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Conservative news sources are calling out fact-checkers for ignoring inconvenient truths. PoltiFact, a fact-checking website acquired by the Soros-funded Poynter Institute in 2018, denied that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had attempted to put abortion funding measures in the upcoming relief bill.
Facebook is now aiding religious groups with a new initiative for “[k]eeping your faith community connected through the COVID-19 outbreak.” The site launched its “Faith on Facebook Resource Hub” to help religious communities reach out to their followers on March 25 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.. The Hub includes step-by-step guides on managing Facebook groups and donations and also has a downloadable “Faith on Facebook toolkit.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) signed a letter demanding that Twitter ban Chinese propaganda accounts. The two Republicans sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding Twitter ban Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and all foreign leaders who use Twitter while not allowing their citizens to do so. One egregious example was when Twitter allowed Spokesperson & Deputy Director General, Information Department, Foreign Ministry of China Lijian Zhao to point a finger at the U.S. and suggest, “It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”
Even liberal media outlets are condemning an anti-Trump ad for containing misinformation about President Donald Trump, but Twitter will not call it that..The bias against Trump has become so egregious that even The Hill and The Washington Post are calling it out. “According to emails reviewed by The Hill, the Trump campaign flagged new content on Twitter that it said had been deceptively edited,” The Hill’s Jonathan Easly wrote on March 16. One video in question was shared by Mike Bloomberg’s former senior adviser Tim O’Brien and featured audio clips of Trump’s words spliced together and taken out of context, set to a rising graph showing “Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in US.” The most damning part from the video was Trump saying, “Coronavirus” edited together with “this is their new hoax,” as if Trump were denying the existence of the disease. Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted a video with similar language.
If liberal fact-checker Lead Stories finds a fact that's inconvenient, it just ignores it. Lead Stories, one of Facebook’s official third-party fact-checkers, failed to fact-check the contentious Democratic debate between former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on March 15. Lead Stories ignored the debate and its many controversial statements entirely. The Washington Post published an entire article of fact-checks on issues ranging from super PACs to abortion support.
Wikipedia contributors have waged a fierce debate over whether they should change the name of diseases to be more PC as the virus from Wuhan, China reaches across the world. Wikipedia is debating whether history itself needs to be changed to fit modern PC standards. The proposal “that Spanish flu be renamed and moved to 1918 influenza pandemic” has divided Wikipedia’s community of contributors. There appear to be more "oppose" than "support" lines of comment on the Wikipedia page.
Big Tech is undergoing radical reforms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Twitter is letting users know that as bot programs temporarily replace humans, the platform is in for a bumpy ride. Twitter announced that “we’re expanding our safety rules to include content that could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19” on March 18. The platform said that it would restrict content that “increases the chance that someone contracts or transmits the virus,” including: “Denial of expert guidance[,] “Encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques[and] “Misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities.”
Twitter allegedly censored at least one journalist for theorizing on the COVID-19 virus’s origins, but Chinese officials appear to be an exception when pointing a finger at America. Spokesperson & Deputy Director General, Information Department, Foreign Ministry of China Lijian Zhao has been blasted by both sides for spreading Chinese propaganda on Twitter. Zhao tweeted a piece headlined “COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US” at 9:02 p.m. on March 12. Later that day he speculated, “It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”
‘Boomer Remover’ was trending on Twitter with over 71.1k tweets, and it just may make you want to quarantine yourself from the internet for a while. The phrase “Boomer Remover” was one of the top trends on the trending list on Twitter on March 13. The phrase is focused on young Americans celebrating the fact that the coronavirus epidemic is especially lethal to the elderly, particularly those of the Boomer generation who have been the target of Millennial resentment.
The deputy editor for a popular tech outlet says she has just the solution for improving the coronavirus response: President “Donald Trump should resign.” No, really. That’s in the headline of a piece by The Verge. Elizabeth Lopatto of The Verge has declared that president Donald Trump is a “danger to public health” and that his negligence “could kill hundreds of thousands.” Lopatto’s coverage in The Verge’s science column headlined “TO IMPROVE THE US CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE, DONALD TRUMP SHOULD RESIGN.”
A project launched by Vox Media, the parent company of the outlet (Vox) that gave us Carlos Maza and a constant stream of loony leftism, is now being backed by Google. The Google News Initiative program will invest an estimated sum upward of $1 million to the “Concert Local” project. This investment is said to be “one of the largest single-publisher investments that Google is making of this kind."
The Department of Justice has asked an important question about Section 230: Is the rule that helped shape the internet as we know it due for an update? Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen gave a speech about possible changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act at the Free State Foundation's 12th Annual Telecom Policy Conference on March 10, 2020. “After 25 years, it seems that the time has come for Congress to assess what changes to Section 230 are now needed,” he proclaimed.
How much does the Washington, D.C. think tank establishment hate President Donald Trump? Apparently enough to question if the president dying to a disease would be “poetic justice.” Berin Szóka, president of Big Tech policy think tank TechFreedom, tweeted a “Serious question” on March 9. Two weeks after the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and amid concern over one of the conference’s attendees being infected, Szóka tweeted:
Twitter has censored the journalist who exposed YouTube’s favorite communist as a champagne socialist. YouTuber Carlos Maza, whom The New York Times has described as a “New York-based socialist,” has told his viewers to “STOP taking political advice from the ultra-wealthy.” He now has been exposed as coming from an ultra-wealthy family himself, and Twitter is censoring those who reveal this fact.
Facebook labeled a video shared by President Donald Trump of former VP Joe Biden stammering as “partly false information” after the Joe Biden campaign and liberal media condemned the platform. Former Vice President Biden was caught on video seemingly endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election. After making the confusing statement, Biden tried to correct it, but the video cuts off before that. Biden’s campaign and liberal media outlets condemned the video as deceptively edited misinformation.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Facebook for enabling disinformation while using the mainstream liberal media to misinform viewers. Clinton condemned Facebook, claiming the platform “aided and abetted” the "right-wing echo chamber,” in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on March 8. While giving what was ostensibly a lecture on Facebook’s ability to push fake news to conservative audiences, she pushed the fact-checked false liberal narrative that Trump had called the coronavirus a “hoax.”
An embarrassing clip of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden stammering during a speech has been spun by liberal media as “manipulated media.” Former Vice President Biden was caught on video seemingly endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election. Liberal media outlets condemned the video as deceptively edited misinformation in order to cover for the Democratic primary frontrunner. Twitter followed up by labeling the video as “manipulated media.” When reached out to for comment, Twitter staff replied that “this Tweet was labeled based on our Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy.”
Twitter has once again expanded its idea of “hateful conduct.” Wouldn’t it be easier for Twitter to let people know what handful of jokes are still okay in the current year?Twitter’s company blog announced the platform is expanding its rules against hateful conduct. First posting the policy back on July 9, 2019, Twitter said, “we are further expanding this rule to include language that dehumanizes on the basis of age, disability or disease.” That could mean, for example, no poking fun at a presidential candidate for being old, potentially senile or mentally unfit for the presidency.
A liberal journalist blasted Facebook until it removed certain Trump campaign ads as the 2020 Census approaches. Founding Editor-in-Chief of the now defunct outlet Think Progress Judd Legum scorched Facebook for “running more than 1,000 ads on Facebook promoting” what he called “a fake 2020 census.” The piece written for his liberal news outlet Popular Information seems to have caused Facebook to change its mind, removing the Trump campaign’s census ads. “Just hours after this piece published,” Legum tweeted, “Facebook reversed course and said they would take all of the Trump census ads down.”