Trump Opens New Front in War on Big Tech: Microsoft

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June 12th, 2020 12:31 PM

Now that Microsoft has joined other Big Tech companies in refusing to help police, President Donald Trump has retweeted a call to have them barred from government contracts. Microsoft followed the lead of IBM and Amazon in vowing to stop supplying police with facial recognition technology.  An emailed letter from 250 Microsoft employees may also have forced their leadership’s hand.…

Liberal NewsGuard Expands Partnership with Microsoft

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May 15th, 2020 5:31 PM
Liberal website ratings firm NewsGuard has expanded its partnership with Microsoft in order to spread “news literacy.” NewsGuard describes itself as a company that provides “credibility ratings” and detailed “Nutrition Labels” on news and information websites across the internet. The online gatekeeper company, which allegedly determines whether news and…

Microsoft Partner NewsGuard Slimes Limbaugh’s Facebook Page as ‘False’

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April 21st, 2020 3:01 PM
COVID-19 is a phenomenon that even the most trusted sources have known almost nothing about since it began to spread in Wuhan, China. Outlets like CNN and organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) have published material that later turned out to be untrue. Yet somehow, conservative media outlets get called out for “misinformation.” 

Silicon Valley Tech Firms Donate $254,717 to Elizabeth Warren

October 23rd, 2019 7:57 AM
Even though Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to break up Big Tech and regulate it, those who profit from the tech industry support her anyway. Warren had her most successful fundraising quarter yet, raising $125,305 from employees at Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and their subsidiaries.  

Liberal Microsoft Board Member ‘Implicated in Cover-Up’ for Epstein

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September 10th, 2019 2:29 PM
If nothing else, the sordid story of Jeffrey Epstein has done some good by exposing possible corruption  in academia, science, and Big Tech. Business Insider wrote that LinkedIn founder and Microsoft board member Reid Hoffman is the latest in a long list of “powerful figures attracting scrutiny for their connections to now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.”

Federal Censors? Microsoft President Considers Government Career

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September 9th, 2019 12:30 PM
Microsoft President Brad Smith is one of Big Tech’s biggest advocates for censorship online.  Wouldn’t it be great if he brought that can-do attitude to the government? In an interview with Time Magazine, Smith told Romesh Ratnesar that he was not going to “rule out” a career in the government.

Google Engineer Whines: Silicon Valley Hires ‘Whitest Black Candidate'

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August 27th, 2019 2:46 PM
Google has tried to appease the social justice movement within its company, to the point that it has been accused of reverse discrimination. But apparently that’s not enough, according to one of its engineers. Bria Sullivan, an app developer for Google, interviewed with Moguldom, a media outlet that “programs content for an economic revolution in Black America,” on the…

Microsoft Office Ruled Illegal in German Schools

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July 22nd, 2019 5:17 PM
Add Germany to the list of foreign governments struggling with the lax privacy policies found in Big Tech companies. The state government of Hesse, Germany, has forbidden students by law from using Microsoft Office 365 over privacy concerns as of July 9.

Microsoft’s Xbox : ‘Xbox Live Is Not a Free Speech Platform’

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June 21st, 2019 1:27 PM
XBox has video game smack-talk in its crosshairs. In an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, Xbox head Phil Spencer proclaimed that “Xbox Live is not a free speech platform.” He added that “It is not a place where anybody can come and say anything.” Spencer explained that his team is “working to ensure it’s a safe and inclusive environment.”

Microsoft Manager: 80% of Fox News Should Be ‘Removed'

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May 31st, 2019 10:37 AM
The tech industry is slowly circling conservative media and preparing to strike. An advertising program manager for Microsoft responded to an op-ed by New York Times contributor Farhad Manjoo, agreeing that Fox News was a “million pound fork-tongued colossus” responsible for misinformation. Dare Obasanjo, listed on LinkedIn as a project program manager for Microsoft, tweeted out that…

Free Speech! White House Refuses to Sign Censorship Call

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May 15th, 2019 2:00 PM
The White House slammed both Google and Facebook over the First Amendment when it passed on a New Zealand plea for censorship of online content. The Washington Post reported that while other foreign powers sign on to the Christchurch Call to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, the White House refused.

Microsoft Blacklists Minecraft Creator For Being Politically Incorrect

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April 30th, 2019 2:41 PM
Markus Persson, aka “Notch,” the original inventor of the worldwide video game phenomenon Minecraft, has been memory-holed by Microsoft from the game’s history for being politically incorrect. Persson created the original game in 2009, and sold the rights to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Since then, Microsoft appears to have done it's best to scrub his memory from…

Lefty Billionaire's Election Plot Bought 56X More Ads Than Russia

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April 23rd, 2019 12:57 PM
Election manipulation is something the media have typically associated with Russians. But one liberal billionaire funnelled 56 times more money into manipulating content to win elections than the Russians.

Microsoft ‘Rewarded’ Discrimination Against White and Asian Men

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April 22nd, 2019 4:11 PM
Logic and identity politics are clashing as tech workers openly question the dogma of diversity. Quartz reported on an internal conflict at Microsoft as employees accused the tech company of discriminating against Asian and white men. The comments were written by an anonymous female Microsoft program manager and have received a perfect storm of both support and condemnation. She…