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Maria Zakharova SLAMS efforts to censor social media

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Forty years ago, the USSR was reportedly bombarded by radio traffic from Voice of America’s powerful transmitters. The American narrative on this was that our radio media were broadcasting information into the country to help the suffering Russian people rise up and throw off the shackles of totalitarian communism.

Apparently, so the narrative goes, it worked. Communism collapsed and the Soviet Union was no more.

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Because now, America needs Russia’s help, and they are offering it.

On September 7th, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, sharply criticized the recent moves by American social media companies to censor their content. According to TASS, the Russian State News Agency, she addressed this problem with force:

Russia considers the US establishment’s efforts to wield pressure on social media to be deplorable, said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing on Friday.

“Divulging information on all blocked accounts should be a crucial step here, and apart from the names of accounts, reasons must also be furnished as to why they were blocked,” she said. “Amid continuous statements about Russia it would be curious to learn who is hiding all the time behind the name ‘Russia’ in these fake accounts.”

“This problem should be discussed globally,” she said

Facebook earlier deleted 652 accounts, groups and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” in this social media and apps for sharing photos and videos with Instagram elements. Facebook stated on August 21 that part of these actions were linked to Iran and Russia and that the deleted accounts, groups and pages could be linked to sources that the US government had earlier identified as Russian military intelligence services.

On July 31, Facebook stated that it managed to uncover new attempts to exert political pressure through publishing reports on fake pages ahead of the midterm election to the US Congress.

In light of the most recent censorship of pundit Alex Jones from Twitter, this response from Mrs. Zacharova is very timely. The American government, by law, cannot censor free speech, but companies can at their own discretion, and the liberal establishment has of late seized on this fact to push social media providers like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to block or delete accounts or groups whose opinions are considered either “hate speech” or “terrorism” or “socially unacceptable”, but according to the establishment’s ideas of what qualifies for these categories.

While Alex Jones is not the poster child of good manners and diplomacy, his manner with people he takes issue with is far less outrageous than Phil Mudd on CNN in this outburst:

It is an amazing irony that the messages to American establishment and media outlets to uphold personal freedom of speech are coming from behind where the Iron Curtain used to be. It looks like someone learned a lesson.


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Stephen Bell
Stephen Bell
September 10, 2018

Once you cease to be employed in the role commensurate with your security clearance it should be revoked immediately.

Continuing to hold a security clearance after relinquishing a particular role commensurate with a particular post after you have ceased to be employed in such a role is unjustifiable.

Buy allowing individuals to retain such security clearances the entire security apparatus is left wide open to penetration by foreign entities – individuals can be compromised in many many ways by these foreign entities.

It is basically as simple as that.

September 15, 2018

What these censoring pigs are doing is like telling people what they can talk about on the phone or banning them altogether. GoogleFacebook did not invent or own the internet. What they are doing should be illegal with a mandatory life sentence.

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