In the significant religious movements of the past, beginning during the time of the Protestant Reformation in Martin Luther’s day, printing, publishing, and mass dissemination of writings played an integral role and is what made the movements so successful. Likewise, the same can be said, not only regarding religious movements, but any movement or initiative. With social media and other technological platforms, the printing presses of the past have now become digital. In order for the establishment, the ruling power of the day—Roman Catholicism united with the empire—to stop the momentum of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, it had to shut down the printing presses and destroy the printed materials already in circulation by proscribing their possession, burning Protestant writings and punishing the writers, purchasers, and possessors of their materials. The same is taking place today, not under the label of punishing “heresy,” but rather under the guise of counter-terrorism, anti-bullying, cracking down on hate speeches and radicalization etc.
YouTube, owned by Google, recently announced policy changes and new procedures to prohibit “questionable or controversial religious content" from publishing on its site. The Daily Caller reports, “YouTube says it isn’t going to remove the borderline content entirely, but will instead place these videos in a purgatory state preventing them from being monetized or promoted. To facilitate these changes, YouTube will be artificially altering its search algorithms to prevent offensive topics from discovery. According to YouTube, the system, while largely automated, will mix in human reviews in the form of its already established ‘Trusted Flagger’ volunteer program that works with over 15 institutions to deal with extremist content, including the Anti-Defamation League.” The following is a portion of the new policy: “We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.”
Interestingly, it was just last month that YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism with the objective of collaborating “on engineering solutions to the problem, sharing content classification techniques and effective reporting methods for users. Each company also will contribute to both technical and policy research and share best practices for counterspeech initiatives.” What is equally alarming is that the above-named four companies “will be teaching smaller companies and organizations to follow in their footsteps to adopt their own proactive plans for combating terror. A portion of this training will cover key strategies for executing counterspeech programs like YouTube’s Creators for Change and Facebook’s P2P and OCCI.” It is as if all major tech companies are forging a monopoly on “countering terrorism,” making it virtually impossible for materials they deem as extremist to be visible to the public. It should not be forgotten that the chief executive officers from the major technology companies met with Pope Francis not long ago, endeavoring to promote unity and crack down own hate speeches and divisiveness, or what Pope Francis calls religious fundamentalism.
It is not far-reaching to conclude that these counter-terrorist initiatives are already taking shape to morph into counter-Protestantism, or counter-reformation. Anyone who exposes the true identity of the Roman Catholic Church, and her apostate daughters (professed Protestants still holding on to the doctrines of Catholicism), while identifying her past and present atrocities, as well as her agenda to regain world dominance, warning others to flee from this system of iniquity and to stay clear from ecumenical alliances with her, will be labeled as extremists, and hate preachers and will have every digital outlet closed to them. In other words, these counter-terror procedures and policies are put in place to prevent the proclamation of the Three Angels’ Messages (found in Revelation 14:6-12), the true Protestant message that will enlighten the masses and cause individuals to break free from the deceptions perpetuated by Popery for so long. What is sad is that many who call themselves Protestants are uniting with Popery and putting down their protest, and will officially declare the same October 31 2017. However true Protestants, those who believe and teach the principles of Revelation 14, will now be using every means available, both digitally and otherwise, to warn against the deceptions of Popery and her daughters; and when the digital platforms become closed to them, they will continue sharing the truth underground as did the Protestant reformers when their very lives were threatened for daring to oppose that mammoth institution of the Papacy and its millions of communicants across the globe. The line has been drawn in the sand, on which side will you be found?