Nearly two years after Wall Street Journal almost ruined the livelihood of PewDiePie, the world’s most successful YouTube star, hackers have exacted their revenge.
“WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to pewdiepie,” a webpage on the site said on Monday. “Due to misrepresentation by our journalists, those of whom have now been fired, we are sponsoring pewdiepie to reach maximum subscribers and beat Tseries to 80million.”
PewDiePie is known for his provocative content and failure to comply with politically correct social justice dingbats.
Wall Street Journal accused PewDiePie of being an anti-Semite in early 2017 after he made a video in which he highlighted that people on the app Fiverr would do anything for five dollars. One of the responses was an anti-Semitic comment. When Wall Street Journal called Disney, who had a contract with PewDiePie, for comment, the company dropped him.
“This originated from a video I made a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” PewDiePie explained. “I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for 5 dollars.”
Since then, PewDiePie has been maligned by DNC propagandists in left-wing journalism as a “racist” for not worshipping at the alter of social justice. Just last week, Big League Politics reported on an attempt by BuzzFeed to smear PewDiePie:
A BuzzFeed reporter tried not-so-tactfully to smear the world’s most popular YouTuber Tuesday morning, only to find out that he’d played himself.
“Following on the news that
@pewdiepie endorsed an antisemitic YouTuber, here’s a screenshot from a recent video in which PewDiePie played a shooting game with and laughed at a fan named “RabbiShekel” whose avatar is the famous anti-Jew “Le Happy Merchant,” said BuzzFeed’s Joe Bernstein on Twitter.
PewDiePie fired back at Bernstein, wrecking his narrative pretty swiftly.
“This Buzzfeed reporter is trying to angle that I played a multiplayer online game with strangers as antisemitism by proxy.. how is this not satire? LOL,” PewDiePie said on Twitter. “Here’s the actual clip btw, which as nothing to do with what he claims. Just another example of people reaching for hits by writing outrage fiction. Clip is funny af also.”
PewDiePie won this round with the press in what is sure to be a prolonged battle.
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Facebook Will Create “Oversight Board” For Users to Appeal Censorship Decisions
A smidgen of accountability.
Facebook is planning on rolling out an “oversight board” to which users of the platform can appeal the censorship of content.
“Over the next few weeks, our nearly 3 billion users will have access to an independent review of difficult content decisions,” announced the company in a Thursday blog post.
Oversight Board to Start Hearing Cases https://t.co/AAaa2nPmsF
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) October 22, 2020
Facebook is describing the oversight board as a “global body of experts separate from Facebook that will make independent and binding decisions on the cases they choose to hear.” Facebook users will presumably have the option to appeal incidences of censorship to Facebook’s oversight board when they have exhausted use of Facebook’s existing censorship appeal process. However, the existing process is only available on a seemingly arbitrary basis, and it’s probably not unlikely that those who already aren’t in Facebook’s good graces won’t be allowed the opportunity to appeal to the oversight board.
The overseers are employed and selected by Facebook itself, casting serious doubt as to whether they’re genuinely impartial arbiters of social media censorship.
It’s hard to tell if this is a step in the right direction or merely a ruse for the monopoly to counter accusations that its arbitrary censorship process is undemocratic and authoritarian. In predictable fashion, the powerful Oversight Board is staffed almost exclusively with Soros-linked neoliberal progressives, some of whom have already advocated for a European understanding of “free speech” as opposed to an American one.
With great power comes great responsibility, and Facebook seems content to accept the former without the latter. It simply isn’t their place to declare what is permissible political speech.
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