UAF Contributor Jane Darcy
Renowned pro-Trump meme maker Carpe Donktum launched his new website MemeWorld.com Tuesday. Just before launch, Carpe announced his site on Twitter, saying it is a collaboration of some of the “greatest meme minds on Planet Earth.” Carpe was inspired to launch his site in order to have a place to preserve memes where they would be safe from big tech censorship. Ironically, minutes following the website launch, Facebook blocked the link citing its infamous “community standards.” Not only was the link blocked from the Facebook site and app, it has also been censored in the Facebook Messenger app, as well as Facebook owned Whatsapp, a private messaging application. That’s right, now they are censoring your private messages.
Big tech censorship is nothing new to conservative or libertarian content creators and commentators. The blocking of MemeWorld.com is just the latest in a long list of deplatformings. Individuals such as Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, and Joe Biggs have all been completely banned from using any type of social media. It is so severe Laura Loomer is no longer allowed to use Uber.
President Trump and Congress have been critical of big tech censorship, going so far as to host Congressional hearings and White House meetings regarding the issue. On December 11, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding a broad range of topics, including potential political bias, the company’s dealings in China, and privacy practices. Google is the largest search engine in the world, owning a 90% market share according to StatCounter. When asked if Google would commit to ending discriminatory practices, Mr. Pichai denied the company uses any discriminatory practices in its search results.
On July 17, 2019, Google Vice President of global government affairs and public policy Karan Bhatia testified before House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. He stated, “We don’t use blacklists [or] whitelists to influence our search results.” When asked for what reason Google would blacklist a company, he stated, ““As I said, per your previous question, we do not utilize blacklists or whitelists in our search results to favor political outcomes,” he insisted. “That’s not, doesn’t happen.”
Did two high level executives of Google commit perjury before the United States government? Last week, senior Google software engineer Zach Vorhies released a cache of internal Google documents to Project Veritas, proving the Mr. Pichai’s and Mr. Bhatia’s claims wrong. Google does, in fact, blacklist certain organizations. Among those being censored are InfoWars, The Gateway Pundit, LifeNews, and Project Veritas itself. This has terrifying and serious consequences for our nation’s elections.
Dr. Robert Epstein, former editor in chief of Psychology Today, current senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, and contributing editor for Scientific American Mind, also testified before Congress. During Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) questioning, Mr. Epstein dropped some very interesting results from his studies. He found that Google alone swayed between 2.6 million and 10.4 million additional voters to vote for Hillary Clinton. This was accomplished through non- competitive tactics such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, and the answer bot effect that are solely at Google’s disposal. It was also revealed during this line of questioning that Alphabet, parent company of Google, was the number one financial contributor to Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Dr. Epstein went on to say that in 2020, if big tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter joined forces behind one single candidate, the affects would be diabolical.
Dr. Epstein has spent the bulk of the week defending his study after Hillary Clinton herself attacked its validity via Twitter.
“The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”
Dr. Epstein responded with the actual scope of his study:
“#Trump tweet, point #1: I’ve never said that #Google deliberately “manipulated” the 2016 election, but I measured substantial pro-#Hillary bias in #Google’s search results by preserving & analyzing 13,207 election-related searches & the 98,044 web pages linked to those searches.”
Dr. Epstein’s essays on the topic have been published in a volume at Oxford University.
While there has certainly been a lot of rhetoric regarding big tech censorship, we haven’t seen any tangible results. The fact remains that big tech is censoring what we can and cannot see, and vastly manipulating American voters. They are in effect, shaping the world around us. President Trump will certainly be fighting an uphill battle leading up to the 2020 presidential election if actions aren’t taken soon.