Saturday, January 19, 2019
My "I told you so" tweet, Milo-Dangerous; could "fake news" be deemed a "national security problem" and if so, which media could a rogue president shut down?
This morning, on the day that President Trump would announce his “compromise” at 4 PM (covered on TV Reviews blog) Trump also issued another “Enemy of the People” accusation at the media.
This was obviously related to the Buzzfeed story which is becoming less credible all the time. Tim Pool attacked it today.
I began to wonder if he was thinking about calling “fake news” a nationals security emergency and would try to close down independent media sites.
One of the points would be whether companies like “Buzzfeed” are mainstream or “independent”. Examination of Trump’s tweets shows he views Buzzfeed as mainstream. But other vloggers like Pool refer to companies like this as independent.
But the true independent media outlets are like Pool’s and similar video channels (like “Economic Invincibility”), and my own blog sites. Maybe we should be called “micro media”.
I suppose a tweet like this could give people ideas, and people may think it was reckless of me to write it. On the other hand, there is a risk that it could happen anyway, as I have pointed out in previous posts. This is the “I told you so” problem. No one has reacted to it yet, because there is so much other distracting news.
Here's a hint: I do recall the Sony hack from North Korea in 2014, and could expand on the lesson from it. At the time, Google reaffirmed its commitment to "free speech" but I am wondering now. Both Trump and even Hillary Clinton mentioned the idea of an "Internet kill switch" in December 2015 (see Dec. 8, 2015 post). Even micro media could create an international incident, even with a single blog or video post. Social media companies worry about algorithms driving bots and fake news especially in non-democratic companies. The norms of speech that we’re finding lead to de-platformings have to do with conditions overseas where there is no First Amendment. Tech companies are migrating toward global standards for acceptable speech (although they could try to wall off the worst countries, like China right now, if China ever decided to let them in with special censorship requirements). But even an individual post (let alone algorithmic magnification) could pose an asymmetric risk (a problem Taleb talks about in “Skin in the Game”).
This is a most unsettling puzzlement.