As with all justifications for censorship, the big question is, “Who and how do you decide if something is considered ‘Russian Disinformation?'” Does an unverified statement from the Pentagon saying so qualify? What about a Soros or Gates-funded ‘Fact checker?’ What if an average citizen states an opinion that is too similar to something put out by Russian media? What if you point out facts which are indisputably true but make the Ukrainian government look bad? What if a website (such as this one) simply pushes skepticism and non-involvement?
Despite the fact DuckDuckGo has only a tiny fraction of the world search market, it still brings more traffic to this website than Google. If it really goes through with new plans to demote search results based on politics, it in effect is destroying it’s whole business model. It becomes nothing more than a suckier version of Google. I hope other Big Tech alternatives learn from DuckDuckGo’s colossal mistake.
For the record, I trust none of the media nor government pronouncements on either side. The Russians and Chinese have put out manipulative propaganda backed by state-run media, so they obviously cannot be trusted. But are Western democracies any better? For decades I’ve generally always believed “our side” because we had a free press and free flow of information, so if the governments lied, they would be discovered. We had checks on propaganda, but they didn’t. Case closed. How about now? The press has been liberally biased throughout my lifetime, but in the past 5+ years, 99% of the media have become nothing more than echo chambers of government propaganda and a single political party–no evidence, “anonymous” sources, countless examples of easily-debunked lies–nothing has mattered. In fact, the control of information may be worse in the West now that Big Tech is involved. It’s simple–if I can’t get the other side of stories and can’t hear alternative voices, I will NEVER NEVER NEVER believe anything they tell me, and you shouldn’t either!
Please don’t take this as an endorsement of Putin. I don’t support this thug, just like I didn’t support Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, or the Taliban. But how did it go after the military took out these leaders? It seems more often than not, when the U.S. gets involved, it costs a ton of lives and dollars, and then it leaves a situation far worse. What if, as Lindsey Graham and others have called for, Putin is assassinated? What happens next? Does Russia descend to another Iraq ISIS type of chaos? What happens to the thousands of nukes under a new regime? Also, I think Putin is a ruthless leader, but I don’t think he’s stupid. He knows the importance of world opinion, so I doubt he’d be dumb enough to intentionally order a lot of the atrocities being repeated in the media. And if Big Tech is preventing people from hearing ANYTHING from the Russian side, what are we supposed to believe? Almost always, the ONLY evidence ever cited by the media that a story is “Russian disinformation” is that someone in the government said so. Got it! 👌
Over the last two years, can any of you think of one single time when you heard a public official or media personality use the words “misinformation” or “Russian disinformation” cite any actual study or evidence to prove their claim? And it doesn’t count to say another mainstream media outlet or public official “said so.” It’s amazing how much of the world just thoughtlessly nods their heads and goes along with these tired, ridiculous, meaningless terms. Conspiracy Theorist used to be the propagandist weapon of choice for discrediting anyone who challenged them. Now, it’s misinformation and Russian disinformation. It’s time to call people out EVERY SINGLE TIME they wield these attacks.