Monday, June 17, 2019

YouTube Just Fired the First Shot in a New War on Journalism

by Emma Fiala, Activist Post:

Wednesday morning, news began circulating warning that YouTube was about to delete thousands of accounts in the platform’s latest wave of censorship. This time, the massive video sharing platform claimed to be targeting hateful content, “supremacists,” conspiracy theorists and anything that promotes discrimination or segregation based on sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, age and more.

Upon hearing the news, regular consumers of independent media knew exactly what to expectCensorship. Corporate platforms use these vague terms that sound nice in theory to cast a wide net that also de-platforms independent, anti-war, and rational voices. Whether this is done on purpose or is a consequence of using artificial intelligence and algorithms to monitor content remains to be seen.

Bayer Hunts Down Journalists

by Dr. Mercola D.O., Ph.D., Health Nut News:

When Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 for about $63 billion, you have to wonder whether executives knew the extent of the liabilities they were inheriting. The latest debacle is a collection of veritable hit lists compiled by Monsanto, containing hundreds of names and other personal information about journalists, politicians and scientists, including their opinions about pesticides and genetic engineering.

Monsanto’s so-called “stakeholder mapping project” was first uncovered in France, but now it appears Monsanto likely had multiple lists to track people in countries throughout Europe. Matthias Berninger, Bayer’s head of public affairs and sustainability, told reporters, “It’s safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists … I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected.”

Google Fires Conservative Employee After He Slams Company’s ‘Outrage Mobs, Witch Hunts’ – Reports

from Sputnik News:

Last month, a Google employee penned an article about the US tech giant, describing it as a place where “outrage mobs and witch hunts dominate its culture” – something that, as he put it, has become an “existential threat” to the company’s credibility.

Google fired Mike Wacker, a conservative software engineer, after he published a poston Medium in which he suggested that the company’s “outrage mobs” and “witch hunts” target both outsiders and insiders, including its own employees, The Daily Callerreported.

U.S. Visa Applications Now Require 5 Years Worth Of Social Media, Phone Numbers And Email Addresses

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

The U.S. State Department has announced that people traveling to the U.S. for work or for studying abroad will have to hand over five years worth of their social media information, email addresses, and phone numbers to apply for a visa, NY Times reported.

Authorities estimated the proposal would affect nearly 15 million people annually according to figures last year by Associated Press.

Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the insane privacy violations.

However, people traveling to the U.S. to work or to study will have to hand over all their personal information before they are even allowed into the U.S.

YouTube Demonetizes Crowder Over Vox Columnist Feeling Insulted. Free Speech Advocates Are Furious.

from Daily Wire:

On Wednesday, one day after they stated that the videos of comedian Steven Crowder did not violate their policies, YouTube suddenly shifted and decided to demonetize Crowder’s videos, a chilling decision that engendered fierce criticism from defenders of free speech. YouTube was prompted to take a look at Crowder’s videos by Vox’s Carlos Maza, who reported the comedian for making jokes about his ethnicity and sexuality.

Snowden: “Most Effective Means Of Social Control In The History Of Our Species” Now In Place

from True Pundit:

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.

Snowden appeared at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia via livestream from Moscow to give a keynote address for the Canadian university’s Open Dialogue Series.

Facebook on trial for ‘censorship’ after deplatforming Polish nationalist pages

from RT:

A Polish historian has taken Facebook to court over the company’s increasingly heavy-handed censorship practices, accusing the social network of discrimination based on nationality, political views and religion.

Maciej Swirski, president of the Polish League Against Defamation, has complained that Facebook suspended multiple accounts that posted information about a 2016 Independence Day march sponsored by nationalist groups, even though nothing about the event or the posts appeared to violate the site’s rules.

WATCH: Cops Attack Innocent Mom, Take Her Baby, Break Her Arm, Kidnap Her

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

After an innocent mother defended herself from an attacker, confused cops showed up and arrested her—taking her baby and breaking her arm in the process.

Detroit, MI — Elaine Murriel, a single mother, was dropping her infant son off at the baby’s father’s house when she says the man’s girlfriend — whom Murriel has a restraining order against — attempted to run over her with her vehicle. As the car steamed toward her, Murriel pulled out her legally licensed handgun and fired a single shot at the car “to alleviate the imminent threat of harm.” The act of self-defense saved Murriel and her son’s lives. But when police arrived to investigate, this act would leave Murriel in a cage with a broken arm.