July 03, 2018

SPECIAL: How Silicon Valley became a bigger censor than the State (Guest: Allum Bokhari)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

When we started The Rebel in 2015, it felt like the internet golden age.

We were making money through YouTube ads (where we have nearly a million subscribers), and we promoted our stories on Facebook and Twitter.

But after Brexit and Trump, social media companies started punishing conservative sites like ours, by demonetizing videos or throwing some people off Facebook and Twitter altogether.

One of leading experts on this phenomenon of non-state censorship is tonight's guest, Allum Bokhari, the senior technology correspondent for Breitbart.com.

Tonight he spends the whole show with me, pulling back the curtain on exactly how Silicon Valley silences conservative voices.

He talks about when he first noticed this happening; the corporate culture of these tech companies; what's next for "whistleblower" James Damore (and individuals like him); how Google's secret algorithm impacts elections; and whether the answer is trust busting and more regulation, or competition in a free market.



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commented 2018-07-04 00:43:37 -0400
Ezra said, Yes the conservative groups could start competing with Facebook, Google, YouTube ect., however they would start with so little, while the others have 2 billion people listening to and using them. It is too big a mountain to climb.
Ezra, what if GM and the Dodge Bros. said in 1908 and 1913 " its no use starting a Car Company as Ford has the Market sewn up."

Conservatives or Right of Center People have the numbers as 48 million voted for Trump, and millions that didn’t vote.
Conservatives have many Billionaires, plus the average person would pay (Crowdfund) or we could pay, just like we pay for TV.
We also have better organizations than the Liberals.

As many below have suggested, we should go for it; not much risk when you consider the need and the above numbers.
commented 2018-07-03 22:46:12 -0400
Ahem, re my last comment, I guess I clicked on the Post button.
Do you have any links to these sites Paul?
commented 2018-07-03 22:42:17 -0400
PAUL MCCULLOUGH commented 15 mins ago.
We give these social media companies the ability to censor us because we found them so convenient.
commented 2018-07-03 22:25:39 -0400
We give these social media companies the ability to censor us because we found them so convenient. Now we’re at a point where we need alternatives but going to them is inconvenient. They are small & will remain small as long as people avoid using them because they’re small.
commented 2018-07-03 21:53:32 -0400
BRUCE ATCHISON commented 1 hour ago
We can’t afford a fopdoodle as prime minister for long.
Bruce, I see that you have similar idea’s to mine. I take that as a good sign, perhaps we should promote them some more.
To do nothing will be an act of genocide.
commented 2018-07-03 21:25:17 -0400
Isn’t there some conservative friendly social media and video hosting platform that also pays for ads? If not, then it is a business that is asking to be invented.
commented 2018-07-03 21:06:12 -0400
Ezra, perhaps you should create another web site that shows as being, lets say moderately, left wing in it’s politics. Have someone run it as what it appears to be, perhaps it would even make some money, but in reality it would be a safe meeting place for Rebels who would have some kind of coded signal to let others, of the same ilk, know who is who. All this in case the Rebel should suddenly come up against the Marxist God, Google.

Just a thought,

I found your topic tonight a little disturbing.
commented 2018-07-03 20:53:29 -0400
We can’t afford a fopdoodle as prime minister for long. He’s ruining Canada with debt and phony refugees. This is all the more reason we need to talk to our friends in person or on the phone about what’s happening. News is now propaganda and the means of electronic communications are being coopted by totalitarians. We’d better dust off our CB radios and spread the news that way too.