Facebook has purged more dissident political media pages today, this time under the pretense of protecting its users from “inauthentic activity”. In a statement co-authored by Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Nathaniel Gleicher (who also happens to be the former White House National Security Council Director of Cybersecurity Policy), the massive social media platform explained that it has removed “559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

This “inauthentic behavior”, according to Facebook, consists of using “sensational political content – regardless of its political slant – to build an audience and drive traffic to their websites,” which is the same as saying they write about controversial things, and posting those political articles “in dozens of Facebook Groups, often hundreds of times in a short period, to drum up traffic for their websites.”

In other words, the pages were removed for publishing controversial political content and trying to get people to read it. Not for writing “fake news”, but for doing what they could to get legitimate indie media news stories viewed by people who might want to view it. The practice of sharing your material around in Facebook groups is common practice for most independent media content creators; I did it myself a lot in late 2016 and early 2017, and pretty much all my indie media peers at the time did too.

“For those of you who read what I write, you know that I did not violate any standards,” writes Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, whose personal profile and Facebook page for her political blog NoisyRoom.net were both deleted. “In fact, I don’t send out most of what I write. I send on big news links and a few memes. It was enough to get me banned and the pages are simply gone.”

“Facebook took down my page with nearly 70,000 followers, labeling it as ‘spam,’ when I have spent 4 years working to build that page up and using it to post the articles I wrote and videos of my reporting,” tweeted RT America’s Rachel Blevins. “This is so incredibly wrong and is affecting hundreds of similar pages.”

“And just like that 5 + years of hard work promoting ideas of peace and freedom have been erased,” wrote a Facebook user called John Liberty, who lost multiple pages about police accountability, cannabis legalization and libertarianism.

Two of the most high-profile pages which were shut down have probably been seen at some point by any political dissident who uses Facebook; the Free Thought Project, which had 3.1 million followers, and Anti-Media, which had 2.1 million. I’ve found useful information on both sites before, and despite disagreeing with them ideologically in some areas have found them both vastly more legitimate than anything you’ll find on Google News.

As if that wasn’t creepy enough, some of the accounts purged by Facebook appear to be getting censored on Twitter as well, bringing back memories of the August cross-platform coordinated silencing of Alex Jones. The aforementioned Anti-Media has now been suspended from Twitter just hours after tweeting about being removed from Facebook, along with its editor-in-chief Carey Wedler, and an independent activist named Patti Beers who had more than 30,000 Twitter followers has just been removed from both sites as well.

I have said it before and I will say it again: in a corporatist system, wherein there is no clear line between corporate power and government power, corporate censorship is government censorship. You can’t have a system wherein corporate lobbying and campaign finance amount to legalized bribery of elected officials, wherein massive Silicon Valley corporations form extensive ties with secretive government agencies in order to eclipse their competition, and then claim this is a matter of private corporations enforcing their own rules on their own private property. This is just what totalitarian government censorship looks like in a corporatist oligarchy.

Do you want a few Silicon Valley plutocrats determining what political speech constitutes “inauthentic activity” for you? Do you want a world in which the masses are herded into massive government-allied social media stables which are then regularly brought before the US Senate to pledge more iron-fisted censorship of problematic political speech? Do you want a world in which social media corporations are forced to make alliances with existing power structures in order to be allowed to grow? Do you want a world in which venues of political discourse are increasingly sterilized to favor the agendas of the ruling class? If not, the time to act is now.

Regardless of where you’re at on the political spectrum, if you oppose the status quo then opposing internet censorship of any political speech is now a matter of simple self defense. If this wasn’t obvious to you when they shut down Alex Jones, it should damn well be obvious to you now. If you want to change the existing system in any way which takes power away from those currently in power, your voice is next on the chopping block. They’re locking all the doors down as fast as they can to keep us trapped in this Orwellian oligarchy until they get us all killed by war or ecocide. If they shut down the public’s ability to share dissident information, they’ll have locked the final door. Don’t let them.

UPDATE: Free Thought Project has, like Anti-Media, now been removed from Twitter as well as Facebook. There definitely appears to be some kind of coordination or overlap between Twitter and Facebook censors.

Correction: This article previously stated that Patti Beers is an activist with Unicorn Riot. She is independent.


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48 responses to “Facebook, Twitter Purge More Dissident Media Pages In Latest Escalation”

  1. Caitlin, I know it is a tall order but I think it is very important: could you please start the transition from Twitter to somewhere else, like Mastodon? Preferably a non-Silicon Valley-based, non-centralized internet communication medium.

    I don’t see you or any of the anti-war movement leaders surviving on Twitter, Facebook, etc. after the American “Gleichschaltung” is complete.

    (Perhaps you can circumvent The Purge by just using Twitter and Facebook to post “Rated G” content and links to your uncensored content located elsewhere.)

    Thanks for your efforts and I hope to continue to read your uncensored works.

  2. “Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should TERRIFY Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People”

  3. Most of the popular labels do a good job of being meaningless drivel. When you want to claim any given individual belongs to thus and so group you deserve ribald laughter from those of us who have no idea what ‘group’ they should belong to. Life is not so simple.

  4. It seems Free Thought Project and Anti-Media, are both back up on Facebook?

  5. I know you disagree. You’ve said so, However, it looks to me that the only thing that will stop the U.S. slide into complete totalitarianism is a violent revolution, such as that recommended by the United States Declaration of Independence.

    ” Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness……when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  6. Let me see if I understand your argument, JB. So, you would propose that anyone that believes any “conspiracy theory” whether true or not, believes in all conspiracy theories, because they are addicted to them. The truth or falsity of the theory doesn’t matter. Believe one, you’re gonna believe them all.
    Wow, that must have you really losing sleep at night, you poor thing.
    That has to be the most ridiculous argument I ever heard. So simple, yet so foolish.
    I get it now.
    You’re a psychologist. You’re certainly not a philosopher or a lawyer.
    You are pathologizing political speech.
    A conspiracy is nothing more than two people entering into an agreement to commit a crime. It’s taught in lawschools. Human beings enter into conspiracies all day long. Our State Department, our CIA, does this kind of thing for a job.
    So if you believe the government’s story about 911, which is the most grandiose of all possible conspiracy theories, you must believe in all conspiracy theories. Hmmm, I’m not sure that works.
    Do everyone a favor and please never do jury duty and definitely do not sit for the bar.
    Here’s the truth: You aren’t really worried about conspiracies. You’re worried about non-conformity and people that think differently outside the box.
    That’s what’s bothering you bunkie? I feel your pain. Meanwhile, I’m getting back to my argument.

    1. Which brings me to my question, JB.
      If you really feel nonconformity is just plain wrong and threatens society so much that it has to be silenced from all social media, what made you come in this forum to read Caitlin’s comments, one of the most non-conformist, independent and perceptive writers anywhere in this Internet universe?
      In other words, what the fuck are you doing here, JB? Chasing ghosts?
      You are a very insecure individual.

      1. Like I said, EVERYONE loves a good ghost story!

        That’s why I’m here, and Caitlin is top notch. Thought provoking, and the writing is good.

        Nobody is getting banned from all social media. There are still outlets that Alex Jones and the like can go to. They are not as popular yet, but given the state of current unhappiness with the incumbents, the new platforms will grow.

        Since conspiracies are more conjecture less reality, and carry severe allegations, the accused should be innocent until proven guilty.

        Why anyone believes Alex Jones, who shills conspiratorial snake oil and sells man pills is beyond me. He’s a screaming football coach down 35-0 at halftime. There is not a conspiracy he won’t yell at you. He nearly believes them all. Moon landing, 911, Sandy Hook and many others. He makes money doing it.

        Not only does everyone love a good ghost story, there are many that love the bad ones too.

  7. JD, who says it has to be “truthful?” dissidence in order to be heard? Who decides whether it is “truthful” or not? You do? Do you want anyone else deciding what you can or can’t hear?

    That’s what the First Amendment is, the right to listen, according to the Supreme Court’s decision in Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, Inc., 425 US 748 (1973) the Ralph Nader case that won Pharmacists their right to advertise their prices that regrettably led to Citizens United. https://newrepublic.com/article/147374/company-men-legal-struggle-citizens-united-corporations-rights-people.

    So suppose I like the idea of listening to people telling me that 911 was a colossal hoax foisted on the American people to force them to accept a totalitarian government and perpetual wars, which it was? Maybe it turns out that the 911 Truthers are telling the truth, which I think they undoubtedly are. If someone like you comes along and dismissively calls that “paranoid, gaslighting drivel” (in your own inestimable opinion because you are my new self-appointed gatekeeper and you’ve reviewed the evidence and have decided so) shouldn’t I resent your imposing your censorship on me? Who the fuck do you think you are to tell me what to believe and what not to believe?

    In short, go mind your own business and stay out of our way. The reason they are so hopped up about Alex Jones besides being a jerk precisely that he talks about 911 Truth, controlled demolition, toasted cars, dustification, WTC 7, and no plane hit the Pentagon, all of which are absolutely righteous truth-telling to power. That’s the kind of dissonence our country needs to stay free. That’s what they don’t want you to know, because if you realize that, the next step is to take action to prosecute these bloodthirsty Bushy psychopaths, and they’re the ones telling you that you can’t hear that. I’m 77 years old and I want the right to listen and make my own adult decisions about what to believe or not believe, and if you don’t like it go fuck yourself, whether you think that’s “civil” or not.

    1. We are all endowed with the inalienable right to participate as jurors in the Court of Public Opinion, with the right to view evidence impartially and decide for ourselves whether it is credible or not, even if it comes from an Alex Jones or Anti-Media.

      Would you prefer your truth to be filtered by Big Brother’s Winston Smith from the Ministry of Truth, or would you prefer to continue your grown-up status as a citizen to make your own adult decisions? Because if you try to censor me, you will end up getting censored yourself as well, and I don’t think you’re going to like the result. The “Truth” is not something you vote for in an election depending on your party.

      1. So my point is, JB, it matters not whether content is intended to “build audiences and drive traffic to their websites” (in your opinion) or whether it’s awakening us to truthful conspiracies in the public interest. Your opinion about motivation is irrelevant. That’s for us to decide, not Facebook or Twitter. It’s called “strict scrutiny” which cannot be “content based discrimination.” And the only question left (which I fear Judge Kavanaugh will be soon deciding) is whether those entities are “public accommodations” or private .

        1. Conspiracies are like ghost stories, a lot of story telling, but how come I’ve never seen a ghost?
          If anybody tells me they’ve seen a ghost or that the world is flat, I know they’re a nutbag. Other conspiracies are far more plausible, and are entertaining to think about, but still highly probable BS. Why is it that people who believe in a conspiracy often believe in several? It’s because conspiracies are addictive and they stroke your ego to make you think that you are the one smart enough to figure it all out. Chase a theory and follow your instinct, that’s fine, but acknowledge its only a theory until proven otherwise and don’t sell it as fact. Humans love stories. It’s how we love to communicate. Get a great story teller, and it’ll be tough not to be entranced in his/her conspiratorial story. Everyone is still free to publish all over the internet. Who cares if a few platforms curate their content and decide to disassociate with nutbags? These people are still plenty free to publish their own site, or go on a decentralized platform a utter their nonsense in a cacophonous hell.

          1. I think we have a troll among us. In fact, I’m sure.

  8. Take note:
    “Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others are building an algorithmic filter. It will not permit entire segments of the population to weigh in on political issues during federal elections.”

  9. Proliferating sensational theories, conspiracies and other fantasies are not truthful dissidence. It’s nonsense. When it’s not a la Alex Jones sensational content to build audience and drive traffic to their websites, flat-earthin’ crazy!!!!!

    Be truthful with facts and don’t violate terms & conditions of the platform. It’s that simple.

    There are plenty of other places on the internet to keep publishing paranoid, gaslighting drivel.

    Good riddance.

  10. The Women’s March On The Pentagon is very soon. Do the Pussy Hat People converge? The Women’s March People? Me Too? B.S. (Bernie)? Phuck You Movement? Time Out…really, bye

  11. Thank you Branson for not accepting a Billion from the House of Saud Terrorist Pigs ( you capitalist Pig).

    1. Will Twitter Ban Me? They would not let me join after Caitlin said we should!

  12. Schumer is a dual citizen. A Traitor who works for another country. BDS. Fuck the D & R Hollywood Profiteers.. Help the People and Planet or get the phuck out of the way…Keep On… Have a nice day and night. Time Out for me.

    1. Vote? Puke? Help Wanted. Survive! Human are flawed. Extinct them. Have a Nice Day! Keep On…

  13. Interesting to watch Marco Rubio squirming to justify asking Facebook and Twitter to avoid “sowing dissent” in US social media, which they are now doing, while trying to distinguish this from the bad examples of China or Pakistan.
    Notice how they are exploiting the Russia meddling hoax to justify stifling dissent at home, while trying to make it all look benign. It all starts to fit together now.

    1. So, deconstructing what the Facebook lady says, “no we don’t apply lower standards to China or Pakistan, we’re going to lower our standards to be just like them!”

  14. It has been reported that Facebook, Twitter, etc, are coordinating (conspiring) with the Atlantic Council. This is an operation going forward in the darkness of the Deep State.

    This is phase two of Cold War v2. They are going after control (to reacquire) narratives in the Internet. The EU is on a similar path.

    The Free World? It’s actually a hybrid of 1984 and Brave New World.

    1. “a hybrid of 1984 and Brave New World.” The writer of Brave New World Dr. Aldous Huxley was the college instructor of Blair ( George Orwell ) writer of 1984. While revisionist history is the theme of 1984, Brave New World overwhelmed people with choice. Judging by the number of updates one gets, Facebook is good at that.

  15. You’ll know that the end is near and war just around the corner when AntiWar, RT, Sputnik News, Pravda, Tass, World Socialist Web Site, ZeroHedge, Paul Craig Roberts.org, Breitbart, InfoWars TruthDig, Information Clearing House, MediaLens, Consortium News, East-West Accord, The Canary, New Matilda, Al Jazeera, Russia Insider, The Intercept, CounterPunch, GlobalResearch.ca, CraigMurray.org, JohnPilger.com all suddenly disappear from the worldwide web. (And, btw, just exactly WHOM are you going to contact in order to ask just exactly WHY those web sites suddenly disappeared? And just exactly WHAT are YOU going to do if you do manage to contact your ISP, politician, the POTUS etc. and their answer is “I don’t know”?)
    Joseph Goebbels was absolutely correct in his principles of effective propaganda.
    1. Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.
    ..b. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale.
    ..c. It must oversee other agencies’ activities which have propaganda consequences
    3. The propaganda consequences of an action must be considered in planning that action.
    4. Propaganda must affect the enemy’s policy and action.
    ..c. By goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself
    ..d. By making no reference to a desired enemy activity when any reference would discredit that activity
    6. To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and MUST BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH AN ATTENTION-GETTING MEDIUM.
    8. The purpose, content and effectiveness of enemy propaganda; the strength and effects of an expose; and the nature of current propaganda campaigns determine whether enemy propaganda should be ignored or refuted.
    9. Credibility, intelligence, and the possible effects of communicating determine whether propaganda materials should be censored.
    10. Material from enemy propaganda may be utilized in operations when it helps diminish that enemy’s prestige or lends support to the propagandist’s own objective.
    11. Black rather than white propaganda may be employed when the latter is less credible or produces undesirable effects.
    ..a. The communication must reach the audience ahead of competing propaganda.
    ..b. A propaganda campaign must begin at the optimum moment
    ..a. They must evoke desired responses which the audience previously possesses
    ..b. They must be capable of being easily learned
    ..d. They must be boomerang-proof
    15. Propaganda to the home front must prevent the raising of false hopes which can be blasted by future events.
    ..b. Propaganda must diminish anxiety (other than concerning the consequences of defeat) which is too high and which cannot be reduced by people themselves
    17. Propaganda to the home front must diminish the impact of frustration.
    ..a. Inevitable frustrations must be anticipated
    ..b. Inevitable frustrations must be placed in perspective
    19. Propaganda cannot immediately affect strong counter-tendencies; instead it must offer some form of action or diversion, or both.

    1. So, Ishkabibbel, now that you’ve enumerated the elements of the rule of excrement, how do you apply the present facts of today here?
      In other words, give us an example that illustrates each aspect of what you’re saying according to Goebbels Rules.
      All you did was give us an example of propaganda’s guidelines, leaving us hanging. It would be more interesting if you did.

    2. How do we, as individuals, “know” absolutely anything about anything? What IS “truth”? How do we know “truth” when we see, hear or read it? WHOM do we “trust” to tell us the “truth”? How do we determine for our own individual selves “historical truth”? What is the ultimate “standard” of truth?
      I sit at my computer and read an article on the NYT internet site that there is going to be a solar eclipse on December 1, and that this eclipse will be visible in certain locations on the surface of Mother Earth. The writer of the article lists several sources of astronomical information — observatories, university departments of astronomy, etc. No longer trusting the NYT to report truth, I read this same information on several diverse web sites, newspapers and MSM and alternative media. After observing all of this, I “believe with 100% certainty” that there will be an eclipse on Dec 1 that it will be visible in certain locations on Mother Earth.
      I “know” a “truth”, a something “about”, an “event that will occur in”, the future with absolute certainty! Yippee! I report this “truth” to other human beings that I know. They will remember what I have told them, and when that eclipse occurs they will remember what I told them turned out to be “true” (accurate). If I tell them more and more of these things, they will INEVITABLY come to “trust” that what I say in/about the future is/will turn out to be almost certainly “the truth”.
      I believe a local weather forecast with FAR LESS certainty than the “forecast” of the eclipse…….. unless I happen to be living in the Atacama Desert, where the average rainfall is about 15 mm PER YEAR and TOMORROW’S forecast is sunny and no rain at high noon.
      There was a time when the NYT and the WaPo, and the “respected” MSM TV reported a fair amount of “truth” OTHER THAN solar eclipses. That time is long gone. “History” has proven their unreliability or outright lying time and time again, especially during the last 28 years and even more especially since 9/11.
      So now it is much more difficult for me to determine “truth” — IMO, an accurate description of reality, past, present or future– of almost ANY kind. I read a long list of sources of information (narratives, propaganda, reports of reality) every day before I arrive at what I believe “the truth” to be.
      Here’s a bit of truth that I know with absolute certainty. The US Empire and the transnational US ELITE — the microscopic percentage of the human population that owns or controls the vast majority of wealth, land and large scale capital equipment for their own astronomcal profit – are today in a state of absolute panic. They are panicking because they know with 100% certainty that unless they very soon get total control over absolutely EVERYTHING that their bewildered herds of voters can possibly see, read and watch, every single day of their lives, the literally insatiable Elite parasites will not be able to maintain the lifestyle to which they feel that they are entitled.
      This Elite does not DO “running down the street, screaming at the top of their lungs” panic. “Never let them see you sweat” is the Elite’s motto.They realize, in panic, that what they MUST do is COMPLETELY ELIMINATE and sources of information over which they do not have complete control. This is EXACTLY what we see happening today – formerly trusted, respected MSM spitting out near 100% lies – PROPAGANDA – about anything of great economic or geopolitical importance, and alternative/competing sources of information being either outright eliminated or being brought under total Elite control.

      1. It’s not that complicated, Ishkebbel. It’s called “The Scientific Method.” One of the greatest inventions of modern civilization.
        If you want to know something, you go and look at the evidence! Who knows? Maybe it’s true?
        Then maybe you do more experiments to test the theory (even the conspiracy theory, perhaps!).
        You took ten paragraphs to describe it.
        Instead of doing what the monks purportedly did in the middle ages when they wanted to decide how many teeth a horse had, according to the writings of Aristotle, you go look at a horse!” Wow! That was radical non-conformist thinking that threatened a lot of folks in the establishment at the time.

        1. It’s shocking!
          Ordinary people deciding the truth for themselves, without church approval?
          Unheard of! Inconceivable!!

      2. 🙂 Your first mistake was reading the Grey Lady. Anything distributed by Associated Press is sanctioned by the authorities – and is spin and drivel.

  16. I almost missed this post. I’d been getting it nightly, but for “some reason”, Google marked this post “spam” and I did not see it until I went to clear my spam filter this morning.

  17. ‘Inauthentic activity’? If this is the criteria for getting banned then I would expect to not see anything from the Democratic Party on Facebook or Twitter going forward.

  18. The Empire also wants to limit protesting in D.C. with big fines and jail. Time for pitchforks at Facebook, Twitter etc., and it is not just the MAGA clown & Co. (Obomber and the Dems shut down Occupy).

    1. Some say to keep everyone’s email as a backup ( a good idea), but google about 6 years ago purged my email list! Keep an old fashioned address book and meet friends in the streets!!

  19. The American history books I was told to read in high school and college are full of fake news. Perhaps they should be banned.

  20. I really like and respect your work Caitlin, thank you for all you do. Is your call to action in this article to delete our accounts from FB and Twitter I am wondering? I fear by doing that the Corporate/Plutocratic narrative wins. What do you think is our best action to this latest travesty? (perhaps you can address this in another article?)

    1. If you can only ‘win’ by trying to use the Deep State and its Silicon Valley assets, while critiquing the same, then you’ve lost. Eventually, Those assets will target you.

      On principle, If you don’t ‘have to’ use Facebook et al, then you shouldn’t. I’m not going to save the (deserving) world. God is. I don’t need to compromise my principles in order to win.

  21. New platform from Ben Swann and friends – Isegoria.com !
    Equal rights to the agora – the marketplace of ideas.

    This will be safe on the blockchain!
    For some reason, reCAPTCHA is frustrating this post

    1. Sorry – it’s just slow I guess. How come no delete?

  22. New platform from Ben Swann and friends – Isegoria.com !
    Equal rights to the agora – the marketplace of ideas.

    This will be safe on the blockchain!

  23. When someone tells you they want to “protect” you, run for your life!

  24. Notice how they always want to “protect” you. They aren’t stifling your constitutional rights of free and unfettered flow of political speech so necessary to the functioning of a democracy. No, that would be a bad thing! Perish that thought! No, they’re protecting you from confusing thoughts you shouldn’t lose sleep over, like punishing war criminals in our government or awakening people to their past crimes. And they know what those thoughts are, too!

    I think this shows how absolutely terrified our elites have become that they can see the torches and pitchforks coming, and yes perhaps the guillotines in their imaginings of a French style revolution as the masses get wise to their horrific crimes via the Internet. They never imagined they would be found out. Especially 911. Imagine in their psychopathic sick minds what would happen if a real investigation into 911 ever were to take place.

    So scared that they are willing to slam all the doors shut and shut down democracy itself and rule with an iron fist, with impunity and without pretense, because they can. This is the time when things will get very dangerous the more scared they get. They brought this on themselves leaving no option for peaceful reform.

  25. Co-ordination of censorship by different platforms is no surprise – they’re all connected to the PTB. Mass boycott might just wake them up, but that’s not going to happen. They have millions (billions?) hooked and most of those people will stay there. Suggest to friends or family that they close their accounts as a protest and they say they need it to ‘keep up with friends’ or ‘see what’s happening in the world’. The PTB have clearly won. Yet again.

  26. It gives me the creeps to know that I participate in a discussion where someone can at the push of a button delete my side of the story on a whim, and I can’t even protest because his button is for keeps. Screw you, screw your platform and stick your button up yours. I left the Facebook circus like I would have left a sinking ship a long time ago. I’m still reading many articles like this one though. And if I was gifted which I am not, I would’ve found an honest site to publish my wisdom instead of making this low-life filthy rich.

    1. And it doesn’t just happen when using the enemies’ social networking tools. Those who are people’s champions are all the time killing communication that they don’t like. They sometimes peep about it, offering their explanation. They never make an effort to make their explanation for killing communication convincing however. Sometimes, I buy the line. A sole blogger, having no one to help him or her with the blog, will be (I imagine, but correct me if I’m wrong) a difficult time dealing with a flood of posts that include a flood of spam ‘if’ the blog that he or she oversees is popular. I have not experienced that. I rarely get a comment on my blog, let alone a torrent to deal with. But even blogs with many staff members slow down communication, all but killing it, claiming that they have no choice. One such website employs Akismet, I believe and the moderation is automated. But that’s new there. It seemed to be doing fine before. Now, popular regulars are complaining about seeing their comments disappear into moderation. If that ‘s necessary, then fine. But convince us that it is – while you’re pleading for donations to fight, ahem, censorship.

      Then there’s the fakers. But they are the enemy, in fact, and we can ignore their reasons or state reasons. I’ve been banned on a number of websites (CBC here in Canada, Common Dreams) and on other websites, like RT News, censorship happens to everyone willy nilly. RT couldn’t care less.

      1. Good to know. It happened to me toο at the Real News and Mercola’s health and it wasn’t automated, it was a reaction to a caustic truth. If you’re honest it’s best to let the conversation flow and let the commenters sort it out themselves. Censorship is counter-productive any way you look at it.

        1. Agreed. Mind you, How ‘do’ you deal with those who would subvert progressives’ efforts online? I’m just not sure that all of the efforts taken by those who self-identify as progressives are well-intentioned. As I said, they don’t make much of an effort to explain themselves, as though they were happy to have us out of their hair. Ego probably plays a role. They want to dominate the discourse. Then there’s negativity, whereby the negative person automatically disagrees with others just because they are ‘not’ saying what he or she is saying. Progressive, alas, doesn’t mean ‘perfect’.


        2. Consortium News is going establishment, even if it carries some solid writers. In a recent post there by CN, reporting that it has added some new writers (most whom I think will add to the quality of CN) to its current line-up, I left numerous short comments. Every one was disappeared. When I discovered that, I left one more that may or may not disappear. I don’t trust Joe Lauria.

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