Facebook banned Avi Yemini who posted the full version of several parts of an interview that was deceptively edited to attempt to make the Australian Jewish personality appear to be prejudiced against Muslims.
Yemini published clips he recorded during an interview with Comedy Central’s Jim Jeffries in response to Jeffries airing a heavily edited version of their interview. In Yemini’s video, he showed his actual answers to questions that were deceptively edited by Comedy Central.
After proving Jeffries and Comedy Central edited the clip, Yemini showed several clips of Jeffries making disparaging comments about Muslims and Islam, pointing out that Jeffries appears to express an entirely different worldview when he thinks cameras are not rolling.
In the video, Yemini showed Jeffries mocking Islam by drawing a quick cartoon of the prophet Mohammed and saying “There it is, he looks like a wobbly ghost.” Yemini asked Jeffries not to create the drawing, as he “has enough death threats already,” and Jeffries proceeded anyway.
Jeffries also said “I’m not a big fan of Islam, I think wearing a burka is stupid and demeaning and boring,” then went on to agree with Yemini that he considers Islam “dangerous.”
Let me get this straight:
1. @jimjefferies and @ComedyCentral create a defamatory video about me & post it on Facebook.
2. I respond by uploading secret footage that proves it was #FakeNews.
3. My video is deleted & my page BANNED.
4. Their defamatory video stays.
— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) March 26, 2019
It is likely because of these clips, where Yemini simply showed his Facebook users what was redacted from the edited interview, that led to Yemini’s Facebook page being permanently deleted from the platform for hate speech.
Meanwhile, the Comedy Central video, that appears to show Yemini referring to all Islamic countries as “sh*tholes” in response to a question when his actual response was an intellectual argument based on human nature, remains on the platform.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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