Wednesday, November 25, 2020

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Twitter to Warn Users Attempting to Like Censored Posts

Twitter to Warn Users Attempting to Like Censored Posts

Twitter is taking its campaign of labeling tweets that the site believes contain "misinformation" about the 2020 election to the next level. Now the platform plans to send users warnings if they attempt to "like" labeled tweets.

Elon Musk Makes $100B in 2020, Becomes World's Second-Richest Man

Elon Musk Makes $100B in 2020, Becomes World's Second-Richest Man

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has overtaken Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to become the world's second-richest person, behind Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Musk's fortune increased an astounding $100 billion this year, from $28 billion to $128 billion.

Twitter Temporarily Suspends Sidney Powell

Twitter Temporarily Suspends Sidney Powell

Lawyer Sidney Powell was temporarily suspended from Twitter, with some alleging that she was suspended for linking to a news article relating to election interference. Although she has not posted since the suspension, she has retweeted others on Monday, indicating her account was likely locked for 12 hours by the social media Masters of the Universe.

Apple Slams Facebook for Intrusive Data Collection

Apple Slams Facebook for Intrusive Data Collection

After a coalition of eight civil and human rights organizations published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook last month related to the delay of Apple's new App Tracking Transparency features, Apple has responded to the letter doubling down on its privacy practices.

Mark Levin Says He Will Leave Facebook 'Probably by End of the Year'

Mark Levin Says He Will Leave Facebook 'Probably by End of the Year'

Bestselling conservative author, radio host, and Fox News TV host Mark Levin recently stated the will be "leaving Facebook probably by the end of the year" over censorship and encouraged his listeners to join him on social media platform Parler.

Free Speech Platform Gab Announces Facebook Vet as Technical Chief

Free Speech Platform Gab Announces Facebook Vet as Technical Chief

Free speech platform Gab has announced Fosco Marotto, a longtime Facebook software engineer, as its new Chief Technical Officer. According to Gab CEO Andrew Torba, Marotto's hiring will "send a clear message to Big Tech: Gab is here to stay as the home of free speech.

Marsha Blackburn Condemns Big Tech's Cancel Culture in Fiery Speech

Marsha Blackburn Condemns Big Tech's Cancel Culture in Fiery Speech

After a wide-ranging set of questions that included Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency token and censorship in Vietnam, Marsha Blackburn finished her questioning with a fiery speech against the Big Tech Masters of the Universe and their power.

Mailchimp Blacklists Conservative Groups

Mailchimp Blacklists Conservative Groups

The popular newsletter mailing service Mailchimp has reportedly suspended the account of the Northern Virginia Tea Party alleging that the group engaged in spreading "potentially harmful misinformation.

Meme Makers Mock Twitter as Site Ramps Up Fact-Checking

Meme Makers Mock Twitter as Site Ramps Up Fact-Checking

As Twitter increases it's fact-checking and labeling of posts across its platform, some users have begun mocking the site via parody posts examples. The fake tweets are part of a growing backlash against Twitter censorship that impacts not only President Donald Trump, but the broader conservative movement.

Twitter Has Labeled 34% of Trump's Tweets Since Election Day

Twitter Has Labeled 34% of Trump's Tweets Since Election Day

A recent report from theNew York Times analyzes Twitter's moderation of the platform during the 2020 Presidential election, noting that 34 percent of tweets from President Donald Trump were marked as "disputed" by the platform since election day in an effort to lessen their viral spread across the platform.

Facebook Extends Political Ad Ban

Facebook Extends Political Ad Ban

Social media giant Facebook is extending its temporary ban on political ads across the platform.

Facebook and Twitter Label 25 Trump Posts in 24 Hours

Facebook and Twitter Label 25 Trump Posts in 24 Hours

Over the past 24 hours, Facebook and Twitter have labeled posts by President Trump at least 25 times for various reasons. In one case, Facebook labeled the President's post of his Veterans Day proclamation with the note "Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Facebook Clamps Down on Groups Spreading 'Misinformation'

Facebook Clamps Down on Groups Spreading 'Misinformation'

Facebook has announced plans to crack down on groups that spread what it considers misinformation on its platform, introducing new "probationary periods" for groups that regularly violate rules.

Users of China-Owned TikTok Troll Trump Voter Fraud Hotline

Users of China-Owned TikTok Troll Trump Voter Fraud Hotline

TikTok users have begun posting videos to the Chinese-owned social media platform that show them prank calling the voter fraud hotline set up by President Donald Trump in an attempt to clog the lines.

New York Times Praises Twitter and Facebook for Design Changes to Aid Censorship

New York Times Praises Twitter and Facebook for Design Changes to Aid Censorship

TheNew York Times praises social media firms Facebook and Twitter for censoring posts from President Trump during the 2020 presidential election. According to theTimes,the social media companies added "friction" to their interfaces leading up to the election, "as if Ferrari had realized that it could only stop its cars from crashing by replacing the engines with go-kart motors.

Twitter Censors 6 Trump Posts in 24 Hours

Twitter Censors 6 Trump Posts in 24 Hours

Twitter has actively censored six of President Donald Trump's posts over the 24 hours between Thursday midmorning and Friday. Twitter's censorship can lower the engagement of a Trump tweet by more than 80 percent, according to one recent analysis of their performance.

Report: Half of Facebook's Employees Don't Believe Company Has a 'Positive Impact' on the World

Report: Half of Facebook's Employees Don't Believe Company Has a 'Positive Impact' on the World

BuzzFeed News recently published an inside look at the internal workings of tech giant Facebook the day before the U.S. Presidential election. Among other revelations of plunging morale amongst the Masters of the Universe, the report includes the results of an internal poll of employees that found "only 51% of respondents said they believed that Facebook was having a positive impact on the world, down 23 percentage points from the company's last survey in May.

Trump: 'They Say You Cannot Win Without Big Tech, We're Going to Find Out'

Trump: 'They Say You Cannot Win Without Big Tech, We're Going to Find Out'

During his rally last night inGrand Rapids, Michigan, President Trump discussed Big Tech and its efforts to influence the presidential election. Trump pointed out: "Well they say you can't win without Big Tech, well we're going to find out tomorrow, wouldn't that be wonderful?"

Report: Biden Campaign Got Big Social Media Boost from Fake Indian Accounts

Report: Biden Campaign Got Big Social Media Boost from Fake Indian Accounts

A recent report from Newsweek claims that the Biden campaign received a sizable boost across social media from Indian troll farms.Data analysis shows a large number of Biden's new Twitter followers are located in small towns in rural India in places where English-speakers are very rare, according to the report.

Biden Campaign Launches 'Fortnite' Map Featuring 'No Malarkey' Station

Biden Campaign Launches 'Fortnite' Map Featuring 'No Malarkey' Station

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has launched a get-out-the-vote effort in the popular video game Fortnite. The campaign created a custom map within the video game featuring "No Malarkey Station," a train station where players can play mini-games encouraging them to vote.

Facebook User Numbers Decline in U.S. and Canada

Facebook User Numbers Decline in U.S. and Canada

Social media giant Facebook saw a surge in user growth at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but now that surge appears to be slowing down. The company claims that the decrease was expected and could continue through the end of the year.

Twitter Backs Down on Censorship of NY Post

Twitter Backs Down on Censorship of NY Post

TheNew York Post has reportedly had its Twitter account reinstated after it was blocked from tweeting following the publication of its bombshell Biden story.

Twitter Stock Crashes 20% as User Growth Fizzles

Twitter Stock Crashes 20% as User Growth Fizzles

Social media giant Twitter suffered a stock price crash of more than 21 percent in intraday trading today following the release of the company's Q3 report. The company reported its slowest growth in years as many companies also bought less advertising on the platform at the same time.

NY Post: Twitter Is Blackmailing America

NY Post: Twitter Is Blackmailing America

Following Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's appearance before the Senate, theNew York Post says that the social media platform is running a "protection racket," dictating what Americans can see and read and what media companies must do to reach the public on its platform in a "blackmail operation.

Day 12: New York Post Still Locked Out of Twitter

Day 12: New York Post Still Locked Out of Twitter

It has now been 12 days since theNew York Postwas locked out of its Twitter account for sharing its story that alleged that Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s position as vice president to benefit his business dealings.

Facebook 'Surpreme Court' Announces Appeals Process for Censored Content

Facebook 'Surpreme Court' Announces Appeals Process for Censored Content

Facebook's Oversight Board, often referred to as the platform's "supreme court," has announced a new process that would allow users to escalate content removal appeals directly to the Oversight Board if they feel that their posts have been removed unfairly.

LA Times Concerned by Facebook Censorship - in Vietnam

LA Times Concerned by Facebook Censorship - in Vietnam

In a recent article, theLos Angeles Timesoutlines how Facebook collaborates with the authoritarian Vietnamese government to shut down dissent within the country while publicly claiming to be a platform of free speech in the United States.

TikTok Removes Undisclosed Paid Ads by Anti-Trump Influencers

TikTok Removes Undisclosed Paid Ads by Anti-Trump Influencers

The Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok has reportedly removed a number of anti-Trump videos after an investigation showed that many of the creators were failing to disclose that they were paid by a marketing company for the videos, a violation of FTC rules for paid content on social media.

Report: Facebook Hires Chinese Nationals to Censor Platform

Report: Facebook Hires Chinese Nationals to Censor Platform

A recent report from theNew York Post claims that Facebook has hired Chinese nationals who are "working on censorship," at the company. China famously employs the "Great Chinese Firewall" to block many websites within the communist country, including Facebook.

DOJ Files Long-Awaited Antitrust Suit Against Google

DOJ Files Long-Awaited Antitrust Suit Against Google

The Justice Department has filed its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging that the Big Tech Masters of the Universe engaged in anticompetitive practices to preserve its monopoly power and crush competitors to its search and advertising businesses.

NYPost Analysis of Twitter Employees' Accounts Reveals Anti-Trump Bias

NYPost Analysis of Twitter Employees' Accounts Reveals Anti-Trump Bias

Following the recent censorship of the New York Post'sbombshell story about Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and alleged ties to Burisma, thePost reviewed the Twitter accounts of multiple Twitter employees revealing deep anti-Trump bias within the company.

Jonathan Turley: Social Media Has Become 'State Media'

Jonathan Turley: Social Media Has Become 'State Media'

In a recent op-ed, legal scholar Jonathan Turley refers to Twitter and Facebook as "state media" after they attempted to stop the viral spread of the recentNew York Post bombshell reports about Hunter Biden, Burisma, and the alleged involvement of Joe Biden in their business dealings.

Facebook Maintains Low Profile After Censoring Bombshell Biden Story

Facebook Maintains Low Profile After Censoring Bombshell Biden Story

Following Facebook and Twitter's decision to censor a recent bombshell article from theNew York Post about Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Facebook has remained mostly silent about the issue as Twitter has dominated the headlines with its link blocking, suspension of prominent media & politicians, and policy changes.

Twitter Backtracks on 'Hacked Materials' Policy, Admits Blocking Links Is 'Wrong'

Twitter Backtracks on 'Hacked Materials' Policy, Admits Blocking Links Is 'Wrong'

Following Twitter's decision to censor all links to theNew York Post's bombshellstory revealing that Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden allegedly met with executives from a Ukrainian energy firm employing his son, Hunter Biden, on the basis of its "hacked materials" policy, the company has announced big changes to the policy.

WSJ: Google Was a 'Godsend' to Travel Companies, Now a Threat

WSJ: Google Was a 'Godsend' to Travel Companies, Now a Threat

A recent report from theWall Street Journaloutlines how travel sites that previously benefited from Google's search engine rankings are now finding themselves being limited by the company's algorithms as Google creates its own products in direct competition with them.

Silicon Valley Cuts Salaries for Remote Workers, Fueling Tensions

Silicon Valley Cuts Salaries for Remote Workers, Fueling Tensions

Many employees at Silicon Valley tech companies have recently moved to cheaper locales to work remotely amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Big Tech has responded by slashing salaries using "cost-of-living" reductions, increasing tensions between the Masters of the Universe and their highly-touted employees.

ProtonMail CEO: Apple Runs Its App Store Like 'Mafia Extortion'

ProtonMail CEO: Apple Runs Its App Store Like 'Mafia Extortion'

Tech giant Apple reportedly forced the privacy-focused email app ProtonMail to add in-app purchases to its iPhone app despite the service being free for years. Apple's treatment of the popular privacy-centric email service is another example of Tim Cook's company flexing its monopoly power.