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Wayback Machine Latest Victim of Big Tech Consolidation and Censorship

    Wayback Machine Latest Victim of Big Tech Consolidation and Censorship

In what is turning out to be something of a latter-day dot com bust, many small to medium-sized tech startups are teetering on the edge of oblivion as the deliberate economic shutdown eats away at their capitalization and opens the door for the biggest fish in the tech space and others to pick the ripest…

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Technofascism: The Censorship of David Icke is Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age

    Technofascism: The Censorship of David Icke is Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age

CHARLOTTESVILLE (Rutherford) ––We are fast becoming a nation—nay, a world—of book burners.While on paper, we are technically free to speak—at least according to the U.S. Constitution—in reality, however, we are only as free to speak as the government and its corporate partners such as Facebook, Google or YouTube may allow. That’s not a whole lot of freedom.…

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Big Tech Firms are Using Automation to Censor News About the Coronavirus

    Big Tech Firms are Using Automation to Censor News About the Coronavirus

Big tech is again attempting to define the range of acceptable political discussion on its platforms; this week YouTube announced a number of changes in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, chief among those being that automated systems, rather than humans, will predominantly be authorizing or removing content in the foreseeable future. “As COVID-19…

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Facebook Bans Political Artist for Provocative MAGA-Hats-as-Klan-Hoods Sculpture

    Facebook Bans Political Artist for Provocative MAGA-Hats-as-Klan-Hoods Sculpture

Facebook has a longstanding tradition of stifling dissenting and alternative voices, including those of journalists. Now, artists’ careers are being hurt by the strongarm of the social media behemoth. Earlier this month, artist Kate Kretz — who employs a multitude of techniques, including silverpoint, wood burning, drawing, painting, embroidery and sculpture — had her account…

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With US on the Warpath, Iran’s Press TV the Latest Target for Google’s Political Censorship

  With US on the Warpath, Iran’s Press TV the Latest Target for Google’s Political Censorship

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — Press TV — the Iranian government-funded TV news outlet — has been “shut down” on Google’s platforms, including YouTube and Gmail. The move coincides with similar action taken against HispanTV, an Iranian Spanish-language channel. With increasing repression of Iran’s official vehicles of communication to the world, the country’s voice is stifled…

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How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Neocon-Cheered Facebook Censorship

  How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Neocon-Cheered Facebook Censorship

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA — Facebook seemed to have outdone itself again in its ongoing suppression of independent media when, earlier this month in coordination with CNN, it banned four pages belonging to a company that was not even accused of breaking any of the platform’s rules. The genesis of In The Now’s ban is striking…

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Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

  Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

BRUSSELS —  The neoconservative-backed news rating upstart “Newsguard” is now lobbying the European Union to “force the hand” of major U.S.-based tech companies — including Facebook, Google, and Twitter — to integrate its controversial ratings system into the world’s most popular social media platforms and search engines, according to a recent statement made by Newsguard…

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Independent Media Outlets Unite to Fight Back Against Corporate Censorship

  Independent Media Outlets Unite to Fight Back Against Corporate Censorship

Over the weekend, members and owners of multiple independent media outlets gathered in Houston, Texas to discuss the heavy hand of corporate and government censorship and how to stop it. The meeting was a success with the common theme of peaceful voices refusing to be silenced. For those who remember, on October 11, 2018, Facebook…

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The Limits Of Dissent – Glenn Greenwald And The Guardian

  The Limits Of Dissent – Glenn Greenwald And The Guardian

When we think of prisons, we tend to think of Alcatraz, Bang Kwang and Belmarsh with their guard towers, iron bars and concrete. But in his forthcoming book, ’33 Myths of the System’, Darren Allen invites us to imagine a prison with walls made entirely of vacuous guff: Censorship is unnecessary in a system in which…

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With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship

  With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship

SAN FRANCISCO – The decision of crowdfunding platform Patreon to delete the page of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for an alleged past association with the group Proud Boys has been hailed by some for derailing the former Breitbart columnist’s planned “magnificent 2019 comeback.” However, the similarities between Patreon’s banning of Yiannopoulos and the deplatforming of…

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