A Vice President of the libertarian advocacy CATO Institute has been selected to fill a spot on Facebook’s “Oversight Board,” a new entity that will act as a de facto Supreme Court for the banning of content.
John Samples is a longtime employee of the corporate libertarian group, and has written extensively against proposals to regulate the prolific censorship of social media companies such as Facebook. He’s written articles titled “Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media.”
Inquiry into the makeup of the censorship court reveal that it’s stacked with neoliberal and mainstream media operatives, who doubtlessly will push for the social media megacorporation to go even further and penalizing and silencing conservative and right-wing content from the platform. Curiously, it appears as if Samples is the only nominal figure with any connection to the political right selected to serve on the kangaroo court, raising serious questions about Facebook’s willingness to tolerate pro-free speech perspectives on the board.
Facebook just announced its ”Oversight Board” that will have the authority to overturn Zuckerberg on issues of content moderation.
There is this guy. pic.twitter.com/tGlevjIUB8
— Saurabh Sharma (@ssharmaTX) May 6, 2020
Staunch liberals tasked with staffing the censorship court include Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, a Swedish parliamentarian associated with George Soros’ “Open Society’ influence group, and Evelyn Aswad, a former State Department staffer hired by Hillary Clinton. The latter has tweeted openly about United Nations efforts to penalize what it sees as “hate speech” on social media.
Concerned about how to tackle online hate speech while respecting #FreedomofExpression? ICYMI last week: the United Nations top free expression expert @davidakaye released his annual #UNGA report, which provides a principled framework to achieve this goal. #bizhumanrights #RBC https://t.co/fmAmHoXpgn
— Evelyn Aswad (@EvelynAswad) October 28, 2019
If anything, it looks like the liberals tasked with staffing Facebook’s censorship court will be even more punitive towards what they arbitrarily define as hate speech. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has expressed misgivings about some of the most egregious demands censorship advocates have called for the company to implement.
The ‘Oversight Board’ censorship court will have final authority over Facebook content moderation practices, handing the liberal ideologues and corporate libertarian even greater power than Zuckerberg himself.
Twitter Targets Alternative Video Platform Bitchute as Big Tech’s Censorship Crackdown Intensifies
Big Tech wants to cripple the free flow of information.
The social media giant Twitter is targeting Bitchute, the alternative video service that allows for content to be shared freely on the platform, with Draconian censorship.
Independent journalist Tim Pool made the discovery in a Twitter post:
Twitter seems to have blocked Bitchute
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 7, 2020
This may have been done at the behest of ANTIFA-style organization, Hope Not Hate, which lobbies Big Tech to censor their political enemies.
Violent, racist & harmful videos are posted on social media platforms using the video-sharing platform BitChute as the host – circumventing the ban most major platforms have placed on the sharing of hate content.
Read why BitChute must be blocked now ↓https://t.co/CRZQxxKYmd
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) July 23, 2020
“Major social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter should ban the sharing of Bitchute links on their platform, thereby significantly reducing the impact of this extreme and dangerous material,” Hope Not Hate wrote in their blog about Bitchute.
In addition to calling for Draconian censorship against Bitchute on social media platforms, they also call for Bitchute to be slapped with criminal repercussions for permitting free speech on their platform.
“Law enforcement investigate Bitchute for distribution of content that breaks British law, including terrorism legislation,” Hope Not Hate wrote. “The Government should introduce an Online Harms Bill that includes meaningful consequences for bespoke platforms such as Bitchute that host, promote or distribute terrorism, extremist and hateful content.”
Bitchute has grown in influence for hosting videos that have been driven off of major platforms. A viral video of front-line doctors urging for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 was scrubbed from YouTube but can still be accessed on Bitchute.
The Bitchute links to banned videos from the courageous medical whistleblowers have been posted many different times onto Twitter:
It was saved to Bitchute! 🤗 https://t.co/clFPScK2Un
— Poppi_McSeed (@PMcseed) July 29, 2020
— Jan V. (@commonsensejan) July 29, 2020
— Michelle Johnson (@MichelleJ8991) July 29, 2020
Twitter will not allow users to access these videos without providing the following warning:
As Twitter targets Bitchute for allowing freedom of speech on their monopoly platform, they are actively allowing pedophiles to discuss their lustful desires for children.
Big League Politics has reported on how Twitter explicitly amended their terms of service so pedophiles are allowed on the platform to talk about how they want to rape kids, with child nudity being permissible in certain instances:
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.
The values of these tech giants do not align with American values. If these hostile actors refuse to abide by American values, they ought to lose their Section 230 privileges under the Communications Decency Act.
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