Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced that Twitter violated the state’s campaign finance laws and will have to fork over $100,000.
The complaint filed by the state of Washington states that Twitter failed to keep records for various candidates and political committees operating within their state.
“Twitter did not maintain and have available for public inspection all information required under RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 of commercial advertisers for political advertising that ran on its platform and for which it accepted payment for Washington State campaigns from 2012 through 2019,” said the complaint.
These candidates and committees reported paying Twitter approximately $200,000 for campaign advertising over the course of seven years, from 2012 to 2019. Nearly $33,000 was paid to Twitter directly while the rest went to Twitter through intermediaries such as political consultants.
Twitter no longer allows political advertising as of November 2019.
This is hardly the first time Big Tech giants have had run-ins with Attorney General Ferguson. A press release dated December of 2018 announced that Google and Facebook would need to pay a combined $455,000 for their own failure to keep proper records of political advertising for Washington candidates and committees.
There seems to be a pattern here. Bob Ferguson may be a Democrat, but we commend him for doing his duty and ensuring that Big Tech follows his state’s campaign finance laws. Lawsuits like these will hopefully keep these behemoths from continuing to try to flout the law. They rake in absurd amounts of money and are already too powerful as it is.
Hungary Will Take Action Against Big Tech Shadowbanning of Christians, Conservatives, and Other Right-Wingers
Holding Big Tech accountable.
The government of Viktor Orban, prime minister of Hungary, has announced its commitment to take on Big Tech’s shadowbanning of Christians, conservatives, and other assorted right-wingers.
In a Facebook post shared Monday, Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga said she believes that shadowbanning—the secret restriction of a social media user’s visibility—violates “fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture.”
Because of Big Tech’s “systematic abuses,” Varga said she convened a meeting of the Hungarian Digital Freedom Committee and will soon meet with the president of the Hungarian Competition Authority regarding “the possibility of sanctioning unfair commercial practices.”
Varga also claimed she has personally experienced shadowbanning and then linked to the following tweets from James O’Keefe and the O’Keefe-run Project Veritas:
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 14, 2021
"One strategy is to shadow ban so that you have ultimate control."
"It's going to ban, like, a way of talking."
"You just delete them, but the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you got to write algorithms that do it for you." pic.twitter.com/NQBsSziI2X
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) August 29, 2018
The Hungarian government, along with the Polish government, is considered one of the last in the Western world that’s committed to some form of social conservatism and resistance against neoliberal globalism. Big League Politics has thus closely followed Prime Minister Orban and Hungary over the past several months, reporting on Orban’s various confrontations with George Soros and news such as their proposed constitutional amendment to prevent gay couples from adopting children:
God bless Hungary and God save the Hungarian people!
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