Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The government doesn't need to over-regulate Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, they simply need to use anti-trust laws on the books

With this week so far seeing several major events taking place in the arena of social media, the battle lines appear to have be drawn between who has a right to free speech on a publicly traded platform, and by what power the government has in regulating it.

Alex Jones is a controversial media figure who has long been willing to question the Establishment and Mainstream media's narrative, and more often than not backs up his claims with legitimate documents and sources. has received a document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and U.S. Army camps around the United States. Entitled “Project Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements,” the document describes services KBR is looking to farm out to subcontractors. The document was passed on to us by a state government employee who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. - Infowars
Thus to call Alex Jones simply a conspiracy theorist is to use the same disinformation tactics the CIA created following the death of President JFK when they coined the term to vilify anyone who questioned the government's story during the 1960's.  Many journalists, and even many newspapers today, do not even cite source documentation or provide evidence to their claims.  And you can see this over and over when they make outrageous accusations based on 'anonymous' sources that do not even have a secondary source to collaborate.
The use of anonymous sources prompted controversy on the left and the right. In 2003, New York Times reporter Jayson Blair was fired for fabricating stories based in part on anonymous sources. Also, New York Times reporter Judith Miller came under heavy scrutiny for reporting—based largely on anonymous government sources—about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the Iraq War. – Daily Signal

However politicians in Congress, the Executive Branch, and of course of the bureaucratic Deep State have a desperate need for keeping the status quo, and in controlling narratives they want heard and believed by the masses.  For example it was rumored that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator John McCain both were involved in pushing and leaking the discredited Steele Dossier, which was later used in tandem with a Yahoo story to get FISA warrants issued against the Trump campaign.

Yet now in the wake of Facebook's selling of private information to multiple sources including Cambridge Analytica, Democrats known to be a part of the Establishment are seeking to impose strict regulations on social media platforms, with their nefarious agenda intent on destroying speech that might be detrimental to their cabal.
All your base are belong to us. A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in "our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets," it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including "comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation" of the sort enacted in the E.U. 
Titled "Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms," the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when "the Soviets tried to spread 'fake news' denigrating Martin Luther King" (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT'S DIFFERENT, because technology. - Reason
However like with gun laws, there is absolutely no need to create new regulations when there are plenty on the books to deal with the growing power and mismanagement of social media companies.  And as former Asst. Secretary of the Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts noted earlier today in an interview over at USA Watchdog, not only can the FCC use their own communication regulations on social media platforms but the government can also easily push for anti-trust lawsuits to break-up their monopolies.

And when we say monopolies we refer to the fact that Facebook, Google, and Twitter have over time bought up most of their competition, which makes it harder for people to have alternatives to go to in a free market.
“They should be broken up, or they should be nationalized or actually they should be arrested... They are part of a plot. 
They are engaged in high treason against the government of the United States. If I was the Attorney General, I would have all of them arrested and put in solitary confinement awaiting trial. That’s where they belong. That’s where Google belongs along with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and NPR. 
They are all involved in a plot to overthrow the President. So, they would all be arrested and put in jail...Why aren’t they? Well, Trump just doesn’t have the power. They are stronger than he is. . . . There is not an ounce of integrity in the media.”
In the end the solutions to the problems of restricted free speech, vilification and attempted silencing of alternative media, and the use of media to try to overthrow and/or protect government officials are already in place.  And all that remains is the political will of our elected officials to follow the law, and do the right thing for the people.


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