Facebook Launches Oversight Board, Now Taking Cases

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October 23rd, 2020 2:54 PM

Facebook has now added a new level to its censorship process. On October 22, Facebook announced that its Oversight Board (the Board) will now be taking cases for review, less than two weeks before the presidential election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs

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October 22nd, 2020 4:03 PM

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing today, which will soon go to the Senate floor for a vote. But that was not the only item on the agenda. The Senate Judiciary Committee (the Committee) also voted to issue subpoenas to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which will require both to testify regarding Twitter’s censorship…

Former Google Exec Schmidt Airs Frustration with DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit

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October 22nd, 2020 2:24 PM

Google has already released its statement about the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit, but now, a former CEO of the company has decided to speak out as well. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live Conference on Wednesday, during which he expressed his frustration about the antitrust lawsuit.

House Judiciary GOP Says Twitter Put Warning on Another Biden Article

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October 21st, 2020 5:12 PM

After a policy change and a week’s worth of criticism, you would have thought Twitter would have learned its lesson. But today, the official account for the House Judiciary GOP said Twitter has slapped a warning label on another article about Hunter Biden. The House Judiciary GOP Twitter account said that Twitter “slapped a warning label” on a tweet when it tried to retweet an article from…

Despite Dorsey Correction, NYPost Still Locked Out of Twitter

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October 21st, 2020 4:24 PM

Twitter reversed its decision to censor the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story. But the war isn’t over yet. The Post’s Twitter account has remained locked for a full seven days, according to New York Post Deputy Politics Editor Emma-Jo Morris.

Google Issues Response to Antitrust Lawsuit, Calls Complaint ‘Dubious’

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October 21st, 2020 1:09 PM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its antitrust lawsuit against Google yesterday, and Google released its response. Spoiler: the company is not happy. Google released a statement October 20 expressing outrage at the lawsuit, describing the suit as “deeply flawed.” “People use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives,”…

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MRC's Brent Bozell SLAMS Facebook for Censoring The Babylon Bee

October 21st, 2020 2:14 AM

Appearing Tuesday's Fox News @ Night, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell partnered with host Shannon Bream and Democratic strategist Kevin Walling to roundly condemn one of the latest absurd acts of tech censorship as Facebook allegedly demonetized The Babylon Bee because a recent post satirizing Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was deemed capable of “…

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Univision BURIES Report on Hunter Biden Scandal Within Another Story

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October 20th, 2020 6:25 PM

Univision finally reported the scandal involving Joe Biden's son Hunter, five days after the story initially broke and buried it within its late-night newscast. What’s worse, the story was tucked away within an unrelated report on President Donald Trump’s rally in Tucson, Arizona.

ABSURD! Babylon Bee CEO Says Facebook Censored Satire Article on ACB

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October 20th, 2020 4:36 PM

Facebook may have hit a new low today in its seemingly eternal quest to rid the world of, well, anything the platform deems problematic.  Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee (The Bee) said that Facebook demonetized the Babylon Bee and removed a satirical article entitled “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch.” Dillon also stated that the social…

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Scarborough Rants Against 'Stupid' Media Caring About Conservatives

October 20th, 2020 3:03 PM

With just over two weeks until Election Day, leftist media pundits are running out of time to boost Joe Biden’s poll numbers. Realizing that the polls are not currently projecting a “landslide” victory for Biden, the frustrated co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe needed to let off some steam. Wallowing in pre-election anxiety Monday morning, they kicked off the show with a flurry of…

FINALLY! DOJ Files Antitrust Suit Against Google

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October 20th, 2020 1:43 PM

The heat has steadily risen for Big Tech over the last few years, and it appears, at least for Google, that the hot water has reached a boiling point. Google’s day of reckoning may finally be upon us. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed its long-anticipated antitrust lawsuit against Google in the Washington D.C District Court on Tuesday, following more than a year of investigations…

Pew Survey Suggests Social Media Is Shifting Users’ Political Views

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October 19th, 2020 5:24 PM

Social media can often appear to be an echo chamber, especially to those closely following election events. But a recent survey suggests that Big Tech is shifting users’ political views. A study from the Pew Research Center published on October 15 found that 23 percent of adult social media users in the United States changed a political view they hold because of something they saw on social…

Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Twitter CEO Subpoena Tuesday

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October 19th, 2020 2:37 PM

Nothing to see here. Twitter may want to move on from the firestorm of criticism it received following last week’s censorship of a bombshell New York Post article, but the Senate GOP has not forgotten about it.

Facebook Policy Communications director Andy Stone announced on Twitter that Facebook would “reduce [the story’s] distribution on our platform,” when the bombshell story broke…

Several States Planning Antitrust Investigation Against Google: Report

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October 16th, 2020 2:55 PM

With the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit against Google still pending, it appears as though some state attorneys general may be taking matters into their own hands. Several states are now planning to open their own antitrust investigations into Google. The states of Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and New York are reportedly planning to release a joint statement explaining that…