Yesterday I received the following in my inbox from Twitter:
As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.
Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.
We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort. You can see examples of content from these suspended accounts on our blog if you’re interested.
My response is simple: I really don’t care.
Our elites’ paranoia about the Russians and their influence mirrors that of Joe McCarthy in the 1950’s. They do not understand that we are the strongest state and that the success or failure of these United States is strictly in our own hands, or those within who own and operate us. To say otherwise is blame shifting, and those who believe everything bad that happens to them is someone else’s fault are inherent failures.
Those who control social media have finally woken up to the fact that some who use their media for their own purpose are existential threats to them (or at least they think they are.) The result of this will be the suppression of free speech on these media. This has been coming for some time and will only get worse. Those who have put all their eggs in the social media basket and get crossways with the gatekeepers will find this out the hard way.
As far as “fake news” is concerned, after watching the gorgeous show called Shen Yun one evening I told my wife that “It’s all propaganda.” I had seen it from the other side (Shen Yun is an effort by the Chinese religious group Falun Gong, which the government hates.) It’s just too bad that the propaganda war Twitter is so paranoid about can’t be conducted with such beauty.