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  • CBS’s Brennan Touts SPLC in Hitting Spicer from Left on Attempts to Link Trump to Anti-Semitism

    02/21/2017 2:05:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 21, 2017 | Curtis Houck
    After President Donald Trump spent a long weekend at Mar-a-lago, Sean Spicer held his first White House press briefing of the week on Tuesday. There, he faced a slew of questioning about a string of nationwide anti-Semitic crimes, including the touting of the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to suggest Trump’s led to a rise in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. CBS White House correspondent Margaret Brennan began her questioning by explaining that she wanted “to give you a chance to respond to something cause I think the President's remarks and your clarification about where he stands on anti-Semitism is clear.”Brennan...
  • Facebook freezes out Christian mom for quoting Bible about homosexuality

    02/21/2017 4:57:38 AM PST · by Petrosius · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 20, 2017 | Steve Weatherbe
    ZANESVILLE, Ohio, February 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to use his platform to build a worldwide “inclusive community.” However, a Christian ‘vlogger’ found out there appears to be no room in it for her as long as she quotes Bible passages about homosexuality. Elizabeth Johnston, aka the “Activist Mommy,” says there is a big disconnect between Zuckerberg’s recent call for a global “inclusive community” and Facebook’s “censorship of Christians.” “They are muzzling me and my biblical message while Mark Zuckerberg claims that FB is unbiased,” she stated in a news release. She has had...
  • The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

    02/17/2017 9:23:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/17/2017 | CHARLIE PETERS
    Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”. By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus. Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”....
  • Is My Novel Offensive? How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing [tr]

    02/14/2017 6:44:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | February 8, 2017 | Katy Waldman
    When Becky Albertalli published her first young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray in 2015, she never expected it to be controversial. She’d worked for years as a clinical psychologist specializing in gender nonconforming children and LGBTQ teens and adults.* Yet her book—about a closeted gay kid whose love notes to a classmate fall into the wrong hands—contained a moment that rubbed readers the wrong way: Simon, the sweet but clueless protagonist, muses that girls have an easier time coming out than boys, because their lesbianism strikes others as alluring. At...
  • Berkeley Student Paper Defends Violence to Suppress Freedom of Speech [semi-satire]

    02/11/2017 1:41:18 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    In the wake of a riot causing $100,000 in property damage and preventing Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus, the University of California at Berkeley’s student-run newspaper–The Daily Californian—published a series of five op eds against freedom of speech. The University which had gained a reputation as a bastion of free speech for its position in favor of speaking in opposition to the Vietnam War 40 years ago has morphed into an enemy of the concept of the discovery of truth through open debate by those with different opinions. In one of the op eds, Nisa Dang contended that “free...
  • Wikipedia bans citations of The Daily Mail

    02/10/2017 9:00:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 9, 2017: 10:31 AM ET | Tom Kludt
    Wikipedia has barred citations of The Daily Mail after editors of the online encyclopedia concluded Wednesday that the British tabloid is “generally unreliable.” The decision came after a spirited, years-long debate over the Daily Mail’s credibility among Wikipedia’s active community of volunteer editors. The editors explained Wednesday that the decision stemmed from “the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication.” As a result, the Daily Mail and its online offshoot have been “generally prohibited” as a reference on Wikipedia, “especially when other more reliable sources exist.” […] Such a move is unusual for Wikipedia, which has...
  • DOE Nominee Attacked for Supporting Academic Freedom [semi-satire]

    02/06/2017 11:11:47 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee to head the US Depart6ment of Education, was assailed in Senate committee hearings for her past association with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE's positions in opposition to school suppression of freedom of speech and in support of transparent due process procedures for school disciplinary actions drew harsh opposition from Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn). "FIRE has intruded on universities trying to police their own campuses to ferret out dangerous ideas and non-conforming attitudes," the Senator complained. "School administrators endeavoring to shield not-yet-mature young minds from confusing and confounding influences are being harassed by...
  • VIDEO: Throttling Theory (How Twitter Censors Users)

    02/04/2017 2:15:04 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 4, 2017 | Mister Metokur
    (Strong Language Alert) VIDEO
  • Reddit bans two prominent alt-right subreddits

    02/02/2017 2:17:49 PM PST · by tekrat · 55 replies
    The Verge ^ | 2/2/2017 | Nick Statt
    Reddit has decided to ban two high-profile communities of the alt-right over what appears to be the posting and dissemination of personal information, otherwise known as doxing. The subreddit pages for r/altright and r/alternativeright are both inaccessible, with identical messages on both detailing a violation of Reddit’s content policy, “specifically, the proliferation of personal and confidential information.”/p> It’s unclear right now who specifically was doxed, but chatter on Reddit alternative Voat suggests it was the man who punched alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer. In a statement, Reddit said it strives to be a “welcoming, open platform all by trusting our users...
  • Teacher, 70, Forced to Retire After Displaying Confederate Flag During Civil War Lesson

    01/29/2017 8:17:54 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 76 replies
    Heatst.com ^ | January 28, 2017 | By Ian Miles Cheong
    A teacher who displayed the Confederate flag to middle schoolers in his history class was forced to retire amid concerns that he was displaying a symbol of hate. 70-year-old Sutter Middle School (Folsom, CA) teacher Woody Hart hanged both a Confederate flag and a Union flag during his lesson on the Civil War. In a public statement (via the Sacramento Bee), Folsom Cordova Unified School District made suggested that he may have hung up the flag for some reason other than to teach the history lesson. “We recognize that regardless of context, to many of our students, families, and staff,...
  • Free Speech Suppressed at Marquette University [semi-satire]

    01/25/2017 10:38:55 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Professor John McAdams has been suspended for the past two years for questioning a colleague's suppression of free speech in his classroom. Marquette President Michael Lovell is adamant that "McAdams will not be reinstated until he confesses his error and apologizes for deviating from correct thought." The whole mess started in 2014 when McAdams posted his concern on his own blog that his colleague's policy forbidding students from disagreeing that gay marriage was a "good thing." "Informed opinion has determined that gay marriage is appropriate," Lovell argued. "We cannot abide a member of our university's teaching staff undermining this truth...
  • Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'

    01/23/2017 9:50:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 January 2017
    A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest "pre-emptively exposing" readers to a small "dose" of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out bogus claims. ... "Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus," said the University of Cambridge study's lead author Dr Sander van der Linden. "The idea is to provide a cognitive repertoire that helps build up resistance to misinformation, so the next time people come across it they are less susceptible." The study, published in the journal Global Challenges, was conducted as a disguised experiment. More than 2,000 US...
  • Germany's New Propaganda Bureau

    01/18/2017 3:45:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 18/1/17 | Judith Bergman
    Big Brother is Watching YOU! Officials in Germany's Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre to establish a "Defense Center against Disinformation" (Ab­wehr­zen­trum ge­gen Des­in­for­ma­ti­on) to combat what they call "political disinformation," a euphemism for "fake news." "The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation," the officials told Maizičre in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see "authentic political communication" remain "defining for the 21st century." One wonders whether by "authentic political communication," the officials of the Interior Ministry are referring to the way German authorities...
  • Pro-life group dropped from Women's March following online backlash

    01/16/2017 6:57:58 PM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 16, 2017 | T. Becket Adams
    A major anti-Donald Trump protest scheduled for after the inauguration has dissolved its partnership with a pro-life group following online backlash, including from self-described feminists. The organizers of the Women's March on Washington made it clear Monday that pro-life groups have no place in the demonstration planned for Jan. 20. . . . New Wave Feminists, which is led by Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, announced this weekend that it would represent "pro-life feminism" at the upcoming post-inauguration demonstration, which is expected to draw at least 150,000 attendees. "Super pumped to rep prolife feminism at the Women's March on Washington alongside...
  • YouTube removes influential conservative website's channel

    01/13/2017 1:25:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/13/17 | James Rodgers
    The YouTube channel of influential conservative politics and law website Legal Insurrection has been removed by the video sharing service, citing copyright infringement claims. “This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted,” explains YouTube, in a notice posted to channel’s page. Legal Insurrection founder and publisher and Cornell University Law Professor William Jacobson voiced his anger and astonishment at the channel’s removal. “It’s very frustrating, it’s very scary, to have 8 years of content removed without a chance to defend yourself,” he told FoxNews.com.
  • BREAKING: DC radio station pulls ad exposing Planned Parenthood abortion business

    01/12/2017 6:08:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 1/12/16 | Claire Chretien
    A radio station that covers the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area stopped running a pro-life ad this week after the abortion lobby complained. WTOP pulled an ad from the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a political group that elects and supports pro-life women, after "abortion activists demanded [they] take it off the air," SBA List wrote in an email to supporters. SBA List Press Secretary Nicole Stacy confirmed to LifeSiteNews that WTOP removed the ad "saying they received complaints." "It's a fact: Planned Parenthood is America's largest abortion business," a female voice says in the 31-second ad. "Nearly a...
  • France declares war on American free press and blogs!(Us too!)

    01/11/2017 12:06:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Kyle Weissman
    The French government has recently demanded that the United States government and American based net providers of blogging, social media and forums such as wordpress, Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others trash the first amendment and its guarantee of free speech and Freedom of religion and adopt the same totalitarian censorship as the leftist European union. France has made demands to the US that they censor its blogs, posts, and other social media in order to comply with its views of liberalism, multi-culturalism and tolerance. This while having no toleration whatsoever for competing views on traditional values, Christian faith, family values,...
  • Germany warns Facebook over hateful posts, igniting free speech debate

    01/05/2017 5:23:21 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 4, 2017 | Don Snyder
    Germany is taking on Facebook, threatening criminal action against the world’s biggest social media company if it doesn’t stem the swelling tide of racist postings. Entries such as “gas the Jews” are examples of the repugnant postings... , said ... spokesman for the German Ministry of Justice. “Facebook doesn’t [react] unless they get complaints, or don’t remove it fast enough,”... “...is not just racist comment, it is a violation of Germany’s criminal code,” he said. “Facebook can be held criminally liable for users’ illegal hate speech.” German law prohibits speech that denies the Holocaust, disparages minorities, or insults public figures....
  • Critics Threaten Boycotts Of Simon & Schuster Over Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal

    01/03/2017 7:55:48 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 29 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 12/30/2016 | C. Fallon
    After Milo Yiannopoulos, former Twitter creep and current editor at the notorious alt-right news platform Breitbart that is favored by white nationalists, announced yesterday he’d signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster’s conservative Threshold imprint, the backlash was immediate.
  • The War Against Alternative Information(USA Ministry of Truth)

    01/03/2017 7:06:38 PM PST · by greeneyes · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/3/2017 | greeneyes
    The U.S. establishment is not content simply to have domination over the media narratives on critical foreign policy issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and Russia. It wants total domination. Thus we now have the “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” that President Obama signed into law on Dec. 23 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, setting aside $160 million to combat any “propaganda” that challenges Official Washington’s version of reality.
  • Hack Attack on Drudge Report A Sign of Chaos to Come

    01/03/2017 4:36:51 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 53 replies
    The Observer.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Brady Dale
    The popular right-leaning web portal, The Drudge Report, was briefly knocked offline last week. Incidents like this will only become more common until policymakers or tech companies get serious about fixing connected gadgets, also known as the internet of things (IoT). In a since deleted post, the site’s verified @DRUDGE account on Twitter posted last week, “Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoS since site’s inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing],” as the International Business Times reported.... Traffic from the Drudge Report is gigantic. ...178 million visits in November and that almost 80 percent of that traffic was...
  • Publix Pressured to Cover Enquirer with negative Dem Story on Front

    12/31/2016 12:22:56 PM PST · by bicyclerepair · 48 replies
    Publix pressured to cover enquirer at checkout line.
  • Maryland Students Demand Ban of ‘American Sniper’

    12/27/2016 5:05:47 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 57 replies
    Lifezette ^ | December 14, 2016 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    A coalition of 25 student groups at the University of Maryland have issued a letter to the school’s administrators containing 64 demands to help “marginalized student populations” feel more welcome on campus. Among the demands is a ban on public screenings of the film “American Sniper.” The group, who call themselves ProtectUMD, sent the letter in the wake of President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory, according the Diamondback student newspaper Monday. In response to Trump’s election, the student coalition demanded additional support and protection for minority groups — particularly the Muslim, illegal immigrant, pro-Palestinian, and LGBT communities. The Muslims students especially wished...
  • France to Prosecute Historian for "Hate Speech" [semi-satire]

    12/24/2016 5:52:47 PM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Morocco-born French-Jewish scholar Georges Bensoussan has been ordered to appear before a Paris court to answer criminal charges levied against him by the Collective Against Islamophobia in France. The allegation is that Bensoussan's writings on the history of anti-Semitism in lands governed by Muslims "incites racial hatred." CAIF spokesman Massakir Heebes declared that "the attempt to promulgate anti-Muslim hatred under the guise of scholarship must not be permitted. The contention that the mistreatment of Jews depicted by Bensoussan is a historical fact is irrelevant. The Quran commands the oppression of unbelievers who pay the jizya and the slaying of those...
  • Superstar reporter warns 'fake news' panic is censorship trap

    12/23/2016 11:10:04 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 12/22/2016 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Sharyl Attkisson: 'I'm really nervous about someone saying we'll decide the truth' --------------- If you want to spot a forged painting, ask an art expert. And if you want to find out what is “fake news,” ask perhaps the top investigative reporter in journalism. Sharyl Attkisson spotted the fake news trend long before it became a recent catchphrase. And she doesn’t portray it, as do many in the mainstream media, as some right-wing conspiracy. In fact, Attkisson told WND she often sees the mainstream media as prime culprits when they push suspect stories. So, what is really behind the mainstream...
  • Record Label Expresses Outrage Over Kid Rock’s Trump-Themed Apparel (call a waaambulance!)

    12/22/2016 12:13:41 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | December 21, 2016 ast | by Gerry Urbanek
    Citing “overwhelming demand,” rock and roll musician Kid Rock recently started selling Donald Trump-themed apparel. One of three T-shirts tied to the president-elect depicts a post-election map with Republican states labeled “United States of America” and Democratic states labeled “Dumbf—istan.” Another features the words “God, Guns & Trump.” The third includes an image of Trump along with a crude message directed at his opponents. The hat, which is a spinoff of Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” cap, reads “Make America Badass Again.” The items are available through Kid Rock’s online store. (Warning: Some items feature vulgar language.) Related VideoBoone...
  • UW [Wiasconsoin] students petition to shut down YAF, punish leaders [ed]

    12/19/2016 9:22:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 16, 2016 | Anthony Gockowski
    Students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison are demanding that their school’s administration put members of a conservative club “through intensive diversity training.” An online petition being circulated by the school’s “Student Coalition for Progress” condemns the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter on campus for hosting Ben Shapiro, whom they claim has “used his following and nationally syndicated media presence to deny the realities of systematic and institutional violence against Black and Brown people, sexual assault survivors, Muslims, LGBTQIA+ people, people with low income[s], people with differing abilities, undocumented immigrants, and anyone that [sic] is systematically targeted along identity...
  • Snopes, Which Will Be Fact-Checking For Facebook, Employs Leftists Almost Exclusively

    12/17/2016 8:07:40 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/17/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer and Peter Hasson
    Snopes, which will now have the power to declare what news is or is not legitimate on the world’s largest online platform, almost exclusively employs leftists. Facebook announced Thursday that mythbusting website Snopes will be one of a few fact-checking organizations allowed to label stories as “fake news.” Almost all of the writers churning out fact checks for Snopes have a liberal background, and many of them have expressed contempt for Republican voters. The Daily Caller could not identify a single Snopes fact-checker who comes from a conservative background. Snopes did not respond to a list of questions from TheDC...
  • Gab, the Alt-Right's Favorite Social Network, Gets Rejections From Apple, Twitter

    12/15/2016 1:00:36 PM PST · by bkopto · 122 replies
    INC. ^ | 12/15/2016 | salvador rodriguez
    Gab, a service that has been billed by some as the social network for the alt-right, has had its access to both Twitter and Apple cut off, the company told Inc. on Thursday. Last week, Gab submitted its iPhone app to Apple so it could be included in the App Store, but on Wednesday, the company received a rejection from Apple, which cited pornography on Gab as its reason for the denial. Similarly, Gab on Monday added a new feature that let its users share their posts from Gab directly to Twitter, but on Wednesday night, Twitter cut off Gab's...
  • Facebook is censor-in-chief

    12/15/2016 2:46:47 PM PST · by Pkilmartin · 18 replies
    National Montitor ^ | 12/15/2015 | Paul Kilmartin
    Read my latest on why Facebook is a tool of big brother.
  • Facebook is going to use Snopes and other fact checkers to combat fake news

    12/15/2016 10:28:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 12-14-2016 | Alex Heath
    Facebook is going to start fact checking, labeling, and burying fake news and hoaxes in the News Feed, the company announced on Thursday. The decision comes after Facebook received heated criticism for its role in spreading a deluge of political misinformation during the U.S. presidential election. To combat fake news, Facebook has partnered with a shortlist of media organizations, including Snopes and ABC News, that are part of an international fact-checking network lead by Poynter, a nonprofit school for journalism located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Starting as a test with a small percentage of its users in the United States, Facebook will make it easier to...
  • Stringent rules imposed on [Red] Chinese live streaming platforms

    12/14/2016 8:42:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    zdnet.com ^ | 12/14/2016 | Cyrus Lee
    China's Ministry of Culture on Tuesday ordered all operators of live streaming platforms in China to apply for a permit from relevant authorities, which shall clearly state that its business scope includes "online performance". ... It means live streaming platforms in China, which normally hire individual performers to interact with their thousands of users, are now under strict supervision from at least three major Chinese regulatory departments. Operators that are incapable of censoring their own content are not allowed to provide live streaming, according to the Chinese regulators. Apart from close monitoring of these service providers, performers on the live...
  • We Are Watching The Long Game to Total Censorship Play Out

    12/12/2016 10:08:08 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08 December 2016
    video 15:51 Russian propaganda, fake news, HR 6393 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 ....etc.
  • Clinton Campaign Tried to Silence Friendly Voice [semi-satire]

    12/12/2016 10:16:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    While the official meme promoted by the left-stream media is that President-Elect Donald Trump is a threat to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, a story reported by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski points in the opposite direction. The co-host of the cable news network’s “Morning Joe” program related a pre-election day incident in which an irate Hillary Clinton campaign official contacted MSNBC executives demanding that she be punished for criticizing the candidate’s “taking the election for granted.” “The thing is, I was worried that Hillary might lose the election and was trying to help her make a small course...
  • Senate Quietly Passes The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act"

    12/11/2016 10:21:09 AM PST · by MNDude · 28 replies
    Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.“Surprisingly,” Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department...
  • France Censors Anti-Abortion Advocates [semi-satire]

    12/09/2016 8:48:10 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The award-winning "Dear Future Mom" video featuring children with Down Syndrome making the case for the value of their lives was banned from TV by France's Conseil d'État (State Council). According to the Council, the video was deemed "too insensitive" since it was "likely to trouble the consciences of women who had made different personal life choices" (i.e., had aborted babies predicted to have Down Syndrome). Council spokesman Henri Abattage defended the ban, maintaining that "our decision is in keeping with public perceptions of what is right. There's a reason why 90% of the pregnancies afflicted with this syndrome end...
  • A thoughtcriminal speaks

    12/09/2016 7:02:51 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/9/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Oleg Atbashian, the gifted satirist and artist who founded The People’s Cube, has written a classic essay that deserves the widest possible circulation. How I Became a Thoughtcriminal is a personal account of growing up in the Soviet Union and discovering censorship, leaving it behind, and rediscovering it here. This is chapter one of the story:
  • Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA

    12/09/2016 4:06:02 AM PST · by EBH · 96 replies
    Portman/Senate ^ | 12/8/2016 | Rob Portman
    Portman/Murphy Bill Promotes Coordinated Strategy to Defend America, Allies Against Propaganda and Disinformation from Russia, China & Others WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced that their Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act – legislation designed to help American allies counter foreign government propaganda from Russia, China, and other nations – has passed the Senate as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and...
  • Corporate Giants From Silicon Valley Come Together To Silence Free Speech On The Internet

    12/08/2016 7:39:08 AM PST · by Non-Compliant_Deplorable · 36 replies
    Investment Watch Blog ^ | 12/8/2016 | Pamela Williams
    "I don’t know how to begin to write about what I consider to be a turning point on the restriction of free speech on our precious Internet. I just discovered that YouTube has censored some videos of one of the best citizen journalists on the Net: David Seaman. He is one of the most reputable and honorable journalists on YouTube…I will mourn the loss of his material and the assault on our First Amendment Rights. So be it…God is in control, and He will guide those of us who trust Him..."
  • France Passes Crackdown on Pro-Life Websites

    12/07/2016 2:01:06 AM PST · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 6, 2016 | Bill McMorris
    France’s socialist government is attempting to crack down on pro-life activists by criminalizing online advocacy at odds with the nation’s abortion regime. On Thursday, the French National Assembly passed a bill that makes it a crime to post information online that challenges abortion. Pro-life activists who continue to operate online face up to two years in prison and a fine of more than $30,000.
  • Web Giants Coordinate to Remove Extremist Content

    12/06/2016 1:53:35 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    (Reuters) — Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.   “We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday....
  • My Unhappy Life as a Climate Heretic

    12/03/2016 6:35:12 AM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Roger Pielke Jr
    Much to my surprise, I showed up in the WikiLeaks releases before the election. In a 2014 email, a staffer at the Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta in 2003, took credit for a campaign to have me eliminated as a writer for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website. In the email, the editor of the think tank’s climate blog bragged to one of its billionaire donors, Tom Steyer: “I think it’s fair [to] say that, without Climate Progress, Pielke would still be writing on climate change for 538.”
  • Twitter Says It Would Consider Banning Donald Trump's Account

    11/30/2016 9:56:55 AM PST · by mandaladon · 136 replies
    SFIST ^ | 30 Nov 2016
    The president-elect of the United States is a notorious troll — a fact which his promise to ban Muslims from entering the country, threat to imprison and strip Americans of citizenship for exercising their First Amendment rights, and widespread insulting of people online all make clear. We now learn via Slate that the two technology platforms Donald Trump uses most prominently to spread his messages of hate and division, Twitter and Facebook, take a very different stance on how to respond to future instances of harassment by Trump. Namely, Twitter says it would consider suspending his account. Facebook, which CEO...
  • Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted

    11/30/2016 12:59:51 PM PST · by bobk3 · 31 replies
    Social media website Reddit Inc, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman. Huffman said in an interview with Reuters that Reddit's content policy prohibits harassment, but that it had not been adequately enforced. "Personal message harassment is the most cut and dry," he said. "Right now we are in an interesting position where my inbox is full of them, it's easy to start with me." As well as combing through Huffman's inbox, Reddit will...
  • This Saudi prince now owns more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey does

    11/23/2016 7:42:04 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Quartz | 11/23/16 | Alice Truong
    Article cannot be posted to FR. Link to the article is here. Summary: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud owns 34.9 million shares of Twitter stock. Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and CEO, only owns 21.86 million shares. Links to the official filings substantiating these numbers are within the article linked above.
  • The CEO of Reddit confessed to modifying posts from Trump supporters

    11/23/2016 7:18:23 PM PST · by Admiral_Zeon · 68 replies
    Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has confessed to modifying the posts of some users on the most visible Donald Trump-supporting "subreddit" community after they repeatedly slung verbal abuse in his direction.  The story begins earlier this week, when The New York Times published a report on Comet Ping Pong, a Washington DC pizza place that a false news item on social media had pegged as the center of a child-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee chair John Podesta, despite a lack of any evidence.Following that report, Reddit took steps to shut down the "r/Pizzagate" subreddit community, which...
  • NYT [New York Time] Advocates Internet Censorship

    11/23/2016 9:48:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls “fake news,” but the Times ignores its own record of publishing “fake news,” ___ In its lead editorial on Sunday, The New York Times decried what it deemed “The Digital Virus Called Fake News” and called for Internet censorship to counter this alleged problem, taking particular aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for letting “liars and con artists hijack his platform.” As this mainstream campaign against “fake news” quickly has gained momentum in the past week, two false items get cited repeatedly, a...
  • Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

    11/23/2016 5:50:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2016 | Mike Isaac
    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin. Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network...
  • James Woods stops using Twitter (because of political censorship/liberal bias)

    11/23/2016 2:16:28 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 22, 2016 | James Woods
    Since @Twitter is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll
  • College liberals think people who voted for Trump and Brexit are dumb (trunc)

    11/22/2016 3:59:03 PM PST · by Sergio · 16 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 11-22-2016 | Kate Hopkins
    Full title: College liberals think people who voted for Trump and Brexit are dumb but letting them brainwash our society is what's stupid ...Outraged at the prospect of a right-winger speaking freely at a state-funded school, the Department for Education's counter-extremism unit stuck on its full riot gear announcing Milo posed a threat to both the security and reputation of the school. Rather than let the 220 pupils who had signed up to hear him speak, listen, challenge him and make up their own minds, it was decided that exposing pupils to anything other than a liberal viewpoint could be...