In an effort to further snuff out the conservative message on online, Facebook takes action
- Facebook announces hate speech advertisement ban
One America News Network reports that Facebook has decided to ban advertisements it deems as hate speech.
Mark Zuckerberg recently announced Facebook will prohibit hate speech from now on. On Friday, the CEO announced the platform will prohibit any advertisements that claim society is threatened by members of a particular race, ethnicity, gender or other protected category.
This came after several major companies threatened to pull Facebook advertisements for the month of July. Zuckerberg specifically noted posts from politicians will be removed if they “incite violence or suppress voting.”
According to the CEO, other posts may be flagged if they do not adhere to the company’s rules.
“We’re going to start labeling content that we find newsworthy that might otherwise violate our policies,” he said. “…If we determine the content may lead to violence or deprive people of their right to vote, we’re going to take that content down, no matter who says it.”
Facebook will also notify users if they try to share a post that has been flagged.
This comes as many social media users on both sides of the aisle have pointed out censorship abuses by big tech.
Attorney General William Barr has addressed how the Department of Justice might handle big tech censorship. In an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Barr claimed the department is investigating several tech companies on the grounds of antitrust laws.
According to reports, he will be announcing specific measures in the next few weeks.
The attorney general is reportedly considering revisions to Section 230, which protects companies from content on their sites and ensures equal speech representation.
“They built up this powerful network, very strong market power, based on the representation that they were sort of open to all as sort of a bulletin board,” explained Barr. “When they got that market power, now they’re censoring views.”
(Read more at One America News Network)
Considering the American government developed the resource they now use to deliver their product, these Internet companies might deliver a balanced product
Considering that the Internet came from ARPANET (a network between universities and the military) and that the overall network within the borders of the U.S. cannot be disputed to as a U.S. asset, the American government might exercise the same rights as it does over the airwaves. That is, just as it requires television stations and radio stations to prove that they are broadcasting in the public interest.
Moreover, considering that all of these social networking companies say that they are platform where ideas are shared freely; however, in practice, they act as publishers (by editing the messages that are allowed out and choosing winners and losers among the field of message bearers). Therefore, if they are going to act like publishers, they should be open to lawsuits like publishers.
Another instance that reminds us that the speech everybody likes does not need protecting
- Reddit bans r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse as part of a major expansion of its rules
As seen on The Verge, Reddit has banned subreddits “The_Donald” and “ChapoTrapHouse” as part of an expansion of its rules.
Reddit will ban r/The_Donald, r/ChapoTrapHouse, and about 2,000 other communities today after updating its content policy to more explicitly ban hate speech. The policy update comes three weeks after Black Lives Matter protests led several popular Reddit forums to go dark temporarily in protest of what they called the company’s lax policies around hosting and promoting racist content. It marks a major reversal for a company whose commitment to free expression has historically been so strong that it once allowed users to distribute stolen nude photos freely on the site.
“I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a call with reporters.
In a blog post that cites the company’s new rules, Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years. (The site has no official connection to President Donald Trump, although he did do an Ask Me Anything there as a candidate in 2016.) “The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” Huffman said.
Similarly, r/ChapoTrapHouse had also hosted content that violates the site’s rules, Huffman said. The subreddit is a spinoff of the popular left-wing podcast.
Reddit’s new policy begins with a first rule that requires users to “consider the human.” It reads:
Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.
That formed the basis of a policy framework that bans hate speech.
“Reddit’s mission is to bring community and belonging to everybody in the world, and there is speech in the world and on Reddit that prevents other people from doing so,” Huffman told reporters. “Harassing speech or hateful speech prevents people from coming to Reddit and feeling safe and sharing their vulnerabilities … So if we have speech on Reddit that’s preventing people from using Reddit the way that we intend it to be used, or that prevents us from achieving our mission, then it’s actually a very easy decision.”
The introduction of the new policies has resulted in the removal of about 2,000 subreddits so far, and the company says “the vast majority” were inactive. Only about 200 of them had more than 10 daily users, the company said. They include:
Last year, Reddit “quarantined” r/The_Donald, placing it behind a warning screen after it was found to host content that incited violence. The company had previously prevented posts on the forum from reaching Reddit’s front page. Former users of the forum began moving to a new site off Reddit last year.
While Monday’s removals hit some high-profile political communities, Huffman said the company would continue to support a broad range of political speech.
(Read more at The Verge)
It sounds like these restrictions would have stopped A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Although I do not support the transfer of nude pictures, this clampdown on the conservative segment of the Reddit audience does not match up to the standards that they claim to hold. As with the previous article, this seems like a case of a company that claims to be an online billboard acting more like an online publisher that edits the works on it.
Censorship of Conservatives by Liberal Twitter creates a response
- Parler hits 500K as an alternative to liberal Twitter
One America News Network reported in a 27 June 2020 article that Parler has gained 500K users due (in most part) to the censorship from liberals at Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Amid rising censorship of conservative voices on Twitter and other social media platforms, the new app Parler has seen a large influx of users. According to reports, more than 500,000 new people created accounts on the site after Twitter recently banned two conservative accounts.
Parler’s user base skyrocketed by 50% this week alone, bringing the total number of users to 1.5 million.
Conservatives like Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Ted Cruz announced they joined site after experiencing what they called “unfair banning of right-wing accounts.”
“They use that power to silence conservatives and to promote their radical left-wing agenda,” stated Cruz. “Big tech has shown the ability to shadow ban what you say or post without anyone ever knowing about it.”
(Read more at One America News Network)
I have been on Parler as @Mark1one since 4 June 2019
Feel free to follow me at @Mark1one, since I have been there for some time.
Of course, since I am not a heavy hitter (and even if I were), all I can say is: the more the merrier.
Potential Democrat leaders encourage discrimination by the Left on social media
- Democrat Congressional candidate urges Twitter followers to ‘report’ Trump supporters
Breitbart shares the rantings of McMurray, the ]Democrat candidate for New York’s 27th Congressional District.
Nate McMurray, the Democrat candidate for New York’s 27th Congressional District, urged Twitter followers Wednesday to “report” Trump supporters.
“When you see fake videos, when you see racism, when you hear support for Trump, do not roll your eyes, do not play nice, do not worry about hurting someone’s feelings, CALL IT OUT — REPORT IT — FIGHT IT,” he wrote:
When you see fake videos, when you see racism, when you hear support for Trump... Do not roll your eyes Do not p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Nate McMurray for Congress 2020 (@Nate_McMurray) July 01, 2020
Thursday, immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken shared a screenshot of McMurray’s tweet and said, “This is a dangerous chill of 1st Amendment freedoms”:
Far left Democratic candidate for Congress calls for people to report "support" for Trump. The same candidate said… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) July 02, 2020
However, McMurray appeared to have amended the “REPORT IT – FIGHT IT” command with “TALK TO THEM – DO NOT GO WITH THE FLOW” in another tweet on Friday:
If a neighbor shares a racist video and says it’s “funny.” If your family member says, “I think the media never gi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Nate McMurray for Congress 2020 (@Nate_McMurray) July 03, 2020
(Read more at Breitbart)
This “Fight it” stance seems to go with someone who thinks their supporters have made their mind(s) up and cannot be confused with the facts
Much like the times I have noted the Cancel culture, this “Cancel campaigning” seems to ignore the opposition and encourages the followers of the campaign to do the same. It looks like this guy has thoroughly gotten lost in his own confirmation bias.
Facebook doubles down on eliminating the First Amendment
- Facebook blacklists Laura Loomer’s campaign ads
Breitbart reports on what might seem to be violation of Laura Loomer’s First Amendment rights.
Facebook has reportedly banned all ads on behalf of Laura Loomer, the frontrunner in the GOP primary race for House candidate in Florida’s 21st district.
Loomer’s personal account is banned on Facebook, as well as on Facebook-owned Instagram, and her campaign was prevented from creating a page to reach voters on Facebook last November. Now the campaign is being banned from running ads on the platform as well.
Loomer’s most recent ad can be viewed on YouTube:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously said it’s not right for “private companies to censor politicians.”
“The Laura Loomer for Congress Inc. Campaign represents more than just Laura Loomer, the candidate,” said Karen Giorno, chief strategist for the Loomer campaign and formerly the campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Florida.
The Loomer campaign, said Giorno, “embodies a national movement, that radiates from within President Donald J. Trump’s home district, FL-21 and is made up of millions of voices from across the country. Many have become volunteers, donors and have pledged to vote for Laura Loomer in the August 18th primary and again in November to retire the radical, elitist, entrenched Democrat incumbent, Lois Frankel. ”
“This community of citizens that are Republican, Democrat and Independent are choosing to support Laura Loomer for Congress to represent them in Washington, because she embodies their values, their mores, their beliefs and their norms. By Facebook banning Laura Loomer for Congress Campaign ads from running, they are essentially going against their own policy, and canceling millions of voices as well.”
“This is a perfect example of how Big Tech is committing blatant election interference in the form of illegal in-kind contributions to the Democrat party and their candidates in a race that is taking place in the President’s backyard.”
(Read more at Breitbart)
The Left is out to destroy America. Sadly, Loomer is getting in the way of that.
While Zuckerberg claims he wants free speech, his actions show that he only wants free liberal speech or free Marxist speech. If you step over the boundaries and start to become in the least conservative (as with the first article in this post), he will shut you down.