Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC Culture.
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRCCulture. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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Google isn’t the only big tech company with internal issues.
It turns out public relations actually mean something to a tech company. After conservative outcry was sparked when NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch criticized Twitter for not suspending users who threatened her children, Twitter miraculously decided to reverse its initial decision. Whereas before the account was not found in violation for arguing that Loesch’s children should be murdered, now Twitter Support discovered that the account was in fact breaking the rules and was promptly suspended.
The left has taken over yet another entertainment medium and made it their own.
On social media, hate speech will be swiftly removed. Unless the victim is perceived to be on the wrong side of the conversation. Conservative commentator, radio host, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch tweeted a screenshot of a comment she received from a Twitter user on August 26. The tweet stated that in order for Loesch to understand a point, she would need to have her children murdered. Loesch had reported the tweet to Twitter Support, but Twitter notified her saying, “We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”
In its aim to be politically correct, Facebook has determined that criticizing an accused terrorist counts as hate speech. According to Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act for America, Facebook suspended her personal page for posting a comment about the suspected terrorist arrested at a compound in New Mexico. She tweeted that the post was taken down for “hate speech.”
In its overzealous policing of thought, Twitter has now picked a side on war and peace, apparently. On August 13’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Peter Van Buren, a former State Department employee, told Carlson that he was “banned for life” on Twitter, for inciting violence. In a Twitter debate with journalists, Van Buren stated that as a State Department employee, he lied to journalists “on behalf of the government.” The next thing he knew, he was banned from Twitter, with virtually no explanation as to why.
In a piece by the New York Times, Cecilia Kang wrote about how she and Kate Conger attended a Twitter meeting, meant to discuss the removal of “dehumanizing content,” only to be disappointed. She wrote, “I felt that depicting a policy meeting that didn’t result in substantive changes, which was basically what happened, was in itself revealing about the state of Twitter.”
YouTube has decided that its viewers and content creators are only allowed to believe what they decide is right — especially when it comes to climate change.
In the running war against freedom of speech, tech companies have started to take down extremist content.
If hell had a sound, it would be like listening to the women on the View — and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti — talking about sex.
Sing, o muse, of those disgusting conservatives and their impossible ugliness.
Twitter’s fight with conservatives has gotten so bad that politicians want to do something about it.
Facebook is mistaking anti-fascist pages for Russian fake accounts. The shoe is now on the other foot. According to the Daily Beast, Facebook removed “fake accounts engaged in covert influence operations against Americans.” However, the site also removed events and pages connected to the anarchist and anti-fascist movement, including an event scheduled for August 12 called No Unite the Right 2, supposedly a counter-protest to another alt-right Unite the Right event happening on the same day in Washington D.C.
Once again, Missouri Republican congressional candidate Austin Peterson has fallen afoul of Twitter. This time it was for a simple joke.
Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only tech companies accused of downplaying or demoting conservative media. Pastor James MacDonald posted a prayer on Facebook for President Donald Trump just before the new SCOTUS nominee was announced. His podcast, Walk in the Word, vanished from the Top 25 chart completely in a matter of 24 hours. According to CBN News, “In the past the podcast had never dipped below the Top 40, within 24 hours it wasn’t even making the Top 200.” Both CBN News and MacDonald wondered if Apple was“shadowbanning” the podcast.
Global warming may have taken a back seat in the national dialogue, but for lefties who still talk about it, the rhetoric has gotten crazier. In his monologue titled “The World Is on Fire” on July 26, Trevor Noah on the Daily Show brought up some weird and wild speculations about climate change, so crazy that he even joked that he was on weed.
Twitter is on a mission to rid its platform of “intolerance” and “incivility.” But it’s doing in a way guaranteed to anger conservatives.
Twitter says it wants to improve the “health” of their “conversation” on its site, but its going after the wrong people.
Tech companies are re-writing the dictionary and its hard to keep up with all the changing definitions.
It seems like “healthy conversation” can now be a code word on the left for “censorship.” Twitter was forced to explain itself after Vice published a study on July 25 accusing Twitter of “shadowbanning” conservatives, including RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). According to Vice, notable conservative figures didn’t show up in the Twitter search bar as suggested results, while progressive figures showed up immediately.