Exposing The "Fake News" Censorship Industry

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Robbie Travers via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Name a single person or organisation you trust to control your speech. Whom would you trust to control what you can read, or make decisions on what is true and what is false for you? Whom do you trust to police what you think?
  • The German government thinks it knows exactly who should be the arbiter of truth and what articles you should be allowed to post. Itself!
  • This would lead to a monopolisation of the media industry. One or two large platforms would dominate the public debate; fringe voices would be ignored or cast aside.
  • Who is to police the police? Facebook, caught out, already had to dismiss those compiling their trending stories, when it was revealed that they had a runaway political bias and were routinely suppressing (conservative) material with which they did not agree.
  • The whole censorship industry is open to abuse; presumably, that is what censorship is for in the first place.

Name a single person or organisation you trust to control your speech. Whom would you trust to control what you can read, or make decisions on what is true and what is false for you? Whom do you trust to police what you think?

The German government thinks it knows exactly who should be the arbiter of truth and what articles you should be allowed to post. Itself!

After a bill was proposed by German lawmakers, which threatened fines of up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for publishing "fake news," Facebook decided to use an organisation called Correctiv, described as a German fact-checking non-profit organisation, to decide whether reported stories are "real" or "fake."

This system would then encourage individual Facebook users to report other users' posts to Correctiv. Facebook would then have Correctiv label any of the articles "fake news," as they see fit.

Even then, this proposed response by Facebook was not harsh enough for some German lawmakers, who want articles deemed to be fake by the government to be removed within 24 hours, or else fine Facebook 500,000 euros. That move would undoubtedly lead to individuals abandoning Facebook for other social networks, or more probably, Facebook abandoning them. German attempts to police the Facebook could end up useless; to many, the plan looks suspiciously like a money-making stratagem.

A centralized "speech police" would also create a monopolisation of the media industry. One or two large platforms would dominate the public debate; fringe voices would be ignored and cast aside.

If there is an organisation created to adjudicate "truth," how does one criticise the organisation? Surely an organisation with no mechanism to be criticized or left with the "honour system" to criticise itself should raise alarm bells.

News sources dismissed by governments may often speak the truth. What if they are right? Valuable news may come from outside the mainstream media.

At a time when the established media are not particularly trusted to begin with, how could censorship not harm faith in the news even more? In the event of any dispute, smaller companies would not be able to afford expensive lawyers to fight the German government. How long until the war chests of social media users empty, compared to the virtually inexhaustible resources of the German state?

Furthermore, how do all these policing networks ensure the neutrality of their staff, who are supposedly determining the accuracy of articles? Who is to police the police? Facebook, caught out, already had to dismiss those compiling their trending stories, when it was revealed that they had a runaway political bias and were routinely suppressing (conservative) material with which they did not agree.

Facebook's "Trending News Team" banned people exposing jihadists, but allowed pages glorifying anti-police violence and pages promoting anti-Israeli terrorism. That is quite a track record.

Individuals, without even inciting violence, have been wrongly censored by Facebook. A former Gatestone writer, Ingrid Carlqvist, saw her account suspended; Gatestone writer Douglas Murray's articles were censored from Facebook; and this author had his Facebook blocked for questioning Black Lives Matter. All the banned authors challenged politically correct revisions of events.

The whole censorship industry is open to abuse; presumably, that is what censorship is for in the first place. What is to stop individuals from stigmatizing an article multiple times? Algorithms and sophisticated computer programs could silence articles, as well. New information comes along, which changes statistics or facts that were believed to be accurate at the time. All it takes is a single complaint of "fake news" to tarnish a true article with that label -- putting a stain on a journalist either out of political motivation, malice, or simply by mistake. Even algorithms make mistakes. People would start to wonder what they could report that would not be considered "fake news". Is that the kind of press the free world wants?

The German government could start fining, as "fake news," political opinions it finds "inconvenient" -- a perfect way to close down discussion.

No government should be deciding what is worthy and what is unworthy of being published. News organisations often publish stories that governments might think is not in the national interest. It is much too easy to declare a story "fake" because it might not suit a political interest. That is the method used by dictatorships; it is correctly called authoritarian abuse.

The best way to counter fake news is to let people speak freely, check the facts, then present a counter-argument. The marketplace of ideas will decide its fate.

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bwh1214's picture

They fear people learning the truth. This video series is the best explanation of how we got into this economic mess.

http://www.themonetaryreset.com/search/label/How%20We%20Got%20Here?m=1

FreezeThese's picture

Speaking of fake news ... anyone catch Don's cheerleader denouncing the lack of turnout at inauguration? I mean White House Press Conference ... sad

Soo much for getting right to work Donny sweetheart

dsty's picture

Well, Obama is evidence that you can fool most of the people most of the time.

I am sorry if I hurt your feelings.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

I'll say it now while its still possible and legal to do so:

HILLARY CLINTON TRAFFICS CHILDREN 

JOHN PODESTAS A CHILD MOLESTER

DEATH TO THE PAEDOSTOCRACY!!

JRobby's picture

Cranking up the big propaganda machine!!!!

"It's A Big Machine"

Marge N Call's picture

Ah, another troll who brought a spork to a swordfight. Donny is playing above the rim vis-a-vis the media.

I forget, when did Trump NOT play the media and win big??? Cue the crickets chirping. 

See, just because your little mind doesn't get it doesn't mean it's not part of the overall battle plan. Now go back to Slate and CNN where you belong.

Stroke's picture

Freeze These still at it 37 weeks 2 days....Troll

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Freezy, yet another of the paid minions of the NWO waging total war on every front against Trump and people who think like he does.  Why don't you get a real job, sweetie?  Oh, that's right, there aren't any unless you want to be a barista.  Well, that will change soon and then you'll have no excuse when we come to hang your treacherous ass.

heuvosYbacon's picture

I'll tell you what is sad. Losing an election by failing to get folks to turn up to voting boothes, and then venting your snarky pride at the huge numbers of folks who failed to turn up at the winners inauguration.

Keep your "sweetheart" for yourself, you jumped up loser.

847328_3527's picture

i still beleive Woof Shititzer is right; Hillary still has a 98% chance of winning.

GGuy's picture

Fake news HAS A COMMON DENOMINATOR....

"IF IT'S RUN BY JUICE, IT'S FAKE NUICE"

 


wildbad's picture

I live in Germany. We are forced to pay quite a lot per month for state television and radio.

it is PURE propaganda.

Göbbels on meth.

There is no truth here now except for such dark corners of the net as this site.

The good news is that people are waking from their NPR voice slumber and that Merkel and co. can't do anything about it other than to double down on their totalitarian march over the cliff.

Germans are waking up to this national suicide led by Merkel but supported by all global factions here.

GGuy's picture

JEWSEPH GOEBELLS...member of the FOURTH REICH...the 'NAZI JOO MEDIA

JRobby's picture

Is it mandetory? Why pay?

johngaltfla's picture

So true. DW makes the old Radio Moscow World Service blush.

besnook's picture

now why the fuck should gatestone worry about this topic when everything they say is filtered through the "truth tellers" at aipac.

Blanco Diablo's picture

I bet they are glad to get back "aipac" after 8 yrs of APEACT.

mary mary's picture

Does Gatestone think we should stone people who publish news inconvenient to Gatestone?  Dark Ages.

DixonUranus's picture

The Irony of this Article. Gstone  publishing satire now. 

HRH Feant's picture

I just watched the first press briefing. AWESOME! Spicer gave the briefing and left.

GOOD FOR HIM.

Now, shut it down and move the press to another building.

847328_3527's picture

Any chance you have a link? Ilike Spicer---he is super sharp and knows his facts as opposed to the last guy of Soweeto's.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Yeah, that WAS great. Only way it could have been better would be if his 'mic drop' was literal instead of figurative.

New_Meat's picture

Wow:

"The German government could start fining, as "fake news," political opinions it finds "inconvenient" -- a perfect way to close down discussion."

First time that's ever happened.

Where is Ed Bernays these days?

 

Number 156's picture

I will never use twitter or facebook.

 

...ever.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Trump WH New Media / Bannon iare going to have a field day calling out the Merkel Globalist stooge.

DaBard51's picture

"Yellow Journalism", remember, do you, young jedi?

Been a fact of life since the first newspaper.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

 

 

 

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

SilvaDolla's picture

Watch out for those seagulls!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Who IS watching the watchers... the quality control guys, the auditors, the inspectors general, the financial ratings firms, the independent accounting firms... GAO watchdog of Congress... gotta have free press & watchdog groups over universities, trusts, foundations, govt, military, spies

"Who is to police the police? Facebook, caught out, already had to dismiss those compiling their trending stories, when it was revealed that they had a runaway political bias and were routinely suppressing (conservative) material with which they did not agree."

- Prohibit Facebook, google, yahoo, twitter, email servers to censure
- Scientific methods, ISO methods
- Rotate inspection teams every 6 months
- Double Blind Selection processes
- Transparency of methodology, surveys, results, FOIA, any citizen can demand copies of specific documents from most agencies during working hours?

Hohum's picture

Speaking of news, where is the ZH story about how the warm weather in the eastern USA means global warming is back on?  Are you Tylers journalists or what?

StreetObserver's picture

Gatestone Institute?

Bunch of Zionist Cukes. How much have those people cost us over the decades?

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

I will believe Facebook and the government are serious about fake news when they give me the option to turn the filter off.  Until then, well, thank God for the Bill of Rights.  If you don't think we live in the greatest country in the world, just look around at every other country in the world.  Your rights don't travel with you, they are only valid here.  You don't like Merkel?  Better not say it out loud, nor are you allowed to criticize her immigration policy.  And that's in the First World.  Have you ever been to Saudi Arabia?  Myanmar aka Burma?  God bless and keep America.

East Indian's picture

"The best way to counter fake news is to let people speak freely"

 

That is not their intention; they want their fake news to win, not others'.

iAmerican3's picture

From its origin the CIA was set up as Rome's Fifth Column action branch in America. Check the JFK-killing, 9/11-committing CIA and Knights of Malta, Skull and Bones, Synagogue of Satan false-Jew ZioTalmud Khazars, and #Pizzagate connected managers throughout MSM and Hollywood Babylon, running the Anti-Christ's propaganda against God and the American People.

We came here to escape Rome and they sent their Beast of (((Gog))) and Babylon Christ-killers and slavers, assassins, and bankers, pedos and homos, producers and directors, writers, and priests, after us. 

Paper Mache's picture

LMFAO What the fuck are you raving on about??? Never mind, take your meds. . God bless Trump

Free Man's picture

A repressive government certainly hates free speech when they know their lies can't handle examination. Simple as that.

I saw his recently at www.codoh.com.

"The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.

see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:
http://codoh.com
The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers
No name calling, level playing field debate here:
http://forum.codoh.com  "

We either have free speech or we do not.

Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

nevertheless's picture

The below link is to a Al Jazeera undercover documentary that looks at Zionism in Britain. It is a four part series, but I posted the forth segment because it is the one that touches on American Zionism. In this part of the documentary the Zionists trying to control Britain's governemnt, talk about how they want to make Britain's government more akin to Washington in terms of how they control it. We all know Zionists control Washington, and now that the discussions have started, they are trying to put the genie back into the bottle. TO BE SURE THIS IS ALL ABOUT ZIONISTS, they are the ones who are pushing for censorship, spying on Americans, war on fake news. 

Just recently the Senate unanimously voted to make criticism of Jews (Israel), basically illegal on US college campuses. The Congress balked at the idea. This is what the US SENATE CONSIDERED ANTI SEMITIC:

"Demonizing Israel by blaming it for interreligious or political tensions".So criticizing Israel is now "anti-Semitic"?

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/12/02/anti-semitism-aware...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pddH2sfNKNY&t=9s

This is not about women, blacks or gays, this is all about Israel and Zionism. Look at who writes the bills that are destroying our freedoms, pushing us into wars, even opening our borders, it's always Zionists. And now that the truth is coming out, they are going to try and stop it, all in the guise as a battle over "fake news". 

swampmanlives's picture

I don't care if pizzagate is fake, if I want to read and fill my mind with lies, I can!

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

90% of my posts would be tagged as fake.  The other 10% are pictures.  I use FB as a platform to inform.  I cherish every angry response.  Gota give 'em a lil' glitch in their matrix once in a while.  Oh, and fuck twitter.