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So Facebook’s Gonna Protect You from ‘Bullying’

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Facebook is planning to add a new feature to Instagram that’s supposed to protect users from “bullying” (https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/instagram-s-anti-bullying-feature-warns-users-if-they-re-n1027521).

Read the linked-to article carefully: betcha can’t find any definition of “bullying.”

All right, logic and reason are racist or something, I shouldn’t be using them–but what do these guys mean by “bullying”? I have heard from left-wing losers who say any dissent from their position constitutes “violence.” Not very rigorous in their use of language, are they?

So Facebook is going to make it possible to mute online “bullies,” whatever they are, without them knowing they’ve been muted.

Why do I suspect their definition of “bullying” would include, oh, supporting President Trump, making fun of Democrats, disagreeing that two parties of the same sex constitute a marriage, not buying into “transgender”… The list could go on all morning.

Complete the sentence and win a tin foil hat: “I trust the social media platform owners to be fair and honest because __________.”


Have You Been Censored? Banned?

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C’mon, guys, help me out!

Have you been censored in the social media? Banned, shadow-banned, or temporarily suspended? De-monetized?

I know some of you have, because you’ve said so. I’ve been assigned to write an article on this subject, and I need your first-hand experiences. I will protect your identities–I just need to know what happened and what it was like.

I can’t keep making this request without becoming tiresome, so this is my last call. If no one comes forward, I’ll have to write the article without this information; and it won’t be as good as it should have been.

One thing I am sure of. If we want to put a stop to this, first we have to get the rest of the country talking about it.


Tell Me About Your Censorship Experience

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Come on! This really needs to be dragged out into broad daylight–this whole business of the social media censoring conservatives while giving Far Left a free pass.

The Chalcedon Foundation has been targeted as a “hate group,” and I know some of you have been suspended or banned or censored as “haters.” And when do they ever give you the opportunity to defend yourself? They skip the trial and go right to “guilty.” More often than not, they don’t even tell you why they’ve censored you. Or else it’s because of a false accusation that they never let you answer–and never investigate to make sure that it’s true.

We want a stop put to this! But the first step has to be to expose it, to let everybody know about it, and to get the conversation started.

I’m collecting information for an article, and I’d love to hear from you!

 

 


Big Tech to Face Antitrust Action?

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The sun is shining for a change, and I’m getting set to go to Keyport and bring us home a seafood dinner from the Keyport Fishery. Hooray! But first, some nooze.

The stocks of the big four “Big Tech” companies–Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon–took a hit today when it was revealed that the House Judiciary Committee may launch an antitrust probe into their “anticompetitive practices” (https://apnews.com/44b759e73472440ca60d782e44faa572)–especially their privacy policies. The European Union has already hit Google with “billions of dollars in fines.”

So the stocks took a licking. Probably a bigger licking than any fines that might be imposed.

Nothing has been said yet about the social media giants’ censorship practices, which are “anticompetitive” politically–silencing conservatives, while giving Far Left Crazy the run of the house. Democrats will try to protect them from any action that might rein in the viewpoint censorship: Democrats are all for viewpoint censorship, as long as it’s only conservative views that get stifled. We’ll have to wait and see what develops.

Reforming the social media from a one-way street into a true free market of ideas and dialogue will be a big job. But it has to start somewhere, and this seems as good a place as any. And there’s always the chance that Big Tech might clean up their act before the government does it for them.

Generally we conservatives don’t like to resort to government to get things done. But the social media have become a major feature of the political landscape, and its owners are abusing their position. Public utilities are privately owned, too–and they’re not allowed to do just anything they please. Yeah, Google, we’re talkin’ to you.

And you’d be well-advised to listen.


‘Oh, Boy! No More “Hate” in Cyberspace!’ (2016)

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They’re so mad!

Suddenly my wife’s Facebook page was filled with libs saying the president should be assassinated, wishing death on him and his family, spewing hot, steaming hatred all around. This in spite of Facebook’s announced intention to rein in “hate.”

https://leeduigon.com/2016/06/27/oh-boy-no-more-hate-in-cyberspace/

It only counts as “hate” if they say so. Apparently it’s not “hate” if leftids do it.

The yops wailing about “hate speech” are the biggest haters around. Half of them actually sound psychotic.

So she had to de-friend her liberal friends. If she wanted to listen to that, she could get a job as an asylum keeper.


Why We Can’t Let Google and Facebook Quash Free Speech

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Well, I did the Newswithviews column, and I’m tired–but first, here’s a little something you should read, if you’re concerned about social media giants stifling conservatives.

In a piece written for Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield offers a counter to the “But it’s a private company” argument that would let Google and Facebook continue to censor conservative opinion off the political landscape (https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273740/why-freedom-speech-should-apply-google-facebook-daniel-greenfield). But first a quote from his conclusion:

“A country in which freedom of speech effectively did not exist, even though it remained a technical right, would not be America. A government that allowed such a thing would have no right to exist.”

Sooner or later someone is going to remember that the Internet itself, and the social media, too, would not have come into existence without major developmental efforts funded by the American taxpayer–by you and me. Google and Facebook have taken their share of public money while claiming all the rights and privileges of private ownership. But in fact they are already, and have been all along, quasi-public agencies: and, as such, obligated to respect the First Amendment.

They mustn’t be allowed to restrict speech only to liberals, Democrats, and Far Left Crazy (you will overlook the tautology).

What the Left wants has no place in America.


Facebook Honcho: More Regulation Means More Freedom!

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In Nothing Studies you learn that “Wet wood burns the best.” Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got a degree in Nothing Studies?

In the wake of the Christchurch, New Zealand, massacre, and the governments of New Zealand and Australia threatening to clamp down on social media content, Zuckerberg has called for “more active” government regulation of all social media, including Facebook (https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8756876/mark-zuckerberg-social-network-regulation-christchurch-watchdog/).

Ya see, more regulation means more freedom. Somehow. And Zuckerberg only wants government to come down on “harmful content”–wonder who gets to decide what content is harmful–“election integrity” (so The Russians can’t steal another one from another anointed Democrat candidate), privacy (they just can’t help themselves, when it comes to collecting and selling users’ private information!), and “data portability,” whatever that is. One can almost hear Sessue Hayakawa telling Alec Guinness, “Be happy in your work.”

Meaning, the government in the United Kingdom has promised to stifle Twitter and Instagram if they don’t consent to stricter regulation.

No one has asked this question: Is government any more fit to regulate the social media than the social media themselves? Is it any more honest, any more wise, any more benevolent? Do the personnel of government even obey the government’s own laws–or just ignore or circumvent them every time?

Freedom is not natural to sinners living in a fallen world. God has given us laws which, if followed, would bless us with both liberty and security. The world hates God’s laws and refuses to abide by them. The state of the world is testimony to how good an idea that is.

There is an important role for civil government in God’s scheme of things–to keep the peace, to protect us from those who would do us harm, and to punish evildoers (see Romans Chapter 13). In our Constitution, powers not specifically granted to the central government are reserved to the states and to the people.

You won’t find today’s theories of government in either the Bible or the Constitution.


Flash! Joe Collidge Survives the Censor!

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Those of you who are fans of Joe Collidge–I do hope I’m talking about more than four or five people here–will be delighted to know that this week Joe has survived the Facebook censors and can thus reach another half a dozen readers.

I still don’t know why Facebook chose to stifle him last week. After all, he’s on their side. Joe Collidge is, I dare say, the authentic voice of the Left, whose insights are indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand progressive thinking.

I hear Nancy Pelosi wants to lower the voting age to 16. Don’t you think 14 would be better? Or 12? Joe was going to weigh in on this issue today, but I guess it slipped his mind.


Master’s Degree Poker

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Can these guys get me past the censor?

So Manny, Moe, Jack, and Osgood are playing poker, and Osgood draws three cards to make a full house, aces and queens. What a hand! He’s going to win big, because all the other guys are in on this pot, raising each other back and forth until Manny and Moe drop out and Jack makes one more raise–a big one. And Osgood doesn’t have the money to cover it.

Meanwhile you’re sitting in the back of the room reading what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the college admissions scandal (https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/03/12/white-hollywood-leftists-run-giant-scam-on-major-universities/).

“Well, Osgood, are you in or out?”

“Oh, I’m in!” says Osgood. “I’ll put up my master’s degree to cover the bet.”

“Your master’s degree? What’s that worth?”

“A lot! I’m still payin’ for it, twenty years later.”

“What’s it a degree in?”

Osgood’s chest swells with pride. “Superhero Studies, dude! From Humbug University.”

He places the diploma on top of the big pile of money in the center of the table.

“I’m out,” says Jack. “I can’t match that.”


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