Obama Pushes For Internet Censorship During Off-The-Record MIT SpeechChris Menahan
Mar. 01, 2018
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Former President Barack Obama gave an off-the-record, hour-long speech at MIT last Friday where he called for Facebook, Twitter and Google to do more to censor free speech on the internet.
Reason Magazine reports the speech was "kept completely secret by virtually all attendees, who had to agree that they would not record, photograph, tweet, or report on the event before being granted a seat in the audience."
Nonetheless, someone secretly recorded the speech and gave a copy to Reason.
Here's one of the highlights from Reason:
Obama thinks Google, Facebook, etc., are "a public good as well as a commercial enterprise," and should consider whether they are corroding our democracy.
Much of that shaping is bad, according to Obama. "Essentially we now have entirely different realities that are being created with not just different opinions, but now different facts," he said. "And this isn't just by the way Russian inspired bots and fake news. This is Fox News vs. The New York Times editorial page. If you look at these different sources of information, they do not describe the same thing. In some cases, they don't even talk about the same thing. And so it is very difficult to figure out how democracy works over the long term in those circumstances."Full audio:
There's two different worlds now because for the first time ever the MSM has lost its stranglehold on the news and its ability to control the debate.
The "great divide" is because people are now getting real, uncensored news on the internet and having open discussions about real issues like immigration which the MSM is losing their ability to suppress.
That's why the SPLC and ADL are being appointed as virtual "thought police" to censor right-wing voices on YouTube and other social media sites.
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