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How talk about the virus is being censored

Notice how a misspelling of coronavirus is trending, but not the correct spelling.

All of the major internet companies are shadowbanning or algorithmically deprecating posts about the virus. We rightly decried the heavy-handed censorship in China, but something very similar is happening in the United States. Instead of the government arresting people for posting about the virus, we have the soft censorship of “private” companies like Twitter hiding posts about the virus from people who aren’t going out of their way to look for them.

However, it looks like the censorship algorithm isn’t smart enough to hide “caronavirusoutbreak.” (And the reason this is trending is because people are making fun of Donald Trump for misspelling it in a tweet.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 26, 2020 at 11:44 AM

Posted in Technology

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  1. This is just more proof that the coronavirus is a hoax. China started it because it wants a massive disruption of the global supply chain instead of a steady redirect away from them. This is their method of sharing the burden all at once instead of being gradually isolated over time.

    Italy is playing along because a) it is relatively costless to do this massive quarantine in Italy compared to Germany or France, and b) Italy’s globalist government wants to slam Trump and Salvini by creating an example against America’s “inadequate” response.

    The gambit isn’t working because Trump is not engaging in any overreactions like the rest of the world, as anticipated by the Globalists. The globalists are now on the horns of a dilemma: they can’t loudly condemn Trump because, if nothing happens, then they look hysterical and unhinged. Since they know the coronavirus is a hoax, their hysterics will only result in that. At the same time, they can’t report actual outbreaks or engineer a limited outbreak with something less deadly, because the panic in blue-state cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City will render these areas ungovernable. The Globalists would lose their command-and-control infrastructure.

    Ask yourself why Twitter would be helping Trump contain information about Coronavirus when they could be using it to undermine his administration?

    map

    February 26, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    • Someone has been smoking too much QAnon.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2020 at 12:28 PM

      • None of this is from QAnon.

        https://www.zerohedge.com/health/chinese-scientists-find-coronavirus-did-not-originate-wuhan-seafood-market

        The great thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are very good at sniffing out when the official story is wrong.

        map

        February 26, 2020 at 1:37 PM

      • That doesn’t mean that there wasn’t zoonotic transmission to humans, it just means that someone who works at the market caught it from someone who caught it from an animal, and then became the first super-spreader.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 26, 2020 at 1:43 PM

      • map,

        Just last week you were saying it was a US weapon against China. Now it’s a Chinese hoax?

        Tom

        February 26, 2020 at 3:11 PM

      • Was George Soros involved somehow?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 26, 2020 at 3:31 PM

      • “The great thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are very good at sniffing out when the official story is wrong.”

        I agree. I don’t really know how this got started or what kind of manipulations are going on behind the scenes. But I am very skeptical of the official story of how this originated, how it’s spreading and the potential threat it poses. And there are definitely inconsistencies in the way this is being handled by governments, mainstream and social media outlets, stock markets, medical establishment, etc. This may well be a serious threat to people in their 80s or a little younger with serious health problems. But I have still seen no evidence that this is a serious threat to anyone else. The mortality rates being quoted are skewed by the death rates in China and Iran where there have been the most cases and highest mortality. In other countries, the mortality rates are much, much lower. Not only has it been much less fatal in other countries, I suspect that it is already much more widespread than anyone realizes. I think people are getting it, spreading it and getting over it without realizing they even had it. I don’t know why it appears to be more serious in China and Iran than other places. This is based on limited information since there isn’t that much information available.

        destructure

        February 26, 2020 at 5:26 PM

      • The market is 100 yards from level 4 biohazard lab. Kind of a big coincidence. Hack author Dean Koontz knew the location of the lab back in the 1980s.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        February 26, 2020 at 6:24 PM

      • @map There’s a theory that it originated at that research institute just a couple of blocks away from the market. Quite possible. They likely have bats there.

        Frau Katze

        February 26, 2020 at 7:08 PM

      • “map,

        Just last week you were saying it was a US weapon against China. Now it’s a Chinese hoax?”

        Why would that change my story?

        Say it was a bio weapon designed to attack the Chinese indirectly. The Chinese did, however, discover what it did. So, they engineered a hoax to see how the US political system responded to a pandemic and to the following economic destruction.

        Between now and last week, all that has changed is new information.

        Look how very odd this whole situation is. Let’s assume the official story. There should be a worldwide all-hands-on-deck in containing, studying and fighting this coronavirus. China should be openly admitting WHO and CDC into their territory to study and collaborate on this problem. At the least, offshore medical facilities should be there with an international team dealing with this problem.

        We are seeing none of this.

        The Chinese are playing everything very close to the vest, as if they are guarding their vital statistic data from US intelligence agencies, which, I imagine, should not be a priority with a devastating pandemic supposedly running through their country.

        And…AND…despite playing everything so close to the vest, there just happen to be Chinese citizens posting grainy videos of:

        1) Incinerated bodies.
        2) People being welded shut in apartment buildings.
        3) Dead bodies in public places.
        4) Medical professionals dropping dead in ER’s.
        5) People dropping dead in public places.
        6) Police arresting citizens for not wearing masks.
        7) People being forcefully removed from their homes.
        8) Empty cities.
        9) Border controls.

        All of this…in a country famous for its social credit system and complete communication control.

        Do you see how none of this adds up?

        map

        February 26, 2020 at 7:38 PM

      • Frau Katze,

        “@map There’s a theory that it originated at that research institute just a couple of blocks away from the market. Quite possible. They likely have bats there.”

        Yeah, that’s possible…but…doesn’t it also seem silly?

        You’re talking about a virology lab next to a food market, where said lab either has such poor containment procedures that it got out and infected the food market or…someone sold lab animals as meat to the market. This is too stupid to be believed…like the “30 years of Japanese economic stagnation” we’ve been hearing about from our press.

        map

        February 26, 2020 at 7:45 PM

      • You think nobody screws things up or fails to follow procedures at work?????????????

        I’ve worked for more than one sensitive part of the U.S. federal government, and I’ve got stories I can’t tell you about people screwing up there. The very concept of safe and slow being better than fast and sloppy is totally alien to Chinese society. Why is it at all hard to imagine that sloppy workers allowed this to escape from the lab where it was being researched?

        Again big coincidence. If a horrible new disease broke out at The Depot by Kaldi’s Coffee in Atlanta, would we dismiss the geographic location as coincidence? I trust the American level-4 lab in Atlanta to follow safety procedures way more than I trust the Chinese level-4 lab in Wuhan.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        February 26, 2020 at 8:13 PM

      • MoreSigmasThanYou,

        Look, this is not a “breach in safety procedures.” This is out-of-left field stupidity: some guy took a bat that he was experimenting on and decided to sell it as food…supposedly.

        What, exactly, are the logistics of that?

        You’re wearing a positive-pressure hazmat suit with a self-contained air supply. Do you, what, put the bat in your pocket? What pockets? You tuck it in to the folds? Where? You leave the area through several layers of decontamination before you can even have the suit removed, usually with the help of someone else and your partner, because you are not going into a BSL4 lab area by yourself. You have a bag of bats that you collected and nobody noticed?

        You do realize that disposal of organic material is left to the lab occupants onsite after the experiment. It does not go to a janitor. They probably incinerate on-site.

        The bat virus would have to be contained in storage of some kind before use. Is it frozen? Live? Is the bat live when being handled? What if it escapes its cage or the handler? Is there a way to kill live animals in these labs without harming the scientist? Halon, maybe, to suck out the air so a flying bat drops dead? What else? Lab areas have to be cleaned. Chemical disinfectant? More halon? UV light? Radiation? Fire? How is the scientist decontaminated before he can leave the area? Do you see the issue with the logistics of removing something like a bat from the area? It’s why CDC Atlanta can run a BSL4 in the middle of a city.

        The point is, that there is no margin of error when breaching any of these safety procedures. It’s like operating a scuba suit on a oil tanker. You have to follow procedure because you, your partner and anyone else involved would be dead if you don’t.

        map

        February 27, 2020 at 12:51 AM

      • There’s a documented case a lab in USSR, that was working on bioweapons, that by accident released anthrax into the city. A vent was left open. Bad stuff happens.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverdlovsk_anthrax_leak

        Frau Katze

        February 27, 2020 at 1:13 AM

  2. trump is getting the word out via his go-to tactic, not hiding it, whereas the MSM is hiding it. And you questioned dear leader! Just like they slammed Reagan for stigmatizing aids, and then it spread.

    Joe

    February 26, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    • For the second time, Reagan did not stigmatize AIDS. The disease was so awful it needed no outside help to develop a reputation.

      Frau Katze

      February 26, 2020 at 7:11 PM

  3. This has been going on since 2015 when the alt right got “rapefugee” to trend. I always said years ago that the biggest threat to real dissenting political movement is internet censorship. And it’s been true. We stalled out because free speech is shadowbanned on the internet. Only fake dissent is allowed.

    Odds

    February 26, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    • 20 years ago, my acquaintances all praised the internet saying that it would break the left’s stranglehold on the media. I responded that it would… until the left got a stranglehold on the internet. They rolled their eyes saying that the internet was just too big and wild to ever be controlled.

      destructure

      February 26, 2020 at 5:35 PM

      • Back when you had to be a computer geek to use the internet, the internet’s content was provided primarily by universities, which were bastions of freedom of speech. I can see how no one at the time conceived that the internet would be taken over by large corporations, and that the leftists who run universities would turn against freedom of speech.

        Hermes

        February 26, 2020 at 5:41 PM

      • destructure is basically King Solomon, plebs.

        Lowe

        February 26, 2020 at 6:32 PM

      • Well, we seem to writing freely here.

        Frau Katze

        February 26, 2020 at 7:13 PM

      • “I can see how no one at the time conceived that the internet would be taken over by large corporations, and that the leftists who run universities would turn against freedom of speech.”

        Would be interesting to see if someone could find the old half-sigma blog and see if anyone predicted that Leftists would turn on free speech. I went looking and only found a new half-sigma blog dating from 2016.

        Curle

        February 26, 2020 at 10:09 PM

      • I can’t believe you can’t find it. It’s incredibly easy to find. It’s so easy to find that I’m surprised Lion approved your comment, because he normally censors all references to it.

        Hermes

        February 26, 2020 at 11:41 PM

      • “destructure is basically King Solomon, plebs.”

        Don’t take it out on me just because your boy is going in prison.

        **
        “Well, we seem to writing freely here.”

        Hardly. Leon blocks my comments all the time. HA! But, seriously, just because this blog hasn’t been banned yet doesn’t mean others haven’t, Frau Milquetoast.

        https://lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/chateau-heartiste-banned-from-wordpress/comment-page-1/

        destructure

        February 27, 2020 at 3:01 AM

  4. All videos on the corona virus are demonetized on Youtube.

    Frau Katze

    February 26, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    • … As well as some preparedness channels that mention coronavirus in particular.

      Pure Evil

      February 26, 2020 at 10:58 PM

  5. Reddit is trying to censor info about the coronavirus, too. They will allow MSM posts about it under r/worldnews. They have allowed a new subreddit, r/Wuhan_fan, but it is “quarantined” which makes it hard to find, or something.

    The r/Wuhan_Flu subreddit has a lot of people talking about prepping. Also reports from redditor in China or Iran or Europe.

    For example:
    __________________________________________________

    Update from inside Iran (self.Wuhan_Flu)

    submitted 7 hours ago by Shallow96

    Hi guys. I live in Iran, specifically city of Shiraz. So it’s pretty serious over here but unfortunately people aren’t taking Covid-19 seriously. This week schools were closed in Tehran so people stay indoors. But as soon as this was announced, A LOT of people took a vacation to the northern part of the country as holidays! This led to jammed traffics in roads of that part. Today our minister of health came on tv and basically begged people to take this seriously and announced that one of the northern states “Guilan” has become one of hot zones of the virus due to people going on holidays to the north. As for my city which is almost in the southern part of the country, you can see people occasionally wearing masks and gloves but most don’t use them properly. I was in a pharmacy and an old lady came up to me and ask how many times can she wash the mask she was wearing! I told her it’s for single use only and she exclaimed and said she had already washed it 4 times! Another time i was in an insurance office and saw a lady taking her mask off to sneeze and then put it back on again! As for prepping, the only shortages are masks, hand sanitizers and plastic gloves. Everything else can be found pretty easily. And as for the cherry on top, our president has announced that as of next Saturday, all schools will be reopened and everything will resume as usual! Pray for us.

    __________________________________________________________

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Wuhan_Flu/comments/f9tt41/update_from_inside_iran/

    Rosenmops

    February 26, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    • It must be bad in Iran. Of course we don’t know the facts from Iran.

      That thing where some high-ranking health official on TV was wiping sweat from his face and later said he had Covid seems almost staged.

      But staged to what end?

      To appear weak and ill in public… people seem to say, get that guy out of here. He can’t lead if he’s sick. I bet this is hard-wired, evolved from people demanding the tribe leader be at least in good health.

      Frau Katze

      February 26, 2020 at 7:01 PM

  6. I hate big social as much as anyone. But has it not occurred to you that censoring the virus is actually the smart and right thing to do? The real source of accurate information on this are the experts at the CDC, John’s Hopkins, etc not yahoos trying to whip up hysteria on the internet. Sadly, you are one of those yahoos and should be ashamed of yourself.

    destructure

    February 26, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    • I’m not the one talking up conspiracy theories, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 26, 2020 at 6:04 PM

      • “I’m not the one talking up conspiracy theories”

        And I’m not the one whipping up hysteria over the flu.

        destructure

        February 27, 2020 at 3:20 AM

    • Well, maybe should reading Lion then.

      Frau Katze

      February 26, 2020 at 7:02 PM

  7. Remember when MSM propagandists and spinmeisters mocked blogs as news sources? They still do. This is exactly why no one trusts them. They are deliberately masking public health risks in order to buy time to protect funds and markets so they can restructure before the CDC stokes a panic with the announcement! Pure evil!

    Pure Evil

    February 26, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    • Yep.

      I am predicting a market crash sometime in March.

      map

      February 26, 2020 at 8:13 PM

  8. But he’s correct that Reagan was blamed. I remember the smear and it was ridiculous. The Lefties who fought closing the bath houses and by doing so exacerbated the problem sought to displace blame onto Reagan. Next they started calling patients heroes and started a demonization campaign against anyone who blamed gays for the disease. The intensity and one sidedness of the propaganda campaign not to mention the central role of the media was really eye opening for me and likely steered me harder and faster towards the Right.

    Two women I knew very well were dating guys who came down with the disease and these girls were hugging the porcelain god for the entire six weeks it took to get test results back. One of whom I’d expressed my reservations to before the diagnosis about the sexuality of her boyfriend and I received a strong rebuke. She didn’t catch the disease and later married a very conservative guy. Same with the other girl. I believe this brush with death changed them.

    Two guys I’d known well and never suspected of being gay died from the disease.

    Curle

    February 26, 2020 at 10:36 PM


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