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Twitter is running a blackmail operation — cooperate or no traffic for you
NY Post ^ | October 28, 2020 | 6:46pm | Post Editorial Board

Posted on 10/28/2020 4:45:09 PM PDT by conservative98

For all their talk of “neutral platforms,” the Big Shots at Big Tech — Twitter, Facebook and Google — are running a protection racket. They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read, and what other media companies must do to reach the public via those platforms.

It’s a clear threat to a healthy democracy — and Congress has noticed. On Wednesday, the Senate launched a hearing to investigate “Big Tech’s bad behavior.”

Center-stage: Twitter’s strong-arm tactics to censor The Post ever since we began reporting on Hunter Biden’s e-mails. First, it froze our account and banned our stories; then, amid a public backlash, it agreed to unfreeze us — but only if we deleted our original tweets.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sounded like every mob enforcer and shakedown artist in history: Nice paper you got there, New York Post. Shame, should something happen to it. He knows full well media outlets depend on social media, and Google search algorithms, to help readers access our reporting.

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Some folks think the paper should’ve just caved immediately and deleted the story. Yet the problem isn’t The Post’s failure to squelch stories — it’s Big Tech’s heavy-handed shakedown.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bigtech; blackmail; facebook; google; internet; jackdorsey; joebiden; nypost; section230; technotyranny; twitter
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1 posted on 10/28/2020 4:45:09 PM PDT by conservative98
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2 posted on 10/28/2020 4:45:18 PM PDT by conservative98
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Time for an anti-trust lawsuit.


3 posted on 10/28/2020 4:46:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (If the meanings in the Constitution can change, why did they bother writing it down?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Long overdue.


4 posted on 10/28/2020 4:48:40 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: conservative98
Ted Cruz Retweeted

That’s a ridiculous statement. Millions of people get their news from Twitter and if Twitter is suppressing some of the biggest news of the day not allowing it to trend and locking out conservative accounts of course they are able to influence elections. https://t.co/zeWoBZEB0c— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 28, 2020

WATCH: Ted Cruz and Jack Dorsey clash at a Senate hearing after the Twitter CEO says his platform does not have the ability to influence elections. https://t.co/GnfXzXbck6— Axios (@axios) October 28, 2020


5 posted on 10/28/2020 4:48:44 PM PDT by conservative98
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He knows full well media outlets depend on social media, and Google search algorithms, to help readers access our reporting.

Then these media outlets probably shouldn’t even exist anymore.

It would seem to me that Twatter has no more of an obligation to provide unfettered access to the NY Post than the NY Post would be obligated to post links to articles in the NY Daily News.

Am I missing something here?

6 posted on 10/28/2020 4:52:15 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants

RICO prosecution.


7 posted on 10/28/2020 4:52:32 PM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: conservative98

Dorsey looks like Junkie


8 posted on 10/28/2020 4:54:20 PM PDT by butlerweave
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To: conservative98
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sounded like every mob enforcer and shakedown artist in history: Nice paper you got there, New York Post. Shame, should something happen to it. He knows full well media outlets depend on social media, and Google search algorithms, to help readers access our reporting.

Yup.
Reminds me of the mob enforcers in New York from back in the day.

9 posted on 10/28/2020 4:57:41 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: conservative98

It has always been extortion for Big Tech. Always. But hey, they’re private companies so they can do what they want, right? </s>


10 posted on 10/28/2020 4:59:17 PM PDT by Retrofitted
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Why do conservatives want to be on a site that eats you alive and drags you through the mud.. and throws hate at you..


11 posted on 10/28/2020 5:04:31 PM PDT by frnewsjunkie
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To: Alberta's Child
Am I missing something here?

The point is that social media companies advertise themselves as neutral platforms for the public to express themselves freely without fear of censorship beyond the "common sense" censorship of blocking pornography, violence, and criminal acts. Their actions of shadow banning accounts that express certain political views is counter to the social contract they have made with the public. Then, when they are called on their bad faith actions, they cite nebulous or superficial reasons or don't give any reason at all for the hypocrisy. The NY Post story really doesn't violate any rules and is a clear case of political censorship, which Dorsey has repeatedly said in the past that Twitter does not do. Dorsey lied, freedom died.

Twitter either needs to change their tune and declare that they have a bias against conservatism, or do a 180 deg. turn and be truly neutral in their censorship efforts. Lying to the public is verboten.

12 posted on 10/28/2020 5:08:42 PM PDT by Intar
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“Am I missing something here?”

Yes, the government is subsidizing the social medias via special privileges and exemptions. Remove them - and then ask again.
Also, the ongoing restraint of trade on conservative interests is something that needs to prosecuted as a civil rights violation - especially grievous considering the government perks the socials get.


13 posted on 10/28/2020 5:14:24 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: Blood of Tyrants; conservative98

Monopolistic practices.

I second the Anti-Trust motion.


14 posted on 10/28/2020 5:24:32 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: butlerweave

crack head and meth head combined.


15 posted on 10/28/2020 5:24:32 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Alberta's Child

It’s kind of like the phone company saying they don’t like what you are saying so you can’t talk on their lines.


16 posted on 10/28/2020 5:27:55 PM PDT by conservative98
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The Post should demand a refund of all the money they paid Twitter to distribute their content.

Oh, wait...

17 posted on 10/28/2020 5:31:57 PM PDT by semimojo
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To: Intar
The point is that social media companies advertise themselves as neutral platforms for the public to express themselves freely without fear of censorship ...

1. I've never read or heard anyone from any of these social media platforms make this claim.

2. Even if they did, I don't see how any of this would be covered under "false advertising" protections because I don't know anyone who actually PAYS to use any of these stupid things.

18 posted on 10/28/2020 5:41:06 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man.")
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Yes, the government is subsidizing the social medias via special privileges and exemptions.

Other than the Section 230 protection that is given to many types of media platforms, what "subsidies" are these companies getting?

For the life of me, I can't even understand how any of them make money ... since I don't know what kind of revenue streams they have.

It's hard to complain about the conditions you find on a free platform, I'd say.

19 posted on 10/28/2020 5:43:21 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man.")
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It’s kind of like the phone company saying they don’t like what you are saying so you can’t talk on their lines.

Except you're paying for the phone service, and phones are considered a public utility by many legal standards. I don't think the internet is there yet, and even if it was I'd say there's a very clear line between guaranteeing access to infrastructure and access to content.

20 posted on 10/28/2020 5:46:34 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man.")
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