The midterm elections are right around the corner, and if you have an opinion that’s different from Big Tech – aka the Democrat Party, be careful. Big Brother is back – and they’re watching you.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are the biggest threats to free speech After all, if they can ban Donald Trump, they can ban anyone. There was a glimmer of hope when Elon Musk announced he was buying Twitter, but as soon as he backed out, the hammer came down.
Certainly, there is a valid reason to censor some content; violence, threats & pornography – but free speech is the foundation of this country. Conservative opinion is constantly being monitored and flagged. What Big Tech considers “hate speech, ”going against community standards” and “misinformation” is – for the most part -outrageous.
Currently, Facebook has 15,000 “content moderators” who monitor content. Content gets flagged either by someone reporting an “offensive” post or by an “enforcement bot” that targets keywords. Many times. enforcement bots are inaccurate, but they are deadly, nevertheless. There are pain point negative words like “fear, “stress”, “overwhelm” “suicide” and terrified.” Then there are hidden political words like “Nazi,” “dictatorship,” “Hitler” “regime” “weapon” “whore”, “guns” etc.
This is not to be confused with algorithms that control the content of news feeds. Essentially, a Facebook algorithm is a finite list of instructions that evaluates every post. It scores posts and then arranges them in descending, non-chronological order of interest for each individual user. This process happens every time a user—and there are 2.9 billion of them—refreshes their feed.
Facebook was accused of altering algorithms in the 2020 election, only posting pro-Democrat and negative Trump news feeds. Guess what? They are still doing it (as is most of the mainstream media) and this is another form of censorship.
The world isn’t fair. The World Wide Web is even more unfair. But there are ways to circumvent the conservative bias of Big Tech. Here are a few ideas:
- Memes are still effective ways to share your message – although enforcement bots are getting more sophisticated at targeting words on memes, it is still a safe way to make your point.
- Don’t accept new friendship requests, unless they have 5 or more mutual friends. They could be trolls who will monitor and report you.
- Keep arguments with liberals down to a minimum. They get offended easily and will report you at the drop of a hat.
- Avoid joining groups unless you are sure of their political affiliation. For example, joining a group like “Being Liberal” may be fun if you want a debate, but it will definitely cause someone to report you. This is also true with Democrat candidates. If you have an opposing opinion – and you do, of course – be careful how you craft the message. Calling a socialist a Nazi could land you in Facebook jail. Plus, liberal MSM outlets like ABC.com, NBC.com, and CNN can report you.
- Keep your sharing to a minimum, especially if it is a conservative message. If you’re sharing something positive about Trump, a Trump hater may see it and report you.
Twitter is much more partisan. We’ll talk more about Twitter in another article. But if you follow these simple guidelines, you should be able to safely survive the midterms without getting suspended, blocked, or winding up in Facebook jail.