Bias and Censorship in Social Media

Another nearby page deals with the broader topic of Media Bias in general.

Many young people get news and opinions from social media rather than television or other mass media, but social media sites engage in bias and censorship, just as TV and newspapers have for years.

Related topics:
Privacy issues on Facebook
News about Google
Habitual dependence on cell phones
Anything you have ever said can be used against you




Overview articles:


The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left.  [Scroll down]  In the old days of the early 21st century, Silicon Valley and other tech giants went through the motions that they were more interested in providing social media access, online buying, and internet services than massaging them all to indoctrinate the public.  Even during the Obama years, they protested vehemently suggestions that they had given campaign cash inordinately to leftist candidates, or were beginning to massage internet search results or asymmetrically blocking conservative users.  Not now.  Big Tech has offered no coherent defense of its censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, or even appeared to worry about the hypocrisy that they had gladly let Trump's illegally obtained and published tax returns fly through the cyberworld, in the manner that Christopher Steele's leaked and made-up hoax was freely promulgated online during the late critical days of the 2016 campaign.  Now Twitter, without much worry, just shrugs that it blocks even conservatives in government from posting.

Bring Free Speech Back to Social Media — Now.  One key weapon being deployed to punish conservatives is the so-called "fact check."  It's being used to censor thousands of conservatives communicating with millions of followers.  It's happened tens of thousands of times, and it's getting worse.  Facebook is one of the worst offenders.  Facebook, with 2.7 billion users, is dramatically skewed to the left in its fact-checking operation.  It now has an international "Oversight Committee" dominated by George Soros-funded entities that make a mockery of unbiased review.  Citizens wanting to rally in support of reopening the country have been banned because some public gatherings in some states are forbidden.  Antifa, however, thrives largely unchecked and unchallenged as it riots in the streets and harasses members of Congress in their homes.  Conservatives have made good-faith attempts to resolve these many conflicts, but to no avail.  Covid-19 has sent social media sites into censorship overdrive.  If you disagree with the social media prescription for the virus, you are silenced.

The Liberal War On You.  We are witnessing the death of the liberal political machine that the elite has operated since the end of World War II, and everything that it is doing to conservatives right now — the censorship, the threats, the intimidation, the violence — is proof that it is dying.  These are not the acts of an ideology in ascendance but rather of a scurrilous political paradigm in precipitous decline.  And it's only going to get worse as those losing their grip on political and cultural power desperately try to hold onto it in the face of our populist revolt.  Be prepared.  It's going to get uglier.

Our Evil Tech Overlords.  Project Veritas is the investigative organization started by James O'Keefe and helped along by the late Andrew Breitbart.  James has broken multiple dramatic stories recently, but his Google story is the most concerning yet — if only because the pervasive implications and sheer massive influence of Google.  Working undercover, the Veritas journalist exposes the Head of Responsible Innovation for Google, Jen Gennai.  Even her title is Orwellian.  Gennai decried the results of the 2016 election, and so Google decided to change their Artificial Intelligence algorithm, which determines what a reader might be interested in reading or, in the case of YouTube, watching. [...] The problem, here, is that anyone using Google believes he is receiving unbiased, automated search results based on the subject he is searching.

The Next Battlefront:  Social Media.  As of March 31, 2019, there are over 2.38 billion monthly active Facebook users (MAU) worldwide with Twitter reporting 326 million global MAU for the third quarter of 2018 and YouTube claiming 1.3 billion users.  Moreover, all are solidly left-leaning and quickly heading to the far left.  If social media were around during Lenin's time, there is no doubt that he would be focusing his efforts to propagandize that powerful platform as well. [...] In the beginning, social media in the United States were seen as the new oasis of free thought and speech, but after making a hard left turn, they are quickly painting conservative viewpoints into a corner.  The handful of leftist cyberspace dictators are forcing users to think and say only what has been deemed appropriate.  When Facebook states that it is protecting their users by preventing certain kinds of speech, in reality what they are doing is tilling the soil for future propaganda and control.

How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech.  Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide.  Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people.  More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook.  YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video.  Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world.  War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly.  If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media.  It's the new battleground of media bias.  But it's worse.  That bias is not a war of ideas.  It's a war against ideas.  It's a clear effort to censor the conservative worldview from the public conversation.

Despite Twitter's Protests, The Stifling of Conservative Speech On The Platform Is Real.  About a year ago, many of us on the political right saw impressions of our tweets drop precipitously — sometimes in the millions per month — while follower counts were increasing or remaining stagnant.  With our visibility on the platform reduced, our ability to grow our Twitter presence has flatlined completely.  Because of Twitter's importance to the political debate in America, this is no trivial matter.  Our ability to influence the debate in real-time has been squelched.  While it does not outright censor expressions of conservative views, Twitter has admitted to using a complex and opaque Quality Filter algorithm that has the effect of disproportionately restricting the voices of conservatives under the guise of limiting harmful or abusive users.  Many Twitter users refer to this throttling as a "shadowban."


Timely news and commentary:


Amazon Prime Stops Streaming Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month.  Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month.  Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal:  Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month.  Thomas is our nation's only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon's claim to "building an inclusive culture" and the fact that it's Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform.

Judicial Watch to Facebook:  End Censorship of Trump.  Judicial Watch announced today it asked Facebook's Oversight Board to end the censorship of former President Trump and allow him back onto the platform.  Judicial Watch told the Oversight Board that the decision to suspend Trump is an affront to free speech and transparency.  The Oversight Board is empowered by Facebook to review and overturn Facebook's censorship decisions.  "Facebook and Big Tech censorship of former President Trump is an attack on the free speech of every American," stated Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch President.  "Simply put:  Big Tech must stop censoring conservatives in their effort to help Joe Biden."

Facebook [has been] Found Primarily to Blame for the Capitol Hill Riot, Yet Parler Is Still the Only App Punished for It.  After the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 happened, Democrats and the media pointed every finger they had available at Trump supporters as a whole.  Moreover, they began blaming anything that might even be connected to conservatives.  Immediately, Democrats began targeting Parler, a free-speech platform that disaffected and banned Twitter users moved to, in order to be able to say what they wanted without big tech punishing them for it.

Trump Versus Big Tech.  A Twitter equivalent could be built for a few hundred grand.  It could run on hardware that fits on a dining room table and easily support a billion users, run in triplicate so it could survive a nuclear war.  It just would not have any users.  Adding significant numbers of users takes several years.  Here comes President Trump!  President Trump brings an ingredient to the party no technology company can recreate, even in an artificial intelligence lab.  President Trump brings an audience — tens of millions — passionately connecting with their pals and building the kind of scale that weathers any setback.  These users show up because it is a cause, not a platform.  While it would take a decade for some technologist to build another Twitter with a new tech stack, President Trump and the MAGA team could do it in months.  There is nothing Twitter can do about it.  Nobody is going back to Twitter from the MAGA equivalent.  Twitter needs massive revenue to make a buck, mostly from ads.

Twitter Locked Focus On The Family's Account Because The Christian Group Said Boys And Girls Are Different.  Global Christian ministry Focus on the Family remains locked out of its Twitter account after the organization tweeted a link to an article by writer Zachary Mettler on its affiliated-platform, the Daily Citizen.  The tweet recited basic biology, and Twitter was not happy.  In today's censorious bully culture, speaking truth will land you in the digital gulag.  "On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of HHS. Dr. Levine is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman," the Daily Citizen account tweeted. [...] This is not the first time Focus on the Family has been censored by the tyrannical powers that be.

Canada To Follow Australia's Lead In Charging Facebook For Links.  After blocking links to all news content in Australia, Facebook has reportedly "friended" the country again by coming back to the negotiating table, at least according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  That doesn't mean that Mark Zuckerberg has dropped his objections to Austrailia's pending legislation that would force the social media giant to pay for links to Australian news content, however.  Neither side seems to be backing down at this point.  Australia may not be in this battle alone, though.  We're learning this weekend that Canada is drafting a similar measure and basically daring Facebook to impose a blackout on them as well.

YouTube Takes Down Video of Testimony Given During Ohio House Session.  Google's YouTube last week removed a video that showed an attorney testifying to the Ohio legislature.  Thomas Renz, an attorney with the Ohio Stands Up! group, spoke to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee in support of House Bill 90, which would implement legislative oversight of orders given by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.  Renz said over the course of around 36 minutes that he opposed the harsh orders imposed by DeWine, a Republican, and health officials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Renz noted that officials initially believed the fatality rate from the disease, which is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, was much higher than the flu, but it's now close to the influenza's rate.  He also alleged that no one under the age of 19 has died from COVID-19 in the state, among other claims.  State officials say 11 children under 19 have died from the disease.

Censored Hunter Biden Laptop Story Comes Back Around to Bite Twitter.  The former Delaware computer repair shop owner who gave Rudi Giuliani and the FBI emails alleged to be from Hunter Biden's laptop has again sued Twitter for defamation.  John Paul Mac Isaac claimed that Twitter defamed him by censoring a New York Post story over its alleged use of "hacked materials."  Due to Twitter's suppression of the story, Americans branded Mac Isaac a hacker, costing him business opportunities and ultimately leading him to shut down his business, the lawsuit claims.  "Plaintiff is not a hacker and the information obtained from the computer does not constitute hacked materials because Plaintiff lawfully gained access to the computer, first with the permission of its owner, Biden, and then, after Biden failed to retrieve the recovered data despite Plaintiff's reuses, in accordance with the Mac Shop's abandoned property police," the lawsuit claims.  "Plaintiff, as a direct result of Defendant Twitter's actions and statements, is now widely considered a hacker."

Facebook's Ban on News in Australia Is Waking People Up.  The saying "if you're not paying for it then you're the product" is a popular explanation for why some Internet services, like the Google apps, Facebook, Twitter, etc., let users join them for "free."  The situation is better understood when restated as "the users supply the content and the giant Internet platforms monetize it."  Big Silicon has become mind-blowingly rich by selling advertising and data mining access to content provided by billions of 'members.'  In return, the members receive the privilege of being 'allowed' to upload their videos, post their rants, share their snaps, and do reportage on these magnificent sites.  Ever since users captured the 2004 tsunami on their brick cell phone cameras, it is Joe Ordinary, not Robert Capa or Margaret Bourke-White who records breaking events.  Joe Ordinary creates videos, literature, and memes, and documents occurrances at a level of detail never seen before.

YouTube Takes Down New Trump Interview.  YouTube took down a newly recorded interview with former President Donald Trump in Google's latest action against conservatives.  A Newsmax spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email that the company was told the Feb. 17 interview was removed because it violated YouTube's community guidelines.  A Google spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email:  "We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube, and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints."  "In accordance with our presidential election integrity policy, we removed this video from the Newsmax TV channel," the spokesperson added.  The set of policies cited is aimed at preventing spam, scams, and deceptive practices, the California-based company says.  Included is a policy implemented late last year.  Google said in announcing the policy that it would remove "content that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election."

Biden Silent Over Big Tech Suspensions Because He 'Benefits From the Censorship,' Banned Journalist Says.  After he was suspended from Twitter this week, journalist Paul Sperry said the White House is silent over Big Tech censorship because it benefits certain politicians.  Sperry told The Epoch Times that President Joe Biden has been "silent" about companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google taking action against certain accounts — namely conservatives — because he "benefits from the censorship."  "In fact, he's in the White House now largely because Twitter blocked the New York Post's scoops about the Biden family's shady foreign dealings and influence peddling in Communist China and Ukraine," Sperry said, referring to the Post's reports and other reports that claimed his family members' including son and brother, business dealings in China and Ukraine.  Biden, during the 2020 campaign, denied the allegations that he did anything untoward and said he had no knowledge of his family's business ties.

Democrats Work on Plan For Big Tech to Shut Down Dissent.  An interesting article within Reuters points out how the Democrats in congress are working with the White House to craft legislation to make "social media companies accountable for the spread of disinformation."  Or put another way, the Democrats are attempting to eliminate any ability of those who disagree with them; or worse yet, would outline their corrupt endeavors.  Ultimately this level of control is a reaction to fear.  So the logical question is:  what exactly are they fearful of?  Perhaps the answer is in alignment with the reason Democrats have surrounded the capital with military guards, fence and barbed-wire.

Poland fights Big Tech with push to block social media censorship.  Social media companies that censor users or remove posts for ideological reasons could soon face fines in Poland in a world-first attempt to curb the power of Big Tech through legislation.  Speaking to Fox News, the architect of the law, Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta, said social media companies have for too long been targeting conservatives, Christianity and traditional values by banning them and removing posts and the Polish government is saying "enough!"  "We see that when Big Tech decides to remove content for political purposes, it's mostly content which praises traditional values or praises conservatism," he said, "and it is deleted under their 'hate speech policy' when it has no legal right to do so."

Instagram Will Now Monitor Your Private Messages To Watch For 'Hate Speech'.  Instagram announced in the past week that they will begin policing private direct messages in their latest crackdown on so-called "hate speech" on their platform, a report says.  In line with the recent racial abusive comments that are "targeted at footballers in the U.K." after losing a match, the social media platform Instagram announced Wednesday that they will be imposing stricter measures in order "to help prevent" the further spread of abuse and hate speech in direct messages, Daily Wire reported.

Media's censorious gatekeepers are mad, because they're losing power.  With Donald Trump out of office and de-platformed, you'd think mainstream media gatekeepers would be happy.  You'd think wrong.  Though the media-Big Tech regime is doing its best to silence opponents and seize control of the high ground, the news from within is grim.  They aren't happy with how things are going.  That's because they know they're losing.  Some are losing audiences and revenues.  But more important, they're losing control of the narrative.  And since control of the narrative, and the power and self-importance that accompany that control, is the most important thing in their lives, they can't be happy.

Facebook will debunk myths about climate change, stepping further into 'arbiter of truth' role.  Facebook announced Thursday [2/18/2021] it will now debunk common myths about climate change, further leaning into the "arbiter of truth" role that the company once renounced.  The social media giant said it is adding a section to its climate change information hub that will features facts with accurate information about misconceptions and falsehoods.  This will include the fact that polar bear populations are declining because of global warming, as well as the fact that too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere harms plant life.  The company said it plans to rely on experts from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the University of Cambridge to identify and debunk climate change myths.  Facebook has introduced these information hubs and relied on them as a key part of its tactic to combat the widespread problem of misinformation on its services.  It's a stark turnaround from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statement last May, when he defended unfettered speech from politicians on the platform and said he did not think "Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth."

Also posted under Silencing the Global Warming Skeptics.

Facebook Censors Australia from Posting News, Censors Australian Publishers Globally.  A proposed law from the Land Down Under did not go over well with Facebook.  Facebook has decided to block all news in and from Australian users in response to a proposed law that would require the platform to pay news publishers for stories that appear on Facebook.  "In response to Australia's proposed new Media Bargaining law, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content," said William Easton, Facebook's Managing Director, Facebook Australia & New Zealand in a blog post.  "The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content.  It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia.  With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter," Easton continued.

Prime minister Scott Morrison attacks Facebook for 'arrogant' move to 'unfriend Australia'.  The Australian government has been blindsided by Facebook suddenly blocking all news on the platform in Australia but says the "heavy-handed" move will not stop parliament from passing landmark laws to force tech giants to pay for journalism.  Australians woke up on Thursday [2/18/2021] to discover they couldn't view or share news on the social network after Facebook blocked the content in an escalation of a row over whether it should have to pay media companies for displaying their content.  Facebook is opposed to the federal government's news media code which has already passed the lower house of parliament and is expected to soon pass the upper house.

Facebook Blocks News From Australia — Yes, The Entire Country.  Australian officials are pushing back against the totalitarian grip of Big Tech.  As a result of investigations into Google and Facebook the Australian government is set to establish fines against tech companies for anti-trust violations.  However, some officials are now discussing taking actions that are beyond civil lawsuits, and are now advocating for arrest of company officers for unlawful conduct.  The battle lines are being drawn, and in response to the Australian government position on anti-trust Facebook (feeling they are elite and above the law) has now decided to block all news articles from the entire country from their social media platform.

Following Australia's Lead Russia Has Passed A Law On Fines For Censorship Against Russian Citizens The Law Will Apply To Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  Big Tech's efforts to restrict user access to various Internet platforms are a serious challenge, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with leaders of parliamentary factions on Wednesday [2/17/2021].  He responded to the recent statements made by Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma (lower house), who put the spotlight on Big Tech's violation of freedom of speech.  "What you said about these so-called platforms, IT companies, is a serious challenge not only for us — we see what has happened in the [United] States," Putin noted.  According to him, it is quite obvious that such an "ideological divide" runs throughout the world.

Twitter Suspends Free Speech Group's Account.  The Twitter account for a national free speech organization has been suspended for allegedly violating Twitter's rules, but the group's president says she has no idea why the account would be suspended.  "I looked at all the tweets that I had approved for the couple of days before, and nothing is like doxxing anybody," Nicole Neily, Speech First's president, told The Daily Signal in an interview Tuesday.  Doxxing is the publishing of private or identifying information about an individual on the internet, usually with malicious intent.  The national organization, which works to promote free speech on campuses, in the media, and in the courts, had its Twitter account suspended on Feb. 8.  "I've read the terms of service and why you might be suspended, and literally nothing lines up," Neily said.

Kevin Sorbo left in the dark by Facebook after 500K followers purged: 'Told absolutely nothing'.  Facebook is giving actor Kevin Sorbo the silent treatment about a 500,000-fan purge of his official page.  The former "Hercules" star appears to be the latest high-profile name to be digitally exiled by the social media giant.  Content policing temporarily took out former Republican politician Ron Paul, in addition to more serious bans for former President Trump's page and Brandon Straka of the once-500,000-strong "Walk Away" page.

Social Media App Parler Resumes After Finding New Computer Servers.  Parler, a social media app that was shut down last month by tech giants, said Monday that it has secured new computer servers and resumed operations.  "We are off of the big tech platform, so that we can consider ourselves safe and secure for the future," Parler CEO Mark Meckler said in an interview with Just The News.  Meckler said the platform will employ artificial intelligence and "human editors to police for illegal speech that violates its service agreement but otherwise is remaining true to its free speech, no censorship roots," the site said.  Dan Bongino, a prominent Parler user and shareholder, applauded the move, saying, "Cancel culture came for us, and hit us with all they had.  Yet we couldn't be kept down.  We're back, and we're ready to resume the struggle for freedom of expression, data sovereignty, and civil discourse.  We thank our users for their loyalty during this incredibly challenging time."

One Man Banned.  Twitter, like Facebook, is one of the lucky winners in the Network Effect Economy.  It's the opposite of Yogi Berra's restaurant where nobody goes anymore because it got too crowded:  Everybody goes to Twitter because everybody goes to Twitter.  But besides a lack of ability to publicize my writings, other downsides of having my account disappeared by Twitter quickly emerged:  I couldn't easily see other people's tweets.  Other people couldn't see my old tweets.  I pretty much vanished from Google's search engine.

Facebook's Trump Ban an Example of Uneven Standards, Republicans Tell Oversight Board.  Republicans in Congress told Facebook's oversight board that the social media company's suspension of former President Donald Trump is an example of uneven deplatforming standards.  Top House GOP members, including Reps.  Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), told the board in a letter that they see violent speech published from all parts of the political spectrum on social media platforms, including Facebook, pointing to calls for the murder of police officers from the far-left Antifa network and a top Iranian official promising violence against the United States.  "The debate about how to effectively deal with these and other individuals is necessary and important," the lawmakers wrote.  "However, we remain concerned that the deplatforming standards are not applied in a fair and neutral manner."  Republicans referred to a report compiled by a team led by former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), about conservative concerns with Facebook, alleging the report "found numerous issues that resulted in a clear political bias against conservative viewpoints."  They also noted that Facebook limited a story about President Joe Biden's son Hunter from being shared shortly before the 2020 election, claiming it contained disinformation, even though subsequent reporting confirmed many of the points presented.

Twitter suspends accounts of Project Veritas, James O'Keefe.  The account of Project Veritas has been suspended from Twitter as of Thursday, and the investigative outlet's founder, James O'Keefe, also had his account restricted. [...] There is conflicting information on social media right as to whether it is a suspension or a ban.  O'Keefe and Project Veritas have appealed the decision.

American Police State:  No Questions Allowed.  [Scroll down]  All of these questions are now too dangerous or too inconvenient for the U.S. government to abide.  They are too dangerous or too inconvenient for Google, Facebook, and Twitter to tolerate on their "free speech" platforms. [...] Look how fast questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election became a state offense.  In November, doing so was mocked as mere "conspiracy-mongering."  In December, it had become a "threat to democracy."  By January, it was "insurrectionist."  And by February, Congress is holding a Soviet show trial to punish the president; the FBI is busy arresting his supporters; the military is purging MAGA troops from its ranks; and prominent media personalities openly suggest drone strikes against American citizens.  This is not normal in a free country, and it is important to say so.  Free people neither fear nor punish debate; open and continuous disagreement is, in fact, a hallmark of all free societies.  Anybody who claims that political speech should be punished as criminal incitement is no friend to freedom.  Anybody who pretends that words are violence is only looking to police thought.

It's just the cost of doing business:
Twitter Reports 1.14 Billion Net Loss for 2020 After Censoring Conservative Voices.  Twitter announced that they officially took a beating financially in 2020 after silencing and banning dozens of conservative influencers including censoring the President of the United States Donald J. Trump.  American social-networking company Twitter announced on Wednesday [2/10/2021] its financial results for the fiscal year 2020, saying it recorded a net loss of $1.136 billion against net income a year earlier.

Twitter Confirms Ban of Donald Trump Is Permanent; They May Not Have Thought This Through.  At the end of an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box" Wednesday [2/10/2021] in which he talked in part about the big tech company's plans to roll out new revenue streams, Twitter chief financial officer Ned Segal was asked, in what was almost an aside, about the possibility of President Donald Trump returning to the social media platform, if he wins re-election in 2024. [...] It seems hard to believe, but it was a year ago this week, when Democrats demanded both Facebook and Twitter remove a video Trump shared of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripping up a copy of his State of the Union speech.  She justified her unprofessional actions with the excuse that it was full of lies.  And the reason the leftists gave for pulling the video was that it was "inaccurate."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram.  Instagram on Wednesday [2/10/2021] took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement.  Kennedy, the son of late former US Attorney General, US Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines.  He has lobbied Congress to give parents exemptions from state requirements that mandate they vaccinate their children.  The lifelong Democrat downplays his anti-vaccine views, though, by saying that he is actually in favor of safe vaccines and noting that all of his children have been vaccinated.  Kennedy's Facebook page, with more than 300,000 followers, was still active at the time of publication.  The company spokesperson said there were no plans to take down that page "at this time."

Trump Will Never Be Allowed Back On Twitter, CFO Confirms.  As a reminder, Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account on January 9, in the aftermath of the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill, for inciting violence.  Which leaves with a question:  if the Senate finds Trump not-guilty of the impeachable offense of "inciting insurrection", then will Twitter abide by that ruling and allow Trump back on? (We know the answer, obviously).  Additionally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last night, during the first earnings call since Trump's ban that the social media giant is "bigger than any one account."

Nothing To See Here:  Facebook's Leftist Oversight Board Member Leaves To Join Radical Biden Regime.  A law professor who's been sitting on leftist Facebook's oversight board stepped down to accept a position in President Joe Biden's Department of Justice.  Pamela Karlan will serve as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's Civil Division after spending less than a year on the Facebook board set up in 2019 to review the social media behemoth's content policing decisions.

Facebook Will Take Down Posts With Claims About Vaccines It Deems False.  Facebook announced on Feb. 8 that it will take down posts with claims about vaccines that health organizations or its fact-checkers deem false.  "Today, we are expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccines in general during the pandemic," said a post from the social media giant.  "Since December, we've removed false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts."  "Today, following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), we are expanding the list of false claims we will remove to include additional debunked claims about the coronavirus and vaccines," Facebook stated in a blog post.

Who decides if his claims are true or false?
Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft is permanently banned from Twitter after false election fraud claims.  Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft has been permanently banned from Twitter after posting false election fraud claims to the site.  Conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root's account was also suspended Sunday [2/7/2021] after both men were accused of 'violating Twitter's civic integrity policy'.  Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol [last] month, Twitter has banned over 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation.

The Editor says...
Twitter will decide what's information and what's misinformation.  In other words, Twitter will suppress any opinions that do not conform to the opinions of Twitter's left-wing managers.

Twitter Indefinitely Suspends Gateway Pundit Account After We Announce More Video of TCF Center Fraud Will Be Released in Coming Days.  Earlier today [2/6/2021] we tweeted out an update on our ongoing investigation of the Detroit TCF Center on November 4, 2020.  On Friday The Gateway Pundit released exclusive video from the TCF Center showing late-night deliveries of tens of thousands of votes to the TCF Center HOURS AFTER the deadline to turn in absentee ballots.  The absentee ballots were counted before election day.  The only absentee ballots they had left to count came in from the Zuckerberg boxes that were checked hourly.  We have much more on this incident to report on in the coming days.

The NYU Study:  The Claim Of Anti-Conservative Bias In Social Media Is Unfounded But Inconclusive?  There has been much press about the New York University study, "False Accusation:  The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives."  It is being touted by the media as establishing that any allegations of bias against conservatives is "disinformation," the term used by authors Paul M. Barrett and J. Grant Sims of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.  That term of course is now used as a basis for flagging or censoring material.  The problem is that the study is largely conclusory and, though buried in the study, acknowledges that it is not based on any real hard data and is therefore "inconclusive."  Conservatives have hit the study as funded by Craig Newmark, a billionaire tech titan who is a major donor to Biden and Democratic candidates.  Newmark has reportedly supported groups in favor of blacklisting and called on Big Tech to take action against "bad actors."  However, the authors did reveal Newmark's funding and, while Barrett has also been attacked for a record allegedly supporting Big Tech, the credibility of the study would be judged on its actual support and analysis.

DeSantis takes aim against social media platforms.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Tuesday [2/2/2021] to announce the support of legislation to protect social media users' privacy, saying "big tech has come to look more like big brother with each passing day."  The governor said the legislation will seek a slew of changes that DeSantis says will protect privacy and censorship by social media platforms.  He called out Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and Amazon for being "nameless, faceless boards of censors."  "Over the years, however, these platforms have changed from neutral platforms that provided Americans with the freedom to speak to enforcers of preferred narratives," DeSantis said.

Twitter Locks Down Family Group's Account Over Man-Lady Levine, Biden's No. 2 At HHS.  Twitter's top biologists have spoken again.  All skeptical discussion about "transgender" ideology is hate speech and will be deleted.  Last week, the social-media site shut down Focus on the Family's Daily Citizen account because it stated an objective truth about President Joe Biden's new assistant secretary of health.  Rachel (Richard) Levine, it tweeted, is a biological man.  Saying so, Twitter says, is "hateful."  The lockdown, which Twitter did not apply to the group's main account, is just the latest in the website's campaign to silence dissent from leftist orthodoxy on sexual matters.  Agree with us, or be censored and driven from the public square.

Project Veritas Reveals Top Facebook Execs Discussing Their Power and Plans to Help Biden Administration.  Project Veritas released footage of Facebook executives acknowledging they have "too much power" and expressing their commitment to working with the Biden administration on a number of shared priorities.  "In his first day, President Biden has already issued a number of executive orders on areas that we as a company really care quite deeply about," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in the Jan. 21 recording.  "I think that these were all important and positive steps, and I am looking forward to opportunities where Facebook is going to be able to work together with this new administration on some of their top priorities, starting with the COVID response."

Louder with Crowder is Suing Facebook.  That's right, we're putting our money where our mouth is.  Time to sue Facebook.  [Video clip]  We want Facebook to stop these practices or to be honest about what it is they're doing.  Simply stated, is Facebook a publisher or a platform?  They need to be open about what they are and act accordingly.  There is a double standard here.  What are the actual standards by which Facebook says we, its users, govern ourselves?  Facebook needs to disclose what they're doing as a business, especially as they solicit money for advertising.  We need Facebook to stop throttling pages and content and to stop favoring certain outlets over others.  In a word, stop acting like a publisher or just admit that they are one.

Facebook's squad of thought police:  Devine.  When you see him speak, it's hard to believe that such a gormless geek as Mark Zuckerberg may be the most powerful person in the free world.  But socially inept tech oligarchs now wield unprecedented power to censor political thought and speech and are transforming America into an authoritarian surveillance state.  For now, it is conservatives they are silencing and demonizing, in partnership with the Democratic Party.  We already know Silicon Valley leans left, judging by political donations that went almost exclusively to Joe Biden from top social media executives and accounted for 95 percent of employee contributions, according to Wired.  But the partisan power of Big Tech was laid bare this month when they acted in concert to censor Donald Trump and many of his 74 million voters, and then crushed free speech competitor Parler.

Twitter Suspends Christian Group for Accurately Describing Biden's Transgendered Health Official Dr. Levine's Biological Sex.  A Christian organization has been suspended from the Twitter social media platform for stating Dr. Rachel Levine's, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), biological sex.  In recent weeks tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google have been censuring mostly conservative voices on social media platforms, including former President Donald Trump and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.  "You can now add Focus on the Family's The Daily Citizen to the list," Jim Daly, president of the organization, wrote in a blog last week.

Facebook Abandons Any Pretense Of Being A Neutral Private Business Player.  As you may have already heard, there's a recall effort going on in California right now, aiming to remove Governor Gavin Newsom from office.  Even if the proponents of that movement manage to gather the required number of signatures and get the measure on the ballot, it's far from a sure thing that there will be enough votes to actually replace him.  But a little thing like public debate isn't going to stop Facebook from making its intentions clear well in advance.  As our colleague, Scott Hounsell reports this week at RedState, the social media giant is now refusing to sell any advertising space for messages supporting the recall effort.  This sort of blatant liberal bias and favoritism is just so painfully obvious and Facebook isn't even making the slightest effort to disguise it.

Crossing the Digital Rubicon.  Behold the technological behemoths Apple, Google and Amazon flexing their monopolistic powers fatally crippling a competitive forum for public discourse in the form of a plucky app called Parler.  The leader of the most powerful nation on Earth was summarily ejected by Twitter, et al. — with no accountability and no recourse — severing communications with millions of followers.  Leaders of the world express dismay at the brazen display.  The corporate technological overlords claim the moral high ground.  In 2016, Apple defied federal investigators' requests for 'back door' access to a dead terrorist's iPhone.  Apple's flapping flag on Public Relations Hill was roundly praised by privacy advocates and civil libertarians.  Yet Apple's flag meekly bowed to the Chinese Communist Party, denying Hong Kong protestors safety of virtual private networks, or exposing overseas Chinese citizen's data to CCP inspection, or cutting off access to news and information beyond the Great Firewall.  Apple's obedience to Beijing is joined by none other than the sanctimonious Google and Amazon, whose hypocrisy facilitates the genocide of the Uighurs.  Politicians and partisans in the U.S. called for the social media ban of the President and the corporations finally complied.  Employees of the very same corporations are joining the government, the very same employees that approve of Parler's crippling, and that overwhelmingly financially support one political party.

The political storm ahead.  It looks to me as if we are about to enter a very dark and dangerous political storm such as our nation has not seen.  The sunlight of a free exchange of ideas, of thought-provoking discussion, of attending church, of tolerating a simple different point of view appears close to being extinguished.  History is being rewritten and even statues of Lincoln are being brought down.  One must wonder, how long it will be until we are no longer allowed to have cities, counties, colleges, or streets named Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Jackson or Roosevelt.  Is Darkness now falling in America?  The cabal of Big Tech, the Deep State, and the progressive/socialist party is for all practical purposes ignoring and curtailing the Bill of Rights.  At this time, the Thought Police appear to be winning. [...] Since the controversial Election of 2020, The left has "disappeared" citizens, outlawed free association, cancelled books, had people fired or made them unemployable because they thought or voted in a different way.  This new regime has actually discussed publicly, re-education camps.  Publishers are being threatened.

West Virginia newspaper publisher files antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook for 'monopolizing the digital advertising market'.  A West Virginia news publisher has filed an antitrust suit against Google and Facebook, who together receive roughly half of all digital ad dollars in the U.S. and are facing antitrust charges from federal and state authorities.  The company, HD Media, owns several papers in the state, including the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington and the Charleston Gazette-Mail.  HD Media claims Google has so monopolized the online ad market that 'it threatens the extinction of local newspapers across the country.'  The suit also alleges that Google and Facebook conspired to further their dominance with a secret agreement, referring to a suit filed by 10 Republican attorneys general in December.

YouTube removes actual Senate videos of doctors testifying about early treatments of COVID.  Senator Ron Johnson tweeted last night [1/27/2021] that YouTube, which is owned by Google, removed two official videos from his Senate hearing last year with doctors testifying about early treatments of COVID: [...] Google and our other big tech overlords have decided that we can't talk about HCQ and how well it works at getting rid of the virus for people.  There were COUNTLESS stories about it working, but because President Trump was pushing it, the media hated it and are trying to rid it from existence as a COVID treatment.  We are at a very dangerous place in our country.  As I've said before we aren't just at a tipping point, we are beyond that now.  We are in the age of information oppression and censorship.  If you don't agree with everyone, then your voice must be silenced.  Pretty soon they will be deleting videos and banning accounts of people disagreeing with Climate Change.  This is where we are now.

Big Tech is suppressing information about writ of quo warranto, the 'Trump play'.  President Trump has a play he and his team can make to challenge the results of the 2020 election.  It's a longshot, but it doesn't fall into the realm of shadow-government-military-coup or some of the other theories we've heard lately.  This one is legitimate, legal, and does not require suspension of disbelief.  It's called a "writ of quo warranto," something we've covered a couple of times on NOQ Report recently.  Unfortunately, unless you're a regular reader of Leo Donofrio, 100percentfedup, or a handful of other websites, you've probably never heard of it.  We've found a strong suppression of the facts and opinions surrounding this, a suppression that has hit close to home here.  Google, after showing our original article on the first page for searches for the term, has removed the article altogether.  Links of Facebook and Twitter were quickly censored.

This Is How Conservatives Get Erased From the Internet.  Two companies, Google and Apple, each control about half of the smartphone market.  So when the two companies made a move against Parler, the conservative social media alternative, it effectively erased its app from existence.  Joining the party was a third member of the FAANG Big Tech consortium, Amazon, which deplatformed Parler from Amazon Web Services.  AWS controls a third of the cloud marketplace.  Microsoft and Google are in 2nd and 3rd place.  Blocking an app doesn't permanently kill a social networking service, though it places it at a structural disadvantage, but Apple and Google can flag sites as unsafe through their browsers.  Google's Chrome commands 45% of the browser market in America while Apple's Safari has a little under 40%.  While browser flags can be currently bypassed, it would add a further structural disadvantage that would make people less likely to use the service, and there's nothing stopping Apple and Google from permanently blocking access to any conservative site.

Facebook Says No More Ads For Movement To Recall Gavin Newsom.  Fascbook is doubling down.  Since the violence at the Capitol our dear leader, the almighty Zuck, has sought out to silence dissent against his comrades in the Democrat party.  While of course Fascbook is free to do as they please as a private company, somehow claiming to be a free and open forum at the same time is a bit disingenuous.  Their actions continue to threaten the free exercise of speech by individuals and by the press, as numerous personal accounts have been suspended for alleged "hate speech" and seemingly innocuous articles posted by news organizations on only one side of the aisle (guess which side) are now being flagged by Fascbook's "fact checkers" as false or for other vague violations.

Facebook Hires Biden Transition, Obama Admin Official as VP of 'Civil Rights'.  Facebook has hired Roy Austin, an Obama administration veteran and a member of President Joe Biden's transition team, as the social media company's vice president of civil rights and deputy general counsel.  Austin had been a civil rights prosecutor and served as a Department of Justice (DOJ) supervisor before becoming a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama in the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity in 2014.  In 2017, he went into private practice as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis.  In November, Biden named him as one of the volunteers on the Agency Review Team for the DOJ in his transition.

Experts see legal counteroffensive against Big Tech crackdown on conservative dissent.  Amid a Big Tech crackdown on conservative-leaning social media content and users, legal experts say such firms are exposing themselves to potential legal challenge across several broad fronts, including antitrust action for collusion, revocation of Section 230 liability shields, and shareholder suits breach of fiduciary duty.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 13 issued civil investigative demands (CIDs) to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Web Services, and Apple, asking the companies for their policies and practices regarding content moderation and, more specifically, for information related to Parler, a social media application popular among conservatives that was recently terminated or blocked by Google, Amazon, and Apple.  Parler had become a popular alternative to Twitter, particularly among conservatives and followers of former President Trump, whose own Twitter account was permanently suspended by the platform earlier this month for content purportedly violating its rules.

Disagreeing With Biden's Transgender Policy Is 'Incitement' Now?! Facebook Says So.  On Tuesday, Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 7 days.  His crime?  Speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden's new transgender military policy.  Facebook claimed that Gagnon's criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform's "Community Standards on violence and incitement." Ironically, Gagnon's post drew attention to Facebook's suspension of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a 7-day ban for criticizing Biden's policy.  "There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part.  We abhor violence done to any person," Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday.  "This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason."

Donald Trump's ban from YouTube extended indefinitely.  Former President Donald Trump's YouTube channel will remain suspended indefinitely, the online video platform said Tuesday [1/26/2021].  Trump was first banned from the Google-owned company Jan. 12 for at least a week in the wake of the riot at the US Capitol.  YouTube announced the extension of that suspension last week — before issuing yet another one Tuesday.  "In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended," YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said in a statement.  "Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments."  More than 2.79 million people subscribed to Trump's YouTube channel.

YouTube strips rising media company Epoch Times of ability to monetize video content.  YouTube, the video platform service that is a Google subsidiary, has banned The Epoch Times, a rising, conservative-leaning media outlet, from earning money off its videos.  "YouTube demonetized the Epoch Times and related accounts last week," Stephen Gregory, publisher of The Epoch Times confirmed to Just the News on Tuesday in an email.  "This is the latest example of big tech suppression of free speech, a step on the road to communist-style censorship."  A YouTube spokesperson acknowledged Tuesday in an email to Just the News that the company had demonetized the publication's channel and affiliated channels and had suspended them from the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) — over issues related to harmful or sensitive content.

The Children's Table.  If as a conservative you feel like a second-class citizen in your own country, congratulations.  You get it.  The Internet Oligarchs have sentenced us to the children's table while they dine like swine in the main ballroom.  All my friends got kicked off Twitter.  I am still there [...].  But it is awfully lonely.  They all went to Gab but nobody is gabbing it seems.  Its CEO boasts of adding 30 million users in a short time, and indeed it has.  Missing though are the non-political discussions that made Twitter fun.  We are exiled because of our political beliefs even though that is a small part of who we are.  While others are living their normal lives and discussing movies and sports and cars, we are isolated.  We are not allowed to converse.  We are locked out.

My Pillow guy Mike Lindell permanently banned from Twitter.  Twitter banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell from the platform after he used his account to spread baseless claims about fraud in the presidential election.  Twitter said Tuesday that it permanently suspended Lindell — a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump — because of his "repeated violations" of the company's civic integrity policy, which it implemented last fall to clamp down on misinformation.  Twitter didn't say which of Lindell's posts pushed it over the edge.  But he had used his personal account and My Pillow's corporate account in recent months to post and share bogus rumors about widespread election fraud that appeared aimed at undermining President Biden's victory.

Jonathan Turley Drops Facts on What's to Come With Twitter's New 'Birdwatch' Program.  With much predictable fanfare and hype from the mainstream media Monday [1/25/2021], Twitter announced the creation of what they call their "Birdwatch" program, which they say is designed to help counter the spread of alleged misinformation.  In a series of tweets, the popular social media platform described Birdwatch as "a community-driven approach" to combatting "misleading information."  In subsequent tweets, they gave a rough idea of how the program is supposed to work, encouraged people to sign up to be "testers", and said they will use feedback in order "to help shape this program and learn how to reach our goal of letting the Twitter community decide when and what context is added to a Tweet".

Taking Cara Babies Founder Is Bullied And Doxed For Privately Supporting Trump.  Despite President Joe Biden's promise to unite the country, his supporters have continued to wage a dangerous, illiberal war against people with whom they disagree.  While prominent outlets such as Forbes have focused their attention on blacklisting former Trump administration officials, everyday Biden supporters are extending the search-and-destroy campaign to include individuals who supported Trump in their private capacity.  The latest victim of the left's Great Purge is Cara Dumaplin, a beloved baby sleep consultant who has saved thousands of new parents countless hours of sleep.  Cara is a mom of four, a neonatal nurse, and married to a pediatrician.  The program she founded, Taking Cara Babies, offers classes, e-books, and personal phone consultations to new parents struggling to get their newborns to sleep through the night.  In addition to these paid resources, Cara offers free sleep training advice on her social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, where she has 1.3 million followers.

It's time to stand up against the muzzling of America.  Everyone knows what a credit score is.  But social credit scores are new.  They're the latest corporate import from Communist China, where government and big business monitor every citizen's social views and statements.  And they're the latest form of cancel culture in this country, as corporate monopolies and the left team up to shut down speech they don't like and force their political agenda on America.  For those who still believe in free speech and the First Amendment, this is the time to take a stand.  Like the old-fashioned kind of credit score, your social credit requires a lot of maintenance.  You'll need to get good grades in school and stay out of trouble with the law.  But that's just the start — you have to earn your right to live in polite society these days.  So if you want to get a good job, stay at hotels and be served at restaurants, you will need to do a few other things.  You will need to voice the right opinions.  You will need to endorse the right ideas.  You will need to conform.  That's what the corporate chieftains tell us, anyway.

The Masks Are Coming Off.  [Scroll down]  We've had the censoring of Talk Radio on YouTube.  Although this was then restored after intervention at the highest level, I understand some of the wonderful conversations between Mike Graham and Peter Hitchens are still banned.  YouTube have also banned videos from extremely qualified scientists around the world, including two lengthy interviews given in English by one of the most qualified microbiologists on planet earth, Professor Sucharit Bhakdi.  We've then seen the President of the United States being banned from Facebook, Instagram and more recently Twitter.  I am no fan of Donald Trump, but it is clear that he has never used these platforms to "incite violence" — the excuse given for his ban — and it is obvious that there something else going on there.  And we've also seen numerous conservatives and scientists who oppose or question the mass quarantining of healthy people literally losing hundreds of Twitter followers in the last few days.  Their followers are simply being deleted by Jack's Magical Dissent Removing Algorithm, which has been invoked with a vengeance. [...] If 2020 was the year in which people put their Masks on, 2021 is already shaping up to be the year when the Globalists and Global Pravda really take theirs off.  They are really going for it, blatantly censoring dissent, brazenly de-platforming alternative views, and shamelessly using technology to ensure that reasoned, fact-based challenges to establishment narratives are silenced.

Twitter takes 17 hours to mobilize after tweet threatening Trump.  It took Twitter 17 hours to suspend an account bearing the name of Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for posting a death threat to former President Trump.  The hateful tweet came from @khamenei_site on Thursday — an account later determined to be bogus — and depicted the likeness of Trump on the golf course being targeted by a drone flying overhead.  "Revenge is inevitable," said the post, translated from Farsi.  By mid-Friday morning, @khamenei_site was suspended for violating Twitter rules, with the social media giant later clarifying that the account was fake.

Censorship Goes Official:  House Democrats are Now Urging FBI to Investigate Parler.  The social media app known as Parler took a heavy blow when it had its entire website ripped out from under it due to Amazon pulling it off its servers following the riot at the Capitol.  Parler is now getting back on its feet, but now it has a new foe, the United States Government.  According to Fox News, the House Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Carlyn Maloney, is attempting to sic the FBI on Parler, claiming that it was the platform that made the riot possible.  Not only that, but she's also claiming that it's a possible breeding ground for foreign countries to incite sedition.

House Oversight chair asks FBI to investigate Parler.  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, House Committee on Oversight and Reform chair, on Thursday requested the FBI to investigate the social media platform Parler and any role it may have played in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  The New York Democrat wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to ask that he investigate Parler, which was a platform that became popular with Trump supporters that felt unwelcome on larger social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook.  "I am writing to request that as part of its comprehensive investigation of the January 6 assault on the Capitol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conduct a robust examination of the role that the social media site Parler played in the assault, including as a potential facilitator of planning and incitement related to the violence, as a repository of key evidence posted by users on its site, and as a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States," Ms. Maloney said in the letter.

OANN: Michelle Malkin, RSBN and Gateway Pundit Suspended on Twitter for Violating New Orwellian "Civic Integrity" Rule.  Last week Twitter banned a Gateway Pundit tweet questioning fraud in the election.  Twitter handed The Gateway Pundit account a 12-hour suspension for questioning the stolen election.  Then upped it to a six-day suspension.  This was doled out in the middle of the night.  Someone on the late shift was targeting us.  The Gateway Pundit is one of the top 120 websites in America today and a leading voice for conservatives. [...] Twitter suspended the Gateway Pundit account again on Tuesday [1/19/2021] for another week for violating the "civic integrity" rules.  This is a new Orwellian category that allows Twitter to ban any conservative at will.

The Tech titans ignore incitement to violence against conservatives.  "Doxing" is defined as publishing on the internet private or identifying information about people with malicious intent.  People who are doxed have their lives destroyed.  Some are attacked so viciously they go into hiding.  It's therefore a dangerous incitement to violence that Don Winslow, a Russiagate conspiracy theorist, has released a video urging people to root out every single Trump supporter in America and target them for destruction.  Yet Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have allowed the video to remain, with the Twitter version having over 4 million views and getting retweeted over 28 thousand times.  The video (which I won't link but you can find [elsew]here) shows footage of Trump rallies and explains that all of the attendees are "domestic terrorists."  These domestic terrorists, he says, are hiding in plain sight.

Video Exposes Twitter Execs Planning 'Global Approach' to Censorship.  Guerilla journalism organization Project Veritas revealed devastating footage of Twitter leadership's plans for a "global" approach" to censoring "conspiracy theories."  Guerilla journalist and Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe released a video tweet exposing Twitter leadership's "Plans For Political Censorship On Global Scale" on Jan. 18.  O'Keefe's tweet specifically noted that Twitter leadership is cracking down on what they call "misleading information or coded rhetoric."  Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde could be heard in the footage saying that Twitter must go "Beyond de-amplification" and spoke of "conspiracy theories," alleging the platform will be "permanently suspending those accounts."  "The statements appeared to be related to Twitter's massive purge of 70,000 QAnon-related accounts in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot," the New York Post theorized.  The video allegedly showed a virtual conference that took place on Jan. 8, the same day sitting President Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter.

Parler's fight is every American's fight.  Parler, the social media alternative to anti-conservative, anti-President Donald Trump, anti-Christian speech police at Twitter, has responded to Amazon Web Services' yank of hosting privileges with a lawsuit.  And in its lawsuit, Parler is alleging that Amazon elites "repeatedly asked whether the president had joined or would join Parler now that he was blocked by Twitter and Facebook," as Breitbart reported.  Isn't that interesting.  That would mean the social media censors took a particular dislike to Trump to the point of going after those who might be his friends or allies.  Or business partners.  Or those who would grant him the ability to have a voice.  It's a chilling and complete clamp-down of Trump's constitutionally backed, God-given rights to freely speak and express himself.

New Facebook competitor adds 2.5 million subscribers — in a single week.  Will MeWe prove to be the "anti-Facebook"? The three-years-plus-old social media platform got a big boost toward that objective over the past week.  They added as many users as people who live in the Twin Cities metro area — 2.5 million — based on the platform's promises to make their subscribers their only customers. [...] If a MeWe can rise up and launch successfully enough to start signing people up at a rate of 2.5 million a week, should Congress get involved at all in dealing with Facebook, Twitter, et al?  Its success so far does appear to challenge the perception of de facto speech monopolies — at least at the moment.

Totalitarians in Focus.  Vijaya Gadde, a Public Relations executive at Twitter, thinks she is a good person.  Some may beg to differ.  [Video clip]

Twitter Shares Fall Even More Following Trump Ban.  Twitter shares — since President Donald Trump's permanent ban — slid even more on Monday [1/18/2021] before a slight rebound. [...] At this point, Twitter is down at least 15 percent so far in 2021.  Last week, CNBC analyst Jim Cramer warned that Twitter's stock could slide even further because of Trump's ban.  "I think that there are a lot of people who literally knew that the president was the most important person" on Twitter, he said, adding that "you had to keep checking him, and then you had to check people who talked about him."

Democrats Outsource Political Repression to Corporate Monopolies.  The repression will be televised.  It will go better with Coke, it will promise to clear up your bad breath and make your toilet shine.  It will be in the cloud, it will be digitized and monetized.  It will have a trademark, a brand, and it will be outsourced to the private sector.  Democrats love public-private partnerships and they outsourced political repression to the private sector.  The Constitution has inconvenient things to say about freedom of speech and so the Democrat government of elected and unelected officials outsourced the problem of censoring and suppressing speech to the handful of Big Tech monopolies of the internet.  That same old document written by old white dead men, not to mention centuries of jurisprudence and tradition, prevents the government from kicking down your door in the middle of the night for wrongthink.  But nothing keeps corporations from firing you for wrongthink, for being related to someone who committed wrongthink, or for insufficient political correctness.

Somewhat related:
CNN Demands Cable Companies Blacklist OAN and Newsmax TV.  After spending five years attempting to claim President Trump stole the 2016 election, after five years of pushing the Russia Collusion Hoax, after five years of promoting and encouraging violence against Trump and his supporters, the far-left CNN is now demanding that its competition at OAN and Newsmax TV be blacklisted.  CNNLOL isn't bothering to hide its McCarthysim anymore.  CNNLOL is straight-up calling for the big cable TV companies to rip OAN and Newsmax TV off of their bundles, to no longer make either network available to their customers.  And after the cable companies agree to do this (and they will), CNNLOL will go after every streaming outlet that carries OAN and Newsmax, and on and on and on.

Josh Hawley Strikes Back; Finds New Publisher For His Book On Big Tech Abuses.  Senator Josh Hawley has been the target of a ferocious campaign of personal and professional destruction from the rabid left as well as his own colleagues but it looks like he may be getting the last laugh.  Following the Missouri Republican's principled stand to protect democracy by calling into question of the legitimacy of the election in blue states where fishy activity took place, he was savagely attacked by the media and corporations that wanted to cancel him.

Mika Brzezinski Scolds Facebook Leadership for Trying to Suck Up to Biden: 'You Need to Be Shut Down!'  "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski went on a rant against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg for helping foment the Capitol riot, saying their social media website should be shut down.  Brzezinski said the actions Facebook has taken, such as targeting QAnon conspiracy pages and removing President Trump's accounts, are too little, too late since the riot already happened.  "And Mika, the amazing thing is again, I just want to underline this really quickly, the algorithms at Facebook actually promote this extremism.  They promote the extremism within," Joe Scarborough said.

Big Tech, Big Brother and the End of Free Speech.  In George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," members of the Outer Party of Oceania engage in the Two Minutes Hate ritual against Emmanuel Goldstein, who is supposed to be the enemy of the people but may actually just be a fabricated symbol to distract the people from their real enemy — Big Brother.  In Nancy Pelosi's "Twenty Twenty-One," members of the Democratic Party engage in the Two Hours Hate against Donald Trump, who is supposed to be the enemy of the people, but may actually just be a fabricated symbol to distract the people from their real enemy — Big Tech.  Two hours of hate — er, debate — was held in the House of Representatives last Wednesday for the avowed purpose of removing a president of the United States.  That's all it took.  Two hours.  That should tell you everything you need to know about the state of democracy in our country.

Corporations' Worrying Embrace of Censorship.  In recent days, some of the nation's most powerful corporations have engaged in a concerted effort, at the behest of a major political party, to limit the speech of millions of Americans who engaged in wrongthink.  First, Twitter permanently banned the sitting president.  As is its right.  And when millions of his fans left and bolstered Parler, a different platform, Apple, Google, and Amazon went ahead and shut it down as well.  But if you say that targeted deplatforming, though not Stalinist, is troubling, the same people who want to compel everyone to buy state-mandated health insurance, who want to dictate how corporations compensate their employees, who want to force nuns to buy abortifacients, and who want to destroy the lives of bakers and florists who run businesses according to long-held religious beliefs, will vigorously defend the value of free-association rights that allow corporations to act this way.  So I'm pretty skeptical that most of these people are genuine champions of individual market choices, and aren't just super excited about silencing people.

Why Was Parler Censored by Its Competitors?  I've been a big fan of Medium, although I've learned quickly that there are certain "publications" — essentially sub-blogs — that it's best to avoid.  Today I saw a piece published two days ago, The Moderation War Is Coming to Spotify, Substack, and Clubhouse, that addressed how Parler was censored and destroyed by Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon, and then warned that Parler won't be the last.  The given reason, of course, was that people were saying violent things on Parler and all the bien-pensants are, of course, shocked, shocked that this was "permitted."  It might be different if the double standard weren't so glaring.

Former Facebook Executive Advocates for Reeducation and Deprogramming to Protect The U.S. Totalitarian State.  They are no longer hiding it any more.  The leftists are publicly demanding that government intervene using the same tactics deployed against ISIS propaganda to target wrong-think by conservative American citizens.  [Video clip]

The Great Digital Escape.  Did you know you can back up your social media data?  It's officially a good thing to do and the major social media platforms provide utilities to permit this. [...] Of course the question becomes: where does one move the data and to what end?  Enter the emerging world of personal data services which allow you to store your data under encryption and let you control access and potentially sell your data to who you choose.  For decades Big Silicon has been making billions by hoovering up their user's data and monetizing it.  Now some entrepreneurs see a business opportunity in providing storage spaces to users from which companies have to negotiate permissions to access.

Double Standard:  Amazon Is Still Selling 'Kill All Republicans' T-Shirts After Banning Parler For 'Violence'.  Even as Amazon took away Parler's right to exist by kicking the platform off Amazon Web Services (after AWS has become a near-monopoly in providing Internet access) after accusing Parler executives of allowing users to 'incite' the Capitol Building violence and rioting earlier this month, the gargantuan hypocritical gatekeepers of expression and speech appear to have no problem hosting a vendor who sells a t-shirt calling for the elimination of Republicans.

The Five Most Obvious Acts of Fraud in the 2020 Election that You Are No Longer Allowed to Discuss.  For months now, since Election night on November 3rd, The Gateway Pundit has been exposing the massive and unprecedented fraud in the 2020 presidential election.  The days when Democrats find 500 ballots in a trunk of a car are over.  Today their election fraud includes likely every segment of the election process from illegal voters to fraudulent counting.  Since the US Capitol rioting on January 6th the Democrat-Media Complex, including the tech giants, will no longer allow ANY discussion on fraud in the 2020 election.  Democrats and RINO Republicans like Lindsey Graham are determined to shut this discussion down.  This is a lie.  They are trying to control what you can say, read or see.

How Media Bias Hurts the Country.  Recent events, especially those connected with the rhetoric and activities of President Donald Trump, have shown that an "enlightened few" in a small number of unelected, unaccountable companies have acted to control the norms of open debate and part of the global public conversation on the internet, and perhaps thereby embitter political debate.  On January 6, 2021, Twitter suspended the account of Donald Trump, and a day later, Facebook, and then Twitter, issued an indefinite suspension and a permanent ban on messages by Trump.  They cite their rules forbidding content that incites violence.  At the same time, Google and Apple removed Parler, a small social network with ten million, popular with conservatives, from its stores, and Amazon eliminated Parler, which broadcasts parleys, from its hosting service.

Republican-Governed States Can Stop Social Media Censorship.  Legislation has been introduced in the North Dakota legislature to prohibit social media companies from censoring messages and posts, as reported by Breitbart and ARS Technica. [...] The legislation would provide that websites with over 1 million users would be "liable in a civil action for damages to the person whose speech is restricted, censored, or suppressed, and to any person who reasonably otherwise would have received the writing, speech, or publication."  Lead bill sponsor Rep. Tom Kading said, "It's just wrong to ban a sitting president."  More controversially, perhaps legislation could provide a right for anyone world-wide to sue in the state on the theory that people in North Dakota were denied the opportunity for open dialogue and exposure to different ideas.

Twitter temporarily suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Twitter on Sunday [1/17/2021] temporarily suspended the account of new Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she posted a tweet questioning the results of the state's runoff election for Senate.  Twitter announced the 12-hour suspension, saying it determined Green's post "violated the Twitter rules, so we've temporarily suspended some of your account features."  The social media giant tagged one of Greene's tweets about the Jan. 5 election.  "The 1/5 disaster in Georgia lays solely in the hands of state leadership who failed voters in our state.  @GaSecofState and@GabrielSterling were begged by Republicans to fix our elections.  They did nothing.  They are to blame, not me, not @realDonaldTrump, not @CollinsforGA," she wrote on Twitter, referencing election officials in the Peach State.

Former Facebook Official Calls For Verizon, AT&T, Others To Deplatform OANN And Newsmax.  Former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos called for carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and others to deplatform One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax during a Sunday morning appearance on CNN's "Reliable Sources."  Discussing the ongoing political polarization in America in the wake of the November election and the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Stamos suggested that since people now "are able to seek out the information that makes them feel good," an incentive exists for some outlets to "become more and more radical."

It's Not Censorship, It's a Coordinated Effort.  Big Tech, social media, and the press used the violence on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 as a pretext to purge their platforms of conservative figures and Republican officials, most notably President Donald Trump.  Amazon, Apple, and Google conspired to deplatform Parler, regarded as a conservative, or free-speech, alternative to Twitter.  Critics of the sweeping actions argue, rightly, that censorship violates not only First Amendment freedoms but also the spirit of the law protecting internet service providers from liability.  But this isn't censorship.  Rather, it's part of the strategic logic of mass conflict.  The leadership of the political, corporate, and cultural establishment that today rules America shut down the communications of those against whom they are waging war.

Parler website appears to [be] back online and promises to 'resolve any challenge before us'.  The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday, following a nearly week-long outage after it was booted from Amazon Web Services and kicked off Apple and Google's app stores.  Amazon, Google and Apple cut ties with Parler for what they said was a failure to moderate content and threats of violence by some of its right-wing user base.  Some of the Pro-Trump rioters who descended on the US Capitol on January 6, fueled by baseless allegations of voter fraud, had been planning the event and spreading misinformation about the presidential election on Parler.

Apple CEO Tim Cook defends removing Parler from its App Store.  Apple CEO Tim Cook defended removing Parler from his company's App Store — saying he doesn't see an "intersection" between the right to freedom of speech and the ability to provoke violence.  Apple and Google booted the conservative-leaning social media site's app and Amazon Web Services dropped Parler from its servers — following the violent riots at the US Capitol on Jan. 6 that led to the deaths of five people, including a cop[.]  "We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there.  And we don't consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection," Cook told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."  Cook said there are more than 2 million apps on the App Store and they all are expected to abide by the terms of service.

Amazon Goes Mad.  Amazon abruptly de-platformed Parler last week, terminating its web services hosting account with a speed and lack of notice clearly designed to ruin the company.  Amazon covered up this action by a fig leaf of allegations that Parler did not adequately control incitements to violence, or that someone might sometime use Parler to suggest that someone think about using violence, ignoring the extent to which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media freely allow all sorts of Progressive groups to glorify, incite, and condone violence.  By doing this, Amazon has exposed itself to an impressive spectrum of risks, both legal and business.

You Can't 'Just Build Your Own Twitter'.  The balance of two opposing forces — military-industrial surveillance capitalism and progressive cultural hegemony — once formed an equilibrium that gave the average Joe some options in life.  That equilibrium was on its way out for a while, but it collapsed with the Capitol riots. [...] We're seeing the beginnings of what unambiguous power looks like.  Corporate donors are dropping the GOP, throwing away an intimate, decades-long DD/lg relationship.  But perhaps more important is the wave of unprecedented internet censorship that included the digital death penalty for Trump and his allies, and also for any users who continue to make claims of election fraud.  This was seemingly coordinated among the entire now-private public square, and private companies are of course allowed to do whatever they want.

Apple's Tim Cook Just Comes Right Out and Says It About Canceling Parler: 'We Don't Consider That Free Speech'.  What, in a word, did Parler do, to first be removed from Apple and Google app stores, and ultimately kicked off Amazon servers in a blatant effort to eliminate Parler?  In a clip released Friday of an interview on this week's "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris Wallace [of course; safe space], Cook [said,] "We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there, and we, we don't consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an, has an intersection." [...] Want some more elitist arrogance from Cook?  He reminded Wallace that Apple has only "suspended" Parler, and if they "get their 'moderation' together, they would be back on there."  So who moderates the moderators, Tim?  You?  Dorsey?  The mayor of Zuckerville?  Who bestowed that responsibility on you?

The organized disappearing and banning of Donald J. Trump.  In recent times, most presidents upon leaving office have quietly retired to their home states to pen their memoirs, appear at patriotic or commemorative events, and lend their wisdom to university panels or think-thank sessions.  Former President Bill Clinton (D), by virtue of his wife's political ambitions, his daughter's whatever, and of course his own ego, was much more visible, remaining on the world stage with his Clinton Foundation, which keeps the entire family nicely afloat.  And very unlike the others, the Obamas (D) have remained very visible — not leaving Washington, D.C., but instead purchasing a lavish home in the city's most upscale neighborhood plus another $14,000,000 estate while flitting around the world.  However, Big Tech, Big Media, major entertainment, all populated by many people with small and minor minds, are now waging an all-out campaign to have President Trump disappear.  He and his followers are being purged, censored, fired, silenced, unhosted, destroyed.

Big Tech Targeting Leads to Massive Increase in Signal App Users.  An interesting development as Big Tech decides to go into full totalitarian surveillance and targeting mode.  Encrypted communication apps are now exploding with new users.  This outcome will not come as a surprise to CTH readers because the 'Rebel Alliance' has been using encrypted communication like Signal App for several years and planning to deal with the mass targeting currently underway.  This is why CTH has/is so closely guarded the privacy of CTH readers. [...] Inherently people want freedom, liberty and privacy.  The more Big Tech shows they are ideologically totalitarian, and simultaneously supportive of the big surveillance state, the more the free market will provide options to get away from their reach.

Conservatives accuse liberals and Big Tech of using Capitol assault as pretext for censorship.  Conservatives say Big Tech companies, pressured by liberals, are using the Capitol attack to justify the unfair censorship of Republicans and the removal of platforms like Parler.  Nathan Leamer, former adviser to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, said there was a "cabal of reporters, writers, influencers, who generally work at places like MSNBC, the New York Times, and such" who get to decide what is or isn't allowed on social media and who is or is not censored.  "Through their influence, they have a direct line to those in charge of the moderation practices of Twitter," said Leamer, who is now a vice president at the Republican strategy firm Targeted Victory.  Since last week's Capitol riots, almost all major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have announced bans, in some form, of President Trump's accounts, justified by arguing that they fear he will incite further violence.

Dorsey: 'This Is Going to be Much Bigger Than Just One Account'.  In a new video provided to Project Veritas by an unidentified Twitter employee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey warns of further censorship following Twitter's recent ban on the president of the United States.  "We know we are focused on one account right now," Dorsey said, in reference to his company's decision to ban President Trump.  "But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it's going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration.  We have to expect that, and we have to be ready for that."

Twitter insider leaks tape of CEO Jack Dorsey telling staff Trump ban is 'bigger than just one account' and will 'go on beyond the inauguration'.  Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has been recorded during an internal meeting saying that the company's clampdown on inciting violence will go much further than simply banning Donald Trump.  The president was permanently barred from Twitter on Friday, with Twitter saying: 'We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.'  Trump is now blocked from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch, among others.  On Thursday Project Veritas, which seeks to expose bias in media, published a clip which they said was given to them by a Twitter whistleblower.  [Video clip]

Project Veritas Drops a Video on Twitter CEO Jack Talking About Trump and What Is To Come.  Yesterday [1/13/2021], Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote a long Twitter thread trying to justify his banning of President Donald Trump from the platform as well as the actions taken against some other people on the right. [...] But people weren't buying his justification.  As we've seen, Twitter immediately shut off a critical story in October that Joe Biden had lied about never having met with his son's foreign business partners, even suspending the NY Post and preventing the url to the story they had on the Biden scandal from being spread on Twitter.  Jack later had to admit there was no violation of the Terms of Service.  But in the meantime a troublesome story for Biden was suppressed.  But when Democrats spread actual conspiracies or things that might impede public safety, their tweets don't seem to get the same attention.  But now Project Veritas has a whistleblower video on Jack Dorsey from a source inside Twitter.

Project Veritas Video Exposes Twitter CEO's Censorship Plans: 'Much Bigger Than Just One Account'.  On Thursday night, Project Veritas released a secretly recorded video of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talking about his company's censorship plans beyond President Donald Trump and his exit from office.  Previewing the release, Project Veritas President James O'Keefe tweeted, "A whistleblower inside @Twitter recorded their CEO @jack and sent us the tape."  According to O'Keefe, the video details Twitter's agenda for further political censorship.

Parler CEO says social media app may not return.  Parler CEO John Matze said his controversial social media platform may never get back online after major service providers accused it of failing to police violent content and booted it from their networks, according to a report.  Matze said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he didn't know when, or if, the fledgling outfit would be back.  "It could be never.  We don't know yet," he said, but later sounded a more optimistic note.  "It may take days, it may take weeks but Parler will return and when we do we will be stronger," Parler told the news outlet.

David Marcus Outlines Some Violent Material Twitter Refuses to Censor.  The Federalist journalist David Marcus goes through a list of all the things that Twitter is refusing to censor while they crackdown on conservative speech.  [Video clip]

Parler Claims Amazon 'Repeatedly Asked' if President Donald Trump Joined Platform.  Parler says in a legal filing that a representative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) had "repeatedly asked whether the President had joined or would join Parler now that he was blocked by Twitter and Facebook."  In a lawsuit filed against Amazon on Monday, Parler says that the tech giant was "motivated by political animus," and violated antitrust law when it booted the social media platform from its web hosting service.  Amazon claims that it kicked Parler offline because because words on the platform might "incite violence."  In Parler's latest legal filing against Amazon, the social media platform says that between January 6 and 8, "AWS expressed no concerns with Parler's content moderation."

Twitter's twisted logic.  It's no secret that President Trump — as a private citizen, a presidential candidate, and as president — has used Twitter to make outrageous, uncivil, and conspiratorial statements.  But this has been true for years.  Until this month, when Trump was permanently banned from the social network, the company had resisted the step, arguing that it had a policy against banning world leaders. [...] In taking the step not just to ban Trump but to restrict his access to the @POTUS account, Twitter broke with its own standard.  In a statement, the network said that "we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."  If incitement to violence is the new metric, however, Twitter is going to have to explain why it has banned Trump and not other world leaders who have consistently and repeatedly incited violence.  For instance, an account attributed to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, remains active despite being used to promote violence and anti-Semitism.

Assault on the Capitol Has Let Loose the Electronic Octopus.  [President] Trump has been banned for life from Twitter and barred indefinitely from Facebook.  Twitter said in a statement it excluded Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."  The president had called for thousands of his followers to assemble at a massive Washington, D.C., rally protesting the results of the election.  Splinter groups broke off from the massed protesters.  Some stormed into the halls of Congress, social media platforms canceled Trump after he urged his followers, albeit "peacefully and patriotically," to go protest at the U.S. Capitol, where the mayhem followed.  After the assault — and after Democrats won the presidency, kept the House, took the Senate and threatened to pack the Supreme Court — furor broke out against Trump.  The outrage included the banning of Trump and some of his supporters from social media.  Thousands of scared social media users then retreated to the more conservative site Parler.  But in near-unison, Google, Apple and Amazon removed Parler from their platforms.

Twitter, Facebook: $51 Billion Combined Market Value Erased Since Trump Ban.  Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have collectively seen $51.2 billion in combined market value wiped out over the last two trading sessions since they banned President Donald Trump from their platforms following the U.S. Capitol breach.  Large tech firms and a number of Democratic political figures have claimed Trump incited violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  The incident disrupted debates in both the House and Senate as lawmakers were forced to shelter in place while police and security attempted to regain control.  Trump took to Twitter following the outbreak of violence to call on protesters to "go home in peace."  He denounced the violence as a "heinous attack" that "defiled the seat of American democracy" on Jan. 7.  It is unclear who instigated the breach of the building.

Twitter Doubles Down on Decision to Ban Donald Trump.  President Donald J. Trump is banned on Twitter.  He's banned on Facebook.  A sitting US president has been de-platformed over the chaos that erupted on the Hill last week.  He's been impeached again for inciting the riot that Democrats say amounted to insurrection.  The "Save America" rally was held on January 6, the same day as the congressional certification of the 2020 Electoral College results.  Pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building.  Five people died.  Yet, the FBI now says that this might have been a pre-planned event, which undercuts the Democratic narrative that Trump was totally at fault for the chaos.  Trump was probably going to be banned from Twitter no matter what after he left office.  That was a given.  In fact, Twitter was sort of coy about that move as we entered the final weeks of his presidency.  This fiasco just accelerated the plan.

Refuse to Be Silenced.  Parler's gone for now, the victim of a conspiracy to silence, but it will return.  The fascists can try, but they can't shut us up forever.  Truth flows like water around obstacles.  The Twitbookgram decided to start playing whack-a-prole to bonk unapproved ideas on the noggin and pretty soon too many heads will be popping up out of too many new holes.  They will pop up on Gab, or Clouthub, or Dave Rubin's Locals.com.  People will find a way to be heard.

Here's How We Flatten the Democratic Party During the Next Four Years.  Trump made a colossal tactical blunder by telling his supporters to fight vote fraud in the streets.  That led to last week's excesses, and the biggest crackdown on conservatives in American history. [...] The suspension of President Trump's Twitter account (denounced by Germany's Angela Merkel and top French officials as a violation of basic rights) is an affront to democracy:  Whatever Trump did or didn't do, he is the elected president of the United States, convicted in no court of law, and the people have the right to hear from him.  The suspension of the free-speech social media platform Parler is another totalitarian outrage by what France's Finance Minister calls "the digital oligarchy."

Facebook to remove all posts using 'stop the steal' phrase.  Facebook announced Monday [1/11/2021] that it would remove all content that includes the phrase "stop the steal" leading up at least to the presidential inauguration.  The social media giant said it is "treating the next two weeks as a major civic event," and using precaution following last week's fatal siege of the US Capitol, it said in a statement.  "We're taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks," the statement said.  The announcement comes less than one week after Facebook suspended President Trump's account indefinitely — and said the site is not allowing "any ads from politicians, including President Trump."

GAB CEO: "What we're seeing in America right now is the rise of Communism".  During an interview with WBRE, a local tv station in Scranton, PA, Andrew Torba, the Christian CEO of Gab, answered many of the questions Americans are asking about the alternative, free speech platform.  Torba explains why he founded GAB in 2016 as an alternative, free speech social media platform:  "I was living and working in Silicon Valley at the time, and I had very close relationships inside of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, by nature of my last start-up company which was a digital advertising company," Torba explained, adding, "I got to see the evils of their business model for many years."  The GAB CEO explained that because of the many relationships he developed within these big tech companies, he had "insider sources" who warned him that "the rise of censorship was coming and was inevitable."

Glenn Greenwald Perfectly Sums Up Dems' Love of Big Tech Censorship.  Left-learning journalist and lawyer Glenn Greenwald has become the voice of reason with a number of issues, the biggest one being censorship.  In fact, when he left The Intercept, the very online news organization that he co-founded, it was because he believed editors were doing everything in their power to bury negative stories about the Biden family.  Greenwald spoke out about Twitter's desire to hide the New York Post's story on Hunter Biden's laptop.  And now he's speaking out about Big Tech censorship.  The investigative reporter shared a thread on Twitter explaining the real reason the left cheers Big Tech censorship: because it takes out their political opponents.

Tulsi Gabbard Pulls Back the Curtain on Why Congress Won't Act Against Big Tech.  Conservatives have been calling for a reform of tech company power for some time, including the reformation of Section 230.  Moreover, politicians talk a big game about coming down on these tech companies but never really seem to move on their threats or declarations.  Ever wonder why?  Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard will tell you.  Gabbard sat down with the Daily Caller and revealed just why politicians seem to freeze when it comes to acting against big tech and the reason is simple and predictable; it all boils down to money.

Amazon seeks to keep right-wing app Parler offline.  Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. has asked a federal judge to deny a request to reinstate the cloud-service account for conservative social media network Parler.  The company's lawyers on Tuesday [1/12/2021] claimed Parler shrugged off police violence content on its site before and after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  The Seattle Times reported that Parler filed a lawsuit Monday against Amazon claiming a breach of contract and antitrust violation after its account was suspended.  Attorneys for Amazon said the case was not about suppressing speech but about what they called Parler's "demonstrated unwillingness" to remove content that threatens public safety.  Parler claims Amazon colluded with Twitter to "kill Parler's business."

Twitter's official tweet about the Uganda election is unbelievable.  On Tuesday, Twitter left every sentient American wondering how a company so stupid could become so powerful.  Twitter spent last year silencing anything that would help Trump, including accurate facts about Biden pimping out his debauched son to foreign countries for big bucks.  It then inaugurated this year by booting the president of the United States off Twitter, followed by silencing all of his supporters.  But Twitter wasn't done.  Yesterday, in connection with the Uganda elections, Twitter issued a proud public policy statement about the absolute necessity of free speech on the internet, especially around elections.

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I honestly can't believe Twitter just tweeted this.  But Twitter just tweeted this.  Twitter really just tweeted this in the middle of the conservative purge.


YouTube suspends President Trump's channel for 'a minimum' of one week.  YouTube announced Tuesday [1/12/2021] it is suspending President Trump's channel for at least a week.  Content from Trump's channel was removed Tuesday for violating YouTube's policies and over concerns it would incite violence, the company said in a statement to The [New York] Post.  The tech giant added it will also be disabling comments underneath videos on his channel.  "After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence," a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement to The Post.

The Cold Civil War:  Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All.  After last week's Washington, D.C., protests, it didn't take long for the Big Tech billionaires who own, control and run much of the internet and social media to reveal what they truly are: willing tools, a Fifth Column even, of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and enemies of free speech.  A reckoning is due.  In a scene reminiscent of "The Godfather," the Big Tech companies moved aggressively last weekend to "settle all family business" by deplatforming President Donald Trump, his supporters, a swath of the conservative movement, and anyone else who dares to voice an "unWoke" opinion.

The world's biggest gun forum was booted off the Internet because they can be.  AR15.com is a forum with a robust community that serves as a clearinghouse of sorts for firearm dealers and suppliers.  In a statement provided to The Federalist they said in part,  ["]On Monday, January 11, 2021, I received notice from our site registrar that AR15.com had violated their terms of service and that AR15.com would be shut down immediately.  The registrar's decision to de-platform AR15.com was final and no method to appeal was offered.["]  Their registrar is GoDaddy.com.  The fact that GoDaddy did not give a specific example of how AR15.com violated their terms of service I'm going to hazard a guess and say it's because they just discovered it's a gun forum.

Regulate Social Media Like Public Utilities.  Democracy took a big blow when Twitter shut down President Donald Trump's accounts and Google and Amazon ousted Parler, a site favored by millions of conservatives.  Big Tech, which is run by the left, is robbing Americans of their right to communicate freely and exchange ideas.  The nation's founders worried that the government would use its power to censure and crush competing viewpoints.  Their remedy was the First Amendment, guaranteeing all of us freedom of speech and association and barring government censorship.  They had no way of anticipating that tech companies would grow more powerful than governments and have the monopolistic ability to suppress or cancel political viewpoints.  Yet, Facebook and Twitter now "wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions," explains ACLU lawyer Kate Ruane.  And Google, now the eponym for all internet searching, suppresses content by placing it on a distant page few searchers will ever get to.

There May be a Number of Ways Big Tech Implicated Themselves In Their Purge of Parler.  The web giants of this country exhibited a deeply troubling level of power in the past week, but in their zeal to exact their influence these tech titans may have unintentionally created problems for themselves.  Things began with Twitter initially blocking President Trump's account a month or so back, in the name of election security.  Following the mob scene in D.C. last week they flexed these digital muscles once again, and then things escalated between the major companies driving our tech sector.  Soon after the melee in the Congressional chambers, the President's Twitter account was again locked down.  FaceBook ramped that action up, and suspended his account outright, and then Twitter followed suit.  The company then took down the official Presidential Twitter account as well.  This only begins the unforeseen minefield these companies might be stomping through today[.]

Ron DeSantis Shows Why He's a Boss.  With big tech cracking down on internet speech, specifically conservative viewpoints, it's far past time for the GOP to fight back in ways they can.  While there's little that can be done at the national level now because Trump and the Republican Senate squandered those opportunities the last four years, there's plenty that can happen downstream.  Contrary to the media's narrative, the GOP is still fairly dominate at the state level.  [Ron] DeSantis is once again leading on the big issues, coordinating with the GOP led Florida House of Representatives to divest his state from Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Google.

Uganda Takes A Stand, Bans Facebook & Twitter From Internet After Censorship, Twitter Policy Has Meltdown.  On Tuesday, Uganda punched back at Facebook and Twitter by banning them from the internet after the two companies started censoring Uganda officials ahead of the election in the country.  "We demand that @Facebook & @Twitter write directly to the individuals that lost their accounts.  Since @Facebook cited @MoICT_Ug in their statement, let them write to us so that there's a chance for a fair hearing.  Accounts lost on Facebook belong to @GovUganda employees," tweeted Uganda Media Centre.

Idaho Internet Provider Blocks Access to Twitter, Facebook to Customers Who Request It.  A North Idaho Internet provider blocked access to Twitter and Facebook at its customers' requests.  According to emails sent to customers over the weekend, Your T1 WIFI — which provides services in the Spokane and northern Idaho areas — said it received phone calls from customers after those websites moved to block certain types of content and suspended accounts associated with President Donald Trump.  "It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information," an email to Your T1 WIFI customers said.  "We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed... and that they do not want their children to go to these sites," the email added.  "They could do this themselves but some do not have the technical knowledge to do so and it would be very tiresome for us to do it for them and it would be expensive to visit each customer that wants this done."

Idaho Internet Provider Blocks Facebook, Twitter.  An internet service provider (ISP) in the North Idaho and the Spokane, Washington, area has decided to block Facebook and Twitter for its customers after some called in to complain about censorship on the platforms.  The ISP, Your T1 WIFI, confirmed that it will block Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers starting this Wednesday, according to a report by KREM 2.  The move comes after Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from its platform, and Facebook locked the president out of his account "indefinitely."

Gab Backed Up President Trump's Twitter, Recreated It On Website.  President Donald Trump may be gone from Twitter, but his tweets could now live on forever.  According to Populist Press, Gab backed up Trump's entire Twitter account before it was removed and recreated his page on Gab.

Gab CEO Defies Tech Tyrants — Restores All of President Trump's Tweets from Twitter — Trump's Account on Gab.  Popular businessman and President Donald Trump had a social media account on Twitter for several years and even before he was President of the United States.  Last week Twitter, Facebook, and others banned and removed the US President from their platforms.  It was a statement on the unprecedented power of their platforms and the power of collusion.  The tech giants want you to know who's boss and who will decide what is acceptable discourse in this once free country.  But the story did not end there.  Gab CEO Andrew Torba completely backed up President Trump's Twitter account before it was deleted and recreated the president's account on Gab.

Rush: If Democrats Can Erase Us from Social Media, Can They Erase Our Votes?  Now that the Democrats have abandoned all pretenses of being a legitimate political entity instead of a power-mad pack of rabid authoritarians, the future is bleak for conservatives.  Last Friday [1/8/2021], in an audacious move that many previously believed was unthinkable, the Dems' indispensable allies in Silicon Valley acted in a coordinated manner to ban President Trump from all of their platforms along with tens of thousands of his supporters.  Such censorship is commonplace with the Democrats' partners in totalitarian China but that it is taking place in America despite the First Amendment shows the dangerous power that has been placed in the hands of the leftist tech oligarchs who are now arguably more powerful than governments.  The blitzkrieg that also included the takedown of competitor Parler is only the start and if they can silence the voices of conservatives, can the Democrats and their tech cohorts also take away their votes?  That is the question being asked by talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh who on Monday's edition of his nationally syndicated show said that the titans of tech are running the United States."

Florida State Rep Calls on DeSantis to Take Massive Action Against Apple, Amazon, Facebook & Twitter.  On Tuesday, Florida State Rep. Randy Fine called on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to take massive action against several Big Tech companies in response to their disgusting attacks on free speech.  "Florida taxpayers should not be forced to do business with entities that censor them." — said Fine.  Fine is urging DeSantis to divest state funds from key players in Big Tech including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter due to their attack on conservatives.

Twitter Hasn't Suspended These Accounts Or Tweets That Openly Incite Violence.  On Friday, Twitter joined a slew of other social media companies in permanently suspending Donald Trump's accounts.  Subsequently, many other conservative users found themselves deplatformed by the tech giant.  The tech oligarchs' argument is that Trump's social media presence incites violence, as evidenced by the riot in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  Twitter argued that several of Trump's tweets violated its Glorification of Violence policy, which states, "You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people.  We also prohibit the glorification of violence."  Unsurprisingly, there are countless Twitter accounts that regularly call for harm or violence, in violation of this policy, yet have been allowed to persist.  While the president's posts and remarks have included some awful things, they have been in no way worse than much of what transpires on the platform.  Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, has an intact Twitter account that consistently glorifies acts of violence, yet the brutal dictator has not faced any censorship or suspension.

What Now?  [Scroll down]  Both Twitter and Facebook deplatformed Trump, and when he shifted from his personal Twitter account to the POTUS account, Twitter silenced that one, too.  Other enemies of the left were also kicked off social media — among them Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, and Steve Bannon.  Facebook ejected the WalkAway movement, in the process deleting countless heartfelt posts by ordinary citizens explaining why they'd quit the Democratic Party.  YouTube took down a video by Rudy Giuliani.  Amazon, Google, and Apple removed Parler, a "free-speech" alternative to Twitter and Facebook, from their app stores.  The CEO of Mozilla, developer of the Firefox browser, wrote an essay entitled "We Need More than Deplatforming."  (Yet the social-media accounts of the Chinese Communist Party and Ayatollah Khamenei remained untouched.)

The Parler purge is just the beginning.  President Donald Trump has been booted permanently from Twitter.  Parler, the low censorship, zero censorship alternative to Twitter has been suspended from Google, Apple, Amazon.  Conservatives by the droves have lost thousands of followers on Twitter overnight — and all coincidentally come just after it's solid and clear, Democrats will hold the White House, House and Senate come January's end.  Democrats and America's foreign enemies are cheering.  Everyone else is feeling the chill.  And rightly so:  Mark these words, this is a purge of conservative speech, conservative expression, conservative rhetoric — and this is all just the beginning.  With tyrants, the mission is to blot out all dissenting viewpoints.  This Big Tech tyrannical purge is all about testing waters, to see what can be accomplished to make Trump and his supporters completely irrelevant on the political landscape.  Call it stage one.  Stage two is to expand the tyranny beyond the scope of social media.

Progressives Who Desperately Want to Censor Parler Just Got Some Bad News.  They tried, and it looks like they may have failed.  Social media company Parler, which has been under attack from the far-left for not censoring conservatives, seems to have found a new home after Amazon Web Services decided to stop hosting the company's site.

Parler finds refuge with right-leaning webhosting service.  A handful of Big Tech companies moved to take down social media platform Parler over the weekend, but it appears to have found a new company to help try to keep its website running.  On Monday, Parler registered its domain and server to be hosted by Epik, an internet webhosting company known for working with right-leaning websites.  Gab, another social media platform popular with conservatives, also uses Epik.  A web domain search shows that Parler is now registered with Epik.  Epik put out a statement on Monday claiming it had no discussion of providing future services to Parler.  Epik did acknowledge, however, that Parler was "working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them."

It's not just Twitter: Numerous online services take action against Trump, Trump-related content.  It's not just Twitter.  The U.S. Capitol riots provoked an avalanche of online backlash against President Donald Trump on Thursday and Friday, causing numerous online services to sever ties with Trump or his associated political activities.  Twitter, of course, permanently banned Trump from the platform late Friday, citing "risk of further incitement of violence."  Financial Times reporter Dave Lee noted Friday that Trump's campaign has not been sending emails to its supporters since Wednesday, an indication that its email service providers are severing ties.  In fact, one service provider — Campaign Monitor — confirmed it had suspended the Trump campaign's access to its service.

Parler SUES Amazon!.  Parler is suing Amazon Web Services for removing Parler from the internet.  This is a brief summary and explanation as to why.  [Video clip]

Internet Browsers Gearing Up to Silence President Trump, Conservatives.  If you didn't think things could get worse, think again.  Earlier this week, Big Tech conducted one of the most disgusting and massive assaults on free speech in American history.  Here is a quick recap of some of the key events that took place last week against President Donald Trump and conservatives across the world: [...] Don't be fooled.  The Democratic Party will strip every right from you until you are left with nothing.

Twitter Shares Drop by 12 Percent After Company Banned Trump.  Shares dropped after the market opened on Monday, reaching a low of $45.17.  Twitter shares closed at $51.48 on Jan. 8.  Twitter said it removed Trump's account on Friday because some of his recent posts were glorifying violence.  The company echoed critics who attempted to connect Trump's rhetoric with the breach of the U.S. Capitol.  Trump responded by accusing Twitter of coordinating "with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me."  Twitter also banned prominent users including lawyer Sidney Powell and Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Other users who weren't banned left the platform, including radio hosts Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh.

Ron Paul locked out of managing his Facebook account for violating 'community standards'.  Former Rep. Ron Paul said Facebook suspended him from managing his account, citing a violation of its community standards.  "With no explanation other than 'repeatedly going against our community standards,' @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page.  Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified," Ron Paul tweeted Monday.

Jack is straight up gloating about Parler being destroyed.  In just a matter of hours Parler went from being the number 1 free app in Apple's App Store to being murked into digital oblivion.  And Twitter's Jack Dorsey wouldn't have it any other way.  It's really nice to have options when it comes to social media.  And people were making known their displeasure with Twitter's aggressive censorship by moving to alternative platforms like Parler.  But as we all know Parler was savagely cornered by a Silicon Valley mob, beaten to death, and its body dumped into the San Francisco Bay.

'PARLER' Social Media alternative site has been scrubbed from the internet.  The far-Left fascists are coming for us, ALL of us.  [Video clip]

Parler Sues Amazon, Asks Court to Reinstate Platform.  Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday, alleging that the Seattle-based firm's hosting service violated anti-trust laws and their contractual agreement.  The company, which was taken offline by Amazon's services early Monday morning, asked a federal judge in Washington state to reject Amazon's shutdown of its services.  Parler argued that Amazon's move was "motivated by political animus" and designed to reduce competition to benefit Twitter.  Twitter is a customer of Amazon Web Services' division.  The emergency order asked a judge to reject Amazon's shutdown of Parler's account and said it is akin to "pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support."

Parler sues Amazon for antitrust violations.  According to Kruzel, Parler is demanding in federal court that Amazon reinstate the platform on its servers.  Amazon faced heavy criticism from conservatives after it announced that it would be kicking Parler off of its web hosting servers.  The move came shortly after Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their respective application stores, causing many to criticize the companies as oligopolies acting in concert with social media giants to stifle competition.

Parler sues Amazon, asks court to reinstate platform.  Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday [1/11/2021], alleging that its suspension from Amazon's hosting service violated antitrust law and breached the companies' contractual arrangement.  In its lawsuit, Parler, which is especially popular among conservatives, asked a federal judge to order that the platform be reinstated online.  The 18-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, accuses Amazon Web Services (AWS) of applying a politically motivated double standard to Parler in contrast to its treatment of the more mainstream social media giant Twitter.  "AWS's decision to effectively terminate Parler's account is apparently motivated by political animus," the lawsuit reads.  "It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter."

It Looks Like the Big Tech Conspiracy Just Killed Parler.  Last evening I posted on how Apple, Google, and Amazon had allied to destroy the upstart social media company Parler.  Parler's competitive advantage was that it was a place where the nasty, vicious little multi-sexual SJWs who control the ability to use Twitter didn't have power.  In the space of just a few hours, Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their app stores, and Amazon announced it was booting Parler off its hosting service.  That sequence of events dealt a major blow to Parler.  Not only was Parler basically off-limits to about 95% of the world's phones, but it no longer had the necessary infrastructure to operate.  Never fear, we were told by the "build your own internet" crowd.

Parler and the Problem of Escaping Internet Censorship.  Back when Parler was first taking off, I warned that its app-based dependency meant that two companies, Apple and Google, can eliminate it anytime they like.  It was only a matter of time.  The transition from desktops and laptops to Android and IOS devices mean that users are operating in a walled garden run by two very lefty companies.  Those companies can do with the garden what they please.  Those users who choose to jailbreak their devices have more options, but most don't.  Conservatives can try to distribute the knowledge more widely and encourage that kind of self-empowerment.  But the bottom line is most smartphone, Kindle, Chromebook, etc users want a simple device that just works and runs all the apps in the app store.  Doing anything more complicated would be inconvenient.

Crazy 2020 Is Dead!  Long Live Crazier 2021!.  [Scroll down]  Multimillionaire Michelle Obama, who seems seldom to allow a serious crisis to go to waste, was calling for the complete weaponization of social media and the permanent banning of Trump.  A scared Mark Zuckerberg seemed to agree.  The multibillionaire had infused $350 million of his own money into key preselected precincts to boost voting turnout in a way the Left in the old days would have called the dark money that undermines democracy.  A day after Michelle Obama's call, Trump coincidentally was indeed banned from Twitter "for life," along with a number of conservatives, and "indefinitely" canceled from Facebook.  Trump followers fleeing to alternate social media sites discovered that their apps could be blocked by Apple and Google.  Amazon joined in blocking the servers of one of these, again coincidentally. [...] The trillion-dollar social media monopolies, on cue from the Obamas and the Left, are now making the necessary adjustments for a hard left-wing controlled presidency and Congress.  Soon, in calmer times, antitrust lawyers will be suing Big Tech for its efforts to destroy its business rivals and ideological opponents as a textbook case of corporate market rigging.

Parler CEO: Attorneys Drop Company as Website Goes Offline.  Parler's website is offline on Monday after Amazon, Apple, Google, and a slew of other companies took action against the social media platform.  Users trying to access Parler were notified that the site couldn't be reached.  Parler CEO John Matze said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures" that companies had colluded "to make sure that at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they're shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the Internet.  He also revealed that other companies, including the law firm that was representing Parler, had joined in acting against the company.

The Progressive Purge Begins.  The digital purge started shortly after idiots stormed the Capitol, but it was planned for a long time.  The left spent the middle of the last century burning books, now they're deleting social media accounts, but the objective is the same: eliminate thought they do not like.  The average Democrat doesn't see it as that and can't fathom the idea that they're embracing fascism.  All they see is a people they've been convinced are evil being removed from the digital world in the name of tolerance.  The irony is lost on them.  So is the danger.  Banning Donald Trump and Trump supporters from the digital world is not an end step; it's the beginning.

Nunes Calls on DOJ, FBI to Launch RICO Investigation Over Parler.  House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Sunday called for a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) investigation into Big Tech stifling the new social media platform Parler.  "The effect of this is there is no longer a free and open social media company or site for any American to get on anymore because these big companies — Apple, Amazon, Google — they likely destroyed what was likely a billion dollar company," Nunes explained to Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.  "Poof.  It's gone."  The congressman explained the concern is bigger than a company taking a financial hit.  "Republicans have no way to communicate.  It doesn't even matter if you're Republican or conservative.  If you don't want to be regulated by left-wingers that are at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or you get shadowbanned, nobody gets to see you, they get to decide what's violent or not violent.  It's preposterous," Nunes said.

Parler CEO Says Service Dropped By "Every Vendor" And Could End His Business.  Parler CEO John Matze said today [1/10/2021] that his social media company has been dropped by virtually all of its business alliances after Amazon, Apple and Google ended their agreements with the social media service.  "Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day," Matze said today on Fox News.  Matze conceded that the bans could put the company out of business while raising free speech issues, calling it "an assault on everybody."  "They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they're actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet," Matze said.

Texas Attorney General Vows to Fight Big Tech Censorship with Everything He's Got.  Twitter purged President Trump and thousands of conservative accounts on Friday [1/8/2021].  Because of Big Tech censorship, Parler is now the fastest growing social media company.  Thursday morning Parler CEO John Matze made a bold statement on his rapidly growing social media platform and condemned censorship of Facebook and Twitter.  24 hours later, Apple and Google threatened to ban Parler unless they censor and deplatform those who do not fall in line with the Communists.  Friday evening Google followed through with their threats and banned Parler from the Google play store.  Amazon is now targeting Parler for ruin.

Alternatives to Twitter.  One wonders how profitable Twitter will be once they get around to banning everyone Democrats and Social Justice Warriors think should get banned.

Book Burners 2.0: Clinton-Tied Groups Push Joe Biden to Kill Free Speech.  Left-wing organizations are plotting to suppress dissent.  A coalition of extremely well-funded radical groups, many with direct ties to the Clintons, have signed an open letter to Joe Biden requesting that he host a range of federal government "solutions" to the problem of "disinformation."  From questions about the coronavirus vaccine to "climate denialism" to "lies about abortion," and more, these leftist groups are tapping into their well-known tyrannical tendency to squash dissent.  If readers have not yet caught on, "disinformation" is a dog whistle for speech that challenges left-wing orthodoxy.  By seeking to silence opposition, the leftist organizations are following in the footsteps of book-burners from the Nazis in Germany to Mao's Red Guards.

Here's a disturbing video of people inciting violence if that's really Twitter's concern.  As Twitchy reported Friday [1/8/2021], Twitter has permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account, explaining, "We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."  There are a lot of videos like this one going around, but this one, put together by Caldron Pool, might be one of the best and most extensive.  While Democrats and the media are clutching their pearls over the president's alleged incitement of violence this week, here are some other people Twitter might want to take a look at if inciting violence is a bannable offense.  [Link to video clip]

Facebook and Twitter largely 'culpable for all the harm, all the hate, all the death' in Capitol attack: former Obama adviser.  Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites should be held accountable for helping to stoke the divisiveness that led to Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, according to a former Obama adviser who has also worked for Facebook. [...] A former economic adviser under President Barack Obama and the former Facebook privacy and public policy adviser, [Dipayan] Ghosh, as well as a growing number of scholars, is calling for social networks to face consequences for enabling the spread of the lies, hate speech, and conspiracy theories that led to the Capitol attack.

The Editor says...
[#1] Don't BLM and Antifa rioters use social media platforms to conspire with one another?  [#2] Here is a word of advice to all those who want to communicate with each other over short distances after they are locked out of Twitter, Facebook, and Parler:  Family Radio Service (FRS) walkie talkies work very well, no license is required, and (for now) they can be purchased and used anonymously.

Silicon Valley Is a Clear and Present Danger to Our Rights.  In case you haven't been paying attention, the battle over personal data, free speech and the free flow of information between the American people and the tech giants is heating up.  As the Googles and Facebooks of the world take an unconstitutional role in deciding what speech and information should be online, it's becoming clear much more is at stake than first meets the eye.  It's also becoming apparent that there are some voices on the Right who are either deeply naïve and ignorant about what is at stake or they are in fact paid collaborators of the tech companies.  Most people who use social media are not entirely sure what their personal data is being used for, or to what extent they've actually given permission for the use of such data.  Fact is, most people have given far more permission to the tech companies than they may realize.

Unelected, unaccountable, non-transparent entity will censor Americans for the Dems.  The latest tyranny comes from the social media giants.  I always thought Glenn Greenwald was too extreme left for me, but he nails it here.  This is unprecedented extreme behavior from the tyrannical new government ruled by the media.  Silicon Valley is more powerful than the President and is destroying free speech.  Glenn Greenwald said this is the "initiation of a new war on terror."  He doesn't say that lightly.  Biden said he wants a new law on terrorism to criminalize free assembly and speech.  They explicitly say it will be directed INWARD, Greenwald states correctly.  Once Trump is gone, their strategy is clear to make any Trump supporter or anyone on the right into terrorists and treat them as such.  Silicon Valley has our data and all the control.  They are more powerful than any nation-state and are unaccountable and non-transparent.  [Video clip]

Twitter Is The Enemy Of The American People.  On Oct. 18, 2020, Twitter banned the account of Dr. Scott Atlas for defending President Donald Trump's position on mask mandates.  In his tweet, he cited scientific studies, and the tweet contained absolutely no false information.  Also in October, Twitter banned the account of The New York Post for accurately reporting on a story about Hunter Biden's laptop.  Today we know these were just the first salvos in this evil company's assault on American liberty.  For all its talk about safety, community, and the health of discourse, we see today that Twitter acts in favor of one interest and one interest alone:  its own, even when it means destabilizing the American people.  On Friday [1/8/2021], the company permanently banned Trump from its platform and began a purge of conservative voices.  They claim this is needed to protect America from a coup.  That is a farcical lie.  They did it because their political enemies such as Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley are now out of power, and they mean to keep it [that] way.

Big tech is staging a digital coup.  Big tech censorship is coming for conservative voices and it is coming fast.  In their actions to remove conservative voices from the public sphere, big tech companies that collectively control the flow of information for billions of people have all but announced that they are in control of the American political system.  We cannot meet in person because of COVID-inspired restrictions, and now we cannot meet online out of fears of being silenced.  With support from influencers like Michelle Obama, as well as many in congress and media, social media sites are banishing conservatives from their user base.  It's happening with alarming speed.  The government has been forcing people to not meet in person.  All life has turned online.  And now the spaces that nearly everyone uses to interact with friends, work, family, strangers, to meet, to exchange ideas, are being purged of those who do not adhere to progressive or Democratic ideas.

Parler has now been booted by Amazon, Apple and Google.  Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by conservatives, now finds itself virtually homeless on the internet as Amazon, Apple and Google have all booted it from their platforms in a span of a little more than 24 hours.  Amazon will remove Parler from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, Sunday evening, effectively kicking it off of the public internet after mounting pressure from the public and Amazon employees.

The Streisand Effect kicks in:
Parler No. 1 On App Store A Day After Apple Warns Of Removal.  Conservative social media platform Parler is trending on the App Store, a day after Twitter Inc banned Donald Trump's personal account.  What Happened:  The platform that describes itself as a "non-partisan public place" has risen to the No. 1 spot for downloads on Apple Inc's App Store, TechCrunch has reported.  According to analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler had around 210,000 installs on Friday, a 281% rise from the day before, when there were 55,000 downloads.

If Twitter Has Taught Us Anything This Week, It's That The Platform Isn't "Fixable".  One of the many bits of fallout from Wednesday's riot was the decision by Twitter to permanently ban President Trump's account, as Allahpundit covered yesterday. [...] Yes, they have rules against promoting violence, but contrary to some of AP's analysis, I'm hard-pressed to see how that definition was applied in this case. [...] The people responsible for the violence are the people who made the decision to show up and commit acts of violence.  By this definition, every elected official who encouraged people to show up for a Black Lives Matter rally that later devolved into a riot is equally accountable for the arson and looting that followed.

The Purge Is Here:  Twitter [is] Banning Influencers on Right, [and] Removing Followers.  The left and Big Tech have been moving quickly over the past couple of days.  The President of the United States has been booted off Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.  Shopify has booted MAGA merchandise from their stores.  Parler is getting pressure by both Apple and Google to 'moderate' their site, 'moderate' their belief in free speech.  So far their CEO is refusing the pressure.  Meanwhile Joe Biden is thinking up a new law to deal with "ideologically-inspired" "domestic terrorism."  He declared the thousands of protesters who had been at the Capitol were "domestic terrorists," making no distinction between those who committed crimes and those who had not (which was most of the people).

Apple Removes Parler From App Store After Use in Capital Riot.  Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are removing Parler from their services, part of a growing backlash after the social media network was among those used to organize Wednesday's riots at the Capitol.  Apple dropped Parler from its App Store, while Amazon's cloud unit decided to stop hosting the social media company starting Sunday night.  They joined Alphabet Inc.'s Google, which removed the app from its Google Play store on Friday, saying that it created an "ongoing and urgent public safety threat."

3 overseas leaders who know how repression and tyranny work speak out on censorship of Trump and election skepticism.  When people with experience of political corruption and repression warn Americans about danger signs in the current efforts to shut down dissidents, we should take note.  The democratically elected leaders of 2 major Latin American countries are speaking up and warning Americans about the efforts to censor and repress skepticism about the legitimacy of an election.  They are joined the leader of Russia's opposition, the bête noire of Vladimir Putin, in whose pocket Donald Trump supposedly resides.

'Banning free speech': President Trump pushes back on Twitter ban.  President Trump condemned Twitter shortly after the social media platform banned him permanently.  "As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me," the president said in a message on Friday night [1/8/2021] from his presidential Twitter account.  "Twitter may be a private company, but without the government's gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long."  Trump circumvented Twitter's ban of his personal account, posting the message briefly from his @POTUS handle before the tweet disappeared.  His message was then released in an official statement.  "As we've said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules," a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner on Friday night.  "We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account.

The Boot Is Coming Down Hard And Fast.  In response to pressures from all directions including its own staff, Twitter has followed Facebook's lead and removed Donald Trump's account.  And it wasn't just Trump.  Accounts are vanishing quickly, including some popular Trump supporter accounts.  I myself have lost hundreds of followers on Twitter in the last few hours, and I've seen people saying they lost a lot more.  It also wasn't just Trump supporters; leftist accounts are getting suspended too.  The online left is hopefully learning that cheering for Twitter "banning fascists" irrationally assumes that (A) their purges are only banning fascists and (B) they are limiting their bans to your personal definition of fascists.  There is no basis whatsoever for either of these assumptions.  Google has ratcheted things up even further by removing Parler from its app store, and Apple will likely soon follow.  This push to marginalize even the already fringey social media sites is making the libertarian/[leftist] argument of "If you don't like censorship just go to another platform" look pretty ridiculous.

Greg Gutfeld Joins Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Lou Dobbs In Leaving Twitter.  Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined other prominent conservative voices on Saturday by abandoning his Twitter account after the social media platform permanently banned President Donald Trump.  "To be true to the resolution to myself:  this is my last tweet.  [O]ther than to read news, [I won't] be on [T]witter," Gutfeld first tweeted on Jan. 2. [...] On Saturday, after Twitter had banned the president and seemingly began purging the followers of conservative accounts, Gutfeld returned for a final sign-off.  "[O]kay, this IS my last tweet:  CNN tries to get FNC banned.  Apple targets Parler.  Publishers dump writers.  [M]usic labels drop artists.  [T]witter bans/removes thousands.  [T]ech companies join hands.  [T]his redefines who the true rebels are."

Google Purges Parler App; Apple Threatens to Remove It.  Big Tech's crusade against conservatives continued furiously Friday night.  Google removed the Parler app from its store and Apple threatened to do the same.  Free market advocates repeatedly told conservatives the solution to Big Tech censorship was building their own platform.  Now Google has removed a free speech platform from its store, blocking millions from accessing the app.

Trump fans ditch Twitter en masse after president's suspension.  Trump superfans are heading for the exits.  Just hours after President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, his diehards on the platform vowed they would move on as well.  "Goodbye Twitter" trended during the early morning hours Saturday as people continued to come to grips with the leader of the free world being deplatformed.  "Goodbye Twitter friends.  See you @parler," said one user, citing a more pro free speech social media alternative to Twitter that is popular with conservatives.

Hey, Twitter, are you sure about this?  For a half-century, the trend in political culture has been inexorably in one direction: toward the steady loosening and eventually the near-obliteration of media filters. [...] The erosion of traditional establishment filters — first by such mediums as direct mail, talk radio and cable, later and most powerfully by social media — has been a primary factor in the rise of potent ideological movements on right and left alike.  It is why the election and bizarre presidency of an insurgent disruptor like Donald J. Trump — inconceivable in the 20th century era of establishment media — was eminently conceivable in this era.  And it is why the decision Friday night by Twitter to permanently ban Trump from its platform is a signal moment — a historic move, even before we know the consequences that will flow from it.  It represents an effort to reassert the notion that filters have a place in political communication and that some voices have lost their claim on public legitimacy — even when that voice has 89 million followers and is just two months past receiving the second-highest number of votes in U.S. election history.

Trump Campaign No Longer Able To Send Out Emails After Mail Service Suspends Access.  Continuing this unprecedented day of internet purges and censorship, Nationalist Review can inform our readers that the mail server used by the president's campaign team has been suspended.  Campaign Monitor, the service in question, confirmed to the Financial Times' Dave Lee that they have suspended access to Trump's ability to send out emails to his millions of subscribers.  The move effectively cuts off communication between his team and his core supporters.  What is not clear however, is what other services have banned his team.  The Trump campaign sends out a massive amount of emails — 33 in January so far.  But, it has been 48 hours since the campaign has reached out to its supporters via email, prompting most journalists to speculate that other providers have shut off access as well.

No More Newsletters?  Trump Suspended from Email Service.  President Donald Trump has reportedly been banned from using at least one email service, severing his ability to communicate with his supporters.  "At least one of the services the team used, @CampaignMonitor, has suspended Trump's access, the company confirmed," Financial Times writer Dave Lee announced on Twitter Jan. 8.  Lee commented earlier in that same tweet that Trump as a result has been silenced on email, "There hasn't been any Trump emails for more than 48 hours.  Almost unheard of — he sent 33 in the first six days of Jan; 2,500+ last year. (h/t @TrumpEmail)."  Lee tweeted a statement allegedly from Campaign Monitor itself, declaring in no uncertain terms that Trump's presence there was terminated.

The All-Out Assault on Conservative Thought Has Just Begun.  After the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others renewed their demands for the suppression of conservative speech on social media.  After Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Big Tech companies clamped down on President Donald Trump and many of his supporters.  Incoming President Joe Biden has said he plans to pass a law against domestic terrorism.  While conservatives rightly denounced the violence this week, this response bodes ill for conservative speech not just on social media, but in the public square and even in private organizations.  In the aftermath of the Capitol riots, Twitter suspended President Donald Trump's account for the first time and Facebook permanently banned the president.  After Trump deleted the tweets Twitter had flagged and had his account restored, Twitter proceeded to ban him entirely on Friday, and then it banned the official President of the United States (POTUS) account.

The new dark age of silencing.  Very quickly, the Democratic Party's allies in at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple have moved to shut down many legitimate and popular conservative and Republican news outlets, including the Twitter feed of the President of the United States.  With the Democrats in control of the government, these leftist internet platforms know they have nothing to fear by doing this, that if anything the Democrats controlling Congress will applaud them and encourage them to censor more conservative and Republican outlets, to shut them all down if possible.  Beforehand, these social media platforms had held their fire somewhat out of fear that the Republicans would change their special tax status exemptions that define them as open platforms, not publishers.  No longer.  Their desire to silence their opponents can now swing into high gear, and they are pushing it for all it is worth, including attempting to silence their direct competitors, such as Parler, a twitter-like platform that prides itself on censoring no one.  It is also very important to recognize that this isn't being done only by the big corporate bosses.  No, sirree, this censorship of conservatives and Republicans is fully endorsed by the workforce at these companies.

Michelle Obama Gave The Order for Big Tech to Delete President Trump From Social Media Platforms.  It really is a thing to behold the Left's active effort to send all the riots, unrest, and fires of the past several years down the memory hole.  When Ferguson, Missouri, was set on fire by Black Lives Matter and Lisa Fithian-trained shock troops, no one called for Barack Obama to be taken off Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media.  However, his wife, Michelle Obama, this week called for the permanent removal of President Trump from all social media platforms because of Wednesday's siege at the Capitol Building.  The next day he was.

CNN Parties Over Twitter's 'Amazing' Choice to Ban Trump:  He's 'Been Kneecapped!'  Mark it down, NewsBusters readers:  January 8, 2021 will go down as one of the greatest days in the lives of more than a few CNN charlatans due to the massive, unprecedented crackdown on American free speech, including Twitter's permanent banning of President Trump.  On CNN's Situation Room, the mood was euphoric as they celebrated the "amazing situation" and "historic moment" of Twitter having "kneecapped" Trump before our very eyes, even though it was many years later for these censorship fiends.  Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta delivered the news, feigning concern for what Trump will do now and how it'll affect his "state of mind" considering "he's been unstable."  Acosta boasted that, if Trump were to send out a video message, the White House would have to rely on the media even though they're "their least favorite people in the world."

Let me say something briefly about the Big Tech purge tonight.  [Thread reader]  Now there is a sizable percentage of Americans who flat out believe the election is stolen.  So they won't believe that voting matters any more.  And now Twitter and the Tech giants have decided you shouldn't be able to complain about it either.  The old refrain used to be "if you don't like how a social media platform behaves start your own."  Well, that looks pretty hollow tonight, doesn't it?  I guess now the left will say "if you want to speak freely start your own internet, create your own cell phone companies, IOS, computers, and so on."  And this ignores that there are anti-trust laws designed to keep one side from controlling everything.  Indeed, often traditional methods of expression are shut down.  Many states have imposed limitations on gatherings applied to expressive activities and the courts have mainly collectively gone on an extended bathroom break.  So to a person who thinks this way, they can't vote and they can't even complain and get their message out effectively. [...] Twitter and big tech thinks they are helping to lower this nation's temperature.  But my fear is that they just threw a match on a puddle of gasoline.  For that reason, [I] hope they stop this.

Twitter bans Trump 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence'.  Twitter suspended President Trump permanently.  The platform announced the suspension on Friday evening [1/8/2021], citing a "close review of recent tweets from" the president's personal account.  It said in a blog post that the suspension was "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."  The social media platform's review focused on two of the president's tweets Friday, which it said violated its Glorification of Violence policy.  The policy, Twitter stated, "aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021."

Twitter Permanently Banning Donald Trump Is 'Absolute Authoritarian Lunacy'.  Before Christmas, this was floated:  Twitter could permanently ban Donald Trump.  At the time, being the sitting president, he was offered an exemption.  You can't ban the leader of the free world.  Well, given the events of this week and the storming of the Capitol Building by pro-Trump supporters, the social media giant has decided to ban the president of the United States days before he's set to leave office.

Breaking: Twitter Suspends Dan Bongino For Posting Trump's Video Calling For Peace.  If there's one thing Twitter hates, it's when conservatives call for peaceful protests.  Prominent conservative Dan Bongino was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours after he posted President Donald Trump's call to "go home peacefully" on January 6th.  In response, Bongino said he is done with the far-left platform for good.  This is the same call to peace that got Trump banned from the social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Welcome to West China.  Did you ever wonder what it's like to live in a one-party state?  Well, wonder no more.  You're living in one.  The major means of communication — in today's terms that means social media — have now been taken over completely by the left.  Not only has Donald Trump — still the president of the United States — been permanently banned from Twitter, its rapidly growing, open-to-all substitute Parler has almost simultaneously been de-platformed by Google.  You can't get their app for Android anymore.  Apple threatens to be next, demanding Parler kowtow (by Saturday!) to Cupertino's vision of what the world should be.

Big Tech has become a tyranny.  In a crowded field, those cheering the suspension of Donald Trump's Facebook account might just be the most idiotic people in political life today.  The decision announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday to close down Trump's page for the rest of his presidency, perhaps indefinitely, represents the most profound assertion yet of Big Tech's right to police democratic politics.  At a stroke, unaccountable billionaire capitalists have decided to deprive a democratically elected president — the leader of the free world, no less — access to a large part of what now constitutes the public square.  A line has been crossed that can never be uncrossed.  And yet, among commentators and politicos, many of them liberals and left-wingers, this has been met not with shock and horror, but a boneheaded chorus of 'what took you so long?'.

Down the Memory Hole overnight:
Hacked.  My Twitter account was hacked a few days ago.  I learned about it via several emails from Twitter.  [Illustration]  Whoever hacked my account changed my email address:  [Illustration]  Twitter obviously knew my user name — @jhinderaker — and my email address.  I followed the instruction to contact Twitter support right away.  That is when the trouble started.  Twitter responded to my help ticket by telling me they have no record of my existence:  [Illustration]  I have been on Twitter since 2008 and have around 14,000 followers, but they "were not able to locate any history of an account with this email and username."  Despite the fact that they had emailed me, using that username, at that email address, just the day before.  I then made eight or nine attempts to alert Twitter to my account being hacked, using their help function.  But I was immediately foiled because the first thing you have to do is put in your username, which they kept telling me they'd never heard of.

Blaze Reporter Who Covered Riot Deplatformed.  The Blaze journalist Elijah Schaffer, who has put his own physical safety at risk to report on riots throughout 2020 has been shockingly deplatformed for unknown reasons.  "Journalist Elijah Schaffer has been banned from Facebook and Instagram on Friday [1/8/2021].  He reported on Twitter that the two social media platforms, both of which are owned by Facebook, took down his profile and content," The Post Millennial posted Jan. 8.  Schaffer announced that his Instagram account had been banned earlier that same day.

Twitter boots Trump allies Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell.  Twitter on Friday [1/8/2021] suspended the accounts of President Trump's allies, former Gen. Mike Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell, who backed his claims that fraud handed victory to President-elect Joe Biden.  The action follows the Wednesday attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters after Trump told them to "fight like hell" to persuade Congress to overturn Biden's win.  Powell recently claimed that Trump offered her a White House job to investigate voter fraud, but that senior White House staff — fearful of her wild claims of fraud — proceeded to block her from Trump's orbit.  Flynn reportedly floated Trump declaring martial law during a post-election Oval Office meeting, though he denied it.

The woke purge.  Cancel culture doesn't exist, they say.  And yet with the flick of a switch, billionaire capitalists voted for by precisely nobody have just silenced a man who is still the democratically elected president of the United States.  With the push of a button in their vast temples to technology, the new capitalist oligarchs of Silicon Valley have prevented a man who won the second largest vote in the history of the American republic just two months ago — 74 million votes — from engaging with his supporters (and critics) in the new public square of the internet age.  Not only does cancel culture exist — it is the means through which the powerful, unaccountable oligarchies of the internet era and their clueless cheerleaders in the liberal elites interfere in the democratic process and purge voices they disapprove of.  That's what Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump confirms.  The new capitalists' cancellation of the democratically elected president of the United States is a very significant turning point in the politics and culture of the Western world.

Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump.  Twitter announced Friday it had decided to permanently suspend President Donald Trump's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, citing "the risk of further incitement of violence."  "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," a post from Twitter Safety read. [...] The company cited two of the president's tweets from Friday as the reason for the permanent suspension: one in which he announced he would not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20 and a second where he praised his supporters as "great American Patriots" who will not be "disrespected or treated unfairly," just days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving five people dead.

The Editor says...
How many Democrats refused to attend the Inauguration of President Trump?  Were any of them kicked off Twitter as a result?

Rush Limbaugh deactivates his Twitter account after President Trump permanently banned.  Radio host Rush Limbaugh's Twitter account has been deactivated.  Twitter confirmed to USA TODAY that the account wasn't suspended but "deactivated by the owner."  Limbaugh is considered the leading conservative talk radio host and has been on the airwaves for more than three decades.  He has been an adamant supporter of President Donald Trump and his Twitter account, @RealRLimbaugh, had a similar to the style of Trump's @realDonaldTrump.  Twitter permanently banned Trump from the social media platform Friday, citing the risk that he would incite further violence.  He had 88.6 million followers.

Trump Responds to Twitter's Permanent Account Suspension.  President Donald Trump responded to Twitter's move to permanently suspend his account from its platform late Friday, condemning the big tech giant and saying that it does not stand for free speech.  The president also said he anticipates a "big announcement" soon and that his team is negotiating with other sites and is also looking at building a separate platform.  "As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me," Trump said in a statement.  "Twitter may be a private company, but without the government's gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long," he added.  "I predicted this would happen.  We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.  We will not be SILENCED!" he said.

Trump tweets from POTUS handle account, says looking 'at the possibilities of building out our own platform'.  President Donald Trump continued tweeting Friday evening using the government-owned @POTUS account, despite having his @realDonaldTrump account permanently suspended by Twitter earlier in the day.  "As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me," Trump wrote in a series of tweets that are no longer visible on the social media service.  The tweets were removed from the service almost immediately.  It's unclear what steps Twitter took in the handling of the @POTUS account.

Google Play suspends Parler until app develops moderation policies.  Google suspended the social media platform Parler on Friday from its Google Play app store until the "Twitter for conservatives" adopts content moderation policies following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump supporters.  [Which had been infiltrated by Antifa.]  Parler, founded in 2018, has found traction among conservative users looking for alternatives to more mainstream apps like Facebook and Twitter, which moderate content more rigorously.  Parler has banned users for trolling conservatives but doesn't have a formal set of moderation policies.

Steve Bannon's podcast is REMOVED from YouTube.  Steve Bannon's podcast has been removed from YouTube just hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on the show blaming the MAGA mob riot that left five dead on the Democrats for 'censoring and suppressing' Donald Trump supporters.  The YouTube account for Bannon's War Room podcast was taken down Friday [1/8/2021] for violating the platform's Terms of Service, according to the Washington Examiner.  A Friday evening [1/8/2021] search for the podcast brought up an error message reading: 'This page isn't available.  Sorry about that.  Try searching for something else.'  Youtube had warned earlier this week that it would ban accounts that continued to spread misinformation about voter fraud.

The Editor says...
Please tell me about the "misinformation about voter fraud" that was spread by Steve Bannon.

Apple Threatens to Remove Parler Social Networking Service From App Store.  Alphabet Inc's Google on Friday [1/8/2021] suspended the Parler social networking service from its app store, citing posts inciting violence and demanding "robust" content moderation from the app favored by many supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.  Apple Inc on Friday also gave the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, pointing to participants using the service to coordinate Wednesday's siege of the U.S. Capitol building.  The actions by the two Silicon Valley companies mean that the network seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter could become unavailable for new downloads on the world's main mobile phone app stores within a day.  It would still be available in mobile browsers.

ACLU raises concerns amid Twitter's ban of Trump.  The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday is raising concerns about social media platforms banning users, in the aftermath of Twitter's decision to permanently suspend President Trump.  While the ACLU has repeatedly locked horns with Mr. Trump and his administration over issues such as the president's travel ban, the ACLU is worried about the ramifications of tech companies diminishing online speech.  "We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier," said Kate Ruane, ACLU senior legislative counsel, in a statement.  "President Trump can turn to his press team or Fox News to communicate with the public, but others — like the many Black, Brown, and LGBTQ activists who have been censored by social media companies — will not have that luxury."

Brandon Straka, 500K-strong 'Walk Away' page banned by Facebook:  Every member of my team!'  The "Walk Away" movement has been flushed down an Orwellian "Memory Hole" at Facebook.  Founder Brandon Straka, his team, and his 500,000-strong Facebook page with citizens who abandoned the Democratic Party were purged from the site this week.  "Facebook has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has banned me and every member of my team!!!" he tweeted Friday.  "Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE.  Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway."

Democrats Cheer Twitter For Engaging In Political Censorship.  Top Democrats cheered far-left Twitter's decision to ban President Donald Trump on Friday night, calling the controversial move "long overdue."  Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who most claim is a "moderate" or a "centrist," cheered the political censorship, writing on Twitter:  "Thank you @twitter for taking this action.  We must come together as a country to heal and find a common path forward."  [Tweet]  Far-left Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) wrote on Twitter:  "Great.  Now let's permanently suspend him from the White House."

Why [the] ban of @realDonaldTrump proves Twitter [is] not 'just a platform'.  Twitter has "permanently banned" President Donald Trump's account.  While this will please Democrats, and perhaps lessen the (justifiable) heat the company is taking from regulators, it just proves again that Twitter's claims that it is "just a platform" are hogwash.  Some of Trump's tweets were untrue and incendiary, but so are the Ayatollah Khamenei's.  His account is still up.  The difference is Twitter is run by American liberals, who only really police one type of person, of one political persuasion.  It's a little ridiculous that what finally did Trump in was tweeting that he wouldn't be attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  Twitter twisted that to mean that he still won't accept the results of the election — which just shows they were looking for an excuse.  Rather than let the readers judge, they pulled the plug.

The Zuckerberg heist.  In September 2020, [...] I sounded the alarm over Silicon Valley's hijacking of our election system through a private nonprofit called the Center for Technology and Civic Life. [...] In case you were snoozing, as far too many citizens in this country are, CTCL is the deep-pocketed liberal advocacy group subsidized by Big Tech oligarchs and radical philanthropists.  The center received $350 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.  Election information-rigging Google is a top corporate partner.  The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Democracy Fund (founded by "Never Trumper" billionaire and eBay former chairman Pierre Omidyar) also pitched in.  There are unknown other wealthy donors to the 501(c)(3) "charity," but I can't tell you who and how many they are because their identities are protected by IRS rules.

Facebook bans Trump for at least [the] remainder of [his] presidency.  Facebook on Thursday [1/7/2021] banned President Donald Trump from using its social network or Instagram "indefinitely, including the last two weeks of his presidency.  In a post on the site, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote that Trump's refusal to condemn his extremist supporters who stormed and occupied the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday showed that he "intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden."  For weeks leading up to the count of Electoral College votes in Congress on Wednesday, some Trump supporters openly planned a violent confrontation at the Capitol.  Trump had repeatedly endorsed the gathering, at which he encouraged supporters to march to the Capitol.

Big Tech Launches Massive Coordinated Cyber Attack on 74,000,000 Trump Voters — GOP Silent.  Big tech has launched an unprecedented and coordinated cyber attack on President Donald Trump and his 74,000,000 voters.  As this was happening, the GOP was dead silent.  On Friday, Twitter permanently banned hundreds, if not thousands, of Trump supporters and prominent allies — before banning the president himself.  Nearly every account that helped to promote the Stop the Steal rallies or challenge the election results were banned, including Ali Alexander, Michael Coudrey, Gen. Mike Flynn, Sidney Powell, and Lin Wood.  Countless smaller accounts that supported the president were also getting suspended in a seemingly constant rate.  The same has been happening over on Facebook and Instagram.

Donald Trump Block Shows Twitter 'Must Not Like Democracy,' Says Parler CEO John Matze.  The CEO of Parler, a social media platform favored by conservatives, has said Twitter's blocking of Donald Trump suggests it "must not like democracy."  John Matze — who co-founded the website in 2018 — made the comment on Thursday [1/7/2021] in response to the president's daughter, Tiffany Trump, who shared a statement released by her father that pledged an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden later this month.  Trump's statement was issued on Thursday via the White House communications chief Dan Scavino as the president was facing a 12-hour Twitter block for policy-breaking posts made as his supporters stormed the Capitol Building on Wednesday.  "What ever happened to freedom of speech?" Tiffany Trump wrote on Parler, attracting thousands of comments and shares, including from Matze, who has repeatedly pitched his platform as a "free speech" alternative to mainstream social networks.

Trump Vows To Start Own Social Platform After Being Banned From Twitter.  Donald Trump has stated he wants to create his own social media platform after being permanently suspended from Twitter.  The outgoing President of the United States was permanently banned from the platform yesterday, January 8, with Twitter stating that Trump may incite further violence as its reason for removing the 74-year-old from the platform.  Announcing the news, the social media platform said in a statement:  'After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.'

The tech monopolies have sprung into action.  [Scroll down]  Trump did not instigate violence.  The tech tyrants have systematically deleted Trump's words and the search engines will not help you find them, but you can, with difficulty, discover what he said on January 6:  ["]We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.  I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.["] [...] Having erased facts so they could claim Trump incited violence, the tech monopolies were set.  To date, this is the purge, in chronological order, all predicated on Trump "promoting violence":
  •   Believe it or not, it started with Pence unfollowing Trump on Twitter.
  •   Zuckerberg personally banned Trump from Facebook.
  •   Snapchat locked Trump's account.
  •   Shopify removed Trump's organization and campaign store.
  •   Michelle Obama called on all tech companies to ban President Trump.
  •   Facebook deleted the Walk Away movement page, including 500,000 Walk Away testimonials.
  •   Twitter banned General Flynn.
  •   Twitter banned Sidney Powell.
  •   Google's YouTube terminated Steve Bannon's War Room podcast while 500,000 were watching in real-time.
  •   Twitter permanently banned President Trump's personal account.
  •   The Gateway Pundit says that Twitter banned hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other lesser-known sites that challenged election results.
  •   The Trump campaign's email service has banned the campaign from its platform.
  •   Twitter deleted the official President of the United States account (@POTUS)

Here Comes the Crackdown.  After the Capitol protest/riot occurred, I said to my colleagues the folks on the left will use it to go after President Donald Trump, Republicans and Trump supporters in general.  They will use it to justify a crackdown on social media and other arenas.  That's already coming to pass and it only happened yesterday.  They're calling to ban anyone who went into the building from plane travel. [...] By the way, where's the crackdown on the Antifa terrorists who fly from state to state?  But the left is not just stopping with going after the folks who were in the Capitol at the protest, they are going after Republicans, and not just because of the riot.

Twitch Suspends Donald Trump Indefinitely.  Twitch has locked President Donald Trump's account indefinitely following the riots that took place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday [1/6/2021].  "In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel," a Twitch spokesperson said in a statement, according to the Verge.

Shopify Pulls Trump Campaign, Trump Organization Online Stores; Claims Trump Condoned 'Violence'.  The online retail platform Shopify has shut down online stores for any entity affiliated with President Trump, claiming that the president has violated its standards for threatening or condoning violence.  Shopify announced the move on Thursday [1/7/2021] following a Wednesday riot by a pro-Trump crowd in the Capitol over the results of the election.  Online stores for Trump's campaign and the Trump Organization, which is largely a real estate company, were shut down on Thursday.

Yes, it was a Fraudulent Election.  [Scroll down]  Election fraud in a democracy is pretty serious, no?  And yet, apart from a small though intrepid group pushing failed court cases, our fearless leaders and their media propagandists just want to sweep it under the rug.  YouTube will not even allow postings that suggest the election outcome was changed by "widespread fraud or errors."  Which, of course, is exactly what may have happened.  Why the silence and creepy censorship?  The answer leads to a very dark place.  Some of the people who occupy positions of influence and power, including both Republicans and Democrats, saw President Trump as an existential threat to this country, so getting him out by any means necessary was justified in their minds.  That was a sinister, and also very foolish, calculus.  But stealing the election was a scheme that went too far; a scheme which would itself pose an even greater threat to the country.  They may see that now.

Breaching the Capitol:  The Surprise That Was No Surprise.  Twitter, Facebook, YouTube banned the President from social media for 12 [to] 24 hours.  This response is deeply irresponsible.  Like him or hate him, the President of the United States should never be censored.  Voters have a right to know his thoughts no matter what they are.  If Iranian Mullahs can make threats to the United States on Twitter, the President of the United States can express his views.

Twitter locks Trump's account for 12 hours, signals he could be banned.  Facebook and Twitter took the extraordinary step on Wednesday [1/6/2021] of locking President Donald Trump's account on their platforms after his supporters stormed the Capitol building to protest the election.  Twitter said it has locked President Donald Trump's account for 12 hours, and warned for the first time that it may suspend him permanently.  The temporary lock reflects Trump's violation of the Twitter rules, the company said.

Facebook Will Ban And Delete All Photos And Videos Of Any Aspect Of Wednesday Protests.  Facebook announced it would be stripping all photos and videos featuring Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol, claiming such content promoted criminal activity.  "At this point," the company wrote, "they represent promotion of criminal activity which violates our policies."  No such widespread censorship was afforded to the left-wing riots erupting last year, killing at least 30 people while reporters stood in front of burning blazes and characterized the events as "peaceful protests."  Facebook's decision comes as Twitter declared a 12-hour suspension of President Donald Trump's account, going on to threaten a permanent ban against the president after removing a video from the White House urging his supporters raiding the capitol building to "go home now."  The tech giant also barred users from sharing Trump's plea for peace by prohibiting likes, retweets, or replies.  Twitter continued, warning it would be monitoring even "statements made off Twitter" for possible suspension.

Trump calls for peace, tells demonstrators to go home and Twitter removes the post, suspends his account.  The new party line that social media and the propaganda narrative media are enforcing is that any questioning of the fairness of the past presidential election amounts to incitement to violence.  Apparently using that illogic as a basis, Jack Dorsey's Twitter actually censored a video that President Trump posted, calling for demonstrators to go home and be peaceful.  That sort of thinking would lead to Twitter suspending the accounts of anyone complaining about racial injustice, since Black Lives Matter demonstrations have wrought so much damage on so many cities, in the name of racial justice.  The same standards never apply to leftists and conservatives when Twitter is censoring.  It's almost as if they want to falsely portray him as inciting violence... ya think?  Even ABC noted the deletion, though it ignored the call to peace:  [Video clip]

How to Steal an Election in Four Steps.  [Scroll down]  The media and social media considered the Hunter Biden story so politically devastating to Joe Biden that they censored it.  The American free press banned a true, well-documented, relevant news story because it harmed their candidate politically, something a totalitarian government does.  In the days preceding the election, that same media tried to make it seem as if covid was getting much worse, quickly, and that we needed to mandate closures nationwide: we needed to elect Biden.  Dr. Fauci and the CDC implied the virus could be a problem for years.  Two days after the election they announced that a vaccine had been discovered, which actually had been found weeks or months earlier since a number of researchers and Trump himself had made references to it in tweets, but the news — and the vaccine — had been withheld from the public because it could've helped Trump politically.

Facebook Censors Ad Highlighting Raphael Warnock's Praise of Jeremiah Wright.  Facebook has censored an ad drawing attention to Democrat senate candidate Raphael Warnock's praise for far-left hate-preacher Jeremiah Wright, [...] The ad was bought by American Crossroads, a nonprofit linked to Karl Rove.  It highlights Warnock's praise for Wright, but was taken down by Facebook after it was "fact-checked" by Lead Stories, one of Facebook's approved third-party fact-checkers.  Lead Stories claims the ad "leaves out context," because it implies he was "communicating the same sentiment" as Wright.  But Lead Stories also admits that Warnock referred to Wright as a "preacher and a prophet."

More about Jeremiah Wright and the TUCC.

Twitter Censors Trump and Campaign 543 Times, But Never Biden.  Twitter's censorship crusade against President Donald Trump and his campaign pressed on this week.  The site labeled videos from Fox News and One America News Network.  It also labeled Peter Navarro's report on election irregularities, and the Dominion Voting Systems audit report from Antrim County, Michigan, among other tweets.  The president's Twitter account and the account for his campaign, @TeamTrump, have been censored, suppressed, and limited 543 times since May 31, 2018.  Since Dec. 14, both accounts have received 57 more labels.  Former Vice President Joe Biden and his campaign, @TeamJoe, have not been censored at all.  Twitter also labeled several news clips.  A clip from Mark Levin's show on Fox News discussing how the Democratic Party and the media are using the election to divide the nation was labeled as having disputed claims about election fraud.  The same warning was applied to multiple clips from One America News Network.

YouTube Removes Trump Lawyer's Opening Statement From Senate Committee Hearing.  One of President Donald Trump's lawyers said YouTube removed his opening statement from a Senate Homeland Security hearing on election fraud.  "YouTube has decided that my opening statement in the U.S. [Senate], given under oath and based upon hard evidence, is too dangerous for you to see; they removed it.  To this day, 'our evidence has never been refuted, only ignored.'  Why is Google so afraid of the truth? #BigBrother," lawyer Jesse Binnall wrote on Twitter.  Another video of his testimony at the hearing, uploaded on Dec. 17 by a separate account, appeared to still be up.

Protect Election Integrity - Censor Anyone Who Questions the Election.  Last week, Google's YouTube announced that "supporting the integrity" of the election required it to censor anyone alleging that "widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election".  By historical presidential election, Google meant this one.  Democrats are still free to allege that they would have won in 2000 or 2016, if it hadn't been for the chads or the Russians.  A huge tech monopoly closely tied to the Democrats, which was sued by the Trump administration over its illegal abuses, censoring critics of the Democrat election fraud is protecting and supporting something alright, but that thing is very definitely not integrity.  Election integrity, like fact checking, is one of those curious terms whose meaning was 'Orwellianized' in the last decade.  Fact checking used to mean media organizations checking their facts before they published a story.  Now the media has mostly done away with internal fact checking and uses fact checking to describe its efforts to censor conservative media.

Google's YouTube Shuts Down Dilbert Creator Scott Adams.  Google-owned YouTube shut down Dilbert Comic strip creator Scott Adams on Friday, stripping a video off the platform from the podcaster's channel without warning.  "Google (YouTube) just shut me down," Adams wrote on Twitter featuring a screenshot of the message from YouTube.  "The video they deleted is no different from all of my other content.  I assume they'll come for the other videos soon."

Twitter Hinting They'll Dump President Trump If Biden Is Inaugurated.  Social media has had a love-hate relationship with the right.  They loved the revenue and traffic our sites and brought them, but they hate the very ground we stand on, especially President Trump.  They are now hinting they will kick the President off the platform if Joe Biden is sworn in as President.  Democrats thought they had a lock on social media when they leveraged Facebook's data-mining tools to get the vote out for Obama.  You can only imagine their horror when they saw Trump turn the tables on them in 2016.  They were blindsided when the right broke new ground as great innovators and pioneers with our use of Social Media to bypass media gatekeepers of information.

Election Interference:  Twitter Changes Rules Back to What They Were Before Election Now That they Manipulated Election Results.  This is quite extraordinary.  Twitter on Wednesday [12/16/2020] announced they were switching back rules to before the election.  The rules served their purpose.  They were able to list any criticism of the fraudulent election as "disputed" or "fake news."  And they especially hit President Trump hard.  But now that the tech giant was able to manipulate the results and censor conservative arguments they are going to back off the new rules.  This is after they manipulated election results.

Twitter Confirms Trump Could Be Banned From Platform After Inauguration.  Twitter confirmed that they could clamp down harder on President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account after he leaves office.  Trump will lose the protections that Twitter offers to world leaders when he becomes a private citizen, exposing him to the possibility of being more strictly moderated and possibly even banned if he continues to disseminate "conspiracy theories," according to The Independent.  According to Twitter's "principles & approach" to world leaders, "if a Tweet from a world leader does violate the Twitter Rules but there is a clear public interest value to keeping the Tweet on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through should they wish to see the content."

Big Tech and IT Security.  Big Tech is impairing and maliciously exploiting the nation's critical IT and communications infrastructure for their own benefit and the benefit of third parties.  During COVID-19, a declared national emergency, they have:
  •   Interfered with medical advice and communications of doctors and other medical practitioners regarding COVID-19.
  •   Prevented patients and doctors from accessing medical information and/or blocked medical advice about COVID-19.
  •   Banned accounts and/or deleted content from physicians and scientists who recommended specific COVID-19 treatments, such as Hydroxychloroquine.
  •   Threatened to block all medical advice contradicting recommendations of the World Health Organization.
  •   Replaced (rather than merely deleted or restricted) medical content which they do not like with their own content and denigrated the original content.
Almost all the interventions related to COVID-19 went against any useful treatments and prophylaxis, but spread panic, and promoted lockdowns, and masks.  This nicely aligned with their own interests — reducing interpersonal communication, leading to increased reliance on their services, and thus, increasing their profits and power.  Big Tech profits have skyrocketed during this pandemic.  This also coincided with the strategy of the Democrat party to use COVID-19 as a pretext for adopting fraud-ridden mail-in voting, for blaming President Trump for COVID-19 suffering, and for blanket house arrest orders (lockdowns).  Big Tech also interfered with the bidirectional communications between the government and the public in general.

Curiouser and Curiouser.  [Scroll down]  All the people that hate America have aligned for this coup.  This is the Hail Mary of all times and they're going for it.  Big tech such as Google, You tube, Twitter and facebook have shut down conservative commentary.  If you do something as simple as tweet about the irregularities of this election, you're booted.  Total control, and there's nothing you can do about it.  Well, TV is worse.  On Monday, Rudy and the crew were in Arizona presenting their case.  If you thought that the witnesses, mathematic anomalies, extended time frames, weird ballots, etc, in Pennsylvania were pretty amazing, that was just a warm up to Arizona.  I have to believe that anyone who is being honest with themselves and not running on blind hatred of Trump, would have to say after that hearing, that there's NO WAY that there wasn't massive fraud involved.  So let me ask those who continue to tell me that I'm spreading vile [falsehoods], that Trump lost because people hate [him], and I should suck it up and move on:  Why isn't the media broadcasting these hearings so the American people can make up their own minds?  If it's just smoke and mirrors, if there's no substance, then why not air it.  Make fools out of people like me??  Better yet, if Rudy and his evidence and witnesses are really [baseless], why isn't the media covering it, so they can rip it all to shreds?  You know why.  They don't want YOU to see what really happened.  The less people that see what these folks have as evidence, makes their job of pushing their agenda much easier.  So, we have big tech in on this.  We have the media in on this.  Who else is in on this?  I'm afraid that it's so widespread that we really are in the biggest clash between good and evil we have ever seen.

Systemic discrimination?  In the U.S.?  Study after study shows that the mainstream media have presented President Trump and stories surrounding his administration in a negative light roughly 90 to 95 percent of the time, while fawning over Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama.  Almost every newspaper and magazine features page after page of smears, innuendo and outright lies about Trump and his every action, while proffering glowing coverage on his political opponents.  And then there is Big Tech.  The giant social media companies have made a mockery of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which indemnifies "platforms" from potential legal issues stemming from their content.  They have eagerly utilized the benefits the act grants to those entities supposedly not censoring and discriminating content, while continually censoring and discriminating against content, including that of the President of the United States, in the manner of a partisan "publisher."

Twitter Removes 'Like,' 'Reply' and Retweet Count Functions From Multiple Trump Tweets About the Election.  Twitter disabled "liking" and replying to multiple tweets from President Donald Trump about the election on Saturday morning [12/12/2020].  The platform also removed the retweet count, so that people cannot see how many times it has been shared.  Users are now required to quote tweet the messages if they would like to share them.  When you attempt to do so, a a window pops up saying "this claim about election fraud is disputed."  There is also a "find out more" button that takes you to a curated list of tweets about how "election fraud of any kind is exceedingly rare in the US, election experts confirm."

The YouTube Ban Is Un-American, Wrong, and Will Backfire.  Start with the headline: Supporting the 2020 U.S. Election.  YouTube in its company blog can't even say, "Banning Election Conspiracy Theories."  They have to employ the Orwellian language of politicians — Healthy Forests, Clear Skies, "Supported" Elections — because Google and YouTube are now political actors, who can't speak plainly any more than a drunk can walk in a straight line. [...] This announcement came down at roughly the same time Hunter Biden was announcing that his "tax affairs" were under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in Delaware.  Part of that investigation concerned whether or not he had violated tax and money laundering laws in, as CNN put it, "foreign countries, principally China."  Information suggestive of money-laundering and tax issues in China and other countries was in the cache of emails reported in the New York Post story blocked by Twitter and Facebook.

Youtube Announces It Will Delete All Posts Alleging that Widespread Fraud Cost Trump the Election.  Google-owned Youtube has announced that it will summarily delete all videos that claim that Donald Trump lost the presidency due to widespread voter fraud.  In a Wednesday blog post, YouTube said any post "that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome" of the election will be removed.  The content will be removed starting Wednesday [12/9/2020].  YouTube added that it is already rigging search results and algorithms to hide "misleading" election videos from its users.  YouTube said that the censorship effort will be "Limiting the reach of borderline content and prominently surfacing authoritative information." YouTube added that "Problematic misinformation represents a fraction of 1% of what's watched on YouTube in the U.S," and adds, "we know we can bring that number down even more."

Facebook faces U.S. lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp.  Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company, saying it used a "buy or bury" strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay.

YouTube Announces New Censorship Rules — Will Take Down Videos Alleging Fraud and Disputing 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Results.  YouTube announced Wednesday [12/9/2020] it will take down videos questioning the integrity of the U.S. presidential election that millions of Americans, most notably President Trump, believe was stolen through numerous fraudulent actions, lawfare chicanery and computer manipulation.  YouTube says it already has been rigging search results and algorithms to hide "misleading" election videos, describing the censorship effort as, "Limiting the reach of borderline content and prominently surfacing authoritative information."

Is the news broken?  [Transcript]  Twitter drew controversy shortly before the election when it censored The New York Post's article.  It was about controversies surrounding Joe Biden's son, Hunter, his foreign business deals, and contents alleged to be on his laptop computer.  At a Senate hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said his company blocked the Post's tweets because of a policy against sharing material "hacked" from someone's computer, though there was no indication such material was in The Post article.  Jack Dorsey:  Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.  Actually, it caused a two week long stalemate.  When Twitter finally unlocked the Post's account, the newspaper celebrated with a FREE BIRD front page.  From Twitter to Facebook and Google, Internet giants are under fire for their increasingly heavy-hand when flagging and blocking certain views, news and science.

How Google Falls.  America just lived through the first wave of what might be called a one-sided software war.  Software, as in Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other "Big Techs," worked together to impact an election cycle.  Nobody disputes that, not even the techs.  Actually, they are pretty proud of it.  Americans, particularly the ones daily censored on Twitter and Facebook, look at these monoliths and see eternal weaponry arrayed against them.  Their senators and reps will never break them up.  Most take money from Google, and the rest live in fear of crossing them.  One man's monolith is another man's dinosaur.  Don't fear these guys; they just got there first.  Looking at the technology behind all these firms, one finds they are using conventional software stacks, the kind pretty much everyone uses today.  They just have scale — they spent billions on hardware, software, programming.  An impossible hurdle to duplicate.  But it's not.  Not at all.

Dehumanizing Americans.  By now, most Americans are well aware of the efforts to block communication countering the alternate reality of the "Great Reset." Mainstream Media, Facebook, Twitter and other communication networks are working overtime to censor speech contrary to the approved narrative.  Even the president of our country is being censored.  He routinely has had corrections added to his Twitter feed; his speeches are not carried by MSM, and his attorneys' attempts to get the facts out about the stench of election fraud are sidelined or ignored.  As for Joe Average Citizen, social media giants such as Facebook pointedly block communication that is out of line with their "standards," while so-called "fact checkers," aka brainwashers, post relentless reminders about the newly favored "realities" of the Great Reset.

Facebook 'de-prioritizes' removing slurs against white people, men and Americans and will police them less aggressively than anti-black hate speech.  Facebook has de-prioritized removing hateful slurs against white people, men and Americans, instead focusing on blocking slurs against black people, gays, Jews and other groups.  The change on Thursday [12/3/2020] in Facebook's algorithm is a shift from the social network's 'race-blind' system that previously removed anti-white insults as well posts such as 'men are dumb' or 'Americans are stupid.'  The changes are to the social network's automated systems, meaning hateful posts about whites, men or Americans that are reported by users can still be deleted if they violate Facebook policies.

Etsy Bans MAGA Knitter for 'Harmful Misinformation'.  E-commerce platform Etsy says it is stamping out "harmful misinformation... from knitters making MAGA-themed beanies.  Conservative author and activist Michelle Malkin reported that Etsy user "Deplorable Knitter" had received a permanent ban from the platform for trying to sell beanie hats bearing the "Stop the Steal" slogan, a Republican rallying cry against voter fraud.

Twitter is in China's pocket.  [Scroll down]  This is the dilemma Jack Dorsey has created for himself in assigning his company to be the absolute arbiter of truth.  No one denies that the President traffics in half-truths or borderline conspiracies, as do many others who sign up to use Twitter's service.  But some state actors are using Twitter in a far nefarious manner than by simply retweeting favorable news clips.  In the past week, state-labeled accounts from the CCP of China have spread misinformation regarding the origins of COVID-19, pointing the finger at frozen food from Europe and Italy, in an attempt to shield themselves from culpability and obfuscate any investigation into their actions in Wuhan or their virology studies.  The posts from Chinese state-run media have gone unchallenged by Twitter, and Twitter's communications team, whose members apparently don't like using their own platform, remains silent.

Without Censorship, There Can Be No Control.  We can all attest to the fact that social media companies have been censoring conservative viewpoints for quite some time now, though when it started can be debated. [...] We know all too well that colleges across America have been blocking conservative speakers from appearing on campus for years, but social media has remained relatively free in the area of speech.  Until the age of Trump, that is.  From Youtube removing videos and users to Twitter blocking the president of the United States, social media censorship has gotten out of control.

Facebook is censoring information about the election.  Whether on Facebook, on Twitter, or in the Senate, these people think you're stupid, and they're no longer trying to hide it.  If we bow down to them, they will be proven correct.

The Big Tech Occupation.  Big Tech has infiltrated the American homeland and is imposing speech laws that resemble those of Europe, challenging the authority and longevity of the First Amendment.  Although we share common ideals with other Western nations, we pursue and defend those ideals very differently.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in our approach to speech.  It is important to understand how fundamentally different our country is from the rest of the world if we want to understand why Big Tech's speech codes shout not be inflicted on American citizens in American jurisdictions.  Put another way, if the would-be monarchs of Silicon Valley get their way, their speech codes will ultimately undermine our American values of free speech and the First Amendment itself.

Saying, 'Trust The Science' Showcases Democrat Ignorance.  [Scroll down]  Instead, as we've seen throughout history, anything that challenges the "accepted science" gets ridiculed and censored.  Dr. Scott Atlas, a professor of neuroradiology and senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, certainly someone who knows something about science, has consistently made the case against lockdowns due to their severe consequences.  For instance, the World Food Programme reports the economic consequences from shutdowns will push 135 million worldwide to the brink of starvation.  Yet Atlas is consistently censored on Twitter and ridiculed in the media.  Similarly, a Danish group completed the largest study of mask use ever, over 4000 people back in April, but only managed to find a publisher for this important work this November.  Why?  Perhaps because their study showed — what every peer-reviewed study has shown over the past 20 years — "no statistical significance" of mask effectiveness.  Not surprisingly, the "accepted science" community has been suspending accounts tweeting the link to the study.

Facebook fact-checker issues correction to censoring of Candace Owens post after she threatens legal action.  Political commentator Candace Owens took a victory lap after a third-party Facebook fact-checker retracted the censoring of her post after lawyers were allegedly involved.

Twitter Blocks 'Potentially Harmful' Links to Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit.  Twitter is blocking users from sharing links to lawyer Sidney Powell's lawsuit relating to widespread voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.  A number of users across Twitter have reported being unable to share links to lawyer Sidney Powell's lawsuit relating to voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.  When attempting to share the link to the document, users receive a notification stating that the link has been identified as "potentially harmful."

Voter Fraud — Second Of Three:  More Dead Voters In Pennsylvania.  If you have ever read the novel "1984" you know the most terrifying aspect of the book is its description of how the government has come to control the people via its absolute control over information. [...] The book was once very abstract science fiction.  No longer.  As I write it has been all of two days since the last time my Twitter account was shut down, because I dared to espouse an opinion with which the "fact checkers" disagreed.  We will see if I make it through the weekend without being silenced again.

Twitter [is] Now Stopping Users From "Liking" President Trump's Tweet — Forcing Users to Read False Election Information.  Twitter has stepped up [its] war against President Donald J Trump by forcing users to re-read falsified election info before allowing users to like the presidents tweets.  Now, when liking one of the tweets Twitter deems "inaccurate", you are met with a caution box saying "this claim about election fraud is disputed — Help keep Twitter a place for reliable info.  Find out more before liking." [...] If you click on the "Find our more" tab, you are sent to a page soon Twitter filled with biased, liberal news sources.

Twitter's New Censorship Czar Announces Her Agenda.  Twitter just got a new leader for their Ministry of Propaganda, and she recently gave the world a glimpse into her agenda.  Spoiler alert, it ain't good, folks.  Protocol, a tech news site, recently published a profile of Christine Su, the company's senior product manager for conversation safety at Twitter.  In the piece titled, "How a Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman is Rethinking User Safety at Twitter," Su discussed her plans for Twitter's policies regarding the policing of speech on the platform.  According to Protocol, Su, who was hired six months ago, is responsible for "keeping everyday users safe online and rethinking the fundamentals of the platform along the way."  To accomplish this, the Twitter employee indicated that the company's censorship policy will focus on "transformative and procedural justice.'

The Left's Adoption of Schrödinger's Cat.  In the modern-day Wild West that is the internet, actual fact-checkers would be not only beneficial, but welcomed.  Instead, what we've witnessed in recent years is that supposed fact-checkers actually check news stories for the sole purpose of ensuring they concur with their own individual worldview.  If not, they automatically label them as false or just suppress their distribution.  The most disturbing example has to be the decision made last month by Facebook's third-party fact-checkers to shut down the New York Post story detailing the damning content of Hunter Biden's emails.  Was the story false?  No, but the "fact-checkers" argued that it couldn't be verified.  In a subsequent hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, both Facebook and Twitter — who conducted similar censorship — admitted that they had zero evidence indicating that the story was false.  The fact that over a month later the Biden Campaign has still not contested the authenticity of the emails is a clear indicator that they are genuine, and the self-proclaimed fact-checkers are more accurately described as fact-suppressors.

Twitter is now warning you away from witness testimony at public hearings.  If these facts were asserted by Team Biden, every network would have covered this Pa hearing LIVE.

'Orwellian': Parler CEO Eviscerates Facebook's 'Secret Internal Algorithm'.  Parler CEO John Matze had some harsh criticism for Facebook after it was revealed that they employed a secret algorithm to boost left-leaning media outlets on its platform.  It seems like yet another issue that will motivate conservatives to migrate over to alternative social media organizations like Matze's company.  During an appearance on "Fox & Friends," Matze reacted to a reported published by The New York Times outlining Facebook's conduct in the aftermath of the presidential election.  The report alleged that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to change the platform's algorithm after Nov 3 to push corporate media outlets like CNN to the forefront.  The change "resulted in a spike in visibility" for "big, mainstream publishers."

Sidney Powell's Site Gets Censored by Twitter After She Drops Big Election Lawsuits.  Sidney Powell filed lawsuits in both Michigan and Georgia on Wednesday night [11/25/2020] alleging multiple constitutional violations and seeking to have the elections decertified.  But people soon noticed something funny when they tried to share the link to her suits on her website on Twitter.  As the Epoch Times reported, such efforts were flagged with "Something went wrong, but don't fret — let's give it another shot" and another message warning of an unsafe link if you went to the site, "We can't complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.  Visit our Help Center to learn more."  It doesn't explain what is harmful or plain what the "partners" are.

Amazon versus Alex Berenson (& me).  Alex Berenson brings and independent mind and a formidable set of skills to his heterodox coverage of the COVID-19 epidemic.  He is a former New York Times investigative reporter and a writer of spy thrillers.  He has just released his third pamphlet in the series Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and Lockdowns.  When the first pamphlet in his series was published this past June Berenson had a close encounter with Amazon of the kind with which we have become all too familiar.  His pamphlet was rejected by Kindle Direct Publishing.  And then ensued the usual dance: [...] Berenson published the third pamphlet in his Unreported Truths series this week and went through the same routine with Amazon.  One had to follow the story via Berenson's Twitter feed.

Lots of Takeaways From November 2020.  [Scroll down]  The social media monopolies closed off communication of matters that advantaged Trump and disseminated matters that advantaged His Fraudulency [Biden].  The ban on news published by the New York Post about the Hunter Biden laptop was only the tip of an iceberg.  Millions of Americans were fed controlled news, as Stalin did in the Soviet Union with Izvestia and Pravda, and as Hitler and Goebbels did in Nazi Germany with Der Stürmer.  Twitter, Facebook, and Google are monopolies more dangerous than John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil ever was.  These people have an agenda, and they — not Putin — engineered massive election fraud.  Yes, they are smart.  Much smarter than the Republican senators who question them.  They engineered His Fraudulency's election, broke all kinds of rules, and then they "humbly" apologized ... after the fact, after the damage was done, after it could not be remedied.  That was the game:  manipulate voters and, afterwards, apologize.

Twitter to Warn Users When They 'Like' Controversial Tweets.  Don't touch that like button!  Twitter has unveiled a new policy to display warnings when users like a labelled tweet.  Twitter has outlined a wide range of updates to undermine conservative opposition amid the recent 2020 presidential election.  "Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital," Twitter declared on Monday [11/23/2020] as it unveiled yet another policy change.  The official Twitter account explained that new "prompts" in recent months "helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29%."  Now the platform is "expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet."

When has this writer ever called any news organization "far-left?"
YouTube Suspends Far-Right News Network OANN Account for One Week, Citing COVID Misinformation.  YouTube has penalized the right-wing One America News Network for promoting a bogus cure for COVID-19.  On Tuesday [11/24/2020], YouTube said it removed a video posted by OANN, a relentlessly pro-Trump outfit owned by Herring Networks, because it violated the site's policy prohibiting coronavirus misinformation.  Because OANN has received a "strike," it is temporarily prevented from uploading new videos or live-streaming for one week.  YouTube also has demonetized OANN's channel, meaning it is no longer eligible to participate in the site's advertising revenue-sharing program.

Mainstream Media Thinks Parler Is a "Threat to Democracy" Because Libertarians and Conservatives Get to Post.  After years of being censored on Facebook and Twitter, conservatives, libertarians, and other fans of free speech are making a mass exodus to new platforms.  One that has really taken off since the election is Parler, which has been the most downloaded app in the country over the past two weeks.  Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media and left-wing extremists are outraged.  How dare the people who have been censored, deplatformed, and shut down on their social media sites move to a site that promises not to treat them like pariahs?  They go as far as to say it's a "threat to democracy" because libertarians and conservatives get to post.  I mean, seriously, we can't be letting conservatives and libertarians post their opinions all willy-nilly, right?  What will happen without the "fact-checkers?"

The Censorious Left Is Obliterating Free Speech.  A lot of things worry me about a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, but nothing troubles me more than that it will accommodate the left's disturbing march toward selective suppression of free speech.  Much of the war against this sacred liberty occurs at the level of our culture, but when a leftist-friendly administration is in power, our efforts to combat this culturally will be more difficult.  As a result of structural and technological changes in our society, threats to free speech no longer come from the government alone, and so, our constitutional guarantees against encroachments are now inadequate.  There has been such a consolidation of power in the media and social media that these two institutions pose a great danger to our speech apart from any state action.

Big Tech's free speech suppression is dangerous information warfare.  It may just have been the fact that they were beamed in virtually to the hearing room, but our billionaire Big Tech overlords looked more cyborg than human when they testified before a Senate committee Tuesday [11/17/2020].  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, 43, in funereal black, with a castaway beard and nose ring, stood stiffly in front of an austere shelf of white bowls and empty bottles and talked about "humans" versus "algorithms."  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, 36, was freckly and clean-shaven, but came across as equally robotic.  He wore a white shirt, blue jacket and striped tie against a bland backdrop of silk drapes and a potted plant.  Both spoke in a slow monotone.

Hawaii's gift to the rest of us:
Democrat Senator Hirono:  Conservative Bias On Social Media Is 'Completely Baseless'.  Hawaii's Mazie Hirono is either very good at playing dumb, or just plain ignorant.  Probably both, though.  She's not a Senator, so much as a left-wing entertainer — just like 99% of her colleagues.  [Video clip]

Sen Josh Hawley Blows The Lid Off Of Facebook's Censorship Collusion With Other Platforms.  Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Tuesday pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a newly revealed whistleblower complaint alleging that Facebook employees coordinate with Twitter and Google employees to make certain content moderation decisions.  Hawley said a former Facebook employee "with direct knowledge of the company's content moderation practices" contacted his office about an "internal platform called Tasks that Facebook uses to coordinate projects, including censorship."  [Video clip]

Big Tech Corporate Leftists at WordPress Suppress Critical Public Watchdog.  The maverick website Conservative Treehouse (CTH) recently announced that WordPress would no longer host them due to alleged violations of its terms of service.  When CTH asked WordPress to identify the alleged violations, it cited its policy against "prohibited content" and "calls to violence."  WordPress didn't bother to identify any specific offending content or explain how the site's content violated the terms.  But fans know the truth.  WordPress is part of a coordinated corporate crackdown to silence conservative voices.  CTH played an indispensable role in the pushback against the Russia collusion hoax.  The site is known for its long analytic pieces that spotted overlooked details in court documents and publicly-available transcripts.  It had a knack for finding context to seemingly irrelevant developments.  Perhaps no other source demonstrated as much skill in deciphering redactions to uncover the identity of bad actors within the government.  CTH frequently embarrassed the Department of Justice and the FBI for their blatant hypocrisy and protection of insiders.

Why I Left Facebook — And Why You Should Too.  [Scroll down]  I've been on Facebook for more than a decade.  I credit it with renewing old friendships I thought were lost to diverging lives, and for making many new friends.  But this combination — selling me to the highest bidder and treating me like a rat in a maze — is simply too much.  I will miss Facebook and the ready possibility of conversations with friends and family, but I'm gone.

Why Not Trust Rudy Giuliani?  [Scroll down]  Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, the three juggernauts of mass communication, have gotten in bed with big media, and now all the news that's fit to print is all the truth that's fit to say.  People are being banned for trying to sift new information and share it.  I've personally seen accounts blocked not when a man threatens violence on Antifa, but when he posts pictures of Antifa using violence against him.  (One man among many, a public celebrity known as Philip Anderson to his friends and KingFreeSpeech to his fans, had his teeth knocked out and was called a n----- by white radicals.  He posted a picture with his face bloodied and teeth hanging and was almost immediately banned from Instagram.  I repeat, one man among many.  I, Hypocrite, a Facebook page that simply posts pictures of leftists being leftists, has been deleted several times and is constantly on the ropes.  Garbage Human, which does exactly the same thing, is gone.)

Six Takeaways as Facebook, Twitter CEOs Testify at Senate Hearing.  [#1] 'Tasks' and Coordination:  Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., one of the staunchest critics of the social media companies, said that a Facebook whistleblower had contacted his office about an internal platform called Tasks.  Hawley said the whistleblower, a former Facebook employee with direct knowledge of the company's content moderation policies, explained that Facebook's censorship teams used Tasks.  As an exhibit, Hawley showed a Tasks screenshot that seemed to show communication among Facebook employees and those of other tech giants.  "So, as I understand it, Facebook censorship teams communicate with their counterparts at Twitter and Google and then enter those companies' suggestions for censorship onto the Tasks platform so that Facebook can then follow up with them and effectively coordinate their censorship efforts," Hawley said.  "Let me ask you directly under oath, now:  Does Facebook coordinate its content moderation policies or efforts in any way with Google or Twitter?"  Zuckerberg didn't give a clear answer.

Welcome to Social Government.  [Scroll down]  Well what if I told you a Policy Director at Facebook was Nancy Pelosi's Chief of Staff before taking said job directing policy at Facebook?  What if I told you the head of algorithm policy at Facebook worked for Hillary at The State Department?  Or that the Head of Content Policy worked for the Hillary presidential campaign?  What if I told you the person in charge of privacy policy at Facebook used to work for Al Franken, before he worked for Senator Bonoff, before he worked for Congressman Oberstar?  Or that the Director in charge of "countering hate and extremism" at Facebook came from the Clinton Foundation?  Did you know that the person at Facebook who currently "oversees programs on countering hate speech and promoting pluralism", and "develops internal third party education and drives thought leadership on hate speech and content moderation" was one of Obama's policy advisers at The White House?  Do you even know what "pluralism" is?

A Twitter Tale of Two Timestamps.  As I noted yesterday [T]witter has once again upheld my appeal of their 3rd lockdown of me over the Benford's law post that they've been auto locking people over for a week but I noticed something interesting about my latest appeal and reversal. [...] This process involves a series of falsehoods & dishonorable actions by the crew at [T]witter.
  [#1]   Falsely flagging said link as some type of intimate image without consent
  [#2]   Falsely (and automatically) accusing users in writing of spreading intimate images without consent.
  [#3]   Falsely flagging people who delete said tweets as having broken said rules
  [#4]   Falsely claiming to review appeals
  [#5]   Falsely claiming (in writing) that they have reviewed said appeal and that all of this has been an "error".
  [#6]   And Falsely apologizing for said "error" with the full intention of repeating it if you dare send out that tweet again.
Now if I expected better from these folks I might be disappointed, after all there is a reason why so many have left this platform or have gone elsewhere, and some have asked why I don't to the same.

Sen. Blumenthal Urges Mark Zuckerberg to Remove Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Steve Bannon from Facebook.  You are witnessing your future under Democrat-Marxist control.  On Tuesday Senator Dick Blumenthal questioned Mark Zuckerberg on why Breitbart, The Gateway Pundit and Steve Bannon still have accounts on his platform. [...] Obviously, Blumenthal and today's Democrats show NO REGARD for the US Constitution.  Conservative publishers have been censored and put out of business by Facebook since the 2016 election.

Josh Hawley Confronts Mark Zuckerberg with Evidence of Internal Facebook Censorship Tool.  At the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Big Tech censorship today, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with evidence of an internal tool used by the social network to coordinate censorship with Google and Twitter.  The tool, called Tasks, is used improve the workflow of Facebook employees, but is also used by Facebook employees to collaborate with Google and Twitter in censoring users across platforms, according to Sen. Hawley.

Twitter CEO Dorsey Says It Was 'Wrong' to Block New York Post Hunter Biden Story.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday [11/17/2020] acknowledged that the platform was "wrong" to block a New York Post report about Hunter Biden last month.  During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding "censorship, suppression and the 2020 elections," Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were asked about their companies' decision to suppress a New York Post story about a laptop and emails reportedly belonging to Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.  Twitter had blocked the sharing of the article both publicly and in private direct messages, while Facebook limited distribution of the article but did not completely block it.

Prepare for the Great Decoupling — Deplatforming moves downstream to WordPress.com and Mailchimp.  In the past day there have been two very disturbing developments in internet deplatforming.  We are all familiar with deplatforming from major social media services such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as those platforms outright silencing important news that harms Democrats, like the Biden family influence peddling scandal.  Twitter regularly now places notices or restrictions even on Trump's tweet on the allegation that his opinions on the election are disputed.  In the four years Trump as been the subject of dishonest and malicious conspiracy claims, particularly Russia collusion, I can't remember Twitter ever placing such restrictions on the tweets from Adam Schiff, other Democrat politicians, or mainstream media outlets peddling that disinformation.

Twitter flags Nikki Haley for saying obviously true things.  As with so many stories in politics these days, this one started with a tweet.  In this case, it was from former governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.  Given all of the election fraud stories we've been covering for this entire cycle, her comments seemed innocuous enough.  [Tweet]  Surprise, surprise.  Twitter almost immediately slapped a "disputed" warning label on the tweet.  But rather than meekly accepting this next round of censorship, Haley pushed back.  She asked why she was singled out for this sort of attention when Ayatollah Khamenei is allowed to tweet out Holocaust denial material.  It may come as a surprise to no one that Twitter apparently doesn't have a policy about denying the Holocaust.  But you're not allowed to tweet about things that actually did happen right here in the United States.

Twitter Puts Warning Label on Nikki Haley's Tweet But Lets Ayatollah Slide.  Twitter slapped a warning label on a tweet from former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley arguing that "election fraud does happen," but the social media platform has looked the other way at tweets from Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei denying the Holocaust.  The social media platform placed a "disputed" label on Haley's statement that "Despite what the media tells us, election fraud does happen, and policies like ballot harvesting and mailing ballots to people who don't request them makes it easier."  The label links to a series of fact checks that do not address Haley's claim about ballot harvesting.

The Conservative Treehouse is being de-platformed.  An invaluable source of facts, documents, and analysis of the deep state and ruling class is being driven off its web platform.  Techno-fascism looms.

The Treehouse is Deplatformed.  Most CTH readers are likely aware of the term "deplatforming."  Unfortunately, the big tech control mechanism to shut down speech & assembly has now arrived on our doorstep. [...] What does this mean?  It means CTH is being kicked-off the WordPress website hosting platform because the content of our research and discussion does not align with the ideology of those who define what is acceptable speech and what is not.  What was our violation?  After ten years of brutally honest discussion, opinion, deep research and crowdsourcing work — with undeniable citations on the events we outline — there is no cited violation of any term of service because CTH has never violated one.  The WordPress company is not explaining the reason for deplatforming because there is no justifiable reason for it.  At the same time, they are bold in their position.  Perhaps this is the most alarming part; and everyone should pay attention.  They don't care.

Free Speech Platform Gab Enjoys Explosive Growth Due to Big Tech Censorship.  Free speech platform Gab has enjoyed a major boost in traffic this year, particularly surrounding the presidential election, and is set to reach over 55 million page views this month.  Gab has doubled the number of people visiting the site every week, now visited by 8 million people from around the world.  Breitbart News recently spoke with Andrew Torba, the CEO and founder of the free speech platform Gab.  Torba told Breitbart News that the site has enjoyed major growth this year, particularly surrounding the 2020 election.

Hillary's Claim That Russia Interfered In Election [was] Allowed, But Social Media Shuts Down Trump's Voter Fraud Claim.  Since Election Day 2020, President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that there were some shenanigans in the presidential election — voter fraud, dead people voting, and the like.  Social media was having none on it.  In a 24-hour period between mid-morning Thursday [11/5/2020] and Friday, Twitter censored six of Trump's posts.  The posts weren't immediately visible.  Instead, there was this note attached by Twitter:  "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process." Site visitors could still click "view" on the right side to see the post.  In one post, Trump said:  "All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud.  Plenty of proof — just check out the Media.  WE WILL WIN! America First!"

Why Twitter Won't Let People Share Sworn Court Documents Alleging Voter Fraud.  If you thought Twitter's censorship of reported Joe Biden family corruption or frequent flagging of the U.S. president's tweets were isolated incidents, think again.  Big Tech's efforts to shield favored political figures and positions from scrutiny have only increased.  You and I can find ourselves branded with censorious labels even for sharing court documents containing sworn testimony, should the offending share touch any of a growing number of third rails.  Today, the integrity of the 2020 presidential election is the greatest third rail of them all.  I found that out this week when I tweeted screenshots of the summary of a sworn affidavit, and a link to that affidavit, delivered by Detroit poll challenger Zachary Larsen.  In the affidavit, Larsen, a former Michigan assistant attorney general, claims to have witnessed several disturbing instances of fraud during the vote-counting he watched on and after Nov. 3, 2020.

GoFundMe Derails Fundraiser For 'Whistleblower' Mail Carrier From Pennsylvania.  A GoFundMe account for "whistleblower" mail carrier Richard Hopkins from Erie, Pennsylvania, had his account put on "hold," unable to withdraw funds, journalist James O'Keefe reported Sunday [11/8/2020].  Hopkins claims he was instructed to collect late ballots, with the apparent intent from Postmaster Rob Weisenbach to backdate the votes.  The mail carrier made the explosive claims in a signed affidavit under the penalty of perjury.  [Quoting a tweet:]  "BREAKING: [GoFundMe] has flagged [USPS] Whistleblower Richard Hopkins campaign after raising nearly $120,000 in 24 hours," O'Keefe said.  "Your fundraiser is currently under review and withdrawal are on hold," read a notice from the company, according to a screenshot posted by O'Keefe.

Benford's Law Shows Biden Vote Fraud.  I was just going to include this in Monday's state-of-play voting fraud roundup, but since I found out that Facebook is blocking access to one of the source articles, literally preventing you from posting a link to it (I tested), saying that it "this link goes against our community standards."  So I decided to do this post to let you have something you can share on Facebook.  The first link I saw on the topic was this GitHub piece forwarded to me by reader Brandon Byers, who noted "the Wikipedia entry for Benford's Law was edited 11/5 in order to downplay its usefulness in detecting election fraud."  It appears that a lengthy edit war is still going on there.

Saturday's Media Declaration Is A Naked Attempt To Silence Republicans, And Nothing Has Changed.  Nothing has changed since Friday night.  You might find that strange, given the media stampede to certify the election results for their man, but it's crucial.  The calls made Saturday morning are as arbitrary as they were last Tuesday, could just as easily have waited for Monday, and fly in the face of massive evidence of voter irregularities that, at minimum, should be heard in court before anyone considers calling the election.  Add pending lawsuits and official recounts in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin, and the conclusion is an attempt by the American media to pick our president and decide our election.  The danger comes now, when in concert with Silicon Valley censors they use their own decree to dismiss and silence anyone who says otherwise.

When Establishment Republicans Tell You This Election Was on the Level, Do You Believe Them?  If Democrats looking into alleged Democrat ballot fraud find no Democrat crimes; and Democrat news anchors hold off on calling states for Trump until they've flipped days later for Biden; and Democrat social media companies censor online discussions questioning how it's possible for the president to expand his vote shares in states like Florida and Ohio and in Democrat precincts across the country while simultaneously losing in Rust Belt states run by Democrats after late-breaking vote bursts for Biden magically appear, then Republicans surely have nothing to worry about.

Twitter Labels/Hides 7 of Trump's Most Recent 16 Tweets.  As of early Friday morning, President Trump had issued 16 tweets in 24 hours, and seven of them were labeled as "misleading" and hidden by Twitter.  Around 2 a.m., Trump reacted to the censorship, writing:  "Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230!"  Several of the suppressed tweets were video clips of President Trump's news conference on Thursday evening, where he discussed the problems he sees with the ballot counting and alleged fraud.

Trump will lose a certain Twitter privilege if Biden wins the 2020 election.  If President Trump loses the election, he will also have to say goodbye to a Twitter privilege that lets world leaders keep up tweets with certain offensive or misleading content, according to a report.  Trump, as president, has benefited from the Twitter policy that flags content that violates the platform's rules — but does not outright force their deletion, as is the case with ordinary users, Bloomberg reported.  But if Biden wins the election, come January, Trump will fall into the former world leader category, losing the special treatment, the report said.  Since election night, eight of Trump's tweets have been flagged by the social media giant.

Assuming he loses the election...
Twitter Confirms Trump's Account Will No Longer Receive 'Special Protections' Starting January 20th, Will Be Censored for Violations.  Twitter has confirmed that President Donald Trump will no longer receive "special protections" beginning on January 20th at 12:01 p.m. if he does not win the election.  The platform has already been censoring the president and his supporters for years, but is now promising even more censorship if he does not fall in line.

Twitter is wildly censoring President Trump.  During these insecure days, Trump has been trying to have a tweetstorm to keep his base informed and engaged.  The hard-left activists at Twitter, though, are doing everything they can to stop him.  Trump tweeted out a short clip of a speech he gave on Thursday, in which he said that Detroit and Philadelphia are famous for corruption and should not be allowed to affect the outcome of this election.  He also added that the Republicans won a case against Philadelphia regarding election observers, only to have the election officials ignore the court order.  The fact that they're refusing to allow observers, he said, indicates that they're trying to commit fraud.  To get to that video, though, one has to click past a warning saying that "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civil process."

The election coup plot, explained.  I fully expect that Twitter and Facebook will suppress circulation of this blog post, but so what?  The half of the country that never strays beyond the mainstream media narrative would find it unbelievable, a fantasy of conspiracy theorizing.  After four years of their media telling them that Russia hacked the 2016 election, and Hillary claiming she was cheated, the new media-approved narrative is that any questioning of electoral fraud is an attack on democracy.  Such people are a lost cause, unless (or until) crimes are proven in court and election cheaters are sentenced to prison.  But for the rest of us who have eyes and brains, there is no stopping suspicion and activism in the "nasty street fight ahead."

Twitter slaps warning label on Team Trump S.C. victory tweet.  Twitter censored the Trump campaign Tuesday night, slapping a warning label on a tweet claiming victory in South Carolina.  The Team Trump account posted that "President @realDonaldTrump wins #SouthCarolina!" shortly after 8 p.m., an hour after polls closed.  Mr. Trump did win the state — unsurprisingly since no Democratic presidential candidate has won South Carolina in nearly a half-century.  The 2020 Biden-Harris ticket made little effort to win the state and no handicapper saw a Democratic victory there.

It truly appears that the fix is in.  What we're seeing happening in Michigan and Wisconsin is nothing short of election theft.  That is unambiguous to anyone who is paying attention.  But they're having trouble revealing it to other Americans because, on cue, it's being censored across the board.  The President's Tweets are being hit.  Prominent conservatives' Facebook and Twitter posts are being suppressed.  For those who are just coming in on the topic I'm conspicuously dancing around, it appears that the election really is being stolen right before our eyes.  Michigan and Wisconsin are seeing voting totals materialize overnight that make it clear the fix is in.  And they're not even trying to hide it.  In Michigan, an overnight vote update added 138,339 votes to Vice President Joe Biden's totals.  That same [update yielded] ZERO votes for President Trump.

Twitter Blocks Presidential Communications On Election Night.  Tonight as America elects its next president, social media company Twitter has blocked the communications of the President of the United States to the American people.  After Joe Biden declared he is winning, Trump tweeted that Biden is trying to steal the election.  Twitter immediately blocked the tweet.

These "errors" only go in one direction.
'Enforcement Error': Facebook Reinstates 'New Jersey Women For Trump' Page After Trump Complains.  Facebook reinstated a pro-Trump Facebook page with more than 29,000 members after President Donald Trump slammed them for taking it down days before the presidential election.  "Put them back NOW!" Trump tweeted at Facebook on Sunday morning [11/1/2020], along with a story from NJ.com explaining what happened.  [Tweet]  Shortly after Trump complained, Facebook reinstated the page, claiming they made an "enforcement error," according to the president, who thanked them.

Trump reacts swiftly after Facebook removes 'Women for Trump' group: 'Put them back Now!'  Facebook's seemingly blatant censorship of conservative voices appears to be reaching a fevered pitch the closer Election Day looms.  The latest example of the media network's censorship came to the public's attention very early Sunday morning thanks to the keen eyes of President Donald Trump.  At 12:47 am Sunday morning [11/1/2020], he retweeted a report from NJ.com detailing how a Facebook group with nearly 30,000 pro-Trump women was outright deleted Saturday afternoon without any explanation.

Facebook censorship board is comprised mostly of foreign nationals with ties to George Soros.  The recently appointed Facebook oversight board tasked with deciding which posts get blocked from the world's most popular social networking website is stacked with leftists and foreign nationals who will be functionally regulating the speech rights of American citizens in the United States.  The Board includes a close friends of leftwing billionaire George Soros who generously funds the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a network of left-leaning groups across the world that ostensibly function as non-profit organizations.  Soros dedicates huge sums to spread an agenda ideologically driven by the objective of global market integration, which threatens the sovereignty of nations.  More than half of the members of the censorship board have ties to Soros.  Soros is known for targeting conservative politicians.

Live Not By Lies.  On October 16, 2020, in a Parisian suburb, a Muslim refugee decapitated 47-year-old schoolteacher Samuel Paty.  Previously, during a lesson devoted to freedom of expression, Paty had shown a Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting Islam's founder, Mohammed, to his students.  On October 17, at nine a.m., I posted Paty's photo on Facebook with a salute to his courage.  Within minutes, I received notification from Facebook that my salute to Samuel Paty "goes against our Community Standards on hate speech."  Note the capitalization of "Community Standards." [...] What exactly is happening here?  In saluting Paty and naming his killer's ideology, I violated a new religion.  In demonizing Christianity, others also followed the dogma of the new religion.  What to call this new religion?  In the past, we used terms like "Political Correctness," "cultural Marxism," "social justice warrior," "woke," "liberal," "progressive," and "leftist." I use the term "Team Anti-Western-Civilization," but this is clearly too awkward.  We need a handy new term for a new, powerful religion that is now affecting all of us.

Twitter backs down and unlocks New York Post account after two-week standoff over Hunter Biden posts.  The New York Post is now free to roam about the Twitterverse after a two-week clash with the social media giant over posting links to its reporting about Hunter Biden.  In a series of tweets Friday evening, Twitter Safety announced that it was updating its policy regarding how to handle content that was blocked for a policy that has since been changed — and that as a result, the New York Post's account would no longer be restricted.

Twitter backs down, unlocks Post's account.  Twitter backed down Friday [10/30/2020] in its battle with The [New York] Post and unlocked its main account after a two-week stalemate over the Hunter Biden exposé.  The move came after The Post refused Twitter's demand that it delete six tweets that linked to stories that the company claimed — without any evidence — were based on hacked information.  The Post never budged, and kept the tweets on the account during the standoff — even as Twitter obscured them from view.  In a series of tweets, the social-media giant said it was revising its "Hacked Materials Policy" and "updating our practice of not retroactively overturning prior enforcement."

Verifiability, Not Truth:  How Wikipedia Buries Stories Like the Biden Corruption Scandal.  The foundation that owns Wikipedia and its co-founder Jimmy Wales bill the online encyclopedia as the solution to Silicon Valley's alleged problems with "fake news" due to the site's sourcing standards and neutrality policy.  Corporate media have echoed their narrative in touting the online encyclopedia.  Yet thanks to skewed policies, the site is itself a huge source of partisan opinion and fake news masquerading as fact, leading to incidents such as editors censoring recent revelations regarding the alleged corruption of the Biden family.  There is a long-running understanding that Wikipedia is about "verifiability, not truth," meaning that even when corporate media and academic sources are provably wrong, the falsehood will stand on the online encyclopedia.

Twitter Throws Up A Wall On Border Issues.  In 2016, building a border wall and reducing illegal immigration were pivotal issues in the presidential election.  Human trafficking, drug smuggling, and gang members crossing over onto U.S. soil were such a strong concern that Donald Trump's promises to put a lid on the problem helped him gain the White House throne.  Four years later, those worries have slipped a few notches as Americans struggle with a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns, and the loss of jobs, income, and businesses — not to mention their liberty and freedom.  Even so, immigration must still be a worthy opponent to the left if Twitter finds it necessary to block border wall construction updates.

Mark Zuckerberg was 'not aware' that Facebook's head election integrity official used to work for Biden.  During a period of intense questioning with senators on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he was not aware that a person who identifies herself as the person who "leads efforts to ensure election integrity on [Facebook]" was formerly a policy adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.  The exchange, which was held via video conference, came in response to a question from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who was quizzing Zuckerberg about the prevalence of prominent former Democratic staffers in key positions at Facebook.  According to Fox News, Thune asked, "My understanding is that the person that is in charge of election integrity and security at Facebook is a former Joe Biden staffer, is there someone closely associated with President Trump in the same role at Facebook?"  Thune's question appears to have been referring to Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anna Makanju, whose work for Biden is prominently stated on her Atlantic Council biography.

Twitter censors DHS border wall tweet as 'hateful'.  Twitter deleted a tweet and shut down the account of the country's border chief late Wednesday [10/28/2020] after he posted a message celebrating construction of nearly 400 miles of wall.  "This should outrage every American citizen," said acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan, who was with other Homeland Security officials at the border Thursday to celebrate wall construction.  The tweet, which was still blocked as of Thursday morning, said walls "stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators and drugs," and said "It's a fact, walls work."

Vimeo Removes Video Showing Ties Between Pro-China Group, Black Lives Matter Founder.  A popular video platform has removed a video critical of apparent connections between the Chinese Communist Party and a founder of the Black Lives Matter organization.  New Zealand investigative journalist and author Trevor Loudon said the video was posted on Vimeo for only "a few hours" and had about 1,600 viewers before Vimeo took it down.  "It really touched a nerve for Vimeo to take it down after just a few hours," Loudon told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.  The move by the New York-based video hosting and sharing platform follows a pattern of major tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook restricting or censoring conservative content.

Yes, [the] Media Are Rigging [the] Election Against Half The Country.  Here's How.  [Scroll down]  Twitter and Facebook have been openly meddling in the 2020 election by censoring political opponents, suppressing their supporters, limiting the distribution of articles and arguments in their favor, and other draconian efforts.  The media have more or less cheered them on.  NeverTrumpers, and their more traditional Democratic media colleagues, seem to think that so long as they are protected by social media companies — and there is no reason to think they won't be — that censorship of non-leftist media is not anything they will fight.  Some openly support bans on anyone they politically disagree with.  Failure to defend journalists who are actually under attack — as opposed to those who are merely criticized — is a hallmark of many in the media.

Crenshaw Rips Twitter's Dorsey: 'Partisan And A Hypocrite'.  On Wednesday, after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress while Democrats remained crushingly silent about Big Tech's alleged attempts to suppress conservative points of view, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) ripped Dorsey, calling him a "partisan and a hypocrite," and slammed Democrats:  "There are no liberals left in the Democrat Party.  Not a single Democrat Senator defended free speech or freedom of the press today."

Dorsey Just Lied To Congress And Claimed Twitter Never Censored President Donald Trump.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lied to Congress on Tuesday [10/27/2020] during a Senate hearing focused on Big Tech's content moderation policies when he claimed that his social media company has never censored President Donald Trump.  "Just to be clear, we have not censored the president," Dorsey said in response to Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.  "We have not taken the tweets down that you're referencing.  We have added context with a label and we do the same for leaders around the world."

Ted Cruz rips Jack Dorsey over censorship of Post's Hunter Biden bombshell.  Sen. Ted Cruz teed off on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the social-media giant's censorship of The [New York] Post's reporting on Hunter Biden, in a stunning rebuke during Wednesday's [10/28/2020] Big Tech hearings on Capitol Hill.  "Mr. Dorsey, who [...] elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?" Cruz thundered at the social-media mogul.  "Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?"  Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, testified via live feed before the Senate Commerce Committee on topics including election security and preventing the spread of misinformation regarding the coronavirus.

Big Tech On Trial.  CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google testified today before the Senate Commerce Committee on Big Tech censorship, and its naked support of the Democratic Party.  The hearing lasted for nearly four hours.  This exchange between Ted Cruz and the apparently homeless Jack Dorsey has been the most discussed moment in the hearing:  [Video clip]  [...] Basically, the Silicon Valley giants are sitting tight and counting on Joe Biden to win the election.  If that happens, there will be no accounting.  But if Trump wins, they could face serious trouble.

Facebook Just Lied to Congress About Its Censorship of Conservatives.  [Thread reader]  Mark Zuckerberg just told [Senator] Markey that FB doesn't make "exceptions".  I have direct evidence that they do make exceptions.  See thread with many examples and screenshots from when I filmed with a hidden camera at FB.  [Numerous photos]

Twitter is running a blackmail operation — cooperate or no traffic for you.  For all their talk of "neutral platforms," the Big Shots at Big Tech — Twitter, Facebook and Google — are running a protection racket.  They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read, and what other media companies must do to reach the public via those platforms.  It's a clear threat to a healthy democracy — and Congress has noticed.  On Wednesday, the Senate launched a hearing to investigate "Big Tech's bad behavior."  Center-stage:  Twitter's strong-arm tactics to censor The Post ever since we began reporting on Hunter Biden's e-mails.  First, it froze our account and banned our stories; then, amid a public backlash, it agreed to unfreeze us — but only if we deleted our original tweets.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sounded like every mob enforcer and shakedown artist in history:  Nice paper you got there, New York Post.  Shame, should something happen to it.  He knows full well media outlets depend on social media, and Google search algorithms, to help readers access our reporting.

How America Becomes Totalitarian.  Although President Trump has been critical of the press, he has not taken any action against journalists or censored them in any way.  The same cannot be said for American companies like Twitter, who claim that it is their mission to prevent the spread of misinformation yet allow China to use the platform to help shield itself from criticism with bald-faced lies.  When it comes to promoting misinformation that originates in China, like Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian's claim that the United States military brought COVID-19 to China, Twitter does not seem to have a problem with it, leaving Lijian's Twitter account intact, while blocking the account of President Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.  It is clear that Twitter subscribes to the Orwellian idea that all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Twitter, Facebook Confess There Is No Evidence Of Russian Disinformation Behind Hunter Biden Story.  In Wednesday's [10/28/2020] Senate hearing on Big Tech and Section 230, both Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that neither had any evidence that the New York Post's reporting on Joe Biden's knowledge of his son Hunter Biden's foreign business deals is Russian disinformation.  "For both Mr. Zuckerberg and Dorsey who censored the New York Post stories or throttle them back, do you have any evidence that the New York Post story is part of Russian disinformation or that those emails are not authentic?" Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked.  "Do you have any information whatsoever they are not authentic or they are Russian disinformation?  Dorsey and Zuckerberg both denied receiving any indication that the story was part of a Russian misinformation campaign.

Censorship In America; Amazon Refuses Controversial Documentary On Their Platform.  I wrote back on September 25th about the upcoming release of noted author and documentary filmmaker Dr. Shelby's Steele's latest film called "What Killed Michael Brown?" [...] One prescient reader foretold accurately the censorship this film would soon encounter:  "It sounds like and seems to me that the 'blowback' from 'conservatives' is not from conservatives at all but from someone who KNOWS who Shelby Steele is and what he stands for and want to shut him up."  Well that "someone" turned out to be Amazon.com.  Two weeks before the October 16th release of the film, Amazon (whose owner is Washington Post owner Jeffrey Bezos) sent a notice to Eli Steele, Dr. Steele's son, informing them their documentary would not immediately be available on Amazon's video platform.

Zuckerberg:  We Censored the Hunter Biden Story Because an Unnamed Individual at the FBI Told Us to be On the Lookout for Russian Disinformation.  Two possibilities:  [#1] The FBI gave him a general, nonspecific warning about Russian disinformation, and Zuckerberg is just using this as an excuse for his own company's partisan censorship.  [#2] More chillingly — the FBI, which was sitting on the laptop for a year and thereby keeping the story bottled-up, took the extra step of poisoning the well and claiming that the story was Russian disinformation to Zuckerberg, to make sure it got censored if it did come out.  If Zuckerberg's telling the truth, it's #2.

Cruz Blasts Twitter: 'Mr. Dorsey, Who [...] Elected You?'.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the platform's decision to block the New York Post's stories on Hunter Biden, as well as the decision to suspend the Post's account.  Dorsey tried to explain during the hearing that the company had been in error on its quick "enforcement" that blocked the two URLs from being shared over direct messaging or via tweet.  However, he insisted that in order to unlock the Post's account, they would have to delete their original tweets that violated policy.  This was part of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Oct. 28.  "You can censor The New York Post, you can censor Politico, you can presumably censor The New York Times or any other media outlet, Mr. Dorsey, who [...] elected you?" fired Cruz.  He continued, asking why Twitter was "in charge of what the media are allowed to report, what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist on behaving as a Democratic SuperPac silencing views to the contrary?"  The New York Post has been locked out of its account since Oct. 14.

Marsha Blackburn Calls Out Google CEO Sundar Pichai over Suppression of Breitbart News.  Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) criticized Google's Sundar Pichai for suppressing the visibility of Breitbart News in Google search results during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee today.  Pichai was present along with the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook.  "Google searches for 'Joe Biden' generated approximately 30,000 impressions for Breitbart links.  This was on May 1.  And after May 5th, both the impressions and the clicks went to zero," Senator Blackburn noted.

Ted Cruz Slams Twitter CEO for Censoring NY Post Biden Story: 'Behaving as a Democratic Super PAC'.  Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) slammed Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, comparing the company to a "Democratic super PAC."  The Committee last week voted to subpoena Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after both platforms reduced circulation or entirely blocked a New York Post story featuring materials purportedly from Hunter Biden's laptop.  The social media companies' actions have led conservatives to accuse them of censorship.  "Mr. Dorsey, who [...] elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?" Cruz said during the hearing.

Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs testify in Section 230 Senate hearing.  The CEOs of three of the nation's top tech firms — Google, Twitter and Facebook — are being grilled by a Senate panel on Wednesday after coming under fire over censorship concerns, specifically for blocking The Post's reporting on Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China.  Sen. Roger Wicker, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, questioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey why the social media platform flagged a post from President Trump about mail-in ballots, but allowed tweets that "glorify violence" against Israel by Iranian Ayatollah ali Khamenei to remain on the site untouched.  "Mr Dorsey, is that acceptable, based on your policies?" Wicker asked.  "We believe it's important for everyone to hear from global leaders," Dorsey said.

Tech Tyrants Who Have Eliminated a Majority of Conservative Content on their Platforms Insist Stripping Them of 230 Protections Would Harm Free Speech.  This is rich.  Tech tyrants Jack Dorsey from Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook are arguing that stripping them of 230 protections will harm free speech online.  Since late 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President, the tech tyrants have been censoring and banning non-approved conservative content on their platforms.  The partners in crime at Google have blacklisted conservative websites in their algorithms and search results.  The same is not happening on the left or with the fake news mainstream media.

Facebook is still slow-walking information about Hunter Biden.  Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team are smarter than Jack Dorsey and his Twitter team.  When the New York Post published information about Hunter Biden's hard drive and its truly disreputable contents, Twitter blocked any references to the material and banned the New York Post from Twitter.  That got Congress's attention.  Meanwhile, Facebook opted to slow walk material about Hunter Biden, effectively preventing anything from going viral.  This low profile approach is dulling complaints about Facebook's muted censorship.

Media Firemen Scramble to Save Biden Candidacy.  During the Biden stretch run, the firemen on the left have shredded what is left of their reputations as journalists to destroy information the Deep State does not want their audiences to have.  Even before Hunter Biden's laptop surfaced, the media busied themselves suppressing information that was readily available to the ordinary citizen — montages of Biden plagiarizing, groping little girls, making racially insensitive comments, eulogizing exalted KKK cyclops, threatening Ukrainian prosecutors, even sexually assaulting at least one very credible Democrat — and they did so with enough success that the Biden camp felt comfortable positioning Joe as the candidate with "character."  The Hunter laptop was too tangible to dispose of subtly.  Not since Joseph Goebbels urged the German Student Union "to commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past" has a western nation so flagrantly thrown in on the side of ignorance.  Twitter has gotten most of the attention for its total blocking of the New York Post, which broke the laptop story, but the firemen at NPR were not far behind.

Trump's Grassroots MAGA Army Working Around Platform Controls.  A diverse and patriotic MAGA movement is overwhelming the mechanisms of narrative control; and they are doing it by flooding the zones with a combination of "old school" and "modern tech" workarounds.  It's quite honestly the most remarkable political dynamic since the organic Tea Party erupted in 2009.  Before getting into the details of how this truly organic situation is unfolding it is worth looking at how big tech is freaking out.

Facebook censors AT, backs down hours later.  A Taiwanese media outlet owned by Guo Wengui, a Chinese dissident billionaire, published some of the Hunter Biden sex tapes.  Other Guo-owned outlets allege that (a) Nancy Pelosi and the DOJ have known what's on Hunter's hard drive since September; (b) China "owns" Joe Biden; (c) Joe was responsible for the deaths of CIA informants; and (d) the outlet has millions of videos and photos of people who have also allowed the Chinese government to compromise them.  Facebook has spent most of the day suppressing the spread of this information.  On October 14, 2020, the New York Post began reporting on emails about Ukraine from a laptop that Hunter Biden had allegedly dropped off for repair and never recovered.  Since then, the FBI has said that the computer is legitimate.  No one from the Biden camp has denied the authenticity of either the laptop or its contents.  We learned too that the computer contained videos and photographs of Hunter Biden engaged in sexual activity.  These images allegedly include impropriety with underage girls.  What almost overshadowed the shocking allegations was the ferocity with which the Tech Tyrants acted to prevent the news from spreading.  Twitter blocked any attempts to tweet the story and locked the New York Post out of its Twitter account.  Even though the laptop has been authenticated, Twitter has not budged from this stance.

Confronting political censorship.  The bombshell discovered on a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, were quickly contained last week when dominant social media platforms chose to shield them from public view.  A New York Post exclusive, including email references to a meeting between then-Vice President Biden and an executive of corruption-tainted Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, lent fresh rationale to President Trump's call last year for investigation of the Bidens for peddling access.  Congressional Democrats retaliated and tried unsuccessfully to oust Mr. Trump from office.  The Hunter Biden revelations comprise an epic October surprise with the potential of tarnishing Mr. Biden's image weeks before his Election Day faceoff against the Republican president.  But Twitter and Facebook chose to block users from linking to the story, effectively forcing readers to engage in a game of online hide-and-seek to read it.

With the Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression is a Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story.  The flow of information in the United States has become so politicized — bottlenecked by an increasingly brazen union of corporate press and tech platforms — that it's become impossible for American audiences to see news about certain topics absent thickets of propagandistic contextualizing.  Try to look up anything about Burisma, Joe Biden, or Hunter Biden in English, however, and you're likely to be shown a pile of "fact-checks" and explainers ahead of the raw information.

Nothing Funny About Facebook's Serial Attacks On The Babylon Bee.  Seth Dillon oversees one of the web's funniest destinations, but there's an edge to his voice that's hardly comic.  Dillon, the CEO of The Babylon Bee, is at war with social media.  Again.  It's an odd place for a humor site to be, but it's in sync with the current wave of Big Tech bullying.  Dillon says the trouble began two years ago when Facebook aligned with third-party fact checkers like Snopes to battle misinformation on the platform.  That seemingly noble stance led to Snopes and, by extension, Facebook, labeling a satirical Bee article as "false."

Twitter Roadblocks Kimberly Klacik.  Esteemed countermoonbat Kimberly Klacik must be getting some traction, despite the unlikelihood of a Republican winning a seat in Congress from the ruins of Baltimore.  She scares the Democrat apparatchiks at Twitter enough that they put up a roadblock to limit retweets linking to an article in the Wall Street Journal that makes it clear voters would be wise to elect her.

Twitter Blocks Daily Signal's Kenosha Video With 'Sensitive Material' Warning.  Twitter put a "sensitive material" label Thursday on The Daily Signal's news video showing businesses burned by rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The Daily Signal's three-minute video, released late Wednesday, highlights some of the destruction wrought by rioters on the nights of Aug. 23 and 24. [...] Twitter's "sensitive material" warning does not remove the content from the platform, but does make the material harder to access by requiring users to click on the "view" button on the warning label.  Twitter users, and not the platform itself, usually flag tweets they say includes sensitive content.  This is sometimes a "coordinated effort by trolls on the left" who report tweets as a means to suppress content they don't agree with, Lyndsey Fifield, The Heritage Foundation's social media manager, said.

Blind Horse.  Bret Weinstein had his life threatened at Evergreen College for refusing to declare his inherent racism, his Unity 2020 Twitter account was suspended without explanation — and now this.

3 Ways Donald Trump's Debate Performance Will Affect The Race.  [Scroll down]  You could almost hear the "No! No! No!" coming from [Joe Biden's] campaign war room, but there he went, claiming his family's now-public, corrupt dealings with foreign corporations seeking access to power are just Russian disinformation. [...] For a week, the titans of the American left have worked to quash this story, sending surrogates out to argue with the evidence while Big Tech actively suppresses the information and Biden hides from reporters more interested in asking him the flavor of his milkshake.  It was going to be hard to hide until Election Day, but any hope of that is now dashed.  Even the allied news networks that have diligently worked to ignore the story have now unintentionally aired it.  There's no part of this story that plays into the vice president's campaign message, and no aspect of it will do well with voters.

Meet the Bidens, the one family who made a fortune in the Obama economy.  In their self-absorbed, navel-gazing, illiterate dyslexia, the American political press gets the words all out of order.  It's not "free speech" they back, but "speech-free."  It's not the pen that's mightier than the sword.  For these lazy jackals, it's the eraser that is mightier than the sword.  The eraser and the gag.  And the mute button.  This is what happens when truth and facts become entirely subservient to rage and posturing.  Pick what you like and mute all the rest.  The stuff of Cafeteria Journalists.

Twitter Doesn't Want People to Know the Detroit News Endorsed Republican John James for Senate.  On Thursday [10/22/2020], The Detroit News endorsed Republican John James over incumbent Democrat Gary Peters for U.S. Senate.  "It is an honor to have the endorsement of one of Michigan's most prestigious and well-read publications," James said in response to the endorsement.  "Our state and nation are currently at a crossroads, and Michigan has the choice between a combat veteran or a career politician, a war fighter or a gaslighter.  It's time for Michigan to have effective leadership in the Senate where no voice will be left out."

Is China Now In Control of Our Flow of Information?  Big Tech, no stranger to censorship, is guilty of silencing conservative voices on their platforms.  For years, conservatives have been locked out with trumped up charges of not following "community standards" with no clear definition of what standards were being violated.  It has become increasingly clear that conservatives were targeted for their content.  This week, the matter came to a head when Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed they will prevent Americans from seeing the New York Post's explosive article about incriminating emails, documents, and pictures stemming from Hunter Biden's laptop.  The emails implicate Joe Biden and the Chinese Communist Party.  They had no concerns exposing President Trump's illegitimately released tax records or the release of the phony Steele dossier, but they are clearly covering for Joe Biden lest it halt his presidential aspirations, and by doing so they are interfering in a presidential election.

Twitter removes anti-mask tweet from Dr. Scott Atlas.  Twitter removed a tweet from a top White House coronavirus adviser, saying that, contrary to official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, masks don't prevent the spread of the virus.  On Saturday [10/17/2020], Dr. Scott Atlas tweeted that evidence showed masks don't work, according to NBC News.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance in April urging Americans to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus after weeks of recommending the opposite.

These five people are allowed to tweet but one of America's oldest newspapers can't.  The New York Post, one of America's oldest newspapers, founded by America's first monetary expert-turned pop culture icon, has been muzzled on Twitter for reporting a bombshell that could affect the presidential election.  Twitter has refused to unlock the New York Post's account since last Wednesday unless the outlet deletes multiple tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, the Post reported. [...] But while the Big Apple tabloid is gagged online, Twitter allows the likes of Louis Farrakhan, Richard Spencer, Ali Khamenei, Nicolas Maduro and O.J. Simpson to tweet freely.

Twitter looks to keep The Post's account hostage through Trump-Biden debate.  It's now been a week since Twitter locked The [New York] Post's account over its exposé on Hunter Biden's emails — and it appears the hostage situation will continue through the final presidential debate on Thursday.  The social media giant is refusing to unlock The Post's main account unless the news organization deletes six tweets about its own reporting on Joe Biden's son.  This means The Post may not be able to share its coverage of the last showdown between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election with its close to 2 million followers.  Twitter locked The Post's main account Oct. 14, when the news org published the first article in its series of bombshell reports.

The 'Good Censors'.  I don't know if, as the New York Post alleged last week, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian energy executive named Vadym Pozharskyi in 2015.  I don't know if Biden's son Hunter tried to broker such a meeting as part of his board directorship deal with Pozharskyi's firm, Burisma Holdings. [...] What I do know is that if I read the story online and found it compelling, I should have been able to share it with friends.  Instead, both Facebook and Twitter made a decision to try to kill the Post's scoop.  Andy Stone, the former Democratic Party staffer who is now Facebook's policy communications manager, announced that his company would be "reducing" the "distribution" of the Post story.  Twitter barred its users from sharing it not only with followers but also through direct messages, locking the accounts of people — including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany — who retweeted it.  This is not an isolated incident.  In May, Twitter attached a health warning to one of President Trump's Tweets.

The 'Black Problem' in Television.  Larry Elder produced a fantastic documentary titled Uncle Tom that simply asks why blacks are expected to think and vote monolithically on issues critical to the black community.  It has been roundly ignored by the media since its release.  Sure, it can be viewed as a rental on places like YouTube or directly from Salem Radio's website, but in terms of equity of distribution, there is a sizable market loss when not accessed through a paid subscription service.  Likewise, it has become known that Shelby Steele, the independent black thinker, had a project titled What Killed Michael Brown? that was rejected by Amazon streaming services.  As the title suggests, this film explores the history and facts of the infamous Ferguson incident that ushered in a reinvigorated narrative of police-on-black brutality and murder.  For simply asking a question that runs counter to a prevailing (and acceptable) viewpoint, his material is effectively censored.

Facebook ghosts anti-Whitmer pages in Michigan, extends crackdown to state politics.  Social media blackouts raising conservatives' ire are not confined to the national level, as Facebook has for the second time erased without warning a group that opposed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stringent lockdowns.  The group "Impeach Whitmer" had never been flagged or warned for any post by its roughly 7,000 members before Facebook suddenly scrubbed it on Oct. 8, hours before authorities made the first arrests in an alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor.  The group's founder, Brandon Hall, said he was announcing Facebook's action now because he had received no reply from the social media giant explaining how he allegedly violated company policies.

Report: Facebook Successfully Suppressed Reach of NY Post Biden Bombshell by Half.  A recent study by the social media engagement tracking firm Newswhip found that the New York Post's recent bombshell story on Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and their alleged deal with Burisma had its reach cut in half by Facebook compared to anti-Trump stories from other publications.  This stands in stark contrast to Twitter's efforts to censor the story, which actually doubled the attention it received according to the MIT Technology Review.  Newsweek reports that social media tracking firm Newswhip recently analyzed the engagement that the New York Post's bombshell story on Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden received across social media.

Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors.  China is one of the most censorious societies on Earth.  So what better place for Facebook to recruit social media censors?  There are at least half a dozen "Chinese nationals who are working on censorship," a former Facebook insider told me last week.  "So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, 'Hey, we're going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.'"  The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work.  It's called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook's offices in Seattle.  Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching "computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed," as the techy website DeepAI.org puts it.  When it comes to censorship on social media, that means "teaching" the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm's software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider.  It also means making sure other content "shows up dead-last."

Facebook Demonetizes Satire Site Babylon Bee, Claims Monty Python Spoof 'Incites Violence'.  Facebook is demonetizing the Christian, political satire page "The Babylon Bee" after they published an article satirizing Sen. Mazie Hirono's comments during the Amy Coney Barrett hearings in a fictional depiction.  The Bee's CEO Seth Dillon announced the demonetization on Tuesday in a tweet, claiming that the big tech company pulled down the article based on a "regurgitated joke from a Monty Python movie."

Tea Party group files complaint against Twitter for allegedly suppressing negative Biden news.  Tea Party Patriots Foundation said Tuesday [10/20/2020] it was filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Twitter, alleging the social media company violated campaign finance laws through its treatment of bad news for Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden.  Jenny Beth Martin, TPPF president, said in a statement she believes Twitter has used "corporate resources well in excess of $25,000 in their ongoing efforts to support the Biden candidacy while opposing President Trump's reelection."  TPPF said its complaint focuses squarely on Twitter, its CEO Jack Dorsey, and Twitter vice president Brandon Borrman.

More "Experts" [are] Being Silenced By Big Tech — What Did They Say?  America's Frontline Doctors held their 2nd Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday [10/17/2020].  They are a group of physicians and researchers who feel strongly that mass lockdowns, masking requirements and the prevention of early COVID-19 treatment has caused immeasurably suffering — and likely unnecessary deaths — in our fight against COVID-19.  As of early this morning, their video and tweets appear to still be spreading on Twitter and YouTube. [...] America's Frontline Doctors held its 1st Summit in June of this year and articles, tweets, Facebook posts, and videos were widely censored online.  Just days ago, Dr. Scott Atlas — a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force was suspended from Twitter for posting that masks don't work particularly well in the fight against COVID-19.

A Senate Pass for Twitter and Biden?  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to issue a subpoena Tuesday [10/20/2020] to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — but those plans seem to be on hold.  When will the remaining conservative leaders in Washington have enough of this abuse?  Freedom loving Americans have long been fed up with the double standards, suspensions, editorializing, and censorship by social media corporations.  Active interference in elections should be troubling to those on both sides of the aisle — but it looks like the Democrats and even some Republicans will try to whistle past the Biden scandal graveyard on this one.  Senators are hardly the only individuals owed an explanation (and now not getting it) for the blatant censorship of evidence of the Biden's criminal enterprise.  Everyone on social media deserve answers about why Twitter can behave like the Chinese Communist Party and control access to, as well as dissemination of, information.

Facebook workers [are] 'ashamed' by tech giant's censorship of Post's Hunter Files reporting.  "Facebook is almost an arm of the Democratic Party — an arm of the far-left wing of the Democratic Party."  So said the former Facebook insider as we sat down for an interview at a Midtown restaurant Friday afternoon.  A gloomy rain had left the joint deserted, yet the man across the table from me spoke in hushed tones and looked over his shoulder in between remarks for fear of retaliation.  Yet he felt he had to speak out, because staffers are "intentionally trying to swing people further to the left," as he had put it in an e-mail requesting the meeting.  I already knew that, of course.  It was a Facebook communications manager, Andy Stone, who on Thursday [10/15/2020] announced the firm was reducing circulation of The Post's still-undisputed reporting on the Hunter Files — an employee who happened to work for Democratic lawmakers before joining the tech giant.  What the Facebook insider wanted to impress upon me, however, was how Facebook's partisan tilt is common knowledge inside the firm.  He had the secret chats to prove it.  Facebook employees who wish to speak freely take to Blind, an anonymous social network for the tech industry, where workers at major firms like Uber, Google, Twitter and the like trade gossip and occasionally blow the whistle on malfeasance.

Wikipedia bans editors from expressing support for traditional marriage.  Wikipedia has decided to restrict its editors from expressing opposition to same-sex marriage on its platform — a decision that comes months after co-founder Larry Sanger said the site's neutrality policy was "dead."  Volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia's articles can no longer include on their profile page any "userbox" — a badge expressing their beliefs — that is against gay marriage.  For example, one such userbox states, "This user believes marriage is between one man and one woman." The decision was made after a recent discussion where "predominantly left-wing editors" argued such a stance was "discriminatory" and against site policy, according to Breitbart.

Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes — or Joe Biden's Big Mouth.  The move by Facebook and Twitter to censor a New York Post story about Joe Biden was Silicon Valley's version of an October surprise.  Since publication of a story last week alleging that Hunter Biden was introducing foreign business colleagues to his father, Twitter has kept locked the account of the 200-year-old newspaper until it deletes its tweets about its Biden reporting.  By removing the story from news feeds, locking the accounts of the Trump campaign and White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, and prohibiting editors of the newspaper from sharing the piece even from their own accounts — actions taken without evidence anything in the story was false — the tech oligarchy signaled it was throwing its weight behind what it believes to be the coming Democratic order in Washington.  It also provided Americans with an authentically shocking snapshot of the type of "managed" society that we now inhabit.  In the new American system, large Silicon Valley corporations use their government-sanctioned and immensely profitable monopoly status to routinely censor information and libel anyone they please at the behest of unelected partisan verticals that have colonized large segments of the federal bureaucracy and security agencies.  As each corrupted interest rubber stamps each other's actions, power is removed from public hands and public view.

Crackdown on QAnon continues as TikTok bans conspiracy theory content.  TikTok is the latest social media company to go after the QAnon conspiracy theory.  The mega-popular video app is now deleting accounts that post QAnon-related content, NPR reports, an escalation from its previous policy of reducing the visibility of the posts.  "Content and accounts that promote QAnon violate our disinformation policy and we remove them from our platform," the company told NPR.  "We've also taken significant steps to make this content harder to find across search and hashtags by redirecting associated terms to our Community Guidelines."  QAnon's content often focuses on undocumented claims of a Satanic conspiracy between Democrats and pedophiles.

The Tech Lords are Fools and Knaves.  [Scroll down]  I can even see an innocent reason for censoring the [New York] Post's piece for "hacking" and publishing embarrassing private information.  It's understandable that the Tech Lords would want to damp down the plebs from publishing each other's sordid little scandals. [...] And where were you, dear Tech Lords, when the Obama administration "hacked" the private conversation between LTG Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador?  Where were you when the Hillary Clinton campaign publicized false embarrassing private information about Donald Trump?  Where were you when the New York Times published President Trump's private tax returns?  Exactly.  It would never have occurred to you noble lords that those Trump scandals, that you published without a second thought, are exactly the same as the New York Post story that you censored.  Why?  Because you chaps know literally nothing about politics.

MIT Tech Review:  Tech Censorship Nearly Doubled Attention for NY Post Biden Bombshell.  The attempt by the social media Masters of the Universe to stop the spread of the New York Post bombshell article about Joe Biden and his son Hunter's alleged dealings with Burisma, has nearly doubled the level of attention the story gained.  What is known as the "Streisand Effect" — a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing it instead — went into overdrive after social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter attempted to suppress a NY Post article about Hunter Biden, according to data published in the MIT Technology Review.

Facebook, Twitter censored Trump, campaign 65 times, Biden zero:  Study.  Facebook and Twitter have censored President Trump and his campaign accounts at least 65 times in the last two years, while Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden and his camp have never been dinged, according to a report released Monday [10/19/2020].  The conservative Media Research Center's Techwatch department found that the tech giants had a decidedly lopsided approach to the presidential candidates and their campaigns when it comes to flagging and axing their content.  The biggest discrepancy came with Twitter, which accounted for 98% of the censorship incidents against the Trump camp from May 2018 to Oct. 16, 2020.  The analysis did not include ads from PACs or super PACs.

Censoring the Biden story:  How social media becomes state media.  [Scroll down]  Yet the funny thing about kompromat — a Russian term for compromising information — is that often it is true.  Indeed, it is most damaging and most useful when it is true; otherwise, you deny the allegations and expose the lie.  Hunter Biden has yet to deny these were his laptop, his emails, his images.  If thousands of emails and images were fabricated, then serious crimes were committed.  But if the emails and images are genuine, then the Bidens appear to have lied for years as a raw influence-peddling scheme worth millions stretched from China to Ukraine to Russia.  Moreover, these countries likely have had the compromising information all along while the Bidens — and the media — were denying reports of illicit activities.  Either way, this was major news.  The response of Twitter and Facebook, however, was to shut it all down.  Major media companies also imposed a virtual blackout on the allegations.  It didn't matter that thousands of emails were available for review or that the Bidens did not directly address the material.  It was all declared to be fake news.

Is Twitter, Facebook censorship of New York Post Biden-Ukraine story the beginning of social tyranny?  Twitter and Facebook have both limited distribution of an Oct. 14 report from the New York Post's Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge entitled, "Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad" detailing an alleged meeting between former Vice President Joe Biden and Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi who Biden's son, Hunter, used to work for, in April 2015.  The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan and Jeff Horwitz reported on Oct. 15, "Twitter on Wednesday blocked users from posting links to the articles, initially citing a potential violation of its rules regarding hacked materials.  The company later said the articles also violated its policies on displaying private information like email addresses and phone numbers without a person's permission... Twitter's move came after Facebook also limited the distribution of the articles on its platform, saying it was awaiting guidance from its third-party fact-checking partners — independent organizations that routinely review the accuracy of viral content.  Facebook has slowed the spread of the Post articles pending a decision by those partners, company spokesman Andy Stone said in a Twitter message on Wednesday morning."

How Big Tech is Working on Stealing the Presidential Election From Trump.  Allum Bokhari, an investigative tech writer for Breitbart, published a book last month explaining how Big Tech intends to defeat Trump.  If anyone should know, it's him, having written about Big Tech's attacks on conservatives for years.  And it's important to read this book, because the censorship is now so vast it is difficult to learn about it by merely digging up article after article.  In #Deleted:  Big Tech's Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election, Bokhari goes over how it's being stealthily done on many fronts, usually under the guise of something else.  Big Tech uses certain buzzwords to justify its censorship, cleverly all vague, used as excuses to crack down on conservative content.

Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts [are] deleted.  Twitter has refused to unlock the New York Post's account since Wednesday [10/14/2020] unless the outlet deletes six tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, the Post reported.  Both the San Francisco-based social media platform and Facebook came under fire this week after the two blocked users from sharing a Post article showing purported communication between 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company.  The younger Biden's work in the country while his father was vice president was at the heart of President Trump's impeachment trial earlier this year.

Matt Gaetz tweets out entire Hunter Biden story line by line to evade Twitter block.  Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, had an idea on how to get around Twitter's block of the New York Post's Hunter Biden bombshell:  Tweet it out one line at a time.  He said Twitter had censored the New York Post, the House Judiciary Republicans, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and "thousands of other users for sharing this damning story on Hunter Biden."  "So I'm tweeting the entire story line by line in a thread below," Mr. Gaetz said on Thursday, urging readers to retweet it "before it's deleted!"  Sure enough, the multi-tweet thread included the story as well as photos and graphics from the New York Post's Wednesday scoop about Hunter Biden's dealings with the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings during his father's tenure as vice president.

Facebook's Lead Executive on Election Policy Was Vice-President Joe Biden's Advisor to Ukraine.  Anna Makanju is the Facebook executive in charge of "election integrity on the platform"; and guess what her job was before that position.  "Previously, she was the special policy adviser for Europe and Eurasia to former US Vice President Joe Biden". [...] That's right folks, the Facebook executive currently blocking all of the negative evidence of Hunter and Joe Biden's corrupt activity in Ukraine is the same person who was coordinating the corrupt activity between the Biden family payoffs and Ukraine.

Social media backlash resurrected over Biden's transition team's ties to Facebook and Twitter.  The Biden campaign is facing renewed criticism over its deep connections with Big Tech after both Twitter and Facebook censored a story from The New York Post detailing allegedly corrupt business deals by Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.  The move prompted fresh criticism on social media over the Biden transition team's hiring of top Facebook executive Jessica Hertz, which reportedly came days after the 2020 Democrat's campaign penned a letter to the social media giant urging them to censor President Trump's posts.  Twitter's suppression of the Hunter Biden revelations also came days after the company's director of public policy, Carlos Monje, reportedly left his post to work for the Biden transition team.

Twitter Locks Account of Republican Senate Candidate Lauren Witzke — Again.  Twitter has once again censored the Republican candidate for Delaware's U.S. Senate seat, Lauren Witzke, over a tweet drawing attention to the consequences of mass immigration for Europe.  As Breitbart News previously reported, Witzke has already been locked out of her Twitter once this month.  The far-left platform, whose CEO, Jack Dorsey, will likely be subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week over its censorship of the New York Post's bombshell Biden-Ukraine story, said the tweet constituted "hateful conduct."

Twitter's Censorship of the New York Post Is Un-American.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, if journalists were forbidden from distributing "content obtained without authorization," the majority of the biggest news stories of the past century would be off limits.  President Donald Trump's tax return story.  The Pentagon Papers.  Watergate.  The Iran-Contra scandal.  All the revelations of Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning.  The most vital charge of journalism is to procure information that the powerful hide.  Twitter claims it doesn't want to incentivize hacking by allowing its platform to be used to distribute possibly "illegally obtained materials."  Yet, when a Daily Caller reporter offered evidence that Hunter Biden's laptop was obtained by a repair shop legally, Twitter suspended his account as well.  The very notion that the establishment media wouldn't run with hacked emails from Trump, if they pointed to possible misconduct, strains credulity. [...] By the way, as of yet, no one has really disputed the veracity of the Post's reporting.  Hunter Biden has not claimed that those aren't his pictures or his emails.

Somewhat related:
Amazon Prime Cancels Shelby Steele.  Though most of the focus is on Twitter's White Knighting of Joe Biden, it's also worth noting that many other voices are inhibited by Big Tech because they fail to conform to leftist orthodoxy.  Just today [10/15/2020], the Wall Street Journal reported that Shelby Steele's documentary What Killed Michael Brown?, which explores race relations in the United States, has been rejected because it "doesn't meet Prime Video's content quality expectations."  Amazon claims the documentary, which Steele made with his son Eli, isn't "eligible for publishing" and that they "will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed."

Biden campaign 'glad' Twitter, Facebook censored Post's Hunter Biden exposé.  Joe Biden's campaign said Thursday [10/15/2020] they had no problem with Twitter and Facebook's unprecedented censoring of The [New York] Post's bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden's business dealings — even admitting they were "glad" it happened.  Biden campaign national press secretary Jamal Brown went so far as to claim that the gagging of one of America's largest news organizations "made clear" that The Post's reporting on Ukraine- and China-related documents from a Hunter Biden hard drive was untrue.

By censoring The Post, Big Tech is begging for big-time reform.  The increasing brazenness with which the various Big Tech behemoths distort their search algorithms to hide conservative viewpoints, undermine conservatives through "shadow banning" and weaponize the sanctimonious and self-serving "fact-checking" cottage industry to suppress conservative voices has long been clear.  The 2017 dismissal of Google engineer James Damore exposed the search giant as an "ideological echo chamber" (Damore's words) — a company that, incidentally, has a jaw-dropping 87.3 percent share of the US search market.  Facebook has outright banned anti-lockdown pages and removed posts supportive of the besieged teenager Kyle Rittenhouse.  Twitter affixes "fact-checking" warnings exclusively to the tweets of conservatives. [...] Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has even raised the possibility that the shameless censorship may amount to in-kind political contributions in violation of extant campaign-finance law.

Bring Them In.  By banning Republican content while amplifying Democratic Party messaging this close to a national election, Big Tech in essence is contributing potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in free advertisements (in-kind contributions) to Democratic candidates, including their nominee for president.  "Twitter, and Facebook... they're like really, it's a massive campaign contribution," President Trump said on Fox Business News Thursday morning [10/15/2020].  Their involvement will extend past Election Day and into January 2021 if the results are still unknown.  In the interim, Silicon Valley oligarchs plan to crush any online dissent, including by the president of the United States, if a message runs afoul of plans to install Joe Biden in the White House.  Even if Trump legitimately wins reelection, any premature declaration of victory will be suppressed or outright removed from social media and Internet search engines.

Twitter Is Silencing Anybody Who Wants to Talk About Hunter Biden.  As a libertarian, I respect Hunter Biden's right to party.  As a conservative (and occasionally a Republican sympathizer), I condemn the brazen corruption that pays for Hunter's lavish, hedonistic lifestyle.  So I took an interest in the New York Post's story on Wednesday about a laptop they claim to have obtained, allegedly once belonging to the younger Biden.  The NYP claims the laptop contains evidence that Hunter profited from his father's name, and may prove his father was part of it.  I don't know if any of that is true.  It confirms my prejudices, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's accurate. [...] You know who doesn't think it's funny, though?  Twitter.  That social-media website is so unamused by the NY Post's Hunter Biden story that users can't even link to it.

Social Media Acts Like a Cartel.  It Should Be Treated as One.  Social media had spent four years training for this moment.  Democrats had spent four years arguing that the media paying attention to Hillary's emails and social media allowing them traction on their services elected Trump.  And Big Tech had defined its election role as preventing history from repeating itself.  Everything else is a haze of excuses and meaningless buzzwords like "disinformation", not to mention newfound standards that just arrived last week.  The bottom line is that there's a coordinated campaign to suppress material damaging to Biden before the election.  And, unlike the media, social media is a Big Tech cartel.  Facebook, whose Democrat spokesman made a point of expressing his disgust with the story and announcing that it was being throttled, controls 80% of social media.  Google, which controls 80% of search, buries the original Post story under media "explainers" dismissing it.  There's a coordinated political program here [...]

11 Hacks, Leaks, And Hoaxes That Twitter And Facebook Didn't Throttle — Because They Hurt Trump.  On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook banned their users from sharing a link to an explosive report from the New York Post containing emails indicating Hunter Biden had lucratively monetized his father's vice presidency through international business dealings.  A massive public relations disaster ensued, including fierce reactions from senators and members of Congress with tech oversight.  In response, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed Twitter had banned the link because it included private information obtained through hacking.

If We Let Big Tech Strangle The Press, Say Goodbye To Your Freedoms.  With the recent suppression of a New York Post story damaging to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, many Americans have finally had enough of the one-sided censorious behavior of tech giants.  Less than three weeks before one the most contentious and fraught elections in American history, Facebook and Twitter users were alarmed when it became clear they were prevented from sharing the Post's article detailing the sordid dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter.  Both citizens and lawmakers justifiably fear the enormous influence wielded by entities like Facebook, Google, and Twitter; the rise of an unchecked tech-tyranny where one side of the political aisle has its views promoted while the other side has its views punished.  Nearly two centuries ago, the author of one of the most penetrating insights on American life shared similar fears of what would happen should a free press remain free in name only.

Twitter will stop removing hacked material and will label Tweets for context instead of blocking links.  Twitter is no longer blocking links to the Joe Biden Ukraine story and has now changed its policies to say it will label posts it finds questionable instead of removing them or stopping people from sharing them, after being threatened with subpoenas and investigations by Republicans.  The about-turn came on Thursday night after an explosive 24 hours during which Trump's re-election campaign and his White House Press Secretary had their accounts locked for posting links to the Biden story.  The story by The New York Post suggested Biden met with a Ukrainian businessman in 2015, when his son Hunter was being paid by the businessman, and that he then used his power as Vice President to force Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was looking into the businessman's gas firm.

90% of campaign contributions from Twitter and Facebook went to Democrats:  Study.  Both Facebook and Twitter have come under scrutiny for their campaign contributions in a new study by Joseph Vazquez, an analyst with the Media Research Center, a conservative press watchdog.  Mr. Vazquez reviewed the current political donation records of both social media giants on Open Secrets, an independent nonprofit which tracks federal campaign donations and lobbying data.  The report was released Thursday [10/15/2020].  "Open Secrets records revealed that for 'all federal candidates,' both Facebook and Twitter gave over 90% of their political contributions to Democrats for the 2020 cycle so far," Mr. Vazquez wrote.

Conservatives Must Fight Big Tech or Lose.  Is technology going to be a tool of individual choice or social control?  Facebook and Twitter's desperate attempts to block a damaging story about Joe and Hunter Biden is the culmination of four years of work to transform social media into the media.  Under the guise of false claims about disinformation, foreign election interference, bots, networks, deepfakes, public health risks, and assorted tech paranoia, free speech died on the internet.  The moment when the White House Press Secretary had her account locked for tweeting a damaging news story about Joe Biden brought home the Big Tech reality to most Republicans.  Just like the media, Big Tech is the Democrat Party, and the Democrat Party is Big Tech.  But, unlike the media, Big Tech controls the marketplace of ideas to an unprecedented degree.

Kamala spokesman, Democrat PAC staffer now hold top comms posts at Twitter, Facebook.  Twitter's efforts to suppress a New York Post article about Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter come with renewed interest over the political biases of its top officials, including a communications officer who previously worked for Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.  The ongoing debate over free speech on social media took on new urgency Wednesday when Twitter flagged as "potentially harmful" a report in the Post about emails indicating that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then the Vice President of the United States, to Vadym Pozharskyi, a top adviser to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, less than a year before the elder Biden openly pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor tasked with investigating the company.

The Last Copier in the Woods Arrives Sooner than Expected.  If anybody is around to write history in a generation or two, October 14th 2020 will go down as the first day of a new Year Zero.  Yesterday, with less than three weeks to go in a national election in a settled democratic society with an ostensibly free press, the woke billionaires of the social media cartel decided to freeze and/or cancel the Twitter/Facebook accounts of the President's press secretary, the Trump campaign, Republican Senate candidates and Republican House members.  So America is now formally a one-party state, at least as far as fair access to media platforms is concerned.  In old-school "people's republics", the dictator keeps the opposition party off the air.  In the subtler version operated by social media, woke dictators of a nominally two-party state are now openly keeping one of those two parties off your telephones and tablets.

YouTube bans QAnon, other conspiracy content that targets individuals.  YouTube said Thursday [10/15/2020] that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories, specifically QAnon and its antecedent, "pizzagate."  "Today, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence," the company announced on its blog.  The new rules, an expansion of YouTube's existing hate and harassment policies, will prohibit content that "threatens or harrasses someone by suggesting they are complicit in one of these harmful conspiracies, such as QAnon or Pizzagate," the post read.  YouTube said it would be enforcing the updated policy immediately and plans to "ramp up in the weeks to come."

YouTube Just Banned QAnon.  Will It Actually Work?  On Thursday [10/15/2020], YouTube became the latest platform to crack down on QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory promoting the idea of a deep state leftist cabal of pedophiles and child traffickers.  In a blog post, the company said that it would be "taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence."  It specifically cited QAnon as an example, noting that it had removed thousands of individual QAnon-themed videos and hundreds of QAnon-affiliated channels as a result of this policy update.

Gregg Jarrett:  Facebook and Twitter's censorship is an insult to democracy — they must stop or be broken up.  The great Twitter and Facebook masquerade is over.  Posing as disinterested and neutral media platforms, they have unmasked themselves as partisan protectors of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and propaganda advocates of the progressive cause.  It is time that Twitter and Facebook be forced to halt their destructive practices or be broken up.  The two technology giants wield too much marketplace power in the ever-expanding social media universe.  With power comes abuse.  This was on full display Wednesday when both Twitter and Facebook blocked access to a New York Post story offering stunning email evidence that Biden may have exploited his position as vice president to financially benefit his son, Hunter Biden.

Sen. Hawley:  Twitter Censorship of Biden Story 'Looks... Like an In-Kind Campaign Contribution'.  Reacting to Twitter's censorship of a New York Post story involving Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Burisma, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) accused "big tech" of wanting to influence the election.  Hawley said he's asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate what "looks like an in-kind contribution to the Biden campaign." [...] Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a statement Wednesday night, which Sen. Hawley called "insulting."  Dorsey tweeted:  "Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great.  And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable."

Ted Cruz slams Twitter CEO: Jack Dorsey 'behaving as Joe Biden's press secretary'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be subpoenaed by Senate Republicans next week and questioned on why the social media company blocked two New York Post articles alleging Hunter Biden corruption while his father was vice president, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told "Outnumbered Overtime" Thursday [10/15/2020].  The Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Harris Faulkner he couldn't tweet out the second article while he was in the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett earlier in the day.  "Let me be very clear, Twitter is interfering in this election.  They are censoring the press," Cruz said, and further explained, "silencing the media is a direct violation of the principles of the First Amendment."

Hawley asks FEC to probe Twitter, FB for potential violations on Post censorship.  Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday [10/14/2020] demanded that the Federal Election Commission investigate Twitter and Facebook for possibly violation campaign-finance law by censoring The Post's reporting on emails from Hunter Biden's laptop.  The Missouri Republican wrote in a letter to the FEC that the social media giants' "active suppression of public speech" regarding The Post's article would appear to constitute a contribution to Joe Biden's campaign under federal law.  Federal law prohibits any corporation from making a contribution to a federal candidate for office.  "There can be no serious doubt that the Biden campaign derives extraordinary value from depriving voters access to information that, if true, would link the former Vice President to corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs," Hawley wrote.  "This censorship manifestly will influence the presidential election."

Twitter Cites 'Hacked Materials Policy' to Justify Censorship of NY Post Hunter Biden Article.  Twitter said Thursday [10/15/2020] that it censored a New York Post article based on emails between Hunter Biden and a Burisma executive in accordance with its "hacked materials policy."  "In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter," a Twitter spokesperson told National Review when asked why the platform was not allowing users to share the Post's article.

Shhh! Don't Talk About Hunter Biden.  The story might have been a one-day affair — except for Twitter and Facebook interfered to keep people from sharing it. [...] "Unsafe"?  For the Biden campaign, maybe, given that Hunter Biden says (for example, in this ABC Nightline interview) that he never talked to his father about Burisma business.  Facebook muted the story on its platform.  This really is outrageous.  You can say that Twitter and Facebook are private companies, and that therefore they have a right to do this.  I think that is true as a matter of law — but should it be?  They operate more like public utilities than newspapers.  Leaving aside the legality of this move, think about what it says that the two most powerful social media companies have taken it upon themselves to censor a major newspaper's story about a presidential candidate's allegedly corrupt son, just weeks before the election?  Do you not see how dangerous this is, given the power of social media over our discourse?  Twitter and Facebook crossed a line.  They showed their true colors today.  When the election is over, Congress is going to have to have some serious discussions about regulating them in the interest of free speech and fairness.

More about Joe Biden's gaffes and scandals.

Cruz Blasts Twitter, Facebook For Censoring Story Linking Joe Biden to Burisma.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote to the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, asking why their platforms had chosen to censor a New York Post story reflecting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a poor light, calling the move an "obvious and transparent attempt" to influence the forthcoming election.  Twitter "shouldn't act as Biden's PR team," Cruz tweeted earlier in the day.  Cruz in his letters to the tech giants contrasted the way the social media platforms have treated "less well-sourced" reporting critical of other candidates — citing in Facebook's case a 2017 Buzzfeed report on the so-called "Steele dossier" and New York Times reports on President Trump's tax returns.  "This rush to limit the dissemination and reach of a report — containing information of high public interest and consequence — and the contrast with how similarly situated material on other candidates has been handled, strongly suggests that the true motivation is to influence the upcoming presidential election," he wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Biden campaign, MSM, and social media oligarchs all are signaling voters that Joe Biden's pay-for-play scandal with Hunter as bagman is a BFD.  The surest way to convince people that they ought to pay attention to something is to tell them they shouldn't be allowed to see it.  About a century ago, when Boston had a municipal movie censor, producers vied to be "banned in Boston" as a way of convincing the public to flock to their flicks.  This century's version of the same lesson is called "the Streisand effect," after the singer drew attention to her lavish seaside estate in California by attempting to suppress aerial pictures taken of it. [...] The Biden campaign has already badly blundered in its handling of the scandal unearthed when a computer repair store took legal ownership of a MacBook left with it more than 90 days and discovered thousands of emails as well as images and videos, some of them pornographic, showing Hunter Biden.  The store owner turned the laptop over to the FBI late last year, which has taken no public action and, out of frustration with the story being buried, released a copy of the hard drive to Rudy Giuliani, through an intermediary.

Twitter Locks Trump Campaign Account Less than 3 Weeks Before Presidential Election.  Twitter locked the account of @TeamTrump, an official Trump campaign account, citing the same policy it used to ban links to the New York Post's bombshell story on hitherto unrevealed links between Joe Biden and the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma.  Mike Hahn, a social media manager for Team Trump, revealed the censorship in a tweet earlier today [10/15/2020].

Power Mad Twitter Suspends WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Personal Account.  The New York Post broke politically-damaging news about Joe Biden on Wednesday [10/14/2020], reporting on recovered emails that further prove Hunter Biden sold access to his father during the Obama administration.  The emails referenced a meeting Hunter Biden allegedly arranged between then-Vice President Joe Biden and an executive at the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, the same corrupt company that paid Hunter Biden over $80,000 a month in an apparent effort to buy influence with Joe Biden.  And the effort appears to have worked.  Twitter and Facebook felt the need to protect Joe Biden from the negative press and took the unprecedented step of censoring the Post's story.  The power-mad company then locked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Twitter account after McEnany shared the story.

Hawley Demands Facebook Explain Its Censorship Of Bombshell Hunter Biden Report.  Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is demanding Facebook explain its preemptive censorship of a bombshell report from the New York Post contradicting Joe Biden's repeated assertions that the former vice president never discussed his son's potentially criminal overseas business conduct.  Emails published by the New York Post Wednesday morning show that contrary to Joe Biden's claims that he never talked business with his son, Hunter Biden, "or with anyone else," the vice president at the time was indeed introduced to Ukrainian Burisma advisor Vadym Pozharskyi by Hunter.  Hunter Biden was raking in upwards of $50,000 a month in excess compensation for serving on the board of Burisma while his father served as the "public face" of the Obama administration's policy towards Ukraine.

Hunter Biden's Smoking Guns.  [Scroll down]  Good job by Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge of reporting on the story for the New York Post.  Absolutely no one is surprised that Joe Biden lied about this contact when asked.  Now we just have proof of it.  You wouldn't think a story that merely confirms what people already knew about Biden's lies would have been the tripwire for Internet media giants to abandon even the pretense of objectivity, but you'd be wrong.

Bookmark Today's Date — Big Tech Has crossed the event horizon to protect Joe Biden.  Everyone knew it would eventually happen and today is the day.  In an effort to influence the 2020 U.S. election, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and the social media technocrats have crossed the Rubicon today and banned all sharing of the explosive information about Hunter and Joe Biden's self-serving deals with Ukraine.  In an effort to stop evidence from surfacing showing candidate Joe Biden lied about his involvement with corrupt Ukraine business deals, Facebook and Twitter have openly deployed their activist technicians to generate algorithms blocking content sharing of The New York Post article(s).  Additionally all users, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany are being removed from all platforms for sharing the story.

Sen. Josh Hawley Blasts Jack Dorsey After the CEO Admits Twitter's Actions Censoring Hunter Biden News Was 'Unacceptable'.  Missouri Senator Josh Hawley blasted Jack Dorsey on Wednesday night [10/14/2020] after the Twitter CEO admitted that the platform's actions banning the explosive Hunter Biden report from the New York Post was "unacceptable."  In a tweet about Twitter's censorship, Dorsey wrote that "our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great.  And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable."

Kaleigh McEnany attacks Twitter for not banning articles that accused Trump of collusion with Russia.  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany hit out at Twitter on Wednesday night after it locked her personal account over a tweet referencing a story about Joe Biden's dealings with his son Hunter's business associates in the Ukraine.  Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News, McEnany accused the social media giant of bias and censorship for only banning content that 'hurts the side of the aisle that Silicon Valley prefers'.  She accused the social media giant of allowing articles that accused Trump of collusion with Russia to be posted on its site, despite the president being cleared during his impeachment trial earlier this year.

Jack Dorsey apologizes after Trump threatened to remove Facebook and Twitter protections.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized on Wednesday night after the social media giant faced backlash over its decision to block links to a story which claims Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian businessman while he was Vice President, but he has still not lifted restrictions on it.  It came just an hour after President Donald Trump threatened to remove the US legal protections that exempts the likes of Twitter and Facebook from liability for the material users post on their networks.  Trump called for the law, known as Section 230, to be repealed as he blasted the social media giants as 'terrible' for 'reducing circulation' of a New York Post article which published the claims about his rival Biden earlier in the day.

President Trump Rakes Facebook and Twitter Over the Coals for Censoring Hunter Biden Story.  On Wednesday [10/14/2020], The New York Post published a blockbuster story about a "smoking gun" email allegedly proving that then-Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter introduced the VP to an executive at the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma — before Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian president to fire a prosecutor looking into Burisma.  Facebook announced that it was reducing the article's distribution, even before any fact-check.  Twitter also apparently prevented an editor at the Post from tweeting the article.

Big Tech is in the tank for Biden [and the] Democrats.  In case there was any doubt that Facebook and Twitter are corruptly partisan, the social-media giants censored The [New York] Post's story Wednesday [10/14/2020] on Hunter Biden's e-mails suggesting he took cash for access to his father, Joe Biden.  The bombshell exclusive was trending all Wednesday morning on social media platforms until Big Tech stepped in to run protection for the Democratic presidential candidate.  Facebook announced it would censor the story by "reducing its distribution on our platform."  Twitter also intervened to protect Biden from the scandal yesterday by blocking The Post's Twitter account, @nypost, claiming the story violates its rules against "distribution of hacked material."  Links to the story were tagged by Twitter with a warning message:  "This link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful."

Twitter CEO admits handling of blocked Post article was 'unacceptable'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was "unacceptable" that the social media giant blocked users from sharing a [New York] Post exposé about Hunter Biden's emails without providing a clear message as to why it was taking the action.  Dorsey released his statement in a tweet Wednesday night [10/14/2020] — hours after a number of high-profile Republicans, including Sen. Josh Hawley, blasted the social media giant for blocking the stories from being shared on the platform.  "Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great.  And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable," Dorsey wrote in the tweet.  Twitter blocked users from sharing an article that indicated Hunter Biden introduced his father Joe to a Ukranian businessman — charging that "hacked materials" were used in the story.

Liberal Reporter:  What Twitter and Facebook Did on Biden Story Is 'Creepy and Authoritarian'The New York Post obtained emails showing that Joe Biden lied about not knowing what his son, Hunter, was doing regarding his Ukrainian activities.  Hunter Biden was allegedly selling access while sitting on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, despite having zero experience in this field, while earning tens of thousands of dollars a month.  This corrupt arrangement occurred back in 2014 when Joe was leading anti-corruption efforts in the country.  Multiple people raised the alarm over this gig.  And it's a sore subject, as evidenced by Joe Biden's aggressive reaction toward it.

If 'unreliable' is the issue, why did social media never block anti-Trump stories?  This is what totalitarianism looks like in our century:  not men in darkened cells driving screws under the fingernails of dissidents, but Silicon Valley dweebs removing from vast swaths of the Internet a damaging expos  on their preferred presidential candidate.  That's what Facebook and Twitter did to the New York Post's bombshell report on Hunter Biden, revealing why the illustrious vice-presidential son was hired by a shady Ukrainian energy firm in exchange for at least $50,000 a month.  According to e-mails obtained by The Post, Hunter introduced the firm's executives to his father — just when Joe Biden was the second-most powerful man on earth, with outsize influence over the fate of the embattled Eastern European country.

Justice Clarence Thomas:  Section 230 Protections for Big Tech Are Too Broad.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argued that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is applied too broadly to social media companies in a recent letter.  The law, which was passed at the beginning of the dot-com era, allows internet companies to avoid liability for content that has been posted by users on their platform.  According to Thomas, "many courts have construed the law broadly to confer sweeping immunity on some of the largest companies in the world."  According to a report by Axios, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that Section 230 of the CDA should be narrowed.  Section 230 grants broad legal protections to social media companies with regard to content posted by users.

'This is Digital Civil War': NY Post Editor Fumes After Facebook and Twitter Censor Biden Bombshell.  Both Facebook and Twitter are censoring a bombshell story in the New York Post that implicates Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his ne'er-do-well son Hunter Biden in major corruption involving Ukraine.  Blockbuster emails from Hunter Biden's laptop reveal that he introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a Ukrainian energy executive.  Sohrab Ahmari, the op-ed editor for the Post expressed outrage on Twitter over the censorship, calling it a "Big Tech information coup" and a "digital civil war."  "I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation's largest papers by circulation, can't post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden," said Ahmari.

Democrats, Mainstream Media, Silicon Valley Try to Suppress Biden-Burisma Story.  The Biden campaign lashed out at the New York Post after it reported Wednesday [10/14/2020] on emails showing that Hunter Biden arranged a meeting between an adviser to the Ukrainian company he worked for and then-Vice President Joe Biden, despite the elder Biden's repeated denials he ever discussed business dealings with his son.  One email dated April 17, 2015, said, according to the Post:  "Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.  It's realty [sic] an honor and pleasure."

Tucker Carlson Hits a Home Run Describing Censorship and Biden Emails:  "This is a dark moment".  Tucker Carlson described Hunter and Joe Biden's dealings tonight [10/14/2020] in a brutally honest monologue.  Carlson began by describing the censorship of social media monopolies trying to keep the truth from the American people about what Joe and Hunter Biden were doing to make big money.  Influence peddling seems to be the main focus with the Bidens, who are accused of selling access to the former VP.  The monologue described the Computer Repair Shop owner who came to find the emails and photos on a laptop brought in for repair but never claimed.  The description Carlson gives of the corruption should be devastating but CNN reported zero minutes about the emails tonight.  Our media is actively protecting Joe Biden right before an election.

Hunter Biden and the Big Tech information coup.  There is nothing to see.  In 2014, Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma on a reported salary of $50,000 a month.  Hunter knows nothing about the energy business, and he doesn't seem to speak Ukrainian.  'I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,' Joe Biden said in 2019, though he had been photographed playing golf in the Hamptons with Hunter and another Burisma board member, Devon Archer, in 2014.  But there is nothing to see.  On Wednesday, the New York Post published an email from Vadim Pozharskyi, an adviser to the Burisma board, from April 2015.  Pozharskyi thanks Hunter for 'inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spend some time together'.  But there is nothing to see. [...] There is nothing to see because Facebook doesn't want you to see it and Twitter won't let you share it.

Twitter warns users that Hunter Biden story in New York Post may be 'unsafe'.  Twitter users who click on a link to a New York Post story involving Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden's son, Hunter Biden, were redirected on Wednesday to a webpage labeling the hyperlink of the Post's story as "unsafe."  "Warning: this link may be unsafe," reads the message from Twitter.  "The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter's URL Policy."  Content that violates Twitter's URL policy includes, "violent or misleading content that could lead to real-world harm," spammy links that mislead users, malicious links that could harm devices or steal information, and other categories of content that may violate other Twitter rules.

Facebook reducing distribution of Hunter Biden story in New York Post.  Facebook is limiting the distribution of a story in the New York Post about a purported email between Hunter Biden and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company.  The 2015 email indicates that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, thanked Biden for "giving an opportunity" to meet former Vice President Joe Biden.  The former vice president has previously said he has "never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings."  Facebook said it would rely on its fact-checking partners to determine the story's legitimacy, but until then, it is taking steps to tamp down on its spread.

Benghazi hero John Tiegen's Facebook and Instagram accounts disabled by Facebook.  John "Tig" Tiegen, a retired U.S. Marine who served on the security team that defended the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya during the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, had his Facebook and Instagram accounts disabled over the weekend.  On Saturday, Tiegen tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook notice that his account was disabled.  According to the screenshot, Tiegen was told his account had been disabled because it "did not follow our Community Standards."  It was not clear from the message Facebook sent Tiegen why his account was disabled.  On Monday, Tiegen shared another screenshot showing that his Instagram account was also disabled.  Facebook is a parent company to Instagram.

Levin: Facebook Folds, Any Future Censorship Efforts 'Will Not Be Tolerated'.  "What chance do average Americans have for free speech" if Big Tech platforms like Facebook blatantly censor conservative commentator and Constitutional Scholar Mark Levin, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Thursday, prompting Levin to agree and vow that future censorship "will not be tolerated."  "Absurd.  If Big Tech will blatantly try to censor The Great One, what chance do ordinary Americans have for free speech?" Sen. Cruz tweeted, linking to a Washington Examiner article, titled "Mark Levin says he was 'prepared to go to war' before Facebook backed down on censorship of his page."

Twitter Locks Account of Ric Grenell over Voter Fraud Warning.  Twitter locked the account of former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell after he shared an image of ballots sent to him by a friend living in California, who says they were addressed to his parents — who he claims have been dead for ten years.  "He's my friend in California, a very close friend of mine.  It's his parents who were sent these ballots, and he gave me the photo, and he gave me permission."

The Left's 'Mostly Peaceful' Revolution/Coup.  [Scroll down]  Google will skew search results to always paint President Trump as illegitimate.  Twitter of course will suspend the president's account because it would be undemocratic to allow him to speak directly to Americans.  Facebook will do the same.  All this will be done to prevent Trump from lying to the people about what is obviously a popular national uprising to award Joseph Biden the presidency he won fair and square, despite how the obviously "stolen" election pans out.  At least that is how the media and Big Tech will paint it.

Conservatives, Republican Candidates Report Censorship and Shadow Banning by Twitter, Facebook, Google.  Conservative radio and Fox News host Mark Levin says Facebook is censoring his content.  "Facebook has just sent us this message.  It's a clear effort at censorship," Levin wrote on his Facebook page Monday morning.  "Every link I post is from a legitimate source.  But because so many people are seeing what I'm posting and we're within weeks of the election it's clear that Facebook is trying to influence the election's outcome.  It's also clear Facebook is pushing a leftwing agenda.  I'll address this tonight on radio."  Twitter guru, actor James Woods, is regularly banned from Twitter for being a political commentator.  Woods was suspended from Twitter for 24 hours for being retweeted by President Trump.

Twitter just censored Trump's FLU tweet!  This morning [10/6/2020] Trump tweeted about Flu season coming up, noting that we deal with sometimes high death tolls during Flu season without shutting the country down and we need to learn to do the same with COVID: [...] There is literally nothing wrong with this tweet whatsoever.  The 100,000 fatality number for the flu that Trump uses as an example is legitimate and it is true that in some, if not most populations the coronavirus is less lethal than the flu.  But Twitter censored Trump's tweet anyway, claiming that it was "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19".

Facebook banning all QAnon accounts to stop 'militarized social movements'.  Facebook is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms as part of its move to block "militarized social movements" from operating and organizing online, the social media giant announced Tuesday [10/6/2020].  The move, which also extends to Instagram, represents the company's strongest response yet to the controversial online right-wing conspiracy movement that has increasingly inserted itself into the nation's political discourse.  "Starting today, we will remove Facebook pages, groups, and Instagram accounts for representing QAnon," the company said in a press release.  "We're starting to enforce this updated policy today and are removing content accordingly, but this work will take time and will continue in the coming days and weeks."  "Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports," the release said.

House Democrats say Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple enjoy 'monopoly power' and recommend big changes.  A Democratic congressional staff report recommends changes to antitrust laws and enforcement that could result in major changes for Big Tech companies, such as spinning off or separating parts of their businesses or making it harder to buy smaller companies.  The staff found, after a 16-month investigation into competitive practices at Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, that the four businesses enjoy monopoly power that needs to be reined in by Congress and enforcers.  In a nearly 450-page report, the Democratic majority staff laid out their takeaways from hearings, interviews and the 1.3 million documents they scoured throughout the investigation.

Twitter Leftists Ban Top US Doctor David Samadi After He Tweets Well Wishes to President Trump.  There have now been 126 international studies on HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) and its effectiveness in treating the coronavirus.  76 of these international studies are peer reviewed.  64%, or nearly 2/3's of the studies found HCQ effective in treating COVID-19 in the early treatment stage of the disease.  After President Trump announced he had been tested positive for the coronavirus Dr. David Samadi, a top 100 US doctor tweeted out encouragement to President Trump and suggested the proven early treatment of HCQ, zinc and Zpack.

Dem 'Squad' accuses Twitter of shielding Trump from hate-tweets after dismissing attacks on them.  Reps.  Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are complaining that Twitter has gone the extra mile to shield President Trump from tweets wishing him ill as he battles COVID-19 after failing to block death threats against them.  As Trump, an avid Twittter [sic] user, faced brutal attacks on the platform Friday [10/2/2020] after reporting his diagnosis, the San Francisco-based social media giant said posts "that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed."  That prompted questions from Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez, half of a group of four Democratic House members dubbed "the Squad," about why Twitter hasn't intervened on behalf of other public figures, from politicians to celebrities and journalists who have received death threats or messages wishing them harm.

Facebook Removes Trump Campaign Ad.  Facebook has reportedly removed a recent ad from the Trump campaign, claiming that the ad features factually incorrect information about refugees and the coronavirus pandemic.  NBC News reports that Facebook stated this week that it took down political ads by the Trump campaign that claimed that accepting refugees from abroad could increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. [...] Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement on the removal:  "We rejected these ads because we don't allow claims that people's physical safety, health, or survival is threatened by people on the basis of their national origin or immigration status."

The Editor says...
They don't allow such claims — even if they're true.  Americans most certainly are at risk when immigrants come here, especially those who have never been to a doctor, and those who are running from the law.

Amazon blocks sale of merchandise with "stand back" and "stand by".  Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers are pulling merchandise from their sites emblazoned with the words "stand back" and "stand by" and displaying the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.  Shirts bearing the words cropped up for sale after President Trump uttered the phrase on Tuesday night, referring to the white supremacist group, during his debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Individuals associated with the Proud Boys online took Mr. Trump's directive as words of encouragement, and products displaying the phrase quickly made their way onto sites including Amazon and Teespring, an online platform that lets users create and sell their own merchandise.

I got locked out of Twitter for having the 'wrong' opinion on Covid.  I woke yesterday morning to find that I had been locked out of Twitter for "violating our rules against abuse and harassment".  I was dumbfounded.  Which of my recent tweets had been abusive or harassed anyone?  I glanced down the email to see something I had posted last week in response to yet another We're All Doomed! report on the BBC news.

Tucker Carlson calls out 'censorship' after Facebook limits his show's account for 'sharing of false news'.  Facebook limited Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show page recently for repeatedly sharing "false news," according to a post the conservative commentator shared on his Facebook profile.  "Today's censorship by Facebook.  'Reduced Distribution.'  It's no coincidence that the election is just weeks away," said a post on the Tucker Carlson Tonight Facebook page Thursday.  The post contained a screenshot of a notice from Facebook warning Carlson that his page's reach is getting limited due to consistently sharing fake news.

The Shocking Full Extent of Big Tech Censorship of Conservatives.  In the runup to the 2020 elections, the social media giants mean to shut down whatever outlet or voice that helped elect President Trump, the greatest upset in left-wing history, in 2016.  And this has been going on for a long time.  [Allum] Bokhari details how Facebook, Twitter, Google and the rest depend upon Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment, which provides them with immunity from lawsuits, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in what is essentially U.S. government-sanctioned censorship (despite the fact that they are determined to destroy the President of the United States) and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.

As Joe Rogan's Platform Grows, So Does the Media and Liberal Backlash.  Why?  Joe Rogan has amassed one of the largest and most influential media platforms in U.S. politics, if not the single most influential.  The value of his program was quantified in May when the streaming service Spotify paid a reported $100 million for the exclusive rights to broadcast his podcast.  As one illustrative example of his reach, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared on Rogan's program six days ago, and the episode has already been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube alone.  The first time Snowden appeared on his program was last October, and that episode, just on YouTube, has more than 16 million views.  To put that in perspective:  The top-rated cable news programs are the Fox News shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, and they average between 4 to 5 million viewers, or one-fourth the number of views Rogan's discussion with Snowden generated.  Rogan is rarely discussed in mainstream political and media circles, which raises its own questions.

DOJ Unveils Proposed Legislation To Rein In Speech-Policing By Corrupt Tech Monopolies.  The Department of Justice introduced draft legislation to Congress Wednesday [9/23/2020] outlining specific reforms requested by the agency in compliance with President Donald Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, which curtails big tech liability protections under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.  The proposed reforms stem primarily from the department's recommendations in June which were developed and released in response to the president's directive in May seeking to roll back protections that provide blanket immunity to online platforms hosting third-party content.

Celebrities Push Zuckerberg to Censor More Speech on Facebook and Instagram.  Show-business luminaries led by reality television personality Kim Kardashian are "freezing" their Facebook and Instagram accounts for a day to let Mark Zuckerberg — the principal owner of those social media platforms — that he needs to step up his anti-free speech campaign and remove posts and accounts that spread so-called hate, propaganda, and election misinformation.  The 39-year-old Kardashian — the wife of presidential candidate and rap mogul Kanye West — has 188 million followers on Instagram and over 30 million fans on Facebook.  She believes that those platforms are responsible for spreading hate and deceiving many people about the important facts of the news of the day.

Big Tech Shuts Down Chinese Virologist for COVID Claim.  Big Tech has cracked down on the Chinese scientist who says the Chinese government engineered the COVID-19 virus in a lab and released the pathogen intentionally.  Facebook and Instagram warn that virologist Li-Meng Yan's claims are false, and Twitter has suspended her account.  Fox talker Tucker Carlson discussed the censorship on last night's program after broadcasting Yan's claims on Tuesday [9/15/2020].  Yan's claims are in a research paper published at the non-peer reviewed website Zenodo, and the mainstream media is pushing the claim that Yan is peddling a "debunked conspiracy theory."

Ted Cruz vs.  Big Tech.  Yahoo, Google, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as other social media sites, are extremely biased against conservatives, Republicans, and President Trump.  A Pew Research Center survey conducted in June finds that about three-quarters of U.S. adults say it is very (37%) or somewhat (36%) likely that social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints that they find objectionable.  Just 25% believe this is not likely the case.  Americans are divided over whether social media companies should label posts on their sites as inaccurate or misleading, with most being skeptical that these sites can accurately determine what content should be flagged.  Take Twitter, for example.  A tweet included a picture of the viral "Moscow Mitch" meme, which took the internet by storm in mid-2019 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected an election security bill.  Yet, these social media sites censor President Trump.

Facebook Censors Pro-Trump Ad After Fact-Checker Admits Claim May Be True.  Amid pressure from left-wing activists and media outlets to clamp down on "misinformation" from the right, Facebook has begun censoring political ads that receive negative fact-checks — fact-checks that are produced by mostly left-leaning fact-checkers and that mostly target right-leaning ads.  In at least two new cases, these fact-checks do not actually check facts — they instead merely state that factually true claims are "missing context," then downgrade the ads.  The danger of this political speech-silencing policy by the social media giant — which nearly 70% of Americans use and where more than 40% read their news — is on full display in the case of the censoring of the pro-Trump 30-second political ad "Too Risky."

Spotify is reportedly fighting with employees about hosting episodes of Joe Rogan's podcast that some consider transphobic.  Spotify is facing a heated internal struggle with employees over whether it should host episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience" that some staffers described as transphobic, Vice reported.  Vice reported that CEO Daniel Ek addressed staff concerns at an all-hands meeting on Wednesday [9/16/2020].  "In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings have been held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns," Ek said, per three sources who spoke to Vice on the condition of anonymity.  Vice said its sources shared questions that had been submitted for the Q&A portion of the meeting.  The questions, which shortened the name of the podcast to "JRE," suggest that friction is building between Spotify's leadership and its staff over the podcast.

Twitter Shuts Down Account of Chinese Professor Who Has Evidence China Created the Coronavirus in a Lab.  Twitter is at it again.  This time shutting down individuals who tweet information detrimental to the Chinese Communist Party.

Big Brother Bezos May Be Watching.  Let me apologize in advance for a lament that is more than a little self-serving, but as an author, I feel compelled to speak out.  I just received an email from Susan Daniels, the Ohio private investigator who first broke the story that Barack Obama was using a Connecticut Social Security number.  Hers is one of the stories I tell in my book Unmasking Obama.  Without my prompting or editing, Daniels wrote a review of my book and sent it to Amazon.  Amazon has become not only the most popular way to buy books, but also the primary way authors and publishers keep score.  The Amazon sales ranking matters as do the reviews.  Unfortunately, low-level, leftist, cyberbeavers work tirelessly to undermine authors who challenge the progressive agenda.

Facebook [is] Paying Social Media Users to Suspend Accounts Ahead of November Elections.  Need a little stimulus money to get you through the pandemic and sick of political nonsense on social media?  You're in luck!  Facebook is offering money to those who are willing to stop using Facebook and Instagram in the weeks before the November presidential election.  "To assess the impact of social media on voting, the company will pay selected members up to $120 to deactivate their accounts beginning at the end of September" according to the New York Post.  The announcement came from yet another social media outlet, when Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois tweeted last week, "anyone who chooses to opt-in whether it's completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time — will be compensated.  This is fairly standard for this type of academic research."

Fmr Acting AG Whitaker:  Facebook, Twitter Algorithms Could Be Viewed by DOJ as an 'Illegal Campaign Contribution'.  Friday [9/4/2020], during an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker argued for a Department of Justice investigation into how Facebook and Twitter were altering their algorithms for the sake of politics.  Whitaker told host Tucker Carlson he did not see American democracy surviving another election cycle under the circumstances by which those social media outlets function.  "Yes, I actually do believe we are going to get to the bottom of this insidious, really, censorship of mostly conservative voices on social media," he said.  "And I think the Department of Justice has been looking at this issue, and I also believe that because of the way the algorithms that Facebook and Twitter and the like use to provide your news feed, I think that could be viewed, and maybe viewed by this Department of Justice, as a campaign contribution, an illegal campaign contribution, that ultimately, I think, they will step in and take action."

America's tech tyrants will do anything to elect Biden.  If you watched Tucker Carlson's show on Friday night [9/4/2020], you're probably pretty depressed right now.  The entire show was devoted to the fact that the Big Tech companies — Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube (which Google owns) — are working hard to ensure that Trump cannot win the presidency.  Their work takes many forms.  There's the money aspect — these young(ish) tech titans emerged from an American education system that taught them to hate their country. [...] Tucker discussed the known fact that Google has altered its search algorithms to ensure that, when people type in a query, the search engine will not return any conservative sites in its answers. [...] Through YouTube, Google also pulls down or demonetizes conservative content, especially content that channels the Democrats' Wuhan virus narrative.  Facebook does the same.  Twitter routinely locks out conservative views with which it disagrees, including censoring President Trump.

Facebook accused of pulling post about Kenosha gunman after declaring shooting 'mass murder'.  Facebook has been accused of removing a commentator's post about Kyle Rittenhouse, the gunman in last week's deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wis., after the social media giant labeled the incident a "mass murder."  In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, media analyst Mark Dice claimed that Facebook had removed a video that purportedly shows Rittenhouse offering to help a wounded protester.  Images posted by Dice purportedly showed Facebook notifying him that it doesn't allow "symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations."  Actions considered "dangerous" by Facebook included "terrorist activity," and "mass or serial murder."

Facebook to Limit Political Ads Week Before Election, Label Premature Calls.  Facebook Inc. will prohibit new political advertisements in the week before the U.S. presidential election in November and seek to flag any candidates' premature claims of victory, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said.  The steps are meant to head off last-minute misinformation campaigns and limit the potential for civil unrest, Mr. Zuckerberg said in a statement Thursday [9/3/2020].

Or, to put it another way...
Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Suppress Trump Victory Claims After Election.  In another example of social media companies putting their fingers on the scales in the upcoming president election, Facebook has announced it will suppress what it calls "premature claims of victory by candidates," while failing to identify what that means.  The news comes as The National Pulse highlights the attempts by the left to delay the naming of a winner by several days or over a week after the election.  President Trump shared The National Pulse story with the question:  "Rigged Election?"

Facebook Will Ban Campaigns from Uploading Ads in Last Week of Election to Avoid 'Civil Unrest'.  Social media giant Facebook has announced plans to ban new political ads for the week leading up to Election Day on November 3. Mark Zuckerberg announced the ban along with several other changes because he fears "there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country."  NBC News reports that Facebook has announced plans to ban new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day on November 3.  The site will also remove posts that try to suppress or discourage voting according to company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter Allows Blue-Checked, Black Feminist to Call for Race War Against Whites.  Twitter wastes no time claiming that everything conservatives say is "violence" and bans them for it.  But it has turned a blind eye to direct calls for violence in support of Black Lives Matter posted by a blue check-marked feminist nicknamed Feminista Jones.  The Twitter account calling for open warfare between blacks and whites is maintained by writer Michelle Taylor, a hate speech purveyor who has had her dreck published in a long list of anti-American, left-wing outlets such as Salon, Time, Ebony, and the Washington Post.  Taylor has won herself a vaunted "blue checkmark" from Twitter, meaning that Twitter not only verified that her feed is indeed hers, but that they endorse her work.  Very few people on the right have ever gotten a blue checkmark, but Twitter hands out that honorific like cheap candy to leftists.

YouTube may ban California's most popular political satirist.  A best-selling political author and commentator based in Los Angeles could be deleted from YouTube after posting a short clip of Kyle Rittenhouse and criticizing Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris.  Mark Dice, who has 1.6 million YouTube subscribers and millions of weekly video views, warned his audience on Wednesday that his days could be numbered on the Google-owned platform for so-called policy violations, from which liberal commentators seem immune despite posting violent and inflammatory rhetoric.

Lin Wood, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, says he was locked out of Twitter account.  The high-profile attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people in Kenosha, said he was locked out of his Twitter account Tuesday [9/1/2020] after posting about raising money for Rittenhouse's legal defense.  L. Lin Wood argued the action against his account is the latest example of Twitter censorship of conservative voices and he intends to file a lawsuit against the social media giant and its CEO Jack Dorsey.  "I'm going to take Jack Dorsey [...] down," Wood told Fox News.  "He has been abusing the First Amendment of this country for his own agenda."

CNN and Twitter Target President Trump and The Gateway Pundit.  CNN and Twitter are at it again.  Today CNN slandered President Trump and the Gateway Pundit and encouraged Twitter to take down a tweet based on CDC data that the President retweeted.  CNN and Twitter don't want Americans to know the full truth about COVID-19.  Last night we posted an article about COVID-19[.] [...] The gist of the article is that COVID-19 is not nearly as deadly as first projected by the WHO and then by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.  Based on CDC numbers this past week only 6% of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 were instances where the only factor in the individual's death was due to COVI9-19.

A Tyranny Perpetual and Universal?  [Scroll down]  To cite only two examples:  free speech is under attack as it never has been before.  Right now, the battlefield is mostly social media sites, hence the attacks are publicly justified as legitimate acts by private businesses.  "The First Amendment doesn't cover the private sector; property rights mean they can do what they want!"  Leave aside the extent to which the ruling class cares about property rights for property not their own (answer: not much); how meaningful is the distinction between public and private speech when the modes of public discourse increasingly are concentrated in the private hands of the ruling class?  Answer:  also not much.  When it comes to freedom of association, the government arm of the ruling class is absolutely ruthless in declaring everything a "public accommodation" so that freedom effectively becomes nonexistent.  But when half a dozen (or fewer) big tech companies take over the means of disseminating speech and ideas — oh, no!  That's not a public accommodation!  Those are private firms and the rights of private firms are sacrosanct!  As if this were not enough, take a look at how free speech polls these days: the younger the demographic, the less support one sees.

Twitter supports threatening comments against law enforcement officers.  There is an old saying that goes, "actions speak louder than words."  On Wednesday [8/26/2020], Twitter made a big statement in its actions and comments.  Essentially, Twitter said that it supports threats against law enforcement officers.  The action comes as Shaun King, an activist and podcast host with over 1 million followers on the platform, threatened the safety of law enforcement officers on Tuesday.  King called for the name of the officer that shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha.  The shooting has sparked riots across the city over several nights.  Twitter made comments to the NY Post on Wednesday that the tweet did not violate any of their policies.  The policies in question are around threatening harm to an identifiable group.  It's the same policy that has been used against President Trump in the past.

Biden's "Dislikes" Mysteriously Disappear From YouTube.  During Joe Biden's 'acceptance' speech on Thursday, there were strong, negative reactions posted to his YouTube channel, as well as the Democrat Party's page.  In real time, live audience "dislikes" significantly outnumbered "likes."  However, suddenly, those 'dislikes' have been removed.

Joe Biden's mysteriously disappearing "Dislikes" on YouTube.  During Joe Biden's presidential nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, both his personal YouTube page and the Democratic Party's YouTube page saw strong, negative reactions from live audiences.  In fact, "Dislikes" outnumbered "Likes," in real time.  Yet both pages' "Dislikes" mysteriously dropped in the hours after the Democratic National Convention (DNC) had concluded.  The changing statistics led some on social media to wonder if the Google-owned YouTube platform was protecting Biden.  The number of Democratic convention stream "Dislikes" — or people pressing a button saying they did not like the content onscreen — dropped on Friday below where they stood on Thursday last night.  The removed Dislikes could be a signal that YouTube is concerned about fake accounts or bots trying to influence the election or indicative of something else, experts said.

Amazon Livestreamed All 4 Nights of DNC, Ignores RNC Day 1.  Amazon Prime Video did not offer a live stream of the Republican National Convention during primetime on Monday after it livestreamed all four nights of the Democratic National Convention last week.  The RNC blackout meant that Amazon Prime subscribers couldn't watch the first night of the convention through the Prime Video mobile app or through Fire TV devices.  Breitbart News made multiple attempts to search for a primetime RNC livestream on Amazon but only found archived RNC footage from earlier in the day.

Wikipedia Is Badly Biased.  Wikipedia's "NPOV" is dead.  The original policy long since forgotten, Wikipedia no longer has an effective neutrality policy.  There is a rewritten policy, but it endorses the utterly bankrupt canard that journalists should avoid what they call "false balance."  The notion that we should avoid "false balance" is directly contradictory to the original neutrality policy.  As a result, even as journalists turn to opinion and activism, Wikipedia now touts controversial points of view on politics, religion, and science.  Here are some examples from each of these subjects, which were easy to find, no hunting around.  Many, many more could be given. [...]

Candace Owens Will Sue Facebook over 'Blatant Censorship'.  BLEXIT founder Candace Owens will sue Facebook over its "blatant censorship" after the social media platform demonetized her page following her comments about senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) swearing into congress in 2017 as an "Indian-American."  Candace Owens said that Facebook has suppressed her page after she commented her thoughts on senator Harris being chosen as Democrat nominee Joe Biden's vice president for the upcoming November election.

Notice that all Twitter "mistakes" go in the same direction.
Twitter Apologizes For Suspending the Babylon Bee's Account 'By Mistake'.  Twitter has apologized to the conservative satirical website the Babylon Bee for wrongfully suspending its account after accidentally flagging it as spam Monday night [8/17/2020].  The Babylon Bee's editor-in-chief Kyle Mann shared an email from Twitter on his personal account Monday night detailing the suspension.  The email read, "Your account, TheBabylonBee has been suspended for violating the Twitter Rules.  Specifically for:  Violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam.  You may not use Twitter's services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people's experience on Twitter."

No Need for a Conspiracy Theory.  In recent days, social media like Twitter and Facebook have taken action to prevent Q-Anon, a shadowy entity that promotes various conspiracy theories, including the "Deep State," from using their platforms.  For those who haven't been following this matter, the "Deep State" is basically also a shadowy conspiracy, within the government, that seeks to undermine the policies of Republicans. [...] I call such people the "permanent government," people who have chosen to make their careers in and off government.  The existence of these people is not open to any serious debate: residents of the Washington area see them morning and evening, commuting in and out of the city; they're why suburban Washington exists, why the Beltway has a near permanent traffic jam, and why it became necessary to build a modern subway system.  Some of these people, mainly at lower levels, are largely unaffected by what policies are being pursued, while for others, those policies have direct consequences.

Facebook's "Fact Checker" Rates Another True Statement False.  We live in an era where even fact checkers require fact checks.  Facebook has partnered with a number of "third-party" fact checkers due to what they call their commitment "to fighting the spread of misinformation on Facebook."  Once once of Facebook's independent fact checkers rates a claim false, every page that has shared that information receives a warning, and their page's traffic can be throttled as punishment.  If their "fact checking" was implemented honestly, MSNBC and CNN wouldn't even be on their platform anymore.  While plenty of bunk does get refuted by Facebook's fact checkers, those legitimate fact checks seem to serve the purpose of cloaking the purely ideological "fact checks" that they implement.

Facebook is lying — and people are dying.  In the 1930's, a skillful propagandist named Paul Joseph Goebbels was able to exercise great control over the news in Germany.  Using radio — a new media at the time — and film, Goebbels influenced the country's opinions on antisemitism, churches, and even the arts.  One of his most useful techniques was censoring any message that didn't agree with the Nazi Party's objectives.  In 2020, the new media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are similarly influencing the world's opinion on matters of antisemitism, the church, the arts, and even healthcare.  And, like Goebbels, one of their most useful techniques is censoring any message that doesn't agree with their common objectives.

Facebook censors American Thinker.  Two weeks ago, I wrote that the social media giants are refusing to allow people to publish anything about the Wuhan virus that contradicts information from the World Health Organization.  This censorship hit close to home on Monday when Facebook banned an American Thinker reader from posting William Sullivan's post about Sweden's successful decision not to implement lockdowns.

Who Elected Twitter and Facebook to Censor Speech?  I have spent my professional life defending the First Amendment and the free-speech rights it enshrines.  It is the bulwark of all our freedoms.  The attacks on it are proliferating alarmingly.  Now, the most powerful social media platforms — which function as today's public square — are arrogantly silencing a U.S. president.  If a president's right to be heard in the public square may be freely assaulted, who is safe?  This is extremely dangerous to self-government and the perpetuation of our civil rights.  Yet politicians, many of them bought off by those social-media giants, do nothing.  And the news media, which in the days of more objective journalism boldly championed free speech, say little or nothing if Republicans or conservatives are the targets.  The same is true of former civil-liberties organizations.

Corriher: We're Being Disappeared.  In the latest case of internet censorship and election meddling, Twitter has decided to effectively ban the main competitor to YouTube:  Bitchute.  Censorship will continue to increase as we get closer the U.S. election.  [Video clip]

Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary.  Twitter on Wednesday [8/5/2020] banned President Trump's campaign from tweeting until they delete a tweet about the Coronavirus that the tech company says violates its "rules against misinformation."  This is happening in an election year during a pandemic.  Where is the DOJ? Where are the Republican lawmakers?  The Washington Post corrected its report that Twitter banned President Trump over his tweet of a video clip of a Fox News interview in which he said children are "almost immune" from Covid-19.  Twitter banned Trump's campaign, not the President's account.

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump's Fox News Interview.  Facebook and Twitter censored a video clip of President Donald Trump's recent interview on Fox News' Fox & Friends over alleged coronavirus "misinformation."  Facebook said it removed the video of the interview because President Trump claimed that children have heightened immunity to coronavirus.  The Trump campaign stands by this claim, but Facebook disagrees, and used it as an excuse to prevent American citizens using the platform from hearing what their president has to say.  This is despite repeated assurances from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the platform will not censor politicians.

Facebook's Claims That Their 'Fact-Checkers' Are Free Of Bias Doesn't Stand Up To Scrutiny.  According to RealClearInvestigations,18 of the board's 20 members are tied to groups that have taken funds from the progressive billionaire's foundation.  Their links with Open Society Foundations do not necessarily reflect their political affiliations but the percentage of members tied to the organizations raises some concerns.  Some of the members are directly connected to Soros-funded groups.  For example, Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei is a program manager at Soros' Open Society Foundations in West Africa, and Pamela Karlan, a Stanford University Law professor, is a member American Constitution Society, which was founded and funded by Soros.

Facebook removes Trump post for first time citing coronavirus misinformation rules; Twitter also clamps down.  Facebook and Twitter are both taking action after a video shared by President Trump they say contains misinformation about the coronavirus.  "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois told Fox News in a statement.  In the removed video, the president told Fox & Friends that schools should remain open.

YouTube censored my talk on policing.  If your 12-year-old son goes on YouTube, he can watch [various inappropriate things.] [...] Yet your children can't watch a livestreamed speech on policing I gave Thursday, arguing that US law enforcement isn't engaged in systemic violence against blacks.  YouTube has deemed the speech inappropriate for children under 18 and blocked access to minors.  I suppose I should be grateful — at least it's on the Web at all.  YouTube had initially wiped the speech off its servers entirely on the ground that it violated the site's "community guidelines" for keeping YouTube a "safe place."  No further explanation was given.

Big Tech Censorship is the IRS Scandal of 2020.  This week, Breitbart News revealed that Google, is trying to intervene in the 2020 elections by censoring conservative news and preventing voters from receiving information they need to make an informed decision in November.  Google has killed search traffic to Breitbart.  Moreover, Twitter suspended Breitbart News' account after the website streamed a press conference of dissident doctors on Facebook Live.  YouTube — owned by Google — removed the video, and Twitter censored tweets that included excerpts from the video, including a tweet by the President of the United States.  Facebook also suspended private groups that posted the video.  Though there are a few cases of liberal posts being flagged or taken down, Big Tech is distorting the national debate to benefit Democrats and hurt Republicans.

Social Media Censorship Won't Keep Trump from Being Reelected.  Remember a couple of months ago people were all excited about Dr. Robert Epstein claiming Google preventing Trump-related searches or banning Trump ads was going to throw the election to the Democrats and Joe Biden?  I certainly do, because at the time Dr. Epstein went public with his predictions about the forthcoming 2020 election, my Twitter account blew up from people bringing it to my attention.  Dr. Epstein is a prominent American psychologist and author.  He was formerly editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine and a distinguished professor at the University of California — San Diego.  Epstein has been involved in controversies and criticisms of Google and other Big Tech platforms since 2012 when Google began placing security warnings on links to his website, which reduced his site traffic.

Fauci's Daughter Ali Fauci Is A Software Engineer For Twitter.  NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, facing harsh criticism for his response to the Coronavirus outbreak, has a daughter named Alison ("Ali") who is a software engineer for Twitter.  This comes as Silicon Valley increasingly cracks down on so-called misinformation about the virus from truth-minded individuals who do not automatically accept what the experts like Fauci have to say.  Fauci's daughter's software engineer job at Twitter was confirmed in articles by Heavy and Deseret.  Twitter has some explaining to do to convince independent-minded people that there is no conflict of interest when it comes to censoring information critical of Ali's father Dr. Fauci.

Election Interference:  Twitter Just Censored a Doctor, Public Health Expert, and GOP Chairwoman.  Twitter informed me that my account was suspended for sharing content they disagree with, and while I suppose I should be flattered by joining such august company as Donald Trump Jr., this issue is bigger than me:  it is a question of censorship.  The reason I was given by Twitter for why my account was suspended was because, according to them, I spread "false information" about COVID-19, or rather, information that goes against "accepted science."  Is it possible that the geniuses at Twitter are referencing the medical journal Lancet, which published a study claiming hydroxychloroquine was not effective in fighting the coronavirus and that this drug, which has been used for decades with great success to treat malaria, may cause cardiac problems?  Because, if so, that study was later retracted after it was discovered that the underlying data the company used was totally falsified.

By Suppressing Medical Debate, It Is Twitter that Endangers Americans.  Twitter has once again acted as judge, juro, and executioner.  For four days, Twitter prevented the @BreitbartNews twitter account from posting, only restoring its permissions earlier today.  This is in no small part because Twitter dragged its feet on Breitbart News's appeal[.]  Twitter initially locked Breitbart News's account because it posted a video of a press conference featuring Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and licensed doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic.  The event was held by the organization America's Frontline Doctors and organized by the Tea Party Patriots.

Social Media Censorship Is Scary.  One of the many great things about being an American is that we have the right to freedom of speech.  I may not agree with what my neighbor has to say, but I will fight to the death for his or her ability to say it.  This concept was a founding principle that is now in jeopardy because of the monopoly power wielded by social media giants.  An example of this disturbing trend occurred this week when a video from several frontline doctors who questioned the status quo position on COVID-19 treatments and protocols was summarily scrubbed from most top internet and social media sites.  After going "viral," the video was immediately taken down by Twitter, YouTube, and several other prominent platforms.  Unfortunately, many Americans missed the opportunity to watch the video before it was removed.

The Worthlessness of Congressional Hearings.  [Scroll down]  These businesses are unquestionably the largest monopolies in world history.  Google has gone from completely dominating internet searches to basically owning the internet, dominating online email and gobbling up other internet giants like YouTube.  Facebook is the Coke to Twitter's Pepsi, but Facebook also gobbled up the #3 social media site Instagram.  Amazon is the all-time undisputed king of merchandise sales, making owner Jeff Bezos the Richest Man on Earth. [...] This tiny handful of tech companies aren't just big.  They're on a scale never seen in history.  Being big, in and of itself, isn't a problem.  But the people controlling these companies are doing what powerful people do.  They're flexing their power to either buy or crush competitors.  Which is ultimately bad for everyone.  But they're not just exerting dangerous market dominance, they are using their massive size and power to impose their personal social and political preferences on the public.

Twitter defends blocking Trump tweets but not Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei.  A Twitter spokeswoman has defended the company's decision to block and restrict tweets from President Trump but not those of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei which call for genocide of the Israeli people.  The reason?  Because the Iranian dictator's tweets pass as "commentary on political issues of the day" while Trump's could "inspire harm," Twitter claims.

Use Antitrust Against Big Tech.  On July 27th, a landmark hearing will take place in Washington, DC.  For the first time, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will all testify before the House's Antitrust subcommittee.  These four extraordinarily powerful Big Tech CEOs, whose companies are worth a combined $4 trillion, have never testified together — and it will be the first time that Bezos has ever testified before Congress.  Bezos, Pichai, Zuckerberg, and Cook will almost certainly argue that their companies are not monopolies.  Google and Facebook offer free services; Amazon offers incredible prices and excellent service; Apple offers beautiful products and competes with Android.  But that's a surface level analysis of the sheer power that these men wield.

Jim Jordan to tech executives:  You're 'out to get conservatives'.  Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan put technology and social media executives on notice at the outset of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday [7/28/2020].  Citing several areas of concern, the GOP congressman sent a clear signal that the issue of censoring conservative voices will be front and center when Republicans question Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and other tech leaders.  "I'll just cut to the chase:  Big Tech is out to get conservatives," Jordan began.  "That's not a suspicion.  That's not a hunch.  That's a fact."

Big Tech must be brought to heel over election influencing.  As the war on conservative voices online reaches fever pitch in the run-up to November's presidential election, Silicon Valley's oligarchy finally was called to account Wednesday [7/29/2020] on Capitol Hill.  "Big Tech is out to get conservatives" Ohio Republican Jim Jordan told the bosses of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.  "That's not a suspicion, that's not a hunch.  That's a fact."  Then he laid out a litany of censorship atrocities in a blistering opening statement before the congressional antitrust panel.

Big Tech, Establishment Media Crush Free Speech Through a Form of Prior Restraint.  Big tech and mainstream media have joined forces to crush free speech and press freedom.  Not only are they censoring alternative medical views on coronavirus, but they are also censoring news outlets that happen to cover those views.  On Monday night [7/27/2020], Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (owned by Google) took down video from a Facebook live stream of a press conference on coronavirus in Washington, DC, by a group of doctors that was covered by Breitbart News that day.  The press conference was held by a group called America's Frontline Doctors, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  The press conference featured doctors talking about their own views about the treatment of coronavirus or COVID-19, sometimes presenting perspectives that are not featured by the "experts" making policy for the country.  Some talked about hydroxychloroquine; others touted the scientific case for reopening schools.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz Calls Out Google for Censoring Websites.  Representative Matt Gaetz called out Google for censoring conservative news sites like the Gateway Pundit, Daily Caller, Breitbart, Western Journal and the American Spectator.  Of course Google's Head denied any such thing.  If you go to Google and search for top stories in various categories where the Gateway Pundit has led in the news cycle you won't find Gateway Pundit included in the list of related articles on the subject.  This happens over and over and over and today Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida asked Google's Head Sundar Pichai about it.

Election Interference:  Google Purges Breitbart from Search Results.  A few days after the 2016 election, at an internal meeting later leaked to Breitbart News, top Google executives, including Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin, and Kent Walker, lamented President Trump's victory, comparing Trump voters to "extremists" and discussing their desire to make Trump's election and the populist movement a "blip" in history.  True to their word, four years later, Google is deliberately working to interfere with the reelection of Trump in 2020.

Why is Big Tech censoring doctors who have treated COVID-19 patients?  [Thread reader]  We organized a group of practicing physicians, many of whom have personally treated COVID-19 patients, and we spoke directly to the American people about our experience and understanding of the virus and its treatment options.  As a result:
  •   Facebook removed the livestream of our conference that had 15 million+ views
  •   Twitter forced us to delete video testimonials from our physicians
  •   Our web host removed our website and claimed a "violation of their TOS"
  •   The media smeared us with lies & falsehoods
Why are social media company employees with no medical degree or clinical experience censoring the perspectives of practicing physicians?  Why are journalists claiming hydroxychloroquine is ineffective when there are numerous studies showcasing its efficacy against COVID-19?  Why are state governors restricting physicians from prescribing an FDA approved medication for 65 years and empowering pharmacies to over-rule your doctor?  These actions are unprecedented and have never happened before in medicine.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Remove Video Of America's Frontline Doctors Disputing Media Lies On COVID and Hydroxychloroquine.  This video is being posted to Vidmax to give one more source to view and share it from.  From Breitbart News:  Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic.  YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter subsequently removed footage of the press conference as well.  [Video clip]

Twitter Censors Videos of Doctors' Capitol Hill Coronavirus Press Conference, Locks Breitbart Account.  Twitter deleted Breitbart News' Periscope livestream of a Washington D.C. press conference held on Monday by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  Breitbart News recently reported that the Masters of the Universe quickly censored a live stream published by Breitbart News of a press conference held in Washington D.C. by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. [...] A Twitter spokesperson told Breitbart News:  "Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.  We are taking action in line with our policy here: [link]

The Editor says...
In other words, Twitter will decide what's true and what's not.

The Establishment Has No Clothes.  [Scroll down]  Many of the richest men in America didn't even graduate from college.  Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg certainly didn't.  Gates and Zuckerberg, and the rest of Big Tech, hardly conduct themselves in a manner one would term as elite.  Gates engages in suspicious, if not nefarious, activity in the realm of vaccines; there are credible stories of his having corrupted the public health bureaucracies in this country and others.  Zuckerberg and his cohorts in social media are busy attempting to censor the very free speech that made them billionaires.  So much so that on Monday and Tuesday a newly formed group of physicians called America's Frontline Doctors held a two-day summit in Washington to bring public attention to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for COVID-19 and to call for an end to economic lockdowns and mask mandates, and by Tuesday afternoon social media and Big Internet was actively engaged in scrubbing any evidence they had bothered to speak.  The doctors speaking out on behalf of HCQ were calumnied and insulted.

Facebook's Neutral "Fact Checkers" Exposed As Ex-CNN Staffers And Democratic Donors.  Today in news about the radical left-wing censorship machines our social media companies have become, it was exposed this week that Facebook's fact-checker, Lead Stories, is an outfit that is stocked to the brim with ex-CNN staffers.  The organization presents itself as neutral yet "most of its employees" have donated to the Democratic party, according to RT.  The National Pulse reached out to Facebook's fact checkers this week after a story they published about Black Lives Matter was flagged as "partly false" by the platform.  This led TNP to "do some digging" on who was behind the smear.  What they found was stunning: an organization "staffed almost entirely by Democratic donors, half of whom had worked for CNN in the past."

Is Twitter Hiding A Screenshot Of Its Trend And Search Blacklist Tools?  While we cannot confirm independently that the screenshot is, in fact, from Twitter's development/moderator tools, it certainly would open up a whole new can of worms regarding the hack if it turns out to be.

Cancel Culture is a Mighty Tool of Fascism's Advance.  When all opposition is silenced, certainly totalitarianism will prevail.  Every day The Mainstream Media (MSM) and the tech giants (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google, et al.) abet or conceal what "cancel culture" does.  In fact, they are the perpetrators of many of the cancel culture's manifestations.  They, MSM and the tech giants, are our rulers now, but they are only placeholders for the rulers they hope will come:  A Grand Socialist State Paradise.  This GSSP would, of course, be led by Democrats.  It is laughingly ironic that the MSM and the tech giants don't realize that the crocodile will eat them, too, for there is no free press under totalitarianism!

Ricky Gervais: 'If You're Mildly Conservative on Twitter People Call You Hitler'.  The creator of The Office, Ricky Gervais, has called out the online "fascists" that want to shut down freedom of speech, saying that "if you're mildly conservative on Twitter people call you Hitler."  Continuing on his press tour marking the nineteenth anniversary of The Office, Gervais followed up his criticisms of cancel culture with an attack on the idea of so-called "hate speech".

Twitter suspends dozens of accounts associated with white nationalist Identitarian movement.  Twitter said it suspended dozens of accounts associated with the Identitarian movement, a white nationalist ideology whose adherents oppose multiculturalism in Europe.  More than 50 accounts connected to the movement were suspended from the social media service Friday after the publication of a report about its proliferation on the platform, NBC News first reported Friday [7/10/2020].  "The accounts in question were suspended for violating our policies in relation to violent extremism," a Twitter spokesperson told The Washington Times.

Twitter Covering Up For Antifa — Suspends Account Exposing Terror Training Tactics Videos.  Antifa is posting videos online on how you can smash windshields, cut seatbelts and drag people from their vehicles.  This antifa member says its necessary when Americans don't stop and wait during their street protests.  There is NOTHING about this group that is civil or lawful.  [Video clip]

Popular chess channel hit by YouTube's racial justice algorithm.  Apparently, saying things like "white knight takes black pawn" is now too racist for Google's artificial intelligence.

Biden Campaign Asks Facebook To Censor President Trump's Posts.  The Biden campaign doesn't believe Facebook is doing enough to censor President Trump.  In a letter to Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications Nick Clegg on Monday, Biden's campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon criticized the tech giant for "haggling" with the White House and requesting "edits and deletions" of Trump's posts about the George Floyd protests, rather than removing them entirely.  She specifically asked Facebook to remove posts from President Trump that suggest a connection between mail-in ballots and voter fraud.  Dillon insisted that such posts were unfounded and constituted voter suppression.  Meanwhile, in a special election in New Jersey last month nearly a fifth of ballots collected were discovered to be fraudulent.

Woke censorship is basically a superstitious cult.  We live in a society gripped by a quasi-religious fervor — and obsessed with symbols and irrational fears.  Anything that is thought to have the slightest association with racism, no matter how attenuated the connection or how innocent the explanation, must be crushed and expunged.  The mere presence of a possibly offending word is deemed a threat, whether it is truly offensive or any real people have actually taken offense.  We are engaged in a war with shadowy forces that we can't truly understand, but must exercise the utmost vigilance, lest they sneak up on us unawares.

Twitter's Brazen 2020 Election Interference Will Eventually End In Banning Trump.  It seems clear now that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is going to ban President Donald Trump.  It's just a matter of when.  Dorsey will come up with a pretext, however absurd or cynical, as part of Twitter's ongoing efforts to interfere in the 2020 election.  It will probably consist of a charge that Trump has had one too many violations of some entirely subjective and impossible-to-define Twitter policy on abusive or harmful speech.  We got another preview of what that might look like this week when Twitter once again appended a warning label to a Trump tweet that apparently violated Twitter's policy against "abusive behavior." What did Trump say that was abusive?  He said there would never be an "autonomous zone" in the nation's capital, and that any mob trying to take over D.C. streets would be met with "serious force."  In other words, the president promised to enforce the law.  That was considered "abusive" by Twitter.

Comedy writer permanently banned from Twitter for saying "men aren't women".  Irish comedy writer Graham Linehan has been permanently banned from Twitter after he tweeted "men aren't women tho" in response to a tweet by a women's group wishing men who identify as women a happy Pride Month.  Lineman, who had hundreds of thousands of followers on the social network, is the creator or co-creator of the sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books, and The IT Crowd.  Twitter said Linehan "has been permanently suspended after repeated violations of our rules against hateful conduct and platform manipulation."

Facebook to Prohibit Hate Speech in ads:  Meaning — Conservatives & Trump Supporters Free Speech Rights Null & Void.  As companies boycott Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to join Twitter and the Stalinists who demand he become the arbiter of so-called hate speech.  Under its new policies, Facebook will ban ads that claim people from a specific race, ethnicity, nationality, caste, gender, sexual orientation or immigration origin are a threat to the physical safety or health of anyone else, Zuckerberg said, according to CNBC.  What exactly does that mean?  Does it mean BLM can't be criticized?

Conservatives Are Treated like Second-Class Citizens, and That's Dangerous.  For years we have been screaming at the top of our lungs that Google and Twitter and Facebook were censoring our political speech.  The social media giants are so certain that they can get away with their discrimination that they cancel in broad daylight the most popular voices and publications with hardly a whimper from our elected representatives.  They seek out and eliminate the revenue streams of viewpoints they despise without any due process.  Private companies or not, they represent the modern equivalent of the town square, long protected and made available for all Americans, and submitting to Big Tech's authority to choose winners and losers in the great American public forums of our time is not different from requiring subjects to beseech the royal crown for permission to speak.  It's impermissible and un-American and a threat to social stability, yet everywhere, conservatives are targeted for their beliefs, and the federal government does nothing.

The Facebook Ad Boycott Is About Silencing Conservatives, Not Stopping 'Hate'.  In the latest twist on cancel culture, major corporate advertisers are pulling ads from Facebook as part of a #StopHateForProfit campaign launched last week by the Anti-Defamation League.  But this campaign isn't about stopping hate.  On Wednesday [6/24/2020], Goodby Silverstein & Partners — which represents companies such as BMW, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo and HP — said it's joining what is supposed to be a month-long Facebook boycott in July.

Defund the Thought Police.  Due process is not the strong suit of mobs.  Neither is nuance, open discussion, or disagreement.  These inherent defects should be painfully obvious as mobs pull down statues, seize sections of cities, and demand the public approach them on bended knee, literally.  Anyone who dares push back, perhaps with a mild tweet saying "All lives matter," faces immediate censure.  If the mob is successful, any offenders will lose their jobs.  Feckless employers are all too eager to appease the mob and hope it turns on another target.  In this perilous environment, the most frenzied voices do more than dominate the public square.  They monopolize it by silencing dissent.  They have received full-throated support from the tech giants that control electronic discussion and the media giants determined to shape the narrative rather than report the news.  Twitter and NBC are the poster children for this assault on free and open discussion.

Twitter Went Too Far Yesterday and Now People Are Searching for a New Social Media Network.  Let's go over what Twitter did to make people so mad.  At the beginning of the day, a racist grifter looking for social media fame followed a woman to her home after claiming that she flipped him off and called him the "n-word."  He proceeded to film himself harassing the panicked woman and displaying her license plate.  According to some Twitter users who looked into the man, who was identified as Karlos Dillard, Dillard has an odd history that includes claiming people were racist toward him while filming them, and then even selling merchandise off of his videos.  Despite the fact that this video clearly violated several of Twitter's rules, Twitter dragged its feet for an entire day before it finally took down the tweet and suspended Dillard's account.  While Twitter was taking its sweet time moving on this blatant disregard for an innocent woman's safety, it was firing off at the hip toward President Donald Trump.

Facebook Conservative targeting case breaks wide open with undercover evidence, stunning content moderator confessions.  Facebook content moderators discussed using their positions to censor Republicans and conservatives in an undercover video released by activist group Project Veritas on Tuesday [6/23/2020].  The video shows individual Facebook content moderators working for a third party contractor, Cognizant, expressing their eagerness to censor supporters of President Donald Trump.  The footage also shows that CNN host Don Lemon was granted an "exception" by a Facebook for speech that would have otherwise violated Facebook's rules against hate speech.  The footage includes a shot of an internal order to the Cognizant team instructing moderators not to censor a video of Lemon saying that white men are "the biggest terror threat in this country."  "This is implying that white men are terrorists and so would typically violate [Facebook rules against "dehumanizing" speech].  As this is a newsworthy event, FB's content policy team is allowing a narrow exception for this content on the platform," a manager told moderators in a November 2018 message.

Facebook moderators brag about deleting pro-Trump posts in Project Veritas sting.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long insisted that the company is politically neutral, but the same apparently can't be said for all of its content moderators.  The social-media giant said it would review its training and oversight after a Project Veritas sting released Tuesday showed moderators on hidden-camera footage claiming that they delete pro-Trump and conservative posts; that the company harbors an anti-Trump bias, and that Facebook shadow-bans content, despite its claims to the contrary.

Intolerance threatens US - here's who to blame for 'cancel culture'.  Activists sue to block a Trump rally, the New York Times fires a non-compliant editor, Twitter "fact-checks" conservative voices.  Ivanka Trump, Sid Rosenberg, Erik Prince, Raymond Ibrahim, Jeh Johnson, Kevin McAleenan and countless others "disinvited" to speak on college campuses.  Wonder where today's "cancel culture" comes from?  It comes from college campuses, fueled by young people and abetted by an older generation that has not had the courage to say no.  This is how the slide toward totalitarianism begins.  Silencing the opposition is essential to creating "legitimacy" for despots like Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong Un; if political opponents have no voice, people will assume they don't exist.

Project Veritas Video Shows Facebook Content Moderators Discussing Censoring Conservatives, Reveals 'Exception' Given To Don Lemon For Hate Speech.  Facebook content moderators discussed using their positions to censor Republicans and conservatives in an undercover video released by activist group Project Veritas on Tuesday [6/23/2020].  The video shows individual Facebook content moderators working for a third party contractor, Cognizant, expressing their eagerness to censor supporters of President Donald Trump.  The footage also shows that CNN host Don Lemon was granted an "exception" by a Facebook for speech that would have otherwise violated Facebook's rules against hate speech.

Man Tried To Share His Regrets About Transgender Life.  YouTube Censored It.  Information provided exclusively to The Federalist shows YouTube removed a Heritage Foundation video featuring testimony from a former transgender-identifying woman for violating the company's hate speech policy.  YouTube confirmed the decision in a Thursday [6/18/2020] email to The Federalist.  Now Heritage is fighting back with a new video, released first to The Federalist, in which Federalist contributor Walt Heyer doubles down.  "I said that children suffering from gender dysphoria should not be encouraged to try experimental hormones in surgery, and I stand by that statement," Heyer emphasizes.  The seven-minute clip, which Heritage will publish on YouTube, includes footage of Heyer's remarks from the original panel, with the allegedly hateful six-word violation bleeped like a curse word.

Conservative Clergy of Color Rips Google Over 'Deliberate Censorship' of Conservatives.  The Conservative Clergy of Color took Google to task in a statement slamming the Internet giant over its "deliberate censorship" of conservatives.  "As pastors and leaders in our communities, we are appalled by the blatant bigotry and bias against conservative and Christian voices in our country today.  We are sickened by the dirty trick Google played against two conservative websites over a simple difference of opinion," Conservative Clergy of Color leaders, which include Bishop Aubrey Shines, Rev. Derek McCoy, Rev. MJ Reid, and Pastor Francisco Vega, said in a statement.

Let's 'Demonetize' NBC News And Google.  his week saw a depressing new low in the attempt by the left to silence voices with which it disagrees when an NBC News "reporter" tried to enlist Google to block two conservative websites' ability to make money.  In a report on Tuesday [6/16/2020], NBC News' London-based Adele-Momoko Fraser claimed that Google had banned The Federalist and Zero Hedge from its ad platform over articles that were "pushing unsubstantiated claims about the Black Lives Matter protests."  Google soon tried to correct the record, saying that "The Federalist was never demonetized."  Google had only threatened to blacklist the site from its ad network.  (It did "demonetize" Zero Hedge.)  What's more, contrary to NBC News, Google's actions against The Federalist and Zero Hedge had nothing to do with articles they published, but with reader comments on those sites.

NBC Appoints Itself Internet-Speech Arbiter.  Wow.  I guess every day at the "NBC News Verification Unit" is a game of "Two Truths and a Lie."  Yesterday [6/16/2020] NBC News, the employer of Brian Williams and former employer of Matt Lauer, Mark Halperin, and Chris Matthews, revealed that it has an obscure self-described "verification unit" that appointed itself to police American political discourse, and initially reported that Zero Hedge and the Federalist had been banned from generating revenue through widely used Google Ads, deeming their content to be racist.  The report characterized those sites as "far-right," even though the Federalist publishes a variety of right-of-center viewpoints and Zero Hedge is an idiosyncratic libertarian-leaning financial and market news site.

NBC News' Attempt to Demonetize the Federalist Is Illiberal Insanity.  NBC News reported today that two sites, ZeroHedge and the Federalist, had been banned from generating revenue through widely used Google Ads.  A Google spokesperson initially told NBC News that it "took action after determining the websites violated its policies on content related to race."  I don't know much about ZeroHedge, but the contention that the Federalist (where I worked as a senior editor from 2013 to 2019) is "far-right," as reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser claims twice in her piece, is utter nonsense.  The Federalist publishes a wide variety of opinions.  Some pieces are more provocative than others.  Some are very provocative.  So what?  NBC News is trying to make the site sound like the Daily Stormer, when in fact it has contributions from well-known mainstream libertarians, social conservatives, and moderate Republicans.  All of the content falls well within normal parameters of contemporary political discourse — which is exactly what outlets such as NBC News are trying to shut down.

Did NBC and Google engage in antitrust collusion against two conservative sites?  Leftists cannot allow ideological competition.  If their ideas have to go head-to-head with conservative ideology, their ideas lose.  Leftists and other fascists win only by shouting more loudly and breaking things more aggressively than do people committed to individual rights.  Sometimes, though, if you're arrogantly confident that you have the upper hand, you get careless.  That's what happened with NBC and Google when they colluded to demonetize The Federalist and Zero Hedge.  It's no coincidence that the Department of Justice almost immediately afterward announced that it was going to end the immunity that protected internet platforms from antitrust actions if they try to stifle competition — something that may save American Thinker from a demonetizing attack.  There's a lot to unpack here.  First, under §230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the big platforms were made immune from liability for third-party content on the ground that they were functioning as bulletin boards, not publishers.  They're still protected even though they're now making judgments about the content (usually in ways that hurt conservatives). They're also immune from antitrust actions if they work with other parties' to silence the latters' competition.

NBC Tries and Fails to Wreck a Conservative Website.  Here's Why It's Deeply Problematic.  If you value a robust media offering a variety of voices, you should be troubled by a chilling incident that occurred this week.  Citing the work of two foreign-based activist groups, NBC News reported Tuesday that Google would demonetize a conservative news and opinion outlet, The Federalist — meaning not allow it to carry Google Ads on its site.  Why?  Because of The Federalist's coverage of the George Floyd protests.  Later that day, Google clarified that its specific issue was the comments section below articles on The Federalist, not the articles themselves.  When The Federalist removed its comments section, Google said it considered the issue resolved.  This episode shows how a media outlet such as NBC News apparently is willing to collude with radicals alongside one of the world's most powerful tech companies to ruin the competition.

NBC News Reporter Thanks Foreign Groups for 'Collaboration' in Pushing Google to 'Defund' The Federalist.  NBC News reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser thanked two foreign non-profit organizations for their "collaboration" in urging Google to demonetize The Federalist, a respected conservative American news website, on Tuesday [6/16/2020]. [...] The Federalist is a conservative news and opinion site that features, among others, Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway.  Zero Hedge, another site targeted by the groups, is a blog featuring commentary on politics and economics.

NBC News under fire for apparently pushing Google to remove conservative sites from ad platform.  NBC News is facing intense backlash for apparently influencing Google to punish two conservative news sites over what was deemed offensive coverage of the George Floyd protests.  In a report published Tuesday afternoon, NBC News claimed Google "banned" The Federalist and ZeroHedge from Google Ads for "pushing unsubstantiated claims" about the Black Lives Matter movement.  Google later pushed back, claiming that The Federalist "was never demonetized," and adding, "We worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section."  "We have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on and explicitly prohibit derogatory content that promotes hatred, intolerance, violence or discrimination based on race from monetizing," a Google spokesperson initially told NBC News.  NBC, however, did not link to the "derogatory content" from The Federalist or ZeroHedge.

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Twitter Hires Ex-FBI Lawyer Who Played Key Role In Probe Of Trump Campaign.  Twitter announced Monday [6/15/2020] that it has hired the former FBI lawyer who approved key steps taken during the investigation into the Trump campaign, including the decisions to surveil former campaign aide Carter Page and to use an FBI agent to secretly monitor Michael Flynn during a national security briefing for the campaign.  James Baker will serve as deputy general counsel of Twitter, said Sean Edgett, the general counsel of the social media company.  Baker "is committed to our core principles of an open internet and freedom of expression," Edgett said in a statement.

Snapchat CEO says platform has 'First Amendment' right to censor Trump, Zuckerberg weighs in.  The CEOs of two of the world's biggest social media platforms are attacking President Donald Trump anew as they angle to censor some of his comments and 'fact-check' his responses.  Snapchat chief Evan Spiegel is defending his platform's actions to limit the reach of the president's content by actually invoking the First Amendment's free speech guarantee while urging other platforms to do the same.  Spiegel, who heads up Snapchat and Bitmoji, made his remarks during an interview with Bloomberg News that was published Thursday.  They come after Twitter started fact-checking President Trump's tweets last month, referencing cherry-picked articles to support the claim that he's been dishonest.  "The government is explicitly threatening private platforms about exercising their First Amendment rights," Spiegel said.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey [is a] Worse Threat To Democracy Than Russia's Putin.  Election meddling, anyone?  By "fact-checking" just one tweet by President Donald J. Trump, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shows he and other social media giants like him have both the power and the desire to swing elections and the power and desire to swing the 2020 election away from Trump and toward the incoherent Joe Biden who probably thinks tweeting is what those honking geese were doing outside his basement window.  That action, along with tagging another Trump tweet commenting on the need for law enforcement and civil and state authorities to confront rioting in Minneapolis as possibly promoting violence interferes with the 2020 election in ways that Vladimir Putin could only dream of.  By controlling what we see and hear and know and think about, the Dorseys of the world can influence massive numbers of votes, more than could ever possibly be stolen by fraudulent mail-in voting schemes.

We Can't Let Social Media Become the Socialist Media.  It was an unprecedented moment in the history of social media.  On May 26th, Twitter decided it needed to correct a statement from President Donald Trump when he criticized the legitimacy of mail-in voting.  Out of cyberspace's blackness, social media decided it had not only the right, but the obligation to inform the public about what the "truth" is.  Make no mistake.  Despite an ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has been subsumed by a sudden urgency to root out "systemic racism" and expose "white privilege" in America (which has, in turn, been subsumed by the blind rage and greed of rioting and looting), freedom of speech remains fundamental to keeping America free.  America's foundational value of free speech should mean that, whether you are a humble factory worker or the President of the United States, you have the right to your opinion, and to express that opinion without fear of being arrested, censured or financial ruined.

GoFundMe suspends Candace Owens' campaign to help bar owner in stunning censorship move.  Amid all the turmoil in America of late, there may not be a more far-reaching crisis than the ongoing effort to censor speech.  In the run-up to the November election, Big Tech platforms like Google, which owns YouTube, Twitter and Facebook now censor content with abandon, deciding what is and is not acceptable speech.  The latest example of this involves a GoFundMe account set up by Candace Owens, titled "Mob rule has no place in America," which was subsequently shut down after raising $205,000 in a few hours.  The conservative activist launched a GoFundMe campaign in support of Michael Dykes, a Birmingham bar owner who called George Floyd a "thug" — Floyd served at least four stints in prison, including a 5-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.  The media narrative is that at the age of 46, he was turning his life around, though a toxicology report said he had fentanyl in his system at the time of his death, as well as meth.

The Left Is as Scared of the Truth as of a Plague.  Why is it that the Left needs to censor and shout down any opposing views rather than debating the merits of their arguments?  Because their narratives cannot withstand scrutiny beyond clever videos and slogans.

Things you're not allowed to say: lowlights of the new censorship.  Liberals don't want to change minds, to have a debate; they want to banish the argument.  The things that you're not allowed to say.  And then they'll bemoan that we live in a fragmented society, where people retreat to their bubbles, and they'll be shocked when the next election doesn't go the way they think.

Pro-Police Site Taken Down Amid Anti-Cop Hysteria.  At the moment, police officers are in an awful position.  The good officers — and they make up the bulk of the police officers in this country — are being held accountable not just for what other officers did, but often for what officers in completely different states have done.  It's hardly fair, yet most officers know that life isn't fair.  However, there are a handful of outfits that have been unapologetically pro-cop, and one is Blue Lives Matter.  Of course, with a name like that, you'd kind of expect them to be pro-police.  However, the site is being taken down after its parent company faced an internal backlash.

Blue Lives Matter Website To Be Shut Down Because Shut Up, They Said.  Cancel culture remains on the march.  Barring any sort of intervention, it appears that the next victim will be the website Blue Lives Matter, dedicated to highlighting assaults on police officers and offering support for their families.  You might be wondering what anyone would find so offensive about a site specializing in that sort of content.  Well, you actually probably aren't wondering if you've been following all of the protests in the news lately.  All cops are bad now.  And some people working at other publications owned by the media company responsible for the site (Defense Maven) noticed the existence of BLM and expressed their "embarrassment and horror" at realizing their employer published such claptrap.  They immediately demanded that the site be shut down.

Facebook pulls ad from gun-toting Georgia candidate taking on Antifa: 'Big Tech censorship of conservatives must end'.  A GOP congressional candidate is accusing Facebook of "censorship" after the social media giant took down a campaign video that shows her holding an AR-15 rifle and warning Antifa to "stay [...] out of northwest Georgia."  Marjorie Greene, a businesswoman running in Georgia's 14th District, posted the ad on Facebook Tuesday [6/2/2020].  By Thursday, Facebook told her campaign the video was coming down because it violated company policies against promoting the use of firearms.  The video is still running on Twitter, and Greene has bought air time to run the ad on broadcast and cable TV in advance of the Tuesday primary.

Twitter says it will focus on 'context' not 'fact-checking' after Trump confronts social media.  Social media behemoth Twitter announced that it is getting out of the 'fact-checking' business and will instead focus more on the "context" of messages after a dust-up with President Donald Trump led him to threaten platforms with new regulations.  In as series of messages Tuesday evening, platform officials and co-founder Jack Dorsey said they have reviewed "Twitter Safety" policies regarding posts that could be in violation of their posting rules, saying the site will now focus on "context, not fact-checking" content.  The messages come about a week after Twitter attempted to fact-check a post President Trump made about mail-in vote fraud and then labeled another tweet as having "glorified violence."

Twitter flags Republican tweets for 'glorifying violence,' but leaves others untouched.  Twitter for several years has been at the forefront of one of the tech world's more intractable ongoing problems:  To what extent do social media companies regulate the speech posted on their platforms?  Most companies police user content to varying degrees.  Facebook's "community standards," for instance, forbid an extensive range of posts from sexual content to "cruel and insensitive" material — though Twitter has for years overseen user posts in an arguably more hands-off manner:  It allows sexually explicit content, for instance, while Facebook's recent censorship of anti-lockdown protest groups drove home its heavier hand of content regulation.  Yet Twitter in recent weeks is indicating that it intends to increase regulation of at least some types of tweets:  It has flagged several posts from prominent Republican politicians — including President Donald Trump — and claimed that their messages violate its terms of service regarding the "glorification of violence."

Twitter Targets Trump Again, Flagging Tweet After Executive Order.  Twitter flagged and hid a tweet posted by President Donald Trump's early Friday morning after the president signed an Executive Order challenging the growing political bias in tech companies, whose platforms are meant to be neutral.  Trump's tweet was in response to the growing unrest and rioting in Minnesota, in response to the horrific death of George Floyd while in police custody. [...] Trump signed the Executive Order Thursday aimed at social media giants he says, have been operating as biased publishers rather than platforms for free speech.

Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life.  They Don't Deserve Protection.  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. [...] So let me just say up front, I am not an expert on Section 230 or on federal liability law generally. [...] But I don't need to be an expert in liability law to know this: social media are corrosive to our civic life, and social media companies like Twitter are largely unaccountable for their actions in that regard.  Without question, Twitter and Facebook and YouTube have harmed democratic life in America, eroded our civic values, and exacerbated divisions and distrust between citizens.  If they all disappeared tomorrow, the country would be better off.

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The same could be said of cell phones and cable TV.

Cracking Down on Misfits' Crime Sprees and Big Tech.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, as others have noted, Twitter regularly permits actual calls to violence on its site if the target is the president or conservatives. [...] Twitter is targeting the President of the United States 24/7, while turning their heads from protest organizers who are planning, plotting, and communicating their next moves daily on this very platform.  Indeed, Yoel Roth, Twitter's (ludicrous) head of site integrity himself has tweeted that Trump was a "racist tangerine" and complained of "actual Nazis in the White House."  To my knowledge he's still in that position and his tweets still are neither flagged nor removed.

33 Examples of Twitter's Anti-Conservative Bias.  President Donald Trump is right that social media companies have been targeting conservatives.  Twitter, in particular, has been engaging in a relentless attack on the American political process by censoring conservatives.  Now that has escalated to fact-checking the president nearly five months from a presidential election.  The Media Research Center released a report in 2018, which found that Twitter led in censoring the right.  That hasn't changed.  Project Veritas caught Twitter with hidden camera interviews admitting the process of shadow banning — which means content is hidden from users without the poster ever knowing it.  One engineer admitted that accounts were flagged as bots simply by searching for words such as "America" and "God."  Twitter's rules have been influenced by liberal think tanks like the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Since then, Twitter has gotten worse.  Here are some examples: [...]

Trump should just kill social media altogether.  [Scroll down]  Social media concerns have thus far been immune to legal recourse for content published on their domains thanks to a twenty-six-word catena of legalese tucked into §230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.  This single sentence is credited with giving rise not just to social media, but to the entirety of the internet:  "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." [...] The pith of Trump's order is to treat social media channels like news publishers, thus making them legally answerable for what appears on their public-facing feed.  It would also strip the veneer of impartiality these digital giants use to distinguish themselves from traditional paper-and-ink publishers.  Then, presumably, anti-conservative bias in the form of subtle suppression of right-wing opinion could be tackled.

German official vows to 'open any doors' to get Twitter to move to Germany, where it'll be 'a perfect fit'.  Hit the road, Jack!  That's the response of many Americans after a German government official lobbied Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to relocate to Germany amid the tech monopoly's escalating feud with President Trump.  Basically, Twitter has begun censoring and doing bogus "fact-checks" on Trump's tweets while continuing to allow left-wing politicians and media outlets to post inflammatory fake news.

YouTube reinstates Giuliani podcast exploring Biden ties to China.  YouTube removed and then reinstated an episode of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's podcast about former Vice President Joe Biden's relationship with China.  A spokesperson for the platform told the Washington Examiner on Thursday [5/28/2020] that the video, which was posted on April 24 and deleted on May 12, was removed accidentally and has been reposted.  "Our team is glad the mistake was rectified," Giuliani's spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.  Giuliani's team was informed early in the morning on May 12 that "video has been removed from YouTube" because it "was flagged to us for review," and upon that review, they "determined that it violates our guidelines," according to a representative for the former New York City mayor.

Facebook is right.  Twitter is wrong.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey opened up a Pandora's box two days ago by dropping a fact-check on a tweet by Donald Trump regarding mail-in ballots.  That raised all sorts of hell from a bombastic President, as well as more questions than answers.  There are several problems with Twitter deciding to put its thumb on the scale of 'truth' on its social platform.  The site has previously come under enormous scrutiny over widely perceived political and ideological bias.  The charges against the company include its unfair and unbalanced actions in banning conservative or politically right-leaning accounts, as well as shadow-banning and limiting views and engagements on trending topics which it deems problematic.  The extent of these actions is unknown, as Twitter does not share discipline or corporate information regarding personal accounts, but none of that matters.  Twitter now sits right in the sights of legislative tech-happy politicians such as Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Ted Cruz and of course the President himself.  And Twitter's new selective fact-checking system has only further infuriated the company's critics.

The New Internet Censorship.  [Scroll down]  Not to be outdone, Facebook recently has begun "fact-checking" posts from conservative voices and censoring content — remember the Ukrainian "whistleblower," Eric Ciaramella, whom John Roberts refused to name during President Trump's impeachment trial?  Everyone who wanted to know his name could find out because Adam Schiff had carelessly neglected to black out his name from hearing transcripts, but Facebook made a policy of deleting any posts naming Ciaramella under the pretense of protecting him from retribution.  Angry Trump supporters soon figured out that the way to circumvent the censors was to create a post naming Ciaramella as the whistleblower and taking a screen shot of it, deleting the post, and then posting the screenshot.  The robot censors can only read typed text, not text in photos.

Twitter needs to fact-check these tweets from prominent liberals.  [Scroll down]  Start with a 2017 tweet from CNN contributor Ana Navarro claiming that an "Ivanka Fund got $100 million pledge from the Saudis and UAE."  The truth:  The cash went to a World Bank initiative for female entrepreneurs.  Navarro's tweet garnered more than 43,000 retweets.  Or how about a 2019 tweet from actress Nancy Lee Grahn that featured photos of migrant children at a border detention center and railed against Team Trump for allegedly torturing kids?  As Internet sleuths pointed out, Grahn's photo was cropped to remove the timestamp: 2015.  It garnered nearly 50,000 retweets anyway.  Then there was Rachel Maddow's blog's 2018 claim that the White House had edited the video of the president's Helsinki news conference with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin "to remove [a] question about whether [he] wanted Trump to win."  The Washington Post and numerous other outlets debunked the claim, yet the tweet is still up, with 24,000 retweets — and no Twitter warning label.

Twitter is digging its own grave.  President Trump is allegedly preparing some sort of executive order that would clamp down on Twitter and potentially other social media outlets.  This is apparently a move in response to the company's decision to start "fact-checking" some of the President's tweets and flagging them as being content of dubious accuracy.  Whether or not this is something that the White House is even able to do will likely be a subject of debate until the courts settle the matter, but that's hardly the key issue at hand.  At National Review, David Harsanyi wrote at length about the folly of Twitter deciding to jump into the business of fact-checking and flagging certain bits of content and not others.  He notes that politics is rarely a dispute over facts, but rather values, dooming such fact-checking efforts to wind up being viewed as partisan harassment.

Trump to sign executive order on social media companies.  President Trump is signing an executive order Wednesday [5/27/2020] aimed at social media companies, a White House official said.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that the president is signing the order "pertaining to social media," but she could not provide details.  The president has criticized Twitter this week for posting, for the first time, fact-checking items to his tweets about mail-in voting.

8 Lies by Joe Biden and the Left that Twitter Didn't 'Fact Check'.  Twitter added a "fact check" label to President Donald Trump's tweets raising widely-held concerns with mail-in voting fraud earlier today, but it has failed to apply a similar standard to repeated falsehoods by elected Democrats, the mainstream media, and Joe Biden.  Unlike Facebook, which gives itself plausible deniability for fact-checking bias by relying on "third party fact checkers" (almost all left-leaning) to pick and choose what to fact-check and what to ignore, Twitter made the decision to fact-check Trump's tweet itself, linking to an official "moment" curated by Twitter employees and containing numerous articles from the mainstream media calling the president a liar.

The Folly of Twitter's Fact-Check Policy.  No American, not even the president, has an inherent right to a social-media account.  Tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter are free to ban any user they see fit.  They're free to fact-check anyone they want, to create a framework of acceptable speech, and to enforce their policies either consistently or capriciously.  They're free to accuse Donald Trump — and only Trump, if they see fit — of being a liar.  They're free to do all of these things.  Even if they shouldn't.  Yesterday [5/26/2020], after years of pressure from media and Democrats, Twitter labeled two of Trump's tweets [...] as "potentially misleading."  It's a mistake for any platform to drop its neutral stance and take on fact-checking duties, a task that's going to be impossible to accomplish either objectively or effectively.  It's going to corrode trust in the brand, but it won't change a single mind.

Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Twitter for fact-checking Trump.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Twitter was wrong to fact-check President Trump's tweets that made the dubious claim that mail-in ballots increase voter fraud.  Zuckerberg reasoned that the social media platforms shouldn't be the "arbiters of truth[.]"  "We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this," Zuckerberg said in an excerpt from a Fox News interview scheduled to air on The Daily Briefing Thursday [5/28/2020].  "I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online," Zuckerberg went on.  "In general, private companies probably shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that."

Twitter Adds Labels to Trump's Tweets for First Time.  Twitter added information to refute the inaccuracies in President Trump's tweets for the first time on Tuesday, after years of pressure over its inaction on his false and threatening posts.  The social media company added links late Tuesday to two of Mr. Trump's tweets in which he had posted about mail-in ballots and falsely claimed that they would cause the November presidential election to be "rigged."  The links — which were in blue lettering at the bottom of the posts and punctuated by an exclamation mark — urged people to "get the facts" about voting by mail.  Clicking on the links led to a CNN story that said Mr. Trump's claims were unsubstantiated and to a list of bullet points that Twitter had compiled rebutting the inaccuracies.

Trump says 'big action to follow' after Twitter puts fact-check label on his tweets.  President Trump indicated he would take action against Twitter after it affixed fact-check labels on his tweets.  "Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct.  Big action to follow!" he tweeted Wednesday [5/27/2020].  Hours earlier, Trump threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies because conservatives felt their voices were being censored by the platforms.  Twitter placed the label on the president's tweets for the first time Tuesday when he tweeted about mail-in voting in California.  The warning linked to a page with tweets and articles discussing the issue.

This is not news.  Wikipedia hasn't been politically neutral for at least a decade — if it ever was.
Wikipedia Co-Founder:  Site's Neutrality No Longer Exists, Favors Leftism.  Conservatives have long been blowing the whistle on Wikipedia's leftist bias.  The site's co-founder Larry Sanger apparently agrees with them.  In a blog post last week, Sanger argued that Wikipedia has abandoned all neutrality in the name of avoiding what activist journalists call the "false balance" — the idea that not all opposing views of an argument should be given equal time.  He goes through several pages to support his thesis, noting the rather charged language often employed.  When comparing the pages for former President Barack Obama and the current President Donald Trump, the differences are night and day, with the former receiving overwhelmingly positive treatment while the latter is frequently portrayed negatively.

President Trump wants a commission set up to review complaints of anti-conservative bias and censorship on social media.  President Donald Trump is considering creating a commission to review complaints of anticonservative bias and censorship on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google.  It is understood that the new body will take the form of White House commission, the Wall Street Journal reported.  A White House official told the paper:  '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.'

YouTube Censors Former CBS Journalist Sharyl Attkisson For Reporting On Hdroxychloroquine.  YouTube is not a group of doctors, nurses, or have any sense of medical education, but their Nazi CEO claims that they will not tolerate and they will remove any videos that present a different, lawful narrative against the current one they are presenting.  Former CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson has come under their attack just as The Sons of Liberty have in attempting to investigate certain claims about COVID-19, 5G, coronavirus and drugs used as treatment, including hydroxychloroquine and chlorine dioxide.

Plandemic: The COVID-19 Video YouTube and Facebook Don't Want You to See.  Over the last couple of days, I've had several friends send me a link to a video about COVID-19 called "Plandemic."  They said they can't post it on Facebook; Facebook either removes it or threatens them with suspension before they try to post it.  When I went to the URL on YouTube, it had been pulled for allegedly violating YouTube's terms of service.  A YouTube spokesperson told Buzzfeed News that they remove "content that includes medically unsubstantiated diagnostic advice for COVID-19."

Google slaps down conservative sites reporting the truth on coronavirus.  Google, the top search engine in the United States, appears to be hitting conservative sites who are publishing articles that run contrary to the accepted narrative surrounding the coronavirus.  Multiple reports have come into NOQ Report concerned with major drops in traffic from the search giant.  So, we checked our own stats and realized it had started happening to us as well.  We will not be "outing" other conservative sites who may require Google traffic to function properly (our biggest search traffic source is DuckDuckGo, which I highly recommend from a privacy perspective).  I will not be disclosing the names or websites associated with the people I talked to on this matter.  Google's various teams, for their part, have not responded to requests for information.

YouTube Censors Noted Anti-Lockdown Epidemiologist.  Welcome to the 2020 New World Order, when a social media platform like YouTube thinks it knows more about the coronavirus pandemic than an epidemiologist.

You can't criticize CCP influence of WHO.  That would be un-YouTube.

Epidemiologist's Video On Coronavirus 'Herd Immunity' Had 1.3 Million Views, Until YouTube Removed It.  YouTube removed a video of a prominent epidemiologist explaining his view that achieving "herd immunity" is the best way to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski is a former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, but his contrarian take on tackling coronavirus was removed by the tech company for purported "misinformation."  A prominent advocate for the concept of "herd immunity" as being the only effective way, short of a vaccine, that society can fully return to normal life, Wittkowski considers social distancing and lockdown measures to be unnecessary and even counterproductive.

Washington Post Media Columnist Wants an 'Executive Editor' for 3 Billion Facebook Users!?  Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan acknowledged Facebook has nearly three billion users, but she still wants it to have an "Executive Editor" to punish and censor the "misinformation" that is harming our democracy.  The fact that Facebook's new Oversight Board has only two out of twenty members who are conservative does not seem to impress Sullivan.  Sullivan asserted in her Friday [5/15/2020] column, "Facebook has a huge truth problem.  A high-priced 'oversight board' won't fix it."  That "truth problem" starts with allowing Donald Trump to be elected.

Google Erases the Existence of Those Who Speak Unwelcome Truths.  Daniel Greenfield, the peerless Shillman Fellow and FrontPage writer, tweeted the news on May 7: "Google just erased my Sultan Knish blog and Front Page Mag articles from the first pages of results for my name doubt very much this is accidental."  I did too, so I checked for myself, and sure enough: a Google search for "Robert Spencer" now does not bring up Jihad Watch, where most of my writing outside of books has been published for the last seventeen years, but it does give you defamatory and distorted attack pieces from the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center and the Saudi-funded Bridge Initiative, and nothing that doesn't portray me and my work in the most unfavorable possible light.  This latest example of the tech giants' determination to silence all dissenting voices reveals one often overlooked fact: they are desperately afraid.  Google is so afraid of Jihad Watch, in fact, that it is going to great lengths to make you think that the site (which you can find here) doesn't exist at all.

YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown.  Big Tech companies are aggressively tamping down on COVID-19 "misinformation" — opinions and ideas contrary to official pronouncements.  Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus which had racked up more than 1.3 million views.  Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation's current steps to fight the coronavirus.  He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus' existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.  Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve "herd immunity," and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.

Truth, not politics, is at the root of the left-right divide.  From Lenin to today's left, lying, especially about opponents, is morally acceptable as long as it serves the left's goals of defeating opponents and attaining more power.  Once you realize this, the divide becomes explicable.  Why has YouTube taken down the video of two emergency room physicians who argue that the lockdown may not be called for?  Because the left does not argue with opponents; it shuts them down.  And that is because it has no interest in truth.  That's why the left is pressuring YouTube and Facebook to prohibit anything the left differs with from appearing on their platforms.  Just as the Soviets labelled everything in the Western press "imperialist propaganda," the left labels everything with which it differs "misinformation."

Twitter Permanently Suspends Account of Republican Running to Challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar.  A Republican candidate running to challenge Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had her Twitter account permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter rules, according to a Twitter spokesperson.  Danielle Stella says she was banned for a tweet in which she spread a baseless claim about Omar and said if the claim is true, Omar should be tried for treason and hanged, according to a post to her Facebook account.  Two Twitter accounts of Stella's have been suspended, her campaign confirmed to CNN.

Facebook Is Giving $1,000 To Content Moderators Who Said Online Trolls Turned Them Into Conspiracy Theorists.  Facebook agreed to pay out a $52 million settlement to thousands of current and former content moderators who said they are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after viewing upsetting content on the job, The Verge reported Tuesday [5/12/2020]. Each moderator will receive a minimum of $1,000 and will be eligible for additional compensation if they are exhibiting other trauma due to the kind of content they regularly view, the report noted.  The settlement applies to 11,250 moderators, some of whom told the Verge in 2019 that they became conspiracy theorists while moderating content people post online.

Facebook Puts Soros, Muslim Brotherhood, Activists in Charge of Censorship.  Facebook controls as much as 80% of social media traffic.  That means that it has the power to erase conversations, shift narratives, and control how people speak to one another.  With 190 million users in the United States, the social network monopoly has more control over what people see than all of the media giants combined do.  And now Facebook is putting some very troubling political activists in charge of its Oversight Board who will decide how it censors. [...] What does Facebook's Supreme Court of Censorship look like when you zoom in?  Only a quarter of the Oversight Board originates from the United States.  That means three quarters of the censorship court comes from countries with no First Amendment.  While people from outside the United States may believe in certain kinds of free speech, political speech in this country will be determined by a majority Third World board of left-leaning political activists.

Social media networks scrambling to remove viral 'Plandemic' conspiracy video.  Social media networks are scrambling to get rid of a viral conspiracy video spreading false claims about the coronavirus, according to a report.  The roughly 26-minute "Plandemic Movie" has been viewed and shared widely on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and clips of it also circulated on Twitter this week, CNBC reported.  The clip, apparently an excerpt of a larger documentary to be released this summer, makes a number of bogus, unproven or misleading claims, like that the coronavirus pandemic was created to make profits off vaccines.  And in defiance of the advice of medical experts, it suggests that masks can make people sicker and that sheltering in place harms the immune system.  One video, shared on Facebook by someone claiming to be one of the filmmakers, had been viewed more than 1.7 million times and shared more than 140,000 times as of Thursday [5/7/2020].

Tumblr Announces Crackdown on 4.47M 'Reblogs' for 'Hate Speech'.  Tumblr has launched its new witch-hunt style initiative to wipe out "hate speech" on the platform.  Tumblr released a blog announcing its crackdown on offensive speech headlined "Updates to how we enforce our Community Guidelines on hate speech" on May 4.  Tumblr claimed to be "steadfast believers in free speech" before showing its true colors — bragging about its accomplishment of "approximately 4.47M reblogs being removed from Tumblr."

Russian Prosecutors Order Deletion Of Corona Conspiracy Videos From YouTube, Social Media.  Russia is punishing anti-lockdown protesters and coronavirus conspiracy theorists with fines and prison and ordering the deletion of conspiracy videos from Russian social media. [...] I don't think this virus is a bioweapon and strongly believe the US government's claims it was leaked from a Chinese lab are just war propaganda (they need someone to blame with 30-50 million Americans unemployed) but it has become abundantly clear our "authorities" are just using the virus as an excuse to seize power.

Twitter Makes Big Move Into Thought Policing.  [Scroll down]  No doubt I will be accused of overreacting by some, but I've been watching this play out for years.  At times it seems as if Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey are engaged in some sort of personal, perverse billionaire fun and trying to see which one can make his platform more heavy-handed when it comes to the freedom of expression of its users.  Dorsey gets my vote every time, and not just because I use Twitter far more than Facebook.  Twitter is forever trying new ways to police speech in the name of "safety," which is laughable.  Dorsey and Co. use the safety angle to position themselves as the arbiters of what words mean and whether they should be classified as "hate speech."

Project Veritas Uncovered an Important Coronavirus Story and Twitter Is Actively Suppressing It.  Project Veritas recently released a video detailing how the number of Wuhan coronavirus deaths in the New York City area are being padded.  Patients are being labeled as "coronavirus deaths" even though the person may have never even tested positive for the virus.  The watchdog group shared their investigative video on Twitter.  Interestingly enough, the social media platform was caught removing retweets.  One of the Project Veritas members caught the number of retweets decreasing from 6,324 immediately to 5,981 in a video.  "He caught Twitter reducing the number of retweets of our COVID-19 video," founder James O'Keefe said in a video uncovering the social media giant's move.  "Jack Dorsey, what are you doing?"

Facebook Bans Popular Alt Media Website, Likely to Censor Post about Coronavirus as a Bioweapon.  A popular alternative media website that regularly publishes controversial information, Unz Review, has been censored by Facebook shortly after publishing an article that considers the possibility coronavirus could be a bioweapon.  Academic Ron Unz, the publisher of the website, made the announcement on Friday morning that his website was being censored by the monolithic social media giant.

Why Did YouTube Remove The Doctors' Briefing?  [Scroll down]  I absolutely believe that it's wrong to censor what qualified medical professionals (read: not quacks) are saying about the crisis, which is so unique in our experience as a nation.  A strong lockdown was necessary at first.  If there is good medical evidence that the lockdown, and related public health strategies, might be doing more harm that good at this date, then let's hear that argument.

California Doctors Go on Ingraham Angle, Challenge Official COVID Policy — YouTube then takes down their videos!  On Saturday [4/25/2020] two California doctors of Immunology went on with KERO News 23 in California and made a video disputing the official state coronavirus policy in California.  Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi said their facilities have tested over 5,200 patients for the coronavirus throughout the county, making up for over half of all testing in Kern County.  According to their data, the death rate of the coronavirus is similar in prevalence to the flu.  And they believe only the sick and elderly should be quarantined and that businesses should open.  They also revealed that the state of California is pressuring doctors to pad the COVID-19 numbers. [...] On Monday night the two California doctors went on The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham to discuss their expertise and challenge the official state narrative on the coronavirus.  Following their appearance on the show their videos were removed from Google-YouTube!  They did not pass official WHO policy.

Thank You, Democrat Governors, for Re-Electing President Trump!.  Government-imposed totalitarianism is not going over well in the land of the free.  Citizens are rising up across the nation against officials restricting their lives and destroying their livelihoods in ways unheard of here before now.  Sparked by the Operation Gridlock that recently brought ten thousand protesters to the Michigan capitol, citizens in dozens of states are creating their own gridlocks.  On the sunny Sunday of April 19 in Denver, Colorado, thousands staged a drive-by car protest, honking horns and flying flags for hours on streets around the Capitol.  A thousand more families and friends gathered happily on the Capitol lawn to cheer them on with homemade posters pleading with the Democrat governor to let them get back to work.  A fun picnic, but without the deviled eggs.  Facebook censors shut down the main group, Operation Gridlock Denver, the morning of the protest, but since many groups were publicizing the event, it wasn't hard for people to find information.  Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that Facebook has decided that these rallies are "harmful disinformation," so they will protect us by eliminating it.  Oh, thank you, mini-god Mark.  Nevertheless, the Denver Gridlock was a spectacular success.

Facebook's dangerously fake "fact checking".  I've been drawing attention to the increasingly aggressive efforts by political and corporate interests to control the information you get on the new and online.  I have often spoken of disingenuous "fact checking" efforts conducted by conflicted third parties who are actually trying to shape public opinion and control the information the public can access.  One chilling example comes in the form of Facebook's fake "science fact checks."  The social media company has improperly been censoring and flagging material as "false."  A recent example is a popular documentary by Epoch Times about the possible link between Covid-19 and a research lab in Wuhan, China.

YouTube CEO Says You Better Parrot the World Health Organization or Face Removal.  YouTube's CEO went on CNN to chat with Brian Stelter yesterday about how her platform is handling "misinformation" about the Wuhan virus.  The media's hall monitor is always down for talk of censorship of anyone who disagrees with him and Susan Wojcicki was more than happy to throw some fodder his way.  But it's the organization she's choosing to use as the standard for "truth" that caught my ear.

Sorry, Facebook:  Announcing a protest isn't 'harmful misinformation'.  A scattering of protests aimed at coronavirus lockdowns erupted across the country, 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.  So naturally, Facebook decided to censor organizers' posts.  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 come.

Protests by the Left Get a Pass - While Conservatives Get Arrested.  On Monday, April 21st, members of National Nurses United (NNU), a radical union that advocates for socialized medicine, gathered outside the White House to protest against President Trump.  Video of the protest was carried on Facebook Live by the same dot com monopoly which had banned 'Reopen' protests as being harmful.  After the rally, protesters clumped together with reporters, and there was no social distancing in sight.  Despite that Facebook did not take down the NUN page.  And the media celebrated the protesters. [...] In the same weeks as the 'Reopen' protests against state lockdowns and for reopening businesses were taking place, a parallel series of protests against President Trump were also happening across America.  Police cracked down on the 'reopen' protests, arresting an organizer in New Jersey, while the media condemned them, spun conspiracy theories trying to tie them to members of the Trump administration, and falsely accused protesters of causing an increase in coronavirus in Kentucky.  Facebook deleted protest groups in coordination with state governments, labeling the protests, illegal.  Blue state governments, dot com overlords, and the media all warned that protesting in the age of the coronavirus was dangerous and illegal.  Even if the protesters were in cars or maintaining social distance.

Facebook Assists Dems in Shutting Down Bill of Rights.  Topping the list of assaults on our Constitutional freedoms is the war on our right to speak freely and peacefully assemble as governors warn their citizens to stay safe, stay home, and shut up.  Joining them is the social media giant Facebook which, in its general censorship of conservative thought and opinion, has now decreed that using their platform to communicate complaints about government overreach during the Wuhan virus crisis and to organize protests against said overreach violates Facebook's Alice-In-Wonderland "community standards[.]"  In the age before cable, there was an iconic sci-fi program called The Outer Limits whose opening featured a series of test patterns, flickering screens and a narrator known as the "control voice" who solemnly intoned, "Do not attempt to adjust your television set.  We will control all that you see and hear."  Today that is a chilling reality as social media giants like Facebook routinely censor what people can see and hear on their sites.

Blue State Governors Demand Facebook Remove Information Organizing Protests Against Their "Orders" — Facebook Complies.  There's some misinformation quickly spreading about Facebook taking down all content where people are organizing protests against state "orders."  In reality what Facebook is doing is responding to requests from state officials to remove content the state dictators claim is defiance of their orders.  Facebook is complying with those removal requests.

Facebook Working With State Governments to Take Down Coronavirus Lockdown Protest Announcements.  Facebook says it is working with state governments to take down organizing announcements for protests of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus lockdowns.  The protests have been spreading around the nation by Americans concerned the cure is worse than the disease and is killing the country and that the orders by governments go far beyond what is necessary to control the spread of the virus and are more about controlling citizens.

Facebook's 'fact checkers' are the real fake news after censoring Post story.  Way back on Feb. 23, The Post ran an opinion piece by Steven Mosher saying that we couldn't trust China's story about the origins of COVID-19.  He argued that the virus might — might — have jumped to the human population thanks to errors at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, rather than via that city's now-notorious "wet market."  The piece was widely read online — until Facebook stepped in.  The social media giant's "fact checkers" decided this was not a valid opinion.  If you tried to share Mosher's column on Facebook, the social network stuck a "False Information" alert on top, saying that finding was "checked by independent fact-checkers" and preventing your friends from clicking to connect to the original article to see for themselves.  Again, this was an opinion column, not a news report.

On 4 Fronts, How China Quietly Infiltrates American Life.  TikTok, a rapidly growing social media app that allows users to post short videos, has come under scrutiny for its connection to China.  TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company based in China, though the service — like countless other social media and internet platforms — isn't available in its home country.  But TikTok has a massive audience overseas.  The app had been downloaded over 750 million times in a year, The New York Times reported in late 2019.  The parent company denies any kind of censorship or tracking of data; however, many accuse TikTok of doing both.

Twitter Suspends Bannon's 'War Room:  Pandemic' Account Without Reason.  War Room:  Pandemic was launched in January, as many politicians and the media were still consumed with the impeachment story.  The show has played host to leading experts including Dr. Steven Hatfill, Bill Gertz, as well as anti-Chinese Communist Party dissidents.  Co-hosts Steve Bannon, Jason Miller, Raheem Kassam, and Jack Maxey provide breaking news updates and analysis on the coronavirus pandemic.  The show has been lauded by the mainstream media as one of the first shows out there on the subject matter.

Planning Three Steps Ahead:  On the Need and a Plan to Divorce From China.  China Virus 19 has brought home to more Americans than ever before that we absolutely have to divorce from China. [...] We knew that Apple makes iPhones and so much else of their stuff there.  So do all the other Silicon Valley high-tech behemoths.  On the one hand they all are blazing Kaepernick-quality leftist Democrats.  Their money goes solid Democrat.  Their politics is so far to the left that they even violate free speech values to tilt towards Democrats.  Twitter closes down mainstream conservatives and Republicans.  YouTube bans Dennis Prager lectures on the "Ten Commandments" because Prager mentions such words as "murder," as in quoting "Thou Shalt Not Murder."  Diamond and Silk get expelled from the Facebook "community."  And yet these same flaming Silicon leftists flock to China to build all their products there because the labor can be had dirt-cheap and exploited shamelessly.

Hillary Clinton:  Facebook Is Conspiring Against Me.  Name three things that will never go away.  Cockroaches, human evil, and Hillary Clinton.  And now, Hillary is back for some reason to rant some more about a vast conspiracy.

Clinton's Facebook Conspiracy Theory.  After proclaiming a myriad of excuses and airing her wounded pride in the New York Times best-selling book What Happened, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now points a manicured finger of blame at the conservative takeover of social media for the embarrassing, unthinkable, and clearly unmanageable loss.  What?  Back up a minute.  Conservatives rule social media?  Yep, Mrs. Clinton said that and more.

Facebook Removes Trump Campaign Ads — Saying They Violate Their Census Policy.  Tech Giants Google and Facebook continue to purge conservative content from platforms — They are hiding conservative pro-Trump news on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media platforms.  In February 2018 Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.  The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump's engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.  In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.

A 'vulture' circles over Twitter.  A conservative hedge fund manager, known as a 'vulture' and 'financial terrorist', based on his history of tormenting socialists, has suddenly got his sights on Twitter.  Couldn't happen to a nice bunch of woke, hostile, leftists.

Republican Donor Buys Stake In Twitter, Folks on the Left Have a Meltdown.  Major Republican donor Paul Singer has just purchased a big stake in Twitter and is reportedly pondering changes, among them getting rid of the present CEO, Jack Dorsey, according to a report in The Guardian. [...] Singer is reportedly unhappy with Dorsey's leadership, including his split attention because he's also in charge of Square, an payment company and that Dorsey wants to live part of the year in Africa.  Twitter's share price has suffered, although it recently picked up quarterly revenue.

Researchers have already tested YouTube's algorithms for political bias.  In August 2018, President Donald Trump claimed that social media was "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices."  Not much was new about this: for years, conservatives have accused tech companies of political bias.  Just last July, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked the FTC to investigate the content moderation policies of tech companies like Google.  A day after Google's vice president insisted that YouTube was apolitical, Cruz claimed that political bias on YouTube was "massive."  But the data doesn't back Cruz up — and it's been available for a while.  While the actual policies and procedures for moderating content are often opaque, it is possible to look at the outcomes of moderation and determine if there's indication of bias there.  And, last year, computer scientists decided to do exactly that.

Rand Paul Blasts YouTube over Censorship of Speech on Senate Floor.  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has called out Google-owned YouTube after it blacklisted a clip of him speaking on the Senate floor, an act of censorship he calls "chilling and disturbing."  Google censored Paul because he read out the name of the alleged "whistleblower," Eric Ciaramella.  Politico reported the story as "new," even though Breitbart News first revealed that YouTube was blocking clips of the Senator mentioning Ciaramella's name last week.

Google Censors Rand Paul's Speech Naming the Whistleblower.  The Big Tech company Google, along with its video-sharing subsidiary YouTube, has been banning videos of a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate where Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) named the whistleblower, according to Breitbart News.  In the speech, Senator Paul highlighted the highly questionable and suspicious interactions between a staffer on the House Intelligence Committee, Shawn Misko, and the whistleblower, CIA operative Eric Ciaramella.  Although numerous investigative journalists have speculated Ciaramella is the whistleblower, Democrats and the media have been suppressing any mention of his name.  As Breitbart notes, YouTube's actions to censor the video in question constitute a direct censorship of the congressional and historical record, an unprecedented act of censorship of public information.

FCC commissioner rips Twitter for suspending popular conservative account.  The commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission blasted Twitter after the social media company suspended the popular conservative account Comfortably Smug for a tweet about Joe Biden.  "Hard to see how this @ComfortablySmug tweet — which combined known examples of political satire — violated Twitter's rules against abuse and harassment," FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said Tuesday on Twitter.  Comfortably Smug, an anonymous conservative troll account, was suspending after tweeting, "Where's Hunter, Fat?" The tweet references both Biden's son Hunter Biden and a comment the former vice president made on the campaign trail where he called a voter "fat" and "sedentary" at a campaign event in Iowa.

Twitter locks James O'Keefe's account for reporting two men work for Bernie Sanders.  Investigative journalism is challenging when the propagandists in mainstream and social media do everything they can to discredit the truth.  This is what James O'Keefe at Project Veritas deals with on a regular basis as they drop bombshell after bombshell about Democrats, mainstream media, and Big Tech.  Among those exposed by Project Veritas recently are Bernie Sanders' campaign, CNN, and Twitter.  This is why it's not surprising Twitter has locked his account based on a Tweet last month that called for a correction from mainstream media.

Zerohedge Suspended On Twitter.  First it was Facebook, then all of New Zealand; now Twitter has decided to suspend Zero Hedge.  Just as in the prior bans, which were eventually overturned, so in this case it is unclear what prompted Twitter's abrupt censorship: the only notification we received from twitter was the following: [...]

'Whistleblower' Censorship Hits Facebook and the Senate.  When Facebook last fall said it would delete "any and all mentions" of the name of the CIA operative believed to be the "whistleblower" who sparked President Trump's impeachment, it wasn't kidding.  A number of Facebook members complain the social media giant has been taking down recent RealClearInvestigations stories about the whistleblower within hours of sharing them with friends.  "I posted your article to Facebook, got a bunch of likes and comments and shares," said a user in Sacramento who linked to RCI's Jan. 22 story, "Whistleblower Was Overheard in '17 Discussing With Ally How to Remove Trump."  "But when I looked to see if there were additional responses, I saw that Facebook had removed the post.  Wow!  The story disappeared overnight, no message to me."  She said she tried reposting the story twice, but Facebook's content police removed it both times within an hour or so.

The Editor says...
If you depend on Facebook as a primary news source, you are badly misinformed.

Top Conservative and Pro-Trump Website Zero Hedge is Suspended from Twitter.  The tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter continue to purge conservative content from their platforms.  In February 2018 Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.  The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump's engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.  In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.

Twitter Attaches Warning to President Donald Trump's Beautiful Pro-Life Video.  President Trump made history again on Friday [1/24/2020] being the first sitting president ever to address the annual March for Life rally in Washington DC. But not everyone was celebrating the president's message on Life.  Twitter attached a warning to President Trump's pro-life video this morning.

Twitter Puts Warning on Trump Team's Pro-Life Video Featuring Smiling Babies.  Twitter censored and attached a warning to a pro-life ad from the Trump campaign that featured beautiful babies growing in the womb, being hugged by the president, and playing on playgrounds.  Twitter hid the video for a short time on Friday with this warning, "This media may contain sensitive material." In order to see it, a viewer would have to click through the warning.  The video, seen below, has nothing sensitive in it except to disagree with Democrats who think it's okay to kill babies.  The pro-life message that life is worthwhile and babies deserve to live was loud and clear in the message.  There was nothing inappropriate about it.

YouTube blocks links to texts of Virginia anti-gun Bills.  YouTube is now blocking links to the State of Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS).  On Saturday [1/11/2020], the YouTube channel Guns & Gadgets posted a video titled "Virginia Anti-Gun Bills To Be Heard Jan 13," wherein the proprietor discussed the 10 bills that will come before the Virginia legislature beginning January 13.  In the video's description, he listed LIS links to the text for each bill.  As of 1 a.m.  Sunday morning, YouTube was blocking the links with the following warning: [...]

Tucker Carlson calls out DC establishment conservative nonprofits for selling out and protecting hi tech bullies that censor conservatives.  I was frankly shocked by Tucker Carson's courage last night [12/20/2019]; he's not going to be getting a lot of cocktail party invitations from the cream of the beltway conservative establishment anymore.  If you missed Carlson's epic denunciation of the big DC establishment think tanks — the likes of the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute — do yourself a favor and spend the next six-and-a-half minutes watching the video embedded below.  He points out that Google, Facebook, Twitter and the others are all enjoying special legal protection that enables them to get away with censoring conservatives, and that the biggest and richest conservative think tanks support continuing this legal protection, and coincidentally they receive donations from Google and other tech titans.  [Video clip]

Inconvenient Anti Socialism Video Banned by Social Media Censors.  I have made peace with the fact that social media censors like Twitter and Facebook have shadow-banned me.  Google has not allowed any advertising on my website.  What I found disturbing is that on the infamous phony impeachment day, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, my Facebook page censors removed content to an article that was inconvenient to the liberal false narrative that "socialism is great once we get to do it," more specifically, the video (I've seen the breadlines of communism) in which Donald Jr. talks about his 93-year old maternal grandmother whom he visited every summer in the former Czechoslovakia.  He talked about himself as a five-year old boy, dressed in a blue jean jacket with stars on it, experiencing fear for the first time, going through communist customs, being pulled out of the line at the airport, by a drab-uniformed soldier from the communist era, armed with an AK-47, asking him if he was there to preach capitalism and America.  What could a five-year old boy possibly know about capitalism?  Donald Jr. told a crowd in a recent speech, "I've seen the breadlines of communism" while he visited his grandparents in the former Soviet satellite, Czechoslovakia.

YouTube new harassment policies ban racial, sexist or LGBTQ insults.  YouTube said Wednesday [12/11/2019] it will intensify harassment policies on its massive video site, including removing videos that insult people based on race, gender or sexual orientation — whether the victim is famous or a private figure.  Personal threats, even ones that are veiled or implied, will be prohibited, and video creators with a pattern of harassing behavior could be prevented from making money with their videos.

DNC Demands More Censorship by Facebook of 'Misinformation'.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg containing yet another complaint about "misinformation" on the platform.  In the letter, obtained by Reuters, DNC CEO Seema Nanda wrote that "we have significant remaining concerns about Facebook policies that allow the platform to be used to spread misinformation and undermine our democracy."

Twitter's "Director of Trust and Safety Council" — Jen Clarke — Is a Trump-Hating, Far Left Lunatic.  In July 2018 we reported that a study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.  Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.  Twitter is also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including:  Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP's Jim Hoft, TGP's Cassandra Fairbanks and others.

Google and YouTube Take Down Over 300 Trump Ads.  60 Minutes found over 300 Trump ads have been taken down by Google and YouTube for violating the companies' policies.  The report notes the campaign videos generally ran over the summer but were taken down by the companies after only a few days.  During an interview with 60 Minutes, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was asked to respond to conservative critics who say YouTube discriminates against content creators with a conservative viewpoint.

Andy Ngo Suspended From Twitter for Stating Facts.  Journalist Andy Ngo gets a lot of abuse.  We saw what Antifa thugs did to him for trying to cover their activities in Portland.  The liberal Silicon Valley establishment doesn't treat him any better.  When he risked traumatizing Chelsea Clinton by exposing her to factual reality, Twitter suspended him.  Ngo's thought crime was tweeting this:  "The US is one of the safest countries for trans people.  The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population.  Also, who is behind the murders?  Mostly black men."

Trump supporters create social media platform tailored for them.  A new social media platform for supporters of President Trump has emerged as his backers continue to migrate away from traditional forums such as Reddit.  The new website, [...] was created [...] after Reddit became more controlling about what content could be posted in the forum.  In June, the company announced that the subreddit would be "quarantined."  The quarantine, which is still in effect, doesn't ban the forum but removes certain features and restricts how its content is shared.  It also includes a warning about viewing the subreddit.

Twitter suspends conservative journalist Andy Ngo.  Twitter suspended a conservative gay journalist for hate speech Monday for stating without rancor that trans murder rates are low.  Andy Ngo committed the "hateful conduct" in response to a tweet by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton that said that "since 2013, more than 150 trans people have been murdered in the U.S., the majority Black transgender women," which she called "an epidemic of violence and hate."  Not so fast, Mr. Ngo said, noting that 150 deaths over several years in a nation of more than 300 million people is hardly an epidemic.

YouTube and Facebook are erasing content with whistleblower's name.  The day has finally arrived when our online media monopolies are blatantly censoring the news that Americans can see. [...] [Eric] Ciaramella is being made into a non-person, because House Democrats are dead set against calling him to testify in the impeachment inquiry that they are putting on starting Wednesday.  They don't want the public to know that he was an associate of John Brennan, evidently a central figure in the manufacturing of the Russia hoax, that he worked for VP Biden, and that he is a registered Democrat.  History has seen similar efforts to pretend in the media that persons inconvenient to the powerful don't exist.

President Trump. vs. the Media.  In order to try to protect and further their myriad of deceitful anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-Christian narratives, leftists in the media (and in academia) have engaged in a widespread campaign of censorship.  Google (in more ways than one), YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and the like, have all either blacklisted, banned, or otherwise tried to keep Americans from the receiving the truth.

Facebook Removes News Reporting, Mention of Alleged 'Whistleblower's' Identity.  Facebook is removing any mention of the potential whistleblower's name and is cracking down against Facebook publishers that mention any allegation of the potential whistleblower's name, claiming they are violating Facebook's Community Standards and Policies.  For example, on Wednesday evening [11/6/2019], Facebook removed Breitbart posts reporting on the fact other respected news outlets have reported the identity of the alleged whistleblower is Eric Ciaramella.  Any Facebook user who attempts to click on that article on Facebook is now given a message that says, "this content isn't available at the moment."

The Sentence a Doctor Cannot Say on YouTube.  There is a sentence so devastating to liberal dogma that a doctor is not allowed to speak it in a YouTube video.  Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, is the thought criminal who had to be censored.  The forbidden sentence:  "See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm, you're mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you're transgender."  Dr Cretella has plenty more to say that the liberal establishment won't like regarding just how evil it is to sacrifice children to the transgender agenda:  [Video clip]

YouTube Bans Daily Signal Video On Gender Transitions Over 'Hate Speech'.  The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation's investigative reporting, news, and commentary outlet, says that one of their videos, a YouTube testimonial from a pediatrician about gender transition surgery for children, was censored by YouTube for "hate speech."  According to the Daily Signal's Kate Trinko, the group's 2017 video starring Dr. Michelle Cretella, "pediatrician with many years' experience and the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatricians," was pulled off YouTube because, in the video, Cretella suggested that, "if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you're mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you're transgender."

Greta Thunberg Calls on Facebook to Censor Her Critics.  The celebrated Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has threatened to quit Facebook if the social media platform refuses to silence her critics.  "I am, like many others, questioning whether I should keep using Facebook or not," Thunberg wrote in a Facebook post last week.

Twitter will ban all political advertising before 2020 election.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced a ban on Wednesday [10/30/2019] of all political advertising on the social media platform.  In a lengthy Twitter thread, Dorsey outlined his company's decision and argued that a political message's reach "should be earned, not bought."

Mark Zuckerberg defends political ads on Facebook the same day Twitter bans them.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday [10/30/2019] defended political advertisements being hosted on his social networking site the same day Twitter announced it would be banning the same ads from its platform.  Mdr.  Zuckerberg shared his comments during an earnings call on Facebook, asking:  "Right now, the content debate is about political ads.  Should we block political ads with false statements?  Should we block all political ads?"  "I don't think it's right for private companies to censor politicians or the news.  And although I've considered whether we should not carry these ads in the past, and I'll continue to do so, on balance so far I've thought we should continue," he said.

The Editor says...
The Democrat nominee in the 2020 presidential election is very likely to lose.  No amount of advertising on the internet will change that.  Thus the likely winner is the Republican incumbent, which Twitter can only resist and impede by banning all ads.  Facebook goes the other direction, opting to cash in on the advertising.

Film Featuring Dennis Prager Premieres Today As PragerU Goes to Court.  [Scroll down]  Only hours before the premiere and approximately 700 miles northwest, lawyers for nonprofit group Prager University will face off against tech behemoth Google in a California courtroom located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Their case, Prager University v. Google, contends YouTube has exercised viewpoint discrimination against the nonprofit by restricting more than 200 of its short educational videos.  "YouTube continues to restrict more and more PragerU videos, and they have never given us a logical or rational answer as to why," said Craig Strazzeri, chief marketing officer for Prager University.  "It's obvious it's because of our conservative ideology.  We've had more than 600,000 Americans sign a petition saying they don't think our videos should be restricted."

PragerU Plays Censored Videos on LED-Covered Truck Outside YouTube HQ.  In response to censorship by YouTube and Google, the conservative social media giant PragerU sent an "LED-covered truck" to Silicon Valley, playing some of PragerU's banned videos on a giant screen and loudspeakers, Fox News reports.  PragerU, founded by and named after author and radio host Dennis Prager, specializes in publishing five-minute videos featuring experts, media personalities, and political figures breaking down the major issues of the day, with illustrations and research included.

Facebook shouldn't be political speech police.  [Joe] Biden recently complained when Facebook declined to censor an ad from the Trump reelection campaign that said, "Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son's company."  Even though that is an entirely defensible assertion — "Everything in the ad is factually accurate," Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told me, adding that the spot was reviewed by lawyers prior to its release — and even though it is certainly in line with the political debate that dominates today's news, the Biden campaign demanded Facebook ban the ad.

Democrats Are a Clear and Present Danger to Internet Freedom.  Some readers may be familiar with Section 230, which protects social media platforms from standard publisher liabilities on the premise that they operate as neutral forums and not as publishers.  Many conservatives have wanted to target this perk as punishment for Big Tech's flagrant bias and censorship.  Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) proposed a bill this summer that would revoke this protection if they are found to censor too much.  In contrast, Democrats want to revoke the privilege if the tech giants don't censor enough.

Twitter Bans Gay Man For Telling Inconvenient Truths About Transgender People.  Mikey Harlow, outspoken gay writer and model, has been banned from Twitter permanently for dubious reasons.  It all started when he posted these few tweets about inconvenient truths that Twitter must not want you to see. [...] He continued poking the beast by announcing, "Good news!  There is NOT an epidemic of trans people being murdered.  5 out of 100k Americans are the victims of homicide.  1.1 out of every 100k trans people are victims of homicide.  About 20-25 trans people killed each year.  51 Americans are struck by lightning every year."  These statstics fly in the face of the popular LGBTQWTF claims that trans people are at higher risk of violence than anyone else.  It's simply not true.

Is 'Hate Speech' Dangerous?  Many social media platforms are currently demonetizing thinkers they do not agree with (YouTube does this regularly); and in some cases, out and out banning them from utilizing the platform at all, which silences their voices.  Steven Crowder was has publicly shown us a "black list" of channels that are hidden via YouTube.  Other recent examples of this are Facebook and the subsequent Instagram banning of Paul Joseph Watson.  Watson is an outspoken man and free speech enthusiast.  His articles, videos, and views on current events tend to send some into a "triggered" state of utter turmoil; believe it or not, that is good thing!

YouTube's Concerning Suppression of Conservative Speech.  Every week, PragerU releases a five-minute video on virtually every subject outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  Some of the finest minds in the world have presented these videos — including professors from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT; four Pulitzer Prize winners; three former prime ministers; liberals; conservatives; Democrats; Republicans (including never-Trumpers); gays; and, of course, many women and members of ethnic and racial minorities.  Yet YouTube, which Google owns, has placed hundreds of our videos on its restricted list.  In addition to the inherent smear of being labeled "inappropriate for children," this means no family that filters out pornography and graphic violence, no school and no library can see those videos.  Among those restricted videos is one [in which] former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defends Israel.

NeverTrumper Ben Shapiro and Others Were Meeting with Zuckerberg for Private Dinners — While Facebook Pillaged ALL Prominent Pro-Trump Websites.  Ben Shapiro still rips President Trump on a regular basis.  But for some odd reason Ben's website "The Daily Wire" has seen its traffic take off thanks to Facebook these past three years since the 2016 election.  At the same time EVERY major pro-Trump website has seen its Facebook traffic erased since 2016.  Many pro-Trump sites even went out of business after Facebook altered its algorithms to target and eliminate pro-Trump voices.  Now we know why.  Ben Shapiro and other "conservatives" have been meeting with Mark Zuckerberg — presumably to bring attention to Facebook's attack on conservative speech.  But, more importantly, to grow his own website.

Twitter Removes Video Critiquing Joe Biden.  Twitter disabled a satirical video the president posted yesterday critiquing Joe Biden.  Twitter, along with multiple technology companies, has faced criticism from conservatives alleging bias against their worldview.  While it's unlikely that the letter to Twitter sent by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) trying to get President Donald Trump kicked off the tech platform will be successful, taking down the president's video is likely to anger Trump supporters against the tech giant.

Social Media Platforms:  Stop Blocking Us!  I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook "friends" would receive that video every Tuesday.  Wrong!  Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends.  (That's why I ask for your email address.  Then they can't cut us off.)  Why might they cut us off?  One reason is that we'd drown in a fire hose of information if they showed us everything.  The companies' algorithms cleverly just send us what the computer determines we'll like.  Another reason may be that the companies are biased against conservative ideas.

Election Blacklist:  YouTube Buries Viral Video of Hillary Clinton Lying For 13 Minutes Straight.  Despite the video obtaining over 15 million views, it remains buried under over a dozen mainstream media search results even when you search for the direct word for word title.  YouTube election blacklisting has been a hot topic since Steven Crowder drew attention to the fact that the Google-owned company was deliberately preventing conservative channels from appearing in search results.

Kamala Harris:  Trump Should Be Suspended From Twitter — His Words Could Result in Harm to People.  Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said Monday night [9/30/2019] on CNN that President Donald Trump should be suspended from Twitter for threats to the whistleblower and tweeting Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) should be arrested for treason.  Harris said, "Frankly, when you look at what he's been tweeting today, directed at the whistleblower, directed at so many people, I frankly, think that based on this and all we've seen him do before, including attacking members of Congress that frankly his Twitter account should be suspended."

Here's More Proof on How Twitter is Censoring President Trump's Account To Hide His Support!.  We reported in July 2018 that Twitter has long been accused of censoring conservatives.  Twitter was indeed censoring and shadowbanning the President of the United States, Donald Trump's twitter account, @realDonaldTrump.  In July there was even video proof that President Trump's Twitter page is being censored.

Twitter rightly bans conservative child comedian 'Mini AOC'.  [Scroll down]  The case of Mini AOC (whose real name I'll not be using) is even more egregious than that of [Greta] Thunberg.  Whereas Thunberg's parents were complicit in allowing her to become a pawn of the Left, Mini AOC's mother actively instigated turning her daughter into a living political parody.  Remember, this child is half Thunberg's age and less than a third of the real Ocasio-Cortez.  As cute as the girl may be and as funny as her anti-socialist quips surely are, an 8-year-old with zero political agency should not be forced to express opinions she may not later agree with as an independent, adult individual.

30 of The Biggest Lies & Hoaxes Perpetrated on The American People.  [#28] Social Media:  Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have been controlling minds, narratives and elections.  If you believe that any of these were created for your benefit rather than theirs, you would be sadly mistaken.

Zuckerberg targets me for supporting Trump.  Mark Zuckerberg keeps proving that he is bully, a thug, a liberal and a liar.  He is a bully and a thug because he uses his powerful Facebook platform to target conservatives.  Zuckerberg is a liberal because he was raised in the San Francisco Bay area.  He is a liar because he repeatedly tells Congress that he is not targeting political opponents.

Facebook Censors Pro-life Group Live Action, Backs Off After Outrage.  The Live Action Facebook page has 2.5 million followers.  A popular site.  And a controversial one, of course, because pro-choicers and liberals don't like what they say and do.  Almost predictably, Facebook has put it under restrictions.  Why?  Because two pro-abortion doctors don't like what the site says.

Beer Money Guy Donates $1 Million to Children's Hospital, Gets Cancelled for Bad Tweets.  Recently, a young Iowan named Carson King went viral after being photographed at a football game while holding up a sign asking people to send him money, via Venmo, to buy more Busch Light beer.  He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, bringing in more than $1 million.  Instead of keeping the money, King decided to give it to a children's hospital.  And for that amazing act of charity, Carson King had to be destroyed.

Instagram is Now Banning Photos of People at Gun Ranges, Claiming They Promote 'Violence'.  Instagram is now blurring out images of women at gun ranges, saying the photos violate "violence or dangerous organization guidelines."

Report: Mark Zuckerberg Admits Facebook's 'Clear Bias,' Dependence on 'Activist' Fact Checkers.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted a "clear bias" in the way his platform handled the pro-life organization Live Action, according to a report by the group's founder and president, Lila Rose.

YouTube Censors Top Trump Media Outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network — Removes Live-Stream Capabilities.  RSBN is a popular pro-Trump publisher that live-streams Trump public appearances and rallies.  In February 2017 Google-YouTube began censoring and preventing views to RSBN. [...] On Sunday [9/15/2019] Right Side Broadcasting Network announced that after 300 million+ views of PresidentTrump rallies and four years of following the rules on YouTube, their live-streaming ability was taken away with no explanation.

Four Republican Senators Write to Facebook over 'Censorship' of Pro-Life Content.  Four Republican senators sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this morning, criticizing the social-media platform's recent "fact check" of pro-life organization Live Action. [...] At the end of last month, Facebook notified Live Action that fact-checkers had given a "false" rating to two videos shared by the group's president Lila Rose.  One featured Rose herself and the other featured Dr. Kendra Kolb, a board-certified neonatologist; both videos included the claim that abortion is not medically necessary.  After bestowing a "false" rating on the videos, Facebook prevented Rose and Live Action from promoting or advertising content and alerted users who had shared the two videos that they had spread "false news."  But as the senators' letter points out, Facebook's "fact check" was conducted by two abortion providers, both of whom also have formal ties to abortion-rights activist groups:  Daniel Grossman, who is on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, and Robyn Shickler, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

PragerU: Google Censors Us Because We're Effective.  PragerU Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri spoke to Breitbart News on Friday [9/6/2019], where he talked about PragerU's struggles with Big Tech censorship, and the indoctrination by the left on college campuses, which has weakened young people's belief in free speech.

Despite Denial Of Bias, Facebook Continues To Censor Pro-Life And Conservative Content.  Despite frequent claims that tech companies are not intentionally censoring or shadow-banning conservatives on social media, the tech behemoth Facebook has flagged two prominent users in the past week for posts with conservative content.  Last week, two videos about abortion posted by the pro-life group Live Action were labeled "false" by one of Facebook's partner fact-checking organizations, Science Feedback.  Both of the videos, which discuss why abortion is not a medically necessary procedure, were labeled as "sharing false news." Consequently, Live Action's page was punished with "reduced distribution."

Ravelry's Ban On Conservative Yarn Hobbyists Presaged Site Owner Coming Out Trans.  Ravelry is somewhat like the Amazon of the knitting world, with a side of social media. [...] This community for knitting, a seemingly pretty apolitical activity, suddenly this year got very political.  The site banned all Donald Trump talk with a policy succinctly named "No Trump."  It banned all Trump patterns, MAGA wear and gear, and usernames with these themes.  It pushed off users who had been on the site for years, all in the name of protecting diversity and standing up to white supremacy.  The users who were banned weren't engaging in racism on the site.  They weren't name-calling.  They were existing and selling patterns and knitting along happily.  Not all political speech on the site is gone, just right-leaning speech.

Facebook Suppresses Pro-Life Group Live Action Based on 'Fact-Checkers'.  Facebook notified Live Action founder and president Lila Rose on Friday [8/30/2019] that her organization's pro-life posts would be subjected to "reduced distribution and other restrictions" after "additional reporting from an independent fact-checker" had deemed the content "false news."  Live Action is a non-profit organization "dedicated to exposing the truth about abortion and affirming the life of every child."  The alleged third-party "fact checkers" quoted abortion doctors as evidence that Live Action's claim that "abortion is never medically necessary" is false.

The Big Tech Censors Strike Again.  YouTube on Monday [8/26/2019] banned three more independent commentators:  James Allsup, "The Iconoclast," and "Way of the World."  Their crime?  Outspoken defense of Western Civilization, which apparently now is considered "hate speech."  Taken together, the videos posted by these three commentators had been watched more than 100 million times.  The most prominent of the newly banished, James Allsup, had over 450,000 subscribers.  Thanks to this latest move by YouTube, America's de facto Ministry of Truth, nearly a half-million Americans now have less reason than ever to believe their First Amendment rights will be respected, or, by extension, any of their constitutional rights.

Laura Loomer WINS Appeal!  A federal court in Washington D.C. has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit filed by Florida congressional candidate Laura Loomer and D.C. watchdog group Freedom Watch alleging that Big Tech giants perpetrate anti-conservative bias online.  Big Tech has acted with impunity to shut down conservatives and Republicans and until now have faced NO consequences for their actions.

A Small Number of Fact-Checkers Now Define Our Reality.  Social media platforms have come to define the modern digital world — and the real world it's meant to represent.  We turn to these platforms for news, to interact with elected officials, to catch up with friends and to converse with the greater world beyond our own.  Yet these platforms are not neutral forums.  They actively intervene to remove speech with which they disagree.  Increasingly, they also turn to a small number of fact-checking websites to arbitrate what constitutes "truth," placing a small number of people in charge of, essentially, defining reality.

Facebook bans ads from the Epoch Times.  Facebook has banned conservative news outlet Epoch Times from advertising on its platform.  The news organization spent more money on ads supporting President Trump than any group, except the Trump campaign itself.  The organization reportedly shifted its spending on Facebook in the past month in order to obscure its connection to $2 million in ads advocating for fringe conspiracy theories and promoting the president, NBC News reports.  "Over the past year we removed accounts associated with the Epoch Times for violating our ad policies, including trying to get around our review systems," a spokesperson for Facebook said.  "We acted on additional accounts today and they are no longer able to advertise with us."

My Instagram Growth Suddenly Stopped; Am I a Victim of Viewpoint Discrimination?  My radio colleague Dennis Prager heads a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization called Prager University.  It shares five-minute educational videos from a conservative perspective.  There have been over 2 billion views.  No sex.  No profanity.  No chase scenes.  But YouTube has placed restrictions on over 100 videos, including videos on the Ten Commandments, according to Allen Estrin of PragerU.  YouTube also restricted one I wrote and narrated, "Is America Racist?" in which I refute the narrative that police engage in "institutional racism" against blacks.  In a 2016 press release, PragerU said:  "YouTube is censoring these videos by placing them under 'restricted mode.'  Many families and schools enable restricted mode in order to keep inappropriate language, and explicit adult and sexual content away from children — not to prevent them from watching animated, age-appropriate, educational videos on topics ranging from economics and history to happiness and philosophy."  In response, Google, which owns YouTube, said, "We don't censor anyone," adding that they "take into consideration" the video's "intent" and its "focus."

Is Snopes a satire site?  The Babylon Bee, which describes itself as "Christian news satire," has been engaged in a running battle with Snopes.com, a liberal "fact check" site that serves mostly as a mouthpiece for the left.  Snopes has repeatedly undertaken, with a straight face, to "fact check" Babylon Bee stories that are obviously humorous.  This has given rise to considerable ridicule, but some suspect that Snopes has a more sinister purpose in mind: to give liberals at platforms like Facebook an excuse to downgrade or even ban the sharing of Bee posts.  The humorless left has nothing like the Bee, and would like to get rid of it.

The Censorship of Alternative Media Is Virtual Book Burning.  Recent discussions about an executive order that would "help protect" conservatives from bias on social media have brought a bone of contention to the forefront.  Are alternative and conservative media actually being censored or are non-mainstream journalists and bloggers just whining?  As the owner of a website that is demonstrably facing censorship, I can tell you that from my point of view, we Americans are currently in the midst of a virtual "book burning" akin to the ones we look back on in shame.

Can Facebook be saved?  Last year, Facebook hired former senator Jon Kyl and lawyers from Covington and Burling, a prominent D.C. law firm, to look into allegations of bias against conservatives.  The Kyl group released its first report today [8/20/2019].  My impression of the report is that it does a pretty good job of summarizing conservatives' concerns about the Facebook platform.

The Nauseating Irony of Silicon Valley's Bigotry Against Conservative America.  Twitter's "Trust and Safety Council" works overtime to ban conservatives but not actual dictators or terrorists.  YouTube recently demonetized channels that challenge an acceptable left-wing narrative.  Facebook fired a top executive for donating to Trump.  Netflix's original content is all "progressive" propaganda.  In June a Google executive was caught conspiring to rig the 2020 election against the president.  And following that, despite its once high-minded claim as a "bastion of free speech," Reddit finally "quarantined" its largest conservative forum:  The Donald.  This level of coordinated thought suppression isn't going to help anything.  On the left, it shows that so-called progressives have driven the final nail in the coffin of liberalism.  On the right, it proves that we need Donald Trump to survive — which he illustrated with his social media summit last week.  Beyond all that, the nauseating irony is that the power Silicon Valley's self-righteous elite lord over us didn't come out of nowhere.  Conservative institutions made it possible.

Why Do Transgender Users Get Away With What Gets Other People Banned From Twitter?  [Scroll down]  Although I did violate Twitter's terms of service by misgendering, it's not such a simple matter of rule-breaking: should people using social media platforms be forced to act as if biological sex is meaningless, and anyone with dissenting views must either keep her mouth shut or have her account closed? [...] Why is it okay for transwomen to hurl insults at biological women, but not okay for biological women to hurl insults at transwomen?

McConnell in 'Major War' With Twitter; GOP Committees, Campaigns, Super PACs Suspend Advertising.  Twitter's decision to lock the account of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign — for posting a video showing protestors making violent threats against him — sparked an avalanche of announcements Thursday [8/8/2019] by major Republican campaign committees, super PACs, and lawmakers to buy no advertising on the social media platform.  National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jesse Hunt called Twitter's decision to suspend the @Team_Mitch account "another ridiculously hostile act toward conservatives" and announced that the NRSC will stop spending on the platform as a result.

Report: Donald Trump Will Use FCC, FTC to Fight Social Media Censorship.  The White House is reportedly planning an executive order that would give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a role in determining what gets censored on big tech platforms.  According to CNN, which obtained a draft copy of the order, the White House will ask the FCC to develop regulations aimed at clarifying the laws determining how social media companies are allowed to police speech on their platforms.  The existence of the draft order was first revealed by Politico earlier this week.

Twitter Removes #ClintonBodyCount with 84,000 Mentions from Trending List After Epstein Death.  In July Epstein was found injured and in a fetal position inside his cell at a New York City jail.  He was reportedly put under suicide watch.  On Saturday he reportedly hanged himself.  Within an hour #ClintonBodyCount was trending on Twitter.

Twitter Suspends Mitch McConnell Campaign Account for Sharing Death Threats Against Mitch McConnell.  Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm is a political activist who has met with numerous high profile politicians, including current presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, to advance the identity politics of her movement.  Ms. Chanelle Helm posted video to her Facebook page showing a protest Monday at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house. [...] To highlight the hypocrisy of the radical leftists, several social media and twitter accounts began sharing the video of Ms. Helm's call to violence; including the twitter account of Mitch McConnell.  In response to the video showing how violent Ms. Chanelle Helm is, and bringing forth the transparency of sunlight upon the group's objectives, Twitter began demanding the videos and tweets must be removed.

Twitter Forces McConnell Campaign To Pull Video Showing Violent Threats Against Him.  On Monday night, dozens of left-wing activists converged on the Louisville home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to protest for gun control.  Video of one of the protesters, Black Lives Matter activist Chanelle Helm, calling for violence against McConnell — initially posted on Facebook and then tweeted out by congressional staffer Ben Goldey — quickly went viral, retweeted by the McConnell re-election campaign and Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra.  By Tuesday [8/6/2019], Twitter had locked all three accounts until they pulled their posts featuring the video.

A Directory of Politically Incorrect, Algorithmically Stifled Vloggers.  Anyone who doesn't believe the Right is being suppressed systematically by the communications monopolies of Big Tech either is not paying attention, is hopelessly biased, or is thoroughly brainwashed.  The process of suppression takes many forms.  It isn't merely suppression of conservative viewpoints on the major social media platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter), but suppression of the related apps (Apple, Amazon), exclusion from the principal funding sites (Patreon, Kickstarter, GoFundMe), exclusion from the major online payment processors (PayPal, Stripe), and in some cases even access denial by the internet service providers (AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon).

Paul Gosar Introduces Bill to Stop Online Censorship.  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has introduced a new bill to stop censorship by Big Tech, aimed at rolling back legal perks that allow Silicon Valley companies to suppress political speech with impunity.  The bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which currently allows tech platforms to censor material they consider "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected."

The Banality of Google's Wokeness.  There are technological and morally dubious (at best!) forces that control the flow of information we see and can release into the world.  Facebook, Twitter, and Google — our current rendition of "The Big Three" — rightfully have been accused of censorship, as example after example comes to light.  Yet, even as more is revealed with each new example, nothing seems to be done to change the situation.  The rest of the population — i.e., the users — are powerless to do anything about it because the structure of all social media companies allows rhem to operate under the guise of privatization.  If the company is private, then logically it would follow that we have no right to criticize their company policies.  Add to that the fact that their services, mainly, are free to users, and complaints are often met with dismissive charges of ingratitude.

The Gatekeepers of Facebook.  Last month, employees contracted by Facebook to perform content moderation, broke their non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to speak with Casey Newton, who then published a 7000-word, pseudo-expose on The Verge.  While Newton's purpose of his article was to portray Facebook as running a de facto labor camp through contractors like Cognizant, using language like "sweatshop" and that moderators "fear for their lives," he missed the most important aspect.  Facebook moderators have the biggest impact on each user's Facebook experience, arguably more than designers, developers, and IT security.  But they are hired, trained and paid as though their job function were inconsequential. [...] Cognizant employees are not qualified or prepared to have this much control over our collective social media experience — and Facebook knows it.

Twitter bans 'angel mom' for criticizing illegals who kill thousands of Americans every year.  Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza uses Twitter to raise awareness about a chilling trend that's claiming the lives of thousands of Americans like her son every year:  Illegal immigrants who commit murder.  Twitter doesn't think she deserves a voice.

Google censored video on Ten Commandments, conservative producer tells Congress.  Google denies viewers access to educational content on its YouTube subsidiary without explanation, radio host and commentator Dennis Prager testified Tuesday at a Senate hearing.  "Google, which owns YouTube, has restricted access to 56 of our 320 five-minute videos and other videos we produce," Prager, co-founder of Prager University, told the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza Suspended from Twitter.  [Scroll down]  And this evening [7/20/2019] Maria Espinoza, the co-founder and National Director of The Remembrance Project, notified The Gateway Pundit that senior chaplain Ruth Martin (see photo below with President Trump) was placed in Facebook jail for posting a cartoon.  Maria told The Gateway Pund, "This is unacceptable and ludicrous for such bias and flat out discrimination against conservative Americans and our freedom of speech."

Sen. Mazie Hirono: 'Claims of Anti-Conservative Bias in the Tech Industry Are Baseless'.  Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) used her opening statement at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday on Google and censorship through search engines to condemn the focus of the hearing, claiming that "claims of anti-conservative bias in the tech industry are baseless."  "The calendar says it's July 16th, but it feels like Groundhog Day in the United States Senate.  A little more than three months ago, this subcommittee held a hearing to explore allegations of anti-conservative bias in the tech industry.  My friends on the other side were critical of witnesses from Facebook and Twitter.  They claimed a vast conspiracy to silence conservative voices," Hirono said.

Facebook:  More Government Censorship.  It is often argued that Facebook is a private enterprise and therefore free to censor whatever it wishes.  However, Facebook and the other internet giants, such as Google, YouTube (a subsidiary of Google), and Twitter, have come to control the flow of information on the internet, to such a degree — as virtual monopolies — that they have become the 'public square' of our times.  That outcome makes them far more than merely private enterprises and endows them with a special responsibility:  Those who cannot publish on Facebook or Twitter, effectively no longer have full freedom of speech.

Privatizing Tyranny.  Private censorship is more dangerous even than mass immigration because absolutely anything can be done by our leftist revolutionaries if citizens' voices are swallowed up by the self-annointed conniving, dishonest, leftist zealots who run Big Tech.

Welcome To 'Social Government' - Privatizing Tyranny.  How is it that Facebook, who refuses to dox any of the violent Antifa terrorists that use its platform, are happy to give up the personal details of the Facebook user who anonymously uploaded a slowed video of Nancy Pelosi, within minutes, to some rando journalist on the phone?  (How do you even call Facebook?)  Well what if I told you a Policy Director at Facebook was Nancy Pelosi's Chief of Staff before taking said job directing policy at Facebook?  What if I told you the head of algorithm policy at Facebook worked for Hillary at The State Department?  Or that the Head of Content Policy worked for the Hillary presidential campaign? [...] Each day we wake up and see the latest way conservative voices are being censored, shadowbanned, silently deleted, hidden from view, buried in searches, algorithmed out of existence.

Facebook Bans St. Augustine Quote as 'Hate Speech'.  The Director of Community Engagements for Massachusetts Citizens for Life claims that Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech.  In a blog post, Domenico Bettinelli wrote, "Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I've posted it. [...] What happened was a notification from Facebook informing him that the St. Augustine quote, "goes against community standards on hate speech."  As Bettinelli explains, "Part of the problem here is that this takedown notice leaves me with no understanding of how I violated their policy."

American-hating Americans are the ultimate ingrates and hypocrites.  [Scroll down]  American anti-Americans freely indulge their First Amendment rights, but they and their social media tech-allies don't want their opponents to have the same freedom.  Thus their calls for "hate-speech" exclusions to the First Amendment, which as our universities have demonstrated for decades, mean censorship based on political ideology and standards of offense determined by the subjective or neurotic feelings of politically favored "victims."  Thus the barrage of question-begging epithets like "racist" and the rest, which by now are empty of meaning and function as verbal smog intended to shut people up and pollute political discourse with toxic emotionalism and bathos.  As for Trump, once again he has said what many Americans think, but seldom hear from the Republican elite.

Trump Social Media summit reveals the liberal bias of old media - big tech.  Legacy media and big tech are in agreement:  there is no left-wing liberal bias operating in the corporate offices of the information gatekeepers at the New York Times and among Silicon Valley.  Unfortunately, they are as biased as Google's search results.  Project Veritas reveals that liberal bias. [...] And so, both old media and big tech dismissed last Thursday's [7/11/2019] White House Social Media Summit as a conclave of online, conservative "conspiracy theorists."  The New York Times described summit attendee and Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe as a man that "captures videos under false pretenses to embarrass liberals and journalists."

Laura Loomer Files $3 Billion Lawsuit Against Facebook for Defamation.  On Tuesday [7/9/2019], Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch and a former federal prosecutor announced the filing of a defamation lawsuit by conservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer against Facebook.  The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that Facebook and its wholly owned sister company Instagram, in banning Ms. Loomer from the social media sites, maliciously defamed her by publishing that she is a "dangerous individual" and a domestic Jewish terrorist.

Why Is Amazon Blocking Reviews Of The No. 1 Best-Selling 'Justice On Trial?'.  Amazon is refusing to publish many reviews and ratings of the No. 1 best-selling "Justice on Trial:  The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court," according to multiple reports from readers who purchased the book directly from Amazon.  The behind-the-scenes dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which was written by Carrie Severino and The Federalist's Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway, debuted at No. 1 on Amazon's list of best-selling books.

Facebook Under Scrutiny Following Controversial Policy Changes.  Facebook recently updated their "community standards" policies, resulting in those who noticed to publicize and raise concern over the controversial changes.  In the policy regarding violence and incitement, the big tech company wrote in new exceptions to its own rules, which appear to discourage violence unless its against those on the platform's so-called "dangerous individuals" list.  Among those on the list are Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, and Infowars staff member Paul Joseph Watson.  Watson originally broke the news about the policy change, which he argues breaks U.K. law.  "They've actually instituted a new policy on Facebook, where talking about me unless you're denouncing me, is verboten," he stated.

Why Hawley's Bill Is The Right Tool To Fight Big Tech's Censorship Of Conservatives.  Every day brings news of Facebook or Twitter de-platforming yet another conservative writer.  Academic studies confirm that major social media firms disproportionately de-platform conservatives.  This should not surprise given that more than 90 percent of donations from big tech employees go to Democrats.  A majority of Americans now get their news from social media, and it is the primary source of news for young Americans.  Such a marketplace of ideas, skewed by a discriminatory Internet, will further disadvantage conservative ideas in a media environment already hostile to them.  Given this reality, conservatives have a clear and compelling interest in ensuring that our views can be seen on 21st-century news sources.

WordPress Would Not Tell Me Why They Removed Refugee Resettlement Watch.  As many of you know I began blogging 12 years ago when I became interested in educating Americans about just how the process of Refugee Resettlement works in our country.  My work began when refugees were being quietly placed in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland and I simply wanted to know how the program works and who is paying for it.

Intolerant knitting site Ravelry losing members.  More Ravelry members are voicing their objections to Ravelry banning President Trump supporters by posting videos on YouTube.  Well-spoken, moderate, and reasonable, these women provide some unexpected points of view concerning their reasons for departing.  That said, it seems that a significant number of Ravelry members have launched an ad hoc WalkAway movement.  But this time, it's WalkAway from Ravelry.  Some of these knitters are mothers of six and seven children who are starting or running small businesses.  Others established designers issued calls for their groups to disband.  They are conducting orderly shutdowns of their Ravelry accounts, which includes removing shops, patterns, social media references, and videos, as well as tweets, Facebook entries, and website references.  Their choice to WalkAway from Ravelry involves a significant amount of work, moving in some cases a lifetime of patterns and videos to other sites and/or creating their own.  It's not a trivial matter.

Ravelry: Woke "tolerant" knitting site bans open Trump supporters.  Piqued by a Fox video news report concerning the banning of Trump supporters by the popular online knitting site, Ravelry, I checked things out late last week.  After all, I've been a member of Ravelry since 2011.  Obviously, I wanted to find out what was happening.  Here's what I viewed on the main page of Ravelry:  "We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.  We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.  Support of the Trump administration is unambiguously support for white supremacy.  For more details, read this document:  [URL]"

When Does the Deep State Morph into the Police State in Our Country?  Gone are the days of Democrats attempting to win voters in the court of public opinion with a free, open, and honest debate of ideas and policies.  With the complicit support of a Democratic Party-aligned mainstream media plus academia, the entertainment industry, and much of Big Tech, including the most important players such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, traditional democratic practices, including the free and open exchange of ideas, transparency, and open debate on policies and the proper direction for our country, are rapidly disappearing from our political landscape.

Michelle Malkin:  Big Data 'Pulling the Plug' on Conservatives 'Who Might Tip the Scales' in 2020.  Michelle Malkin warned of tech companies' increasing political censorship ahead of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, offering her remarks in a Tuesday [7/2/2019] interview [...] "What's alarming is the coordination and collaboration between so-called mainstream journalists and Antifa," said Malkin.  "And along with that, you turn it into a little triumvirate because the Silicon Valley overlords are simpatico with these forces of Antifa whose agenda is destabilization, disruption, destruction of the civil order."

Anti-Extremism Expert Loses Jobs, Twitter Account After Antifa Smears.  Anti-extremism researcher Eoin Lenihan struck a nerve when he published the results of a study showing the links between liberal news outlets and the violent thugs who organize under the name "antifa."  After Lenihan published his report, antifa activists contacted his employers to get him fired and reported him on Twitter, succeeding in shutting down his Twitter account.  A reporter with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has disputed part of Lenihan's story, as noted in an update below.  Lenihan's story seems all the more important after Rose City Antifa in Portland beat up Quillette editor Andy Ngo, using milkshakes with quick-dry cement and landing him in the hospital with brain bleed.  The anti-extremism researcher told PJ Media, "I am not surprised that Andy has been brutally attacked."  He noted that Rose City Antifa belongs "to the Torch Antifa collective which is a network of Militant Antifa collectives throughout the USA.  This means that Rose City Antifa prioritise the use of violence as their primary means of defeating those they deem to be fascist."

Facebook Purges Yet Another Conservative Site.  Facebook continues to ban conservative sites and members.  One of the latest victims is Dysfunctional Veterans.  The group, run by a veteran, raises money to house homeless veterans.  Michael Rivers told Big League Politics how Facebook temporarily banned the page because he bought ads to raffle off an AR-15.  The group didn't violate any of Facebook's policies, he said.  They used a licensed firearms dealer and is composed of two online retailers that comply with all laws.  Facebook initially approved the ads, but took them down after eight days.  The company unpublished Rivers' group and suspended three staff members for 30 days.  He has appealed the suspension, citing Facebook's own policies to them.  The group appears to be back up now.

Facebook Deletes Another Pro-Israel Page.  Facebook has summarily deleted another pro-Israel, pro-truth, pro-reality page for the crime of supporting the Jewish State.  I've had my run ins with Facebook, lets see if we can raise a shout and get this reversed.

Social Media Companies Barraged by Homeland Security Committee.  On Wednesday [6/26/2019], the House Committee on Homeland Security drilled witnesses from social media companies.  Though the hearing's main focus was the companies' efforts to combat terrorist content, misinformation, and hate speech, representatives took the opportunity to attack the companies for alleged censorship and bias.

While We Are on the Subject of Nazis....  Hitler and the Nazis loved censorship. [...] Section 14 of the Reich Press Law of October 1933 decreed that editors must "keep out of the newspapers anything which in any manner is misleading to the public."  Under the guise of truth and facts, the Nazis suppressed freedom of the press in a stroke and shut down all competing voices that did not bend the knee to the new regime.  Given the direction that Big Tech is headed on censorship, this should be of concern to all Americans no matter where they sit on the political spectrum.

Cruz to Christian Conservatives:  We Are Not Going to Let Big Tech Silence Us.  Speaking at Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event on Thursday [6/27/2019], Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recalled when a Twitter executive couldn't answer whether a tweet with Mother Theresa's quote "Abortion is profoundly anti-woman" was considered hate speech by the social media platform.  [Video clip]

Twitter to start policing gov't officials, will slap 'disclaimer' on Trump's tweets that break its 'rules'.  Twitter has announced that it intends to add what would essentially be warning labels and disclaimers to tweets posted by world leaders that allegedly violate the platform's controversial and highly inconsistent policies concerning abuse, harassment, threats and so-called hate speech.  While the social media network has denied that this new rule has anything to do with President Donald Trump, there's a strong belief that the rule is in fact centered on stymieing him.  "[T]here are certain cases where it may be in the public's interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules," the social media network announced in a blog post Thursday [6/27/2019].

Vimeo Bans Project Veritas Over Google Video.  On Monday [6/24/2019], Project Veritas unveiled a new investigative video of a Google employee describing how the company wants to stop a "Trump situation" in 2020.  YouTube removed the video, but Vimeo went one step further.  The company chose to ban Project Veritas from its platform for uploading a video with "hateful, defamatory, or discriminatory" content.

Sen. Cruz Grills Google on Allegations of Politically Biased Censorship.  A video clip that is well worth 7½ minutes of your time.

The Google Fascists.  Project Veritas and founder James O'Keefe have scored a scoop from an identified Google whistleblower, replete with video and inside documents. [...] The anonymous Google insider, whose identity and voice were shadowed and changed to protect him, also said in his detailed interview with O'Keefe that the Google-owned YouTube has deliberately targeted Dennis Prager's "Prager U" and conservative talker Dave Rubin for content suppression because they are "right-wing."

We're Unravelling.  Yes, the world has officially gone mad.  First YouTube and Facebook imposed their "standards" for group-think.  Then the role-playing gaming site RPG.net joined the community opposed to free speech with this announcement:  ["]We are banning support of the administration of President Trump.  You can still post on RPG.net even if you do in fact support the administration — you just can't talk about it here.["]  Most generous of them to at least let you think things you are not allowed to speak of.  So they haven't yet gone full 1984.

A Conservative Civil Rights Movement to End Internet Segregation.  [Scroll down]  The scope of the problem is both smaller and larger because while the internet platforms engaging in affiliation discrimination are fewer than the number of segregated businesses banned by the Civil Rights Act, their reach is far vaster, extending across state lines and even across borders with a global reach.  Facebook has 2.3 billion active users, Google processes 3.5 billion searches per day, Twitter has 321 million monthly users, and 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day.  Segregation at this level can shut entire populations out of political participation in the marketplace of ideas.  AI can then invisibly automate discriminatory policies and structurally embed them into countless sites across the internet.  And yet the fundamental problem is essentially the same.  A powerful elite has decided that a certain class of people should be shut out from being able to fully make use of public services.  These policies of political segregation have not been openly articulated, but they have been exposed by hidden camera investigations, by lawsuits from employees fired for their political views, and by the pattern emerging from the mass of bans, shadowbans and demonetizations.

Popular Knitting Platform Ravelry Bans All Trump Support: 'Undeniably Support for White Supremacy'.  Ravelry, a company that describes itself as a community of knitters and crocheters, announced Sunday [6/23/2019] that its website is erasing President Trump — banning any and all expressions of support for the duly elected president of the United States.  Not being a crafter myself, I had never heard of Ravelry — a site that boasts 8 million users.  The announcement was brought to my attention by a reader who uses the site.  "Not even crafting is safe," she lamented in an email to PJM.  Indeed, it appears that social justice warriors have taken control of the site, which is the go-to source on the internet for crafting, knitting, and crocheting patterns.

Dana Pico tweet
Wonder if I'll get banned by Twitter for this one!.  I figured that I'd better get a screenshot!


Facebook algorithm kills conservative news feeds, boosts left's.  The analysis proving Facebook's clear political bias to shape Americans' take on hot-topic issues was by no means weighted, as researchers used a wide array of media outlets from both the right and the left before coming to the conclusion that Facebook is the orchestrator of a new leftist news movement.

Live Action gets banned after whistleblower spills all.  Pinterest made headlines last week when a whistleblower divulged that Live Action's website is classified as pornography, which limits users' ability to share — or "pin" — information with others.  "I did this because I saw wrongdoing," fired Pinterest engineer Eric Cochran told Tucker Carlson on Fox News.  "And the normalization of censorship within big-tech companies is un-American."  Veritas, the undercover investigative team led by James O'Keefe, published Cochran's account in a May 10 story describing how the popular website is blocking access to Live Action by including it in a list of literal X-rated adult websites.  One day later, Live Action spokesperson Alison Centofante was talking to reporters in a live press conference when she learned via email that Live Action had been permanently banned from Pinterest.  The email cited "medical misinformation and conspiracies" that violate the company's policy.

Leftist Big Tech's Censorship Of Conservatives Grows Increasingly Blatant.  The Internet Association (IA) is a huge Big Tech lobbying group. [...] IA's President and CEO is Michael Beckerman.  In defense of his members — and against the rising, bipartisan call for DC examination of Big Tech's practices and legal protections — he recently, ridiculously penned the following:  "As more lawmakers speak out about Section 230, it's important to understand that this section of the law enables us all to have a voice online."  No, it quite obviously does not.  Big Tech mis-classifies conservative and Christian content — and then bans it.

WordPress De-Platforms Blog That Posted Statistics About Muslims.  A blog that posted statistics about Muslims has been squashed from WordPress in an apparent effort to censor information that might portray the "religion of peace" in a negative light.  The site, called muslimstatistics.wordpress.com was suspended for an alleged terms of service violation:  [Screenshot]  One of the pieces from the website, archived here, shows that the content was in no way malicious.  Rather, it was factual.

Social networks unite to suppress conservatives, boost left-wing fantasies.  The late publisher of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, once said, "News is what someone wants to suppress.  Everything else is advertising."  No one knows the truth of this observation better today than the dwindling number of conservatives still clinging by their fingernails onto their social media accounts.  In an increasingly blatant move toward outright censorship, America's key social networks are uniting to suppress conservatives and boost their cherished left-wing fantasies.

Pinterest Blocks Conservative Websites And Christian Terms.  A whistleblower at Pinterest revealed to Project Veritas that the service was actively censoring conservative views.  The leaks came in the form of product code, Slack messages, and internal policies that enforced censorship of conservative terms and websites, which it added to a "porn domain blacklist."  The Pinterest insider revealed the San Francisco-based company has actively suppressed pro-life and Christian content on the website.  The insider came forward to Project Veritas after discovering pro-life advocacy group LiveAction added to the blacklist.

Exclusive: Facebook's Process to Label You a 'Hate Agent' Revealed.  Facebook monitors the offline behavior of its users to determine if they should be categorized as a "Hate Agent," according to a document provided exclusively to Breitbart News by a source within the social media giant.  The document, titled "Hate Agent Policy Review" outlines a series of "signals" that Facebook uses to determine if someone ought to be categorized as a "hate agent" and banned from the platform.  Those signals include a wide range of on- and off-platform behavior.  If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a "hate agent."

Farmington band Signal 99 questions removal of its video from YouTube.  An eight-year-old video made by a Farmington metal band apparently has been caught up in a recent purge of controversial material by the website YouTube, although the group's leader is mystified about why.  Chuck Haven, the guitarist and lead singer for Signal 99, said he received a message last week from YouTube informing him the video for the band's song "Banner of Corpses" had been flagged for review and was determined to violate the site's guidelines.  The company informed the group it was removing the video from its website.

Pinterest Blocks Conservative Websites And Christian Terms.  A whistleblower at Pinterest revealed to Project Veritas that the service was actively censoring conservative views.  The leaks came in the form of product code, Slack messages, and internal policies that enforced censorship of conservative terms and websites, which it added to a "porn domain blacklist."  The Pinterest insider revealed the San Francisco-based company has actively suppressed pro-life and Christian content on the website.  The insider came forward to Project Veritas after discovering pro-life advocacy group LiveAction added to the blacklist.

Facebook Says Using the Word "Honk" Violates Its Community Standards.  Facebook removed a post which consisted simply of the word "honk," asserting that it was a violation of their community standards.  Yes, really.  The use of the word stems from the 'clown world' meme — a nihilistic position many on the right are taking in light of a society in the grip of 'progressive' degeneracy run amok.  Apparently, it's now verboten to even allude to the meme on Facebook.

Fight Back Against Big Tech Censorship.  We all know about the leftist leanings of the so-called masters of the universe, the internet giants.  We all know about the discriminatory treatment many of us on the right are experiencing.  The question is:  How do we respond?  Do we pick up our marbles and leave?  Do we build our own platforms?  Do we stand up and fight?  Or perhaps it's a combination of all of the above?

The Collusion Between Twitter, Google in Silencing the Pinterest Investigation is Cartel Behavior.  Pinterest had a covert policy of censoring conservatives.  The policy was exposed by Live Action, a pro-life group that was a target of Pinterest censorship, and by Project Veritas.  Since then, YouTube (Google) and Twitter have shut down Veritas efforts to broadcast material about the investigation.

Tech Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Listed Top Pro-Life Site as Porn, "Bible Verses" Censored.  Project Veritas has received and published documents from an insider at Pinterest.  The documents, which include product code, Slack messages, and internal policies, reveal terms and websites that Pinterest apparently censors.  In an interview, the Pinterest insider who leaked the documents explains how the company censors pro-life and Christian content on the website.

James O'Keefe:  Pinterest Listed 'Bible Verses' on 'Sensitive Terms' List.  James O'Keefe, founder and head of Project Veritas, joined Tuesday's edition of SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak to discuss how Pinterest secretly used censorship against news media outlets such as Gateway Pundit, PJ Media, and Zero Hedge.  He also explained how the social media company placed the term "bible verses" on its own "sensitive terms" list.

NY Times Labels Top Conservative YouTubers as 'Far-Right' in Continued Push to Ban Conservative Content Online.  The push to eliminate conservative content online continued on Sunday in The New York Times.  Since the 2016 election there has been an organized and well funded movement on the left to eliminate conservative content online.  And it has worked — thanks to a weak and ineffective Repubican party.

Don't Minimize Conservative Concerns About Big Tech Censorship.  One glaring lesson of the last four years is that making assumptions about the Republican electorate is a dangerous game.  Yet I'm told in the pages of National Review it's a "blunt truth" that "most red Americans either don't know or don't care about social-media censorship."  I wouldn't be so bold as to assume "most," in fact, do care.  But the signs are hard to miss.

YouTube Caves, Penalizes Steven Crowder.  Vox's campaign to deplatform comedian Steven Crowder from YouTube has snowballed into an avalanche of censorship against other creators caught in the crossfire in the war against offensive speech.  Critics are calling it the #VoxAdpocalypse.  YouTube's actions in response to complaints caused confusion amongst both Crowder's detractors and supporters.

Something Totalitarian This Way Comes.  [Scroll down]  The censorship follows similar moves by tech companies, including Twitter bans on American Spectator writer Robert Stacy McCain, political consultant Roger Stone, and radio personality Anthony Cumia, and Google rigging its search engine to suppress results for numerous conservative outlets, including The American Spectator.  Why do progressives censor?  Because it works.  While a muzzle resulting in a megaphone surely results from censorship on occasion, the more likely outcome involves suppression.  Progressives understand this.

How the Media Earns Its Dismal Approval Numbers.  Over the weekend we were reminded why Americans hold so little regard for the mainstream media. [...] The Daily Beast has made clear that there are no more "warnings" from the media if you dare to create viral content that the mainstream media deems offensive. [...] Not only is the media using its power to destroy private citizens, but Facebook is joining in with an assist.

Not completely off-topic:
Media Outlet Tied to Qatar Tricks Young Liberal Americans into Spreading Anti-American Propaganda, Experts Say.  AJ+ has become a major video creator on Facebook, with its viral videos in the style of Buzzfeed or NowThis targeting liberal millennials.  But unknown to some, it's actually a branch of Al Jazeera and is owned by the government of Qatar, a Middle Eastern nation long accused of meddling in the affairs of other countries.  The AJ+ videos often focus on progressive ideals and are framed in a way that emphasizes the divisions in U.S. policy and politics.  And Facebook doesn't disclose the Qatar connection on videos AJ+ posts and apparently hasn't blocked its content, even as the social media platform cracks down on fake news and hidden foreign influence.

AT cartoonist Mike Harris suspended by Twitter over pro-life cartoon.  It is becoming a badge of honor to be a conservative suspended by Twitter, so much so that I am beginning to wonder what's wrong with me.  Our very frequent cartoon contributor Mike Harris was just suspended for 3 days on Twitter for posting there his cartoon making the point that mass extermination of human life is common to both the aboriton industry and the Nazis.

CrossFit Deletes Its Facebook Account, Denounces "Utopian Socialists".  In a sprawling, occasionally hyperbolic, and definitely adversarial public statement, CrossFit announced on Thursday that it has deleted its main Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Citing data and privacy concerns and spurred by the brief suspension of one private Facebook diet group, the fitness and trademarked workout company has cut ties with this cabal of "utopian socialists," as CrossFit described the individuals who run Facebook, a company estimated to be worth $512 billion.  Evidence of the social media exodus was apparently first unearthed by Armen Hammer, a fitness podcaster who posted a screenshot of the now-deleted CrossFit account on Instagram on Monday [5/27/2019].

Twitter Bans Conservative Reporter Nick Monroe.  Twitter has banned a conservative reporter who was openly trying to be less edgy and more newsy, three years after being embroiled in Gamergate and other internet-based arguments.  When it comes to the research and aggregation of political news, Nick Monroe is second to none.  Anyone within the political sphere — whether on the left or right — is familiar with the independent journalist, who goes by @nickmon1112 on Twitter.  Or at least he did, until Twitter banned him on Tuesday [5/28/2019].

Facebook Rejects Ad for Dennis Prager's 'No Safe Spaces' Screening as 'Partisan'.  Facebook has rejected an advertisement for a screening of Dennis Prager's new film No Safe Spaces over a charter school's refusal to identify the event as "partisan."  According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Facebook has rejected an advertisement for a screening of Dennis Prager's new No Safe Spaces film, on the grounds that screening's host refused to answer intrusive questions about the nature of the event.

Crossfit Deletes Facebook and Instagram After User Group Is Deplatformed.  For all the the talk of arbitrary, capricious, or ideologically motivated deplatforming of people, publications, and groups by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms, there's been less discussion about high-profile individuals and companies deleting their accounts in response to what they see as unfair, unethical, or misguided behavior.  That might change now that CrossFit, the immensely popular exercise and nutrition enterprise, has announced that it is permanently pulling its Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Kassam Banned From Facebook on UK Election Day.  Global Editor-in-Chief of Human Events Raheem Kassam was suspended from Facebook on the day of the EU parliamentary elections in the UK, hours before polls were due to close across the country.  Kassam, a former senior advisor to Nigel Farage, had been in London reporting on the Brexit Party's campaign when he was hit with a seven day ban for an 11-year-old post.

Facebook Doubles Down on Blocking Trump Advisory Board Member Over Pro-Life Post.  On Wednesday [5/15/2019], Facebook blocked Trump 2020 advisory board member Jenna Ellis Rives over a pro-life post.  She appealed the decision.  On Sunday, Facebook finally got back to her, and doubled down, claiming the post violated its "community standards" on "hate speech." [...] It is also particularly conspicuous that Facebook has blocked Rives, a Trump advisory board member, but not the dozens of others who posted Matt Walsh's tweet verbatim on Facebook.

Twitter suspends OAN reporter Chanel Rion for posting harmless photo with Trump Jr.  [Video clip]

Facebook bans user for entire MONTH over mischaracterizing a simple "A-OK" hand gesture.  Not only is the militant American Left working to stifle conservative, pro-Trump speech, they are also working to stifle freedom of expression even to the point of mislabeling a harmless gesture that has always meant nothing but "OK."  The speech Nazis at Facebook are in cahoots with the militant American Left, as evidenced by the increasingly ridiculous and baseless excuses used to kick supporters of POTUS Trump off the platform.

Candace Owens:  Big Tech Trying to 'Subvert a Mass Awakening'.  Pundit and black conservative activist Candace Owens blasted big tech bias after Breitbart News' exclusive story that she has been placed on a list of "hate agents" maintained by Facebook.  Yesterday [5/17/2019], a source at Facebook exclusively spoke to Breitbart News about the "hate agents" list, which includes a number of prominent recently-banned individuals including Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Alex Jones.  A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed the existence of the list, but denied that Candace Owens has been investigated.  The spokeswoman also emphasized that a recent seven-day ban of Owens was a mistake and has been reversed.

YouTube [is] Demonetizing More Gun Channels.  Firearm YouTubers have had to take the blame for mass shooting after mass shooting, all despite the fact that no evidence has been presented that any of these people had anything to do with gun YouTubers.  Doesn't matter.  The platform's cracking down.

The Media at Their Lowest.  Not surprisingly, the playbook isn't limited to the national mainstream media.  Media technology group AllSides published a report that Google News results lean heavily toward media outlets with a "left" bias.  The author of the study, John Gable, stated that the bias is a result of "most news outlets and most news consumption online being from a left perspective."  The purveyors of Google News are well aware of this egregious bias, but because Google's corporate culture sways heavily left, we can hardly expect the company to create an algorithm that provides a fair and balanced narrative.

YouTube Flags Tommy Robinson, Pamela Geller 2012 videos as HATE Speech in 2019!.  A video of Tommy Robinson and Pamela Geller from that conference has now been flagged as offensive by You Tube.  In 2019 it has been flagged and restricted as "hate speech". [...] They are afraid of Geller, Spencer, and Robinson.  Not the sharia war machine.  Sharia violence and intimidation go unchallenged.  Why is You Tube afraid of Tommy Robinson?  Their focus should be on the deaths, threats, fear and harassment perpetrated by Islamists against the "infidels" and aided by media and governments who bow to Sharia.

Facebook Targets Michelle Malkin:  Gives Pass to Antifa.  Facebook has censored Michelle Malkin — for protesting censorship.  Meanwhile, as noted in this space just last week, Facebook has no problem with the pro-fascist and deliberately misnamed "Antifa" — the pro-fascist group that pretends its use of hooded faces and clubs is somehow "anti-fascist."

Facebook Suspends Candace Owens For Saying Liberal Policies Incentivize Fatherless Homes.  The social media monopoly has suspended activist and commentator Candace Owens for the crime of claiming that liberal policies incentivize fatherless homes in the black community.  Owens was hit with a 7 day ban for posting, "Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax.  White supremacy is not a threat.  Liberal supremacy is."  She then included a screenshot of a tweet which pointed out that the poverty rate amongst married blacks is 7 percent, compared to 22 percent for blacks generally.

Trump White House asks the public to report social media giants if they're 'suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported' for being conservative.  President Donald Trump's White House is asking the public to report social media companies if they suspect 'political bias' resulted in their account being suspended or banned by platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.  Trump has repeatedly attacked Google, Facebook and Twitter for what he claims is bias in their treatment of conservatives — a theme he is likely to expound on during the 2020 election.  Now the White House wants data on the tech giants's actions along with information on the user reporting them — including the person's citizenship status and contact information.

Nothing is what it seems.  [Scroll down]  This is where reality and rumor meet up.  What others say shouldn't be censored by any major multi-media platform ever.  But since the government called on Mark Zuckerberg to testify, the wheels have begun.  While this writer is happy that people are now taking notice of Minister Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitism to heart, this is a good thing, but to ban Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopolus, is just absurdist logic beyond all comprehension.  This would be interesting but people's lives are being ruined.

Facebook's Ridiculous Double Standard In Plain View.  This reminds me of those times Twitter suspended me for retweeting antisemitic tweets (with my own comments above the tweets) done with sole purpose of showing people the type of antisemitic garbage we are up against.  I was forced to delete the retweets.  Yet the source antisemitic tweets remained online.  But please tell me how there isn't a bias against conservative and pro-Israel accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Shuts Down Pro-Populist Italian Pages Before EU Elections.  Facebook has shut down 23 major populist Italian pages with 2.5 million followers just two weeks before the European elections.  According to Italian media, the majority of the pages supported the populist parties La Lega (The League) and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) — who currently govern Italy in a temporary coalition.  Facebook has justified its dramatic move by claiming that the sites shared fake news, so-called "hate speech", and "divisive content" regarding immigrants, vaccines, and Jewish people.

Twitter going after the scientists in conflict with transgender activist orthodoxy now.  Ray Blanchard, Ph.D. is no Alex Jones with out-there conspiracy theories.  He's a respected scientist whose research on transgenderism is science-based and consistent with existing research on the reality of gender dysphoria, the psychological disorder that prompts some patients to attempt to change their sex.  He's also quite compassionate toward these individuals, as they are his patients, but his research is premised on hard, fact-based research, such as that there is no changing a person's chromosomes, even if a person has altered his body through surgery. [...] In short, he's a moderate, with views well within the mainstream of science.  And Twitter banned him — not for saying anything wild, not for insulting anyone, but for publishing his research.

Deplatforming the Platformers:  Why Antitrust Legislation Is the Way to Go.  Evicting dissident voices from social media platforms may be the most effective device of the left.  How can such high-tech despotism be challenged or negated?  Citizen journalists, who can be seen as liberal democracy's samizdat warriors, are to be applauded and supported for trying to counter a significant bias, but far more is required to thwart what amounts to an organized campaign to commit doxa violence — a modus operandi perhaps even more effective than the practice of totalitarian terror.

James Woods says he's leaving Twitter 'until free speech is allowed'.  Actor James Woods says he will no longer use Twitter after claiming the platform removed a tweet he refused to take down.

Why the Media is Pushing to Break Up Facebook, Not Google.  Google's dominance of search has locked down the internet.  Combine that with its mobile power and growing strength in the assistants market gives it a virtual strangehold.  Its future is far less fragile than that of Facebook which is extremely dependent on public whims.  Hardly anyone under 40 even uses Facebook anymore.  So why is the media aggressively pushing to sanction Facebook, not Google?

David Horowitz Suspended from Twitter.  Conservative author and media pundit David Horowitz, founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and editor of FrontPage magazine, was suspended by Twitter on Tuesday [5/7/2019].  It is unclear why Horowitz's account has been suspended.  It comes just days after Facebook launched an unprecedented crackdown against right-of-center personalities including Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson, in addition to its implementation of a blanket ban on anyone who links too often to InfoWars.

Twitter Suspends Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Parody Account for 'Spammy Behavior,' Which Seems Dubious.  Twitter has banned a parody account that made fun of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), as well as the account's creator and operator, Michael Morrison.  Parody accounts are permitted on Twitter as long as they are clearly identified as such.  This account, @AOCPress, obeyed that rule, and its termination has prompted conservatives to accuse the platform of hypocrisy.  They have a point.  The official reason for removing the accounts was "spammy behavior."

How Do We Push Back Against the Twitter Mob?  After Ryszard Legutko was deplatformed by the safe-spacers at Middlebury College I thought the least I could do was buy his book, The Demon in Democracy.  He argues that communism and liberal democracy are similar in their faith in inevitable progress — in communism towards the socialist state, in liberal democracy towards the day when there are no more victims and the last white supremacist has been razed flat.  And in some ways liberal democracy is worse than communism, because its victim hunt doesn't stop with the workers.

Google Censors the Claremont Institute.  Last week Facebook kicked Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and Paul Watson off of their platform because of their extremism.  While I have no brief for any of these individuals, I agreed with the critics who said "don't think it will just stop with them."  Sure enough, it appears Google is censoring the Claremont Institute.

Big tech has launched an attack on your rights.  Social media censorship goes into overdrive.  [Video clip]

'AOC Press' Parody Killed in Latest Big Tech Election Interference..  Twitter has banned the popular parody account @AOCPress despite it complying entirely with the service's rules on satire by self-labelling as such.  This account — a satire of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — had over 85,000 followers at the time of the ban and is now permanently suspended.

Facebook Is a Government-Protected Monopoly.  [Scroll down]  This tale came to mind last week as Facebook and other social media platforms banned lots of people for their political beliefs.  In a healthy society, Facebook would have been reverse engineered 20 times by now, and the banned voices would simply take their business elsewhere.  Instead, Facebook and other social media sites are government-protected monopolies.  They have successfully sold themselves as inventions that are protected by intellectual property laws.  The Department of Justice and federal courts act as their leg breakers, making sure nobody competes with them.

CNN is More Dangerous Than Banned Voices.  Well, the gradual censorship of right-wing voices took another lurch forward this week.  Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Paul Joseph Watson are now all banned permanently from Facebook and their subsidiary, Instagram.  In fact, the tech giant that controls almost three-quarters of all social media interactions doesn't just want to silence Alex Jones; it wants to erase him from existence.  If you so much as share any content from Jones' site Infowars, you might find yourself banned along with him and the others whom Facebook, Inc. has decided are too "dangerous" to have a voice.

Tucker Carlson Outlines Big Tech's Moves To Control Political Speech.  This is a discussion point CTH has outlined for quite a while; the new aspect is the scale and scope of Big Tech's latest effort to silence voices they define as against their interests. [...] In the final analysis, the big picture is about authoritarian control.  Currently the largest tech companies are leveraging their power and influence to remove dissenting voices from commonly used social media platforms.

Twitter Conservatives: Don't Cede Ground!  A recent Pew Research Survey confirms what we've long suspected:  Twitter is not remotely representative of American public opinion.  According to the survey, the median Twitter user is younger, better-educated, more affluent, and more inclined to lean leftward politically than the average American.  When it comes to the most prolific of Twitter users — the top 10 percent in terms of content and activity who account for 80 percent of the activity we see from U.S. Twitter users, the statistics skew even further from the norm.  In other words, Twitter overwhelmingly is populated by far Left activists, woke academics, political commentators, and pundits who have nothing better to do than fire off angry blurb after angry blurb, composed in no more than 280 characters.  It is an echo chamber where leftist malcontents in the press, entertainment, other media, and the hallowed halls of higher education vent their spleens at all things "right" and "good," in defiance of the views of mainstream America.

Right wingers have been unceremoniously banned from Facebook.  Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopoulos have been unpersonned by the digital tech giant Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram.  They're coming for you, next.  Or more likely, for us.

ObamaGate: No Misdemeanors, Only High Crimes.  When an evening TV show host starts to tear up live on camera after she is forced admit that the Mueller report confirms that the president is not an agent of a foreign adversary, you have to ask: what is going on in America?  All the more so after a private Twitter user, who posted a video of the teary-eyed Rachel Maddow, was suspended by the social media platform.  Why?  Because she posted the close-up that clearly demonstrated that Maddow was overwrought.  Suspended for posting the truth.

Banned by Google for Opposing Infanticide.  America's PAC is a conservative political action committee run by Tom Donelson.  It produces, among other things, radio and television advertising on behalf of, and in opposition to, politicians.  Today America's PAC revealed that it has been permanently banned from advertising by Google.

Demonetized: Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative.  Conservatives fell for a trap. [...] The trap was to believe that even hyper-leftists in the tech industry would be fair when it came to the use of their platforms.  By "fair," I mean they would accept that there are views that differ from their preferred progressive standpoints and those views are worthy of being expressed on their platforms.  For a time, this was true.  But as the giants such as Google in search, Facebook and Twitter in social media, and YouTube for video grew to the point that they're essentially unchallenged and virtually invincible, they've now changed their tune.  The worst crime anyone who uses their services can commit is to be conservative.

Cruz Hearing Exposes Big Tech Censorship Of Conservatives.  The Senate subcommittee on the constitution heard testimony from conservative activists about Big Tech restricting access to their on-line audiences.

Leftist Nastiness & Rage Know No Bounds.  Conservatives are censored on Twitter and Facebook.  Google, the mainstream media and other social media platforms refused to run ads for the pro-life movie "Unplanned," and Twitter often censors pro-life tweets.

Here's What Facebook's New 'Standing Up to Hate' Policy is Really About.  Facebook's campaign of anti-conservative censorship took another step forward with the announcement that the social media giant will silence speech based on the guidance of left-wing activists and will help social justice warriors lecture users who search for content designated as "hate." [...] But I'm not convinced that this is really about "standing against hate," as Facebook claims.  Anyone genuinely concerned about free speech ought to be skeptical of the new policy, if not outright alarmed, because the people cheering it most loudly are the same ones who routinely use the term "white nationalism" as a blanket condemnation of mainstream conservative viewpoints.

More Fascism in Action:  Top Liberal Groups Send Out Communist Blacklist of Trump Officials to US Corporations.  The Democrat Party is finally lifting the curtain on their true intentions.  Democrats want complete control so they can institute their Socialist state without out interference.  To do that they decided in 2016 to eliminate conservative content online.  Since that time the tech giants have eliminated over one billion page views to conservative websites.

Mark Zuckerberg Complains About FCC's Lack Of Free Speech Regulations — Wants More Silencing of Voices, But Especially Conservative Voices.  Everyone's favorite self appointed world speech policeman, Mark Zuckerberg, recently took part in a long form sit down interview with leftist hack "journalist" George Stephanopoulos on ABC, where they talked about user's privacy on Facebook, putting "strong data controls in place" for policing speech.  Zuckerberg also complained that there's too much free speech, especially "divisive" political speech, even suggesting that the FCC should regulate speech online.

Can We Talk?  [S]hortly after joining Twitter, I read an interview with a writer who said in a magazine interview that he'd asked a number of pro-life advocates the same ridiculous hypothetical question about choosing between the life of a child and a canister of frozen embryos, bragging that no one had been to give him the "correct" answer.  Because I foolishly believed his claim, I attempted to establish a dialog with this writer.  After a very brief and rather rude, profanity-laced exchange, this person suddenly declared that I was not allowed to participate in the public conversation about abortion.  Soon thereafter I was apparently shadow-banned by Twitter and so I simply deleted my account.

Direct Message Engineer Explains How Twitter Filters Ideas.  How does Twitter get rid of conservative tweets?  "You just delete them... but the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you got to like, write algorithms that do it for you."  The algorithms find the tweets by using "like 5000 keywords to describe a redneck"

Twitter suspends account of pro-life movie on the weekend of [its] release.  The account was re-opened after people started tweeting about it.

Telling the Truth About Andrew Yang is Hate Speech on Facebook.  It is hard to say why Facebook said my recent video about Andrew Yang was "hate speech."  It could have been the fact that Yang, a dark-horse contender for the Democrat presidential nomination, gave a speech at Harvard where he predicted that within ten years, roving gangs of Caucasian youths would be roaming the streets of America, attacking Asian people because white people were jealous of their professional success.

Facebook Might Decide You're a Hater.  Austin is the only city in America where Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could speak — as she did last week at the South by Southwest Festival — and listeners say, "She's a little too conservative for my tastes."  That's why it's odd that, in my home state's capital, this mini-San Francisco, this island of ultraliberalism, Facebook has hired several thousand "moderators" to police speech around the world.  Call me old-fashioned, but I remember when liberal Democrats were First Amendment radicals.  Apparently the left-wing credentials of Silicon Valley are overrated:  They have fifteen thousand people in the United States and Ireland searching for "hate speech" in order to eliminate it from Facebook.

Apparel Website Is Banned from Payment Processor Evalon for Selling Ocasio-Cortez Is an Idiot T-Shirts — Considered "Hate Speech".  Enrique Tarrio runs a popular apparel website known as 1776.shop.  Recently Enrique was dropped by payment processor Evalon for selling a t-shirt labeling Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez an "idiot" and "communist".

Rep. Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for $250 Million in Damages for "Shadow-Banning" Conservatives to Influence Elections.  A 2018 study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.  Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.

Facebook Just Banned Zero Hedge - Announces It Will Ban "Misinformation" About Vaccines.  This is exactly why you make your move and let your voice be heard by abandoning Facebook.

Project Veritas Video on Facebook Deboosting.  How Facebook deliberately limits the reach of conservative users using "deboosting."  [Video clip]

Facebook Engineers Share Strategies to Suppress Right-Wing Arguments, Leaked Documents Indicate.  Facebook engineers have proposed measures to suppress content on the platform that attempts to convince people to shift their viewpoints away from the left, as revealed by photographs of internal documents and messages obtained by Project Veritas.  The photos show that several prominent right-leaning Facebook pages were marked with code that appears to have handicapped the pages.  Facebook has long faced accusations of left-leaning bias, underscored by the overwhelmingly leftist leanings of its staff.

You're being censored but you don't know the whole story.  If you're a conservative who's been on Twitter, FB, YouTube, Google, etc. for personal or business use in the last 2 years, then you are probably familiar.  Businesses and livelihoods of people supporting their families have been destroyed by these people and no consequence.

Twitter Legal Warns Michelle Malkin Her 'Mohammed Cartoon Tweet' Violates "Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws" — Which Are Punishable by Prison or Death.  Twitter legal sent conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin a warning last week that her Mohammed cartoon tweet violated Pakistan's "blasphemy laws."  The specific blasphemy laws Michelle Malkin violated are punishable by life imprisonment or death and Twitter happily delivered the death threat to her.

Tommy Robinson Banned from Facebook, Instagram.  Facebook has banned British citizen journalist and street organiser Tommy Robinson from its platforms, including Instagram, in a move that comes days after he released a new documentary exposing what he claimed to be dishonest practise at establishment media giant BBC.  The social media giant claimed in a statement published Tuesday that Tommy Robinson's own Facebook page, which had around one million 'likes' before deletion, "has repeatedly broken [Facebook community] standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims.  He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate."

More about Tommy Robinson.

YouTube Demonitizes Anti-Vax Channels After BuzzFeed Contacts Advertisers.  YouTube on Friday [2/22/2019] demonetized channels which promote anti-vax content, after BuzzFeed notified a spate of advertisers that their ads were being run alongside anti-vax videos, reports BuzzFeed.  YouTube said that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting videos with "dangerous and harmful" content to be monetized.  "We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies.  We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads," reads an emailed statement from YouTube to BuzzFeed.

Twitter sued by feminist blogger blocked over 'men aren't women' tweet: lawsuit.  Social media giant Twitter is being sued by a Canadian blogger who says she was permanently banned from the platform last year for her tweets about transgender people, a lawsuit said Monday.  Meghan Murphy, the founder of the blog Feminist Current, was locked out of her account last year when the company asked her to delete a tweet that said, "Men aren't women," CNET reported, citing the lawsuit.  A second tweet said, "How are transwomen not men?" according to the suit.

Islam forbids the killing of spiders, therefore, Islam is a religion of peace.  And if you dare to disagree, as one ex-Muslim (@ApostateProphet) on Twitter did, you will get banned.

The Progressive Race to the Bottom.  In terms of electronic media, the way the news is delivered through Twitter, Facebook, and Google is itself massaged to censor, aggravate, and impede conservatives and conservative thought.  Orwellian selective censorship, the warping of Internet searches, and the banning of political opponents insidiously magnify progressive influence, and to such a degree that leftists are now the biggest defenders of monopolies and trusts, given the power that accrues from them to progressive causes.

Facebook Rejects Ads From Producers Of Pro-Life Film Starring Jon Voight.  Facebook has banned pro-life 'Roe v. Wade' film starring Jon Voight from advertising the movie on the social network because it considers it a 'political ad.'  Filmmakers Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn produced and directed the movie Roe v. Wade but when they tried to promote the movie through an ad on Facebook they were denied permission because of ad's sensitive nature.

Facebook Refuses Ads for 'Roe v.  Wade' Film.  Social media giant Facebook has allegedly refused to allow the upcoming Roe v. Wade film to run advertisements on its platform under the new "issues of national importance" rule, treating the movie as if it were a political ad.  The producers and writers behind the upcoming film Roe v.  Wade starring Jon Voight and Stacey Dash, which tells the story surrounding the landmark legal case legalizing abortion, recently attempted to advertise the film on Facebook but were denied under Facebook's new "issues of national importance" rules.

Report: Twitter [is] Colluding with Ocasio-Cortez to Ensure Message Is More Effective.  After years of searching, there is still absolutely zero evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.  That's not exactly a surprise to Trump supporters.  Collusion, however, seems to take place on the other side of the political aisle on a relatively frequent basis.

This Daily Wire Figure Just Got Suspended From Twitter For The Dumbest Reason Imaginable.  Daily Wire God-King Jeremy Boreing was suspended from Twitter Thursday after tweeting about ... Brussels sprouts.  No, we're not kidding.  Brussels sprouts.  Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro revealed the suspension on Twitter Thursday morning [1/3/2019] after Boreing reportedly received a note from Twitter informing him of a 12-hour suspension because he'd encouraged another Twitter user — me, your fair reporter, Emily Zanotti — to commit "self-harm" in a critique of my recipe for the roasted side dish.

How Facebook Makes Up Its Own Rules About Free Speech.  A shocking New York Times exposé published on Friday about how a few Facebook executives apparently decide what can or cannot be said on the world's largest social media platform shines a disturbing light on Silicon Valley's "handling" of freedom of speech — if it can be called that.  "Every other Tuesday morning, several dozen Facebook employees gather over breakfast to come up with the rules, hashing out what the site's two billion users should be allowed to say.  The guidelines that emerge from these meetings are sent out to 7,500-plus moderators around the world," The Times piece noted bluntly.  "The closely held rules are extensive, and they make the company a far more powerful arbiter of global speech than has been publicly recognized or acknowledged by the company itself," The Times piece also said.

Report: Facebook Insider Leaks 1,400 Pages of Guidelines for 'Political Speech'.  A recent report from the New York Times has provded [sic] an insight into how Facebook polices global political speech.  A trove of internal Facebook documents obtained by the Times shows how the social media platform is "a far more powerful arbiter of global speech than has been publicly recognized or acknowledged by the company itself."

Facebook apologizes to evangelist Franklin Graham after banning him for 24 hours over a 2016 post.  Facebook has apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham after banning the pastor for 24 hours over a 2016 post he made arguing in favor of a state law restricting transgender individuals to the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate.  The social network issued the apology to the North Carolina-based pastor on Sunday, saying it had 'made a mistake' by banning him and removing the two-year-old post.  Graham thanked Facebook for the apology but went on to blast the social network and founder Mark Zuckerberg in a statement.

Franklin Graham blasts Facebook over temporary ban: 'A personal attack towards me'.  The Rev. Franklin Graham was kicked off Facebook for defending North Carolina's "bathroom bill," which the social-media giant's review team decided was hate speech.  Facebook acknowledged over the weekend it had banned the prominent evangelist over transgender issues and called the 24-hour ban a mistake that it had already undone.  But Mr. Graham was having none of it Sunday, calling the move "a personal attack towards me" and an example of the censorship that Silicon Valley has in store for Christians and/or conservatives.

Apple CEO To Ban 'Sinful' Conservative Speech; Leaves Nasty Music on iTunes.  "We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence," [Apple CEO Tim] Cook said.  "You have no place on our platform.  You have no home here."  Of course, content that allegedly pushes "division" only applies to conservative content.  Cook would be hard-pressed to remove far-left content because conservatives are the ones pushing "division" in the eyes of the left.  In reality, without "division," the left would simply dominate everyone without opposition, which is clearly big tech's goal.

Franklin Graham Claims He Was Banned From Facebook.  Reverend Franklin Graham says that he was banned from Facebook pursuant to a more than two-year-old post in support of North Carolina's House Bill 2, which mandated that citizens use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.  The bill was signed into law in 2016 and was considered by many to be bigoted — and it provoked a wave of corporate boycotts targeting the state.  It's not clear which specific post got Graham banned, but the evangelist has been outspoken in support of that bill and of other similar pieces of legislation.

After Hemp Is Legalized, Facebook Bans Hemp Pages In Apparent Move To Protect Big Pharma.  Because government is the antithesis to freedom, industrial hemp has been banned nationwide since 1937 ostensibly due to the plant's similarities to marijuana.  Many have speculated that this move was also due to the fact that cannabis is in direct competition with the pharmaceutical industry by providing far safer alternative treatments as wel.  However, all this changed this month after President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement act of 2018, legalizing industrial hemp on a national scale.  Industrial hemp is once again legal in all 50 states but its legalization has set off a new disturbing trend.  In a move that appears to be a give away to big pharma, Facebook has begun banning hemp pages.

Mainstream Media Drives Getaway Car for Alt Media Purge.  Facebook purged more than 800 accounts earlier this week, continuing its scorched-earth campaign of eradicating dissent as Americans prepare to go to the polls.  The social media platform is nicely settling into its role as official censor, working hand in glove with the imperialist Atlantic Council to silence all popular voices to the left and right of neoliberal orthodoxy.  As the boundaries of acceptable political discourse narrow online, Big Tech has been drafted to do Big Brother's dirty work — the methodical dismantling of First Amendment protections using the smokescreen of private enterprise.

Facebook suspends accounts over Alabama Senate race tactics against Republican Roy Moore.  Facebook has suspended five accounts for misleading tactics during last year's U.S. Senate race in Alabama.  A statement from Facebook says the company "recently removed five accounts run by multiple individuals for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook around the Alabama special election." Facebook says the investigation is ongoing.  The Washington Post and New York Times have reported that a social media researcher acknowledged testing misleading online tactics during U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' campaign against Republican Roy Moore last year.

Google CEO Lies to Congress:  Says No Bias in Search Results But 13 of 15 Top Images for "Idiot" are Pictures of President Trump!.  On Tuesday [12/11/2018] Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee.  Pichai was called into Congress to explain Google business practices including data collection and targeting of conservative voices.  During the hearing, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain how a picture of Donald Trump comes up when looking up the term "idiot" under images.

What the Facebook Wars are Really About.  Facebook got its start as FaceMash: a site comparing the attractiveness of female Harvard students.  It was then reborn as a social network for Harvard students, Ivy League schools and then everyone.  More recent surveys showed that the average Facebook user in the United States is 40 years old. [...] Mark Zuckerberg had created a company to appeal to college students who wanted to rate the cutest girls on campus, but is instead stuck with a monster worth hundreds of billions (that number will continue fluctuating with media hit pieces) used by people with actual jobs to share family photos and talk politics.

The Editor says...
Facebook started out as a web site primarily for rating and ranking female college students based entirely on their physical attractiveness.  And yet the easily-offended feminists are completely silent about this.

Facebook's audit of alleged anti-conservative bias ongoing, won't commit to releasing final report.  Earlier this year embattled tech giant Facebook agreed to review claims that it silences conservative voices, but a question mark remains over when the findings will see the light of day.  The social network agreed in May to conduct a review over accusations of anti-conservative bias, but it has not committed to publicly releasing its final report — something that isn't expected until 2019.  The tech giant, which enlisted the help of Washington, D.C. law firm Covington and Burling with the review, has been hit by prominent Republican lawmakers for censoring conservative content or banning conservatives outright due to ideological reasons.

Twitter Suspends Humanitarian Account for Publishing Photos of the War in Yemen.  It isn't just the right that is being subjected to Orwellian censorship on social media, Twitter is now censoring Pulitzer-worthy photos showing the horror of the war in Yemen.  On Tuesday [12/4/2018], the social media platform banned the OpDesanitize account which publishes graphic photos from war zones the US is involved in — mainly Yemen.  Their goal is to raise awareness of the true costs of war.

Former Employees:  Facebook Poised for Exodus of Current Employees.  In the midst of one scandal after another, Facebook — already dealing with plummeting stock prices — is also facing what could prove to be an exodus of its workforce.  Current employees are increasingly reaching out to former employees to ask for job references and opportunities outside the social-media giant.  Facebook's woes began in March with reports of the Cambridge Analytica data breach involving at least 50 million (and possibly as many as 87 million) users of the social-media platform having their personal data harvested and used to manipulate the 2016 election.  While it is almost certain that Cambridge Analytica used the harvested data to benefit the Trump campaign, it is equally true that Team Obama did the same and more in 2012.

Exclusive: Google Employees Debated Burying Conservative Media in Search Results.  Google employees debated whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company's search function as a response to President Donald Trump's election in 2016, internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.  The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal.  Trump's election in 2016 shocked many Google employees, who had been counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win.

Blacklisted Feminist:  Saying Men Aren't Women Used to Be 'Banal,' Today It's 'Heresy'.  Meghan Murphy, a prominent feminist who was recently banned from Twitter for stating that men aren't women, wrote an article for Quillette on Wednesday [11/28/2018] explaining how formerly "banal" facts have become "heresy — akin to terrorist speech."  Murphy, who accused Twitter of "censoring basic facts and silencing people," was permanently suspended from the social network last week for stating, "Women aren't men," and "How are transwomen not men?  What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?"  After Twitter made Murphy delete the posts, she made another post calling out Twitter, and was subsequently blacklisted.

Does Twitter Have A Liberal Agenda?  Conservatives have been wondering if all the banning and shadowbanning (essentially artificially limiting the reach of accounts by controlling who can see their content) happening on Twitter is targeting one side of the political aisle over the other for some time now.  Spend any time on the platform and one comes across users openly wondering why their replies aren't being seen or their tweets aren't showing up in followers feeds.  And they're almost exclusively conservatives.

Do you hear the people Tweet?  Glenn Reynolds has deactivated his Twitter account citing the banning of Jesse Kelly for no apparent reason as the immediate cause of his disillusionment with the platform.  Explaining his decision he wrote "why should I provide free content to people I don't like, who hate me?  I'm currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms.  So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others.  At least I'm giving my reasons, which is more than they've done usually."  He may have beaten the digital bouncers to the door by only a little.  The Thought Police are rushing to ensure that everyone toes the line.

Conservatives, Don't Quit Twitter.  Twitter is not a place for the faint of heart.  There's no doubt that taking a break from Twitter is good for the soul and disposition:  Anyone who uses it regularly is aware of how much it can influence your mood.  And one ill-advised tweet can not only ruin your day, but your career.  Post-2016 Twitter is a far more hostile place than it was before Donald Trump was elected.  Republican lawmakers have been shadowbanned on Twitter, and the company even indulged a petition drive to banish President Trump from the site.  Founder Jack Dorsey faced harsh questioning from congressional Republicans earlier this year about his company's anti-conservative bias.

Laura Loomer kicked off Twitter for criticizing Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar.  Twitter double-standard of what is permitted political discourse protects people like Louis Farrakhan, Linda Sarsour, Ilhan Omar and thousands of deranged anti-Trump conspiracy theorists, but hammers people put in the media "far right" box.

Satire:
Twitter Introduces New Feature Allowing Users To Flag Civil, Appropriate Content.  In an attempt to preserve its reputation as a place of toxic interaction and owning each other online, Twitter has announced an exciting new feature that allows users to flag all civil, appropriate content on the platform.  If users come across a calm, civil interaction between two or more users, they're encouraged to flag the users so a Twitter employee can come along and ban them from ever using the website again.  Violations will include earnestly asking someone how they came to embrace their beliefs, telling someone you disagree with that you respect their opinion, and treating people across the aisle as though they are actual humans.

The Escalating Assault on Citizen Journalism.  This past week, the progressive establishment attempted to silence two more independents.  In the first case, Twitter and Facebook conspired to deny the audacious 25-year-old journalist Laura Loomer her rapidly growing audience.  In the second, Special Counsel Robert Mueller lowered the boom on Jerome Corsi, a 72-year-old Harvard Ph.D.  An all too typical headline this week from ABC News — "Conspiracy theorist becomes key figure as Mueller builds case" — delegitimizes Corsi even before the article begins.  Corsi is not a journalist; he is a "conspiracy theorist."  The media are not opposed to conspiracy theorizing in general — Michael Moore did win an Oscar — but rather to theorizing that has the potential to harm the progressive establishment.

Twitter Permanently Bans Feminist For Writing That 'Men Aren't Women'.  Despite its CEO telling Congress the contrary a few months ago, Twitter has amped up its pattern of politically one-sided application of its terms of service.  Last week, the social media giant permanently banned Meghan Murphy, a writer based in British Columbia, for critiquing transgender ideology online.  The platform repeatedly suspended her account for this then ultimately banned her last week, saying such behavior "violated [its] rules against hateful conduct."  Here's a sampling of tweets Twitter required Murphy to delete as "objectionable" before allowing her access back to her account. [...]

Laura Loomer now banned from Twitter & Facebook for 30 days.  What's interesting is how Sr.  Twitter staff spend considerable time discussing Laura.

Report: Facebook's Zuckerberg Pushed A Top Executive To Publicly Disavow Support For Trump, Then Fired Him.  In one of the most shocking stories to get little media coverage this year, The Wall Street Journal reported ten days ago that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pressured a top executive at his company to apologize for his support of President Trump in the 2016 election, and issue a letter just before that election explaining that he had switched his support to libertarian Gary Johnson.  According to reporters Kirsten Grind and Keach Hagey, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says that he was put on leave and then fired for his support for Trump.

How Social Media Is Becoming an Arm of the State.  Say the wrong things and you might get kicked off of your favorite social media platform.  Tech titans Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have wiped out talk-show host Alex Jones's social media presence on the Internet.  But the social media crusades weren't over.  Facebook recently took down popular pages like Liberty Memes and hundreds of other prominent libertarian-leaning pages.  In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, social media network Gab was on the receiving end of suspensions from payment processors like PayPal and Stripe and cloud hosting company Joyent.  Although these companies did not provide clear explanations for their dissociation with Gab, the media had a field day when they learned that the synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, had an account with the social media network.  Should libertarians fear social media de-platforming?  Or is this a case of private actors exercising their legitimate property rights by excluding those they wish to no longer do business with?

Saying 'Only Hitler is Hitler' is Offensive to Facebook.  [Scroll down]  My point being that Hitler was a particularly evil historical figure, and that to call everyone you disagree with Hitler diminishes his evil, and diminishes the horrors he committed, which is incredibly callous towards his victims.  I'm used to social media unfairly suspending me and banning me.  Twitterstan banned me for good after I criticized Marvel's Islamic propaganda comic book, Ms. Marvel.  We're in the middle of a global jihad, but you'd never know it if you read the comic book, as the only Muslims in it are heroes or victims.  After Pakistan blocked me on Instagramistan, my account is dead.  I'm tired of social(ist) media companies focusing on punishing their ideological opponents, while allowing leftists and Muslims to get away with murder.

Cartoonist Asks Everyone to Stop Calling Everyone Else Hitler, Facebook Bans Him.  Godwin's Law now joins the legion of things that Facebook inappropriately bans.  The target is talented cartoonist Bosch Fawstin, who was the target of the first ISIS attack in America over his Mohammed cartoon.  The Southern Poverty Law Center responded by naming Bosch, rather than ISIS, as a hate group.  Facebook has managed to go one better by banning Bosch for a cartoon pointing out the fallacy of accusing everyone else of being Hitler.

Gofundme Bans Conservatives, Allows $150K Fundraiser for Black Teacher Who Punched Student.  The only rules in social media censorship is that there are no rules.  And conservatives get banned while lefties get a free pass.

Keyword:  cahoots.
Report: Twitter Deleting Accounts at Request of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Twitter has reportedly deleted as many as 10,000 accounts at the request of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a party group that supports Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives.  Social media platform Twitter recently told Reuters in a statement:  "We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter," following the removal of over 10,000 Twitter accounts in September and October.  The removal of the accounts is reportedly due to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) a party group that works to help Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gab is back in business.  I have at this writing 6,334 followers on Twitter.  I hope they all follow me on Gab.  Twitter eventually will banish me as it has some of my friends and colleagues.  Eventually, the fascists will ban me.  I don't like giving them free content.  Facebook too.  I write stuff, they sell ads.

The 'Mistake' Facebook Keeps Making.  Facebook says it accidentally silenced a pro-life organization's advertising on the social network.  But the pro-life group says this alleged accident has been happening over and over again.  Also happening again is the spectacle of a Silicon Valley social media giant, which is happy to tell advertisers how efficiently and precisely it can deliver marketing messages, explaining that somehow it still can't figure out how to allow the transmission of a political ad from a longtime participant in the national debate.

Facebook says it 'mistakenly' removed rabbi's story about harassment by Farrakhan supporters.  Facebook said Friday [11/2/2018] that it "mistakenly" removed a New York City rabbi's story about being harassed a day earlier by supporters of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.  Rabbi Avram Mlotek of Base MNHTN posted his account on the social media site about an incident on a train where he was confronted by a man who called him a "f------ fake" Jew and "impostor."  "This man told me repeatedly that Israel was not mine, that I was a fraud, and that Jews are responsible for the mess we find ourselves in today in the city of New York and all over the world," Mlotek wrote in a now-viral post.

Facebook Apologizes, Restores Previously Censored Ad Promoting Marsha Blackburn.  Facebook told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Thursday [11/1/2018] that they have restored a Susan B. Anthony List ad promoting Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and apologized, contending that the ad did not violate their advertising policy, which raises questions over social media companies' influence in American electoral politics.  On Thursday [11/1/2018], Facebook decided not to approve one of Susan B. Anthony List's ads within one week of the contentious 2018 midterm elections, which raises the question of social media companies' undue influence in American electoral politics.

Google Is Trying To Censor Marsha Blackburn Campaign Ads.  Google Ads informed Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign Tuesday that her advertisements including video footage of protestors interrupting her moment of silence for victims of the recent deadly mass shooting of a synagogue were disapproved because they contained "shocking content."  Google Ads, an online advertising platform, would not allow the Tennessee Republican's campaign for Senate promote two campaign videos as search ads because the content doesn't meet Google's standards, according to an email sent to the campaign.

Christian News Site 'LifeSite' Blacklisted by Web Host.  LifeSite, a Christian pro-life news outlet, was allegedly blacklisted by its web host and given just 12 hours to find another host the website, or risk being offline.  "LifeSite just received an email at 8:30 p.m. EST from our web-hosting company alerting us that they will be taking our website down within 12 hours, if not sooner," claimed LifeSite in a statement, Saturday.  "We received absolutely no forewarning whatsoever about this decision."

Congratulations, Facebook, Nobody Trusts You Much Anymore.  We've seen many surveys in the past ranking the institutions in which Americans have the most confidence.  But a new one includes a few big tech companies.  The results are illuminating, particularly when it comes to Facebook.

Twitter: Yes to Ahmadinejad, No to the Gay Patriot.  Did you know that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's former president, is on Twitter?  It's true.  On his Twitter account, Ahmadinejad describes himself as "Husband, Dad, Grandfather, University Professor, President, Mayor, Proud Iranian."  A better description would be "Jew hater, Holocaust denier, homophobe, serial human rights violator, and Death to America advocate."  There's a place on Twitter for a guy like that, but not for the Gay Patriot.

Facebook Deletes Disabled Veteran's Page Without Warning — After Taking $300,000 for Ads.  Facebook blacklisted the conservative news page run by disabled Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage with no warning or explanation — after he reportedly spent more than $300,000 on Facebook advertising.  On his new website which aims to put an end to social media censorship, Air Force veteran and triple-amputee Brian Kolfage explains who he is and the challenges he's facing [...]

Documentary Explores How Google and Facebook Can Undermine Democracy.  The new documentary The Creepy Line explores how the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley can utilize their platforms to suppress speech and undermine democracy — a topic of vital importance for elections in 2018, 2020, and beyond.  The Creepy Line is a new feature-length documentary that explores how Silicon Valley tech companies can use their vast influence to crack down on speech and undermine democracy.  The film focuses specifically on Facebook and Google, and analyzes exactly what these companies do once they have unlimited access to user's data.  The film uses first-hand accounts, scientific experiments, and detailed analysis to explore the risks of allowing these two tech giants free reign over the personal information of millions of people.

Louis Farrakhan 'Termites' Video Removed From Facebook.  A video posted to the Facebook account of Louis Farrakhan in which the Nation of Islam leader compares Jews to termites was removed for violating the social media platforms hate speech policies.  It remains posted on Twitter, which said last week that it does not violate company policies.

Midterm Meddling:  Democrats Surge on Facebook After Algorithm Changes.  Democrat candidates for the Senate and House are vastly outpacing their Republican opponents on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to analysis by the New York Times — although it's impossible to say how much of their upsurge is the result of mass-bans and algorithm changes on the part of Facebook.

Triple Amputee Veteran Brian Kolfage Vows to Haul Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg into Court.  Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage is vowing to fight Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — all the way up to Supreme Court if necessary — if the social media giant does not reinstate his Facebook pages, which Facebook deleted without warning or explanation. [...] "We are not going to stop until Facebook is held accountable on this for everybody.  This is not about me.  This is about free speech and this is about what they are doing to Americans," he said.

Former Facebook engineer who railed against liberal culture explains why he quit.  A former senior Facebook engineer who wrote a memo earlier this year decrying the social media giant's "political monoculture" told Fox News on Tuesday night that the company has a "vocal minority" intent on implementing "social justice policies across our mission."  Brian Amerige, whose last day at Facebook was Friday, told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that "you can't have conversations about ... anything that's a tenet of the social justice ideology, effectively, without being attacked personally."  He added that the company's recent policy cracking down on so-called hate speech was a particularly sensitive topic.  "You can't even have conversations about that policy inside the company without having your character attacked — and I've experienced this personally — without being called a sexist or a racist or a transphobe or an Islamophobe," said Amerige.

Louis Farrakhan won't be suspended by Twitter despite anti-Semitic tweet.  Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who in a recent tweet said he was not prejudiced against Jewish people but was simply "anti-Termite," will be allowed to continue to use the social media platform.  Farrakhan took to the site on Tuesday [10/16/2018] by posting a video of himself speaking at an event in Detroit, during which he addressed "the members of the Jewish community that don't like me."  In a caption to the video, he wrote:  "I'm not an anti-Semite.  I'm anti-Termite."

Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed.  While most indie media was focused on debating the way people talk about Kanye West and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an unprecedented escalation in internet censorship took place which threatens everything we all care about.  It received frighteningly little attention.  After a massive purge of hundreds of politically oriented pages and personal accounts for "inauthentic behavior", Facebook rightly received a fair amount of criticism for the nebulous and hotly disputed basis for that action.  What received relatively little attention was the far more ominous step which was taken next: within hours of being purged from Facebook, multiple anti-establishment alternative media sites had their accounts completely removed from Twitter as well.

Online Censorship Has Arrived — Here Are The Companies Behind It.  Almost on cue, Facebook announced today [10/11/2018] that it had removed over 800 sites.  According to reports, most were politically oriented.  Facebook claims that its actions were "against behavior violations, not content violations."  Some of the sites, including ones managed by friends of mine, do not violate any kind of rules, to the extent that we even know what rules Facebook uses.  I am highly skeptical but if there were "behavior violations," then Facebook should explicitly explain what they were, perhaps with a warning so inadvertent violations can be fixed.  But they don"t.  And they change the rules all the time.  There is absolutely no excuse for this.  It looks very much more like Facebook is repeating the headline to this piece.

Mission impossible:  Can you regain access after Twitter lockout?  If you rely on Twitter for business or recreation, it's time to worry.  Although the days of frequent service outages have passed, users have a new cause for concern — getting locked out by Twitter itself, without explanation.  Unfortunately, when this happens, you have no recourse, and there is no one to call.  It's bad news.  One of the top technology industry analysts in the world, Ray Wang, whom I have known personally for many years, is a victim of this situation.  Wang is no newcomer to Twitter: his account has been active since 2008 and has 119,000 followers.  He is also a blue-checked user, meaning Twitter has verified his identity as authentic.  Given his credentials, if this can happen to Ray, then you are also at risk.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case to Decide if Far Left Tech Giants Can Censor Users.  For over a year The Gateway Pundit has spoken out about how the tech and social media giants are censoring and eliminating conservative publishers and conservative content.

Right Wing News Responds To Facebook Purge.  [Scroll down]  What we're seeing now is a war on conservatives and a war on President Trump.  It's not by mistake, this happened weeks before the midterms.  This nation is no longer what I loved or the one I fought to defend, which I paid a huge price for.  People are being punished for their simple beliefs — beliefs of freedom, beliefs of religion, beliefs on anything that differs from that status quo.  If you have an alternate view, you're attacked — physically, financially and socially.  Tech giants have been implementing their own bias into business, blatantly attacking anyone who has a view that differs from theirs.  Just like we saw with Justice Kavanaugh and his family.  And it's only going to get worse.

Facebook Purges Several Top Conservative Pages Four Weeks Before Election.  On Thursday [10/11/2018] Facbeook announced the company took action on 559 Pages and 251 accounts that violated their "spam" and coordinated "inauthentic behavior" policies. [...] Facebook says the enforcement was based on violations of Facebook's existing spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior policies, the type of content posted by all accounts impacted was not a factor.  And now, several hours later, we are hearing that most of the purged political pages were on the right.

Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish.  Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam.  Several of the pages however — some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings.

Top Ten Alternative Media Sites Banned on Facebook and Twitter.  Sites dealing with government transparency, pages dedicated to police brutality and alternative media — take a closer look at the top ten accounts with millions of followers that were recently suspended by Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Etc. are Subversive to American Government.  What if I told you that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and other big tech companies are subversive to American government; and what they are advocating is completely illegal in this country?  Facebook sells itself as an American online social networking service company.  Apparently, it is only for those who are willing to socialize in pushing the same illegal propaganda.  For example, they advance homosexuality and sodomy (Jude 1:7).  For those who have not taken the time to peruse the United States Constitution and its enumerated laws you may want to do so, that is if you would like to remain a free people (2 Corinthians 3:17).  In every state in our Union, homosexuality and sodomy is a felony.  Yet, these big tech companies are banning and censoring people who are making reference to our constitutional laws (Romans 3:20) in exposing the crimes of those who are guilty as charged.  With the use of the revisionists, they now call it "hate speech."

'Kill Kavanaugh' Tops Twitter Search and Hashtag Suggestions.  Typing "kill" into Twitter's search function currently returns a shocking result at the top of its search suggestions:  "#KillKavanaugh."  It's also currently the third autocompleted suggestion in searches for "ki" and the fourth suggestion in searches for "k" as of this writing.  That's right — by typing a single letter into search, Twitter is suggesting that its users might be interested in a hashtag about the murder of a federal judge and SCOTUS nominee.

Social Media:  Is Trump Right About Anti-Conservative Bias?  You Bet He Is.  President Trump has criticized the major social media and web search sites, in particular Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter, for their anti-conservative bias.  Is his critique valid?  A controversial new report suggests the answer is yes.

Twitter's Denial of Bias Still Doesn't Ring True.  Perhaps the leaders of Silicon Valley's major Internet-based tech companies be more credible if they heeded their conservative-leaning employees, who feel marginalized and muted, because of the leftist cultures they have cultivated in their workplaces.  And maybe these executives would be taken more seriously if they would simply stop lying — especially in places such as before Congressional committees — by saying they don't "intentionally" impose policies that censor those on the right.  Because that is exactly what they do.

Mark Zuckerberg just proved he has no clue how to fix Facebook.  The most important piece of business journalism published last week was a 14,000-word article in the New Yorker titled "The Ghost In the Machine."  The headline is plucked from a 1967 book by Arthur Koestler, the central theme of which is that man has "some built-in error or deficiency which predisposes him towards self-destruction."  In this case, it's one man in particular:  Mark Zuckerberg, the 34-year-old founder and chief executive of Facebook Inc.  Over the summer, he gave a series of interviews to the New Yorker's Evan Osnos.  What emerges instead is a portrait of a man who not only doesn't know how to fix Facebook's problems — which include the spread of political misinformation, the misuse of people's data, and the accusation by the right that conservative speech is being stifled — he barely knows how to think about them.

A word to the wise:  Overthrow your tech overlords while you still can.  Sure we love our smartphones, but is that any reason to surrender our freedom to think for ourselves?  The more dependent we become on Google, Twitter and Facebook for information, the less certain we can be that we are looking at the real world and not the manufactured Matrix deemed suitable for adult consumption by Silicon Valley.  What price are you willing to pay for the convenience of unlimited access to limited truth?  These questions arise this week, as they have almost every week for the past decade, as the evidence mounts that search engines and social media are not just a conduit of reality, but a filter of it.  There is the whole truth, and then there is the Google Truth.  More and more, we are getting the Google Truth, and the devil take the hindmost.

Michelle Malkin Shreds Twitter:  Biased Algorithm 'Triggering Lockdowns... if You Use the Wrong Phrases'.  Michelle Malkin warned of technology companies' tightening control over the parameters of political speech and expression during a Wednesday interview with Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight.  Malkin's comments came against the backdrop of Wednesday's [9/12/2018] publishing of a leaked video from 2016 depicting Google's leadership lamenting the election of President Donald Trump and pledging global political opposition to both nationalism and populism.  [Audio clip]

Jeff Sessions 'Exploring Potential Investigation' of Google, Facebook, Twitter.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly "exploring a potential investigation" of Big Tech social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google.  According to Bloomberg, Sessions will "be briefed on Sept. 25 by Republican state attorneys general who are already examining the firms' practices," and will "help Sessions decide if there's a federal case to be made against companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. for violating consumer-protection or antitrust laws."

#WalkAway Founder Brandon Straka Banned From Facebook.  Brandon Straka, the founder of the #WalkAway movement has been banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars ahead of being interviewed by the outlet.  Straka's ban comes as he is planning a #WalkAway march on Washington this October.  The movement is for Democrats who are leaving the party over their increasingly ridiculous antics.

Twitter blocks posts that use phrase 'illegal alien' as 'hateful content'.  The federal government, U.S. Supreme Court, and lawyers across the country use the word "illegal alien" to describe immigrants who illegally enter the country, because that's the definition in the law.  But Twitter makes its own laws, and the social media giant is now blocking folks from promoting any messages with the phrase, which its moderators apparently consider "hate speech."

The glory days may be dead and gone for social media giants.  We all know you can "like" or "share" something on Facebook, but it turns out more and more people are instead hitting the "delete" button and taking down their accounts altogether.  According to a new survey from Pew Research, some 26 percent of Americans have wiped their phones clean of the social media platform over the past year; another 54 percent have adjusted their privacy settings, and 42 percent claim to have taken a break from the site for several weeks or more.  These actions came on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and suggest that Facebook's careless and dishonest handling of user information came back to bite them.

The Broken Soapbox.  Social media entered our world with a promising offer: you can communicate here — with virtually everyone on Earth. [...] But now social media have a near monopoly on public discourse, and the age of censorship has arrived.  Ideas and messages that once were tolerable are now forbidden.  Users have spent a decade or more building their audience with a consistent message — and thus filling the platform-owners' pockets — and now find themselves banned when their message hasn't changed.  In no other arena of commerce would owners be considered justified in arbitrarily changing the rules to exclude certain customers, particularly if the reasons were amorphous, largely unexplained, and applied to a certain type of customer and not to others.

Twitter Permanently Suspends Alex Jones and InfoWars After Jones Confronts CNN's Deplatforming Crusader Oliver Darcy.  Oliver Darcy has been a naked activist crusading to get a host of accounts, including Jones' most of all, banned from Twitter, FaceBook, etc.  Oliver Darcy and CNN have abandoned any pretense of objectivity and are simply now activists and lobbyists pressuring other companies to ban their critics and competitors.  Until recently, Twitter had been the lone hold-out, refusing to ban Jones, stating that he had not broken any rules.  Which made Darcy and CNN crusade all the harder to get Jones banned, writing stories frequently demanding that Twitter get with the deplatforming program.

Alex Jones Banned From Twitter, Louis Farrakhan and Hamas Remain.  On Thursday [9/6/2018], Twitter permanently suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars from Twitter and Periscope.  This followed Jones' altercation with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) outside of the hearing with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.  Some have accused Twitter of applying a double standard, however, since both notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and the terrorist organization Hamas still have accounts on the platform.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Confirms 'Algorithms Unfairly Filtered Out 600,000 Accounts'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that his company's algorithms "were unfairly filtering 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress," from search results based on the type of followers they had.  Dorsey confirmed that 600,000 accounts were shadowbanned during his hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday [9/5/2018].  "In the spirit of accountability and transparency: recently we failed our intended impartiality.  Our algorithms were unfairly filtering 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress, from our search auto-complete and latest results," claimed Dorsey.

Twitter Suspends Benghazi Hero For Mocking Obama, Liberals.  Twitter suspended former Army Ranger and Benghazi hero Kris Paronto over the weekend for mocking former President Barack Obama and liberals after another Twitter account claimed that Obama killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  The incident happened after a far-left Twitter account told Robert J. O'Neill — the Navy SEAL who is credited with killing bin Laden — that it was Obama who killed the Islamic terrorist.

Freed From Twitter Jail, Benghazi Hero Kris Paronto Thanks Trump Jr.  For Powerful Obama Smackdown.  In his campaign speech on Friday [9/7/2018], former president Barack Obama dismissed Republican "wild conspiracy theories, like those surrounding Benghazi."  Benghazi survivor Kris Paronto naturally took offense, and soon found himself suspended on Twitter.  Donald Trump Jr. later joined in denouncing Obama's remarks, earning thanks from Paronto.  After Obama's attack on Benghazi "conspiracy theories," the Benghazi survivor blasted the former president on Twitter.

WSJ: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Personally Decides Who Gets Blacklisted.  The Wall Street Journal published an article recently outlining the efforts Twitter has made to crack down on "bad actors" on its platform, including the personal involvement of CEO Jack Dorsey in deciding who gets blacklisted.  An article published in the Wall Street Journal titled "Inside Twitter's Long, Slow Struggle to Police Bad Actors," outlines how Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey personally stepped in to make decisions on the banning of high-profile accounts, regularly frustrating Twitter employees.  The article states that Twitter primarily relies on reports from users to police their platform and decisions on whether to ban accounts are then made by reviewing a consistent set of policies relating to the platform's rules.

Majority leader partners with Trump to 'stop the bias' and censoring of conservatives.  Ahead of expected hearings on Capitol Hill by social media companies, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been actively promoting a campaign to "stop the bias."  The California Republican has targeted alleged discrimination against conservatives on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, leading Republicans in the charge while echoing President Donald Trump who shared a video message and the hashtag #StopTheBias last week.

CNN Boosts Left-Wing Campaign to Censor Breitbart; Approves 'Blacklisting'.  CNN swept aside journalistic ethics on Sunday by endorsing a blacklisting campaign with a glowing interview of Matt Rivitz, the founder of Sleeping Giants, a failed effort to censor Breitbart News by harassing and intimidating companies whose advertisements may (or may not) have appeared on the website.  The interview took place on Reliable Sources, a Sunday morning show that once focused on analyzing the media, but which in recent years has been turned into the editorial mouthpiece of CNN president Jeff Zucker, voiced through host Brian Stelter.

Hall Monitor Nation.  Last May, I was notified by Facebook's Julia Smekalina that "one of your posts was reported and found to be in violation of our Community Standards."  Little Nazi block watchers are constantly reporting conservatives.  They can't just stop following people they don't like.  Liberals used to mock fundamentalist Christians, claiming they feared that someone, somewhere, may be happy.  Now they're the ones haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, may disagree with them.

Social Media Censorship II.  On CNN last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said, "I think we need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is left, is more left-leaning."  At least Dorsey admits that.  Usually, powerful social media platforms push their political agendas while pretending not to have any.  Roy Spencer, author of "Climate Confusion," points out that when he does a Google search for "climate skepticism," the first 10 pages aren't links to skepticism.  Instead, they're links to articles criticizing climate change skepticism.

Save the Culture from the Modern Vandals.  Time was when Bowdlerism and pecksniffery were alleged to be characteristics of conservative Christians and small-town Babbitts: reactionary squares from Squaresville, who couldn't handle a little overt sexuality or transgressive humor from the likes of Lenny Bruce.  These days, the censorship comes almost exclusively from the perpetually outraged cultural-Marxist Left.  Like their Soviet, Chinese, and Cambodian forebears, they cannot abide anything that does not conform to their world-view right this minute, and therefore must constantly update their "Index of Forbidden Books, Films, Words, and Cultural Artifacts."

Oops: Net Neutrality Advocates Just Made The Case For Regulating Google And Facebook.  This week a coalition of internet giants — including Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and others — urged a U.S. appeals court to reinstate federal "net neutrality" regulations on internet service providers.  But when it comes to keeping the internet "free and open," those companies are among the worst offenders.

Trump: 'We As a Country Cannot Tolerate Political Censorship, Blacklisting, and Rigged Search Results'.  Speaking at a campaign rally in Indiana Thursday night [8/30/2018], President Trump added a new element to his stump speech — political censorship.  He told the crowd that his administration is standing up for the free speech rights of all Americans, liberals and conservatives alike.

Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its 'Intolerant' Liberal Culture.  The post went up quietly on Facebook's internal message board last week.  Titled "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity," it quickly took off inside the social network.  "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views," Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times.  "We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology."  Since the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB'ers for Political Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group's page and who were not authorized to speak publicly.  The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige's memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company.

Cuomo: We Shouldn't Care About Censoring Conservatives Online.  Former White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short appeared on Cuomo Prime Time on Tuesday [8/28/2018].  He brought the case for scrutiny into social media and other web companies based on recent evidence that they are collectively censoring conservatives.  CNN's Chris Cuomo claimed he cared about conservative voices allegedly being silenced, but not really.  To him, it was all just another distraction from whatever he thought the 'real issue' was, a distraction Trump was using to his advantage.  Cuomo's next brilliant leap in logic was that if Trump is tweeting about it, it doesn't really matter.  And, according to him, Fox News was behind it all.

Zuckerberg's dissent from within:  Facebook group rips left-wing 'monoculture'.  Facebook employees apparently do not agree with Mark Zuckerberg's pronouncements on the ideological tolerance of the company.  An internal post titled "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity" — a rebuke of the idea that Facebook offers an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas — was shared this week with The New York Times.  "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views," Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, the newspaper reported Tuesday [8/28/2018].  "We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology."

Facebook engineer reveals how colleagues 'attack — often in mobs — anyone who opposes left-leaning ideology'.  A senior Facebook engineer has revealed the firm's aggressive 'left-leaning' culture in a damning memo that levels a series of damaging claims against the firm.  Brian Amerige alleges that colleagues 'attack — often in mobs' anyone who is not left-leaning, tear down Trump posters and demand HR investigates anyone who criticizes Islam's human rights record.  Amerige issued his rallying cry in an internal memo that has sparked a group called FB'ers for Political Diversity which has already attracted hundreds of members, and complaints from other members of staff for being offensive to minorities.

New Website Documents Biased Facebook Censorship.  That the meme "Facebook Jail" has become so popular, especially among conservatives, who make up at least 90% of its inmate population, is a sad commentary on the times we live in.  Many who rely on this social media leviathan for exposure and, concomitantly, a living are finding themselves blocked, banned, or censored.  Some users have even had their accounts disabled for no good reason and without explanation or appeal.  Now a new site has emerged that seeks to swap the roles of the jailer and jailed.  Its name, Facecrook Jail, is a riff on the meme, and it not only documents instances of bias, censorship, and abuse by Facebook but also lets users share their own experiences and grievances with the social media site.

Senior Facebook Engineer Admits "We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters".  It's no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content.  On Tuesday [8/28/2018] President Trump warned Google about it's biased practices against conservatives and conservative content in their search feature.

Trump threatens action against Google for 'rigged' search results.  President Trump, chafing against news coverage he says is unfair, accused search-engine operator Google of suppressing positive stories about him and threatening a government response.  "This is a very serious serious situation — will be addressed," he wrote on Twitter, the social media platform where he has more than 50 million followers.  The president and congressional Republicans have all accused tech companies based in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley of suppressing news favorable to them, a claim that firm executives have denied in a number of hearings.  What action the president might attempt wasn't immediately clear.  Constitutional guarantees bar the government from restricting freedom of speech or the press, but those don't apply to the actions of private companies or individuals.  Google, Facebook, and Twitter have all denied presenting content in a way that favors either end of the political spectrum.

Google Responds To Trump Vowing Action Against 'RIGGED' Search Results.  President Trump vowed to take action against Google early Tuesday morning in response to a report suggesting that the search engine's algorithm was suppressing conservative outlets' coverage of Trump.

Youtube Buries Ann Coulter Video To Prevent Users From Finding It.  This is a perfect example of how big tech firms like Facebook, Google, and Youtube fashion their code to prevent conservatives from being found in search results and how viewers are given all liberal sources instead.  The folks at Information Liberation did a search for an Ann Coulter video entitled "How Trump Should Deal With Cohen & Manafort — Ann Coulter."  This video featured the best selling author's appearance on C-Span last week where she slammed Big Tech for its bias against conservatives.

Searching for unbiased news:  Trump rips Google as 'rigged'.  It seems like just about everyone is unhappy with Google at one time or another, given its dominant role in helping the world sort through the endless flood of online information.  Politicians, journalists, entertainers, business owners and others all want their names, links, articles and videos to come up higher in the searches.  For some, it's a matter of political life and death; for others, a matter of business survival; for still others, a question of sheer ego.  If you're pushed way down in the rankings, then as a practical matter, you don't exist.  President Trump has loudly added his voice, taking to Twitter to attack the search giant.

The Gathering Civil Liberties Storm.  Yesterday morning [2/23/2018], Facebook took down all five of my posts, declaring each time that "We removed this post because it looks like spam and doesn't follow our Community Standards."  Really?  Here are the "radical" links I posted: [...] Many Facebook friends have had the same experience yesterday, with no explanations.

Fahrenheit 404.  Recently, Apple, Spotify, Facebook, and YouTube (owned by Google's parent, Alphabet) almost simultaneously tried to erase Infowars from existence (so-called deplatforming).  Libertarians and some Republican candidates for the U.S. Congress in the 2018 elections were similarly excommunicated soon after.  In a week, numerous conservatives got permanently banned from Twitter. [...] The fact is that these internet companies created a cartel to get rid of dissenters.  Exile from the virtual space does not mean the end of the world for the victims.  Also, there was no "double standard" about dissenters from these companies.  These sites from the very beginning were created as platforms for spreading exclusively leftist ideas, but for some time, they just closed their eyes to dissenters.  However, the defeat in the elections in 2016 led the leaders of these companies to the conclusion that without the organization of an anti-conservative cartel, the elections of 2018 will be lost, too.

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Facebook Censorship Strikes Again.  As I wrote [elsew]here, the Left is outsourcing censorship of the internet to the tech companies of Silicon Valley, all of which are happily — if you are a leftist — run by liberals.  What the government can't do, on account of the First Amendment, private companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can do with impunity.  Increasingly, conservatives are persona non grata on social media platforms.

Google-Facebook 'Can Shift 12 Million Votes This Election'.  A study of the how Google and Facebook are manipulating the political views of their users shows internet tech giants have the power to shift "upwards of 12 million votes" in November's midterm elections, psychologist Robert Epstein told Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson.

The Dark, Ugly Truth About Google is Oozing Out.  Though I have been an outspoken critic of Google for a long time — dating back more than 10 years — I figured out only last year that what I call the "Speech Code Cartel" of Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple, along with other tech companies, represents the gravest threat to American liberty in the history of the country.  Unlike weapons of mass destruction that kill us all, this is another kind of WMD — a weapon of mass delusion — one that stealthily kills our freedom and the individual spirit that made America great.

We are Slaves to the Children of the Lie.  Just this week MasterCard and Patreon pulled services from conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.  David Horowitz exposes communists who hate America, and Robert Spencer exposes radical Islamists who hate the West.  Horowitz and Spencer were targeted by the radical, evil organization the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  The SPLC pretends to oppose "hate," but actually spreads hate and defamation, with the support of the media and government.

David Horowitz:  Visa, Mastercard Cut Off Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC 'Hate Group' Label.  The David Horowitz Freedom Center has had their donation processing system blocked by Visa and Mastercard allegedly following a campaign by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Visa has since contacted Breitbart News to deny involvement in the blacklisting of the Freedom Center.  The David Horowitz Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its ability to accept donations by credit card has been disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a hate group.  This situation comes shortly after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was forced off the funding platform Patreon following pressure from Mastercard.

A Facebook Story.  [I]f being silenced — banned — on Facebook is my lot, I am sure I will be only one of many.

This Is What 'Election Interference' Actually Looks Like.  The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding.  With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade.  Earlier this month, Alex Jones was blacklisted on virtually every major social media service, including Apple podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, and even Pinterest and Linkedin.  Following pressure from CNN and Media Matters, Twitter eventually followed suit with a week-long suspension.

Facebook censored my column — and I still can't find out why.  At 7:55 a.m.  Thursday morning [8/23/2018], I posted a story I had written for The New York Post on both Facebook and Twitter.  It was a reported piece on how people who voted for President Trump were feeling after both former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his lawyer Michael Cohen found themselves on the wrong side of the law.  Within two hours I started receiving a handful of notes from people who are friends on my personal Facebook page that their posting of my piece, entitled "Why Trump's supporters won't care about Cohen and Manafort," had been removed.  Sometimes the removal was accompanied by a message from Facebook.  "Spam" was the most common reason given, but a couple of people were told Facebook removed the post because "it did not follow our Community Standards."

From One Psychodrama to Another.  The warping of the national media last week also crested with scant mention that Silicon Valley has redoubled their efforts to label expression it finds non-progressive as hate speech and find ways to ban it on their platforms.  At the same time, the national media coordinated its opinion pages in a simultaneous effort to voice its collective and scripted outrage that Donald Trump had done the unthinkable:  in crude fashion, he questions the very autonomy and integrity of the media.

Memo Reveals Soros-Funded Social-Media Censorship Plan.  The recent wave of censorship of conservative voices on the internet by tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Apple mirrors a plan concocted by a coalition of George Soros-funded, progressive groups to take back power in Washington from President Trump's administration.  A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trump by working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate "right wing propaganda and fake news" was presented in January 2017 by Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with about 100 donors, the Washington Free Beacon reported at the time.  On Monday [8/20/2018], the Gateway Pundit blog noted the memo's relationship with recent moves by Silicon Valley tech giants to "shadow ban" conservative political candidates and pundits and remove content.

Forget Russia, Twitter Is Meddling in 2018 Elections, Shadow-Banning GOP Candidates John James and Ron Bassilian.  A recent study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter was censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.  Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.  Twitter is also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including:  Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP's Jim Hoft, TGP's Cassandra Fairbanks, TGP's Lucian Wintrich, TGP's Cristina Laila and Laura Loomer among others.

Guess How Many Hits WND Gets from Google Search.  Seven or eight years ago, it was not unusual for WND stories to be among the top breaking news stories in the main Google News display.  In at least the last five years, I can't recall ever seeing one WND story cited on its first page where daily, hourly, you will find the left-wing editorials of Huffington Post and Daily Beast topping the referrals, along with the New York Times, CNN and Washington Post.  You won't see the Daily Caller or Breitbart up there, either.  In other words, it's a systematic boycott of the independent media that is not sold out to the fake news left, the Democratic Party and the conspiracy mongers of global warming, Russian collusion and anti-Trump hysteria.

And They Wonder Why We're Angry.  America is experiencing a major culture war between its interpreters and the people. [...] The polarity is profound, and the interpreters believe they hold the upper hand with regard to education, the media, the government, the church, and the press.  These epistemological agents control the story dispensed to the people, and though they failed miserably in 2016, they believe they will in 2018 rise again to dictate outcomes for the people.  The interpreters decide what things mean.  Is something offensive?  Is something racist?  Is something sexist?  Is something homophobic or transphobic?  These decisions destroy the people's access to the public sphere and public legitimacy.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Admits Platform Is 'Left-Leaning'.  In the clip that aired on CNN, Dorsey defined shadowbanning, a practice many conservatives have complained has happened to them and that President Trump condemned on Saturday [8/18/2018], as "hiding that tweet from everyone without that person knowing about it."  Regarding recent criticism levied at the social media platform, Dorsey contended that Twitter does not police content, but rather behavior.

HUD sues Facebook, which could jeopardize all Internet ads.  HUD today sued Facebook for promoting illegal discrimination in housing.  This could be the first legal challenge to how Internet oligarchs target ads.  One man's tailoring ads to audiences is another man's discrimination.  The agency's press release said, "The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination.  "HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient's race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, and/or zip code.  Facebook then invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of 'targeted advertising.'"  That triggered so much laughing that I had a coughing spell.

Facebook Censors Brigitte Gabriel Post Calling Accused Terrorist 'Sick and Depraved'.  Facebook censored the account of ACT! for America founder Brigitte Gabriel for publishing a post which called an accused terrorist who allegedly trained children to go on school shootings "sick and depraved."  "This is the smile of a sick and depraved Muslim terrorist who is back on the streets (on bail) after training children to shoot up schools," posted Gabriel in response to alleged terrorist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.  "The judge who allowed this to happen should be removed from their [sic] post ASAP.  If he harms anyone while on bail, the blood is on their hands."

Robert Spencer:  Silicon Valley Blacklisting Conservatives 'with No Recourse, No Appeal, No Discussion'.  Robert Spencer, founder and director of Jihad Watch and author of "The History of Jihad:  From Muhammad to ISIS," warned of expanding online left-wing political censorship via large technology companies. [...] Spencer said, "The social media giants, now, have more control over the means of communication than the Soviet Union did in its heyday, or Nazi Germany, and they are pursuing a genuinely totalitarian initiative, and it's based largely on the work of Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a far-left group trying to demonize all dissent from the leftist agenda by lumping in legitimate conservative voices with groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis.  If you end up on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate-group list, then the tech media giants will deplatform you on that basis with no recourse, no appeal, discussion; nothing."  [Audio clip]

Elizabeth Heng:  Big Tech Can 'Swing Elections as They Censor Conservative Voices'.  Elizabeth Heng, the Republican nominee running to represent California's 16th Congressional District, warned of left-wing technology companies' increasing capacity to determine electoral outcomes. [...] Earlier on Thursday [8/16/2018], Twitter blocked a campaign video advertisement of Heng's.  It described Heng's video as containing "inappropriate content" deemed "offensive, vulgar, or obscene."

Trump Goes Off On Social Media 'Censorship' and 'Discrimination' Against Conservative Voices.  2017 was a very challenging year for TGP.  Facebook and Twitter often altered their platforms to prevent TGP stories from being shared.  They have employed far left operatives who deem which stories are acceptable and others they kill off before they go viral.  Stories like 'Hillary is going to win in a landslide', 'Hillary is not sick' or 'Trump colluded with Russia' are considered accurate news reports.  These powerful tech firms act as gatekeepers and prevent conservative content from being shared online.

PragerU Claims They've Been Shadow Banned on Facebook.  YouTube video giant PragerU claims Facebook is shadow banning their account or intentionally suppressing their videos from follower news feeds.  According to PragerU, several videos were flagged as "hate speech" by Facebook.

Alex Jones Temporarily Blocked From Twitter.  The personal account of Alex Jones has been temporarily blocked on Twitter after one of his posts reportedly incited violence.  A spokesperson for the social networking site confirmed the action Tuesday [8/14/2018], stating the Infowars host has been placed in "read-only mode."

Twitter Suspends Gavin McInnes For Violating 'Violent Extremist' Policy; McInnes Responds.  The rationale for suspending the accounts, Twitter suggested in a statement, is that McInnes and his Proud Boys are a "violent extremist group."  "We can confirm that these accounts have been suspended from Twitter and Periscope for violating our policy prohibiting violent extremist groups," a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed in a statement.  In response to the suspension, McInnes, who also co-founded Vice magazine, warned that Twitter's actions against him were just part of a larger attempt to crack down on conservative voices and prevent President Trump from getting reelected.

Conservative Journalist Laura Loomer Banned from Facebook.  A conservative journalist and Big League Politics contributor was banned from Facebook on Sunday [8/12/2018] in the midst of a purge of prominent right-wing figures by Silicon Valley tech giants.  "Laura Loomer has been unpublished for repeatedly posting things that don't comply with Facebook Terms," the site informed Loomer.

Facebook Censors Benghazi Hero After He Is Interviewed By Infowars.  This is about a once free society that is becoming more Orwellian with each passing day.  Now that they have come for Alex Jones, they aren't going to stop.  It might not be tomorrow, but eventually, they are going to come for you.

Forget 1984, It's 2018.  In the last week, Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton, former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, had their Twitter accounts suspended.  The hammer came down on them just one day after Alex Jones and InfoWars were banned and had all of their content removed from Facebook, YouTube, Apple's iTunes, and Spotify.

Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Personally Made Decision to Ban Alex Jones.  When an ordinary account gets banned on Facebook, it's possible that no human was ever involved in the decision.  Not so for Alex Jones and Infowars.  According to the New York Times, the order to ban the radio host came from the very top.

Now YouTube Is Adding 'Fact Checks' to Videos that Question 'Climate Change'.  YouTube is now adding "fact checks" to videos which question the man-made global warming scare narrative. [...] Sure, in many ways it's a trivial and pathetic gesture.  Quoting Wikipedia as your credible source is a bit like citing CNN as the go-to site for all the latest info on Donald Trump.  And anyway, that "scientifically accurate explainer" is at best vague, at worst far more misleading than the videos it is supposed to be "fact checking."

The Deep State is Censoring Voices That Do Not Agree With Them.  Alex Jones is the latest victim of the Deep State silencing voices that speak out against it.  The Alex Jones and Infowars Facebook, Youtube, Apple, and Spotify content has been removed for violating hate speech, bulling, and violence policies while pages on the left that violate the same policies remain and thrive.  [Video clip]

Don't let Big Tech become Big Brother.  I have never read anything by Alex Jones or InfoWars, nor have any desire to read any of his conspiracy theories.  However, I do care if 2.4 million of his followers on YouTube want to see his material and are now unable find it.  It is their basic right as Americans to have unimpeded access to the material of their choice.  But what some tech companies are doing today takes them away from operating as open platforms to becoming big media companies even though they are, by and large, legally immune from responsibility for user content.  They cannot claim both the exemption under the guise of being just a neutral utility then turn around and use editors and algorithms to pick opinion losers and winners.

Social media and the hate-speech slippery slope.  If Facebook has truly become the world's public-information highway, then efforts to censor it by either the tech giants or the government should be something thinking people should worry about it, even when the intended objects of such bans are exactly the people we wish to expose as liars and hatemongers.

Jared Holt the Fascist Who Got Alex Jones Banned from Internet Works for Soros Funded Website.  Jared Holt works for the George Soros funded website Right Wing Watch.  Right Wing Watch says on its "About Page" the Soros funded group is a project of People For the American Way (PFAW) dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda.

Midterm Meddling:  Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate's Ad.  Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng's campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S., claiming the platform doesn't allow "shocking, disrespectful, or sensational" content.  Elizabeth Heng, who is running for California's 16th congressional district seat, made the video about her parent's escape from mass-murder by the Khmer Rouge communists in the 1970s.

Jeong And Owens Prove Twitter Censorship Weighs More Heavily On Conservatives.  When The New York Times named Sarah Jeong to its editorial board despite a history of racist statements on Twitter (a history vaster than originally reported), non-leftists observed that similar comments directed against any group other than whites would be unacceptable in polite society.  Turning Points USA communications director Candace Owens decided to prove the point, and Twitter obliged her.  Owens tweeted comments Saturday worded identically to those made by Jeong, but she substituted "Jewish people" and "Black people" for white people, and she expressly noted that the comments mimicked Jeong.  Twitter promptly suspended her account, then restored it after an online backlash and an internal review.

Alex Jones's InfoWars Has Been De-Platformed and This Is Just the Beginning.  [Scroll down]  None of the companies involved in this action are considered "publishers."  While publishers bear some legal culpability for what they print, YouTube, etc., have a legal safe harbor in that they are considered communications platforms and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act immunizes online platforms from being sued for what appears on that platform.  This is not a bad law.  You shouldn't be able to sue a bullhorn company because Al Sharpton used one to generate an anti-Semitic riot.  What it does mean is that the decision to pull Jones, while leaving Louis Farrakhan untouched indicates this is less about "community standards" than it is about politics.

Instagram Bans Tommy Robinson As Conservative Purge Continues.  Anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson was imprisoned in May for filming outside of a Muslim grooming trial in Great Britain.  Tommy Robinson was freed on bail last week after appealing his imprisonment for contempt of court.  A 13 month sentence was imposed on the same day as Robinson's arrest in May for filming outside a grooming gang trial in Leeds.  On Wednesday [8/1/2018] it was struck down by Lord Chief Justice Burnett and two other judges.

More about Tommy Robinson.

Facebook: Farrakhan's Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Don't Violate 'Hate Speech' Rules.  Videos posted to [Nation of Islam leader Louis] Farrakhan's Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling government agencies to suppress black Americans and blaming Jews for "weaponizing" marijuana with "chemicals" to "feminize" black men.  Neither of those videos violate Facebook's rules prohibiting hate speech, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview Tuesday [8/7/2018].  Another video that showed Farrakhan warning against interracial marriage — which he blames on "the enemy" in Hollywood — to keep the black race "from being any further mongrelized," was originally ruled not to violate hate speech rules, according to the Facebook spokeswoman.

Facebook goes off the deep end again, bans GOP candidate Elizabeth Heng's Cambodian genocide images.  Communists have always sought to cover up the crimes of communism.  It started in Ukraine in the 1930s, when New York Times commie-symp reporter Walter Duranty covered up the man-made mass starvation in that part of the Soviet Union, and it's continued today in Venezuela with dictator Nicolás Maduro forbidding photos of empty store shelves and refusing to permit aid to the country's starving people, for fear of the truth getting out.  National Socialists are at least as zealous in seeking to cover up the truth about their Holocaust against the Jews.  So I stare, appalled, as Facebook has been caught censoring the images of the Cambodian holocaust presented by GOP congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng of the Central Valley in a video that can be seen here.  [Video clip]

Alex Jones shutdown ignites debate over social media content policing, censorship.  Facebook and YouTube shut down accounts Monday run by radio host Alex Jones, saying his charged rhetoric violated their policies and were detracting from their efforts to spawn a civil conversation.  Apple also said it nixed Mr. Jones' podcast from its iTunes subscription lists, and Spotify erased the host's program from its feed, as social media companies began to take a more active role in policing their content.  The decision ignited a debate in technology circles, with even some of Mr. Jones' critics wondering whether social media companies are capable of, or should be, policing content to this extent.

Conservative Speech Be Banned!  Over on Twitter, Paul Joseph Watson, one of the leading contributors to Infowars, raised his voice in protest and warning:  "Facebook has permanently BANNED Infowars.  For unspecified 'hate speech'.  They didn't even tell us what the offending posts were.  This sets a chilling precedent for free speech.  To all other conservative news outlets — you are next.  The great censorship purge has truly begun."  He added, "Whatever you think of Infowars, they're coming for you next."  Now, I've mentioned before that, by and large, I am not a fan of Infowars (although Watson's takedowns of the radical left are often bitingly on target).  At the same time, I've stated that YouTube's conflict with Infowars (the precursor to the current attack) should concern us all.

A bit of clarity on the Alex Jones situation.  The number of problems with the entire "Facebook should be handled like a public utility" concept and the many ways the analogy falls apart are too numerous to go into here yet again.  But with that said, I'll agree with Jonah's point that the electric company doesn't come over and cut off your power because you peddle theories about 9/11 or tell people that Jews control the weather.

Twitter CEO on decision not to ban Alex Jones: 'He hasn't violated our rules'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday [8/7/2018] explained the site's decision not to suspend conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, breaking with several other top tech companies.  In recent days, Jones and his website, InfoWars, have been banned or otherwise punished by YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Facebook and others.  In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that Jones had not violated Twitter rules.

Democrats attempt to stifle dissent:
'Survival of our democracy' depends on banning sites like InfoWars, Dem senator says.  Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is calling on other tech companies to ban more sites like InfoWars, and says the survival of American democracy depends on it.  "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart.  These companies must do more than take down one website.  The survival of our democracy depends on it," Murphy tweeted Monday [8/6/2018].

A message from Joe Goebbels
Legislators swore....  ... to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, not to defend their parties against all inconvenient dissent.


Are Tech Giants Working Together To Censor Conservatives?  Liberal Tech Giants Facebook, Twitter, Google-YouTube and Wikipedia have all stepped up their harassment of conservative publishers since the 2016 election.  The far left and Democrats understand that conservatives get their news from online publishers.  Since the election The Gateway Pundit found from traffic analysis that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

Twitter is run by Democratic donors and activists.  After Twitter was caught last month "shadow-banning" Republicans, while giving Democrats unrestricted voice, the social-media giant insisted it has no political agenda.  But records of its political contributions show board members, top executives and major shareholders have all given overwhelmingly to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, while snubbing Republicans and Donald Trump.  Federal records reveal 80 percent of Twitter's corporate PAC contributions in the 2018 election cycle have gone to Democratic candidates, none of whom are moderates.  Liberal Democrats also got top dollar in the 2016 race.  The lobbying records I reviewed, moreover, show Twitter has sought to influence Congress and federal agencies on behalf of Democratic causes and against President Trump's policies.

Facebook and Apple remove pages and podcasts from Alex Jones for hate speech violations.  Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest clamped down on content by Alex Jones Monday [8/6/2018].  Apple confirmed on Monday that it had removed five out of six podcasts, which includes Jones' infamous "The Alex Jones Show" as well as a number of other InfoWars audio streams.  The news was originally reported by BuzzFeed News.  Facebook and Google made similar decisions later on Monday.

Twitter's Statement About How They Don't Shadow Ban Kinda Sounds Like They Shadow Ban.  While others are distracted by recent news that the U.S. economy grew by 4.1% this quarter, or that Donald Trump's once-loyal lawyer now claims, without evidence, that the then-presidential candidate was aware his son was meeting with Russians for dirt on Hillary Clinton (which Trump continues to deny), or that Russian hackers appear to have targeted the first candidate in the 2018 cycle, it's easy to miss the most important question of the day:  Is Twitter being unfair to conservatives?  VICE News first noticed that several prominent Republicans. such as RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and congressmen like Matt Gaetz and Mark Meadows, were not appearing in Twitter's search box even when their full names were typed out.  That effectively lumped in Republican politicians with figures like far-right provocateurs Richard Spencer, Laura Loomer, and Mike Cernovich.  By contrast, none of their Democratic counterparts were affected.  After the story went up, several conservative journalists noticed their accounts were also affected.

Candace Owens Copies Racist Tweets by Sarah Jeong but Replaces "White" with "Black" and Is Immediately Suspended!.  On Saturday [8/4/2018] conservative Candace Owens copied the racist tweets by Sarah Jeong but replaced "white" with "black" and "Jewish."  She was immediately suspended!  This is the far left insanity and racism being pushed by Twitter!

Candace Owens was Suspended from Twitter — We've Got Her Top 10 Tweets of the Week — Guess Which One Got Their Attention?  Candace Owens started out her tweet by claiming she vehemently disagreed with President Trump's remark about Don Lemon being the dumbest man of television, demanding that MSNBC's Joe Scarborough of the "Morning Joe" show is the dumbest man on television.

Facebook Caves to Leftist Media Mob, Permanently Bans InfoWars.  In the latest Orwellian nightmare to come from Silicon Valley, Facebook has caved to the leftist media mob demanding censorship of InfoWars and permanently banned their page.

Jim Jordan:  Social Media Giants 'Cannot Say They're an Open Platform' and Restrict Free Speech.  House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Breitbart News Daily in an exclusive interview on Friday that social media giants "cannot say they're an open platform" and then restrict free speech.  Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow asked Jordan about the rampant censorship on social media, particularly on Twitter.  Breitbart News reported that Twitter was engaging in shadow banning, a method by which Twitter can limit the reach of a Twitter account, including stopping a user's followers from seeing tweets from their account.  This practice has reportedly disproportionately affected conservatives on the platform.

Twitter To Conservatives:  DROP DEAD!.  Just last week Twitter got caught shadow banning prominent Republicans including party chair Ronna McDaniel, according to an article published by Vice News.  Rather than showing contrition, Twitter has decided to double down publicly displaying their hatred of Republicans and conservatives.  In other words, they are telling them to Drop Dead!  Twitter has chosen a group mostly comprised of Trump haters to study "how communities form around political discussions on Twitter, and the challenges that may arise as those discussions develop. [...] As reported by Fox News, at least four of the six members of the new Twitter team has a history of being anti-Trump.

Facebook Blocks Beautiful and Moving Pro-Life Ad:  Says It Violates Rules.  Chris McDonough is a Republican candidate for St. Charles County Circuit Judge, Division 4 in Missouri.  On Sunday [7/29/2018] Chris posted this beautiful and hopeful story on his McDonough for Judge Facebook page. [...] But Facebook would not approve the pro-life ad.  It violated the rules.

Kenya believe it?
Thousands of Kenyans Leave Twitter for Gab After Popular Blogger Banned.  Thousands of Kenyan Twitter users have left the website for the free speech social media platform Gab following the suspension of a popular Kenyan blogger.  Following the suspension of influential blogger Cyprian Nyakundi, over 5,000 Kenyan Twitter users have left the platform, migrating to the free-speech social media platform Gab.

Consequences for "Shadow-Banning" Conservatives.  Last week, Vice News reported Twitter was allegedly "Shadow-Banning" prominent conservatives by making it harder to search for them on their platform.  Twitter offers an auto-populated drop-down search box which makes it easy to lookup user accounts, however certain conservatives accounts were not appearing in these search results.  Thus, the term "Shadow-Ban" became known as when a social media company bans a user account without the user ever knowing.  The Twitter account of Rep. Devin Nunes (R) was subject to this "Shadow-Ban" and he is now looking into possible legal action against the social media giant for the decrease in visibility of his account as well as many other conservatives that were banned[.]

Poor Facebook.  Facebook claims that it can bring more and more people together, and yet it chooses to exclude the voices of those it disagrees with via some "magic" algorithm.  All this in an effort to keep the "bad" actors from offending or angering many of us who disagree.  We all risk being offensive when we speak to others.  Frankly, many Americans are just plain tired of being told we are being offensive with every thought and phrase and thus are more inclined to speak out with reckless abandon.

Twitter Suspends Conservative Commentator Over Her Comments About Extreme Muslims, Transgender Troops.  Kathleen McKinley, a conservative blogger and political commentator for a local Fox station in Houston, was surprised Friday [7/27/2018] to find an email from Twitter announcing her account had been suspended.  Twitter listed two tweets that it claimed violated rules against "hateful conduct," emails that McKinley shared with The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

Twitter's Censorship Problem Looks Like It's Here To Stay.  The company faced a sharp backlash last week after a Vice News investigation revealed that Twitter was hiding several prominent Republicans from its search bar.  Those affected included four House Republicans:  Rep. Devin Nunes of California, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina.  All four are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.  Democrats weren't affected in the same way, Vice found.  Nunes is looking at taking legal steps against Twitter, he said in a Fox News interview on Sunday [7/29/2018].

Media Blackout on Conservative Voices now in Effect for Midterms.  The gig is up on mainstream and social media.  It's not about algorithms, not about Facebook's sanctimonious 'Community Standards'.  It's not even about both Facebook and Twitter suddenly nosediving at the same time on the stock market.  It's about the MSM and social media working in sync with the Democrats to regain power in Midterm elections by keeping the masses from ever getting anywhere close to the truth.  Celebrating the downward spiral of Facebook and Twitter is a perfect diversion to keep people from knowing they can no longer find the truth on the 'Net.  Even if social media giants are losing billions, they'll still be around for Midterms and more than likely straight through the 2020 presidential race.

Twitter Algorithm Buried Republicans For Something Totally Out Of Their Control.  Several Republican congressmen's Twitter accounts were suppressed this week because users that Twitter is actively trying to suppress engaged with the congressmen's handles, two top Twitter executives said in a Thursday evening blog post.  Twitter executives Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour conceded in a Thursday evening blog post that Twitter's algorithm had limited the Republican congressmen's visibility on the site because it linked them to what the company calls "bad-faith actors."  Twitter, in May, began phasing in a change to its algorithm to suppress Twitter users who the company said stop short of violating Twitter's terms of service, but are still considered harmful to "healthy conversation."  The new algorithm, Twitter said, would discriminate against those "bad-faith actors" by hiding their visibility in conversations and searches.

Twitter Admits:  Your Posts Will Be Hidden if the Right Accounts Block You.  Twitter manipulates the visibility of its users based on who has chosen to block or mute them, the company admitted in a Thursday [7/26/2018] blog post — raising further questions about ideological bias in how the tech giant chooses which accounts set the standard for "conversational health."  Twitter has denied the use of shadowbanning, arguing over semantics while admitting it does hide users' posts via algorithmic parameters that the company continues to defend with virtually zero transparency.

Devin Nunes:  We Are Looking at "Legal Remedies" to Deal with Twitter Censoring Conservatives.  A recent study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.  Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.  Twitter is also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including:  Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP's Jim Hoft, TGP's Cassandra Fairbanks, TGP's Lucian Wintrich, TGP's Cristina Laila and Laura Loomer among others.

Shadowbanning: Twitter's Revenge on Trump.  Twitter, like its Facebook cousin, now claims to have "fixed" the "error" involving the failure of prominent conservatives such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to not appear in Twitter's search box and denies it engages in the practice known as "shadow banning." [...] Yes, Virginia, shadowbanning exists as Twitter plays "trick or tweet" with conservatives.  As a shadowbanned Twitter user, I have seen my tweets suddenly become "unavailable," followers suddenly "unfollow" en masse, Twitter analytics stats suddenly flatline and set to zero, and attached photos or explanatory graphics suddenly become "unavailable".  If you are a prolific Twitter conservative, you will be accused of "automated" behavior and have your account locked or even suspended.  Once I was suspended for "aggressive following behavior" just for following all conservative accounts Twitter suggested I should follow.

Rep. Matt Gaetz Filing Federal Election Commission Complaint Against Twitter.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is filing a complaint against Twitter with the Federal Election Commission after it was revealed that his own account was being shadowbanned by Twitter.  Rep. Gaetz argued earlier this week that he believes that Twitter may have illegally donated to the campaigns of his opponents by prejudicing against his content and limiting his social media visibility.  An investigation from the far-left Vice Magazine found that only conservatives users were being subjected to the Twitter search limiting that impacted Gaetz.

Twitter Bans Prominent Pro-Trump Activists as It Fights Censorship Allegations.  Twitter banned the account of a pro-Trump grassroots campaign with 15 state field directors along with another prominent Trump supporter, failing to reinstate the accounts on the same day that the company came under fire from the president himself for discrimination against conservatives.

On Social Media, Freedom of Speech Is Under Attack.  The fact that Facebook and Twitter are the platforms on which political discussion largely takes place, and probably will remain such for the foreseeable future, given the network effects that entrench them, is deeply troubling.  Both companies are run by liberals, and free speech is under attack on both platforms.

Facebook executives defend having Fox News, 'atrocious' Infowars on platform.  Facebook executives promoting their video-on-demand service got into a combative exchange with reporters while at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.  The issue: the presence of right-wing conspiracy site Infowars and Fox News on the social network's platform.  The kerfuffle started when Fidji Simo, Facebook's vice president of video, was asked about Infowars stories on their platform while touting new Facebook Watch entertainment shows.

Facebook's Censorship in Germany.  Marlene Weise was banned from Facebook for 30 days, for posting a set of two pictures:  One showed the Iranian women's national volleyball team from the 1970s, wearing t-shirts and shorts; the other, the current Iranian team, wearing hijabs and clothes that cover arms and legs.

Tom Fitton:  Twitter Shadow-Banned My Account After President Trump Tweeted About Me.  Twitter is desperately trying to do damage control after they were caught red-handed shadow-banning Trump supporters and Republican lawmakers.  President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said this week he was shadow-banned by Twitter after President Trump tweeted about him.  He said the shadow-ban appears to be lifted after publicly complaining about it.

Twitter [is] 'Shadow Banning' Prominent Republicans.  Algorithms employed by Twitter to limit the reach of hateful content are preventing the accounts of prominent Republicans, such as RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, from appearing in search results.  The phenomenon known as "shadow banning" has affected several conservative Republican lawmakers, including Representatives Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz, as well as Donald Trump Jr.'s spokesman Andrew Surabian.  It has not extended to their counterparts on the left, whose accounts continue to auto-populate in Twitter search results.  When contacted for comment, a Twitter spokesman told Vice that the shadow bans were the result of algorithms that analyze "account behavior" in order to reduce the visibility of accounts that routinely spew hateful and bigoted content.  The stated goal of the shadow-banning algorithms, according to a May 15 blog post, is to elevate the visibility of accounts that are "contributing to the healthy conversation" in searches and conversation.

How 'Social Media' Became 'Anti-Social Media': Twitter's And Facebook's Reckoning.  Twitter might soon have the government breathing down its neck for "shadow-banning" conservatives, while Facebook's market value has plunged more than $130 billion in just two days as the once-dominant social media site's growth goes flat amid charges of bias.  Is this the beginning of the end of the social media boom?

How Facebook Went So Wrong So Fast.  What happened?  That's what many of Facebook Inc.'s investors — and I — have spent the last 18 hours wondering.  On Wednesday, the company posted disappointing figures for second-quarter revenue, user growth and profits.  Executives also warned that Facebook's rapid rate of revenue growth would become relatively pedestrian the rest of this year and that a surge of spending would drastically drag down profit margins for the next several years.  During a conference call with stock analysts, nearly every word out of executives' mouths was more alarming than the last.

Trump warns Twitter it will be investigated for 'shadow banning' conservatives.  Donald Trump entered a contentious battle over online censorship on Thursday, blasting privately-owned Twitter for allegedly depressing the exposure of messages from its conservaitve users.  'Twitter "SHADOW BANNING" prominent Republicans.  Not good' the president boomed, ironically on his globally unmissable Twitter account.  'We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!  Many complaints.'  It's unclear what the administration could do to challenge Twitter for sorting content and delivering it selectively to users based on a computer algorithm.

Twitter Suspends Jim Treacher.  In another suspension for Tweeting While Conservative, Twitter has suspended Jim Treacher's account.

Facebook's philistines back at it, now censoring art of Flemish masters.  Are the leftists running Facebook really that stupid?  According to the Flanders tourist authority, they're censoring images from Rubens paintings, unable to distinguish art from pornography.  Someone told them "nude, bad," and not a one of them had sufficient art education to know that these painting represent the pinnacle of Western cultural achievement.

Exploring the Depths of Democrat Depravity.  Facebook bans "hate speech" with their algorithms which usually turns out to be conservative opinions.  Google manages to arrive at something from a Conservative website around the 15th or 20th posting.  Twitter celebrates vicious anti-Trump inanities from celebrities who guarantee more followers, and bans anyone with a conservative opinion.  There are two large organizations working to get the public to refuse to patronize any business that does not fall in the Leftist Line.  One is "Sleeping Giant" exposed as the work of one Matt Rivitz, a San Francisco advertising person who utilizes social media mobs to silence conservative voices.  There is also "Grab Your Wallet" which reaches out to get people to boycott all companies who do not fall into the clear Lefty Line.  Any store selling Trump products.  Anyone who raised funds for Trump, Anyone religious like Chick-Fil-A, anyone connected in any way with the gun industry, any Trump hotels, branded or operated business.  Anyone whose CEO donated to Trump.

Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech.  [Scroll down]  The lawmakers cited high-profile examples of conservative posts being censored, including one incident when a video for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's (R-Tenn.) Senate bid accusing Planned Parenthood of selling "baby body parts" was taken down as a campaign ad on Twitter.  Blackburn didn't speak during the hearing, but she told The Hill before that the "subjective manipulation of algorithms is of tremendous concern for us."  "We've addressed it and we plan on keeping the pressure on big tech," she added.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) questioned technology companies' legal responsibilities.  Issa pressed Google on an incident where search results claimed Nazism was an ideology of the California Republican Party.  The mistake happened because of an incorrect entry on a Wikipedia page that Google used to auto-populate search information boxes.  "When you absorb content, aren't you absorbing the responsibility?" Issa asked.  He asked if major tech companies should now be held to the same standards as media outlets.

How Facebook Is Fact-Checking Conservative Sites into Oblivion.  Facebook announced last year that they will be using third-party fact-checkers to root out "fake news" on their platform.  At the time of the announcement, conservatives sounded the alarm about how some of the fact-checkers they're using are left-wing hacks like PolitiFact and Snopes (who recently, with straight faces, fact-checked a piece of satire from The Babylon Bee).

The Government is Your Mother, and Mother Knows Best.  Some of my readers may already know that I've been banned from Twitter.  You may not know the reason, however.  Some folks were arguing that the word "retarded" should be banned from Twitter discourse.  Naturally, I replied that this was retarded.  Twitter has apparently sided with those demanding censorship, so let it be known that the social media platform has banned use of this word.  Using it results in account suspension.

Country band claims Facebook denied ad request for patriotic song.  A country group is speaking out against Facebook, after the social media platform did not permit the band to promote its song "I Stand for the Flag" on the social media site, a new report says.  The Wes Cook Band released a video for the song on Tuesday and submitted a request using Facebook's paid promotion tools to promote the content.  Although it was initially approved, Facebook then declined the request due to the video's "political content," Fox News reports.

UK Police Shut Down Popular Gun Channel on YouTube, Branding it a 'Forum of Extremism'.  On Sunday [6/10/2018], YouTuber Callum Long-Collins announced he would be effectively shutting down the channel EnglishShooting, a YouTube channel that racked up more than 15,000 subscribers and more than 12 million views in the past four years.  Long-Collins said the police had marked his YouTube channel as a "forum of extremism," and that he had to "show the police that I am a fit character to own firearms within the U.K."  "I was told that due to repeated comments from other people on the videos [police] felt that the channel was a forum of extremism and it was promoting views that were not in line with legal firearms ownership within the U.K.," Long-Collins said in a YouTube video announcing "The End of EnglishShooting."

Is Twitter censoring the #WalkAway hashtag?  Using the #WalkAway hashtag, former democrats are tweeting about their decision to leave their party.  Brandon Straka of Unsilent Minority started the movement with a powerful video that is blowing up Twitter (see below).  Yet since it began, #WalkAway (and a similar hashtag, #DemExit) have not trended, despite their immense popularity.  People on Twitter are calling out the social media giant for censoring the hashtag.

Facebook permanently bans young anti-migration "Identitarian" movement.  Over the last few years, Westerners have been conditioned to accept madness.  Calling out human rights abuses and trying to save Western countries from becoming mirror images of Islamic states is not "extremist," and does not constitute "hate."  The young "identitarian" movement has been expanding to defend against Islamization.

The Time I Got Punished for Hate Speech.  It's been quite a week for me already, because I was thrown in jail and released 24 hours later.  I had no counsel, no Miranda rights, and no chance for an early release.  However, this wasn't a literal jail.  It reaches farther into society than the place people go when they break our criminal laws.  This was Facebook jail.  I've used Facebook since 2009, and despite my sometimes heated political rhetoric and, admittedly, outright troll-baiting, this was the first time I was censored and banned.  The alleged offense?  Hate speech.  Yes, that vague and often indefinable term that nevertheless causes liberals to gasp and swoon.

California Judge:  Twitter Can Be Sued For Falsely Advertising They Allow Free Speech.  A California judge has ruled that social media giant Twitter can be sued for falsely advertising free speech.  The judge said that Twitter's policy of banning users "at any time, for any reason or for no reason" may constitute an "unconscionable contract" for a company which advertises free speech.  The judge rejected Twitter's motion to dismiss the lawsuit from Jared Taylor, who was banned by the platform in December last year, according to Breitbart.  Taylor, a self-described "white activist" may proceed with his lawsuit against Twitter because the social media company falsely advertises free speech, yet bans users for "any or no reason."

They're calling you stupid.  Every time you hear some young hip woke leftist at a technology company like Facebook telling you he needs to protect you from fake news, remember that what he's saying is that you're a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal who is too stupid to figure out that it's okay for good people like Hillary to break the law.  In fact, he's saying the majority of Americans are too intellectually challenged to discriminate between fact and fiction.  Historically, "common" folk were able to figure out that the National Enquirer's stories about two-headed alien Elvis clones are fake and even that professional wrestling is staged.  They were able to see through the lies of Nazis and communists.  Yet for some reason, we're now being told that we need our betters to protects us from what they think we shouldn't read because we're just too stupid to differentiate between what's true and what's not.

Judge Rules In Favor Of Right-Winger Suing Twitter For Banning His Account.  On Thursday [6/14/2018], a California superior court judge ruled in favor of "white advocate" Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, who is suing Twitter for banning his account over his political views.

Twitter to Face Claims by 'White Advocate' Over Banned Accounts.  Twitter Inc. lost its bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a "white advocate" who was banned from the site in a challenge to the company's ability to exclude users it deems objectionable.  California Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn in San Francisco rejected Jared Taylor's claims that Twitter violated his free speech rights and discriminated against him when it permanently suspended his accounts in December.

The Editor says...
Censorship is bad, but Twitter is not a public utility.  One has the right to free speech, but one does not have the right to use someone else's communications medium.

Facebook Exec Details 'Path Toward More Quality News' Without 'Becoming a News Organization'.  Campbell Brown, head of global news partnerships at Facebook, said the original news content that Facebook is starting to roll out does not mean the company is becoming a news organization.  "We're not becoming a news organization but we have a lot of news on the platform and we are a huge part of the news ecosystem, and it means we have a responsibility to the news ecosystem and we are responsible for the news that is on our platform.  So with that in mind, we have a lot of work we are going to have to do over the course of this year that is really foundational work around defining what is and isn't a news organization — it's akin to what Google has done with Google News," Brown said during a discussion organized by Axios about the future of media on Monday evening [6/11/2018].

Will YouTube Block the Bible?  I know the very question sounds outlandish, but in light of recent developments, it's only fair to ask:  Will YouTube block the Bible?  If you've followed the LGBT outcry surrounding our recent video on the Bible and homosexuality, you're aware that YouTube came under tremendous criticism for running ads for our video (along with one from the ADF) on some LGBT YouTube channels.  As a result of the outcry, which was totally disproportionate to YouTube's offense, the internet giant responded with a strong statement on June 7, directed to "our LGBTQ community."  YouTube noted that, "Over the past few days, we've heard many questions around monetization and how ads are served against videos by LGBTQ creators.  We know this has been both confusing and painful, and want you to know that we hear you."

Facebook, Amazon, Google And Twitter All Work With Left-Wing SPLC.  Four of the world's biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as "hate groups."  Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for "hate speech" or "hate groups," a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.  The SPLC is on a list of "external experts and organizations" that Facebook works with "to inform our hate speech policies," Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told TheDCNF in an interview.

Facebook to Replace 'Trending News' with 'Breaking News', Limited to 80 Undisclosed Publications.  Facebook has announced the end of their controversial "trending news" feature.  It is to be replaced by a "breaking news" label that it is testing with a select group of 80 publications.  Facebook has not yet said if the feature will become available to all publications.  Facebook said they will replace trending news — the list of "trending stories" that appear in users' sidebars — with three new features, one focused on breaking news, another on local news, and another on video.

Facebook 'doctoring' news, says Brexit leader.  Adding to Facebook's woes after it breached its users' trust by giving out their private information, a key Brexit leader is now calling the social media giant out for "doctoring" its news to align with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's leftist "personal political views."  British politician Nigel Farage — a major orchestrator of the British Brexit movement — publicly accused Zuckerberg of manipulating news to conform to his political worldview as European parliament interrogated the social media guru about privacy issues, bias witnessed on the Web and various other topics of concern.

Twitter Has A New Way To [Torment] Conservatives.  Twitter seems to have found a new way to throttle certain users' accounts, as one prominent conservative writer and comedian recently found himself in the crosshairs of this insidious tactic.  Stephen Kruiser, a longtime stand-up comic and contributor at conservative outlets including PJ Media and American Spectator, was an early adopter of Twitter and has spent nearly a decade building up an impressive following of over 200,000 people.  For those of us who work in the media and entertainment industries, Twitter is not just a frivolous distraction and a way to follow news trends; it's an invaluable promotional tool.

Mark Zuckerberg Envisions a Facebook 'Supreme Court'.  At the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France, Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the audience that he envisions a "Supreme Court" that would evaluate appeals from users who have had their posts removed from the social media platform.  Asked about some of his goals for the future, Zuckerberg said that he wants to spend time focusing on governance of the two billion people in the Facebook community.

Amazon demonitizes conservative website (us).  For as long as I can remember, Legal Insurrection has participated in Amazon Associates, a way for websites to earn fees when readers shop at Amazon.com via links from our website.  It was an important source of revenue to us, and paid for some of the operating expenses readers never see.  On Saturday morning, April 28, 2018, I woke up to an email in my inbox from Amazon Associates telling me our participation in the program was terminated, our account closed, that the decision was final and there was no appeal.  On top of that, Amazon was holding back any accumulated money it owed us.  There was no prior indication of a problem, or chance to cure.

Spotify Announces Partnership with Far-Left Groups Including SPLC to Police Platform.  Music streaming service Spotify has announced a partnership with several far-left groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in an attempt to police the platform and remove "hate content."  The groups include the SPLC, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Color of Change, GLAAD, Showing Up For Racial Justice, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.

Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly.  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:  whether you tweet at large numbers of accounts you don't follow, how often you're blocked by people you interact with, whether you created many accounts from a single IP address, and whether your account is closely related to others that have violated its terms of service.

Are Google and YouTube Blocking Searches for Red Pill Videos?  A year or so ago, there were a spate of articles about the red pill videos on YouTube — millennials turning off to the bullying by feminists and race hustlers, thinking for themselves, becoming conservative, and posting a video of their personal journey from blue to red online.  I googled 'red pill' and had a cheerful time following links.  I learned about Candace Owens at that time, and a lot of other black and white millennials who had posted articulate, heartfelt, intimate, sometimes funny YouTubes explaining why they'd become conservative.  For months afterward, when I was sick of all the bad news about millennials becoming little fascists, I would turn to the red pill videos and cheer myself up.  And then I found I could no longer find them.  When I went to YouTube and searched for red pill, all I got was the documentary by that name (worth seeing) available for $3.99.  The most famous videos are still there.  But even they are hard to find.

Are Facebook And Google Trying To Shut Down Pro-Life Voices In Ireland?  While Facebook remains under fire in the US for its role in amplifying "fake news," critics across the sea allege that the social-media platform has joined forces with Google to shut down news in Ireland.  Both platforms have refused to accept any advertising related to the May 25th referendum to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, which would legalize abortion in Ireland.  The move has some wondering whether this reveals a threat to free speech and public debate.

Platform, or Publisher?  The dominant social media companies must choose:  if they are neutral platforms, they should have immunity from litigation.  If they are publishers making editorial choices, then they should relinquish this valuable exemption.

Google Bans Pro-Life Ads Ahead of Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion.  As the vote on abortion quickly approaches in Ireland, another online media giant has decided to ban all ads related to the referendum.  Google no longer will run ads related to the Irish abortion vote on its search site or YouTube, according to the Irish Independent.  Google said the policies will apply to ads from both sides of the abortion debate; but when LifeNews searched Google for ads just prior to its new policy taking effect, it found only one ad — a pro-life ad — when it searched "Ireland abortion referendum" and "Ireland 8th amendment"  The ad is for the Love Both campaign, a coalition of Irish pro-life groups working to defend unborn babies' rights in the country.

How Misinformation Spreads on Social Media — And What To Do About It.  "We take misinformation seriously," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote just weeks after the 2016 election.  In the year since, the question of how to counteract the damage done by "fake news" has become a pressing issue both for technology companies and governments across the globe.  Yet as widespread as the problem is, opportunities to glimpse misinformation in action are fairly rare.  Most users who generate misinformation do not share accurate information too, so it can be difficult to tease out the effect of misinformation itself.  For example, when President Trump shares misinformation on Twitter, his tweets tend to go viral.  But they may not be going viral because of the misinformation:  All those retweets may instead owe to the popularity of Trump's account, or the fact that he writes about politically charged subjects.

Does This Article Contain Hate Speech?  Last Wednesday morning [5/2/2018] for about twenty minutes, Facebook users in the USA saw a new custom button at the bottom of each post that asked the following question:  ["]Does this post contain hate speech?["]  This message appeared under every Facebook post, so if it was a picture of your grandchild, you'd be asked whether it contained hate speech.  If it was a stock photo of a cat sitting on a windowsill and squinting serenely, you would be asked if that, too, constituted hate speech.  Users could select "yes" or "no," whereupon they'd be directed to further options such as "Test P1" and "Test P2" — and if those options don't make any sense, that's because Facebook's Hate Squad was still testing a script and it accidentally went live.

Prominent Christian Legal Group Barred From Amazon Program While Openly Anti-Semitic Groups Remain.  Amazon has barred prominent Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from participating in its Amazon Smile charitable program, which allows nonprofits to recoup a small fraction of the money their supporters spend through Amazon.  ADF, which specializes in First Amendment law and has won cases at the Supreme Court, is barred from Amazon Smile on account of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled ADF a "hate group."

Twitter Bans Criticism of Islam.  Hamas has a Twitter account and its top tweet calls for, "intensifying efforts to resist Israeli Judaisation of Jerusalem."  (The Hamas site is protected by Cloudflare.)  Twitter doesn't have a problem with a murderous Islamic terror group slurring Jews on its service.  Here, as Front Page's Jamie Glazov found out, is what it does have a problem with. [...]

Zuckerberg's Announcement Means Final Remaining Conservative Voices on Facebook Will Be Eliminated by Election Day.  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.

Facebook Plans To 'Dial Up' Suppression Of Certain News Outlets.  Facebook plans to "dial up" the suppression of certain news outlets, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Tuesday.  Zuckerberg made the comment while holding an off-the-record meeting with a select group of media outlets.  Zuckerberg briefly went on the record at the end of the meeting to answer questions about Facebook's recent changes to the newsfeed, according to BuzzFeed, which first reported his comments.  "We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we're going to dial up the intensity of that over time," Zuckerberg said.  "We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground."

Facebook Asks on Every Post: 'Is This Hate Speech?'.  On Tuesday [5/1/2018], Facebook launched an initiative enabling users to identify "hate speech."  On virtually every single public post, an option has emerged.  "Does this post contain hate speech?" the site asks, giving two options:  "Yes" or "No."  Each post also gives the option to dismiss the question with a tiny "x" box to the right of the answers.  The "hate speech" question even appears on a user's own posts.

Diamond and Silk Destroy Democrat for Defending Facebook Censorship.  Democrat Hank Johnson (D-GA), famous for asking if too many marines would make the Island of Guam tip over, had an opportunity to talk to Facebook personalities Diamond and Silk on Thursday, during a hearing on web censorship.  Instead of taking the opportunity seriously and trying to understand what it's like to be censored by the tech giants (Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, etc), Johnson instead chose to go on the attack and pester the two women about making money with their videos.  (As if this is somehow wrong, or even controversial?)  [Video clip]

Over at YouTube, cartel hit men, si — conservatives, no.  [Scroll down]  So, according to YouTube, a thug accused of a crime almost too ghastly to contemplate, on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel — an organization that nearly matches ISIS and Hamas for sheer foulness — meets the standards of the net's premier video-sharing site.  It's a good thing QBA didn't do something truly unforgiveable, like criticize illegal aliens, characterize Muslims as terrorists, or recommend that Planned Parenthood be defunded.

Facebook Blocks Daily Caller Story On FBI Texts — Blames 'Spam' Algorithm.  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 [4/26/2018].  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.

Amazon Accused of Slashing Over 900 Negative Reviews of Hillary's Book.  Amazon is batting down claims that it deleted hundreds of one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book about the 2016 campaign, "What Happened," and says that it doesn't delete reviews because they are negative.  "We never suppress reviews based on star rating or sentiment," Amazon told LifeZette in an emailed statement.  "We have triggers in place to detect when numerous reviews post in a short amount of time that are unrelated to the product.  When these triggers are activated, we suppress all non-Amazon Verified Purchase (AVP) reviews on the product."

After Muslim Attacks Frontpage Editor, Threatens Violence, Facebook Bans Editor.  Facebook is on the defensive.  Mark Zuckerberg is dealing with bad publicity on all sides:  the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the grilling in front of Congress and Senate, the ongoing scandal about his property in Hawaii, and the fact that China continues to show a lack of interest in allowing him to offer Facebook to their nation.  Because of this, Facebook seems to be bending over backward to earn good PR with certain groups.  However, that apparently doesn't extend to right-leaning groups.  A right-leaning individual found that when he was threatened by a Muslim with physical harm, Facebook not only didn't penalize the Muslim, but instead banned the FrontPage Editor from access and use of his account for seven days.

Video/Audio of Silencerco Maxim 9 on new Video platform GunStreamer.com.  [Here] is a link to a video/audio of the Silencerco Maxim 9 from the industry day at the range at the Shot Show in 2017.  The video is on a new platform GunStreamer.com, to compete with Youtube.  Youtube is actively demonitzing and marginalizing gun videos and gun writers.  This amounts to private censorship.  It has become particularly bad since Youtube was acquired by Google.  Google motto "Don't be Evil" seems particularly ironic.  The insurrection is going to have to find ways to get the message out against the forces of the empire/establishment.  Google is clearly one of the prime movers in the Establishment/empire.

Why Zuckerberg's testimony doesn't add up.  Mark Zuckerberg proudly trotted out a number when he was being questioned last week by Congress:  His company, Facebook, would soon double the security team that monitors content on the site, to 20,000.  There are now 10,000 people who keep watch for the bad things that users can put on Facebook and the monkey businesses they can conduct through the website.  So that figure would be multiplied by two.  Wow, 20,000!  That seems like a lot.  And the lawmakers who questioned Zuckerberg must have thought so because nobody brought up what I am about to.  Facebook proudly claims to have 2 billion active users, although some question that number.  But let's give Zuckerberg that one — 2 billion users it is.  Divide 2 billion by 20,000 and you'll see that each one of Facebook's monitors will be responsible for keeping 100,000 Facebook users in line.

The Editor says...
With the current 200,000-to-1 ratio of users to censors, Facebook is remarkably effective at finding and suppressing conservative speakers.

Mark Zuckerberg: 'We Don't Think What We Are Doing Is Censoring Speech'.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted today to altering the site's algorithm to shut down certain speech on the platform.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today [4/11/2018] where he admitted that Facebook does alter its algorithm to shut down certain types of speech.

Are conservative black women really 'unsafe' to hear?  Or just on Facebook?  Mark Zuckerberg may be a master of the universe, but there are two things even he shouldn't have done — one, allowing Facebook users' private information to be shared with Cambridge Analytica, and two, getting on the bad side of Diamond and Silk.  Error No. 1 is what brought Zuckerberg, the baby-faced founder of Facebook, to the halls of Congress last week to be grilled by politicians who can condone any political sin except the cardinal one — getting caught.

Big Tech Is a Boot Stamping on the Face of Diamond and Silk Forever.  I'm glad that at least some politicians are waking up to the seriousness of the problem of Big Tech's censorship of any voices which don't align with its left-liberal agenda. [...] What bothers me is how very much the liberal-left clearly doesn't reckon there's a problem at all, here, no sirree.

Zeroing In On Facebook's Anti-Conservative Tilt.  Conservatives are used to the national media excluding our viewpoint or loading up a pundit panel with eight liberals and one marginal Republican.  We're not going to be happy if the social media start hindering us from communicating with one another on what Zuckerberg claims is a "platform for all ideas."

Tim Scott Torches Facebook for Censoring Diamond and Silk.  Trump celebrities Diamond and Silk were told by Facebook they're "unsafe" for the community.  I'm not sure what community.  Or what exactly makes them unsafe.  But Senator Tim Scott has an idea.  [Video clip]

Mark Zuckerberg promises Cory Booker to protect Black Lives Matter from improper surveillance.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Sen. Cory Booker on Tuesday [4/10/2018] to prevent improper police surveillance of groups such as Black Lives Matter and to work to ensure the social media platform's targeting tools are not used to redline ads for real estate and credit.  Using the five minutes allotted during a marathon hearing two Senate committees had with Zuckerberg about personal data privacy, Booker raised what he called "disturbing" reports that law enforcement groups had used Facebook to monitor African American organizations such as Black Lives Matter.  "I know you've expressed support for the group," Booker said.  "But there are a lot of communities of color worried that data can be used to surveil groups like Black Lives Matter, like folks who are trying to organize against substantive issues of discrimination in this country."

The Editor says...
Yes, I agree that there are "substantive issues of discrimination in this country."  And a lot of it has to do with Facebook and Google.

Obama Harvested Data from Facebook and Bragged About It.  Why Are We Only Freaking Out About This Now?  A short line is being drawn from Facebook data-profiteering to the election, still unfathomable to many Democrats, of some guy named Donald J. Trump.  Given the political leanings at Facebook, it seems unlikely that such an effect was deliberate.  In 2016, Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, struggled to find praise sufficiently fulsome to describe Hillary Clinton; in return, Sandberg was imagined as a Clinton Cabinet official.  This was approximately the same time as the flap over Trending Topics, during which we learned that Facebook's stable of editors seemed to shun conservative news sites instinctively.

Sen. Ted Cruz:  Facebook has been censoring or suppressing conservative speech for years.  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committee joint hearing Tuesday, I asked a relatively simple question: does Facebook consider itself a neutral public forum?  Zuckerberg said that Facebook is a "platform for all ideas," but declined to give a "yes" or "no" answer.  The problem is, this is not merely an academic distinction between words.  Facebook's answer to the question could affect millions of users, and attract (or prevent) a lot of attention from federal regulators.

Blackburn Takes on Zuckerberg Over Alleged Censorship:  Diamond & Silk Are 'Not Terrorism'.  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) went after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the social media giant's alleged censorship of Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson when Zuckerberg testified before Congress on Wednesday.  Diamond and Silk, two outspoken supporters of President Trump, have alleged discrimination and censorship after they said Facebook branded them as "unsafe to the community."  The company later backtracked, but Diamond and Silk claim there are still algorithms in place that make it difficult for their fans to view their content — and other conservatives' content — on Facebook.

Ted Cruz Hammers Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook censorship of conservatives!  Ted Cruz really put Mark Zuckerberg on the spot today in regard to Facebook censorship of conservatives and conservatives sites, grilling him over specific pages that have been blocked by Facebook in what appears to be political bias, including the most recent Diamond and Silk.  [Video clip]

Ted Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook's Alleged Neutrality.  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ran smack into questions about the site's neutrality during his testimony in front of members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned Zuckerberg, asking if the site is a neutral platform for people to express different political opinions.  Zuckerberg said he is "very committed to making sure that Facebook is a platform for all ideas."  During his questioning, Cruz said that Americans are "deeply concerned" over allegations that Facebook engages in political censorship and bias.  Cruz mentioned the 2016 Gizmodo report which claims that Facebook's news curators section stopped topics such as the Conservative Political Action Conference and Mitt Romney from appearing in users' "trending" feeds.  He also mentioned various anecdotes that lead people to believe Facebook is biased against conservatives, such as Fox News' Todd Starnes having his Facebook post deleted (before receiving an apology).

Ted Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook Censorship:  Who Moderates Your Moderators?  While other senators on today's committee on Facebook panicked about "hate speech" and "fake news," Texas Senator Ted Cruz, alone, grilled Zuckerberg on an issue that matters to voters: censorship of dissident voices and political bias at Facebook.  Cruz raised a number of issues during his questioning, including the recent censorship of Diamond & Silk on Facebook, the controversial firing of Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky, and the question of Facebook's legal status as a neutral public forum.

Facebook Bans German Historian for Saying 'Islam Is Not Part of German History'.  Last month, Facebook censored a German historian who posted a message about Islam's historic impact on Germany.  Facebook banned the historian for 30 days, even though 76 percent of Germans agree that Islam does not "belong to Germany."  Michael Hesemann, a journalist and Vatican historian with an honorary doctorate for his work in uncovering documents from the Armenian Genocide, posted a message that Facebook said did "not correspond to our community standards."  The offensive message was an accurate — if overstated — historical statement.

Zuckerberg says he's unaware of Facebook pushback for liberal groups after conservative targeting.  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Tuesday [4/10/2018]that he was "not specifically aware" of any instance where the social network had removed content posted by liberal groups amid concerns that the platform is biased against conservatives.  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Zuckerberg that "a great many Americans" are "deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship."  Cruz then ticked off a list of conservative content that he claimed had been "suppressed" by Facebook, "including stories about [2012 GOP presidential candidate] Mitt Romney [and] stories about the Lois Lerner IRS scandal."  "In addition to that, Facebook has initially shut down the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day page ... has blocked over two dozen Catholic pages, and most recently blocked Trump supporters Diamond and Silk's page — with 1.2 million Facebook followers — after determining their content and brand were 'unsafe to the community.'

Facebook Has Dozens of Ex-Obama and Ex-Hillary Staffers in Senior Positions.  During his recent apology tour, Mark Zuckerberg notably failed to mention recent revelations about the Obama 2012 campaign's exploitation of the platform's weak pre-2014 data protections to harvest masses of data from non-consenting users.  The number of ex-Obama staffers on his payroll, according to Linkedin, might explain why.  The establishment media narrative on the Facebook data scandal hit a snag last month.  They hoped the story would be restricted to Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that they linked to the Cruz and Trump campaigns, and their alleged misuse of data.  But a bigger story soon emerged, linked to a longtime media favorite:  Barack Obama.

Mark Zuckerberg Lied:  Here Are Ten Charts to Show How Facebook Is Censoring Conservative Publishers.  Tech Giants Google and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube[.]  They are hiding conservative stories on Google[.]  They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.  In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.  This was after Facebook announced it was losing 50,000,000 user hours a day in the previous quarter.  The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump's engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.

Facebook reconsiders 'unsafe for community' tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance.  Facebook is reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk, two of President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters, as "unsafe to the community" after the dynamic duo went on Fox News' morning show asking why the embattled social media giant had labeled them as such.  In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said:  "We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue.  The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform.  We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their Page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them."

Diamond and Silk accuse Facebook of discrimination, censorship over 'unsafe' label.  Diamond and Silk, two fervent conservative supporters of President Trump, accused Facebook Monday night of discrimination and censorship after they said the social media giant branded them as "unsafe to the community."  Speaking with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle," the duo recalled what they called a months-long battle with the company after noticing a drop in engagement in September 2017.

Twitter threats to kill Rep. Goodlatte reveals multiple levels of leftist hypocrisy.  A man named Michael McGowan has been arrested in Roanoke, VA and is reported by WDBJ TV to have been charged with ["]'making a threatening communication through interstate commerce' Friday [4/6/2018], according to a release sent out by the Department of Justice.["]  Under the Twitter handle of LittleMac, McGowan has been threatening Goodlatte with execution, with absolutely no removal by Twitter, despite its longstanding notoriety for banning conservatives for violating community standards.

Diamond and Silk 'If a Private Bakery Has to Go Against Their Christian Values to Bake a Cake Then Zuckerberg Has to Allow us to Speak Our Truth'.  Diamond and Silk unloaded on Facebook Friday night [4/6/2018] after the social media giant finally responded to their many inquiries as to why Facebook is censoring their content and brand.  The dynamic duo boast over 1.2 million Facebook followers on their main Diamond and Silk page.

The NOT Dangerous Diamond And Silk Fight Back Against Facebook Attack.  As we and others reported Saturday [4/7/2018], Facebook, the social media giant once dubbed the "world's most dangerous censor," told the outspoken pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk that their content was "dangerous" to their community.  If you are familiar with Diamond and Silk you will realize how ignorant that charge is.  If you aren't familiar with the two, a link to their facebook page and videos are at the end of this post and I suggest you go enjoy.  Appearing on Fox and Friends Sunday morning, the not dangerous pair shredded CEO Mark Zuckerberg, telling him to "suck it up, buttercup" and let them speak their truth.

Diamond and Silk Furious After Facebook Reveals Why Their Content Has Been Censored.  Diamond and Silk unloaded on Facebook Friday night after the social media giant finally responded to their many inquiries as to why Facebook is censoring their content and brand.  The dynamic duo boast over 1.2 million Facebook followers on their main Diamond and Silk page.

Did Twitter's CEO Just Share a Post Calling For 'Civil War,' Wiping Out the GOP, and How We Should Be Like CA?  Well, if there were any lingering doubts about Twitter's perceived bias against conservatives, look no further than what CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted out last night.  Apparently, a "good read" is a post co-written by a Center for American Progress senior fellow that calls for "civil war," the destruction of the GOP, and the adoption of how California runs everything from sea to shining sea.  Yeah, bipartisanship is dead, so mob rule is what's needed.  Now, to be fair, the "civil war" will be won at the ballot box and demographic shifts, namely through the so-called emerging Democratic majority, but the overall theme is quite explicit:  conservative Republicans are not welcome until they reform.  In other words, until they break to the power of progressivism.

Twitter CEO Shares And Raves About Article Calling For Dem Victory In Second 'Civil War'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey aroused controversy after labeling a Medium article "great" that claimed there's no "bipartisan way forward" in the United States and that the country is engaged in a "fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order."  Dorsey shared the Medium article on his personal Twitter account Thursday night [4/5/2018], with the accompanying acclaim that it was a "great read."

Why is Twitter getting away with shadowbanning Ted Cruz?  Has Ted Cruz been shadowbanned by Twitter? [...] Ace draws his conclusion from a piece by Jim Geraghty, here, which describes how Ted Cruz, with 3 million Twitter followers, gets only a couple hundred retweets any time he says something there, while left-wing senator Kamala Harris, who has half his followers, gets thousands and thousands of retweets.

Facebook Labels All Breitbart Stories 'Intentionally Misleading' with Wikipedia Pop-Up.  Facebook is displaying a link to Wikipedia's smear-job description of Breitbart News next to all Breitbart articles shared on the site.  The linked Wikipedia article describes Breitbart as a "far-right site" that publishes "falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and intentionally misleading stories."  The social network, which has been under pressure from Democrats and the mainstream media since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, has added a button marked "about this article" next to all posts linking to Breitbart News pieces on the site.  Currently only viewable for American users, the button brings up a pop-up screen that displays Wikipedia's misleading description of Breitbart News.

Zuckerberg Starts Talking, And Makes Facebook's Problems Even Worse.  After days of silence in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been talking up a storm.  Given the kinds of things he's been saying, it might be better if he went back to his Silent Zuck routine.  Case in point is his interview with Vox.com, in which Zuckerberg managed to generate a new round of bad press over Facebook's privacy scandal, talked about having some sort of Supreme Court decide what constitutes "acceptable speech" and how Facebook hampers independent media outlets.  Oh, and he apparently thinks patriotism is arcane.  The latest privacy flap came when Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook scans private messages sent over its Messenger app and blocks those it deems inappropriate.  During the interview, he talked about blocking "sensational messages" that Facebook believed were meant to incite harm.  "Our systems detect that that's going on," he said.  "We stop those messages from going through."

Facebook Wants A License to Censor.  During her recent remarks in India, Hillary Clinton took aim at online free speech. [...] Clinton's remarks were not made in the abstract.  Rather, they were targeted to the alumni of the Obama Administration that migrated to tech and social media companies.  Those tech executives who were not Obama alumni were overwhelmingly 60:1 her donors, as Clinton received 95 percent of campaign contributions from tech executives and employees in 2016.  Her message in India was to them, and it was blunt:  you can't let the left lose again.  Message received.  Almost immediately after Clinton's remarks, Facebook announced that it was suspending SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that used data from Facebook for the Trump campaign in 2016.

Sadistic YouTube Deletes Channels, Demonetizes and Censors Content and Refuses to Respond to Press.  YouTube creators have been asking for over a year for YouTube to communicate honestly and fairly with its creators, demanding an explanation for why some channels are demonetized and others with similar content aren't.  Here's a recent example:  Mandy O'Brien has a popular body language channel on YouTube with over two hundred thousand subscribers.  She's funny and smart and provides good insight into human behavior.  While she seems to like Trump, her videos are not terribly political.  Most of them center around breaking news stories and reading the unspoken communications given off by interviewees on the news.  Her channel, Bombard's Body Language, was targeted for deletion by YouTube.  It all began after the Parkland school shooting, when O'Brien made a video about the body language of the untouchable David Hogg.

Facebook Shuts Down Fan Pages for Brazilian Presidential Candidate with 900,000 Combined Followers.  Brazilian newspapers reported Monday that Facebook had shut down two fan pages for conservative presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro over the weekend, leaving over 900,000 social media users in the dark about the fate of their groups.  Bolsonaro — a lawmaker with a military background who is running on an anti-corruption, socially conservative platform — has consistently polled in second place to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former socialist president convicted of corruption crimes and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

2,000 years too late Facebook bars Crucifixion as 'excessively violent'.  Now, as if Facebook didn't have enough troubles, a Roman Catholic university in Ohio is charging that the social media behemoth rejected its Easter ad last weekend because the crucifixion it depicted was "shocking, sensational and excessively violent."

Microsoft May Censor "Offensive Speech" Made Using Microsoft Products.  Microsoft is cracking down on what people say while using their services online.  According to a new services agreement written by the company, the tech giant is planning to ban accounts that use "offensive language" and will go through your private data to "investigate" users.  In a March 1 release, Microsoft is warning customers using Office, Xbox, Skype, and other products that the company is prohibiting offensive language and inappropriate content starting on May 1.

Microsoft Joins the Censors.  The Left has enlisted Big Tech to help suppress conservative activism and conservative ideas.  We are seeing this on a number of fronts, one of the more recent (March 1) being Microsoft.  Microsoft announced a new Service Agreement effective May 1 that applies to the company's "consumer products, websites, and services."  Those include the Office suite, Xbox and Skype, among others.  The new Service Agreement includes a Code of Conduct: [...]

Facebook Suppresses Certain Media Outlets In Your Newsfeed.  It Won't Tell You Which Ones.  Within the span of eight days in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two different key changes to Facebook's newsfeed algorithm that together have boosted a "trusted" minority of news outlets while suppressing their competitors.  First, Facebook would slash news articles' share of the newsfeed from five percent to four percent in the coming months, Zuckerberg said.  Second, Facebook would boost certain "trusted" news outlets and suppress other, ostensibly less trustworthy sources.

Top Psychologist on Tucker Carlson:  The Threat of Google-Facebook to Manipulate Elections is Absolutely, Positively Profound.  Dr. Robert Epstein is a research psychologist at the American Institute of Behavioral Research and Technology.  On Friday [3/23/2018] Dr. Epstein joined Tucker Carlson to discuss an upcoming presentation on "The Search Suggestion Effect (SSE): How Search Suggestions Can Be Used To Shift Opinions and Voting Preferences Dramatically."  The AIBRT researchers looked at the power of Google and Facebook to influence elections.  The study spanned five years of investigations.

YouTube Bans Firearms Channels.  Those who follow firearms, shooting, and tactical channels on YouTube know about the travails of Hickok45 on YouTube.  Venerable and old school, Hickok45 tests and comments on firearms manufacturers send him.  Sometimes he shoots his own firearms, but always, he shoots, comments and often provides history and mechanical commentary on the machines he is using.  Sometimes it is with admiration, sometimes slight disdain, but always honest and interesting.  Hickok45 met with disapproval from some redditors when he supported the NRA in light of the compromises the NRA recommended (e.g., bump stocks, enhanced background checks), but being a former LEO and old school like he is, I wouldn't have expected anything else from him.  Just as interesting to me is Jeff Quinn of Gunblast, especially when shooting and commenting on revolvers, but always interesting.

The Social-Media Panic.  "Make no mistake:  2016 will never happen again."  Historians are not always reliable predictors of the future, but Niall Ferguson's analysis of how Silicon Valley and the center-Left would react to the successive and surprise victories of Brexit and Donald Trump is proving correct.  Conservatives and populists will not be allowed to use the same tools as Democrats and liberals again, or at least not use them effectively.  Silicon Valley is working with its media and governmental critics to limit the damage to the center-Left going forward.  You can see the dynamic in the way that the media generates a moral panic out of stories about how Brexit and the Trump election happened, and the way Silicon Valley responds.  Fake news becomes a problem, and Silicon Valley responds by hiring progressive journalists as censors.  I mean "fact-checkers."  You can see it in the demonetization of YouTube videos.  Or in the new sets of regulation being imposed in European countries that deputize the social-media networks themselves as an all seeing social censor.

Mark Zuckerberg Has No Way Out of Facebook's Quagmire.  I think I understand why Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg hasn't publicly responded to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  He's stuck in a catch-22.  Any fix for Facebook's previous big problem — fake news — would make the current big problem with data harvesting worse.  As a media company and one of Americans' top sources of information, Facebook's de facto anonymity and general lack of responsibility for user-generated content make it easy for propagandists to exploit.  Making matters worse, it isn't willing to impose tighter identification rules for fear of losing too many users, and it doesn't want to be held responsible in any way for content, preferring to present itself as a neutral platform.  So Zuckerberg has been trying to fix the problem by showing people more material from friends and family and by prioritizing "trusted publishers" and local news sources over purveyors of fake news.

Facebook Tells Publishers It Will 'Minimize the Bad' and 'Promote Quality'.  Facebook Head of News Product Alex Hardiman expressed the company's plans to "redefine its relationship" with news publishers in an effort to "minimize the bad" and "promote quality" during a panel at the South by Southwest film festival.  CNN reports that during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest film festival, Facebook's head of news product, Alex Hardiman, stated that the social media platform was working on "redefining its relationship" with news publishers.

The Great Social Media Purge:  No One Is Safe.  Social media is often abuzz with politics — from immigration and gun control to infrastructure and tariffs.  Rarely is the social media itself the topic of discussion.  But now is long past time for that discussion.  It is certainly no secret that social media companies are overwhelmingly left-wing, fueling the fake "Russia" conspiracy theory, and endlessly bashing President Donald Trump.  But now, the social media giants of the Internet — Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (one of the main subsidiaries Alphabet, which is the corporate parent of Google) — have been preparing their next big, heinous move:  an attempt to ban right-wing voices outright from their platforms.

The Great Information War is Here.  A few days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, many conservative commentators began to notice they were also being targeted.  They were not being "flamed" by bloggers or online trolls but instead were simply erased from social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube by the Big Tech companies.  Some of them were little known, while others were popular media figures such as Dennis Prager and Mike Cernovich.  In some cases, their videos were taken down on YouTube without warning; or their Gmail accounts were terminated without explanation; or their Twitter pages were shadowbanned.  Much of the censored material had nothing to do with the Parkland tragedy.  It was simply a moment for the Left to flex its muscles.

The Worst Purge Of Conservative Voices In The History Of The Internet.  In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices.  YouTube's war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants.  There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints, because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment.

Sebastian Gorka Calls For Social Media Companies To Stop Censoring Conservatives And Start Censoring ISIS.  Former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka said social media companies should stop worrying about censoring conservatives and start censoring radical Jihadis instead, Thursday [3/8/2018] on "Fox & Friends."  "Al Qaeda's publications like 'Inspire,' the publications of ISIS as well — they're all out there still on the internet.  They have detailed instructions.  That's how the Boston bombers made their pressure cooker bombs.  Those instructions were on one of the Jihadi publications," Gorka said.  [Video clip]

Twitter refuses to comment on Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitic tweets.  Twitter has refused to comment on anti-Semitic tweets from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, including one where he writes "the Jews have control over those agencies [FBI] of government."  When reached for a response by Fox News, a Twitter spokesman said the company does not comment on individual accounts.  The spokesman pointed Fox News to the company's help center, where it details its enforcement options and its approach to enforcement philosophy and policy development.

The Corporate War on Free Speech.  One of my countless gripes about the grotesquely empty public display of sneering moral condescension that is the modern left is their continued posturing that they are fighting the power rather than representing it, consciously or otherwise.  Conveniently ignoring the legions of discrimination lawyers, human-resources hall monitors, and corporate-diversity rectal inspectors, modern progressives are somehow able to maintain the delusion that "corporations" are by definition right-wing entities.  Of course they are.  That must be why Google canned James Damore for daring to suggest the world's largest company was hopelessly biased in favor of leftists.  It also must be why it seems that the only people getting banned from social media or fired from their jobs based on nothing more than their opinions are those who are critical of the left.

Twitter is Censoring Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter Feed — On a Drudge Report Tweet on Maxine Waters.  Tech Giants Google, Twitter and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube — They are hiding conservative stories on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.

Obama Pressures Facebook to Censor News; Zuckerberg Complies and Crushes Trump on Facebook.  Facebook has caved to Democrat political pressure and is censoring newsfeeds on users' pages, as Mark Zuckerberg explains, for their own good.  The progressives at Facebook have gone nuclear. [...] After Donald Trump's election, Zuckerberg came under tremendous pressure to use Facebook for the Democrats' Resistance.  All the bludgeons were brought out — Russian bots, fake news, that Facebook handed an unearned victory to Trump.  And the greatest of all, the threat of government regulation.  At first Zuckerberg resisted the Resistance, but then he caved suddenly, following a personal intervention by Obama.

Twitter suspends user for calling Maxine Waters 'crazy old lying lunatic in a bad wig'.  Bastion of free speech, Twitter is not.  Maxine Waters has been accusing critics of being Russian bots, and apparently @TrueJackDaniel didn't appreciate it.

Companies Suspend Ads On Alex Jones, InfoWars' Youtube Channel After CNN Contacts Them.  Many companies have suspended advertising on Infowars' Youtube channels after CNN contacted them about their ads appearing on the website.  A CNN article published Saturday reads, "CNN has discovered ads on InfoWars' channels from companies and organizations such as Nike (NKE), Acer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Network, the Mormon Church, Moen, Expedia (EXPE), Alibaba (BABA), HomeAway, the NRA, Honey, Wix and ClassPass."  The article also indicates that after CNN got in touch with the companies, many suspended their ads.

Snopes Fact Checks, Facebook Threatens Satire Site for Mocking CNN.  The Christian satire site Babylon Bee has been fact-checked by Snopes and threatened by Facebook after it published an Onion-style article about CNN about purchasing a washing machine to "spin the news."

Satire Website Babylon Bee is Being Marked as Fake News on Facebook.  I'll be the first to admit I've been snagged by a few Babylon Bee headlines.  Not to the point I needed them fact-checked.  More of a double-take.  "Wait, did this really happen... oh, you Babylon Bee guys!"  But that's just me.  Others have needed the stories fact-checked for them.  To the point where Facebook is threatening to penalize the Bee's Facebook page.

Exclusive: Trump's Facebook Engagement Declined By 45 Percent Following Algorithm Change.  Engagement on Donald Trump's Facebook posts has dropped by approximately 45 percent since the platform introduced a new algorithm change, following a year of pressure from left-wing employees and the mainstream media for "allowing" the President to win the 2016 general election.  In January, Facebook introduced a major change to its newsfeed algorithm.  In a post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the change aimed to give greater emphasis to posts from "friends, family and groups" and less to "businesses, brands and media."  The change was followed by a promise to promote what Facebook calls "broadly trusted" news sources on the platform.

Exposing Parkland 'Shooting' Crisis Actor David Hogg gets you 3 Day Suspension From Facebook.  Just presenting a Video showing David Hogg and fellow actors recording on a Cell Phone an Anti Gun message during the 'Actual Shooting', while they were whispering and 'hiding' in lock-down, is enough to get a 3 days suspension from Face-it-facebook-is-working-for-the-enemy (Facebook).

Laura Loomer Banned From Facebook For 30 Days For Post Calling David Hogg A Liar.  Investigative journalist Laura Loomer received a 30-day banishment from Facebook Monday [2/26/2018] after she wrote a post calling student and gun control activist David Hogg a liar. [...] "Everything in my post was factual.  These interviews compiled together show that David Hogg... is lying during his interviews," Loomer said in a statement.  "If you watch the video, he says his sister lost 4 friends, 3 friends, and then 2 friends during the school shooting, which reveals a flaw in his narrative and suggests he isn't telling the truth," Loomer stated.

Stop treating the Southern Poverty Law Center like it's a respectable and responsible organization.  YouTube has tapped the Southern Poverty Law Center to help it police objectionable content, according to the Daily Caller.  Hopefully, this isn't true.  But if it is, it's a disaster.  YouTube couldn't have chosen a worse or less trustworthy partner.  The SPLC is a dishonest, irresponsible and obnoxiously partisan organization.  Trusting them to decide what constitutes objectionable and "extremist" content, as YouTube's more than 100 "Trusted Flaggers" have been asked to do, is like asking the inmates to run the asylum.  YouTube's monitoring program dates to 2012.  However, according to the Caller, it has "exploded in size in recent years amid a Google push to increase regulation of the content on its platforms, which followed pressure from advertisers."

Exclusive: YouTube Secretly Using SPLC To Police Videos.  The Southern Poverty Law Center is assisting YouTube in policing content on their platform, The Daily Caller has learned.  The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as "hate groups" — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube's "Trusted Flaggers" program, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told The [Daily Caller].  The SPLC and other program members help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos.

Important free speech case filed against Twitter.  [I]t all started when Twitter banned Jared Taylor and American Renaissance from its platform.  Breitbart has a long report on the case.  I think Taylor has a good case, but you know how our court system has become (too often these days) the place where Leftwing ideology has found its home and Constitutional protections are lost, so I won't dare to predict how this could turn out.

Free Speech' Suit Aims to End Twitter's Political Censorship.  A group of free-speech lawyers filed the most serious legal challenge yet to Twitter's censorship policies Tuesday in San Francisco County Superior Court, seeking a ruling preventing Twitter from banning users purely on the basis of their views and political associations.

CNN is Directly Lobbying YouTube to Shut Down Infowars.  CNN is now directly lobbying for YouTube to terminate Infowars from its platform entirely, with the news network brazenly admitting as much in an article published today [2/23/2018].  The piece, entitled, How the Florida school shooting conspiracies sprouted and spread, notes how an Infowars video questioning whether Parkland school shooting survivor and now anti-gun activist David Hogg was being coached on what to say during interviews was removed by YouTube.  CNN then relates how it "identified three similar YouTube videos from InfoWars" which were brought to YouTube's attention for potential removal.  A YouTube spokesperson responded that those videos were also now under review.

YouTube Restricts PragerU's Planned Parenthood Video, Then Reverses Course.  Conservative digital media organization PragerU tweeted Monday that its latest YouTube video on Planned Parenthood had been restricted soon after it was posted.  PragerU observed that, just hours after it was posted to Google-owned platform YouTube, a video that is narrated by Lila Rose, president of pro-life organization Live Action, was placed in "Restricted Mode."  In the video, titled What You Need to Know about Planned Parenthood, Rose discusses "deceptions" generated by Planned Parenthood, including its claim to be a "healthcare provider," and that abortion constitutes only three percent of its services.

Alt-right leaders can no longer spread disinformation on Medium.  Medium has suspended the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Laura Loomer.  Unfortunately, this means that "articles" like Cernovich's "How I Would Run for Congress" are no more.  Links to any of the suspended accounts (or their published works) redirect to the dreary white suspension page, which reads "This page is unavailable."

Undercover Video Reveals How Twitter Silences Conservatives.  If it's not bad enough that Facebook is now picking and choosing which news you see in your newsfeed, the most recent undercover video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has revealed exactly how Twitter actively silences conservative users.  Last month, Project Veritas released an undercover video in which Twitter Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes says that Twitter is "more than happy to help the Department of Justice with their little [President Donald Trump] investigation."  They followed up that video with another video featuring eight current and former Twitter employees, who reveal that Twitter silences conservatives through a technique called "shadow banning."

Facebook Ad Executive Rob Goldman Apologizes for having "Uncleared Thoughts".  After President Trump re-tweeted a discussion thread from Facebook VP of Ads Rob Goldman, which cited analysis done last year of Russian ad purchases/engagement, the liberal hive instantly attacked the executive.  According to Wired.Com Rob Goldman quickly began apologizing for expressing "uncleared thoughts", where those thoughts are actually based on facts — but run counter to the necessary liberal narrative — so they must be repelled at all costs.

Mark Zuckerberg colludes with Russia.  As of this week, Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook, is now directly colluding with Putin to influence world opinion in favor of the tyrant's regime.  It's happening before your very eyes.  Zuckerberg created one of the world's largest and most important platforms for spreading news and information — and fake news and disinformation.  It was one of the platforms Russian and other foreign propagandists used most effectively in 2016 to pass off lies as real news stories and to spread messages designed to divide Americans by race.  But what Facebook once allowed through organizational passivity, it is now doing willfully.  Zuckerberg's company, the owner of Instagram, has caved to pressure from Moscow and has agreed to suppress Instagram posts that Putin's critics have dug up and presented as concrete evidence of astounding official corruption.

The Urgent Case for Legislation against Facebook and Google.  Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths.  It is good to see establishment outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review coming to the same conclusion, or at least asking the same questions.  Just this week, Facebook launched its latest of many attacks on my news site, the Geller Report.  It labeled my site as "spam" and removed every Geller Report post — thousands upon thousands of them, going back years — from Facebook.  It also blocked any Facebook member from sharing links to the Geller Report.  The ramping up of the shutting-down of sites like mine is neither random nor personal.  The timing is telling.  The left is gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections, and they mean to shut down whatever outlet or voice that helped elect President Trump, the greatest upset in left-wing history.  In fighting this shutdown, we had to go back to the drawing board in our lawsuit against these social media giants.

Facebook:  Calling For The Murder Of AfD Members 'Does Not Violate Our Community Standards'.  Though Germany has the most strict censorship regime in the world when it comes to censoring right-wing political speech on social media, calling for members of the patriotic Alternative for Deutschland party to be murdered is A-OK.

YouTube: Keeping Americans In The Dark On Islam.  In certain respects, the real struggle between Islam and the West has less to do with an inherently weak Islam and more to do with subversive Western elements that cover up for and thus empower Islam.  Out-and-out censorship is one of these tactics.

Google Must Be Destroyed.  In "The New Censorship" Robert Epstein examines the methods Google employs to censor voices it disagrees with such as manipulating the auto-complete results, altering images displayed in Google Maps, and demonetizing YouTube videos its employees find offensive.  Epstein writes, "If a librarian were caught trashing all the liberal newspapers before people could read them, he or she might get in a heap o' trouble.  What happens when most of the librarians in the world have been replaced by a single company?  Google is now the largest news aggregator in the world, tracking tens of thousands of news sources in more than thirty languages and recently adding thousands of small, local news sources to its inventory.  It also selectively bans news sources as it pleases."

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Libertarian Banned from Facebook for Tide Pod Joke That Mocked Liberals.  Facebook doesn't seem to think Tide Pods are a joking matter.  Tom Champlin, who owns the libertarian news aggregator The Liberty Review and runs its associated Facebook page, was slapped with a 30-day Facebook ban for posting a Tide Pod meme.  His post showed a screenshot of a teen who was stupid enough to bite into a Tide Pod; the caption said, "This is why I can't pay for your health insurance." Facebook sent Champlin a message telling him that his post had violated the site's community standards and he would be temporarily locked out of his profile as a punishment.


Facebook is a 'living, breathing crime scene,' says one former tech insider.  With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam.  However, the network's laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform.

Facebook, Google tell Congress they're fighting extremist content with counterpropaganda.  Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress Wednesday that they've gone beyond screening and removing extremist content and are creating more anti-terror propaganda to pre-empt violent messages at the source.  Representatives from the three companies told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that they are, among other things, targeting people likely to be swayed by extremist messages and pushing content aimed at countering that message.  Several senators criticized their past efforts as not going far enough.  "We believe that a key part of combating extremism is preventing recruitment by disrupting the underlying ideologies that drive people to commit acts of violence.  That's why we support a variety of counterspeech efforts," said Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, according to an advance copy of her testimony obtained by CNBC.

Twitter's army of peeping Toms.  [James] O'Keefe's latest video reveals that Twitter — according to its own employees — is paying "hundreds of people" to examine "private" messages sent by Twitter users to one another.  The nine-and-a-half-minute video ought to be enough to convince anyone to avoid using Twitter for any messages that might cause embarrassment to the sender.  The blackmail potential revealed is stunning, as is the sheer creepiness of the entire effort.

Someone Needs to Sort Out the Tech Idiots on Censorship.  The real relationship between politics and government is the gangster relation: nice little business you got here; pity if something should happen to it.  Most conservatives don't have a gangster bone in their bodies and really don't want to get in the faces of good honest businessmen.  Problem is, then all the businessmen in America will end up paying protection money only to the Democratic Party, because liberals do care about power and do want to tell business who is boss.  Unless our leaders throw a bit of elbow, these poor innocent businessmen will continue to truckle to the liberal activist agenda as the path of least resistance.  Then one day they will wake up, like the National Football League, to find out that their customers are leaving in droves.

Tech Totalitarians.  Leftists are apparently so fearful of competing in the arena of ideas, they are literally eliminating those competing ideas — and often, the people who espouse them — at the social websites more and more Americans use to communicate with each other, or get their "news."  And these very same corporate entities, replete with people best described as fascist-minded tech nerds, are also determined to eliminate privacy.  We begin with Project Veritas' undercover investigation revealing that Twitter is infested with techies willing to "ban a way of talking," as engineer Steven Pierre puts it.  How?  Former Twitter Software Engineer Abhinov Vadrevu reveals the company uses a technique called "shadow banning."

Facebook's Feed Filtering.  In what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls "a major change in how we build Facebook," the company announced Thursday that it plans to reduce publisher and brand content in news feeds while prioritizing what friends and family interact with.  "[R]ecently we've gotten feedback from our community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other," Zuckerberg wrote yesterday in a Facebook post.  "Since there's more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what's in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do — help us connect with each other.  We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being."

Twitter Leaks:  Employees Describe Extreme Social Justice Warrior Climate at Tech Giant.  Twitter has sprung a leak.  In several exclusive interviews with Breitbart, former employees of the company reveal a company dependent on celebrities, hostile to free speech, and silently fuming at President Trump's continued dominance on the platform.  It corroborates the recent Project Veritas exposé of a platform that is hopelessly biased and committed to censoring non-progressive voices.  Our first source, who, like the others, wishes to remain anonymous, described how the company rapidly abandoned its commitment to free speech after former CEO Dick Costolo was replaced by Jack Dorsey, who the source described as "the definition of a social justice warrior."  The majority of Twitter's management, says the source, believes the leftist idea that "hate speech is violence."  They "absolutely" believe in the idea that "abuse scares people off the platform," and that certain types of speech "silence" other speech.

Undercover Videos Expose Twitter's Dirty Secrets.  Shadowbanning is the censorship that social media companies do in the shadows.  It's cowardly and dishonest.  And it's how the big firms get away with covertly censoring conservatives.  "The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don't know they've been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content," Abhinav Vadrevu, a former Twitter employee, explains in Project Veritas' undercover investigation of the company.  "They just think that no one engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it."  Shadowbanning is the perfect metaphor for the big lie of social media.  The big companies claim to empower you while they actually take away your voice.  And they do it without you realizing it.

Project Veritas Bombshell:  Twitter Engineers Explain How They 'Shadow Ban' Conservatives.  No, you weren't being paranoid.  Everything you ever suspected about Twitter censoring right-wing opinions through "shadow bans" is true.  In his latest sting, conservative muckracker James O'Keefe caught eight current and former Twitter employees admitting on camera that they engage in the practice.  Twitter tries to present itself as a politically neutral media platform, but as this latest Project Veritas bombshell video confirms, it is anything but.  Abhinav Vadrevu, a former Twitter software engineer, explained how "shadow banning" works at a San Francisco restaurant on January 3, 2018.

Twitter Engineer Admits to Banning Accounts that Express Interest in God, Guns, and America.  Twitter direct messaging engineer Pranay Singh admitted to mass-banning accounts that express interest in God, guns, and America, during a Project Veritas investigation.  "Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers.  They'll all be like, guns, God, 'Merica, and with the American flag and the cross," declared Singh, who was secretly recorded by Project Veritas reporters.  "Like, who says that?  Who talks like that?  It's for sure a bot."

Facebook Bans Bestselling Author over 'The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama'.  Bestselling conservative author Matt Margolis has a new book coming out that is already banned on Facebook.  Margolis's first book, The Worst President in History, which detailed the failures of the Obama administration, was an instant hit last fall.  Margolis used social media to market his presidential biography to #1 on Amazon.  When he tried to market his latest, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, he was banned from Facebook groups for six days with no explanation.

Twitter Security Engineer Says Company 'More Than Happy' to Give DOJ Trump's DMs.  Big corporations like Twitter and Google wield enormous power over those they disagree with, and in the age of Trump, it's only gotten worse.  As Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on his show last night, "the federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms.  Big corporations are the main threat to your freedom and your privacy."  Carlson pointed out that "the government doesn't own your private emails, Google does."  A new Project Veritas undercover investigation seems to confirm Carlson's point as it regards Twitter to an alarming degree.  The social media platform is unfriendly to conservatives in general but positively hostile to President Donald Trump.  And if one of their senior employees is to be believed, they may be voluntarily violating his privacy to provide his direct messages to the Department of Justice.

How to Get Kicked Off YouTube.  The first time YouTube sent me a one-way ticket to ride was right after I saw a video in Pittsburgh of a large group of large "teenagers" surrounding and beating a smaller "teenager."  But everything was blurred out — faces and voices.  I called the victim's mom in Pittsburgh and asked if I could get a copy of the original video, unblurred.  Soon I was watching a totally different, far more sinister scene:  a large group of black people were surrounding a smaller white kid, harassing, threatening, taunting, and ultimately beating him.  That's what I do in my books, articles, videos, and podcasts:  I expose the enormous level of black violence and how reporters and public officials are in denial, deceit, and delusion about it.  This was just another example, one of many thousands that we document, wildly out of proportion.  Soon after the video went up, good ol' Colin was going down:  YouTube said the video encouraged violence against children.  I told YouTube I was exposing violence against children.  People who removed that video were complicit in that violence.  YouTube did not care, and off I went.

How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It.  So, why would Facebook want to kill extremely successful Facebook pages that its users enjoyed?  One of the reasons goes back to something I told multiple reporters during the 2016 election.  I believe that all of the thriving right wing Facebook pages activated large numbers of what I like to think of as "instinctive conservatives."  You know, the sort of people who love God, guns and America, but who don't follow politics day to day, read National Review or consume any of Milton Friedman's books.  From what I could see on Facebook, that group of people [loved] Donald Trump and I believe they were responsible for getting him the GOP nomination and probably even got him over the hump in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  I think the liberals that run Facebook came to that same conclusion.

Google caught in the censorship cookie jar again?  The Daily Caller reports that Google has taken to throwing shade almost exclusively on conservative websites through its search engine mechanism, using a sort of "fact-checking" system to discredit certain news-providers so no one will want to click on them.  Kind of an odd thing for a search engine company to do, given that its business is built around gaining clicks.  But it's not the first time the Silicon Valley giant has been accused of disguised censorship against conservative news outlets under the guise of the war on fake news.

Google's New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites.  Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results.  No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment.  And not only is Google's fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made "claims" they demonstrably never made.  When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled "Reviewed Claims."  Vox, and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment.

Charles C. Johnson Sues Twitter In Landmark Free Speech Case.  GotNews Editor-in-Chief Charles C. Johnson filed a landmark free speech lawsuit against Twitter in California State Superior Court today [1/8/2018].  The lawsuit documents the social media giant's unlawful censorship of Johnson — and the damages it caused Johnson — on several fronts.  Johnson, who is represented by Robert E. Barnes of Barnes Law, details various causes of action demonstrating how Twitter's actions violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act as well as the California and United States constitutions.

Google Sued for Censorship of Conservatives.  Leftists often accuse you of the thing they are really guilty of.  So, when the left tries to smear conservatives with labels such as Nazis, Fascists, and intolerant, they are really describing themselves.  Case in point is the story of Prager University, run by radio-talk-show host Dennis Prager whose videos on YouTube have received restricted status making it impossible for people to watch.  Thus, Prager fought back suing Google and YouTube for violation of his First Amendment rights.

Climate Skeptic Censorship by Google, Twitter, and Microsoft LinkedIn.  Twitter has behaved the worst.  If it doesn't like one tweet in a paid promotion, it halts all promotions by the account.  This happened to me twice, and I stopped trying after that.  Twitter bans tweets with "inaccurate content."  Twitter doesn't even bother to phrase it as "content that we consider inaccurate."  It's as if Twitter's management considers itself an omniscient and omnipotent divine power.

How Twitter protects Planned Parenthood from the truth.  "Offensive."  "Inappropriate."  Even "fake news."  Increasingly, media outlets and pro-choice politicians are labeling pro-life groups with these derogatory terms and openly calling on social media outlets to censor pro-life voices, especially those with increasingly large online followings.  They cite how "dangerous" it is that our message is reaching millions of people each day.  This past summer, for example, the Washington Examiner reported that social media giant Twitter prevented Live Action from advertising to build our audience while allowing abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and others free rein to reach out to virtually anyone.  Twitter defended its actions, calling our content "inflammatory."  But what did it deem so offensive?  A picture of a child developing in the womb and ultrasound images like the ones expectant parents hang on refrigerators.

Twitter's purge of far-right accounts sparks backlash, praise and confusion.  The rules that took effect Monday [12/18/2017] broaden the tech firm's hateful conduct policy to permanently suspend any account that displays "violent threats, multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear or reduces someone to less than human."  The policy also targets groups or individuals that promote violence on and off the platform.  Thus far, suspended accounts include white nationalists like Jared Taylor and his publication American Renaissance, Britain First's Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, a European white supremacist group known as Generation Identity, the American Nazi Party and the New Black Panther Party.

YouTube assigns 10,000 employees to censor videos.  Google will assign 10,000 staff members to eliminate what the company regards as extremist content on YouTube next year.  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote at Britain's Daily Telegraph that some YouTube users were exploiting YouTube to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm."  Google owns YouTube.  She wrote that YouTube is using "computer-learning" technology to find extremist videos.  Since June, more than 150,000 of these videos have been removed, she said.

FCC Chairman Blasts Twitter for Censoring Tweets from Pro-Life Groups.  The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has excoriated the social media platform Twitter for censoring pro-life posts and other social conservative viewpoints.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says that Twitter is employing a "double standard" in blocking conservative content while leaving liberal messaging untouched.

Twitter Admits It Doesn't Understand Its Own Policies, After Suspending PJ Media Terror Expert.  After President Donald Trump retweeted false videos about radical Islamic terrorism last week, Twitter changed its rationale for allowing the tweets to remain up.  In explaining the new reason, Twitter's CEO admitted that the social media platform had misinterpreted its own policies.  This was a crucial admission, following the nearly week-long suspension of PJ Media D.C. editor Bridget Johnson, an award-winning journalist and terror expert, with no explanation.

Who's Really Censoring the Web?  As [FCC chairman Ajit] Pai suggests, the real threat to an open Internet doesn't come from your cable company but from Google/YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and others.  All these firms have aggressively censored.  For example, Google recently kicked would-be Twitter competitor Gab out of its app store, not for anything Gab did but for what it refused to do — censor content.  Twitter is famous for censoring, as Pai observes.  "I love Twitter, and I use it all the time," he said.  "But let's not kid ourselves; when it comes to an open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem.  The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate."

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Calls Out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Silicon Valley for Censorship and Internet Content Manipulation.  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, fired a direct shot across the bow of the technocrats who control social media platforms today [11/28/2017].  Chairman Pai righteously called out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platform control agents for being ideologically biased, and using their platforms to target their ideological opposition.  Defending his plan to roll back Obama's one-sided internet rules, the Chairman outlined how he intended to ensure a free, fair and open internet.

Twitter allowing BuzzFeed to dictate which accounts are 'propaganda' accounts.  It's rare that two corporations cooperate on anything, much less the politically charged topic of "propaganda."  But Twitter has apparently given the website BuzzFeed the power to identify suspected "propaganda" accounts on the social media giant that Twitter can then suspend.  I frankly don't care if every one of those accounts is part of a Russian propaganda plot.  That's not the issue.  The issue is two liberal companies cooperating to interfere with the free flow of information.

More Proof: How Google Skews Autocomplete to Protect Democrats.  Google's "Autocomplete" function has operated since 2008 to assist users in searching for the right phrases.  How does it work? [...] Well, it's based on actual searches, so long as they don't negatively impact Democrats.

If we don't fight now, conservatives will vanish from the internet.  How can you tell that internet censorship is really taking off?  Easy.  It's becoming a business model.  Steven Brill is raising $6 million to launch News Guard.  This new service will rate news sites on their trustworthiness from green to red.  Forget politically unbiased algorithms.  The ratings will be conducted by "qualified, accountable human beings" from teams of "40 to 60 journalists."  Once upon a time, journalism meant original writing.  Now it means deciding which original writing to censor.

Google Can No Longer Be Trusted With Private Data.  Google needs to stop treating its users like lab rats for its machine learning.  Already, their attempt to crack down on YouTube videos have cost perfectly well-meaning and sometimes entirely apolitical channels thousands of dollars in ad revenues over absurd misapplications of the rules by content flagging bots.

11-minute Trump Twitter outage prompts company investigation.  President Trump blamed his 11-minute Twitter account outage on Thursday [11/2/2017] on a "rogue employee."  "My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee.  I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," Trump tweeted early Friday morning.  Twitter launched an internal investigation Thursday after a "customer support" employee, reportedly working his or her last day with the company, briefly deactivated the highly viewed account of the president.

Twitter: Employee 'inadvertently' deactivated Trump's account.  Twitter attributed a brief disappearance of President Trump's personal Twitter account on Thursday night to "human error" on the part of one of its employees.  "Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," Twitter said in a statement posted to the platform.  "The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored.  We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again," Twitter added.

Roger Stone Says He Will Sue Twitter Over Account Suspension.  Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone Jr. said he will sue Twitter in response to the company banning him from the platform.  "I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account," he told TheWrap.  "The battle for free speech has just begun."  Stone would not publicly name the attorney until he signed a retainer agreement, which he said he expected to do Monday [10/30/2017].

Forget Washington.  Facebook's Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing.  For months, Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming from its role in last year's presidential campaign.  The company has mounted an all-out defense campaign ahead of this week's congressional hearings on election interference in 2016, hiring three outside communications firms, taking out full-page newspaper ads, and mobilizing top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, to beat back accusations that it failed to prevent Russia from manipulating the outcome of the election.  No other predicament in Facebook's 13-year history has generated this kind of four-alarm response.  But while the focus on Russia is understandable, Facebook has been much less vocal about the abuse of its services in other parts of the world, where the stakes can be much higher than an election.

Google Preaches 'Net Neutrality,' Then Censors Conservative Videos?  YouTube promises that it is "a community where everyone's voice can be heard."  But that promise doesn't seem to apply if the voice espouses conservative viewpoints.  The latest evidence of this comes from Dennis Prager, a conservative talk-show host whose syndicated column appears regularly in IBD and who also runs Prager University.  PragerU produces hundreds of educational videos from academics and other experts on various topics, ranging from the history of the Korean War to Israel's founding.  There's no profanity, no nudity, no calls to violence.  But the videos do give conservatives a voice.

Twitter Bans Two Kremlin-Backed News Outlets From Advertising.  Twitter announced on Thursday [10/26/2017] that it would ban RT and Sputnik, the two Kremlin-backed international news outlets, from advertising on its platform, intensifying the battle over Russian propaganda on social media and prompting an immediate threat of retaliation from the Russian Foreign Ministry.  The decision marks one of the most aggressive moves by an American social media company against the outlets, which United States intelligence officials have linked to a wide-ranging Kremlin effort, both covert and overt, to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.  Twitter's ban comes as United States authorities are pressuring RT, formerly known as Russia Today, to register as a foreign agent under a World War II-era law intended to curtail Nazi propaganda.

Prager University SUES Google & YouTube for Censoring Conservatives.  Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows that Google and YouTube have been taking serious and discriminatory action against conservatives and anyone who has an opinion that is contradictory to that of the "advertisers."  We have taken this for a while now, but someone is finally taking legal action.  Dennis Prager of Prager University is taking this discriminatory practice to the courtroom and is determined to bring attention to the matter, which has been largely ignored in the media.

PragerU sues Google, YouTube for 'censoring' conservative videos.  PragerU, a conservative educational site, is suing Google and its subsidiary YouTube, accusing the video site of censoring its online videos because of their political leanings.  The company filed the suit on Monday, saying that YouTube had been "restricting" some of their videos, which cuts them off to viewers with certain parental settings and prevents them from generating ad revenue.  "Watch any one of our videos and you'll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven," Dennis Prager, PragerU founder, said in a statement.

Patriot outraged as Facebook 'BANS' him from calling himself English.  A proud patriot has slated social media giant Facebook after it banned him from using the word "English" in his profile.  Electrician Tim Cox, 54, was given the nickname "English" at school and has been using it on his profile since he signed up to the site nine years ago.  But it has now been removed by Facebook chiefs after a complaint from a fellow user.  The site says the word "English" represents a violation of its policies on fake names, despite other profiles using the names of mass murderers like Peter Sutcliffe or Osama Bin Laden.

Apple Removes Pro-Life App from App Store.  Apple removed a pro-life app from its App Store after misleading stories about the app were published over the summer.  The app, Human Coalition, allows "pro-life individuals and church groups to pray for Human Coalition's abortion-seeking clients, who remain anonymous, in real time."

Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan's Account.  Rose McGowan had a hold placed on her Twitter account Wednesday night [10/11/2017], an act that quickly sparked outrage among the many users who have been following her posts ever since news first broke of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.  The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice after finding herself thrust into the center of the developing story of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul, took to her Instagram and Facebook accounts to relay the news of her temporary suspension, [...]

James O'Keefe Busts YouTube Deciding What Is 'Legitimate' News, and What Isn't.  James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has released a follow-up to its exposé of bias at the New York Times earlier this week.  This time, the target is YouTube, the ubiquitous video-sharing platform owned by technology giant Google.  Project Veritas picks up where the first video left off, in conversation with the Times' Audience Strategy Editor, Nicholas Dudich, a former Democratic campaign operative who was shown suggesting that his political views informed his work publishing Times videos on social media platforms.

Reassessing Orwell to Understand Our Times.  Social media have great power to narrow the range of acceptable thought.  On Facebook, those who openly support a politically correct view — what appears to be the popular majority view — are frequently lauded with thumbs up, while dissenters often remain silent to avoid being criticized or denounced.  All of which leads to what is called "the spiral of silence," which reinforces the groupthink of what seems to be the social and cultural majority.

10 reasons to stay calm about those Russia Facebook ads.  [#1] Of the group of 3,000 ads turned over to Congress by Facebook, a majority of the impressions came after the election, not before.  Indeed, in a news release Monday [10/2/2017], Facebook said 56 percent of the ads' impressions came after the 2016 vote.  [#2] Twenty-five percent of the ads were never seen by anybody.  (Facebook also revealed that Monday.)  [#3] Most of the ads, which Facebook estimates were seen by a total of 10 million people in the United States, never mentioned the election or any candidate.

YouTuber Demonetized Hours after Rush Limbaugh Reads Her Article on His Show.  On the same day that Rush Limbaugh read my recent column on air, YouTube — in the dead of night — demonetized a large percentage of videos on my channel.  My YouTube channel has been around for years with many recordings of very boring village meetings highlighting local Chicago-area corruption.  Recently, I started doing reaction videos and comedy and gained a bunch of new subscribers and it's been fun.  I don't swear (certainly no "F" words) and there's nothing really controversial unless you count making fun of gender-confused rabid leftists with blue hair "controversial."  Yesterday, October 5, after Rush read my article on his show, I made a video that included my reaction to him talking about it on the air.  It wasn't up for three hours before my videos started getting the dreaded yellow dollar signs — which means YouTube just took away my ability to be paid for them.  YouTube made sure that whatever bump in subscribers or views I got from Rush would not benefit me in any way.

YouTube Has Joined Other Social Media In Censoring Conservatives.  Social media was a brazen boon for the free press, who were virtually shut out of the national, televised media landscape which has been dominated by the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and other liberal outlets for decades.  Print news, however fleeting their time in the spotlight may be, also tends to fly left of center thanks to decades upon decades of democratic infiltration.  The internet, however, was once a land of opportunity for everyone.  A level playing field of exposure and ideology.  That is, until Facebook, Google, and their subsidiaries discovered a tool that they too could use to funnel their own political beliefs to the forefront.

Here's an example of what Facebook WILL allow:
Russian-bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook targeted Baltimore and Ferguson.  At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.  Ferguson and Baltimore had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men.  The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically targeted advertising to sow political chaos in the United States, the sources said.

The Curious Case of the Democrats vs Zuckerberg.  The worst kind of fight in one in which you wish for both sides' demise. [...] Watching Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defend his digital empire before menacing lawmakers was one such brawl.  In early September, Facebook disclosed that it had suspended hundreds of accounts associated with a St. Petersburg-based website that dispensed pro-Kremlin propaganda.  The long-held suspicion that Putin operatives attempted to influence the 2016 election was confirmed.  Then the levee broke.

Facebook admits it promoted fake Vegas massacre stories.  Facebook admitted Monday [10/2/2017] that its system automatically promoted stories that falsely identified the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre.  The social network said links from websites such as The Gateway Pundit and others were posted and spread across their site Sunday night.  The stories claimed the shooter was an "anti-Trump" Democrat and displayed pictures of a man who is not identified as a suspect.

The Long Night Ahead.  Facebook just declared war against "disruptive" information.  In addition to hundreds of new human censors, they are training AI censors capable of identifying and deleting 'unacceptable' information found in the discussions of all two billion members in real time. [... But] Disruption, although potentially painful in the short term, doesn't last, nor is it truly damaging over the long term.  In fact, the true danger posed by an internetworked world is just the opposite of disruption.  This danger is an all encompassing online orthodoxy.  A sameness of thought and approach enforced by hundreds of millions of socially internetworked adherents.  A global orthodoxy that ruthless narrows public thought down to a single, barren, ideological framework.  A ruling network that prevents dissent and locks us into stagnation and inevitable failure as it runs afoul of reality and human nature.

Amazon defends deleting one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book.  Amazon is getting flak for policing the reviews posted on its page for Hillary Clinton's new book, which went on sale this week.  The internet quickly realized Wednesday that some of the reviews of "What Happened" — notably 1-star reviews — were being removed.  But the company defended its move, saying it had the right to make sure that reviewers were actually commenting on the product at hand, not just expressing dislike of the former Democratic presidential candidate (of which there is plenty, nine months after the election).

Former Muslim, Anti-FGM Campaigner Shazia Hobbs Suspended from Twitter.  A Muslim apostate and high profile campaigner against both female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage has been suspended from micro-blogging platform Twitter, amidst a wider crackdown on right wing voices on the website, and other online platforms like Facebook.  Twitter users noticed the prolific writer and campaigner had vanished from the platform Friday [9/1/2017].

Imposing 21st Century Sensibilities on 18th and 19th Century Actions.  Perhaps the most beloved hymn of the past two centuries is Amazing Grace [...] Yet if one-issue social pressure continues to mount, Amazing Grace may disappear from politically-sensitive YouTube, Facebook, Google, and more broadly from popular culture.  Why?  Because the man who wrote this hymn, English sailor John Newton, had been a slave trader before experiencing a Jonah-like miraculous salvation of his own. [...] The ultimate "logic" of Black Lives Matter will see the destruction of Monticello and the Jefferson Memorial, Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument, the defacing of Mount Rushmore and — perhaps — the renaming of Washington DC and the State of Washington.  One wonders.  With Washington and Jefferson now under fire, can Amazing Grace be far behind?

Google's 'Left-wing bias has alienated its own workers'.  Internet giant Google has been accused by one of its own employees of 'alienating conservatives' with its politically correct left-wing bias.  A senior software engineer at the company claimed in a document that was distributed to colleagues that right-wing employees were forced to keep their views 'in the closet' to avoid hostility.

YouTube continues to restrict many PragerU videos.  Fight back!  YouTube does not want young people to hear conservative ideas as they currently list 28 PragerU videos — over 10 percent of our entire collection — under "restricted mode" making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.

Facebook Blocks More Than Two Dozen Popular Catholic Pages Without Explanation.  Social media giant Facebook blocked more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages in a 24-hour period, some with millions of followers, saying only they were "suspected of suspicious activities."  Facebook seemed to target only conservative Catholic pages with a significant following, since almost all had between hundreds of thousands and up to six million followers, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA), which broke the story.

Google Censors Popular Pro-Life Page With Extensive Abortion Information.  The Abortions in America page, which displays graphs and data about a wide variety of abortion facts, had been receiving an average of about 16,000 views per month — all with virtually no promotion.  Since the fact page was created in October 2012, web stats show the page steadily increased in popularity.  The page's views peaked in January 2017, at 37,111 views, and was well on the way to a record-breaking year.  Within the month of May, views mysteriously decreased by more than half over the previous month.  In June, it received only 1,512 views.  During the last seven days of June, it only received 307 views.  It appears that OperationRescue.org has been singled out by Google for discrimination.

Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban.  The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday [6/19/2017] that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

YouTube removes latest Planned Parenthood video on judge's order.  YouTube removed a video showing top Planned Parenthood officials making gruesome comments about abortion on the order of a federal judge in California.  U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who granted the preliminary injunction in favor of the National Abortion Federation to halt the release of the videos, ordered any links to the video to be removed after it was published by the Center for Medical Progress on Thursday [5/25/2017].  Judge Orrick also ordered CMP lead investigator David Daleiden and his attorneys to appear in court June 14, The Associated Press reported, for a hearing where he will consider holding them in contempt for releasing the footage.

Facebook says it will act against 'information operations' using false accounts.  Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday [4/27/2017] that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls "information operations" that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news.  In a report and summary of response plans on its website on Thursday, Facebook describes well-funded and subtle efforts by nations and other organizations to spread misleading information and falsehoods for geopolitical goals.

How the Media Try to Lay Waste to the Trump Administration.  The war on "fake news" could extend into the censorship of social media.  Former Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel told a UC Berkeley audience that "We know that there's a lot of campaigning that's moved to the Internet, whether it's through fake news or just outright advertising and there is almost no regulation of this, very little."  In the past, Ravel has called for the regulation of political websites such as The Drudge Report.  "Ravel claimed that the use of Facebook and other social media platforms by political campaigns is a problem," reports Breitbart News.  She also claimed that "by 2020 most of the advertising is going to move from television to the Internet" — i.e., to unregulated space.

Facebook Gives Staff Green Light to Protest Trump on May 1.  Facebook Inc. said it won't punish employees who take time off to join pro-immigrant protests on May 1.  And, in a nod to security staff, janitors, shuttle-bus drivers and others who work for Facebook contractors on campus, the company also said it will investigate if any of its vendors illegally crack down on their employees' protest rights.

#FakeNews Purveyors Snopes and Politifact Now Adjudicating #FakeNews for Google.  Google rolled out a new feature Friday for its search browser, which uses media outlets like Politifact and Snopes to help combat "fake news."  After inputting a search query on the tech conglomerate's platform, a user is shown results with "fact checks for one or more public claims" or news stories. [...] Snopes, Politifact, or any such publication deciding which news stories are legitimate leads to editorializing as fact checking is prone to subjectivity.  This notion is further evidenced in that not a single fact checker at Snopes comes from a conservative background, which a Daily Caller investigation revealed.  In fact, Snopes employs liberals and leftists almost exclusively.

'Hunt & Kill All White Women' Facebook Post Deemed Not Hate Speech.  "White women should be hunted and killed then we won't get white babies who think the(y) own the world," the user posted.  When the post was reported by another user for "hate speech," Facebook responded with the message, "We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."

$53M Fines for Politically Incorrect Social Media Posts?  In a move designed to chill free speech, a German "justice" official has proposed fining social-media sites up to $53 million for not swiftly deleting "hateful" posts.  Welcome to the new Germany — same as the old Germany. [...] While German Ministry of Justice spokesman Piotr Malachowski had in January cited entries such as "gas the Jews" as an example of the kind of repugnant postings justifying government action, that's just a selling point.  The extreme concern over politically incorrect online speech arose only after Germany invited an influx of unassimilable Muslim migrants, who are generally impossible to vet and sometimes criminally inclined, prompting some Germans to complain online.  The current crackdown is aimed at anti-Muslim sentiment — not anti-Jewish sentiment.

Arrest Of Twitter User Could Have Serious Implications For The World Of Internet Trolling.  John Rivello was arrested Friday months after he allegedly sent a tweet that caused journalist Kurt Eichenwald to suffer a seizure.  This arrest appears to be the first of its kind and presents serious implications for the world of internet trolling, which seeks to annoy fellow users.  Eichenwald's attorney Steven Lieberman and cyber jurisprudence expert Peter Stephenson told The Daily Caller Sunday they are unaware of any similar cases where an internet message or posting causing bodily harm and resulted in an arrest.

Chilling story of one twisted oddball and a handful of anonymous activists who appointed themselves as censors.  [Scroll down]  Last month, 'Hillbillyholiday' was the architect of a cynical PR stunt which saw this newspaper publicly smeared by damning its journalism 'unreliable'.  He and 52 like-minded anti-Press zealots, almost all of whom remain anonymous, collaborated in a vote which persuaded Wikipedia, the sixth most popular website in the world, that it ought to ban the Daily Mail.  The move by the online encyclopedia — which was founded in 2001 and has in a few short years become a hugely influential source of information — was revealed in the pages of the Left-wing Guardian newspaper.  It reported that Wikipedia's editors had decided, in a democratic ballot, that the Mail's journalism cannot be trusted.

Google adds tool to flag 'offensive' search results.  Google is now directing its review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive in search results.

Marine Le Pen could be jailed for three years for 'distributing violent images' over ISIS beheading tweets.  French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has lost her European parliament immunity from prosecution in an obscene videos case that could see her jailed for three years.  The 48-year-old leader of the far-right Front National (FN) now faces being summoned by a French judge, and being charged with 'distributing violent images'.  Le Pen caused outrage by using Twitter to publish films including one showing the decapitated U.S. journalist James Foley.

The Wikipedia Purge.  Conservative circles, especially in the US, have long been accusing Wikipedia of bias.  Some disgruntled users have set up Conservapedia.com, as you may have guessed, in order to provide a conservative counterweight.  They compiled a list of examples of (mostly left-wing) bias in Wikipedia.  Often it is about subtle differences:  the page about the former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet (as it exists today) mentions that his government was a dictatorship, while Fidel Castro's page says that "critics say he was a dictator."

Twitter Removing Core Functions, Banning Alt-Right to Create Liberal Safe Space.  Twitter, Reddit and others are going on banning sprees to censor "alt-right" voices.

Twitter Suspended My Account When I Dared To Defend Myself Against A Liberal Reporter's Smear Campaign.  During the election I launched #TrumpCup, a Twitter movement encouraging my followers to write "Trump" on the name of their cups at Starbucks.  The idea was for Trump supporters to stand in solidarity with their candidate against a massive corporation (Starbucks) that had lashed out against him.  It went viral.  For days it was Twitter's #1 trend.  It got massive coverage by all the major mainstream press outlets.  The trend came and went and then, out of the blue, it was being used to label me a white-supremacist.  Did you follow that leap of logic just then?  Me neither.

Is Twitter Throttling Trump Supporters?  [Scroll down]  Mike Keen says that Twitter carries out another form of throttling this on tweets from President Trump.  After Trump's initial Tweet, the first few moments afterwords may show top tweets from Trump supporters, but soon those disappear and all the reply tweets to Trump are negative reactions from leftists.  "Every single Tweet by President Trump has top comments that are 100% negative.  Positive replies are simply not seen.  Twitter is absolutely censoring Pro-Trump replies and Trump supporters from voicing their support of the President."

Is Google News Suppressing Center-Right News Sites?  The big story this evening is the fact that President Trump has fired the acting Attorney General, a far Left Obama holdover.  Her dismissal was well-deserved, given the fact that she ordered the Justice Department to ignore the Commander-In-Chief's entirely legal order, one similar to bans enacted by Presidents Obama and Carter.  But I was fascinated to see the Google News coverage of the event.

YouTube removes influential conservative website's channel.  The YouTube channel of influential conservative politics and law website Legal Insurrection has been removed by the video sharing service, citing copyright infringement claims.  "This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted," explains YouTube, in a notice posted to channel's page.  Legal Insurrection founder and publisher and Cornell University Law Professor William Jacobson voiced his anger and astonishment at the channel's removal.  "It's very frustrating, it's very scary, to have 8 years of content removed without a chance to defend yourself," he told FoxNews.com.

The Coming Speech Wars Online.  As political speech evolves, new threats emerge as old ones cling to power.  The fight for free political speech isn't over, but it has changed, and we must remain vigilant lest our freedom slip.  About 87 percent of Americans use the Internet and 74 percent use social media, the Pew Research Center recently found.  For campaigns, this means that the communications gatekeeping function is as obsolete for campaign consultants as it became for network-news executives last century.

Facebook's New Arbiter Of News Is A Former CNN Anchor Who Can Barely Hide Her Anti-Conservative Bias.  Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown announced on Facebook Friday that she has been hired by Facebook to lead its news partnerships team.  The social media company has been pressured to help decipher and purge news stories that are false or unsubstantiated, even though doing so in a completely objective way will be a difficult (perhaps virtually impossible) task — especially when Brown has a history of holding an anti-conservative bias.

Fed-up with Facebook.  I made perhaps the worst mistake of my life recently when I happened to investigate Facebook, a site I've never had an account on (nor shall I ever). [...] At first I noticed a recurring trend:  Every single person, many of whom do not even know each other, all had French-Flag colors over their pictures, so as to immortalize the Paris massacre.  These are the same people fighting for Islamists to pour into their cities and their towns. [...] I suppose that what alarmed me the most (save the abundance of meaningless tattoos) was the ethereal obsession with Hillary Clinton.  There were links to no other sites — I kid you not — than CNN, Huffington Post, and Slate.

Fake News and Fake Intelligence.  Fact and truth are often very different things. [...] Most arbiters of truth are self-anointed.  Mark Zuckerberg is a modern example, the poster child for Millennial vacuity and the nerd generation.  The CEO of Facebook, enfant terrible of herd exploitation, is about to appoint a posse of thought police to monitor and censor "fake news" on the internet.  If you are devotee of Facebook news, you might have the civic awareness and attention span of a gerbil.  Still, Zuckerberg is a good modern example of how digital wealth gets confused with maturity or wisdom.  Having Zuckerberg, or any cyber-cohort, as a digital news cop is a little like appointing Bill Clinton as scoutmaster for a Girl Scout troop.

Facebook Fact-Checker PolitiFact Funded by Clinton Foundation Donor.  Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, one of PolitiFact's largest contributors, donated $200,000 to support the 8th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in February 2015.  The President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton-hosted event was held in Miami, Florida where the the Knight Foundation is based.  The Knight Foundation also gave between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, Politico reports.

Guess Who's Behind Facebook's New 'Fake News' Detector?  As anyone active on the Internet is aware, there have been increasing calls for social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to address the mostly manufactured crisis of "fake news" making its way onto people's computer screens. [...] Yesterday [12/17/2016], Facebook announced that it was going to employ a variety of "fact-checking" organizations to make sure no "fake news" made it onto people's Facebook news feeds.  So Facebook will be using Snopes, PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, ABC News, and the Associated Press, among others, to check its members' postings and label them as "fake news" if these organizations determine them to be so.  One problem:  these organizations themselves are among the biggest purveyors of real fake news!  PolitiFact has a whole website dedicated to exposing the organization's biases.  The popular site Snopes is in fact run by a husband and wife out of their home in California.

Mollie Hemingway Speaks Truth to Facebook: 'PolitiFact Is a Joke'.  Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist has made a list of "5 Major Problems With Facebook's Attempt To Limit 'Fake News'."  The most passionate argument was with PolitiFact.  The second problem listed was "PolitiFact is a joke.  They should be trusted with nothing.  They are the worst candidates to adjudicate fakery in the entire media establishment.  Even among the disreputable 'fact' 'checking' class, they are noteworthy for their awfulness."  They cannot be trusted with hard facts on Planned Parenthood.

'Neutral' PolitiFact Rated Just 15% of Trump's Campaign Claims as True but 51% True for Hillary.  PolitiFact rated just over 15% of Donald Trump's campaign claims as true, while marking 51% of Hillary Clinton's as such, according to PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman.  "I've been tracking every @PolitiFact fact-check of the 2016 candidates since they announced," posted Sharockman on Twitter just one day before the election.  "I think this will be the final score."

Guess Who's Behind Facebook's New 'Fake News' Detector?  As anyone active on the Internet is aware, there have been increasing calls for social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to address the mostly manufactured crisis of "fake news" making its way onto people's computer screens.  The mainstream media, which finds itself increasingly viewed as untrustworthy by the American public, has latched on to the idea that the relatively free flow of ideas and opinions on the Internet actually poses a threat to our well-being.  As could be expected, political leaders jumped in early on this attack on independent media.

Facebook announces strategy to tackle fake news.  Facebook has announced its plan to tackle fake news by harnessing fact checking and, potentially, making disputed stories appear lower in users' News Feeds.  "We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we're approaching this problem carefully," said Adam Mosseri, Facebook's VP of News Feed, in a blog post Thursday [12/15/2016].  "We've focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations[.]"  The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election.  In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump.

Clinton mega donor George Soros leads line-up of liberal billionaires who are funding Facebook's fake news fact checker.  Billionaire Clinton donor George Soros is among a line-up of wealthy liberal figures who will fund Facebook's fake news fact checker.  The 86-year-old Hungarian financier's Open Foundation Societies is listed among organizations which are backing The International Fact Checking Network, the body tasked with flagging bogus news stories to social media users, on its website.  Soros, a staunch Democrat who tried to block George W. Bush's campaign in 2004, has given $25 million to Clinton and causes dear to her.

The real truth about Facebook's 'fake news' filters.  Before the 1990s, the mainstream media had a monopoly on the news.  Then came the rise of talk radio, Fox News, and the internet.  This was a wonderful thing for freedom of information.  Facebook has already faced a scandal for having "filtered out stories on conservative topics from conservative sites."  But to get an idea of how bias also affects fact checkers, just consider a few evaluations from Politifact.

George Soros Finances Group Helping Facebook Flag 'Disputed' Stories.  The organization partnered with Facebook to help determine whether a certain story is "disputed" is financed by billionaire George Soros and a slew of other left-wing funders.  The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook yesterday [12/15/2016] announced it will work with "third-party fact checking organizations" that are signatories to the code of principles.

Facebook under fire for picking 'liberal' outlets to fact-check.  Mark Zuckerberg is taking heat from the right for Facebook's new "fact-checking" initiative to police fake news.  Conservative pundits and publications are charging that most of the third-party organizations recruited this week to filter fake news stories from Facebook have a track record of liberal bias.  Snopes, ABC News, Politifact and FactCheck.org all "have records of left-wing partisanship — particularly throughout the 2016 election," Breitbart News reported Thursday [12/15/2016].  For example, the alt-right news site noted, Politifact had reported it was "mostly false" when Donald Trump claimed in a presidential debate that Hillary Clinton wanted "open borders."

Left-Wing War On Conservatives Websites:  Facebook, Google, LA Times, Obama Take Aim.  The left-wing elites and their running dogs in the enemedia are in one of their fictional publicity campaigns that they masquerade as urgent news.  Their latest terror is "fake news sites."  The New York Times reported shortly after the election that Google and Facebook "have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election's outcome."  That was fake news in itself:  "fake news" didn't influence the presidential election's outcome, all too real news about the wrong direction in which our nation was headed under Barack Obama did.  Nevertheless, the Times said that "those companies responded by making it clear that they would not tolerate such misinformation by taking pointed aim at fake news sites' revenue sources."

Facebook Develops Censorship Tools to Gain Access to Chinese Market.  To say that Facebook has a spotty record where privacy and censorship are concerned would be an understatement. [...] Now, for the sake of gaining official access to China, Mark Zuckerberg's company has developed tools to allow the Communist Chinese government unrestrained censorship of Facebook posts. [...] While there is little doubt that Facebook would profit from access to China's 600 million Internet users, Beijing would be the real beneficiary of any deal between the social media giant and the communist regime.

Reddit CEO admits he secretly edited comments from Donald Trump supporters.  He made the admission on Reddit, where he posts under the username Spez.

Facebook's ad metric problem is becoming Zuckerberg's headache.  Mark Zuckerberg has a credibility problem.  The tech mogul's Facebook just admitted to finding more "bugs" in the way it measures ads — and once again, those bugs benefited Facebook.  The social-networking giant said Wednesday it has found numerous errors in the ways it calculates how many people view its ads, artificially inflating their perceived value to advertisers and publishers.  Key metrics that Facebook has exaggerated include the weekly and monthly reach of marketers' posts, which got inflated by 33 percent and 55 percent, respectively, as the site improperly included repeat visitors in its figures.

Actor James Woods quits Twitter over its recent mass censorship and "alt-right" account purge.  The Duran reported the other day on "alt-left" social media platform Twitter, declaring war on "alt-right" user accounts, in what was a massive deletion of profiles Twitter deemed "hateful".  Instead of being a neutral platform where voices and opinions were communicated, Twitter consciously decided to take sides in a wider social debate between right and left.  Politically correct behavior has consumer Twitter, and the damage being done to its bottom line will not go unnoticed by shareholders.

Actor James Woods leaves Twitter over alt-right 'censorship'.  Actor and producer James Woods has decided to quit Twitter, citing censorship concerns. [...] Richard Spencer, head of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, said in an interview his personal Twitter account and accounts for the institute and his magazine were all suspended this week without notification.

Twitter Holocaust:  SPLC Has Dozens of Alt-Right Accounts Deleted, Then Brags About It.  Twitter has entered a new phase in their war against free expression.  The same place that once claimed to represent the "free speech wing of the free speech party" has now decided to wipe out numerous alt-right accounts at the behest of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group which claims expertise when it comes to so-called hate speech (when in reality they're just a far-left advocacy group). I've long loved Twitter, and somehow I've escaped the death squads so far, but things don't look very good for the future.

Want to Really Make America Great Again?  Stop Reading the News.  Twitter isn't designed to help you get in and get out with the best information as quickly as possible — it's supposed to suck you into either a contentious world of argument and debate or an echo-chamber that reassures you everyone thinks like you do.  Facebook is supposedly one of the largest news sources in the world, and days after the election, it disavowed that the news it shared could have possibly impacted users behavior in a significant way.

YouTube censors video about left-wing censorship after liberals exploit flagging algorithm.  A video by Prager U about left-wing censorship was ironically listed as 'restricted' by YouTube, making it inaccessible to schools, libraries and young users whose parents have YouTube filters enabled.

YouTube Censors Video on ... Left-Wing Censorship.  What do you suppose happens on YouTube to a video that is a "discourse on the First Amendment and the tactics that progressives are using to limit speech and political engagement by conservatives"? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, it falls victim to an algorithm with absolutely no sense of irony.  A video titled "The Dark Art of Political Intimidation" was posted last week by WSJ columnist Kimberly Strassel as a PragerU lecture.  "Within several hours of PragerU posting the video," said a WSJ editorial, YouTube placed it in 'restricted mode,' making it inaccessible to schools, libraries and young Americans whose parents have enabled YouTube technology filters."

Facebook reportedly allows advertisers to exclude racial groups in housing ads.  Facebook advertisers can now exclude racial and ethnic groups when creating a housing ad on the social media site, according to a report from ProPublica.  The feature, called "ethnic affinities," lets advertisers exclude certain groups of Facebook users.  Under the federal Fair Housing Act, people are prohibited from discriminating based on race, gender, religion and other factors.  ProPublica created an ad aimed at house hunters and got it approved in 15 minutes despite excluding African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics.  Facebook declined to comment to the site about its approval.

YouTube blacklists PragerU educational videos.  YouTube has placed 21 PragerU videos on "restricted mode," a category meant for inappropriate and objectionable adult and sexual content.  PragerU stands for Prager University.  Its four- to five-minute videos promote Judeo-Christian values and principles and are ideal for young people as they distill complex issues into concise bullet points with stimulating graphics.  "We've worked quietly behind the scenes for months to resolve this, but YouTube's censorship continues, leaving us with no option but to go public," PragerU announced Tuesday [10/11/2016] on its Facebook page.

Fraudbook: Top Facebook Democrat funding 'Republicans for Clinton'.  Cast as a grassroots Republican movement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, most of the money for "Republicans for Clinton" is actually coming from a key Democrat and onetime co-founder of Facebook, according to a new investigation.  Billionaire Democratic megadonor Dustin Moskovitz has forked over 70 percent of the donations to the Super PAC's started by two former George W. Bush advisors, essentially muddying the whole point that it is a group of Republicans so upset with Donald Trump that they'd back Clinton.

Facebook Co-Founder Drops $35M to Defeat Trump.  Dustin Moskovitz, one of the co-founders of Facebook, has donated tens of millions of dollars to defeat Donald Trump.  Moskovitz is not one of the usual Democrat deep-pocketed suspects.  Politico reports that his donations came "suddenly and without any advance warning to the top rung of Democratic party megadonors with two unheralded tears through his checkbook in the past six weeks."  The party is excited about adding their own Sheldon Adelson-esque donor into the political mix.  Democrats don't need as much money as Republicans do because Republicans don't get billions of free media advocacy from the networks and cable stations, and they don't get free promotion from the Hollywood crowd, from ESPN, from the NFL, and from "volunteers" from the labor unions.

Facebook employees fume after push to censor Trump posts rebuffed.  Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site's rules on hate speech, according to people familiar with the matter.  The decision to allow Mr. Trump's posts went all the way to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate, according to the people familiar with the matter.  That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook's internal messaging service and in person to Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site's rules for Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit, the people said.

The Roof Blows Off the Echo Chamber.  There is no news cycle.  There is no national debate.  There's no Ed Murrow, no Walter Cronkite, no figure of authority from whom the public can learn the facts with a reasonable degree of trust. [...] Sixty-two percent of Americans get at least some of their news via social media according to a Pew Research survey and the proportion is growing fast.  Facebook and other social media allow individuals to customize their news consumption on the basis of recommendations and re-posting by friends, and news consumers increasingly depend on their networks rather than the media. [...] Only one in nine Americans believes that Hillary Clinton is "honest and trustworthy."

Twitter Suspends Activist James O'Keefe After Posting Clinton Video.  Twitter temporarily suspended the account of conservative activist James O'Keefe around the same time he released a video of Wisconsin Democratic senatorial candidate and former Sen. Russ Feingold, saying that Hillary Clinton might use executive order on gun control if she is elected president, according to The Daily Caller[.]

Twitter Forces O'Keefe To Delete Tweet Critical Of Hillary Staffer In Order To Get Account Back.  Conservative activist James O'Keefe had to delete a tweet critical of a Hillary Clinton staffer Thursday afternoon [10/13/2016] in order to regain use of his account after it was suspended for a day.  O'Keefe's account was suspended Wednesday afternoon in the hours before a release of a new hidden camera video which exposed a Clinton ally saying she could use executive action on guns.  The Daily Caller reached out to Twitter about the suspension and a spokesman said, "We don't comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but you can review our policy on posting private information."

The Purges Are Activated.  Social media monopolies have begun large-scale purges of any and all effective pro-Trump voices using their platforms.  CH was blocked two weeks ago from Twatter.  Today, Ricky Vaughn got suspended (until further review post-election?).  Apparently, Scott Adams was kicked off as well.  The night of the long knives is right on cue, one month before The Trumpening.  Leftoids have lost the argument.  Now they reach for the only weapon they have left:  silencing.

FEC Complaint Accuses Clinton Campaign of Illegally Working With David Brock's Super PAC.  A legal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday [10/6/20167] accuses the Hillary Clinton campaign of illegally coordinating with David Brock's super PAC.  The Campaign Legal Center charges that Brock's PAC Correct the Record contributed nearly $6 million in in-kind donations to the Clinton campaign in the form of coordinated expenditures, Law Newz reported.  Such donations are prohibited by federal law, according to the complaint.  Brock launched Correct the Record in 2015 to serve as a rapid response team for Clinton's presidential bid.  The PAC pledged to spend $1 million to "push back" against users posting negative comments about the Democratic nominee on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram.

Facebook Thought Police Purge Over 100,000 Comments In One Month Alone Because They Said They Were "Hateful".  Per official Facebook statistics released for the first time, 100,000 comments were purged for being "hateful."  If that is not bad enough, it is even more disturbing that this number only comes from one country.  What does that say about the rest of the world?

Trump Supporters Outraged Facebook Bans 'Deplorable' Profile Names.  Ever since Hillary Clinton's PR blunder referring to Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables," Trumpeters have squandered no opportunity to appropriate the word for their own snarky uses. [...] Hundreds of Facebook users have jumped on the Deplorable bandwagon and changed their profile names to "Deplorable" in one form or another.  And Facebook just isn't having it.

Google/Facebook Subverting Election for Hillary.  Google/Facebook/Twitter and the mainstream media are using social engineering on you to achieve their political goals.  [Video clip]

Facebook Bans "911 Conspiracy" from Trending Topics.  Facebook says it is working to fight the spread of fake news on its platform after false stories claiming the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy and that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was backing Hillary Clinton appeared among its "trending topics."  The trending section is supposed to include news stories that are popular among users, but the algorithms used to determine their selection have backfired on the company.

How Left-Wing is Facebook.  Facebook came under attack a few months ago for selecting liberal themes and news stories and downplaying conservative ones in its "trending" news section.  Mark Zuckerberg responded by hosting a meeting with influential conservatives in which he was conciliatory and promised to do better.  But my own experience during the past week has caused me to wonder what is going on at Facebook.

'Hide It Hillary' mobile app game banned by Apple; titles like 'Punch Trump' approved.  A new game called "Hide it Hillary" originally was denied access to Apple's App Store because company gatekeepers said it "includes content that could be considered defamatory or mean-spirited."  The same vetting process allowed titles like "Punch Trump," "Slap Donald Trump," and "Smack a Trump" into the marketplace.  The conservative website Heat Street reported Friday that "Hide it Hillary," which is now available on Google Play for Android devices, does not condone violence or even feature the former secretary of state's image.  Instead, users are tasked with putting documents into a "laptop, server, shredder, or closet."  A day after the Heat Street report, the app was available for 99 cents at the iTunes store and had garnered multiple 5-star reviews by Sunday night [9/4/2016].

Facebook fires human editors, algorithm immediately posts fake news.  Earlier this year, Facebook denied criticisms that its Trending feature was surfacing news stories that were biased against conservatives.  But in an abrupt reversal, the company fired all the human editors for Trending on Friday afternoon [8/26/2016], replacing them with an algorithm that promotes stories based entirely on what Facebook users are talking about.  Within 72 hours, according to the Washington Post, the top story on Trending was about how Fox News icon Megyn Kelly was a pro-Clinton "traitor" who had been fired (she wasn't).

DCLeaks Website Down, Twitter Suspended After Releasing Soros Docs.  DCLeaks, a website that releases information on powerful political figures, has had part of its website taken offline after releasing a cache of documents on billionaire donor George Soros.  The @DCLeaks Twitter account has also been suspended from Twitter for reasons unknown.  The website had previously released 2,500 internal Open Society Foundation (OSF) documents in order to "shed light on one of the most influential networks operating worldwide."  OSF is one of Soros' networks of organizations.  The leaked documents had resulted in several damaging reports about the organization.  OSF had previously confirmed that the documents were legitimate.

Facebook, Instagram Delete Accounts for Gun Parts Dealer Without Explanation.  The owner of a Missouri gun parts and accessories retailer said his Facebook and Instagram accounts were deleted without explanation over the last two weeks.  TJ Kirgin, head of Tactical Shit, said the company's Facebook account, with roughly 480,000 fans, was deactivated last week without warning or explanation.  The company's Instagram account, which Kirgin said had 250,000 fans, was then deleted without warning on Wednesday.  The Facebook account has since been restored, but the Instagram account remains deactivated.

Bias alert:  Twitter bans Breitbart bad boy, but not ISIS-linked London loudmouth.  The Twitterverse has more to fear from a gay conservative than a fire-breathing ISIS recruiter if the social media giant's treatment of a pair of prolific and provocative posters is to be squared.  Twitter banned Breitbart tech editor and openly gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos for life last month after his followers tweeted objectionable comments targeting African-American "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones, but a recent case in London's Old Bailey shows Twitter took a hands-off approach to the poisonous posts of Anjem Choudary.

Twitter suspends 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism, daily suspensions up 80% over last year.  Twitter suspended 235,000 users in the past seven months for tweets promoting or threatening terrorism, the company announced Thursday [8/18/2016].  The social media outlet has booted a total of 360,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 for violating its terrorism policies, Twitter executives said in a blog post.  The suspensions jump in the aftermath of every terrorist attack, according to the company.

And None So Deaf as They Who Will Not Hear.  Barack Obama bids fair to be remembered as the Florence Foster Jenkins of politics. Like that socialite he can't perform his job for beans.  Like that socialite his friends are covering up for him.  According to a Twitter whistleblower the social media giant's CEO ordered the employees to protect Obama from hurtful Tweets.  "According to a former senior Twitter employee, Costolo ordered employees to deploy an algorithm (which was built in-house by feeding it thousands of examples of abuse and harassing tweets) that would filter out abusive language directed at Obama.  Another source said the media partnerships team also manually censored tweets, noting that Twitter's public quality-filtering algorithms were inconsistent.  Two sources told BuzzFeed News that this decision was kept from senior company employees for fear they would object to the decision."

Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump.  My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because they're fighting two opponents:  the Democratic Party and the media.  The usual suspects from left-leaning major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and even entertainment networks are doing everything in their power to ensure a Clinton victory.  Look no further than to Wolf Blitzer mincing around and drinking wine at the Democratic convention, celebrating Hillary's nomination.  But the propaganda skewing this election runs much deeper than just the media:  our iPhones, iPads, social media networks, Google and even video games are all in the tank for Hillary Clinton — and it's chilling.

The Revolt of the Media.  [Scroll down]  It turns out that popular opinion is not all that popular with the people in the media. All over, news and opinion sites are clamping down on comments.  They are heavily policed or they are shut down entirely.  Twitter has allowed a band of angry lesbians to take over the moderation duties.  Reddit hired Chinese grifter Ellen Pao to chase off the bad thinkers.  Faceberg, of course, is run by howling lunatics, who ban people for any deviation from the orthodoxy.  The media is slowly shutting down public comment in a rather deliberate effort to shut down dissent.  This started a couple of years ago, but the process has been accelerating.

This is How Facebook 'Accidentally' Blocked DNC Email Leak Scandal.  Once again, the impartiality of Facebook's news feature is being called into question.  This time, the social network claims it "accidentally" obstructed all links to the leaked Democratic National Committee emails published by Wikileaks just ahead of the party's convention. [...] Complaining about Facebook is nothing new, but this episode of newswire censorship amounts to more than ignored demands for a Dislike button.  In May, former employees of the social networking service blew the whistle on how news stories and trends were generated on the platform.  Instead of an unbiased algorithm, human "curators" were revealed to be making decisions on what deserved to be a top headline.

Facebook blocks Michael Savage for posting news on Islamic crime.  Facebook has temporarily blocked talk-radio host Michael Savage from posting stories to his page after he put up a link to a story about a Muslim migrant killing a pregnant woman in Germany.  A message from the social media giant on Savage's page said:  "You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature."  The message then refers the user to Facebook's "Community Standards" and states the block will be active for 21 hours.

Hillary's Celebrity Twitter Horde Could Reach 646 Million Followers.  Social media, especially Twitter, is playing a large role in the 2016 presidential election.  Though Trump has 2 million more Twitter followers than Clinton, Hollywood celebrities on Twitter have handed Clinton a major advantage.  Nineteen entertainment celebrities, who are among the 100 most-followed accounts on Twitter and collectively have more than 645.9 million followers, openly supported Clinton's bid for president.  None of Twitter's top 100 account holders are wielding their social media influence for Trump.

Apple's App Store Rejects Anti-Hillary Game, Sells Nasty Trump Games.  Charlie Nash at Breitbart reports that after months and months of making a profit at the expense of Republican nominee Donald Trump, Apple is refusing to publish a political satire game about Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

Twitter Shares Drop By 9% As Company Escalates War On Conservative Media.  Twitter shares have dropped by 9% after the release of its quarterly results, which have seen the company's revenue fall well below its expected targets.  The results indicated that the company expects a third quarter revenue of between $590 [million and] 610 million, well below the company's expected revenue target of $678 million.

Conservative Writer Kassy Dillon Suspended From Twitter for Repeating Leslie Jones.  Kassy Dillon, a contributor to Campus Reform and Heat Street and founder of Lone Conservative, was suspended temporarily from Twitter following Tweets made about Leslie Jones.  While Twitter has not yet returned a request for comment, the suspension appears to be related to an experiment in which Dillon repeated Jones' tweets, word for word, in an effort to expose bias.  "The only reason why I tweeted copies of what Leslie said is to show bias," Dillon told Heat Street.  "If this famous actress actress does it, it's okay, but if I do the same thing as a conservative writer, Twitter punishes me for it."

The Blurred Lines Between Social Media and Censorship.  Indiana's governor and D.C.'s transit agency got caught up in controversies after removing comments off their social media accounts. [...] The exact number of comments is unclear because staff in the governor's office deleted some comments, initially defending the action on the basis of the office's policy prohibiting obscenity, vulgarity and personal attacks.  It prompted an apology the next day from the governor.  "On careful review, it appear [sic] that this was not always the case and some comments were being deleted simply because they expressed disagreement with my position," wrote Pence.

Censorship vs.  Activism on Social Media.  Free speech and social networks don't always work together.  User agreements often give social networks the right to pull any content they deem objectionable, and this seems to be the case with the campaign on Tinder.  User agreements don't make the distinction of worthy speech, or legally protected speech; they only serve as a roadmap for acceptable speech on the network.

Social Media Censorship:  Legally Justifiable but Philosophically Poisonous.  This is obviously a policy that is extremely broad and in being so leaves much open to interpretation.  It was likely crafted intentionally in such a fashion so as to give Twitter's management sizable control over the content available.  Yet regardless the moment one downloads Twitter and begins using it they are entering a contract with the company that ensures your right to use it as long as you follow the rules, and if you don't the contract becomes null and void; along with your account.

Should Social Media Censor Content?  Most sites describe their censorship to some degree within the terms of service (TOS) that all users must agree to.  However, the censorship process itself need not be disclosed, and these private entities have the final word when it comes to what users can and cannot post.

Facebook Quickly Admits to Censoring WikiLeaks DNC Links, Doesn't Say Why.  Despite famously swearing that they took a long, hard look at themselves and found no hint of bias, Zuckerberg and Co. still have a hard time hiding their agenda.

Users Accuse Twitter Of Censoring WikiLeaks DNC Emails Leak.  Users have accused Twitter of censoring WikiLeaks' DNC email release after the related trending hashtag was suddenly pulled before returning to the trending list in a modified form.  "#DNCLeaks" was one of the top trending topics on Twitter this Friday with over 250,000 tweets reported to have been made under the hashtag since WikiLeaks released over 19,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Twitter Does Nothing As Breitbart Contributor Is Flooded With Death Threats.  Despite Twitter's insistence that its priority is tackling threats and harassment, not punishing conservatives like Milo Yiannopoulos, the social media company has ignored the calls of two conservative campus activists who have been repeatedly targeted with threats and harassment on the platform for their political views.  The tweets displayed below are only a sampling of the threats sent to conservative campus activists Ariana Rowlands and Kassy Dillon have received.  Although those responsible have been repeatedly reported to Twitter, no action has been taken.

Users Strongly Reject Censorship on Facebook, Twitter.  Political conservatives have charged in recent months that major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are censoring their points of view.  Regular users of those sites, especially those under the age of 40, strongly disagree with any attempts to close down free speech.

No Action Taken by Twitter After Rapper Calls Black Breitbart Reporter 'Coon'.  Rapper Talib Kweli and some of his more than one million social media followers repeatedly attacked Breitbart News reporter Jerome Hudson with racial epithets on Twitter, but faced no disciplinary action from the platform.

Death Threats Made Towards Republican Senators Remain on Twitter for Weeks Without Deletion.  Numerous death threats made towards Republican Senators on Twitter remained on the platform for weeks before being deleted, despite the platform's consistent record of removing "problematic" opinions within a matter of hours.  Two weeks ago, a user on Twitter threatened to shoot Senator Roy Blunt, claiming that the Missouri congressman was responsible for "allowing someone to murder my loved ones."  The poster, Kyler Schmitz from Virginia, was detained by police after it was ruled that the threat was an illegal violation of interstate communications.  However, his account was only suspended and the tweets deleted once The Hill reached out to Twitter about the threats.

Milo Yiannopolous "Permanently Banned" from Twitter for Calling a Lady Ghostbuster a "Dude".  [Scroll down]  So he got banned for "racism" or something.  How was that racism?  Apparently some of his followers did hector her with more racially edgy stuff — so is that Twitter's policy now?  [T]hat if your followers say something untoward, you get banned?  Why does it seem likely to me this is a special rule meant only for conservatives?  I should note the obvious here:  This isn't just about anti-conservative bias (though it is that, obviously).  It's also about Twitter's entire business model.

Beware of Twitter Robots Telling People How to Vote.  Voting is partially a social endeavor, in which people consider the opinions of others when making up their own minds.  Increasingly, though, they're being influenced by an inhuman force: software robots specifically designed to deceive them.  Lest democracy be undermined, humans need help in distinguishing their brethren from the bots.  Two years ago, in a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the social networking site Twitter estimated that more than 23 million of its active user accounts were being run by "bots" — software agents or bits of code that act on their own to respond to news and world events.  They interact with real users, never revealing their true nature.

Twitter Makes it Clear to Teen:  "Thou Shall Not Criticize Ghostbusters".  There's a new development in the aftermath of the Leslie Jones meltdown.  One of the first people to be banned, even before Milo, was a 17-year-old high school girl with a deep passion for politics.

Milo Suspended Permanently by Twitter Minutes Before 'Gays For Trump' Party At RNCBreitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been suspended from Twitter once more just 20 minutes before his "Gays for Trump" event takes place at the Republican National Convention.  The justification for the suspension is currently unknown, although it could be as a result of Milo's run-in with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on the site. [...] In a comment, Milo said "With the cowardly suspension of my account, Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives."

France Terrorist Posted 'kill. kill. kill.' on Facebook; Motive for Attack Remains a Mystery.  That part about it being a mystery is what we surmise they're saying in the White House today.  The rest of the planet outside the dopey left and the media (redundancy) know what the deal is.

Pamela Geller Suing Facebook Over Censorship.  Tired of having your content censored by Facebook?  Pamela Geller is, and is suing Facebook over their censorship.  Good for her!

Facebook Sued for $1b for Alleged Use of Medium for Terror.  Lawyers filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging it allowed the Palestinian militant Hamas group to use the platform to plot attacks that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem.  "Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook's online social network platform and communication services," making it liable for the violence against the five Americans, according to the lawsuit sent to Bloomberg by the office of the Israeli lawyer on the case, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.  "Simply put, Hamas uses Facebook as a tool for engaging i