If Trump doesn’t win our issue will be basic survival.
of this is to say: information has to be taken at face value, and all
information should be examined through a critical lens by adult readers.
The social media companies are now dealing with people as though they
are children, incapable of any kind of critical analysis whatsoever. I
don’t know if people are or are not capable of critical analysis, but I
do know that the primary, foundational assumption of a universal
suffrage democracy is that every adult member of society is capable of
rational analysis and critical decision-making. That’s the most basic
claim of this system, as it justifies allowing them to vote and
determine who runs the government.
By undermining the ability of people to make rational and informed decisions, Twitter is undermining the concept of universal suffrage democracy itself. Of course, they don’t care, because our rulers do not actually believe in anything other than power. They profess various ideologies at different times, but only use these ideologies to push their agenda that exists totally independently from the ideologues.
Tech giant Apple banned the developer account
of free speech-focused social media network Gab, preventing the company
from creating apps for iPhones and other Apple devices, shortly after
the startup submitted a complaint to the Department of Justice about Big
Tech’s anti-competitie business practices.
Breitbart News spoke with the CEO of Gab.com, Andrew Torba, about the
company’s recent developments. As Torba wrote on Twitter, the free
speech social media platform recently submitted a complaint to the DOJ
which it hopes will spark an investigation into the business practices
of the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley. Gab aimed to question
if these firms were acting in a deliberately anti-competitive manner
against smaller “alt-tech” businesses, and Apple’s recent actions may
have proven Gab’s point.
The Gab.com Twitter page made a number of tweets explaining the company’s viewpoint, these can be seen below:
BREAKING: Gab’s attorneys have submitted a
complaint to the Department of Justice in hopes of sparking a serious
investigation into Big Tech’s business practices to determine if, and
how, they are behaving in a deliberately anti-competitive manner against
Coordinated deplatforming, when done in such a
way as to limit competition in the free market, is illegal. Based on our
experience, we believe Silicon Valley companies are colluding to
exclude challengers to existing social media companies.
Shortly after this thread of tweets, Gab found that its new Dissenter
Web Browser had been rejected from Apple’s app store. Apple also chose
to ban the firm’s developer account entirely, citing “objectionable
content,” as the reason. Gab’s Dissenter browser is a web browser that
only delivers content that users purposefully visited, like Google
Chrome or Apple’s Safari browser, yet Apple believes that the app falls
under it’s “objectionable content” label.
BREAKING: Gab’s Dissenter Web Browser was
rejected by Apple today. Furthermore, we were banned from our App Store
developer account for “objectionable content.” For a web browser.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba told Breitbart News that Apple admitted that the
app itself did not break the company’s terms of service but rather they
were banning it because it was built by Gab. The company has since
reported this additional info to the Department of Justice. In a
statement, Torba told Breitbart News:
Coordinated deplatforming, when done in such a way as to
limit competition in the free market, is illegal. Based on our
experience, we believe Silicon Valley companies are colluding to exclude
challengers to existing social media companies. Big Tech understands
that curated walled gardens lose their vibrancy and fail, much as
Compuserve and AOL failed.
Gab is focused on giving The People back their digital sovereignty.
We are no longer simply building a free speech social network. We are
building the free speech internet. Our free speech web browser,
Dissenter, is only the beginning. We will be releasing a full product
line of open source free speech software that is decentralized, built,
and controlled by The People.
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Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback and current New York Mets minor
league outfielder, tweeted a video Monday talking about the Bible and
followers noticed that the social media company marked his tweet as
alerts users to sensitive content, usually of graphic images or videos.
But in this case, Tebow’s video was about educating his followers about
God’s word in the Bible.
believers, when we look at the Bible, and we see a lot of the heroes, a
lot of times they truly were wounded deeply before they were ever used
greatly. So maybe you’re going through a time in your life where you
feel like you’ve just been wounded greatly. It hasn’t been your year,
hasn’t been your day — you just don’t feel like this is your time,”
Tebow said in the clip.
“You never know what God is doing with
your life. You never know what he is preparing you for. So many times in
the Bible when we look at the heroes, there were times in their life
where — if they stopped, if they quit, if they said, ‘No, God, I’ve had
enough’ — then they would have missed out on the most impactful, most
influential times of their life.
that is the next step for you. Maybe that is tomorrow. Maybe that is
next week, maybe that is next year. But when we quit, we will never know
what we missed out on. We will never know what’s in store for us.”
said the followers of God get to trust in him blindly because “we know
how much he loves us.” He reminded followers that God loves them and
that they should hold onto faith “in your time of need.”
Twitter later told The Blaze that they marked the video as sensitive content as an error.
“The Tweet … was flagged as potentially sensitive media in error. It has been corrected,” the company said.
[Once again the anti-free speech Silicon Valley censors have accommodated the anti-free speech cancel crowd. This misleading article from the poisonous Guardian smears Dr. Duke as “a notorious hate group leader”. He has committed no crime. “Hate group” is a term of abuse used by the minority censors to smear White or Christians who stand up for themselves. The smear identified Dr. Duke as a “former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard”. True — but two thirds of a lifetime ago. Dr. Duke, now nearly 70, left the Klan when he was 23! But the fake news doesn’t provide context. Twitter’s censorship actions now, mre than ever, demonstrate the need to legislatively treat these near monopolies — Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, PayPal as public utilities and prevent them from discriminating against users on the basis of their political, religious, racial or medical views.” — Paul Fromm, Director, Canadian Association for Free Expression.]
Twitter bans white supremacist David Duke after 11 years
The former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard has faced a belated backlash from social media companies
David Duke was banned from Twitter after a final rule violation involving a ‘harmful link’. Photograph: Matt Rourke/APLois Beckett in San Francisco@loisbeckettPublished onFri 31 Jul 2020 23.45 BST
In 1999, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke predicted that the Internet would help give birth to a “coming white revolution”.
The news media did not give him friendly coverage, he wrote on his website, but on the internet, he could reach supporters directly, starting a “chain reaction of racial enlightenment”.
For the next 20 years, Duke, one of the most notorious hate group leaders in the US, was given free rein to spread his white supremacist message on one internet platform after another.
Now, after years of protests and a surge of white supremacist terror attacks around the globe, social media companies are belatedly limiting Duke’s reach. Twitter said on Friday that it had permanently suspended his account, citing “repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct”. YouTube banned his account in June. Facebook banned Duke in 2018, the company said, more than a year after he participated in the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.Advertisement
Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Duke came more than a decade after Duke created his account, in 2009, and more than eight years after he started posting regularly, in 2012. He has tweeted tens of thousands of times, often weighing in on national events and sharing white supremacist and antisemitic conspiracies. He had more than 50,000 followers at the time his account was permanently suspended.
Duke, who was a neo-Nazi in college, led a Ku Klux Klan group and later founded an organization called the “National Association for the Advancement of White People”. He was elected to the state legislature in Louisiana in 1989. Two years later, when he ran for governor of Louisiana, he won more than half of the white vote.
Advocacy groups and non-profits that monitor racist extremists have protested for years against Twitter’s decision to allow Duke and other hate group leaders to use their platform for advocacy.
“The muted efforts of giant social media companies to address racial violence and hate crimes perpetrated via their platforms have had terrible consequences,” Henry Fernandez, the senior fellow for anti-hate at the Center for American Progress, said in a statement, citing “white nationalist rhetoric being fueled on social media leading to real-world violence including mass killings in El Paso, Texas; Gilroy, California; and, Christchurch, New Zealand”.
Activists with Change the Terms, a coalition of dozens of civil rights groups and other non-profits, have spent the past two years trying to get tech companies to remove white nationalists from their platforms, including asking Twitter directly to remove Duke’s account, both in “private meetings with Twitter’s leaders” and in public protests, Fernandez said.
“These discussions were initially like banging our head against a brick wall,” he said, but “today is an important step”.
The final violation of Twitter rules by Duke’s account, the one that prompted his suspension from Twitter, was a “harmful link”, the company said. It would not provide more details on the content of the link but noted its policy on suspending accounts for sharing links to dangerous content had been updated in March.
Duke’s final tweet contained a link to an interview he had conducted with a Holocaust denier, BBC News reported.
“David Duke is just a start, but there are still many others,” Keegan Hankes of the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement.
Richard Spencer, another white nationalist and one of the organizers of the Charlottesville rally in 2017, is still on Twitter, activists noted.
Our pro-life reporting is being attacked. So is the truth. We can’t back down in the fight against abortion!View this email in your browser Photo Credit: Getty ImagesJames,The outrageous erasing of the White Coat Summit from the internet is only the latest in a long series of brazen acts of censorship against conservatives and all those who support legitimate free speech.
You may agree or disagree with the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine against the coronavirus, but everyone should agree on this point:
No Big Tech company should have the power to erase from the internet the medical opinions of licensed practicing doctors simply because they do not like what they have to say about the coronavirus or their experience treating it. Americans and other free peoples do not need leftist computer programmers deciding what the best course of medical treatment is for them.SIGN PETITION
Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and their Big Tech friends want to control what you see, what you read, what you think, and ultimately, how you vote. Not only do they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying congress and buttering up big Washington DC think tanks, but now they brazenly and directly censor any content they don’t want you to see.
This must stop, but it won’t unless we demand it as forcefully as legally possible. We believe that we have reached the point were Big Tech must be broken up if legitimate free speech is going to survive and continue to thrive on the internet.
In an era where almost everything is polarized, there is an overwhelming support for breaking up the Big Tech monopolies. A recent Pew poll found that 75% of Americans believe that Big Tech companies have too much influence.
It is time to bring serious accountability to Big Tech for their attempts to use their monopolies to kill free speech.It is time to break up Big Tech.
Katie Hopkins permanently banned from Twitter for hateful conduct
Hopkins’ Twitter account has been taken down by the micro-blogging
website for good after a petition was started to get her account removed
Katie Hopkins has been permanently removed from using Twitter.
profile – which she used to tweet under the handle @kthopkins – now
states she has been suspended – and this time is it for good, a
spokesperson from the website has confirmed.
outspoken personality’s micro-blogging account has been taken down
after a petition was started by social media user to get her booted off
Over 75,000 people signed their name to the Change.Org petition to get the former Apprentice star’s account suspended.
petition bio read: “Unbelievably, Katie Hopkins has been given a
platform to insult, abuse and cause outrage for far too long. Attacking
victims of Child Sex Exploitation is possibly the most disgusting act
that any human can do.
“Does she have no boundaries? The scary
thing is, this could happen to her own children right under her nose –
being as self obsessed as she Is, how would she see the signs?
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“I think it’s about time Twitter took action and removed her from their platform, just as Facebook have done with Britain First.
“Freedom of speech is something I believe in. Freedom of hate speech isn’t, I’m sure many people feel the same way.”
A Twitter spokesperson told the Huffington Post:
“Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us – abuse and hateful
conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action
when our rules are broken.
“In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy.”
far-right racist has gained a large amount of backlash and hate over
the years for the messages she sends out on the social media platform.
Most recently she caused a stir by mocking the Black Lives Matter protests.
On Wednesday Hopkins tweeted: “Today is #whiteoutwednesday. I will shortly be posting a picture of my arse. Thank you.”
It came after she took aim at footballer Marcus Rashford by posting a number of jibes regarding his free school meals campaign.
The Man Utd forward’s efforts convinced the Government to
back down on their stance not to provide meals to disadvantaged children
during the school holidays.
Rashford himself comes from a family
of five children and explained how his experiences of his mother
struggling to put food on the table was the motivation behind his
efforts to help those less fortunate.
But Katie was outraged by the decision, tweeting Rashford over the issue suggesting he should pay to feed the children himself.
contacted Rashford on Twitter, writing: “Do you think women should
think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to
“I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to.”
It is not the first time Katie has been suspended from Twitter.
In January her one million follower strong Twitter account has temporarily suspended.
Seven days in Twitter jail for this. Twitter protects Moslems not Christians from criticism..
We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically, for:
Violating our rules against hateful conduct.
You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
, also shared the video, presumably to show the hatred and violence from the Democrats Twitter also suspended their account for sharing the video Again: Twitter suspended McConnell’s campaign for showing the hatred directed at him
, also shared the video, presumably to show the hatred and violence from the Democrats Twitter also suspended their account for sharing the video Again: Twitter suspended McConnell’s campaign for showing the hatred directed at him
The Post Millennial reached out to Shepherd who said, “I got suspended for two tweets (although they didn’t tell me exactly which tweets were the problem so I am giving my best guess): last night, JY tweeted that I have a loose vagina from pushing a 10 pound baby out, but he still has a “tight pussy” (in reality, JY still has male genitalia according to the proceedings of the current human rights tribunals he’s been testifying in; and in reality I had a C-section and a 6 pound 10 oz baby).”
“I replied that this is something a man who has no functional romantic relationships with women would say, but that, I guess that describes him pretty well. Then, Yaniv mocked a reproductive abnormality I have (a septate uterus), and so I replied saying ‘at least I have a uterus, you fat ugly man.’ I thought, ‘I can’t allow him to make these misogynistic remarks about me and not fight back.’ I deleted the comments I made this morning but found out was suspended in the afternoon.”
Shepherd, who is also a columnist for The Post Millennial, told us that she is concerned about her inability to respond to mistruths now that she is banned from the platform. “Well, I am most concerned about the lies that can now be spread that I cannot counteract via Twitter. For instance, I saw an account tweeted that I have ‘sock puppet’ accounts. No, I do not have any accounts other than @NewWorldHominin. But I can’t correct that misinformation anymore.”
Shepherd first came to the public’s attention as a young teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University. She stood up for free speech when her former professors subjected her to an extra-legal star chamber for the thought crime of showing a television clip featuring Dr. Jordan Peterson’s views on compelled speech.
Activists have successfully forced Mastercard to hold a vote by shareholders on a proposal which, if passed, could see the company monitoring payments to global far-right political leaders and white supremacist groups. The proposal aims to see Mastercard establish an internal “human rights committee” that would stop designated white supremacist groups and anti-Islam activists, such as Tommy Robinson, from getting access to money sent from donors using the company’s card payment services. It’s been conceived by US-based political activists SumOfUs, who want to escalate the battle against white supremacists and far-right groups from tech platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Patreon, and PayPal to one of the biggest companies in world finance, in an attempt to choke off donations.
The proposal aims to see Mastercard establish an internal “human rights committee” that would stop designated white supremacist groups and anti-Islam activists, such as Tommy Robinson, from getting access to money sent from donors using the company’s card payment services.
It’s been conceived by US-based political activists SumOfUs, who want to escalate the battle against white supremacists and far-right groups from tech platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Patreon, and PayPal to one of the biggest companies in world finance, in an attempt to choke off donations.
Robinson and several other leading figures in the global far right have been forced in recent months to solicit donations directly on their websites via Mastercard, Visa, and American Express after PayPal banned payments to them. Facebook also disabled the donation function on Robinson’s fan page before deleting it completely.
“Spreading hate involves spending money,” Eoin Dubsky, from SumOfUs, told BuzzFeed News. “Whether it’s paying for online advertising or organising violent rallies, white supremacist groups need financial services from companies like Mastercard.”
Tommy Robinson launches his EU election campaign in Wythenshawe, England. Over several months, SumOfUs has been locked in a battle with Mastercard executives behind the scenes in order to get the new committee proposal put to the shareholders ahead of the company’s June annual general meeting. It would see the formation of a “human rights committee” at the board level, which would monitor financial transactions with designated hate groups. Documents seen by BuzzFeed News reveal that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has given the green light for shareholders to get the chance to vote on the formation of the committee, despite staunch opposition from the Mastercard board and executives.
In the material to be sent to shareholders, the activists refer to a website called Blood Money, which tracks online payments to white supremacist groups from the likes of Mastercard, American Express, and Stripe. The website currently claims that Mastercard services are being used by groups like Counter-Currents Publishing, Covenant People’s Ministry, the United West, Sultan Knish, and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation.SumOfUs has also pointed to the activity of Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. The former English Defence League founder is running as an independent in May’s European election. In November 2018, PayPal banned donations to the anti-Islam activist, with the online payment company saying that its services wouldn’t “be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory”. More recently, Robinson has been calling on his global network of supporters to donate to his election campaign through his website, which allows payments from Mastercard.
“Having a Mastercard logo on their website also gives these groups a veneer of legitimacy, and allows those who want to donate to do so quickly and quietly,” Dubsky told BuzzFeed News. “Mastercard also benefits, pocketing a transaction fee for each purchase or donation.” Mastercard declined requests for comment, pointing instead to the board’s position laid out in the information sent to shareholders ahead of the general meeting. “Mastercard is committed to treating all people fairly and with dignity, and our interest in human rights extends to all areas in which our business is involved and where we have particular expertise,” it reads. “The Board does not believe that establishing a separate human rights committee is necessary to properly exercise its oversight of this important area.”
It’s unclear whether the proposal stands a chance of succeeding at June’s meeting. But the move to confront such a big, mainstream company like Mastercard over issues like the funding of white supremacy and the far right comes after action from smaller, online financial platforms like PayPal and Patreon in the area. PayPal has banned payments to Robinson, US far-right group Proud Boys, and Canadian anti-Islam activist Laura Loomer. It also acted against several US anti-fascist groups because the company had no tolerance for groups that promoted “hate” and “violence”. Last year, Patreon banned YouTuber Sargon of Akkad over a 2015 video that featured the Gamergate leader repeatedly saying the n-word in a Google Hangout with the alt-right. According to the New York Times, Sargon of Akkad, whose real name is Carl Benjamin, had 3,000 subscribers and was being paid $12,000 a month on Patreon when he was removed from the site.
In a recent YouTube video, Benjamin and Robinson talked about being de-platformed by social media companies. But Robinson also suggested that he has long-term fears beyond the big tech companies.
“I am being completely un-personed,” Robinson said. “What’s next—my mobile-phone contract?”
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Contact Mark Di Stefano at firstname.lastname@example.org.