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Brent Bozell Warns of Social Media Censorship Danger: ‘So Much Concentrated Power’

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:59
<p>Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Wednesday condemned efforts by social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to censor conservative thought. Talking to FBN’s Stuart Varney, Bozell explained the scope of the problem: “We are very much in unchartered waters. I don't know that ever in the history of man has so much power been concentrated in only a handful of companies that could determine worldwide what is and isn't acceptable speech and thought.” </p>

GOP Strategist on MSNBC: ‘Bad PR’ Shames Facebook, Twitter to Review Anti-Conservative Bias

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:48
<p>On Tuesday’s <em>Hardball,</em> an MSNBC panel addressed the growing concerns about social media platforms censoring conservatives, after President Trump accused Google on Twitter and yesterday in a pool press spray, of filtering results against him and of Facebook and Twitter censoring conservatives.</p>

Twitter Tries to Take Back Initial Dana Loesch Ruling

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 17:47
<p>It turns out public relations actually mean something to a tech company. After conservative outcry was sparked when NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch criticized Twitter for not suspending users who threatened her children, Twitter miraculously decided to reverse its initial decision. Whereas before the account was not found in violation for arguing that Loesch’s children should be murdered, now Twitter Support discovered that the account was in fact breaking the rules and was promptly suspended.</p>

Trump Administration ‘Taking a Look’ at Regulating Google

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 16:21
<p>The Trump administration is potentially considering taking action against Google for reportedly censoring conservatives, following a tweet by President Trump that accused Google of rigging its results against conservatives.</p> <div> </div>

New Facebook Marketing Chief Backed Dems, Like Predecessor

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 18:49
<p>Facebook has announced its new incoming chief marketing officer, Antonio Lucio. Lucio will be replacing Gary Briggs who, in January, said he would be leaving after four and a half years to pursue advisory work--and to help the Democrats in the midterms and through 2020. Like his predecessor, Lucio has also indicated he supports Democrats.<br />  </p>

Twitter Ignores User Who Wanted Murder of Dana Loesch’s Children

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 16:19
<p>On social media, hate speech will be swiftly removed. Unless the victim is perceived to be on the wrong side of the conversation. Conservative commentator, radio host, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch tweeted a screenshot of a comment she received from a Twitter user on August 26. The tweet stated that in order for Loesch to understand a point, she would need to have her children murdered. Loesch had reported the tweet to Twitter Support, but Twitter notified her saying, “We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”</p>

Facebook Claims Glitch Marked Zito Story as Spam

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 21:45
<p>Facebook claims it was besieged by a glitch that unintentionally marked posts as spam, fueling outrage that Facebook is allegedly engaging in politically based censorship. The incident follows several high-profile problems highlighted by site critics, especially on the right.</p> <div> </div>

ACLU Cautions Against Social Media Censorship

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 20:24
<p>The ACLU is seemingly concerned about social media censorship.</p> <div> </div>

Trump: ‘You Can’t Have’ Social Media Censorship

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:41
<p>While speaking at a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday, President Trump claimed the administration will stand up and defend people who say they are censored on social media.</p> <div> </div>

Facebook Is Ranking Users’ Trustworthiness Without Telling Them

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 19:28
<p>Facebook has reportedly been ranking users on their “trustworthiness” by giving them a score between zero and one, according to a report in <em>The Washington Post</em>.</p>

Twitter CEO: We Lean Left But We Don’t Discriminate

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 17:59
<p>During an interview with CNN over the weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that while Twitter employees may be more left-leaning, Twitter does not discriminate against users based on their political opinions.</p> <div> </div>

Democrats Petition Tech Giants to Ban 3D Printed Gun Links

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 16:55
<p>Not content with letting social media sites police content on their own, five Democratic U.S. Senators have sent letters to the heads of major tech companies urging them to “proactively” block users from accessing blueprints for 3-D printed guns.</p>

Facebook Suspends Brigitte Gabriel for ‘Hate Speech’

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:54
<p>In its aim to be politically correct, Facebook has determined that criticizing an accused terrorist counts as hate speech. According to Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act for America, Facebook suspended her personal page for posting a comment about the suspected terrorist arrested at a compound in New Mexico. She tweeted that the post was taken down for “hate speech.”</p>

Twitter Temporarily Suspends Alex Jones

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:58
<p>A little over a week after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey diverged from other tech giants by stating that Alex Jones would be held to the same standard as every other account, rather than succumbing Twitter succumbing to outside pressure to ban him, Twitter has given Jones a temporary seven-day suspension.<br />  </p>

Twitter to Go After Accounts That Evade Suspensions By Creating New Accounts

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:54
<p>On Tuesday, Twitter announced vague plans to crack down on accounts that have attempted to evade Twitter suspensions by creating new accounts. In a tweet posted by Twitter Safety, the company said, “This week, we are suspending accounts for attempting to evade an account suspension. These accounts were previously suspended for abusive behavior or evading a previous suspension, and are not allowed to continue using Twitter.”</p> <div> </div>

Facebook Adds Authentication Process for Large Pages

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:16
<p>On Friday, Facebook announced a new policy that will require Facebook Pages with large U.S.-based audiences to go through an authentication process. According to Facebook, this will help crack down on fake accounts. As Facebook explained, Facebook Pages, which are different from individual personal Facebook accounts, will be required to go through a two-factor authentication process to secure their accounts and verify their “primary country locations.”</p>

Facebook Blocks Links to ‘CodeIsFreeSpeech’ Website

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:06
<p>Facebook is ironically blocking links from people who try to share the website CodeIsFreeSpeech.com, as the site contains links to blueprints for 3D printed guns.</p>

Twitter Speeds Up Push Against ‘Dehumanizing Speech’

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:46
<p>Just a day after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter did not suspend Alex Jones’ account because he has not violated the site’s rules, Twitter indicated that evolving rules might be used against him.</p>

YouTube Overrules Opposition to Climate Change via Wikipedia

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:29
<p>YouTube has decided that its viewers and content creators are only allowed to believe what they decide is right — especially when it comes to climate change.</p>

Tech Companies Move to Ban InfoWars Across Platforms

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:51
<p>In the running war against freedom of speech, tech companies have started to take down extremist content.</p>

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