Category Archives: Free Speech

March 2, 2021

Citing Wikipedia’s Leftist Bias and “Propaganda,” Site’s Co-Founder Launching Competing Free-Speech Site

“The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone”

Long understood to be a an unreliable resource by serious academics, journalists, and bloggers, Wikipedia has more recently gained a broader reputation for leftwing bias.

Indeed, one of its co-founders notes that Wikipedia entries on socialism and communism are little more than propaganda and that he is launching a competing free-speech encyclopedia site.

Once considered a somewhat viable place to get a rudimentary handle on a topic, Wikipedia has arguably become a repository of “left-wing advocacy essays.”  This change does not sit well with one of Wikipedia’s co-founders, Larry Sanger.

Fox News reports:

Big tech has faced repeated accusations of bias and censorship, but one platform has escaped much scrutiny: Wikipedia.

The online encyclopedia, which claims “anyone can edit”, is the 13th most popular website in the world, according to Alexa’s web rankings. Google gives it special placement in search results.

But critics – including Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger – tell Fox News that many Wikipedia pages have become merely left-wing advocacy essays.

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Kevin and Sam Sorbo: The Left ‘Out for Blood’ in War to ‘Make Language Useless,’ ‘People Need to Get Out There and Fight’

“Kevin just got digitally assassinated by Facebook” for posting his conservative views, she said.

The left is “out for blood” in its effort to debase and degrade language in order to render it useless, Actor and Conservative Filmmaker Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Author Sam Sorbo said in a radio interview at CPAC on Friday.

By distorting the meaning of words like “fascism,” the left seeks to rob language of meaning, creating a society where violence, not words, becomes the only means of resolving conflict and disagreement, Sam Sorbo told Host Larry O’Connor:

“We are in a war, as much as we don’t want to be, because the left is out for blood. And that’s why I wrote the book ‘Words for Warriors,’ because the left has taken fascism and made it right wing. There’s nothing right-wing about fascism.

“And, we need to stop them in their tracks. They have to stop taking our language and debasing it and degrading it and making it useless.

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February 27, 2021

Principal who criticized Big Tech censorship sues school district for suspending him

Superintendent told principals to talk about Capitol riot as ‘teachable moment’

“I’m not going to tell you what to think, I just want to help you think,” Principal Barton Thorne told Cordova High School students last month, a few days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

His recorded video message, which plays weekly in homeroom, went on to explain the threat of social media platforms deciding who gets to speak. President Trump and many of his supporters had been removed from their accounts, and the competing social media platform Parler removed from its web host, in the wake of the riot.

Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools quickly put Thorne (above) on administrative leave and opened a disciplinary investigation for “professional misconduct.” Thorne’s lawyers demanded the district immediately reinstate him and “publicly apologize for suggesting his actions were inappropriate.”

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February 22, 2021

I am afraid that France has fallen

My fear for France is grounded in its lack of courage to fight for its civilization and the right of its people to speak their minds.

I am worried about France, because it is the cradle of European culture. I love its writers and ideas, Henry James in his 1903 masterpiece “The Ambassadors” speaks of Paris as the epitome of civilization, it is the country that has given so much and to which we owe so much as Europeans, the country that gives us the only intellectuals in Europe to reflect on our world. But it is the country that no longer knows how to defend that culture.

I am worried about France, because it is the “eldest daughter of the Church”, because my favorite pontiff (Benedict XVI) was at home there and now its churches are burning, these are sold, converted, demolished, abandoned and its priests and faithful sacrificed in front of the altars.

I am worried about France because its Jews have been physically attacked for twenty years, they are fleeing that country, they have to hide their symbols, they have buried their children as in Toulouse and then in many other massacres, and we know that Jews are the canaries of the coal mine.

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February 18, 2021

Facebook Will Temporarily Reduce Visibility Of Political Content For Some Users

During this period, Facebook says it plans to explore a variety of alternate approaches to ranking political content in people’s feeds using different data points.

Facebook said Wednesday it will temporarily reduce the visibility of political content for a small percentage of users in Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and the U.S. amid questions about the platform’s ability to moderate hateful content and misinformation, some of which may have played a role in helping to organize the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last month.

Last month, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed that the insurrection on the Capitol was largely organized on other social platforms that don’t have Facebook’s “standards and transparency.” However, Forbesreported that Facebook was mentioned 73 times in charging documents filed by the Justice Department in relation to the siege, compared to 24 mentions of YouTube and 20 of Instagram. Parler—despite being popular with the far-right—was only mentioned eight times. The data indicated that Facebook was strongly preferred by the rioters who have been charged and earlier reports showed cases of Facebook users publicly posting their intention to participate in the insurrection.

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February 13, 2021

Christian, Conservative Actor Kevin Sorbo Banned From Facebook

Although Sorbo has been blacklisted for being a Christian in Hollywood, it has not stopped him from pursuing acting. Sorbo has since turned to faith-based movies.

On February 13 , Christian, conservative actor Kevin Sorbo, best known for his role in the popular 1990s television show “Hercules: The Incredible Journeys,” tweeted that Facebook deleted his official Facebook account with over 500,000 followers.

“BREAKING: Facebook has deleted my official account with over 500,000 followers. I have created a new page; spread the word!” Sorbo tweeted, along with a link to his new Facebook account.

The actor, who has been outspoken about his conservative Christian views, is no stranger to social media or Hollywood controversy.

Sorbo, a supporter of former President Trump, has been critical of president Joe Biden via social media and has faced backlash from Twitter users for his comments. Most recently, Lawless, who played the warrior Xena on “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” before starring in her own spinoff show, got into an ugly Twitter feud with Sorbo over the US Capitol riots in Washington, DC.

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February 7, 2021

Hungary Joins Rising Chorus of Nations Against Big Tech Censorship

Yet another major European power has joined the growing alliance of nations against censorship by American Big Tech companies. 

Hungary is joining Poland as one of the premier European powers taking on Big Tech. “After consulting with the heads of the involved state institutions, the Ministry of Justice will propose a law to the Parliament this spring about the regulation of the great tech companies’ Hungarian [operation],” Hungarian Minister of Justice Varga Judit announced in a January 26 Facebook post.

In the same post, Varga explained that Hungary must act quickly if the European Union is too slow regulate Big Tech’s unchecked power: 

“We keep cooperating with the EU in the preparation of similar regulations but recent events have shown that we need to act faster to defend people. Today, everyone can be arbitrarily switched off from the online space without any official, transparent and fair proceeding and legal remedy.

“They can switch off bakers, hairdressers, pensioners, teachers, SMEs and state leaders as well.”

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February 6, 2021

Adviser: Trump Considers Launching His Own Social Media Platform

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, revealed on Saturday that the former president is considering launching his own social media platform in the not-too-distant future.

The news, which comes after Trump was banned permanently from Twitter and indefinitely from Facebook, came during Miller’s appearance on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel.

“I would expect that we will see the president reemerge on social media,” Miller said when asked what Trump plans to do next. “Whether that’s joining an existing platform or creating his new platform, there are a number of different options and a number of different meetings that they’ve been having on that front. Nothing is imminent on that.”

Asked about what a Trump social network—called something like “Trumper” or something similar—would look like, Miller was circumspect but said the former president is considering both joining existing new platforms or launching his own competitor to the tech giants in Silicon Valley.

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February 4, 2021

These are the words colleges don’t want you to say (Video)

Amid a nationwide movement to remove statue and symbols in the name of social justice, colleges have begun banning certain words and phrases. Campus Reform rounded up examples of the words and phrases that have been banned by some colleges.

Amid a nationwide movement to remove statues, symbols, and words in the name of inclusion, Campus Reform rounded up recent examples of words that have been banned on college campuses.

1. MSU eliminates the terms ‘foreign’ and ‘alien’

Michigan State University announced it would no longer use the terms “foreign” and “alien” in order to create a more inclusive environment. In October, Provost Teresa Woodruff addressed the Associated Students of MSU general assembly to announce the new “non-pejorative” language. Woodruff stated that moving forward, international students should be referred to as “non-domestic” or “international” to help “create a culture of not us vs. them, but of each other.” 

2. UPitt scraps “homecoming king” and “homecoming queen” titles

After the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Association called for a policy change to end the use of the terms “king” and “queen,” the university announced in October that it will no longer use the traditional titles. Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Nancy Merritt called the terms “antiquated” language. Instead, the school will provide a “Spirt of Pitt” award to homecoming royalty. 

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February 3, 2021

Poland’s ‘Freedom Act’ Will Empower People to Overturn Big Tech Shadowbans

Poland’s new Freedom Act against Big Tech censorship will see members of the public automatically notified of “shadowbans” and empowered to overturn restrictions if their speech online is lawful.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News, Deputy Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta, who is spearheading the new legislation, confirmed that “every time an algorithm is used to limit reach, the user will be informed if and why his reach is being limited.”

The Polish government has previously confirmed that its new laws against tech censorship will give Polish citizens a statutory right to appeal against bans and content removal if their speech was lawful under the Polish constitution, with a new Free Speech Board able to order tech firms to restore removed accounts and content on pain of huge fines.

Some tech censorship is more insidious, however, with Silicon Valley drastically curtailing some users’ reach and ability to build a following — sometimes openly, sometimes not — through so-called “shadowbans”, without ever outright banning them or deleting content.

Kaleta told Breitbart London that “the process of using algorithms to suppress particular views, as long as they do not break Polish law, (will) be regulated” and that “if social media platforms break this law, they will be fined.”

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