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  • Brad Parscale: Big Tech is becoming Big Brother

    08/16/2018 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Pollard · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 16, 2018 | Brad Parscale
    Big Tech has a big bias problem. Social media platforms that once facilitated the free exchange of ideas and information are now actively seeking to silence and censor conservative opinions. This new Orwellian impulse that is taking over Big Tech is particularly problematic because social media websites, which are supposed to be safe spaces for all free speech, get special legal perks. Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, websites such as Facebook and Twitter are not treated as publishers of “information provided by another” — which would subject them to libel laws and other headaches publishers have to...
  • Houston restaurant shuts down social media after Sessions photo backlash

    08/13/2018 3:27:46 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/13/18 | Megan Keller
    A Houston Tex-Mex restaurant has shut down its social media accounts after receiving insults and death threats for posting a picture of executive chef Domenic Laurenzo with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. KHOU11, a CBS affiliate, reported the restaurant posted the photo Friday and wrote that it was an “honor” to serve the attorney general, thanking him “for allowing us to serve you.” The Tex-Mex eatery was immediately hit with criticism online. Some called for a boycott of the restaurant and Laurenzo told KHOU that he received death threats. Laurenzo told KHOU that the response was entirely unexpected. “We didn’t...
  • Twitter Censorship (Vanity)

    08/12/2018 12:53:29 PM PDT · by OddLane · 39 replies
    Self | August 12, 2018 | GerardPerry
    Let me just make a prefatory statement. For those of you who don't care about social media, view it as unimportant, or look at this as a pointless waste of time and resources-all of this are perfectly valid, perhaps even correct viewpoints-don't read this thread. Your voice has been heard. That said, for those of you who think this is one of if not the most important shapers of public opinion, and is vital to the progressive manipulation of American society in pernicious ways, I want to explain why the expulsion of non-left wing, non-progressive, and non-neoconservative opinion from the...
  • Twitter says InfoWars account will remain online despite violating its rules

    08/10/2018 7:16:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/10/18 | John Bowden
    A Twitter spokesman says several posts by InfoWars host Alex Jones flagged by CNN violated the site's content policy, but say just two of them are recent enough for action to be taken against the right-wing host. The spokesman told CNN on Friday that seven posts out of more than a dozen reported by CNN in an article Thursday violated the site's content policy, with some messages including degrading messages about religious groups or gender identities while others spread conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting. Just two of the posts, however, were recent enough for the company to take future...
  • Facebook is shedding massive traffic

    08/09/2018 6:25:09 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 35 replies
    BGR ^ | August 8th, 2018 | Andy Meek
    Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with CNBC by market research firm SimilarWeb, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in a slow-drip but nevertheless huge decline over the last two years... Facebook losing such a large amount of traffic over the last few years is part of a broad realignment in the social media landscape that’s only going to continue, likely with surprising outcomes. It’s also apparently creating buying opportunities. In a blog post earlier this year, BTIG speculated that Twitter is going to be acquired at some point this year.
  • ALEX JONES’ WRITTEN STATEMENT ON INTERNET CENSORSHIP

    08/09/2018 10:14:52 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 189 replies
    infowars.com ^ | August 8, 2018 | Alex Jones
    This is a dangerous precedent that can be used against any ideology, left or right Across the board in what appears to be a highly-coordinated effort to silence the message behind Infowars and Alex Jones, most major social media, backbone utilities associated with our web site and video platforms have launched unprecedented account bans and suspensions on virtually all of our channels. Regardless of what you think of me, and what you have heard indirectly through third-party sources, you are clearly witnessing a 21st century purge of an ideology. And even if you don’t agree with our message that everyone...
  • Censorship: How to Shutdown Free Speech

    08/08/2018 12:47:24 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/08/18 | Charles Wills
    The Left want full control over speech so they can feed the public lies and disinformation without anyone being able to expose their lies The ban of the Alex Jones channel by Youtube was just the tip of the iceberg. Many more conservatives have also been banned by Youtube, Facebook, Apple and Twitter, but socialist political hacks can spout off 4 letter words on Youtube, and make hate filled racist remarks against whites on Twitter with impunity. Apparently, corporate media censors have gotten together to silence conservative voices. Is this just the usual Liberal hypocrisy, or something else? I think...
  • There Is Life Beyond Facebook and All Social Media

    08/08/2018 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/08/18 | Judi McLeod
    When it’s the survival of a beloved country voters can see at stake, survival is surprisingly resilient The ganging up and piling on of social media in the Midterm Election Campaign, members of which are the same ones that banned Alex Jones, is not new. In fact, it’s Election 2016 Redux, returning for a second stab in the back with a vengeance. Jones’ followers, already scrambling to find him any way possible, prove that there is life after Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Google YouTube et al.
  • The Virtual Disappearing of Alex Jones

    08/07/2018 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 70 replies
    Vanity | August 7, 2018 | Behind the Blue Wall
    No, I am not going to start this post with a disclaimer about how much I personally dislike Alex Jones and Infowars. No, I don't believe everything he says, anymore than I believe CNN or any other outlet, but I enjoy hearing a wide variety of perspectives. I also believe that a lot of important political activities happen behind closed doors, and I'm curious to find out as much as I can about the most important of them, and that apparently makes me a "conspiracy theorist". Further, having watched a fair amount of Alex Jones over the years, he has...
  • Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

    Major technology companies including Apple, Facebook and YouTube deleted years of content from conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars platforms over allegations of hate speech, a sudden clampdown that is fueling the growing debate over how big technology companies choose to censor. The move was unusual for its sweep and speed, suggesting a new assertiveness by technology companies that in the past have worked to avoid alienating conservatives, who often assert that left-leaning Silicon Valley is biased against them. The removals appeared to be prompted by more users flagging Infowars content for policy violations. ''' "...spreading provocative theories...
  • Facebook asking major US banks for financial data: report

    08/06/2018 5:43:44 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 14 replies
    Facebook is asking major U.S. banks for financial data in order to provide more online shopping services and to track consumer spending habits, The Wall Street Journal reported. But according to the Journal, financial institutions are reluctant to partner with the social media network over privacy concerns. One bank has reportedly pulled out of discussions with Facebook because of the issue. The news comes as Facebook struggles to fend off concerns that arose from a privacy scandal in which a political consulting firm obtained data on 87 million users without their knowledge.
  • George Gilder Says Facebook (And Google) Central Control Model Is Doomed

    08/04/2018 7:58:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Vident Financial ^ | 08/04/2018
    The timing could not be better. The same week that Facebook stock prices went into full meltdown (the largest one day loss in market history (though that headline is a little bit of hype - percent decline is the real thing to look at)), was also the same week that George Gilder's new book, Life After Google (henceforth LAG), was published.I had the honor of being able to read the original treatment for the book last year and then the pre-pub galleys last month, so I had already read two versions of the book before it went on sale. It...
  • Andrew Torba and Tech Censorship [CEO of Gab interviewed]

    08/04/2018 2:59:48 PM PDT · by snarkpup
    ramzpaul (YouTube channel) ^ | Aug 4, 2018 | hosts: Paul Ramsey (Ramzpaul) & Tiina Wiik (Swan of Tuonela)
    Happy Homelands is back this Saturday with a can’t miss episode. Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, will join us to discuss Free Speech and Big Tech.
  • It’s time for an online Civil Rights Act (Censoring Hate)

    08/03/2018 1:26:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/03/18 | Kristen Clarke and David Brody
    Today’s white supremacist and neo-Nazi social media trolls have much in common with the angry mobs that beat civil rights activists at lunch counters, defaced houses of worship, and stood in the schoolhouse door. Both then and now, these hateful forces sought to disenfranchise and exclude minorities and women from modern society. The tech industry has catalyzed a new generation of hate groups looking to provoke tensions and precipitate violence online. The time has come to deploy civil rights laws to the digital economy. Hateful activities on social media platforms aimed at racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, and the...
  • GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on ‘shadow banning’

    08/02/2018 8:22:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Bowden - 08/02/18 | John Bowden - 08/02/18
    House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wants Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about allegations that Dorsey's platform participated in "shadow-banning" of conservative users. Axios reports that McCarthy sent a letter to the committee's chairman, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), urging him to request a hearing with Dorsey to learn more about "filtering and censorship practices on his platform.” “Any solution to this problem must start with accountability from companies like Twitter, whose platforms have enormous potential to impact the national conversation — and unfortunately, enormous potential for abuse,” McCarthy said, according to...
  • Fake Facebook groups leave real activists feeling frustrated

    08/02/2018 3:32:26 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/02/18 | Ali Breland
    Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter was still reeling from President Trump’s announcement banning military service by transgender people when she received an email asking if she would help organize a protest against the policy. For Hunter, who identifies as transgender, the ban felt personal, so she was happy to help set up a protest in Washington, D.C. The local organizer offered to connect Hunter, executive director of the Trans Women of Color Collective, with a woman named Mary Smith from the activist group “ReSister.” For the next two days, Mary Smith worked with Hunter on Facebook Messenger to organize the protest....
  • Why I exposed baseball’s hateful tweeters

    07/31/2018 3:39:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 31, 2018 | Associated Press
    A pair of Twitter users whose posts exposing offensive tweets by baseball players went viral over the weekend say their aim was not malicious but to give fans a fuller picture of whom they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. In exclusive interviews with The Associated Press, both users said they weren’t looking for the years-old tweets from Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader or Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb, but when the posts came across their timelines, they felt obligated to share them.
  • Facebook Catches Effort to Meddle in 2018 Election

    07/31/2018 9:56:33 AM PDT · by BBell · 47 replies
    https://www.thewrap.com/ ^ | 7/31/18 | Sean Burch
    Facebook has spotted a series of pages and accounts suspected of working to politically manipulate users, the social media giant announced Tuesday. The social network is ramping up its efforts to stop election meddling heading into the 2018 U.S. midterms. The company said it spotted dozens of “inauthentic accounts” on both Facebook and Instagram as part of its investigation. Facebook hasn’t tied the accounts to the Internet Research Agency — the Kremlin-linked troll factory that leveraged the platform to spread misinformation before the 2016 presidential election — and doesn’t know who is behind the coordinated accounts. “It’s clear that whoever...
  • Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologizes for racist & homophobic tweets

    07/29/2018 4:28:44 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    SB Nation ^ | July 29, 2018 | Eric Stephen
    Another day, another athlete exposed for terrible behavior on social media. Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb apologized on Sunday after a series of his homophobic and racist tweets were found. The tweets in question were made in 2011 and 2012 when Newcomb was a freshman at the University of Hartford.
  • Twitter, Facebook and the war against logic

    07/29/2018 7:31:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/29/18 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Big SM looking to guide its users to correct thinking It really isn’t any surprise that social media giants are taking heat this last week for the ill thought-out actions of constraining free speech on their platforms. Taking punitive action against individuals under the guise of saving users the pain of glimpsing an offensive meme, comment or video, Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube has been deleting, locking and hiding content of targeted accounts. Not only have they demonetized accounts of popular personalities like Diamond and Silk, the black female duo leading the pack of Trump supporters, but they have refused...