Twitter made the phrase Kill All Jews Trending in New York on November 2, 2018 – four days before the Congressional elections. The trending topics are created by Twitter itself, not its users. My experience as a software engineer suggests that someone inside Twitter made this a trending topic manually, or tinkered with the software code to make this topic trending in New York, possibly to blame Trump for it. Twitter’s trending topics are not “information provided by another information content provider” for which it might be protected from liability under Section 230. Continue reading Twitter Bans Communication
The UK-based Oxford Internet Institute (OII) claiming to be “dedicated to the social science of the Internet” is actually an ordinary propaganda mill, despite its Oxford brand. Since 2016, it brought its pseudo-scientific research to bear on multiple topics of public debate related to the internet and social media in the US and other countries.
Oxford Internet Institute produced junk science rejecting actual scientific evidence that Big Tech services harm adolescents’ mental health. This junk science was used in an advertorial published by Facebook in the Telegraph, UK. The Computational Propaganda Project of this “Institute” (ComProp) played a key role in creating the social media component of the Russia Hoax in November 2016.
This post contains supporting material for the article The Russia Hoax Was Aided by NGOs Peddling Junk Science in the American Thinker, December 31, 2019. Continue reading Oxford Internet Institute of Junk Science etc.
2019-12-31: My article The Russia Hoax Was Aided by NGOs Peddling Junk Science is published in the American Thinker
Happy New Year! Continue reading Notes
In early 2019, the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) produced and published studies, in previously reputable journals, rejecting the association between Big Tech services and a significant decline in adolescents’ mental health: Orben & Przybylski (2019), Orben & Przybylski (2019), Orben, Dienlin, & Przybylski (2019). OII is funded by Big Tech, leftist foundations, and multiple foreign governments.
As stated by Jonathan Haidt and Jean Twenge, these studies share the same defect with an earlier paper by OII. They incorrectly assume a linear association between Big Tech services’ use and the health outcome, when the association is non-linear. Negative health outcomes are associated with heavy or typical Big Tech services use.
On Dec 9, the DOJ website published the report from OIG Horowitz, in the form of a PDF file. On Dec 11, the report has been updated. Former FBI Director James Comey is mentioned more than 164 times in this document. In all but one case, where one sees the name Comey appears, the actual text spells “Corney”. The actual text is what one searches when using the “Find” function in the PDF document, or receives when doing Copy-Paste. A search for “Corney” returns 163 results while a search for “Comey” returns 0 results. This consistent and intentional misspelling of Comey’s name exists in many files posted on government websites, since at least 2018. There is one misspelling ‘Camey’. Continue reading The Comey / Corney Sharade
Twitter bans Americans from posting “political ads”, but allows the Russian government to post ads that might be intended for spy recruitment. The screenshot shows an ad from RosAtom, Russian government nuclear agency. Continue reading Twitter Aiding Foreign Powers to Recruit Spies in US?
#BigTech supports Elizabeth Warren and all kinds of programs that cost trillion of dollars, but pays average income tax at the rate of 12%. Continue reading Big Tech on a Tax Strike
The Big Tech suppresses even information about its suppression of the information about health damage in inflicts on teenagers. Twitter halted my promoted tweets about it, like these ones: Continue reading Recursive Suppression of Health Damage Info
GFTM Act Collusively under control the European Commission
In 2016-2018, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft (“GFTM” / Internet Gatekeepers) signed at least two agreements with the European Commission, committing to censor speech in the US, in a manner prescribed by European Commission, EU governments, and other EU political powers. Continue reading GOOG, FB, TWTR, & MSFT are Foreign Agents & Collusive Monopoly
Brad Smith is Microsoft President. The book Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, by Brad Smith (Author), Carol Ann Browne (Author), Bill Gates (Foreword) has been released few days ago. It reveals the mentality of Microsoft and, to some extent, of Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
- The self styled Masters of the Universe do NOT recognize, do NOT accept, and will NOT accept American sovereignty.
- Microsoft believes in “Russian interference” in the 2016 elections, but wants to continue to do business with the Russian government, so it is deliberately vague about what the word Russian means.
Continue reading Microsoft Self-Exposed
Recursive Censorship – Google, Facebook, or Twitter censor, ban, or otherwise prevent delivery of a message criticizing an earlier ban or another act of censorship by one of them.
Collusive Censorship – Google, Facebook, and/or Twitter collude with each other to censor, ban, or otherwise restrict the same speech or speaker in what looks like a criminal collusive monopolization. Continue reading Recursive Collusive Censorship by Big Tech
COVFEFE – Google deleted this word from its Arabic-English dictionary after President Trump used it in his tweet on May 31, 2017. The original translation of this word (more accurately rendered in English as “cov fe’fe”) was “I will stand up“.
Trump used it in a tweet “Despite constant negative press covfefe“, when he came back from Saudi Arabia. Few hours later, he tweeted “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!” Continue reading How Google Creates Alternative Reality
Twitter allows ads from the Russian Nuclear Agency but bans my ads about Seth Rich. Continue reading Twitter Promotes RosAtom
From the left corner (those precious moments when a broken clock is right): Taplin, Jonathan. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, 2017. The quotes are from the Kindle edition. Emphasis is mine.
The anonymity that Twitter provides is a shield that brings out the worst in humans. (p. 217)
Even Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt (and his coauthor Jared Cohen), acknowledged this when they wrote [in 2013], “We believe that modern technology platforms, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, are even more powerful than most people realize, and our future world will be profoundly altered by their adoption and successfulness in societies everywhere.” (p. 11)
As former secretary of labor Robert Reich wrote in 2015, “Big Tech has been almost immune to serious antitrust scrutiny, even though the largest tech companies have more market power than ever. Maybe that’s because they’ve accumulated so much political power.” (pp. 22-23) Continue reading Quotes from Taplin, “Move Fast and Break Things”
Supporters of Big Tech impunity pulled a quick one on us. They say that as conservatives and libertarians, we are against government interference with private businesses, so we should leave Big Tech alone. This argument is disingenuous. As conservatives and libertarians, we tend to be against laws, regulations, and government policies that interfere with private businesses. But the existing laws, regulations, and policies that restrain, constrain, endanger, and otherwise interfere with private businesses must be enforced on Big Tech just as they are enforced on other businesses. If government tells a small bakery owner that he cannot select customers, the government must tell the same to Google, Facebook, and Twitter, just billions of times stronger.
We also support enforcement of valid contracts (rather than fictitious ones, like social media Terms of Service), and prosecution of corporations for fraud and deceptive advertising. This said, Big Tech (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Netflix) are not real private corporations, but state actors, illegal monopolies, and illegal agents of foreign governments. Continue reading How Obamanet Created “Masters of the Universe”
Reddit was mistreating r/The_Donald for some time. Google blacklisted r/The_Donald in its search results. Few days ago, Reddit censored, or “quarantined” r/The_Donald. This is the same Reddit which allowed Holocaust deniers to run the r/Holocaust, and had other Holocaust denying subs with names that are too repulsive to repeat. None of them was quarantined at that time. The Reddit sub r/Holocaust was described as “A subreddit to discuss “the Holocaust” [sic!] and its effect on the world today.” See its content in the screenshots below (warning – repulsive). Continue reading Silicon Valley, Free Speech, and Holocaust Denial
After I followed @realDonaldTrump on Twitter, Twitter immediately suggested me to follow Hillary Clinton and CNN Breaking News. Do people who follow Donald Trump want to follow Hillary and CNN Faking News? No, they don’t. Twitter attempts to persuade Trump supporters to switch switch to the opposite political side. That reminds me Google’ Jigsaw and its Redirect method, allegedly developed to counter ISIS recruitment, but deployed against American conservatives. Continue reading Twitter Redirect
June 14, 2019 update: CrowdStrike has completed the IPO and is being traded under the ticker CRWD with valuation of $12B. The tech bubble is incredible!
CrowdStrike has filed a preliminary prospectus for an IPO. The narrative has totally shifted. It contains no claims of ability to attribute cyber-incidents. Its DNC work is not even mentioned. Instead, it focuses on the Cloud and AI. The prospectus even claims (falsely) that the company was founded “on the principle that the future of security would be driven by AI“. The target valuation is $3.4B, despite a net loss of $140 million on $250 million in revenue (2018). From the prospectus: Continue reading CrowdStrike’s IPO
My article How the Tech Giants Contributed to the Coup against Trump was published in the American Thinker on May 15. The main points: Continue reading How the Big Tech Aided the Coup
Remember how Hillary supported Skolkovo, the technological espionage project of Russia? From the Skolkovo project website:
“The innovative development of nuclear technologies is an essential condition for consolidating (and in some areas, achieving) a position of global technological leadership and maintaining Russia’s defense capability.”
That brings to mind the Uranium One, but this is another topic. Intel and Facebook heavily contributed to Skolkovo when Robert Mueller was their attorney (see his disclosure ). Intel and Microsoft were Skolkovo Foundation Partners. Google‘s Chairman Eric Schmidt became Skolkovo board member.
Google and Facebook aided the Russian Federation with development of facial recognition and computer vision systems having military and intelligence applications, and might have even tested these systems on the Americans. The results are quite impressive. See VisionLabs. Twitter was there, too. Continue reading Skolkovo: Mueller, Hillary, and the Masters of the Universe – OMG!
2019-02-15 Update. Breitbart: This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like (2018-08-20)
“The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade.” Continue reading “Masters of the Universe” ban Alex Jones and other Dissidents
In Dec. 30, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017, Mark Maunder, CEO of the security company Wordfence, was among many vocal critics of the wrong and incompetent FBI-DHS report GRIZZLY STEPPE, which purported to provide technical indications of “Russian hacking.” A month and a half later, he was afraid to criticize the new version of the same report, citing the political nature of this issue, ostensibly because he feared the repercussions of such criticisms. The danger was coming from Big Tech, which, triggered by the travel ban, joined the “resistance” and had zero tolerance for anybody and anything not opposing President Trump.
Mark Maunder suggested that ‘Russia’ be put in quotes in his next post on the subject.
Google’s suppression of “undesirable” speech went beyond conservative, Republican, and scientific opinions. Google also muzzled opinions in order to promote its products, eliminate potential competition, and manipulate (inflate) its stock price, including the suppression of
- Information and medical research about the harm inflicted on children by its services
- Mainstream (i.e., not coming from the left) criticism of its business model that would pierce its stock bubble
In its attempts to suppress conservative and Republican speech, as well as scientific, cyber-security, and medical research and information, Google went far beyond banning, de-ranking, and demonetizing content in its own search results, YouTube, and other platforms. Google also
- Developed and deployed an ad blocker, designed to selectively block ads on pro-Trump political websites. The targeted websites include Breitbart, American Thinker, and DailyCaller, and the scientific website WattsUpWithThat. The move was so insidious that even its victims missed the motive behind such an illogical and self-harming act by a company that depends on ads for almost all of its revenues.
- Persecuted conservative employees for their political views, in violation of California laws, resulting in a chilling effect on the speech of other Google employees and the employees of its actual and potential partners and vendors. Google managers compiled and disseminated lists of conservative employees. See James Damore lawsuit against Google.
Contrary to popular assumptions, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are likely not protected by Section 230 for hiding, de-ranking, and banning conservative, pro-Trump, climate realism and other “adversary” content. Section 230 provides protection to them only for: Continue reading Google Ad Blocker and Suppression of Non-Political Speech
The funniest part of the Google CEO Sundar Pichai testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was when Representative Lieu (D-CA) said that Google and other for-profit corporations have First Amendment rights—after Democrats were denying, protesting, and suppressing such rights for decades and had a derangement syndrome over Citizens United. Soon, they might figure out that bakers refusing to make cakes for a “gay marriage” ritual have First Amendments rights too.
Google does have First Amendment rights and exercise them on its corporate blogs, by speaking to the media, placing ads on the sites of third parties and its own site, and in many other ways. But Google Search, YouTube, and most other resources are services, not speech. They are not different from auto repair or accounting. This is how Google has been marketing them, and this is how users understand them. Continue reading Democrats Claim Suppression of Conservatives is Google’s Right
The Atlantic, Nov 2, 2017
“Most Russian advertising on Facebook was used to build up pages, which then distributed their content “organically.”
The $100,000 of advertising that has been a big focus of Congressional interest was used primarily to build audiences for a variety of Russian-linked pages. In other words, they paid to buy likes and build the distribution channels through which they would pump disinformation.” Continue reading Even The Atlantic Questioned Loyalty of Big Tech