By Stephen Dietrich, Managing Editor
Censorship has come to America in the 21st century, folks.
It is real, it is happening right now… and the vast majority of people are unaware of it.
The more the veil is pulled back on the major Internet companies that comprise the most expansive communication network in human history, the more apparent it becomes – conservatives are being targeted for censorship by tech companies.
Imagine, if you would, that the post office and every delivery company were permitted to open and read all of your letters, packages, magazines, newspapers, phone calls, and postcards.
Then post office and delivery company executives announced they were to decide what was acceptable, and what was not. Anything deemed unacceptable would be throw in the garbage before it was delivered to your house… and you’d never be informed it even existed.
“Never in America,” you’d think. “There would be riots in the streets! There is no place for thought police in this country!”
I have bad news for you. It’s happening in America.
It’s happening to you and everyone you know.
And it’s going to get much, much worse.
This may sound like a conspiracy theory from a lunatic who has read George Orwell’s 1984 too many times. But it’s very real – and we have proof.
In an exclusive from The Horn News on September 1st, we investigated political influence among the five largest email providers in America and found a clear liberal bias.
The further our investigation into Internet bias traveled down the “rabbit hole,” the worse things got.
The Horn first reported that at a 3-1 ratio major email providers Yahoo!, Mail.com, Gmail, AOL, and Outlook filtered out conservative news from email inboxes in favor of liberal opinions. Since The Horn’s first investigation, the censorship from these email accounts has only gotten more aggressive, and it now a 5-to-1 ratio against conservative voices.
In fact, only two of these major email providers, Outlook and Yahoo, incorrectly labeled more than one liberal email as junk — and even then, they still targeted conservative email content at a 4-to-1 ratio.
Only AOL seemed relatively unbiased, only twice falsely labeling conservative emails (and zero liberal emails) from the test inbox.
What these email providers are doing is censorship, plain and simple.
But if you think that’s bad, that’s nothing compared to what’s coming.
It’s called First Draft News, and it’s backed by Google, the world’s most popular search engine.
Google has formed a “coalition” with the world’s two largest social media companies, Facebook and Twitter, and they have announced that they intend to filter all news and articles on the Internet to determine which are acceptable for billions of users to read.
Their goal, they claim, is to improve the news – by banning anything they determine unacceptable.
It’s like the post office, going through everyone’s mail and throwing away what they find disagreeable – but on a global scale and in secret.
They’re not acting alone. The First Draft News coalition is consulting with a who’s who in major left-leaning mainstream media organizations to determine what should reach Internet users’ eyeballs.
“The New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, ABC News of Australia, ProPublica, AFP, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Le Monde’s Les Decodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange and Al Jazeera Media Network,” are all included, Yahoo reported on the group’s press release. “Other organizations in the network include Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network and Duke Reporters’ Lab.”
Surprised? Don’t be. Previous investigations from a multitude of sources have uncovered that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been routinely accused of unfair bias against conservative news sources.
In fact, it’s become so routine, it’s not hard to find dozens of examples (see below).
Now, these same companies have announced they are combining forces to actively filter your news and suppress what they dislike.
Censorship. It didn’t come to America in the form of secret police, book burnings, or reeducation camps that we’ve seen in the past. Instead, dissenting opinions – conservative voices – are simply disappearing.
And if you didn’t know to look, you wouldn’t even know it was happening.
Its censorship, folks, plain and simple. They intend to control what you read, so they can control what you think.
And they’re getting away with it.
Don’t think that these social media giants intentionally suppress conservative voices?
Here’s a mountain of examples in the past few years alone, all from different sources, for your consideration. These are all different, independent instances of reported bias.
Some of these stories come from large organizations, some from small. Some of the reporters are left-leaning, some are right-leaning. But they’re all independent of one another, and they’ve all reported on different accusations of liberal bias by these internet giants in the past few years.
Google, the world’s largest search engine, is intentionally suppressing conservative voices.
The Horn News, “Google is Clinton’s secret weapon rigging the election”
Breitbart, “Google hides popular Hillary Clinton health searches”
U.S. News & World Report, “Google is the world’s biggest censor and its power must be regulated”
Quartz, “The stealthy, Eric Schmidt-backed startup that’s working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House”
CNET, “Google learns its Democratic political ties have bounds”
The Huffington Post, “Google Restores Links To Some News Articles After Outcry”
RawStory, “Google blacklists Bank of America parody website”
The Hill: “Google ‘forgets’ 170,000 websites”
The Guardian, “Google reveals sharp rise in requests for removal of political content”
Pando, “Google apparently scrubs military contractor partner listing”
International Business Times, “Is Google really censoring anti-Conservative Party search suggestions?”
Zero Hedge, “YouTube Has Quietly Begun ‘Censoring’ Journalists Who Criticize Government”
Facebook has a history of accusations of censorship with conservatives as well:
Steven Crowder, “Facebook is censoring me”
The National Review, “Social media leans left. Conservatives are going to have to build a better internet”
Heat Street, “Facebook trending topics censors conservative news”
Gizmodo, “Former Facebook workers: We routinely suppressed conservative news”
Real American News, “Facebook Bans ‘I Am a Christian’ Ad, Citing it as Offensive Speech”
The New York Times, “Senator Demands Answers From Facebook on Claims of ‘Trending’ List Bias”
Liberty News, “Facebook Bias Exposed In Telling Screenshot… This Will Shock You”
Vanity Fair, “Why is Facebook censoring this iconic photo?”
Boston Globe, “For those tired of online censors, an (alt-right) alternative”
Twitter’s bias against conservatives has also been well documented.
Red Alert Politics, “Twitter bias: Conservative writer banned for posting same tweets as Ghostbusters star”
The Washington Times, “Twitter users erupt: #DNCLeaks disappears from trending news as WikiLeaks emails released”
American Thinker, “Does Twitter have an anti-conservative bias?”
The Washington Examiner, “Twitter bans another conservative journalist”
The Washington Post, “Tweets are disappearing on Twitter. Why?”
The New Yorker, “Censoring Twitter”
Fox News, “Bias alert: Twitter bans Breitbart bad boy, but not ISIS-linked London loudmouth”
World Net Daily, “Twitter stock plunges as conservatives purged”
The Daily Caller, “How One Conservative’s Lost Twitter Badge Spells Trouble For Free Expression”
It’s a trend. It’s anti-conservative. It’s getting worse.
And now they’re flaunting their intentions.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Managing Editor of The Horn News