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Attack on Gab Proves Speech Was Never Free – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 30, 2018

https://tomluongo.me/2018/10/29/attack-on-gab-proves-speech-was-never-free/

TOM LUONGO

The First Amendment protects your right to say whatever you want free from government prosecution.  It does not protect you from saying hateful things on private properties or privately-owned forums without fear of repercussion.

That is the very definition of freedom of association.

Friday’s attack by an unhinged, vile piece of human excrement on a Synagogue in Pittsburgh wasn’t hours old before real world agendas pushed to the top of the news.

Twitter alternative Gab was immediately dropped by PayPal without specific reasons.

Then immediately, Gab’s latest hosting service unilaterally gave the company a 48-hour termination notice of its contract.

This is the second time Gab has had to switch providers this year.  They have been denied an app in the iOS store.  Google will not allow their Android app to be in the Play Store.

Why is Gab targeted?

Because Gab is a true alternative to Twitter which exists outside of the control of the financial and political oligarchy. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Like a death blow’: Banned alternative media speak to RT after mass Facebook purge — RT US News

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 15, 2018

https://www.rt.com/usa/441140-facebook-purge-victims-speak/

Some 800 anti-establishment accounts and pages have been yanked from Facebook in a sweeping crackdown the social media giant framed as a fight against spammers. RT talked to those who were targeted in the cleansing.

Among the hundreds of pages and accounts Facebook and Twitter took down were those both on the political left and right, ranging from conspiracy theorists and police brutality watchers, to news outlets with non-mainstream angles, While their content could be at times described as controversial, the bulk of the banished pages boasted large followings and outreach.

READ MORE: ‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’: Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown

RT spoke to some of the voices silenced by the Facebook move. Here is what they had to say.

Jason Bassler, The Free Thought Project, 3.1mn followers

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Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 7, 2018

I don’t hear anything about banning governments and their minions that kill thousands of innocent civilians and bomb hospitals and school buses. Now THAT is abuse and belittlement.

Twitter: Telling you what is the truth because you are too dumb to figure it out for yourself.

https://apnews.com/2521ccbe3b5a43d68d66c21c030a7f2d/Twitter-permanently-bans-Alex-Jones,-Infowars-citing-abuse

By BARBARA ORTUTAY

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.

The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will “take action” if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.

Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company’s policy against “abusive behavior.” That video showed Jones berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings on social media. Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ann Coulter Is Wrong – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 26, 2018

If you restrict your notion of speech to what is said over CNN or other branded sites, you may panic at not hearing the views you consider true; but they are by no means the universe of discourse. Anyone who wants to hear or locate opinions or analyses that satisfy them can find them, or can invent them.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/08/michael-s-rozeff/ann-coulter-is-wrong-on-controlling-facebook-twitter-and-google/

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Ann Coulter says

“We need to apply the First Amendment to social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google, because it is a public square, and there is precedent for that and it’s gotta be done…”

I present arguments against her suggestion. I realize fully that these companies have important connections to government including contracts, data sharing and products being developed that further the surveillance state. My argument against Coulter’s suggestion is pertinent to speech, which was her concern, not these other links. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bokhari: This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 21, 2018

The free and open Internet has been indispensable in spreading conservative ideas, and it was indispensable in getting Donald Trump elected president — and now the Left wishes to destroy it.”

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/20/bokhari-election-interference-actually-looks-like/

by Allum Bokhari

The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade….

Then, last night, Twitter went on another mass-purge of right-wingers, with multiple conservative personalities reporting that their follower count had dropped by hundreds overnight. Among those purged was the account of Vey, a graphics designer who previously produced artwork for Breitbart News. He provided Breitbart with a screenshot of progressive activists targeting his account for mass-reporting prior to his ban… Read the rest of this entry »

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In A Corporatist System Of Government, Corporate Censorship Is State Censorship – Consortiumnews

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 13, 2018

Once you’re assisting with the construction of the US military’s drone program, receiving grants from the CIA and NSA for mass surveillance, or having your site’s content regulated by NATO’s propaganda arm, you don’t get to pretend you’re a private, independent corporation that is separate from government power.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/08/10/in-a-corporatist-system-of-government-corporate-censorship-is-state-censorship/

By Caitlin Johnstone

Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed on the US Senate floor that it is their responsibility to “quell information rebellions” and adopt a “mission statement” expressing their commitment to “prevent the fomenting of discord.”

“Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words,” the representatives were told. “America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”

Yes, this really happened.

Today Twitter has silenced three important anti-war voices on its platform: it has suspended Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, suspended Scott Horton of the Scott Horton Show, and completely removed the account of prominent Antiwar.com writer Peter Van Buren. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Free Market Will Take Care of Companies – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 10, 2018

In a free market, you express your opinion by refusing their services or products. You can boycott them or participate in boycotts. You can criticize them in media. You can patronize competitors. There are competitors right this minute for these censoring companies.

Their names are easy to find 

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/08/michael-s-rozeff/the-free-market-will-take-care-of-companies-that-censor-content/

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube et al who are censoring people and content have a right to do that. Calling them monopolies or public utilities is the wrong way to go. Stressing their “power” is the wrong way to go, by which I mean it contradicts libertarian thinking about products and free markets. Worrying about free speech in the context of their censorship is likewise a losing and flawed argument. Forcing companies to provide a forum of free and/or diverse speech is not compatible with freedom… Read the rest of this entry »

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I Was Banned for Life From Twitter | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 10, 2018

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/i-was-banned-for-life-from-twitter/

By PETER VAN BUREN

When I was in Iran, the government there blocked Twitter, effectively deciding for an entire nation what they cannot read. In America, Twitter itself purges users, effectively deciding for an entire nation what they cannot read. It matters little whose hand is on the switch: government or corporate, the end result is the same. This is the America I always feared I’d see…

The government remains a real threat to free speech. But there is another menace now: corporate censorship, often dressed up in NewSpeak terms like “deplatforming,” restricting “hate speech” and “fake news,” and “terms of service.” This isn’t entirely new: corporations have always done as they please with speech. Our protection against corporate overreach used to rely on an idea Americans once held dear, best expressed as “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.” This ethos was core to our democracy: everyone supports the right of others to throw their ideas into the marketplace, where an informed people push bad ideas away with good ones. That system more or less worked for 240 years… Read the rest of this entry »

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Candace Owens exposes Twitter’s hypocrisy and Sarah Jeong’s bigotry with one simple experiment (Video)

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 9, 2018

Candace Owens-the worst of the worst- a…gasp… black conservative.

http://theduran.com/candace-owens-exposes-twitters-hypocrisy-and-sarah-jeongs-bigotry-with-on-simple-experiment-video/

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Yesterday was a very dark day for free speech in America.

As the world witnessed the stunning collusion of Silicon Valley tech giants permanently banning Alex Jones and Infowars in a matter of 12 hours, conservative communications director for Turning Point USA, Candace Owens, saw her Twitter account suspended for her wordplay experiment with Sarah Jeong’s racist tweets, by switching the words from “white” to “jewish” and “black”.

Owens responded to her Twitter suspension…

Candace Owens

@RealCandaceO

Sarah Jeong, the @nytimes, and the truth about racism in America. https://www.pscp.tv/w/bjcuRDFsWkVwZ2xwWnZvam58MUJSS2plVnBiand4d7wdkd-c7VCWJO1PkJYSEHaNBeblQczG-Jel2GFOC_za 

Candace Owens @RealCandaceO

Sarah Jeong, the @nytimes, and the truth about racism in America.

pscp.tv

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou break down the brilliant two-for-one bomb that Owens dropped on Twitter and the NYT’s Jeong.

Owen’s wordplay switcheroo not only called out the Harvard privileged Sarah Jeong for her racist hysteria, but also exposed the hypocrisy and bias of Twitter when dealing with the censorship of a conservative profile, as opposed to a liberal, ‘part of the team’, account. Read the rest of this entry »

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VICE Admits: Twitter Is Shadowbanning Conservatives, Mainstream Republicans

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 25, 2018

You still support Facebook and Twitter because…?

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/07/25/vice-admits-twitter-is-shadowbanning-conservatives-mainstream-republicans/

by Tom Ciccotta

A new report from left-leaning VICE News revealed that Twitter is hiding the accounts of certain high-profile conservatives from users — which Breitbart News has been covering for years.

A new report published on Wednesday by VICE News details the ongoing censorship of conservatives on social media. This time, the offender is Twitter. Through an objective analysis, VICE News reporter Alex Thompson concluded that Twitter is hiding the accounts of certain high-profile conservatives from its user through a process referred to as “shadowbanning.” Read the rest of this entry »

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