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Meta Censors Anti-Imperialist Speech In Obedience To The US Government

Going Rogue With Caitlin Johnstone · Meta Censors Anti - Imperialist Speech In Obedience To The US Government

Anti-imperialist commentator Richard Medhurst reports that Instagram has deleted some 20 images from his account and given him a warning that he could face a permanent ban if he continues making similar posts. The posts in question are screenshots from a Twitter thread Medhurst made to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s assassination of renowned Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.

Go ahead and read the thread; here’s the hyperlink again. There’s nothing in there that comes anywhere remotely close to violating Instagram’s terms of service as they are written; Medhurst condemns the assassination and the bogus justifications provided for it, and discusses Soleimani’s crucial role in the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. The reason for Instagram’s censorship of Medhurst’s political speech is that Instagram’s parent company Meta (then called Facebook) determined after Soleimani’s assassination that anything which seems supportive of him constitutes a violation of US sanctions and must therefore be removed.

In 2019 the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which was as hypocritical and arbitrary as any other government designating any other branch of another government’s military a terrorist organization. Despite this completely baseless designation, both the Meta-owned social media platforms Facebook and Instagram have been actively censoring political speech about Soleimani, who was the commander of the IRGC’s Quds force when he was assassinated. Medhurst reports that he has been censored on Instagram under the same justification for posting about Hamas as well.


We don’t talk enough about how completely insane it is that a social media company with billions of users is censoring worldwide political speech about a major historical figure in alignment with US government decrees. Even if you were to accept the ridiculous justifications for designating a branch of the Iranian military a terrorist organization, and even if you were to accept it as perfectly sane and normal for a communications company of unprecedented influence to take its marching orders on censorship from US government dictates, Soleimani is dead. He’s a dead man, he could not possibly pose any threat to anybody, and yet they’re censoring people from voicing opinions about his assassination.

I think I’ve been failing to appreciate the madness of this situation over the last two years because it’s simply too crazy to take in all at once. You have to really sit with it a minute and let it absorb. This is a person who shaped the world, whose impact on human civilization will be studied for generations. And the largest social media company on earth is actively censoring discussion about him because the US government said it’s not allowed.

Whenever I talk about the dangers of online censorship I always get a bunch of propagandized automatons bleating “It’s not censorship! Censorship is when the government restricts freedom of speech; this is just a private company enforcing its terms of service!”

This line of argumentation is plainly born of sloppy analysis. All the largest online platforms have been working in conjunction with the US government to censor speech, and doing so with greater and greater degrees of intimacy. A monopolistic Silicon Valley megacorporation censoring political speech about an important historical figure because the US government says he was a terrorist is about as brazen an act of government censorship as you could possibly come up with. The fact that that censorship is outsourced to a putatively private company is irrelevant.


The outsourcing of censorship to private corporations is just one more iteration of the way neoliberalism privatizes duties that would otherwise be done by the government. That’s all we’re seeing here. In a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is government censorship.

The US government is the single most tyrannical and oppressive regime on this planet. It terrorizes entire populations and works to destroy any nation which disobeys its dictates, it has spent the 21st century slaughtering people by the millions to preserve its unipolar domination of the planet, it imprisons and tortures journalists for exposing its war crimes, and it aggressively censors political speech around the world.

Every evil the US accuses other nations of perpetrating, it does on a far grander scale itself. It just does it under the pretence of promoting freedom and democracy and fighting terrorism, under cover of outsourcing and narrative management. It inflicts the most psychopathic acts of violence upon human beings around the world, but wraps it in a package of justice and righteousness. The US government is a blood-spattered serial killer wearing a plastic smiley face mask.

32 Comments on "Meta Censors Anti-Imperialist Speech In Obedience To The US Government"

  1. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 4:03 am 

    Big cheer for JK Rowling (and the DailyMail):

    “‘Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are’: Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of anti-Semitism over her depiction of goblins in Harry Potter who run the Gringotts Wizarding Bank”

    Sorry Jon, but your time is over, if even a large UK MSM no longer backs you and your wokism.

    “DAN WOOTTON: JK Rowling has a spectacular list of achievements to her name but her courage in defying the cancel-mob is her crowning glory”

  2. Biden’s hairplug on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 3:24 pm 

    The Bolsheviks are taking over Britain (and the US):

    “Colston vandals are CLEARED: Gleeful BLM activists thank Banksy for his support after they are acquitted of criminal damage over toppling of Edward Colston statue – sparking outrage that jury has given a ‘green light to political vandalism’“

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 3:56 pm 

    Not these brown people. They’ve survived all America threw at them going on 70 years.

    Cuba’s vaccine success story sails past mark set by rich world’s Covid efforts

    For decades incompetent Americans could just throw shit tons of money/energy at any & all problems & it would cover massive amounts of incompetence. As decline (energy&life) continues the resilient Cubans & others will survive while spoiled white people fall apart at the first sign of adversity. No problem since we have much dead weight. We’ll see how well we will do in round #2. The US infighting is exactly what the Commie Chinese & Russians want.

    When the time comes I hope we have as much resilience & fortitude as the Cubans because they days of throwing money/energy at everything are up.

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 4:31 pm 

    There are no Bolsheviks. Only in clog’s fantasy of reliving 1917 to 1945. Everything that takes place in the world in any country is immediately rebranded with clogs early 20th century euro political titles, narratives & tribes. Meanwhile back in reality the majority of the world have many different beliefs than what a few remaining Boomer WWII Euro losers had. Everyday the world believes more Progressive dogma you hate. Nothing you or your buddies have said or done has made one damn bit of difference. Most people don’t even know what you are yelling about clog. Just one of the few remaining Boomers going senile. The only people who listen to you are other malcontent nutters. You are not alone. Have you not noticed the other 467 malcontents with their tribal agendas & complaints? It’s all sort of meshing together into one loud noise.

    Where’s that other conspiracy Boomer Mak? Perhaps covid or an AGW Jacked typhoon or storm got him?

    Clog time is almost up for you eh? OMG This blog will die without your crazed energizing non stop posts.

    Clog – last of the Conspiracy Boomers. You’ll be dead soon enough clog & the world will keep turning and grind us all down.

    I bet there’s some lurkers who will miss your nutter posts & links……..for a few days, maybe a week then you’re forgotten for eternity.

    Hmmm I wonder if the Covid Mak denied killed him or the climate change consequences he denied killed him?

    Filipinos count cost of climate crisis as typhoons get ever more destructive

    The Philippines adds little to global emissions but faces some of its worst effects in extreme weather. Climate justice is needed

    “A few days before Christmas, Super-typhoon Rai – known locally as Odette – ravaged the Philippines. The morning after the onslaught, on my way back to Iloilo City from San Jose, Antique, I could see the ocean still boiling; houses blown away and great trees knocked down, making roads impassable. The sights were terrifying.

    Lost lives continue to climb two weeks on. Vast numbers of buildings were destroyed – from houses to schools; food crops lost to flooding. At first, I did not know what to feel – anger, helplessness?”

  5. theedrich on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 9:35 pm 

    99% of Democrat politicians are sadists. They want to inflict pain on you in order to control you.  For your own good.  And more than a few Republican politicians are in the same category.  The Democrats, however, win the title of most corrupt.  They accept vast sums of campaign money from billionaire Chosenites (a major source of “dark” money) and receive preferential propaganda from the mainstream media while conservative alarms (e.g., the illegal ThirdWorld invasion engineered by the Democrats) are suppressed.

    Thus pervasive bribery, lies and corruption of all sorts in all government departments, including the military, have become the norm.  The insane run the show, from government through academe through the narcotics smugglers importing lethal poisons everywhere.  America is a corpse in rigor mortis.

    Currently the cadaverous Democrats are making much hullabaloo about the 2020 Jan 6 party of the people at the funny farm Capitol.  The one, that is, where a saintly Afroid cop murdered an unarmed, evil White woman as she was trying to enter through a window.  Don’t expect any George-Floyd type reaction to what the spook did from the media.  He’s a member of the highly privileged “protected group,” you know.  Many of the partiers thought the preceding presidential election had been faked, just like the mainstream media news is.  It was not exactly faked, but it was rigged.  For details on the election tampering, read Mollie Hemingway’s “Zuckerbucks” and the 2020 Election at  Ms. Hemingway also authored the penetrating book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.

    The cadaver can no longer be changed or revivified because it has exhausted its body and its soul.  Those who believe otherwise, or pretend to believe so, are deceiving themselves and others.  There are now even grade-school and high-school teachers who encourage confused young girls that they are “gender dysphoric” and suggest that they become males by amputating their breasts (resulting in phantom-limb syndrome) and having parts of their thighs carved out to be re-implanted as penises while taking testosterone hormone injections.  Boys are advised to become females and shamed for not doing so.  The overlords on high put anti-White immigrants, homosexuals, psychotic women, ape-nostrilled individuals, assorted unWhites and other freaks into the leadership of major agencies regardless of competency in order to virtue-signal their own “inclusiveness.”  The list goes on.

    All because the average White has decided to commit suicide.  Life is too burdensome and boring for him.  He tells himself he is made virtuous by agreeing with those who are destroying his own race.

    Now we know how democracy ends:  in bribe-ocracy.  Sic transit gloria mundi.

  6. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 5:51 am 

    “The US infighting is exactly what the Commie Chinese & Russians want.”

    And not just them:

    “‘US losing world leadership, Europe can replace it’ – EU top diplomat Mogherini”

    Today’s headline in Germany’s #1 magazine, der Spiegel:

    Ein Jahr nach dem Sturm auf das US-Kapitol
    Es kann noch schlimmer kommen
    Ein Kommentar von Roland Nelles, Washington

    In den USA wächst die Angst vor mehr politischer Gewalt. Die Verantwortung dafür tragen Donald Trump und die Republikaner. Sie sind dabei, den demokratischen Konsens aufzukündigen – und bringen so das ganze Land in Gefahr.

    (A year after the storm on the US Capitol
    It can get worse
    A commentary by Roland Nelles, Washington

    Fear of more political violence is growing in the USA. Donald Trump and the Republicans are responsible for this. You are about to break the democratic consensus – and put the whole country in danger.)

    And those are your buddies, apneaman! They fear that they could experience their own 1989, coming soon to a lamppost near you.

    We’re heading for a crash landing in the entire West of the diversity ideology, as promoted by ZOG since WW2, with ever-growing intensity. And those countries with the largest share of unassimilable minorities, will not survive the crash in one piece, with #1 the good ol’ USofA. And France could be #2 on the chopping block. It was not for nothing that senior military men from both countries warned for civil war.

    Perhaps we’ll all die this decade, but not from boredom. Always look at the bright side of life!

  7. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 5:52 am 

    Peak oil is suffering its first casualty:

    “Airport takeover, palace fire & promise of ‘tough’ response: Here’s how Kazakhstan’s unrest escalated”

    In countries like Egypt, you regularly had bread uprisings. Now there is something new under the sun: energy uprisings.

  8. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 6:03 am 

    Last night, I watched this on Jerry-1:,_Missouri

    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    Germans don’t do subtitles, so you get your African-Americans talking German.

    I have already seen too many movies in my life, so I gradually lose interest in the plot. I’m only interested in the meta-aspects of the flick, like what is the subliminal message? And the aesthetic quality of the images and atmosphere.

    Some Irish Brit, raised in London wrote the piece, so expect the usual leftist-leaning garbage of US white pig cops, outflanked by noble negroes, who in the end come to the rescue of the worst white pig. And the negroe cop who fires the white pig cop. It is all so predictable.

  9. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 3:35 pm 

    German language media and US stadtholders are firing from all cylinders to feign moral outrage about the events 1 year ago.

  10. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 5:00 pm 

    In the Netherlands, 8 muslims appeared in court, accused of wanting to decapitate PM Rutte and populist Geert Wilders. Additionally they eanted to attack Europe’s most valuable tech company ASML:

    Denmark again gives the good example in Europe. Despite having a leftist government, they have the most draconian anti-immigration measures in Europe:

    They are expected to become examplary for entire Europe. Most vocal is the immigration minister, himself half African, Mattias Tesfaye.

    Regarding immigration, the turning point isn’t very far off in Europe. New message: get lost, wipe your own black ass.

  11. Biden’s hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 12:36 am 

    “Not even the Tory-friendly DM cant surpress its despair with this airhead, a mediocre immitation of Thatcher. At least Thatcher knew what allies she was stuck with. Now it is Truss against the rest of the world, on the very moment former US president Carter has warned that America is gliding into the abyss of civil conflict. Truss will be the last to understand that the old post-WW2 order is evaporating before our non-lying eyes, the very order the Brexiteers sought to perpetuate for all times.”

    “Liz Truss wore an outfit that screamed Vamoose Vlad! HENRY DEEDES watches the Foreign Secretary talking tough over Russia“

  12. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 3:12 am 

    OMG, arch-Brexiteer UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph flirts with the idea that Brexit could be a “historic failure” (which is what it is):

    That’s the same Telegraph that in 2017 quoted Remainer Michael Heseltine as saying that as a consequence of Brexit, Germany would be allowed to win WW2 (apparently in extra time):

    “Lord Heseltine suggests Brexit vote allows Germany to win World War Two”

    Brexit to a large extent was prepared by the British Tory-leaning press, through decades of vocal Euro-skepticism, in the hope to slow down, c.q. torpedo European integration, but never actually expecting that Brexit would materialize. Not even Farage and Johnson expected it to happen and perhaps deep in their hearts even hoped it would not happen.

    And now they are stuck, sitting on a pile of manure, of their own making, an English rather than a British pile, as the United Kingdom could very well fall apart over this exercise in futility.

    If America falls apart over its failed experiment in diversity, who is going to stop China from taking over the planet, other than the EU plus Russia?



  13. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 11:41 am 

    Robbing a bank in NYC will leave you in jail for just a year:

    The new DA Alvin Bragg will see to it.

    “CDC Admits 61% Of Teens Hospitalized For COVID-19 Had Severe Obesity”

    Try to let it sink in what “morbid obese” means.

    The Marxist logic in action:

    Turn failing to live up to obligations in “injustice”. It will be endless examples of this that will inevitably lead to the cancelling of the US itself.

  14. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 12:05 pm 

    Brexiteer back-benchers are disappointed that white immigration from Eastern Europe is going to be replaced by hundreds of thousands of new Indians:

    Apparently he hadn’t listened to ueber-Brexiteer, the creep Farage, who had been open about this, even BEFORE the referendum date:

    “More black people will be allowed into Britain if we leave the EU and immigration will become a ‘non-issue’, says Nigel Farage”

    (June 8, 2016)

    Brexit never was about defending white Britain, it was about defending the interests of the UK business class, that wanted its tax farm back from Brussels and all the cheap hands it could acquire, to ram down too high white wages.

    Fooled again, British whitey! Look at your beloved oligarch-run USA, what happened there is going to happen to you too: hyper-capitalism, hand-in-hand with hyper dark immigration. A sort of return to the Middle Ages, being serfs and owned by industrialist billionaire barons.

    Still glad you “won” WW2?

    “‘This isn’t the Britain we fought for,’ say the ‘unknown warriors’ of WWII”

    Yes, you Anglo fool, this is exactly the Britain you fought for… for your hidden masters. The guy you destroyed, he WAS on your side.

    (((Martin Gilvert))), “Churchill and the Jews”

    “Message German Embassy London to Berlin 1939”

  15. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 12:51 pm 

    Dutch documentary about Danish anti-immigration policies:

    (Not sure if they stream this abroad)

    Moderate Dutch populists have embraced the Danish model for immigration restriction:

    Difficult to find a country in Europe that is more admirable than Denmark, energy and immigration-wise. Never right-wing excesses, just acting properly.

  16. Biden’s hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 3:13 pm 

    More signs color-coded revolution attempt is going on in Kazakhstan:

    Video of unsigned car, distributing weapons.
    Just another overthrow attempt, with the smell of US & UK and CIA-MI6 playbook all over.

    Directed against the Russian minority and influence. A similar coup succeeded (for the time being) in Ukraine and failed in Belarus and Hong-Kong, and big-time in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    My guess: Russian-Chinese-Korean-Iranian attack shortly after Winter Olympics.

    Ready for WW3 in Eurasia, cowboy? What nobler calling than dying for Uncle Schmull, eh?

  17. Biden’s hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 5:11 pm 

    Both Russia and China support the Kazakh government:

    Fun geopolitical fact: both Russia and China border Kazakhstan, it is unthinkable they will allow a pro-western regime to take over. They would both occupy the country first.

    Insurgents are liquidated without ceremony.
    Destined to fail, this stunt.

    “Kazakhstan leader gives ‘kill without warning’ order, as bodies lie in the streets“

  18. ReallyQuiet on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 5:16 pm 

    Really quiet in the neighborhood. Some houses have not lights turn on, it is like some people are slowly having facial skin cancer and it drain their energy.

    Obama said in an interview at the view that we all have a reptilian part in our brain. What he meant was, that we modified the brain of the White human angelic man so we can read his thoughts and put some negatives thoughts in it.

    Well lately I have been having a lot of headache. Sometime it feels like someone is doing brain surgery on me. Maybe they did remove the reptilian part, this is why I don’t hear voices coming in anymore. I also demanded to stop telepathic thoughts and messages, these are energy that I feel could be intercepted by the enemies.

    We are just starting with earth. When we are done with it, clear messages will have been send to the world of GODS and the whole universe.

    It so quiet, that it feel weird but as time go by I like it.

  19. Biden’s hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 5:36 pm 

    Xi suggests that the Kazakhstan uprising is a “foreign organized revolution” attempt:

    “Kazakhstan restoring order with help of CSTO’s deployment amid China’s firm support“

    “Xi stressed that China firmly opposes any force that destroys the stability and security of Kazakhstan, opposes outside forces that incite disturbances or color revolution or try to destroy the friendship and cooperation between China and Kazakhstan.”

    One wonders who these outside forces could be… Belgium? Argentina? Eskimos?

  20. Biden’s hairplug on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 6:53 pm 

    Covid protests in the Netherlands with strong right-wing undercurrent, feels like GDR-1988:

    “Nigel Farage on why the Right is ready to revolt”

  21. CouldNotFindAGoodName on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 11:12 pm 

    When I said to give them facial skin cancer, I was expecting to happen that fast on the internet. But it is working. Even the corrupts judges are having it. 4:57 to 5:03

  22. ThisIsFuckingGood on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 11:30 pm 

    This is good. We actually see these kind of eyes. 1:40 This is fucking good work.

  23. ThisIsAlsoFuckingGood on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 11:35 pm 

    This is also fucking good, The ears are perfect. People on YouTube are looking less and less human and more hybrid. 0:09

  24. GoodOne on Fri, 7th Jan 2022 11:44 pm 

    Really good. Look like hybrid, really don’t look like human at all. 9:10

  25. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 8th Jan 2022 4:30 am 

    *** BREAKING ***

    “The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare”

    This is the first time that I hear a leftist MSM, and there is nothing more leftist than a Canadian MSM (if we ignore the US, Sweden and Britain) speculating about a Soviet-style collapse of the United States. Lefties have no interest in a collapsing USA, so if the GlobeAndMail starts doing this, you can bet your last bottom dollar that the panic level is high at these Canadian offices.

    It is precisely signals like these that will embolden Russia and China (not to mention the EU, that has just as many citizens as the US and Russia combined) to start preparing for the days after empire (and divide the Anglo loot among themselves).

  26. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 9th Jan 2022 4:09 am 

    Media and Dems big whig Bill Moyer and “white supremacy specialist” and typical social-justice-warrior-with-glasses prof Belew, don’t want to understand that their country is over:

    “Is Trump Laying the Groundwork for a Coup in 2024? Bill Moyers Weighs In | Amanpour and Company”

    The American left thought that they could cement permanent political victory through promoting mass immigration of leftists immigrants. All they will achieve is that they will blow up the country, USSR and Yugoslavia style.

    And the world will be a grinning onlooker with zero pity, considering the actions of the US over the last 100 years. Especially in Europe, the (quiet) Schadenfreude will be immense. The US problem the world has, is solving itself. The USA and USSR will have left the stage, those masters of the 20th century, or rather of those who were pulling the strings behind the scene:

    But the 20th century is over.

    New powers will emerge to step in the power vacuum: Greater Europe, China, Islam.

    “What Comes After the Three Anglo Empires?”

    “Canadian MSM Fears Civil War and Breakup of the United States”

  27. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 9th Jan 2022 11:32 am 

    The next US instigated color-coded revolution in Kazakhstan. Will probably go the way it went in Syria:

    “The U.S. Directed Rebellion in Kazakhstan May Well Strengthen Russia”

    At least, Russia and China will be under no illusion that war can be avoided.

    Dutch news: 186 dead, 5,000 detained. Order restored.

    US stink tanks like the RAND corporation behind the events in Kazakhstan:

    “CSTO sends peacekeepers to Kazakhastan”

    As per usual, Putin reacted swiftly and decisively.

  28. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 9th Jan 2022 12:27 pm 

    Under Boris Johnson, the body politic of the UK turned into a corrupt kleptocracy:

  29. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 10th Jan 2022 6:45 am 

    More anti-empire backfiring:

    “Who “lost” Kazakhstan and to whom?”

    I agree with the analysis by TheSaker.

    Russia strengthened its position in:

    – Belarus
    – Armenia
    – Kazakhstan
    – Georgia

    All thanks to the failed color-coded revolutions by George Soros. Especially the behavior of Russia in Kazakhstan was remarkable. It was a well-organized, well-armed insurrection à la Syria and even better crushed. 200 killed and 5000 detained.

    Now the regime change in Ukraine is next and the Zalenski kike toppled and the restoration of a pro-Russian regime in Kiev. All backed by China. And if the EU has issues with that, it will have its economy crashed because Russia will send its gas to China instead.

  30. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 10th Jan 2022 12:37 pm 

    Ken Clarke @MrKennethClark 9 u
    “You don’t seem to want ‘Australian style immigration rules’ now do you Nigel?”

    “My full title is now The Rt Hon. the Lord Clarke of Nottingham CH QC, but you can just call me ‘the best Prime Minister this country never had.’”

    Andy Murray (Scottish tennis star, pro-independence) responding to Nigel Farage:

    Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.

  31. Why Trump never threw first pitch on Sat, 15th Jan 2022 1:04 am 

    I have just one question for his highness, theedrich. If the election was “rigged” why then did your Republicon confederates accept the results as it pertained to their winning campaigns? If rigged, these Republicons should have, as a matter of principle, refused to accept the oath of office. But, alas, not one did, of course. Or are you suggesting the election was rigged on a case-by-case basis? Just apply a small amount of logic and your entire argument falls flat.

  32. Cloggie on Sat, 15th Jan 2022 1:09 am 

    Cloggie aka Biden’s plug, the fact that you are discussing Jon Stewart means he is stronger now than ever. So be scared as Stewart lays bare the hypocrisy of the archaic deadenders you represent. Every passing day means more and more of you are buried and gone.

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