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Two free speech YouTubers from the UK have been demonetized for unclear reasons. UK Free speech icons Tommy Robinson and Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) have both been financially cut off by YouTube, destroying their ability to make money on the platform. English Defense League founder Tommy Robinson predicted (in the video he was demonetized for), “Now they want to take away my ability to even make videos for you. There’s one thing the establishment will hate and they hate a voice making noise… What they really hate, is political opposition”
Facebook has proposed new rules barring employees from debating politics and religion to protect conservative employees from being bullied by staff liberals. The rules, according to an internal Facebook memo published by Business Insider this past Monday, ban attempts to change employees political or religious stances. “We’re keeping it simple with three main guidelines: Don’t insult, bully, or antagonize others. Don’t try to change someone’s politics or religion. Don’t break our rules about harassing speech and expression,” Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer said in the memo.
Facebook has been accused of blocking an ad for a new film about the Roe v. Wade case which legalized abortion across America. Producer/director Nick Loeb complained that he tried to use the “boost” feature on Facebook to generate hype for his anti-abortion film Roe v Wade, according to LifeSiteNews. Facebook replied by stating, “Your ad isn’t approved because it doesn’t comply with our Advertising Policies.”
The popular video game company behind World of Warcraft has been accused of using identity politics to hide its company scandals. Blizzard enjoyed huge success with franchises like Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo. Recently its business has taken a downturn and the company’s response has been to cater to liberal politics to generate positive publicity.
Two more conservatives were censored by Big Tech for completely political reasons this week. Scott Presler, a well-known conservative with 260,000 followers on Twitter was banned from Facebook for posting about the murder of Reggie Singh by an “illegal alien.” Alex Van Ness a research analyst for the Clarion Project was suspended from Twitter for twelve hours for calling Chelsea Manning “a guy.” Both incidents demonstrate social media’s clear bias and continuing strategy to designate conservative speech as “hate speech.”
The Wall Street Journal claimed that there is a major collaboration between conservatives and Facebook. But an expert who was involved says this is exaggerated. Facebook claimed it has been consulting conservatives for advice on how to police online content without drawing conservative accusations of censorship. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, whom Facebook claimed was a “consultant” was shocked, noting he felt “a bit surprised that I was described as consultant with Facebook… Now if you have a phone conversation you are consultant. I've had one conversation with Facebook.”
Even when entrepreneurs build their own platforms and use alternate forms of money, companies can still shut off their cash flow. Coinbase has banned the accounts of free speech platform Gab as well as its CEO Andrew Torba. Gab has been both famous and infamous for its absolutist stance on free speech. As a result Gab had to find unconventional ways to raise money. Gab used Bitcoin, which can be exchanged for all manner of goods online. However, Bitcoins depend on exchange platforms like Coinbase to be converted back into real money and vise versa. Traditional payment processors like PayPal and Mastercard have denied services to controversial figures and been accused of censorship, and newer platforms like Coinbase and Cash App are following suit.
A jaded Google insider allegedly revealed how the company conspired to fire Google engineer James Damore. Damore made headlines in 2017 when he was fired from his engineering job by Google for writing a memo criticizing the extreme political correctness and identity politics at the firm. Now he alleged that an unverified Google admitted conspiring against him. Damore cited an anonymous Reddit expose revealing the scandal.
A futurist video game has had its future jeopardized after left-wing activists have blacklisted it because of a creator’s old tweets against radical feminism. This video game project The Last Night stole the show when its promo was revealed at video game industry conference E3 2017. The entire project is now in jeopardy after co-creator Tim Soret’s 2014 tweets against radical feminism were discovered. al Liberal investors pulled their money.
How should conservatives respond to attempts by social media platforms and search engines to stifle and censor them? In a clarifying debate last weekend, Tucker Carlson argued that laissez-faire doesn’t guarantee fair. In his appearance at the Student Action Summit on December 22nd, Carlson engaged in a vigorous but respectful debate with TurningPointUSA founder Charlie Kirk. They sparred on subjects such as the role of Big Tech Companies in the free market and the ideological tactics of conservatives should embrace in the digital age.
Two social media stars are putting their money on the line by leaving the funding site Patreon to protest its banning users for political views — even without having an alternative. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Rubin Report host Dave Rubin announced mid-December plans to create a free speech alternative to Patreon. They did so after numerous free speech defenders were deplatformed by or voluntarily fled the platform.
Facebook has banned conservatives again, this time Rev. Franklin Graham, who heads Samaritan’s Purse. Facebook issued an official apology after banning iconic Graham for 24 hours over a 2-year-old post. Facebook issued an official apology after banning iconic Graham for 24 hours over a 2-year-old post. In mid-December, Franklin Graham, the son of American evangelist Billy Graham, accepted Facebook’s apology for the 24-hour-ban, but expressed suspicion over their biases. He accused them of a “personal attack” as well as “censoring free speech” and “changing the rules.”
A prominent YouTuber has gone from being banned to having Patreon change the rules and ban him for an entirely different reason.
YouTube admitted it was militant about removing and censoring content this year. Between July and September, YouTube removed 58 million videos, 1.67 million channels, and 224 million comments for violations including inappropriate content or spreading “hate speech.”
Facebook has given far more private information to companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Spotify than previously thought. The New York Times reviewed over 270 pages of internal reports detailing but a fraction of Facebook’s deals and partnerships.
Google is apparently abandoning its attempt to create a search engine for the Chinese market -- an effort that both tarnished its public image and caused massive internal conflict. The communist Chinese government wanted a search engine that would censor information and infringe upon the privacy of its citizens. Google’s attempted to cooperate, and company head Sundar Pichai had tried to defend the project in its earlier stages, appealing to the fact that they are merely “complying with the law” of China.
Facebook is more concerned about protecting Palestinians from hate speech than about hosting terrorist propaganda on its site.
Online media platforms are slowly taking away the ability for conservative-leaning creatives to have an income. Now, some social media stars are talking about a solution.
Liberal journalists have been throwing wild accusations at Facebook for enabling “fake news,” foreign interference, and “conspiracy theories.” Now even its own fact checkers are upset.
Liberal media companies from tech to culture blogs have united to deny conservative claims and to argue Big Tech bias is “fake news.” The comments came in response to the Capitol Hill questioning of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The comments came in response to the Capitol Hill questioning of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The Washington Post literally published an opinion piece titled “Google needs regulation. Republicans are too busy screaming about bias.”