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Birth of the Digital Oligarchy: The Trump Ban and the Social Media Ruse

    Birth of the Digital Oligarchy: The Trump Ban and the Social Media Ruse

On January 6, as the events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol were discussed on Twitter, the barrage of opinions predictably accumulated on one side of the political spectrum. Outrage over what mainstream pundits characterized as the desecration of the symbols of democracy and similar bleeding heart liberal rhetoric was far more prevalent than the opposing…

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Social Media Giants Ban Trump, but the Real Censorship is of Palestinians

    Social Media Giants Ban Trump, but the Real Censorship is of Palestinians

In the wake of the Capitol Hill insurrection, Facebook and Twitter finally took a principled stand against President Donald Trump by suspending his accounts. While Trump lashed out at the tech giants, media analysts condoned the move—noting stronger moderation of his and other inflammatory posts are long overdue. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media behemoths…

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 A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law

     A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law

“In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. [Y]ou can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country,…

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Non-MAGA Activists Caught in Social Media War as Twitter Begins Purge

    Non-MAGA Activists Caught in Social Media War as Twitter Begins Purge

Few could have predicted the huge fallout from the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C. that saw the president of the United States banned from virtually every social media platform, including his favorite, Twitter.  In solidarity with Trump, tens of thousands of conservative users appear to be deleting their accounts and moving over to…

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“This Will Be Remembered as a Turning Point”: Snowden Warns Against Trump Social Media Ban

  “This Will Be Remembered as a Turning Point”: Snowden Warns Against Trump Social Media Ban

NSA whistleblower and internet freedom advocate Edward Snowden has cautioned the public against celebrating President Trump’s recent social media ban. “I know a lot of folks in the comments [who] read this are like ‘YAAAAS,’ which, like — I get it. But imagine for a moment a world that exists for more than the next…

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FCC Head and Internet’s Most Hated Man Ajit Pai Just Vowed to Kill First Amendment Rights Online

  FCC Head and Internet’s Most Hated Man Ajit Pai Just Vowed to Kill First Amendment Rights Online

Citing “censorship outcry” from the three branches of government, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced yesterday via tweet the agency’s intention to move forward with regulation of social media by looking to modify Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects the likes of Facebook and Twitter from the parts of the U.S. code that opens…

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TikTok Could Become Latest Victim of US War on Chinese Competition

  TikTok Could Become Latest Victim of US War on Chinese Competition

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed last night that he is strongly considering banning the hugely popular video app TikTok. “I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at,” he told Laura Ingraham. When the Fox News anchor pushed him further, asking if anybody should download the app, he…

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Hawkish, Gov’t Funded Think Tank Behind Twitter Decision to Delete Thousands of Chinese Accounts

  Hawkish, Gov’t Funded Think Tank Behind Twitter Decision to Delete Thousands of Chinese Accounts

Social media giant Twitter announced yesterday that it had shut down over 170,000 accounts favorable to the Chinese Communist Party, as well as more than 1,000 Russian and 7,340 Turkish accounts it claimed were parroting Putin and Erdogan propaganda. Is this evidence of massive Chinese infiltration and control over Western social media? Not quite. Not making…

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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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MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden’s Race Problem

  MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden’s Race Problem

In this installment of MintCast, Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss recent MintPress headlines such as efforts to exploit the Sri Lankan Easter bombings, next steps for the Yellow Vest movement in France, and the tightening nexus between social media companies and the U.S. government. Special attention is given to the recent failed coup attempt…

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