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October 1, 2021

       "If Texas wants to sue Google in Texas to protect Texans, it should be able to do so. The same goes for Utah, or California, or any other state."

Senate Judiciary Committee advances bipartisan antitrust bill aimed at Google, Facebook

The bill would make it more difficult for antitrust suits to be moved to courts that are more sympathetic to the defendants

A bill that would allow state attorneys general to select which courts hear their antitrust cases advanced Thursday out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support.

The State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act is sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, the committee's top antitrust legislators, both of whom are themselves attorneys.

The politicians believe the bill will prevent state antitrust cases from being moved to courts that are favored by defendants and combined with private lawsuits.

The bill is one of a several being taken up by Congress this year pertaining to antitrust regulations surrounding Big Tech.

"This bill would simply strengthen enforcement of our antitrust laws," Klobuchar said.

State attorneys general widely support the bill, as well as some of the other congressional efforts to update antitrust legislation.

In addition to pending suits again Google, state AGs are pursuing an antitrust case against Facebook, which was initially dismissed by a federal judge, but is being appealed. 

But, some committee members have concerns about the retroactive application of the law to already pending cases.

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Lee and Klobuchar stood by the retroactive application of the law, saying that from a legalistic standpoint, it changes only procedural rules not substantive legal standards. 

Removing the retroactive portion of the law would "only help Google, which wants to do everything it possibly ca to slow down the prosecution and keep the case as far away from Texas as possible," said Lee.

He also said: "If Texas wants to sue Google in Texas to protect Texans, it should be able to do so. The same goes for Utah, or California, or any other state." 

Google and Facebook have been aggressive in their contestation of allegations of anti-competitive behavior and practices. 

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-5 6:29 AM 
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October 5, 2021

        "We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, divisive political speech and misinformation on Facebook and the family of apps are affecting societies around the world..."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10055829/Facebook-whistleblower-Frances-Haugen-comes-forward-alleges-company-lied-investors.html

Facebook whistleblower unmasked: Frances Haugen reveals she filed at least eight SEC complaints alleging the social media put its own interests ahead public good and played a role in Capitol riots

A former Facebook employee has unmasked herself as the source behind damaging leaks about the social media giant - and claimed it deliberately sought to stoke discontent to keep users coming back to their newsfeeds.

Frances Haugen, 37, came forward on America's top-rated news show 60 Minutes Sunday night, with the data scientist also accusing her former employer of contributing to the January 6 riots. Haugen, who anonymously filed eight complaints about her former employer said: 'Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety.'

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Haugen, who is due to testify in Congress Tuesday about Facebook's alleged impact on its younger users, also claimed that decision directly-contributed to the violence at the US Capitol.

'As soon as the election was over they turned them back off, or they changed the settings back to what they were before to prioritize growth over safety. And that really feels like a betrayal of democracy to me,' Haugen stated.

Haugen, whose leaks formed The Wall Street Journal's 'Facebook Files' series, also said that Facebook's algorithms - mathematical formulae that help decide which information is most visible on users' feeds - favored hateful content. 

She claimed that a 2018 change prioritizing divisive posts which made Facebook users argue was found to boost user engagement.

That in turn helped bosses sell more online adverts that have seen the social media giant's value creep close to $1 billion. 

Haugen said: 'You are forcing us to take positions that we don't like, that we know are bad for society. We know if we don't take those positions, we won't win in the marketplace of social media,' she said.

The executive, who worked at Google and Pinterest before joining Facebook in 2019, said the scales fell from her eyes after the firm dissolved a unit on civic integrity she'd been working in after the 2020 election.

She explained: 'I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.' 

'The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,' Haugen added. 

'There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.'  

After realizing she could no longer trust her company to protect the public, Haugen secretly copied tens of thousands of Facebook internal research which she claims is evidence that 'the company is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.' 

'We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, divisive political speech and misinformation on Facebook and the family of apps are affecting societies around the world,' the complaint reads. 

Haugen claimed that Facebook's 'evidence of harm' extended to its Instagram app, commenting on a study that showed teen girls said the social network site worsened thoughts of suicide and eating disorders.

'What's super tragic is Facebook's own research says, as these young women begin to consume this — this eating disorder content, they get more and more depressed. And it actually makes them use the app more,' Haugen explained.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-5 6:31 AM 
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October 5, 2021

       “She was the head censor on FB during the election of 2020. Yet she is going to come out and act like she’s a whistleblower? No. Haugen is controlled opposition..."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/10/facebook-crashes-globally-mainstream-media-heralds-alleged-whistleblower

Facebook Crashes Globally After Mainstream Media Heralds Alleged ‘Whistleblower’

Without warning, Facebook crashed on Monday morning. It’s unclear what caused today’s global outage which saw Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram all crash.

The shutdown comes after a former Facebook product manager turned “whistleblower” leaked tens of thousands of internal documents published in a blockbuster series of reports published by The Wall Street Journal.

Facebook executives admit in the internal memos that Zuckerberg “hobbled” America to get vaccinated, facilitates human trafficking and that the company’s subsidiary, Instagram, is harmful to teenagers among the trove of damning information leaked.

However, the whistleblower, 37-year old data scientist Frances Haugen who led Facebook’s Civic Integrity and Misinformation Group starting in 2019, was the chief censor on the social media platform ahead of the rigged 2020 election.

Unlike whistleblowers who have previously exposed big tech, Haugen is conspicuously being championed by the mainstream media.

While the latest leaked documents confirm complaints repeatedly leveled against Facebook, the latest expose is suspected to be psy-op contrived by Facebook to conglomerate with the federal government to amass unrestrained power.

Facebook executives “see people are leaving Facebook. They’re going to GETTR, they’re going to Telegram. They’re going to all these other places. They’re sharing Rumble,” Human Event’s Jack Posobeic told Steve Bannon on Monday. “She was the head censor on FB during the election of 2020. Yet she is going to come out and act like she’s a whistleblower? No.

Haugen is controlled opposition, Posobeic warns.

“She’s realizing the only way to do this is with legislative action. They want the government to step in and they are going to use brute force,” he said. “They are going to say the only way to fix this, of course, is going to be government action for the ‘greater good.

“Think of any of the whistleblowers who have come forward from Facebook, Google, Pinterest, from Project Veritas – those are the real whistleblowers – the people who lose their jobs, get lawsuits, get ruined. There are guys behind bars. Real whistleblowers don’t get thrown on 60-Minutes. This is an operation.”

Zuckerberg has yet to comment publicly on the slew of allegations published since Sept. 13. Instead, in recent weeks the CEO has posted videos of himself sailing and fencing on his own profile.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-6 7:46 AM 
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October 6, 2021

https://therightscoop.com/facebook-whistleblower-is-leftist-activist-with-same-lawyers-as-anonymous-ukraine-whistleblower/

Facebook whistleblower is leftist activist with same lawyers as anonymous Ukraine ‘whistleblower’

The 60 Minutes Facebook whistleblower is nothing more than a leftist Democrat activist who now has the same lawyers as the anonymous ‘Ukraine’ whistleblower that led to Trump’s phony House impeachment:

Haugen has made more than twenty federal campaign contributions since 2016, all of which have gone to Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data. On January 13th, 2020, Haugen sent money to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign and a further contribution to her “Courage to Change” Political Action Committee. One of the most frequent recipients of her donations was the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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Haugen has made more than twenty federal campaign contributions since 2016, all of which have gone to Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data. On January 13th, 2020, Haugen sent money to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign and a further contribution to her “Courage to Change” Political Action Committee. One of the most frequent recipients of her donations was the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The Senate’s Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, which is chaired by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), invited her to testify to the panel on Tuesday to air her complaints, which consist in part of contending that Facebook did not censor enough speech. She says she was motivated to take action after a friend became “radicalized” by “misinformation.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-7 9:03 AM 
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October 7, 2021

        "A Pew survey from August shows that Democrats now overwhelmingly support internet censorship not only by tech giants but also by the government which their party now controls."

         Careful what you wish for. You may lose your power very soon.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/greenwald-democrats-media-do-not-want-weaken-facebook-just-commandeer-its-power-censor

Greenwald: Democrats, Media Do Not Want To Weaken Facebook, Just Commandeer Its Power To Censor

"Whistleblower" Frances Haugen is a vital media and political asset because she advances their quest for greater control over online political discourse...

Much is revealed by who is bestowed hero status by the corporate media. This week's anointed avatar of stunning courage is Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager being widely hailed as a "whistleblower” for providing internal corporate documents to the Wall Street Journal relating to the various harms which Facebook and its other platforms (Instagram and WhatsApp) are allegedly causing.

The social media giant hurts America and the world, this narrative maintains, by permitting misinformation to spread (presumably more so than cable outlets and mainstream newspapers do virtually every week); fostering body image neurosis in young girls through Instagram (presumably more so than fashion magazines, Hollywood and the music industry do with their glorification of young and perfectly-sculpted bodies); promoting polarizing political content in order to keep the citizenry enraged, balkanized and resentful and therefore more eager to stay engaged (presumably in contrast to corporate media outlets, which would never do such a thing); and, worst of all, by failing to sufficiently censor political content that contradicts liberal orthodoxies and diverges from decreed liberal Truth. On Tuesday, Haugen's star turn took her to Washington, where she spent the day testifying before the Senate about Facebook's dangerous refusal to censor even more content and ban even more users than they already do.

There is no doubt, at least to me, that Facebook and Google are both grave menaces. Through consolidation, mergers and purchases of any potential competitors, their power far exceeds what is compatible with a healthy democracy. A bipartisan consensus has emerged on the House Antitrust Committee that these two corporate giants — along with Amazon and Apple — are all classic monopolies in violation of long-standing but rarely enforced antitrust laws. Their control over multiple huge platforms that they purchased enables them to punish and even destroy competitors, as we saw when Apple, Google and Amazon united to remove Parler from the internet forty-eight hours after leading Democrats demanded that action, right as Parler became the most-downloaded app in the country, or as Google suppresses Rumble videos in its dominant search feature as punishment for competing with Google's YouTube platform. Facebook and Twitter both suppressed reporting on the authentic documents about Joe Biden's business activities reported by The New York Post just weeks before the 2020 election. These social media giants also united to effectively remove the sitting elected President of the United States from the internet, prompting grave warnings from leaders across the democratic world about how anti-democratic their consolidated censorship power has become.

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Agitating for more online censorship has been a leading priority for the Democratic Party ever since they blamed social media platforms (along with WikiLeaks, Russia, Jill Stein, James Comey, The New York Times, and Bernie Bros) for the 2016 defeat of the rightful heir to the White House throne, Hillary Clinton. And this craving for censorship has been elevated into an even more urgent priority for their corporate media allies, due to the same belief that Facebook helped elect Trump but also because free speech on social media prevents them from maintaining a stranglehold on the flow of information by allowing ordinary, uncredentialed serfs to challenge, question and dispute their decrees or build a large audience that they cannot control. Destroying alternatives to their failing platforms is thus a means of self-preservation: realizing that they cannot convince audiences to trust their work or pay attention to it, they seek instead to create captive audiences by destroying or at least controlling any competitors to their pieties.

As I have been reporting for more than a year, Democrats do not make any secret of their intent to co-opt Silicon Valley power to police political discourse and silence their enemies. Congressional Democrats have summoned the CEO's of Google, Facebook and Twitter four times in the last year to demand they censor more political speech. At the last Congressional inquisition in March, one Democrat after the next explicitly threatened the companies with legal and regulatory reprisals if they did not immediately start censoring more.

A Pew survey from August shows that Democrats now overwhelmingly support internet censorship not only by tech giants but also by the government which their party now controls. In the name of "restricting misinformation,” more than 3/4 of Democrats want tech companies "to restrict false info online, even if it limits freedom of information,” and just under 2/3 of Democrats want the U.S. Government to control that flow of information over the internet:

 

 
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October 10, 2021

       "Far-left Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen...worked for a unit at Facebook tasked with preventing “misinformation” around the 2020 election...It was called the “Civic Integrity Unit,” and as Haugen herself revealed, it was established just in time for the 2020 election, and wound down as soon as Biden won."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/10/setup-fake-whistleblower-frances-haugen-part-anti-trump-election-meddling-team-banned-hunter-biden-laptop-content/

IT WAS A SETUP: Fake Whistleblower Frances Haugen Was Part of Anti-Trump Election Meddling Team that Banned Hunter Biden Laptop Content

It was all a setup.

On Tuesday Facebook “whistleblower” and Democrat donor, Frances Haugen went before a Senate subcommittee this week two days after appearing on “60 Minutes” to push for more tech control of free speech as they see fit.

Facebook, Google-YouTube, and Twitter have been eliminating conservative voices on their platform for years. Even President Trump was banned from Facebook after their fake news reports that he organized an “insurrection” at the US Capitol on Jan. 6th.

According to FOX News, Haugen has donated 37 times and given nearly $2,000 to Democrats and related PACs since 2016 while being employed at Facebook, Pinterest, and Gigster, according to Federal Election Commission records.

And now this…

Frances Haugen was part of the anti-Trump Facebook team that banned Hunter Biden content from their platforms in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Breitbart.com reported:

Far-left Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen, who has advised lawmakers to pass legislation that would empower the establishment media at the expense of independent creators, worked for a unit at Facebook tasked with preventing “misinformation” around the 2020 election — the same group that would have been involved in censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story.

It was called the “Civic Integrity Unit,” and as Haugen herself revealed, it was established just in time for the 2020 election, and wound down as soon as Biden won.

This unit, which was tasked with combating “disinformation” around the election, would almost certainly have been involved in the decision to suppress the New York Post’s story.

What’s more, Haugen told the Wall Street Journal that she only joined Facebook in the first place because she wanted to fight “misinformation.”

 

 
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October 11, 2021

          "This is despite the increasing amount of evidence that the vaccines are dangerous and deadly.

          AND it is widely known that the VAERS reporting system only catches around 10% of what is occurring, and some say only 1%.  

Google-YouTube to Ban ANY CLAIMS that "Vaccines are Ineffective or Dangerous" despite the Death Numbers - Suspends Robert F. Kennedy's Account

Google-YouTube is now banning any claims that the COVID vaccines are “ineffective or dangerous” from their platform.

This is despite the increasing amount of evidence that the vaccines are dangerous and deadly.

The VAERS website released its most recent weekly numbers on Thursday, September 17th.

There are now 15,386 reported deaths from the COVID vaccine in the United States, according to the latest numbers.

There were 11,405 reported deaths from the COVID vaccine in the United States back on July 24th.

The number of deaths linked to the CDC-promoted vaccines this year has absolutely skyrocketed, according to the CDC's own data.

The VAERS database contains information on unverified reports of adverse events (illnesses, health problems and/or symptoms) following immunization with US-licensed vaccines.  The CDC government website links to VAERS platform.

YouTube will no longer allow you to report on this data from the CDC-linked VAERS website.

 

 
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October 12, 2021

           Here is what you NEED to know about "Climate Change." The original debate was about manmade global warming. The left would always lose that subject to the conservatives because it was easily proven that the left's facts and figures were deceitful, and we have very many proofs for this in our forum. Then one day the left got smart, totally deceitful, but smart. They removed the word, "manmade," and replaced global warming with climate change. Well, no intelligent person can honestly deny climate change. The climate is always changing, but not because of US. We cause SMOG, not climate change, and it is legitimate for us to deal with smog.

Google to Ban Ads Containing 'Climate Change Denial'

Google has announced that they will be banning ads containing “climate change denial” ahead of next month’s United Nations conference focusing on “climate action.”

Specifically, Google said that their new policy “prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.”

Google claimed in their announcement that the changes are due to advertisers not wanting their ads promoted near “inaccurate claims about climate change.” The Associated Press said that complaints also came from YouTubers who didn’t want the content playing during their videos.

“In recent years, we’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change,” the Google Ads team’s statement said. “And publishers and creators don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.”

The statement continued, “this includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.”

The Associated Press reports that “along with addressing publishers’ frustrations, the changes are also apparently intended to counter online influencers who monetize, or make money from, YouTube videos promoting climate change denial theories by putting ads on them.”

 

 
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October 13, 2021

        “We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well. Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American,”

BOOM: Trump Launches Lawsuit Against Facebook, Instagram

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump issued a lawsuit against Facebook, suing them to reinstate his social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

This preliminary injunction against Facebook seems appropriate to file this week since they’ve been big in the news lately for all the issues they’re facing,” President Trump’s attorney John Coale said to the Examiner.

“Zuckerberg and Facebook say it’s the 21st-century public town square; if so, they should uphold the First Amendment,” Coale added, referring to statements made by the Facebook CEO about his platform in 2019. “You can’t have it both ways. They’re like a public utility when it comes to speech.”

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In the preliminary injunction, Trump’s legal team argued that by “cutting him off from the most effective and direct forms of communication with potential voters,” Facebook is “threatening irreparable damage to the Republican Party’s prospects in the 2022 and 2024 elections.”

It also says that Trump faces irreparable harm and significant losses due to being cut off from his donors and merchandising platforms as well as his ability to communicate his views and endorse local candidates.

Back in July, Trump issued a class action lawsuit against all of the Big Tech giants including their CEOs after they all banned him after the January 6th riot.

“We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well. Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American,” Trump said at the time during the press conference. “It will be a pivotal battle in the defense of the First Amendment. And in the end, I am confident that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom, and at the same time freedom of speech.”

 

 
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October 14, 2021

       Because social media has chosen to be actively involved with "content," the conservatives have wanted to do this for a long time. They have been stifled however by the Democrats, who act as their partners. Maybe Israel can now show them how it is done.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314793

Israel pushing plan to strip Facebook of legal protection

Israeli Communications Minister reportedly poised to unveil plan which could deprive social media networks of key legal protection.

The Israeli government is poised to move forward with a program aimed at severely curtailing social media networks’ legal protection, according to a report by Channel 12 Sunday evening.

The plan is reportedly being drawn up by the Communications Ministry at the behest of Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (New Hope), who is said to be pushing for steps to challenge the right of social media networks to avoid prosecution over the content published through their systems.

Currently, Facebook, Instagram, and other large social media networks are treated as communications service providers – like telephone networks – which are not held accountable for content, rather than as publishers, who because of their discretion of determining which content is published can be held liable in some legal cases.

Most countries currently extend some degree of legal protection from prosecution over content to social media networks.

Under Hendel’s plan, however, a committee will be established by the Communications Ministry to determine whether social media outlets should lose their protection as utility networks and instead be treated more like publishers.

In addition, the committee is expected to be empowered by Minister Hendel to determine whether social media outlets can be obliged to reveal details regarding their protocols regarding censorship and the closure of accounts for violating company policies.

While the committee’s purview will include social media outlets generally, according to Sunday’s report, the Communications Ministry’s focus is concentrated on Facebook.

The social media giant has come under greater scrutiny recently, following a whistleblower’s scathing critique of the company and growing calls by lawmakers in the European Union to regulate the platform.

 

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