In every liberal democracy the ordinary people are starting to fear a new threat, from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and Australia, throughout the EU and in every multinational bureaucracy, from the EU and NATO to the UN and its offshoots like the WHO, censorship is on the rise.
Everywhere we see stories denouncing misinformation and disinformation (does anyone know the difference?) and complaints that levels of racist, sexist, homophobic,transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic and self - righteous hate crimes are out of control, we are told, make it more urgent than ever for governments, corporations and multilateral organisations to adopt stronger measures to protect vulnerable populations online.
Its all bollocks of course, a massive distraction by the proponents of globalism to draw attention away from the emerging truths about the scamdemic, the killer vaccines that so many people were bullied into accepting, the exposure of the climate change scare narrative as another fraud, that the values and shared morality that has held Indo - European civilisations together for millennia is under attack from Cultural Marxist ideologues and that many of the inalienable rights we have taken for granted are under attack, first and foremost the right of free speech.
There are, of course, plenty of examples of misinformation and hatred online, and Twitter and Facebook are right to reduce their spread — but often the threat is exaggerated. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), for instance, recently published a study that concluded that antisemitism was increasing on Twitter. But there is no definitive evidence of rising hate online. The ISD study counted tweets criticising George Soros which didn’t mention his Judaism as antisemitic. Elsewhere, “hate speech” includes the reluctance of some people online to use female pronouns when referring to transwomen — even though one might oppose using female pronouns for natal males yet have no hostility toward transwomen.
This illustrated that what people label as “hatred” and “misinformation” is often merely an opinion they don’t like or which they fear will encourage bad behaviour. In both the UK and the US, this led to government officials demanding that social media platforms censor “often-true” content, including about Covid vaccine side effects, out of fear that such stories would result in vaccine hesitancy.
What’s more, Facebook and Twitter have also started deleting a significant amount of true content. Between 2020 to 2021, for example, Facebook censored claims that the coronavirus came from a Chinese lab, even though that was always as likely, if not more so, than the natural-origin hypothesis. Twitter also censored an accurate New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop while allowing supporters of his father, Joe Biden, to falsely claim it was a result of “Russian disinformation”.
For whatever reason, we have a political and technocratic class that is impotent and incompetent. No one has a vision to build things. They only know how to tear things down. Censorship is a convenient tool to deflect criticism from their policy failures. The culture wars exist only because it’s easier to govern when people are divided by nonsense.
The potential impact of social media has been compared to that of the invention of printing. The latter triggered to a flood of intemperate pamphlets and books which led to polarisation, paranoia and a hundred years of witch-hunts and religious wars (as well as the Reformation, the spread of literacy and an acceleration of Science).
Greater self discipline is needed on social media to be sure, but censorship and the creation of new laws like those against hate speech, and involving
the police and courts is the way forward. Our justice systems are slow, expensive, overloaded, and subject to levels of politicisation that are producing some very unreliable and eccentric judgements at the moment.
Perhaps some form of registration is needed for professional commentators (like journalists).
It is not practical for social media sites to be be held responsible for the specific content that individuals post in the way that publishers could in the era of print, but once the Big Tech corporations that own and operate social media start to involve themselves in the censoring of certain opinions then they assume the role of a publisher and so must assume the responsibilities. They can and should be responsible for the general conduct and policy of the site as things standbut when they start censoring conservative, libertarian or nationalist ideas but promote paedophilia, transgenderism and globalism, they are attacking freedom of speech and expression.
But one of the most concerning areas in which official and unofficial censorship is stifling discussion and suppressing the free exchange of ideas and opinions is reporting and discussion of what is really happening in Ukraine. If you rely on mainstream media for information you probably believe the narrative that 'brave little Ukraine is punching way above its weight militarily and giving those nasty Russian bullies a damn good thrashing, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth. I am not a supporter of Russia bit a realist and what I read in news out of India, Singapore, the Middle East and Africa suggests that in constantly enabling the neo nazi nutters in Kiev to escalate the conflict, NATO and the USA are imposing immense suffering on the people of Ukraine as well as stupendous loss of life among military personnel.
If people could see the true extent of destruction wreaked on Ukraine I'm sure many would agree with me that it is way past time NATO and the United Nations stepped in, put a peace - keeping force in place and supervised a negotiated settlement that would ensure Russia did not crush Ukraine economically as it has done in the shooting war.