Is Facebook an Arm of the Government and Therefore Subject to the First Amendment?

Dr. Anthony Fauci/PHOTO: 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

With the explosion of revelations from the release of the emails of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectiousness Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, it has been discovered that Facebook is censoring users’ posts of those public records, according to Reclaim the Net.

The emails published last week by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post showed Fauci — the COVID-19 “expert” whose profile has been boosted by voluminous appearances on mainstream media news outlets — taking contradictory stances on the issues of masks and quashing evidence that the virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The emails undermined several other narratives that Fauci and the federal government have rammed down the throats of Americans, who have been forced to suffer under lockdowns and economic destruction, attributed to the threat of the coronavirus.… Read More ➡

Google Leads Way in Converting ‘Smart’ Tech to ‘Woke’

Google’s headquarters

If you thought all the new tech developments to make your life “smart” (like “smart homes” and “smart phones”) were really just Big-Brotherism trying to increasingly modify your behavior, Google has a new one for you.

Many are aware of the powerful search engine’s auto-complete feature, in which the user starts typing a desired phrase and Google offers suggested completions of the phrase. The tech giant built its search algorithms to be politically left leaning, research has shown. For example, during the 2016 presidential campaign, auto-complete offered only positive suggestions when beginning a search on “Hillary Clinton,” but no negative ones.

Now Google wants to bring the same feature to the documents you write. In your words. For yourself and your colleagues.

The company announced at its I/O Developer conference this week that users of its Google Docs program — in which collaborators can compose, edit, and … Read More ➡

Facebook Oversight Board Gives Zuckerberg 6 Months to Fix Trump Ban

Mark Zuckerberg

You wouldn’t know it from the headlines but the Oversight Board found:  

“It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”

“Facebook did not follow a clear published procedure in this case.”

“It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored.”

“Facebook refused to answer several questions related to Trump’s news feed visibility.”

The Board rejected “Facebook’s request for it to endorse indefinite restrictions, imposed and lifted without clear criteria.”

It also found “Appropriate limits on discretionary powers are crucial to distinguish the legitimate use of discretion from possible scenarios around the world in which Facebook may unduly silence speech not linked to harm or delay action critical to protecting people.”

Click here to read the decision.

https://oversightboard.com/decision/FB-691QAMHJ/
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Tech Billionaires Bankroll Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors as She Lobbies for ‘Net Neutrality’

Jack Dorsey/PHOTO: jdlasica (CC)

Isabel Vincent has this today in the New York Post:

Big Tech has showered Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ PAC and charities with millions in donations — and censors her online critics — as she backs their battle to control the internet.

Philanthropists linked to Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated more than $7.5 million to a host of non-profits controlled by Khan-Cullors, who has helped them lobby for “net neutrality.”

From the article:

“Is Black Lives Matter for rent?” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. “Charities are not supposed to be vehicles for corporate lobbying, particularly on matters outside the charity’s mission.”

Click here to read the whole story in the New York Post.

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Does Amazon’s Omnipotence Call for New Political Alliances?

The Richest Man in the World

Amazon is affordable, comprehensive, convenient, dependable, and even enjoyable – and extremely dangerous to free speech and the democratic process.

The efficiency that makes the online retailer such a compelling outlet to return to time and time again – for daily household needs, for impulse purchases, for big deals, for hosting your blog, and for watching favorite shows and movies – is now being turned against anything left-wing activists target.

Some are sufficiently alarmed at the Amazon threat that they are willing to leave their houses, find alternatives, spend more, alter lifestyles, and modify political principles and alliances to break the Amazon habit. 

First, a few examples of Amazon censorship. The most recent is the refusal to any longer sell a book by conservative scholar Ryan Anderson titled When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, which argues that individuals who desire … Read More ➡

Issue of Big Tech Censorship ‘Will Not Go Away’

NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty is interviewed by Steve Gruber on America’s Voice about Big Tech censorship in the wake of Twitter’s permanent suspension of President Trump and the deplatforming of Twitter alternative Parler.… Read More ➡

After Censoring Conservatives, Zuckerberg Cozies Up to Biden

Mark Zuckerberg

Free (he thinks) from a Trump administration that constantly harps on his company’s censorship of conservatives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly plans to promote progressive agenda items on Facebook in order to ingratiate himself with an expected President Joe Biden.

Not exactly the favorite social media platform of liberals – who think Facebook has granted President Donald Trump and his supporters too much liberty on the site to spread “misinformation,” “hate speech” and non-“expert” (think Anthony Fauci) opinions – Zuckerberg feels he has some making up to do with the Democrats he expects to be in power starting in 2021.

While not considered the threat that is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is known for her advocacy to “break up Big Tech,” Biden still isn’t happy with Facebook. He criticized the platform because it refused to fact-check political advertisements, and earlier this year called for the Read More ➡

Censorship Epidemic on Facebook, Google, Twitter Drives Users to Alternatives

Sundar Pichai/IMAGE: YouTube

By now the election interference by Big Tech – specifically FacebookGoogle, and Twitter– is indisputable.

Also indisputable is that Congress will be powerless to alter their behavior, with at least another two years of guaranteed gridlock preventing the removal of Big Tech’s exemption under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says the online companies are like telecoms AT&T and Verizon (meaning they are protected from litigation) rather than news producers like the New York Times and Fox News (not protected from litigation).

Sure, you can expect more hearings like the one before the Senate Commerce Committee the week before Election Day, in which CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) were berated about their corporate underlings’ bias and censorship.

But it was just a repeat of previous Congressional theatrics: a lot of noise, and no action.… Read More ➡

NewsmaxTV: Why Did FBI Sit on Hunter Biden’s Laptop?

NewsMax TV- Tom Anderson of the National Legal and Policy Center discusses why the FBI has failed to act on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. Anderson also discusses the recent censorship of the group’s billboard with an image of LeBron James, who is gagged by a Chinese flag, accompanied by the message “Silence is Violence.”… Read More ➡

Senator Scott, Rudy Gobert Go on Offense Against NBA China Hypocrisy

Rick Scott/PHOTO: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Florida’s two Republican senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, have been among the sharpest critics in the upper chamber of the human rights abuses, censorship, espionage, and other bad conduct by the Chinese. They have consistently called upon American companies to pull back on doing business in, or with, the communist country until the tyrannical government cleans up its behavior.

So the lawmakers can’t be happy about the latest development in Orlando, where the National Basketball Association this year has held its abbreviated season (in what they call the “bubble,” keeping all teams in one city to mitigate against the effects of COVID-19), and is now in the midst of its championship series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. As I will explain in a moment, Chinese-style censorship has come to central Florida.

All summer the NBA drew attention because … Read More ➡