Google Vs. Trump: “The Good Censor” On Collision Course With The Patriot President

Authored by ‘Washington Watcher’ via VDare.com,

The leaked internal Google briefing “The Good Censor” [PDF] has received suspiciously little attention from the Main Stream Media, but it represents the crassest statement yet of the Tech oligopolies’ intention to impose Silicon Valley Political Correctness on the U.S.

As American Thinker Editor Thomas Lifson puts it:

“I congratulate Breitbart.com for the scoop, and I urge everyone -I am looking at you, President Trump and Congress – to read and ponder the fate of the Republic unless this company is defanged, most likely by antitrust action, but possibly also via civil courts.” [Stunning 85-page Google memo ‘The Good Censor’ leaked to BreitbartOctober 10, 2018]

What are Trump’s options? He’s certainly thinking about the issue.

The Washington Post reported recently that the White House was backing off a proposed executive order that would have required federal agencies to “investigate and/or prosecute” tech giants for bias. Administration officials told WaPo:

“Although the White House is concerned about the conduct of online platforms and their impact on society, this document is not the result of an official White House policymaking process.” [White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order, by Tony Romm and Josh Dawsey, September 22, 2018]

WaPo reported Trump has demanded an executive order on this matter for some time, but all of the drafts have been deemed “unworkable.” Sources tell the Watcher that the fallout from the leak deterred the President but he still considers the issue a top priority for his base and he wants it addressed.

Of course, first, we have to shoot down True Conservative notions that it’s not the government’s job to resolve tech censorship. Dogmatic Conservatism Incers insist the free market will magically fix the problem and government intervention would somehow be worse than suppression of right-wing views. Some—such as The Weekly Standard’sJonathan Last—have even celebrated this censorship as a necessary measure against “repugnant” voices. [The Case for Banning Alex JonesAugust 8, 2018]

All of these opinions are absolutely ridiculous and predicated on the notion that Big Tech won’t go after “respectable” conservatives, which isn’t even the case. PragerU, a mainstream conservative outlet, has been censored numerous times by Facebook and YouTube, in spite of its painfully respectable brand. And others will soon face the same treatment once the T ech Totalitarians realize they can continue this malfeasance with impunity. [Facebook Censors PragerU Videos And Shadow Bans Posts, by Kyle Perisec, The Daily Caller, August 17, 2018]

The “free market” can’t do anything about it. Google has cornered over 92 percent of the search engine market—a higher market share percentage than Standard Oil at its peak. Big Tech has made sure that Gab, a free speech alternative to Twitter, is barredfrom ever posing a serious challenge. And no one wants to use a “conservative” Facebook. [Hate speech crackdown spreads to behind-the-scenes tech, by Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, August 10, 2018]

Big Tech has manipulated the free market to benefit its own interests and power. Tech execs know they don’t have to worry about conservative competition putting an end to their malpractices.

That leaves only one serious alternative: government intervention.

It is in America’s interest for this to happen. The public forums and printing presses of our day are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. If you are barred from these platforms, you are effectively eliminated from the public square. Big Tech wants to ensure right-wing viewpoints are consigned to the dustbin and no one has the freedom to share those views in public.

This is where Donald Trump can step in and halt these disturbing efforts.

France: Shock resignations and ‘chaos’ threaten Macron government.

Emmanuel Macron, the man who, in the biggest political stitch up since Hitler grabbed power in 1933, came from nowhere to be shoehorned into the French presidency, is now, less than two years after triumphantly proclaiming he would rule “in the style of a Roman God, finds himself desperately clinging to power as his government falls apart. Following the shock resignation of his steadfastly loyal interior minister Gerard Collomb, which could cripple the second phase of the unceasingly unpopular Macron’s plan to transform France into a one party state, the French President looks very much like a lame duck.

The shock resignation of Mr Collomb, Mr Macron’s most senior cabinet member, hot on the heels of several other senior officials handing in their resignations, poses a fresh dilemma for the president – whether to replace him or use it as an opportunity to reshuffle his team.

The resignation itself was not entirely shocking: Colomb has been making his dissatisfaction with Macron known for some time, but it was the way it was handled and the subsequent mockery of Mr Macron’s leadership style that gave the French President yet another problematic month.

Despite Mr Macron pleading with Mr Collomb not to leave and shockingly refusing to accept his notice, he left anyway and spoke of his desire to leave Mr Macron’s cabinet “as soon as possible”.

The very act of speaking to the French media is considered a debacle in itself, as Mr Macron has banned any member of his team from doing so without his permission.

That, teamed with his meticulous leadership style, which caused the French media to nickname him the “manager-President” due to him interfering in minuscule matters, 2am texts and colour-coordinating his timetable in a manner similar to a student approaching exam week has resulted in his popularity taking a nose-dive by 30 percent.

Mr Collomb is not the only addition to Mr Macron’s cabinet that resigned just 18 months into his presidency. Other officials in Mr Macron’s team who have stepped down include defence minister Sylvie Goulard and former party chief Richard Ferrand to name a few.

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot was another who quit, citing huge differences with Mr Macron as his reason, as he added: “I can’t lie to myself anymore”

So much for governing in style of a Roman God. If Macron had a proper education instead of that STEM bollocks that passes for education these days, he’d know that Roman Emperors were declared gods shortly before they were stabbed in the back.


EU Stitch Up To Promote Euronazi Selmayr’s Is Typical Of The EU’s Contempt For Democracy

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The former Prime Minister of little Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure his chief of staff was installed as the new Secretary-General of the European Commission, in what one senior Eurocrat has called “an impeccably prepared and audacious power-grab” at the top of the European Union.

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The Left’s Long War On Free Speech

by Micelle Malkin, Daily Wire, 1 September, 2018

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We took a slight liberty here by removing the word Conservative from the original title, because as we have stated many times, the old political designations; left, right, conservative, liberal, socialist, have little meaning left. There are those who support the globalist establishment and those who defend the liberal values of individual liberty, free speech and freedom of thought.

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field.

That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own personal partisan biases doesn’t just rankle. It reeks. Equal access to social media is not just about sharing food pics, pet videos, makeup tutorials and travelogues. It’s about ensuring the ability to disseminate and distribute political speech on the world’s biggest platforms.

Although I started in the metro newspaper industry in 1992, my years as an independent conservative blogger and internet entrepreneur have been the most journalistically enriching. I launched my first website in 1999, my namesake blog in 2004, my first group blog and video content platform HotAir.com and my YouTube channel in 2006 (where I broadcast reports from Iraq), my Twitter account in 2008, my second group website Twitchy.com in 2012, and my documentary-style web series, “Michelle Malkin Investigates,” for CRTV.com in 2016.

I don’t just preach the First Amendment. I practice it for a living.

Early adopter status was important for us non-leftists who saw the disruptive influence and narrative-setting opportunities that new media and social media offered. I was ridiculed by mainstream media colleagues for wasting time on the internet, derided as “just a blogger” (which I proudly turned into a hashtag), and mocked for starting a Twitter aggregation business long before corporate media outlets copied the idea.

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Facebook Senior Engineer Admits: “We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters”

Earlier we reported President Trump’s attack on Google, with his remarks later broadening to include Twitter and Facebook, accusing the Silicon Valley digital media giants of leftist bias and Google particularly of “rigging” search results by presenting only results, in his words, “from National Left-Wing Media.” He claimed “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”

“Those companies “better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” Trump said later in the Oval Office. “I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.”

Google immediately responded, condemning Trump’s charge, and claiming that “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.” (They would say that, wouldn’t they?)

As  has often happened with Trump’s twitter stoms, the politically incorrect truth was later found in the borderline crazy outbursts.

According to a leaked memo posted on Facebook’s internal message board titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity”,  which was published by the New York Times, a Facebook senior engineer,  Brian Amerige, supported Trump’s allegation, writing “we are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views” and shockingly admitted that “we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than their ideas.”

Anyone who has been shadow – banned by Facebook, as have the owner of this blog and many of his friends (not extreme right nuts jobs as ‘liberals’ often describe them, but classical liberals, who love free speech and diversity of ideas.

Amerige’s indictment of Facebook’s authoritarian – liberal “mono-culture” continues:

We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them  politically.​ HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect. Your colleagues are afraid because they know that they — not their ideas — will be attacked. They know that all the talk of “openness to different perspectives” does not apply to causes of “social justice,” immigration, “diversity”, and “equality.” On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.

“These are not fears without cause” Amerige continues, adding another stunning revelation about the social media giant’s  biased culture, “Because we tear down posters welcoming Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing Thiel from our board because he supported Trump. We’re quick to suggest firing people who turn out to be misunderstood, and even quicker to conclude our colleagues are bigots. We have made “All Lives Matter” a fireable offense. We put Palmer Luckey through a witch hunt because he paid for anti-Hillary ads. We write each other ad-hoc feedback in the PSC tool for having “offensive” ideas. We ask HR to investigate those who dare to criticize Islam’s human rights record for creating a “non inclusive environment.” And they called me a transphobe when I called out our corporate art for being politically radical.

In other words, the official policy run by Facebook’s management of not toleratiing and where possible suppressing opposition to the company’s Cultural Marxist ideology is not tolerated. In other words Facebook uses fascist tactics to enforce its progressive public stance.

Amerige wasn’t alone in attacking Silicon Valley’s liberal bias, and as the NYT reports, since the post went up, “more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity.” The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company.

The group’s formation has upset other Facebook employees (those who identify as Zuckerber’s arse kissers maybe,) who said its online posts were offensive to minorities (although none of the posts referred specifically to any minorities,). One engineer, who claimed anonymity for fear of retaliation, said several people had lodged complaints with their managers about FB’ers for Political Diversity and were told that it had not broken any company rules. It is of course hypocritical of Facebook to claim the moral high ground as the upholder of liberal values when Zuckerberg, personally, and his top management team operate a culture of fear to deny employees right to express their own opinions in private.

According to numerous reports the activity is a rare sign of organized dissent within Facebook “over the company’s largely liberal workplace culture.” While the new group is just a sliver of Facebook’s work force of more than 25,000, the company’s workers have in the past appeared less inclined than their peers at other tech companies to challenge leadership, and most have been loyalists to its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.

Within Facebook, we hear, employees have argued over the decisions to ban certain accounts while allowing others. At staff meetings some workers have repeatedly asked for more guidance on what content the company disallows, and why.

The dispute over employees’ political ideology arose a week before Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing about social media manipulation in elections. A team helping Ms. Sandberg get ready for the hearing next Wednesday has warned her that some Republican lawmakers may raise questions about Facebook and biases.

In May, Facebook announced that former Senator Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, would lead an inquiry into allegations of anticonservative bias on the social network, where new employees supposedly go through training that describes how to have respectful conversations about politics and diversity while complying with company policy.

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In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets That Do Not Coperate With Censorship Policy

In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets That Do Not Coperate With Censorship Policy

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During a meeting held behind closed doors last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown, acording to several people who were present, warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” (i.e. ensure nothing that does not concur with the leftist politics of CEO Mark Zuckerberg,) will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.”

Initially reported by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg,” the story prompted outraged responses which saw vthe social media giant insisting the comments were taken out of context, even though five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting agreed on what Brown had said. And to be honest, the words ‘dying like in a hospice’ leave little room for misinterpretation.

“Mark doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes,” Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.”

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook, a company with a long track record for being economical with the truth, is “vehemently” denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. Facebook, however, has so far refused to release its transcript and tape record of the gathering. Enough said.

Brown’s warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that don’t get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isn’t trustworthy news comes as progressives are finally understanding that for all his left wing posturing Zuckerberg is far from liberal and are raising alarms that Facebook’s entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and non – conformist news publishers.

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“In addition to disputed quote, there are also Facebook’s actions, which are fully consistent with the quote,” Legum added.

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Google’s New Privacy Policy: ‘All Your Base Belong Us’.Google has defended its decision to change the way it handles users’ personal data as its new policy comes into force today. The internet search giant will now be able to use information about what people are entering into its search engine to target adverts according to users’ interests under the changes.

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Government Introduces The Free Speech Police Rapid Response Unit

The British government, which has been signalling its intention to abolish free speech and press freedom since the last Labour government (1997 – 2010) tried to declare debate on climate change policy a criminal act, and has intensified its efforts under The Conservatives since the 2016 ‘Brexit’, has this week launched a new agency dedicated to suppressing “alternative news” websites and those publishing ‘off – message’ opinions …

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The Best Brexit Option

As the Conservative and Labour Parties tear themselves apart over Brexit, I frequently see and hear people in mainstream media touting as their preferred EU exit outcome one of three options. These are:

Teresa May’s Chequers proposal

A No deal Brexit

Scrap the referendum result and stay in the EU

Of these, the only realistic option is no deal, which, in spire of the forecsts of economic doom and the scaremongering of the Remain camp and the EU itself has been the only viable option since the day after the referendum, when EU officials including Jean – Claude Drunkard and Guy Verhofshit started talking about ‘punishing the UK’ for voting to leave.

As two prominent Leave supporting economists, Roger Bootle and Liam Halligan have recently explained in their newspaper columns, a “no deal” scenario is absolutely fine, it will not mean British companies cannot trade with the EU, but that in future we will trade under the conditions applying to members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Those conditions are similar to EU conditions but do not restrict our ability to trade with non EU nations on mutually agreed terms rather than terms imposed by Brussels, and has the added advantage of leaving no residue from our current relationship with the EU, granting the UK freedom to determine its own domestic and international economic policy. Just like every developed country in the world, outside Europe.

There will be a cost to it to leaving in this way. Trading with the EU would not be as frictionless as it is today. There would be tariffs when selling goods to the EU averaging 3.5%. Exporters would have to register their goods before exporting and 2% of consignments would be subject to customs inspections at the border.

But the cost would be small and more than outweighed by the boost to trade with non EU nations freedom from EU bureaucracy will give. As Bootle pointed out, as WTO members the EU and the UK have treaty obligations to ensure frictionless trade. The practical increase in friction would be minimal. Economist Graham Gudgin and businessman John Mills estimated the cost of the additional obstructions to be around 1% of total UK-EU export costs.

Trading on WTO terms is a well-trodden path. We already trade with most of the non-EU world in this way and indeed, very successfully. More successfully than we trade with the EU, with which we have an enormous trade deficit due to our exporting industries being geared to trading outside the EU.

Other complications like flights could be agreed in a memorandum of understanding, allowing current arrangements to continue until alternative arrangements were made. The remain camp have tried to suggest British people will not be able to travel freely in Europe after Brexit. This is one of their most outrageous lies. I was just old enough to travel widely when we entered the EU in January 1973 and never found any difficulty in having to present my passport at borders.

In exchange for the small loss to our trade with the EU — the part that’s less important, is proportionately shrinking and on which we earn a huge deficit — there would be a large gain in regard to the non-EU part — the part that’s more important, is growing and on which we earn a substantial surplus.

After no deal, Theresa May’s Chequers fudge is the next best option, though worse that trying to reverse the referendum result at this stage, or remaining in the EU on unfavourable terms.

May’s half – in, half – out proposal is worse than EU membership, the only redeeming feature being it gets us out of the EU, which opens the possibility of acting unilaterally to sever remaining ties at a later date.

“No-deal” isn’t the best possible outcome though. That would be an FTA with the EU, similar to the one they have with Canada. Amusingly, the EU has already offered this and, in her bid to become a contender in the most incompetent Prime minister ever contest, May rejected it.

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

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