Internet Crackdown Begins: Senator Al Franken Wants Google, Facebook, & Twitter Censor Political Speech

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Authord by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Are the days of the free and open Internet numbered?  The Internet is certainly used for all sorts of horrible things, but it has also allowed ordinary people to communicate on a mass scale that would have been unimaginable decades ago.  In the old days, if you wanted to reach large audiences of people with your information you always had to go through corporate gatekeepers.  But today, anyone with an Internet connection can literally broadcast whatever they want to say to the whole world.  Personally, my wife and I have always been amazed at how many people we are able to touch all over the planet from our little home in the mountains.  Over the past seven years our websites have been viewed more than 100 million times, and we receive emails about our work from people all over the globe.

Unfortunately, major changes may soon be coming to the Internet.  The election of Donald Trump really angered the elite, and they are blaming the power of the Internet for his victory.  They insist that something must be done “for the good of democracy”.

For example, in an opinion piece for the Guardian, U.S. Senator Al Franken proposed that it is time for the U.S. government to step in because Google, Facebook and Twitter have failed to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech

As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy.

 

Last week’s hearings demonstrated that these companies may not be up to the challenge that they’ve created for themselves. In some instances, it seems that they’ve failed to take commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.

Those are very ominous words.

So precisely what would constitute “propaganda”, “misinformation” or “hate speech”?

When you start regulating speech, you cross a very dangerous line.  There is a reason why our founders guaranteed us freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights, because if we don’t have the freedom to say what we want then what do we really have left?

During the presidential election, there was a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton’s health.  The mainstream media insisted that she was just fine, and they accused those of us in the alternative media that were questioning her health of engaging in “propaganda” and “misinformation”.  Well, it turns out that we now know that Clinton’s health was so bad that Donna Brazile was actually considering replacing her as the nominee, and so it was actually the mainstream media that was putting out “propaganda” and “misinformation”.

Any effort to institute some sort of “truth police” would take us significantly down the road to totalitarianism, but apparently that is what Franken wants.  In fact, he is openly suggesting that it is time for government regulators to step in

Instead of simply trusting the big tech companies to police how their services are being used and abused, Franken suggested that regulators need to step in. Lawmakers should take a closer look at the influence technology plays in the everyday lives of Americans by conducting “vigorous oversight in the form of investigations and hearings to fully understand current practices and the potential for harm,” the Minnesota senator said.

 

“I’m hopeful that recent events will encourage regulators, as well as a broader contingent of my colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — to give this issue the attention it deserves,” he said.

So once government regulators begin regulating speech on the Internet, where will it end?

Will everything that we do on the Internet have to be evaluated for “truthiness” before it is allowed to be posted?

And who decides what the “truth” actually is?

I am a big believer in the marketplace of ideas.  I have always been convinced that if everyone is allowed to openly share what they believe that the truth will win in the end.

Of course the elite are scared of the free exchange of ideas, because that gives the people way too much control over their own destiny.  Prior to the Internet age, they were always in control of the flow of information in our society, but now things have changed dramatically.

They desperately want to get control of the Internet, because they want things to go back to the way that they used to be.  But we can’t allow that to happen, and so we must greatly resist any attempts to regulate speech on the Internet.

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Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

This unfunny, obnoxious ass-faced jew post turtle would be writing shitty sitcoms or humping around the standup comedy circuit right now, if it hadn't been for some good old-fashioned election fraud.

 

WTFRLY's picture

Joo World Order requires it.

J S Bach's picture

Only jews and their lickspittple goy lackeys favor censorship.  Like the cockroaches they are... they fear the light of truth.  Lies and darkness are their natural millieu.

rccalhoun's picture

i thought google, facebook and twitter already censored their content

Pinto Currency's picture

Franken jokes about child rape.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJOAGILeiAY

Sick.

Perhaps Franken will be arrested in the current round-up of pedos - that would not surprise many.

 

E.F. Mutton's picture

I want Al Franken to lick a dog's asshole until it bleeds.

Want in one hand, shit in the other, Al.

wee-weed up's picture

Stuart Smalley needs to have his diaper changed. He's stinking.

BennyBoy's picture

 

I want ZH to censor all political posts!

ThanksChump's picture

Silencing people is considered "Liberal", now. Lol.

 

Fucking communists.

land_of_the_few's picture

Censor Al Franken! The safety of Democracy demands it! :P

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I fucking hate jews so much.

I will not stop speaking out against them until they haul me away to the gulags.

Justin Case's picture

You'll get whisked to Germany like Earnest Zundle.

Steve Scuba's picture

I'm making over $15k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...  http://disq.us/url?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.Jobzon3.com%3Ab8eR_DQLwGRPVGtFvv...

Shinebama's picture

I've got a way you can make $40 for no more than 5 minutes work, and I'll give you an extra $10 if you swallow. That's $600 an hour!

svayambhu108's picture

Internet is just a fraction of what it used to be in 2005 also the death of P2P and the invention of cloud are 10 steps in the right direction, kill the net as in freedom keep the net as in catching net.

bobsmith5's picture

Al Frankkin is not a Jew he gave that religion up to become a Satanist. That is where your hatred should be directed, not at a whole class of people most of whom are superior in every way to the life you must lead hating so much. This forum is so

bobsmith5's picture

full of people who hate mindlessly and in total ignorance of what causes them to condemn everyone in a race or religion never knowing the real cause of who they hate and why.

veritas semper vinces's picture

At the current rate we are going ,your wish will be granted sooner rather then latter.

There are only two things left that need to be solved by the Tribe for total control:the guns and internet. They are working feverishly on both .

They will designate ZH as Russian propaganda tool ,with an added bonus of antisemitism and we will be labeled as such.

as for guns,all these FF will soon  bear some fruit.They don't need to confiscate it,just make it illegal,ban ammunition or other creative criminality.

Antifaschistische's picture

Department of Internet Censorship (DIC)

Sit around all days making rules:

Not Acceptable:  "Make America Great Again"

Acceptable:  "Black Lives Matter"

Not Acceptable:  "homo"

Acceptable:   Transgender Lovers

etc...

Ferrari's picture

(((They))) hate us for our freedoms...

Hudis Muffakah's picture

</s> tag would apply a multiplyer of -1 to your down votes. 

cheka's picture

skye wiseness is growing.  must protect holycost

giddy with their new internet spy grid, they underestimated the spreading of truth and destruction of their many lies

CuttingEdge's picture

When censorship is left to the fuckwits at Faecesbook...

This.

 

Creative_Destruct's picture

"When you start regulating speech, you cross a very dangerous line.  There is a reason why our founders guaranteed us freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights...."

Duuuhhh Yep, Al. The "INTELLIGENT" left either being willfully ignorant or NORMALLY (for them) stupid. 

bobsmith5's picture

Frakenstein is a traitor to his oath of office and to the constitution of the United States. He should be tried for treason and in prison for a very long time.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck you,distraction agent. He is an obvious Jew, and that is all one needs to know about him.

CaptainObvious's picture

No, they censor your content.  This is how your content becomes their content...a tool used to shape their narrative.  "See?  Everybody on Facefuck/Twatter/Jewtube agrees with us!" they say, while burying contradictory content under shadow bans and age-restricted viewing and outright censorship and banning.

Justin Case's picture

No business like shoah business.

Chandos's picture

I was holocausted two days ago on Twitter for two innocuous factual statements regarding Blacks, using correct language....

All they want is a foam padded leftist echo chamber.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ J S,

Speaking of Illuminated Light.

The lineage of Zionism goes back before Herzyl to Sabbatai Zevi, who was supposed to be Jewish Messiah in 1666.  New doctrine emerged with Sabbatai, especially using Crypto behanior in accordance with Kol-Niedre practices.  

These practices just came out into the open in 1666, but they predate Christ.  The verbal tradtion was learned during the long sojourn in Babylon.  There the Sanhedrin learned how to control mankind using all of the various hidden tricks that are now part of Free-Masonary and Secret Socities.  Control of money and usury was also learned in this Babylon period.

The name Rothschild means Red-shield and it originates with the red shield ‘Star of David’ symbol (not a Jewish symbol before the Rothschilds) which they displayed on their house in Frankfurt.

You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek? and the star of your god Rephan,? the idols you made to worship. -Acts 7:43, St. Stephen quoting the prophet Amos. Rephan is Saturn, whose symbol is a cube, or six-sided object, or the perimeter of the hexagonal star that appears on "Israel's" flag. ?
As soon as Stephen brought this up, the Jews in attendance stoned him to death. We should therefore point this out as often as we can. (((They))) hate it.

neversink's picture

Of course you are spreading misinformation and hatred as well. Go ahead. Your stupidty and historical revisionism to suit your beliefs is no different than the stupidity and hate on the left. 

Deathrips's picture

Hey Slave ..your assholes leaking.

 

RIPS

Bendromeda Strain's picture

If you believe that occult symbol has anything to do with King David, then it is you who are sadly deceived. Any magi worth his salt would instantly tell you that is the Seal of Solomon, and Solomon himself readily admitted to dabbling in esoteric knowledge. The hexagram also makes an appearance in Far Eastern symbology.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Rather than sling 'hate & stupidity' hash, how about coming up with a cogent refutation of his commentary...?