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Wikipedia Co-Founder Slams Zuckerberg, Big Tech For “Appalling” Internet

“They can control what you see”.

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Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has slammed Facebook and Twitter for abusing their power to create an “appalling” Internet while advocating “decentralized” social networks as the solution.

“They can shape your experience, they can control what you see, when you see it and you become essentially a cog in their machine,” Sanger told CNBC.

Sanger said that it was “appalling frankly” how the Internet had developed since 2001, with companies exploiting users’ data to make vast profits at the cost of “massive violations” of privacy.

He directly called out Mark Zuckerberg as being “too controlling” and having no idea about “bottom up” networks.

“The internet wouldn’t have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today,” said Sanger.

Sanger’s solution, outlined in his Declaration of Digital Independence, is that these “vast digital empires” need to be replaced by networks of decentralized individuals.

This would return the Internet to becoming “freer,” the very foundation on which it was created in the first place, according to the Wikipedia co-founder.

“These networks would, for example, allow individuals to publish information online without going through a central organization, like a corporation. In the same way that bitcoin is a “decentralized” asset not subject to authorities like central banks, decentralized social networks would mean no single platform could control users’ data online,” reports CNBC.

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Adviser to Trump Warns: If Dems Win in November, “They’re Going to Crush Fox News”

Censorship debate rages as Twitter forced Laura Ingraham to delete tweet about FDA approved drug.

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A top Fox News personality and adviser to President Trump has warned that if the White House does nothing to roll back censorship, if the Democrats win in November, “they’re going to crush Fox News.”

Speaking privately to Summit, the host was responding to news that fellow Fox commentator Laura Ingraham had been forced under threat of suspension to delete a tweet about the drug Hydroxychloroquine being a potential cure for coronavirus.

“Lenox Hill in New York among many hospitals already using Hydroxychloroquine with very promising results,” Ingraham tweeted on March 20. “One patient was described as ‘Lazarus’ who was seriously ill from Covid-19, already released.”

Ten days later, Twitter forced Ingraham to delete the tweet under threat of suspension, despite the fact that Hydroxychloroquine has been approved by the FDA and has proven successful at treating COVID-19 in several studies.

Twitter claimed that the tweet triggered their “misleading information policy” with its “Heightened-risk health claims.”

“The real test: How many “journalists” who have dismissed hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin in COVID patients would say no to taking it themselves if seriously ill?” Ingraham asked earlier today.

As one Twitter user pointed out, while censoring tweets about an approved drug, Twitter is perfectly happy to let Chinese propaganda continue to circulate.

This occurred on the same day that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had his tweets deleted for questioning whether social distancing and quarantine measures were an overreaction.

Infowars’ Google Play store app was also banned last week for the same reason.

The Fox News host and presidential adviser said all this once again illustrated how the left and social media giants have been emboldened by the Trump administration’s lack of action on censorship and that this could spell disaster come the election.

“If Democrats win in November, they’re going to crush Fox News just as they’ve crushed the NRA. And we’re going to deeply regret letting it happen,” said the adviser.

“Everyone who thought it was fine that they deplatformed Alex Jones will look like a fucking moron,” he added.

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Psychologist: Big Tech Will Use “Subliminal Methods” to Shift 15 Million Votes on Election Day

Warns it will cost Trump the election.

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Psychologist Robert Epstein says that Big Tech is planning to use “subliminal methods” in the upcoming election that could shift up to 15 million votes and cost Trump the presidency.

After the 2016 presidential election, Epstein surmised that search engine bias shifted 2-3 million votes in Hillary Clinton’s favor, and he warns that the number in 2020 could be five times that amount.

The author says that Google and other social media giants “can shift opinions and votes in numerous ways that people can’t detect” via “a wide variety of subliminal methods of persuasion that can, in minutes, shift the voting preferences of 20 percent or more of undecided voters without anyone having the slightest idea they’ve been manipulated.”

A leak of Google emails to the Wall Street Journal back in 2018 already exposed how Google engineers had sought to investigate how they could manipulate a user’s “ephemeral experiences” to change their mind on the Trump travel ban.

“Ephemeral experiences are those fleeting ones we have every day when we view online content that’s generated on-the-fly and isn’t stored anywhere: newsfeeds, search suggestions, search results, and so on,” writes Epstein. “No authority can go back in time to see what search suggestions or search results you were shown, but dozens of randomized, controlled, double-blind experiments I’ve conducted show that such content can dramatically shift opinions and voting preferences. See the problem?”

Google, Twitter and Facebook have complete control over what is seen and what is allowed to go viral, Epstein emphasizes, making it completely pointless to produce political ads if you cannot prevent algorithmic manipulation.

“If our own tech companies all favor the same presidential candidate this year—and that seems likely—I calculate that they can easily shift 15 million votes to that candidate without people knowing and without leaving a paper trail,” warns Epstein.

He also notes how the the “technological elite” Eisenhower warned about in his 1961 farewell address is now in control, underscored by the fact that “95 percent of donations from tech companies and their employees go to Democrats.”

Epstein says the only way to prevent all this is aggressive monitoring of algorithmic manipulation.

“When bias is detected that has the potential to shift votes, it needs to be reported immediately to the media, the Federal Election Commission, members of Congress, and other authorities,” he writes. “That will force the tech execs to back off; if they don’t, they’ll be risking humiliation, fines, and, quite possibly, criminal prosecution.”

Despite highlighting the issue for years, Republicans have done next to nothing to address social media censorship and algorithm manipulation. Numerous major boosters of President Trump during the 2016 election have also been completely banned on social media.

Pointing out that the margin of victory in many nationwide races is as little as 5 per cent, Epstein cautions, “Republicans, in general, are likely to lose.”

Epstein also emphasized that given his knowledge about what Big Tech are planning, he is “not suicidal.”

This is particularly noteworthy given that the psychologist previously suggested that his wife’s fatal car crash may not have been accidental.

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Journalist Suspended by Twitter After Exposing Carlos Maza’s Wealth Hypocrisy

Maza engaged in exact same activity as Levine yet was not punished.

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A New York Post journalist was suspended by Twitter for posting an image of one of self-proclaimed “Communist” Carlos Maza’s family mansions, despite Maza himself doing exactly the same thing last month and facing no consequences.

In an article entitled YouTube socialist Carlos Maza slams the wealthy but lived in luxury, Jon Levine exposed how Maza rails against the rich yet enjoys all the privileges of being from an extremely wealthy family.

Maza’s family owns multiple “mega-mansions” and his mother’s partner is Scott Scherr, whose net worth runs into the hundreds of millions if not billions.

Despite this, Maza uses his channel as a platform to advocate for Communism and ‘eating the rich’.

“If Maza wants to start eating the rich, he may have to begin with his own family,” wrote Levine.

However, when the journalist posted an image of one of Maza’s family mansions to Twitter, he was swiftly suspended and asked to delete the tweet to regain access to his account.

“Despite initially calling their decision to lock my account “an error” — Twitter locked me out again a few hours later over the same Carlos Maza story, I have reluctantly deleted the tweet and I’m sharing with you some of the timeline here,” tweeted Levine.

His original tweets that showed the mansions are now gone and replaced with the message “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”

However, Maza himself posted an image of James Carville’s home just last month while complaining about Carville’s wealth. He faced zero action from Twitter for engaging in the exact same behavior as Levine.

As always with Silicon Valley, it’s one rule for leftists and another for conservatives.

Levine has been punished not because he violated a rule but because he embarrassed Carlos Maza.

Maza made headlines last year after he tried to force YouTube into banning Steven Crowder over insults directed towards Maza, who was subsequently left Vox and started his own YouTube channel.

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