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Sat Aug 18, 2018, 04:04 AM

How the Left is outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship.

But they have a problem: the First Amendment. The government can’t suppress conservative speech on the ground that it is “hate speech,” i.e., something that liberals don’t like. That was recently reaffirmed by a 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court.

So liberals have outsourced censorship of the internet to the tech titans of Silicon Valley.

Unfortunately, most political conversation these days occurs not on the “free” internet, where independent sites like Power Line reside, but rather on social media–Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. Other players include Google (in its search capacity), Apple, Pinterest, Spotify, etc. Happily–if you are a leftist–all of these tech companies are run by liberals. And because they are private companies, they are not constrained by the First Amendment. They can restrict or ban conservative communications on the ground that they are “hate speech,” or on no grounds whatsoever, with impunity.

And that is exactly what they are doing. This is a big topic. I brought it up this morning while hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show, and it blew up, ultimately consuming half of the three-hour show. Many aspects of the left’s outsourcing of censorship to liberal-run corporations need to be explored, but for now, this is an astonishing example: “Silicon Valley Strikes Back: Facebook Censors PragerU After Google Lawsuit.”

Dennis Prager is probably the foremost public intellectual of our time. His Prager University has been wildly successful. It brings a much-needed conservative antidote to the liberal nonsense to which so many Americans, especially young people, are subjected. That has made Prager a key target of the Left.

It started when YouTube downgraded PragerU’s videos. Weird: PragerU’s videos are enormously popular, and YouTube makes money when people watch videos. Moreover, PragerU’s videos are among the most high-quality, intellectually sound productions on YouTube. Nevertheless, YouTube (which is owned by Google) has tried to suppress traffic to PragerU’s products. PragerU has sued Google as a result. So this is the latest:

Facebook has shadow banned PragerU into complete silence to its more than 3 million followers, internal analytics revealed.

“Our last 9 posts have been completely censored reaching 0 of our 3 million followers,” PragerU media personality Will Witt posted on Facebook Friday. “At least two of our videos were deleted last night for ‘hate speech’ including a post of our most recent video with The Conservative Millennial, Make Men Masculine Again.”

“Internal Facebook analytics reveal that as of Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10:00 PM PDT, posts by PragerU on the social media platform have been completely invisible to its more than 3 million followers,” PragerU reported in a news release Friday. “Currently, visitors to PragerU’s Facebook page are unable to see any of its most recent posts.”

“This is a first for us,” PragerU Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri said in a statement. “While we’ve experienced blatant discrimination from Google/YouTube, which is why we’ve filed legal action against them, this represents a whole new level of censorship by Facebook. at this point, Facebook has provided little clarity saying it will get back to us in another two to three business days, which in the world of social media might as well be an eternity.”

Tech titans stick together. Two weeks ago, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify simultaneously “de-platformed” Alex Jones and Infowars. Twitter held out briefly, and then, in response to demands from liberals, also banned Jones and Infowars. I have never paid attention to Infowars and have no idea whether its content has merit. But simultaneous bans and suspensions across platforms can hardly be coincidental. The phrase “combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade” comes to mind.

In any event, any claim by the Left that companies aligned with it are merely cleansing themselves of disreputable content would be absurd. First, PragerU is among the most reputable content on the internet. Second, they have taken no action against left-wing extremists like the fascist Antifa, which disseminates its hate speech freely on every social media platform I am aware of.

The Left’s attempt to outsource censorship to its Silicon Valley allies is one of the most important issues of our time. The proper solution may lie in creating competitive platforms, or in legislative, regulatory or judicial action. Perhaps platforms fitting a particular legal definition should be regulated as public utilities. After all, Federal Express doesn’t refuse to deliver packages to the National Review office on the ground that they may contain conservative communications, and telephone companies haven’t tried to cut off connections when two conservatives are talking. Why should Facebook, Twitter and YouTube be permitted to engage in political discrimination?

That is a big topic for another day.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/how-the-left-is-outsourcing-censorship-of-the-internet.php

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WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Aug 18 #2
Ruby Aug 18 #3
357blackhawk Aug 18 #4
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Ruby Aug 18 #7
357blackhawk Aug 18 #8
Ruby Aug 18 #9

Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 06:57 AM

1. Heh.

“We’re very sorry”: Facebook admits it ZUCKED UP, restores censored Prager University videos

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/08/17/were-very-sorry-facebook-admits-it-zucked-up-restores-censored-prager-university-videos/

I'm SURE it was only an oversight.

Yeah, that's it. That's the ticket!

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:58 AM

2. It looks like bitchut is going to be the youtube replacement. I'd like to

have a good alternative to facebook. Truthfully, I've NEVER liked the format of facebook, I liked the way myspace worked much better. Maybe myspace will make a comeback.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:50 AM

3. I love it when an article begins with a blatant lie.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 12:51 PM

4. Billionare does not

Always mean conservative. It isn't a lie.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:31 PM

5. Didnt say it did.

There are people of both political persuasions on that list. And at least one who doesn’t appear to be political at all. Point is: the claim that The Manchester Union Leader is the only paper not controlled by the left is one of the most ridiculous, easily disproved lies I’ve ever read.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:06 PM

6. They are controlled by the corporate/cosmopolitan establishment

it also depends on what is "left". Not the DSA crypto-Marxist left like Bernie, but they are left of center and biased towards the DNC. The ultimate owner has better things to do than micromanage a newspaper to bias it towards his liking. The bias comes from the "journalists", editors (print and video).

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Response to 357blackhawk (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:08 PM

7. My point still stands.

The author is full of it.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:16 PM

8. I see the end result

They swept Obama's scandals (Barbara Waters called him the Messiah) under the rug while spend hours on crack pot conspiracy theories when it comes to Trump. Then there is the proven collusion (thanks Wikileaks) between media and DNC and Hillary campaign. You could say partisan bias or simply unethical and unprofessional journalism (which it is).
Either way, if Nixon were a Democrat, Woodward and Bernstein would not be household names and the Watergate would be just another hotel.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 03:00 PM

9. The problem is that we dont have any real investigative journalists anymore.

I’m inclined to give Bob and Carl more credit. I believe they’d have done the same thing regardless of party. What I wouldn’t give to have journalists like that again.

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