The amount of censorship on the Internet seems to be increasing. Most of it is not implemented overtly by Western governments — with Germany being a notable exception — but by supposedly private outfits. Facebook and Twitter hold near-monopolies in their specific markets, so that when they decide to censor, their actions are as effective as a government clampdown. And in Germany, of course, the government actually requires them to censor. Geert Wilder’s account was recently blocked in Germany, presumably in obedience to Angela Merkel’s orders.
But Twitter is quite willing to institute censorship on its own initiative, as in the recent case when the account for WorldNet Daily was suspended. If your opinions veer too far from the Narrative, and you become prominent enough that your tweets and posts are often “trending”, then in all likelihood you will eventually be squashed.
There are other, less overt methods of imposing non-governmental censorship. One of them is practiced by Internet providers, and aims to make the offending websites unfindable. The following article describing this process, and how it can be circumvented, was published by Free Speech Defense (and was also posted at Jihad Watch).
UK and European ISPs Now Blocking Jihad Watch — How You Can Combat Online Censorship
My post copied over from JihadWatch.org for those who were unable to read it, click through if you are able to, as the comments are also helpful…
This is not new. It has been ongoing for years: when fascists are unable to control the narrative, they shut down the discussion.
I am seeing now that most of the UK and many other European Internet service providers (ISPs) are blocking this as well as many other websites from being viewed.
Not content with shadow banning academics guilty of wrongspeak from social media, attempting to turn them into unpersons, they are using blocking methods originally developed but rarely used to block criminal enterprises on the web (think scammers and pedophiles) with far more alacrity than when they were ever used as originally intended.
They use a variety of methods to control what you are allowed to view online, much like how I had “guardian control” on our television to stop the kids from watching channels that were not suitable. Amusingly, I know of one home and office firewall company that is listing jihadwatch.org as “adult entertainment.” A provider in the UK, also listing Jihad Watch as adult, asks for credit card numbers to prove you are old enough to view the site.
Canada is introducing “measures,” specifically in Quebec, to block illegal gaming sites, which I would bet my last Loony on being leveraged in the same way, as soon as they criminalize “Islamophobia,” a.k.a. any criticism of jihad and the violence and crime that go hand-in-hand with Islam.
So today, some Internet providers just block this and other sites, giving the impression that site is “down,” not available, mockingly suggesting, “please try later.” We will be seeing far more of this, and there is little anyone can do to stop this from being implemented further.
The vast majority of blocks are actually very simple to bypass. They “poison” the DNS servers that they provide free with your Internet access to misdirect you to other locations. The Turkish government has been using this method for Internet access for a few years. The Chinese “protect” nearly half the world’s population from ThoughtCrime with this trick.
DNS stands for Domain Name Servers. They translate the user-entered website (domain name) such as www.jihadwatch.org into a number that is used by your computer to connect to the website — think postal/zip code. Normally, you are automatically assigned DNS Name Server addresses by your Internet service provider, but changing the DNS servers (on your local machine or router) will stop censorship using this method.