Over the last few days, Facebook and Twitter have stopped me from promoting my new book “Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket” and Google have removed my website from key search terms which means less traffic to my website Kangaroo Court of Australia.
All roads lead back to Scott Morrison and the federal government interfering at least to some degree. The reason I say that is because my book has Scott Morrison on the front cover which would be embarrassing for him, my website is very critical of the federal government and Scott Morrison and the government have well-documented form for trying to control and silence the media.
The censoring of my website and limiting the promotion of my book, both highly critical of Scott Morrison and the federal government, has happened at a time when the federal government are set to pass laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay Australia’s media for the alleged use of their content. I wrote in an article in September 2020 “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the Scott Morrison government are conspiring in an attempt to shakedown Google and Facebook for hundreds of millions of dollars.” (Click here to read more)
Scott Morrison silencing and controlling the media
Controlling and manipulating the media is something Scott Morrison spends a lot of time on and that is why he has the nickname “Scotty from Marketing” because he is all spin never missing a picture opportunity but almost always fails to deliver. Morrison has a large team who work behind the scenes trying to minimise bad publicity.
A prime example is in 2015 when Morrison was Minister for the Department of Social Services and the SMH reported:
Scott Morrison exercises tight media control in Department of Social Services
Liberal leadership contender Scott Morrison has almost completely stripped his departmental bureaucrats of the power to answer questions from journalists.
The same tightly controlled media management style he displayed while overseeing immigration issues during operation sovereign borders has been brought to the social services portfolio.
The Department of Social Services’ 50-person communications team, costing taxpayers several million dollars a year, responded directly to just two of the 390 requests it received from media in the first six months of the year.
The rest were flicked on to Mr Morrison’s office or to the staff of his parliamentary secretary, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Opposition early childhood spokeswoman Kate Ellis said the fact Mr Morrison took 99 per cent of media enquiries out of the hands of his public servants showed he was “obsessed with control and secrecy – no matter the portfolio”. (Click here to read more)
But there is also a brutal side to Scott Morrison and the government trying to control information that the public receives with whistleblowers such as Witness K and Bernard Collaery, David McBride and Richard Boyle still facing jail.
The fact that Facebook and/or Google might have been politically motivated to have taken the action they have against my book and website cannot be ruled out and it is a real possibility.
Scott Morrison and the government have spent the last few weeks attacking Four Corners, both openly and behind the scenes, and have even enlisted the help of News Corp to attack them for broadcasting an embarrassing show about two federal MP’s. And make no mistake the attack on Four Corners is being driven directly by Scott Morrison and his office. Given that what would Scott Morrison and the government do about a small independent journalist they don’t like? Would they have one of their staff complain to Facebook and/or Google? Especially at a time when they have a lot of leverage over Facebook and Google? I think so.
The Twitter issue is the least of the issues as the Facebook and Google censorship are a lot more concerning and blatant. Twitter cancelling my ad might just be an overzealous staff member but it occurred first, so I have put it in the order they occurred below.
Last Sunday (29/11/20) I paid for Twitter to promote a Tweet promoting my book with a link to Amazon. The add is below:
The ad started running on Twitter on Sunday but then on Monday they stopped the ad and sent me an email and said it breached their ad policy with a link to where it says: “Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content.“
My ad was promoting my book which is not captured by their policy. It seems more likely there was a complaint and that’s why they stopped the ad.
I started promoting my book on Facebook about a month ago using what they call the “Boost” service which promotes posts that you select on your page. The bottom line is they are ads. The first one was rejected, and I appealed and it was then approved. Then I ran several ads over the last month promoting the book for either 5$ or $10 a day for a few days each. Then on Thursday (3/12/20) I tried to promote the post below and Facebook refused and closed my advertising account.
Facebook emailed me almost immediately I tried to promote the above post telling me they were closing my advertising account and said: “It appears your ad account was used to create one or more ads that don’t comply with our Advertising Policies or other standards”. I have appealed but that could take weeks to get a result.
Facebook had approved several other ads that all promoted my book. The only difference about the new ad is that I mentioned Scott Morrison and linked back to his Facebook page. The day after the Google problem arose.
On Friday (4/12/20) I noticed that Google was no longer showing my website when I searched keywords like my name Shane Dowling or Shane Dowling Kangaroo Court when previously my website would come up number one or two. But it still brings up my website when I search the full name Kangaroo Court of Australia.
Another giveaway that there is a problem is that my website’s traffic from Google is down about 75% for an average day over the last 2 days. A few years ago, that would have been very damaging but given my traffic from Google is now only about 10% of my overall traffic it’s not as bad. But it still adds up over the course of a year to a lot of missed traffic.
It seems very odd as it was the day after Facebook had deleted my advertising account and blocked me from promoting my book. But it is the same time the federal government are in the process of passing legislation forcing Facebook and Google to pay Australian media businesses.
I Tweeted Google on Friday and then the CEO of Google today as per below:
Because I own the website Google gives me statistics on my websites top search terms as per below where I search my name:
The data above says the average position for my website is 8.1 but it previously showed up at one or two even though it said 8.1. But now my website has totally disappeared from the search results for my name.
If Google is manipulating other searches the same way they are for my website how bad are they overall. It pays to use more than one search engine.
Above should be an eye-opener for people who think we live in a country with a free media. Above are just some of the battles that I have had on a regular basis since I set up my website in 2011. Other battles have included Kerry Stokes running off to court many times to get suppression orders against my articles and articles that are still blocked today about Capilano Honey even though there is no legal basis for it because I had the suppression orders lifted. I have written to Google numerous times to let them know the suppression orders have been lifted but they ignore me.
You don’t have to live in China or Russia to be on the end of government censorship as the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter will censor for government around the world including Australia’s federal government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
This article and a number of other articles will be submitted to the current Senate Inquiry “Media diversity in Australia” which is taking written submissions until the 11th of December 2020.
Twitter and Facebook have not stopped me from posting about my book or website. I just can’t advertise with them about the book. So, one of the solutions is to ask you, the readers, to share as much as possible on social media which always works better anyhow.
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