1984 fiction becomes fact: Six

Continuing the series:?Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via?Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

In the aftermath of Donald Trump?s victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, alternative-news websites were labeled?fake news?as the mainstream media propagated?actual?fake news regarding Russian collusion and election hacking.? But that was just the beginning.? Within a week after the general election, two of the world?s largest internet companies, Google and Facebook, announced their plans for?outright censorship.

In Orwell?s?1984, books were outlawed and news was fabricated to align with the agenda of the INGSOC Party.? The Party decided what was true and what was false on behalf of the people.

On December 15, 2016, Facebook announced a?series of measures?designed to address what they branded as ?fake news and hoaxes?.? In effect, the measures made one of the largest news sources in the world a last line of defense in the online information wars.

The efforts have continued.

Just last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a?system to rank news organizations?based on ?trustworthiness? in an effort to suppress content based on that metric and eliminate?hate speech.

What could go wrong with a company who, also last month, was accused of conducting?mass surveillance through its apps?and whose ad censors?demanded the home address and driver?s license?of a conservative author who wrote an Obama expos? book?

Evidently, all of the large internet news hubs are operated by the Party.

Earlier this year, the social media platform, Twitter, was revealed to be?shadow-banning conservatives?and President Trump?s son, Donald Jr., has more recently claimed?conservatives were being shadow-banned?on Instagram.

The country of France has just drafted legislation to stop what the government has called ?manipulation of information? that?opponents claim could be used to silence critics?and, most recently, Apple has announced plans for the company?s own editorial team to soon be selecting the?top news stories on Apple News.

In response to the?outright censorship initiatives?imposed by online media companies, sixty-three conservative leaders recently issued a?joint statement?demanding fairer social media policies.

Additionally, Donald Trump?s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, along with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have written a letter calling for the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to address concerns over?conservative censorship ahead of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.

by?Doug ?Uncola? Lynn,?thetollonline.com

Continues tomorrow.