Facebook is set to be sued for $9 billion by the Internal Revenue Service, which accuses the company of undervaluing intellectual property it transferred to Ireland in an effort to avoid compliance with American tax rules.
The IRS is accusing Facebook of significantly undervaluing the cost of intellectual property it transferred to an Irish component of its company in 2010. They’ll make their argument before a San Francisco judge later this month.
Facebook expects the litigation to be settled in a matter of weeks. It’s probable that the proceedings will end with a settlement in which the Silicon Valley social media behemoth will agree to pay a portion of the back taxes it owes as a result of the 2010 tax haven move. Leading employees of the company, including Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, are expected to testify in the proceedings.
Major Silicon Valley corporations regularly shift the most profitable elements of their businesses to tax havens such as Ireland and the Cayman Islands. Other companies such as Amazon and Apple utilize Ireland as a haven to considerable effect, avoiding paying billions of dollars in American taxes as they enjoy free access to the incredibly lucrative American consumer market.
Those among conservative and libertarians who subscribe to the “Taxation is theft” meme should consider the implications of such a blanket statement. America’s wealthiest companies have no problem with taxation and public infrastructure- in fact, they’re planning on having you pick up their tab while they game the system’s rules.
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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