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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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
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.
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.
[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."
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."
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.
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."
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?"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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. [...]
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."
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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
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."
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!
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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.
The Editor says...
The same could be said of cell phones and cable TV.
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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]
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.
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.
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."
"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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]"
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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].
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. [...]
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?
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Editor says...
Upon reading the article above, I had the brilliant idea that I should acquire the
website 101km.com — but alas, I'm too late!
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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]
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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
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.
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].
... to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, not to defend their parties against all inconvenient dissent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[.]
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.
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].
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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. [...]
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]
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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).
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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%.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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, [...]
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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].
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?
'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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
& 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."
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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[.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suspended Permanently by Twitter Minutes Before 'Gays For Trump' Party At RNC. Breitbart 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."
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 in terrorism," it said.
Says Its Integrity Depends on Being 'a Platform for All Ideas'. Facebook is sharing publicly for the first time
the core values that guide its news feed — the main source of news and information from your friends, family, and
publications like The Daily Signal. The decision to disclose more information about the news feed comes a month after
the social media giant faced accusations of anti-conservative bias. Conservatives who attended a meeting with Facebook
founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Menlo Park, California, on May 18 asked the company to be more transparent about
how it operates. Today's announcement is the latest step.
scores hits, misses as it reaches out to right after bias accusations. Facebook's reboot with the right was firing on all cylinders
last week as Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with conservatives in Washington, D.C., and announced a program to manage employee political
bias. And then she publicly endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. Still, Ms. Sandberg did enough during her two-day
charm offensive to reinforce hopes that Facebook's efforts to address its widely alleged anti-conservative tilt represent more than lip service.
Facebook is keeping
its employees' politics in check with bias training. Facebook is training its top leaders and employees on how to manage their political
bias, according to the social network's COO Sheryl Sandberg. The revelation comes less than two months after Facebook's trending topics controversy,
which saw the company fending off accusations of human bias affecting its news algorithm. In a discussion with Arthur Brooks at the American
Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Wednesday [6/22/2016], Sandberg stated: "We have a managing bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of
our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create. And we focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we're
going to add in a scenario now on political bias."
I suspect they are already familiar with bias, and see nothing wrong with it. Facebook
to Provide 'Political Bias' Training for Employees. Facebook is adding a training program for its employees to
address concerns that the company has a bias against conservatives. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating
officer, announced the addition of a "political bias" section to the company's managing unconscious bias class during a
Wednesday event at the American Enterprise Institute. "We have a managing bias class that all of our leaders and a lot
of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create. And we focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias,
national bias, and we're going to add in a scenario now on political bias," Sandberg said.
fisherman: Facebook removed photo of huge hammerhead shark for violating site rules. Corpus Christi
fisherman Eric Ozolins posted some amazing photos last weekend of a giant hammerhead shark he caught on Facebook, but the
social media site reportedly removed the photos Wednesday for violating terms and policy. "Facebook had removed my
recent post and hammerhead photos due to going against 'terms and policy'." Ozolins said on Facebook. "Wow. There
was not a single thing against any terms etc. Not that I am worried about it, I'm just amazed (or rather appalled) by how
they can gain influence from uneducated tree-huggers and break their own rules to remove something rather innocent despite all
the other horrendous stuff they fail to remove on their actual system."
In Aftermath of Orlando, Facebook Bans Gay Magazine
on Behalf of Islam. Who is higher up in the P.C. caste system, Muslims or gays? In the aftermath of the
Islamic slaughter of 49 gays in Orlando, Facebook gives the answer: ["]Facebook has banned the page of gay magazine
Gaystream after they published an article critical of Islam in the wake of the Orlando massacre.["]
Geller And 'Stop Islamization Of America' Reinstated On Facebook Following Breitbart Story. Despite initially
saying they would suspend her for 30 days, Facebook has restored the account of Islam critic Pamela Geller and her group,
"Stop Islamization Of America" following multiple stories from Breitbart Tech and across the media drawing attention to the
social network's double standards and history of liberal bias. Facebook's clampdown on the prominent critic of Islam,
who has faced death threats from ISIS over her outspoken criticism of the religion, began shortly after the murderous Islamic
terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.
Bans Gay Magazine Critical Of Islam. Facebook has banned the page of gay magazine Gaystream after they
published an article critical of Islam in the wake of the Orlando massacre. The social media platform has again been
censoring pages that criticise Islam. Facebook banned the page of gay magazine Gaystream after the publication
wrote an article attacking people for defending the attitudes of the religion towards homosexuals.
Will Adjust Algorithm To Censor Trump Supporters Following Orlando Shootings. Reddit has announced a change to
its algorithm on /r/all, the page that is meant to rank the most popular posts trending across the site's user-run
communities. According to Reddit, the algorithm will be changed to promote more "diversity" on the subreddit. [...]
/r/all collects and ranks posts on Reddit according to how many "upvotes" they receive from users. A post typically
requires several thousand upvotes to reach the front page of the site.
Ignoring a MAJOR Part of the Facebook Scandal. The liberal media are all over one part of the Facebook scandal
story — and ignoring another. Generally, media have covered the accusations that the social media site is censoring
conservative news and sources from their trending news feed. Coincidentally, this is also the part of the Facebook
story affecting the media. Potentially a bigger scandal (because it affects more people) is the accusation that
Facebook censors individual member pages, blogs, smaller media outlets, and discussion groups reflecting a conservative point
of view. Sometimes, the sites are shut down, sometimes they are simply threatened into silence.
Facebook Insider: We Buried Conservative News. In an interview with Gizmodo published Monday morning
[5/9/2016], [a] former journalist said that stories about CPAC, Mitt Romney and Rand Paul, among other topics, were not
allowed to "trend" on Facebook, despite the fact that these stories met all the criteria for a story to be listed as highly
influential. In fact, not only did news curators apparently block conservative news sites, they also regularly boosted
unpopular stories into the trending news feed, so as to push a narrative. This practice occurs even though Facebook
maintains it only curates stories that become popular on their own.
Facebook Employees Claim Website Snuffed Conservative News. Former Facebook employees have told Gizmodo that
the company regularly told them to stamp out conservative news even if it trended on the website. [...] "Depending on who was
on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," stated the former employee, who identifies as a conservative. "I'd
come on shift and I'd discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn't be trending
because either the curator didn't recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz."
the news isn't Facebook's only threat to democracy. To recap: After interviewing several former so-called
"news curators," responsible for Facebook's trending news section, Gizmodo says that the social-media platform decided to
ignore some stories about conservative topics that had actually generated a lot of discussion among users. One curator
kept a list: Omitted stories, he said, included CPAC, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and, in a weirdly ironic twist, bias by the
Internal Revenue Service against conservative groups. Some curators reportedly considered conservative media outlets
insufficiently credible, including their news only after more left-leaning or centrist publications also picked up the story.
RNC Pounces, Rails Against Facebook for 'Conservative Censorship'. The RNC was quick to pounce tonight on the
report about Facebook suppressing conservative news with their own hashtag: #MakeThisTrend. Former Facebook employees
claimed that news favorable to conservatives was left out of the Trending News section. Facebook has denied this, but
the report has already sparked a great deal of outrage online.
Blind to Racism, says RedState Seer. Over the weekend in Indianapolis, the video of a
group of black people stalking, taunting, and beating a white girl and her four-year old brother
went viral. Facebook found it so objectionable it declared the video "violated its terms of
service," removed it, and threatened to shut down your humble correspondent's Facebook page if I
ever posted something like that again. They even removed the comments that said the black on
white violence is justified because white people deserve it. Here's the offending video.
Indianapolis. Facebook and YouTube often take down other videos of black on white
racial violence as well.
develops software to block terrorists online. A nonprofit dedicated to combatting terrorist propaganda on
Friday [6/17/2016] said it has new technology that can help social media companies better identify the type of posts and
videos that investigators believe helped drive Omar Mateen to shoot 102 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on
Sunday. The Counter Extremism Project, which was founded by a group of former world leaders and diplomats, has taken
Twitter, Facebook and Google to task for not doing enough to prevent groups such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State from
exploiting their platforms to recruit adherents, incite lone-wolf attacks, raise money and distribute their barbaric videos.
begins: Facebook deletes page of critic of Muslim migrant invasion. Yesterday I wrote that the new
initiative of Twitter and Facebook to eliminate so-called "hate speech" would be directed not at jihad terrorists, or at
least not solely, but also at foes of jihad terror and related issues. Now it begins. This kind of action is the
death knell of free society.
viewer discretion? YouTube bans video exposing Muslim Brotherhood. We've reached a point in western
civilization where it is more offensive to expose Islamic terrorists than engage in Islamic terrorism itself. Our
enemies understand this phenomenon, which is why they have so successfully exploited "liberal" western values against America
and Europe. In the words of the Muslim Brotherhood's explanatory memorandum, "destroying the Western civilization from
within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands." The latest example of the West's instant capitulation and
adherence to Sharia is YouTube's decision to ban a video produced by Counter Jihad, which exposes the stealth jihad of the
Muslim Brotherhood in North America and sharia law as the source of the problem. The video is a simple 3-minute
explanatory of the root cause of today's jihad — the strict dictates of sharia to wage war against the West.
Wikipedia and the Climate Non-Debate.
Wikipedia, known as the "people's encyclopedia," has proven to be anything but a reliable source in regards to the debate concerning the causes and possible
consequences of climate change. Wikipedia is written and edited "by the people who read it," and it receives more than 400 million unique visitors
every month worldwide, according to GuideStar. The massive website has about 80,000 volunteers, a substantial number of whom are devoted enough to earn
the unpaid rank of "editor." Editors are provided with a fat book of rules to follow and a code of civility to honor. Wikipedia has emerged as an
influential tool used by climate alarmists against climate change realists, who are unwilling to accept political proclamations that humans are causing
catastrophic climate change. Dogmatic climate doomsters ignore Wikipedia's rules and spend days plowing through reams of Wikipedia pages to track
down and purge or alter any entry daring to challenge the view humans are responsible for global warming.
Down the Memory Hole. George Orwell warned us, in his 1949 novel titled 1984, of
how totalitarian regimes could exercise control over their citizens by making news of past events and articles about forbidden ideas disappear "down the memory hole."
The Party's Ministry of Truth would frequently edit, revise, or simply destroy documents that contradicted its propaganda. The Internet makes it easier for governments
and their allies to do this. The results of Google searches increasingly show evidence of bias and behind-the-scenes manipulation. Websites and articles expressing
conservative and libertarian ideas appear only after page after page of politically correct sites and blogposts, making them unlikely to be seen by all but the most determined
searcher. Facebook and even Twitter appear to be succumbing to the same pressure to conform to the political creed of the current occupant of the White House.
Digital documents are easily edited or deleted. Probably the most tragic example of this is Wikipedia, the self-described "people's encyclopedia." Thousands of
its entries — particularly profiles of organizations and individuals and articles about climate change — have been rewritten to reflect a pervasive
The Hate Speech Patrol
flags Declaration of Independence as hate speech. In the week of America's Independence Day, the algorithms of
Facebook decided that the Declaration of Independence was hate speech. The Liberty County Vindicator, a community
newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for eight days on its
Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the ninth excerpt was not posted Monday [7/2/2018] as scheduled, and the
paper said it received an automated notice saying the post "goes against our standards on hate speech."
Removes Declaration of Independence Excerpt for 'Hate Speech'. Facebook removed an excerpt from the U.S. Declaration of
Independence, claiming the text violated the social network's policies on "hate speech." The Liberty County Vindicator had been
uploading the Declaration of Independence in parts to their Facebook page, only for the tenth part to be removed by the social network.
Apologizes for Censoring Declaration of Independence as 'Hate Speech'. Facebook has apologized to a Texas
newspaper after flagging a post containing text from the Declaration of Independence as "hate speech." [...] Casey Stinnett,
managing editor of the Liberty County Vindicator, suspects the term "Indian Savages" might have triggered Facebook's
"filtering program." He said the censorship was an "automated action."
Fawstin vs. Facebook and The Religion of "Peace". Part of growing into adulthood from
infantile immaturity is accepting what you cannot control. Of all the things we cannot control, the
minds, thoughts and feelings of others are the least under our control. Sure, we can persuade people
when they wish to hear from us, and when or if they're open to persuasion. But one basic foundation
of emotional health and maturity is an acceptance that others will think or feel whatever they wish
to think or feel — and you have to get over it. For whatever reasons, in
today's society this is no longer the standard — at least not with certain groups or belief systems.
will Facebook, Google and Twitter define the "Hate" they plan to censor? [Scroll down] What is "hate," as
defined by leftists, the very community from which these curators hail? The Southern Poverty Law Center is a prominent
radical leftist group hell-bent on poisoning society against conservatives, especially the social kind. It features a
"Hate Map" with the locations of conservative organizations of all stripes. The Family Research Center, The Center for
Security Policy, the Center for Family and Human Rights, ACT for America and the Traditional Values Coalition —
these are but a few. And what views do these "haters" hold? Some support traditional marriage, some stopping
illegal immigration, some fighting radical Islam. A writer for the leftist website Salon has his example of
hatred — the Confederate flag, which he calls "the American swastika."
and Facebook Vow to Eliminate 'Hate Speech'. Vera Jourova, whom AP identifies as "the EU commissioner responsible for justice,
consumers and gender equality," explained: "The internet is a place for free speech, not hate speech." She added that the new rules
would "ensure that public incitement to violence to hatred has 'no place online.'" But incitement to violence isn't all that the social
media giants are planning to stamp out: Karen White, Twitter's European head of public policy, declared: "We remain committed to
letting the Tweets flow. However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate."
The problem with both Jourova's and White's statements is that they assume that "hate speech" is an entity that can be identified objectively, when
actually it is a subjective judgment based on one's own political preconceptions. And given the years-long insistence from Leftists and
Islamic supremacists that any honest discussion of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism
constitutes "hate speech," these new rules could mean the end of opposition to jihad terror on the Internet.
Turkish Man Held in Preventive Detention for Insulting
Erdogan on Facebook. A Turkish court ordered preventive detention for a 17-year-old young man for insulting Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his Facebook account, Dogan news agency reported on Monday [12/28/2015]. After the Turkish authorities checked
the account's content, the teenager was arrested by the police and taken to court, which issued its decision. The Turkish criminal
code stipulates sentences of between one and four years in prison for insulting the president.
On the other hand, stuff like this is okay:
Says 'Death To Jews' Group Falls Within Community Standards. Social networking website
Facebook has stated that a group created by anti-Semitic users entitled, "Death to zionst [sic] baby
killer israeli jews" falls within its Community Standards guidelines, despite inciting hatred and
violence against a particular race. Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner originally reported
the news, stating: "A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the
social network's "community standards," according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response
to user complaints."
Facebook Fatwa on Rifqa.
Facebook is full of death threats and other vicious material about Rifqa Bary, the teenage convert from Islam to
Christianity who is in a fight for her life in juvenile court on Franklin County, Ohio. She left Islam and
converted to Christianity, and she has been persecuted for it ever since.
the First Amendment and terror collide. Nohemi Gonzalez, an ambitious 23-year-old student of fashion and design
at California State University, Long Beach, was eating at a restaurant on the Rue de Charrone during her fall semester in
Paris when gunmen attacked and murdered her. She was the only known American among the 129 people who were killed
in the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris terror attacks. Last week Nohemi's father, Reynaldo Gonzalez, filed a federal lawsuit
in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging that they are
liable for his daughter's death because they "knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use their social networks as a
tool for spreading extremist propaganda." The suit calls this "material support" for terrorism, saying that without
social media, the growth of ISIS "would not have been possible."
Reasons You Should Quit Facebook. [#1] It Wastes Your Time. It's estimated that the average casual user
(17 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 40 entire days of their
lives scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. And more engaged users, who spend at least an hour a day on the
site, have clocked 150 days feeding the Facebook beast during the same time. Think about how long you spend on the site each day,
and what else could be a more productive use of your time.
admits rogue employees may have shown bias against conservatives. Facebook announced Monday [5/23/2016] it was
sending employees out for retraining and would discontinue some of its practices as it sought to defend itself against
charges of political bias against conservatives. The online giant denied that it's shown "systematic political bias,"
but admitted employees played a bigger role than previously acknowledged in determining what news is highlighted in the
trending topics section. Facebook also acknowledged that rogue employees may have unintentionally discriminated against
conservative stories or even acted with malice in "isolated improper actions."
Beck: Fooled by Facebook? I'll get right to the point. Fraudbook employs a group of young journalists,
known as "news curators," who are empowered to manage the algorithmic results and "refine" what qualifies for the site's "Trending
Topics" section. As company vice president of search Tom Stocky put it, the curators "audit topics surfaced algorithmically:
reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics,
hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources." So already evident is a Fraudbook deception: the Trending Topics section
is supposed to reflect "popularity," not politically correctness. Who decides what constitute "real world events"? What
is a "junk" topic and who defines such?
Concludes Internal Investigation, Declares Itself Not Guilty! The findings have been released in a letter to Senator John
Thune, who earlier this month called the social network to account for allegations that it artificially suppresses conservative topics on
its "Trending News" feed, and artificially promoted progressives ones. In the letter, which can be read in full [elsew]here, Facebook
reiterated their long-standing claim that there is no bias in the way they select Trending Topics.
Facebook recognizes its 'trust problem' with conservatives. Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel's "The
Five," says that Facebook recognizes that it has a 'trust problem' with conservatives following her meeting Wednesday with
the social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, was
among a group of leading conservatives invited to the meeting at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., following a
Gizmodo report that stories about conservative topics were prevented from appearing in Facebook's trending module. "FOX
& Friends Weekend" co-host and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson also attended the meeting.
Troubling One-Way Mirror. Facebook says it will not share your identity with advertisers without your permission. And you can
set limits on what they can know. But at the heart of the relationship is a level of trust and a waiving of privacy that Facebook requires
from its users as it pursues its mission to "make the world more open and connected." But how open is Facebook willing to be in return?
The way it initially handled this month's flare-up over accusations of political bias in its Trending Topics feed can only lead to this answer:
Zuckerberg Still Denies Suppressing Content After Hosting Conservatives at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has
released a statement following his widely-publicized meeting with conservative figures at the company's headquarters earlier
today [5/18/2016]. The Facebook CEO acknowledged the predominance of conservatives on his platform, noting that Donald
Trump has "more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate" and that Fox News "drives more interactions on its
Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world."
Conservative Battle: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire. Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site
Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its
influential "trending" news section. Facebook has roughly 1.6 billion users worldwide, 167 million of whom are in the
United States. Its "trending" section is therefore a powerful political influence. Zuckerberg has denied the charges, and
he will meet Wednesday with a handful of conservatives to discuss allegations that Facebook's "news curators" have manipulated its list
of stories. The way it works at Facebook is that this powerful group of curators, or editors, who have access to a ranked list of
trending topics generated by the company's algorithms, control the content of the trending-news section. In effect, these curators
exercise gatekeeping powers, which amount to political news-making powers that are transmitted to Facebook's massive audience.
Facebook Warps Our Worlds. Those who've been raising alarms about Facebook are right: Almost every minute
that we spend on our smartphones and tablets and laptops, thumbing through favorite websites and scrolling through
personalized feeds, we're pointed toward foregone conclusions. We're pressured to conform. But unseen puppet
masters on Mark Zuckerberg's payroll aren't to blame. We're the real culprits. When it comes to elevating one
perspective above all others and herding people into culturally and ideologically inflexible tribes, nothing that Facebook
does to us comes close to what we do to ourselves.
Facebook Became The Old Media, Only Worse. A report on the inner workings of Facebook's "Trending Topics"
headlines exposes how Facebook contractors routinely manipulated the news feed to exclude topics and news sources of interest
to people on the right. [...] The giveaway, really, is that the people who manage Trending Topics call themselves "news
curators." Whenever you see the word "curator" or "curate" outside of an actual museum, it means paternalistically chosen
based on some hipster recent college grad's notion of what's good for you. Facebook is a private company and has a
right to do what it wants with its news feed. But this is still big news, for three reasons. [...]
Facebook Insider: We Buried Conservative News. In an interview with Gizmodo published Monday morning
[5/9/2016], [a] former journalist said that stories about CPAC, Mitt Romney and Rand Paul, among other topics, were not
allowed to "trend" on Facebook, despite the fact that these stories met all the criteria for a story to be listed as highly
influential. In fact, not only did news curators apparently block conservative news sites, they also regularly boosted
unpopular stories into the trending news feed, so as to push a narrative. This practice occurs even though Facebook
maintains it only curates stories that become popular on their own.
The New Media, Same As The Old Media. While the Washington Post is known as a liberal newspaper, many
people were shocked this week to learn that Facebook, the social media giant, is also staunchly liberal. Thanks to an
expose by Gizmodo, Facebook's internal operations involving trending news stories were revealed. Former news
"curators" reported that Facebook suppresses conservative news reports, while promoting stories involving radical
leftists. This has a major influence on younger voters, who tend to learn about news stories from Facebook and other
social media sites. After this story broke, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Marc Zuckerberg, defended his website and
refuted the allegations. In a personal post, Zuckerberg claimed that there was "no evidence that this report is
true." However, frequent Facebook users can attest that the report of liberal bias is unquestionably true.
conservative page got blocked by Facebook. [Scroll down] And a few hours after banning me, Facebook had
a change of heart. "A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook," they told me in an
email. "This was a mistake and we sincerely apologize for this error." Since that fateful day, I've noticed that
my page has been subjected to random censorship by the Facebook gods. I've received dozens of complaints from readers
who tell me my content no longer appears on their pages. In some cases, Facebook won't allow them to share my
postings. And I've lost count of the number of fellow conservative writers whose pages have been blocked, banned
5 Huge Stories the Media Ignored
While Arguing Over Which Bathroom to Use. [#3] Last week, Gizmodo published an in-depth story detailing
how journalists working for the "Facebook Trends" feature of the social networking site were mistreated and quarantined from
the rest of the staff. This week, Gizmodo published a follow-up piece documenting allegations from former
employees that curators of the trending section excluded stories from conservative outlets and deliberately failed to include
conservative topics from the IRS discrimination scandal to Rand Paul. Though these exclusions appeared to be unintentional
displays of bias from individual employees, they dominated coverage of the story. But other manipulations of the
feed were more deliberate.
More Dangerous than the NSA. A while back, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on our National Security
Agency. They're spying on all our digital devices, have been for years. Our privacy has vanished. [...] But if
you're looking for something to really worry about, how about an equally large computer-based organization with the
genuine power to invade our privacy, warp our minds and distort our culture that is actually in the process of doing
it — Facebook? In a media world where print journalism is disappearing and young (and many older) people
gather the vast percentage of their information online, its dominance is overwhelming and its effect pernicious, maybe poisonous.
ups Friend Requests to conservative sites they suppress. [Scroll down] Then came word in a stunning
Gizmodo exposé that there is no algorithm determining which stories on the Internet are the most popular only "a bunch
of young, average liberals actually choosing the news". [...] Since no algorithms but staff choosing what news will go viral
on Fakebook, the social media giant has been bending itself into pretzels with the "none of this is true" alibi.
Ignoring a MAJOR Part of the Facebook Scandal. The liberal media are all over one part of the Facebook scandal
story — and ignoring another. Generally, media have covered the accusations that the social media site is censoring
conservative news and sources from their trending news feed. Coincidentally, this is also the part of the Facebook
story affecting the media. Potentially a bigger scandal (because it affects more people) is the accusation that
Facebook censors individual member pages, blogs, smaller media outlets, and discussion groups reflecting a conservative point
of view. Sometimes, the sites are shut down, sometimes they are simply threatened into silence.
the news isn't Facebook's only threat to democracy. To recap: After interviewing several former so-called
"news curators," responsible for Facebook's trending news section, Gizmodo says that the social-media platform decided to
ignore some stories about conservative topics that had actually generated a lot of discussion among users. One curator
kept a list: Omitted stories, he said, included CPAC, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and, in a weirdly ironic twist, bias by the
Internal Revenue Service against conservative groups. Some curators reportedly considered conservative media outlets
insufficiently credible, including their news only after more left-leaning or centrist publications also picked up the story.
Facebook Employees Claim Website Snuffed Conservative News. Former Facebook employees have told Gizmodo that
the company regularly told them to stamp out conservative news even if it trended on the website. [...] "Depending on who was
on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," stated the former employee, who identifies as a conservative. "I'd
come on shift and I'd discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn't be trending
because either the curator didn't recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz."
Republican demands answers over alleged Facebook political bias. A top Republican senator on Tuesday demanded
answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations that the social media giant's trending news feature omits topics
popular with conservatives. "Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if
there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news," said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune
(R-S.D.) in a statement. "Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate
political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet."
The Editor says...
True, but only if Facebook makes claims to be a news medium rather than an enhanced chat room. (And perhaps that is the case. I wouldn't
know — I've never been on Facebook.) Otherwise, Facebook is a private company that is free to pass or block anything on its web site.
Senate Has No Business Investigating Facebook. If you're put off by freedom-hating Attorneys General trying to
shut down speech, or the Democratic Party's crusade to inhibit political expression by overturning Citizens United, or you
thought the Fairness Doctrine was basically censorship, I'm not sure how you rationalize supporting the GOP Senate's
investigation into the conduct of Facebook. Though in this case, many liberals will argue that corporations deserve the
same constitutional protections as regular people, but it's been the Left that wanted to give government the power to dictate
what kind of cakes Americans bake, who they have to let into their bathrooms, what ingredients they must not put in their
food and whose contraception they must buy. Conservatives have, in the past few years, avoided such intrusions.
Now they want to get involved in demanding private companies adhere to speech codes?
news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show. Leaked documents show how Facebook, now
the biggest news distributor on the planet, relies on old-fashioned news values on top of its algorithms to determine what
the hottest stories will be for the 1 billion people who visit the social network every day. The documents, given to
the Guardian, come amid growing concerns over how Facebook decides what is news for its users. This week the company
was accused of an editorial bias against conservative news organizations, prompting calls for a congressional inquiry from
the US Senate commerce committee chair, John Thune.
Trending Topics Executive Is A Big Hillary Clinton Donor. The Facebook executive who oversees the Trending
Topics product for the social media giant is a big Hillary Clinton donor, public records show. [...] Facebook claims it has
"rigorous guidelines" to prevent political bias from corrupting its news aggregation service, but Tom Stocky, the Facebook
executive in charge of the Trending Topics product, has a long history of progressive political activism. In October of
2015, for example, Stocky and his wife, a Google executive, donated $5,400 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton
according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics:
exec: 'No evidence' to support political bias allegations. A Facebook executive said early Tuesday morning that
the company had found "no evidence" to support allegations that conservative subjects had been kept out of its "Trending"
section. "We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are
true," said Tom Stocky, the company' vice president for search, in a post on Facebook.
Facebook Censoring Conservative News? How Social Media Controls What We See. Gizmodo's Michael Nunez is
out today with a sensational story in which former Facebook employees claim they regularly censored the platform's "trending"
news section to eliminate stories about conservative topics that were organically trending, blacklisted certain news outlets
from appearing and artificially "injected" stories they felt were important but that the site's users were not discussing or
clicking on. [...] In short, as the curtain has been lifted on Facebook's magical trending algorithm, the mythical unbiased
algorithm powering what users see on the site is seen to be less machine and more biased human curator. Yet, given
Facebook's phenomenal reach across the world and the role it increasingly plays as primary news gateway for more and more
people, the notion that it is systematically curating what its users see in an unalgorithmic and partisan way raises alarm
bells on the future of how we access and consume information.
Censoring Conservative News And Opinion. Facebook has often been accused of being liberal and censoring
conservative news and commentary, but now people are offering proof that those accusations may, indeed, be true. The
social media site is censoring conservative news and opinion on both their news feed and posts on individual member pages.
Gizmodo, a major tech blog, interviewed some of the former editors for Facebook's news aggregation service (Facebook
calls them "news curators"). While technically not Facebook employees, these curators have "the power to choose what stories
make it onto the trending bar and, more importantly, what news sites each topic links out to." They contend the selection of
stories and sources for Facebook is automated but, based on the directions they received, some sources and topics are
"blacklisted" to avoid exposing readers to conservative points of view.
A blogger was dragged off to a mental ward because of his Facebook posts.
Exactly what you'd expect in North Korea, China, or Cuba. 'Outraged' judge frees veteran Raub from Virginia
psych ward. [Scroll down] His saga began Aug. 16. That's when [Brandon] Raub was taken into custody at his
Richmond home by FBI and Secret Service agents and Chesterfield County Police. He was not charged with a crime, yet he was handcuffed
and placed in the back of a police vehicle. From there, Mr. Raub was taken to a police station and then to the John Randolph Medical
Facility in Hopewell, Va., for a psychiatric evaluation. He was never formally arrested or charged with a crime, Mr. Whitehead said.
"He was in his underwear, in his living room, he sees a group of police, FBI agents walking up, he talks with them, he's asked about some
Facebook postings, they handcuff him," Mr. Whitehead said.
Think This Guy Should Go to Jail for Making Fun of Them. Anthony Novak's parody of the Parma Police
Department's Facebook page included what the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes as "obviously fake news posts," but this
is not one of them: The Parma Police Department wants to charge the 27-year-old with a felony for creating the page. The
felony, disrupting public services, is punishable by up to 18 months in prison — a pretty steep penalty for irking
local police officials. "We believe the material that Novak posted on the fake account crossed the line from satire to an
actual risk to public safety," Lt. Kevin Riley told The Plain Dealer. "We presented the facts of this case and the
investigation to our law department, and they agreed that Novak's actions were criminal in nature." It is hard to see how.
Novak's page is no longer online, but there is nothing in The Plain Dealer's description of of it that sounds like a crime.
This is a lot like
the zero-tolerance nonsense in the public schools. Eagle-Eyed
Detective Thwarts Inmate's Theft Of Jail Spork Valued At Two Cents. After completing a
jail sentence, a Florida woman left the Manatee County lockup last month with a smuggled memento of
her time behind bars. In a Facebook post, the woman wrote, "just a pic of a souvenir I picked up
on my 6 month vacation." Next to that caption was a photo of a spork, the spoon/fork hybrid used by
inmates during jail meals. In a subsequent message, the inmate noted that, "it wasn't easy to get
out with me... that's for sure!!!" What the inmate, whose last name is Jones, did not anticipate was
that her Facebook page was being monitored by Detective Todd Zink of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
issued citation by authorities for Facebook comment. Christine Adamski said she was
surprised last week when she received a citation in the mail for a comment she made on Facebook,
but she also knew immediately she wasn't going to pay it. Adamski, 25, opened the $50 ticket from
the Will County Forest Preserve District last week and read the letter alleging she had used a dog
park without a proper permit. The citation arrived at her Bolingbrook home with a letter
explaining the ticket, an application for a dog park permit as well as a copy of her social media
post "admitting her guilt." "I laughed," Adamski said Thursday. "I was like, this is
totally untrue. Obviously I'm not going to pay this."
Monitors Your Private Messages and Photos For Criminal Activity, Reports them to Police. Facebook has a new
little known software that monitors your profile chat and pictures for criminal activity. The software will proceed
to alert an employee at the company who will then decide whether to call authorities or not. The software will monitor
individuals who have a 'loose' relationship on social media networks, according to an interview with Facebook Chief Security
Officer Joe Sullivan.
Cops Check Facebook. For the past several years, police and prosecutors across the
country have been quietly using social media to track criminal networks. Their methods have become
more sophisticated: by combining social media APIs, databases, and network analysis tools, police
can keep tabs on gang activity. In New York's Harlem neighborhood, at-risk teens are identified as
members of gangs based on their affiliations and are monitored on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Department of Homeland Security Is Searching Your Facebook and Twitter for These Words. The Department of Homeland Security
monitors your updates on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, to uncover "Items Of Interest" (IOI), according to an internal
DHS document released by the EPIC. That document happens to include a list of the baseline terms for which the DHS — or more
specifically, a DHS subcontractor hired to monitor social networks — use to generate real-time IOI reports.
reveals keywords feds monitor on Facebook, Twitter. Have you ever wondered if the government — or more
specifically, the Department of Homeland Security — is monitoring your Twitter or Facebook posts? If the answer's
"yes," give yourself a pat on the back because you're right and not simply paranoid. There's even a list of keywords for which
subcontractors hired by the DHS check social networks.
Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman's Name. The Justice Department is claiming,
in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman
online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are
defending the agent's right to scour the woman's seized cell phone and to post photographs —
including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social
media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals.
Somewhat related: Navy
veteran fired for posting Homeland Security vehicles on Facebook. A Facebooking employee of Chesterfield's Drury
Plaza Hotel is out of a job after curiosity over dozens of Homeland Security vehicles in the hotel garage got the best of him.
His photos on social media got him fired. Mark Paffrath saw the collection of vehicles last Thursday [11/13/2014], and it
certainly got his attention. "It was very odd that there was a bunch of Homeland Security cars there and I was shocked and
took a picture and a short video and posted them to Facebook with the status update, 'What are these vehicles doing here?
I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson?'"
Who Leaked DHS Pictures Branded a Terrorist: "You Will Be Incarcerated". Did you know
that taking pictures of Department of Homeland Security vehicles and posting them on the internet
could land you on a terrorist watch list, or even in prison? Navy Veteran Mark Paffrath, who
recently took pictures of DHS vehicles parked in full public view at the Drury Plaza Hotel in
Missouri has been terminated from his job, threatened with imprisonment and branded a terrorist.
Paffrath was on his way to work when he saw the vehicles and decided to snap some photos and a video.