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  • Jordan Peterson And The Left-Wing Smear Machine

    05/25/2018 11:49:25 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 10 replies ^ | 5-25-18 | John Sexton
    Author Carol Horton identifies herself as someone who leans left on political and cultural issues. Yesterday, in a piece for Quillette, she describes looking into Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and finding him “a refreshing departure from the standard discourse.” That put her at odds with friends who warned her that Peterson was “hate-filled right-wing propaganda.” But while Horton was willing to make up her own mind about Peterson, she found doing so left her feeling isolated and uncomfortable. Horton says the social pressure was so intense that she felt scared to speak up with her opinion. She believes that pressure...
  • Here comes Comrade Zuckerberg

    05/23/2018 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Jhadur · 18 replies
    Comrade Zuckerberg and his Lackeys ^ | Today | A band of monkeys
    "We are committed to reducing the spread of false news on Facebook. We remove fake accounts and disrupt economic incentives for people that share misinformation. We also use signals, like feedback from our community, to identify stories that may be false. In countries where we work with independent third-party fact-checkers, stories rated as false by those fact-checkers are shown lower in News Feed. If Pages or domains repeatedly create or share misinformation, we significantly reduce their distribution and remove their advertising rights. We're also working to empower people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share by giving...
  • Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly

    05/15/2018 6:41:08 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 43 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 5/15/18 | Alex Kantrowitz
    On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change to the way its conversations will work, evaluating not just the content of individual tweets, but the way users behave more broadly on the service. Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply acting like a jerk, it will push your tweets lower down. It’s the biggest update so far in the company’s push to create healthier conversations, an initiative announced by its CEO Jack Dorsey in March. Among the signals Twitter will use:...
  • Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet demands Spotify remove Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Brown, more

    05/15/2018 4:07:48 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/14/18 | Gerrick Kennedy
    In response to Spotify’s newly launched Hate Content and Hateful Conduct public policy, women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is calling on the streaming service to widen its net beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, which were the first acts to see their music removed from promotional playlists. UltraViolet, a national organization working on a range of issues including reproductive rights, healthcare, economic security, violence and racial justice, published an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek, applauding a recent decision to pull Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music from playlists and algorithmic recommendations. However, the group is also imploring that the policy be...
  • SUNY Oswego’s open mic night was anything but ‘open’

    05/11/2018 2:28:58 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2018 | 9:03pm | By Post Editorial Board
    “Open Mic” night May 2 at the SUNY Oswego Lifestyles Center turned out to not be so open after all. Taking the title at face value, conservative student Nicole Miller gave a speech about liberal intolerance on campus and — wait for it — got put on warning for making other students “uncomfortable.” The school’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Program coordinator, Trisha DeWolf, emailed Miller to say that if she did it again, she’d be banned from future open-mic events. (Kudos to the website Campus Reform for publicizing the remarkable missive.) While insisting she was “in support of [Miller’s] freedom...
  • An *effective* way to fight Twitter censorship, please sign the petition

    05/10/2018 3:12:57 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 11 replies petition ^ | 5/10/18 | self
    Research data shows Twitter heavily censors replies to government officials. This is NOT a partisan issue: Twitter censors about as many replies from liberals as they do conservatives. See the examples involving @AjitPaiFCC, @NancyPelosi, @EPAScottPruitt, @HouseDemocrats, and many more at the link. This censorship gives some citizens an unfair advantage over others. We are not asking you to regulate Twitter or similar. We only ask you to speak out against this practice and to urge government officials to tell Twitter not to censor replies to their accounts. If Twitter refuses to allow a level playing field, then government officials should...
  • The fight over net neutrality returns as supporters launch long-shot bid to resurrect the rules

    05/09/2018 8:53:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Time ^ | May 08, 2018 | 2:35 PM | Jim Puzzanghera
    Democrats and other supporters of the controversial internet traffic regulations are seeking to turn the tables on Republican opponents by using a legislative tactic, popularized recently by the GOP, to resurrect the rules the Federal Communications Commission struck down last year. ... Democrats are using the maneuver to keep the issue alive heading into this fall's elections, which will determine control of the House and Senate, said Daniel Lyons, an associate professor at Boston College Law School who specializes in telecommunications and internet legal matters. "It keeps the issue in the headlines, and it forces some members of Congress to...
  • (Vanity) Heading To The Cyber-gulag

    05/04/2018 5:05:23 PM PDT · by OddLane · 26 replies
    The InterWebz ^ | May 4, 2018 | Gerard Perry
    I haven't done a vanity in a while, and I intend on fleshing out my thoughts in a long form essay/piece for another website in the near future, but I figured I would give a personal perspective to the broader issue of online censorship by website owners that bill themselves as content neutral providers. I know that some, especially those who have no qualms about suppressing contrary points of view will object to the use of the phrase "censorship," since social media platforms like Twitter are not controlled by the government, therefore have a right to restrict and expunge any...
  • UC Berkeley: ‘Hard to defend’ free speech of conservatives who ‘incite’ liberal students

    05/04/2018 12:23:50 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2018 | Douglas Ernst -
    A long-awaited report on free speech protections at the University of California, Berkeley, blames “hard to defend” conservative speakers for inciting left-wing students to violence. A commission of Berkeley faculty, students formed in 2017 after violent and costly student protests called its commitment to free speech into question. Their months long study of the issue resulted in the conclusion that “ultra-conservative rhetoric” by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter only exists to “advance a facile narrative that universities are not tolerant of conservative speech.” “Contrary to a currently popular narrative, Berkeley remains a tolerant campus,” the report says,...
  • Shocker: Top Liberal Arts Colleges Don’t Hire Republicans Or Conservative Faculty

    05/02/2018 11:56:09 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 52 replies ^ | 5-2-18 | Jazz Shaw
    What would you say if I told you that the faculty at most colleges and universities, particularly the larger liberal arts schools, is predominantly composed of liberal Democrats? You might find that surprising if you happen to have been living under a rock for the past several decades but otherwise, this is pretty much a dog-bites-man story. But just how bad is the imbalance? Mitchell Langbert at the National Association of Scholars (NAS) recently finished a lengthy research project examining the question and has published the results. No matter how bad you think the level of liberal bias is at...
  • Zuckerberg’s Announcement Means Final Remaining Conservative Voices ... Will Be Eliminated ...

    05/02/2018 7:47:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies ^ | 05/01/2018 | by Jim Hoft
    Since the 2016 election Facebook has been cracking down on conservative and pro-Trump content. Top conservative websites have seen a stunning drop in their Facebook traffic. This was no accident. This was the plan. In January 2017, Facebook began making algorithm changes to make sure conservative news was no longer so influential. The Gateway Pundit Facebook traffic has consistently decreased with each algorithm change. A March 2018 study by The Outline organization found conservative publishers were hit the hardest by Facebook algorithm changes. The study also showed that The Gateway Pundit was hit the hardest. In March 2018 Western Journal...
  • Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today (Conservatives keep quiet)

    05/01/2018 9:09:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2018 | Dennis Prager
    Conservatives are keeping quiet about their beliefs. The dominant force in America and many other Western countries today is fear of the Left.This is a result of the fact that the most dynamic religion of the past 100 years has been neither Christianity nor Islam. It has been leftism. Whoever does not recognize this does not understand the contemporary world. Leftism — in its incarnations, such as Marxism, Communism, and socialism; expressed through egalitarianism, environmentalism, and feminism; in its denigration of capitalism and Western civilization, especially America and Israel; in its supplanting of Christianity and Judaism; through its influence on...
  • Dems Insist Social Media Not Mistreating Conservatives [semi-satire]

    04/28/2018 10:54:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Apr 2018 | John Semmens
    Despite the appearance of numerous witnesses and statistics indicating that FaceBook, Google, and Twitter use algorithms that have diverted traffic away from conservative voices, Democrats at the House Judiciary Committee hearing examining the "Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms" asserted that it's a "hoax" and that "it is a legitimate business practice to prevent unauthorized use of the media for politically unacceptable purposes." Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) argued that "hiding the posts and texts of persons expressing incorrect views is not censorship. The posts are still in the system. Conservatives have not been blocked from having their say. For Republicans...
  • Facebook Blocks Daily Caller Story On FBI Texts — Blames ‘Spam’ Algorithm

    04/27/2018 4:11:52 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2018 | Peter Hasson
    Facebook blocked users Friday from sharing a Daily Caller story on the 300 “missing” text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that were turned over to Congress on Thursday night. The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained and published the text messages early Friday morning. Sometime Friday afternoon, however, Facebook began blocking users from sharing the story with their friends, warning them that the story could be spam. TheDCNF’s reporters attempted several times to post the story on Facebook after readers began complaining that Facebook wouldn’t allow them to share the story. Each time, Facebook rejected...
  • California Wants to Ban Books Written by Ex-Gays

    04/27/2018 9:41:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/27/2018 | Megan Fox
    The California Legislature has proposed banning the sale of books written by ex-gay people and Christians who seek to help others who want to restrain or control their sexuality. Bill AB 2943 would ban the sale of goods and services that encourage one to change his or her sexual orientation or gender expression. That's right, the left is banning books! (Don't hold your breath waiting for the American Library Association to kick up a fuss, though.) National Review reported the details: First,  the bill by its own terms applies to very broad categories of services  and goods. Here’s the key enabling...
  • Chris Cuomo confronts GOP lawmaker over Diamond & Silk’s claims of censorship

    04/27/2018 8:33:48 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Bowden | John Bowden
    CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sparred with a GOP lawmaker on Friday over a House hearing Thursday that spent hours discussing erroneous claims that YouTube personalities "Diamond & Silk" had been censored by social media outlets. In an interview with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Cuomo asked whether King and other lawmakers had "wasted" taxpayer dollars on the hearing. "There's a whole number of reasons why it wasn't a waste of money, the first one of them is everyone in there was paid on staff. If we could have been doing something more important, perhaps you could make that argument," King said....
  • Diamond and Silk Clash with Rep. Hank Johnson in Explosive Hearing on Censorship

    04/26/2018 8:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | April 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Pro-Trump conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk, sisters whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on the topic of bias against conservatives by companies like Facebook, in a hearing that frequently went off the rails. The sisters defended their claims that they were censored by the tech giant, often in very strong terms. They said that if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was censoring liberals, “Democrats would be in the streets right now marching and calling him all types of racist.” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) implied the sisters were making a lot...
  • Republican social media bias hearing overshadowed by disputes over 'Diamond and Silk'

    04/26/2018 4:54:27 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/26/18 | Ali Breland
    A House Judiciary committee hearing on whether social media platforms discriminate against conservatives may have backfired on its GOP organizers. The hearing was meant to explore the “filtering practices of social media platforms,” but turned combative as Democratic lawmakers clashed with pro-Trump video personalities "Diamond and Silk" over whether their claims of censorship by Facebook are accurate. Etc...
  • Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster statue, scrutinized as racist, comes down

    04/26/2018 6:06:41 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 53 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 26, 2018 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - The statue of composer Stephen Foster that stood in Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood since 1940 was removed Thursday morning. Controversial for its portrayal of Foster, a Lawrenceville native, with an African American man seated below him, the bronze statue has been scrutinized as racist for years. Future of Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster statue in question Pittsburgh’s Art Commission decided with a unanimous vote on Oct. 25 that the 10x4 foot statue, which sits on a granite base, would come down within six months. Under city code, the Art Commission is responsible for overseeing the alteration, relocation or...
  • British police: Social media posts about Alfie Evans are ‘being monitored’

    04/25/2018 1:56:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2018 | Claire
    IMPORTANT: For live updates on the Alfie Evans case, click here. LIVERPOOL, England, April 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Liverpool police are warning that social media posts about “Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans” are “being monitored” and what they deem as “malicious communications” will be investigated. “Merseyside Police has been made aware of a number of social media posts which have been made with reference to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans,” Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said. “I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social...