Big Tech Adores Kamala Harris, Censorship Cop Who Wants Trump Banned

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August 12th, 2020 4:58 PM

Immediately after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his potential vice president, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stated her support for Harris. “This is a huge moment for Black women and girls all over the world – and for all of us,” she gushed. 

Facebook Gives Even More Power to Its Leftist Fact-Checkers

TechWatch
August 12th, 2020 4:35 PM

Two massive announcements from Facebook have revealed just how much Facebook has given up all pretense at being fair to conservatives. Facebook announced new rules this week clarifying its hate speech policy and stating that it may even fact-check opinion pieces on the platform. Facebook sent a statement to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) Monday night, declaring that…

WSJ: TikTok Exploits Google Privacy Loophole to Track Users Online

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August 12th, 2020 3:10 PM

New information came to light about TikTok’s aggressive data collection just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the app in the United States. The Wall Street Journal released a report on August 11 detailing how TikTok was able to collect user data by exploiting a privacy loophole in Google’s android system. This loophole enabled the app to track…

Race War: Wikipedia Editors Battle Over Kamala Harris’ Ethnic Identity

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August 12th, 2020 12:55 PM

Big Tech companies like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter treat Wikipedia as the source of truth, particularly when it comes to censoring conservatives. But even Wikipedia can’t figure out the truth related to Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and her race and ethnicity.

Facebook Censors Benham Bros for Their Concern Over Forced Vaccination

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August 11th, 2020 4:31 PM

Famous Christian public figures were censored for expressing disbelief that patriotism in the current year amounts to submitting to

 forced vaccinations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Benham Brothers, identical twins David Benham and Jason Benham, who previously lost their HGTV show for their conservative views have been censored by Facebook. On August 10, Jason shared a…

Reddit CEO Says Platform Will Allow Pro-Trump Ads Ahead of Election

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August 11th, 2020 3:47 PM

In a win for free speech, the popular social media platform Reddit is planning to encourage healthy conversation about the upcoming presidential election.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced that the platform will allow political ads, including ads from President Donald Trump’s campaign in a company all-hands meeting last week, attended and reported…

The New York Times: Big Tech Getting Cozier with Biden Campaign

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August 11th, 2020 1:50 PM

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tech policy committee has come under fire even from The New York Times for having suspicious ties with Big Tech companies. The Times released a report criticizing how “his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.” Biden’s campaign has “quietly…

TikTok to Sue Trump Admin, as Twitter Considers Buying Social Platform

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August 10th, 2020 5:23 PM

TikTok is facing a ban from the United States unless it is sold from the Chinese-overseen company ByteDance to an American company, but some local Big Tech companies could prove just as tyrannical. Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Twitter has had “preliminary talks about a potential combination with TikTok, the popular video-sharing app that the Trump administration has declared a…

Twitter Labels Trump ‘Government Account’ — But Not Iran’s Ayatollah

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August 10th, 2020 2:23 PM

Twitter now attaches warning labels to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s account but not the Iranian ayatollah. Twitter has begun to add the labels to state-affiliated media and government officials from five major nations. Accounts like White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s @PressSec account and President Trump’s  @POTUS account have both been labeled as a “US…

Tech War with China? Trump Issues Executive Order to Ban WeChat App

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August 7th, 2020 3:02 PM

President Donald Trump’s WeChat executive order shows the war on Chinese subterfuge is bigger than just TikTok. Trump issued two different executive orders on Thursday evening: The “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” placed a ban on TikTok from being used in the U.S., and the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat” placed a ban on WeChat.

Twitter Now Labeling Some State-Affiliated Media — How About NPR, BBC?

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August 6th, 2020 4:43 PM

In an era where governments use news outlets to launder their state propaganda as objective news, one Big Tech company is now beginning to take a decent stand by labeling government and state-affiliated media. Twitter Inc. announced that going forward, the company “will label some state-backed media accounts, as well as accounts belonging to ‘key government officials’ for certain…

Right, Left Clash in Reaction to Big Tech Censorship of Trump Video

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August 6th, 2020 12:48 PM

President Donald Trump has been censored by Big Tech for commenting on COVID-19. Facebook and Twitter obliterated a video of Trump speaking on Fox News about the coronavirus’s effects on children, both claiming the content violated their respective policies on COVID-19 misinformation. Conservative leaders have responded that this is yet another case of Big Tech’s accelerated use of their…

Facebook, Twitter Censor Fox News Video of Trump Talking Coronavirus

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August 5th, 2020 10:40 PM

Both Twitter and Facebook acted quickly Wednesday night to remove a video of President Trump speaking on Fox News about the coronavirus’ effects on children. The social media sites said the content violated their policies on COVID-19 misinformation. On Wednesday morning, President Trump called into Fox & Friends and said “schools should open” because children are “almost…

Twitter Moderation Tool Exposed? Leak May Show Misinfo Vetting Process

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August 5th, 2020 4:37 PM

An app researcher may have revealed a Twitter tool that would allow moderators to debate over what is, or isn’t misinformation. Jane Manchun Wong has posted a screenshot of what appears to be an unreleased Twitter tool that allows moderators to flag tweets that reportedly contain “misinformation,” and then vote on whether they are “misleading.”