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Facebook Wipes Out Conservative Ads Before UK Elections

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On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Facebook removed seven Conservative Party ads right as elections are quickly approaching in the United Kingdom.

Facebook was prompted to do so after the BBC complained about them criticizing the news outlet’s impartiality.

 “We have removed this content following a valid intellectual property claim from the rights holder, the BBC,” a spokesman for Facebook said in an email to Bloomberg.

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The BBC News Press Team commented on November 28, explaining they are “aware of Conservative Party Facebook adverts using edited BBC content.”

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“This is a completely unacceptable use of BBC content which distorts our output and which could damage perceptions of our impartiality. We are asking the Conservatives to remove these adverts,” the complaint stated.

The Press Association reported that one of the ads the BBC complained about is an edited video clip featuring BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg say “pointless delay to Brexit.” In addition, there was another scene of newsreader Huw Edwards stating “another Brexit delay.”

BBC claims that the wording of the ads makes it appear that the news station is supporting the Tories in the run-up to elections on December 12.

A Conservative Party spokesman responded by claiming in an email that ad is not misrepresenting the BBC but works to “remind voters of the deadlock and delay of the last three years caused by a broken Parliament that did everything it could to block Brexit.” The spokesman added that viewers “can judge for themselves” while it “is clear the footage was not edited in a manner that misleads or changes the reporting.”

As opposed to Twitter’s leadership, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg recently stood by his decision to not interfere with political ads appearing on the platform, because the variety of political ads allows for greater freedom of speech. Further, Zuckerberg claimed that diverse political advertising leads to increased political pluralism.

This move came on the heels of the outrage over Facebook’s security policies, with new reports of Facebook users’ private information being leaked on a regular basis.

Amnesty International criticized Facebook’s policies and recommended that the company discard its “surveillance–based business model.” It contends that these policies have been causing multiple human rights violations, as users have become angry about data leakages and companies constantly targeting them in corporate ads.

The war against free speech has become global.

 

Big Tech’s rootless nature and affinity for globalism has made it some of the most effective enforcers of political correctness.

 

The battlefield in the war of ideas is changing. Unconventional tactics are being used, which will require the Right to fine tune its tactics and be ready to effectively strike back.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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