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Have The Social Media Companies Become Way Too Powerful?

Michael Snyder
July 30th, 2021
The Economic Collapse Blog
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This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

Do you remember the early days of the Internet?  It was like “the wild west”, and that could be bad, but in many ways, it was also very good.  The Internet was very decentralized at that time, and information could flow very freely.  For the very first time, ordinary people could communicate with others all over the globe on a massive scale, and I believe that was an incredibly positive development for humanity.

Unfortunately, the elite were absolutely horrified by this free flow of information and they became obsessed with restricting it.  Today, highly advanced algorithms have been designed to shape our behavior online.  We are increasingly being funneled to just a handful of immensely powerful corporate-owned websites, and information on those sites is heavily monitored, controlled, and censored.

In particular, the largest “social media websites” have undergone a radical transformation over the past several years.  At one time, if you had something interesting to say it was fairly easy to get something to go viral.  But now the largest social media websites systematically suppress certain groups, viewpoints, and belief systems.  If you are opposed to the dominant narratives that they are trying to push, it is going to be exceedingly difficult for you to get much traction online.

Of course, if you get frustrated with the extreme levels of censorship, you could always seek out other social media sites where the censorship is lighter.

But the largest social media websites are where all the people are.  As far as total Internet traffic is concerned, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Reddit are all in the top 10.

I would consider Wikipedia to be a social media website too, and it is in the top 10 as well.

This gives the largest social media companies an extraordinary amount of influence over how people view the world, and one recent survey found that the vast majority of Americans believe that they have too much power…

While most Republicans and Democrats believe social media companies wield too much power, Republicans are more likely to hold this view, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

A whopping 82 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, compared with 63 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, the survey said.

But even though we believe that they have too much power, we just keep going back.

In fact, most of us are deeply addicted.

One recent poll discovered that 73 percent of British adults “can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at”…

From computers and tablets to smartphones and TV sets, nowadays most people’s days consist of staring at one screen and then moving on to the next. As such, a recent poll of 2,000 British adults reports a whopping 73 percent can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at.

What about you?

Could you go a full day without the Internet?

The same poll found that adults are spending approximately six hours a day “in front of screens”

How glued are we to our devices exactly? On average, researchers report adults spend about six hours daily in front of screens.

We are only awake for about 16 hours a day.

Needless to say, if you allow anyone to pump six hours of “programming” into your mind each day, it is going to radically alter how you view the world.

In addition to frying our minds, being addicted to the Internet can also have physical consequences.  For example, a different study found a direct link between Internet addiction and sleep problems in young people…

More evidence suggests the severity of internet addiction (IA) is directly related to the severity of sleep problems in youth.

Results from a study of more than 4000 adolescent students show IA severity was linked to less sleep and to daytime sleepiness. In addition, boys aged 12-14 years who were addicted to computer games vs social media networking were the most affected.

Experts have found that the Internet can even make you sick.  Medical professionals are telling us that some people can actually develop “cybersickness” if they use the Internet too much…

Cybersickness refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in the absence of physical motion, similar to motion sickness. These symptoms fall into three categories: nausea, oculomotor issues and general disorientation. Oculomotor symptoms, like eye strain, fatigue and headaches, involve overworking the nerve that controls eye movement. Disorientation can manifest as dizziness and vertigo. And several cybersickness symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating and blurred vision, overlap categories. These issues can persist for hours and affect sleep quality.

So it is important to be careful.

As with so many other things in life, moderation is the key.

Without a doubt, there is still so much about the Internet that is very positive.  Personally, I have been using it to relentlessly share the truth for more than a decade.  The Internet has allowed me to touch millions upon millions of people all over the globe, and I am always encouraged when readers email me from the other side of the planet.

We should always remember that the Internet is simply a tool.

It can be used for great good, but it can also be used for great evil.

And right now, the elite are ruthlessly clamping down on free speech so that they can impose their “values” on everyone else.

They say that they are protecting us by restricting the flow of “disinformation”, but way too often they are the ones that are spreading “disinformation”.

For example, Joe Biden was accused of spreading disinformation about the COVID pandemic during his recent town hall on CNN.

Newsweek looked into that claim, and they rated it to be true…

True. Joe Biden spread misinformation about COVID vaccines at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.

It is not true that people vaccinated against COVID will not get the disease, be hospitalized, end up in an ICU, or die because of it.

So does this mean that we should censor Joe Biden’s speech and ban him from all social media platforms?

No.

I believe that everyone should be allowed to speak because that is what our founders would have wanted.

Unfortunately, freedom of speech on the Internet is nearly dead, and with each passing day, there are even more calls for stricter censorship.

These are very dark days, and they are getting darker all the time.

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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      A Nation Under Siege and Spooked by The Invisible Enemy

      The scamdemic was planned by InfraGard, the infamous terrorist and surveillance cult known for violent extremism and hate crimes. The evidence proving the validity of that statement is astounding and overwhelming. Where do we begin? 

      InfraGard is a “public/private” “partnership” surveillance and terrorist cult consisting of the seventeen “intelligence” “agencies”, “state” and “local” “governments”,  “police”, “military”,  “academia”,  and 180,000 “corporations”- ( more like front operations for illicit activity! )  and any busy body, retarded, perverted freak and thief that wants to spy on people.

      InfraGard literally uses the business model of the Italian Mafia, so it is not surprising that it is as corrupt as it is. It is also not surprising that they are also fascists, which was also an Italian mafia creation. I happen to be part Italian, so don’t start accusing me of being
      anti-Italian for pointing this out, because if you try it, I will tell you
      Fungool! ( Fuck you! )  I am part Italian, but I sure as hell am not a Cuomo, Giuliani, DeBlasio, Fauci, Pompeo, Gotti, or Capone, The mafia loved Mussolini! He was the best thing that ever happened to the mafia! 

      Mussolini encouraged radical youths to commit acts of terrorism and organized crime. Very similar to the acts of terrorism and crime supported by InfraTards including 9/11, the scamdemic and the medical mafia, hacking by technology bureaucracies and government bureaucracies, “anti-fa”,  and of course BLM rioting, looting, arson, and vandalsim, all sponsored by America’s “leading” “corporations.”
      The Fascist movement in Italy under Mussolini was referred to as 
      “fascio di combattimento translated as “union for struggle.” This was also entirely misleading because Mussolini totally disempowered unions and gave corporations unprecedented power and workers rights experienced prior to Mussolini were completely abolished. The corporation was at the top of the power structure, above government. Government merely protected corporate power, very similar to what has happened in America. 

      After having witnessed the responses by the mentally incompetent fascists to the 2016 election results, I am inclined to name this movement The Mussolini Millennials. However, I believe that if Hillary had won, that the InfraTards would have responded in the same manner, in hindsight, and believe that this was all planned regardless of who would have won the election. It is all just smoke and mirrors in the three ring circus of government, corporate America, and the military industrial complex. Of course they do not call themselves fascists, knowing the unpopularity of fascism, so in the spirit of Orwellian double-speak, they call themselves “anti-fa”,  like 
      “The Patriot Act”,  or the “American Freedom Act”,  or the
      “American Heroes Act.” 

      The Hitler youth have now grown up and some of them are supported by Ron Unz on his website and are feeling dissed over how all of this fascism blew up in their faces, but Hitler was also a fascist and a socialist. That is not to be confused with those on Unz’ website that criticize Israeli politics. I am speaking of Andrew Anglin that said that the entire black race should murdered, and others who have imolied the same of the Jewish population, primarily commenters. 

      Socialists in America and Europe do not like to acknowledge that Hitler was a socialist. They say “No he wasn’t, he was a fascist.” 
      But the Nazi party was the National Socialists Party, so, I’m not sure how the American, European, and Canadian socialists square that in their minds, and Volkswagon was owned by the German government.

      Here is a short list of things that InfraGard “thought” would be “good” “ideas” :

      1.) Emininating blue sky laws for tech start ups.
      2.) Allowing foreign banks to become Federal Reserve members and receive bailouts paid by U.S. citizens.
      3.) Allowing the transfer of national secrets in technology to the CCP.
      4.) Repealing Glass Steagal.
      5.) Buy and hold tech bubble.
      6.)  9/11 attacks on U.S. soil.
      7.) Blaming the attacks on seven primarily Islamic nations that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.
      8.) Spying on American citizens.
      9.) The TSA.
      10.) Going to war against seven countries that had nothing to do with 9/11.
      11.) Robbing $21 trillion from the Pentagon between 1998-2016 and claiming that they were “accounting errors.”
      12.) The scamdemic.
      13.) The lockdowns.
      14.) RT-PCR tests.
      15.) Mask mandates.
      16.) Social distancing mandates.
      17.) “Vaccine” mandates.
      18.) Vault seven hacking technology.
      19.) The Human Brain Initiative.
      20.) Importing heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from Latin America.
      21.) Gas-lighting, terrorizing, and torturing me and members of my family and doing illegal breakins into my home and vandalizing and stealing  my property, including a stained glass nativity scene that my Grandfather made for me.
      22.) Doing illegal unconsented brain surgery on me on March 27th 2014 and blasting me with short wave radio signals for over four years starting immediately after my phone was hacked in June of 2017, resulting in Havanah syndrome and falsely diagnosing me and committing mal-practice and perjury against me.
      23.)  Claiming that Russian hackers denied Hillary Clinton the presidency.
      24.)  The 1/6 fiasco.

      Give up. You lost! Why would you be surprised that your strategy of being evil, corrupt, insane, sadistic, and stupid is not a winning strategy?! It is obvious to any rationally minded individual that your strategy assures self-destruction! You clearly have delusions of grandeur of unprecedented levels! 

      Maybe you thought that none of those things matter, and believed that might makes right, and that the truth is irrelevent, but you do not even have might anymore! So, give up! It is over InfraTards! 

      The world and I have had enough of your ideas! Just do everyone in your lives a favor and commit suicide! You are obviously completely mentally incompetent and have delusions of grandeur and have totally lost touch with reality all together! You will only destroy everyone in your lives with your “good ideas” ! You are sick, sadistic, evil wastes! How dare you think that you have a right to live in this world! 

      Do you know where yor children are?

      InfraGard can easily find out, and we have over 500,000 missing persons in America under a total state of surveillance which cannot be considered coincidental by any rationally minded individual.

      When Jayme Closs from Wisconsin was abducted by a former co-worker of her parents after he brutally murdered both of her parents, it was not the police or FBI that found Jayme Closs, but a neighbor of her villanous, monstrous abductor that saw her walking down the street, and since Jayme Closs fitted her missing persons description, the neighbor called the police.

      InfraGard was created in 1996. Perhaps you may have noticed the American decline coinciding with the creation of InfraGard, if you are old enough to know what America was like prior to 1996. 

      “What if we took the roofs off of everyone’s houses?”- Bill Clinton. They treat us as though we are living in doll houses or fish bowls.

      InfraGard has never prevented terrorism.

      When the World Trade Towers were imploded, less than 3,000 people died, which is still too many, but obviously, the reason is because the companies that had offices in the World Trade Towers knew in advance and hardly anyone went to work that historic day that now proves that the governments including in InfraGard, and many corporations are evil, sadistic terrorists, and violent extremists that commit hate crimes, including going to war against seven countries that were not guilty for 9/11, and including the scamdemic.

      InfraGard enables employers to spy on employees, co-workers to spy on co-workers, competitors to spy on competitors, neighbors to spy on neighbors, and thieves and Perverts to spy on victims. InfraGard knows everything about everyone that they wish to investigate, for any reason, all of which is totally illegal surveillance and illegal enslavement of the victims that they spy on. 

      InfraGard has destroyed international security, national security, corporate security, and personal security. InfraGard is an enormous parasitic vampire beast that destroys everyone and everything in its path.

      InfraGard is the most Anti-American institution in America as well as the largest national security threat and economic security threat. Spies do not produce anything. They only steal what productive people produce and deny the producer the right to their own production through parasitism and predatory behavior. To show you how much of an economic security threat InfraGard is, and what a beastly parasitic monster it is, just consider that $21 trillion in “accounting errors” vanished from the Pentagon, supposedly one of the most secure places in America, between 1998 and 2016, and that no investigation was ever started over $21 trillion in “accounting errors”  that vanished under a state of total surveillance and consider that the Pentagon obviously knew about 9/11 well in advance and just went along with it and defrauded Americans and the world not only through the tragedy of 9/11, but by going to war against seven countries that had nothing to do with it, in addition to using 9/11 as an excuse to increase the national surveillance and police state and increase the financing of those violent extremist criminal terrorist networks that commit hate crimes and thrive on discord, disruption, corruption, chaos, and hatred in InfraGard.

      Not coincidentally, with the scamdemic, InfraGard is also demanding increased funding and expansion of the surveillance cult to spy on a virus that does not exist and of course increase spying on every person because of the hyped-up mass hysteria, propaganda, and fear mongering tactics over the mythical covid-19 virus.

      InfraGard members also engage in organized community stalking which involves gas-lighting, and letting you know that they are spying on you but deny it when confronted since it is illegal. They do this by repeating or re-enacting things that they would only know if they were spying on you, referred to as street theater among targeted victims. When there are just too many coincidences to overlook, you know that InfraTards have targeted you. They do black-bag job break-ins, vandalism, black-listing, black-balling, and crooking, all of which is also totally illegal, and is all in total violation of RICO laws.

      Evidently, InfraGard members only associate with other InfraGard members. They hate us for our freedoms – our constitutional rights.  I would not want to associate with people that are involved in InfraGard anyways because their lifestyles are an afront to all that I believe in, so I certaily do not feel any sense of loss over being shunned by InfraGard members. That is their cult like behavior. Anyone that is not part of the cult is a threat to the cult and is the enemy. These cult like tactics are extremely infamous and are usually associated with fringe element religious extremist groups that have completely wrecked entire families after getting ahold of one family member to become a part of their cult. They use Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals cult tactics on their targeted victims. Cults rely on brainwashing cult members. Cults tell cult members that if their family members loved them that they would convert and become part of their cult. They force cult members to abandon their own families and relationships. They want total control over cult members lives, and any outsider is a threat to the cult because it shatters the illusion of the brain washing that the cult members have been subjected to. 

      If you are a member of the InfraGard cult, just walk away from the surveillance organized crime ring terrorist cult of InfraGard. If you are not a cult member, do not become one. They are evil predators, perverts, thieves, hackers, vandals, and terrorists, and obviously serial killing mass murders with 9/11 and the scamdemic. 

      InfraGard also shares their “intelligence” with the five eyes, and probably many other countries. We know that they share intelligence with Israel which is not one of the five eyes, consisting of America, Canada, England, Austalia, and New Zealand. 

      Corporations and governments in InfraGard are made up of people proving that the majority of Americans are sick, sadistic, mentally incompetent, insane, evil monsters, and if that isn’t enough evidence for you, consider that this is a democracy that has consistently voted to keep the beast alive that has turned America into a lawless banana bureaucracy. 

      InfraGard has tortured and terrorized me and members of my family and has perpetrated a sick, sadistic, serial crime spree against me, members of my family, my dog, and my property, They are monsters whose crimes against humanity have surpassed Adolph Hitler’s, Joseph Goebells, and Josef Mengele’s.

      So, when the Chinese or Russians bomb the mother fucking daylights out of America after America’s years long attacks constisting primarily of false allegations and sanctioning over anything and everything, you can rest assured knowing that InfraGard was protecting you America, by blasting short wave radio signals at me that has resulted in Havanah Sydrome, doing illegal, sadistic, unconsented surgery on me by illegally implanting either RFIDs, microchips, or censors through my ears and nose while I was unconscious in Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital on March 27, 2014, commiting medical fraud and false diagnosis on me, breaking into my house any time that I would leave, and even while I was asleep or in the shower vandalizing and stealing my property, gas-lighting me, using vault 7 hacking tools on me, stalking me, spying on me which is the illegal enslavement of me and stealing my intellectual and physical property, and falsely imprisoning me in my own home because everytime that I would leave it would be broken into and I would be stalked which constitutes the definition of false imprisonment.

      The InfraTards that have perpetrated a crime spree on me, my life, members of my family, dog, and property, have self-worth less than zero and that will never change so just kill yourselves, for the sakes of everybody that you know, because you are obviously just too God damned fucking stupid to do anything intelligent, right, or good and you are only liabilities to everyone in your lives. Your spouses, children, and relatives, would have better chances of surviving in a sewer than they do with you because you are sadistic, evil, insane, mentally incompetent monsters and serial criminal psychopaths.

      InfraGard will not stop until they either own everything and everyone, or they are dead. They have made that abundantly clear with The Great Reset – “You will own nothing and you will be happy.” – Klaus Schwab – WEF founder. Considering that corporations and individuals have not rushed to exit the WEF after that outrageous statement, it is logical to conclude that WEF members are on board with that outrageous ideology. 

      We are now faced with government bureaucracies in America and the entire government including local and state governments that cannot justify their actions in any legal, moral, ethical, or philisophical context and as a direct result of that, they have alienated law abiding, patriotic American citizens.

      Corporations are now just as bureaucratic, if not more than the government! If you call Dominos to order a pizza now, you are connected to a computer! First it was Becky, the AI Dominos order taker, that was evidently fired since I refused to speak to it, then was replaced by George, who I also refused to speak to, so I was rerouted to an Asian call center that I also refused to speak to, and asked to be connected to the restaurant that I called, and was eventually reconnected to the original number that I dialed! Then corporations wonder why they do not have customers! They are penny wise and pound foolish! 

      When they treated Edward Snowden as they did, followed by Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Joshua Schulte, it became crystal clear that the government exists for the purpose of protecting corrupt individuals at the expenses of innocent victims. 

      This country and government are destined to fail and have earned it.

      Andrea Iravani

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        I am sometimes stunned by historical scholars in their ommissions of significant historical events. Jared Diamond is an author of history, and in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday, there is not asingle mention of Mussolini. How it is that someone can consider Mussolini an insignificant figure in history is really surprising to me. Similarly, in From Beruit to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman, there is no mention of the Yom Kippur War.

        I would love to hear an explanation from Diamond and Friedman for their editing.

        Andrea Iravani

    2. And so we have the new name of the people called “SHEEPLE”

      they are brainwashed and dumbed down. only a small percent are not. 25 to 30% can think for themselves and make intelligent decisions based on reality and not from programing. They are SCARED of us 30% people.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Have they become too powerful or have we made them too powerful?

      Are you among those that use them to the point of personal dependency?

      If so, why so?

    4. Darth Skippy says:

      10 Amendments vs. 10 Planks (of Marxist Communism)

      Amendment #1:
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Plank #6:
      Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.

      “Have The Social Media Companies Become Way Too Powerful?”

      You’re basically asking us whether a captured industry, controlled by the govt, is too powerful unto itself.

    5. Let me think for a nano second – YES

      These anti constitutionalist Communist need to be taken down with Extreme Prejudice

    6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I am sometimes stunned by historical scholars in their ommissions of significant historical events. Jared Diamond is an author of history, and in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday, there is not a single mention of Mussolini. How it is that someone can consider Mussolini an insignificant figure in history is really surprising to me. Similarly, in From Beruit to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman, there is no mention of the Yom Kippur War. 

      I would love to hear an explanation from Diamond and Friedman for their editing.

      Andrea Iravani

    7. Darth Skippy says:

      foxbusiness.com/technology/paypal-adl-partnership-fight-extremism-hate
      “PayPal, ADL team up to ferret out ‘extremist’ groups…

      PayPal and fellow payments company Stripe earlier this year banned former President Donald Trump’s campaign from processing transactions…”

      nbcnews.com/business/economy/trump-touting-opportunity-zones-huge-success-no-proof-n1231546
      “Trump has touted the success of his administration’s Opportunity Zones program, claiming it has created “tens of thousands of jobs” in poor Black communities across the U.S. …”

      They cross over a drainage ditch and through private properties, to avoid police in pursuit, again and again. It’s like the border.

      Low flying helicopters, circle overhead, nowadays.

      Yesterday, drugs were thrown in the privacy hedges, and 5 police cars had stopped in front of the house, as much I would like to withdraw from all secular politics.

      I get unpersoned, if I use an unkind word for this.

    8. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      News Flash!

      Great Britain has officially outlawed journalism now with the imprisonment of Craig Murray!

      Journalism will now officially be considered espionage by Great Britain!

      Only government approved propagandists will have publishing rights in Great Britain!

      May as well just stop reading everything published by anyone in Great Britain! It is now officially all government approved
      propaganda!

      Andrea Iravani

    9. Anonymous says:

      The Internet was ruined over a decade ago after the voices of reason were drown out.
      The Internet was turned into a dumpster fire of drama, sensationalism, misinformation, fear porn,fantasy, and speculative opinions passed as facts.

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