Breitbart News has published shocking internal documents that prove that Google bosses feel that the American “tradition” of free speech is dangerous and needs to be eliminated by the tech giants because it is no longer viable.
Breitbart has published an 85-page internal document entitled “The Good Censor” showing that Google thinks it is has the right to eliminate our right to free speech because they see themselves as the only people who know what is right for the country.
The document says that Google should “control the majority of online conversations” and is ushering in a “shift towards censorship” to control the world’s population and world events.
According to Breitbart:
Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.
Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.
The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a “utopian narrative” that has been “undermined” by recent global events as well as “bad behavior” on the part of users. It can be read in full below.
It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. “This free speech ideal was instilled in the DNA of the Silicon Valley startups that now control the majority of our online conversations,” says the document.
The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the “unmediated marketplace of ideas” vs. “well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.”
The first approach is described as a product of the “American tradition” which “prioritizes free speech for democracy, not civility.” The second is described as a product of the “European tradition,” which “favors dignity over liberty and civility over freedom.” The briefing claims that all tech platforms are now moving toward the European tradition.
The briefing associates Google’s new role as the guarantor of “civility” with the categories of “editor” and “publisher.” This is significant, given that Google, YouTube, and other tech giants publicly claim they are not publishers but rather neutral platforms — a categorization that grants them special legal immunities under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Elsewhere in the document, Google admits that Section 230 was designed to ensure they can remain neutral platforms for free expression
Shockingly, the document goes on to say that the election of Donald Trump proved to them that free speech had to be ended in order to stop people like him from ever gaining power again.
The Breitbart story is far reaching and shows how these tech giants have thrown aside any pretense that they care about American principles, laws, and our rights.
Indeed, the document suggests that Google thinks the Chinese Internet that is totally controlled by the Chinese government is the ideal system.
In China, nothing is posted that the government doesn’t approve of and anyone who posts things the government does not approve of can be tracked down and arrested nearly in real time.
This is the goal of America’s tech giants.
And it couldn’t be more anti-American.
You all NEED to go read the full Breitbart report.
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