Tag: Censorship

Exclusive – Brad Parscale: Big Tech Is Meddling with Free Speech… and Elections 

The biggest of the Big Tech companies are quickly positioning themselves as the internet’s thought police, threatening to stamp out one of America’s most cherished freedoms — the right to free speech. The internet has clearly evolved into the public square of the 21st century. Over the last couple of election cycles, it’s become the […]

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Family of Pakistani Christian Mother Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Prays for Deliverance

(AFP) — The family of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who faces execution for blasphemy in Pakistan, said they hoped the Supreme Court would free her. But in any case they feared for their future living in Pakistan under the blasphemy laws, they told AFP. Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, is […]

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Christie-Lee McNally: Google Does Not ‘Worry About Legislation’ Because They ‘Bought’ Congress

Christie-Lee McNally, executive director of Free Our Internet, warned of large technology companies’ procurement of political influence via lobbying efforts in Washington, DC. She offered her remarks in a Thursday interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily. Free Our Internet is a non-profit organization describing itself as an opponent of […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR – Google Growth Strategy: ‘Shift Towards Censorship’ to Appease Authoritarian Governments

An 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor”, exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google reveals that government requests for Google to censor content have nearly tripled since 2016, although it does not say that Google shouldn’t cooperate. The briefing was the product of extensive research on the part of Google. This included expert interviews […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Leaked Briefing Says Google Must Move Away from ‘American Tradition’ of Free Speech to Expand Globally, Attract Advertiser $$$s

A leaked Google briefing titled “The Good Censor” advises tech companies to move away from the “American tradition” of free speech if they wish to attract advertising revenue and continue global expansion. The briefing, leaked exclusively to Breitbart News, was the product of extensive research on the part of Google. This included expert interviews with […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Document Suggests Web Must Be Controlled Because ‘Users Are Behaving Badly’

In “The Good Censor”, an 85-page briefing leaked to Breitbart News from inside Google, the company blames a range of user behavior including ‘cyber harassment,’ ‘cyber racism’ and ‘venting’ for eroding ‘utopian’ belief in online free speech. The briefing identifies “users behaving badly” as one of the reasons for tech companies’ “shift toward censorship.” It […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Document Admits Breitbart News Is Number One for Free Speech

An 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor”, exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, acknowledges that Breitbart News is the leader in conversations around free speech. The document acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving away from their original commitment to the American tradition of free speech. It […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’

A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users. The document, which can be read in full here, acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Briefing Accused Trump of Spreading ‘Conspiracy Theory’

An internal briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News portrays President Trump as a conspiracy theorist. The briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” argues that Google and other tech platforms must abandon their commitment to the “American tradition” of free speech if they wish to continue global expansion and appease advertisers. It can […]

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Tomorrow: come to our University of Chicago seminar on Renaissance censorship and internet censorship

Ada Palmer is a University of Chicago Renaissance historian (and so much more: librettist, science fiction novelist, and all-round polymath); she has convened a series of seminars at the University in collaboration with science and piracy historian Adrian Johns, and me! We’re exploring the parallels between the censorship systems that sprang up at […]

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Dragonfly memo details Google’s tracking measures for Chinese search engine

Google’s plans for a Chinese search and news service, known internally as Dragonfly, continue to leak and create controversy. In August, it was revealed that Google would soon reenter the Chinese marketplace, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied, calling it “an exploration stage.” Then on Sept. 14th, it was reported that Google would track users using their […]

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Google’s censored Chinese search engine links every search to the user’s phone number

Google’s Project Dragonfly was a secret prototype search engine intended to pave the way for the company’s return to China; it featured censored search results that complied with Chinese state rules banning searches for topics like “human rights,” “student protest” and “Nobel prize.” Leaked details of Dragonfly, reported in The Intercept, paint a […]

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What developers need to do to save the internet from the EU’s looming copyright disaster

[embedded content] On Wednesday, the EU will vote on whether to force all online platforms to filter user-generated content against massive databases of copyrighted works (anyone can add anything to these databases, without penalties for abuse); not only is this a catastrophe for everyone who writes software that will have to comply with this […]

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CNN Boosts Left-Wing Campaign to Censor Breitbart; Approves ‘Blacklisting’

CNN swept aside journalistic ethics on Sunday by endorsing a blacklisting campaign with a glowing interview of Matt Rivitz, the founder of Sleeping Giants, a failed effort to censor Breitbart News by harassing and intimidating companies whose advertisements may (or may not) have appeared on the website. The interview took place on Reliable Sources, a Sunday morning […]

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Donald Trump: Google, Facebook, and Twitter ‘Better Be Careful’

President Donald Trump continued challenging big tech companies on Tuesday, warning them about censoring content from conservatives. “I think what Google and what others are doing – if you look at what is going on with Twitter and if you look at what’s going on in Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do […]

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Mark Penn Warns Silicon Valley Censorship Could Have ‘Big Influence’ on Elections

In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight Monday evening, former Clinton pollster Mark Penn warned censorship by Big Tech could significantly influence elections. [embedded content] A partial transcript follows:  TUCKER CARLSON: So, I’m fascinated by the Alex Jones story because it was Alex Jones, almost no conservatives rose to his defense because the idea was ‘Alex […]

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Xi Jinping Urges ‘Unity of Thinking’ and End to ‘Vulgar’ Internet in Propaganda Conference

Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping demanded his officials “reject the vulgar, the base and the kitsch” on the internet during a two-day meeting on how to improve state-sponsored propaganda, government media reported Wednesday. According to Reuters, which cites the original Chinese language report on the meeting at Xinhua, the state news agency, Xi Jinping insisted […]

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Join me and the Electronic Frontier Foundation tomorrow for a Reddit AMA about how copyright law can censor security research

Have you ever wanted to talk with the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the risks of talking in public about security issues, especially in connected Internet of Things devices? Tomorrow, you’ll get your chance. Information security has never been more important: now that everything from a car to a voting machine is just a computer in […]

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Virgil — Flash-Forward to 2038: How the Federal Platform Commission Protected Free Speech

The following is a speculative “future history.”  Building from true events that have already transpired, the author believes that action along the lines described below is inevitable, and yet, of course, it hasn’t happened yet.  So we’ll have to wait and see. Yet in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at a plausible future scenario from the year […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Company Bias ‘Left-Leaning’ but Enforcement Is Fair

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted during an interview on Saturday that his company holds a “left-leaning” bias, but claims that the company’s enforcement of its rules if fair and not based on ideology. “We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is left, is more left-leaning,” […]

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Bill Maher Blasts Liberals over Alex Jones Censorship: ‘Supposed to Be for Free Speech’

Liberal comedian Bill Maher defended InfoWars host Alex Jones on Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, arguing that self-described liberals should be in favor of free speech as it is a core American value. Discussing Jones’ removal from social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and others, Maher appeared to disagree with his audience and fellow […]

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