Craig Murray Wakes Up to the Reality of Surveillance Capitalism

In his latest report from the show-trial that is Julian Assange's “extradition hearing,” Craig Murray writes:

Even my blog has never been so systematically subject to shadowbanning from Twttr and Fcbk as now. Normally about 50% of my blog readers arrive from Twttr and 40% from Fcbk. During the trial it has been 3% from Twttr and 9% from Fcbk. That is a fall from 90% to 12%. In the February hearings Fcbk and Twttr were between them sending me over 200,000 readers a day. Now they are between them sending me 3,000 readers a day. To be plain that is very much less than my normal daily traffic from them just in ordinary times. It is the insidious nature of this censorship that is especially sinister – people believe they have successfully shared my articles on Twttr and Fcbk, while those corporations hide from them that in fact it went into nobody’s timeline. My own family have not been getting their notifications of my posts on either platform. {disemvowelling added}

That Mr Murray is surprised by this would be comical were his naivete not the norm, rather than the exception. It is both bizarre and outrageous that journalists and activists use Twttr (which, according to Blacklight, captures your keystrokes) and Fcbk. Both companies have shown themselves to be enemies of factual journalism, progressive politics, and democracy as a whole. To use those platforms is to validate them, and to accept their modus operandi, so it makes no sense for Mr Murray to start complaining now.

To use Twttr or Fcebk is to relinquish journalistic and political integrity. Audre Lorde still speaks to us from nearly 40 years ago: “The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.”

Writers, activists, and political groups must create their own media, based on what some people in the Fediverse call “the solidarity economy.”

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