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Social Media Censorship Is Scary
Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2020 | Christina Herrin

Posted on 08/01/2020 10:49:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

One of the many great things about being an American is that we have the right to freedom of speech. I may not agree with what my neighbor has to say, but I will fight to the death for his or her ability to say it. This concept was a founding principle that is now in jeopardy because of the monopoly power wielded by social media giants.

An example of this disturbing trend occurred this week when a video from several frontline doctors who questioned the status quo position on COVID-19 treatments and protocols was summarily scrubbed from most top internet and social media sites.

After going “viral,” the video was immediately taken down by Twitter, YouTube, and several other prominent platforms. Unfortunately, many Americans missed the opportunity to watch the video before it was removed.

The reason for removal stems from the concern that the content contained in the video was misinformation about hydroxychloroquine (an extremely politicized drug used to treat COVID-19) and other information about the virus.

It would have been great to have been able to discuss the content of the video within this opinion editorial, but unfortunately, the video was censored by Big Tech so rapidly that even I have not been able to watch the entire video.

With that being said, this type of “cancel culture” creates an environment where people are mostly exposed only to their small polarized echo chambers. They are less likely to encounter alternative views and information, which exacerbates division.

Coronavirus, like many issues in America, has been politicized to a point where medical professionals are shut out of the discussion if they don’t agree with the status quo. Isn’t the media supposed to present all angles and give credence to experts who have alternative opinions?

The idea that simply disagreeing with the masses or dissenting from government mantras results in such backlash is disturbing in the least.

Perhaps John Stuart Mill said it best, “The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”

The main issue with censoring information and alternative opinions is that it reduces the ability of one to critically think and analyze facts. The information in the video could have been a complete hogwash. Or of a riveting new discovery, or a mixture of both. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will likely never know what the doctors said in the video.

In America, we treasure the idea of a robust public discourse. In many ways, Americans engaging in debate is how we have made major progress. Questioning the status quo can lead to very good outcomes and should be welcomed, not banned. Imagine if abolitionists or women’s rights advocates were banned from stating their opinion because those in charge simply disagreed with their positions.

The behavior by social media companies and other tech giants to quell certain opinions and information does no good, except to keep those in power in the driver’s seat.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: firstamendment; freedomofspeech
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1 posted on 08/01/2020 10:49:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

100% Controlled = 100% Fake


2 posted on 08/01/2020 10:58:27 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: Kaslin

What if....let’s say 75% of facebookers closed out their accounts and dropped them permanantly...


3 posted on 08/01/2020 11:00:57 AM PDT by exnavy (american by birth and choice, I love this country!)
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To: Kaslin

I’m old enough to remember Letters to the Editor. They were always subject to editing for length and to remove anything the editor thought wads inappropriate or libelous. That’s because the newspaper was a publisher and could be held legally responsible for what it published.

The phone company could not be sued if someone made a slanderous statement over it’s lines because it was not a publisher, but a neutral platform or common carrier.

As long as the exercise editorial judgement, we must stop treating social media companies like neutral platforms and hold them responsible for the content they publish.


4 posted on 08/01/2020 11:01:31 AM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan)
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To: Kaslin
What if we had a repository for content that twitter censored ? As twitter suspends a user another user tweets the same thing and gets suspended. Then another user tweets and so on. It would operate like a chain letter. After enough users were suspended maybe people would listen!
5 posted on 08/01/2020 11:21:15 AM PDT by GOWM (grumpy old white man)
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Lib-Whackjobs inspired Political Correctness and killed Freedom Of Speech. RIP.

Just say something controversial. You get fired, your family leaves you, your friends and social media accounts disappear and your house is torched and your car is destroyed.

All I said was “Nice day, eh?” It was a little cloudy that day. Sigh.

;-)


6 posted on 08/01/2020 11:21:58 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: bigbob
They are involved in "election interference!"

Crimes have been committed.

7 posted on 08/01/2020 11:23:28 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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They’re opt-in web services. There are alternatives.

Telecom news is the real threat

CNN is ATT
NBC, MSNBC are Comcast

Federally licensed telecom providers


8 posted on 08/01/2020 11:29:37 AM PDT by Gene Eric (On Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

All or the social media giants need to be broken up they are trying hard to control the majority of public political information so it fits their social agenda and political point of view.

These people are Arrogant, Un-American, and intentionally manipulating the social media to be anti conservative by controlling or eliminating conservative input.

They need to be stopped ASAP/broken up, or totally and instantly shut down.


9 posted on 08/01/2020 12:11:14 PM PDT by oldenuff35
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To: Kaslin
Call these brain-dead lemmings what they are.... Social Media Marxist Bully's"
10 posted on 08/01/2020 12:23:45 PM PDT by yoe (Want to HELP the Slave Trade and Drug Cartels in USA? Vote for a democrat........)
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Twitter is playing doctor when they have not even hired a resident real and true health expert to make these judgements and decisions yet... The job is still available in fact...

https://careers.twitter.com/en/work-for-twitter/202007/data-science-manager-health1.html


11 posted on 08/01/2020 12:31:46 PM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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And here is another one still not filled as a “health narrative” expert...

https://careers.twitter.com/en/work-for-twitter/202007/staff-data-scientist-consumer-product-health-team2.html


12 posted on 08/01/2020 12:39:04 PM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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And another for machine learning algorithms concerning health issues...

https://careers.twitter.com/en/work-for-twitter/202005/software-engineer-systems-health-machine-learning-infrastructure0.html

They are acting without any qualified professional scientific judgement or scrutiny as it is right now. Pure politics based on a narrative and propaganda. “Their” experts are not even in place yet.


13 posted on 08/01/2020 12:45:15 PM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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To: Kaslin

I have all 3 videos safely downloaded and playable from my hard drive, backup and multiple other offline devices.


14 posted on 08/01/2020 1:02:50 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (When you realize world leaders are continuing Charles Mansons HELTER SKELTER)
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15 posted on 08/01/2020 1:07:26 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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Isn’t the media supposed to present all angles and give credence to experts who have alternative opinions?

Precious.

16 posted on 08/01/2020 1:16:23 PM PDT by workerbee (==)
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To: Kaslin

About time. The people who own these companies want to destroy the country that made them rich.
If some snowflake is offended by someone’s words then these companies can add a Hide button.
The democrats do not believe in free speech.

Trump White House Implements Executive Order on Online Censorship: Prevents Tech Giants from Altering Users’ Free Speech
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/huge-trump-white-house-implements-executive-order-online-censorship-prevents-tech-giants-altering-users-free-speech-demands-transparency-moderation-practices/


17 posted on 08/01/2020 1:21:28 PM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: Kaslin

By “Social Media,” we mean a handful of leftist billionaires.


18 posted on 08/01/2020 2:05:21 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Trump is solving the world's problems only to distract us from Russia.)
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Doctor gives link to new website after her site was scrubbed. Must see 5 min video with Tucker Carlson.

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19 posted on 08/01/2020 3:03:35 PM PDT by heterosupremacist (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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newspeak


20 posted on 08/02/2020 2:47:35 AM PDT by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches, or Trump in general, while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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