Instagram’s Fact Checkers Target Memes In Preparation For 2020 Elections
Trump Meme

Big tech is looking to do everything it can to sway the elections into the hands of the Democrats come 2020. They’ve been actively censoring and banning anyone large enough to sway public opinion away from mainstream news outlets, and now they’re targeting memes.

Poynter published an article on May 6th, 2019 indicating that Instagram is continuing their tests for a new fact check operation that will identify “misinformation”, “fake” photos, and memes in order to reduce public influence via non-mainstream sources.

Stephanie Otway, a spokeswoman for Instagram, told Poynter…

“Our approach to misinformation is the same as Facebook’s — when we find misinfo, rather than remove it, we’ll reduce its distribution. We can use image recognition technology to find the same piece of content on Instagram and take automatic action.”

They’re using this method to “fact check” sources and suppress anything that they determine to be “misinformation” or “fake news”.

The article notes that this program was immediately established in December of 2016 after Hillary Clinton lost the bid to the White House to now President Donald Trump. Big tech had done everything in its power to label President Trump as a villain and a bad guy to sway votes to Clinton, but major info dumps from Wikileaks, along with large amounts of influence from independent pundits like Alex Jones from InfoWars, journalists like Mike Cernovich, and organizations like Project Veritas helped inform the people about what was really going on, resulting in complete disarray of the Democratic National Committee.

Trump didn’t win by a landslide but non-mainstream sources influencing public opinion was enough to get companies like Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary to make significant changes to how they crack down on viral content.

As pointed out by the Cult of Mac, Instagram will be limiting spread and visibility of content they don’t want people to see, hence they will censor or effectively shadow ban such content. The outlet notes…

“False images and memes won’t be necessarily deleted, just harder to find. Bogus posts may remain visible on the author’s feed but will be wiped from hashtag searches and Instagram’s Explore page.”

What’s interesting is that they make no mention of limiting the spread of purposeful misinformation from mainstream sources, such as the Russian hacking hoax perpetuated by outlets like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and nearly every other major network, which turned out to be false.

As reported by DW.com, the Mueller report established that there was no collusion between Trump and Putin, despite mainstream media’s canards dictating that there was. The site states…

“Mueller ‘did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.’”

These facts fly in the face of repeated coverage over the last three years from outlets like CNN that claimed that there were “facts” connecting Trump to Russia influencing the 2016 election. It also severely makes pieces like the one below published on March 28th, 2017 look like deliberate disinformation from mainstream media.

The fact that Mueller found no connection of conspiracy between Trump and Russia has been reluctantly – and almost with deliberate obfuscation – reported by the mainstream news outlets that originally perpetuated the fake news about the Trump-Russia conspiracy.

NBC News, for instance, published a story on May 3rd, 2019 where they eventually conceded…

“Since Mueller’s findings were released by Attorney General William Barr in March and the full report was released last month, Trump has continued to claim vindication. Mueller’s report, which lays out Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election, notes “that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” However, Mueller said in the report that he did not find a provable criminal conspiracy.”

This completely refutes reports like the one published on August 16th, 2017 from MSNBC pundits like Rachel Maddow, who claimed that Russia was working with Trump and that they had deliberately hacked the elections. You can watch the video evidence below.

In case, they try to hide the video, Maddow states…

“The Russian military intelligence unit that carried out the DNC hack, that group is nicknamed ‘Fancy Bear’. And they’re apparently still working now. This summer. Still against us… the American public. Still, on behalf of Donald Trump’s interests.”

This literally makes the entire segment (among many others) from Rachel Maddow… fake news.

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any sort of efforts from big tech to crackdown on deliberate propaganda and misinformation from mainstream news sources. Instead they’re going after non-mainstream outlets and individuals.

Arresting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, while also ensuring that outlets like InfoWars and people like Milo Yiannopoulos have restricted reach have been deliberate attempts at information control. Even Wired, a Left-leaning tech blog, was compelled to call out Assange’s arrest as an indication of a “broken” system ripe for “abuse”.

Nevertheless, the powers that be seem intent on censoring, blocking, suppressing, arresting, and banning those who would attempt to inform the general public about news that either the mainstream is deliberately misrepresenting, or refuses to cover.

Not only that, but as Instagram’s spokeswoman pointed out, they’re now targeting memes, too. It’s a complete lockdown on information in preparation for what’s likely going to be a very tightly controlled and info-linear roll out of propaganda come 2020.

(Thanks for the news tip EvaUnit02)

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