A view worth considering: Representatives of three major corporations swearing in before then US congressional committee and surrendering to the state that made it clear to them that “Our interests are far more important than your gains”.
The information technology trilogy: Facebook, Twitter, and Google were feeding information to over two billion people in the world and flaunted the fact that they broke down walls, bypassed censorship, and spread facts. They are now admitting that they have become a major issue.
US authorities are now convinced more than ever that Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media outlets pose a threat to the regime and the society because they spread terrorism and hatred and manipulate people during elections.
They were summoned to open sessions, and with the threat of consequences if they lied under oath, they admitted to shocking information. Those corporations are afraid the charges will turn into conspiracy against the state and treason, if it was proven that they knew, or traded the information in elections to influence constituents’ political stances or create internal strife.
Qatar, a pioneer in this field, recruited accounts in the targeted countries, as well as electronic armies, to spread fake news, bragging that it is promoting Arab Spring. But the truth is that its inclinations are toward a political group like extreme Islamist groups, aiming to topple or weaken regimes.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
The companies justified their position saying they are platforms and not in the content business, except for Google that has search activity.
All of them pledged to reconsider and enhance their electronic surveillance that sorts out the enemy from the friend and allow the media content directed from inside US and prevent foreign-directed advertisements.
Of course, the accused Russia is also a victim of US dumping, targeting it politically and aiming at its regime. So, we are facing a massive, misleading, and destructive information war.
Major countries complain about this; countries that have huge capabilities to direct and educate and with immense military capabilities. What about our countries facing the same problem?