It seems more and more countries around the world are pushing back on Big Tech giants Facebook and Twitter, the new Thought Police, who think they have more power to control free speech than governments. I heartily applaud Australia, India, Hungary, and Poland for standing up to these modern-day monopolistic robber barons who make huge fortunes selling our data on their “free” platforms (you’re not their customer, you’re their product!). But why isn’t the United States following suit since these self-appointed arbiters of free speech come from our very shores? Why do we continue to protect them with legislation instead (U.S. Code 230)? The whole thing is just insane to me.
At least other countries are waking up to the insanity. The Epoch Times reported in a recent article, “Poland Proposes $13.5 Million Fines for Tech Giants Engaging in Ideological Censorship” the following:
“Poland could implement massive fines for tech giants who censor users or remove posts for ideological reasons, according to the country’s Deputy Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta.”
“Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide,” Kaleta said.”
“Instead, that is for the national body; duly elected officials and all industries, car, phones, finance, were unregulated till they grew too large; the same should happen with Big Tech.”
“Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide.” Imagine that! Common sense clarity from a national leader in assessing this monster that has been unleashed on the free world.
“Hungary is also following Poland in the fight against social media censorship, with Justice Minister Judit Varga last month stating that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government will not tolerate intrusions on free speech.”
“She alleged that she herself had also been “shadow-banned” by Facebook, and complained that mainstream social media sites “limit the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions” and accused “power groups behind global tech giants’ of having the power to decide elections.”
We witnessed these “power groups behind global tech giants…having power to decide elections” in our own 2020 election. Of course, those allegations were quickly swept down the “memory hole” with threats to cancel anyone, even heads of state, who dare bring them up again.
The Right Scoop reported in their recent article, “Australia takes on Big Tech, so Facebook blocks ALL news stories from Australia for the entire world,” the following:
“Australia is now pushing Big Tech to make deals with news publishers after a recently released 18-month report from their Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. They want these Big Tech companies to pay news agencies for content that appears on their platforms and they also want to break their dominance and thus their censorship.”
Google is working out a deal with the Australian government, but Facebook arrogantly retaliated by banning all Australian news agencies on their platform! This included banning anyone outside of Australia from sharing Australian news. Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, responded:
“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services were as arrogant as they were disappointing.
These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of BigTech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.
They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run it.”
Apparently, Zuckerberg thinks he does run the world.
As a result of this insanely arrogant response by Facebook, thousands of Australians are deleting their accounts. But did you ever dream in your wildest imagination that private companies (under U.S. legislative protection) would be so dictatorial that they would think it’s okay to block an entire country’s news agencies? These fat-cat Big Tech billionaires have lost touch with reality! But this is what happens when our own government actually protects them from legal repercussions.
These self-appointed global arbiters of free speech also recently blocked the Facebook page of Nigerian’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. You read about that here.
But India’s leaders would not be bullied by Twitter’s hypocritical cancellation policies (see article here). Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, basically told the Indian government that he can do whatever he wants because he has the right to free speech. But Dorsey thinking he is above the law wasn’t going to be tolerated by the Indian government:
“India’s government has threatened to punish employees at Twitter with fines and jail terms of up to seven years for restoring hundreds of accounts it has ordered the company to block. Most accounts were critical of the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.”
The government also pushed back against Twitter’s “free speech” argument saying that the company had no “constitutional, statutory or legal basis whatsoever” to interpret what constituted free speech under Indian laws.”
All these stories more and more countries pushing back on the Big Tech Thought Police are encouraging because it’s so frustrating to see our own feckless leadership do nothing to stop them. But the real remedy will be when someone develops better social media that actually protects free speech and renders obsolete these parasitical companies that feed off of us while censoring anything that doesn’t agree with their political ideology.
One promising solution on the horizon is using Blockchain technology in social media (see article: “Benefits of using Blockchain Technology in Social Media.”)