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Jul 15 2021

Facebook Is Banning the Criticism of Ideas

Democrats cannot explicitly ban criticism of ideas, because they don’t have the leverage yet to abolish the Constitution. So they outsource censorship to Big Tech. In strict technical terms, Facebook is not a branch of the government that it helped install in power, so it isn’t unconstitutional for Zuckerberg’s minions to censor criticism of ideas the government does not want people questioning.

Previously, speech could only be suppressed if it was likely to result in imminent physical harm. Thanks to a policy update, words only have to be deemed by the leftists at Fakebook to be “likely to contribute to imminent … discrimination” against preferred identity groups. That is, anything seen as a challenge to moonbat ideology can be banned, on the grounds that all speech liberals don’t like is “hate speech.”

Liz Wheeler explains how this policy might be used to suppress speech deemed critical of communist China, the Palestinian Authority, the radical LGBT agenda, feminism, et cetera:

Needless to say, the policy will be used to repress pushback against critical race theory, the primary wrecking ball progressives have been using to demolish America.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jul 05 2021

Big Tech Sides With ChiComs

America has done more to improve the human condition than any other nation. The communist regime running China has killed more of its own people than any other, including as many as 80 million just under Mao. Who do you suppose Big Tech favors? That’s right, the Chinese Communist Party:

A human rights group that attracted millions of views on YouTube to testimonies from people who say their families have disappeared in China’s Xinjiang region is moving its videos to little-known service Odysee after some were taken down by the Google-owned streaming giant, two sources told Reuters. …

Serikzhan Bilash, a Xinjiang-born Kazakh activist who co-founded the channel and has been arrested multiple times for his activism, said government advisors told him five years ago to stop using the word “genocide” to describe the situation in Xinjiang – an order he assumed came from pressure from China’s government on Kazakhstan.

China has reached Stage 10.

Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights’ channel has published nearly 11,000 videos on YouTube totaling over 120 million views since 2017, thousands of which feature people speaking to camera about relatives they say have disappeared without a trace in China’s Xinjiang region, where UN experts and rights groups estimate over a million people have been detained in recent years.

Not that this is any concern of American liberals, who continue to support ChiCom tools like LeBron James and even Joe Biden.

Lame excuses offered by YouTube for blocking the videos include accusations of “cyberbullying” (which can be defined as “saying something Big Tech cyberbullies don’t want heard”) and supposedly promoting criminal organizations.

The most violent criminal organization in the history of the human race is the Chinese Communist Party, yet Google has no problem with it.

As for Twitter,

Life isn’t as “nuanced” as liberals would like you to believe. There are good guys and bad guys. Big Tech is controlled by the bad guys.

On tips from ABC of the ANC and Anonymous.

Jul 02 2021

Facebook Asks About Your “Extremist” Friends

We have known for some time that Facebook collects too much information on us. But for leftists, too much is never enough. Facebook now asks users to report it when they encounter “extremism” — i.e., countermoonbattery.

Via Post Millennial:

There appear to be two different messages that certain Facebook users are receiving. One message asks “Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?”

The other message comes to users by their names, and states “You may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently,” going on to state that “Violent groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment. You can take action now to protect yourself and others.”

Both messages feature a “Get Support” button. Presumably, clicking on it puts you through to Big Tech’s extragovernmental version of East Germany’s Stasi.

Whether the information collected remains extragovernmental is doubtful.

Consider that Joe Biden, the Pentagon, the FBI, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice have all explicitly stated that “white supremacy” is their greatest security concern. Then consider that among the liberal ruling class, “extremism” means the same thing as “white supremacy”: opposition to the Democratic Party and its leftist ideology.

Collecting information on thought criminals isn’t the only goal. Facebook is trying to scare dissidents. Under Democrat rule, America increasingly resembles communist China. If you get a message like this in China, you know the next time they catch you looking at forbidden websites, you will be on your way to a concentration camp in Xinjiang province:

Big Tech was instrumental in helping Biden’s handlers secure power. With their success, totalitarianism is no longer an ominous specter on the horizon; it has arrived. Now it is just a matter of how quickly leftists can consolidate their power, and what they will do with it. Students of history know that it will not be used benevolently.

On tips from Wiggins, Mr. Freemarket, and KirklesWorth. Hat tip: Twitchy.

Jun 20 2021

A Refreshing Message for Mark Zuckerberg

Roger Waters has some wacky views, but at least he also has principles. If more people did, we could keep tyranny at bay by resisting the stick of cancelation and the carrot of big money from nefarious sectors like Big Tech.

Language alert:

On a tip from Chris Neilson.

Jun 19 2021

Twitter Begins to Merge With Democratic Party

For now, the tyranny is largely decentralized, because the Constitution forbids the sort of ham-fisted political censorship inflicted by Big Tech monopolists like Twitter and Facebook. But as the Democratic Party consolidates power, this arrangement becomes less necessary. Already, it is hard to say where the Democratic Party stops and Big Tech begins:

Via Twitchy:

Nothing to see here.

Just some redacted docs explaining how California Democrats have access to a rapid response team at Twitter.

A team that removes tweets at the request of Democrats.

If they ram through HR1/S1/For the People Act, then pack the Supreme Court to prevent it from begin overturned, the whole country will turn into California, where their demographic transformation strategy has already secured single-party rule. Not that Democrats don’t work directly with Twitter to smother dissent at the national level already.

Every minute Democrats remain in power, more freedom will be lost.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Jun 10 2021

Amazon Sells Blue Lives Murder Products but Not…

Hypocrisy is prominent among the characteristics that make our liberal rulers insufferable. Everything that does not support their agenda is subject to cancelation. Yet they squawk pieties about freedom and choice. For example, the totalitarians at Amazon, who took down Parler out of sheer partisan repression, tell us that the reason they sell “Blue Lives Murder” memorabilia (t-shirts, headscarves, caps, bandannas, etc) is that they want to provide customers “with the widest possible selection” of products.

Coming from the Bezos people, this lie is grotesque. As noted at the Washington Free Beacon,

Amazon has cracked down on other political products, including a “Joe and the Hoe” T-shirt, for violating its “selling guidelines.”

The “Hoe” refers to Kamala Harris, whose only notable qualification, other than being a Woman of Color and as far left as you can go, is her willingness to exchange sexual favors with a man 30 years her senior for political advancement.

The site also banned Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally because, the platform said, it “frame[d] LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”

Only a few years ago, no reasonable person would have denied that what is now called “LGBTQ+ identity” is mental illness. Now, products are banned by Amazon for suggesting it. We can only guess what facts might be banned in the future. But calling the police murderers and implying that violence against them is justified won’t be banned, because the people running the company endorse this sentiment.

The looting of Amazon trucks by Black Lives Matter thugs taught them nothing. To be progressive is to be impervious to experience.

The Blaze provides other exceptions to Amazon’s commitment to the widest possible selection:

In February, Amazon pulled a documentary about conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during Black History Month without explanation. And in 2019, the company kowtowed to the progressive Council on American-Islamic Relations and removed a litany of products — including bath mats and doormats — considered offensive to Muslims.

Since September 11, 2001, anything offensive to Muslims offends moonbats too.

The Rebel flag that graces the covers of classic Southern rock albums because it represents the culture and heritage of the South is unavailable at Amazon. But advocates of political violence will have no problem finding Black Lives Matter and Antifa flags.

Amazon, like the rest of the Big Tech world, proves that you do not have to be the government to impose authoritarianism. Selective censorship is tyranny.

On a tip from Varla.

May 18 2021

Why Twitter Censored Spanish MP

If Twitter could ban the President of the United States, and block the account of a major newspaper to prevent people from reading a bombshell story discrediting his election opponent, it can censor anyone for anything — including a Spanish Member of Parliament for expressing the LGBT-unfriendly fact that men cannot get pregnant.

Fox News reports on Francisco José Contreras of the Vox Party incurring the wrath of the thought police:

Contreras said in a Facebook post on May 11 that he had received a message from Twitter which informed him that he had violated its policies on “hate speech” for the remarks.”

“The hateful tweet (which I was forced to delete) was one that said: ′′A man cannot get pregnant. A man has no womb or eggs”,” Contreras wrote in response to the move. “You can see this is already fascist biology. Next time I’ll try 2 + 2 = 4.”

He had better not dare. It has already been determined by the high priests of political correctness that 2 + 2 = 4 “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy.”

This is not the first time Twitter has interfered in Spanish politics:

According to [the] Spanish publication Counting Stars, Twitter disabled the official Vox party account for 24 hours during the country’s election in January, after the group claimed that high crime rates were tied to North African immigrants.

How many people believe that allowing Spain to be invaded by massive numbers of needy and largely unassimilable immigrants from backward, violent countries isn’t driving up the crime rate? But the nice thing about having control of the means of communication is that you don’t have to persuade anyone; you can just silence those you don’t want heard.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

May 15 2021

Open Thread

I want people to be able to get what they need to live: enough food, a place to live, and an education for their children. Government does not provide these as well as private charities and businesses. - Davy Crockett
May 10 2021

Starbucks Threatens to Leave Facebook

It isn’t just the Democratic Party. Starbucks is also leaning on Facebook to impose more censorship on conservatives. The massive company is threatening to leave the platform if people don’t stop objecting to its moonbattery.

Via Daily Wire:

“Starbucks is in the process of evaluating their organic presence on FB, and whether they should continue to have a presence on the platform at all,” an employee at Facebook told colleagues last week. “Anytime [sic] they post (organically) in regards to social issues or their mission & values work (e.g. BLM, LGBTQ, sustainability/climate change, etc.) they are overwhelmed by negative/insensitive, hate speech related comments on their posts.”

Anyone who voices disapproval of leftist stances commits hate speech, which Facebook has been under pressure to ban. Given Mark Zuckerberg’s leftist proclivities, they won’t have to twist his arm very hard. But here’s an extra twist, just to make sure he plays along:

“While some changes have been implemented, we believe more can be done to create welcoming and inclusive online communities,” Starbucks spokesperson Sanja Gould said in a statement to Buzzfeed. “We work collaboratively with all companies we do business with to ensure any advertising done on our behalf is in alignment with our brand standards.”

Among the reasons Starbucks is not always greeted with the fawning approval it demands are its pushy support for Black Lives Matter maniacs and its hostility to law enforcement. Police officers have repeatedly been made aware that they are not welcome at Starbucks, any more than criticism of Starbucks will be welcome on Facebook if Starbucks gets its way. If it doesn’t and makes good on its threat, it will be one of the largest companies to sever ties with Facebook.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Apr 29 2021

Zuckerberg the Surfing Mime

Just when you thought Fakebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could not look any scarier:

Zuckerberg, along with Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, is one of the three people who largely control what information can be disseminated. They are as powerful as the neo-Marxists who program Biden’s teleprompter, having placed Biden’s handlers in their current position. You might hope that the people who aggressively control our lives would not be fools. If so, you would be disappointed:

Zuckerberg says the images of him caked in sunscreen [resulted from] a failed effort to disguise himself from the paparazzi while surfing in Hawaii.

The images have been out there since last year, but now he offers this explanation:

“I noticed there was this paparazzi guy following us and, so I was like, ‘Oh I don’t want him to recognize me, so you know what I’m gonna do? I’m just gonna put a ton of sunscreen on my face,’” Zuckerberg said. “And that backfired.”

Let’s hope that his attempts to drive conservative thought off the Internet also backfire.

Earlier Zuck had said that he put on too much sunscreen by accident. It isn’t surprising that he would flip-flop, considering that Fakebook is now a political operation, having effectively merged with the Democratic Party.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Apr 20 2021

Babylon Bee CEO Threatened With Instagram Ban Hammer

It doesn’t take much for Big Tech to take out the ban hammer — especially when it comes to sources of information and opinion that pose an ideological threat to the liberal establishment. The Babylon Bee hits progressives where they are most vulnerable by laughing at their absurdity. That puts CEO Seth Dillon in the crosshairs:

Pointing out that it is nuts to walk around outside wearing a Covid mask now warrants cancelation.

Depending on your perceived threat level, you might also get hit with the ban hammer for noticing that Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors has been spending her ill-gotten fortunes on pricey real estate (see here, here, and here). Via Jonathan Turley:

The professed Marxist received considerable criticism for the purchase, including from Jason Whitlock, an African-America sports critic who has also been a critic of BLM. When Whitlock called out Khan-Cullors, Twitter promptly censored the tweet — leaving a notice that it was “no longer available.”

Good thing Dillon is on Gab and Parler. His Twitter account might be shut down at any time.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and ABC of the ANC.

Apr 17 2021

John Stossel: Let Steven Crowder Speak

Steven Crowder has hit his stride, amassing a huge audience with his humor-infused brand of countermoonbattery, which includes legitimate journalism of the type the MSM often avoids. Fellow truthteller John Stossel was a major influence.

We know Crowder is hitting home because the leftist Big Tech thought police have been trying to silence him. He has earned a distinction far more honorable than the Pulitzer Prize by getting demonetized by YouTube.

Stossel defends Crowder against the information gatekeepers:

On a tip from Lyle.

Apr 15 2021

“Consensus” Becomes a Scary Word

Under leftist rule, harmless things are given scary names. For example, weather is called “the climate emergency.” Correspondingly, innocuous terms are used to describe dangerous concepts. An example is the word “consensus.”

Jay Bhattacharya is a professor at Stanford Medical School. Last month, he attended a public policy roundtable hosted by Ron DeSantis. What happened next illustrates what “consensus” has come to mean.

Bhattacharya writes in the Wall Street Journal:

The point was to discuss the state’s Covid policies in the months ahead. That 600,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 is evidence that the lockdowns over the past year, including significant restrictions on the lives of children, haven’t worked. Florida reopened in May and declined to shut down again. Yet age-adjusted mortality is lower in Florida than in locked-down California, and Florida’s public schools are almost all open, while California’s aren’t.

My fellow panelists—Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard and Scott Atlas of Stanford—and I discussed a variety of topics. One was the wisdom of requiring children to wear masks. The press asked questions, and a video of the event was posted on YouTube by local media, including Tampa’s WTSP.

But last week YouTube removed a recording of this routine policy discussion from its website. The company claimed my fellow panel members and I were trafficking in misinformation. The company said it removed the video “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Everyone at the panel agreed that making little kids wear masks is a bad idea. Yet there is a “consensus”; all scientists agree that children must wear masks until Dr Fauci says otherwise.

It doesn’t matter how many experts disagree with the “consensus.” An opinion is a consensus if it is the one you must hold if you don’t want to get censored by Big Tech on behalf of the liberal establishment.

The antonym of “consensus” is “misinformation” — i.e., information the liberal establishment wants suppressed. These words will be used constantly to bully, suppress, dupe, and manipulate as the media throws its weight behind the global warming hoax on behalf of the Party of Government.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 12 2021

Did Zuckerberg Buy Wisconsin for Biden?

For Democrats, the great thing about the Capitol Riot is not so much that it allowed them to demonize their opposition and place DC under military occupation, as that it put all discussion of election fraud beyond the pale. Anyone who has dared raise the issue is lumped in with the Buffalo Guy and denounced as an insurrectionist who belongs behind bars. Nonetheless, the 2020 election was riddled with irregularities, some of which were financed by the same Big Tech oligarchs who suppressed speech that would have undermined Biden’s prospects.

Zillionaire leftist Mark Zuckerberg could be emerging as the next George Soros. Last year, he passed out hundreds of $millions to “protect American elections.” To “protect” in this context means to ensure Democrats win. What Facebook’s “fact checkers” are to objective reality, a “fair election” group funded by Zuckerberg is to election integrity.

Money buys power. The Daily Signal reports on how some of Zuckerberg’s power was applied in Wisconsin, where Biden officially won by a whisker, 49.6% to 48.9%.

In the city of Green Bay, which received a total of $1.6 million in grant funding from the Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life, a “grant mentor” who has worked for several Democratic Party candidates, was given access to boxes of absentee ballots before the election.

Despite the liberal establishment’s pointed disinterest in this topic, emails have surfaced revealing that the election was compromised.

The emails show Green Bay’s highly partisan Mayor Eric Genrich, a Democrat, and his staff usurping City Clerk Kris Teske’s authority and letting the Zuckerberg-funded “grant team” take over—a clear violation of Wisconsin election statutes, say election law experts.

According to state law, municipal clerks administer elections. However, having been marginalized by the mayor’s office, Teske ended up stepping down, effectively leaving the election in the hands of Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, Wisconsin state leader for the National Vote at Home Institute.

Spitzer-Rubenstein, who was tapped as point man for his organization’s efforts in Wisconsin, has a history of working for Democratic campaigns, according to his resume. In 2012, he interned for Melissa Mark-Viverito, a “fiercely liberal” Democrat and former speaker of the New York City Council.

Spitzer-Rubenstein sought to assist Green Bay elections officials correct or “cure” absentee ballots returned to the city clerk.

You can imagine what “cure” might mean in this context.

Spitzer-Rubenstein was given the keys to the room where the absentee ballots were stored. … The city of Green Bay literally gave the keys to the election to a Democratic Party operative from New York.

Green Bay is merely one example among many.

In July, the Center for Tech and Civic Life announced it was awarding grants totaling $6.3 million to the state’s five largest cities. Green Bay received nearly $1.1 million, and then picked up another half-million dollars in a supplemental grant.

This is a drop in the bucket to a plutocrat like Zuckerberg.

The grants were thanks to the $250 million “gift” from the CEO of Facebook, the social network giant that has silenced conservative speech. Zuckerberg would drop another $100 million on his “safe elections” agenda before the pivotal November presidential election.

As a Founding Father of progressivism observed,

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

If the Democrats manage to push HR1 across the finish line, the USA has had its last free and fair election. Then every election can be decided by liberal oligarchs like Zuckerberg behind the scenes before a vote is ever cast.

On a tip from Lyle.

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