The Department of Justice has announced a broad antitrust review of big tech giants likely including Facebook, Google parent company Alphabet, and Amazon, in a move suggesting President Donald Trump’s administration is taking the threats posed by social media and big tech companies seriously.
Yesterday evening it was announced that the Department of Justice would be beginning its review of major big tech companies, and though none were specifically named, it is likely they will examine the behavior of big tech platforms that appear to collude to prevent individuals and organizations considered conservative or populist off their platforms, and prevent new competitors from competing.
From the Department of Justice press release:
The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online. The Department’s Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public, including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms, as well as others.
This comes after Project Veritas exposed how Google is able to influence political elections, including President Trump’s 2020 reelection, and shape narratives by manipulating its search results, as Big League Politics reported. After Project Veritas exposed Google’s election interference, and how the company instructs its employees to protest right wing policies, YouTube, owned by Google, banned the Project Veritas video from its platform.
Earlier today, whistle-blower James O’Keefe of Project Veritas released a bombshell video exposing Google’s manipulation of algorithms in an attempt to prevent Donald Trump from winning re-election in 2020.
That video can no longer be seen on YouTube, which is owned by Google. They are trying to cover-up the exposé after getting caught red handed committing thought control and electoral manipulation.
Jen Gennai, the Google Responsible Innovation Head, was forced to respond to the video earlier today in a post on Medium where she admitted that “Project Veritas got me. Well done.”
Following this, Twitter temporarily suspended Project Veritas from its platform, in what some view as an attempt to protect Google from negative press.
Additionally, as rumors swirl about President Trump joining the new social media platform Parler, Apple threatened the app with removal from its app store if Parler refused to comply with Apple’s internal policies regarding what is considered politically incorrect hate speech.
John Matze, the founder of the pro-free speech social network Parler, revealed on the platform that Apple contacted him to demand he censor “offensive” speech from the website or the big tech platform will remove Parler’s app from its App Store.
Matze revealed on his Parler account that he was threatened with the deletion of his smartphone app if his company does not change its Community Guidelines and immediately begin removing content Apple considers “offensive.” When Matze flatly refused to comply with the tech giant’s demands, Apple prevented the Parler app from sending publisher updates of the app to users.
According to Assistant Attorney General Makan Dalrahim of the Antitrust Division, “Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.” Dalrahim went on, “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”
Big League Politics will track the progress of this investigation and what ramifications it may have for the tech giants.
China-Funded DLive Video Platform Allows Convicted Pedophile to Stream with Child on His Lap
This is what China is pushing on the West.
DLive, a streaming platform founded with backing from the Chinese, is reportedly allowing convicted pedophiles to use their platform while booting conservatives from the platform.
One DLive streamer has been identified as 43-year-old Jason Mills, a child sex predator who has been convicted of preying upon several children.
@OfficialDLive please explain you all let predators stream and have a channel but I get banned for critiquing content? The way you treat streamers is completely biased! There’s no reason why a convicted child predator should be allowed to stream WITH A CHILD ON HIS LAP. pic.twitter.com/nAacdI8cVH
— 5Ever (@AceMaximillion) August 1, 2020
Mills has the handle of @PEPPERONIxREDD on DLive and is a verified partner on the platform. The account is heavily pizza-themed, which may be an additional cause for alarm considering those infamous WikiLeaks disclosures from 2016.
An individual convicted of child porn has been identified as a DLive streamer as well. Christopher Murray While was convicted in Britain of downloading 22 images of child pornography but never served any jail time as part of his plea deal. He was forced to undergo therapy as a condition of his suspended sentence.
— n8tesmokes (@n8tesmokes1776) August 1, 2020
DLive has emerged as a competitor of YouTube because they have allowed banished individuals to stream video on their platform. However, they are beginning to implement the same type of content restrictions that have caused the monopoly tech firms to become so reviled.
I have been patient with DLive but as their number one streamer and earner (easily), I feel I have been treated very poorly. I have made this known repeatedly and it hasn't gotten better! I guess that's just how things are going to be… so be it.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) June 23, 2020
Either DLive or Streamlabs is glitching because I can’t even get the stream to go live. Cool site, love it.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) July 30, 2020
DLive may be implementing the same type of policies as their monopoly competitors because of their ties to China. Tech entrepreneurs Charles Wayn and Cole Chen founded the platform with monetary assistance from Chinese investors. They have paid lip service to decentralization and cryptocurrency despite their Chinese ties.
“Today, the industry is dominated by a few massive companies who are incentivised to take money from their creators and push ads into content whenever possible. By decentralizing streaming, we can democratize video content while giving a better experience to viewers and creators. Creators on DLive also have a chance to find an audience and not get not buried under millions of streamers, as with larger platforms,” Wayn said.
DLive is far from the only social media platform that has taken a lax attitude toward pedophiles. Big League Politics has reported on how Twitter explicitly amended their terms of service to allow pedophiles to discuss the finer points of raping children on their platform:
Social media giant Twitter has quietly amended their terms of service to allow for “discussions related to… attraction towards minors” to be allowed on their platform.
“Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted, provided they don’t promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way,” reads Twitter’s terms of service.
Twitter allow noted that they would allow for nude depictions of children on their platform in certain instances.
“Artistic depictions of nude minors in a non-sexualized context or setting may be permitted in a limited number of scenarios e.g., works by internationally renowned artists that feature minors,” they added.
Twitter’s pro-pedo policy may have been implemented at the behest of Dr. James Cantor, who describes himself as a proud Jewish homosexual. Cantor is a leading researcher and advocate for pedophiles, who he refers to as minor-attracted persons.
Cantor wrote a letter in Jan. 2018 to John Starr, who works as Director of Trust and Safety with Twitter, with other university academics. The letter urged Twitter to allow pedophiles to network and discuss their attraction to children on the monolithic social media platform.
“Many of us have worked with a group of such non-offending pedophiles, also known as anti-contact MAPs (Minor-Attracted Persons), in a peer support network called Virtuous Pedophiles (@virpeds), as well as in other support networks,” they wrote in their letter.
“Recently, a prominent member of Virtuous Pedophiles, who goes by the pseudonym Ender Wiggin (@enderphile2), had his account permanently suspended by Twitter. At least one other member of the same network, Šimon Falko (@simgiran), also had his account permanently suspended around the same time, and a number of other accounts of non-offending, anti-contact MAPs have since been permanently or temporarily suspended,” they added.
They argued that denying pedophiles a place on the social media platform may lead to these so-called virtuous pedophiles acting on their impulses to sexually victimize kids.
Predators are being enabled by social media providers, and competition does not seem to be solving the problem. Amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act may be in order to bring these tech giants to heel.
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