After hours of research you decide to post a comment on an article you read on the Internet. A few seconds after your comment appears, replies flood in refuting your position:
“All your facts are wrong. Grow up, jerk.”
“Clueless comment from dope!”
“Keep you uninformed delusions to yourself!
Sometimes, these tirades continue against comment for hours, even days. Confused, I had no idea where these tirades originated until I read this report from US Right to Know:
Biotech giant Monsanto is being accused of hiring, through third parties, an army of Internet trolls to counter negative comments, while citing positive “ghost-written” pseudo-scientific reports which downplay the potential risks of their products.
In March, a judge ruled, despite Monsanto’s objections, that the documents obtained by the plaintiffs could be released.
One document released alleged that:
Monsanto even started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even Facebook comments, unanswered; through a series of third parties, it employs individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry, who in turn post positive comments on news articles and Facebook posts, defending Monsanto, its chemicals, and GMOs.
Plaintiffs alleged the company “quietly funnels money to ‘think tanks’ such as the ‘Genetic Literacy Project’ and the ‘American Council on Science and Health”– organizations intended to shame scientists and highlight information helpful to Monsanto and other chemical producers.” Continue reading →
While most eyes are on a surprising election in America today, fascist China has announced plans to strip its 1.4 billion residents of their freedom of expression on the Internet.
Once a Socialist, then a Communist nation, China today is a plutocracy that coordinates private corporations and government entities, brainwashing its population, forcing them to “think properly” or face institutional retribution.
This means that every member of the government and media – all teachers, authors and politicians – follow the same directives. Collusion is the order of the day, although hidden from the public. It’s somewhat like the Press giving the questions in advance to the favored candidate, but on a grander scale.
Despite propaganda here, China is doing very well, primarily from gobbling up American factories and seizing American jobs, thanks to cooperation from leaders of the corporate/government combine in this country. For example, lifespan of the Continue reading →
AFP reports that a decision to screen imported books plus plans for Internet filters are being seen as a sign that the years of freer expression ushered in by the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam could be coming to an end:
“In its first move, the government last month introduced rules requiring that all imported printed works be vetted to weed out those that promote “sectarianism.”
“The government in its defence says the regulations will help to prevent a return of the sectarian fighting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that devastated the country in 2006 and 2007, killing thousands of people,” the report added.
The NY Times also shed light on the plans:
The attempt to limit access to information was prompted by a meeting in May in which Mr. Maliki asked his ministers to develop methods to halt material entering Iraq — whether via the Internet or over its borders — that advocated violence or included sexual content.
In July, a government committee recommended that the drafting of a law allowing for official Internet monitoring and the prosecution of violators be expedited.
Among the prohibited sites, according to the committee’s report, would be those with subject matter including “drugs, terrorism, gambling, negative remarks about Islam and pornography.”
In a weird twist, Ahmed Mohammed Raouf, chief engineer for the State Company for Internet Services, said he had mixed feelings about censorship, because he held a similar position in Mr. Hussein’s government and remembers being ordered to filter any site that was even remotely antiregime, the Times reported.
All public internet cafes in Iraq will soon be forced to register themselves through the upcoming centralized hub.
This is the Iraqi idea of freedom and democracy?
We expended thousands of American lives to gain a few the right to censor the rest. Tens of thousands of our soldiers were wounded so they could ban books. A trillion dollars was spent of taxpayer money to establish a theocracy.