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The bubble of free speech is coming to an end

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September 2017, I wrote:

Today we live in a bubble of free speech, but it’s a temporary bubble.

With the new YouTube ban of HBD, we are coming to the end of the bubble.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 7, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

YouTube announces new censorship

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https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/our-ongoing-work-to-tackle-hate.html

Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Sounds like saying anything about IQ and race means you get banned from YouTube.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 5, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

Crossfit suspends use of Facebook and Instagram

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https://www.crossfit.com/battles/crossfit-suspends-facebook-instagram

5. Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice.

So Crossfit is annoyed that Facebook/Instagram is censoring views of health and nutrition which are contrary to the majority opinion (at least that’s what they believe, and I’m sure they are right), but IN THE SAME SENTENCE they are also annoyed that Facebook/Instagram isn’t doing enough to censor people “stirring up violence and prejudice,” in other words the alt-right.

Free speech for me, but not for thee.

That’s not how it works. If you want there to be free speech, then EVERYBODY has to have free speech, even people you don’t like.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 28, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

Gab, the anti-Semitic Twitter?

I just went to Gab, and only had to scroll a little bit down through the “most popular” posts before I found one that was anti-Semitic.

That doesn’t make me want to jump onboard that platform.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 16, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

Chateau Heartiste banned from WordPress

https://heartiste.wordpress.com/

I thought this platform was safe from censorship because we are paying for it, and it’s a tiny company compared to Twitter or Facebook. But now it looks like EVERY internet company is censoring the same people.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 10, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

Instagram (owned by Facebook) announced more censorship

Reported by Poynter. Posts with “false” information will be shadowbanned by Instagram. (“Shadowban” isn’t a word that Instagram uses, but it’s what the people who are into social media call it when a platform prevents others from seeing your posts, but doesn’t outright delete your content, so the shadowban often isn’t obvious to the user who has been banned.) Computer algorithms will figure it all out.

Right now, the only example given of “false” information is anti-vaccination posts, but I am sure that this method will eventually be used to censor political opinions that Zuckerberg disagrees with (which are mostly conservative opinions). If it’s not already happening.

See my post from a year ago, The future of AI-based free-speech suppression. The future is now.

Could this lead to more shadowban rage shootings?

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To clarify, anti-vaxxers are morons, and even though they deserve to be censored, they shouldn’t be, because it’s the beginning of a slippery slope that will only lead to more censorship. Eventually, any political opinions that Zuckerberg disagrees with will be censored.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 7, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

A poem about Alex Jones

First they came for the Alex Jones, and I did not speak out—because Alex Jones is a moron.

Then they came for the Trumpists, and I did not speak out—because I hate Donald Trump and every single person I know also hates Donald Trump.

Then they came for the evangelical Christians, and I did not speak out—because I was not an evangelical Christian. I mean, those people believe that these obviously fictional two-thousand-year-old books are the literal word of God. How stupid is that?

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 3, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

FacebookInstagram bans

Not only was Alex Jones banned from Instagram and Facebook, but all posts linking to Infowars are also banned.

I’ve been warning you about the coming censorship for a while, it’s happening.

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Is the NY Times trying to get on the right side of history by breaking the story that Obama’s FBI spied on the Trump campaign?

Was British intelligence involved?

British intelligence officials were also notified about the operation, the people familiar with the operation said, but it was unclear whether they provided assistance. A spokeswoman for the British government declined to comment.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 2, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

19 years of being an Amazon.com customer

Before I had broadband. I bought this book using dial-up! (Or maybe I bought it from work, which did have broadband.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 29, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Books, Technology

Facebook amps up censorship

Standing Against Hate

“White nationalism” is now banned from Facebook. With no definition of what that means. But Facebook proudly announces that their AI will get better at automatically censoring “white nationalist” posts.

Is being against immigration “white nationalist?” Is human biodiversity “white nationalist?”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 27, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

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