Joe Collidge: Censored!

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Joe Collidge’s little essay didn’t make it onto the ol’ social media today.

“Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

What bunk. No “people” had time to read it, let alone “report” it. As for being “abusive,” well, they routinely run content that I find very abusive.

Some robot spotted a key word or two and mindlessly–robots do not have minds, don’t let anybody tell you different–censored Joe’s post.

If any of you are on a social media platform where you can share this post, please feel free to do so. Because elsewhere, making fun of Bad Guy politicians just isn’t allowed.

Got Me Again!

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Ooh-ooh! I wrote something critical of a communist country! Well, we can’t have that, can we? So Facebook wouldn’t let me post it.

Is freedom, like, dissolving away before our very eyes?

Maybe I should apologize for saying communism’s bad. Nah. It’s worse than bad; and anyone who sticks up for it is a worm.

Now to see if the happy puppy can get me past the censors.

Censored Again!

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I didn’t know Facebook censored news. You know–those reports of things that have actually happened. But it seems they do, if it makes a Democrat look bad.

A few minutes ago I published a post about Hillary Clinton mocking America at a Venice art show. This is one of those things that really happened.

Facebook wouldn’t let me post it on our Facebook page because, they say, it was a “post that looks like spam.” I don’t see that all. Maybe some liberal out there can explain why no one should be allowed to know about this nooze. Go ahead; I dare you.

Wait’ll Facebook, Google, and the rest of Far Left Big Tech figure out they can help Democrats best by silencing every stupid or deranged statement that flops out of their mouths. We’ll never hear from them again.

OK, let’s see if the puppies can get me past the censor.

My Newswithviews Column, Aug. 29 (‘They’re Not Pretending Anymore’)

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Democrats and other liberals spent several generations pretending to be sane, moderate, reasonable, decent people. Now they’ve stopped pretending; now they’ve let the wolf run free. Why?

They’re Not Pretending Anymore

Have they simply gone too loony to turn back–or do they know something, or think they know it, that convinces them they don’t have to put on a show of sanity anymore?

And if you think all this transgender-open borders-Green New Deal stuff is even a little bit sane, you’re as daft as they are.

Maybe they have some reason to believe the whole country’s stripped its gears.

Censored Again

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Literally within seconds of my attempt to post it, Facebook censored my post, “NPC Satire Singes Democrat Doofus.” Here’s what they said–and I hope the picture of the happy puppies will enable me to slide this one past the Facebook censor.

“Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

What “other people” even had time to view the post, much less report it as abusive?

Think I’d’ve gotten censored if I’d called Donald Trump a doofus? (Hint: no way!)

If any of you want to try sharing my doofus post on Facebook, please let me know if you succeed.

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.