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Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

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Zoom shut down a series of events meant to discuss what organizers called “censorship” by the company.The events were planned for Oct. 23, and were organized in response to a previous cancellation by Zoom of a San Francisco State University talk by Leila Khalid, a member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terror organization in the US. Khalid is best known for highjacking two planes, one in 1969 and one in 1970.Zoom told the Verge at the time that the Sept. 23 talk was in violation of the company’s terms of service. The Verge also reported that the action was in response to pressure by Jewish and Israel lobby groups, such as The Lawfare project.Following the Sept. 23 cancellation, a group of academics organized a series of events across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK, which were meant to highlight the issue.“Campuses across North America are joining in the campaign to resist corporate and university silencing of Palestinian narratives and Palestinian voices,” said the day of action event description, which was meant to be held on Oct. 23.The follow-up events did not include Khalid presenting. The event held in part by New …

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Censorship or Discrimination? – Europa Newswire

censorship or discrimination? – europa newswire

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Oct 24, 2020

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Press Censorship is Fully Back at United Nations and the Place is NOT Even Totally Reopened. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres UN Doctor Block Chinese and Brazilians Photographer to Participated on the SG Guterres Presser about the Syrian Ceasefire Accord DO to There HIGH RISK of CORONAVIRUS Contagion. Coming from a High-Risk Coronavirus Country Does Not Disqualify You from a Press Conference if You are Fully Tested. EU Press Was Allowed to Photograph the Secretary-General Press Event.
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Censoring freedoms

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THERE seems to be no respite from state censorship. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked TikTok — a video-sharing app most popular among young people, which has been downloaded 43 million times in the country — on a whim, citing complaints about “immoral, vulgar, and obscene content” on the app.It is important to explore the probable motivations behind the censorship of this popular app, the powers of censorship under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016, the anti-democratic nature of such censorship, the practical issues with banning apps and its economic impact.

The PTA had sent a “final warning” to TikTok in July 2020 to moderate “obscene and immoral” content, to which TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance responded stating that the company had already removed 3.7 million videos in the last six months of 2019, of which their moderation system had proactively removed 98.2 per cent even before a user had reported them; of these 98.2pc, 89.4pc were removed before anyone had viewed them through the app’s inbuilt mechanisms that use artificial intelligence.

It is important to note that TikTok’s community guidelines specifically do not allow nudity or sexually explicit content. What, then, is the content that the PTA finds so outrageous that …

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Dorsey to voluntarily testify before Senate on alleged censorship

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will voluntarily testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month to address allegations of bias in their handling of news coverage during the 2020 election cycle, committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Friday.“The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles and provide a valuable opportunity to review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election,” Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement.FACEBOOK AND TWITTER REDUCING DISTRIBUTION OF NEW YORK POST HUNTER BIDEN STORYThe hearing will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the committee said in a press release. Dorsey will testify virtually, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed, but did not comment otherwise. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed Zuckerberg would testify.Facebook and Twitter faced widespread criticism earlier this month after each social media platform took steps to slow the spread of the New York Post’s report on emails taken a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden. The emails detailed Biden’s alleged overseas business dealings with contacts in China and Ukraine.A Facebook representative said the company would limit the spread of the article until its claims could be fact-checked. Twitter blocked the article from being …

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Terence Corcoran: Big Tech actions are not ‘censorship’

terence corcoran: big tech actions are not ‘censorship’

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Censorship allegations must be rejected as politically motivated and ultimately dangerous ideas that, if allowed to develop into law, would put basic freedoms at risk

The charge of “censorship” against Twitter and Facebook follows their decisions (now rescinded) to block the content of stories in the New York Post that portrayed Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as colluding and self-serving participants in quasi-corrupt deals in China and with Ukrainian oligarchs while Biden was vice-president.

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Get ready for more theatrical rounds of political grandstanding of the kind only U.S. politicians can deliver from their raised Congressional committee podiums as they heap ridicule down on cornered corporate executives, preferably Big Tech executives, although bankers and pharma and fossil fuel company executives are also favourite targets.In a widely expected display of Tech Derangement Syndrome (TDS), the Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted on a motion by Sen. Lindsey Graham to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The objective, said the motion, is to have the executives testify regarding “suppression and/or censorship of two news articles from the New York Post titled ‘Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden …

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Facebook users can now appeal censorship decisions to oversight board

facebook users can now appeal censorship decisions to oversight board

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TipRanks2 “Strong Buy” Dividend Stocks Yielding at Least 9%Markets have shown two themes in recent weeks, a combination of uncertainty and an upward trend. Day to day, it’s impossible to predict just what will happen, but the larger scale movement has been upwards. Looking ahead, all we know is that current events will reinforce the uncertainty.Earnings season has started. As the market’s publicly traded companies report their Q3 results, we’ll get a clearer idea as the nature of the economic recovery. Q1 was a disaster, the second quarter was better than expected; while Q3 is also expected to beat the expectations, no one will be surprised if it belly flops. So far, our first hint was the September jobs report, which fell short of the forecast but nevertheless showed some 661,000 new jobs last month.The big wild card, of course, is the national election, now just weeks away. President Trump is fighting for his political life and the Democrat opposition is fighting to regain control of the levers of government. It’s an environment that practically screams for investors to take protective action for their portfolios. And it’s possible; even in an uncertain time, there …

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Yard sign censorship is condo fascism

yard sign censorship is condo fascism

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By Tobias F. CabralJust wanted it known, two signs I was forced to take down today. Mayhaps your readers would want to be apprised of this.One sign reads — “In This House, We Believe: Black Lives Matter; Woman’s Rights Are Human Rights; No Human Is Illegal; Science Is Real; Love Is Love; Kindness is Everything.” Second sign reads — “Thank You Frontline Workers.”See, the Heacock Meadows Condo Association, in its elevation of absolute, anodyne, homogenous uniformity as the ultimate aesthetic ideal, has decreed a blanket ban on signs of any kind, on threat of confiscation.Though they’ve graciously bestowed their blessing on holiday decorations, just not too many or for too long. Isn’t that just bloody swell?Tobias F. CabralYardley

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Milot’s Musings: Censor This

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“We have three major breaking stories for you tonight.” Many news anchors start out their shows like this every night, but the stories do not usually all qualify as “major.”But last week, “major” does not begin to characterize the stories that broke like giant waves crashing ashore one after the other.The confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett soaked up most of the air time for three days and were truly newsworthy, but then the New York Post broke a sensational front page news story that said emails had been found on a Hunter Biden computer hard drive that could destroy Joe Biden’s candidacy.This was like one of those monster Bonzai Pipeline waves at a surfing competition on the north shore of Oahu.These and subsequent emails posited Hunter Biden connections with foreign parties in Ukraine, Russia, and China that resulted in enrichment of the Biden family, including the former Vice-President.Louisiana Senator John Kennedy characterized this as a message to the world that “the United States of America can be bought like a sack of potatoes.” In his usually colorful language, Kennedy said these accusations “are as serious as four heart attacks and a stroke.”As …

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Republican Senators Subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs Over Alleged Censorship

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ToplineRepublicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that orders them to testify about their platforms’ actions to moderate the reach of a New York Post article that made unverified claims about Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks during the confirmation hearing … [+] for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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Key Facts

The subpoena compels Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify about their alleged “suppression and/or censorship” of a recent New York Post article that featured unverified allegations about Hunter Biden.

Twelve Republicans on the committee voted to authorize the subpoenas while the Democrats sat out in protest of the Senate’s previous vote on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The subpoena motion does not mention a date for the testimony.

Key Background
Last week, Facebook and Twitter moved to limit the reach of a New York Post article that purportedly shows emails from a Ukrainian businessman thanking Hunter for introducing him to his father. Facebook and Twitter, however, approached the issue very differently from each other. Twitter moved …

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Facebook, Instagram reportedly censor posts about Nigeria’s

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Facebook wrongly tagged posts about anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria as fake news — suppressing the content, according to a report Thursday.
The social media giant, and its company Instagram, admitted to filtering out hashtags linked to the protests, which intensified after several demonstrators were shot dead by members of the Nigerian military Tuesday, according to Vice.
People who tried to share photos and messages with the #EndSARS hashtag —  short for Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad — were incorrectly sent an alert saying there is “false information in your post,” the outlet reported.
A Facebook rep told VICE News that the #EndSARS hashtag was flagged incorrectly, and the firm was working to fix the problem.
“We are aware of an issue where some posts in support of #EndSARS are being incorrectly flagged as false in our systems. We are working quickly to resolve this,” the rep said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what led the hashtag to be labeled as fake.
Protests in the country began raging two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being badly beaten by an officer in the squad.
Last week, Facebook censored a Post expose about the Biden family’s foreign business dealings, sparking …

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