Censored, Blocked, and Banned: An Open Letter to Google/YouTube
(Censorship: Google Bans and First Draft Coalition[s])
My account, (Verified Channel) WindHarps (which has been online since September of 2007), is in Good Standing (0 copyright strikes/0 Community Guidelines strikes). Moreover, the entire channel and all uploaded videos reflect dedication, inspiration, and devotion to God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Yet, it is essentially Blocked, overall. For instance, my most recent/Featured video (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long: Chicago (Rains) has been locked at 522 visits for two months – even though it is known, for a Fact, that various friends from other blogs, social sites, and personal relationships have been visiting/watching. Further, in total relation, virtually every video at WindHarps Videos has experienced or witnessed an abrupt, absolute cessation of (Counted/Analytic) views during the same period.
Crucially revealing, this has happened numerous times over the last ten years – which also resulted in various (similar) letters sent to you via Fax, Email, and Feedback.
Why? Do you have a problem with individuals who focus on God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit? But no, since there are so many others who succeed on YouTube in the same vein it must not be that (as a core). Is it something else, like Politics (past and present)? Is it because of a ceasing of Advertising ($pending money) through AdWords for promotion? Is it connected to the First Draft Coalition? Or, is it all (Holy Trinity, Politics, and Censorship) working together?
Whatever your (actual) reasons, a Resolution is sought – without my offering any compromises to permanent values or dedications. The WindHarps channel and all related videos can be Unblocked and/or taken out of purposely effective obscurity (manually relegating content to pages 172, for example) should you choose, altruistically (as a matter of what is simply righteous – even in business models), or just technically (as a matter of the least levels – of business ethics).
(These factual statements have also be sent by way of Feedback).
Finally, forward this communication to any appropriate departments.
Addendum: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet
to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction.
[O]ur NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, . . . and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.
In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or . . . those who use online protest activity for political ends. The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats.
The broader point is that . . . these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations. . . .
[This] amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent.
Under the tactics they use, the state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls “false flag operations.” Who would possibly trust a government to exercise these powers at all, let alone do so in secret, with virtually no oversight, and outside of any cognizable legal framework? : “Strategic Influence and Disruption.”
Whatever else is true, no government should be able to engage in these tactics.
Spies Seek to Control the Internet
The ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and Censor Video Content judged to be “extremist.” “Ability to artificially increase traffic to a website” (GATEWAY) and “ability to inflate page views on websites” (SLIPSTREAM). “Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube)” (GESTATOR). (As evidenced, “Censor[ing]”/blocking is often explicit, in reality).
GCHQ has Tools to Manipulate Online Information
Capabilities to boost views of YouTube videos, or to boost the circulation of particular messages are also detailed.
Snowden Docs Reveal Spies Snooped on YouTube and Facebook
The government can tap into the cables carrying the world’s web traffic at will and spy on what people are doing on some of the world’s most popular social media sites, including YouTube. British cyber spies demonstrated a pilot program to their U.S. partners in 2012 in which they were able to monitor YouTube in real time and collect addresses. Called “Psychology A New Kind of SIGDEV” (Signals Development), the presentation includes a section that spells out “Broad real-time monitoring of online activity” of YouTube videos, URLs “liked” on Facebook, and Blogspot/Blogger visits. The monitoring program is called “Squeaky Dolphin.” “Governments have no business knowing which YouTube videos everyone in the world is watching.”
Google – New America and First Draft Coalitions
StartPage: World’s Most Private Search Engine
“Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution.”
In summary, An Open Letter to Google/YouTube is the result of them Blocking and Censoring every video I have uploaded to YouTube since December of 2008. My channel, WindHarps, has been frozen for at least two months. And, they will not respond from their Legal Department or through Feedback. Since the beginning, they have done this variously — either by freezing certain videos for months or years, freezing the entire channel for months, or even by rolling back video views before my very eyes. It is, and has been, disgustingly dark.
[…] An Open Letter to Google/YouTube […]
Google and Facebook Algorithms: Fake News or Fake News
Even worse, in the United States, the Times and other mainstream publications – reflecting the views of the political establishment – have editorialized to get giant technology companies, like Facebook and Google, to marginalize independent news sites that don’t accept the prevailing conventional wisdom.
There is an Orwellian quality to these schemes — a plan for a kind of Ministry of Truth enforced by algorithms to weed out deviant ideas.
The real goal of stratcom is not to combat a few sleazy entrepreneurs generating consciously false stories for profit but to silence or “discredit” sources of information that question the E.U. and U.S. propaganda.
If these “stratcom” operations were around in 2002-2003, they would have been accusing the few people questioning the Iraq-has-WMD certainty of putting out “fake news” to benefit Saddam Hussein. [Back then, accusations of being “traitors” was the M.O. — seem familiar?]
Google Is Coming After Critics in Academia and Journalism
Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.
Google [has] lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do: Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent. As Lord Acton famously said, “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.” Those with too much power cannot help but be evil. Google, the company dedicated to free expression, has chosen to silence opposition. . . .
The Dawn of an Orwellian Future
Google sponsors the First Draft Coalition, which was created to counter alleged “fake news” and consists of mainstream news outlets, including the Times and The Washington Post, as well as establishment-approved Web sites, such as Bellingcat, which has a close association with the anti-Russia and pro-NATO Atlantic Council. This creation of a modern-day Ministry of Truth occurred under the cover of a mainstream-driven hysteria about “fake news” and “Russian propaganda.”
A “New America” and “First Draft Coalition[s]”: Google Accused of Pushing Think Tank to Squash Critic of Corporate Power
“Google is very aggressive in throwing its money around Washington and Brussels, and then pulling the strings,” Lynn told the Times. “People are so afraid of Google now.”
Tech Giants Threaten Democracy: New Anti-Monopoly Movement
Tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are also “regularly setting records in their spending on lobbying and are pushing as many as 100 issues—or more—every year.”
Such clout has allowed tech companies to exert enormous influence on economic policy, and on the terms of political discussion.
Fake News COVER: All Who Dissent or Speak Truth to Power Disappear from Google (and much more). . . .
Fake News [a Fronted Cover Created Before Public Inception]
“It appears that Google has pushed popular, high-traffic progressive websites to the margins and embraced corporate [and Controlled] media.” [This is part of a long term, premeditated plan.]
Eric Schmidt: ” I am very strongly in favor of ranking [and DERANKING]. It’s what we do [both openly and . . . ].”
How the “Fake News” Scare Is Marginalizing the Left
“We’re not arguing for censorship. We’re arguing, just take it off the page.” Google-styled censorship is acceptable, Schmidt implied, as long as it’s preemptive.
For Months: Dead Stop (One Video Receiving Supposed Visits):
Enter the social media companies. The best mechanism for suppressing oppositional viewpoints and promoting pro-government narratives is the private sector, in particular “technology giants, including Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter,” which can “determine what people see and do not see.” https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/13/internet-censorship-just-took-an-unprecedented-leap-forward-and-hardly-anyone-noticed/
“Inauthentic Activity”: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/12/facebook-twitter-purge-more-dissident-media-pages-in-latest-escalation/
Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/13/internet-censorship-just-took-an-unprecedented-leap-forward-and-hardly-anyone-noticed/
The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election https://consortiumnews.com/2018/10/10/the-shaky-case-that-russia-manipulated-social-media-to-tip-the-2016-election/
“The Berkeley Police Department posted the mugshots and personal information of 15 activists on August 5, who were arrested while counter-protesting at a far-right rally. The people whose names, ages, and mugshots Berkeley police blasted out on social media [Had Not Even Been] arraigned or convicted of any crime.” https://shadowproof.com/2018/10/03/berkeley-police-posted-mugshots-activists-create-counter-narrative-protests-far-right/