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Twitter Suspends @NewsChute In Latest Round of Orwellian Censorship

Twitter suspended the account, which was linked to YouTube alternative BitChute.

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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.

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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.

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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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Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?

Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?

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Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.

The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”

In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.

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CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.

The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.

Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.

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