There is mounting
evidence alternative news providers are the targets of censorship on
Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and elsewhere.
We are told it is called
“ghost banning” – meaning you are present, though invisible in
plain sight, and the user is completely unaware. The goal is
frighteningly obvious: deny an “offending” website traffic to the
point that it disappears from public view. We suspect The Duran is
among the many sites targeted in this new form of censorship.
This is the new business
model of the old art of controlling what is considered acceptable
speech by the power-that-be. As a result, legacy news outlets that
comprise of the world of corporate mainstream media are propped,
crowding out alternative views and dissent. Freedom of speech faces
an existential threat.
Craig Murry comments on
personally being ‘ghost banned’:
“I had never heard of
ghost banning until I was ghost banned by Twitter. That of course is
the idea – they censor you without realising you are censored.
People no longer get notifications when I post, and the tweet only
turns up in the twitter line of followers who happen to be logged in
at the time my tweet goes out. Those logging in later will no longer
see tweets I issued while they were away. Most of my tweets no longer
show up on twitter searches, and further restrictions are applied
when people retweet my tweets.
Since ghost banning,
traffic to this website from Twitter has fallen 90%.”
We are told alternative
news outlets and social media are sources of “fake news” that
intentionally corrupt, distort, and disrupt the public sphere.
Indeed, there are those who disseminate false narratives and generate
false stories. For the most part those who are engaged in these
practices peddle “click bait” for the sole purpose of generating
traffic and cash. Thankfully “click bait” is almost always easy
to spot – it may entertain at times, but rarely is it actually
believed. To ameliorate the damaging impact of “click bait” is to
strike against any and all who deviate from the “established truth”
pontificated by the political elites and their echo chamber
banning” is a sign of weakness and even crowdedness. Targeting
harmful fake news is not the goal. What is in play is how mainstream
media has lost the confidence of global audiences. They are no longer
believed and trusted. Not being believed and trusted has created the
opening for others to do the job and service the mainstream media no
longer performs – and that is telling the truth and informing the
This frontal attack on
alternative media is a very dangerous strategy. With confidence in
ruling elites crumbling, audiences will now have even more reasons to
come to the conclusion they are being deceived and lied to.
Censorship is not the answer – an open dialogue of competing ideas
Social media networks
have become bigger than their old media predecessors. They played
massive roles in the Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s victory, and how
we as citizens now make our decisions. The elites and powers-that-be
are rallying to find an alternative platform to control their
message: Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve noticed multiple
sites mentioned on PropOrNot’s blacklist complaining of Facebook
and Twitter’s censorship, citing a shocking decrease in referrals
coming from both social networks. A slight change to Facebook or
Twitter’s algorithm is simple and quick, and can dial down how many
people see a particular article.
What can be done?
Go to The Duran’s
Facebook Page or any of your favorite pages and select ‘See First‘
under the ‘Following‘ tab (seen below). This will bypass
Facebook’s algorithm and prevent them for censoring your newsfeed.