Friday, January 24, 2020

MixedTimes - Allum Bokhari

Florida GOP Leader Will Introduce Bill to Fight Social Media Censorship

Florida GOP Leader Will Introduce Bill to Fight Social Media Censorship

Florida State Senator and GOP Leader Joe Gruters will announce a bill next week that will allow Floridians to sue social media companies that censor their political speech, and will restrict the ability of social media companies to use "hate speech" policies as a legal defense for censorship.

Bokhari: Sir Roger Scruton Is Dead, but His Ideas Live On

Bokhari: Sir Roger Scruton Is Dead, but His Ideas Live On

“Conservatism,” wrote Sir Roger Scruton, “is not a matter of defending global capitalism at all costs, or securing the privileges of the few against the many... Its underlying motive is not greed or the lust for power but simply attachment to a way of life.

Facebook Exec Admits He's Triggered by Trump, Breitbart, But Still Opposes Censorship

Facebook Exec Admits He's Triggered by Trump, Breitbart, But Still Opposes Censorship

Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, a Facebook executive close to Mark Zuckerberg, urged his company not to tilt the scales against Donald Trump in 2020, according to a memo obtained by theNew York Times.Boz also commented on Breitbart News, saying "every time I read something from Breitbart I get 10% more liberal.

Bokhari: Does Mark Zuckerberg Think He's Bigger Than Trump?

Bokhari: Does Mark Zuckerberg Think He's Bigger Than Trump?

Facebook has a high opinion of itself. Its leadership appears to believe that its point of view on what is and is not a major news item is more important than that of the President of the United States.

Bokhari: From Utopian to Petty - Silicon Valley's Decade of Decline

Bokhari: From Utopian to Petty - Silicon Valley's Decade of Decline

In technology, "Moore's Law" refers to the doubling of microchip processing power every two years. Come rain or shine, every two years, new computers will roll off the production lines twice as powerful as the previous generation.

Heritage Foundation, CEI Defend Big Tech Support After Tucker Carlson Expose

Heritage Foundation, CEI Defend Big Tech Support After Tucker Carlson Expose

The Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) have released statements defending themselves after Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted them last night over their opposition to reforms that would strip away big tech's blanket legal privileges to censor political speech.

Google Faces Supreme Court Showdown with Oracle in 2020

Google Faces Supreme Court Showdown with Oracle in 2020

Google will go into next year facing a Supreme Court showdown with Oracle, a long-time competitor that alleges the Internet giant took code that was copyrighted by the company for use in its Android smartphones.

Facebook to Hire 'Fact Checking' Contractors

Facebook to Hire 'Fact Checking' Contractors

Facebook will hire its own team of part-time contracted fact-checkers, in a departure from the company's previous reliance on third party fact-checking, according to a report from Axios.

Brad Parscale: Google Censoring Trump Ads Because '2016 Freaked Them Out'

Brad Parscale: Google Censoring Trump Ads Because '2016 Freaked Them Out'

Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale condemned Google's policy of restricting microtargeted ads in an interview for Fox News this weekend. Parscale theorizes that Google's management made the decision while saying, "Oh my God, we’ve got to stop them.

Twitter to Verify Politicians - Except the Ones Who Have Been Banned

Twitter to Verify Politicians - Except the Ones Who Have Been Banned

Twitter said it will verify the accounts of all politicians competing in congressional and gubernatorial elections in 2020, with verification beginning this week.However, this will not apply to accounts that have previously been suspended, like FL-21 GOP primary candidate Laura Loomer.

Facebook 'Supreme Court' Influenced by Progressive Nonprofit

Facebook 'Supreme Court' Influenced by Progressive Nonprofit

Facebook has published an update on its work to develop a "Global Oversight Board," that commentators have colloquially dubbed the "Facebook Supreme Court." The update reveals Facebook worked closely with a progressive nonprofit that pushes causes like climate change, "diversity," and "sustainability" to corporations around the world.

Hungary Fines Facebook for Claiming Services Are 'Free'

Hungary Fines Facebook for Claiming Services Are 'Free'

Ad-based social media platforms like Facebook and Google have long pretended that their services are "free" for users. In reality, users pay for those services with their personal data, which allows the tech giants to sell ads that a micro-targeted to your preferences.

Andy Ngo: Twitter Punishes You for Telling the Truth

Andy Ngo: Twitter Punishes You for Telling the Truth

Journalist and Antifa target Andy Ngo has returned to Twitter after his account was temporarily suspended for tweeting empirically verifiable facts about allegedly widespread violence against transgender people in the U.S.

Democrat Candidates Pledge Big Tech 'Hate Speech' Crackdown

Democrat Candidates Pledge Big Tech 'Hate Speech' Crackdown

Despite what Google describes as a "shift towards censorship" from big tech companies over the past three years, Democrat presidential candidates have said that they will use the power of the law to force even more censorship from Silicon Valley.

Facebook Considers Allowing Users to Hide Comments on Posts

Facebook Considers Allowing Users to Hide Comments on Posts

Facebook is considering introducing a feature already in effect on Instagram that will allow users to secretly ban comments from selected users without their knowledge, effectively "shadowbanning" their responses to posts.

Twitter Allows Pedophiles to Discuss Attraction to Minors

Twitter Allows Pedophiles to Discuss Attraction to Minors

In the past week alone, it was reported that Twitter has suspended journalist Andy Ngo for tweeting inconvenient facts about the purported "epidemic" of transgender deaths, and undercover journalism organization Project Veritas from running recruitment ads.

Trump Campaign, Republicans Condemn Google Rule Change on Political Ads

Trump Campaign, Republicans Condemn Google Rule Change on Political Ads

The Trump campaign, The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have condemned Google's decision to ban targeted political ads, calling it a "blatant attempt to suppress voter information, knowledge, and engagement.

Twitter Suspends Journalist Andy Ngo for 'Hateful Conduct'

Twitter Suspends Journalist Andy Ngo for 'Hateful Conduct'

Twitter has suspended the account of Andy Ngo, a journalist known for covering and being violently targeted by the far-left extremist "Antifa" movement, after he attempted to argue that the United States is a safer place for transgender people than most other countries in the world.

Twitter Blacklists Project Veritas from Running Ads

Twitter Blacklists Project Veritas from Running Ads

Twitter has blacklisted the undercover journalism organization Project Veritas, which has previously exposed senior employees at the company admitting to censorship of conservatives, from running ads.

Astrophysicist: Elon Musk's SpaceX Satellites Could Destroy Astronomy

Astrophysicist: Elon Musk's SpaceX Satellites Could Destroy Astronomy

Elon Musk's SpaceX is sending "Starlink" satellites into orbit so frequently that "it will likely end ground-based astronomy as we know it," due to the fact that they prevent scientists from viewing the night sky from earth-based observatories uninterrupted, a prominent astrophysicist has warned.

Bokhari: Microsoft Has A Massive China Problem

Bokhari: Microsoft Has A Massive China Problem

Cooperation with China has become a major point of criticism for Silicon Valley companies, most notably Google, which was excoriated by both Democrats and Republicans for trying to build a censored search engine called "Project Dragonfly," for the Chinese market last year.

Google Removes PragerU Android App from Play Store

Google Removes PragerU Android App from Play Store

Google has removed PragerU's app from its Play Store, which delivers apps to billions of Android users around the world, even as the tech company defends itself against a court case alleging that it is unfairly censoring PragerU on YouTube.

Twitter to Ban Political Ads Globally

Twitter to Ban Political Ads Globally

Twitter will ban all political ads globally, in a move that sets the platform apart from Facebook, which considered doing the same but decided against it.

Second Democrat Staffer Sentenced for Role in Doxing Republicans

Second Democrat Staffer Sentenced for Role in Doxing Republicans

A second aide to Democrat senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has been sentenced for her role in assisting a former staffer to break into the senator's office to hack computers and obtain the names and personal information of Republican politicians.

Facebook To Fund News Outlets, But Won't Say Which Ones

Facebook To Fund News Outlets, But Won't Say Which Ones

Facebook is rolling out a feature that will include Mark Zuckerberg's company paying a handpicked selection of news sources millions of dollars for their content, and feature them exclusively in Facebook News, a section of the site dedicated solely to news.

Exclusive: Rep. Jim Banks Slams Reddit: 'Admission of Political Prejudice'

Exclusive: Rep. Jim Banks Slams Reddit: 'Admission of Political Prejudice'

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who recently sent a letter to Reddit CEO Steve Huffman urging the company to stop meddling in the 2020 election by censoring its largest pro-Trump community, "r/The_Donald", responded to Reddit's decision, reported earlier today, not to lift the sitewide "quarantine" of the community.

Reddit Won't Lift 'Quarantine' on Pro-Trump Community

Reddit Won't Lift 'Quarantine' on Pro-Trump Community

Reddit has refused an appeal from r/The_Donald, the website's 700,000-plus member community of Trump supporters, to lift a "quarantine" that limits the reach and visibility of posts from the community.

Fox News Interviews Mark Zuckerberg, No Questions on Blacklisted Conservatives

Fox News Interviews Mark Zuckerberg, No Questions on Blacklisted Conservatives

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Fox News for an exclusive interview with Dana Perino earlier today, in which he repeatedly stressed his commitment to free expression — but he did not address the issue of the numerous prominent conservatives who are still banned from the platform.

USMCA Faces Bipartisan Criticism over Big Tech Protections

USMCA Faces Bipartisan Criticism over Big Tech Protections

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is one of the key legal devices that allow big tech companies to censor with impunity. Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and the Trump administration are among the Republicans who have criticized the law.

Bokhari: Time to Take a Stand Against Corporate Communism

Bokhari: Time to Take a Stand Against Corporate Communism

Over the past week, we've witnessed two iconic American brands, the NBA and Blizzard Entertainment,grovel to communist China, betraying American values in the process. I propose a new phrase for this sort of behavior: "corporate communism.

Justin Trudeau's Party Demands Big Tech 'Hate Speech' Crackdown

Justin Trudeau's Party Demands Big Tech 'Hate Speech' Crackdown

The ruling Liberal Party of Canada, whose leader and Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was recently outed for repeatedly wearing blackface, has pledged to force social media companies to remove "hate speech" within 24 hours if it wins the upcoming Canadian elections.

Rep. Paul Gosar Slams YouTube: 'Let Users Choose' What to See

Rep. Paul Gosar Slams YouTube: 'Let Users Choose' What to See

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) slammed Google-owned YouTube amid the platform's contradictory statements on its censorship policies, calling on the platform to allow users to filter lawful content as they see fit instead of imposing top-down bans.

Facebook Admits It's a Publisher in Court Filings

Facebook Admits It's a Publisher in Court Filings

Facebook, in court filings defending itself from a lawsuit filed by activist and congressional candidate Laura Loomer, has cited its first amendment rights as a "publisher," contradicting public claims by the company that its social media service is a platform.

Book: Sheryl Sandberg Helped Kavanaugh Accuser

Book: Sheryl Sandberg Helped Kavanaugh Accuser

The upcoming book on Brett Kavanaugh fromRobin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly has more to offer than smears andfake news traps for theNew York Times— it also reveals that Silicon Valley elites including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg aided Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.