Social Media: Friend or Foe?

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White House Drafts Order to Examine Social Media for Bias

President Trump may soon sign an executive order that instructs federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to begin investigating companies like Google and Facebook for violations. The order would protect competition and addresses bias; it includes a note in red that recommends an expansion “if necessary, to provide more detail on role of platforms and the importance of competition.”

The platforms have been caught censoring individual conservatives and conservative news sources.

In August, Trump tweeted:

“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for a briefing by state attorneys general who are already investigating these practices. The September 25th meeting will help Sessions decide if he should bring a case against these firms.

Communist China is already adept at censorship, and getting better all the time.

In a 120-day campaign, China shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts, saying the content is harmful—ranging from political dissent to pornography. Taking censorship even further, the government is running a pilot a social credit system,  which which spies on, tracks, and ranks Chinese citizens on their “trustworthiness.” The full program is set to go full-force in 2020.

Under a social credit system, Communist China provides monetary incentives and privilege to some, while penalizing others who criticize the government. The “top citizens” get discounts, fast-tracks to better jobs, the ability to travel, and better education for their children. Overall scores are affected by personal behavior, and even by the behavior of others with whom you associate. If your friend or family member speaks negatively, under this system, you would lose points, too.

Does this remind you of the former Soviet Union?

A memo suppressed by Google, but leaked by employees, reveals a plan to launch a censored search engine in China. Codenamed Dragonfly, the program requires users to log in before they can perform a search. All of their private data would be sent to a database in Taiwan and to Chinese censors, allowing China’s Communist government to remove data about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protests and create blacklists in order to selectively edit search results. At least 215 Google employees were working full-time to bring Dragonfly to fruition.

Interestingly, Google has a “stopleaks” team—consisting of former law enforcement and military—that spies on employees in order to monitor internal discussions. They also have Project Maven, a contract job with US military, to develop image recognition systems for drones. Stopleaks began monitoring employees to record how they felt about Project Maven. One Google employee said that the engineers working on Dragonfly were misled by leadership about the nature of their work.

Why this Matters: A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans (85 percent of Republicans) believe their viewpoints are being censored; and on the other side of the conservative spectrum are the libertarians who worry that such actions by the White House will interfere with a site’s editorial exercise and their First Amendment rights.

How to Pray: That Satan’s system being perpetrated by social media giants and the Deep State/Cabal is brought down. Let all those platforms crash that publicly declare lies instead of truth and refuse to listen to the Most High God.

Ps. 135:16-18 – They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there anybreath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

Jer. 50:2 – Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

2 Cor. 1:9-10 – But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

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