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Good luck to Elon, but I haven’t forgotten the crimes of Facebook
Because of rampant, coordinated censorship, our side never really had a chance to save countless lives.
But when I think about the “censorship” story, I don’t just think about the speech Twitter might allow in the future, I think of all the speech Twitter should have allowed in the last 32 months. The same thoughts apply to Facebook, YouTube, Google and all the other social media platforms that, almost overnight, went full Orwell.
Here’s what I really think: If these Big Tech speech platforms had allowed genuine free speech, I think hundreds of thousands if not millions of people now deceased might still be alive. Millions of people now suffering from serious medical conditions or life-altering disabilities might be living without pain. People reeling from economic devastation would not be living with stress that will ultimately shorten their lives and has already ruined their quality of life.
Twitter and Facebook could have been a powerful force for good, for accountability; the best arguments might have won …
Jack Dorsey created Twitter. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Utilized as they could and should have been, both social media platforms had the potential to do amazing good in the world. They could accomplish this good by simply allowing all sides of important debates to be heard.
In uncensored “debates,” the best arguments would likely prevail. Dangerous and false narratives would have been robustly challenged by an army of highly-intelligent and persuasive writers, thinkers and defenders of basic human liberties. The most effective rebuttals to the litany of faux Covid narratives would have “gone viral.”
Every Covid policy that later produced monstrous results would have been called out by society’s unsung and under appreciated hero, the informed and principled skeptic.
Granted, we don’t know for a fact this army of critics would have succeeded in their goal of preventing preventable miseries, but they would have tried.
People like myself, and people with far better credentials and far more social media followers than myself, would have been screaming from the top of our digital lungs every day for hours a day, for weeks and months on end that our so-called “leaders” are wrong and should not be trusted.
(In truth, we’ve been screaming this all along. The thing is most people in America didn’t hear our siren/emergency calls, warnings replete with well-supported arguments and evidence to support our points. That or most of our neighbors ignored us and made fun of us … because that’s the role of good citizens, according to our New Normal Social Media Guidelines).
Since it was our lives (and the lives of our loved ones) that could be ruined by the edicts of our rulers, some of us would have fought to defend those lives.
As it turned out - thanks largely to people like Dorsey and Zuckerberg - we never even had a chance. We never really got to join the fight; the deck was always stacked against us.
The known knowable: Censorship did happen and happened for a reason
What we do know - a known knowable by now - is that our voices were intentionally silenced or muted by the army of censors who sprung into action at Twitter, Facebook, et al.
By this point in this Twilight Zone episode, almost no news shocks me, but earlier this week fellow Substacker Joseph Mercola reported a story that floored me. According to Mercola, Facebook is now employing 40,000 (!) people to censor speech. On top of this, many of these key “content moderators” have been recruited from the ranks of the CIA, FBI and other myriad “intelligence” agencies.
We also now know, from a variety of sources, that people in our government have played a crucial role in coordinating with the social media, mainstream media and Big Tech to censor specific people and specific types of content (any content that challenges important narratives/agendas).
Clearly, from the top executives to the lowest-level staffers, employees at Twitter and Facebook were eager to perform their assigned censorship roles.
This means billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg were willing accomplices in the effort to silence people like Steve Kirsch, Alex Berenson, RFK, Jr., Tracy Beanz, the apostates who signed the Great Barrington Declaration or any grassroots organization that tried to mobilize on Facebook Groups to fight back against the never-ending, draconian and bogus Covid policies.
They had a choice …
Zuckerberg and the other Big Tech and Legacy Media executives had a choice. They could have defended the cornerstone principle of our nation - free speech - or they could join forces with the government and its sycophant cronies and do the bidding of Big Brother.
Maybe the dark side of the force was simply too powerful, but for whatever reason the Zuckerbergs of the world chose to side with Darth Vader.
Here we have individuals who created amazing platforms that allowed any citizen with a cell phone or computer to have a voice and perhaps real influence in vital debates - influence that might stop calamities from happening. Or Zuckerberg et al could choose to silence, bully, intimidate and cancel the speech of such people.
We know the choice they made.
Apparently, it’s never occurred to our “best and brightest” that their great inventions - platforms that could have been used to avert global misery- could have also been used to stop the calamity that ensued.
The members of the Deep State certainly knew the tools of Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube could be weaponized to thwart their agendas. This is why these potential threats had to be neutralized; that these companies had to be “captured,” that their leaders had to be bribed or coerced into being allies for the Great Unfinished Cause.
As it turns out, this objective was a layup for our rulers. If mass compliance and obedience was the goal (and it is), the Statists could count on an Ivy League cadre of useful idiots to implement their game plan.
Of course, Zuckerberg and all the other new media and legacy media executives will argue they were really trying to “protect” their “communities” … Censorship, as it turns out, is really God’s work.
Well, did Big Brother’s work actually save any lives? If it did, why - three years after the birth of the pandemic - are excess mortality figures still at once-in-a-millennium levels? Why are “sudden” and “unexpected” deaths no longer unexpected and happening every day? Why is inflation, accurately reported, at the highest level in U.S. history?
Some of us have come to believe these people weren’t doing God’s work; they were (and still are) doing Satan’s work.
If we get those Nuremberg trials ….
If there’s justice in the world and if, by some miracle, Nuremberg-type tribunals are ever held, executives of all the social media companies should be at the top of the list of indictable felons.
These are the people and organizations who, for years, spread disinformation 24-7. They are the people who made sure the voices of truth-speaking skeptics never went viral.
These executives did this knowingly, with forethought and with great enthusiasm. While Twitter may now cease and desist thanks to Elon Musk, the rest of the social media, legacy media companies and pretty much every powerful organization in the world seems to be just getting started.
Facebook isn’t going to back down
That is, if any potential “influencer” calls for Covid tribunals, Facebook will suspend this person’s account or use their 40,000 content moderators and their algorithms to make sure these “dangerous extremists” reach only two or three people.
Instead of letting members of the Facebook community call out a Government that jumped the shark, Mark Zuckerberg decided to swim with the sharks. If he was afraid of a bullying, corrupt government, the platform he invented could have produced legions of John Wayne’s willing to take down the Bad Guys who scared him so much.
It could have been Mark Zuckerberg (not Elon Musk) who went down in history as a figure who finally helped drain the swamp, who saved millions of people from the tragic consequences of policies foisted on the masses by our inept and crooked rulers.
If nothing else, today’s version of the Nazis wouldn’t have won the first stage of this global war in a cake-walk. They might still have the upper hand today, but they would have suffered major casualties.
Leaders on my side who refused to drink the kool aid would have emerged and had an actual chance to influence far more people. The past wouldn’t have been so bleak and the prospects for a brighter future would be far better.
But we’ll never know … because our social media companies didn’t want my side to have even a fighting chance.