WordPress/Automattic Shuts Down FellowshipoftheMinds

By James F. Tracy
(Updated 8/15/18)

In the latest action suppressing online political speech the always informative and entertaining FellowshipoftheMinds blog (FOTM) has not just just been censored, but entirely removed from the internet.

Automatic, the San Francisco-based online behemoth that operates WordPress.com and provides services to virtually thousands of bloggers worldwide, took the action against FOTM’s owner and editor without warning earlier today.

In December 2016 both Bluehost and WordPress.com/Automattic chose to discontinue service to MemoryHoleBlog, providing virtually no explanation for the cessation, other than to state that MHB was in violation of Automattic’s “Terms of Service”–a nebulous reason such platforms pull out when they want to avoid controversy by showing a blogger the door.

At that time WordPress gave the MHB editor a roughly ten-day window to find another host.

No such courtesy was afforded Dr. Eowyn, the retired social science professor who has operated FOTM since 2009.

Readers of MHB are aware of the brilliant research and evidence published at FOTM calling into question the veracity of the December 2012, Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombings, and probable government involvement in numerous other curious tragic events likely used to sway public opinion behind certain agendas including gun control and the growing police state.

As Eowyn argues in the statement below, politically conservative news and opinion outlets are being silenced by forces hostile to President Donald Trump in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

What I had feared and expected finally happened.

Minutes ago upon waking up this morning, I discovered that WordPress has unilaterally and without warning shut down Fellowship of the Minds for alleged violations of “Terms of Service”.

WordPress suspends FOTMI have sent a request to WordPress asking them to account for just what “Terms of Service” FOTM is found to have violated. In my request, I reminded the owner, administrators and staff of WordPress that WP’s information censorship against a conservative blog, once undertaken, can and will be used against them in the future.

The signs are now clear that the Left are silencing all conservative voices before the November mid-term elections where Democrats will steal the election with MASSIVE voter fraud.

I will explore finding another server for FOTM. In the meantime, I am using this other WordPress blog I have (but never used), as the interim Fellowship of the Minds.

Please pray for America.

Liberty in tears

In sorrow,

Dr. Eowyn

Automattic’s move to censor FOTM comes one week after tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter removed material by broadcaster Alex Jones. The week prior popular YouTube commentary channel SGT Report was also banished without explanation. With this action Automattic appears to be similarly joining forces with these entities.

As the New York Times reports today,  a campaign waged by the shadowy “Lenny Pozner” persona likely contributed to Automattic’s full evisceration of FOTM. In the past Automattic stood behind its clients on free speech and “Fair Use” grounds when questionable copyright infringement claims were brought against sites.

“Online platforms are not held liable for copyright infringement claims against people who use their platforms as long as they remove or block access to content in response to the claims,” the Times notes.

This is crucial to the function of any website where people can post content, and internet companies have traditionally tended to err on the side of removal, even when claims may be dubious. This has created opportunities for abuse, and Automattic has made fighting that a corporate cause.

The company created a “Hall of Shame” to call out businesses and people filing notices for frivolous reasons or to tamp down negative news coverage.

For years, Automattic’s strident response to copyright abuse earned praise from digital rights advocates. Now, this approach has effectively lumped in Mr. Pozner with the abusers. “Strictly from a copyright perspective, WordPress.com’s response is outside the norm,” said Tom Rubin, a lecturer at Stanford Law School who oversaw Microsoft’s copyright group and takedown process for 15 years.

“They avoid getting involved because fair-use determinations are notoriously complex and fact specific,” Mr. Rubin said of online platforms. “Platforms would rather eliminate their own potential liability by taking the content down and leaving it to the parties to battle amongst themselves in court.”

Matt Mullenweg, the chief executive of Automattic, suggested in a recent interview with Recode that the company was confronting misinformation. “For things that we host and run and provide our kind of company backing to, implicitly through hosting it, we do avoid hate speech,” he said. He added that “egregiously fake or harmful things — we’re pretty good at getting off the system.” (Emphases added.)

In the case of Mr. Pozner, however, Automattic suggested that its approach was imperfect. “While our policies have many benefits to free expression for those who use our platform, our system like many others that operate at large scale, is not ideal for getting to the deeper context of a given request,” the company said in a statement.

As with Automattic’s treatment of MHB, FOTM’s disappearance strongly suggests how WordPress.com’s policies are being tailored to placate outside parties whose foremost interest is in stifling political speech on potential high crimes, and how in this instance such poorly-founded grounds for censorship have triumphed over free speech.

Automattic’s full-scale censorship of FOTM also directly coincides with publication of the August 14 article excerpted from above–a story whose cunning slant is fully in the spirit of the Democratic Party’s communist-like zeal for censoring the opposition, in addition to Dems and Obama administration’s gun control ethos at the forefront of the Sandy Hook event itself.

Eowyn is presently attempting to relaunch FOTM with another service provider. We will provide additional information on this effort here at MHB as it develops.

See also: 

Facebook and Google are Today’s Thought Police

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  1. I have personal experience of Automattic’s chief legal counsel and don’t think his or his company’s intentions and policies would qualify as ‘neutral’ when thoroughly scrutinized.

    There are other purgings going on. A high to mid-level profile pro-white blogger was also taken down from WordPress in the last couple of days, and Renegade’s Twitter account was abolished. Sane Progressive, the well known anti-establishment youtuber, seemingly deleted her recent video exposing the entities behind the CONCRN app being promoted to ‘help the homeless’ in San Francisco and perhaps other tent cities. Debbie’s expose on the nefarious agenda being unfurled on the homeless and drug-addicted was one of the best out there on the subject. I can only wonder at who got to her and how.

    In the wake of Unite the Right 2, there is a meme being propagated by some of the first rally’s notable participants. Such types consider the second demonstration a de facto ‘brilliant counter psy op’ that revealed to I guess middle America how truly violent and lawless the left’s antifa forces are.

    I see the takeaway very differently. I think the past weekend’s counter protesters were being set up to be discredited, much like the Unite the Right demonstrators were last year. TPTB are attempting to shore up support for the government while vilifying and delegitimizing extremist factions on both sides of the political spectrum. This year the ‘white rights’ group appeared to both demoralize whites in that middle who identify more with civil rights than with white nationalism or national socialism, etc., as their numbers were so paltry, and to maintain faith in law enforcement who actually did their job this time around.

    Both ends of the political spectrum feature factions who rigorously criticize Israel and organized jewry, and the oligarchy in general. Both sides have their unattractive rhetoric and elements but both challenge the increasingly tyrannical state and its organs of control, especially military and law enforcement.

    And both sides lost credibility with middle class America – just the way the rich want it.

  2. Remember that third party candidate by the name of Ross Perot in 1992 who received about 20% of the vote, a relatively large number for a third party? He stated we must, “clean out the barn in D.C.!” Both corrupt political parties Rethuglicans and Demothuglicrats must be abolished along with every illegal law favoring them. Remember what the corrupt whores in Congress passed following the false flag attacks by Israel on 9/11/01? They passed, nearly unanimously, the absurdly named blatantly unconstitutional “Patriot Act” to rub it all into our noses what a corrupt scam they really were then and are today. Many of these scoundrels are dual citizens with Israel. If that isn’t a conflict of interest what is? But to these crooks this is just another day at the plant. Remember the total joke of the effort to challenge the phony birth certificate of Obama and the corrupt court decisions about it all over this land while the con artists and their lawyers in the Democrapic party laughed all the way to the bank? Americans must wake up and grab the existing corrupt government by its …… and jerk it back to the public again. I believe all this now shows not only Bush , Cheney and the four star generals were in on the 9/11/01 con but all of Congress was too with the possible exception of the single vote against it the first time around. Let’s invent a new phrase “Constitution Haters” for all these lying scoundrels who favor all these activities blatantly against our Constitution like censorship, Homeland Security gang raping the 4th Amendment thousands or tens of thousands of times daily in airports, or all these fake false flag school shootings against the 2nd Amendment. The traitors have hi jacked our government up to and including the “top” generals of our own military. How sick is that? Wake up fools in America today. It may be too late now to save your country from return to the dark ages of totalitarianism. https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it
    Quote:
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
    • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”

  3. I have shared Dr. Eowyn’s 2016 post about Snopes countless times, as it’s a classic–and fortunately it was reposted here, so please check it out if you’re not familiar with it: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/whos-behind-snopes-facebook-fact-checkers/

    Coincidentally, I myself have a WordPress site (on an innocuous topic), and am currently having major issues with their “Happiness Engineers” who can’t be bothered to fix a bug on my site–they’ve actually told me outright that I’m not a priority for them, because I don’t pay for Premium Service! It prompts me to ask: What’s a good alternative to WordPress? Anybody have any ideas, based on personal experience?

  4. The Crime Syndicate has given us a gift with this Sea-Tac baggage handler super pilot staged deception. Upon examination, almost nobody I have talked to takes this hoax at face value. This one needs to be hit hard and spread wide -lift the veil.
    Was the Sea-Tac Baggage Handler’s Aerobatics Show a Giant Staged-Deception PsyOp?
    https://www.newnationalist.net/2018/08/was-the-sea-tac-baggage-handlers-aerobatics-show-a-giant-staged-deception-psyop/

  5. Cinderella’s Broom has suffered the same fate…

    “cinderellabroom.wordpress.com is no longer available.

    This blog has been archived or suspended in accordance with our Terms of Service.
    For more information and to contact us please read this support document.”

  6. A daylong event scheduled for September 8, 2018 at the Contessa Hotel in San Antonio, TX was suddenly cancelled yesterday by hotel management with a lame excuse.

    This link has topics and speakers for the event, as well as the cancellation letter from Contessa Hotel manager Troy Mathews. Among important topics to be discussed were Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    http://mixnstream.com/ship-wont-sink.html#clip=8l6cp2p5p2ko

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