In a recent email sent to subscribers The Truth About Vaccines informed their readership about their text messages being blocked by Verizon. As longtime subscribers ourselves it was interesting to note that Google also decided to sent the email to our Spam Folder while we had never had this issue previously and The Truth About Vaccines IS in our contact list.
Read the full email content below:
Not only are the Big Tech giants censoring the life-saving vaccine information we are trying to share with the world, but now VeriZon has joined the “censorship club.”
The last text that I (Ty) received was Sunday night and that was the text for Episode 6.
Since then, I haven’t received a single text, despite the fact that we tried to send texts on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Today, we received confirmation from our text provider that VeriZon is actively blocking our texts!
Of course, the “NaZi-esque” style of censorship is couched under the umbrella of “protecting” us from “vaccine misinformation” — which is a euphemism for any position on vaccines that departs from the (disproven) orthodoxy that all vaccines are safe and effective.
It’s time to stand up to the “Big Tech Information Tyrants” and beat them at their own game! Please help us by forwarding this email to all your friends and family.
Verizon’s Long History of Censorship
This is not the first time that Verizon is being accused of censoring information. In fact the company has a long history censoring parts of the web. As far back as 2007 the Gotham Gazette reported a story on NARAL where Pro Choice America was denied a code so it could send text messages to Verizon subscribers who wanted to receive them.
In a similar post years later HuffPost publishes another incident where Verizon was guilty of censoring or trying to censor information.
In February (2017), they lost a monumental battle when the Federal Communications Commission adopted strong Net Neutrality protections that prevent providers from blocking or slowing down online traffic and services. By summer, their legal teams had filed 10 lawsuits against the FCC’s ruling to undermine the protections it extends to Internet users.
“Broadband providers are First Amendment speakers,” reads a brief filed by one of these ISPs. The new FCC rules, the brief claims, “strip providers of control over which speech they transmit and how they transmit it.”
When it sued the FCC over the agency’s 2010 rules on Internet access, Verizon’s lawyers explained this position in more detail. “Broadband providers possess ‘editorial discretion,” they claimed. “Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where, broadband providers may feature some content over others.”
Not quite. ISPs aren’t like newspaper editors — their services merely transmit our speech. A long list of prominent First Amendment scholars agree: Acting as a conduit for our messages isn’t the same as engaging in free expression.
NorthAmericaNews is in total agreement with HuffPost paragraph below, which states:
The framers of the Constitution couldn’t have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate worldwide via interconnected digital platforms. This exponential growth of speech is without precedent — and it requires us to be clear on who the real speakers are.
We would encourage anyone to do their own research on vaccines and not trust Big Pharma’s claims. The history of vaccines is spotted at best and the goal of Big Pharma is to make money. Your health is secondary.