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  • Iran’s Regime Likes To Use Twitter Even As It Denies Social Media Freedom To Its Own People

    08/20/2018 4:36:40 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 2 replies ^ | 8/20/18 | Seth Frantszman
    Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, likes to use Twitter. 9,246 times in English so far since he joined in 2009. He mostly tweets in English. He only follows seven people. Actually, he mostly follows himself, his other Twitter accounts. In addition to his English account (512k followers), he has four others. The Spanish one (18k), the Arabic one (18k), the French one (22k), and the Farsi one (154k). His most active account is the English one, with the others have only around 1,000 tweets or less. Since social media is blocked in Iran, several other regime accounts that...
  • Is Social Media Facing a Near Extinction Level Event?

    08/20/2018 3:46:41 PM PDT · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    On Sunday, CNN aired an interview with Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, one of the big-tech God Emperors of the Social Media Universe, who appeared as a weak and fragile pencil-neck nerd, who desperately tried to simulate having a human conscience. I am not kidding, just watch the interview for yourself. During the interview, Jack admitted (for the first time I reckon) that his company’s employees have a left-wing bias. No shit Jack, who would’ve thought? And by the way, why is that, since the country is half Conservative? What happened to “diversity is our strength”? Or diversity is good only...
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I 'fully admit' our bias is 'more left-leaning'

    08/18/2018 4:56:24 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/18/18 | John Bowden
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Saturday that he "fully admit[s]" Twitter employees share a largely left-leaning bias after facing accusations that conservatives are discriminated against on the social media platform. In an interview that aired Saturday on CNN, Dorsey said his company has a responsibility to be open about its political viewpoints, but to operate without bias when applying content policies to users. "We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit more left-leaning," Dorsey says. "But the real question behind the question is, are we doing something according to...
  • Trump Blasts Social Media ‘Censorship': ‘Discriminating Against Republican/Conservative Voices’

    08/18/2018 6:28:23 AM PDT · by JonPreston · 72 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 8/18/18 | The Wrap
    President Trump on Saturday issued a tweet-storm following the removal of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars shows from most major social media platforms earlier this month. “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” the president wrote in the first of several tweets. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen.”
  • When Digital Platforms Become Censors

    08/17/2018 9:47:15 PM PDT · by lasereye · 66 replies
    <p>Call 2018 the “Year of Deplatforming.” The internet was once celebrated for allowing fresh new voices to escape the control of gatekeepers. But this year, the internet giants decided to slam the gates on a number of people and ideas they don’t like. If you rely on someone else’s platform to express unpopular ideas, especially ideas on the right, you’re now at risk. This raises troubling questions, not only for free speech but for the future of American politics and media.</p>
  • Brad Parscale: Big Tech is becoming Big Brother

    08/16/2018 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Pollard · 10 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.

    08/09/2018 10:14:52 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 190 replies ^ | 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...