The finger-and-thumb OK sign, once an international gesture of approval, has been declared to be a racist gesture by the Anti-Defamation League. As CNN wrote in its September 26 coverage, “The ADL added that symbol along with several others on Thursday to its long-standing database of slogans and symbols used by extremists.” While the ADL has said that not everybody necessarily intends it to be a signal to fellow racists, the sign has been co-opted by the alt-right.
Facebook may just have admitted the harm that fact-checking does to content. In a new blog post written by Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg, the social media platform announced that it was not going to fact-check politicians during the 2020 election. “We don’t believe,” he wrote, “that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”
President Donald Trump described Big Tech censorship as one of the “new challenges to liberty” and declared that “a free society cannot allow social media giants to silence the voices of the people.” President Trump blasted social media during his speech at the UN, and covered its problems ranging from blacklisting to censorship.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today that Google will not be forced to censor search results on behalf of European 'right to be forgotten' law. The ruling saves international companies from a slew of censorship laws that are almost impossible to uphold.
Twitter has joined Team Greta. Avi Yemini, an activist who worked with Brexit journalist Tommy Robinson, was suspended from Twitter for “violating rules on platform manipulation and spam.” This retaliation came immediately after he tweeted at Greta Thunberg about her incendiary speech at the UN.
ISIS terrorists are posting videos and tweets and mixing propaganda in with tweets about the protests going on in Egypt. BBC journalist Abdirahim Saeed tweeted that “Isis fan boys/ bots are flooding the main Egypt protest hashtags.” As of September 23, videos watermarked with the black Isis flag were still popping up under the hashtag #ميدان_التحرير, which is Arabic for Tahrir Square.
Another anonymous Big Tech insider has come forward to take his company to task for election meddling. Fox New contributor Sarah Carter published an exclusive blog article, “Google Insider Turns Over 950 Pages Of Docs And Laptop To DOJ.” According to the whistleblower, Google “created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms ... targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content.”
The general consensus among Americans is that Big Tech companies should be broken up for violating antitrust behavior. In a poll from YouGov and the thinktank Data for Progress, 60 percent of Republicans agreed that tech companies should be broken up and regulated. The poll, which was first reported by Vox, asked the opinions of 1,280 potential voters. Overall, YouGov found that seven out of ten people were in favor of breaking up Big Tech companies.
On Thursday September 19, Live Action founder and president Lila Rose tweeted “BREAKING: In a meeting today with @HawleyMO, Mark Zuckerberg said @facebook was wrong to censor me & @LiveAction, that there was clear bias, and that the 'fact checkers' were activists.” The censoring in question was when Facebook had relied on two abortionists who worked for Planned Parenthood and NARAL to factcheck Live Action, a pro-life organization.
The media is hyping the Global Climate Strike, especially in the United States, where 800 marches were planned. Tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Wikipedia have large bodies of employees who are going on strike. But are these people in touch with what Americans care about? Google Trends tweeted “In the last few weeks, we’ve been exploring how people search for the environment.
Note to lefty special interests: Pick on the Big Tech companies. They’re pushovers. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced at the National Press Club on September 19 that he was making massive changes to Amazon in order to fight climate change. More than 1,500 Amazon employees pledged to walk out on strike on September 20 as part of the Global Climate Strike along with other tech employees from Google and Microsoft.
Facebook admitted in court that it is a private publisher, not a free platform, proving its conservative critics correct. Conservative pundit Chadwick Moore tweeted an article by tech blog ReclaimTheNet, writing, “Facebook just admitted in a federal document that they are, indeed, a publisher, not a platform, and they are demanding First Amendment protections from Laura Loomer's defamation lawsuit.” The upshot: “This means, Mark Zuckerberg lied to Congress.”