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CA officials participated in censorship decisions by Big Tech

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it received 540 pages and a supplemental four pages of documents from the office of the Secretary of State of California revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube)) to censor posts about the 2020 election. Included in these documents were “misinformation briefings” emails that were compiled by communications firm SKDK, that lists Biden for President as their top client of 2020. The documents show how the state agency successfully pressured YouTube to censor a Judicial Watch video concerning the vote by mail and a Judicial Watch lawsuit settlement about California voter roll clean up.

... and by participated, I mean "Told them what to censor."

This pretty much invalidates the claim that Big Tech are private actors and thus immune to the 1st Amendment.

UPDATE: Iowa did the same thing. How many others?

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Sun May 02 23:27:32 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clarence Thomas outlines the path back to free speech

Gateway Pundit“Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors. Also unprecedented, however, is control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties,” Thomas wrote. “We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.”

Justice Thomas noted that Trump had 89 million followers when he was banned in January, and said that the owners of the platforms have too much power.

“Although both companies are public, one person controls Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), and just two control Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin),” Thomas wrote.

Politico reports that “Thomas’ opinion amounts to an invitation to Congress to declare Twitter, Facebook and similar companies ‘common carriers,’ essentially requiring them to host all customers regardless of their views. At the moment, the companies have sweeping authority to take down any post and to suspend or terminate any account.”

Justice Thomas sees clearly.

How many other justices share that vision?

Mon Apr 12 22:53:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DHS to monitor travel habits of Americans with views they don't like

Conservative TreehouseWhile it might sound innocuous for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to monitor the travel habits & patterns of Americans they define as ‘domestic extremists’, we would be prudent to remind ourselves that political affiliation is just as easily defined as ‘extremism.’

DHS is considering not only tracking American people defined by the U.S. intelligence apparatus as ‘extremist’, they are also debating the manner and processes of intercepting, questioning and searching those individuals.

As we have seen from the factual example of the January 6th DC protest rally, if you attend an event labeled as ‘extremist’ by a 20-something ideologue with access inside the system, you may find yourself on a “no-fly” list.

This seems a blatant violation of the First Amendment to me. Remember, they didn't say "terrorists". They said "extremists". "Extremist" is a viewpoint term.

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Fri Mar 26 22:24:25 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter bans Project Veritas

Sara CarterOn Friday, the Twitter accounts of the conservative journalist group Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, were suspended. While the group’s account was permanently suspended, O’Keefe’s has been temporarily locked—both for allegedly violating the platform’s private information policy.

This is simply banning effective reporting.

Tue Feb 23 23:22:52 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rubio introduces gun control legislation

Bill Quick quoting Unz ReportRepublican lawmaker Marco Rubio has reintroduced legislation that seeks to suspend the Second Amendment rights of any person who has been investigated for “terrorism” related offenses within 10 years of attempting a gun purchase.

The GOPe, which Rubio has always been the personification of, has now crossed the rubicon by introducing gun control legislation that would deny the second amendment rights of anyone who has even been investigated for "terrorism" without due process. Note that Democrats are now calling participating in peaceful protests or believing Biden stolen the election "terrorism".

Mon Feb 22 21:01:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Disagreeing with Democrats is now incitement to violence...

PJMediaOn Tuesday, Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 7 days. His crime? Speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden’s new transgender military policy. Facebook claimed that Gagnon’s criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform’s “Community Standards on violence and incitement.”

Ironically, Gagnon’s post drew attention to Facebook’s suspension of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a 7-day ban for criticizing Biden’s policy.

“There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person,” Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. “This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason.”

Left unsaid: The violence will come from the Democrats.

Tue Feb 02 21:05:47 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Gov says election fraud claims are not protected

Gateway PunditPennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D) on Friday said President Trump does not have the right to say the election was stolen.

According to Fetterman, saying the election was stolen or rigged is not protected under the 1st Amendment.

“This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was ‘rigged’ or that we were ‘trying to steal the election’ — that’s a lie. And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech,” Fetterman said.

He is, of course, insane. Political speech is exactly what the 1st Amendment is intended to protect.

Sat Jan 16 23:06:23 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California's Election Censorship Office

Sultan KnishThe Office of Election Cybersecurity isn’t non-partisan and it isn’t keeping anyone’s votes safe. It’s in a position to use government power to censor questions about election fraud by its party, while working with a consulting firm involved in one of the most contentious elements of the election, whose results the office’s boss expects will put him in the United States Senate.

Corruption is one thing. Government censorship of complaints about corruption is another.

Unfortunately, since it's California, we can do the same thing about both: jack shit.

Tue Jan 12 21:43:41 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Youtube censors Senate testimony on the election

Just The NewsJesse Binnall, a Trump campaign attorney who recently spoke at a Senate committee hearing related to 2020 election irregularities, tweeted on Saturday that YouTube had removed his opening statement.

"YouTube has decided that my opening statement in the U.S. [Senate], given under oath and based upon hard evidence, is too dangerous for you to see; they removed it," Binnall tweeted. "To this day, our evidence has never been refuted, only ignored. Why is Google so afraid of the truth?"

Censorship in America. It can happen here. It just did.

Mon Dec 21 13:36:43 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cuomo openly violates 1st Amendment

NYPostGov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of “hate symbols” such as the Confederate flag or the swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.

As far as the modern Democrat party are concerned, free speech is something to be shut down.

Fri Dec 18 15:09:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Realtor's association to enforce censorship on its members

Front Page Magazine The National Association of Realtors claims to have 1.4 million members. There will be fewer members before long as the association begins purging conservative real estate agents.

At the center of the storm was an addition to Article 10 which covers various forms of discrimination. But unlike all the previous sections which addressed how real estate professionals interacted with customers, Article 10-5 is catchall cancel culture that controls what real estate agents say on social media on their own private accounts and in their free time.

This goes far beyond being made to bake a cake. Even if you’re at home and you post something opposed to gay marriage or illegal migration, you can lose your business.

This is only getting worse.

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Fri Dec 04 08:00:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The fall of free speech

ZerohedgeWe have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in Europe. The move to criminalize speech has led to an insatiable appetite for new limitations and broader prosecutions. Norway is an example of this headlong plunge into speech controls and crimes in the West. This week the legislature adopted (without even a vote) a new criminal law that punishes people for saying anything deemed hate speech toward transgender people in their own home or private conversations.

Criminalizing speech is a favorite trick of totalitarians, and the left is trending more and more towards totalitarian tyranny. It's not even permitted to protest a stolen election, work in real estate while having politically incorrect discussions in your private life, . And if you don't want to submit, you will be re-educated.

Fri Dec 04 08:00:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden advisor says first amendment has a design flaw

PJMediaStengel agreed with his “sophisticated Arab diplomats,” answering their query about Qur’an-burning with this: “It’s a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects the ‘thought that we hate,’ but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”

Would you have voted for Biden if he admitted he would appoint advisors who think the Bill of Rights have design flaws, and make the argument for censoring criticism of Islam?

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Wed Nov 18 17:42:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wikipedia now censoring support for traditional marriage

The problem here is that censoring something like this does not make it go away (as Wikipedia no doubt wishes), it just prevents that opinion from being expressed on a certain platform. It's a thumb on the scales of the overton window, as I saw it described somewhere earlier today; it's not a rational argument, not a discussion, not an explanation, merely a declaration that a certain position is verboten in polite society. Not only does the law not agree with that opinion (any longer, even though this change to millennia of law only happened recently), that opinion can no longer be spoken about at all, thus hampering anyone who disagrees from expressing their disagreement.

This is evil. It is evil in the unique manner of totalitarian technological societies; a minor evil that hurts millions of people just a little bit, and thus hopes to achieve great evil while sliding beneath the notice of those who might oppose it effectively.

Tue Oct 27 17:30:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter "fact-checks" Trump tweets

This is an obvious attempt at influencing the election, and should result in Twitter being denied any protections against suits for those tweets it does not correct or remove, as Twitter has now claimed for itself an editorial role rather than being a content-neutral service provider. Trump has responded with an executive order emphasizing the importance of free speech and declaring that, by stepping back from political neutrality, Twitter has become a publisher making editorial decisions instead of a platform, thus stripping their protections from suit under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Wed Jun 03 01:23:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violating both the 1st and 2nd Amendments

New York wants to check your social media before letting you buy a gun. And that includes a year of your internet search history.

No mystery writer or fiction author with ever again by able to buy a gun under those rules, which I suspect New York is just fine with.

Wed Nov 07 05:57:43 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Shutting down free speech

In a coordinated assault on free speech, Gab is being shut down by basically everyone. Gab is basically a less mature twitter without the censorship by political viewpoint; the anti-semite murderer in Pittsburgh had an account there, and this has caused Paypal, stripe, Godaddy, and joyent to shut down their services. All because a bad person had an account on their service. The bad person did not use their service to commit murder; he used their service to say things people don't like (with, in this case, good reason not to like). Because of that, millions of people will now be deplatformed and have their own free speech rights curtailed in a frenzy of collective punishment.

I'm one of them; I have an account on Gab, because Twitter has already proven it can't be trusted. That doesn't associate me with a murderous anti-semite any more than it associates people who use gmail with each other. It's a service. The service is a platform to speech. Bad people get to speak too; no one has to listen to them, but they get to speak, even if the only things they say are bad ideas and hate.

At least, that's how it is supposed to work in a society that believes in free speech. I'm not so sure about ours.

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Mon Oct 29 03:33:21 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is it time for media control?

BorepatchThe Media is all in for curtailing the our Second Amendment rights. OK, then - maybe we should look at curtailing their First Amendment rights.

After all, this has a better chance of reducing school shootings than any of the gun control proposals that we've heard. And their publications are commercial in nature - they make money on talking up the school shootings, which likely encourages more school shootings - which leads to higher ratings and more money for them. Which is more important: Media profits or children's lives?

After all, we're constantly told that if it saves one kid's life than we should do it, amirite?

Go sign the petition.

I'm not sure if I want to go that far. Any serious attempt at regulating the media would invite regulatory capture immediately, and backfire upon the small, indepedent bloggers and commentators. But to be honest... yes, I do think the media attention given to mass murders that happen at school contributes to them happening again and again and again.

Here's a partial explanation of why.

Sun May 20 10:12:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


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