China has gone whole hog into the social credit scheme. The question is, are the US tech companies following suit here?
Or as the government itself says, “Keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful.”
Silicon Valley says: “Hold my soy latte.”
Now we know there are ‘algorithms’ that ban people on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and other chat channels. Michael Williamson and Larry Correia are two who have been nailed, among many others by FB, and often have no idea what it was that got them kicked. A couple of notable gun bloggers have also had their sites taken down by Blogger (owned by Google)…
And if you put a link on FB that takes people off site, those posts get throttled (this is verified, including some testing that I’ve done informally, where it literally takes three days in some cases for people to see those posts in their feeds, if they ever do).
Ironically, it ‘seems’ that most of the banning, shadow banning, etc. that is occuring is against conservative voices. Just like the Wiki dust up last month trying to remove conservative authors, this crap is ever expanding. I didn’t know AirB&B could ban you for life, but then I don’t use them. Nor did I know Uber drivers can rate you as a passenger, and get you banned from their service, again for life, without any recourse on your behalf.
A lot of the banning, limiting of voices appears to be more prevalent on mobile devices, especially those running the Android apps.
Are we now to the point that anything we say on line can be used against us? It sure as hell sounds like it. And from what I’m seeing from these articles and some security stuff that I follow, there really is no recourse.
Marta, over at VictoryGirls Blog has a slightly different take on it, HERE.
In either case, definitely food for thought… Dammit… I don’t WANT interesting times again.