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  • Online Speech Threatened by Social Media Censorship, Experts Say

    05/21/2020 7:25:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 21, 2020 | BOWEN XIAO
    A surge in topics being moderated and censored by social media companies is causing alarm among some experts who say we’re moving rapidly toward losing our online freedoms. Most recently, platforms have started moderating CCP virus-related content they deem to be misinformation. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the platform would be “removing information that is problematic” including “anything that goes against World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.” Mark Grabowski, an associate professor specializing in cyber law and digital ethics at Adelphi University, said there’s a double standard when it comes to online speech, in particular with virus-related topics, as of late....
  • 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.
  • Judge Who Banned Calling Trans Athletes ‘Male’ Has A History Of Favoring Sexual Predators

    05/18/2020 8:05:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 18, 2020 | Penny Nance
    Judge Chatigny has a track record of favoring sexual predators over women and children. Now this same judge is prejudicing the case against female athletes by imposing a speech code on their counsel. The year was 2010. President Barack Obama was in office, and Democrats controlled the Senate. Obama could practically get any judge he wanted, but he could not get his nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Robert Chatigny, confirmed based on ChatignyÂ’s track record of favoring sexual predators over women and children. Now this same judge is prejudicing the case against female athletes...
  • Dubai Police Arrest Man for Sneezing on UAE Dirham Notes (Currency)

    05/17/2020 6:01:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | May 18, 2020
    He insulted the currency and shared the video on social media. The Dubai Police have arrested a young man over a video that he posted on social media in which he can be seen insulting the UAE's national currency. In the viral video, the suspect can be seen pretend-sneezing and using a currency note to clean himself. He has been referred to the authority concerned for further action, the police said. The police said that the cybercrime law specifies a maximum fine of Dh1 million and a prison term for insulting the country or its symbols. The police also posted...
  • The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

    05/11/2020 9:43:23 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    Substack ^ | Apr 30 | Matt Taibbi
    Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech poses to American society in the coronavirus era. The headline: Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal In the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the U.S. was wrong. Authored by a pair of law professors from Harvard and the University of Arizona, Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, the piece argued that the American and Chinese approaches to monitoring...
  • Google’s Monopoly on Speech

    05/11/2020 4:31:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 11, 2020 | Katie Kieffer
    Don’t be evil” was explicit to Google’s motto and code of conduct for some 15 years. In 2015, Google updated its motto to “Do the right thing.” Today, Google, which owns YouTube, seems to have altered its motto to “Be evil” or “Do the wrong thing”—including censoring free speech of doctors, scientists, professors, politicians and journalists whose ideas differ from those of Google executives. “This is the next step in the evolution of the Internet,” former Google CEO Eric Schmidt lauded Google’s purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006. We now know Schmidt’s definition of Internet “progress” ostensibly centers...
  • Why It’s Important To Push Back On ‘Plandemic’—And How To Do It

    05/08/2020 12:01:54 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 36 replies ^ | 8 May 2020 | Tara Haelle
    By now you’ve probably heard about or even seen the video “Plandemic” that’s been spreading like wildfire through social media networks. This article is not the one you should give to your friend or relative or coworker who shared the video. This is an article for those who recognized the video as rife with conspiracy theories, misinformation and false claims, those who are frustrated and unsettled and disappointed in who they see sharing it, and those who want to know what to say when they see it. It explains why the video is successful, how to recognize propaganda like this...
  • Law Professors for 'Speech Control'

    05/08/2020 5:21:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | May 8, 2020 | Michael Barone
    "In the great debate of the past two decades over freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong." So write Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, law professors at Harvard and the University of Arizona, respectively, in The Atlantic. And they seem to mind, as their next sentence indicates: "Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society's norms and values." So much for the First...
  • Why Hong Kong protesters insist on calling it the ‘Chinese coronavirus’

    05/02/2020 9:09:32 PM PDT · by Ymani Cricket · 21 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | May 2, 2020 | By Sebastian Skov Andersen and Joyce Leung
    As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, many have disagreed on just how we should refer to it. Some people, including President of the United States Donald Trump, insist on calling it the “Chinese coronavirus” or the “Wuhan Virus”. Critics claim that attaching such a prefix to its name may trigger a surge of anti-Asian hate crime, and people all over the world have indeed shared their accounts of racist encounters that were clearly emboldened by the outbreak. In spite of this, many members of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement have continued to stand firm on speaking of it...
  • Initiative seeks to challenge Trump's online megaphone

    05/02/2020 12:20:28 PM PDT · by bitt · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Isaac Stanley-Becker
    A new Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is planning to deploy technology originally developed to counter Islamic State propaganda in service of a domestic political goal - to combat online efforts to promote President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president's claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across...
  • China-Style Internet Control Is One Of The Worst Ideas For Solving Coronavirus

    04/27/2020 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 27, 2020 | Ilya Shapiro
    Including the line ‘China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong’ discredits any piece of writing that discusses civil liberties and the rule of law. My former law professor Jack Goldsmith, now at Harvard Law School, and Andrew Keane Woods of the University of Arizona Law School, have a remarkable article in The Atlantic that defends technology companies’ surveillance and speech controls regarding coronavirus information. “Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet,” they write, “and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is...
  • Some Social Media Companies Acting Like Tyrants

    04/25/2020 3:55:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 25, 2020 | Brian Darling
    There is a great debate going on in America about the power of big tech over our lives. One issue is whether they are going too far when they sell personal data collected by the company. Another issue is when they moderate content in a way that is perceived as discriminatory against conservatives. These are important issues and recent events show that these companies’ hands are not clean when it comes to privacy and censorship. Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook fill a networking and communications need felt by Americans, and because of their success, they have been handsomely...
  • Facebook Fails the Coronavirus Test

    04/24/2020 10:25:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 24, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    A scattering of protests aimed at state lockdowns erupted across the country last week, sparked not by social distancing guidelines but by politicians' unilaterally dictating what products citizens are permitted to purchase in box stores, attempting to shut down drive-in Masses at churches and closing parks and beaches, among other ill-conceived and gratuitous intrusions. Like any protest movement, this one is a mixed bag: some of the protesters are acting in bad faith, some are idealists, and some are merely terrified of losing their livelihoods, their homes and their careers while waiting around for a government check that might never...
  • San Diego protesters say county overreaching on coronavirus restrictions; sheriff threatens legal action

    04/23/2020 10:57:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23 2020 | Bradford Betz
    A coastal city in San Diego County is demanding that county officials return local control over its access to public spaces such as walking trails and beaches. Encinitas, which is about 25 miles north of San Diego, made national headlines Sunday when a group of about 200 people gathered to protest the city’s closure of the Coastal Rail Trail and a portion of South Highway 101 to pedestrians amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The city's closure of those public spaces came less than a week after the county's Health and Human Services Agency issued an order that prohibited the public from...
  • Organizer of California stay-at-home protest could face criminal charges

    04/23/2020 6:34:52 PM PDT · by rintintin · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23 2020 | ANDREW J. CAMPA, DAVID HERNANDEZ
    In San Diego, a woman who police say organized a weekend protest could face a misdemeanor charge for allegedly encouraging others to violate stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. A police spokesman said the department forwarded the case to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office for review on Tuesday. The move comes after some, including civil rights activists, questioned why police did not cite protesters last weekend for ignoring the orders. A misdemeanor conviction could result in up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000. As of Monday, the City Attorney’s Office...
  • Marquette County teen sues sheriff who ordered her to delete Instagram post

    04/17/2020 4:39:18 AM PDT · by lionstar · 70 replies ^ | April 16, 2020 | Dan Plutchak
    MADISON (WKOW) — A Marquette County teen has filed a federal lawsuit against the Marquette County Sheriff, who she says ordered her to remove an Instagram post about recovering from COVID-19. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday on behalf of Amyiah Cohoon and her parents, Richand and Angela, against Marquette County Sheriff Joseph Konrath and a patrol sergeant for violating the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The lawsuit results from a March incident where Marquette County law enforcement threatened Cohoon and her parents with arrest unless an Instagram post was removed. According...
  • Not again: Christian baker sued 2nd time over refusal to create transgender cake

    04/14/2020 1:40:31 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 60 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | Damjan Tutarkob
    A Colorado baker who fought and won a years-long legal battle after refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple has been slapped with a similar lawsuit, this time for refusing to bake a transgender cake. The story: In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared Jack Phillips, a devout Christian who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, of any wrongdoing after a same-sex couple sued him for denying them a wedding cake as it went against his religious precepts. Now, Phillis is facing a similar lawsuit for refusing to bake a trans-themed cake in 2017. Autumn Scardina, the...
  • David Benham: coronavirus crisis is being used to shut down pro-life free speech

    04/08/2020 9:58:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 8, 2020 | Calvin Freiburger
    CHARLOTTE, April 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – David Benham, one of the evangelical Benham Brothers, told the story of his Saturday arrest outside a North Carolina abortion center this week on The Van Maren Show, warning that exploitation of the coronavirus crisis to shut down safe pro-life speech is a sign of growing dangers to come. “I was sipping coffee with my wife one Saturday morning when I got a phone call from our sidewalk team that said ‘hey guys, we’re out here at the abortion clinic, we’ve only got three sidewalk counselors, and yet there’s fifteen officers, they’re threatening arrest...
  • Excellent Online Resource for Teaching Kids about Free Speech Rights

    03/30/2020 10:44:27 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ^ | 2020 | Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
    FIRE’s K-12 Free Speech Curriculum modules help educators enrich and supplement their existing instruction on First Amendment and freedom of expression issues in middle and high school classrooms. FIRE’s curriculum draws on our 20 years of experience in actively defending free speech in academia, as well as our legal expertise and extensive scholar/educator network. These resources equip educators to foster appreciation and respect among students for freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the free exchange of diverse ideas. Students will learn why their free speech rights are so valuable, how they are essential to learning and to democracy, and...
  • Major U.S. Universities Ban The Use Of The Term “Chinese Virus”

    03/25/2020 3:02:47 PM PDT · by USA Conservative · 79 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 03.25.2020 | Alex Hall
    US President Donald Trump lashed out at China on Saturday, saying Beijing’s lack of transparency led to his administration’s late response to the coronavirus outbreak. “I wish China would have told us how bad the situation was before we had to read about it. Because they were having a big problem and they knew it,” Trump said at a news conference on Saturday at the White House. “China was very secretive and that’s unfortunate,” Trump said. Trump has pivoted this week to emphasize the outbreak’s start in China, repeatedly using the term “Chinese virus,” which has been criticized by the...