Big tech has purged tens of thousands of conservatives from the Internet, and the entire Parler platform, but apparently didn’t shut up conservatives enough. A former Facebook big shot was on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Humpty Dumpty, is calling for cable providers to delete One America News Network and Newsmax from cable TV packages. delete OANN and Newsmax.
Former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos delivered his outrageously anti-American suggestion on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. Host Brian Stelter didn’t disagree.
Stamos was on the hardcore, left-wing CNN “news” to discuss the current political climate and lamented that people “are able to seek out the information that makes them feel good,” and that incentivizes outlets to “become more and more radical.”
The Facebook exec went on to point out that OANN and Newsmax practice too much wrong think to continue being allowed to remain on America’s cable systems (video and transcript below).
“One of the places you can see this is on the fact that you now have competitors to Fox News on their right, OANN and Newsmax, which are carried by all the major cable networks, who are trying now to outflank Fox on the right because the moment Fox [News] introduced any kind of realism into their reporting, immediately a bunch of people chose to put themselves into a sealed ecosystem,” Stamos continued. “They can do that both on cable. They can do it online, and that becomes a huge challenge in figuring out how do you bring people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us back into the same consensual reality.”
Stamos then said that social media, big tech, and cable companies should treat conservatives the same way ISIS was targeted for destruction. Because, you know, conservatives and Republicans are just like radical Muslim terrorists.
“There was a collaboration between the tech companies and law enforcement to make it impossible for them to use the internet to recruit and radicalize mostly young Muslim men at the same around the world,” Stamos said. “Now we’re talking about the domestic audience in the United States.”
Stamos went on to say that the big tech gatekeepers must act to delete all conservatives and Republicans from TV, radio, and the Internet. Sadly when Stamos ran security at Facebook he didn’t remove child porn from the platform.
The message here from CNN, Humpty, and the big tech platforms is they don’t believe in the First Amendment, think Americans are too stupid to pick their own news sources, and that competitive news channels should not be allowed.
If your cable system has Newsmax and/or OANN give them a call and tell them to keep those networks. Perhaps they should get rid of CNN.
Below is a video of that segment and a transcript pulled from CNN.
Stelter: Is that possible, Alex? Will there ever be a solution, real clear, full solution to this information crisis that has been perpetuated in my view by platforms like, the one where you used to work, Facebook, as well as Twitter and others?
Stamos: It’s really hard because what’s happening is people are able to seek out the information that makes them feel good. That is what’s happening. People have so much choice now. They can choose what their news sources are. They can choose what influencers they want to follow and they can try to seal out anything that helps them question that.
And I think that gets to a really core issue with how our freedoms as Americans in the way we have treated press freedom in the past is being abused by these actors in that we have given a lot of leeway both in the traditional media and on social media to people to have a very broad range of political views. It is now in the great economic interest of those individuals to become more and more radical.
And I think one of the places you can see this is on the fact that you now have competitors to Fox News on their right.
Stamos: OANN and Newsmax, which are carried by all the major cable networks who are trying to outflank Fox on the right because the moment Fox introduced any kind of realism into their reporting, immediately, a bunch of people chose to put themselves into a sealed ecosystem.
And they can do that both on cable. They can do it online. And that becomes a huge challenge in figuring out how do you bring people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensual reality.
Stelter: And can you? Is that possible? It seems that’s an open question.
Stamos: It’s hard. I mean, I think we got to do a couple things. One, there needs to be an intentional work by the social media companies collaborating together, to work on violent extremism in the same way they worked on ISIS.
When I started on Facebook in 2015, the number one challenge from a content perspective was the abuse of social media by the Islamic state. And there was a collaboration between the tech companies and law enforcement to make it impossible for them to use the Internet to recruit and radicalize mostly young Muslim and at the same around the world.
Now, we’re talking about domestic audience in the United States. And the challenge is going to be partially that ISIS did not have a domestic constituency in the United States Congress, but there is over half of the Republicans in Congress voted to overturn the election. And there will be a continual political pressure on the companies to not take it seriously.
So, I think, first, you have to focus on those violent extremists, and those companies have to be brave in that way. And, second, we have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger daytime — larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views.
And, so, it is up to the Facebooks and YouTubes in particular to think about whether or not they want to be effectively cable networks for disinformation. And then we have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem, you know, these companies have freedom of speech but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes.
Parts of this post were first seen at Great American Politics
delete OANN and Newsmax
delete OANN and Newsmax
delete OANN and Newsmax