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Whenever you speak out on a public forum against internet censorship, like the recent Instagram/Facebook banning of Louis Farrakhan, Infowars, and several right-wing pundits, you always offend two major political groups. The first group are the power-serving authoritarians who identify with the left side of the political spectrum; they argue that it’s good and right to trust Silicon Valley plutocrats to regulate political speech on giant monopolistic platforms. The second group are the capitalism cheerleaders who believe there’s a free market solution to every problem; they argue that these Silicon Valley giants are private companies which are completely separate from the government, so it’s not accurate to refer to what they do with their own property as censorship.

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The whole "private company" argument doesn't even hold water.

Government called for the censorship, and government installed the "think tanks" and "watchdogs" that are masquerading (not very successfully) as "third parties" and helping to pull the levers of censorship.

The orders are clearly coming from government. It's STATE censorship, and has nothing to do with private company privilege. But for argument's sake, let's say social media companies were doing this all on their own. Let's say these companies decided to intentionally cut down their own user bases (on which they totally rely on for revenue!) and start cancelling accounts and deleting pages...

Once a user base encompasses more than half of the world's voices, these companies literally become a public conduit, and there's a responsibility not to interfere with the free flow of ideas and information. This is against the U.S. First Amendment and the Canadian Charter of Rights.

Bear in mind, your internet provider is also a "private company". But, it cannot simply cancel your paid account because it doesn't like what you say on your internet connection. Only if it gets a legal order from authorities that CRIMINAL activity is being executed by your account, can it disconnect you. This is also done on a "case by case" basis, executed by courts, and certainly NOT "ordained" by "government hearings" to be executed as a sweeping "policy" that would adversely affect multiple users.

The whole idea that government can just "call for" blanket censorship policies on social media is a MADE-UP CONCEPT, with absolutely NO LEGAL BASIS. Like the way they made up the concept of "recognizing" Guaido as Venezuela's president. It's pure fiction.

Let's say you grant social media giants the power to arbitrarily censor anyone they want, simply as a right of "private companies". Does this mean you'd be okay with your actual service providers executing the same right, for the same reason??

I'll remind everyone of the only reasons these companies are able to control your social media privileges...

1) They have the blessing of your government. (Otherwise, there'd be massive legal backlash at the public and political levels, which you're not seeing, are you?!)

2) They have the majority of the world's voices literally funneled into their own controlled narrow corridor, ready for censorship.

3) They have accumulated their immense wealth and power from the exploitation of your personal information, your habits, your activities, your associations, etc., which gives them great leverage in the usual ways.

The only way this gets fixed is when people throw these companies under the bus, stop their trackers from contacting their devices, and switch to decentralized and encrypted services. Without your data and your user participation, these companies cannot survive.

Without your content on their servers, government and corporations have nothing to monitor and control, for themselves or anyone else. When your social media companies aren't looking at what you're doing (or able to do so), your voices can continue, and your rights are reclaimed.

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Hi,DA - Have you th directions to rid oneself of Google, Amazon, Facebook

and other obnoxious entities. What's a good route?

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"Have you th directions to rid oneself of ..."

Be it known, detailed answers to this question can lead to compiling a virtual tech series, complete with Q&A followup. In the interest of answering the question, I'll offer you the following...

It basically comes down to 3 steps:

1) Stop using the sites and services of these companies. There are alternatives.

2) Stop using compromised browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Edge and Chrome, as well as compromised mail clients, such as Outlook.

3) Use script blockers to stop their trackers from following what you do. The simplest way is to use browser plug-ins. 2 most common examples, which are generally used together in Firefox...

AdBlock Plus stops advertisements (such as from Google Ads) from executing scripts on your machine. It does this by blocking the advertisements' scripts from materializing on the web page you're visiting. (Also stops you from seeing most ads.)

Privacy Badger stops trackers from planting tracking cookies on your machine and executing background scripts meant to send profiling data back to people like Google and Facebook.

There are other blockers you can research. This is where the homework might come in. And, it's the homework that is more instructive than anything I can tell you here in a short comment. There is certainly more to this than just what I've outlined.

There are, of course, obstacles some people need to overcome. People still do have a legitimate need, at least for now, to continue communicating on certain platforms. (For instance, you might decide to migrate your Facebook world to Minds, but your common contacts may not be onboard with that idea, yet.)

The script blockers, when used properly, at least prevent further tracking and profiling. This means you can still go to a Facebook page, for example, without being followed all over the globe by Facebook after you leave. Your activities will still be tracked while you're signed in, though, unless you're using more advanced methods than the average user generally does.

It's going to take some time and some serious "reprogramming" of the average user to correct what we've allowed to become broken. Everything from your free mail service to your "updated" operating system has been deliberately rewritten to exploit you, in one way or another, just to keep you connected to the collective Spy Machine. People are going to have to use better services and better tools. But first they have to learn what that means and why they need to switch.

We all need to stop communicating over centralized networks (where the site/provider houses your content and controls the distribution), and progress to decentralized services (where the user houses and controls his own content and distribution). This is already happening.

Additionally, we need to start encrypting our communications, so that only the intentions of our keystrokes and commands decide what happens afterward. This, too, is already happening.

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Thanks loads for the DIVEST 1.0. I've been using Firefox for several years and now

will explore adblockers "PLUS" and "privacy Badger"


How're you surviving under the present RCMP these days? Will I still need Passports

to go to the Marttimes this summer via ME and NB?


Sorry to cause reddening of physiognomie with Lila. I enjoy your comments.


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You can also look up things like NoScript Security Suite for Firefox, or uBlock Origin, AdBlock Ultimate and others here.(Use the right arrow to browse through.) You'll also see AdAway for Android phones, etc.

As I said, these things are not exactly "the cure" on their own, and you have to get acquainted with how to use them.

I'm actually not up on today's Canadian traveling scenario. I haven't boarded a plane for a number of years now. And I haven't had to think about the RCMP for even longer, so I don't know what you're asking about here.

I will say, one of the reasons I have kept my computer well-armed since before 9/11 is because I know the RCMP is always in the background, gathering info for the other four "Eyes".

Not sure I understand the reference to physiognomy, but it's nice to have a fan! :)

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Good stuff, D.A. Thanks for this.

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It's what I call "a start". So much more that could be talked about here.

Practically everything you do over the Internet has exploits built in to feed the data miners, and sell you out to those who might be interested in what you say, think, do.

It's not just "surfing" or "social media" that has been violated. It's also things like online shopping, "comment managers" like Disqus, share buttons, free e-mail services, GPS systems, all IoT proposals, and on and on.

We've managed to allow a complete culture to be built around destroying privacy, and now it's all coming together to bite us in the ass. Some really scary things are now totally possible, such as the apps that use facial recognition to find the identity of a complete stranger you've just snapped a picture of. But here's the most significant detail in that story - Its 70% success ratio is largely attributable to the existence of Facebook!

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Stop using Wikipedia as a "source of information". It is monitored and controlled as far as information it reveals. For example, it now lists Guaido as the President of Venezuela. It allows anyone to edit articles and years ago they had a page on Dick Cheney which explained he was not drafted by the military due to his being too old after his six deferments expired. I edited it to give his exact birthdate showing he was not too old. Within ten minutes my edit was deleted so those reading the article will to this day think that is why he was not drafted.

How many other articles are presented with false information, or at best not all of the facts? Wikipedia is nothing more than an extension of fake news given to us by the likes of Fox, CNN, MSNBC.

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Yes, Wikipedia was certainly a "disappointment".

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