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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Mzhen's picture

Do something about the Somali problem in your state, Al.  And stop drinking, or whatever substances you're abusing.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Why would he do something about the Somali problem? He's one of the ones who helped create it in the first place.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Especially when those same Somalis are being hired as police officers to kill random White people.

http://www.startribune.com/what-we-know-about-mohamed-noor-minneapolis-p...

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Well exactly. Took the words out of ma mouth.

JibjeResearch's picture

Welcome to commie USA ...style

shovelhead's picture

Al Franken to run the new Ministry of Truth?

HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Fuck off Al, you clown.

Mini-Me's picture

If they censored actual fake news, a lot of corporate media meat puppets would have to get real jobs.

NumberNone's picture

Funny they cry foul at anyone taking offense to the internet showing a female inserting (place filthiest mind thought here) into her private parts because it's for adults and adults can choose what they want to see...but criticize global warming then suddenlty that same adult on the web is indefensible and you are an enemy of the state.  How fucked up have we become...and that's not a question.  

nevertheless's picture

Taken from VT:

One of the constant themes of the MSM narrative of recent weeks has been the demonisation of Russia Today and the insistence by the US government that it must register as a foreign agent. This is the latest twist in the never-ending ‘Russia did it’ myth that has been pushed down our throats ever since the US election was stolen.

Yes, the US election was stolen, Trump was installed as a result of voting fraud and yes, a foreign power was behind it; however, the foreign power was not Russia, it was Israel.

Blaming Russia fits in nicely with the new Cold War that has been running for several years now, targeting Russian-owned media like RT for ‘revenge’ for their alleged interference in US politics just furthers the Strategy of Tension and ramps up the enmity between the two nations. These are Zionist objectives that benefit the Israeli-Neocon-Kosher Nostra cabal and have no benefit at all for either the US or Russia.

As VT has been pointing out for a long time, the Israeli lobby in the US is immensely powerful, so powerful in fact that it has more control over the nation than any of the branches of the US government, including the Executive one. We can actually point to a specific moment in time when this Israeli influence over the US really took hold and that is 22nd November 1963.

On that fateful day in Dallas, the key opponent to the influence of the Israeli lobby over the US was taken out and while the reasons for the assassination of JFK are myriad, prime among them was his attempts to force the Israeli lobby to register as a Foreign Agent – the precise same thing that Russia Today is being forced into right now. The irony is palpable…

Few people are aware of the Kennedy’s efforts to force the American Zionist Council – the parent body behind AIPAC and the rest of the Israeli lobby to register as a Foreign Agent; the simple reason being that all information pertaining to that matter was classified until as recently as 2008.

This 2009 article by Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP) details the struggle between the Kennedys and the Israel lobby. It is the loss of that struggle that directly lead to the sorry state of affairs the US finds itself in today where the US government is little more than middle management in the grand scheme of things and the real control over the nation is in the hands of the Zionist Israeli-Neocon-Kosher Nostra cabal.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

JFK was also against Israel becoming a nuclear power.

SystemOfaDrown's picture

Americans need to wake up. Al Franken is a fake hero of the people. Always has been, always will be.

shovelhead's picture

Sounds like you need to wake up, pal.

Al Fuckface is no hero to anyone with a functioning brain.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

When push comes to shove Jewish politicians will always put tribal interests before those of the population they claim to serve. Jews are worried that their monopoly on information is getting undermined and the truth will get out.

Dickguzinya's picture

al skanken, another communist scumbag who, stole the election in Minnesota.  A failure as a comedian and writer, a failure as a politician, and a failure as a human being.  He is, and always wiil be, a disgraceful, pathetic, pitiful piece of garbage, like the rest of his ilk.

GeezerGeek's picture

And yet he is in DC wielding power and influence, while we sit here exercising our fingers. Why does the universe seen so out of whack? What are we missing?

44magnum's picture

We faught on the wrong side in ww2

homiegot's picture

This will leave social media a left-wing echo chamber. Good enough.

nevertheless's picture

"Left wing", a bird with only one wing can not fly...

 

This is the Zionist shit bird that rules america, and it controls both wings, left and right.

 

Of course what the media tells us what is right and left, are nothing of the sort, just contrived iterations of what they want Americans to think.

 

Trump is NOT right, and Clinton/Obama is not left, they are both Zionist filth 

neversink's picture

Zionists are wonderful. They are the only people who have a true democracy in the middle east where anyone can speak their mind and practice their religion (or not practice) or be  gay or black without fear of subjugation or persecution. 

You are all jealous. Israel is where my black Christian wife became a top doctor. She won a scholorship to Hebrew University even though she grew up in poor part of an African country. 

She probably has saved your life, or the life of someone you love. But you hate her and the Jewish people who trained her while Hezbollah and Iran were training terrorists to kill.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Zionist Elephant In The Room
 
The political creed of Zionism has big ears and a long trunk and I think it’s time that was pointed out. It also stampedes through our lives at every level and that needs to be said, too.

It has created a pincer-movement on the human mind by hijacking staggering amounts of political, corporate, banking and media power on one side and by using the fear of being called ‘anti-Semitic’ if you dare to state the bloody obvious.
 
 They have been able to do this by equating in public perception that Zionism = Jewish people. It does not. Zionism is a political creed introduced by the House of Rothschild to advance the goals of the Illuminati families that are largely controlled by the Rothschilds.
 
 When people think of Zionism they think of Jewish people. When they think of Israel they think of Jewish people. That’s understandable given the propaganda, but it is seriously misleading and those instant connections need to be broken if we are going to understand what’s going on here.
 
Zionism means Rothschild just as Israel means Rothschild. When we see the extraordinary number of Zionists in key positions around the world we are looking not at ‘manipulating Jews’, but manipulating Zionists representing the interests and demands of the Rothschilds.
 
Significant numbers of Jewish people are not Zionists and oppose that appalling creed while many Zionists are not Jewish. These include the Christian Zionists and Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, who told Israeli television ‘I’m a Zionist’.  If, as Biden rightly says, you don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, how can it be a racial rather than a political movement? It can’t. It’s just made to appear like that to manipulate public perception because opposing Zionism then becomes opposing Jewish people as a whole and the ‘you’re a racist’ card can be played over and over.

 Far from protecting and advancing the interests of the mass of Jewish people it has often been devastating for them and caused millions to be labelled unfairly by the actions of the Zionist elite. On the Jews Against Zionism website one feature highlights how Rothschild Zionism targeted Jews who had lived for generations in Palestine side-by-side with Arabs in peace and harmony:
 
 ‘The religious Jews who by virtue of their faith, clearly contradicted Zionist nationalism, and who had lived peacefully with their Arab neighbors for generations, became unwillingly identified with the Zionist cause and their struggle with the Arabs.

 They requested the United Nations that Jerusalem be designated as a defacto international city. They appealed to the diplomatic corps assigned to Jerusalem — but to no avail. They were hence confronted with the choice of either becoming a part of the Zionist State, which diametrically opposed the interests of Jews as a religion, or abandoning the land of which their forefathers were the first Jewish settlers.
 
 Let’s get this straight. Zionism doesn’t give a damn about Jewish people. To the Rothschilds and their Zionist gofers and thugs the Jewish people as a whole are merely cattle to be used and abused as necessary – just like the rest of the human population.
 
The networks of the House of Rothschild were behind Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party in the Rothschild heartland of Germany where they had changed their name from Bauer in 18th century Frankfurt and launched the dynasty that was to control global finance.
 
 After the war the Rothschilds used public sympathy for Jewish people targeted by the Nazis to press for a homeland in Palestine. This was the alleged reason for the founding of Zionism, but that is only part of it.

 The campaign to impose a Rothschild fiefdom in Palestine goes back at least to the earlier part of the 19th century and probably long before. It was given a massive boost with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 when the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared in a letter his government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
This letter was sent by Balfour, an inner-circle member of an elite secret society called the Round Table, to Baron (Walter) Rothschild who funded the Round Table.
 
 Today, Rothschild Illuminati fronts like the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, Royal Institute of International Affairs, and others, still answer to the Round Table which string-pulls and coordinates from the shadows. This is why Zionists in government are invariably connected with these Rothschild-controlled organisations.
 
 The Rothschilds funded the early settlers from Europe to relocate in post-war Palestine and they also funded and armed the terrorist groups, like Irgun, which bombed and terrorised Israel into existence in 1948, a campaign which forced 800,000 Palestinians to leave the land of their birth.

Israel is simply the State of Rothschild and how appropriate that they paid for the construction of the Israeli parliament building, the Knesset, and the Israel Supreme Court. 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 .

Honest Sam's picture

You left out Media ownership, the most powerful force for controlling the narrative about Zionists. Hidden in plain sight.

Fireman's picture

That's funny, really funny. Let's hope that "Christian wife...top doctor" of yours didn't get the usual black jew sterilization treatment in that hot bed of tolerance and incredible"democracy" that the khazarian interlopers stole from the rightful Palestinian owners.

 

My money is on the freedom fighters, Hezbollah in the next zionazi spat.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdaZNfDB8Qs

desertboy's picture

"Hi, I'm Al Franken.  Your thoughts are dangerous, particularly to the interests of those who rely on me, .. Al Franken."

VWAndy's picture

 The book burners are back, An yes they really want to kill people by the millions.

Akzed's picture

90% of the Bolsheviks were Jews, or married to Jews. Al Franken shouldn't surprise anyone no matter what he says.

  • “Some call it Marxism - I call it Judaism.” Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, in the American Bulletin of May 15, 1935
  • “The revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution” The Maccabean (New York), Nov. 1905, p, 250
  • “Jewry is the mother of Marxism.”Le Droit de Vivre, May 12, 1936
  • “Judaism is Marxism, communism”Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 64
  • “The communist soul is the soul of Judaism.” Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 143
  • “We Jews cannot be called upon to denounce Communism.” The American Hebrew (New York), February 3, 1939, p. 11
  • “The picture which the Soviet Union presents today is one that should bring rejoicing to world Jewry.”The Youngstown Jewish Times, Sept. 18, 1936, page 51
  • “It would be absurd to deny the intensity of the Jewish participation in the Russian revolutionary movement.”Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York) July-September 1932, p. 106
  • “That achievement - the Russian-Jewish revolution - destined to figure in history as the overshadowing result of World War, was largely the outcome of Jewish thinking, of Jewish discontent, of Jewish effort to reconstruct.”The American Hebrew, September 10, 1920
  • “The Bolshevik Government of Russia is the key-stone of the arch of the proof of the Jewish conspiracy for radicalism and world-domination.” William Hard, The Great Jewish Conspiracy (New York: American Jewish Book Company, 1920), p. 31
  • “The Jewish elements provide the driving forces for communism”Dr. Oscar Levy, in George Pitt-Rivers, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution (Oxford, 1920), p. ix
  • “The Jews [have been] furnishing for the Bolsheviks the majority of their leaders” The Jewish World (London), April 16, 1919, p. 11
  • “Russian Jews have taken a prominent part in the Bolshevist movement”The American Hebrew (New York), November 18, 1927, p. 20
  • “Jewry has come to wield a considerable power in the Communist Party.” Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 37
  • “The East-Side Jew [Trotsky] that Conquered Europe” The liberator (New York), March 1920, pp. 26-27
  • “The real East Sider [New York Jew Trotsky] is at the head of things in Russia.” M. L. Larkin, in The Public (New York), November 23, 1918, p. 1433
  • “It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism; all this is in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.” Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 148
  • “Karl Marx, who came from an old family of rabbis and brilliant Talmudic scholars, was to point the path of victory for the proletariat.” L. Rennap, Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Question (London, 1942), p. 31
  • “Among his [Karl Marx’s] ancestors were Rabbis and Talmudists, men of learning and keen intellect.” Henry Wickham Steed, in The American Hebrew (New York), December 9, 1927, p. 206
  • “The peculiarly Jewish logic of his [Karl Marx’s] mind” Henry Wickham Steed, in The American Hebrew (New York), December 9, 1927, p. 206
  • “Mr. Wickham Steed lays the rise of Bolshevism at the doors of Jewry.” The Jewish Guardian (London), November 28, 1924, p. 4
  • “The Bolshevik Revolution has emancipated the Jews as individuals” Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 33
  • “There are many Bolshevik leaders of Jewish extraction” D. L. Sandelsan, in The Jewish Chronicle (London), February 20, 1920, p. 22

 

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

I see youhave a down voter. On what basis was this vote made? Every word in your comment is verifiable fact.

 

 

NumbersUsa's picture

Great Info, Copied, Printed & Archived- Thank you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlrPPD7aD3U

khnum's picture

There is an author in Australia who has written a book on the real menace and its not Russians in Australia its Chinese that have infiltrated our education system,corrupted our politicians,bought both urban and rural real estate hell we even sold them the Port of Darwin,he cannot get the book published as any potential publisher has the Chinese suing them,the same with Israel people in Australia have been locked up,expelled from school and even medicated for not expousing the official narative.

Now its not only nation states but corporations and special interest groups as well for example they brought in legislation so you cannot cast dispersions on gays for our gay marriage plebecite.

Freedom of speech is leaving the western world

MrSteve's picture

Given the publishers who have declined the book, he should publish it himself as an ebook on Amazon. He would likely get some $$ and the book would be "out there". In the USA, he would have the protection of the 1st Amendment. If he labeled the book OBVIOUSLY fiction, then statements made in the book are "theatre", like cutting off effigy Trump's head on stage, no problem!

Sonder's picture

The internet has proven itself a tool in the hands of the common folk to spread information and expose corruption. Hence why the powers that be absolutely detest it, they've been able to get away with rigging things for millennia without such a big spotlight shining down on them. 

nevertheless's picture

But even here, many of those who act like they are "alternative" are indeed just wolves in sheep's clothing. like infowars

 

And the comment sections, you see hasbara paid trolls, who push the lies of Zionists.

 

The most recent big lie was that Trump is an "American firster", even though his ownership to the Zionists was obvious. 

Sonder's picture

Oh, I'm well aware, their shills infest both of the /pol/ boards.

geo_w's picture

Al Franken who failed at impersonating Joe Piscipo now fails at impersonating James Madison. Are we really surprised?

biker_trash's picture

Totalitarianism comes from the left.... Al Franken was a comedian who constantly made fun of "facist" Republicans while on Sat night live. Now he's the mouth piece for what amounts to a campaign to start the "book burning" of the internet. He's now a certified fraud who pretended to care about the American people to gain power. He only cares about certain American's apparently. What a duplicitous D-bag.  

onewayticket2's picture

"But some (political opinions) were more equal than others"

mc888's picture

Exactly. His career as a comedian could never have happened without free speech. He became a celebrity, now he's a fake Senator cum Communist book burner.

BingoBoggins's picture

 

It was the Cocaine. All that blow went to the brain. Listen to him, his nasal passages are lined with sheepskin. He got the Fucknose. PharmaPure for the senator now. And you wonder why they have a Rolls Royce Medical coverage plan.

CaptainMoonlight's picture

What a surprise that this major league cuck Franken proposed this. 

 

Try to take ANY of our rights, and you are putting yourself on a list to have your life taken away. Just remember that fuckfaces. The People will remember.

CaptainObvious's picture

The best analogy I can come up with for this is pesticides/herbicides/antibiotics vs. insects/weeds/bacteria.  The Monsatans and Pfizers of the world are continually coming up with newer and ever-more-toxic chemicals to combat the insects and weeds that decimate our crops and the bacteria that decimates our food supply, insisting that the minor side effects of the chemicals (such as skin rashes and cancer) is a necessary cost to pay to safeguard our food sources.  Yet the insects and weeds and bacteria evolve and overcome each chemical one by one.

The Frankens of the world are continually coming up with newer and ever-more-freedom-restricting methods to combat the truthtellers and skeptics that decimate their narratives, insisting that the minor side effects of the methods (such as false accusations that destroy reputations, and totalitarianism) is a necessary cost to pay to safeguard society.  Yet we truthtellers and skeptics continue to get our stories out and question "authority", always finding new ways to communicate, remaining one step ahead of the Frankens.

Give it up, Franken.  You cannot silence us without showing your hand and going full-on dictator.  And when you do that, your narrative crumbles and everybody gets red-pilled forcibly.  Which will not help your cause.

rwe2late's picture

internet crackdown?

that train has left the station

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-attack-on-fake-news-is-really-an-attac...

and "for the children"

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170918/18065238235/why-sesta-is-such...

 

from China to Germany,  the global internet is under attack

afronaut's picture

Been noticing more and more comment sections of news reports being eliminated in Canaduh. Truth is now forbidden. Too many people commenting were not buying the spin or narrative as it was being portrayed, so they shut it down.

Inevitability's picture

CBC is very picky about stories they allow comments on. I stopped using IMDB because they just shut down their forums entirely.

Kelley's picture

Apparently the Constitution wasn't one of the subjects studied at comedy school. Not that it would have made any difference because he flunked that, too.

Kelley's picture

Has anyone anywhere ever laughed at one of Franken's skits on SNL? 

Paint will not dry when he talks; grass will not grow.

cherry picker's picture

Go ajead Franken, make our day.

People can put posters up at convenience stores, gas stations etc like old style Reward Posters

Wanted:

Whose name will be attached to those posters?

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

If you look at the attempts to censor the internet you'll see that Jews are behind most of them. Country after country, even ones with small Jewish populations. Even where the don't have their hands on the direct levers of power (such as in Britain) they set up think tanks and research centers which they pack with their own and then manouever into becoming 'official advisers' to the Ministers.

dogster's picture

How about we just censor the Jews. Even better, ban them from public office, or even voting. 

NumbersUsa's picture

Reinstate the 1935 Nuremberg Laws- It was the right thing then, and it is absolutely the right thing NOW!!

Germany prospered greatly when the jew supremacists were removed from the banks, media, schools, medical institutions, etc.

They had been removed from over 109 other jurisdictions throughout the world prior to that and all for very good cause.

The jew supremacists now rule a despot murderous thieving homosexual cess pot so-called israel. Look at the murderous misery it has spawned since its satanic creation. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KLALZLEDgo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlrPPD7aD3U