While YouTube has been panicking over one offended LGBT reporter, the platform’s overreaction has both sides outraged. YouTube announced a crackdown on Wednesday June 5 on videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination. However, in what appears to be the haphazard actions of a hastily deployed algorithm, even videos critiquing “hate speech” and conspiracy theories have been taken down or demonetized.
Democrats are threatening to regulate Big Tech. But they’re saying it while their pockets are stuffed with donations from these companies. The House Judiciary Committee announced it was having a hearing concerning “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press.” The hearing will be held on June 11, at 2:00 pm.
On Tuesday night, Politico Magazine senior writer Michael Grunwald seemed to have inadvertently auditioned for a role on former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign by offering a hilarious defense in light of news first reported by our friend Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller News Foundation that Biden’s environmental proposal “used nearly identical language from other sources in at least five different passages.”
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Monday starred in a PragerU video exposing the dangers of social media tech censorship. Bozell traced the history of companies like Apple, from rebelling against the old ways in the famous Apple 1984 Super Bowl commercial, to pushing conformity and squashing debate. Citing efforts to stifle speech, Bozell lamented, “Our former liberators now want to be our masters.... They are becoming the Big Brother Orwell foresaw. ”
The right to keep and bear arms is one of the many things that makes America a truly great place to live. But in a Wednesday Tweet responding to an NRATV video promoting a rape survivor who now carries a firearm, CNN host Chris Cuomo appeared to dismiss her empowerment with a flippant “Only in America” chide.
The White House has announced a new system that gives Americans the power to call out foul play by tech companies. As of May 15 it read, “SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH.” “Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” it continued before delivering a bipartisan message that freedom of speech is a right held by all Americans. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”
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.
An upcoming documentary will explore five people who have been shut down and silenced on social media. The official Twitter account @CensorshipMovie tweeted a trailer of the documentary May 12. The caption read: “Five high profile conservatives vanished from the internet overnight. Now, a major movie explores the wave of censorship silencing conservative voices.” This was paired with a #YouCantWatchThis hashtag. The free thinkers featured in this documentary have been booted from Big Tech platforms ranging from Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram to Uber Eats, in a time where virtual personhood is a component of daily life.
Facebook is subtly trying to discredit conservative media as “conspiracy theories” and it’s using Wikipedia to do it. The company’s latest policy update, “Expanding Our Fact-Checking Program,” included new details on how the platform planned to combat “misinformation.”
One way to fight Big Tech tyranny might be a new Texas bill that aims to stop companies from discriminating against conservative viewpoints. The bill by Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes would prevent Big Tech companies from censoring conservative viewpoints online. “Senate Bill 2373 tries to prevent those companies that control these new public spaces, this new public square, from picking winners and losers based on content,” Hughes said at a committee meeting.
Google has scrapped an ethics advisory board on Artificial Intelligence after the outcry over the inclusion of a African-American conservative. The inclusion of conservative think tank Heritage Foundation leader Kay Cole James drove left-wing Google employees into hysterics, signing a 2,000+ petition titled “Googlers Against Transphobia and Hate.” They referred to Kay Coles James, a black grandmother, as “weaponization of the language of diversity.”
In letters to Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon on Wednesday, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, joined by numerous other conservative leaders, called on the major tech companies to stop relying on the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center as the arbiter of what constitutes hate speech and “cut ties” with the group.