Have a close look here at what Barack Obama is saying.
Obama wants to curb the free flow of information because it spreads a lot of ideas he finds disagreeable. He proposes a partnership between government and the tech industry to weed out “false” information.
He uses the QAnon conspiracy theory as an example, but it’s clear he has larger things in mind, pointing to other “crazy lies and conspiracy theories.”
I’m no QAnon believer. But the frightening thing here is that Obama and the rest of the liberals and the left, including those who control the tech industry, believe that conservative ideas are lies, or are “intolerant” of a variety of groups that support Democrats.
“The First Amendment doesn’t require private companies to provide a platform for any view that is out there,” he says. Well, no, they don’t. But if you are going allow these companies to reign as monopolies, then the First Amendment is being destroyed.
I’m not sure why President Trump didn’t work harder to tear them apart.
And then Obama adds: “At the end of the day, we’re going to have to find a combination of government regulations and corporate practices that address this, because it’s going to get worse.”
Imagine that. Government and Silicon Valley cooperating to decide what is acceptable speech. Now that Joe Biden will be in charge at the White House, this is the kind of thing the Deep State will be going to be cooking up.
From the Vox piece:
Obama: Now you have a situation in which large swaths of the country genuinely believe that the Democratic Party is a front for a pedophile ring…I was talking to a volunteer who was going door-to-door in Philadelphia in low-income African American communities, and was getting questions about QAnon conspiracy theories.
Goldberg: Is this new malevolent information architecture bending the moral arc away from justice?
Obama: I think it is the single biggest threat to our democracy.
Later in the interview, Obama makes it quite clear that much of his concern is specifically about the internet — which he is also quite clear isn’t “going away” — and the big platforms that sort and distribute most of the internet for most people:
Obama: I don’t hold the tech companies entirely responsible, because this predates social media. It was already there. But social media has turbocharged it. I know most of these folks. I’ve talked to them about it. The degree to which these companies are insisting that they are more like a phone company than they are like The Atlantic, I do not think is tenable. They are making editorial choices, whether they’ve buried them in algorithms or not. The First Amendment doesn’t require private companies to provide a platform for any view that is out there. At the end of the day, we’re going to have to find a combination of government regulations and corporate practices that address this, because it’s going to get worse. If you can perpetrate crazy lies and conspiracy theories just with texts, imagine what you can do when you can make it look like you or me saying anything on video. We’re pretty close to that now…
Goldberg: It’s that famous Steve Bannon strategy: flood the zone with shit.
Obama: If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work. And by definition our democracy doesn’t work. We are entering into an epistemological crisis.