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  • Publishing platform Medium suspends far-right figures

    02/21/2018 3:15:24 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2018 | Ali Breland
    The online publishing platform Medium has suspended the accounts of prominent far-right figures Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer. Medium spokesperson Sandee Roston told The Hill that the company does “not comment on individual accounts.” Roston did point to a Feb. 7 post detailing an update to its rules. “We have all seen an increase and evolution of online hate, abuse, harassment, and disinformation, along with ever-evolving campaigns of fraud and spam,” Medium's rules update reads. “We have strengthened our policies around this type of behavior.” “We do not allow calls for intolerance, exclusion, or segregation based on protected...
  • CPAC Cancels Panel On Social Media Censorship, Blocks Jim Hoft, Slurs Trump Supporters

    02/21/2018 7:00:36 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    GP ^ | 02/21/18 | Jim Hoft
    ** Pamela Geller has more. During the election The Gateway Pundit was the fourth most influential conservative news source. Following the 2016 election Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review funded research (with money from the Soros Open Society) to find out what happened. What they found was that conservative Americans whole-heartedly rejected the liberal media and went online and to social media to find the truth. The university researchers found that The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative news source during the election. (Behind Breitbart, FOX News, The Hill — and, of course, Matt Drudge and The Drudge Report)...
  • Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

    02/20/2018 3:13:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 20, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.” The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department. An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments. “A person who uses physical force against the Roman Pontiff incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; if he is a cleric, another penalty,...
  • Why Steemit Is The Platform Of The People And The Answer To Censorship

    02/19/2018 10:34:15 PM PST · by vannrox · 25 replies
    Disobedient Media ^ | February 5, 2018 | Elizabeth Vos
    I am no expert in crypto-currency, and I am brand new on Steemit. Though I’m still in the beginning stages of learning the ropes of a platform based on cryptocurrency, like Steemit, I want to bring the platform to the attention of as many people as possible for a few specific reasons.First, as Disobedient Media previously reported, social media giants including Facebook and Twitter have heavily censored political content and independent media over the course of the last year. Youtube, and its owner, mega-company Google, have likewise strangled the reach of independent news sources and commentary.Youtube has severely demonetized...
  • Youtube and Instagram face being banned in Russia

    02/15/2018 12:48:53 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 14 Feb 2018 | Sarah Malm
    YouTube and Instagram face ban in Russia unless they remove videos of oligarch Oleg Deripaska and deputy prime minister ‘relaxing on a yacht with an escort and discussing 'bad relations with America' Billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko were reportedly filmed by an escort on Deripaska's private yacht in 2016, which the Russian opposition, led by Alexei Navalny, claim is evidence of corruption and bribery. In one video, the two men can be heard referring to 'bad relations with America' and 'Nuland', referring to Victoria Nuland, the then Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs...
  • Why Are European Governments So Terrified of 'Fake News'?

    02/11/2018 11:30:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 12/2/18 | Judith Bergman
    ..... How adorable that Swedish media, which has been going out of its way to conceal and beautify news about Sweden – migrant rapes and other crimes, for example -- in its news coverage, suddenly and conveniently in election season, pretends to care about whether Swedish voters can access correct information. Correct information has not exactly been a priority until now: Swedish media never reports the ethnicity of rapists, for example, thereby not only making it harder for the public to help locate the perpetrators, but also refusing to depict reality as it is. Swedish media has even covered up...
  • Freerepublic blocked on hardees wifi?

    02/09/2018 10:15:25 AM PST · by jmclemore · 64 replies
    I was attached to a local wichita ks hardee's wifi and recieved the following message - "This website is blocked by your network operator. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact your network operator with the following information: URL: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index Category: Philosophy and Political Advocacy Server: 209.157.64.200:80" Several other conservative friendly sites are accessable and the DU website.. Are any of you able to visit a hardees and report back your experience.
  • Russia's ban on film “Death of Stalin” challenged with lawsuit in a city devastated by the Gulag

    02/08/2018 11:23:47 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    Meduza/Kommersant ^ | 7 Feb 2018
    On January 23, days before Armando Iannucci's new comedy “The Death of Stalin" was due to premiere in Russia, the Culture Ministry revoked the film’s distribution license. Hours before, the movie was screened for a group state officials who roundly criticized it as a mockery of Soviet history. Human rights activists in Syktyvkar have filed a lawsuit challenging the Culture Ministry’s decision to revoke the distribution license... Why sue in Syktyvkar? The region was tightly integrated with the Soviet Gulag, meaning that nearly every family with local roots dating back a few generations suffered directly because of Stalinism. The activists...
  • How campus politics hijacked American politics

    02/06/2018 9:13:20 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 2 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | January 26, 2018 | Cathy Young
    The defense of free speech has always been a bedrock bipartisan principle. So it’s unusual to hear a veteran liberal politician excuse campus outrage squads that shout down dissent. But that’s exactly what former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee head Howard Dean did in a recent appearance.. Dean’s take on this was that there are “consequences to free speech.” He caricatured Erika Christakis’s thoughtful, sensitive letter as an ugly screed mocking “snowflake” students and defending racist costumes. He also described the protesters as well-behaved, despite their screaming and bullying. ... Dean is hardly alone...progressives on and off campus are...
  • Facebook bans group planning to sabotage ‘Black Panther’ reviews

    02/04/2018 9:27:03 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 3, 2018 | Eric Brackett
    Marvel Studio News has reported that Facebook has banned a group that attempted to sabotage the fan review scores of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and also promised to do the same thing to Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. The group’s Facebook page was named “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys,” and it had created an event to post low review scores on the fan review section of the Rotten Tomatoes website. The exact motivations of the group aren’t completely clear, though some trends and theories have cropped up during the course of its actions. According to a...
  • The Washington Post Changes SOTU Headline Over ‘Liberal’ Backlash

    02/01/2018 6:04:24 AM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    Jeff Bezos’ blog, also known as the Washington Post, one of America’s most important newspapers which back in in the day was a bastion of investigative journalism, rewrote its State Of The Union headline following a massive backlash on social media from progressives/liberals or whatever you want to call the far left/social justice mob. The initial headline was tweeted by WaPo approximately one hour before the POTUS delivered his SOTU speech. The front-page headline reads: “|A call for bipartisanship”: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/958554913486884864
  • Fury as gallery removes Victorian Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece of pubescent naked nymphs [tr]

    02/01/2018 5:32:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2018 | Amie Gordon
    A leading art gallery is facing a furious backlash after taking down a Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece in a bid to 'provoke debate'. Manchester Art Gallery has temporarily removed John William Waterhouse's Hylas and the Nymphs in an attempt to rethink historical artwork that 'presents the female body as either a 'passive decorative form' or a 'femme fatale'.'
  • The Urgent Case for Legislation against Facebook and Google

    01/30/2018 11:00:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 30, 2018 | Pamela Geller
    Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. It is good to see establishment outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review coming to the same conclusion, or at least asking the same questions. Just this week, Facebook launched its latest of many attacks on my news site, the Geller Report. It labeled my site as "spam" and removed every Geller Report post -- thousands upon thousands of them, going back years – from Facebook. It also blocked any Facebook...
  • Why Russia Has a Problem With 'The Death of Stalin'

    01/28/2018 11:19:00 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Andrei Arkhangelsky
    In the run-up to presidential elections, the Kremlin arguably had more to gain from letting the comedy about Stalin appear in theaters than from imposing another ban - Which begs the question: What did they fear would happen if they released “The Death of Stalin”? In their appeal to Culture Minister Medinsky, cultural figures accused the film of “lampooning the history of our country” and “blackening the memory of our citizens who conquered fascism.” The action of the film, however, takes place in 1953 and makes no mention of the war — The only people who could actually take offense...
  • Police Raid Moscow Theater That Screened Banned 'Death of Stalin'

    01/27/2018 11:40:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/26/2018 | Vladimir Kozlov
    Armando Iannucci's movie was screened on Thursday and Friday in defiance of the culture ministry's ban. On Friday, police raided the Moscow movie theater Pioner, which screened Armando Iannucci's movie The Death of Stalin, banned in Russia by the culture ministry, news agency TASS reported. By the time several police officers showed up at the theater, located in central Moscow, the 11:50 a.m. screening was already over. A police source, quoted by TASS, said the theater could be fined for screening the movie, whose exhibition license was withdrawn on Tuesday just two days before it was scheduled to open. Meanwhile,...
  • Sean Hannity’s Twitter Account Vanishes After Posting Strange Tweet

    01/27/2018 12:14:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 145 replies
    GP ^ | 1-27-2018 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Twitter account belonging to Fox News host Sean Hannity vanished on Friday evening after an intense episode of his show focusing on corruption in the Department of Justice and the FBI — and a very strange tweet. The final tweet before his account disappeared read, “Form Submission 1649.” Those who attempted to access his feed were met with a blank account or an error message that read “Sorry, that page does not exist.” There has been speculation online that he was either hacked or deactivated by a rogue employee, but neither theory has been confirmed. We have reached out...
  • Kremlin Denies Censorship After 'Death of Stalin' Pulled from Cinemas

    01/26/2018 12:10:59 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan 25, 2018
    Stalin’s great-grandson Yakov Dzhugashvili said he had not watched “The Death of Stalin” but nevertheless supported the Russian ministry’s move to withdraw its distribution license. “How can a person be considered a human if death is a reason for them to laugh? That is subhuman,” he told the Govorit Moskva radio station Wednesday. The Kremlin has said Russia’s Culture Ministry did not exercise censorship when it revoked the screening license of a satire on the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The ministry revoked the distribution license for “The Death of Stalin” over “ideological animosity,” two days ahead of its...
  • Theresa May at Davos: Investors Must Boycott Social Media Firms Not Censoring ‘Extremist’ Views

    01/25/2018 9:09:28 AM PST · by davikkm · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | LIAM DEACON
    The prime minister is to call on investors to boycott social media platforms that do not delete and censor perceived “extremist” views. Speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum, Theresa May will argue that not enough is being done to fight terrorism and paedophiles online. However, right-wing opinions are already frequently censored on social media and other schemes championed by Mrs. May, such as the Prevent count-terror programme, have been used to target critics of Islam and members of UKIP. “Technology companies still need to go further in stepping up to their responsibilities for dealing with harmful and illegal online...
  • Davos Elite: Regulate Social Media Before Flyover Rubes Get Hooked on Wrong News Sources

    01/24/2018 1:00:48 PM PST · by mairdie · 24 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 24 Jan 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    [clip] The right wants regulation too, but of a very different kind. Multiple right-wing commentators have called for Google and Facebook, whose market share eclipses old 20th-century monopolies like Standard Oil and the Bell System, to be regulated like utilities. The impetus is the threat of political bias from companies that now have more influence over the flow of news and information than any other company in history. Facebook, through a recent change to its news feed algorithm, threatens to undercut the success of new media outlets. Google, by tweaking its search results, could swing an election anywhere in the...
  • Germany: Return of the Stasi Police State?

    01/25/2018 1:31:31 PM PST · by caww · 15 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 2, 2018 | Judith Bergman
    Germany's new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint -- regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say. Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political...