On April 28, Facebook user Reinhard H. published the following words on the subject of gas and petrol prices. He’s arguably one of the first citizens to get fed up with the government’s corrupt policies – and he also researched that gas prices were half that in 2013 at identical wholesale prices. His question: “Isn’t that a scam?” Fact checkers pounced on the text, but couldn’t completely invalidate it.
A viral, open letter on social media, edited by the editors
Hello Mr. Chancellor Nehammer!
Loved listening to your words as they told the citizens that they had spent a lot of money (our money, from the citizens and from the state) to refill the gas storage tanks. I THINK THAT REALLY SOCIAL. They just forgot that our gas storage facility was 95% full by January 12, 2022 (paid for with the money of Austrian citizens) and was then sold by the energy suppliers to other countries for a lot of money. [Diese Aussage wird von Faktencheckern bekämpft und damit der gesamte Text als unrichtig markiert und zensiert.]
The resulting profits were pocketed by the energy suppliers! And that is FRAUD on the Austrian PEOPLE. And the government has watched as the utilities make profits from theft. They should take responsibility for this scam along with the Treasury Secretary and pay back the amounts.
But a small bargain on the side, the energy industry, which is 68% owned by the Austrian taxpayer, smelled a rat in the PREIS lottery immediately due to the Ukraine war and increased the prices, although this did not result in a bottleneck or change in capacity.
Of course, the petrol price lottery, which has been fooling Austrians for ten years: the prices change three times a day, although the price of crude oil in Rotterdam does not change during the day. This is a scam on the people. As of April 26, 2022, the price of crude oil was the same as it was on April 27, 2013. At that time, petrol cost 1.10 euros, and at cheap filling stations it was only 0.998 euros. Isn’t that a scam?
You will surely be surprised by these numbers, because I have never discovered farsightedness and powers of deduction in you. If you were for the Austrian people and did not represent the status of the elected dictatorship, you would, like the great statesmen in the republic who lived decades before you and were elected by the people, and not like you, look to the had swindled up posts, finally set a price regulation for basic foodstuffs and the price of petrol. But that is not in the interest of the party.
Even if not all the contents of this letter have been researched correctly, the frustration and powerlessness of the typical Austrian citizen can be read from it. People know that they are being scammed and that this scam can wipe out their savings and even their very existence. But you don’t know how to deal with it all. Most of them understand that this situation arose without necessity and could be brought under control by political control measures. In particular, the energy price increases at the expense of end customers, which have nothing to do with the actual production costs, are highly problematic.
The text is simply a permissible expression of opinion by a disgruntled citizen, which is fully covered by the right to freedom of expression. The governments of Europe circumvent the ban on censorship by “outsourcing” these measures to so-called “fact-checkers”. These assign predicates such as “lack of context”, “partially wrong”, “misleading” and consequently restrict the expression of opinion massively – up to total censorship. This procedure is unconstitutional and has already been successfully fought legally several times in Germany. In Austria, Facebook is almost impossible to sue. Incidentally, freedom of expression has nothing to do with the fact that every opinion must always be 100 percent correct.
At this point in time, that is Original post on Facebook Shared 1,730 times. This comparatively small number, considering how much the reach of such posts is limited by Facebook, already motivates the “fact checkers” to carry out their pernicious activity of censorship. Supervised thinking must obviously already affect the smallest citizen. This also shows how disgusting this censorship works, because because part of the writing is incorrect, the entire opinion is immediately negated and censored.