Category Archives: social media

Trump White House Asks Public To Report Social Media Sites If ‘Suspended, Banned’ For Being Conservative

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!” the White House wrote on its official Twitter account, which has 18.5 million followers.

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White House Asks Americans Censored on Social Media to Share Stories

The White House launched a new system Wednesday to collect stories about free speech censorship on social media.

“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the website reads. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”

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‘Creeping Sharia’ Blog BANNED from WordPress

In an automated message, Creeping Sharia was informed that it had violated WordPress’ terms of service, and that it was no longer welcome to use the platform.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘hate ban’ isn’t about safety — it’s about his own ego

Facebook on Thursday announced that a small assortment of kooks — Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan — will be permanently banned from Facebook, Instagram and other platforms it controls. Jones’ publication, Infowars, also will be banned. Praise of these figures, and expressions of support for them, also are to be prohibited.

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EU struggles over law to tackle spread of terror online

…The legislation, proposed by the Commission last year, gives internet companies one hour to remove offending content after receiving an order from a “competent authority” in an EU country.

“Terrorist content” includes material that incites or advocates for terrorist offences, promotes the activities of a terrorist group or teaches terrorist techniques, according to the draft text.

In the original text, companies are also expected to take “proactive measures” to stop the spread of terrorist content.

This includes using automated tools to prevent content that has previously been removed from being re-uploaded.

Oh I’m sure this will work just fine.

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Mark Zuckerberg Proposes Regulating Political Discussion, Immigration Debate

In a Good Morning America interview with George Stephanopoulos, Thursday, Zuckerberg declared, “All of the laws around political advertising today primarily focus on a candidate and an election, right, so, ‘Vote for this candidate in this election.’ But that’s not, primarily, what we saw Russia trying to do and other folks who were trying to interfere in elections. And what we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues.”

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Australia can now jail social media executives who fail to stop live-streamed terror

Australia has passed a law that threatens jail sentences for executives of social media companies which fail to take down live streams of terror attacks fast enough.

The new bill, proposed in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in New Zealand last month, passed Australia’s upper house on Thursday, the last possible day before Parliament dissolves for elections next month.

The law makes it a criminal offence for social media platforms to fail to remove “abhorrent violent material” fast enough, punishable by three years’ imprisonment of the executives responsible or a fine of up to 10pc of the company’s annual turnover.

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No one who watched New Zealand shooter’s video live reported it to Facebook, company says

It took 29 minutes and thousands of views before the live-streamed massacre at a mosque in New Zealand was reported to Facebook and ultimately removed, the social media network said in a new statement late Monday.

The horrific terrorist attack, which killed 50 people at two mosques, played out live on Facebook as the shooter pulled up to one mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, grabbed guns out of his Subaru’s rear hatch door and stormed inside, opening fire on worshipers. By the time Facebook removed the 17-minute video, it had been viewed roughly 4,000 times, the company said.

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We Ban Books Here

Way back in the old days, the Left used to accuse conservatives of being against free speech and open debate. They would say the Right was in favor of burning books and heresy laws. When conservatives rose to power in the 1980’s, it was time for them to “own the libs” by pointing out that the Soviets banned books, threw dissidents into gulags and banned speech critical of the state. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn became a celebrity among conservatives, as an example of how the communists suppressed speech.

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