One of the great triumphs – for all the wrong reasons – of the Communist East German government was its massive spy network. It’s estimated that one in six East Germans was an informer for the feared Stasi secret police.

The peculiar achievement of the Stasi was that so many of its snitches were voluntary. For every paid informer, the Stasi had many more who were brainwashed, bullied and harassed into spying on their friends and family.

The Chinese Communist Party adopted similar tactics from their earliest days. Chinese under Communist rule were forced to write lengthy “confessions” of their thoughtcrimes and compile lists of all their family and friends. They knew perfectly well that these would be used against them, if necessary. But refusing to snitch wasn’t an option: failure to “confess” was taken as a prima facie proof of guilt.

At the heinous “struggle sessions”, Chinese turned on each other, trying to keep the cadres off their own backs by loudly denouncing their friends and neighbours. As one factory manager said, the people he’d been closest to were the ones who denounced him most viciously. He knew they only did so to try and protect themselves.

Facebook is trying to turn us all into snitches on a scale the old-school communists could only dream of.

Tech giant Facebook has taken its invasive surveillance measures to shocking extremes with a set of new notifications that ask users whether they’re concerned about their friends “becoming an extremist” and warn users that they “may have been exposed to harmful extremist content.”

One of these notifications states:

“Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?

We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.

This is the oldest tactic in the book. “We already know your secrets: just give up your associates and make it easier for yourself”.

What’s interesting is that Facebook’s definitions of “harmful extremist content” applies in spades to its pet groups like Black Lives Matter.

Pastor of East River Church Michael Foster opened the “Get Support” link after being presented with the “you may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently” notification and documented the associated support page.

On this page, Facebook claims that violent groups use “fear, anger and disappointment to further their cause and get others to join them,” presents “common arguments” that it says are used by violent groups, and says “hateful statements” are “false and oversimplified.”

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This sounds exactly like BLM.

As always, when the left scream abuse and denunciations, they’re attacking the mirror.

Meanwhile, Facebook are obviously pushing the Overton Window to see just how much they can get away with.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times on July 1 that the company is currently running the warnings as a test to some users.

“This test is part of our larger work to assess ways to provide resources and support to people on Facebook who may have engaged with or were exposed to extremist content, or may know someone who is at risk. We are partnering with NGOs and academic experts in this space and hope to have more to share in the future,” the spokesperson said, without elaborating.

The Epoch Times

Don’t snitch: it only encourages the bastards.

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Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or...