Totalitarian Media Regime

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New York Times finds "emotional content"
Even Bellingcat can "accidentally" get banned on YouTube
US social media enters full lockdown after New York Post receives 40,000 emails from Hunter Biden's laptop
Facebook's crimestop discourages users from even searching for OffGuardian

2000s

2012

Sberbank's German Gref: one should not give power/information to the people as then it will be harder to manipulate them, -- while the rest of his panel, from USA, UK, and Russia are for empowering users of Internet.

2016

December 2016

2017

December 2017

2018

January 2018

  • The War on Dissent - CJ Hopkins, CounterPunch, January 26, 2018
    The message is, “try to fuck with us, and we will marginalize you, and demonize you, and demonetize you, and disappear you.”

October 2018

  • Leaked Google research shows company grappling with censorship and free speech - Nick Statt, The Verge, October 10, 2018
  • Google, The 'Good Censor' - The American Conservative, October 10, 2018
  • The Good Censor - GOOGLE LEAK | Censorship | Facebook - Scribd
  • No Google Isn't Trying To Censor The Web - Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, October 10, 2018
    The “leaked” presentation was quickly framed by some as a roadmap to censorship and that it demonstrated the company was examining how to suppress certain viewpoints or crack down on internet freedoms. Yet, a closer read of the presentation would suggest precisely the opposite: a company at the center of many of our debates about the future of the online world grappling with the existential question of the modern web: how to absolutely preserve freedom of speech, while at the same time preventing terrorists, criminals, repressive governments and trolls from turning this incredible force for good into a toxic and dangerous place that undermines democracy, advances terrorism, assists fraudsters and empowers hatred? How do we elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and give them a place at the table of global discourse, while not also awakening the trolls that seek to repress them? How do we empower the free expression of ideas and bring an incredibly diverse and divided world together, while embracing the differences that make us who we are? How do we reach across countries and cultures, across languages and landscapes, to have meaningful conversations about the future of our shared planet? Most importantly, how can technology play a positive role in helping facilitate the good, empowering civil discourse, while discouraging the bad, from terrorist recruiting to fraud to toxic speech and trolling?

2019

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June 2019

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August 2019

December 2019

2020

Critical thinking spreads the virus

COVID-19

See also Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

Mike Pompeo plans to "Clean" the Internet of China

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

American Herald Tribune seized by DoJ

December 2020

2021

The Great Purge of 2021
After Amazon shut down Parler, the pro-censorship mob goes after their registrar DreamHost.
In July 2021 Facebook sends warning about "extremist content" to most users.

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March 2021

April 2021

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August 2021

November 2021

Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a list of reliable and unreliable sources. "Reliable" are those sources that are under the direct control of the US regime. Any degree of independence from the regime makes the source "unreliable." This is the diametric opposite of how Wikispooks defines reliability. Reliability of sources is directly proportional to their distance from power. At ACLOS we only trust primary sources.

Smear campaigns

See also April 2018 attack on dissent

Working conditions/ethics

War on Syria

See also US covert war on Syria
  • Mainstream Policy Expert Reveals How He Was Silenced On Syria: "Truth Did Not Matter" - ZeroHedge, November 28, 2019
    A mainstream media and academic expert this week issued a rare admission: that pretty much everything the establishment has fed the public on Syria is false or distorted; but it remains that after tragic eight-year long war is slowly coming to a close, new indisputable facts are coming to light. "Truth did not matter at all," he admits after years of providing commentary for mainstream publications."

Legislature

'Countering Hybrid threats'

There is usually an emphasis on exploiting the vulnerabilities of the target and on generating ambiguity with the intention to hinder decision-making processes. Massive disinformation campaigns, using social media to control the political narrative or to radicalise, recruit and direct proxy actors can be vehicles for hybrid threats.
... the Council highlights the valuable contributions of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki and encourages its cooperation with relevant NATO Centres of Excellence. It also welcomes the regular and structured staff-to-staff exchanges, including the cooperation between the Hybrid Fusion Cell of the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) and the NATO Hybrid Analysis Branch.

StratCom

See also Cambridge Analytica#SCL
  • Questions and Answers about the East StratCom Task Force -EU, May 12, 2018
    The Task Force works within the existing budget for EU Strategic Communication. In addition, the Task Force was granted €1.1 million in 2018 for its work to address Russia’s disinformation. In 2019, the budget increases to €3 million. From January 2019, the budget is being directed to ensure professional media monitoring, disinformation analysis and data analysis.
  • "EUvsDisinfo"; sample media product: "debunking" of Chemical weapons - a false pretext to attack Assad since the very beginning.