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Facebook Nears Publisher Status — Will Now Ban Users Without Warning During Live Streams

Facebook continues to blur the line between publisher and platform.

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In an announcement last week, Facebook revealed that it will now ban users for discussing or linking to forbidden organizations during live streams, and will do so without warning the offenders.

Facebook announced last week that it is applying a “one strike” policy to users who violate their nebulous community standards when it comes to live video.

The platform will now ban users who share “a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time,” that may be as much as 30 days.

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The big tech platform has repeatedly insisted that it is neither part of the digital public square nor a publisher, which gives it certain protections.

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As they are not part of a public square, they are able to ban users who they do not wish to be part of the platform without violating the First Amendment.

Similarly, as they maintain they are not a publisher, they do not take legal ownership of the opinions or statements made by their users.

In the announcement, Facebook cites the tragic shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand as the cause of this new policy. The Christchurch shooter famously streamed his attack on Facebook live, and the platform was woefully slow at removing the violent video from its platform.

This rule would not seem to do anything to prevent this in the future. The alleged shooter did not have a history of posting inflammatory content using Facebook Live, and though his account is now deleted, it is believed the live stream of his horrific attack was the first time he used the platform to live stream.

Facebook maintains that this new policy is simply an advanced method to enforce their ever changing community standards, and does not mean it is crossing into the territory of a publisher.

However, as the platform continues to take more editorial control over the statements of its users, now policing the language and content utilized by users in live streams, it appears to be moving closer to the status of a true publisher.

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Twitter Targets Alternative Video Platform Bitchute as Big Tech’s Censorship Crackdown Intensifies

Big Tech wants to cripple the free flow of information.

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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:

This may have been done at the behest of ANTIFA-style organization, Hope Not Hate, which lobbies Big Tech to censor their political enemies.

“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:

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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