Category Archives: Social Media

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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March 1, 2021

Report: Facebook a ‘Hotbed of Child Sexual Abuse Material’ with 20M Incidents

A recent report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children claims that Facebook had 20.3 million reported incidents of child sexual abuse material. In comparison, Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek had only 13,000 reports. Facebook accounted for 95 percent of the incidents in the report.

The Daily Beast reports that according to new data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline, the vast majority of online child exploitation reports were linked to Facebook. The study found that over 20.3 million reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking were linked to Facebook.

In comparison to the millions of incidents reported on Facebook, Google had 546,704 incidents, Twitter found 65,062, Snapchat reported 144,095, and TikTok found 22,692. Facebook accounted for almost 95 percent of the 21.7 million reports combined across all platforms.

MindGeek, the Canada-based parent company of multiple porn websites including Pornhub, RedTube, and YouPorn, reported far fewer incidents than Facebook. MindGeek reported 13,229 reports.

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February 28, 2021

Liberal censorship opens lucrative door for conservative entrepreneurs, social media star says

“Billions of dollars to be made by providing conservative alternatives,” Rogan O’Handley said.

The social media censorship of conservatives is going to significantly backfire, lawyer and social media influencer Rogan O’Handley predicts.

O’Handley, who goes by the social media handle @DC_Draino, told the John Solomon Reports podcast that by forcing conservatives out of mainstream social media, the left is creating a lucrative business for alternative social media platforms that are pro-free speech.

“This is economic balkanization of the internet, right? So we’re seeing as we are rejected, and pushed out of, and censored by, mainstream leftist Silicon Valley companies, it’s creating a massive, lucrative economic opportunity for entrepreneurs to provide alternatives that, you know, defend American values and allow free speech,” O’Handley said.

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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 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 3, 2021

Steven Crowder’s lawyer files lawsuit against Facebook alleging litany of censorship-related offenses

Allegations include ‘unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust’ violations

Bill Richmond, the lawyer for BlazeTV host Steven Crowder, announced Monday he has begun filing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. over “unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust” violations.

The lawsuit is set to be filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will seek injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, according to a summary of the filing posted on Crowder’s website.

Richmond, who is jokingly referred to on the set as Crowder’s “half-Asian lawyer,” was unusually straight-faced during Monday’s show as he shared details about the lawsuit, which he expects will pull him away from the show for the foreseeable future.

“This time’s different,” said Crowder about other minor lawsuits often filed against the platform for alleged censorship.

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February 1, 2021

Australian Lawmakers ‘Will Not Be Intimidated’ – Reject Big Tech Pleas for Leniency

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s call to Australian lawmakers for leniency over plans to regulate tech giants and force them to pay for news sourced from local media outlets has been roundly rejected by Canberra.

The move comes as a broader international debate grows over how countries regulate big tech companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook and force them to pay their way.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Sunday he met with Mark Zuckerberg over the government’s proposal, but the Facebook chief executive and founder was unable to shift the government’s position.

“Mark Zuckerberg didn’t convince me to back down, if that’s what you are asking,” Frydenberg said, according to ABC News Australia.

Australia intends to introduce a law that would force Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, and internet search giant Google Inc to negotiate payments to media companies whose content drives traffic to their websites.

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January 31, 2021

Twitter Sued for Hosting Child Pornography (Video)

Twitter has been hosting and profiting from child pornography for more than a decade. The latest lawsuit, brought by the National Association on Sexual Exploitation on behalf of a victim, accuses the platform of “benefiting from a sex trafficking venture in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act”; “violation of duty to report child sexual abuse material”; and “receipt and distribution of child pornography.” Since Twitter is hosted by Amazon Web Services, we can only assume that Amazon has no objection to Twitter’s activities.

January 18, 2021

Twitter Senior Executive Details Plans for Political Censorship on a Global Scale … ‘A Lot of the Work That We’ve Been Doing Over the Last Week is Work That We’ve Built on in Other Places…This is Our Global Approach’ (Video)

Gadde: “We decided to escalate our enforcement of the civic integrity policy and use a label that disabled engagements to stop the spread of potentially inflammatory content, which is the content around election interference, election fraud, stealing the election, that type of thing.”

Project Veritas released a new video today exposing a senior executive at Twitter, Vijaya Gadde, detailing plans to replicate censorship measures around the world.

“One of the interesting things is a lot of the work that we’ve been doing over the last week is work that we’ve built on in other places around the world, where we’ve seen violence unfold as a result of either misleading information or coded rhetoric,” Gadde said.

“A lot of our learnings here [in the United States] have come from other markets. So, in that sense, you know, we do feel like it is – this is our global approach,” she said

“We need to be very focused on being able to enforce any of these policies or enforcement decisions we make at scale,” she said.

Gadde defended censoring tweets in the United States that bring attention to voter fraud.

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