Western Governments Keep Assigning Themselves The Authority To Regulate Online Speech, by Caitlin Johnstone

Tyrannical governments and a free and open Internet cannot coexist. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

Depending on what political echo chamber you’ve been viewing it from, the ongoing release of information about the inner workings of pre-Musk Twitter known as “the Twitter Files” might look like the bombshell news story of the century, or it might look like a complete nothingburger whose importance is being wildly exaggerated by the far right.

From where I’m sitting, the Twitter Files look like entirely newsworthy revelations which add new detail to information that had already been spilling out about the way government agencies have been inserting themselves into Silicon Valley’s processes of regulating online speech. Right wing punditry has of course been exaggerating the significance of the releases and spinning them in all kinds of disingenuous ways, and Musk himself plainly has a partisan agenda in releasing the information in the way that he has been, but it’s not actually difficult to separate that from the value of the information being released.

Many liberals and leftists have struggled to grasp this (in my view simple and obvious) distinction, but we’re now seeing articles coming out in publications like The Guardian and Jacobin explaining to their respective audiences that it should actually concern anyone who opposes government tyranny to see secretive agencies taking it upon themselves to control the way people talk to each other on the internet.

“Make no mistake: while some criticisms of the project coming from left of center certainly have merit, that doesn’t mean the disclosures aren’t important, or that the accuracy of the information contained in the files is somehow undermined by the political slant of some of those reporting on it,” writes Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic. “The Twitter Files give us an unprecedented peek behind the curtain at the workings of Twitter’s opaque censorship regime, and expose in greater detail the secret and ongoing merger of social media companies and the US national security state.”

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3 responses to “Western Governments Keep Assigning Themselves The Authority To Regulate Online Speech, by Caitlin Johnstone

  1. Like the Stalin quote about who controls education determines whether it is a weapon, the six corporations who own the Mockingbird enemedia will sweep this down the memory hole.
    The average teevee world muh entertainment and comfort uber alles dullard doesn’t care anyway.
    Dumbed down demoralized people are easy to control and it only gets worse under Beijing Brandon.

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  2. What a crock of… why post this liberal claptrap? I’ll help out the slow kids at the back of the bus:

    “Right wing punditry has of course been exaggerating the significance of the releases and spinning them in all kinds of disingenuous ways, and Musk himself plainly has a partisan agenda in releasing the information in the way that he has been, but it’s not actually difficult to separate that from the value of the information being released.”

    – Exaggerate the significance of FedGov using the entire justice dept to control information and stifle free speech? Sir, you have labeled yourself a fool for pretending that this is anything less than life and death. Liberty was purchased in blood, I will not cede it to usurpers of any political stripe.

    – Musk is a partizan for releasing information to “news” reporters? He didn’t comment on it, tell people what to think about it, he simply opened it up to public examination, by all parties. If there is anything partisan about it, it is the information itself! It shows how much illegal activity the democrats were involved in, and its provable in a court of law (whoopsies!)

    Get this garbage off your site brother, lest folks accuse you of being infected as well with the virus.

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    • If I had to agree 100 percent with everything I put up, I wouldn’t have a website. I certainly don’t agree with the many statists of every persuasion I put up, but that doesn’t mean that like Caitlin Johnstone, they don’t make good points. I trust my readers, like you, can sort through that with which they agree and disagree. I state my analyses and opinions and post them regularly (put “Robert Gore” in the search box for my articles). My differences with Caitlin Johnstone and many others are manifest. As for what folks might accuse of me of, I couldn’t care less.

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