The Twitter censorship thread

CaptainS

Hummingbird
The left has definitely ramped up their assault on alternative news. Now Twitter will start giving a "time out" and eventually banning any account that uses "hateful" or "offensive" language. Guarantee that will eventually include any conservative agenda item.

A Tweet about illegal immigration? That's hate speech...banned! I could go on but you get the idea.


Twitter's time out: Site's new tool BLOCKS users for 12 hours for abusive behavior. 12 hour restriction means only followers can see the accounts' tweets But some users have had their accounts banned completely, they said.

Twitter has launched a new way of censoring offensive behaviour by temporarily restricting abusive users' accounts.

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Twitter has lunched a new way of censoring politically incorrect language on its site by temporarily restricting abusive users' accounts. Some users have been notified that their account is limited for 12 hours after using language that Twitter deems abusive

Twitter says it 'prohibits the promotion of hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.'

But this policy does not apply to news and information that calls attention to hate, sensitive topics, or violence, but does not advocate for it.

In other words, hate speech can be allowed if Twitter approves of the opinion expressed, no matter how hateful or offensive it may be.

And it also doesn't apply to commentary about products, services, companies, or brands.

User @DryBones5 tweeted 'I'm just considering leaving Twitter, f**k them' after he reported that his account was restricted for using the word 'retard'.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...er-blocking-users-12-hours.html#ixzz4a79Kn1Yi
 

Elster

Pelican
Gold Member
RE: Twitter cracks down on mean people again.

WHat do you guys know about "MINDS"?
Sargon of Akkad (youtuber) had been promoting it in his vids
 

CynicalContrarian

Owl
Gold Member
RE: Twitter cracks down on mean people again.

If you're inclined to mock someone on Twitter, do it in a "Godfrey Elfwick" satirical type manner.
Give it the appearance of a leftist sentiment, yet with an inconvenient truth as it's purpose.

"Yeah, rub it in Trump's face! House some refugee's in your own home, at your own expense."
 

etwsake

Woodpecker
Gold Member
RE: Twitter cracks down on mean people again.

Scott Adams says his twitter account has been censored for months now.

I bet Gavin McInnes will end up banned one of these days too.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
RE: Twitter cracks down on mean people again.

I'm no race relations expert.... but I have a feeling that twitter may not favor people with ivory skin.


twitter be like:
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Hypno

Crow
Twitter Censorship Thread

Twitter Bans Former Asst. Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts

For those that don't know, in recent years he has been a non-partisan advocate of conservative, non-interventionist values. He writes weekly essays with a sober, intelligent style. Apparently his use of the the word "zionist" was verboten to quote the Nazis.

Information below from ZeroHedge:

Twitter has suspended noted anti-war commentator, economist and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts.

Roberts, 79, served in the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1982. He was formerly a distinguished fellow at the Cato Institute and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and has written for the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek. Roberts maintains an active blog.

He's also vehemently against interventionary wars around the world, and spoke with Russia's state-owned Sputnik news in a Tuesday article - in which Roberts said that President Trump's decision to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty was a handout to the military-security complex.

The former Reagan administration official clarified that he does not think "that the military-security complex itself wants a war with Russia, but it does want an enemy that can be used to justify more spending." He explained that the withdrawing from the INF Treaty "gives the military-security complex a justification for a larger budget and new money to spend: manufacturing the formerly banned missiles."

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The economist highlighted that "enormous sums spent on 'defense' enabled the armaments corporations to control election outcomes with campaign contributions," adding that in addition, "the military has bases and the armaments corporations have factories in almost every state so that the population, dependent on the jobs, support high amounts of 'defense' spending."

"That was 57 years ago," he underscored. "You can imagine how much stronger the military-security complex is today." -Sputnik

Roberts also suggested that "The Zionist Neoconservatives are responsible for Washington's unilateral abandonment of the INF treaty, just as they were responsible for Washington's unilateral abandonment of the ABM Treaty [in 2002], the Iran nuclear agreement, and the promise not to move NATO one inch to the East."

Is this what got him suspended?

Roberts goes on to say that the ideology of US neoconservatives is "akin to the German Nazy Party last century" in their ideology of American supremacy and exceptionalism.

"Their over-confidence about their ability to quickly defeat Israel's enemies and open the Middle East to Israeli expansion got the US bogged down in wars in the Middle East for 17 years ... During this time, both Russia and China rose much more quickly than the neoconservatives thought possible."

Dr. Roberts opined that US policy makers are seeking to weaponize the Russian opposition and "pro-Western elements" to exert pressure on Moscow into "accommodating Washington in order to have the sanctions removed." On the other hand, the Trump administration's new arms race could force Russia into spending more on defense, according to the author. -Sputnik

While we don't know if Roberts' Sputnik interview resulted in his Twitter ban 48 hours later, it's entirely possible

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...ry-secretary-paul-craig-roberts-after-sputnik
 

Leonard D Neubache

Owl
Gold Member
RE: Twitter Censorship Thread

The Left are finding out that it's not just "Nazis" copping the banhammer.

Now that Silicon Valley and the MSM seem to have negotiated a truce, everyone that opposes the ZOG on both the Right AND Left are going to be knocked out of the digital sphere.
 

Coja Petrus Uscan

Hummingbird
Gold Member
^ This certainly seems to be the case.

I saw a good Cernovic video the other day in which he makes an interesting assumption as to what's going on with Twitter.

In short he suggests that these companies, like Twitter, have been barraged with people trying to get content they don't like removed for years. Society is full of people wanting for arbitrary things to be banned. And although these companies have all obviously engaged in minimising the reach of Alex Jones et. al., they actually were pretty strong on free speech. It certainly was better than the highly controlled printing presses and airwaves we have in Europe. Zuck and Co. weren't on our side, but they did do us a big favour as compared to our previous media overlords.

But since Brexit and Trump the squeeze around these companies has ratcheted up and for whatever reason they have given up on free speech. Cernovic suggests they've now set a precedent. All the people who wanted to ban stuff in the past can now go back and say, "Hey, you've banned Alex Jones for calling someone a rat. Look at this page, they call police pigs three times." And he points out that these alt-left news organisations don't really have much influence in these spheres, but other people do, like police unions, teachers unions, the ADL and so on.

We're heading towards a media diet that is 90% left (increasingly alt-left), 5% neo-con and 5% wheeled out boogeymen.

Thinking of putting in short on Twitter.

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BlueMark

Woodpecker
Gold Member
From Paul Craig Roberts:
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/10/26/my-suspended-twitter-account/

Paul Craig Roberts said:
“My” Suspended Twitter Account

Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers:

It is all over the internet and international media that Twitter has suspended my account.

This is not the case.

I do not use social media.

I discovered that a Twitter account was operating in my name.

I requested that the account be taken down.

I have no recollection of giving anyone permission to operate a Twitter account in my name. I am still extremely busy trying to help family relatives impacted by Hurricane Michael and could only quickly look at the Twitter postings. It seemed to be mainly innocuous, consisting of links or quotes from my posted columns.

However, there were other things, such as appeals that money be sent to Alex Jones InfoWars and other things. I have no objection to Alex Jones. However, my webmaster and I were concerned that things could be posted that would be dangerous for me, such as libel, death threats to others, and so forth.

To repeat, the account was closed at my request.

To repeat, I do not use social media.

Paul Craig Roberts
 

Thomas More

Hummingbird
MOVSM said:
Time to revive this thread.
@TitaniaMcGrath is banned. Of course, no reason is given. It seems the left cannot stand being laughed at.

‘Who makes these damn decisions’? Latest suspension proves ‘Twitter is having an identity crisis’ [screenshots]

Anti-trust legislation cannot be brought fast enough against the tech industry.

She had that tweet saying just because Kavanaugh never met one of his accusers did NOT mean he didn't rape her!

I didn't realize it was satire when I first saw it during the confirmation hearings. It seemed like something an SJW feminist would actually post, even though it's obviously insane. The link you posted has that one and several others.

I would say she is an actual exception to the rule that women aren't funny.
 

Roosh

Cardinal
If you say things on Twitter that the Chinese government doesn't like, they will knock on your door. If you refuse to delete tweets, they somehow delete it for you!

The 50-year-old software engineer was tapping away at his computer in November when state security officials filed into his office on mainland China.

They had an unusual — and nonnegotiable — request.

Delete these tweets, they said.

The agents handed over a printout of 60 posts the engineer had fired off to his 48,000 followers. The topics included U.S.-China trade relations and the plight of underground Christians in his coastal province in southeast China.

When the engineer did not comply after 24 hours, he discovered that someone had hacked into his Twitter account and deleted its entire history of 11,000 tweets.

“If the authorities hack you, what can you do?” said the engineer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of landing in deeper trouble with authorities. “I felt completely drained.”

In Beijing and other cities across China, prominent Twitter users confirmed in interviews to The Washington Post that authorities are sharply escalating the Twitter crackdown. It suggests a wave of new and more aggressive tactics by state censors and cyber-watchers trying to control the Internet.

Twitter is banned in China — as are other non-Chinese sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. But they are accessed by workarounds such as a virtual private network, or VPN, which is software that bypasses state-imposed firewalls.

While Chinese authorities block almost all foreign social media sites, they rarely have taken direct action against citizens who use them, preferring instead to quietly monitor what the Chinese are saying.

But recently, Internet monitors and activists have tallied at least 40 cases of Chinese authorities pressuring users to delete tweets through a decidedly low-tech method: showing up at their doorsteps.

[China’s ‘Useless Edison’ combines inventing and the Internet]

Even for a country accustomed to censorship, a crackdown on Twitter is surprising because the service, like Google and Facebook, is used by a relatively small number of people, at least by Chinese standards.

An estimated 10 million Chinese use Twitter, according to some tech-industry watchers. (Twitter does not issue statistics on China.) That is a minuscule figure compared with those on government-approved messaging and app sites: 1 billion for WeChat and hundreds of millions on Weibo, according to state figures.

But in the past two years, as the space for political speech has all but vanished in President Xi Jinping’s China, Twitter has played an increased role. It has become a cyber-window to the outside world, a release valve for the disaffected, a virtual teahouse for politically minded Chinese at home and abroad.

Bankrupt mom-and-pop investors fume about the lack of financial regulations. Disgruntled farmers pass around videos of land seizures or police thuggery. Muslims from China’s far west share pictures of loved ones locked away in state-operated reeducation centers.

It has started to resemble the freewheeling Twitterscape in other tightly controlled nations such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

And to the Chinese Communist Party, that means it is a rising threat.

“Twitter is the fastest, simplest, most important gathering place if you care about Chinese politics. It’s extremely hot right now,” said Ho Pin, the New York-based publisher of the Mirredia Group, a leading purveyor of sensitive Chinese political news.

In late November, the wife of renowned photographer Lu Guang took to Twitter to seek help for her missing husband, believed to be detained by police. (His name is censored on the Weibo service.)

Last summer, when the Chinese government tried to break up a nationwide labor movement, tech-savvy student supporters informed the world via Twitter.

An elite class of businesspeople with ties to the upper echelons of the Communist Party as well as media professionals are increasingly sneaking peeks at the banned service, according to Ho.

“They all read it,” he said. “For the government, the threat exceeds that of anything else. Twitter has become their biggest target to take down.”

[Artificial intelligence: China and U.S. battle for supremacy]

That’s precisely what’s happening now.

He Jiangbing, a financial commentator, said police came to his Beijing living room to warn about his tweets.


Finance commentator He Jiangbing said there are fears that a full-scale crackdown on Twitter would choke off the last online venue in China for open intellectual debate. (Yan Cong/For The Washington Post)
Days earlier, officials visited the Guangzhou home of Ye Du, a well-known writer and supporter of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, to hand him a printout of 802 tweets he needed to delete, Ye said in an interview.

Meanwhile, all 30,000 tweets from the account of Wu Gan, an activist serving an eight-year prison sentence, were deleted in November, which suggested a government hack, said Yaxue Cao, a Washington-based activist.

Cui Haoxin, a Muslim poet, was taken to a police station and interrogated last week — partly because of his tweets calling attention to Islamophobia in China.

“They not only violated my personal freedom of speech, but they’re effectively violating a foreign company and a foreign country’s Internet sovereignty,” Cui said.

Interest among Chinese users skyrocketed in early 2017 after the fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui began using Twitter and YouTube to air sensational — and largely unsubstantiated — allegations of corruption against Chinese leaders.

The campaign would have been unthinkable on Chinese social media. But it played out dramatically over several months on Twitter, drawing in a new generation of Chinese users.

For months, Guo and his supporters shared corporate records and satellite images of California mansions allegedly linked to senior Communist Party officials.

“We tend to see cycles of tightening and relaxing, and China is clearly in a tightening phase currently as the economy slows down and domestic and intentional challenges loom large,” said Dali Yang, an expert on Chinese politics.

The Ministry of Public Security and the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Internet regulator, did not respond to requests for comment.

The first time Chinese state security actively sought out Twitter users was in 2011, when Chinese dissidents, inspired by the wave of uprisings in the Arab world, tried to use the platform to mobilize protests, said Yaqiu Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch.

After that movement fizzled, Chinese authorities have kept an eye on the platform but, until recently, rarely intervened. That helped cultivate Twitter’s reputation as a safe space for an improbable and colorful cast of Chinese voices.

The veteran journalist Gao Yu, for one, tweets prodigiously despite living under house arrest after being charged with leaking state secrets in 2015. Bao Tong, a purged 86-year-old Communist Party official and former top aide to Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang, set up an account last year and hurls daily criticism of the Xi administration to 137,000 followers. (Calls by foreign journalists to Bao’s home are frequently cut off, but his access to Twitter appears to be rarely interrupted.)

He, the Beijing-based columnist, said there are fears that a full-scale crackdown on Twitter would choke off the last online venue in China for open intellectual debate.

Last year, He wrote pointed comments on Weibo and WeChat urging the Chinese central bank to lower reserve requirements for lenders because, in his estimation, the Chinese economy was struggling.

“I never touched politics. I’m not a dissident, and I’m not a celebrity,” he said. “They still took away my voice.”

When police visited him last month to warn him about tweeting, He did not promise to stop. He’s not sure he could.

“We go to Twitter because we have no choice,” He said. “For people like us, if you have to hold in your thoughts, it feels like dying.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...8028a62c722_story.html?utm_term=.3f4d8cc5ef6f
 

Rorogue

Kingfisher
Didn't know where to put this, but I just joined twitter after a year. Had my previous accounts banned for criticizing leftists.

Was watching my favourite tennis player (Kyrgios) beat the world #2 Nadal, and some triggered woman attacked him, saying he should be banned. Tweeted 'god Damn you're ugly' and account got locked 5 mins later.

Mind you feminists call men ugly on twitter all the time.

Account didn't last 24 hours. Censorship is obviously worse than a year ago.
 

Dusty

Peacock
Gold Member
Potentially big?


I haven’t read it closely, but the legal strategy seems to be, ok twitter if you want to censor and control content, you’re responsible when people libel me on your platform. If you’re controlling content, and allow libel, you are responsible .

 
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