Twitter’s Orwellian decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop scandal published by the New York Post completely backfired – ‘nearly doubling’ its visibility, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.
Dorsey, Zuckerberg and Co. have now taken an active role in deciding what information people should and should not have in these critical days leading up to the election.
Not everyone is thrilled.
Their attempts to cover up the Hunter Biden emails story last week backfired on them. They’re now getting all kinds of scrutiny. I wrote last Friday that the Senate Commerce Committee is going to have a hearing next week with Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. They’re going to be exploring whether the protections granted tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act enable “big tech bad behavior.”
Many think Section 230 should no longer apply to Big Tech, including Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn…
Certain Republicans must now weigh the Big Cash they get from Big Tech against the certainty Big Tech will rig the next election against them.
“Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech. But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters.”
Read my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/LhUz5XMdSC
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) October 15, 2020
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is demanding Facebook explain its preemptive censorship of a bombshell report from the New York Post contradicting Joe Biden’s repeated assertions that the former vice president never discussed his son’s potentially criminal overseas business conduct.
Twitter is now labeling the New York Post Story as “potentially harmful” and won’t let you tweet it or send it over dm pic.twitter.com/hq5o2FpOYr
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 14, 2020
What changed, precisely? Facebook, Twitter And TikTok Say Wishing Trump’s Death From COVID-19 Is Not Allowed
Because it’s not like wanting Trump dead has been regarded as disqualifying activity in the past.
On Tuesday, the Twitter account of famed attorney L. Lin Wood, who has represented Richard Jewell, Nicholas Sandmann, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, and now Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people in Kenosha, was locked for supposedly violating Twitter’s terms of service. Wood had already posted about raising money for Rittenhouse’s legal defense.
Wood, furious, told Fox News that he intended to sue Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, asserting, “I’m going to take Jack Dorsey’s ass down. He has been abusing the First Amendment of this country for his own agenda.”
Wood stated that his account was locked for “glorifying violence.” He continued, “I knew they were going to censor me because I’m sending a message of hope. I’m sending a message of truth. And I’m sending a message that Kyle Rittenhouse is innocent.”
Whistleblower details ‘training manual’ used for censorship on Facebook
The “most banned woman in the world” pulled out a major upset against the Republican establishment which had, in recent weeks, shifted to being less antagonistic towards the right-wing candidate as a result of her performance in polls as well as fundraising efforts.
Decision Desk called the FL-21 for Laura Loomer at 8:02pm on August 18th, just over an hour after polls had closed…
Laura Loomer Calling Out Big Tech Censorship During Her Victory Speech
"If they can do it to me, they can do it to you." pic.twitter.com/rXp0S8pegp
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 19, 2020
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban transactions with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance.
The executive order says the US “must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security”.
Under the order, beginning in 45 days, any US transaction with ByteDance will be prohibited.
TikTok denies accusations it is controlled by or shares data with the Chinese government.
As well as Tencent.
TOMORROW: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress after @RepMattGaetz sent a criminal referral to Attorney General William Barr citing @Project_Veritas #ExposeFacebook reports as proof of their inherent political bias.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) July 28, 2020
Good. Now Barr needs to do something about it.
Related: Attorney General Barr testifies this morning before the House Judiciary Committee.
Update: Live feed here.
Jeff Bezos' account. Kanye West's. More than $100K stolen so far. This is the most serious attack on Twitter's security systems in the history of the company and it is still fully underway.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) July 15, 2020
Holy Crap. — It seems like the hackers got access to “Twitter Panel”, which is basically hacking one of the Twitter admins/employees. This gives direct admin access to accounts and allows individuals to chance e-mail & password.
Bloomberg. Biden. This thing is getting scarier by the minute.
And if they can send tweets through your account, they can also read your DMs. Consider taking some time to delete yours.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) July 15, 2020
Update: Twitter Appears to Lock All Verified Accounts From Tweeting Amid Massive Hack