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Oligarch Techs Collude Against Infowars

By TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce following x   2018 Aug 6, 11:36am 3,174 views   242 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


Within Hours of each other, Infowars was banned from Apple, Spotify, and most pages taken down on Facebook.

Now Youtube has eliminated Infowars.

Love seeing Liberals who are like "Always let dissident voices be heard" making the "It's a business, so..." argument. That doesn't mean they're wrong.

But I do enjoy the same people who bitch about "Net Neutrality" claiming that ISPs can censor or at least speed or delay speech that they like or dislike, defend content platforms censoring speech (and not in a transparent, objective way).

Note that Louis Farrakhan still up. I personally checked for Infowars Newstream and it's been banned for "Violating Community Standards". However, Young Turks is still up.

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203   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Aug 9, 12:40pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
Yes. And we're not quite as good at it.


Sure we are. Yeltsin would probably not have been elected without getting access to billions of dollars from the US to bribe all and sundry, while we looked the other way when he forced government employees - who magically got paid just before the election for the first time in months - to vote for him.
204   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Aug 9, 12:42pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
The dems are trying to claim Trump is there because "Russia", because it's easier than to admit it is because of themselves.


Yep.

Heraclitusstudent says
I'm sure they are communicating about it. But are they running propaganda inside the US?

Saudi Arabia endows a lot of Chairs in Middle East Studies, particularly at Columbia. Their largess on NGOs, Think Tanks, Academia, is legendary. They expect deference for that money. Until very recently - ironically when they began liberalizing - it was almost verboten to criticize them except in the most hush tones. It's a bit more okay now because Obama has a lot of defenders in the Press who were willing to cross Saudi Arabia to help save his "Legacy" of the Iran Deal.

Do you think DW doesn't push Merkel's line? Or that Al Jazeera isn't pushing the Qatari line?
207   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Aug 12, 10:52pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Goran_K says
Those who are cheering for censorship on Alex Jones are not being ideologically consistent, which is why they can't claim to support free speech or the 1st amendment.


Libertarians believe in business being in a free market where all trades are voluntary - nothing is preventing people from making trades or forcing people to make trades. Social media is a business. Accepting or not accepting infowars is a free trade. It's a simple business transaction not free speech. Social media accepts content to provide advertisers a platform. Content providers get their content aired to generate revenue.

If you are a libertarian then to be ideologically consistent you have to support social media's right to trade or not trade with infowars. Free market trade is a bedrock principle of libertarianism. You can't have it both ways.

The first amendment has nothing, nada, zip, zero to do with individuals or private enterprise, only governments making laws. Why such a fucking simple concept is totally incomprehensible to so many people is a deep mystery.
208   Aphroman   ignore (6)   2018 Aug 13, 10:03am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Goran_K says
Those who are cheering for censorship on Alex Jones are not being ideologically consistent, which is why they can't claim to support free speech or the 1st amendment.


Libertarians believe in business being in a free market where all trades are voluntary - nothing is preventing people from making trades or forcing people to make trades. Social media is a business. Accepting or not accepting infowars is a free trade. It's a simple business transaction not free speech. Social media accepts content to provide advertisers a platform. Content providers get their content aired to generate revenue.

If you are a libertarian then to be ideologically consistent you have to support social media's right to trade or not trade with infowars. Free market trade is a bedrock principle of libertarianism. You can't have it both ways.

The first amendment has nothing, nada, zip, zero ...


I just assume the confused aren’t actually Americans. Real Americans understand this obvious truth.

You know what real censorship looks like? FoxNews coverage of Bernies run in 2016. I’m sure these same people would have been making the same kind of noise if only they had a platform
209   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Aug 13, 10:13am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Goran_K says
Those who are cheering for censorship on Alex Jones are not being ideologically consistent, which is why they can't claim to support free speech or the 1st amendment.


Libertarians believe in business being in a free market where all trades are voluntary - nothing is preventing people from making trades or forcing people to make trades. Social media is a business. Accepting or not accepting infowars is a free trade. It's a simple business transaction not free speech. Social media accepts content to provide advertisers a platform. Content providers get their content aired to generate revenue.

If you are a libertarian then to be ideologically consistent you have to support social media's right to trade or not trade with infowars. Free market trade is a bedrock principle of libertarianism. You can't have it both ways.

The first amendment has nothing, nada, zip, zero ...


If there were 1000 facebooks, this wouldn't matter. Instead we have a 3-way oligopoly in social media: FB, Twitter, and Youtube.

If its a free trade decision, then these 3 CEO's shouldn't be colluding to make these market decisions together. That is blatant violation of anti-trust.

If these companies want to agree on social media community standards, they cant selectively enforce the rules on political groups. I do not know the specific legal angle, but this will be considered an infringement on the right of political expression.
210   mell   ignore (2)   2018 Aug 13, 10:19am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CBOEtrader says
bob2356 says
Goran_K says
Those who are cheering for censorship on Alex Jones are not being ideologically consistent, which is why they can't claim to support free speech or the 1st amendment.


Libertarians believe in business being in a free market where all trades are voluntary - nothing is preventing people from making trades or forcing people to make trades. Social media is a business. Accepting or not accepting infowars is a free trade. It's a simple business transaction not free speech. Social media accepts content to provide advertisers a platform. Content providers get their content aired to generate revenue.

If you are a libertarian then to be ideologically consistent you have to support social media's right to trade or not trade with infowars. Free market trade is a bedrock principle of libertarianism....


Agreed, this should be obvious.. And not only that, it's likely also a violation of shareholders interests and grounds for a lawsuit as they are canning moneymakers.
211   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Aug 13, 10:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Just to repeat some numbers to put it in perspective:

2.5M Infowars Subscribers on Youtube
1.3 NYT Subscribers on Youtube
MSNBC also is smaller than Infowars.

I think really only CNN had more subscribers.

Youtube banned the 2nd largest News/Media Channel.
212   Aphroman   ignore (6)   2018 Aug 13, 10:34am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfWompWomp says
Just to repeat some numbers to put it in perspective:

2.5M Infowars Subscribers on Youtube
1.3 NYT Subscribers on Youtube
MSNBC also is smaller than Infowars.

I think really only CNN had more subscribers.

Youtube banned the 2nd largest News/Media Channel.


I thought Alex Jones admitted he isn’t News? That he’s just an actor peddling FakeNews as a business model?

Should the Stare force business to engage in providing a platform free of charge to people who are spreading falsehoods like Alex Jones and Sandy Hook being a hoax?(why won’t any of you answer this simple question? Lol)
213   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Aug 13, 12:13pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Aphroman says
I thought Alex Jones admitted he isn’t News? That he’s just an actor peddling FakeNews as a business model?


Alex Jones is News the same way Rachel Maddow is news.
214   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 6, 2:06pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

After Alex's antics yesterday with all-Wet Rubio and CNN Censorship Supporter Oliver Darcy... suspended from twitter.

Holy shit Twitter just banned Infowars and Alex Jones for their confrontation with Oliver Darcy https://t.co/CqlGv8Lzm1 pic.twitter.com/2xbiDUPWcv— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 6, 2018



215   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 6, 2:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Allegedly for "Aggressive Behavior" by aggressively interviewing Senators and CNN Witchfinder Generals.

Sarsour has been arrested many times for aggressive disruption... will she permanently banned from Twitter?
216   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 6, 2:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        



FCC, Regulate Tech Oligarchs. Before November 8th.
217   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 Sep 6, 4:09pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Aphroman says
Free Speech is being censored at Patnet

Is this the goal @Patrick?


Poobah Pat runs the paper, Poobah Pat gets to edit the paper.

Censorship is another thing and, given the ubiquity of signal channel today, it may need to be redefined.
218   Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Sep 6, 5:35pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I never censor any point of argument. Make your point and it will remain.

But there needs to be a point and not just insults.
219   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 Sep 6, 6:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Why aren't insults informed by fact a 'point of argument' ?
220   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 6:08pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
will she permanently banned from Twitter?

try holding your breath...you will turn blue before IT is banned
221   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 6:25pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
Why aren't insults informed by fact a 'point of argument' ?

Difference is between "your argument is fucking stupid" and "you are fucking stupid"
Seems quite an easy distinction.
222   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 6:29pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
Sarsour has been arrested many times for aggressive disruption... will she permanently banned from Twitter?

Sarsour however doesn’t seem to have a problem with actual terrorists. On April 2 she appeared on stage with known terrorist Rasmea Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who took part in a bombing attack that killed two Jewish students and wounded nine others.
At that event Sarsour said, “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.” Rasmea will soon be deported from the U.S. for lying about her past terrorist activities.
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/linda-sarsour-tweets-hate-at-jews-whites-and-women/

Double, triple, or quadruple standard muh
223   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 Sep 6, 8:20pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

If you're not pulling off Alex Jones' arms and showing him the wet ends, you're not paying attention.
224   Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 Sep 7, 8:47am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

dr6B says
APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
Why aren't insults informed by fact a 'point of argument' ?

Difference is between "your argument is fucking stupid" and "you are fucking stupid"
Seems quite an easy distinction.


Yes, that! Thank you.
225   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 7, 12:20pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Aphroman says

Should the Stare force business to engage in providing a platform free of charge to people who are spreading falsehoods like Alex Jones and Sandy Hook being a hoax?(why won’t any of you answer this simple question? Lol)


This simple question will never be answered, especially by people who believe all government is bad except when they don't like something and want the government to do something about it. .
226   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 7, 12:26pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Aphroman says

Should the Stare force business to engage in providing a platform free of charge to people who are spreading falsehoods like Alex Jones and Sandy Hook being a hoax?(why won’t any of you answer this simple question? Lol)


This simple question will never be answered, especially by people who believe all government is bad except when they don't like something and want the government to do something about it. .


Very Simple. Do not like twatter or facesucker, do not use it. Do not like serving gays or some races/genders/whatever in your store or company, don't do it. Philosophically these situations are the same, and I guess if State intrudes in one of them, it should intrude in other as well. If state does not intrude in one of them, it should not intrude in other.
227   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 7, 4:23pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
This simple question will never be answered, especially by people who believe all government is bad except when they don't like something and want the government to do something about it. .


As long as Twitter and Facebook don't take a dime of Federal or State money...
228   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 7, 6:24pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says

As long as Twitter and Facebook don't take a dime of Federal or State money...


What money is it they are taking?
229   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 7, 6:32pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
What money is it they are taking?



I said "as long as".

I'm sure Facebook, Google, and Twitter never received any State or Federal government subsidies, am I right?

Certainly no Amazon data centers are being subsidized, either? ;)
230   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 8, 2:07am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Infowars permabanned from Apple's App Store

I guess Apple Users are no longer free to seek out Infowars on the Apple Store; it's not enough to ban it from iTunes. Infowars content can no longer be directly accessed from within any app on 40% of all mobile devices. Why shouldn't Cook and friends dictate what's appropriate for users?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/7/17833748/apple-just-permanently-banned-infowars-from-the-app-store

Remember when Computer Guys from California were like "Hey man, whatever anybody says can be said, man. You don't wanna tell people what they can and can't say, Man."
231   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 8, 2:52am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Aphroman says

Should the Stare force business to engage in providing a platform free of charge to people who are spreading falsehoods like Alex Jones and Sandy Hook being a hoax?(why won’t any of you answer this simple question? Lol)


This simple question will never be answered, especially by people who believe all government is bad except when they don't like something and want the government to do something about it. .


Weak strawman.

Monopoly busting and ensuring a free market is one of the most important jobs of government.
232   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 8, 4:28am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CBOEtrader says
Monopoly busting and ensuring a free market is one of the most important jobs of government.


Weaker strawman and a oxymoron. Only if a monopoly is the result of illegal actions does the government have a standing to break it up in a free market. No one has ever claimed any of the social media platforms have become so large because of illegal actions. . Or are you saying the government has an obligation to decide how businesses are run and how big they can grow which by definition isn't a free market? You can't have it both ways.

I notice you didn't answer the question on the table. Are you taking a page out of CIC's playbook? Duck and shuffle. Should the government force social media to publish content that is demonstrably false? Simple question unanswered still.
233   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 8, 7:31am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Only if a monopoly is the result of illegal actions does the government have a standing to break it up in a free market.

False, I believe.

The earliest regulatory measures were not as focused on competition, however. The goal was to protect the consumer. For example, the Grangers (19th Century farmers) felt that they were being oppressed by unfair practices of the railroads. There was great social unrest in this population because of the practices of large corporations. To avoid revolt and turmoil, the state government passed the Granger Laws. This group of legislation was essentially an attempt to appease the troubled farmers. It was not until the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th that regulation made the turn toward preserving competition.

https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/corporate-monopolies/government.html
234   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 9, 5:12pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Propaganda from Cold/Hostile Authoritarian Regimes that peddle stories designed to destabilize America, esp. through Racial Divisions: No Problem.




Anti-Racist and Pro-American/Pro-Liberty site, totally banned:
235   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 9, 9:22pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

dr6B says
bob2356 says
Only if a monopoly is the result of illegal actions does the government have a standing to break it up in a free market.

False, I believe.


Bob is totally wrong.
236   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 9, 9:24pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
CBOEtrader says
Monopoly busting and ensuring a free market is one of the most important jobs of government.


Weaker strawman and a oxymoron.


It doesnt appear you know what these words mean.
237   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 10, 1:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CBOEtrader says
bob2356 says
CBOEtrader says
Monopoly busting and ensuring a free market is one of the most important jobs of government.


Weaker strawman and a oxymoron.


It doesnt appear you know what these words mean.


An oxymoron is a contradiction in terms that appear in conjunction. Like monopoly busting to ensure a free market. A free market would include being innovative and competitive enough to become a monopoly. So by definition monopoly busting isn't a free market. The only exception is obtaining a monopoly position by illegal means or engaging in abusive anti competitive practices.

From Investopedia:
A monopoly refers to a sector or industry dominated by one corporation, firm or entity. Monopolies can be considered an extreme result of free-market capitalism
238   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 10, 1:30pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Anybody hear the story of Gab.ai, that tried to compete with twitter?

From their registrar to Microsoft, pressured to delete users despite Free Speech rules, or they'd cut off all service.

That's why the "Create an Alternative" is BS.
239   bob2356   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 10, 1:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

dr6B says
bob2356 says
Only if a monopoly is the result of illegal actions does the government have a standing to break it up in a free market.

False, I believe.


It's an opinion not a statement of legal principle so I don't know how it can be wrong. At this point the US is a lot more crony capitalism than free market.

dr6B says

The earliest regulatory measures were not as focused on competition, however. The goal was to protect the consumer. For example, the Grangers (19th Century farmers) felt that they were being oppressed by unfair practices of the railroads. There was great social unrest in this population because of the practices of large corporations. To avoid revolt and turmoil, the state government passed the Granger Laws. This group of legislation was essentially an attempt to appease the troubled farmers. It was not until the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th that regulation made the turn toward preserving competition.


Railroads were far from a monopoly as a result of a free market. Their monopoly originated not as a result of efficient investment strategies, but rather from special privileges afforded by the government.. Railroads had the ability to condemn land to build their routes. They got millions and millions of acres of land grants from the government that they sold. They got subsidies of loans, bonds and other financial aid from federal, state and local governments. They were involved in large amounts of corruption involving l government. Railroads should have been regulated from the beginning like phone and cable were since they were essence a government sponsored monopoly.
240   dr6B   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 10, 1:52pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Railroads were far from a monopoly as a result of a free market. Their monopoly originated not as a result of efficient investment strategies, but rather from special privileges afforded by the government.


They broke up also Standard Oil, which is perhaps closer to current situation with tech.

https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/may-15-1911-supreme-court-orders-standard-oil-to-be-broken-up/

bob2356 says
At this point the US is a lot more crony capitalism than free market.


True, rich people are the worst welfare bums (C) Ron Paul. From so-called "defense" to NFL where rich owners avoid paying local taxes with medical industry in between.
241   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 10, 3:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

bob2356 says
Like monopoly busting to ensure a free market. A free market would include being innovative and competitive enough to become a monopoly.


Bzzzt. Wrong. A free market requires competition. Breaking up monopolies is a core job of the federal government. Monopoly busting is essential to a free market.
242   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 10, 3:30pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
That's why the "Create an Alternative" is BS.


Trump has alluded many times to an internet bill of rights. It is desperately needed if we want to keep ourselves from devolving into nazi germany.

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