Hide Your Memes! Facebook Fact Checker Attacks ‘Family Circus’ Meme

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March 5th, 2021 4:57 PM

Apparently, a Facebook fact-checker’s idea of a perfect start to the weekend included censoring memes on the platform. PolitiFact provided a fact-check of a meme that poked fun at the idea of young children being able to “take hormones” and “change [their] sex.” 

The image featured the father and a son from “The Family Circus,” with text that reads, "Can I have a cigarette? No,…

Study RIPS Far-Right News on Facebook, Ignores Platform’s Liberal Bias

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March 5th, 2021 10:20 AM

A New York University-affiliated organization has joined the left-wing bandwagon to attack conservative media on Facebook. In so doing, it ignored the social media platform’s obvious bias against conservatives. A study from Cybersecurity for Democracy claimed that “far-right” news sources received greater engagement on Facebook than news sources from other political parties. “When we look only…

Big Tech Platforms Allow Farrakhan to Spread Vaccine Conspiracies

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March 3rd, 2021 4:25 PM

Big Tech continues to let Rev. Louis Farrakhan, the infamous leader of the Nation of Islam, to spread conspiracies that would cause conservatives to be censored. Farrakhan spoke at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day, and condemned both the COVID-19 vaccine as a “vial of death” and the people who defend it. Farrakhan commented, “You laugh at Reverend Jim Jones with Kool-…

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.

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…

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…

The Authoritarian Left Is on the March

February 24th, 2021 10:07 PM

This week, Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerny, D-N.J., sent out a series of letters to America's largest communications corporations: AT&T, Alphabet Inc., Cox Communications, Dish Network, Comcast, Apple, Amazon and others. Their letters demanded answers from these corporations on one simple topic: Why would these platforms continue to allow the dissemination of "…

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…

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.

Big Tech's Growing Threat to Our Personal Privacy

February 18th, 2021 9:54 PM

I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy. "Encrypt your emails!" "Drop Google and use search engines like DuckDuckGo that don't track us!" I probably should. But I don't. I'm lazy, and I like that web companies know me and show me things I'm interested in. I like that they display "restaurants near me."

Facebook CENSORS News in Australia, Australian Publishers Globally

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February 18th, 2021 10:42 AM

A proposed law from the Land Down Under did not go over well with Facebook.

Facebook has decided to block all news in and from Australian users in response to a proposed law that would require the platform to pay news publishers for stories that appear on Facebook.
 

Veritas Video Shows Zuckerberg Worried by COVID Vaccine ‘Side Effects’

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February 17th, 2021 4:43 PM

Project Veritas showed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg worried about the “long-term side effects” of COVID-19 vaccinations. Those same comments wouldn’t be allowed on his own platform.

Only 11% of Voters Are Very Confident Social Media Censorship Is Fair

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February 16th, 2021 10:08 AM

Only one in nine U.S. likely voters are very confident that social media censor questionable content in a fair and unbiased way, while nearly half have no trust at all that it will do so, a new Rasmussen survey finds.

UPDATE: Kevin Sorbo: 'Big Tech Censorship Is Digital Assassination'

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February 12th, 2021 4:07 PM

Another day, another conservative censored on Facebook. This time, Hercules said his account got censored.

Christian, conservative actor Kevin Sorbo, known for his role in the TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” said  Facebook deleted his account, making him only the latest victim of Facebook’s campaign against the right.