The Internet Crackdown Begins: U.S. Senator Al Franken Wants Google, Facebook And Twitter To Censor Political Speech

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Are the days of the free and open Internet numbered?  The Internet is certainly used for all sorts of horrible things, but it has also allowed ordinary people to communicate on a mass scale that would have been unimaginable decades ago.

In the old days, if you wanted to reach large audiences of people with your information you always had to go through corporate gatekeepers.  But today, anyone with an Internet connection can literally broadcast whatever they want to say to the whole world.

Personally, my wife and I have always been amazed at how many people we are able to touch all over the planet from our little home in the mountains.  Over the past seven years our websites have been viewed more than 100 million times, and we receive emails about our work from people all over the globe.

Unfortunately, major changes may soon be coming to the Internet.  The election of Donald Trump really angered the elite, and they are blaming the power of the Internet for his victory.  They insist that something must be done “for the good of democracy”.

For example, in an opinion piece for the Guardian, U.S. Senator Al Franken proposed that it is time for the U.S. government to step in because Google, Facebook and Twitter have failed to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech

As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy.

Last week’s hearings demonstrated that these companies may not be up to the challenge that they’ve created for themselves. In some instances, it seems that they’ve failed to take commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.

Those are very ominous words.

So precisely what would constitute “propaganda”, “misinformation” or “hate speech”?

When you start regulating speech, you cross a very dangerous line.  There is a reason why our founders guaranteed us freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights, because if we don’t have the freedom to say what we want then what do we really have left?

During the presidential election, there was a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton’s health.  The mainstream media insisted that she was just fine, and they accused those of us in the alternative media that were questioning her health of engaging in “propaganda” and “misinformation”.

Well, it turns out that we now know that Clinton’s health was so bad that Donna Brazile was actually considering replacing her as the nominee, and so it was actually the mainstream media that was putting out “propaganda” and “misinformation”.

Any effort to institute some sort of “truth police” would take us significantly down the road to totalitarianism, but apparently that is what Franken wants.  In fact, he is openly suggesting that it is time for government regulators to step in

Instead of simply trusting the big tech companies to police how their services are being used and abused, Franken suggested that regulators need to step in. Lawmakers should take a closer look at the influence technology plays in the everyday lives of Americans by conducting “vigorous oversight in the form of investigations and hearings to fully understand current practices and the potential for harm,” the Minnesota senator said.

“I’m hopeful that recent events will encourage regulators, as well as a broader contingent of my colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — to give this issue the attention it deserves,” he said.

So once government regulators begin regulating speech on the Internet, where will it end?

Will everything that we do on the Internet have to be evaluated for “truthiness” before it is allowed to be posted?

And who decides what the “truth” actually is?

I am a big believer in the marketplace of ideas.  I have always been convinced that if everyone is allowed to openly share what they believe that the truth will win in the end.

Of course the elite are scared of the free exchange of ideas, because that gives the people way too much control over their own destiny.  Prior to the Internet age, they were always in control of the flow of information in our society, but now things have changed dramatically.

They desperately want to get control of the Internet, because they want things to go back to the way that they used to be.  But we can’t allow that to happen, and so we must greatly resist any attempts to regulate speech on the Internet.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com

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Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • Jim

    Al Franken was a failed comedian, and he is equally failed as a politician.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Now THAT is funny. Too bad one could never say that during his pathetic attempts at comedy….

      • Since our standards for comedy are as sorry as those for education, maybe we were too busy laughing to think.

  • Mike

    Screw governmentbook, scroogle, and twitwitter. They are all leftist dribble.

    • Rey d’Tutto

      YouTwitFace… Mashing the largest socialist media’s names into a relatively mild insult.

  • moTrouble69

    Anything that comes out of the foul mouth of franken is the very definition of dis-information and propaganda.

    • roger

      yep, he’s an a$$clown……..

      • Jim

        Don’t sugarcoat it. Tell us how you really feel about this jerkwad.

  • Rob

    Piss on Al Franken. What a jackass bitch.

  • Dow Jones

    Al Frankenstain….another one of the zionazi chosenites, like Neanderthal sexual pervert Harvey the rapist Winestain, who clearly needs to be exposed and shut down. The nest of khazarian Hollyweird perverts pumping puss into the American living room that have been framing the lying narrative for far too long is a sickness we can no longer afford to indulge in if we are to survive.

    If you are tired of the tattooed, pierced and depraved gender mutants and libtards that have turned USSA into an open sewer then dump these freaks while you still can. Start with Frankenstein and the rest of the compromised Congress critters owned by Israeli Firsters and supremacist chosenites.

    • Longsoupline2

      Al Franken should be in Jail !! This is the perfect example of why its 109 and gonna be 110. They always over shoot in their audacity .. This is the same Al Franken that is complicate in the biggest crimes in history . So on the day of 9-11 Al Franken admitted in writing “He got the Jew call” right from his own book .

      “n his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Sen. Al Franken admits to having been warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center on 9-11. Why have the government and “free press” in the United States not investigated this report?

      Senator Al Franken admits in his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2003), that he received a call from the former mayor of New York, Ed Koch, warning him not to go to his office in the World Trade Center on 9-11, using the Hebrew calendar as a reference for the date, which was September 11, 2001.

      Franken refers to this warning call as the “Jew call.”

      “Al”, he told me, “don’t go to work on the twenty-third day of Elul.”

      Al Franken may have been a comedian who went to Washington, but this is not funny. Being forewarned about 9-11 is a criminal matter.

      Calls to Sen. Al Franken’s office in Washington at (202) 224-564, were not answered, although they were made during working hours. Furthermore, Franken’s press secretary, Michael Dale Stein at (202) 224-4645, did not answer either his office phone or his mobile phone during business hours. Stein’s mobile phone said the mail box was empty so messages could not even be left.”

  • Codygunn

    Many in Senate and Congress are involved in this criminal cabal.They do not want outsiders to hinder their criminality. Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Anyone who would very likely do the right thing they do not want. Sadly it very well may come down to armed citizens.Free speech is a must.

  • Since Senator Al Franken is a politician and everything he says is political speech, he should be the first to have his privacy decimated.

  • Jocko Sarlucci

    Let “Al Franken” remember this is 2017 not 1917-18, Bolshevik Marxist Jewish led anarchist ” Steal another nation time .” Is he one of the chosen, to be recently fitted with remote Ankle Security Monitors? Or is his part in this, just to Outlaw Freedom of Speech? Like Politician Charles Schumer is “Chosen-One”, to disarm Americans, of
    Owning Guns? My birth state MN has become dangerously too LIBERAL, help!!!

  • Jimmy Yost

    Even though I thought Al Franken was funny as a comedian I always felt that there was something wrong about him, like there was something evil about him. That was probably thirty years ago. In July of 1991 I moved to a rural mountainous area of N. Alabama where there was no TV reception. By the time satellite TV came available (about five or six years later) I had gotten used to not having TV and I was aware of how much better off I was without it. So I haven’t had TV in my house for 26 years. So I haven’t heard much about Al Franken for a long time, until recently as he has popped up in the realm of politics. And every time I read about him or see a YouTube video about him I have that same bad feeling about him that I had back in 80’s.

    In his book titled “Developing Your Prophetic Gifting” Graham Cooke made the statement that feelings can sometimes be an important aspect of the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits (that the Apostle Paul mentioned in the book of First Corinthians chapter 12 verse 10, King James Version). So maybe it has been the Holy Spirit who has been giving me those negative feelings about Al Franken. It sure seems like a possibility to me. If so, I’d say that it’s reasonable to conclude that the Lord doesn’t have a very high opinion of Al Franken either.