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    Soros' Role in Social Media Censorship
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    Media Matters founder, David Brock, working at Soros behest.

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    For a broader look at Soros’ worldwide network of influence and how he does it...

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    No wonder our two "primary" TV Stations for "NEWS" (aka TV1 & TV3 and their subsidiaries) are so anti-Trump, basically parroting everything the Fakestream media tell them to - guess who "runs" them here in NZ?

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    Quote Posted by Michelle Marie (here)
    Soros' Role in Social Media Censorship
    August 26, 2018
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...eaked-document

    Leaked document
    http://theduran.com/leaked-49-page-m...ia-censorship/

    Media Matters founder, David Brock, working at Soros behest.

    MM
    Original source, tells a little about the meeting it came from - Read the Confidential David Brock Memo Outlining Plans to Attack Trump (Jan 26, 2017).

    * * *

    For a broader look at Soros’ worldwide network of influence and how he does it...

    DCLEAKS WEBSITE DOWN, TWITTER SUSPENDED AFTER RELEASING SOROS DOCS (Aug 27, 2016).

    The Soros section of DCLeaks is still gone and their Twitter is still suspended but The Wayback Machine captured 6,838 URLs for that domain, HERE’s the list (give it a few moments to load).

    For example, here’s a sample: US Sourcing and Grantmaking Practicalities, copyrighted by OSI (Soros is founder and chair).
    A couple of more resources for information on Soros influence...

    From sorosfiles.com, Open Society Institute (OSI) Top 150 Grantees (2011).

    From discoverthenetworks.org, Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.
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    EU in 'final stages' of crafting bill forcing big tech censorship

    Joseph Jankowski Planet Free Will
    Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:36 UTC


    EU Commissioner in charge of Justice, Consumers and gender equality, Věra Jourová , speaks at a news conference on a second monitoring of the illegal online hate speech code of conduct in Brussels, Belgium, 1 June 2017. © Olivier Hoslet/EPA

    The European Union is in the final stages of crafting legislation that will force big tech and internet companies to censor "extremist" content and cooperate with law enforcement, Reuters reports.

    The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms.

    In March, the European Commission told such companies that they had three months to show they were removing "extremist" content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.

    EU recommendations were sent out at the time regarding the speedy removal of all content including terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products, and copyright infringement.

    The threat eventually led to the creation of an online "code of conduct" aimed at fighting racism and xenophobia across Europe, an effort both the EU and big tech collaborated on.

    According to European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, that an existing code of conduct to counter hate speech could remain voluntary.

    "(But on) terrorist content, we came to the conclusion that it is too serious a threat and risk for European people that we should have absolute certainty that all the platforms and all the IT providers will delete the terrorist content and will cooperate with law enforcement bodies," Jourova said on Wednesday.

    "Yes, this is in the final stage," she added, addressing the new bill.

    While details of the new legislation remain hidden, the Financial Times in August learned that law enforcement will be in charge of flagging content for censorship.

    EU security commissioner Julian King also had mentioned last month that the bill will "likely" turn the agreed upon "code of conduct" into mandatory law, placing the prediction by Jourova that it will remain voluntary on shakey grounds.

    The big tech - EU code of conduct establishes "public commitments" for tech companies, including the requirement to review the "majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech" in less than 24 hours. It was also crafted to make it easier for law enforcement to notify firms directly of any unwanted content.

    Within the code is a narrow explanation of "hate speech," being defined as "all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin."

    The nature of enforcing censorship based on a narrow and subjective term such as "hate speech" is likely to keep suspicions high that these types of decision aren't about creating a safer world, but rather a world in which superstates like the EU control the content people see online for political purposes.


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    EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet 'link tax' and 'upload filter'


    James Vincent The Verge
    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:12 UTC



    The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age.

    The directive was originally rejected by MEPs in July following criticism of two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, dubbed the "link tax" and "upload filter" by critics. However, in parliament this morning, an updated version of the directive was approved, along with amended versions of Articles 11 and 13. The final vote was 438 in favor and 226 against.

    The fight is far from finished
    The fallout from this decision will be far-reaching, and take a long time to settle. The directive itself still faces a final vote in January 2019 (although experts say it's unlikely it will be rejected). After that it will need to be implemented by individual EU member states, who could very well vary significantly in how they choose to interpret the directive's text.

    The most important parts of this are Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 is intended to give publishers and papers a way to make money when companies like Google link to their stories, allowing them to demand paid licenses. Article 13 requires certain platforms like YouTube and Facebook stop users sharing unlicensed copyrighted material.

    Critics of the Copyright Directive say these provisions are disastrous. In the case of Article 11, they note that attempts to "tax" platforms like Google News for sharing articles have repeatedly failed, and that the system would be ripe to abuse by copyright trolls.

    Article 13, they say, is even worse. The legislation requires that platforms proactively work with rightsholders to stop users uploading copyrighted content. The only way to do so would be to scan all data being uploaded to sites like YouTube and Facebook. This would create an incredible burden for small platforms, and could be used as a mechanism for widespread censorship. This is why figures like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee came out so strongly against the directive.

    The Copyright Directive is set to reshape the internet globally
    However, those backing these provisions say the arguments above are the result of scaremongering by big US tech companies, eager to keep control of the web's biggest platforms. They point to existing laws and amendments to the directive as proof it won't be abused in this way. These include exemptions for sites like GitHub and Wikipedia from Article 13, and exceptions to the "link tax" that allow for the sharing of mere hyperlinks and "individual words" describing articles without constraint.

    In remarks following the vote in Parliament this morning, MEP Axel Voss, who has led the charge on Articles 11 and 13, thanked his fellow politicians "for the job we have done together." "This is a good sign for the creative industries in Europe," said Voss. Opposing MEPs like Julia Reda of the Pirate Party described the outcome as "catastrophic."

    Despite these disagreements, what's clear is that if the Copyright Directive receives final approval by the European Parliament in January, it will have a huge, disruptive impact on the internet, both in the European Union and around the world. Exactly how the legislation will be interpreted will be up to individual nations, but the shift in the balance of power is clear: the web's biggest tech companies are losing their grip on the internet.

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    SOTT Comment: But it's far from only the web's biggest tech companies that will suffer under these draconian new rules. This will fundamentally change how people are able to use the internet, and it's hard to see any positives. Far from being an empowering platform on which people are free to creatively express themselves, under these new rules, the internet could potentially become a limited platform that places overly restrictive limits on what one is able to publish. The only ones who benefit from these new rules will be big media monopolies. Essentially, they're trying to turn the internet into TV.

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    Jim Stone's take on the above:

    Europe to force tech giants to censor EVERYTHING

    EVERYTHING, from memes to music to news will be outlawed

    I had to make sure this was not from one of the alt media sites I shun before I posted it, because it is THAT outrageous, but this time it is real: Europe is going to force the tech giants to continuously scan all news the MSM or anyone else produces, all pictures the MSM or anyone else produces, all music, video, the whole 9 yards, and then cross check that text and video and pictures against what people are uploading. If it matches what anyone else uploaded it will be blocked from uploading.

    The direct goal is to stop things from going viral on the web, and getting out of control of the powers that be. If the tech giants detect the same text, only the original copy will be allowed to exist. No more viral E-mails, because they will all be scanned and if they are duplicates of one someone else is sending, adios.

    Most likely this is being done to stop social movements that are related to exiting the EU or stopping mass immigration. They want any "information disasters" to be contained within small clusters of people and for all information networking to stop, unless it comes from an official source, and is the original copy.

    They do not want re-posts of MSM reports, because when people re-post they are able to put their own commentary along with the report and undermine it. Most likely, for all appearances, the material will be "allowed to post" and then be shadow banned, so people don't realize they have been silenced.

    I have more detail above than what is in this CNBC report because I have been paying attention to this for a while.

    The law behind all of this is stated to "protect original content developers" but the problem is, for example, that even though this web site says right on it that anything on it can be posted by anyone anywhere, the filters that will be put in place will automatically detect a duplicate and prevent anyone from re-posting, with permission or not. They will probably manage special tokens for sites like AP to make sure those reports can exist on multiple MSM outlets at the same time, but as for the rest of us, ADIOS.

    NO MORE:
    • Viral cop beating videos,
    • evidence leaking out and spreading everywhere,
    • loss of control of the official narrative,
    WHO CARES if only 50 people see Aunt Judy's cat trick, Aunt Judy, a stolen child, and a frazzledrip expose' can just go to hell, "we" dont want that, we are in control, and you will see what we desire you to see and NOTHING ELSE.


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    How are they going to handle things already up, like this forum? In other words, is it going to retroactively delete things on here which aren't "original"?

    I remember reading a post by Bill which basically said it would get to the point we could only talk about ourselves and nothing else. Will cutting and pasting work?

    I can't believe we have gotten to this point.
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    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)

    The direct goal is to stop things from going viral on the web, and getting out of control of the powers that be.



    The best and most concise article I've seen on this yet.


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    Why do the Big Tech Co's have to obey the EU? Is that why Apple went to China? You can tell I am clueless!

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    Why do the Big Tech Co's have to obey the EU? Is that why Apple went to China? You can tell I am clueless!
    They do if they want to operate there, Foxie. So, we're caught in the net with the rest of the fish. Everyone in EU countries are using the big tech companies just like we are.
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    It is time to create similar to facebook and all else, located in small countries, to avoid censorship.

    Incredible, the banana republic small countries may become the free ones while they often have been dictatures. And Europe and North America are becoming the thought dictatures as China already is v

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    Quote Posted by Foxie Loxie (here)
    Why do the Big Tech Co's have to obey the EU? Is that why Apple went to China? You can tell I am clueless!
    Because when dealing with EU sites and material, they have to abide by the EU rules.
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    The EU Internet legislation even tried to ban selfies with copyrighted objects in the background, and crowd photos of sports events !


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    France and Germany just cut a deal to save the EU's appalling #CopyrightDirective -- and made it much, much worse

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    The EU's on-again/off-again Copyright Directive keeps sinking under its own weight: on the one side, you have German politicians who felt that it was politically impossible to force every online platform to spend hundreds of millions of euros to buy copyright filters to prevent a user from infringing copyright, even for an instant, and so proposed tiny, largely cosmetic changes to keep German small businesses happy; on the other side, you have French politicians who understand that the CEOs of multinational entertainment companies won't stand for any compromise, or even the appearance of compromise, and so the process fell apart.

    That is until Chancellor Merkel and President Macron sat down to broker a deal, in which Merkel caved on every single measure that even looked like it might protect small businesses, co-operatives, nonprofits, and individuals, ending up with a deal that guarantees that every existing small platform will be destroyed and no new ones can be started, leaving Europe in the hands of US Big Tech -- forever.

    Under the new deal, any platform where the public can communicate will have to buy copyright filters to intercept all public communications and compare them to a database of so-called "copyrighted works" (which anyone, anywhere, can add anything to), and then block anything that appears to be a match.

    Not only will these cost hundreds of millions of euros to develop and maintain, they will also block mountains of legitimate speech -- speech that uses copyrighted works but falls under fair dealing, speech that is incorrectly identified as containing copyrighted works, speech that is deliberately suppressed by trolls, censors and frauds who deliberately claim ownership over works in the public domain, or works that other people hold the copyright to.

    The "compromise" that Merkel has agreed to is this: platforms don't have to add the filters until they have been in business for three years, or until they make €10m in a single year. That means that every single existing online forum that has been in operation for three years or more must immediately buy filters, even if it's a small online community run by volunteers, or a commercial site with a tiny niche -- like this little, longstanding community for people who like to fish. Even Patreon -- which exists solely to get artists paid! -- would have to buy filters or pull out of Europe.

    But it gets even worse: under the terms of this deal, once a platform makes €5,000,000 in a year, it will be obligated to implement "notice and staydown" -- that is, copyright filters by another name.

    And it gets even worse: the new deal requires that every site, no matter how small, noncommercial, or public spirited, must demonstrate that it has taken 'best efforts' to license anything their users might conceivably upload, which means that any time a rightsholder offers you a license for content your users might use, you are obliged to buy it from them, at whatever price they name.

    This is the end of the internet as we know it, and the beginning of an era in which all our communications, all our familial relations, political engagements, educational activities, employment-related work, romantic questing, everything, is subordinated to turning the internet into a cable TV system, where the only materials available are those that multinational entertainment corporations approve of. Remember when cable operators promised a digital future where "500 channel universe" of entertainment options were on tap? It's arrived. We just had to kill the web -- the "two billion channel universe" -- to get it.

    All is not lost: the next step will be a rubber-stamp where national negotiators for EU member states approve the deal, and then it will go for a vote in the European Parliament, who will have the final say, right before they stand for re-election in European elections this May.

    In other words, of all the times that a catastrophic plan could come before Parliament, this is the best (or the least-worst): the moment at which Parliamentarians are most sensitive to their constituents' wishes.

    What's more, Europeans hate this: so much so that the petition opposing it is now the the largest petition in European history, and within spitting distance of being the largest petition in the history of the human race.

    There's lots more to come on this, getting people to contact their MEPs ahead of the vote. This is a terrible state of affairs, but at least it is now so obviously, visibly terrible that it's gotten a lot easier to explain to people on the sidelines. Mobilise your friends and family now: the future of our planetary-scale, species-wide electronic nervous system is at stake.




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    My hope is that the EU internet grab is their final move before the people wake up to them and reject them completely.

    What this move means is that a huge number of NEW people will wake up and be very angry. People who, until now, have had nothing to do with conspiracy theories and tin foil hat people.
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    Censorship is the worst human invention ever, and memes are the best. That's why they want to ban them.

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    European Parliament passes controversial "meme ban" under cover of copyright law

    Victor Tangermann Futurism
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    The doomsday clock is ticking for European internet users.

    Last night, the European Parliament approved the final text of a controversial online copyright law that would force internet platforms to filter everything users upload for copyright - including memes - and charge news aggregators to link to news publications.

    The move comes after months of adjustments to the Parliament's proposed Copyright Directive. Parliament members will gather for a final vote later this year.

    Most contentious of all are two Articles included in the proposed Copyright Directive:

    Article 11
    This rule, dubbed the "link tax," would force news aggregators - including heavyweights like Google News - to get a license from news publishers and remunerate them for linking to their articles.

    Parliament member Julia Reda, a prominent opponent of the new law, has argued that small publishers with less brand recognition could lose out - and that the law could boost fake news by discouraging the sharing of reputable news that would charge more.

    Article 13
    Arguably even more controversial is Article 13, which some publishers have called a "meme ban." This rule would force major platforms like YouTube to filter every single upload to prevent copyright infringement.

    That could end up severely limiting the freedom of expression and could end up force big corporations to install monitoring and surveillance technology, Reda argued. It could also spell doom for meme culture, according to critics.
    "Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users," inventor of the internet Tim Berners-Lee declared in an open letter.
    Vague Text
    Many critics of the Directive argue that the vague wording could allow for overreaching new rules that could restrict freedom of speech even further. The Parliament's answer: the memes will live on.

    A lot is at stake for European internet users. The rules that govern what is and what isn't copyright infringement are already hard to discern - and this law could make it even more difficult.



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    Parliament member Julia Reda, a prominent opponent of the new law, has argued that small publishers with less brand recognition could lose out - and that the law could boost fake news by discouraging the sharing of reputable news that would charge more.
    In my cynical view, the arguments that Reda presents will motivate the EU Parliament to vote in favor of this new legislation.

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    I just recognized the other day - the destroying of the internet is going on and on.......everything is just totally mixed up.

    It use to be easy to look for certain informations by just typing in one or two words into the search engine, but it is not llike this anymore. All kind stuff pops up now, which does not have anything to do with what you did typ in at the first place.

    It is sad.

    And youtube is getting ruined too...by adds and stuff. And they took of the subtitles section which use to be there for a setting tool. If you want a translation of something now - you have to make your own translation by a seperate translation tool.

    This is all backwards by now - steps backwards insteed of forwards.

    Back to more complicated and time wasting....not to talk about all the other manipulations and censorships they run on the net today......

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