The website “Fellowship of the Minds” apparently used WordPress software, but I don’t think it was a free site. If it had been hosted for free by Automattic (the WordPress corporation), I would understand that the WordPress corporation would have reserved the right to take it down without notice. I suspect that the blogger was paying money to Automattic, but, as James Fetzer pointed out, Automattic has a special clause in its terms of service as follows:
Automattic may terminate your access to all or any part of our Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.
This is probably not a big problem for a well-organized content creation company. They have in-house backups so they will never lose access to their original content, even if Automattic deletes their website. This might have been a problem for the bloggers who got removed, such as the folks blogging at “Fellowship of the Minds.” It would certainly be a problem for the average blogger, who uses a blog as a personal diary and who would suffer emotional distress if the data were destroyed arbitrarily.
I wonder what the threshold is for banishment? It probably isn’t as much topic, as perhaps visibility/numbers. Otherwise, this blog would be gone (from some of the titles alone). I don’t call for harm to anyone (or spam), but neither did these that have been culled. Which other imaginary rationale was used -and- why is it not spelled out?
Is it simply the discretion and ire of the Matt Mullenweg guy over political differences or an appeasement to jewish directives/expectations?
I think that it is just like my latest YT channel (without an upload, or a view increase in years). If it isn’t getting the play, it is somewhat under the radar. However, now I wonder if simply bringing the subject up will get some attention and shut this down? We’ll see.
Not that it matters (except for personal reasons), I did backup the blog to my computer again, just in case.
Comment: You may find that HTTrack is a convenient way to back up your website.
In reality, I didn’t subscribe to any of the three mentioned below, but I did read them all occasionally (especially Fellowship of the Minds, lately). However, I see what WordPress is doing (jumping in on the deletion bandwagon) and at the risk of bringing attention here (perhaps culminating in this blog’s deletion), I wrote the following in the WordPress Forum to bring attention to the problem. (If you come back and I’m gone, you know why).
It has come to my attention that Automattic has begun infringing upon blog owner’s First Amendment by joining other media hosts in dismantling certain blogs it deems inappropriate or some other excuse to delete them.
This flies in the face of Automattic’s own published defense of our American rights.
I have never seen a single instance of these blogs violating Autommattic’s terms of service (much less them all doing so simultaneously), but they do write about uncomfortable topics to certain groups of people that don’t want that information published.
The individual who oversaw an across-the-board, content-specific evisceration of WordPress.com-hosted websites is none other than Matt Mullenweg, the 34-year old chief executive of Automattic Inc. and creator of WordPress.com. A supporter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and purported advocate of “Free Speech” and “Open Source” technology, Mr. Mullenweg caved to a New York Times story highlighting the alleged plight of individuals related to the dubious Sandy Hook mass shooting event.
Mullenweg promotes himself and his companies as alternatives to the “tech giants” and “big platforms” such as Google and Amazon. Yet if the world’s super-wealthy blog czar ever did have the personal integrity and zeal to defend the right of expression and open source philosophy via his enterprises, his recent management appointments and the flagrant censorship of his WordPress clients below indicate that these have clearly been forgotten.
What do we know if Mr. Mullenweg’s political inclinations? He is a left-progressive and supporter of the Democratic Party and former President Barack Obama, whose administration oversaw and appears to have coordinated the Sandy Hook massacre event in order to further its own radical gun control agenda.
In 2016 Mullenweg endorsed the campaign of far-left presidential hopeful and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. In 2017 Lessig, a leftwing academic ideologue and outspoken opponent of Donald Trump’s presidency, proposed a scenario by which Hillary Clinton might seize the White House in a bloodless coup.
Censored Bloggers Did Not Violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service, or Did They?
A careful reading of WordPress.com’s Terms of Service reveals that the websites known to us to have been “suspended” or “archived” at this time have been censored for no apparent reason, other than Mullenweg caving to pressure from the Times and Sandy Hook gun control activists.
With the above in mind, it would appear that Mullenweg and Automattic have eliminated the following blogs without cause, which is their right under the company’s Terms of Service, and that their shared themes make Automattic’s action content-specific. These blogs include, FellowshipoftheMinds, FundamentalOption, CinderellaBroom, AmericanEveryman, JaysAnalysis, and ChemTrailsPlanet. All of these blogs have contributed to furthering the public’s understanding of governmental and corporate corruption through their detailed analyses of mass casualty events and pedophilia.
According to TechCrunch, WordPress.com actually edited its own Terms of Service to accommodate the complaints of an individual who asserts he is “Sandy Hook parent Leonard Pozner,“and who routinely files copyright infringement complaints to stifle independent research on the Sandy Hook event.
[Wordpress.com] told The NYT that language was a part of a predefined statement it used, and was sorry that it did so in this particular situation.
However, it also admitted that the posts in question weren’t in violation of any current WordPress user guidelines or copyright law.
We understand the company has since phoned Mr. Ponzer to apologize directly. It then created a new policy to address the problem.
Its new policy reads:
WordPress.com Impervious to Censoring Its Own Clients?
What makes censorship of the above sites even more glaring is the fact that heretofore WordPress has more or less been impervious to content-related challenges to his clients’ blogging, as Mullenweg reveals in a 2015 interview:
Question: Do you get a lot of subpoenas?
Mullenweg: Oh, yeah. It’s like everyone who publishes - it’s like if Bill Gates got takedown notices for people using Microsoft Word. We just get people contacting us for everything.
Question: Every type of disagreeable content that’s published on WordPress results in some type of letter.
Question: That sounds like fun.
Mullenweg: The more clueless the attorney, the more likely they are to contact us.
WordPress.com’s reach, ambition, and aspirational language are impressive. For example, Mullenweg and company are devoted to “making the web a better place” and “democratiz[ing] publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it …” And as noted, they “believe in Open Source.” The reality of this past week’s purge of bloggers for merely asserting argument that have been found controversial by corporate media strongly suggest otherwise.
We might also interrogate WordPress.com’s newfound penchant for censorship by considering the personnel Mullenweg has recently recruited to steer the enterprise. Announcements of these managerial changes are available on the WordPress.com founder’s blog.
For example, the new managers include former National Public Radio and New York Times executive Kinsey Wilson, who was hired by Mullenweg to oversee WordPress.com in early 2018. WordPress.com remains our flagship product,” Wilson noted upon his appointment. “And the goal is to position it as a platform that provides both simplicity and ease of use as well as tremendous power.” (Emphasis added.)
One might pass Matt Mullenweg off as yet another youthful, easygoing, mop-topped coder and multi-millionaire. Even if this is caricature is partly accurate it hasn’t stopped the tech entrepreneur from tapping top brass from the military industrial complex to steer the WordPress.com ship. In fact, earlier this summer Mullenweg brought on US Army General Ann Dunwoody to Automattic’s Board of Directors.
Four-star General Dunwoody has “managed and operationalized the Army’s global supply chain for numerous engagements, including support of Iraq and Afghanistan operations, contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan, and the Base Realignment and Closing move of Command Headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Huntsville, Ala,” notes one 2013 press release. (Emphasis added.) General Dunwoody also serves on the board of directors of LMI, a major government consulting firm.
“We’re very lucky to have Gen. Dunwoody’s expertise and experience around the table as we navigate our second decade as a company and realize the huge opportunities ahead of us,” Mullenweg effuses. “With WordPress now powering more than 30% of all sites on the web, we’re excited to work together to shape the future of the open web. Gen. Dunwoody will help us continue to blaze a trail for open source and distributed companies all over the world.”
To make the circle complete Mullenweg has also tapped one James Grierson, former chief executive of BlueHost, to manage WordPress.com’s JetPack product. Under Grierson BlueHost’s legal department enforced a strict, “censor first, ask questions later” policy on any potential copyright infringement claim, however frivolous, as MHB experienced firsthand before BlueHost booted us entirely for alleged “Terms of Service” violations stemming from a complaint by the Sandy Hook-linked scammers.
WordPress.com Clients Routinely Violate TOS
A cursory search of “WordPress.com’s Reader” area for the blogs WordPress/Automattic continues to host after silencing those it has identified as violating its “Terms of Service” include several that are in demonstrable violation of the company’s TOS. (“Publish material or engage in activity that is illegal under applicable law.”)
Let us take, for example, the Antifa movement, a far left vigilante organization advocating intimidation and physical violence against virtually anyone its leadership perceives as averse to its political dogma.
Since these organizations are almost without question involved in illegal activity and in TOS violation one might conclude that they should be similarly banished, just as those posting conspiracy-oriented material. Yet perhaps Mullenweg’s political lens renders these sites and their calls to violence invisible, and hence they remain as accessible as before the purge.
To be sure, there are also many WordPress.com clients who’ve survived the purge that espouse unabashed conservative and far-right political views that would be deemed “hateful” and even “violence inciting” in many quarters.
In fact, even the Daily Stormer, a well-known neo-Nazi site that trumpets being “the most censored publication in history,” is a WordPress.com client.
With the above in mind the abrupt deletion of the blogs exposing deep government malfeasance simply make all of Mullenweg’s extravagant lip service to “democratizatation” and “open source” environments ring hollow. WordPress.com is as anti-free speech as the “big platforms” its leader decries. In today’s political environment where misleading and even demonstrably false news and opinion masquerades as “the newspaper or record” should we really be surprised.
And so within the bowels of Matt Mullenweg’s Ministry of Truth that now includes New York Times and even US military confidantes there must have been a conclusion reached (if but tacitly) that FellowshipoftheMinds, Chemtrailsplanet, JaysAnalysis, and others are so for some unknown reason so dangerous and repugnant they cannot see the light of day.
Well, it has been fun blogging here, but with this latest development, I am no longer confident that Automattic will host this content indefinitely. This blog probably has a tiny fraction of the traffic that “Fellowship of the Minds” had. Thus I don’t think that the whole shebang will be shut down immediately. However, if this blog grows big enough to be noticed by Automattic, it might well be shut down. This is a disincentive against further expansion of the blog in its current configuration. If I can find a more anonymity-friendly platform, I might expand the blog on a more anonymous platform. IPFS has looked appealing for some time, and neocities has made it newbie-friendly. The URL for neocities is: