Twitter Allows ‘Burn Louisville’ to Trend, Claims No Violation

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September 25th, 2020 4:08 PM

If President Donald Trump says he will enforce law and order, that’s abusive behavior. But if Twitter users call to burn down the city of Louisville, that’s fine. Twitter saw no rule violation in the calls to burn down the city of Louisville, KY after the grand jury indictment came down in the Breonna Taylor case, according to a Fox Business article. Burn Louisville even trended on…

Facebook Critics to Launch Counter, ‘Real’ Oversight Board

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September 25th, 2020 3:56 PM

No matter how much content Facebook censors, the left always seems to want the platform to censor more. Facebook is preparing to launch its new Facebook Oversight Board, which CEO Mark Zuckerburg described as a “Supreme Court” for the platform, according to NBC News. Leftist critics, however, appear to have some problems with Facebook’s new board and are forming their own.

Facebook’s Leftist-Heavy Oversight Board to Launch Next Month: Report

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September 25th, 2020 3:32 PM

The rise of Facebook’s infamous and overwhelmingly liberal Oversight Board is reportedly nigh. “Facebook’s long-delayed oversight board, which will have power to overrule Mark Zuckerberg on what content to censor, will launch next month ahead of the US presidential election,” the New York Post summarized in a September 24 article. The Post illustrated that the…

Senate Panel Threatens to Subpoena Google, Facebook, Twitter: Report

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September 24th, 2020 4:44 PM

The CEOs of four major Big Tech companies have been given an ultimatum: testify in the Senate or face the music. “The Senate Commerce Committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing about the tech industry's prized liability protections if the three do not agree by Thursday night to requests to appear,” Politico wrote on…

House Subcommittee Hearing Explores How Big Tech Radicalizes America

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September 24th, 2020 4:06 PM

Amidst calls for Section 230 reform and antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook, a House subcommittee hearing today explored the relationship between Big Tech’s lack of accountability and the radicalization of their respective platforms’ users. 


The House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing entitled “…

Big Tech Reckoning: WH Roundtable Demands Section 230 Overhaul

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September 24th, 2020 2:16 PM

Big Tech’s reckoning may have finally arrived. The White House hosted a roundtable announcing the overhaul of Section 230, a change which has massive implications for Big Tech and online speech. No more “bad faith” moderation! The Department of Justice has proposed a bill to overhaul Section 230 and punish companies for political censorship.

Facebook Is Attempting to Hide Anti-Vax Groups

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September 23rd, 2020 4:51 PM

Regardless of your stance on vaccination, hiding information about anti-vaccine groups and content probably doesn’t help anyone. 

ZDNet, an Australian news website, reported that Facebook is attempting to hide what it deems “vaccine misinformation” from users. 

California Bill to Criminalize Misinformation About Elections: Report

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September 23rd, 2020 4:51 PM

Prepared to give up your liberty for the sake of “public peace, health, or safety”? A new California bill would criminalize the spread of election misinformation — even on social media. Americans can be prosecuted for their private messages on social media platforms if they contain misinformation, according to new legislation. Senate Bill 739 declared that “A person is guilty of a…

YouTube Restricts More Content Without Transparency Through AI

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September 23rd, 2020 4:03 PM

YouTube has modified its policies and will begin using machine-learning to automatically apply age-restrictions. This will require users to verify their age before viewing flagged content and has also changed how that content is identified. Furthermore, when viewers discover age-restricted content on third-party websites, they will now be required to login to YouTube and verify their age…

Trump to Urge State Attorneys General to Fight Big Tech Censorship

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September 23rd, 2020 2:15 PM

President Donald Trump isn’t finished with his fight against Big Tech censorship. Trump is planning to meet with several Republican state attorneys general today to urge them to investigate Big Tech censorship of conservatives online.

NYT Admits Facebook Wrestling with Chinese Election Hackers

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September 23rd, 2020 1:35 PM

After years of blaming President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory on Russia, even liberal media outlets are starting to admit that China is attempting to meddle in our elections.

Facebook Preparing to Censor Election Night Posts: Financial Times

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September 22nd, 2020 4:55 PM

Facebook is too willing to censor political content from the right, but now, the site is preparing to restrict even more content on election night. 

In a recent interview with Financial Times, Nick Clegg,…

Twitter Allows Chinese Media to Threaten Taiwanese Leader

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September 22nd, 2020 4:50 PM

Twitter seems to allow the Chinese government to spread propaganda, and now the communist nation can apparently make brazen threats against political enemies at its leisure too. Global Times, which has been labeled by Twitter as “China state-affiliated media,” has been accused of issuing a direct threat against a Taiwanese politician via Twitter. India Today Foreign…

Facebook Allows Event to Harass Sen. Graham, Then Allows Group to Stay

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September 22nd, 2020 3:45 PM

Facebook allowed leftist organizations to post the purported private address of a conservative senator in order to organize protests and harass. The posting was a violation of its rules. “Protesters on Monday gathered outside South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham's house to ‘wake him up’ over his push to quickly replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday,”…