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Twitter is being made fun of on its own platform after the Big Tech giant called for an “open” internet.
“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,” Twitter said, referencing Nigeria’s ban of the platform. “We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world.”
Nigeria “indefinitely” suspended the use of Twitter “for the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” according to the country’s minister of information and culture. Twitter previously removed a tweet by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari which Twitter said was for violating its “abusive behavior” policy.
The Biden administration applauded Twitter’s decision.
“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.” a tweet from the U.S. Mission in Nigeria reads.
Meanwhile, some conservatives on Twitter pointed out the hypocrisy of wanting an “open” internet while banning former President Donald Trump.
“Twitter wants an open internet, but banned President Trump?” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted.
“Access to the free & #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society…unless you’re Donald Trump. Or reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Or discussing the biology of gender. Or the murderous dictator of Iran. Or a Chinese Communist Party peon lying about COVID,” conservative podcaster Liz Wheeler added.
“Joe Biden and the ruling party in the US celebrate kicking people off @twitter.” Richard Grenell, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, tweeted. “You’ve helped create this censorship. Don’t be surprised when others use your rules.”
At the beginning of the year, Twitter suspended then-President Trump after he called for peace in the wake of the deadly riots at the Capitol.
Prior to Trump’s leaving office, NewsBusters found that Twitter censored Trump and his campaign over 600 times, whereas the Biden campaign had been censored zero times.
Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670, on Facebook, on Twitter or by mail to 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, and demand that the platform provide equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
The Injustice 2 Mobile game Twitter account has issued and apology to fans after an in-game event to celebrate Pride Month involved beating up an LGBTQIA+ character.
The event involved repeatedly fighting Poison Ivy, a well-known bisexual character and iconic villain stemming from DC’s Batman universe. Reported by Kotaku, the irony of this Global Challenge event was magnified by a tweet celebrating that players had “taken down” Poison Ivy over 175,000 times, followed by a Pride hashtag. Apparently, if players fought her another 225,000 times, they would unlock a separate reward tier.
— Injustice 2 Mobile (@Injustice2Go) June 4, 2021
An approach like this suggested that the developers of Injustice 2 Mobile were encouraging violence against LGBTQIA+ people during Pride, and before too long the tweet was flooded with responses from concerned players who were confused as to how this Global Challenge was in any way a celebration of Pride.
The tweet was quickly taken down following the initial backlash, and the Injustice 2 Mobile twitter has since released a statement apologising for the Global Challenge and inciting tweet, stating that they “recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate”, and that, “we should all actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalize it”.
Despite regularly creating these in-game Global Challenges, scheduling an event to beat up an LGBTQIA+ character during Pride Month really doesn’t seem like a good way to celebrate LGBTQIA+ rights. The Injustice 2 Mobile twitter account had also changed its banner and avatar to feature the Pride flag for Pride Month, which made the irony of this event even more appalling.
Changing banners and avatars in order to appear supportive of LGBT+ rights, only to continue activities that harm LGBT+ people is a classic example of pink-washing; a term used when companies attempt to cash in on the focus on Pride and then drop any meaningful support for LGBTQIA+ people as soon as Pride Month is over.
Liam Wiseman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @liamthewiseman
Because Twitter apparently doesn’t feel as if we already have enough censorship, they have decided they need to add warning labels to our tweets. Not just one kind of warning label but three different types of warning labels.
On May 31 9TO5Mac revealed the Brave New World of Twitter censorship via warning labels that is almost upon us in “Twitter is working on three different misinformation warning labels.”
Twitter is working on misinformation warning labels, according to the researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
After introducing the “read before you retweet” pop-up, the social network is now working on three levels of misinformation warning labels:
“Get the latest”
According to researcher Wong, Twitter will prompt one of the three warning labels depending on the tweet content.
Here are the examples that Wong used to illustrate the three warning levels on the road to censorship:
Twitter is working on three levels of misinformation warning labels:
“Get the latest”, “Stay Informed” and “Misleading” pic.twitter.com/0RdmMsRAEk
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2021
Hmmm… And what happens when yesterday’s “fact” turns into today’s misinformation such as news of Hunter Biden’s laptop is due to Russian disinformation? Or perhaps there is absolutely no basis for thinking that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan lab. Do the original tweet warning labels get replaced with “Oopsie!” labels?
Exit question: Should a tweet stating that “@jack is a completely unbiased arbiter of what we can tweet” be given the “Misleading” label?
CNN’s Brianna Keilar describes herself on Twitter as an “anchor.” The more honest description would be “left-wing activist.” She kicked off Monday’s new day with a warning: “America’s democracy is in peril. That is the warning from the American president as Republicans intensify their war on voting.”
A “war on voting” — how is that a “news” summary?
But it gets worse. Keilar quoted from journalist Ron Brownstein channeling “voting rights activists” on the left who complained they’ve “heard very, very little from Biden presenting this as a threat to democracy.”
How are Biden’s kooky complaints that voting-integrity bills are “Jim Crow on steroids” not strong enough? But Keilar twice fretted to her Democrat-consultant guests that President Biden isn’t doing enough. As Keilar first put it to Hilary Rosen:
“Is Biden doing enough to combat the war on voting rights? Because clearly, some folks do not think so.”
Moments later, Keilar expressed the same concern to Bernie bro Chuck Rocha:
“I wonder, Chuck, what you think in the near term if Biden waits too long to combat this assault on voting rights because he’s looking at his legislative priorities the ship may have sailed on a lot of these. Is he doing enough?”
So here we have “anchor” Keilar criticizing Biden from the left: he’s not fighting hard enough against those dastardly Republicans! And Keilar adopted the harshest partisan verbiage in describing GOP opposition to HR1 as a “war” and an “assault” on voting rights. As you can see, “assault on voting” was also splashed on screen.
In other highlights, Rosen demanded that Biden “jam” Democrat senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to get their support. She added that if those two didn’t support ending the filibuster, it was up to them to get the “damn” nine Republican votes to pass voting rights on regular order.
Rosen also let the cat out of the bag, making it clear via multiple comments that passing the voting rights bill is not about any high-minded principle, but simply about ensuring that Democrats hold onto power. She said that without H.R. 1:
[there’s] “no other alternative around the country for Democrats.”
“Democrats across the country are going to suffer.”
“We’re going to guarantee a Republican majority.”
Rocha implied there’s now no weekend or early voting when he warned like a socialist: “If you have a lot of money, and you have a nanny, and you have a lawyer, you’re going to be able to go vote. But if you ride the bus to work, and you have a couple jobs, it’s harder for you to vote.”
Ironically, whereas Keilar carped about the Republicans’ supposed “assault on voting rights,” National Review has editorialized that [emphasis added]:
“It would be an understatement to describe H.R. 1 as a radical assault on American democracy, federalism, and free speech . . . It would override hundreds of state laws governing the orderly conduct of elections, federalize control of voting and elections to a degree without precedent in American history, end two centuries of state power to draw congressional districts, turn the Federal Elections Commission into a partisan weapon, and massively burden political speech against the government while offering government handouts to congressional campaigns and campus activists.”
It’s a mark of how totally partisan CNN is that the segment consisted of two Democrat consultants and an “anchor” who was pushing them, and Biden, from the left. Nowhere to be seen or heard was anyone from National Review or elsewhere making the conservative case against H.R. 1.
CNN “anchor” Brianna Keilar pressuring Biden from the left was sponsored in part by Tractor Supply and USAA.
Here’s the transcript.
6:07 am EDT
BRIANNA KEILAR: Hilary, you first, is Biden doing enough to combat the war on voting rights? Clearly some folks do not think so.
. . .
HILARY ROSEN: I think that, you know, Joe Biden, as you know, does not historically like to jam his colleagues. But he has just got to jam Joe Manchin and Senator Sinema on this because there’s no other alternative around the country for Democrats.
KEILAR: I wonder, Chuck, what you think, here in the near term, if Biden waits too long to combat this assault on voting rights because he’s looking at his legislative priorities, the ship may have sailed on a lot of these. Is he doing enough?
. . .
ROSEN: Joe Manchin and Senator Sinema, both of them, they have a choice here. If they want to try and move legislation through regular order, which is what they say, which means subject legislation to the filibuster, where it needs 60 votes. Then they’ve got to take responsibility to go get those damn other nine votes in the Senate. But if they can’t, they’ve got to let Democrats end the filibuster and pass the voting rights reform bill, because literally Democrats across the country are going to suffer from their stubbornnFress.
. . .
KEILAR: Do you think, Chuck, that Democrats should get rid of the filibuster?
CHUCK ROCHA: I do. And I do because of a couple of things. As we worked on races around the country, you saw this surge of folks participating. They’re younger, they’re multicultural, their ethnic backgrounds are so diverse. Well, a lot of these people fall into categories of needing to vote early.
If you have a lot of money, and you have a nanny, and you have a lawyer, you’re going to be able to go vote. But if you ride the bus to work, and you have a couple jobs, it’s harder for you to vote.
. . .
ROSEN: I think without ending the filibuster, or more importantly, without getting a voting rights federal bill that stops these Republicans in these state legislatures from stopping access to voting, we’re going to guarantee a Republican majority. Literally the only way to stop it is to have a federal voting rights bill.
The ongoing war of words between Twitter and the government of India has just kicked up a notch, with the government firing a strongly worded broadside against the social media platform. The saga began in February over ongoing farmers’ protests around the Indian capital Delhi, supported by the likes of Rihanna and Greta Thunberg, which […]
Twitter is infamous for censoring conservatives. It even censored then-President Donald Trump after he called for “peace” during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But this week, Sen. Rand Paul reportedly said the platform “allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family.”
Musician Richard Marx tweeted May 23 what appeared to be glorification of violence: “I’ll say it again: If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume.” The post appeared to be in reference to an incident where Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was assaulted following a dispute with his neighbor. “The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who in 2017 attacked the Kentucky Republican during a dispute about their yards was sentenced Monday to an additional eight months in prison for the assault,” NBC News reported.
Paul reportedly received a suspicious package that was filled with white powder and contained violent imagery. “I take these threats immensely seriously,” the senator reportedly proclaimed in a statement to Politico. “As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family. Just this weekend Richard Marx called for violence against me and now we receive this powder filled letter.”
Twitter’s policy forbids “Glorification of violence”: “[W]e have a policy against content that glorifies acts of violence in a way that may inspire others to replicate those violent acts and cause real offline harm, or events where members of a protected group were the primary targets or victims.” The same policy page explained further: “We define glorification to include praising, celebrating, or condoning statements, such as ‘I’m glad this happened.’” The policy also denoted that violations “include, but are not limited to, glorifying, praising, condoning, or celebrating: “violent acts committed by civilians that resulted in death or serious physical injury,” among other things.
The package’s reported contents are a serious matter.
“On the outside of the envelope was a picture of a bruised and bandaged Paul with a gun to his head and a threat printed beneath it: ‘I’ll finish what your neighbor started you motherf——,’” Fox News reported, claiming it had viewed a copy.
“The incident has become the latest rallying cry for conservatives who claim that social media platforms overtly target right-wing users,” The Washington Post reported. “It comes as Paul has faced blowback this week for saying that he will refuse the coronavirus vaccine, citing the antibodies he says he has from contracting covid-19 last year.”
Twitter has not yet answered MRC inquiry as to what action the platform will take against Marx’s account, if any.
Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
The ongoing battle between the Indian government and Twitter intensified on Monday with the Delhi Police raiding the social media outfit’s Delhi and Gurgaon offices over a tweet marked by the platform as “manipulated.” The tweet in question originated from Sambit Patra, national spokesperson of India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on May […]
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