In the latest round of Orwellian censorship, Twitter has suspended an account linked to alternative tech platform BitChute, in what many are calling a shamelessly anti-competitive move to damage a social media platform that declines to censor right-of-center content.
NewsChute, a news service associated with YouTube competitor BitChute, was banned from the platform on Thursday night.
Twitter appears to be excusing the suspension under a ‘repeat offender’ rule, which mandates that site users previously suspended from Twitter receive new suspensions on any and all accounts they try to start. BitChute had hired journalist Nick Monroe to head the project, a conservative journalist known for in-depth research into leftist conspiracies and mainstream media bias.
Monroe had been suspended from Twitter on his personal account two months ago, allegedly for already evading blanket bans for his Twitter presence. The redundancy of the charges against Monroe raise serious questions, making many question whether he’s being banned for creating new accounts or simply because he’s an inconvenient figure in the eyes of Jack Dorsey and the other milquetoast Silicon Valley neoliberals running Twitter as their personal kingdom.
The action is even more shameless in light of BitChute’s status as a free speech competitor to YouTube, offering a video streaming service open to diverse forms of political speech. YouTube has sought to suppress shoestring content creators for months now, preferring a stale and controlled political media environment in which legacy dinosaur media companies such as MSNBC and CNN are given a generous handicap to peddle their stale content to the public.
It’s possible the ban could be reversed, but Dorsey’s apparent personal grudge against Monroe make it seem less than likely.
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8Chan Founder is Wanted for ‘Cyberlibel’ for Allegedly Maligning Current Owner of the Free Speech Site
Current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins has accused the site’s founder Fredrick Brennan of “cyberlibel.”
The Philippines has issued a warrant for the arrest of 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan after the man to whom he sold the controversial free speech website accused him of committing “cyberlibel.”
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 158 issued a warrant on Wednesday for the arrest of Brennan, his lawyer Alexander Acain Jr. confirmed to CNN Philippines. Acain says he will recommend for his client to return to the Philippines from the United States and post bail but is not sure if Brennan will heed his advice.
These charges have resulted from a complaint made by current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins, who bought the site from Brennan, after Brennan made tweets referring to Watkins as “senile” and “incompetent.” Brennan is being charged under the country’s Cybercrime Prevention Act.
“They are a malicious imputation of senility on the part of [Watkins,] a condition, status or circumstance tending to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt of [him,]” Pasig City Assistant Prosecutor Juliene Raymond Cabanacan said in an eight-page resolution issued on January 2 and received by Brennan’s attorneys last week.
Brennan, who is disabled and confined to a wheelchair, faces between 6 and 12 years in prison if he is ultimately convicted of the charges. He has become a vocal critic of how Watkins has handled 8Chan since he took full control over the site in 2016.
“I’ve tried to understand so many times why he keeps it going, and I just don’t get it,” Brennan said last year. “After Christchurch, after the Tree of Life shooting, and now after this shooting, they think this is all really funny.”
“Shutting it down, having these chan sites pushed underground, it wouldn’t totally stop these kinds of things from happening. But it wouldn’t happen every few months,” Brennan added.
Watkins, however, has contended that 8Chan is integral in the fight for global free speech and vows to keep the website up in some form to allow anonymous discussion on the Internet to continue.
“It is actually sinister behavior. Ours is one of the last independent companies that offer a place you may write down your thoughts free from having to worry about whether they are offensive to one group or another,” Watkins said after the media blamed 8Chan for enabling mass shootings.
“Power consolidation of the media beginning as radio and TV stations were gobbled up by a few strong and rich companies is now moving at a breakneck pace through the internet. It will effectively silence the masses and leave them with no place to voice their messages,” he added.
8Chan re-branded to 8kun in Nov. 2019 and was restored to the internet after being denied service by their DNS provider Cloudflare, which allows pedophiles to use their services to propagandize about the virtues of raping kids.
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