Lion of the Blogosphere

Twitter bans Washington Times

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The Washington Times (a conservative newspaper) has been banned by Twitter. I linked to a story there and if you click on it, this warning page comes up.

Is this the beginning (or rather a significantly stepped-up phase) of Google/Facebook/Twitter censoring conservatives?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Certainly there could be something nefarious going on. But I’ve noticed that whenever I go to conservative sites like Washington Times, Breitbart, or Daily Caller, there are a lot of ads and my computer slows down considerably. The only place I still see pop-up ads is conservative websites. I have no such problem with liberal sites. So maybe they’re protecting from cookies or whatever it is that makes conservative sites slower (not a computer expert). Why the difference?

    Hepp

    November 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    • Hepp–maybe liberal sites just have more wealthy donors?

      prolier than thou

      November 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    • I agree with that. Washington Times and Breitbart are extremely difficult to read because they both slow down my computer considerably. I only go to them if I’m following a link. Their sites are too annoying to read on a regular basis.

      Mike Street Station

      November 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      • Washington Times works fine for me because I use ad block.

        On the other hand, I avoid the LA Times becuase it has anti-ad-block.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      • Any ad blocking extension will take care of that.

        Jason Liu

        November 26, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    • Yes. But the malware isn’t coming from conservative sites. It’s coming from leftwing programmers who install malvertising in ads to target people who visit conservative sites. It’s one of the reasons I have add-ons to block that stuff i.e. Ghostery, No Script and Adblock Plus. I haven’t had a single problem since I started using them years ago.

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/11/03/important-note-clear-your-cookies-and-browser-cache-frequently/

      destructure

      November 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    • Conservative sites are more keen on making money, as they should be. Not everyone can hemorrhage money like the NYT.

      Jason Liu

      November 26, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  2. Twitter has been wonky enough lately that even Jack Dorsey got his account temporarily suspended, so this might be a mere mistake.

    Richard

    November 26, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  3. The message is pathetic too. Basically “Either this website has viruses or we disagree with its politics.” If you are going to ban a site for content, at least be honest about it.

    steve@steve.com

    November 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  4. First they came for the Washington Times…

    Vincent

    November 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    • That’s a generic conservative paper too. It’s not in any way pretending to be alt right or anything else normally on twitter’s ban list.

      Mike Street Station

      November 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  5. Sometimes when I click a link to Washington Times there is an annoying and difficult to close ad for a gift card or some such nonsense. Maybe this is the reason for Twitter’s warning; maybe Twitter can use these ads as an excuse to limit Washington Times’ reach.

    Gozo

    November 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  6. They’re going after both pro-libertarian and hippie Green websites as well as ‘Putin stooges. ‘https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/tyler-durden/wapo-names-lewrockwell-com-honor-roll/

    Robert

    November 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  7. Is this all Washington Times links or just some of them.

    Dan

    November 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  8. Twitter…Facebook…Google. I bet they all think they are private companies. You know what else thought it was a private company? Commonwealth Edison. People’s Gas.

    It’s time to break up these monopolies or start regulating them like public utilities. What if a utility company decided not to provide gas or electricity to right-wing counties?

    map

    November 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  9. There was definitely a huge shift in policy after Trump was elected. Previously, Twitter had insisted that it only banned for “harassment”, not political views. Milo and Charles Johnson were clearly singled out for their politics, but Twitter always couched the bans in terms of “harassment” no matter how flimsy the case may have been (especially with regards to Milo). But after Trump, they dropped the pretense. I’d say Richard Spencer was the turning point, not the Washington Times. Spencer ran about as dorky a Twitter account as you’ll find and never engaged in personal attacks. Hundreds of other conservative accounts were purged the same day. Actor James Woods retired from Twitter in protest.

    PerezHBD

    November 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  10. I’m surprised Twatter lets President Trump twat. I mean, he is racist Hitler after all.

    hard9bf

    November 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    • I think they figure his tweeting hurts him more than it helps. (Probably true).

      snorlax

      November 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

  11. It may be the start of Twitter’s end. Too many bans creates a vacuum for an alternative.

    Twitter isn’t complex technically, the value is in the users.

    JW Bell

    November 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

  12. Regarding the story linked to (I finally found the tiny printing that said “click here to continue”) it is pathetic that someone is teaching grade 3 at the age of 67. I guess he was too poor to retire , Had no pension or savings.
    And he suffered from Trump derangement syndrome.

    Rosenmops

    November 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    • A lot of people don’t want to retire because they don’t know what else to do with their lives.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      • Have they never heard of World of Warcraft???

        Hermes

        November 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  13. A few weeks ago an astute commenter at Sailer’s noted that the Left has outsourced the elimination of free speech to the private sector, i.e. rendered the FA, and protections against government censorship, irrelevant. In my view remedying this onslaught should be the major project of the new Justice Dept.

    mel belli

    November 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    • Yes. Republicans should actually use the government to advance the interests of the people that voted for them instead of pushing this Reagan government is the problem schtick while using the government to help the wealthy and big businesses.

      There need to be anti-pc laws that mandate that companies can’t distinguish between different kinds of speech based on the group of the person who said them and the group of the person who they were said about.

      Magnavox

      November 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

  14. The Washington Times Twitter account is still up & looking normal
    https://twitter.com/WashTimes/with_replies
    I suspect it is what the very first comment on this thread stated.

    Blake

    November 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm

  15. Silicon Valley is just another wing of the Cathedral nowadays, grown fat on War on Terror money.

    Here’s an article that Wired thought worth publishing: https://backchannel.com/the-tech-industry-can-and-should-lead-in-the-trump-era-378f9d35331c#.52a96jnku

    You know where it’s going by just reading the header, and boy does it. Also, amazingly, the authors see no need to motivate their radical leftist agenda. It’s just how things are done in SV these days.

    Glengarry

    November 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    • Motivate? You mean justify?

      Marty

      November 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm


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