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Over 20 million online child sexual abuse material incidents reported on Facebook, by far the most of all platforms

A new report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that a vast majority of reported online child sexual abuse material was from Facebook.

The annual report by the NCMEC for 2020 claimed the organization’s CyberTipline received more than 21.7 million reports of online child exploitation, 21.4 million of these reports were from electronic service providers. There were 20,307,216 reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking on Facebook, including Instagram and Whatsapp, which the social media behemoth owns.

For comparison, Google reported 546,704 incidents of CSAM, Snapchat found 144,095, Microsoft had 96,776, Twitter cited 65,062, TikTok had 22,692, and Reddit reported 2,233 instances of apparent child sexual abuse material.

MindGeek, the Canada-based parent company of several adult content websites, reported far fewer incidents. MindGeek, which owns Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube, and Brazzers, reported 13,229 instances of child sexual abuse material last year.

The Internet Watch Foundation, which helps “victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse,” claimed it found 118 incidents of videos containing child sexual abuse or rape on Pornhub between 2017 and 2019.

In December, Pornhub faced scrutiny after the New York Times published multiple allegations of sexual exploitation on the adult content website.

The streaming behemoth, which netted 3.5 billion visits per month in 2019, introduced new guidelines in December to protect against underage porn being uploaded on the site.

“Going forward, we will only allow properly identified users to upload content,” Pornhub said in a statement. “We have banned downloads. We have made some key expansions to our moderation process, and we recently launched a Trusted Flagger Program with dozens of non-profit organizations.”

Pornhub also noted that it voluntarily registered as an electronic service provider for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s data collection.

Regarding Facebook’s overwhelming majority of the alleged CSAM incidents, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated:

Higher numbers of reports can be indicative of a variety of things including larger numbers of users on a platform or how robust an ESP’s efforts are to identify and remove abusive content. NCMEC applauds ESPs that make identifying and reporting this content a priority and encourages all companies to increase their reporting to NCMEC. These reports are critical to helping remove children from harmful situations and to stopping further victimization.

As of April 2020, Facebook was the most popular social media platform with nearly 2.5 billion active users.

The NCMEC said reports to the CyberTipline increased by 28% from 2019.

“The 21.7 million reports of child sexual exploitation made to the CyberTipline in 2020 included 65.4 million images, videos and other files,” the NCMEC said. “These materials contained suspected child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and other incident related content.”

Reports to the CyberTipline by the public more than doubled in 2020.

The numbers from NCMEC are reported instances and are not confirmed cases of abuse.

The NCMEC’s CyberTipline is a “centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children,” where the public and ESP’s “can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.”

Ahead of the NCMEC’s report, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it was introducing new measures to prevent “people from sharing content that victimizes children,” as well as new improvements to detection and reporting inappropriate content.

“To understand how and why people share child exploitative content on Facebook and Instagram, we conducted an in-depth analysis of the illegal child exploitative content we reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in October and November of 2020,” Facebook said in a statement.

“We found that more than 90% of this content was the same as or visually similar to previously reported content. And copies of just six videos were responsible for more than half of the child exploitative content we reported in that time period,” the social media network stated. “While this data indicates that the number of pieces of content does not equal the number of victims, and that the same content, potentially slightly altered, is being shared repeatedly, one victim of this horrible crime is one too many.”

Facebook reported 150 accounts to the NCMEC for “uploading child exploitative content in July and August of 2020 and January 2021,” and found that over 75% of these users “did not exhibit malicious intent.” “Instead, they appeared to share for other reasons, such as outrage or in poor humor.”

Facebook will now have a “pop-up” that appears whenever users searches for terms associated with child exploitation. There will also be a “safety alert that informs people who have shared viral, meme child exploitative content about the harm it can cause and warns that it is against our policies and there are legal consequences for sharing this material.”

Facebook said accounts that share and promote CSAM would be removed.

“Using our apps to harm children is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Facebook’s news release read. “Our industry-leading efforts to combat child exploitation focus on preventing abuse, detecting and reporting content that violates our policies, and working with experts and authorities to keep children safe.”

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Google set to finally lift ban on political ads a month and a half after the Capitol riot. But don’t cross them — or else.

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, internet behemoth Google decided to ban political advertising in an attempt to prevent unrest in the U.S.

Now, after a month and a half of bans on ads the company decided it didn’t like, Google has declared that it will accept political advertising once again on its site starting Wednesday, Fortune reported.

But beware anyone out there who might have a mind to cross Google’s intellectual betters and try to place ads that the Alphabet Company’s notoriously left-wing leadership might consider what they now call “fake news” or that might cause someone somewhere to question the validity of our elections or American democracy.

The company made it clear that it will not look kindly on any sort of shenanigans.

“Starting on Wednesday, we will be lifting our Sensitive Events policy to again allow advertisers to run political ads,” the company told Fortune. “We will continue to rigorously enforce our ad policies, which strictly prohibit demonstrably false information that could significantly undermine trust in elections or the democratic process.”

This is the second time since the 2020 election Google has lifted a ban on political advertising. The company first froze such ads right after the election, “saying companies would not be allowed to run messaging that references candidates, the election, or its outcome,” according to Fortune.

Google lifted the ban before the Jan. 6 unrest unfolded.

What about Facebook?

About two months before the 2020 election, Facebook announced that it would throttle back political advertising in the week before Election Day and ban any new ads.

The social media giant also put an outright ban on all political advertising after Nov. 3 — except for a brief exception for the Georgia Senate run-off elections in January.

According to Fortune, Facebook appears to have zero interest in restarting political ads.

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U.S. Government Diligently Working With Big Tech To Censor ANYTHING That Could Cause “Vaccine Hesitancy”

The ruling class desperately needs as many people as possible to take the COVID-19 vaccine.  This push to get an mRNA vaccine in the veins of everyone is resulting in a diligent effort to censor ANYTHING that could cause “vaccine hesitancy.”

The United States government, Joe Biden’s White House, has “hands-on” involvement in censoring any information that could result in someone thinking for themselves and rejecting the vaccine.

Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” a source with direct knowledge about the cooperation told Reuters.

“We are talking to them… so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly”. -RT

The White House has previously acknowledged working with tech giants like Facebook and Google on the issue of censorship of free speech, but any direct engagement was not confirmed as of yet, Reuters reported.

The Biden administration wants digital platforms to suppress content that can result in events like the anti-vaccination protest at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in late January, the source said. The arena has been repurposed as a drive-in mass vaccination site, one of the largest in the U.S., after being used for Covid-19 testing since May.

The protests against this mRNA vaccine are growing, and with it, government oppression and tyranny. The only good news is that all of this censorship is having the opposite effect that the ruling class wants.  It’s not “keeping us slaves in line,” but making us more resilient while waking up the masses to the slave state we have always lived in.

The U.S. is undergoing a period of record-low public trust in the traditional mainstream media and widespread disillusionment in the two-party political system of democracy, which we all already know is nothing more than mob rule. The institutional crisis was aggravated by the economic damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic reaction by the masters against the slaves and has sent many people looking for solutions to having a master.

We all need to wake up. Government is slavery and they are proving it time and time again, daily. If we ever expect to be the free human beings we were born to be, we need to start to realize what’s really going on here.  There’s a reason they need everyone vaccinated, and it should be utterly clear by now that it isn’t about our health – it’s about keeping us slaves on the plantation.

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Arbiter of truth: Facebook plans to flag and debunk misinformation about climate change

After debunking misinformation about COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election results, Facebook will now be the arbiter of truth about climate change. The social network will begin flagging and debunking climate change myths.

Facebook released a statement Thursday stating that the social media platform will “add informational labels to some posts on climate,” and direct users to the Facebook Climate Science Information Center, a resource that provides “science-based news, approachable information and actionable resources from the world’s leading climate change organizations.”

Previously, Facebook rolled out its Voting Information Center in August and the Coronavirus Information Center in March to combat news the company deemed to be misinformation.

“To debunk the myths with current and specific facts, we’ve brought in climate communication experts from the George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the University of Cambridge,” Facebook said.

“The spread of damaging falsehoods endangers the level of international cooperation required to prevent catastrophic global warming,” said Sander van der Linden of the University of Cambridge. “Facebook is in a unique position to counter the circulation of online misinformation, and the new climate ‘mythbusting’ section is an important step toward debunking dangerous falsehoods.”

“Developing rebuttals based on the best-practices from communication research is an important step toward countering online misinformation,” said Dr. John Cook of George Mason University.

Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication said, “Misinformation about climate change long predates the internet, but has been greatly amplified in our new digital world. This new mythbusting section of the Facebook Climate Science Information Center can help raise public climate change awareness and understanding worldwide.”

In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared that privately owned digital platforms should not act as the “arbiter of truth.” The pro-free speech comment was made after Twitter fact-checked a tweet by then-President Donald Trump.

“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told the “Daily Briefing” host Dana Perino. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

The climate change fact-checking will begin in the U.K. and will expand into other countries soon. The Facebook Climate Science Information Center is currently available in 16 countries.

Facebook is banned in China, so the Climate Science Information Center will not be available to the world’s biggest polluter. China is responsible for nearly a third of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions – over 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions, almost double that of the United States, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Local newspaper takes on Big Tech: Lawsuit says Google and Facebook ‘conspire to monopolize and dominate the digital media space’

Critics of Big Tech have repeatedly accused online giants of abusing and dominating smaller news outlets, conservative voices, and any site or app that might be seen as competition.

Now one local West Virginia newspaper is facing down a couple of tech Goliaths and taking them to court.

The Pulitzer-Prize winning Charleston Gazette-Mail filed a lawsuit claiming Big Tech companies Facebook and Google are working together to manipulate the digital advertising market, Fox News reported Thursday.

The owner of the Gazette-Mail, Doug Reynolds, told Fox News that his paper’s lawsuit alleges that the two companies “conspire to monopolize and dominate the digital media space.”

Asked what’s hurting papers like his, Reynolds answered, “The newspaper industry over the last 10 years has been making this transfer to digital media, and what we found is, as we’ve gone into this world, that Google and Facebook make the rules of the game, they control the whole environment. They compete against us for advertising dollars, and then they get to keep score in the end.”

He noted that the U.S. has seen more than 200 newspapers close, which threatens local journalism. In order for small news outlets to survive, they have to be able to finance themselves in the digital sphere, but “in the current arrangement, that’s not going to be possible.”

Reynolds wants an open and even playing field so outlets can find ways to be paid for without interference from Big Tech companies.

Asked about nonprofits financed by businesses like Google and Facebook designed to prop up local newspapers, Reynolds was skeptical.

“We can’t have a system where businesses and our journalism is [sic] dependent on us writing good things about Google and Facebook,” he said.

“It has to be independent,” Reynolds continued. “It can’t be just on their good will whether we survive or not.”

Fox News said it reached out to Google and Facebook for comment. Facebook did not respond, while Google said it is not commenting on this case.

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BLATANT CENSORSHIP: RFK Jr. Get BANNED From Instagram

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned and removed from Facebook’s Instagram platform over “debunked vaccine claims.”  RFK Jr. has been an outspoken critic of vaccines, and one thing the New World Order needs a fully vaccinated public incapable of thinking for themselves.

Facebook has taken down the Instagram page of former president John F. Kennedy’s nephew – a prominent vaccine critic with 800,000 subscribers. The tech giant has recently stepped up its offensive on what it deems Covid-19 disinformation, according to a report by RT.

Facebook has confirmed they censored RFK Jr. for disagreeing with them and the ruling class. “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” Facebook said, confirming the deletion of his hugely popular page. Hopefully, people will begin to wake up in mass numbers and much more quickly than they have been to what’s really going on.

Kennedy Jr. has drawn stark criticism for his anti-vaccine stance from the mainstream media, with CNN’s Jake Tapper labeling him a “menace” for calling Dr. Anthony Fauci a “very sinister guy who has turned” America over to “Big Pharma.”

Kennedy has been a long-time outspoken vaccine critic. But more than ever, the ruling class and elitists are desperate to silence dissent in any and all forms and keep information from the public that could help advance a free society.

If people do not share in the elitists’ visions for the totalitarian enslavement of humanity, they will be silenced.

As Brian from High Impact Flix, a YouTube creator says “those who burn books today will be burning bodies tomorrow.” Wake up. Stand with morality, no party.

The major problem here is one we should all be able to see. One of their own (a member of the establishment ruling class), Dr. Anthony Fauci has admitted to flat out lying about herd immunity and delivering misinformation to the public to push the vaccine agenda. So, as long as the misinformation is helping the slave state to advance, it’s fine.

Fauci Admits To Lying About Herd Immunity To Convince People To Get The COVID Vaccine

The removal of Kennedy’s account comes as Facebook has taken its clampdown on coronavirus-related claims that do not align with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health authorities’ recommendations up several notches.

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Christian scholar tossed in Facebook jail for ‘violence and incitement.’ His crime? Objecting to Biden’s transgender military policy.

Facebook suspended a prominent Christian scholar for 24 hours earlier this week — for speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden lifting the ban on transgenders in the military — calling his words “violence and incitement,” PJ Media reported.

What are the details?

Robert A.J. Gagnon, who teaches New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University, was banned Tuesday, the outlet said.

Gagnon also holds a Ph.D. in Pauline theology and sexuality from Princeton Theological Seminary and published “The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics,” PJ Media said.

The outlet said Gagnon posted a defense of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a seven-day ban for criticizing Biden’s policy. Then Gagnon himself was thrown in Facebook’s slammer for the following text, PJMedia said:

My friend Laurie Higgins has been suspended for 7 days, for making an accurate and witty satirical post, by left-wing FB overlords who seek to squash all dissent on the issue of transgenderism, no doubt emboldened by the Biden/Harris administration. There’s nothing inaccurate about this post.

  1. Biden’s lifting of Trump’s transgender military ban will indeed put women military personnel in the awful position of having to shower with biological males.
  2. Trans-promoters aren’t content with having men invade the domain of women’s sports and shelters.
  3. “Transgender” ideology is indeed a pseudo-science, compelling people to reject basic biological facts.
  4. Promoters of “transgenderism” do indeed exhibit traits of a religious cult in their mind-numbing, science-denying conformity. The censoring and suspending of Laurie Higgins rather proves the point, doesn’t it?

Gagnon said Facebook claimed his criticisms violated the social media giant’s “Community Standards on violence and incitement,” the outlet reported.

What did Gagnon have to say?

“There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person,” Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. “This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason.”

He also noted that “only one point of view is being allowed. [Former President Donald] Trump was not the great danger to the Republic. Left-wing canceling is,” the outlet added.

Facebook, however, told Gagnon it has such “standards” in place “to prevent and disrupt offline harm,” PJ Media reported, adding that Facebook didn’t respond to the outlet’s request for comment.

Another professor steps in

Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, spoke out on Facebook against the platform’s attack on Gagnon, the outlet said.

“Censorship on Facebook and some other social media has now gone way beyond the bounds of the reasonable, and is grossly violating representations about free speech made by CEOs and other officers of the major platforms,” George wrote, according to PJ Media, calling Gagnon’s suspension “an egregious case.”

“We need robust free speech in what functions today as the public square. We need dialogue and debate. People need to be able to criticize and forcefully challenge idea — including ideas that are dominant in elite sectors of the culture and among people in the tech industry,” George said, the outlet reported. “What we do NOT need is the silencing of dissent. That is never a good idea. Once it starts and becomes normalized … things do not end well.”

George concluded, according to PJ Media: “If anyone from FB is reading this comment, please, I beg you, reconsider the path down which you are going. It is not a good one. It is a healthy spirit of civil libertarianism we need; not dogmatism and the enforcement of groupthink.”

Anything else?

Gagnon had more to say Thursday:

On the bright side, he also noted Thursday that Higgins’ ban had been lifted:

(H/T: The Christian Post)

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Facebook sorry after reportedly deleting posts about the UK’s Plymouth Hoe and penalizing posters

Looks like a Facebook algorithm needs a course in European history.

Because the venerable social media giant apparently with wisdom out the wazoo now has some egg on its face. Or perhaps a full English breakfast.

What are the details?

The hubbub concerns the Plymouth Hoe, a historic seafaring site on England’s coast. Here’s what the Visit Plymouth website says about “the Hoe”:

It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalized in a statue, situated just a few meters from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.

At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defense against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes — the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery.

The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoe,” the Guardian reported, which is a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot and heel.

But some Facebook users got in trouble after referring to the landmark in recent posts, presumably because “hoe” is considered a misogynist term elsewhere.

The administrator of one Plymouth Facebook page warned its users to be careful when mentioning the Hoe, the paper said.

“Just a quick post to say anyone living Plymouth h o e, please don’t write it as one word,” the message read, according to the Guardian. “Facebook are saying it’s harassment and muting people and giving them a Facebook ban. It’s not us doing that.”

One Facebook user’s comments were removed on several occasions, the paper said, adding that, “Now I am writing Oe.”

Another user told the Guardian that “someone asked me where I swam in Plymouth, and I replied, ‘Plymouth H O E.’ I got told off for bad language and could not comment for two days.”

Still another Facebook poster noted that when she mentioned the Hoe, she received the following message: “Are you sure you want to post this, it may be deemed offensive to some?” the paper said.

Apologies

When all was said and done, Facebook apologized for its mistaken actions and promised to take steps to ensure residents and visitors can use the term “hoe” in relation to the Devon landmark, the Guardian said.

“These posts were removed in error, and we apologize to those who were affected,” a Facebook spokesperson said, according to the paper. “We’re looking into what happened and will take steps to rectify the error.”

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Facebook Ramps Up Censorship By “Dispelling Political Content”

Mark Zuckerberg took to his own platform (Facebook) on Wednesday to tell users of the social media site’s new “community update.” In a 2,800-word post, which amounts to a promise of censorship, Zuckerberg wrote that it will begin efforts to hide political posts for users’ news feeds.

Zuckerberg said Facebook will begin an effort to hide political posts from users’ news feeds, noting the site is aiming to promote “healthy and positive interactions. “We’re currently considering steps we could take to reduce the amount of political content in News Feed,” Zuckerberg wrote, adding: “One of the top pieces of feedback we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience.”

The real question is if Zuckerberg will block and shadow ban Joe Biden in the same way he blocked Donald Trump. We’ll see, but this amounts to censorship any way you slice it. If people don’t want political posts in their news feed, it should be up to them to unfollow or simply not click on those posts. But personal responsibility is a thing of the past.

“Civic and political” groups will also face what amount to shadow bans – a practice in which social media platforms limit the reach of certain content, instead of outright deleting it – Zuckerberg said, observing that such pages had been removed from Facebook’s “recommendations” tab ahead of the 2020 presidential election. That policy will now be made permanent. -RT

Likely to avoid the stain of the censorship stigma.

“We’re continuing to fine-tune how this works, but now we plan to keep civic and political groups out of recommendations for the long term, and we plan to expand that policy globally,” Zuckerberg said, describing the move as “a continuation of work… to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations.”

Facebook has been open about shadow banning in the past alluding to the idea that it’s not exactly censorship because there was no outright deletion of the content or page.

Back in 2017, Facebook announced that it had tweaked its algorithm to “reduce the spread of problematic links such as clickbait, sensationalism and misinformation,” an earlier step to rein in verboten content, which it defined only vaguely. Though the company insists it does not moderate posts based on users’ political beliefs, recent years have seen repeat allegations that its policies target conservatives unfairly, including by US lawmakers-RT

This should be interesting. Let’s see how Facebook’s users respond to this new policy update.

 

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Mike Rowe says Facebook is canceling his beloved ‘Returning the Favor’ web TV program despite its popularity

TV show host Mike Rowe said Wednesday that his beloved web TV program, “Returning the Favor” — a Facebook Watch series that features Rowe traveling across America “in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities” — is being canceled.

What are the details?

“I received a phone call yesterday from Facebook, telling me that [‘Returning the Favor’] would not be back for another season,” Rowe wrote to his Facebook followers. “Obviously, I was surprised. ‘Returning the Favor’ has been a very successful endeavor, and the feedback from everyone has been extraordinarily good – from the first favor returned, to the 100th. In fact, it’s the only program I ever worked on [that] never received a single, negative review, or one critical comment. In that way, it was truly unexampled.”

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Mike Rowe

The hook of the show is that while Rowe profiles individuals for the cameras, other people work behind the scenes to do something generous for these people, who often could use a financial hand or a revamp of a store or extra supplies to help them keep going. And by the end of each episode, the reveal takes place, always with tears and laughter.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Mike Rowe

Rowe added, “Last week, I saw a short marketing video for the upcoming season. Obviously, that video is no longer relevant, but I wanted to share it with you anyway, because it speaks to how unique this show was, and shows just how many people it touched. More importantly, it reinforces the undeniable fact that ‘Returning the Favor’ simply couldn’t have happened without the people on this page. Give it a look, and as you watch, please remember that you made it possible.”

What gives?

Facebook on Wednesday didn’t immediately reply to TheBlaze regarding why “Returning the Favor” was being canceled.

But Rowe seemed quite grateful for the social media giant’s involvement, as he thanked Facebook “for their support over the last four seasons. No network would have given me this much latitude to make such an honest show, or invested so generously in a 22-minute online program. With their help, we gave away over 5 million dollars to people trying to make their communities a better place.”

How are folks reacting?

Rowes’ Facebook followers are chiming in with disappointment and bewilderment that the Facebook Watch show is going away:

  • “Bad (again) on Facebook,” one commenter wrote. “‘Returning the Favor’ is a wonderful show, helping us to remember there is hope and goodness no mater what is going on in the world. I sincerely hope it is picked up elsewhere. Meanwhile, that just means LESS time I spend on facebook. Keep up the good work Mike and company.”
  • “I’m so sorry to hear this,” another user said. “Please know I’ve always been a fan of yours and always will be. You bring good to the world, and that is something we all desperately need right now. God bless!”
  • “I loved this show! Did they give a reason why?” another commenter asked. “God forbid we have a show that promotes positivity and shows the good in mankind; instead Facebook has chosen to censor folks and focus on division and negativity….oh well, hopeful another network picks up this most amazing showcase of humanity at it’s best!”
  • “This show was ‘All American.’ It celebrated the salt of the earth. The good people of America doing great things on a daily basis that all too often went unnoticed by most of us,” another commenter said. “The reason being that they weren’t doing these things to be noticed, but because they saw a need in their community and endeavored to meet it. Who knows how many were inspired to do likewise. Thank you Mike Rowe! Keep up your good work!”
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House Republicans demand that any FBI investigation into Parler’s role in the Capitol riot must probe Facebook and Twitter, too

House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) announced last week that she had asked the FBI to investigate social media company Parler for any role it might have played in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

However, Republican members of the committee have no intention of letting the Democratic chairwoman ignore any potential role Facebook or Twitter might have played in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol if she’s going to go after Parler.

In a letter to Maloney on Monday, first reported by Fox News, Oversight ranking member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) demanded that the chairwoman amend her FBI request to include Facebook and Twitter and pointed out her “overtly partisan” request that did not even bother to mention the potential role the social media giants may have played in the riot.

The letter said everyone responsible for the insurrection should be held to account, but, they added, the focus should not be on just one social media company that has a known right-of-center base. And her move, they said, simply exposed the increasing coordinated efforts of Big Tech and the Democratic Party to chill speech.

Like you, we were disturbed and angered by the riot and we believe those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But casting blame on a single social media company known for its conservative userbase while simply ignoring other social media companies known for sympathizing with liberal causes is blatantly and overtly partisan. Moreover, your letter is additional evidence of the growing alliance between Big Tech and Democrats to muzzle certain viewpoints, opinions, and perspectives.

The congressmen noted that Maloney’s FBI investigation request omitted “the fact that other social media platforms were also facilitators of the January 6 riot.”

“[A] cursory search of other social media platforms yields identical, disturbing posts, from across the political spectrum, advocating for a wide swathe of positions, demonizing an equally diverse group of people,” they wrote.

The lawmakers noted that multiple reports showed riot plotters used Facebook and Twitter to plan and promote the insurrection:

Though your letter highlights several examples of disturbing, malignant posts made by extremists on Parler, it conveniently ignores messages sent on Facebook instructing people to “seal . . . in” Members of Congress in the tunnels below the Capitol and to “turn [the] gas on” — horrendous tactics reminiscent of humanity’s darkest time. In one of the only conspiracy cases charged thus far stemming from the January 6 riot, the underlying facts show weeks of using Facebook to plan for the January 6 event. For example, Facebook posts, comments, and messages from between December 24, 2020 and January 5, 2021 indicate detailed planning about where to lodge and how to mobilize for January 6, including multiple references to “night hunting.” One of the individuals involved in these Facebook activities was likely wearing paramilitary equipment during the attack on the Capitol.

A search of Twitter immediately after the riot found that accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory had referred to the January 6 date roughly 20,800 times prior to the attacks. After the riot, renewed calls to action from extremists online occurred on Twitter, encouraging events such as an “Armed March on All State Capitals” across the country.

They also stated that Facebook and Twitter “appear to have profited off of the January 6 riot.” According to Comer and Steube’s letter, the platforms generate more revenue during political turmoil because of increased engagement.

But, they noted, it seems unlikely that Democrats will want to appear to be going after Big Tech. After all, it could negatively impact Democratic coffers. The letter pointed out that during the 2020 election cycle nearly 93% of Facebook employees’ federal election contributions went to Democrats. Twitter employees were even more likely to give to the Democratic Party, with 98.41% of their federal election donations to the party.

Maloney’s move is clearly a “political ploy,” the Republicans wrote, that is “taking advantage of the tragedy” in order to “shut down speech Democrats dislike.”

“We request you amend your request for an FBI investigation to include Facebook and Twitter and the roles those companies played to contribute to the January 6 riot,” they concluded.

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After President Trump’s de-platforming, his Facebook page is drawing a colossal number of new ‘likes’

President Donald Trump’s Facebook page continues to draw new “likes” despite the president having been de-platformed, Newsweek reported.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report, Trump’s Facebook page has brought in nearly 150,000 new likes since Facebook indefinitely suspended the president from using his account on Jan. 7.

Citing analytics information from Social Blade, Newsweek reported that Trump’s YouTube channel — which was also ultimately suspended — has gained 100,000 new subscribers since Jan. 6., the very day that a violent mob descended on the U.S. Capitol.

On Jan. 7, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a post announcing that Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts would be indefinitely blocked.

“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies,” Zuckerberg wrote in his widely viewed Facebook post. “We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech.

“But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” he added.

On Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that the company has “no plans” to rescind the suspension.

What did Trump say?

The riots resulted in a historic second
impeachment against the president after much of the media and many government officials accused him of inciting the riots as insurrection.

Following the impeachment, Trump issued a statement on the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol.

“As I have said, the incursion at the U.S. Capitol struck at the very heart of our Republic. It angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum,” he said in a Wednesday statement. “I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement.

“Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values,” he added. “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.”

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Twitter Purge: Our Orwellian Dystopia Is Now Our Present

In a Monday night blog post, Twitter laid out all the latest details of a historic purge that started with the permanent suspension of President Donald Trump.  Isn’t it odd how none of those considerations emerged during the summer when United States cities were literally burning as a result of countless violent protests and frequent riots?

According to a report by ZeroHedge, the Great Purge, which is a big tech censorship campaign rivaled only by that of Nazi Germany’s, has begun.  With the suspension of 70,000 accounts since Friday, the crackdown on dissent and those who know they are being lied to propagandized is here.  The Orwellian dystopia we were all warned about has arrived.

In twitter’s own words: “It’s important to be transparent about all of this work as the US Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021, approaches.” In the aftermath of the biggest censorship purge in Twitter history, the company’s stock tumbled. The justification for the mass censorship campaign dubbed “the purge” by ZeroHedge and others is justified if you believe Big Tech:

We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.

Already, the American Civil Liberties Union is warning the public that the Big Tech firms are expanding their power.

“Unchecked Power” Warning After Trump’s Permanent Suspension From Social Media

Social media platforms will soon be an echo chamber for authoritarians while those who have been censored move to other sites that allow the free flow of information.

Click here to read Twitter’s entire statement on the censorship of dissenting voices.

This situation will amp up as we approach the inauguration. Things are about to get chaotic as people increasingly become silenced as Big Tech continues to foment division.

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Facebook Bans The Phrase “Stop The Steal” Ahead Of Biden’s Inaguration

Facebook is going all-in on their censorship campaign ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration in 8 days. The social media giant has now banned the phrase “stop the steal” from their platform.

Any content with the blacklisted phrase is being removed from Facebook and Instagram, under the Coordinating Harm policy, the company announced on Monday evening. The vice president for Integrity Guy Rosen and vice president for Global Policy Management Monika Bickert claimed that the phrase was used “by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC” and cited “continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence,” according to reports by RT. “We’re taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks,” Rosen and Bickert wrote.

In addition to the “indefinite suspension” of President Trump’s account announced on Thursday, Facebook is keeping the temporary ban on all US political advertising and “connecting people with reliable information and high-quality news about the inauguration and the transition process.”

“After the inauguration, our label on posts that attempt to delegitimize the election results will reflect that Joe Biden is the sitting president,” wrote Bickert and Rosen. –RT

For months, social media giants have labeled any post challenging the validity of the 2020 presidential election as“disputed” or challenged by their coterie of fact-checkers. This includes posts by Donald Trump that were alleging voter irregularities.  Last Wednesday’s unrest at the Capitol provided Big Tech with a pretext to censor and purge accounts outright, including those of the president himself.

The outright deletion of content before Biden is even inaugurated is an escalation from Facebook’s actions prior to the election, when they “shadowbanned” all mention of a New York Poststory about Biden’s son Hunter and the incriminating emails found on a laptop recovered from a Delaware repair shop. Twitter had locked the Post’s account, but it later emerged that Facebook’s soft censorship turned out to be far more effective. –RT

The clampdown on free speech is here. Once that begins, history has proven that it doesn’t end well.

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Facebook locks Ron Paul out of his account for violating ‘community standards’

Former Republican Congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul (Texas) was locked out of his Facebook account by the social media giant on Monday, after he shared a column blasting Big Tech for silencing Americans and accused platforms of a coordinated attack with government to stifle free speech.

What are the details?

“With no explanation other than “repeatedly going against our community standards,” @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page,” Paul tweeted. “Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified.”

He explained, “The only thing we posted to Facebook today was my weekly ‘Texas Straight Talk’ column, which I have published every week since 1976.”

The last post on the anti-war former congressman’s Facebook account was from Monday morning, titled, “The ‘War on Terror’ Comes Home.”

Within it, Paul began by arguing, “Last week’s massive social media purges – starting with President Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter and other outlets – was shocking and chilling, particularly to those of us who value free expression and the free exchange of ideas.”

He goes on to write:

“Big Tech” long ago partnered with the Obama/Biden/Clinton State Department to lend their tools to US ‘soft power’ goals overseas. Whether it was ongoing regime change attempts against Iran, the 2009 coup in Honduras, the disastrous US-led coup in Ukraine, ‘Arab Spring,’ the destruction of Syria and Libya, and so many more, the big US tech firms were happy to partner up with the State Department and US intelligence to provide the tools to empower those the US wanted to seize power and to silence those out of favor.

Paul concludes:

So what is to be done? Even pro-free speech alternative social media outlets are under attack from the Big Tech/government Leviathan. There are no easy solutions. But we must think back to the dissidents in the era of Soviet tyranny. They had no Internet. They had no social media. They had no ability to communicate with thousands and millions of like-minded, freedom lovers. Yet they used incredible creativity in the face of incredible adversity to continue pushing their ideas. Because no army – not even Big Tech partnered with Big Government – can stop an idea whose time has come. And Liberty is that idea. We must move forward with creativity and confidence!

Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity confirmed to The Washington Examiner that Paul had been locked out of his account, telling the outlet, “They claim the lockout is temporary, but have provided no additional information as to the length of the suspension or the remedy.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to The Examiner’s request for comment.

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Facebook purging any content containing phrase ‘stop the steal’

Facebook announced Monday that it will now remove any content from its platform that includes the phrase “stop the steal” as part of its enhanced enforcement following last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

What are the details?

“We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” the company declared in a statement. “We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence.”

The social media platform, founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, went on to explain:

We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already moved a significant number of posts.

Facebook’s latest measure is part of an ongoing, coordinated crackdown by major social media outlets against President Donald Trump and his assertions that the presidential election was stolen for President-elect Joe Biden.

Following the storming of the Capitol after a massive rally hosted by Trump, the president was banned for life from Twitter and suspended indefinitely from Facebook, Instagram, and other online platforms amid accusations that he incited the violence that left six of his supporters — including a Capitol Police officer — dead.

What about Twitter?

Also on Monday, Twitter announced “some of the steps” the company had taken since last week “to protect the conversation” following the attack that occurred last Wednesday.

“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said in a statement. “Many of the individuals impacted by this updated enforcement action held multiple accounts, driving up the total numbers of accounts impacted.”

Twitter explained further:

Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts. These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.

As countless conservative Twitter users complained over the weekend that they were losing a significant amount of followers, Twitter had put out a statement saying that “in order to prevent spam, we regularly challenge accounts to confirm details like email and phone number. Until that info is confirmed, these accounts aren’t included in follower counts.”

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Internet provider to block Twitter, Facebook for customers who ask after the social media giants banned President Trump

Twitter and Facebook just got a digital glove to their faces.

It’s relatively a tiny glove — but the social media giants still might feel the sting.

What happened?

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook banning President Donald Trump following the U.S. Capitol siege that leftists — and some conservatives — say Trump incited, an internet provider in Idaho says it’s blocking Twitter and Facebook for customers who request it, KREM-TV reported.

The station said Your T1 WIFI provides internet services to North Idaho and the Spokane, Washington, area — and that it got calls from customers about both social media sites.

“It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,” an email to Your T1 WIFI customers reads:

The above letter indicates that Your T1 WIFI had been getting calls from customers asking that it not display Facebook or Twitter, and saying they didn’t want their children to see the social media sites, either.

At first the internet provider said it would block Facebook and Twitter outright unless customers specifically asked Your T1 WIFI to allow Twitter and Facebook to be viewed — but KREM said the internet provider changed its approach Monday and said Twitter and Facebook would be blocked only for those who request such an action.

The station said the Your T1 WIFI customer forwarded to KREM additional emails from the internet provider that said two-thirds of customers wanted Twitter and Facebook blocked — and that Your T1 WIFI’s contract and acceptable use policy allows it to block anything that violates its rules or that’s “illegal or harmful to our customers and more.”

Anything else?

“Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you, stop you from seeing what your friends and family are posting,” the initial email from Your T1 WIFI also said.

It added that “we also don’t condone what Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple are doing … to Parler by trying to strong arm them into submission.”

The station added that a representative for the Idaho attorney general said its office lacks jurisdiction in this matter. KREM also said it reached out for comment to the offices of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Washington state attorney general.

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Changes in WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy

If you’re a WhatsApp user, pay attention to the changes in the privacy policy that you’re being forced to agree with.

In 2016, WhatsApp gave users a one-time ability to opt out of having account data turned over to Facebook. Now, an updated privacy policy is changing that. Come next month, users will no longer have that choice. Some of the data that WhatsApp collects includes:

  • User phone numbers
  • Other people’s phone numbers stored in address books
  • Profile names
  • Profile pictures and
  • Status message including when a user was last online
  • Diagnostic data collected from app logs

Under the new terms, Facebook reserves the right to share collected data with its family of companies.

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‘It needs to stop’: Candace Owens suing Facebook fact-checker ‘funded by arm of Communist Party of China’

There has been a lot of talk about big tech censorship following the permanent Twitter ban of President Donald Trump and the loss of thousands of conservative voices during the subsequent “Twitter purge.” While many social media users are looking for new apps to migrate to that are more friendly to free speech, Candace Owens doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Instead, she is fighting back against social media censorship.

In November, Owens announced that she was launching a lawsuit against Facebook’s fact-checkers. “It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,” Owens declared.

Ownes alleged that the fact-checkers are “activists for the left that shut down your speech if they don’t like it.” The conservative firebrand claimed her Facebook page was unfairly demonetized, and was she was suing the fact-checkers for defamation.

In less than two weeks after announcing the lawsuit, one of Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers was forced to issue a correction. Politifact, one of Facebook’s biggest fact-checkers, had to retract a “false” rating it labeled one of Candace’s posts about Joe Biden.

Owens delivered an update on her fight against big tech censorship on Saturday. The political and cultural commentator released a new video on Saturday, where she announced a new target that she has set her sights on.

“Well, I’m suing a site called ‘Lead Stories,” Owens said in the video. “Lead Stories is run by a former CNN employee of 26 years, who makes a living cannibalizing and slandering conservative content and creators.”

“His website has published disputed fake news stories, including one that went after my content personally, so I’m going after him…personally,” Candace said.

“Who funds Lead Stories? According to their own masthead, Lead Stories is funded by Facebook and Google, along with ByteDance,” Owens explained. “And what is ByteDance? It’s a Beijing-based company that owns the TikTok spyware app. Our own Justice Department says the company is a ‘national security threat and compromised by the Communist Party of China.'”

“Facebook then is paying for fact-checkers funded by an arm of the Communist Party of China to censor my content, here, in America. The Communist Party of China had more say over my content than the First Amendment,” she added. “This is insanity. It’s un-American. It’s dangerous. And it needs to stop. This is why I am fighting.”

Owens launched the Fact-Check Zuck site for her legal battle against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

In September, Justice Department lawyers said ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has made public statements showing he is “committed to promoting” the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party, as reported by NPR.

The White House recognized ByteDance as a potential security risk because of CCP ties in August:

TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., has reportedly been downloaded over 175 million times in the United States and over one billion times globally. TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.

Trump threatened to ban ByteDance’s TikTok app in September, but the parties involved reached a deal a month later.

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Conservatives push back against big tech censorship: Nikki Haley says Twitter’s ban of Trump is ‘what happens in China’

Nikki Haley reacted to the permanent ban of President Donald Trump on Twitter by comparing the action to the type of censorship that is practiced in Communist China.

Following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter permanently suspended the account of Trump on Friday “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018, weighed in on the banning of Trump on Twitter.

“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country,” Haley wrote on Twitter, and included the hashtag: “#Unbelievable.”

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson echoed the comparison of the censorship by Twitter to the blacklist actions of China.

“Silencing a significant number of voters and erasing history is no way to unite us; it only further divides,” Carson tweeted. “Big tech & social media platforms want to act like media orgs but don’t want to be held accountable with the rest of media. Speech should be free whether you agree or not.”

“You want to ban @realDonaldTrump, fine you’re a private company, but @Twitter deleting the President’s account which highlights this admin & its history is wrong,” the former neurosurgeon said. “@Facebook & @instagram banning all images from the Capitol riot is a dangerous precedent to set. We aren’t in China.”

On Thursday, Facebook announced it would ban and remove photos and videos from the unrest at the U.S. Capitol building. The social network claims that photos and videos from the Capitol riots violate Facebook’s policy of “promotion of criminal activity.”

Even Mexico’s president condemned social media companies for censoring Trump.

“I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face(book). I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Thursday after Trump’s social media accounts were suspended.

“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful,'” López Obrador explained. “Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies.”

Conservatives on Twitter have been experiencing massive decreases in followers since Friday, many of which are calling it a “Twitter purge.” The dramatic loss of followers on Twitter could be a result of a crackdown on accounts that share QAnon content. The social media platform vowed to boot right-wing conspiracy theorists off the platform. Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell were removed from Twitter on Friday.

Follower losses could also be from Trump supporters quitting Twitter as a form of protest. Conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Dan Bongino all deleted their Twitter accounts this week after being fed up with the censorship by big tech.

Many conservatives have flocked to Parler, a social media app that markets itself as a free-speech alternative to Twitter. However, Parler was removed from Google’s app store on Friday and was being threatened with removal by Apple. The powerful app stores claimed that Parler had not done enough to combat violent speech on the social media app.

Some Republicans have criticized Twitter for stifling free speech, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

“What happened on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is as wrong as wrong can be,” Jordan tweeted. “But canceling conservative speech will not promote ‘unity and healing.’ It will only divide us further.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) warned how the social media “purge” was “profoundly dangerous.”

“Big Tech’s PURGE, censorship & abuse of power is absurd & profoundly dangerous. If you agree w/ Tech’s current biases (Iran, good; Trump, bad), ask yourself, what happens when you disagree? Why should a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech?” Cruz said.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “Big tech tyranny is playing out before our very eyes.”

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It’s not just Twitter: Numerous online services take action against Trump, Trump-related content

It’s not just Twitter.

The U.S. Capitol riots provoked an avalanche of online backlash against President Donald Trump on Thursday and Friday, causing numerous online services to sever ties with Trump or his associated political activities.

Twitter, of course, permanently banned Trump from the platform late Friday, citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”

Who else is banning/suspending Trump?

Financial Times reporter Dave Lee noted Friday that Trump’s campaign has not been sending emails to its supporters since Wednesday, an indication that its email service providers are severing ties.

In fact, one service provider — Campaign Monitor — confirmed it had suspended the Trump campaign’s access to its service.

The company said:

The self-service account associated with the Donald Trump Campaign has been suspended as of today, January 7th, 2021. Typically, political campaigns use multiple email service providers to send campaign, fundraising, and other emails. Based on the low volume of emails that had been sent from the Campaign Monitor account, this is likely a very small portion of total email activity from the campaign.

Social media platform Reddit also banned its subreddit forum about the president — “r/DonaldTrump” — according to Axios.

“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed,” a Reddit spokesperson told Axios.

As TheBlaze reported, online retailer Shopify and livestreaming service Twitch have also suspended or banned accounts related to Trump.

Shopify said, “Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

Twitch said, “In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel. Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President’s incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.”

Facebook and Instagram have also suspended Trump’s accounts through Inauguration Day. Snapchat also disabled Trump’s account.

Meanwhile, Paypal, Discord, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, Google, and Apple have also taken action against Trump-related content, Trump supporters, or Trump-related activities.

Online accounts related to Steve Bannon, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn have also been taken down.

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BlazeTV reporter investigated by CNN, suspended from Facebook and Instagram for documenting Capitol riots

CNN is investigating BlazeTV national reporter Elijah Schaffer for his live documentation of the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, TheBlaze has learned.

What are the details?

Schaffer is the host of BlazeTV’s “Slight Offens*ve” and frequently travels around the country to capture protests and violent uprisings as they unfold. Video of the Capitol riots captured Wednesday by Schaffer and posted on his Twitter account have amassed tens of millions of views and have been requested for licensed use by most major media outlets.

But now CNN is reportedly looking into whether he violated the law by joining the crowd within the Capitol and filming rioters inside congressional offices.

“Thirty minutes ago, 45 minutes ago, now, I learned that CNN thinks it’s worth using their precious resources now, to investigate Elijah [Schaffer], a credentialed reporter,” said BlazeTV’s Glenn Beck said Friday morning on his radio show. “They have started digging around, trying to call his family and all his past colleagues, to find out, who he really is.”

At the time of his reporting, Schaffer claims he was there in a professional capacity and carrying congressional press credentials, allowing him to follow rioters into the Capitol and document the events. He added that law enforcement present at the scene had no problem with him being there to report on the events.

TheBlaze has reached out to CNN for comment about the investigation, but has yet to receive a reply.

What else?

Beck also mentioned on-air that Schaffer’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had been removed.

Schaffer confirmed the news on his Twitter account, which he still access to, Friday afternoon, saying both accounts had been “permanently suspended” without explanation.

“It was mostly just pictures of my wife, dog and memories of my mom who recently died But big tech is relentless,” he said. “Reporting the truth is now illegal.”

Anything else?

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) — who recently garnered attention for his past unwitting involvement with a Chinese spy — was one of the first to take issue with Schaffer’s reporting and Thursday attempted to alert the FBI to his activity.

“Dear @FBI, meet @ElijahSchaffer,” Swalwell tweeted in regards to a screenshot of a post showing Schaffer filming rioters inside the congressional office of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).

BlazeTV President Gaston Mooney responded to the tweet, saying, “He was on the ground as a credentialed reporter documenting everything in real time. Almost every major network/wire service has used these videos & he has done a huge service for law enforcement. Where was the mainstream media? Elijah deserves praise.”

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Facebook ‘indefinitely’ de-platforms President Donald Trump

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram have banned President Donald Trump from using their social media platforms “indefinitely” — and certainly for at least the next two weeks.

The move comes a day after a rogue mass of Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol. At least four people died, including one who was shot inside the Capitol, and dozens of people were arrested in Wednesday’s events.

What are the details?

In a Thursday Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote, “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” the Facebook CEO continued. “We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.

“Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms,” the post continued.

As such, Zuckerberg noted that the company has, for the most part, permitted Trump to freely engage in discussion and discourse on social media.

“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech,” he explained. “But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”

Zuckerberg pointed out that the “risks” of permitting Trump to post on social media at this time are “simply too great.”

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” the post concluded. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

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Facebook to ban and remove photos and videos from Capitol protest; content labeled as ‘promotion of criminal activity’

Facebook announced it would ban and remove photos and videos from the protest at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The social media platform claims that photos and videos from Wednesday’s events violate Facebook’s policy of “promotion of criminal activity.”

Immediately following the Capitol protest, Facebook and Instagram locked the account of President Donald Trump for 24 hours for “two policy violations.”

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube deleted videos from President Trump addressing the Capitol chaos, where he instructed his supporters to “go home,” and declared that “we have to have peace.”

Twitter released a statement on Wednesday that read, “In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter rules.”

Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said the company deleted Trump’s video over the risk that it would increase the risk of violence.

“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video,” Rosen wrote on Twitter. “We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”

“The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace,” Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday. “We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”

Facebook also issued its “response to the violence in Washington,” where the social network announced it would ban and remove photos and videos from the Capitol protest.

“Let us speak for the leadership team in saying what so many of us are feeling,” wrote Rosen and Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management. “We are appalled by the violence at the Capitol today. We are treating these events as an emergency.”

Facebook proclaimed that it has been “searching for and removing” certain content, including “praise and support of the storming of the US Capitol,” “incitement or encouragement of the events at the Capitol, including videos and photos from the protestors,” and “calls for protests — even peaceful ones — if they violate the curfew in DC.”

Facebook claimed that photos and videos of the Capitol protest “represent promotion of criminal activity which violates our policies.”

Facebook also implemented “emergency measures,” including “automatically disabling comments on posts in Groups that start to have a high rate of hate speech or content that incites violence” and “using AI to demote content that likely violates our policies.”

“Facebook and Instagram have both begun blocking content posted to the #StormTheCapitol hashtag,” TechCrunch reported.

The social media giant concluded by saying, “We’re continuing to monitor the situation and will take additional measures if necessary to keep people safe.”

Facebook did not enact a similar policy of banning images and videos during the protests and riots that have been occurring regularly since late May, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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