The war against Christians and conservatives who hold traditional values (e.g. anti-abortion, pro-life, one-man-one-woman marriage) has recently risen to a new height with the help from advancement in AI technology. Social media giants such as Youtube (Google), Facebook and Twitter have increased their effort in censoring blogs and videos on their platforms. If you dare to speak out against abortion, vaccines, global warming, etc.. your account will be frozen or removed entirely, without warning and valid explanation.
In addition, the tech giants are now the judges of what is “misinformation” and “fake news”.
Soon enough, just like Communist China, any information that does not conform to the technocrat’s ideology will simply be removed from their platforms and in the case of Google, vanished from the search engine results. Since Google accounts for over 90% of global search traffic, they can easily control what an average user can see on the web, or worse, feed them the information Google wants them to know.
Now, Facebook is knee deep in the scandal of Cambridge Analytica. It is now revealed that everything you did on Facebook are preserved forever (although you have deleted them on your page). Anything you said, posted, liked, unliked, friends you linked, etc…. are used to build social and physiological profiles about you. Data mining and big data analysis at their finest use. For an example of what kind of data Facebook collects, look at the end of this post.
“Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.”, said Edward Snowden.
You can also be sure that information stored in free email service providers such as gmail, hotmail and yahoomail will be harvested and analyzed. So what to do?
There are a couple of suggestions that I employ myself:
- Stop having a personal Facebook or Twitter page, or if you absolutely have to, don’t post anything private and sensitive, i.e. when you leave home for vacation
- Use alternative search engines such as DuckDuckgo
- Use Privacy Badger to stop websites from tracking your web activities
- Use encrypted email provider such as Protonmail
- Minimize your use of smart phone and tablets
Some people think that once you are connected to the web, your digital footprint is already collected and tracked so why bother.
Well, would you lock your door at night even though a burglar can still break in? Would you setup a password for your bank account even though a hacker can still potentially hack into it? It is our responsibility to protect our data and if enough people opt out of Facebook or Youtube and choose platforms that truly respect our privacy, free speech can be preserved.