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Free Speech on Twitter

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on May 16, 2022 by andelino

Last week a great blow was struck for online freedom. Billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter. Liberals around the world have clenched their pearls as Musk promises to bring the once cherished principle of freedom of speech to the platform.

But his task may not be so easy. It’s not just Twitter’s governance that wants to restrict what can be said on Twitter. Other very powerful forces also want to control what is said online.

At the same time that Musk was putting in his bid for Twitter, the European Union agreed on outlines for its Digital Services Act, which would create a new European bureaucracy able to police what is said online, with a global reach.

Read more at “Free Speech on Twitter? Not If the EU Can Help It”

Undermines Democracy

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on May 15, 2022 by andelino

Does “misinformation” or “censorship” pose the greater threat to democracy?

Only four years ago, Project Veritas caught Twitter staffers on hidden camera admitting that their company censored conservative speech using shadow banning. The policy manager of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council told an undercover reporter that the company was working on ways to ensure that specific people did not show up in Twitter users’ information feeds. And a direct messaging engineer told an undercover reporter that the company was flagging tweets that mentioned “God” and “America.” Yet for many prominent Democrats, this shadow banning is not enough.

Read more at “Billionaire Tech Mogul Elon Musk Says Twitter Undermines Democracy”

Suspend Twitter & Facebook

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 14, 2021 by andelino

Time to “suspend” Twitter and Facebook by “Internet Service Providers” (ISP) across the country.

Twitter left every “sentient” American wondering how a company so “stupid” could become so powerful.

Twitter spent last year “silencing” anything that would help Trump, including accurate facts about Biden “pimping” out his debauched son to foreign countries for big bucks.

It then inaugurated this year by “booting” the president of the United States off Twitter, followed by “silencing” all of his supporters.

But Twitter wasn’t done. In connection with Uganda elections, Twitter issued a “proud” public policy statement about the absolute necessity of “free speech” on the internet, especially around elections.

If you’re thinking that what I just wrote is a joke from the inestimable Babylon Bee, it’s not. This is as real as can be.

For a little context, this started because Twitter and Facebook were doing in Uganda what they did in America: “using their immense power to put their jackboots on the scale to affect the election.”  

Uganda, unlike the “feckless” Republicans, was not going to allow it:

Twitter, as you saw, struck back. Once you’re done laughing about the insane ”hypocrisy” contained within those tweets, start thinking about the deeper implications of the above tweets. I’m not going to deny that Democrats are smart. They are.

Over the course of sixty years, accelerating in the last twenty years, and with “warp speed” in just the last four years, they have systematically moved themselves to the most powerful positions in every American institution, whether in politics, entertainment, education, the media, or the corporate world.

However, what we’re seeing on Twitter is a problem that sometimes happens to apex predators: “they get soft.” Having “vanquished” most of their competition, for the last twenty years, leftists have created a very peculiar “intellectual” world.

When it comes to “technology” and communications, they’ve gone all in, successfully. However, their other area of expertise has been “victim-hood.” They are all victims. Even “self-aware” whites are victims, burdened by their painful “toxicity and privilege.”

This mindset led to “safe spaces, trigger warnings”, and all the other ideas that started in academia and then followed graduates into the corporate and political worlds. For many years now, while leftists are perfectly happy to excoriate “Conservatives” and other “Deplorables” whenever possible, they have “insulated” themselves from all opposing ideas and criticism.

This has extended to politics. In 2016, after Hillary who lost “twice” the presidential elections, leftists didn’t engage in self-analysis. Instead, they “cried” about the Russia hoax for four years, long after even Mueller had “conceded” that neither Trump nor anyone close to him had “colluded” with the Russians.

To “win” the 2020 election, Democrats made zero effort to “convince” Americans that the Democrats had better ideas. Instead, they “locked” Americans in their homes, “destroyed” the economy, increase “dependence” on the government, a Democrat specialty, “locked” their candidate “Sniffy” Joe Biden in a basement, “silenced” any speech of which they disapproved, and “copied” other countries’ vote fraud activities to “steal the election.”

I’ll give Democrats props for achieving their goal, but they “cheated” themselves out of a necessary learning curve. Thus, by “greasing” their own path for so long, Democrats have assiduously trained themselves into the “stupidity” that comes with a complete lack of “insight and self-awareness.”

Incidentally, those Republican politicians and operatives “blaming” Trump and embracing a second “impeachment” are doing the same thing.

The Democrats’ recent success has also given them a healthy dose of “hubris.” If they were more conversant with the philosophy of old white men, such as the wisdom imparted in the Bible or reached by the ancient Greek philosophers, they would know that “stupidity” and “hubris” always end the same way: “badly.”

Proverbs 16:18 gets the last word. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

And that’s how you end up with quite possibly the funniest and most repulsive tweet ever: “Twitter preaching free speech purity to the poor benighted black folk in Uganda, even as it stands proudly on the First Amendment’s grave back at home.”

Its repulsive “condescension” is the real-world version of Ingrid Bergman’s character in this classic 1974 movie:

So, after the “Glorious Week Of Serial Purges” and concerted “defenestration” of Parler, this “2021 New Speak” obviously redefined the term “irony” as did the cartoon below.

Time for “Internet Service Providers” (ISP) across the country to block Twitter and Facebook and permanently shutdown these “basic human rights” violators.

 

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How To Survive Big Tech

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2021 by andelino

The largest technology companies in the United States don’t like you very much. Conservatives will have their voices silenced just like the dissenters in China.

So, what should you do to survive “The Purge”

Social Media

Start by recognizing that you can’t fix the tech platforms that are bent on eradicating your “Social Media” point-of-views. You’ll have to go elsewhere or be exiled. So consider alternative social media platforms focusing on freedom of speech like Parler, Gab, MeWee, Rumble, etc.

Search Engines

Google kicked Parler off its app store because it disagreed with posts that users published. Weak, lame, silly, petty. Yeah, but it is what it is. You can’t fix Google, so avoid it.

DuckDuckGo is a fantastic search engine, they don’t track you, don’t sell your data and do not have the algorithmic political bias that Google does. Go HERE to see how to change the search engine you use from Google to ANYTHING else.

Another great search engine is Brave, a fast, private and secure web browser for PC, Mac and mobile. Download now to enjoy a faster ad-free browsing experience that saves data and battery life by blocking tracking software.

Tech Choices

Apple and Google kicked free speech company Parler off of its app store. If you have an iPhone or a Pixel, you’re financially supporting their actions.

While Samsung still uses Google’s Android OS, picking a phone not made by Apple or Google nets the monopolistic demons much less revenue than buying their phones.

You can also “de-Google” your Android phone to completely release you from Big Tech’s grasp:

The ultimate idea is to make sure you aren’t stuck on a single platform, with a single provider, on a single device. You must decentralize your communications so that you can get the information you need.

While luxuriating in Tahiti, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a shameful but bold decision: He removed thousands of conservative voices from his platform, including GrrrGraphics. You can follow GrrrGraphics on Gab with same ID @GRRRGRAPHICS.

Our mass violation? We were all pro-Trump. Dorsey “lied” and said we were promoting ”violence” while he allowed “hang Pence” messages to stay.

Not to be outdone, Jeff Bezos also “cleansed” the Twitter alternative, Parler, from his company’s cloud servers. Trump supporters are now being smeared as “terrorists” by the far left mega billionaires.

Throughout 2020, Facebook was busy “censoring” conservative voices on their platform. Mark Zuckerberg is good friends with China’s President Xi.

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese. He asked Xi to name his child. Zuckerberg clearly interfered with the election by refusing to allow any comments or links to Hunter’s notorious laptop. Facebook went the Hillary route of lying and said with zero proof that it was “Russian disinformation.”

Try using Google for any searches of conservative opinions and you’ll see page after page of leftist opinions stating why conservatives are wrong. Goggle does “evil” and it’s now nothing more than a “socialist propaganda arm” and not a search engine.

Many on the left claim it’s perfectly fine for these CEOs to burn conservative opinions. After all, they are private companies and can do whatever they want. Not exactly. They are publicly-held companies. Twitter’s stock got slammed the other day and rightfully so. Let’s hope the mega billionaires are all taken down a peg or two, but more importantly, we all need to point out the hypocrisy of the left for blatantly violating our First Amendment.

The lefty mega billionaires know their plans for us are unpopular. Their ideas don’t stand up in the marketplace of ideas, so they want to limit and control that marketplace.  They know this is not aligned with our Constitution, but they don’t care. They admire the “Chicoms” system more. Hence their naked display of reckless power.

They must be awfully “afraid” if they’re resorting to “silencing” millions of Americans.

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The vilification and purge is not so much about Trump as it is about you

Dump Big Tech Now

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2021 by andelino

Dump Twitter and Big Tech for threatening our “democracy and freedom of speech.”

Twitter just de-platformed President Trump permanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily de-platformed.

Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech and their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.

Please SIGN our petition-pledge to Dump Twitter and Big Tech, and take back your freedom of speech and privacy. CLICK HERE for our “Goodbye Google” resources page to find good alternatives to Google!

When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, or Google to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.

Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook’s “community guidelines” are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.

Simply put, Twitter, Facebook and Google, who owns YouTube, appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.

Don’t contribute to this assault on democracy: “Stop using Twitter, Facebook and Google as your default social media platforms and search engine!” CLICK HERE to find a good alternative to Google.

To repeat: “a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.”

We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over “misgendering” a man who claims to be a woman.

LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.

And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.

Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders like President Trump from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.

But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook and Google are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our “Goodbye Google” Resources page.

The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook and Google executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!

This kind of “manipulation” poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.

So, at this point, the only way to stop Twitter, Facebook and Google is to quit “using their platform.”

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to pledge to stop using Twitter and Big Tech. Then, please CLICK HERE to find alternative search engines and social media platforms. Thank you!

Find alternatives for search engines, browsers, email, and more. 
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Big Tech vs. Free Speech of interviews with experts on how Big Tech censorship is killing free speech
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Social Media Influence

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2019 by andelino

Social Media Influence
By: Kerby Anderson, President of Probe Ministries International.

More than a decade ago, social scientists and social commentators expressed concern about how the Internet in general and social media in particular was influencing us. Nicholas Carr raised this question in an Atlantic article entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He observed that “Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory.” He believed this came from using the “Internet” and searching the web with “Google.”

He later went on to write a book with the arresting title, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” He surveyed brain research that helped to explain why we don’t read as much and why it is so hard to concentrate. The Internet and social media are retraining our brains. He says, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”

A developmental psychologist at Tufts University put it this way. “We are not only what we read. We are how we read.” The style of reading on the Internet puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above other factors. Put simply, it has changed the way we read and acquire information.

You might say that would only be true for the younger generation. Older people are set in their ways. The Internet could not possibly change the way the brains of older people download information. Not true. The 100 billion neurons inside our skulls can break connections and form others. A neuroscientist at George Mason University says: “The brain has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions.”

The proliferation of social media has also begun to shorten our time of concentration. Steven Kotler made this case in his Psychology Today blog, “How Twitter Makes You Stupid.” 

He once asked the author of the best-selling book why he called it the “8 Minute Meditation.” The author told him that eight minutes was the length of time of an average segment of television. He reasoned that “most of us already know exactly how to pay attention for eight minutes.”

Steven Kotler argues that Twitter was reducing the time of concentration to 140 words (back when that was the word limit). He showed how Twitter was constantly tuning “the brain to reading and comprehending information 140 characters at a time.” He concluded that “If you take a Twitter-addicted teen and give them a reading comprehension test, their comprehension levels will plunge once they pass the 140 word mark.”

Not only is there a problem with concentration; there is a problem with distraction. A study at the University of Illinois found that if an interruption takes place at a natural break-point, then the mental disruption is less. If it came at a less opportune time, the user experienced the “where was I?” brain lock.

Another problem is what is called “continuous partial attention.” People who use mobile devices often use their devices while they should be paying attention to something else. Psychologists tell us that we really aren’t multitasking, but rather engage in rapid-fire switching of attention among tasks. It is inevitable they are going to miss key information if part of their focus is on their digital devices.

There is also the concern that social media and digital devices are reducing our creativity. Turning on a digital device and checking social media when you are “doing nothing” replaces what we used to do in the days before these devices were invented. Back then, we called it “daydreaming.”

That is when the brain often connects unrelated facts and thoughts. You have probably had some of your most creative ideas while shaving, putting on makeup, or driving. That is when your brain can be creative. Checking e-mail and social media sites reduces daydreaming.

These new media platforms present a challenge to us as Christians. As we use these new forms of media, we should always be aware of their influence on us. They can easily conform us to the world (Romans 12:2). Therefore, we should make sure that we are not taken captive (Colossians 2:8) by the false philosophies of the world.

Christians should strive to apply the principle set forth in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

A wise Christian will use discernment when approaching the various social media platforms. They provide lots of information and connect us with people around the world. But we should also guard against the worldly influence that is also promoted on many of these platforms.

Big Tech companies have been censoring content for many years. Many years ago, the National Religious Broadcasters began monitoring censorship on these social media platforms through their John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech. Even back then, their report concluded that “The free speech liberty of citizens who use the Internet is nearing a crisis point.”

A recent Senate hearing provided lots of additional examples. Senator Marsha Blackburn asked why her pro-life ad was pulled during the 2018 campaign because Twitter deemed it “inflammatory.” It is worth noting that she did receive an apology from the executive who added that they made a “mistake on your ad.” Senator Ted Cruz pointed to a Susan B. Anthony List ad that was banned. It had a picture of Mother Teresa with her quote: “Abortion is profoundly anti-woman.” At the top of the poster in the committee room was the word: CENSORED.

A number of commentators (Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones) have been banned from Facebook and Instagram. Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel has been demonetized. Nearly two-dozen PragerU videos have been slapped with a restricted label on YouTube. The list goes on and on.

Big tech does control much of the media world. Google controls 90% of worldwide search, 75% of smartphone operating systems, 67% of desktop browser, and 37% of digital advertising. Add to this other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube that also have a profound influence. At the Senate hearing, Ted Cruz noted that these big tech companies “are larger and more powerful than Standard Oil was when it was broken up” and “larger and more powerful than AT&T when it was broken up.” But does that mean government should get involved?

Those who are advocating government intervention make the case that “platform access is a civil right.” The argument is that private companies are actually violating the civil rights of Americans in the same way that preventing someone to speak in a public park would be a violation. They argue that the big tech companies are a monopoly. And they call for federal and state regulation of these social media platforms arguing that the Supreme Court has argued in the past that government cannot restrict your access to the public square.

The problem with that argument is two-fold. First, these big tech companies are private companies not the government. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms are private property and not the public square. We may not always like what they do, but they are privately owned technology companies and not the federal government, which is governed by the First Amendment.

Second, these companies are protected by a section of the “1996 Communications Decency Act” that keeps them from being exposed to potentially crippling liability for something posted on their platform. Some politicians have called for changing that legal protection, but Congress seems unlikely to do anything like that in the near future.

Many conservatives are wary of having the government get involved in patrolling social media platforms. They remind us of the “1949 FCC Fairness Doctrine.” This regulation was supposed to provide an opportunity for media outlets to provide content that was fair, honest, and balanced. Talk radio and other forms of media exploded once the Fairness Doctrine was removed. In most cases, government regulation of the media hurt conservative voices more than helped them.

Even if government were to regulate content on social media platforms, it is worth mentioning that the major tech companies would probably have lots of influence. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg would have a place at the table as government drafted various media regulations. It is likely that company and many others might even help craft regulations that would protect them from future competitors. We have seen this picture before in other instances when government intervened.

Some have even suggested that we close our social media accounts. If you don’t like the way the New York Times or the Washington Post reports stories or provides commentary from people on your side, you don’t have to subscribe to those newspapers. If you don’t like how MSNBC or Fox News covers stories, you don’t have to tune to that TV network. Media outlets are already choosing what to print or broadcast. Social media platforms are no different.

Sam Sweeney has this advice: “Delete your Facebook, yesterday. Don’t get your news from Twitter. The issues of free speech on social media will no longer matter to you. They don’t matter to me. I’ve made a decision not to subjugate myself to the whims of our new overloads.” 

I think most of us want to keep our social media accounts because of the benefit we receive. But I also realize that in light of what we have discussed in this article, many will decide to follow his advice and drop one or more of these social media accounts. We leave that decision to you.

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Minds Blockchain

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 4, 2019 by andelino

Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter have come under fire for “censoring” conservative voices, while lawmakers are struggling to “decide” how best to end the “practice”, if at all.

Minds.com is a fast growing “free speech” alternative that emphasizes “transparency and privacy.”

Few platforms have challenged the virtual “monopolies” of Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter who nearly have “crushed” all competitors. But what makes Facebook, Google, and Twitter “weak” is where challengers see potential.

The four “tech companies” have come under fire for their “data collection, privacy, and censorship” policies. Together, they control almost “everything” users see on the Internet. Almost.

In balancing transparency and privacy, “blockchain” aims to change the way social “media” operates. No major social media platform “utilizes” blockchain except “Minds.”

Blockchain works like this: “An individual makes a transaction request; that request is processed in a person-to-person network of computers, called ‘nodes;’ nodes then validate the transaction; once the transaction is validated, the network creates a new ‘block,’ which is attached to all other transactions; and then the transaction is complete.”

A transaction can be anything: “a financial transaction, a message, or a video.” What makes blockchain unique is its “incorruptibility.” Every transaction is recorded and stored, making “fraud” nearly impossible.

While lawmakers “struggle” to decide how best to handle platforms that “censor voices” for their political views, whether through “regulation” or declaring them public utilities, millions of users are “leaving” Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter entirely. Droves of them are going to “Minds.”

What Is “Minds”?

Minds.com is a social media platform that is essentially a hybrid between all four companies “Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter.” No other alternative utilizes “blockchain” the way “Minds” does.

Bill Ottman, CEO and co-founder of Minds.

In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Minds CEO and co-founder Bill Ottman explained his “alternative” to Google, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

What makes “Minds” different is its “transparency,” Ottman explained. Anyone can look at how “Minds” functions and see that it’s not “spying” on it users. The platform is a hybrid between “decentralized and centralized” networks. Ottman says decentralized networks are the future.

“Minds’ foundational principles — privacy, transparency, free speech — are essential. All of our code is open source, meaning anyone can look at it. Some alternatives are not open sourced,” Ottman said. “If you’re not going to give your community the software code how can you expect to be transparent? You have to show that the software is not spying on you.”

Users can “boost” their accounts or posts, much like an “ad,” to either their peers or the entire network to earn “exposure” and organically grow a “base of followers.”

While Facebook, YouTube and Twitter can “shadow ban” conservatives, users can look at Minds’ code and see that it “doesn’t and isn’t able” to do that. New users flock to “Minds” every day there’s “coverage” of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Google “censoring” voices.

“Minds” doubled its active “user base” in July and now has over 1.4 million users form a wide-range of “political beliefs, conservatives, liberals and non-political” users that just want to “discuss or share” ideas with users of similar interests.

“Shadow banning is one of the most dangerous things” for social media, Ottman said. “It’s totally unsustainable for the entire media industry. There needs to be an ethical alternative.”

“The reality is that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google are punishing certain pages and we don’t know why because they won’t share their code,” he added.

“Minds,” on the other hand, emphasizes “first amendment” principles over anything. “If it’s legal in the U.S., you can post it on Minds.”

“Aligning with the first amendment is better as a principle and it’s less prone to subjective and biased moderation that comes with blurry terms on establishment social networks. The more open approach gives less overhead with unnecessary banning and more focus on actual illegal material” Ottman said.

Minds.com screenshot

Application stores on the two major “smartphone” operating software developers, “Apple and Google,” removed another self-described “free speech” alternative to Twitter, “Gab.ai,” effectively ending the growth of the platform.

Apple and Google “removed” the app form their app stores in 2016 and 2017, respectively as some in the media attacked Gab’s creator, Andrew Torba, for supporting President Donald Trump, labeling his platform a designation for the “alt-right and neo-Nazis.”

Google admitted to removing Gab for violating its “hate speech” policies, while Apple said it removed it for violating its policies against “pornography,” The Daily Caller reported.

However, “pornography can be easily found on Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter.”

“Censorship affects both the left and right and internet freedom benefits all. This is why web freedom pioneers like the ‘Electronic Frontier Foundation’, a nonprofit organization that advocates for online freedom warn against censorship on all fronts,” Ottman added.

“Minds” has experienced its fair share of “censorship” efforts. Google banned “ads” from the Minds platform in February.

“Google ads along with Facebook ads,” control nearly all the advertisements users see online. This would’ve been the final “death-blow” to any other platform, but for “Minds” it was “a blessing in disguise,” Ottman said.

“Google ads are almost spyware,” he added. “The Internet is hooked, almost addicted, to the money that Google ads are giving them, but when you let them place ads on your site they are spying on your users. Most companies don’t know that is happening.”

Indeed, “Google ads and Facebook ads” both use your information for “targeted” ads. This information ranges from the basic “age or gender” to the outright invasive “what city you live in and your political views.”

The Google ad-ban, Ottman said, “was a big reason Minds adopted blockchain. We’re not taking fees. Companies can’t come in and stop payments.”

Ottman pointed to a phenomenon that is called the “Streisand” effect, which is when “attempts at censorship backfire because of the publicity brought to the subject when it has been censored,” as a key example in how censorship doesn’t work.

“Peer-reviewed evidenced shows that censorship amplifies violence like the Streisand effect because radical ideas are further radicalized,” he said.

Ottman wrote a thorough examination of how “censorship” is wrong and doesn’t work in an article on “The Next Web” called, “Research: Restricting free speech isn’t the solution to violence and hate speech.”

“A healthy society require the exchange of ideas including controversial ideas,” he added, pointing to a black man, Daryl Davis, who was able to “convince” 200 people to leave the “Ku Klux Klan.”

Davis wouldn’t have been able to do that without a healthy “dialogue” exchange.

Censorship

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2019 by andelino

The White House launched a tool that will allow any U.S. citizen to submit a “complaint” if they think they were unfairly “censored” on social media platforms.

Social media bias has become a major talking point for conservatives who argue that Silicon Valley companies are “biased” against their viewpoints.

President Trump said that he liked platforms like “Twitter” and “Facebook” because they allowed him to reach voters in an “unrestricted” way, unlike the “fake” mainstream media.

The new form begins by asking users to submit “basic” information about themselves, like their first and last names. It then asks users if they are “citizens.”

If a user clicks “yes,” the form continues. If a user clicks “no,” a screen pops up saying: “Unfortunately, we can’t gather your response through this form. Please feel free to contact us at WhiteHouse.gov/contact.

The tool asks users next to click which platform they’ve experienced bias on: “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Other.” It asks users to link to the “suspected post” and post a screenshot from the platform, if applicable, of the rule violation notification.

The “online” form where users can submit requests is also an “email collection” mechanism.

“We want to keep you posted on President Trump’s fight for free speech,” the form states after a few questions. “Can we add you to our email newsletters so we can update you without relying on platforms like Facebook and Twitter?”

The move is yet another example of ways the administration has chosen to “tackle” issues unilaterally, as opposed to working with bigger institutions or bodies to enact change.

The White House launched the tool just hours after it broke with more than a dozen world leaders and top technology companies in an international call to action around the rise of “online extremism” on social platforms.

“Censorship” and “Freedom of speech” are under attack throughout social media. Here’s what’s happening:

The next stage in tech overlords’ censorship: De-platforming un-PC blogs 

Super Pope

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 19, 2014 by andelino

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Watch out, “Superman”— there’s a new “hero” in town.

An official Vatican Twitter account shared an amazing image — Pope Francis as “Super Pope.”

It wasn’t enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” or that he fronted the “Rolling Stone” magazine.

Now there’s “Super Pope” graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican.

The white caped crusader appeared on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter’s Square.

In typical superhero fashion, Francis’ blasts into the air with a smile, right fist trusted forward, white cape billowing out behind him, crucifix swinging in the wind, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his trademark black satchel with the word “Valores” written across it in white letters.

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Italian artist Mauro Pallotta poses in front of his graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman

The “graffiti” image was projected onto a wall in Rome by Italian artist Mauro Pallotta.

“We share with you a graffiti found in a Roman street near the Vatican,” the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from the Holy See said on its official Twitter page.

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The 77-year-old Argentine pontiff is “renowned” for throwing off his security and plunging into the crowds to “greet” pilgrims, and often uses “jokes or stories” to spread the “values” of the Church.

Francis has charmed the masses with his “simplicity” and message of “helping the poor,” even as he has “cracked” down on Vatican “waste and corruption.”

The pope is a keen “Twitter” user himself, regularly posting tweets on his own feeds in nine languages, which “boast” more than 10 million followers in total.

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A tourist poses for a souvenir picture in front of a graffiti of Super Pope…

Bogus Twitter Fakes

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on October 3, 2013 by andelino

Twitter apologises for fake tweetsThere are about 20 million fake users on Twitter, The New York Times says.

Twitter has a total of more than 500 million users, which would mean that 4 percent of all Twitter accounts are “bogus.”

Fake Twitter followers have become big business.

Mitt Romney was accused of buying 117,000 fake followers to make himself look more viral during the last presidential election.

Newt Gingrich was accused of doing the same thing in 2011.

 The Times reports:

The “average” price for 1,000 “fake” followers is $18, according to one study by Barracuda Labs.

Some sellers “bragged” that they made $2 and $30 per “fake” account.

A conservative “estimate,” they said, was that “fake” Twitter followers offered “potential” for a $40 million to $360 million business.

The most “coveted” fake accounts “tweet” (or re-tweet) constantly, have “profile” pictures and complete “bios”, and some even link to “Web sites” that they claim “belong” to them.

But in many cases, a close “look” reveals that some of the accounts were set up “purely” to re-tweet material from specific sites.

Twitter has “sued” five companies that create and sell “fake” accounts.

The Times also reported that tech news site “The Next Web” (TNW) created a piece of “software” that made it easier for otherwise “inactive” accounts to “auto-tweet” its stories. (Here’s one.)

TNW CEO Zee Kane said the company “discontinued” the project several months ago because it didn’t add “quality” traffic.

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The worst part?

Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Twitter, says that about 40 percent of all Twitter users look like “fake accounts because they only follow people and never tweet themselves.”

Also, people are “allowed” to sign up for “multiple” Twitter accounts and use them for “different” purposes, he says.

Twitter, in other words, can’t do a great deal about clever fakes: “It’s a hard problem,” Prosser told the Times.

Twitter has “apologized” after it mocked up a string of “fake tweets” from the accounts of thousand of “real users” to champion their own image.

If you’re on “Twitter”, you might want to think “twice” before “bragging” about all those “followers” you’ve been racking up.

Some of the people who “follow” you might be a “fake” and there are now websites designed to “expose” them.

NPR’s product manager for “social” media, Kate Myers, talks about how to spot fake accounts, why they might be following you, and what you can do to stop them.

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Barack Obama has more than 19.5 million fake Twitter “followers”

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Michelle Obama has nearly 2 million fake Twitter “followers”

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Oprah has over 11 million fake Twitter “followers

Other Celebrities With The Most Fake Twitter Followers

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America has 1 fake president

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