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from Zero Hedge:
Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views.
In a tweet published Saturday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a screenshot of Paul’s “Liberty Report” page showing that his videos had been labeled “not suitable” for all advertisers by YouTube’s content arbiters.
Assange claims that Paul was being punished for speaking out about President Donald Trump’s decision to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan, after Paul published a video on the subject earlier this week.
The notion that YouTube would want to economically punish a former US Congressman for sharing his views on US foreign policy – a topic that he is unequivocally qualified to speak about – is absurd. Furthermore, the “review requested” marking on one of Paul’s videos reveals that they were initially flagged by users before YouTube’s moderators confirmed that the videos were unsuitable for a broad audience.
Other political commentators who’ve been censored by YouTube include Paul Joseph Watson and Tim Black – both ostensibly for sharing political views that differ from the mainstream neo-liberal ideology favored by the Silicon Valley elite.
Last week, Google – another Alphabet Inc. company – briefly banned Salil Mehta, an adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science, from using its service, freezing his accounts without providing an explanation. He was later allowed to return to the service.
by Janita Kan, NTD:
Parler is fending off another attempt to shut down the social media network after Amazon said it is suspending the company from its web hosting service.
Parler founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement that the multinational technology company will be shutting Parler’s servers at midnight Sunday, Jan. 10.
Matze has characterized the decision as “an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.”
He added that Parler may be unavailable for up to a week as they work to rebuild the networking service online.
from Sputnik News:
An unnamed transgender student at an Ohio university had filed a complaint with the institution’s officials over a philosophy professor’s repeated refusal to use “Ms.” instead of “Mr.”; the teacher has pushed back.
Professor Nicholas Meriwether from Shawnee State University, Ohio has won a First Amendment case before a federal appeals court, effectively clearing the way for him to sue his employer for damages after the school disciplined him in 2016 for refusing to use preferred pronouns to address a transgender student.
by Joe Jarvis, The Daily Bell:
Germany has taken its war on “hate speech,” also known as free speech, to the people.
Already Germany has pretty strict laws against citizens using Nazi symbols and denying that the Holocaust happened. Apparently, lawmakers miss the irony of going full Gestapo on citizens for free speech, as offensive as it may be.
But they are not stopping there. The German government has raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful posting on social media.
by Ian Hanghett, Breitbart:
On Monday’s broadcast of “MSNBCLive,” Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director and Founder of Dignity Now Patrisse Cullors argued that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment and white supremacists are “directly related” to President Trump’s policies.
Cullors said, “David Duke and the white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump’s base. And that base is not isolated. It’s not — it’s directly related to Trump’s policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies. I think we’re seeing a movement of white nationalists rising up because they’ve been emboldened by trump and his government. And I really want to invite people to be on the right side of history right now.”
She added, “I think what’s important in this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people’s rights. Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality. And hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalist groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights.”
Read More @ Breitbart.com
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
A 12-year-old girl, who runs her very own news organization, was threatened with arrest by a police officer who claimed it was illegal to film him and put it online. So she owned him by proving him wrong.
Patagonia, AZ — If you have been to the Free Thought Project before, chances are you’ve seen one of the countless videos we’ve covered showing police officers threaten to arrest people for practicing their First Amendment right to film in public. However, the following video is unlike any we have ever seen, as the person flexing their rights is a 12-year-old girl, who runs her own news company out of Arizona.
from SGT Report:
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It’s clear what’s going on at You Tube now. Divide, Conquer and Terminate those whose speech they do not condone. You Tube issued my main channel a second strike today for my video aptly titled ”The Ultimate Betrayal’ which was uploaded on March 5th – it was about the vital importance of our Second Amendment rights. You can see that video and my interview with Christopher Bollyn about 9/11 (which got a strike a couple of weeks ago) on my Bitchute account. Because of these two strikes, I can’t upload videos to my main SGTreport channel for two weeks. If they give me another unwarranted strike, it’s game over. Terminated.
by Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic:
The death of the First Amendment
The US Department of Justice has brought an 18-charge indictment against Julian Assange. Seventeen of the counts are for violations of the Espionage Act. To much scorn and derision Wikileaks and Assange have been warning for years that this is exactly what the US government would do. They have been vindicated. Obama Justice Department lawyers, examining the exact same evidence as the Trump Justice Department lawyers, declined to press charges against Assange because they believed it would criminalize essential elements of journalism, one of which is disclosure of secrets the government would rather not have disclosed, and obliterate the First Amendment. The Obama lawyers were right.
by JD Heyes, Natural News:
Social media giants Google and Facebook, which together soak up nearly 80 percent of all online ad revenue, have declared war on conservative media and conservative figures.
Recent changes in the companies’ algorithms that allegedly were made to ‘weed out’ fake news instead have been weaponized to weed out independent media and right-leaning voices that don’t comport with the Marxist Left ideology of the sites’ owners.
Some sites and conservatives that have Facebook pages have seen their traffic drop anywhere from 75 percent to 95 percent.
Ordinarily, that’d be just fine — unfair but fine given that as private companies, they can run their businesses as they see fit.
But there’s more to it than that. There’s a legal aspect as well.
Many of these sites pay Facebook and Google to market themselves so as to increase reach and boost exposure and revenue (The National Sentinel, where I serve as editor-in-chief, no longer does this since our site has been shadow-banned by Facebook beginning in February).
They, too, have seen their traffic from Facebook fall off dramatically as well, even as Facebook takes their money. That’s criminal; in fact, that is the true definition of a bait-and-switch scam.
Meanwhile, Google deleted several top conservative channels last week, while YouTube has purged scores of conservative and independent media channels as well (including channels belong to Natural News and Newstarget founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and Infowars’ Alex Jones).
Young Cons: This very popular conservative news site had millions of daily readers during the recent election, and the site received nearly all its traffic from Facebook (Lesson: Never put all your marketing eggs in one basket). Facebook has been increasingly censoring Young Cons stories since 2016; now the site struggles mightily and regularly switches domains in order to maintain traffic.
SaraPalin.com: At one point the former GOP VP nominee and Alaska governor’s website was serving up stories to her four million Facebook followers, but she, too, had to begin switching domains in order to maintain traffic.
Right Wing News: This site grew to massive proportions over the past few years, in large part thanks to its meteoric popularity on Facebook. During one week in 2015, the site’s Facebook page reached 133 million people. The site was driving about the same amount of web traffic as some of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. But since 2016 Facebook began blocking traffic to the site; its owner, John Hawkins, announced he would shut it down in January (it’s still online but the content is not regularly updated).
Independent Journal Review: This, too, was a large conservative news and information source, but because it was overly reliant on Facebook traffic, the site had to terminate a number of its employees last week, leaving the fate of the Millennial-focused site in doubt.
So not only is Facebook destroying legitimate websites, founder Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire, is also throwing people out of work. How’s that for “compassion?” (Related: Censorship RAMPAGE spins out of control as YouTube bans videos about donkeys, chickens and home gardening.)
The site I edit, The National Sentinel, was getting decent traffic from our Facebook page from our more than 27,000 followers, but that has largely dried up thanks to the true Fascists at Facebook. But our business model doesn’t rely significantly on Facebook, so there’s that (here’s how you can support us — for free!).
And of course, Natural News and Newstarget founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has had his entire video inventory on his YouTube channel wiped out after that social media venue arbitrarily banned him.
Read More @ NaturalNews.com