Category Archives: Social Media Censorship

White House Drafts Order To Look Into Google, Facebook Practices

(Bloomberg) — The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open investigations into the business practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and other social media companies.

The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, according to a White House official. Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order.

h/t RM

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Is It Time to Regulate Social Media?

…On the other hand, treating social media as a public utility is not entirely unappealing. Among certain demographics, online messaging has displaced the telephone and email as the preferred way to keep in touch with friends and family. We would not tolerate a phone company cutting off somebody’s service because of the words they used in their conversations, or because some anonymous and unaccountable mob denounced them as a Nazi. The argument that anyone who doesn’t like the behaviour of these corporations can simply use (or build) an alternative is rapidly losing its weight as the web giants proceed in lockstep to eradicate controversial content, and smaller sites that refuse to censor just get kicked off the internet altogether. Perhaps the time has come to recognise that the public square is now privately administered, and its participants need to be afforded the same First Amendment rights that protect them from censorship by the government?

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Jamie Glazov Suspended from Facebook over ‘9 Steps to Best Counter Jihad‘ Article

Canadian columnist and host of the Glazov Gang, Jamie Glazov, was suspended from Facebook on September 11 — a day dedicated to remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks — after he posted an article he wrote about how to counter Jihad.

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The Broken Soapbox

Social media entered our world with a promising offer: you can communicate here – with virtually everyone on Earth. For years, a wide range of views were tolerated, and every popular voice enriched the creators of the platforms by drawing millions of eyes and ears. These platforms fast eclipsed other means of communication specifically because they offered such an open and effective means of reaching out to others.

But now social media have a near monopoly on public discourse, and the age of censorship has arrived.

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Midterms 2018 – Social Media Reps Held Secretive Meeting To Influence Election Result

In the same week that the US President urged the tech companies to stop censoring conservative voices and the CEO of Twitter, Mr Jack Dorsey admitted that his company is ‘mostly left-wing’ biased, representatives from tech companies planned for a meeting to streamline their strategy for the 2018 Midterms.

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Despite Twitter’s Protests, The Stifling of Conservative Speech On The Platform Is Real

Americans from across the political spectrum are beginning to realize that unaccountable tech oligarchs are no better enforcers of political morality than a government censor.

Twitter does not discriminate against conservative viewpoints. That’s the story the social media giant desperately wants to tell — from their CEO Jack Dorsey’s interviews, to their employees tasked with outreach to conservatives in their Washington offices. Literally, it’s true. The complete picture, however, is less flattering to the social media giant.

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This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like

The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade.

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Banned by YouTube…

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Trump: Let ‘good and bad’ voices speak on social media

President Trump on Saturday charged that social media is “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and argued that the platforms should allow “good & bad” content online amid an ongoing debate over social media’s role in policing content online.

“Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!” he said.

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Twitter Caught Censoring Conservative Journalists With Site-Wide Shadowbans

Two days after Twitter told Congress that they aren’t politically biased when censoring content, several prominent conservatives discovered that the social media giant automatically includes them in a site-wide “Quality Filter Discrimination” shadowban which prevents anyone not already following them from viewing their posts

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Pew: Social media companies back liberals, 72% ‘censor’ views they don’t like

Nearly three quarters of U.S. adults believe that social media and tech companies censor political views they don’t like, and that likely means conservative voices since nearly half say those same outlets support liberals, according to a new survey.

The latest mega-poll from the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent feels social media “actively censor political views that they find objectionable.

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