The censorship is rapidly intensifying with November’s election coming into focus, and the forces that have lined up in favor of destroying our digital freedom is jawdropping.
An advertisement boycott against Facebook has lined up the largest, most powerful corporations in the world against the tech giant. Why? Because Facebook isn’t doing enough Draconian censorship against conservatives who are pushing “hate” on the platform. As a matter of fact, these corporations want Facebook to censor President Donald Trump, which would constitute blatant electoral interference, to help prevent him from winning re-election.
The little guys could very well become little again.
We use Facebook, Twitter, Google, and some other platforms, but a recent experience with our internet oriented family business has left me a little concerned.
For 20 years, we have operated a web based security camera equipment business. For 20 years I have fought for keyword optimization, good search results, and developed a reputation befitting the nearly first store of its kind on the internet.
It has always been tough, and others now do the search optimization a little better. But over that same time I have developed good relationships, and the customer base remains sufficiently strong.
Strong enough in fact to have missed the impact of some serious subversion that was going on for nearly two weeks.
Late in August, I was reviewing visit statistics for CU1.COM, and noticed a sudden drop of about 300 daily visitors starting on August 12. Followup revealed that the website had been completely scrubbed from the Google search engine. Even using the EXACT domain address as a search term, Google returned only an alternate possibility with it’s “Do you mean ..?” suggestion.
I was able to reach a support person at Google, and explained my concern, and the site appeared later that day as-if it had never had been missing.
Consider that the internet has provided those new ways in which we can communicate. First we had chat rooms, then the blogs. At the point of that last, a new investigative phenomenon had been born. Citizen reporters and pundits. Big Media had it’s grip broken, and no longer was there a leash on the truth. When Twitter, facebook, and other social media venues began, it appeared there was even more opportunity to get ‘the message’ out.
For me, Twitter has become entertainment in its ability to rapidly convey snark. Do not misunderstand what Twitter is – it’s a powerful promotional tool but, for the most part it remains a pebble to cast potshots. Much can be said the same about Facebook in its circles of *friends* and *likes* which can be purchased. What’s the old rule? Paper always beats rock or, in this case – pebbles. This is why blogs will always reign supreme over the two aforementioned medias in the vastness a blog has ability to cover. Well, that, and I enjoy a healthy dose of snark as much as anyone else so, those with a Revolutionary bent for a cradle-to-grave government overreach mentality… perhaps, there’s old vacancies in Cuba waiting for you, Rep. Dillon?