CNN is pissed that Twitter has not more aggressively censored posts by The President of the United States, complaining that the platform’s ‘fact check’ rules are ‘too rigid’ and “allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election.”
Writer Marshall Cohen notes that while Twitter initially censored Trump back in May, “seven weeks later, and after a dozen similarly untruthful tweets from the President, that extraordinary step by Twitter looks more like a one-time aberration than the new normal.”
Twitter’s narrow fact-checking rules — labeling state-specific election misinformation but tolerating similar false claims on a national scale — allows Trump’s most brazen lies to flourish, undermining public confidence in the 2020 election. My latest: https://t.co/mSyOXmFEE9
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) July 15, 2020
Cohen further complains that Trump has used the phrase “rigged election” five times in recent posts “Yet, Twitter took no action”.
“Rigid rules like these give Trump an opening to spread his harmful messaging about fraudulent elections — unencumbered — even if his posts are filled with debunked allegations and rumors,” Cohen whines.
Cohen seems to advocate that Twitter should move “into a position they’ve resisted since their inception,” that being “deciding what is true and false.”
Cohen further suggested that the news emerging concerning the huge hack of Twitter is connected to Trump spreading “Threats, vulnerabilities, viral misinfo, etc.”
My story this morning — highlighting how Trump exploits loopholes in Twitter's election misinformation policy — seems like a distant memory after the Great Twitter Hack of July 2020. But it's all connected: Threats, vulnerabilities, viral misinfo, etc. https://t.co/bsGbsoKv9l
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) July 16, 2020
Hey Marshall, remember when the liberals were fighting for free speech? Now they’re fighting for the right to be professional victims
— Ivan Vancas (@ivan_vancas) July 16, 2020
You’re desperation is showing.
— Uriel’s Flame🔥 (@L1ghtMaster) July 16, 2020
You and CNN are fake news
— poppy farmer (@poppyfarmerbaba) July 16, 2020
You are a fascist clown
— (((MSM INSIDER))) (@BShootingBlanks) July 16, 2020
Hey moron. You're full of misinformation.
— Steve Carlson 2.020 (@SteveWCarlson) July 16, 2020
CNN is the last medium to talk about false information! :))))))))))
— Payam Aryanpur 🪐 (@payamaryan) July 15, 2020
Twitter's fact-check rules can't be all that rigid. It allows CNN to have an account and tweet.
— Daggett "Bummer of Love" Beaver (@DaggettBeaver) July 15, 2020
Comcast Bans Laura Loomer From Sending Texts & Emails to Voters
Election meddling 101.
Comcast and its subsidiary Xfinity has banned Republican Congressional candidate Laura Loomer from sending out texts and emails to voters in what appears to be yet another example of Big Tech election meddling.
“See video. Wow. @Xfinity/@comcast has BANNED Republican front-runner Laura Loomer from sending texts & emails to voters. This is next-level censorship,” tweeted Fox News host Pete Hegseth.
“When she wins the @gop primary on Tuesday, will the Republican Party fight for her? They’d better!”
In the video, Loomer explains how Comcast/Xfinity how Comcast in Palm Beach County has banned her campaign from sending out communications to voters by labeling them “dangerous content” and not delivering the messages.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) August 10, 2020
Loomer also cites tweets from Comcast “publicly thanking” her Democratic opponent Lois Frankel, suggesting the ban is a clear example of election interference.
“Congresswoman Lois Frankel is only one of thirty one members of Congress who owns Comcast stock, so this is clear blatant election interference,” states Loomer, noting that censorship has now moved from social media networks to Internet Service Providers and telecommunications companies.
Loomer warns that the same ban could now be enforced on other Republican candidates ahead of the 2020 elections.
The Congressional candidate, who has vastly outperformed her rivals by raising more than $1.1million for her campaign, is the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination although she faces a big task to win a Congressional seat in Florida that has voted Democrat since 2013.
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Twitter Labels RT As ‘State Affiliated Media’, But Ignores BBC, NPR
“Unlike independent media, state-affiliated media frequently use their news coverage as a means to advance a political agenda.”
In another bold censorship move, Twitter has decided to label certain accounts as ‘state-affiliated media’, but apparently this extends only to the accounts whose content the platform does not agree with.
Accounts such as RT and Sputnik, Russian news sites, and accounts of people who work or supply content for those websites have been labeled with the tag by Twitter:
That's new. The 'R' stands for Russia?!
P.S. Follow us to see what the US state-affiliated media doesn't show you pic.twitter.com/RxriP09dfj
— RT (@RT_com) August 6, 2020
Twitter also announced that tweets from those accounts will no longer be highlighted on the home screen, in notifications, or in searches.
Effectively, it is an open announcement of a shadow ban.
The fictional film that exposed a world wide child trafficking networks was recently banned on Amazon.com in light of recent interest in the movie from the Wayfair and Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest.
Twitter claims it is doing this “to make the experience more transparent.”
When it comes to conversations with government and state-affiliated media accounts on Twitter, we’re helping to make the experience more transparent.
We'll now use two distinct profile labels for these types of accounts, so you can easily identify them and their Tweets. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/JW67o422MO
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 6, 2020
For clarity: we don't let state-affiliated media accounts advertise on Twitter. We’ll also no longer include them or their Tweets in recommendations, as we continue to support a free and independent press.
More on this policy and new labels: https://t.co/BY1jTO46Zc (2/2)
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 6, 2020
However, state affiliated media sources that Twitter likes, such as the BBC in the UK and NPR in the US will not be affected by the move.
“State-financed media organizations with editorial independence, like the BBC in the UK or NPR in the US for example, will not be labeled,” the company noted.
Twitter further claims that “unlike independent media, state-affiliated media frequently use their news coverage as a means to advance a political agenda.”
To claim that independent media sources, such as CNN or The New York Times, for example, do not push a political agenda is laughable.
It is clear that this is yet another move by Twitter to editorialise news content, and censor content it doesn’t like.
That is made more apparent, given that Twitter says the move was made after meetings with “a number of expert groups, including members of the Digital and Human Rights Advisory Group in Twitter’s Trust & Safety Council.”
That group includes the Anti-Defamation League, the Dangerous Speech Project, and Feminist Frequency, all notorious for pushing censorship of conservative and alternative news content.
Twitter Censors, Locks Breitbart’s Account Over Pro-HCQ Doctor’s Livestream
“Tweets with the video are in violation of our Covid-19 misinformation policy.”
Twitter continued to crack down on anyone sharing the viral video of a group of doctors touting hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a Covid-19 “cure” Tuesday, removing a tweet containing a link to the video by Breitbart News and locking the outlet’s account.
Breitbart announced that its video of America’s Frontline Doctors was removed from Twitter with the justification from the platform that “tweets with the video are in violation of our Covid-19 misinformation policy.”
“Footage of the livestream on Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming platform, had generated 1 million views before being removed by the site.” Breitbart noted.
The outlet added that “Footage on Facebook had accumulated over 17 million views within 8 hours and had 185,000 concurrent viewers at the time it was streamed.”
“On YouTube, a clip from the event received 80,000 views before being removed by the platform for ‘violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.'” the report added.
Breitbart then found that its Twitter account had been “limited” as a punishment for “violating the policy on spreading misleading an potentially harmful information related to COVID-19”:
Twitter also censored Donald Trump Jr.’s account after he shared the America’s Frontline Doctors video.
Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they're continuing to engage in open election interference – full stop. pic.twitter.com/7dJbauq43O
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 28, 2020
Watch the viral video that is being censored all over the internet at Banned.video:
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