Category: Censorship

French opposition, media cry foul over ‘fake news’ bill

AFP | Source URL Paris (AFP) – French lawmakers accused the government of attempting to legalise censorship during a stormy debate Friday over a bill designed to fight so-called fake news during election campaigns. President Emmanuel Macron launched a crusade against misinformation after being targeted during his 2017 campaign by […]

Pope to journalists: Be responsible, avoid ideological warfare

Carol Glatz | CRUX | Source URL ROME – Journalists must meticulously uphold their craft of responsible reporting and not be tempted into partisan or ideological warfare, Pope Francis said. “Today, in a world where everything is fast, it is ever more urgent to call upon the tough and strenuous […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Your First Amendment Right to Silence

Robert Sedler | The Conversation | Source URL New Hampshire’s state motto “Live free or die” is, for many residents, a stirring evocation of the independent spirit of colonial America. But not all New Hampshirites agree with this well-known slogan that is emblazoned on the state’s license plates. In 1975, George […]

Social Media Behemoths Sweep Alternative News into the Memory Hole

Kurt Nimmo | Another Day in the Empire | Source URL | Blog Archive The squabbling between self-identified progressives and conservatives continues as social media transforms itself into a news, information, and opinion gatekeeper.  All information that contradicts the establishment narrative will either be downgraded into obscurity of excluded outright […]

IBM boss joins Tim Cook calls for more oversight following Facebook data scandal, after the Apple CEO warned ‘profound change is needed’

Cheyenne Macdonald | The Daily Mail | Source URL | Blog Archive More and more key players in the tech industry are voicing their concerns over the use of personal data following Facebook‘s massive Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data […]

China introduces “Xi Jinping Thought” in the classroom

Source URL The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Wall Street Journal takes a look: Show less “Xi Jinping Thought is a 14-point theory that emphasizes the party’s “people-centric” approach to governance, […]

Facebook Chief Security Officer Leaving After Clashing Over “Spread Of Disinformation”

Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Source URL | Blog Archive Update 2: Minutes after Stamos’ tweet statubg he was still “fully engaged” at Facebook, Reuters ‘sources’ reported that he will leave the firm effective in August, and has already has responsibilities for countering government-sponsored disinformation taken away from him. FACEBOOK […]

Michigan lawmakers fed up with inaction on campus free speech

Adam Sabes | Campus Reform | Source URL Michigan lawmakers have proposed an amendment to the state’s Constitution that would enable the State Legislature to pass legislation protecting free speech on college campuses. Currently, Michigan’s constitution grants oversight of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University […]

Swedish Justice Minister Pressures Social Media Giants to Ban ‘Extremist Material’ Ahead of Election

Chris Tomlinson | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has promised to put more pressure on social media giants Facebook and YouTube owner Google to remove illegal “hate speech” material. The Minister’s remarks come after many in the Swedish media railed against YouTube over right-wing channels that […]

Police Warn Reporters Not to Report News Until Cops Give Them Permission—Or Face Consequences

Rachel Blevins | The Free Thought Project | Source URL | Blog Archive State police are demanding that local media outlets must wait until they have received official press releases before reporting on ongoing investigations. Pikeville, Kentucky – Local media outlets are speaking out after they received emails from a […]

EU Commission Says Social Media Companies Must Take Down ‘Terrorist Content’ Within One Hour

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL | Blog Archive Once social media companies and websites began acquiescing to EU Commission demands for content takedown, the end result was obvious. Whatever was already in place would continually be ratcheted up. And every time companies failed to do the impossible, the EU Commission […]

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism

Liam Deacon | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Billionaire open-borders activist George Soros has demanded the European Union (EU) regulate social media because voters’ minds are being controlled and “manipulated”. He claimed the size of social media firms made them a “public menace” and argued they had led people […]

New York Federal judge rules that embedding tweets can violate copyright law

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL | Blog Archive | PDF (Goldman vs Breitbart) Katherine Forrest, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York, has overturned a bedrock principle of internet law, ruling that embedding a copyrighted work can constitute a copyright infringement on the part of the entity doing the […]

Pope Francis says the first fake news was told in the Bible

ROME – At a time when “fake news” is spreading, Pope Francis is calling on journalists, “protectors of the news,” to rediscover the dignity of their profession and the responsibility they have to communicate the truth. The pontiff also said that the first fake news is found in the book […]

Public Knowledge Responds to AT&T’s Call for “Internet Bill of Rights”

Today, AT&T placed full-page advertisements in various papers urging Congress to pass an “Internet Bill of Rights” to “provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies.” Public Knowledge contends that Americans had strong, consistent net neutrality rules until Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai repealed them, and finds AT&T’s vague commitments insufficient for […]

Google Has An Actual Secret Speech Police

More than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements barring Google, YouTube’s parent company, from revealing their participation to the public, a Google representative told The […]

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech in the face of a potential European Union crackdown. The EU has gone as far as to threaten social media companies with new legislation unless they increase efforts to fight the proliferation […]

This Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

In August of this year, a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack injured around 20 people and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The violent clashes that weekend shocked Americans, among them Emily Crose, who wanted to be there to protest against the white supremacists but […]

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service. The action reversed the agency’s 2015 decision, during […]