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

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.

Comments

CRM114 Nov 13, 2017 8:16 PM Permalink

Al Franken needs to realise the freedom of speech was put into the Constitution for his protection. Because if one can't talk about change, there is only one way left to get it.And besides, The Guardian now sells 147,000 copies a day, down 6.6 percent from last year. That's the same as the population of Paterson, NJ. Do you really give a f#ck what the population of Paterson, NJ think?Next, imagine everyone in Paterson was an arrogant, hypocritical w@nker who hadn't the brains to pass Grade 10 Math. Now,  Why the F#ck do you care what The Guardian says?

Kelley Nov 13, 2017 7:28 PM Permalink

It's too bad Lorne Michaels didn't censor Al Franken's material because every one of his skits violated the First Amendment of comedy:  "You ain't funny, kid! Not in a sweater...not in a diaper...not ever. Go home. Sears might be hiring....go talk to them. PS. You're kinda creepy. Nix that. You and creepy are twins."

Megaton Jim Nov 13, 2017 5:49 PM Permalink

Kikes are always wanting shit like censoring the internet, gun control and it goes on and on. But then, parasitic kikes always work to destroy the societies they infest! Do we REALLY need this 2% of our population?!?

moneybots Nov 13, 2017 4:20 PM Permalink

"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…" Yes, google has failed to prevent Al Franken propaganda on the internet. Yes, google has failed to prevent Al Franken misinformation on the internet. Yes, google has failed to prevent Al Franken hate speech on the internet.

brain dead american Nov 13, 2017 4:19 PM Permalink

The socialist and commies are already applying this strategy with online chats. When you give your talking points and it's "untrue" you are placed in time out by the moderator. 

moneybots Nov 13, 2017 4:15 PM Permalink

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”. The ELITES are anti democratic.

surf@jm Nov 13, 2017 4:11 PM Permalink

So Al Franken will have to annul the constitution, and the Supreme court to get his way........And like all little wannabe communist dictators, he sees no problem committing criminal acts to promote progressivism...........

freedom1798 Nov 13, 2017 3:36 PM Permalink

Al Franken is another jew asshole, whose main goal in life is the destruction of the United States.  Franken is a failed Hollyweird jew comedian who never was very funny. He used to be on Satuday Night Live.   Why the fuck do people in the great state of Minnesota vote for such a fucking jerk.

Manipuflation Nov 13, 2017 3:19 PM Permalink

Minnesota is an odd state politically.  Dirt soil is what matters.  Just dirt soil.  Al and Amy have never had their hind in any dirt soil.  I have though.  Should I try as an Independent just to fuck with them?  Why not?  I have issues with those people.  A person might win in Minnesota.  One youtube video and one published statement is all I need.Not just state senate but U.S. Senate.  If I were to win, I would just do the same as I do now.  Do I NEED to to go to Washington D.C.?  I would just stay home, not waste your money, and phone in my vote of "NO".    

BingoBoggins Manipuflation Nov 14, 2017 12:21 AM Permalink

River City, northern most port on the mighty misissippi for near 50 yr. irvine /w 7th - Rice/Como - lower e.side /payne ave parade::that was the tell, Man'. Useta see somebody you knew from decades before @ every one. fast forward to '88 - Chitown and the crack trade roll their crip on in and the Demographic went to rhyming - with Swede Hollow, Lower levee, Frog town and Connemara but a hundred years before qnd back to the present day, undesireables are never wanted and shake up the place. Ask T. Hamms and J. Hill. This time is different? I don't want to carry unless I have to. What do I do? General Vang, Mexican consulate, NE Musslimb Africa, and the ever popular NWA that give you the mug like you a Ebola carrier are not that friendly diversity wise - ironic, isn't it?I go a viking to the east, cross the glacial river where logging had a hey day and just up the bluff for the Pepper Festival Parade, Thaw yer Balls and Freeze yer Nuts Runs HQ: "Howdy, Mayor, I'm from the City of Thieves and most Boring Town in America and this is NOT your lucky day."He looks me up and down and says, "Welcome." This is how it starts.Think you'll beat the new Demographic of the TC? Do it quick. Everybody gonna want free stuff soon. A real growth industry til it and all else isn't.In the meantime, Chippewa Falls, here I come.you're smart to avoid the Capital. My informal survey reveals chaos and turmoil lying beneath the surface all around .  

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. . . _ _ _ . . . Nov 13, 2017 3:07 PM Permalink

Martin Luther died 471 years ago.He was right. In fact, he was sooooo right, that we are still fighting his cause today.It's always been about the control of information, and we are no nearer than we were then to obtaining our freedom over it, whether we are the consumers or publishers of it. The Jesuits have known this for some time.I used to think a revolution was in order, but we've had those, and they have accomplished little.I now firmly believe that a purge and a reset is all that can save the world from implosion.

44_shooter Nov 13, 2017 3:06 PM Permalink

So precisely what would constitute “propaganda”, “misinformation” or “hate speech”? Al  Franken nominates Michael Moore to be in charge of Ministry of Truth

jughead Nov 13, 2017 3:01 PM Permalink

So it was OK for Al to use television to blast his political bullshit all over the world back in the day, but now it's some kind of danger to humanity?  Fuck you, Franken, you are a lowlife hypocrite of epic proportions. 

vaporland Nov 13, 2017 2:58 PM Permalink

“Lawmakers should take a closer look at the influence technology plays in the everyday lives of Americans”

That ship sailed a long time ago. Kids playing with tablets and smartphones? No wonder all the ADHD/ADD etc...

hooligan2009 Nov 13, 2017 2:56 PM Permalink

ponders.. does this mean that only al franken and his ilk are the only source of unfiltered ideas that i can orginiate/build on/discard because I (AND ANY OTHER) HUMAN BEING IS CAPABLE OF MAKING MY OWN MIND UP WITHOUT POLITICAL INTERFERENCE OR MSM INPUT. I DO NOT NEED TO HAVE HIS (OR ANYONE ELSE'S) POLTICAL DOGMA SHOVED DON MY THROAT, WITHOUT MY AGREEMENT - NOT HIS (OR ANYONE ELSE'S DICTAT.Politicians and the MSM are scum bag weasels and have no right to censor my or anyone else's views.suppose, heaven forbind, some North Koran, Syrian or Iranian ideas and concepts (like alternatives to opiods or heaven forbin a cure for cancer!!) or Russian, Chinese, Venezuelan or (chance would bea fine thing, if the government imposed sanctions on countries with apartheid!) Israel, or China?If this bill passes, then why would teleconferences or instant messenger systems not be next - since they can get to hundreds if not thousands of people (as with annual results broadcast by company prodit announcements) - then it will be bars and restaurants.the assumption by politicians is that they are better qualified to determine what people should talk about the 20 trillion in debt and trillion dollar deficits are a clear indication that polticians are not competent to do much of anything at all for the benefit of anyone in society, other than their own bigoted and paid for policies.POLITICIANS THAT SEEK TO BAN FREE SPEECH, FEAR FREE SPEECH THAT WILL EXPOSE THEIR LYING, CHEATING AND STEALING.

redmudhooch Nov 13, 2017 2:49 PM Permalink

But its OK for Jews to call for the murder of whites and arabs. (((They))) can stick hate speech up their ass.It was a fight, especially against the people who seemed to have omnipotent power in our nation – the struggle against the Jews; a Satanic power had taken over our whole country that had been able to grip key positions of intellectual and spiritual life, but also of the political and economic life. And from these key positions they were able to control and monitor the whole nation. This power had, at the same time, the influence to persecute, even with the law, those who fought against this power, and those who were willing to oppose the advance of it.-Adolf HitlerIf you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.-Malcolm X

Honest Sam Nov 13, 2017 2:32 PM Permalink

Besides Radical Islam being slammed 366/24/7, and rightly so,  the Jewish are second in level of vitriol heaped upon them.Have to ask: why were they thrown out of every country they ever settled in?  Except the U.S.? This can't all be because they were a terrific people which assimilated. Franken is likely trying to tamp down or censor the righteous criticism, especially out of Europe, where the Europeans seem to have a greater knowledge of what the Jews have done to exploit the working classes, and how they control where the global money flows. 

Anteater MasterPo Nov 13, 2017 2:39 PM Permalink

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/11/13/top-new-york-times-phot… 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' memeso really it's entirely just two Elite pol cartels, battling it outunder 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.

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hola dos cola Nov 13, 2017 2:25 PM Permalink

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-analys… 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...???

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Nov 13, 2017 2:19 PM Permalink

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.