The crackdown on wrongthink: be prepared.

Posted: January 9, 2021 by tallbloke in censorship, democracy, media, People power, Politics, Robber Barons

The big tech oligarchs have seized the moment and are purging social media platforms. The Twaliban have been suspending pro-Trump accounts (including the US president himself) and FakeSpook are following suit and forcing a new user agreement on WhatsApp users allowing Zuck to harvest their private data. Google and Apple have removed alternative chat platform Parler from their app stores.

A better, more secure messaging platform called Signal should now be used by people who care about free speech and privacy. More info in this article from Wired.

It’s only a matter of time before the political-technical complex comes for the climate sceptics. WordPress has been a strong supporter of free speech, but even they are showing signs of being coerced to limit content. We’ll keep going with our work here at the Talkshop for as long as we are able to.

Comments
  1. rogercaiazza says:

    The Google app store banned Parler Friday

  2. spetzer86 says:

    Gab and Parler were both having issues a few hours ago. Both live now. May have to go back to leaflets and letters soon.

  3. Paul Vaughan says:

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    64000.2003306117 = (36133.4834429326)*(23094.6280196825) / (36133.4834429326 – 23094.6280196825)

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Damn! See you all in the gulag.

  5. So twitter et al are now publishers because they control content. Time to be sued…

  6. Stephen Richards says:

    Paul Vaughan says:
    January 9, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    What on earth ??

  7. saighdear says:

    Uh, just use straightforward email or landline phonecalls: and if you REALLY want to control Nonsense / illegal use of mobile phones:Hit the big switch – no more mobiles at a stroke – Peace & Silence to all mankind. No peeking, no rem controll Apps n bimbs etc…..

  8. JB says:

    Never have used any of these “services.” No use for them. Great as clearinghouses for the nonsense that circulates in the public domain. Every time I have occasion to peep at Twit & Face Bonk somebody is regurging nonsense born of gullibility and sheer intellectual laziness.

    I’ve said it so many times in the past; we can’t expect to get any political/social representation in the public domain better than what exists in the populace. People get back from there what they deserve. The scrooges behind the Curtain know it and use it to our detriment.

  9. Russell Cook (@QuestionAGW) says:

    I was watching the live broadcast of the Tucker Carlson Fox News program last night as he was reading from the official original President of the U.S. (POTUS) Twitter account, where at the end of it Tucker exclaimed that it had been literally taken down in real time when he finished reading it. For those of you who wonder what that last tweet said, I found a screencapture of it at a French blog page minutes later and posted it at my own Twitter page, https://twitter.com/questionAGW/status/1347728400220381184 …… at least as long at Twitter permits my account to exist.

    Ironic how the hashtag “BigLie” is seen attached to our President regarding vote fraud. Remember, meanwhile, how a particular regime gained power and support when they blamed a group for setting fire to the Reichstag when they did it themselves? More evidence keeps popping up that (ironically named) “anti-fa” people were planted in the crowd that gathered at the Capitol building.

  10. Russell Cook:
    Steve McIntyre mentioned the Reichstag fire in a recent tweet, comparing it to recent events in “…er, Belarus.” Steve McIntyre has many reasons to fear the ire of Big Brother. If he goes, we all go.

    By the way, what are the signs of WordPress being coerced to limit content? I’m beginning to sympathise with the activist in the Brecht poem who complained: “Why haven’t they come for me? Haven’t I been radical enough?”

  11. Joe Lapit says:

    I closed my twitter, Facebook, YouTube and giggle accounts… for good.

  12. You are just angry because they censored Trump, who rightfully deserved to be censored. 😎

  13. craigm350 says:

    WordPress nixed The Conservative TreeHouse so it’s only a matter of time before sceptics are in their #GreedNewDeal sights. Amazing how this “d3n13r” word is all the rage now and how we were purged from commenting. It’s almost as if we were the practice run.

    I’m on Gab with the same handle and there’s several familiar names over there that set up accounts during the earlier purges. I’ve used it to lurk for ages. It’s slow at the moment as it’s being attacked as well as having massive traffic from social media evacuees, but it will pick up as they have more servers inbound (they don’t use cloud as they’ve been kicked off everything by leftist hit mobs targeting providers).

    The censorship is truly frightening and we have to make sure information keeps getting out there to counter the whacko narratives. 🙏

  14. […] The crackdown on wrongthink: be prepared. […]

  15. delta9369 says:

    Ok so I clicked the link to Signal – and there on the top is an endorsement from Jack Dorsey
    CEO of Twitter and Square – so who in their right mind could use Signal?

  16. Yes. I got suspended from Twitter the day before trump for using the term ‘caveat emptor let the recipient beware .
    I have refused to delete and have withdrawn my participation in twitter.
    Instead l started my own free speech blog on WordPress
    https://crikey30835077.wordpress.com/

    I went the whole hog’. I have replaced Google with DuckDuckGo.
    I have banned you tube as they don’t allow anonymous views of you tube via Duckfck go browser. I am happy to only watch videos on independent web sites and WordPress.
    I banned Facebook 4 yrs ago
    I have also banned all Chinese products and plastics.

  17. tom0mason says:

    The Nazis burned books, the technocrats burn social media accounts.
    “You will obey!” appears to be their chant, thankfully there are a few politically agnostic sites to post what others view as heresy. All this while it is acknowledged that

    This year the major social platforms – Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube committed to removing coronavirus-related misinformation from their platforms.

    One of the biggest issues with modern social media is the prevalence of fake or inauthentic accounts. These are often run by bots, and deployed at scale by hackers, scammers, or even nation-states.
    In general, inauthentic accounts on social media can be placed into two categories: fake accounts and bot accounts. Bot accounts are usually easy to spot as they are dedicated to a specific cause, retweeting or reposting content around that issue. Typically, they do not add any other data, like a profile picture, which makes it easy to spot them as non-human.

    Fake accounts, however, are more difficult to identify, designed as they are to mimic the actions of real humans on social media. A common type of inauthentic account is the troll account and they will typically engage in activity to further obfuscate the inauthentic origin of the account’s content.

    It is no secret that social media has been overrun by both bots and fake accounts. In 2018, for example, Facebook closed 1.3 billion fake accounts and revealed that between 4 and 5 percent of its monthly users are fake. On Twitter, some reports estimate that potentially 40 percent of its accounts are fake.
    The purpose of bot-driven campaigns is to create social disorder by spreading misinformation. This can increase public anxiety, frustration, and anger and weaken the social fabric.

    [see https://bravenewcoin.com/insights/fake-views-how-social-media-bots-are-distorting-the-crypto-narrative ]
    You will be judged by your social profile!

    Following this virtual book burning will probably be a virtual Kristallnacht when your hardware will be attacked or disabled.

  18. Comment reposted from
    https://cliscep.com/2020/12/26/the-mushrooming-of-the-2020-us-election/#comment-72518

    Anyone who thinks this stuff about Trump and internet censorship is irrelevant to things climatical needs to dig a little deeper.

    Parler, the alternative to Twitter, has just been banned from its Amazon server for allegedly being a “platform for threats of violence and illegal activity.” Of course, any violent content on Parler can be matched by similar stuff on Twitter. This is simple cartel capitalism which would, in normal times, be subject to political oversight with the possibility of severe sanctions on some very rich and powerful people. Thanks to a few hundred votes in Georgia, this won’t happen, and Bezos, Zuckerberg and Dorsey can continue to decide together what we get to see and hear – just like Secretary Xi Jinping (except that Xi was elected, even if not by direct democracy.)

    According to this article,
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/amazon-employees-demand-company-drop-parler-aws-cloud-app-becomes-1-download
    Amazon acted due to pressure from an employee advocacy group – “Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.”

    That’s “Climate” as in the Crichton novel “Climate of Fear.”

  19. Susan Fraser says:

    Everyone who loves liberty and free speech is angry.
    We may disagree with another person’s opinion, but defend that person’s right to declare their thought.

  20. jeremyp99 says:

    Gab’s the platform. NoTricksZone has just opened an account there.

    @NoTrickszone

    I’m there – @JeremyPoynton

    See ya there, folks. Gab has its own servers and is pretty much completely autonomous from Big Tech. Meanwhile, read this and pooh your pants. Really. Google is EVIL

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26195941-the-age-of-surveillance-capitalism

    Abstract from out library system

    Abstract: Society is at a turning point. The heady optimism that accompanied the advent of the Internet has gone, replaced with a deep unease as technology, capitalism and an unequal society combine to create the perfect storm. Tech companies are gathering our information online and selling it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. In this world of surveillance capitalism, profit depends not only on predicting but modifying our online behaviour. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape the values that define our future? Shoshana Zuboff shows that at this critical juncture we have a choice, the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in

  21. tallbloke says:

    I’ve had a Gab account for several years as a backup in case I needed it.
    @GTStroller

  22. Gamecock says:

    The tech social media platforms have morphed into publishers. It has been going on for years; the general public is only learning of it now, as they have become quite blatant.

    The problem in the U.S. is that the Democrats are quite happy with it and the Republicans, as usual, never did a damn thing about it when they could. Republicans in D.C. are useless. But there is no other choice. Like your fine Tories.

    ‘Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.’ – Barry Goldwater

  23. ilma630 says:

    Are there any livestreamg or app based messaging services (other than text messages or email) left that are not under the tech-let’s bug feed button?

  24. Paul Vaughan says:

    Gamecock wrote “the Republicans, as usual, never did a damn thing about it when they could”

    Creative writing and alternative exploration became popular as a form of peripheral entertainment only after we learned very well that the truth was strictly forbidden by IT.

    I maintained a boycott on doing new climate exploration for 4 years WAITING for IT to acknowledge the truth about sun-climate relations. IT NEVER DID (nor did anyone).

    Weather left or right IT’s Inverted Totalitarianism. Riots won’t solve IT. Riots only help IT divide and conquer US more resolutely (apparently why IT baits in the first place).

  25. oldbrew says:

    Not so much publishers as censors, deciding what *isn’t* going to be (or remain) published on their platforms.

    That was OK up to a point otherwise it’s the wild west, but now the rules of the game have become openly political.
    – – –

  26. Russell Cook (@QuestionAGW) says:

    @Glyn Hnutu-healh (January 9, 2021 at 8:19 pm): I have little doubt that you, if challenged to do so, could present a long explanation on why President Trump should be censored, complete with links to news reports, expert opinion, etc. If Roger Tallbloke censored you from presenting that, and said you rightfully deserved to be censored, you, along with all of your friends who agree with you, would be ok with that. Yes?

  27. Stephen Richards says:

    I think Twitter and the bearded dick are about to reinstate all cancelled accounts.

  28. Paul Vaughan says:

    For BOTH parties and big tech the “market” turned into a mark IT (where IT = Inverted Totalitarianism).

    With a brush reprehensibly broad, bad media actors paint good people with an extremist brush. This is an intolerable, unjust threat for good people and families.

    I suggest flexibly exploring better combinations and harmonies so the west can defuse unnecessary tension and evolve peacefully.

    Suppose the good people want to run: politically there’s nowhere for them to run because elsewhere their beliefs (for example in freedom and natural climate variations) are not welcome.

    A respectable party with traditional left-wing values that opposes lockdowns and welcomes harassment-free belief in natural climate variations would help underscore that there are a lot of good people with good values caught in bad mixes by IT’s bad (IT’s inflammatory divide and conquer) party designs.

  29. RexAlan says:

    A good replacement for Twitter and and the likes of Whatsapp is Telegram Messenger https://telegram.org/ it runs on all platforms. It launched in 2013 and now has over 500,000 users.

  30. Susan Fraser says:

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/RDcCXLbafsDB/

    Bitchute video of Supreme Court of Italy Counsel under Oath (2021-01-10) Professor Alfie D’Urso giving evidence that Italy connections manipulated 2020 USA Election via Leonardo Satellite.

  31. RexAlan says:

    Actually that should read 500 million users not 500 thousand.

  32. oldbrew says:

    Can Twitter have power without responsibility?

  33. Dscott says:

    Given the deplatforming of Parlar it is now clear to even the most obtuse that a concerted effort is underway to silence free speech. Of course the brain dead will accept the excuse that censorship of unacceptable speech is acceptable. No, it isn’t acceptable since we all have the right and ability not to listen.

    What prevents or what is the barrier for Parlar or yourself for that matter from hosting a website yourself independent of big tech?

    http://tizag.com/webhost/host_yourself.php

    https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/building-websites/diy-website-builder/

    https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-web-hosting-services

    I believe it’s time to promote DIY hosting and register with https://www.dmoz-odp.org/ for searches.

    I believe every conservative site needs to seriously prepare to host themselves before deplatforming happens to them. Don’t be caught flat-footed.

    Dan 

  34. Dscott says:

    Join the Rebellion

    The Guy Who Built The World Wide Web Is Building A ‘New Internet’, Where You Control Your Data

    https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/tim-berners-lee-wants-to-turn-the-internet-on-its-head-and-decentralize-it-once-more-353998.html

    https://www.inrupt.com/

  35. oldbrew says:

    FakeSpook are following suit and forcing a new user agreement on WhatsApp users allowing Zuck to harvest their private data.

    Doesn’t apply in the UK and EU apparently…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55573149

  36. tallbloke says:

  37. ilma630 says:

    “…to improve its products or advertisements…”, i.e. to target by political persuasion, i.e. to identify ‘wrong-thinkers’.

  38. oldbrew says:

    How is advertising to fewer people an improvement to a business?

  39. ilma630 says:

    Every advertiser wants to optimise their target audience, to gain maximum coverage, but there’s genuine optimising and nefarious ‘optimising’.

  40. tallbloke says:

  41. Susan Fraser says:

    https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/11/breaking-viral-video-alleges-former-head-of-it-company-based-in-rome-charged-with-manipulation-of-us-elections/

    !! The US 2020 Election manipulation of votes story has made it into the popular Press

    Loved it, well done euroweeklynews!!

  42. Dave Ward says:

    Many folks have been suggesting using the actual IP address to reach sites – I’ve been trying with some of the most popular, but so far this hasn’t worked. They are either on shared servers, or using services such as Cloudflare, which ironically has just stopped me from getting to Gab! And bear in mind that if a server has its domain registration suspended it’s unlikely to matter what method you use. Don’t pretend that won’t happen, now we can see the insidious reach of the Left into Big Tech…

  43. oldbrew says:

    Climate numpties say: asking awkward questions *ist verboten* !


    = = =
    ‘The Big Cancel’

    You might be next. While many are gleeful over the de-platforming of Trump, others are concerned that they could deplatformed at some point. Such concerns have been raised internationally, but also within the U.S. by the ACLU and also by some on the left, including Bernie Sanders, who is concerned that left-wing groups could be banned in the future. I can only wonder and worry about the fate of climate ‘deniers’ in the public discourse.

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/01/12/the-big-cancel/

    If only IPCC ‘parrots’ are to be allowed, there’s going to be a lot of cancelling to do.

  44. Paul Vaughan says:

    During the past 2 days the absolute hammer has come down on both Ontario and Canada (provincial and federal) conservatives. Without even patiently waiting the months or years it will take for a proper investigation to inform the arbiters of real justice, they have in reactionary panic painted the good 99.999999% of conservatives with the 0.000001% bad-brush. For contrast: in the past I remember a time when Canadian conservative leaders believed in “a steady hand on the rudder”. Let us pray to God that those desiring and advocating stability are not banned and cast out by those panicking in chronic alarm.

  45. tallbloke says:

    What event has sparked this Paul?

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