Governments around the world are begging social media companies for your data. A report from TechRobot earlier this year described the ways big government gets a hold of your personal information from Apple, Facebook, and Twitter: “Across the Q1 2020 Transparency Reports from Apple, Facebook and Twitter which Tech Robot analysed as part of the study, there were almost 70,000 requests for data from the US government. Alarmingly, this is also 21% higher than the number of requests that were made during the same period in 2019. Studying the top 10 governments which request the most information from their users, the US was also granted the most access by tech companies. 76% of these requests were granted by Apple, Facebook and Twitter meaning over 50,000 pieces of information were shared with the US government. However, there has been no significant change in how many requests were granted from the previous year. In 2019, there were just 5% fewer granted requests by Apple, Facebook and Twitter.” The sharing of user data is alarmingly accomplished without user consent…or a warrant. July reports from NewsBusters highlighted the way Amazon and Google share your data with law enforcement during an “emergency.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) asked Amazon to commit to not using voice recognition on its devices in the future for surveillance. The company declined to do so.
“Increasing law enforcement reliance on private surveillance creates a crisis of accountability, and I am particularly concerned that biometric surveillance could become central to the growing web of surveillance systems that Amazon and other powerful tech companies are responsible for,” Markey wrote in a statement.
Meanwhile, Google’s policy would provide police with a user’s Nest video footage without a warrant in “emergency” situations. The company’s Terms of Service (TOS) explain the process, although it claims it has never […]
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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