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Oligarch Techs Collude Against Infowars

By MisterLearnToCode following x   2018 Aug 6, 11:36am 11,047 views   222 comments   watch   nsfw   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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183   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (2)   2018 Aug 9, 12:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfWompWomp says
Today I heard that the Greens AND the Russians cost the Dems a victory in Ohio. Apparently everybody there is watching Sputnik and/or RT.

The dems are trying to claim Trump is there because "Russia", because it's easier than to admit it is because of themselves.
That by itself, doesn't mean Russia does not try to mess with the US.

TwoScoopsOfWompWomp says
Yep, and we manipulate Russian Elections. Fuck, there was a Newsweek Cover bragging about it.


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

TwoScoopsOfWompWomp says
But then again, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Morocco also influence US Elections.

I'm sure they are communicating about it. But are they running propaganda inside the US?
184   MisterLearnToCode   ignore (4)   2018 Aug 9, 12:36pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

2003: The Iraq War is kinda bullshit
DELETE THEIR GEOCITIES and MYSPACE page!
2011: The Libya Invasion is kinda bullshit!
TRAITORS! Fake News! NYT, BBC, Foreign Policy, National Review says Great! Ban Traitors
2014: Y'know, we don't need to be fighting Russia!
Putin Sympathizer! TRAITORS! Pull their facebook page
2021: Maybe we don't need to invade those islands in the South China Sea!
IRRESPONSIBLE! JACK, Kick them off Twitter!
2025: The Empire of Iceland is a peaceful entity, that has never attack...
YOUTUBE, pull their Channel!

And so on...

Just remember, it's always different this time.
185   MisterLearnToCode   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.
186   MisterLearnToCode   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?
189   bob2356   ignore (4)   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.
190   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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.
191   mell   ignore (1)   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.
192   MisterLearnToCode   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.
193   MisterLearnToCode   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.
194   MisterLearnToCode   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



195   MisterLearnToCode   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?
196   MisterLearnToCode   ignore (4)   2018 Sep 6, 2:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        



FCC, Regulate Tech Oligarchs. Before November 8th.
197   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (37)   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.
198   Patrick   ignore (1)   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.
199   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (37)   2018 Sep 6, 6:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Why aren't insults informed by fact a 'point of argument' ?
200   d6rB   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
201   d6rB   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.
202   d6rB   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
203   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (37)   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.
204   Patrick   ignore (1)   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.
205   bob2356   ignore (4)   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. .
206   d6rB   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.
207   MisterLearnToCode   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...
208   bob2356   ignore (4)   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?
209   MisterLearnToCode   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? ;)
210   MisterLearnToCode   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."
211   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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.
212   bob2356   ignore (4)   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.
213   d6rB   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
214   MisterLearnToCode   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:
215   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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.
216   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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.
217   bob2356   ignore (4)   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
218   MisterLearnToCode   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.
219   bob2356   ignore (4)   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.
220   d6rB   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.
221   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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.
222   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   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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