The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit this week against Google, claiming the tech giant engages in anticompetitive behavior in order to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising. Filed in a Washington, D.C. federal court, the long-awaited case is the first time the federal government has launched such an aggressive challenge against a tech company in decades and the ramifications for Silicon Valley could be far-reaching.
Earlier this month, Netflix released a documentary titled The Social Dilemma. Featuring former insiders from Big Tech and social-media platforms, the documentary is an exposé of the ways a “handful of tech designers” exert “control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives,” according to the official website for the film.
Show-business luminaries led by reality television personality Kim Kardashian are “freezing” their Facebook and Instagram accounts for a day to let Mark Zuckerberg — the principal owner of those social media platforms — that he needs to step up his anti-free speech campaign and remove posts and accounts that spread so-called hate, propaganda, and election misinformation.
Televised sports have long provided fans with an opportunity to escape the worries of everyday life by kicking back in front of the TV and enjoying the game. Watching sports is a welcome respite from more serious concerns — including the pandemic and politics. This is why the refusal of many NFL players to show respect for the national anthem prior to this year’s opening games were likely to have been viewed as unwelcome distractions and displays of disrespect for our nation.
The fanatic who unleashed a hurricane of foul-mouthed invective in Hugo, Minnesota, outside the home of the Minneapolis police union leader, apologized for his deranged rant on Facebook yesterday. John Thompson, Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 67A, wants his Facebook followers and constituents to know he wants to be a “positive” force for good, despite suggesting that the protesters who cheered on his rant should torch the almost all-white town.
“Freedom Is The Cure.” That’s the simple statement on a set of billboards that have been deemed too “controversial” by “the community,” causing a national advertising agency to take down two of the billboards in Spokane, Washington. The graphic element accompanying the text features a young woman holding up a white surgical mask and displaying a facial expression of contempt toward the object, which “health authorities” in cities, states, and other jurisdictions have ordered inhabitants to wear.
The Thought Crime Division at social-media behemoth Facebook is hot on the case of yet another conservative offender. Educational non-profit PragerU is reporting that Facebook is threatening to “unpublish” the conservative group's entire page for “repeatedly” violating the platform's community standards.
The Thought Police at Facebook snagged a high-profile “perpetrator” on Wednesday as the social media giant censored President Donald Trump over a post that contained a video that the company said contained “false claims” about COVID-19. The president had shared a Fox News video in which he argued for the reopening of schools and said that children are “almost immune” to the virus.
Left-wing university administrations and the big business lobby scored a major win over the Trump administration this week when the White House agreed to cease its plan to deport foreign college students enrolled only in online classes, rather than in-person classes, in the fall. The administration announced last week that international students must transfer or leave the country if their school classes are to be held only online. This was to restore the regulation that already existed prior to being suspended by DHS in March as an accommodation for the COVID-19 outbreak.
Who fact-checks the fact-checkers? After one its stories was dubiously slapped with a “partly false” rating from Facebook fact-checking partner Lead Stories, The National Pulse dug into the platform’s staff and found that many, including the top brass, are Democratic Party donors and former CNN employees.
Are the days of Silicon Valley’s autocratic reign numbered? Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would give Americans the ability to sue major tech platforms such as Google and Facebook if they selectively censor political speech. On the same day, reports say the Justice Department is preparing to remove legal immunities currently enjoyed by those companies.
Several members of Facebook’s senior staff took very public umbrage with company founder Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to censor a remark made by President Trump about the riots in Minneapolis late on Thursday. The anger over Zuckerberg’s perceived inaction led many in the company to stage a virtual walkout on Monday.
As President Donald Trump cracks down on federal benefits to Big Tech giants over the silencing of conservatives and Christians, The New American magazine is one of many outlets that have come under relentless assault by Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and other government-aided companies. In recent weeks, the censorship has become drastically worse.
The current Wuhan flu “lockdowns” were sold to Americans with the idea that if we didn’t “flatten the curve,” virus-related hospitalizations would overwhelm the healthcare system. Since then, even the “models” factoring in mitigation measures have been revealed as flawed, as having greatly exaggerated the hospitalization rate; this has collapsed the lockdown rationale.
Tech giants Facebook and YouTube announced on Friday that they are removing all content that mentions the name of Eric Ciaramella, the CIA analyst and former National Security Council staffer reported to potentially be the whistleblower whose complaint led to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
In a fight that could prove beneficial to the reelection campaign effort of President Donald Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren publicly attacked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for his private remarks that he was willing to sue the federal government should Warren win the White House and follow through with her plans to break up his company under U.S. anti-trust laws.
Having spent years defending itself against claims of being a publisher — instead, claiming to be a “platform” — Facebook has now admitted in court filings that it is a publisher. The reversal comes in another attempt at defending itself but might open the company up to a plethora of major libel suits.