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Big Tech’s plan to stop a red wave in 2022


Republicans believe a “red wave” is inevitable in November. But Democrats still have one big advantage: Big Tech’s ever-tightening censorship grip, which will be used to keep undecided voters from meeting even mainstream conservative news as the next election approaches. Republicans will have a strong message – but what if voters are blocked from hearing it?

With the 2020 US presidential election approaching, Google completely removed Breitbart News from its search results. Compared to 2016, Breibart News participated in the 2020 elections with a 99.7% reduction in its link visibility on Google Search. Censorship was so severe that unnamed blogs with plagiarized titles and content appeared in search results before original Breitbart News articles. On searches for the term “Joe Biden”, Google reduced visibility on Breitbart News links to zero.

Then, weeks before the election, Big Tech teamed up to take down one of the biggest stories of the cycle: the Hunter Biden laptop story. A post-election poll found that 17% of Biden voters would have reconsidered had they known about the laptop story, not counting the hundreds of Breitbart News articles that voters didn’t. had no access due to Google censorship.

Biden’s margin of victory in three swing states was less than a percentage point, making tech censorship a critical factor in the outcome. There is no law preventing Silicon Valley from not only repeating this plan in 2022, but also from expanding it on a massive level – and that is exactly what they are doing. The groundwork is already being prepared, in several ways:

#1 ‘Independent’ watchdogs downgrade conservative media – NewsGuard discredits the right

No matter how mainstream you are, you’re not safe. NewsGuard, the establishment “disinformation” watchdog that has received Pentagon funding and whose software is deployed by millions of teachers across the country, recently downgraded Fox News in its ranking of sources of information. reliable and unreliable information.

NewsGuard users will now see a red warning label next to Fox News links all over the internet, alerting users that the source is considered untrustworthy by the organization, which was created by former news outlets. establishment Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz in 2018, in the early years of the media-concocted “misinformation” panic.

Both Fox News and Breitbart News have now received a “red” negative rating from NewsGuard. This means that ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, NewsGuard is warning its users not to read the two major conservative-leaning online news sources.

Naturally, the sources who pushed the Russiagate hoax and said the Hunter Biden laptop was “Russian disinformation” – a claim repeated by the NewsGuard co-founder – don’t get such a warning label.

#2 Facebook deletes the news – If the wrong side wins, cancel the game

Silicon Valley also found a way to censor all conservative media at once. For years, the left has been lamenting and shouting about the success of conservative media on Facebook. Despite algorithm changes that cut traffic to conservative websites — by 20% in the case of Breitbart News — conservative media outlets continued to crush the competition.

Facebook has an answer: if conservative media wins the information war on its platform, they will simply delete all information at once. This month, the the wall street journal reported that the platform is shifting resources from its News tab, and news distribution, to a “creator economy.” This means that news will be presented less frequently to users, whether they request it or not. It’s a way to keep undesirable narratives from reaching the public, just as media coverage of the failures of Democratic rule in Washington intensifies.

It’s a repeat of what Facebook did after the 2016 election when it reduced the visibility of political posts – a change that saw engagement on Donald’s page drop by almost half. Trump.

#3 Taxpayer Funded Censorship – NPR Creates Disinformation Bureau

Meanwhile, in the media, the steady drumbeat of “misinformation” panic continues. The taxpayer-funded NPR airs a whole series about the crisis concocted by the media, with an almost exclusive focus on stories that have spread in conservative circles. ‘Disinformation’ and ‘misinformation’, like ‘fake news’, weren’t a buzzword before Trump’s victory, but now they’re everywhere: they’re pushed by think tanks, they’re pushed by government-funded agencies, they are debated by members of Congress. committees, it suddenly becomes a new responsibility of the federal government. This is how elites manufacture a crisis – every institution they control saturates the information environment to create a sense of panic.

You can determine the purpose of such a panic from its targets. Ask almost any prominent conservative or even journalists not aligned with the far left if they’ve received a warning on social media for spreading “misinformation,” and they’ll likely say yes. The victims include journalists like Alex Berenson, senators like Rand Paul and of course the former president. Left-wing disinformation, whether it concerns “Russiagate”, biological differences between the sexes or police and criminal statistics, is, of course, never denounced.

#4 Regulatory deadlock — No recourse for citizens

The goal of the disinformation panic has always been to delegitimize conservative viewpoints and give Big Tech a pretext to censor them. As long as the Supreme Court continues to block efforts to crack down on corporate censorship, this trend will only get worse. As it stands, tiny local radio and TV stations are subject to stricter political neutrality requirements than Google, Facebook or Twitter.

Previous regulators, perhaps too zealously, have sought to prevent even the smallest communications platforms from unduly influencing an election, but today’s Supreme Court seems fine with the most powerful platforms ever. exist. Carefully considered information technology laws aimed at giving users some measure of due process against tech giants, including one passed in Texas, have yet to make it past the Supreme Court.

#5 The Institutionalization of Censorship – Facebook’s $150 Million “Oversight Board”

With the US courts having their hands tied, Big Tech is funding a parallel court system to take its place. Facebook recently announced $150 million in new funding for its Oversight Board, the private body where users can go to beg to get their censored accounts back. Naturally, this “Facebook Supreme Court” is a farce – filled to the brim with leftists and globalists, it has failed to overturn Silicon Valley’s most egregious act of political censorship ever, putting on Donald Trump’s blacklist.

Like the “misinformation” panic, the Oversight Council’s purpose is to lend a veneer of process and legitimacy to Facebook’s suppression of non-progressive viewpoints.

As the 2022 midterm elections approach, if Silicon Valley has its way, online voters will only see what the elites want them to see. This January 6 was the worst attack on democracy of all time. That Republicans have killed people pointing out that masks don’t work. That women in red states are pushed into forced abortions.

In short, Silicon Valley will ensure that establishment misinformation gets a megaphone, while all conservative counterpoints are silenced. We already know since 2020 that it works. The question is, what are the Republicans going to do about it?

Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.


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