YouTube sensation Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg outraged many of his fans this week when he announced that he would be donating $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a pro-censorship organization that regularly targets dissidents for Orwellian censorship on Big Tech platforms.
Just two days later, PewDiePie announced that he is rescinding the donation. He admitted his ignorance about the organization in a YouTube video published on Thursday and thanked his fans for helping him understand more about the insidious nature of the ADL.
“I made the mistake of picking a charity that I was advised instead of picking a charity that I’m personally passionate about, which is 100 percent my fault,” he said of his initial decision to give to the ADL.
“Usually when I pick a charity, I take my time, I find a charity that I’m really excited about and actually passionate to donate to, so when I uploaded the video talking about the charity, it was very brief, and people could tell something was off,” PewDiePie explained while laughing.
“To be fair, I saw it as an opportunity to put an end to these alt-right claims that have been thrown against me. It wasn’t to try and clear my name or save grace. If it was, I would have done it years ago, but after the Christchurch tragedy, I felt a responsibility to do something about it because it’s no longer just about me. It affected other people in a way, and I’m not okay with that,” PewDiePie said explaining his motives.
PewDiePie said that he announced the ADL donation with noble intentions, but the backlash from his fans helped him to see the error of his ways.
“I’ve struggled to figure out how to do that, but this was not the right way to go about it,” PewDiePie said. “I knew it wasn’t perfect, but I also didn’t know a lot of things that surfaced throughout this whole thing about the charity that doesn’t fit at all, so I understand why people had concerns about it, and these are things that I would have known myself if I had just taken my time.”
“This whole thing was planned during my wedding, and the honeymoon, and 100 million was coming up as well so it was all very rushed. It really doesn’t feel genuine for me to proceed with a donation at this point, and I instead want to actually do take my time, keep the intent that I had, but just doing it with the right charity and doing it properly,” he concluded before apologizing for the entire situation.
PewDiePie’s fans were incensed for his ADL donation because the organization had targeted him in the past, leading a hate campaign against PewDieDie that resulted in him being dropped by Disney back in 2017.
“ADL commends Disney’s decision to sever ties with PewDiePie following his posting of videos on YouTube containing swastikas and other anti-Semitic content,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in 2017. “This clearly crosses a line, but is becoming all-too commonplace on social media.”
The ADL also proudly works with tech monopolies to devise new ways to censor content, as the Big Brother crackdown kicks into high gear heading into the 2020 presidential election.
“We work with Google on using AI to try and interrupt cyber-hate before it happens,” Greenblatt told the Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year.
“So there are different ways [Facebook] can tweak their algorithms and adjust their products so they think not only about free speech… but protect the user’s right to not be harassed or hated,” he added.
“There is a gap in the legal regime. There are techniques that extremists have used online to terrorize Jews and other people like doxing, and swatting and different forms of cyberbullying that are not covered by existing laws and need to be,” Greenblatt concluded, making it clear that his organization’s ultimate goal is destruction of the Bill of Rights and Constitution.
The mainstream media is outraged at PewDiePie for listening to his fans and withdrawing the ADL donation.
Fake news artist Ben Collins whined about it in a Twitter post, claiming that YouTube is abetting extremism because they gave him a gift for amassing 100 million subscribers.
PewDiePie announced he was withdrawing a $50,000 donation to the Anti-Defamation League because of fan backlash while unboxing a gift sent from @YouTube itself.
The money was donated by the app @Honey.
Extremism abetted by Silicon Valley at each turn.https://t.co/uKL4KYgqSp
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 12, 2019
The left-wing consumer terrorism organization Sleeping Giants claims that PewDiePie listened to “anti-Semitic trolls” when making his decision.
Let’s be honest with what happened here. PewDiePie has a significant number of anti-Semitic trolls that follow him that made a lot of noise when he tried to PR his way out of his past transgressions. He listened to them. https://t.co/yVLyLzC620
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) September 12, 2019
Mashable tech reporter Matt Binder said that PewDiePie’s fan base is racist, and said without providing evidence that the video blogger has been guilty of anti-Semitism in the past.
a good way to move past your previous instances of antisemitism is to backtrack on your publicly announced donation to the ADL meant to explicitly do that because your racist fans got mad at you https://t.co/zpjMmIrLSq
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) September 12, 2019
The fake news backlash isn’t likely to hurt PewDiePie’s popularity, as his fans understand that he listens to them and respects their perspectives in light of his decision to rescind the ADL donation.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Begs for Government Mandates on ‘What Discourse Should Be Allowed’
Zuckerberg doesn’t have the courage to really stand for free speech.
While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly pays lip service to free speech, he demands for more government control over the public discourse at the same time.
Zuckerberg showed what a snake he is during an appearance at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
“There should be more guidance and regulation from the states on basically — take political advertising as an example — what discourse should be allowed?” Zuckerberg said to a group of Western leaders Saturday at the prestigious event. “Or, on the balance of free expression and some things that people call harmful expression, where do you draw the line?”
“There are a lot of decisions in these areas that are really just balances between different social values,” Zuckerberg added. “It’s about coming up with an answer that society feels is legitimate and that they can get behind and understand that you drew the line here on the balance of free expression and safety. It’s not just that there’s one right answer. People need to feel like, ‘OK, enough people weighed in, and that’s why the answer should be this, and we can get behind that.’”
Zuckerberg will be meeting with European Union officials throughout the week. He is expected to give them the blessing they want to regulate freedom of speech out of existence.
“We need to make sure that the internet can continue to be a place where everyone can share their views openly and where the legal framework around this is one that encodes democratic values,” Zuckerberg said.
“I do think that as part of that, we’ve got to move forward on regulation. Hopefully, we move forward quickly before a more authoritarian model gets adopted in a lot of places first,” he added.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg was attempting to dupe suckers by claiming that he and his monopoly social media platform were dedicated to preserving freedom of speech:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah on Friday that his tech corporation is going to support freedom of speech from this point forward.
“This is the new approach, and I think it’s going to piss off a lot of people. But frankly, the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let’s try something different,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg is paying lip service to free speech and encryption while he is under fire from every angle. Conservatives are criticizing Facebook for deplatforming right-wing voices while liberals beg for more Draconian Big Brother censorship against their enemies. Zuckerberg has become a convenient punching bag as political polarization rises.
“Increasingly we’re getting called to censor a lot of different kinds of content that makes me really uncomfortable,” Zuckerberg said.
“We’re going to take down the content that’s really harmful, but the line needs to be held at some point,” he added.
Zuckerberg has the audacity to paint himself as a hero standing up for digital freedom during a tumultuous time.
“If you’re not out there standing for things that people care about then it’s not possible for people to feel that strongly about what you’re doing,” he said.
Zuckerberg talks about Facebook’s new focus in favor of freedom of speech while his platform cracks down on alternative media like never before.
Facebook has outsourced their censorship operation to supposedly “independent” fact checkers that flag stories that go against the globalist narrative. Pages that share the flagged stories are given strikes on the platform, and eventually censored from the news feed.
Fork-tongued hypocrites like Zuckerberg can never be counted upon to defend sacred rights. That is why Facebook and other Big Tech giants must lose their special government-enforced privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if they do not protect freedom of speech, as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has suggested.
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