Big Brother Bird Is Watching You

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever,” George Orwell offered in the first half of the 20th century. He did not foresee a bird wearing that boot in the new millennium.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas team exposed the digital skullduggery of Twitter, an online platform built on unfettered expression that now styles itself as the thought police, albeit a secret police guarding the world from impure words. Unfortunately for Twitter, the world now knows their secret.

Project Veritas, which better embodies the vision of early internet enthusiasts of an information superhighway, put a spotlight on the roadblock-bottleneck practice of “shadow banning.” A former software engineer oblivious to the investigative group surreptitiously recording him described the obliviously banned as users who “just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it,” which strikes as the opposite phenomenon of speaking in hushed tones when the world listens. When one side desires opaque and…

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