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  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet (Censorship LINK TAX passed)

    06/20/2018 6:11:49 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 40 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/20/2018 | Rhett Jones
    The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet https://gizmodo.com/the-end-of-all-thats-good-and-pure-about-the-internet-1826963763 Rhett Jones June 20 2018 The EU has passed an Internet link tax on anyone who links to any EU published content. The tax will be levied against individuals or organizations in any country due to mutual copyright treaty conventions. Article 11 Article 11 has been variously called the link tax or the snippet tax. Designed to mitigate the power over publishers that Google and Facebook have amassed in the last decade, it codifies a new copyright rule for linking to news organizations and quoting text from their stories. Online platforms...
  • UK Police Shut Down Popular Gun Channel on YouTube, Branding it a 'Forum of Extremism'

    06/15/2018 10:34:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11 June, 2018 | Tyler O'Neil
    On Sunday, YouTuber Callum Long-Collins announced he would be effectively shutting down the channel EnglishShooting, a YouTube channel that racked up more than 15,000 subscribers and more than 12 million views in the past four years. Long-Collins said the police had marked his YouTube channel as a "forum of extremism," and that he had to "show the police that I am a fit character to own firearms within the U.K.""I was told that due to repeated comments from other people on the videos [police] felt that the channel was a forum of extremism and it was promoting views that were...
  • Prof. Bret Weinstein: ‘What I have seen functions…like a cult’

    06/15/2018 7:58:56 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 46 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 6-14-18 | John Sexton
    Last month, Professor Bret Weinstein gave testimony before Congress on his experience at Evergreen State College and what he believes it means for our future as a nation. Weinstein posted video of his testimony on YouTube last week (see below). Here’s a bit of what he said: Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the day that 50 Evergreen students–students that I had never met–disrupted my class, accusing me of racism and demanding my resignation. I tried to reason with them. I felt no fear because I knew that, whatever my failings might be, bigotry was not among them… The...
  • Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition

    06/12/2018 9:01:35 AM PDT · by DFG · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 06/12/2018 | Reuters
    The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday. The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party's secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV. Cartoons depicting Mohammad have provoked violent responses in the past. In 2015, Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Paris offices of the French secularist satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had printed cartoons of the Prophet. In 2005, the publication in a Danish newspaper of a dozen cartoons depicting the Prophet...
  • Twitter Bans Gun Rights Activist for 12 Hours, But Welcomes Death Threats Against Her

    06/01/2018 2:32:13 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 18 replies
    Liberty Hangout ^ | May 31, 2018 | Justin Moldow
    A few short weeks ago, gun rights activist and Grassroots Director of Liberty Hangout, Kaitlin Bennett, became a public figure after she sported an AR-10 rifle on her back for her graduation photos at Kent State University. After weeks of being in the spotlight, Bennett woke up this morning to a very troubling notification. Yesterday, Bennett posted a photo to Twitter of herself with two pistols behind her back with a caption that read “If I had a pistol for every gender there is.” Upon opening up her Twitter application this morning, Bennett was met with the following message.
  • FREE TOMMY ROBINSON Campaign Update!

    05/30/2018 2:00:40 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 6 replies
    Opinionated European (YouTube channel) ^ | May 30, 2018 | Zuzanna Mroz (@OpinionatedEuro)
    Part 1 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9IdfSYGXQE Part 2 is currently live and in progress (currently answering questions from YouTube listeners): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN6XpylskKg The main link for this thread goes to her YouTube channel (in case there is a Part 3).
  • Adam Ford Sells 'Babylon Bee,' Takes on the Facebook-Google Mafia's 'Duopoly on Information'

    05/29/2018 6:39:18 AM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 23, 2018 | Tyler O'Neil
    On Tuesday, Christian comic writer Adam Ford announced he had sold the popular satire website "The Babylon Bee" for a variety of reasons. While Ford said he sold the Bee for personal as well as ideological reasons, his statement emphasized his battle against the "tyranny over information" stemming from the centralization of the Internet around sites like Facebook and Google. Ford noted that the Babylon Bee succeeded largely thanks to social media and Facebook in particular, "but the power that Facebook held over me as a content creator began to make me very uneasy," he said in an extended statement....
  • Tell me what you get when you say: "Hey Google, play some patriotic music"

    05/26/2018 1:15:06 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 57 replies
    26 MAY 18 | self
    How frustrating. I asked google home (gift from brother) to "Hey google, play some patriotic music". What I got was a bunch of condescending bluegrass crap. No battle hymn of the republic, no star spangled banner, no lee greenwood, no armed forces western.....just a bunch of crap that only the CA libtards actually think is patriotic music.
  • Public Forums Should Be Open and Uncensored

    05/26/2018 5:41:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    President Trump may not block even rude or obnoxious criticism from his Twitter account, because it is a public forum that is protected by the First Amendment, US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald has ruled. The President’s use of his Twitter account to comment on important policy, personnel and personal announcements made it a public forum, akin to a park or town square, she concluded.Blocking unwanted tweets is thus viewpoint discrimination, which public officials are not permitted to engage in. Indeed, his Twitter account is not just a public forum. It is also “government space,” and thus may not...
  • Facebook To Design Its Own Chips For Real-Time Content Filtering

    05/26/2018 7:05:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    tomshardware.com ^ | May 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM | Lucian Armasu
    Facebook wants to be able to filter content, including live video streams, in real-time. The company said at a Paris technology conference that it’s going to design its own machine learning (ML) processors to achieve that goal. Facebook had previously designed its own server architecture, motherboards, and its own communication chips for the data center. High-Performance Content Filtering Facebook’s chief artificial intelligence scientist Yann LeCun said that the company would like to take down offensive videos, like someone live-streaming a murder or a suicide, as they happen. However, such capability would require “a huge amount of compute power,” as well...
  • Jordan Peterson And The Left-Wing Smear Machine

    05/25/2018 11:49:25 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 12 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 5-25-18 | John Sexton
    Author Carol Horton identifies herself as someone who leans left on political and cultural issues. Yesterday, in a piece for Quillette, she describes looking into Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and finding him “a refreshing departure from the standard discourse.” That put her at odds with friends who warned her that Peterson was “hate-filled right-wing propaganda.” But while Horton was willing to make up her own mind about Peterson, she found doing so left her feeling isolated and uncomfortable. Horton says the social pressure was so intense that she felt scared to speak up with her opinion. She believes that pressure...
  • Here comes Comrade Zuckerberg

    05/23/2018 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Jhadur · 18 replies
    Comrade Zuckerberg and his Lackeys ^ | Today | A band of monkeys
    "We are committed to reducing the spread of false news on Facebook. We remove fake accounts and disrupt economic incentives for people that share misinformation. We also use signals, like feedback from our community, to identify stories that may be false. In countries where we work with independent third-party fact-checkers, stories rated as false by those fact-checkers are shown lower in News Feed. If Pages or domains repeatedly create or share misinformation, we significantly reduce their distribution and remove their advertising rights. We're also working to empower people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share by giving...
  • Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly

    05/15/2018 6:41:08 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 43 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 5/15/18 | Alex Kantrowitz
    On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change to the way its conversations will work, evaluating not just the content of individual tweets, but the way users behave more broadly on the service. Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply acting like a jerk, it will push your tweets lower down. It’s the biggest update so far in the company’s push to create healthier conversations, an initiative announced by its CEO Jack Dorsey in March. Among the signals Twitter will use:...
  • Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet demands Spotify remove Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Brown, more

    05/15/2018 4:07:48 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/14/18 | Gerrick Kennedy
    In response to Spotify’s newly launched Hate Content and Hateful Conduct public policy, women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is calling on the streaming service to widen its net beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, which were the first acts to see their music removed from promotional playlists. UltraViolet, a national organization working on a range of issues including reproductive rights, healthcare, economic security, violence and racial justice, published an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek, applauding a recent decision to pull Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music from playlists and algorithmic recommendations. However, the group is also imploring that the policy be...
  • SUNY Oswego’s open mic night was anything but ‘open’

    05/11/2018 2:28:58 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2018 | 9:03pm | By Post Editorial Board
    “Open Mic” night May 2 at the SUNY Oswego Lifestyles Center turned out to not be so open after all. Taking the title at face value, conservative student Nicole Miller gave a speech about liberal intolerance on campus and — wait for it — got put on warning for making other students “uncomfortable.” The school’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Program coordinator, Trisha DeWolf, emailed Miller to say that if she did it again, she’d be banned from future open-mic events. (Kudos to the website Campus Reform for publicizing the remarkable missive.) While insisting she was “in support of [Miller’s] freedom...
  • An *effective* way to fight Twitter censorship, please sign the petition

    05/10/2018 3:12:57 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 11 replies
    Whitehouse.gov petition ^ | 5/10/18 | self
    Research data shows Twitter heavily censors replies to government officials. This is NOT a partisan issue: Twitter censors about as many replies from liberals as they do conservatives. See the examples involving @AjitPaiFCC, @NancyPelosi, @EPAScottPruitt, @HouseDemocrats, and many more at the link. This censorship gives some citizens an unfair advantage over others. We are not asking you to regulate Twitter or similar. We only ask you to speak out against this practice and to urge government officials to tell Twitter not to censor replies to their accounts. If Twitter refuses to allow a level playing field, then government officials should...
  • The fight over net neutrality returns as supporters launch long-shot bid to resurrect the rules

    05/09/2018 8:53:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Time ^ | May 08, 2018 | 2:35 PM | Jim Puzzanghera
    Democrats and other supporters of the controversial internet traffic regulations are seeking to turn the tables on Republican opponents by using a legislative tactic, popularized recently by the GOP, to resurrect the rules the Federal Communications Commission struck down last year. ... Democrats are using the maneuver to keep the issue alive heading into this fall's elections, which will determine control of the House and Senate, said Daniel Lyons, an associate professor at Boston College Law School who specializes in telecommunications and internet legal matters. "It keeps the issue in the headlines, and it forces some members of Congress to...
  • (Vanity) Heading To The Cyber-gulag

    05/04/2018 5:05:23 PM PDT · by OddLane · 26 replies
    The InterWebz ^ | May 4, 2018 | Gerard Perry
    I haven't done a vanity in a while, and I intend on fleshing out my thoughts in a long form essay/piece for another website in the near future, but I figured I would give a personal perspective to the broader issue of online censorship by website owners that bill themselves as content neutral providers. I know that some, especially those who have no qualms about suppressing contrary points of view will object to the use of the phrase "censorship," since social media platforms like Twitter are not controlled by the government, therefore have a right to restrict and expunge any...
  • UC Berkeley: ‘Hard to defend’ free speech of conservatives who ‘incite’ liberal students

    05/04/2018 12:23:50 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2018 | Douglas Ernst -
    A long-awaited report on free speech protections at the University of California, Berkeley, blames “hard to defend” conservative speakers for inciting left-wing students to violence. A commission of Berkeley faculty, students formed in 2017 after violent and costly student protests called its commitment to free speech into question. Their months long study of the issue resulted in the conclusion that “ultra-conservative rhetoric” by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter only exists to “advance a facile narrative that universities are not tolerant of conservative speech.” “Contrary to a currently popular narrative, Berkeley remains a tolerant campus,” the report says,...
  • Shocker: Top Liberal Arts Colleges Don’t Hire Republicans Or Conservative Faculty

    05/02/2018 11:56:09 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 52 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 5-2-18 | Jazz Shaw
    What would you say if I told you that the faculty at most colleges and universities, particularly the larger liberal arts schools, is predominantly composed of liberal Democrats? You might find that surprising if you happen to have been living under a rock for the past several decades but otherwise, this is pretty much a dog-bites-man story. But just how bad is the imbalance? Mitchell Langbert at the National Association of Scholars (NAS) recently finished a lengthy research project examining the question and has published the results. No matter how bad you think the level of liberal bias is at...