Facebook Censors Benham Bros for Their Concern Over Forced Vaccination

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August 11th, 2020 4:31 PM

Famous Christian public figures were censored for expressing disbelief that patriotism in the current year amounts to submitting to

 forced vaccinations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Benham Brothers, identical twins David Benham and Jason Benham, who previously lost their HGTV show for their conservative views have been censored by Facebook. On August 10, Jason shared a…

Reddit CEO Says Platform Will Allow Pro-Trump Ads Ahead of Election

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August 11th, 2020 3:47 PM

In a win for free speech, the popular social media platform Reddit is planning to encourage healthy conversation about the upcoming presidential election.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced that the platform will allow political ads, including ads from President Donald Trump’s campaign in a company all-hands meeting last week, attended and reported…

The New York Times: Big Tech Getting Cozier with Biden Campaign

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August 11th, 2020 1:50 PM

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tech policy committee has come under fire even from The New York Times for having suspicious ties with Big Tech companies. The Times released a report criticizing how “his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.” Biden’s campaign has “quietly…

TikTok to Sue Trump Admin, as Twitter Considers Buying Social Platform

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August 10th, 2020 5:23 PM

TikTok is facing a ban from the United States unless it is sold from the Chinese-overseen company ByteDance to an American company, but some local Big Tech companies could prove just as tyrannical. Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Twitter has had “preliminary talks about a potential combination with TikTok, the popular video-sharing app that the Trump administration has declared a…

Twitter Labels Trump ‘Government Account’ — But Not Iran’s Ayatollah

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August 10th, 2020 2:23 PM

Twitter now attaches warning labels to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s account but not the Iranian ayatollah. Twitter has begun to add the labels to state-affiliated media and government officials from five major nations. Accounts like White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s @PressSec account and President Trump’s  @POTUS account have both been labeled as a “US…

Tech War with China? Trump Issues Executive Order to Ban WeChat App

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August 7th, 2020 3:02 PM

President Donald Trump’s WeChat executive order shows the war on Chinese subterfuge is bigger than just TikTok. Trump issued two different executive orders on Thursday evening: The “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” placed a ban on TikTok from being used in the U.S., and the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat” placed a ban on WeChat.

Twitter Now Labeling Some State-Affiliated Media — How About NPR, BBC?

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August 6th, 2020 4:43 PM

In an era where governments use news outlets to launder their state propaganda as objective news, one Big Tech company is now beginning to take a decent stand by labeling government and state-affiliated media. Twitter Inc. announced that going forward, the company “will label some state-backed media accounts, as well as accounts belonging to ‘key government officials’ for certain…

Right, Left Clash in Reaction to Big Tech Censorship of Trump Video

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August 6th, 2020 12:48 PM

President Donald Trump has been censored by Big Tech for commenting on COVID-19. Facebook and Twitter obliterated a video of Trump speaking on Fox News about the coronavirus’s effects on children, both claiming the content violated their respective policies on COVID-19 misinformation. Conservative leaders have responded that this is yet another case of Big Tech’s accelerated use of their…

Facebook, Twitter Censor Fox News Video of Trump Talking Coronavirus

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August 5th, 2020 10:40 PM

Both Twitter and Facebook acted quickly Wednesday night to remove a video of President Trump speaking on Fox News about the coronavirus’ effects on children. The social media sites said the content violated their policies on COVID-19 misinformation. On Wednesday morning, President Trump called into Fox & Friends and said “schools should open” because children are “almost…

Twitter Moderation Tool Exposed? Leak May Show Misinfo Vetting Process

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August 5th, 2020 4:37 PM

An app researcher may have revealed a Twitter tool that would allow moderators to debate over what is, or isn’t misinformation. Jane Manchun Wong has posted a screenshot of what appears to be an unreleased Twitter tool that allows moderators to flag tweets that reportedly contain “misinformation,” and then vote on whether they are “misleading.”

Twitter Allows Biden Ad to Take Trump Out of Context

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August 5th, 2020 1:21 PM

A campaign ad for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took a snippet from President Donald Trump wildly out of context.

Your Opportunity: FCC Asks Citizens to Comment on Big Tech Censorship

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August 4th, 2020 4:45 PM

Looking for your chance to vent your rage at Big Tech? The government is literally requesting the public to air their grievances in order to steer policy decisions. “The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai…

The Left, Media — And Now Google Too? — Are Out to Demonize Police

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August 4th, 2020 4:01 PM

For years now, the progressive left and media have been quick to demonize the nation’s police officers, so it comes as no surprise that Big Tech is following the trend. A quick Google search of the word “demon” results in a dictionary definition of the term that will allow you to filter by the word “police.” Oxford Dictionary, which Google uses to supply definitions to users,…

‘Black-owned’: Google Attribute to Identify Business Owners by Race

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August 4th, 2020 3:51 PM

Government enforced race reparations aren’t here yet, but Google has rolled out a plan to show people how to exclusively support businesses based not on the content of the owners’ character but on the color of their skin. Google Maps’ verified Twitter account revealed that it is rolling out an attribute that it says “makes it easier to identify and #SupportBlackBusiness in the U.S.”