Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’ (vital)

The former secretary of state warns of the danger to democracy of lies flourishing online – and says big tech’s wings must be clipped

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“They’ve got to rid themselves of both-sidesism,” she says. “It is not the same to say something critical of somebody on the other side of the aisle and to instigate an attack on the Capitol and to vote against certifying the election.

Those are not comparable, and it goes back to the problem of the press actually coming to grips with how out of bounds and dangerous the new political philosophy on the right happens to be.”

Guardian: Her bid for the White House was engulfed by a tidal wave of fabricated news and false conspiracy theories. Now Hillary Clinton is calling for a “global reckoning” with disinformation that includes reining in the power of big tech.

The former secretary of state and first lady warns that the breakdown of a shared truth, and the divisiveness that surely follows, poses a danger to democracy at a moment when China is selling the conceit that autocracy works.

In the 2016 election, Clinton was the first woman to be nominated by a major political party. The mainstream media was later criticized for creating a false equivalence between her career missteps and those of rival Donald Trump, who had suspicious contacts with Russia and faced multiple allegations of sexual assault.

In addition, Moscow helped fuel a social media disinformation campaign that targeted likely Democratic voters and was most infamously expressed in the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which made the preposterous claim that Clinton ran a child sex trafficking ring at a Washington pizza restaurant.

Five years on, Trump has come and gone from the White House and America now has a female vice-president in Kamala Harris. But the dangerous lies have continued to thrive online, notably in the QAnon conspiracy movement, leading all the way to the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January.

Far-right Republicans have become openly anti-democratic, endorsing Trump’s falsehoods and seeking to suppress voters of color.

The traditional the-truth-is-somewhere-in-the-middle approach will no longer do, Clinton argues.  read more…

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/06/hillary-clinton-guardian-disinformation-big-tech-facebook

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16 COMMENTS

  1. She’s looking at DeepState Comey.

    For kneecapping her with disinfo right before the big dance.

    But what she didn’t see… What nobody saw… Even with it right in their faces… is the best disinfo. It installed DramaQueenDon.

  2. Create a “hierarchy” and provide “democracy”.

    “A hierarchy (from the Greek: ἱεραρχία, hierarkhia, ‘rule of a high priest’, from hierarkhes, ‘president of sacred rites’) …”(wiki).

    Words and Symbols have lost their meaning in this world of trivia. But to the Controllers they mean EveryThing.
    Sublimation.
    Create the problem and provide the solution. Sicken a nation and give it the “remedy”. Then lead the sick, providing easy, feelgood solutions. Anti depressants that increase depression.
    “Degeneracy” cure- “Religion”, “Sexism”-“Adrogeny”, “Racism”- “Multiculturalism”…and on.

    “Early adopters” and “slow learning” resistors.

    “Trivia in Roman mythology was the goddess who “haunted crossroads, graveyards, and was the goddess of sorcery and witchcraft, she wandered about at night and was seen only by the barking of dogs who told of her approach.” … She was a friend of Ceres and helped her to find her daughter Proserpina. As a part of her role as an underworld goddess, she was known as the Queen of Ghosts”.(wiki).

  3. She is what we claim about Putin.
    I agree that the Russians are messing w/us but not because they got Democrats to vote for Trump but because they managed to make Trump voters even more belligerent and dumb. The Russkies know their customers. Facebook, twitter, and youtube’s attempt to censor the dumb Trump voter only made them more paranoid and violent. I watched waaay too many of their videos (shudder, Doug TenNapel and Evangelical prophets predicting a miraculous Trump win). The cure of censorship was worse than the symptom. HRC was more effective at electing Trump than the Russkies. Bernie would have beaten Trump.

  4. The US two-party kriminal kartel has been compared to one-bird with two-wings: red on the right and blue on the left but “same shit.” (You may have seen the graphic)
    The point is they’re playing the “apparent adversarialism” card in a game run by shameless shysters.
    Cherchez le Jeuf.

    • Seriously now, no politician can be taken seriously. They’re all in on the Big Lie.

    • And they proudly appropriated that word in 5 minutes, while…

      They can’t seem to understand why Black folk did it with the “N” word after 500 years.