… Now the tech giants are getting together and discussing “centralized censorship” to coordinate the universal blocking of videos and news reports that question official narratives. In 2017, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube launched the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). In a bid to keep the global internet safe from terrorist propaganda, the tech giants have devised a database system that identifies “extreme and egregious” content so it can be removed in real-time. This is how the Tech giants plan to control the public’s perception on future tragedies and historical events. GIFCT allows participating social media companies to share a database of hashed files to automatically block users from uploading content that has already been disavowed by the tech elite.
The GIFCT database was recently used to quickly remove content related to the recent terrorist attacks on ChristChurch in New Zealand. According to Chris Sonderby, VP and Deputy General Counsel for Facebook, “We continue to work around the clock to prevent this content from appearing on our site, using a combination of technology and people.”
Sonderby said that Facebook removed the original Facebook Live video of the event and “hashed it” so that any other video similar to it can be detected and “automatically removed from Facebook and Instagram.” Once a video is hashed, any real-time depiction of that same event will also be blocked. This hash system will inadvertently wipe out important historical details about an event and hinder investigation and real journalism into the matter. As all related videos are scrubbed, the tech giants withhold important information about an event and can shape the public’s perception about that event. As the tech giants begin sharing these hashes in a centralized database, they can work together to control what the public has access to across all social media platforms. The tech giants are literally writing their own version of history by filtering out all videos and subsequently all truthful articles that would come about after seeing, hearing, and knowing what actually happened.
Even more eye-opening, the president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, wants to expand GIFCT into a “joint virtual command center” to allow all tech companies the ability to coordinate during major events so that they can decide what content is in “the public interest.” Microsoft desires industry-wide action on this issue so that Internet users can only see and hear official information….
If they use a simple hash it would be easy to toggle a bit somewhere in the file to change the hash, adjusting metadata as needed to keep the file functional. But my guess is they’ll use something more robust. In any case, the convergence of government, corporations, NGO’s and the media makes this a recipe for a deluge of corruption and abuse.