Twitter’s terms of service say the platform doesn’t need a reason to terminate users or meddle with user content, and it appears its warning was no bluff. Josh LeKach’s show Wrong Opinion engages with anti-establishment and radically pro-free speech figures. His twitter verification badge was stripped after he interviewed Florida congressional primary candidate Laura Loomer.
YouTube is blocked in China by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But that doesn’t seem to stop the censorship of criticism about the CCP. According to Palmer Luckey, the founder of tech companies Oculus and Anduril, YouTube deleted his comments on its platform. He tweeted, “YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao ((五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Twitch tried to downplay concerns over an advisory board member who identifies as a deer and believes many gamers are “white supremacists.” Twitch, the platform for watching internet celebrities broadcast as they play video games, lit fire to a cultural powder keg in mid-May. The company appointed a transgender streamer who identifies as a deer among its “Safety Advisory Council.” Now it’s trying damage control.
What liberals can’t achieve with the ballot box, they can count on Big Tech mega donors to bring to life. “Jack Dorsey, the billionaire CEO of Twitter and mobile-payment company Square, is giving $5 million to Humanity Forward” in order to “build the case for a universal basic income,” Rolling Stone reported. Democrat presidential primary dropout Andrew Yang made his mark in the primary debates by making "Freedom Dividend," or Universal Basic Income (UBI), his flagship issue.
Facebook’s new Oversight Board promises to be committed to freedom of expression. But that principle might better reflect an international standard, rather than a First Amendment-based American one. In an op-ed published by JustSecurity.org, law professor Sejal Parmar wrote that “Facebook’s creation of the board suggests a clear and conscious turn from such a U.S. constitutional-law paradigm towards an international human rights approach.”
If you install updates on your phone without reading the details then you might get an unwanted surprise. The latest involves contact tracking technology. Contact tracing technology, in theory, will notify users when they have entered the presence of a person with the coronavirus. This project was begun in an effort “to protect people and get society back up and running,” according to an April 10 announcement via Apple’s newsroom. Even if this technology supposedly works, surveys show 3 in 5 Americans are either unable or entirely unwilling to use the technology.
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski has called for Twitter to deplatform a sitting president. Brzezinski used both her show and her Twitter to demand that President Donald Trump be deplatformed. She even went so far as directly accusing him of “libel” and claimed “world would be safer” if he were censored. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) schooled Brzezinski by replying, “The media should NOT be asking Silicon Valley billionaires to silence the President of the United States.”
President Donald Trump retweeted a video on Saturday that was quickly deleted.
The video was a short clip from a speech that conservative Michelle Malkin gave decrying social media censorship of conservative voices.
While clips will be available on his YouTube channel, world-famous podcast host Joe Rogan is moving his massively popular and free talk show exclusively to the Spotify platform. “The Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is coming to Spotify via a multi-year exclusive licensing deal,” Spotify announced in a May 19 announcement. The announcement summarized Rogan’s appea,suggesting he “brings his sensibilities as a stand-up comic to the show,” and “fearlessly broaches far-ranging topics including neuroscience, sports, comedy, health, infectious disease, and our ever-changing culture.”
A co-chair of the Facebook Oversight Board admitted that conservatives had reason to believe that the Board was “loaded” with “people from the progressive side of the spectrum.” Four members of the Facebook Oversight Board answered some questions in an interview, hosted by the Aspen Institute. Co-chair Michael McConnell, a former federal circuit judge and professor at Stanford Law, answered a question from Politico that asked how the Board would respond to conservative criticisms.
Facebook’s CEO has taken flak from both the left and the right for how he runs his platform, but Mark Zuckerberg appears to have set his sights on preventing China from corrupting the internet. Zuckerberg warned in a livestream discussion with an EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, European that “Western countries” must set the standard for freedom and privacy on the internet, not countries like China, CNBC reported on May 18.
The founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, has some harsh words for his old platform, which he said has changed from what he wanted it to be. “Wikipedia no longer has an effective neutrality policy,” he wrote in his blog on May 14. “Wikipedia no longer has an effective neutrality policy,” he wrote in his blog on May 14. He used as an example the difference between the entry for former President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump. Obama’s entry only contained a mention of a handful of scandals, while Trump’s entry had, according to Sanger, “5,224 none-too-flattering words in the ‘Presidency’ section.”