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It’s time Americans wake up and stop the censorship

it’s time americans wake up and stop the censorship

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To quote the internet site, yourdictionary.com, “censorship is the practice of limiting access to information, ideas or books in order to prevent knowledge or freedom of thought.”This has become the business practice of Facebook, Twitter, Google and with the so-called mainstream media. Unelected bureaucrats have the authority to stop these business practices. Thus far no action has been taken by any government agency with that authorization to stop these business practices.It’s up to all Americans to put a stop to this censorship by Facebook, Twitter, Google and the mainstream media. We can do this by discontinuing our use of Facebook, Twitter, Google products and by finding alternative information sources to the mainstream media.Shopping, learning, and communicating with family and friends was possible before Facebook, Twitter, Google and mainstream media censorship. We can do this again by using cellphones, land lines, email, regular mail and a collection of more balanced information sources.
Wake up, America. We don’t need Facebook, Twitter, Google and the mainstream media. Their censorship business practices will turn America into a banana republic instead of the thriving democratic republic it has become. Stopping this censorship is up to us.John HatchLeague City


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Ted Cruz digs in for battle over ‘censorship’ on Twitter, Facebook

ted cruz digs in for battle over ‘censorship’ on twitter, facebook

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz set conservative Twitter on fire as he tore into Jack Dorsey, the platform’s CEO, during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, creating the sort of viral moment senators crave from such high-profile exchanges.

“Facebook and Twitter and Google have massive power. They have a monopoly on public discourse in the online arena,” Cruz told Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom the Texas Republican and other GOP members of the committee had subpoenaed to address what they view as “censorship” and “suppression” by Big Tech during the 2020 election.

“Your policies are applied in a partisan and selective manner,” Cruz said, demanding that Dorsey and Zuckerberg produce data showing how often they flag or block Republican candidates and elected officials as opposed to Democrats.

“What a moment,” right-wing commentator Dinesh D’Souza tweeted, sharing a clip from the hearing with his 1.9 million followers.

“This is almost TOO GOOD,” tweeted Dan Bongino, another conservative commentator, urging his 2.7 million followers to “Watch Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey absolutely squirm in his chair as Ted Cruz goes full trial lawyer on him.”

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Twitter claims it has reversed ban of link to Sidney Powell’s Georgia election lawsuit

twitter claims it has reversed ban of link to sidney powell’s georgia election lawsuit

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‘Kennedy’ host and panel break down hearing on Big Tech election interference and censorshipTwitter claims it has reversed its censorship of a link to the lawsuit filed by attorney Sidney Powell that seeks to change the outcome of Georgia’s 2020 election results.Continue Reading BelowThe lawsuit, filed on Wednesday evening, alleges multiple constitutional violations, citing experts, fact witnesses and statistical improbabilities within the results. The plaintiffs seek to decertify the 2020 election results in the state and have Trump declared the winner.“The URL referenced was mistakenly marked under our unsafe links policy — this action has now been reversed,” a Twitter spokesperson told FOX Business. The warning still appeared when FOX Business clicked on the link. Twitter says it sometimes takes action to block links to content outside Twitter. Links are blocked if they are deemed to be malicious and used to steal personal information, spam that mislead people or disrupt their experience or violate Twitter’s rules.Twitter, and other technology companies including Facebook and Google, have in recent months come under fire from Republican lawmakers who argue the companies unfairly target posts from conservatives.CEO Jack Dorsey testified earlier this month that between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11 Twitter labeled or …

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Letter: When social media block some posts, that’s censorship

letter: when social media block some posts, that’s censorship

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FILE – This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: a Google sign, the Twitter app, YouTube TV logo and the Facebook app. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were quickly put to the test early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 after President Donald Trump told a crowd of cheering supporters at the White House that he would challenge the results of the presidential election. He also tweeted and posted on Facebook misleading statements about the election. The social media platforms have been working for months, if not years since the last presidential election, to prepare for Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud and premature victory declarations. (AP Photo)

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Regarding the editorial “Right-wing trolls are leaving major platforms for fringe sites. Good.” (Nov. 15): I was shocked to see a major newspaper endorsing what I interpret to be censorship. Yes, I know the distinction between private and governmental censorship. However, with the major social media and search platforms, that is a distinction without a difference.

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The idea that a newspaper would not just think the blocking of certain social media posts is OK but that it should be encouraged is sad beyond belief. What …

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Alex Berenson speaks out on censorship of latest COVID booklet: ‘Harder to have honest conversations’

alex berenson speaks out on censorship of latest covid booklet: ‘harder to have honest conversations’

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Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday that “it’s becoming harder and harder to have honest conversations” after his latest work about the response to COVID-19 was censored by Amazon.”Censorship of opposing views on COVID is a huge problem,” Berenson told guest host Mark Steyn. “And it’s part actually, frankly, of an even bigger problem.”I mean, my booklet is about masks, and obviously I’d like everyone to read it and understand how weak the science in favor of mask mandates really is,” he explained. “But this isn’t about masks and it isn’t even about COVID. It’s about whether or not as a society we’re going to allow people who have views that are sort of outside what the mainstream media want you to believe to present those views, and that’s true in both old media and social media.”Berenson, who has been an outspoken critic of lockdowns, mask mandates and other aspects of the U.S. pandemic response, released part three of “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns” in paperback and as an ebook Thursday.AMAZON REVERSES COURSE AFTER PULLING ALEX BERENSON’S LATEST COVID-19 BOOKLET WITHOUT EXPLANATIONHe previously told Fox News that while …

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Trump’s departure opens the door for increased social media censorship

trump’s departure opens the door for increased social media censorship

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Departing US President Trump attempted to push back against selective censorship by social media platforms. They’re less likely to face such resistance from Biden.
There are already signs that the censors and their media enablers have become emboldened by the recent (presumed) US electoral result. Techmeme, a US aggregator of trending technology news, prominently features stories bemoaning insufficient censorship almost every day right now. Much of the US tech media is fairly open about its political bias in favour of the Democrat party and these stories usually call for censorship of content that is insufficiently supportive of President-elect Biden’s agenda.
One recent example is this hilarious headline from the pro-Democrat New York Times, which states as fact that itself and the even more left biased CNN have some kind of elevated authority. The clear inference is that social media algorithms should therefore prioritise them on the basis of this self-coronation.

One of the authors of that story was also offered an exclusive by activist organization Avaaz. The report claims “a set of right-wing commentators have been the top so-called superspreaders of election misinformation”.
“The superspreaders in this list, with the helping hand of Facebook’s algorithm, were just …

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Amazon Censors Booklet Pointing Out Face Mask Ineffectiveness

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Amazon censored the third installment of former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson’s booklet on the ineffectiveness of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.
“CENSORED AGAIN,” the author wrote. “After being published. And I told the @amazon KDP team I was putting out another booklet so their automated review wouldn’t do this. Here we go again.”
Amazon originally claimed that it would remove the book, “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 3: Masks” for violating the company’s content guidelines but did not specify which rules were allegedly broken.

CENSORED AGAIN. After being published. And I told the @amazon KDP team I was putting out another booklet so their automated review wouldn’t do this.
Here we go again. pic.twitter.com/I8ZInzNfOI
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) November 24, 2020

“Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1,” which included information on death counts and estimates, was also rejected by the online retailer when it was first published in June. After prominent voices like journalist Glenn Greenwald and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke out about the censorship, Amazon said it was rejected in “error” and the book went on to be a No. 1 best seller in Amazon’s Kindle …

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Conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to Parler. They told us so on Twitter.

conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to parler. they told us so on twitter.

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“I will no longer accept the censorship that is happening on Twitter,” she said. She would still use the site to promote her guests and TV shows, she added, but she would not “be dropping any scoops” there, and that “it is Parler where you will find real stories and the things I’m working on and my opinions on things.”From election day until Sunday afternoon, she’s posted to Parler 118 times — and tweeted 174 times.Since launching in 2018, Parler’s leaders have framed the social network as one of the last bastions of free speech online, building a fan base of annoyed conservatives who argue they had been silenced everywhere else.The company said its user base has exploded since Trump’s election loss, doubling this month to more than 10 million accounts. In Apple’s app store, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler jumped from 1,023 on the most-downloaded list one day before the election to No. 1 in a single week.The loudest voices in conservative media have praised the site as a solution to the tyranny and suppression they claim to have endured on Facebook and Twitter, whose fact-check labels on posts about Trump’s loss …

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In India, a Clash of Digital Innovation and Internet Censorship

in india, a clash of digital innovation and internet censorship

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Earlier this month, reacting to a decision by India’s highest court, prominent comedian Kunal Kamra tweeted that India’s Supreme Court is the “most Supreme joke of this country.” The following day, local media reported that Attorney General K. K. Venugopal greenlighted court proceedings against the comedian, based on a few tweets criticizing the Supreme Court. The charge levied against him: contempt of court. Kamra has refused to apologize for his tweets and local reports indicate proceedings have yet to begin. This should be shocking, but unfortunately it’s not. In India, speaking out on the Internet can be dangerous. Kamra told CoinDesk that public figures can receive threats on social media, noting that users leaked his phone number on Twitter multiple times. “They dox people, they release information sometimes. … That’s very normal,” Kamra said.With over 700 million internet users, India’s booming digital market collides with internet censorship or outright bans.A similar dynamic plays out in India’s crypto market. Trade on Indian crypto exchanges exploded earlier this year after the Supreme Court ruled to reverse the decision by the country’s central bank (RBI) to ban local financial institutions from providing services to crypto firms. …

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Parler, the “free speech” Twitter wannabe, explained

parler, the “free speech” twitter wannabe, explained

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In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that promises free speech online. It’s social media — minus the curation algorithms and content moderation.
Parler, which has been around since 2018, looks at first glance a lot like Twitter and Facebook. Open the app, there are profiles pushing doubt about the 2020 election’s results and declarations that the mainstream tech platforms are targeting free speech. With just a few clicks, it’s easy to find even more extreme right-wing voices and hate speech. Overall, the site appears like an amalgamation of some of the most odious factions of social media, centralized on one platform that’s attracted millions of users.
In the final days of the 2020 election, Parler’s popularity exploded. Searches for “Parler” have surged since late October, and the app saw a spike in downloads after Joe Biden won the White House. Currently, Parler is No. 4 in the news category on the Apple …

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