — The Intercept by Sam Biddle

LEVERAGING CLOSE TIES to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Twitter Targets Accounts of MintPress and Other Outlets Covering Unrest in Bolivia

29 June 2020 — Mint Press

MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.

Social media giant Twitter took the step of suspending the official account of MintPress News on Saturday. Without warning, the nine-year-old account with 64,000 followers was abruptly labeled as “fake” or “spam” and restricted. This move is becoming a frequent occurrence for alternative media, especially those that openly challenge U.S. power globally.

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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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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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