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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

They Pressure US Congressmen to Restrict Content of 'Narcos' on Social Networks

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

"If it is illegal in real life, it would have to be illegal online," a specialist said.

The Alliance to Fight Online Crime requires US lawmakers to toughen legislation to restrict the exposure of drug traffickers on social media.

The Alliance to Combat Online Crime (ACCO) increases pressure in Washington to demand that legislators tighten current legislation to restrict access to networks of organizations such as the Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels. as well as the Familia Michoacána, among others.

The video, lasting several minutes, is worthy of a horror movie: a man with a chainsaw tortures another, tied with tan colored tape. "So that he doesn't give up!" Shouts his executioner.

In a country that has been fighting for more than a decade between drug cartels, the recording is nothing new: many like that have been shared on social networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram, where there are also many accounts that show the glamorous side of the narco, with pictures of beautiful women, wads of money, gold-plated assault rifles, sports cars and designer clothes.

But after the decision of the Silicon Valley tech giants to censor extremist opinions - with Donald Trump and thousands of his followers as the main examples - the free access of drug cartels or apologists for narcoculture to digital platforms has also become an issue. A debate, at least for some organizations in the United States that are calling for the first time to reform the law to close the way to organized crime.

Under the slogan: "if it is illegal in real life, it would have to be illegal online", academics from different countries, grouped in the Alliance to Combat Online Crime (ACCO, in English) have accelerated a pressure campaign in Washington to demand that legislators modify the legal framework and force technology giants to restrict access to the networks of organizations such as the Sinaloa cartel, the Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and the Familia Michoacana, among others.

"The Mexican drug cartels and other violent gangs like MS-13 have turned social networks into weapons, just like the Islamic State, using the internet as a force multiplier to intimidate, harass and extort their victims," ​​the alliance maintains. , which has even presented testimony before the United States Congress to demand legal reforms.

"Although these accounts often contain highly graphic violent content, only few are closed. For law enforcement, the cross-border nature of this criminal activity presents a great challenge," the organization stressed in an investigation into the use of networks. Social issues on the part of the Mexican narco.

For the alliance, the crux lies in a 25-year-old law in the United States, which allows most California technology companies to enjoy "broad immunity (...) even when they knowingly host and broadcast content. Uploaded by drug cartels and other illegal groups. " This is the Communications Decency Act, section 230, which clearly establishes that companies have no responsibility for violent content that may be uploaded by their users.

But alongside the calls for Washington to impose greater control, there is the debate on freedom of expression and whether the state should assume the role of censor. For example, Facebook has emphasized that illegal content, in effect, should be removed, but without disregarding the almost sacred principle that users of the social network express themselves freely.

"I think we have two responsibilities: to remove content that may cause harm as efficiently as we can and to fight to uphold the broadest possible definition of freedom of expression," the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in 2019 during a presentation at Georgetown University, widely regarded as the businessman's most important speech on freedom of posting.

The debate about what is permissible and what is not intensified after the US elections last November, when the accounts of the defeated Donald Trump were suspended and later canceled on the grounds that they spread false information and called for a possible danger to society.

On the cancellation of Trump's account, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted on the social network some of his opinions about the decision, one of the most momentous in the history of the company.

His arguments focused on how much a company can push to close access to one or more people. Indeed, the issue centers around the balance of freedom of expression against the collective good.

“I am neither celebrating nor proud of having to kick @realDonaldTrump off Twitter or how we got here. After a very clear threat that we would take action, we made the decision with the best information we had (...) I think this was the right decision for Twitter.

We face an extraordinary and unsustainable circumstance, forcing us to focus our actions on public safety, ”he wrote last January.

And where does the frontier lie of what can be shown and what cannot be shown?

In Mexico, until now, there is free access. When browsing the Internet, it is common to come across videos of armed confrontations where alleged members of organized crime, almost always with their faces covered, show off their firepower, artillery and budget.

Adapted trucks such as tanks, sniper rifles or grenade launchers parade before the cyber audience are the tools of these influencers.

On other occasions, they simply have to hint at their strength by showing their weapons on camera and launching threats left and right against rival organizations or authorities from the three levels of government that lead operations against them.

Like that video of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, released in July 2020, where a group of heavily armed hitmen shout: "Absolute mob of Mr. Mencho!"

During 2020 in social networks, the Mexican organizations that stood out the most, according to the experts of the Alliance, are the Sinaloa cartel and Los Zetas, which have a good number of followers.

In that year, for example, according to ACCO records, the Sinaloa cartel accumulated more than 88,000 followers on Twitter in an account that is currently terminated.

While Los Zetas, one of the Mexican cartels that are best known around the world for its "super violent" content, has come to broadcast murders on YouTube, and according to the ACCO registry, it has a Facebook universe with approximately 47 thousand accounts connected to each other.

In addition to the children of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán and Ismael El Mayo Zambada of whom social networks have detailed private aspects of their lives since they were very young, one of the most recognized cases of drug influencers is, perhaps, that of the assassin of La Familia Michoacana known as Broly Banderas, whose real name has transcended is Antonio Olalde.

Broly Banderas, as he called himself by the name of a character from the cartoon Dragon Ball Z and the Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, constantly published aspects of his private life on his social media profiles and reported, in great detail, of their daily activities under the orders of Servando Gómez La Tuta.

The presence of the cartels on social networks, according to the ACCO, has a simpler explanation than you might think: "To some extent, young and savvy criminals use social networks in the same way as young people from all over the world, to document and show off their lives. "

That's why Instagram and Twitter posts with cash, gold-plated and gem-encrusted guns, luxury cars, yachts, parties at expensive venues, and even showing off exotic pets such as tigers or lions , are a powerful recruiting tool for unemployed youth "who see gangster life as a way out of monotony (and get easy money)."

Source: Milenio


  1. I get it if they're glorifying it but most of those pages are just spreading narco news or the 411 to those that don't know about more in dept sites like this one.

  2. Interesting fight for what many will call overstepping freedom of expression.
    A double edge sword.

    1. If by freedom of expression it means people can still call AA people the N word as well as other races being called derogatory terms. Then people with disabilities either mental or physical being humilliated by derogatory terms as well.
      Should we allow all I mentioned as well for "Freedoms" sake?
      Or should Freedom of Expression be used correctly-keyword- and only help us agree or disagree say on paying more taxes to build a brand new city park, hospital, school or perhaps another public works project?
      Or can it also be used correctly by allowing us to disagree or agree on comming to terms say locally like with our families as far as which vehicle or house is best to purhase to live and drive us and our kids.
      We can express that SUV's are the best vehicles around while dissing crossover vehicles. Or vise versa. We can express that a new house away from the city with a long drive time to work is better than living in a crowded apartment close to everything.
      What would be the difference between dissing people and vehicles or even houses and apartments?
      Well if you don't know this by now...

  3. yes...silencing the messenger will solve the problems down there.


    Aguililla villagers kicking army out the town.

    1. They dont want the viagras back, army is viagras remember that

  5. You would be doing a favor them Fame power and recognition only brings dead if you dont believe look at my friend CHINO ANTRAX and now take a look at my brother and friend MAYITO FLACO

    1. why you put a ruso flag is Mayo supporting ruso ?
      Can’t he just tell Ivan to stop being a Lil princess
      Since you know flaco you should know this
      Also Salazar Garibay probably novenos and Durango vs ruso wtf is that lol ni así pueden con la gente del sr ? Valen pa pura verga bola de cobardes

  6. The days of a "free and open" web are numbered, if not already over. The private coorporations that provide the platforms will always assert their right to control content. Google, facebook microsoft, etc are massive cooporate entities now.
    The point of media is to mediate the opinion of the people. I could go on and on but the writing is on the wall. Enjoy it while you can, fight against censorship, even if you don't agree with viewpoints expressed, because next it may be your turn to be banned.

    1. Interesting comment. Curious if censorship that poses harm & violence against man or establishment of government should be taken to consideration?
      After all January 6th posed a threat to one's election process?
      How or what can be described or labeled as free speech & from what many otherwise disagree? Opinions are a dime a dozen. Many of these are strongly supported by a majority from both sides.


    2. "Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains"
      - Rousseau

    3. It this prevents more flat earth or steal comments I am ok with this.educate yourself and educate you spelling.
      What’s the video from thy guy who found the copy bug on copy machines and you will understand.
      @mods, sry for being OT

  7. This is a cover for wanting to censor leaks of private information pertaining to corrupt politicians. Both left and right. This is just a push to censor everyone else.

  8. Marc Zuckerberg is the biggest hypocrite in the world. He pretends to lobby towards free speech and expression while constantly suspending accounts for words he finds inappropriate like the four letter words. And even will suspend you for posts made years ago due to one word being in them he doesn’t accept as free speech and is in no way threatening or illegal

  9. That picture of m1 looks crazy

  10. USA is in a fu@& mess
    to censor the truth is against everyones rights
    Sorry but the Demmm dont want people to know the truth about the Cartels the money the drug addicts
    Our Gov is a mess right now

    But Borderland Beat THANK YOU
    For your hard work on reporting and bringing us the Real Scoop

    We all have to fight for Freedom to Report The News
    in the Real


  11. Outlaw Hollywood then. They have been glorifying the same shit for decades....

  12. "Trump and thousands of his followers"

    They still pushing the insurrection that hadahad actors no weapons? Everyone following each other in a orderly fashion with pre-installed camera crews inside the Whitehouse to catch all the action first hand!

    Only an idiot would believe mainstream media at this point.

  13. Censorship, communism is here.

  14. A case of The People vs. Larry Flynt. You may not agree with what's being published, but in no way is it the governments role to decide what you see or can not see. What are we turning into? China? North Korea? God forbid, Cuba!...

  15. Talk about about a (brief!) blast from the past in Broly Banderas. “Silence truly is golden,” ain’t it, Broly?!

    Only in America will one see people who not only have no problem with bottomfeeding, bribed—or “pay to play” as characterized by one disgusting succubus and former first lady (lower case by design)—elected officials, but who become literally squeamish at the idea of a network filming a series devoted to chronicling the modern Mexican drug world/narco culture—as NARCOS: MEXICO does, covering c. 1975 up through approximately 1989 with the current stopping point being M.A.F. Gallardo’s arrest and the break up of The Federation/Guadalajara Cartel. These people and their “logic” are neurotic and laughable. To quote Yuri the Cosmonaut from THE BIG BANG THEORY: “And these people [Americans] won the Cold War?!”



    1. The intelligence will be affected by this more than the cartels.

  17. Let them expose themselves and think they're safe from surveillance.


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