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Opinion | Facebook doesn’t censor conservatives. It plasters their views all over your feed.

opinion | facebook doesn’t censor conservatives. it plasters their views all over your feed.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday about their content moderation practices, in a hearing that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, promoted like a boxing match; indeed, the event was a circus.Instead of holding the tech titans accountable for their broad decisions, showing any command of how these platforms are reshaping all aspects of everyday life for Americans, or even sticking to the topic at hand, this hearing — like other Republican-led tech hearings in the Trump era — devolved into a banal session of complaining about the alleged suppression of specific conservatives and conservative posts on social media.RelatedThese stories of alleged suppression tend to be simply anecdotal because the facts simply don’t back up sweeping assertions. We at Media Matters have done study after study after study after study showing that conservative content on Facebook receives significantly greater engagement than other content. The New York Times’ Kevin Roose has shown that the top-performing link posts on U.S. Facebook pages are dominated by conservatives like President Donald Trump, conservative podcaster and Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro and Fox News contributor and conservative news aggregator Dan …

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Glenn Greenwald quits The Intercept over ‘censorship’ of Hunter Biden

glenn greenwald quits the intercept over ‘censorship’ of hunter biden

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Prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald on Thursday resigned from The Intercept, a news organization he co-founded in 2014, after editors sought to “censor” an article he wrote about The Post’s exposé on documents retrieved from a Hunter Biden hard drive.
Greenwald is best known for his 2013 reporting on leaked mass-surveillance documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. His work for The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize.
“The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden,” Greenwald wrote in a blog post.
“[T]he brute censorship this week of my article — about the Hunter Biden materials and Joe Biden’s conduct regarding Ukraine and China, as well my critique of the media’s rank-closing attempt, in a deeply unholy union with Silicon Valley and the ‘intelligence community,’ to suppress its revelations — eroded the last justification I could cling to for staying.”
Greenwald, 53, lives in Brazil with his husband, David Miranda, a socialist congressman, and their two children.
He wrote that he will publish articles, including the censored story, on the SubStack platform, which …

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Editors’ Choice

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NeurodevelopmentPamela J. HinesAs the nervous system develops, axons grow out from immature neurons to build connections. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is used as a model organism for tracking the development of the nervous system in bilaterally symmetrical animals. In the Drosophila midline, some axons will stay on their originating side and others will cross the midline. The secreted protein Slit prevents axons from crossing over. Things get complicated, however, as Kellermeyer et al. reveal with their identification of the protease Tolkin, which cleaves Slit into fragments. Although full-length Slit prohibits growing axons from crossing the midline, the amino-terminal fragment of Slit, which is also generated by Tolkin, induces the growing axons to elongate. Thus, little is left to chance in building the Drosophila nervous system: A negative signal on one route is itself the root of a positive signal for another route.Development 10.1242/dev.196055 (2020).

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Power to the people

power to the people

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Nations are turning to citizen assemblies to weigh up climate policies. Until recently, Sue Peachey, an apartment building manager in Bath, U.K., didn’t think much about climate change. “I did my recycling,” she says. “I just wasn’t aware of how serious it was.” She never imagined the U.K. Parliament asking for her advice on climate policy. But last year, a letter arrived in her mailbox inviting her to do just that, by joining the United Kingdom’s first ever climate assembly. “I’d never done jury service—I’d never done anything like it before,” Peachey says. She thought about her stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, and the legacy they would inherit. “That was the main reason why I thought, ‘Well, if somebody is going to have input on it, why shouldn’t it be me?’” So, Peachey signed up to spend four weekends driving to Birmingham to listen to experts, deliberate with 109 fellow citizens, and recommend climate policies. The assembly was more than a focus group or a town hall meeting: It was an experiment in handing political power to a random but representative set of citizens. Last month, it produced its final report, and its recommendations will shape debates in Parliament. The …

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Facebook fact-checkers to Trump supporters: We are not trying to censor you

facebook fact-checkers to trump supporters: we are not trying to censor you

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It’s an experience and a sentiment I’ve heard over and over and over from Trump supporters at rallies in Minnesota and Wisconsin over the past few weeks. They’re talking about Facebook’s fact-checkers. Trying to stem the flow of viral misinformation on its platform, Facebook over the past few years has hired third-party fact-checkers to label misinformation as false. Some Trump supporters I spoke to, however, view these labels when applied to posts on their Facebook accounts as badges of honor — as proof, they say, of Trump’s cries that Big Tech is biased against conservatives (despite this claim, some of the most highly engaged with Facebook link posts in America are consistently posted by conservative pages, as documented by The New York Times’ Kevin Roose using data from CrowdTangle, an analytics company owned by Facebook). The long-held distrust of the mainstream media among conservatives — much of it learned from Republican leaders — now extends to fact-checkers who work for Facebook. “I feel the fact-checkers aren’t looking at both sides,” another Trump supporter told me in Bemidji, “right away they go to the conservative sites [and] say, ‘That’s wrong.’ Then they pull it, and they’re not going to the liberal sites and …

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Scott Baio blasts big tech companies for censoring conservative voices, his tweets: ‘It’s disgusting’

scott baio blasts big tech companies for censoring conservative voices, his tweets: ‘it’s disgusting’

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Actor and director Scott Baio discusses Big Tech companies censoring conservatives.Scott Baio appeared on “Mornings with Maria” on Thursday to discuss how he’s personally been censored by big tech companies in the final days leading up to the election.Continue Reading BelowBaio’s appearance came a little over a week since his last interview with Maria Bartiromo in which he discussed his opposition to the “Happy Days” reunion in support of Democrats and called actor John Stamos a “Marxist.”Fox Business covered Baio’s comments that day, and it appears when he shared the article on his own Twitter account, a warning popped up that his Twitter followers could see.The Twitter warning is one of the platform’s “read before you tweet” prompts which read: “Headlines don’t tell the full story. You can read the article on Twitter before retweeting.”SCOTT BAIO SLAMS ‘HAPPY DAYS’ REUNION SUPPORTING DEMOCRATS, BRANDS JOHN STAMOS A ‘MARXIST’ Actor Scott Baio accused Twitter of censoring his opinion after a warning popped up over a Fox Business article he shared that covered his recent comments about ‘Happy Days’ and Hollywood liberals. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)At the time, Baio was stunned to learn Twitter attempted to fact-check …

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As US Senators posture ineffectually, Spotify takes a stand on censorship

as us senators posture ineffectually, spotify takes a stand on censorship

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The Senate hearing on internet censorship was largely a waste of time, but at least one company is daring to resist the authoritarian tide.
Of course it was never going to be otherwise. Give politicians a public forum and they’re always going to prioritise posturing and maximum personal exposure over substance. It’s what they do. Ahead of the Senate Commerce Committee hearings, which were supposed to focus on reform on Section 230, we explored some of the issues at hand, hoping they would be discussed.
In the event it seems they weren’t, at least not in any substantial or constructive way. While we haven’t watched the entire streamathon, the clips and reporting we have seen indicate the opportunity to hold the CEOs of Twitter, Google and Facebook accountable for how they selectively censor their platforms was wasted by Senators playing to their home crowds.
A perfect example of this is the clip that seems to have got the most traction, of Senator Cruz having a go at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over his company’s suppression of a NY Post story. Cruz spends his time hectoring and interrupting the clearly bored (and magnificently hirsute) Dorsey, who presumably …

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Joe Biden and political censorship

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At any other time in our nation’s history, the recent revelations of Joe Biden’s corruption reported by the New York Post and the subject of Wall Street Journal editorials, Fox News and Fox opinion hosts’ coverage would be disqualifying for the former vice president. Neither Joe nor Hunter Biden have come out and declared that any of the emails made public thus far are false or that the laptop did not belong to Hunter.In an Oct. 27, 2020, interview, one of Joe and Hunter Biden’s former business partners, wealthy international businessman and Navy veteran Tony Bobulinski unequivocally said that Joe Biden’s statement that he did not discuss his son’s business ventures, and that recent email revelations are some Russian misinformation campaign, are flat out lies. He also stated that the Biden Family received a $5 million “loan” from their communist Chinese business partner.This Biden Family corruption and Joe’s central role in it is being censored by Twitter and Facebook and ignored by 95% of the media. Mr. Bobulinski is on record stating he twice met with Joe Biden in 2017 and discussed the Chinese business venture. Still, crickets from CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC, which demonstrates …

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