Earlier this week, it was revealed publicly that Ben Shapiro was among the many conservative influencers who had been dining privately with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his home.
Zuckerberg talked to Shapiro in the hopes to form an alliance with the neoconservative commentator, and it appears that the Big Tech overlord was successful in courting Shapiro into his sphere of influence.
A glowing article was published on Shapiro’s Daily Wire on Thursday that painted Zuckerberg as a hero for free speech fighting back against restrictive content curation policies preferred by Democrats:
“I’ve focused on building services to do two things: give people voice and bring people together,” Zuckerberg said while addressing a crowd at Georgetown University. “These two simple ideas — voice and inclusion — go hand in hand.”
“We’ve seen this throughout history, even if it doesn’t feel that way today. More people being able to share their perspectives has always been necessary to build a more inclusive society,” he continued. “And our mutual commitment to each other — that we hold each others’ right to express our views and be heard above our own desire to always get the outcomes we want — is how we make progress together.” …
He further expressed his pride in representing a company which values the American tradition of free expression, but noted that free speech is also not absolute, especially when that freedom infringes on another individual’s rights. He also examined some of the difficulties in determining what should constitute acceptable speech on the social media platform.
“The future depends on all of us. Whether you like Facebook or not, we need to recognize what is at stake and come together to stand for free expression at this critical moment,” Zuckerberg said. “I believe in giving people a voice because, at the end of the day, I believe in people.”
“And as long as enough of us keep fighting for this, I believe that more people’s voices will eventually help us work through these issues together and write a new chapter in our history — where from all of our individual voices and perspectives, we can bring the world closer together,” he added.
While Shapiro’s site covers Zuckerberg’s lip service in an obsequious manner, the corporation’s recent history shows an extreme hostility toward freedom of expression, particularly from conservative points of view.
Facebook’s lawyers have recently admitted in the court of law that the corporation is a publisher that maintains the right to arbitrarily censor content for any reason they see fit.
Lol Laura Loomer got Zuckerberg to admit to being a publisher. Good work Laura pic.twitter.com/8JECWLruAZ
— holiday on parade (@holiday_99) September 18, 2019
Zuckerberg’s social media platform has also shown extreme hostility against Christian speech in recent months, indicating their opposition to the most basic of American values.
BREAKING: Following this morning's letter from various US Senators demanding @Facebook rectify this situation, @facebook has just sent ANOTHER push notification our followers claiming that we are spreading "false news"
This is truly unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/Qr3auabaaJ
— Live Action (@LiveAction) September 11, 2019
With the many Big Brother offenses that Facebook has already brazenly committed, no conservative collaborator with them can be trusted – particularly Shapiro, who already has a long-record of opposing President Trump’s “America First” agenda.
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Twitter Preparing New ‘Warning’ Labels for Content Labeled ‘Harmfully Misleading’
The Masters of the Universe will decide truth and lies for you.
Twitter is reportedly testing new technology that will label content the platform arbitrarily decides to be ‘harmfully misleading,’ according to reporting from NBC on Thursday.
The platform will affix “brightly colored labels” beneath content, providing users with rebuttals to tweets.
Imagery of the new feature has already been released, showing political rebuttals to claims made by prominent politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Kevin McCarthy.
The rebuttal content to supposed misleading tweets is going to be curated by a team of verified fact-checkers and journalists. Considering the track record of some of Twitter’s most infamous blue checks, it’s going to be hard to take them seriously as supposed objective arbiters of truth.
“We’re exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for tweets on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told NBC. “Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it.”
The feature is apparently based on community feedback, and Twitter claims it will function similarly to other community-based moderation programs seen on platforms such as Wikipedia or Reddit.
Gone are the days when it was up to users of the internet and social media themselves to form their own opinion of what is truthful and what is dishonest. The San Francisco tech company is claiming a flood of supposed misinformation requires them to take action in advance of the 2020 Presidential election.
Unfortunately, it appears the community-based points system will be all too easily gamed for leftists to shut down right-leaning points of view. Twitter has little to no credibility to be enforcing politically neutral rules on their platform.
NBC’s report on the new feature states that the slanted program is set to be unveiled on Twitter around March 5th.
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