Despite the fact that the right has repeatedly proven that misinformation is the chief purveyor, there won’t be any stopping the “right-wing misinformation,” screams echoing through the halls of establishment media.
Media has tried their best to present any narrative that the left has put out into the public square, as holy writ. This means that they must also squash any counter-points. This is where mainstream social networks come in.
Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and more have all done their best to keep the criticisms of the leftist ideals that they promote as low as possible. They won’t let certain points see the light, like banning or deleting comments about the ineffectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations. They won’t allow the conversation to take place about certain topics, such as the 2020 elections. YouTube is a good example.
This has opened up the possibility for other platforms to take it to the next level. Rumble, Truth Social, GETTR, etc. Due to the dominant biases that social media platforms are fond of engaging in, they have been able to grow. There is no ban on speaking truthfully on these platforms. They will debate if someone disagrees.
It’s the right way to do it, but the left hates debate. Many of its fantastical ideals cannot exist in a vacuum. Reality is not always the friend of the left.
These arguments can be found on other platforms even though they aren’t permitted on the platforms. Using something like the Streisand Effect people will actually search for these arguments on platforms and they are more likely to return to it again.
This is a major issue for the Left. Their natural reaction, being authoritarians, is not to engage in discussion, but to try and make it difficult. They want a monologue and not a dialog. They must start an attack. This is usually started by a complaint coming from a “reputable source”. Then, “calls for action” are made. These “calls to action” then lead to “calls for action” that then transforms into “sensible solutions” in Washington.
The New York Times is a great place to start when looking for left-leaning authoritarianism. The old gray hair began to complain that misinformation is still prevalent in our society, as anyone can get it from places like Rumble. Nina Jankowicz is the would-be dictator and sing-song-loving expert on speech.
Jankowicz stated that “I believe the problem is worse now than ever,” according to the Times.
She was later called a “disinformation expert” by the NYT. She opines about how the January 6 riot and the pandemic have divided people rather than brought them together through “misinformation”.
According to Ms. Jankowicz (disinformation expert), the waves of disinformation were created by the nation’s political and social divisions.
Controversies surrounding how to best respond to the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated distrust in government and medical professionals, particularly among conservatives. The Capitol Hill violence was triggered by Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 election.
Ms. Jankowicz stated, in reference to the pandemic or the riots, “They should have brought them together.” “I thought maybe they could be kind to this convening power but they weren’t.”
NYT is critical of these platforms, saying they “pride themselves in not moderating — or censoring — untrue remarks in the name of freedom speech”. The NYT also stressed the danger of their existence since anything of note that appears there eventually makes its way to mainstream platforms.
Jared Holt, senior manager for hate and extremism research at The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, stated that “nothing on the internet exists within a silo.” “Whatever happens on alt platforms such as Gab, Telegram, or Truth will make its way back to Facebook or Twitter and other social media.”
In a fair world, the NYT could complain as much as it wanted, but in this world, the NYT’s writings about problems for democracy are often followed by activists funding the project.
All I can do is say “man the defenses.” This wouldn’t have been the first time that the left has gone to war to reduce the opposition’s platforms to rubble, and it won’t be their last.