WEB Notes: Let me guess, big brother is going to save us! Who would have guessed that! We have already heard Euro land call for social media giants to pull off content that is not inline with the mainstream narrative. This is called thought control. If you are not allowed to freely think, then we are a controlled and manipulated people. We are already controlled and manipulated people when it comes to the television set and mainstream news…

We are told what is true and right in the world and you dare not question it. However, the internet gives us the opportunity to think for ourselves and how beautiful it is. When that is gone, it will be a sad and dark day. They will go after social media first and when the people have accepted that and the controlling of thoughts their, then they will go after the independent sites. It will take some time for them to get there, but that is exactly what they would like to do.

You know what “scares” me Franken? The fact the American people allow and continue to vote for a governmental system that has just a 10% approval rating. If you ask me, I think the people are manipulated enough.

As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy.

Last week’s hearings demonstrated that these companies may not be up to the challenge that they’ve created for themselves. In some instances, it seems that they’ve failed to take commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.

Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, asked Google, Facebook, and Twitter some really tough questions in a judiciary committee hearing, and he captured my takeaway from recent events perfectly: the power of these companies “sometimes scares me”.

Source: We must not let Big Tech threaten our security, freedoms and democracy | Al Franken | Opinion | The Guardian



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