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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RussianSniper's picture

Al Franken's best days were when he was watching Beaks get fucked in the ass by Moochie the Gorilla Obozo, in the train car, in Trading Places.

Other than that, he's just one more corrupt, vile jew.

Mena Arkansas's picture

So ((( Franken ))) agrees that the anti-white, anti-christian hate speech spewed by the ADL and SPLC should be removed from the internet?

Yeah ... didn't think so.

idontcare's picture

Google, FB, Twitter CAN censor any and all speech that they want since they are not governmental entities - unless they are.....!!?! ;-O

mc888's picture

If they held their ground as network carriers, not responsible for content, they would have no interest in censorship or any other content-related issues.

Once they illegally claimed "ownership" of user content, they became media companies subject to applicable regulations.

rf80412's picture

It's only oppression when a government does it.

Griffin's picture

The western world will keep its freedom of speech, on the internet and everywhere else.

Rex Andrus's picture

Democracy is a political system where people vote and public servants fulfill the will of the majority with reasonable consideration to the minority. In our system when the majority don't want what hostile foreign oligarchs want, their pocket statist traitors like Al who didn't share his (((9/11 warning call))) with nobody Franken say its not democracy, it's populist, insinuating that populist is baaddd.

populist : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people.

This is a corrupt constitutional republic. There is no statute of limitations for treason.

 

daggerhashimoto's picture

Psst....

ETHEREUM. Web3.0. Decentralized Intenet. Twitter, without twiter.inc.  Facebook without facebook.inc.

 

lets them sensor it! that way people will come to the decenteral land in droves.  Get your ether... get your ether.

 

Now tell me how it's "vapor ware"

 

the future is bright.

Snout the First's picture

May I respectfully suggest that the esteemed Senator go piss up a rope?

BingoBoggins's picture

Of course. We feel it would be more effective if you offered a smirk or sneer.

USA USA's picture

Al Frankenstein what a TWIT and the people who elected and re-elect him. What an embarrassment!

BingoBoggins's picture

 

you know, I live/don't live there and I couldn't figure it either. Well, yes I can. The Ron Paul people ass raped the Republicans in the caucuses. But I guess ypou can't take the DFL out of the bleedin' heart Skandihoovian. Bleeding 'cause the Farmer ain't for F no more. I'll say it Minnesota Nice - when the wind reams the windy city Damn F'in' Losers gotta go someplace. Irish drunks laid out the Capital streets so they're lost if they cross the Lake St. Bridge from SinCity. That's the Nice part.

Lucky for me I'm of Iowegian stock.

edit: Huh. Knew I shoud a kept quiet about my organs.

rz the other's picture

The clown won by the amount of illegal votes cast by felons in Mpls proper.

All you need to know. But you knew that.

keep reloading........

BingoBoggins's picture

Wrong. the bleedin' bleeders made it that close. Don't discount your chickens until the propaganda wanes and the winter carnival freezes your nuts, making yous' a useless wanker.

with all due respect ... you are right. Mpls wishes it had River City's crime rate. I figure they got more halfway houses, too. County employees own most of them. The fix is in.

my bro in law badCop is a felon. You wouldn't shoot him now would you? I find him useful to have around for certain things. Like when I am the badCop.

BingoBoggins's picture

Rz the other;

You figure Norm Coleman backed off another recount 'cause he got paid off with that DC job?

I met Norm a few times - he can be a use-full wanker. Like a goodCop, sometimes.

edit: my bro in law don't vote. he hates everyone.

NumbersUsa's picture

So the filthy sodomite jew supremacist don't want his weinsteine day to come.

"Cover it up boys, cover it up now" "put a lid on it before they find out I'm also a sodomite jew pedophile" says al.

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

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

Great Idea! I'd love to censor political speeches. Just a bunch of tricky lawyer words and showmanship anyway.

 

pigpen's picture

Two words: brave browser

Brave blocks advertising, tracking and malware by DEFAULT on any device and operating system.

Brave browser

Cheers,

Pigpen

Mena Arkansas's picture

((( Bloomberg ))) wants your guns.

((( Franken ))) wants your free speech.

((( Schumer ))) wants diversity immigration.

Any one seeing the pattern here?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Know your enemy...it is (((THEM)))!

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Once you understand that everything falls into place. It really is the Rosetta Stone.

when the saxon began's picture

Yes.  I knew for many years that things were not as they seemed ...that our government did not represent us ...that there was some alien evil behind the curtain.  But I could never figure out who, what or why.  Now I know. And it does explain everything that was once a mystery.  

Pumpkin's picture

'Senator Al Franken'  Kind of sums up how F'd up this world is, don't it?

Doom and Dust's picture

Americans are such good goys they expect free speech from tribe controlled outlets.

Doesn't get much cuckier.

NumbersUsa's picture

Christian-zionists are the cuckiest of them all. Deluded & deceived, thinking that hugging the anti-Christ jew supremacists is a good thing.  

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

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

Dr. Acula's picture

"I  got the jew call... "Don't go to work on the 23rd day of Elul [9/11]""

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xS9qMLyVdTA

NevadaMirage's picture

Any time the Newspeak phrase "commonsense" is uttered by a politician you are about to get fucked.

Joe A's picture

To serve? "it's a cook book, it's a cook book!"

loveyajimbo's picture

FrankenHeeb... always was a shitty comedian... but this pathetic eunuch is still trying...

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

All stand. All hail ZOG. ZOG is good, Zog is love. OBEY!

BingoBoggins's picture

 

No shit?? Here I thought social media (and FB's new algos this summer) already did censor and forbid:  https://haikubanditsociety.blogspot.com/2017/11/bibi-or-boobies.html  

A clean essay, esse. I'v met the new algos in town. They are not nice.

It occurs to me I rang up Senator Al and , expecting to rant like a Wellstone, was told he supported Rand Paul on the REINS Act (sunsets various legislation). On Aumf , too? Forget - algophobia done set in. One way to find out, but after today, I'll bet they screen all their calls!

FreeEarCandy's picture

It is not illegal to be a Jew. It is illegal to attack free speech. Just follow the law. Anything else is counter productive and only serves to run interference. 

To make my point clear... 

Trey Gowdy, who is not a Jew, and spouts to be a hard line defender of the constitution, is also endorsing this attack on free speech. I don't have the article at my finger tips, but I think I read it here at ZH.

Follow the laws and all the rest falls into place. If you just focus on Jews you will miss fellows like Trey Gowdy and you become your worst enemy. Follow the law!

Edited... 

Here is the article about Trey Gowdy....

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-04/washington-stomps-civil-liberty

 

"Trey Gowdy wants false statements blocked, which would mean that the entire print and TV media in the US would be shut down along with Congress, John Brennan, Robert Mueller, and James Comey. Gowdy does not know that the First Amendment guarantees free speech and leaves it up to the public to decide what is true and what is false.

You tell me.  

What kind of insouciant people are capable of electing representatives who do not respect the Bill of Rights?"

BingoBoggins's picture

Those that apply no term limits neither.

You brave, candy. can I has your boots?

Mena Arkansas's picture

It's only hate speech when it's white speech.

~ Al Frankenstein

Hkan's picture

Only way to regulate internet to shut it down.

Too many angry smart guys out there creating communicative channels....popping up getting killed in an endless war creating huge frustrated resistans growing stronger....and stronger.

smacker's picture

On the plus side, if Goolag, Phacephuq and Zitter are all censored so only approved comments are allowed, it might p1ss off so many people that they fall into disrepute and fade away thereby giving us all a break.

dark fiber's picture

The kiddies over at google and the rest will regret getting into the politics game and abandoning their common carrier status.  Now they will be held responsible for anything that happens through their service.  And if you think this is bad just wait until the Crips or the Bloods arrange the next drive by through Facebook.  They will be held responsible for that too.  They are beyond fucked and too stupid to realize it yet.

Overall as far as the internet is concerned, it doesn't mean much.  You can always host your site offshore or use a service other than Google/Youtube or Facebook.

Rick Cerone's picture

Franken believes in the China model.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

The entire population of Minnesota has to be GD stupid. Two useless GD senators and the fukin Muslim house leader. Perhaps The Donald can sell that state to Canada ....just take anything you can get and give them the Vikings to boot.

DesertRat1958's picture

Maybe throw in Chicago as a kicker.

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

What can one expect fron Al Frankenstein?

freedom1798's picture

Fuck you, Al Franken, and all the dumbshit fascists like you.

arby63's picture

Al Franken needs to have some of his neighbors visit. He's a piece of shit. He should have been aborted. There's still time.

Goldennutz's picture

He should have been aborted and he was a piece of shit BEFORE he was elected and the Libtardian Assholes in Minnysoda STILL elected him.

It must be brain freeze from the temperatures there.

vaporland's picture

Maybe he needs to mow his lawn with headphones on?

Oh never mind, Franken probably hires illegals to do it for him, unlike Rand Paul...

hola dos cola's picture

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.

Excuse my ignorance, but who is that fool? He thinks he is up to the challenge that he has created for himself?

I just saw an article here on ZH that 'justifies' banning the entire financial industry from using the internet http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-13/truth-about-wall-street-analysis on grounds of "the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech" (The latter is on me, no charge... like the 100k's they charge for the former two.)

Is he going to take on Wall Street?

What about tweets relayed through the internet that reach out to millions world wide that the one day say "I believe him" and the next "I think he believes what he says"?

Is he going to silence the POTUS?

 

The man is a hero...???

MasterPo's picture

Wow, a comedian who thinks he's a Senator. Betcha that never happened before! 

A hundred of 'em you say?

(Ahhhh, never mind...) 

Anteater's picture

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/11/13/top-new-york-times-photo...

All pigs are equal, but the H8'rs are more equal.

I noticed they keep pounding away at Elites v Trump hysteria,

but seem to have dropped 'Trump the People's Populist' meme

so really it's entirely just two Elite pol cartels, battling it out

under withering psyops multimedia Think-Speak.

Crash the intwrnet! It's all i-Me Look-at-Me garbage,

even TED Talks is being propagandized. Just walk away.