Laying Down the Law! Iowa Legislature Joins Fight Against Big Tech

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March 2nd, 2021 4:26 PM

Iowa Republicans have decided to lay down the law against Big Tech censorship and have joined the growing list of state legislatures fighting against abuses by Big Tech. Iowa State Representatives Jon Jacobsen (R), Anne Osmundson (R), and Skyler Wheeler (R) have introduced a bill to discourage and potentially penalize social media platforms that engage in online censorship.

Apple, Google Rush to Stop AZ Bill Curtailing App Store Reign: Report

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March 2nd, 2021 1:12 PM

Arizona has joined the growing number of states fighting back against Big Tech tyranny, but Apple and Google have reportedly not taken this affront to their power lying down. Arizona State Rep. Regina Cobb (R) introduced H.B. 2005, a bill aimed at fighting Big Tech dominance by allowing app developers to circumvent the massive fees that Apple and Google take from app sales. 

Conservative Leaders SCORCH Bezos for Censoring Books in Open Letter

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March 2nd, 2021 12:45 PM

Conservative leaders sent an open letter to Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, questioning the platform’s behavior for censoring conservative books.

WATCH Blackburn BLAST Big Tech at CPAC: ‘We Are Going to Fight Back’

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March 1st, 2021 4:16 PM

The left has doubled down in its battle against free speech online, but one prominent senator has called for conservatives to “fight back” against Big Tech tyranny. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called out Big Tech for silencing conservatives while keeping close ties with China in her Feb. 26 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

WATCH Trump: Big Tech Should Be PUNISHED for Censoring Conservatives

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March 1st, 2021 3:16 PM

Former President Donald Trump gave a powerful speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference. He asserted his leadership over the conservative movement and demanded an end to Big Tech censorship.

Fed Judge Approves $650M Settlement in MASSIVE Facebook Privacy Case

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March 1st, 2021 12:39 PM

A federal judge in California approved a settlement, dealing a massive blow to Facebook’s creepy facial recognition technology, an approval that may set a precedent for future Big Tech cases. U.S. District Judge James Donato ended a nearly six-year-long legal battle and approved a $650 million class action privacy settlement against Facebook. The lawsuit challenged Facebook’s “tag suggestions…

Twitter Prepares ‘Safety Mode’ to Censor Free Speech on Its Platform

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February 26th, 2021 3:05 PM

Twitter revealed that it is preparing a new “Safety mode” to protect users from unwanted or offensive commentary, whatever that means. Twitter gave the internet a hilarious but also grim glimpse into the platform’s future by revealing its upcoming “Safety mode.” The new function was previewed at the 2021 Analyst Day presentation with a few screenshots.

Stop Censoring or Pay Up! Neb. Bill Sends Clear Message to Big Tech

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February 26th, 2021 12:29 PM

Yet another state legislature has stepped up to fight rampant Big Tech censorship. Nebraska State Senator Curt Friesen (R) introduced the Social Media Fairness Act into the Nebraska state legislature last month, and the legislative body held a hearing for it Feb. 25. The bill stated that its aim was to curtail the power of “dominant social media web site[s].”

Project Veritas: Salesforce to Purge Trump Speech, Election Skepticism

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February 25th, 2021 5:00 PM

Guerrilla journalism outlet Project Veritas leaked shocking footage from an alleged Salesforce meeting. The video purported to show a meeting of high ranking employees vow that their services will ban messaging from former President Donald Trump and rhetoric questioning the 2020 election.

GOP and Dems Agree Something Must Be Done, SCORCH Big Tech in Hearing

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February 25th, 2021 3:46 PM

Only once in a blue moon do Republicans and Democrats agree on an issue. And it appears as though Big Tech’s market dominance has been so egregious that it has caused the two sides to at least agree that something must be done. 

The House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a hearing today on the power wielded by Big Tech. Although the hearing…

ABSURD! Study Labels Conservatives, IDW Members Gateways to Extremism

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February 25th, 2021 2:12 PM

A new Anti-Defamation League study labels conservative commentators and members of the “Intellectual Dark Web” as “gateways” to extremist content. 


 

House Republicans SLAM Left’s Attack on Free Speech During Hearing

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February 24th, 2021 5:06 PM

The war against free speech has spilled over from Big Tech and has now begun to rage in traditional media forums. The left has now sought to target conservative media in a congressional hearing today, but House Republicans were not having it.  The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Feb. 24 entitled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the…

Twitter Now Adding ‘Hacked Materials’ Warning Label to Tweets

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February 24th, 2021 2:59 PM

Big Tech was once seen as a haven for whistleblowers and journalists. But Twitter has changed all that and has been using its tools to besmirch news outlets for reportedly exposing nefarious government activity.

Facebook, Australia Forge Agreement Following Aussie News Blackout

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February 24th, 2021 12:33 PM

In retaliation to a proposed law in Australia that would require tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay for news content on their platforms, Facebook blocked all local and global news sites from Australia. Facebook’s Australian news blackout ended after five days when the two sides came to an agreement.