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Old 08-07-2018, 11:41 AM  
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Crackdown: Twitter Suspend Libertarian Accounts Including Ron Paul Institute Director

The Crackdown Continues: Twitter Suspends Libertarian Accounts, Including Ron Paul Institute Director

One day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose various social media accounts were banned or suspended in a matter of hours, the crackdown against alternative media figures continued as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.




On Monday, Twitter suspended the editorial director of antiwar.com Scott Horton, former State Department employee Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute.




Horton was reportedly disciplined for the use of "improper language" against journalist Jonathan M. Katz, he said in a brief statement, while McAdams was suspended for retweeting him, he said. Past tweets in both accounts were available to the public at the time of the writing, unlike the account of Van Buren, which was fully suspended.

According to TargetLiberty, Horton and McAdams fell victim of Twitter’s suspension algorithm after objecting to Katz’s quarrel with Van Buren over an earlier interview.








The suspensions come days after Twitter suspended black conservative Candace Owen from Twitter for highlighting the algorithmic hypocrisy of Twitter by replacing the word “white” with “Jewish” in a series of tweets modeled on those by New York Times editor Sarah Jeong.

just after controversial conservative Alex Jones, and his podcast InfoWars, were kicked out from most social media platforms, prompting conservative to accuse the social networks of collusion in a collective crackdown on non-mainstream voices. The Silicon Valley giants were criticized by the US political establishment for failing to prevent alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, critics now say the pressured media giants are engaging in political censorship, using their market dominance and lack of legislated neutrality requirements to target descent voices ahead of the midterm elections.

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In a scathing op-ed on Tuesday, Nigel Farage wrote that "while many on the libertarian right and within the conservative movement have their issues with Alex Jones and InfoWars, this week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify represents a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media history."
These platforms that claim to be “open” and in favor of “free speech” are now routinely targeting -- whether by human intervention or not -- the views and expressions of conservatives and anti-globalists.

This is why they no longer even fit the bill of “platforms.” They are publishers in the same way we regard news outlets as publishers. They may use more machine learning and automation, but their systems clearly take editorial positions. We need to hold them to account in the same way we do any other publisher.
Farage then accused social media giants of being corporatist:
That they cannot profess to be neutral, open platforms while being illiberal, dictatorial, and hiding behind the visage of a private corporation (which are more often than not in bed with governments around the world at the very highest levels).

This isn’t capitalism. It’s corporatism.
He concludes that the real interference in "US democracy" comes not from Russia, but from some of its most powerful corporations which now yield more power in some cases than the government itself: "This isn’t “liberal democracy” as they keep pretending. It’s autocracy."

"...for those that don’t take issue with the latest censorship of right-wingers by big social media -- unless we take a stand now, who knows where it could end."


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Old 08-10-2018, 12:34 PM   #121
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:40 PM   #122
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I didn't mean read it in actual Russian Something like Dr. Zhivago by Pasternak or War and Peace by Tolstoy.


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Old 08-10-2018, 12:56 PM   #123
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So this is the thread where BEP officially earned the diagnosis of "bat shit crazy", then?
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:13 PM   #124
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So this is the thread where BEP officially earned the diagnosis of "bat shit crazy", then?
I apologize for my part. I forgot to include a trigger warning on my seemingly tame posts.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #125
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:17 PM   #126
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Pat, you were being a pesky interventionist again. I wouldn't call that all tame. More like a busy-body neighbor who gets triggered over some other's spat.

It's funny because once you castigated Taco for backing me on something and chided him over his chivalry. Yet you tried to do the same here for poor own Hoopsdoc because I wanted to needle him back for his own needling.

And you still can't stop after it ended for a few pages, when I began to put the thread back on topic.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:19 PM   #127
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Meanwhile, JPB posts like Robespierre lopping of the head of Marie Antoinette 99% of the time. Calling people stupid left and right in a hostile manner. Now that's bat shit crazy.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:29 PM   #128
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Meanwhile, JPB posts like Robespierre lopping of the head of Marie Antoinette 99% of the time. Calling people stupid left and right in a hostile manner. Now that's bat shit crazy.
Your post makes no sense, and you neg repped me over my post, so to say that you've got no room to talk because you're a hypocrite as well as being just plain nuts is a gross understatement.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:30 PM   #129
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I said this would happen...it usually does

Infowars Becomes #1 Trending App on Google Play Store

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/...le-play-store/


Alex Jones claims 5.6 million people have subscribed to his free Infowars newsletter and podcast over the last 48 hours.
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So why the outrage? Why would any of you god-fearing conservatives want to use this platform when it represents everything you hate? Deepstate, CIA, communism, liberalism.

Help me understand why any of you want to associate with this?
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Kickstarter Ignores Terms of Service with ‘Always Punch Nazis’ Project

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has allowed a violence-inciting project titled “Always Punch Nazis,” which includes a graphic guide on how to assault “Nazis,” despite the fact that the project breaks its own terms of service.

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Old 08-10-2018, 01:31 PM   #132
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Pat, you were being a pesky interventionist again. I wouldn't call that all tame. More like a busy-body neighbor who gets triggered over some other's spat.

It's funny because once you castigated Taco for backing me on something and chided him over his chivalry. Yet you tried to do the same here for poor own Hoopsdoc because I wanted to needle him back for his own needling.

And you still can't stop after it ended for a few pages, when I began to put the thread back on topic.
The fact that you were "pissed ... off" by my posts yesterday just came back up. It seems like a major over reaction to me.

I don't remember this Taco incident you mention, but I strongly suspect that "castigated" is another dramatic exaggeration.

Anyway, I'm willing to put it behind us. We can still be friends.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:32 PM   #133
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Apparently Twitter hasn't banned InfoWars but they're also be pressured by CNN

CNN is continuing its effort to pressure Twitter into banning InfoWars, following the mass purge pushed by the news outlet this week.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/...nfowars-purge/
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:33 PM   #134
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I tried canceling my Pinterest account, as they're one of the banners, and they're making it really complicated for me.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:34 PM   #135
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The problem with the idea that a conservative facebook/twitter can rise to compete with these existing social media sites is that peoples' circles of family, friends, and other follows are usually not of like mind politically. So when the conservative side of the family leaves Facebook for the more conservative Smartbook, they lose contact with their liberal family and friends.

Maybe a libertarian platform would allow all comers and both the liberal and conservative members of the family can leave Facebook to join Freebook.

This would be more of an ideal solution. One sticking point that comes to mind is how a site would deal with international members. I'm continually surprised by how often and how much other countries limit expression. From insidious 'hate speech' laws to outright bans on criticism, certain concepts, or even certain symbols. My first reaction to those other countries would be to tell them to go **** themselves, but I don't know the extent of liability a company would have (in a legal sense) for providing a platform that runs afoul of their shitty laws.
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