Bill Kristol’s “The Weekly Standard” has rightly pointed out ThinkProgress’s lies; but should we really be nominating companies to approve censorship? After all, Approved censors are still censors, whether they work for an authoritarian government or a corporatist, neoliberal/neoconservative media group.
If Google is influencing elections, and hiding their efforts to do so solely because some of the people on a mailing list might be opposed to her actions, it speaks very clearly to their intent. The sharing of this e-mail throughout the company, in the e-mail chain which was leaked to Fox News and Breitbart, further confirms the company’s thoughts on intervening with elections.
The FBI has a “media leak strategy” — they leak misinformation to the press as “anonymous sources,” and use the articles as proof their lies are true. This abuse of the system allows them to circumvent protections against undue search and seizure, obtain illegal warrants and wiretaps, and more — all because their target is a political opponent
“It’s predictable that every confirmation hearing now is going to be an overblown, politicized circus and it’s because we’ve accepted a new theory about how our three branches of government should work, and in particular how the Judiciary should work. What Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be about is an opportunity to go back and do School House Rock civics for our kids. We should be talking about how a bill becomes a law, and what the job of Article II is, and what the job of Article III is; so, let’s try, just a little bit.”
Unchecked, companies like Google and Twitter are granted carte blanche to do for governments that which we’d never permit our governments to do: they gather and process data at scales an in manners unprecedented in history, and they execute censorship and narrative control through these mechanisms without a second thought to the ramifications of their decisions.
Fascism is by its very nature a movement of the young, exalting passion and action over reason and discussion. The opinions of the inexperienced and unknowledgeable, presented as pure for their innocence, must be made equal — even more equal than the opinions of others — to bring about the best of a new age.
Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google hide their biases behind claims of “impartial” algorithms — but are the algorithms really impartial? Many within these companies would tell you no. But after doing so, they often find themselves having to delete their posts explaining how their company’s bias affects their systems and decisions.