Facebook banned the page ‘Paloma for Trump’ after Paloma, a Mexican-born supporter of the president, posted a photo of President Donald Trump with herself in the background to the big tech platform.
Paloma describes herself as “an American loving activist, born in Mexico,” who immigrated to this country legally, and an ” came to America legally, and says she thanks God for the “gift and blessing it is to be a part of the greatest country in the world.”
She routinely attends President Trump’s rallies, and once stood in the crowd behind him as he delivered his remarks. Paloma posted a photo of herself standing behind President Trump during his rally to Facebook, and the big tech platform proceeded to ban her page, claiming that the photo of herself with the president violates their community standards.
Facebook has taken down my page over this post claiming the page has violated their community standards!! https://t.co/pGF4aA4oIj We cannot allow Facebook to get away with this! pic.twitter.com/YP0oXVYoKT
— Paloma For Trump (@PALOMAFORTRUMP) May 29, 2019
In a YouTube live stream discussing her ban, Paloma explained that, in her view, this is an example of Facebook purging conservative opinions.
“Today I wake up to the news that Facebook decided that because of a photo of our president with me in the background, [this] was good enough to take my page down.”
“I’m not concerned about my page, I’m concerned about my message,” said Paloma. “Numbers mean nothing unless our message is getting out.”
She explained that the taken of her standing behind the president was during his El Paso, Texas rally, and that this was apparently offensive to Facebook’s anti-conservative sensibilities.
“Facebook is shutting conservative voices down,” the activist said. “Facebook is shutting us down.”
The activist said that she will not let her Facebook ban weigh her down in the live stream, telling viewers that “No matter what Facebook does, my message is already out there.”
This latest ban comes after Facebook banned several prominent conservatives from its platform, including Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Facebook also confirmed to Big League Politics that it may take the unprecedented additional step of banning any Facebook user who posts links or videos containing Jones.
Big League Politics contacted Facebook for comment on this story and did not receive an immediate response.
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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