Led by the United States, all of the imperialist powers are preparing for world war. Social inequality and wealth concentration have reached unsustainable levels. The capitalist ruling elites, deeply discredited and beset by internal political conflicts, are turning toward authoritarian forms of rule. Everywhere, the ruling class is terrified of the growth of social opposition in the working class.
It is this fear that underlies the coordinated campaign to censor and control the Internet, under the guise of combating “fake news.” The US government, in collaboration with Google, Facebook, Twitter and other corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access. In 2017, the Trump administration announced its decision to abolish net neutrality, giving powerful information technology monopolies a stranglehold over the flow of information online.
The World Socialist Web Site has taken the lead in exposing this conspiracy to censor the Internet. This pamphlet includes some of the main articles and statements from the WSWS on this campaign.