Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

 

Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

By
Alex González

5 April 2018

Over 60 Mexican media organizations, universities, and civil organizations have launched an initiative to crack down on “fake news” regarding the upcoming July 1 Mexican general elections.

Up to 88 million voters are scheduled to elect a new president, all members of Congress, and local officials in 30 out of the country’s 32 states in what are being dubbed as the largest elections in Mexican history.

The project, titled #Verificado2018 (#Verified2018), was launched on March 12 under the guise of protecting Mexicans from supposed Russian meddling in the election. Presenting unproven allegations by intelligence agencies as fact, the project’s web site provocatively states: “More than 10 million potential voters had access to fake news that were spread on social media. Today we know that there was ‘Russian meddling’ in [the US presidential] election, precisely by spreading fake news…In Mexico this is not yet a mass phenomenon. And Russian interference is—for now—just a possibility, not a fact.”

In reality, the #Verificado2018 campaign—likely born in the halls of the Pentagon and at CIA headquarters in Langley—is itself damning proof of American imperialism’s own “meddling” in foreign elections.

Since its launch, many major Mexican and international media outlets have joined the initiative, including El Universal, Proceso, El Economista, Forbes, Al Jazeera Español, the Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed News.

In line with similar efforts to censor social media internationally, #Verificado2018 has the direct backing of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and thereby the military-intelligence agencies of American imperialism….

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