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Conservative PAC accuses Facebook of censoring anti-Biden ad

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‘The Next Revolution’ anchor Steve Hilton weighs in on Facebook censoring health information and the reopening process in California. The conservative political action committee American Principles Project is accusing Facebook of attempting to “silence Black voices” after the social media giant took down an anti-Joe Biden ad that targeted minority voters with criticism of the Democratic candidate’s history in Congress.Continue Reading BelowThe one-minute ad shows then-Senator Biden speaking in favor of a controversial 1994 crime bill and tells voters that he supports Black Lives Matter, which the ad accuses of wanting to “keep Black men from raising their children.”BLOOMBERG MAKES MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR, LAST-MINUTE PUSH FOR BIDEN IN TEXAS, OHIOPresident Trump, who’s fighting for a second term in the White House, brought up the legislation — which critics say led to an increase in the number of Black men incarcerated — in a debate with the Democratic challenger last week.While the legislation was widely supported when it was passed in the early 1990s, as communities across the U.S. fought rising crime amid the crack epidemic, Biden later said the bill was “a mistake.”The American Principles Project ad’s narrator, a Black woman, voiced the same opinion:  “I needed my …

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Opinion | Privacy, Censorship and the Free Social-Media Model

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Oct. 27, 2020 1:42 pm ET

Greg Woods’s “Censorship and Getting Social Media Right” (Letters, Oct. 22) makes some very good points regarding old-fashioned mail and the telephone. He believes that social media doesn’t warrant additional restraints on content. However, what he misses is that the post office doesn’t read your mail and the phone companies aren’t supposed to eavesdrop on your conversations. Social media eavesdrops on your every word and uses that information to sell you things and shape your thoughts and opinions. Social media should perhaps…

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Facebook’s Content Moderation Errors Are Costing Africa Too Much

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Reining in social media censorship, and ending the debate commission

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There is increasing evidence supporting the idea that certain social media platforms are getting too big for their already huge britches. Two of them, Twitter and Facebook, cannot seem to kick the habit of censoring some of their participants.As the owners of a platform, Twitter and Facebook have complete control of it, of course. And both of them have millions of users, thereby putting them in a very small class with a lot of weight to sling around.And because of their huge number of users and the influence that those big numbers carry with them, they should not arbitrarily restrict or block what some users post, while leaving others alone to post as they please.
We also need to keep in mind that these platforms are under no legal obligation to monitor the postings of their users for accuracy, only for certain criminal and intellectual property-based claims, as are those sites classified as “publishers.”In fact, social media are protected from legal action for what their users post by 47 U.S.C. § 230, a Provision of the Communication Decency Act (CDA), unlike media that are considered publishers, such as newspapers and broadcasters.Section 230 says that “No provider or user …

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Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Proves Music’s Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

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Doc Wynter still remembers the first time he heard “WAP.”A top radio programmer for decades, Wynter has come across countless explicit rap tracks and “blue” R&B songs that required nips and tucks before they could be played on-air. But even Wynter, the head of hip-hop and R&B programming for the broadcasting giant iHeartMedia, was taken aback by “WAP,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s brazenly graphic anthem of lubrication, when he was given a preview before the song’s release in August.“It hits you at the very beginning — like, whoa! — and then it just keeps on going and going and going,” Wynter said, still marveling at the song’s barrage of suggestive imagery. “Thank God we have systems in place,” he recalled thinking, “that prevented that record from hitting the airwaves.”Of course, “WAP” did hit the airwaves, and the streaming services, in a big way. One of the year’s most inescapable hits, it held No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for four weeks and drew 1.1 billion clicks on streaming platforms. An instant social media phenomenon, the song spawned remixes and memes galore, including a subgenre of outraged-slash-titillated parental reaction videos.[embedded content]To …

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Australian environmental scientists face mounting censorship

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