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Instagram Bans QAnon Accounts, But Refuses to Remove ISIS Accounts Celebrating 9/11

Social media network says as “a global community we understand people may express themselves differently.”

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Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that will ban all QAnon accounts, including ones that don’t promote violence, while refusing to remove ISIS propaganda accounts that celebrate 9/11 under the justification that “people may express themselves differently.”

In an update to its policy announced yesterday, Facebook said that it was moving beyond a measure taken back in August that removed QAnon accounts which contained “discussions of potential violence.”

“We’ve seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by certain groups, which diverted attention of local officials from fighting the fires,” said the social media giant.

Facebook specified that it would “remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content.”

Many pointed out the hypocrisy of Antifa accounts still being allowed on the platform despite the movement’s involvement in numerous violent riots over the last six months.

While banning all QAnon content, Instagram has simultaneously refused to remove literal ISIS propaganda accounts that celebrate 9/11.

As the Sun reveals, one such account posted an image of the World Trade Center being hit by a plane along with the caption, “One of the most beautiful scenes.”

Another account which posted an execution clip was followed by “20 other pro-IS accounts with more than 7,700 followers.”

However, even after The Center for Countering Digital Hate reported the accounts to Instagram, the social media network refused to remove them, saying no breach of guidelines had occurred.

Partially defending the content, Instagram explained that as “a global community we understand people may express themselves differently.”

“It is unbelievably irresponsible, but sadly unsurprising,” said CCDH chief exec Imran Ahmed.

So mere discussion of QAnon is completely banned, but actual glorification of terror attacks against the United States are just part of free speech, according to Instagram.

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Major New Report Finds Online Censorship is Self-Defeating

Makes people distrust authorities event more.

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A major new report by the esteemed Royal Society finds that online censorship is self-defeating and only causes individuals to distrust authorities even more.

Of course, the more cynical observer would assert that online censorship isn’t driven by the benevolent motivation to halt “dangerous misinformation.”

But by the very malevolent motivation to bury the truth.

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Why The Regime Hates Joe Rogan

The real agenda.

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The regime is targeting Joe Rogan because they’re frustrated at their inability to censor podcasts the same way they have blacklisted content on other social media platforms.

That and Rogan’s audience being more than 10 times larger than CNN’s best primetime show.

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Report: German Government Considering Shutting Down Telegram

Because anti-lockdown activists are using it to organise

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A report in the German newspaper Die Welt suggests that the government there is considering taking action to shut down messaging app Telegram because people opposed to COVID restrictions and lockdowns are using it to organise protests and share information.

The report contains an interview with German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser who stated “We cannot rule this out,” when asked if the platform will be targeted for censorship.

“A shutdown would be grave and clearly a last resort. All other options must be exhausted first,” Faeser clarified.

The minister also told the newspaper that while it is currently unclear what legal action would be needed to shut down the platform, the German government is in consultation with the European Union regarding potential regulation of it.

The Epoch Times notes that in Germany, which has implemented some of the most severe pandemic restrictions, “Telegram has been used as a hub of communication for the protest movement against the measures established to fight the CCP virus, including lockdowns, intermittent mask mandates, and restrictions for the unvaccinated.”

Telegram has been shut down or blocked in other countries including Iran, China, Pakistan, India, Thailand, and Russia.

The platform saw a huge surge in users last year after Facebook owned Watts App introduced a controversial privacy update which led to concerns that the app would hand over user data to its parent company. It also came at the same time as President Trump’s purge from big tech social media platforms.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov warned that people are “being held hostage by tech monopolies.”

In addition to being independent from big tech, Telegram promises robust end-to-end encryption, ensuring messages remain private.

This has made Telegram a target for authoritarians and big tech monopolists.

In the U.S. lobbyist group The Coalition for a Safer Web even filed a lawsuit against Apple in an effort to get Telegram removed from the app store, claiming that it allows ‘extremists’ to spread ‘hate speech’.

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