Category Archives: Social Media

November 13, 2017

YouTube finally blocks a known terrorist propagandist from its site

The videos that once populated YouTube ranged from Awlaki’s early work as a mainstream imam in the U.S. to his later association with Al Qaeda.

Three-quarters of those videos are now gone from YouTube’s archives, the New York Times reported Sunday. The Times called the move by YouTube a “watershed moment” for platforms that have facilitated terrorist recruitment online.The extremist jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike six years ago. But until this month, he was the leading English-speaking jihadist recruiter through more than 70,000 videos posted on YouTube.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even Airbnb have long claimed that they’re just platforms that bear no responsibility for the material that appears on them. In the post-Russian election interference era, however, some of these platforms have been forced to start accepting slightly more responsibility.

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October 31, 2017

Roger Stone Says He Will Sue Twitter Over Account Suspension

“I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” Stone tells TheWrap

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone Jr. said he will sue Twitter in response to the company banning him from the platform.

“I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” he told TheWrap. “The battle for free speech has just begun.”

Stone would not publicly name the attorney until he signed a retainer agreement, which he said he expected to do Monday.

“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife my kids and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” he said “This is just part and parcel of the tech lefts effort to silence conservative voices.”

Stone, always a provocative presence on the platform, was finally kicked off for good Saturday after launching a series of profanity-laced tweets towards CNN anchor Don Lemon and other network personalities.

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October 4, 2017

Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source

Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.

According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.

Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

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October 3, 2017

Facebook Is Enabling ‘Troll Mobs’ to Censor Conservative Content

And then just a couple of weeks ago, the social network also announced that they’re not going to allow pages that allegedly share so-called fake news — Which, let’s remember that is determined by users at will, and randomly and it’s completely arbitrary. They’ve said they will not let those pages that repeatedly share so-called fake news purchase ads.

A September 27 tweet by President Trump about how the establishment press and social media have worked to thwart his agenda and create a negative perception of him and those associated with him was the immediate trigger for Fox Business’s Neil Cavuto to interview Bre Payton of the TheFederalist.com on his show the following day.

But the interview topic went far beyond Trump’s non-specific complaint about Facebook and other media outlets and platforms as: “… always anti-Trump,” as Facebook is from all appearances breaking promises made to concerned conservatives late last year by continuing to marginalize the visibility and financial viability of conservative pages, sites, and content, allowing “troll mobs” to indiscriminately censor them by tarring their legitimate content as “fake news.”

Trump’s tweet also tagged the major TV networks, the New York Times and the Washington Post as anti-Trump.

But Payton’s immediate concern was Facebook, and her concerns are widely shared, as seen in the four-minute video which follows:

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October 1, 2017

Nolte: CNN Reports Russian Facebook Ads Promoted Black Lives Matter

At long last, we appear to finally have some proof that the Russians interfered in American democracy. Before some of you get too excited, there is still zero proof of any collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. There is still zero proof the Russians in any way “hacked the 2016 election.” There is still zero proof the Russians changed a single vote in 2016.

According to CNN, though, what we do have proof of is that in late 2015 and early 2016, the Russians used Facebook ads to promote Black Lives Matter.

Moreover, the report also says that the Russians’ overall goal in Ferguson and Baltimore was pretty much the same as CNN’s overall goal in Ferguson and Baltimore — to stir up division and chaos.

Here is CNN’s own Wednesday night report (emphasis added):

At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.

The Black Lives Matter ad appeared on Facebook at some point in late 2015 or early 2016, the sources said. The sources said it appears the ad was meant to appear both as supporting Black Lives Matter but also could be seen as portraying the group as threatening to some residents of Baltimore and Ferguson.

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September 16, 2017

Gab Declares War On Google, Files Lawsuit

According to Gab’s CEO Andrew Torba, “Google is the biggest threat to the free flow of information. Gab started to fight against the big tech companies in the marketplace, and their monopolistic conduct has forced us to bring the fight to the courtroom.”

Free speech social media site Gab AI, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Google for violations of the Clayton Act and Sherman Act. The lawsuit stems from Google removing Gab from its Google Play Android app store on spurious grounds of “hate speech” arising from posts by users.

Google did not accuse Gab of hate speech, but used third party content as a pretext to justify its own business ends. Gab, a startup, aims to bring “folks together of all races, religions, and creeds who share in the common ideals of Western values, individual liberty and the free exchange and flow of information.”

According to Gab’s attorney, Marc Randazza, Google’s conduct is a straightforward violation of the antitrust laws “Google Play and Android have monopoly power in the app store market, and Google’s apps YouTube and Google+ compete directly against Gab. Google’s intimate partnership with Twitter, which also competes against Gab, makes Google’s control of all Android apps available through the Play Store a serious restraint of trade issue.”

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September 12, 2017

Mike Cernovich interviews Andrew Torba CEO of Gab.ai (Video)

Must watch video.

September 10, 2017

Twitter Moves to Silence All Criticism of Islam

As Sharia continues to descend over the Internet.

Remember Google’s old motto, “Don’t be evil”? It sounds so ironic now, with the social media giants all rushing to implement Sharia blasphemy restrictions and choke off all criticism of Islam. Twitter is working so hard to do this that it should adopt a new motto: “Be evil.”

Twitter certainly lives by that motto. It lets stand open death threats against me. It censors content to suit Iran’s Islamic authorities. It has flagged as “hateful” tweets stating the fact that Islam is not a religion of peace and reporting accurately about anti-Semitic statements by an imam. It has let Islamic State accounts stand while banning those of people who report terrorists. It has shadowbanned my account, preventing thousands of readers from seeing Jihad Watch posts.

And it isn’t just me, of course. Breitbart reported Monday that “a Muslim apostate and high profile campaigner against both female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage has been suspended from micro-blogging platform Twitter, amidst a wider crackdown on right wing voices on the website, and other online platforms like Facebook.”

The human rights activist in question, Shazia Hobbs, explained: “It’s absolutely disgusting. There was no reason given. Twitter would not tell me what tweets were in violation of their rules. They said it was because of ‘harassment’. All I tweet about is the rape of Pakistani children by Pakistani men.”

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August 22, 2017

‘Trump Must Hang’ Prof Doubles Down On Inflammatory Tweets

“Justice = the execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.”

A California State University, Fresno professor doubled down on inflammatory tweets like “Trump must hang” in an interview released Sunday.

Lars Maischak, a history lecturer at Fresno State, tweeted “Trump must hang,” “Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?” and other remarks, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in April. The university banned Maischak from campus, but the professor still insists that his remarks were taken out of context, according to YourCentralValley.com.

Maischak claimed that he was not trying to incite violence, and alleged that the media misrepresented his remarks.

“It is only in the processing by the propaganda outlets on the web who make it a sport, who make it a business out of finding professors, actors, journalists and so forth and harass them by inciting an online lynch mob that this became a [controversy] to people,” Maischak said.

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July 25, 2017

Food stamp fraud running wild on social media

“Some people are getting really stupid. They showed on the news tonight people selling food stamps on Facebook and Craigslist.”

Earlier this year, the Trump administration’s budget proposed slashing $193 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade. The food stamp cuts, which represents a 25% decrease from existing levels, were described by the White House as “reforms that tighten eligibility and encourage work.” The proposed budget seeks to “close eligibility loopholes, target benefits to the neediest households, and require able-bodied adults to work.”

After the latest budget was released last week, news outlets began carrying stories about food stamp fraud, including those that take place online. Believe it or not, people are buying and selling food stamps on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist.

“Some people are getting really stupid. They showed on the news tonight people selling food stamps on Facebook and Craigslist. Why would you put that on Craigslist and Facebook; messing it up for people that really need their food stamps to buy food,” was a comment by Facebook user Monique Mosely back in April.

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