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  • Leaked exchanges from internal posts at Facebook show employees wanted to remove Trump's 'looting and shooting' tweets that were reposted to the site despite CEO Zuckerberg saying they were 'essential state advice'

    05/31/2020 12:10:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 31 2020 | JAMES GORDON
    Some workers at Facebook are unhappy with the social media giant's decision to not take any action on controversial posts by President Donald Trump, despite having been flagged on Twitter. Some of the employees are calling on Facebook executives to reconsider the decision to keep up Trump''s controversial posts about mail-in ballots and the Minnesota protests. 'I have to say I am finding the contortions we have to go through incredibly hard to stomach,' one employee was quoted in an email as reported by The Verge.
  • Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life. They Don’t Deserve Protection

    05/30/2020 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 30, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    The debate about whether social media companies should have protection from liability misses a larger question about their role in American society. There’s nothing like a row between Twitter and President Trump to turn everyone into an expert on 47 U.S. Code § 230, a heretofore obscure section of federal law that deals with liability protections for companies like Twitter.Go on social media right now and you’re bound to find friends, neighbors, and colleagues opining on federal statutes and citing old Supreme Court cases to bolster their arguments that we have to do this or that right now to save the...
  • Multiple Twitter Employees Have Called For President Trump To Die On The Social Network's Website

    05/29/2020 11:26:06 PM PDT · by TweetBrettMac · 6 replies
    Jeff Rich, Twitter’s legal counsel and senior legal director, tweet in February that the president must be “culled from the herd“. Earlier today, Nationalist Review reported that a Twitter employee, Erik Froese, tweeted a call for President Donald Trump to “die in a fire”. Rich’s profile prominently displays his role working for the tech company: “I work @Twitter, but I don’t make content or verification decisions. Tweets – and politics – here are mine alone. Sr. Legal Director & AGC (Associate General Counsel).”
  • Twitter places warning label on Trump tweet about Minneapolis protests [with PDJT response]

    05/29/2020 4:59:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2020 | Mike Brest
    Twitter placed a warning label on one of President Trump's tweets about the protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. The social media giant said the early Friday morning tweet, which called the protesters "THUGS" and implied they could be shot, "glorified violence" and therefore violated Twitter's rules on violence. Twitter did not take the tweet down, but it is hidden from view unless a user wants to see it. . . . "Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical...
  • Should President Trump ditch Twitter and signup to Parler?

    05/29/2020 12:56:31 AM PDT · by RandFan · 96 replies
    Twitter ^ | 29 May 2020 | RandFan
    OK This really crosses the line ... Twitter are now directly censoring Trump's tweets! Do you think he should give up on Twitter and signup to an alternative like Parler(.com)? Many banned/shunned conservatives are on that site and it's a very similar platform to Twitter. If Trump left Twitter and signed up to Parler(.com) he would take many of his 80 MILLION followers with him! It could be HUGE... Discuss!
  • Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

    05/28/2020 3:05:35 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 33 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.  Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey...
  • Twitter Removes Fact Check from President Trump’s Tweet

    05/28/2020 10:24:45 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 46 replies
    TGP ^ | May 28, 2020
    On Tuesday Twitter added a fake fact-check to President Trump’s tweet on mail-in voting scandals. And the person behind Twitter “Site Integrity” is an avowed leftist who says there are “nazis in the White House.” On Wednesday Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to Team Trump and Attorney to President Trump, issued a response to Twitter’s partisan tactics: Team Trump rejects Twitter’s blatantly partisan attempt to ‘fact check’ the President on election integrity. Twitter falsely undermined the truth and opinion of his tweet, thereby misleading the American public on the valid concerns with mail-in ballots. FACTS: Mail-in balloting increases the chain...
  • It’s Time To Stop Pretending Twitter Is Neutral

    05/28/2020 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 28, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    If Twitter wants to editorialize and 'factcheck' President TrumpÂ’s tweets with disclaimers, then it should be treated like any other publisher. TwitterÂ’s decision this week to append a disclaimer to President TrumpÂ’s tweets about the risks of mail-in ballot fraud should be enough, at long last, for us to dispense with the fiction that Twitter is nothing more than a neutral platform.ItÂ’s not, it never has been, and itÂ’s time to stop pretending otherwise.Set aside the relative merits of TrumpÂ’s comments and the entire debate about whether mass voting by mail is a good idea, because thatÂ’s not whatÂ’s important...
  • Twitter fact-checks China official after Post presses on Trump double standard

    05/27/2020 11:10:42 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 27 2020 | Steven Nelson
    Confronted with an apparent double standard in its lack of fact-check warnings on tweets by a Chinese government spokesman versus the hardline it took with President Trump this week, Twitter on Wednesday added notations to the postings, which falsely accused the US government of causing the coronavirus pandemic. The social media company’s decision follows its flagging of a pair of tweets from Trump that said mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud. That decision outraged Trump and called into question the political bias of the man in charge of fact checking for the social media giant. But when The Post asked...
  • Tucker Carlson torches Twitter fact-check of Trump as 'a lie' and 'a form of political censorship'

    05/27/2020 11:05:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27 2020 | Charles Creitz
    Tucker Carlson accused Twitter on Wednesday of "purg[ing]" political viewpoints one day after the social media platform "fact-checked" a tweet by President Trump opposing mail-in voting during elections. The "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host opened his show by "stating the obvious," telling his viewers that Trump tweets "an awful lot, and many wish he wouldn't." "Whether or not it’s politically wise ... Donald Trump has an absolute right as an American to express what he actually thinks, even if every other person on Earth disagreed with him," Carlson said. "When they used to tell you this was a free country ......
  • Zuckerberg: 'Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online'

    05/27/2020 6:09:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 27 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday doubled down on his defense of the platform not labeling misinformation shared by politicians after Twitter placed warnings on two posts from President Trump it deemed “misleading.” Asked by Fox News’ Dana Perino if he thought Twitter “made the wrong decision,” Zuckerberg said his platform has “a different policy than Twitter on this.” “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in the interview on Fox's "The Daily Briefing." “I think in general private companies probably shouldn't be — especially...
  • BREAKING: President Trump to sign Executive Order on Social Media Censorship

    05/27/2020 4:37:25 PM PDT · by RandFan · 568 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 May 2020 | Jack Posobiec
    @JackPosobiecBREAKING: President Trump to sign Executive Order on Social Media Censorship --- Developments to follow (if any) Developing story...
  • TheirTube (Youtube's censorship of dissenting views)

    05/27/2020 3:05:40 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/27/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore the recent Youtube ban of David Wood, and explain the rationale behind the socialist-Islamist alliance of convenience.
  • Anti-Trump Tweets Show Twitter’s Top Censor Czar Doesn’t Even Try To Hide His Bias

    05/27/2020 2:24:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 27, 2020 | Ellen Reynolds
    Anti-Trump tweets by Yoel Roth, Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity since July 2018, are just the latest example of the extreme leftward slant and double standards held by those at the helm of Silicon Valley social media giants. The New York Post’s Jon Levine resurfaced tweets written by Roth in 2016 and 2017, not only poking fun at conservative leaders but also mocking the Americans who make up the geographic majority of the country. “I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voter for a racist tangerine for a reason,” the Twitter executive wrote the night of the 2016...
  • Breaking: Rep. Matt Gaetz Drafting Bill to Drop Big Tech’s Legal Immunity over One-Sided ‘Fact Checks’

    05/27/2020 12:22:09 PM PDT · by RandFan · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2020 | SEAN MORAN
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) will announce today that he is working with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee to craft legislation that would strip social media giants of their Section 230 legal immunity if they fact check content on their platforms, according to a copy of his podcast which Breitbart News exclusively obtained. On the Florida conservative’s podcast, Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz, he said that he is working on a bill that would prevent social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google from fact-checking content on their platforms. Gaetz’s announcement follows as Twitter decided to fact check...
  • UFO Subreddit Was Subject to Systemic Censorship

    05/26/2020 9:18:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    vicebrazil ^ | May 21 2020, | Matthew Gault
    Reddit’s premier gathering place for all things UFO—was automatically blocking posts that used the words “Navy” or “Pentagon,” and was also deleting posts about a recent incident in Brazil. This censorship has led to infighting on the subreddit. /r/UFO moderator axolotl_peyotl cried foul when he noticed other moderators culling posts with the word “Brazil” days after people filmed a UFO above Magé When axolotl_peyotl checked the automod, he found that ‘Brazil’ had recently been added to the list of restricted words. “I could also see the history of the edits on the spam filter. And not only that, one of...
  • Twitter slaps fact-checking alert on Trump tweets

    05/26/2020 3:13:24 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2020 | Mica Soellner
    Twitter placed a fact-checking label on claims made by the the commander in chief. In a first, a "get the facts" alert now appears underneath tweets sent out by President Trump on Tuesday in which he asserted mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. Clicking on the link, which is marked with an exclamation point, leads the user to news articles fact-checking the claim along with Twitter's own summary at the top which states that the president's assertions are "unsubstantiated" according to multiple news outlets. The tweets in question specifically target mail-in ballots being used in California during the coronavirus...
  • Michael Moore-Produced ‘Planet of the Humans’ Doc Pulled From YouTube, Director Cries ‘Censorship’

    05/25/2020 10:10:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 51 replies ^ | May 25, 2020 | Thom Geier
    The Michael Moore-produced documentary “Planet of the Humans” was pulled from YouTube overnight due to a “copyright claim by a third party” — prompting writer-director Jeff Gibbs to denounced the removal as a “blatant act of censorship.” “It is a misuse of copyright law to shutdown a film that has opened a serious conversation about how parts of the environmental movement have gotten into bed with Wall Street and so-called ‘green capitalists,'” Gibbs said in a statement Monday. “There is absolutely no copyright violation in my film. This is just another attempt by the film’s opponents to subvert the right...
  • Trump mulls forming panel to investigate anticonservative bias on social media: report

    05/23/2020 3:17:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/20 | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump is considering creating a panel to oversee complaints of bias against conservatives by social media platforms in a move that would likely spark pushback from tech companies. The plans are still being mulled, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal, but options could include the creation of a formal White House commission on the allegations. “Left-wing bias in the tech world is a con­cern that definitely needs to be addressed from our vantage point, and at least exposed [so] that Americans have clear eyes about what we’re dealing with,” a White House official told The...
  • Facebook Censors PragerU’s Page After Disputed Fact-Check

    05/21/2020 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 14 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 5/21/2021 | Penka Arsova
    Facebook has taken action against PragerU’s page on the platform for what it described as “repeated sharing of false news.” In detail: Facebook has reduced the page’s reach and banned it from running ads on the platform or using its monetizing features. PragerU, the conservative non-profit, announced the move on Twitter earlier this week, accusing Facebook of censorship.