The private corporations that host social media sites are increasingly taking on the role of censor. We hear of new examples every day — people who express politically incorrect opinions have their Facebook and Twitter accounts suspended and their YouTube videos pulled.
The actions of these corporations do the work of repressive governments without their having to pass any unconstitutional laws. Since the companies are private providers, it’s their prerogative to implement any policies they like against “hate speech”. If you read the fine print on their “terms and conditions” pages, you’ll probably find that they are entitled to change their polices at any time without prior notice, and can basically yank your account for any reason they like, or no reason at all.
This arrangement is handy for our governments. By subcontracting out the repressive tasks, they avoid getting their hands dirty, and can continue pretending that their citizens are “free”. And it’s advantageous for the CEOs of these mega-corporations, who gain the good will of government functionaries while enhancing their own access to the corridors of power. Davos, anyone?
In a recent example from Germany, Udo Ulfkotte’s Facebook page was shut down a few days after his new book on the migration crisis, Boundlessly Criminal, was published. JLH has translated an article about what happened, and includes this introductory note:
A combination political and commercial message. What is striking is the parallel with censorship moves in this country in Facebook, Google, Twitter and even YouTube, and the history of Facebook in caving in to Chinese government demands, then Merkel’s. There is no public deal in the US, but let’s face it, everybody has the hymnal and is singing from the same page. Or, as someone with Dymphna’s gimlet eye on them might comment, “Algorithm, my posterior!”
In other words, the Internet that seemed to be an instrument to set us free from the media monopoly on fact and opinion has been swallowed up to a large extent by the so-called “social media,” whose elite seem to have breathed too deeply of the fumes given off by academe and Washington.
The translated article from Kopp Verlag Online, the website of the book’s publisher:
Facebook Bans Bestseller Author Because of His Refugee-Critical Book
by Stefan Schubert
July 5, 2016
Just a few days after publication of his book critical of the government and refugees — Boundlessly Criminal: What Politicians And The Mass Media Are Concealing From Us About The Crimes Of Immigrants — Facebook banned the personal page of Udo Ulfkotte. Until then he had been posting information for his 30,000 followers on the explosive new book.
Freedom of expression is now officially no longer at home in the erstwhile “land of poets and thinkers.” And this seems to be exactly what Heiko Maas had in mind from the start with his multimillion-euro censorship campaign on Facebook.
The writer Ulfkotte shared these fears with me by telephone: “It doesn’t affect just me — it’s not an ‘isolated case.’ Politically incorrect content is being removed from Facebook worldwide. No voices and no chains of communication which question the ruling elite will be tolerated.”
Udo Ulfkotte has been a thorn in the side of the powerful for a very long time. His books like Bought-And-Paid-For Journalists, Mecca Germany and The Asylum Industry all landed on the bestseller list, despite the MSM’s boycott of them. The author worked for years on his Facebook account as a building block in the effort to break through this monopoly. The 30,000 politically interested citizens connected to it are mostly very active in social media.
They share, comment on and like his messages there, developing an enormous reach in the web, touching hundreds of thousands of people. And this is precisely what the federal justice ministry, Facebook, the leftist Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the Bertelsmann Concern want to prevent.
The bestselling author suspects a direct connection: “Naturally, the timing is not purely coincidental. First I was off for 24 hours, then for three days, and then without warning, on the 4th of July, 2016, complete shutdown for seven days, all simultaneously with posts on the new non-fiction book, Boundlessly Criminal.”
A glance into the table of contents of the book (which I co-authored) reveals why the political and media elite are so nervous and have resorted to open censorship:
- Sex mob of Cologne: the SPD’s omertà squad at work
- Police: Lebanese Clans have declared war on us
- Sharia: Islamic law on German soil
- Status report on Federal Criminal Police: Media delivers falsified data
To name just a few. In researching the book, we used a variety of sources, even examining secret papers of security personnel and speaking with insiders and police officers.
Boundlessly Criminal — A book becomes a political statement
After reading the book, there is nothing left of Angela Merkel’s refugee fairy tale. Lies are made clear and demonstrated, The complicity of the press working in synchrony is shown in specific examples, and the full extent of foreign and refugee criminality is unveiled.
On the strength of its research results, the work directly contradicts to the government’s catastrophic refugee policy and Merkel’s borderless policy. Which explains the establishment’s resistance to the book’s publication.
After the CDU [Christian Democrats, Merkel’s party], the SPD [Socialists] and the Greens have brought state TV — ARD and ZDF — under control and, self-anointed “quality media” like the Spiegel have simply turned off the comment function on subjects such as refugee criminality, the final assault on the freedom of expression of millions of citizens is taking place on Facebook.
I leave the summary to my personally affected co-author, Udo Ulfkotte:
“It is hinted to citizens that there is democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But oh my, if someone wishes to exercise these alleged rights critically, then the truncheon is pulled out. It is about protecting the elites and maintaining their power. And they have noticed that more and more citizens are waking up and are no longer willing to believe unconditionally in the fairy tale content of the unity-minded MSM. So censorship is no longer covert, but quite openly exercised. Critical voices are simply cut off — and I happen to be one of those rather uncomfortable voices.”
[The conclusion is by way of a call to action and a commercial message — resist by buying the book and putting it on the bestseller list despite Heiko Maas and Angela Merkel.]
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