A non-profit organization funded by Big Tech has filed a lawsuit to protect the right for their corporate backers to commit acts of Draconian censorship on various digital platforms.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) claims that President Trump’s recent executive order against tech censorship violates the rights of some of the most powerful government-connected multinationals in the world, who are protected under the 1st Amendment to crush the free speech of the peasants.
“The Executive Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting misinformation, voter suppression, and the stoking of violence on their platforms,” said Alexandra Givens, who works as leader of CDT.
“Courts have recognized that retaliatory conduct chills a person or entity from exercising their First Amendment rights in the future,” the lawsuit states. “President Trump—by publicly attacking Twitter and issuing the Order—sought to chill future online speech by other speakers.”
It should come as no surprise that the CDT opposes Trump’s order meant to protect digital freedom of speech. They are funded by some of the most powerful tech monopolies and oligarchs throughout the world.
In the financials section of their official website, they list Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as organizations that have given them donations of at least $200,000 in 2019.
Entities that gave the CDT over $100,000 last year include Apple, Verizon, the Ford Foundation, the Soros-backed Open Society Foundations, Verizon, and Walmart. Other prominent donors include Comcast, Twitter, Mozilla, AT&T, the Charles Koch Foundation, Lyft, Uber, Visa, Exxon Mobil, Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, Perkins Coie, Disney, Starbucks, and Sprint.
In short, CDT is bankrolled by an array of the most powerful globalists in the world. Virtually all of the major Big Tech entities give them oodles of cash on an annual basis, so the CDT acts as their prostitute so to speak. This is why they are trying to undermine common sense measures that would restrict Big Tech’s ability to censor and manipulate the political process.
Big League Politics reported on Trump’s landmark executive order against Big Tech censorship when it was signed last week:
President Donald Trump signed an executive order regarding social media regulation today after Twitter hit one of his posts with a so-called fact check from the fake news.
“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or even promote is nothing more than a political activism group… And it’s inappropriate,” Trump said at a press conference before signing the executive order.
“This censorship and bias is a threat to freedom itself. Imagine if your phone company silenced or edited your conversation. Social media companies have vastly more power and more reach than any phone company in the United States,” Trump added.
The president described his executive order as a measure to “protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people.” He blasted social media corporations for abusing their special privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which shields them from liabilities for content posted on their vast platforms.
He claims his executive order will revoke Section 230 protections for tech giants that capriciously censor content to push a partisan political agenda, and empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on fraudulent or deceptive practices by tech corporations.
“What they’re doing is tantamount to monopoly, you can say. It’s tantamount to taking over the airwaves. Can’t let it happen, otherwise we are not going to have a democracy. We’re not going to have anything to do with a Republic,” Trump explained.
Lobbying groups that launder Big Tech cash to manipulate the court systems like the CDT will try to undo Trump’s great progress on behalf digital freedom of expression. Many more lawsuits against the executive order are expected to follow the one filed by the CDT.
Gab Attacked in Coordinated Hacking Attempt, Timed to Coincide with CPAC
This hack coincided with Trump’s CPAC speech.
Free speech social media platform Gab was attacked in a coordinated hacking operation sometime this weekend, with malicious actors briefly compromising accounts of prominent users of the platform.
Gab founder Andrew Torba disclosed the cyberattack, revealing that left-wing operatives had sought to compromise both his own Gab account and an archive account reserved for President Donald Trump. The attack compromised Trump’s reserved account minutes before the President was slated to speak on-stage at CPAC- with the timing suggesting the President may announce he’s joining the free speech social media service.
It’s unclear which other accounts were targeted. Torba confirmed that Gab was cooperating with law enforcement in response to the breach. Alt-tech competitor Parler also suffered from frequent data breaches and insecurity, and it may be that powerful institutions determined to take down Parler have shifted their focus to terroristic tactics targeting Gab.
Gab has been targeted on previous occasions by entities that oppose its mission to restore free speech on the internet. Torba’s disclosure of the incident differs greatly from the deceptive business tactics of Facebook and Twitter, which regularly decline to reveal data breaches and sell user information to corporations and governments at a whim and without any user consent.
Big League Politics is monitoring the situation for any further developments.
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