BigTech is now more powerful than world leaders and government. They proved that this week. This is a massive security threat to the entire world – literally BigTech has signed their own death warrant. BigTech will be broken up and heavily regulated after this. No government can risk being shut down by BigTech. Think about this for a bit.
Free speech is normally considered part of “Civil rights”, including speech that we do not like. “Civil rights groups” are demanding that Youtube engage in censorship, and threatening to attack their advertisers if Youtube does not comply. So we have “civil rights groups” threatening to use extortion to suppress speech of those they do not like. Interesting times.
The controversy over hostile social media content advocating violence, hate, and lies on social media – and the deplatforming of individuals and entire services (e.g. Parler).
Was Parler deplatformed for “conservative” ideas or for users advocating violence?
And now they cheer the power of billionaires as Twitter permanently bans Trump, and Facebook indefinitely suspends Trump from both FB and IG. Interesting times … Would never defend Trump’s bizarre statements on Twitter – but from the perspective of Social Panic, it is worrisome when a handful of billionaires now control the public’s megaphone and speech. Related: Google today removed the Parler app from the Google Play Store. I understand Parler is a competitor to Twitter and has become…
Instagram introduced new Terms of Service, which caused many of us to re-read them, as well as the various linked policies. Facebook/Instagram log everything about you – including your SMS messages, your address book, information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, other devices on your network – and can integrate FB’s own collection with offline purchases at retail stores.
I had deleted the FB app long ago and last night I deleted the Instagram app. I do not believe it is safe to use any Facebook company application.
Google has selected an odd assortment of science “subgroups” to emphasize on its Google News page. This choice, by Google, has ramifications for your attention and perspective on issues – and may even steer you away from learning about other areas of science. In effect, Google News may be operating a subtle propaganda outlet, intentionally steering our attention to topics that Google wants us to see, while steering us away from topics Google would prefer we not see.
Research paper finds 91% of U.S. news reports about Covid-19 are negative in nature, even when there are good news items to report.
Google/Youtube, in a bizarre Twitter post, comes across as a colonizing force telling native Americans what they should think – and says that we should be celebrating Unthanksgiving.
Twitter is also censoring the views of Dr. Michael Yeadon.
Washington Post advocates for social media platforms to censor political speech.