An internal briefing document from Google has been leaked exclusively to Breitbart News, entitled “The Good Censor.” The brief lays out clearly that Google understands that it has uncontested, monopolistic control over “the majority of online conversations,” and recommends embracing outright, unambiguous ideological censorship over free speech.
The briefing acknowledges that it, along with other tech and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, it originally promised to its users the “free speech ideal.” However, pointing to the specific events of the election of President Donald Trump and the rise of the mainstream nationalist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party in Germany, it argues that free speech has had unacceptable effects and thus must be curbed.
Quoting Breitbart News:
The briefing says the early free-speech ideals of the internet were “utopian.”…
The briefing explains how “users behaving badly” undermines free speech on the internet and allows “crummy politicians to expand their influence.” The briefing bemoans that “racists, misogynists, and oppressors” are allowed a voice alongside “revolutionaries, whistleblowers, and campaigners.”…
After warning about the rise of online hate speech, the briefing approvingly cites Sarah Jeong, infamous for her hate speech against white males…
The briefing bemoans the fact that the internet has until recently been a level playing field, warning that “rational debate is damaged when authoritative voices and ‘have a go’ commentators receive equal weighting.”…
The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the “unmediated marketplace of ideas” vs. “well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.” The first is described as a product of the “American tradition” which “prioritizes free speech for democracy, not civility.” The second is described as a product of the “European tradition,” which “favors dignity over liberty and civility over freedom.” The briefing claims that all tech platforms are now moving toward the European tradition.
The briefing is 85 pages long, and states within that it is built on extensive research, involving expert interviews and the input of 35 “local observers” and 7 “cultural leaders” from seven countries on five continents, attesting to a clearly serious investment of time, individuals, and resources.
Despite Google’s denial that the briefing constitutes company policy, and of the political bias of both its employees and the institution itself, it is clear through their language and actions that the world-wide gatekeeper of human interaction, business, and information has chosen a side. Besides interfering in the 2016 election on behalf of Clinton, Google has been working to suppress dissenting voices worldwide. The memo describes their commitment to defending the institutional and class power of establishment, leftist opinion makers over independent and alternative fact-finders and commentators. Breitbart noted that Google already messes with Youtube algorithms to suppress organically popular content in favor of unpopular legacy media. It was also one of the companies that participated in the organized online de-personing of Alex Jones, along with others like Apple and Spotify, and later Twitter.
Google also has found a state partner that shares its Orwellian vision in Communist China, which is working on a plan to control the lives of its around 1.4 billion citizens with a social credit score compiled through pervasive observation of every aspect of their daily lives, which will affect their ability to travel, work, and live with any degree of security. The government hopes to have the system operational by 2020. In it, even the actions of friends or associates, or what items one buys or how one spends their leisure time, could negatively impact their score.
Interestingly, as noted by Breitbart, the Google briefing identifies China as the nation with the worst record in online freedom. The company has intimate knowledge, as it partnered with the Communist government in building a state-controlled, censored internet within China where search terms are banned and all behavior is logged and matched to the individual performing it.
It should also be noted that China is relentless it is strategies of subverting the United States. It was recently revealed by Bloomberg, after meticulous research, that the Chinese had inserted microchips into motherboards made by a company that contracts with many of the highest-level and most important institutions of the US state, such as Congress, the military, Homeland Security, and even the CIA; as well as private companies whose products are utilized by millions of Americans, such as Apple. Despite reportedly having been aware of this since 2015, US officials apparently took no action.
Google’s embrace of China, therefore, makes perfect sense. Both are subverting the US, attacking both its security and its most fundamental values. Silicon Valley giants must not be allowed to act as global tyrants, running indiscriminately over some of the most intrinsic human freedoms, such as free expression and self-determination, altering democratic decisions and limiting and filtering critical access to information. President Trump, and others, must act to save human beings from the Orwellian dystopia which is already here.