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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/19/21 12:35 AM 
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February 19, 2021

       "in the process, Facebook blocked readers from access to The Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, and charities as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news. Facebook screwed up! And the Aussies are FURIOUS over these power-hungry internet tyrants."
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/facebook-shows-australia-boss-cuts-off-news-blocks-access-health-departments-charities-emergency-services-process/

Facebook Shows Australia Who’s Boss: Cuts off News Down Under and Blocks Access to Health Departments, Charities, Emergency Services in the Process

The tech giants are openly flaunting their dominance over the planet and independent thought.

In January the far left tech giants colluded together and then silenced the President of the United States.
Then these tech thugs threatened the government of Australia.

Just imagine what they could do to countries like The Congo or Honduras?

Google threatened to shut down operations in Australia in January after a bill moved forward that forces the internet giant to pay news publishers. Google and Facebook believed this was unfair. So they announced they may close down their operations Down Under.

On Thursday Facebook followed up on their threats and blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

According to CBS News Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement.

But in the process, Facebook blocked readers from access to The Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, and charities as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news.

Facebook screwed up!
And the Aussies are FURIOUS over these power-hungry internet tyrants.

From a reader in Australia:

I’m sitting in Australia watching Sky News coverage of what I can only describe as Facebook holding the Australian Federal Government hostage. As a response to recent policy decisions by the AFG, Facebook has closed access to pages linked to federal department activities, (e.g. Meteorology, Health, Emergency Services, etcetera), and restricted links that would allow private users to access government websites.

I know I don’t need to explain what this actually looks like, but I’ll quote my Australian wife’s immediate reaction following the announcement. She said “We’re a sovereign nation and Mark Zuckerberg is not our Prime Minister. Who does this tw*t think he is, holding Australia’s government hostage as if Facebook is the final approval of our laws and regulations, or else?”

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/21/21 7:53 AM 
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February 21, 2021

       “If they behave like that in their country, then how will they treat others, given that they consider themselves exceptional? This is a serious issue. And, of course, we should think about how to deal with it,” the Russian leader reasoned...Australia also started a fight against the big tech!..."

https://www.usasupreme.com/following-australias-lead-russia-has-passed-a-law-on-fines-for-censorship-against-russian-media-and-citizens-the-law-will-apply-to-twitter-facebook-and-youtube/

JUST IN – Following Australia’s Lead, Russia Has Passed A Law On Fines For Censorship Against Russian Citizens – The Law Will Apply To Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

Big Tech’s efforts to restrict user access to various Internet platforms are a serious challenge, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with leaders of parliamentary factions on Wednesday.

He responded to the recent statements made by Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma (lower house), who put the spotlight on Big Tech’s violation of freedom of speech.

“What you said about these so-called platforms, IT companies, is a serious challenge not only for us – we see what has happened in the [United] States,” Putin noted. According to him, it is quite obvious that such an “ideological divide” runs throughout the world.

“If they behave like that in their country, then how will they treat others, given that they consider themselves exceptional? This is a serious issue. And, of course, we should think about how to deal with it,” the Russian leader reasoned.

And it didn’t take long for Russia to take measures against the big tech.

This morning the Russian Federation Council, has passed a law on fines for censorship against Russian media and citizens. The law will also be extended to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in response to censorship against Russian media on foreign social networks.

Australia also started a fight against the big tech!

Australian officials say they’re forging ahead with efforts to make tech giants pay for news content even after Facebook imposed a media blackout there.

“We’ll be proceeding with the code,” Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told Australia’s ABC News on Thursday. “We want Google and Facebook to stay in Australia, but we’ve been very clear that if you do business in Australia you need to comply with the laws passed by the elected parliament of this nation.”

Fletcher joined other top officials in decrying Facebook’s decision to block Australian users from viewing or sharing news content on the platform.

The stunning move was a response to Australia’s proposed news media bargaining code, which would allow news publishers to negotiate payments from tech giants for the use of their content that appears in search results or news feeds.

Facebook’s blockade appeared aimed at news publishers, but it also blocked content from other entities including a government weather agency and state health department. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to users.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/22/21 8:17 AM 
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February 22, 2021

        "Tech companies had reached a point where they were deciding what was legal and what was not –, but that was not their role...Big Tech is like a psychopathic unhinged child that needs strict guidelines."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/boom-poland-will-fine-big-tech-13-5-million-per-case-removing-ideological-content-poland-spent-45-years-communismit-taught-us-value-free-speech/

BOOM! Poland Will Fine Big Tech $13.5 Million Per Case For Removing Ideological Content: “Poland spent 45 years under Communism…It taught us the value of free speech”

For several years, Big Tech censorship of non-mainstream, conservative, and libertarian views has been increasing. Recently, Facebook banned Australian News and health services–among others.

100 Percent Fed Up reports – According to a leading expert in the field of artificial intelligence search results, Google intentionally skews search results for people around the world.  In 2016, this meant skewing search results in favor of Hillary Clinton to the tune of up to 10.4 million votes.  In 2020, it meant skewing a minimum of 6 million votes–almost certainly away from Trump.  Despite this, Trump won.   That is why so many more irregularities were necessary for a Biden win in the 2020 election.  Due to our largely feckless GOP and our largely complicit Democrat party, this has not been remedied in any way at all.  In fact, it has only gotten worse; with all conservative voices being censored routinely on Big Tech platforms while President* Biden labels them as white supremacists and domestic terrorists, many Americans are feeling a bit nihilistic about the whole thing.

Do not give up.  People are still fighting.  This includes a few American politicians, like Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.  It also includes our Western allies across the pond in Poland, a proud, nationalist, and very conservative, moral, Trump-supporting country that still remembers the blight of Marxism from Russia and the fascism of Germany.

Fox News Reports:

“Speaking to Fox News, the architect of the law, Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta, said social media companies have for too long been targeting conservatives, Christianity, and traditional values by banning them and removing posts and the Polish government is saying “enough!”

“We see that when Big Tech decides to remove content for political purposes, it’s mostly content which praises traditional values or praises conservatism,” he said, “and it is deleted under their ‘hate speech policy’ when it has no legal right to do so.”

After identifying the problem, it is the financially costly solution that might end up making this so effective:

Under the new legislation, any platform that bans a user would face fines of $13.5 million unless the content is also illegal under Polish law. An arbitration committee would be set up to oversee disputes.

Tech companies had reached a point where they were deciding what was legal and what was not –, but that was not their role, Kaleta says.

“Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide,” he said. “Instead, that is for the national body; duly elected officials and all industries, car, phones, finance — were unregulated till they grew too large — the same should happen with Big Tech.”

He added that the removal of former U.S. President Donald Trump from social media platforms was just another example of Big Tech overreach and set a dangerous precedent.

“It’s very disturbing because if Big Tech sees themselves as an organization empowered enough to ban a sitting president of the U.S., it sends a message to the world –that we can ban anyone, whenever we want,” he added.

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Poland spent 45 years under communism, and Kaleta says that experience has taught it the value of free speech and that when the country sees these disturbing new trends toward censorship, the red light goes on.

Such laws will work.  Big Tech is like a psychopathic unhinged child that needs strict guidelines.  Without them, it will end up like Charles Manson, turning every society it encounters into a cult that cleanses all of those who oppose them. They do not have a moral or constitutional compass; such things are tools to use against the empathy of the host.  They just want to grow like a cancer until they eat their host alive.  Nothing they do is for the people.  We all know how Big Tech is beloved by totalitarian China and caters to their every whim.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/22/21 9:00 AM 
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February 22, 2021

        "We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube," the tech company told the Times, "and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints.”

        Translation: Our Community Guidelines state (not in these exact words) that the far left is good, and conservatives are bad, and we enfore our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints. BTW: Saying that the election was "NOT STOLEN" is also a political viewpoint, believed by some, and not by others,  and should therefore, using your standards, be removed. Do you see how the thought police enshrine THEIR opinions, and forbid other opinions? This, by the way, makes them a publisher, who should have no Section 230 protects against being sued.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/youtube-removes-interview-president-trump-citing-presidential

YouTube removes new interview with President Trump, citing 'presidential election integrity policy'

Trump had alleged in the interview that he won the 2020 election.

YouTube this week censored a recent interview with former President Donald Trump, claiming the video violated its new standards regarding allegations of election fraud. 

The interview, conducted by Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly, included claims by Trump that he himself was the rightful winner of the 2020 election. Trump has repeatedly insisted that widespread voter fraud and vote-rigging tipped the scales in favor of Joe Biden during the race. 

YouTube told the Epoch Times that it removed the video due to violations of its "presidential election integrity policy." The company developed that policy following the 2020 election, forbidding content producers from posting videos alleging that voter fraud changed the outcome of the most recent presidential election.

"We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube," the tech company told the Times, "and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints.”

YouTube's new election integrity policy forbids uploads of new videos alleging widespread election fraud in 2020, though the policy does not apply to earlier videos in which Democrats alleged that Trump stole the 2016 election by way of "Russian collusion."

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/22/21 9:07 AM 
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February 22, 2021

        “There is also the option of building your own site because we have more people than anybody, so you can literally build your own site...Trump's specific language has fulled speculation of coming massive announcement."

https://neonnettle.com/news/14288-trump-already-has-hundreds-of-millions-in-backing-to-launch-social-media-platform

Trump already has 'hundreds of millions' in backing to launch social media platform

'We're negotiating with a number of people'

Over the past few months, rumors circulated about Donald Trump's new social media network after tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and others banned him from their platforms earlier this year. Although news about such a platform seemed to fizzle out over the past month, new reports suggest a there is a strong possibility that Trump could move forward with the plan.

Trump told several in his inner circle that he has already secured “hundreds of millions” in backing for his social media venture, even from Silicon Valley heavy-hitters who are concerned by censorship, The Washington Examiner reported.

Trump also dropped multiple hints about launching his own platform during his recent television interviews since leaving the White House.

“We’re negotiating with a number of people,” Trump told Newsmax TV.

“There is also the option of building your own site because we have more people than anybody, so you can literally build your own site."

"They were putting up all sorts of flags, I guess they call them; they were flagging almost anything you said.”

Trump's specific language has fulled speculation of coming massive announcement.

Sources close to Trump said the venture could be designed to allow Trump to engage with his tens of millions of fans without censorship.

Sources added Trump is in talks with a number of high-rolling investors.

“They aren’t the people you might expect,” the source reportedly said.

Last month, Twitter confirmed Trump's ban from the platform is permanent, and his account would not be reinstated even if he was to return to the White House.

Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal scrambled to assure investors that Twitter would prevail despite banning its most famous and popular user.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/23/21 8:54 AM 
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February 23, 2021

       "Facebook announced this week that it will begin debunking commonly myths about climate change, continuing to define what is and isn’t “misinformation,” something which the company previously claimed it would not do."

       What makes the opinions of Facebook 100% correct, or even 50% correct, or even 1% correct?

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2021/02/19/facebook-says-it-will-fact-check-global-warming-misinformation/

Facebook Says It Will Fact Check Global Warming ‘Misinformation’

Tech giant Facebook recently stated it plans to start adding information labels to posts about global warming that direct people to a “climate change information hub.”  George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and the University of Cambridge will all contribute to Facebook’s program of fact checking.

NBC News reports that Facebook announced this week that it will begin debunking commonly myths about climate change, continuing to define what is and isn’t “misinformation,” something which the company previously claimed it would not do.

Facebook said that it is adding a section to its climate change information hub that will feature facts with information about misinformation and falsehoods relating to climate change. Some of these facts will include data about the decline of polar bear populations due to global warming as well as information about the effects of carbon dioxide on plant life.

Facebook stated that it plans to rely on professionals from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and the University of Cambridge to fact-check climate change posts.

Facebook recently introduced information hubs and has relied on them as part of its tactic to combat what it considers misinformation across its services. This is a quick change of pace considering CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments in May when he defended unrestricted speech on the platform and said he did not think that “Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth.”

Facebook introduced its climate change information hub in September, shortly after the firm removed a report with false claims that Oregon wildfires were started by Antifa members.

Facebook now plans to start adding information labels to posts about climate change that direct people to its climate change information hub

This hub will also be expanded to users in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa, and Taiwan. The feature is already available in the U.S., UK, France, and Germany.

 

 
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February 23, 2021

        "Whatever the outcomes of these conflicts, the public has suddenly become aware of the fact that big tech can intimidate mere puny countries. And if Facebook can disappear Australia, Amazon re-architecture India, and just maybe Google rule the world, then could this enormous power already have been used to affect Western politics?"

https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/richard-fernandez/2021/02/19/facebook-vs-australia-n1426966

Facebook's Ban on News in Australia Is Waking People Up

The saying  “if you’re not paying for it then you’re the product” is a popular explanation for why some Internet services, like the Google apps, Facebook, Twitter, etc., let users join them for “free.” The situation is better understood when restated as “the users supply the content and the giant Internet platforms monetize it.”

Big Silicon has become mind-blowingly rich by selling advertising and data mining access to content provided by billions of ‘members.’ In return, the members receive the privilege of being ‘allowed’ to upload their videos, post their rants, share their snaps, and do reportage on these magnificent sites.

Ever since users captured the 2004 tsunami on their brick cell phone cameras, it is Joe Ordinary, not Robert Capa or Margaret Bourke-White who records breaking events. Joe Ordinary creates videos, literature, and memes, and documents occurrances at a level of detail never seen before. It is the users who plant the flowers in Internet walled gardens like Facebook and mostly for nothing.

These users are for the most part happy to provide grist for the Big Silicon mill: real-time location data, family lineage, search engine history, email content, and, soon, their immunological information—all for a smiley. And Big Silicon is perfectly happy to keep selling the data to corporations, law enforcement, and big pharma. But if the man on the street is happy getting nothing, the professional content providers are not. Australian media providers are asking for a slice of Facebook’s pie.

It’s become a tug-of-w (Australian) PM takes Facebook fight to India and the world," bannered the Sydney Morning Herald. Joe Biden is now watching two pillars of the China-containment quad alliance lock horns with his own social media allies.

But there is yet another adage that throws light on the situation: “When thieves fall out, honest men come by their own.” The quarrel between the Murdoch press and Facebook may be of no concern to ordinary users — except of course to those Australians who built their web presence on Zuckerberg’s site and can’t link to anything at all — but it has alerted everyone to just how powerful the Silicon Valley giants have become.

An article by Reuters' Aditya Kalra describes how secret Amazon documents show the company plotting to kill off the smaller Indian retailers.

Whatever the outcomes of these conflicts, the public has suddenly become aware of the fact that big tech can intimidate mere puny countries. And if Facebook can disappear Australia, Amazon re-architecture India, and just maybe Google rule the world, then could this enormous power already have been used to affect Western politics?

 

 
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February 24, 2021

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2021/02/19/canada-vows-follow-australias-lead-charge-facebook-news-content//

Canada Vows to Follow Australia’s Lead and Charge Facebook for News Content

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said on Thursday that his country intends to make social media giant Facebook compensate Canadian news organizations for using their content, much as pending legislation in Australia would do.

Facebook responded to the Australian House of Representatives passing its legislation by blocking Australian users from sharing news content.

“Canada is at the forefront of this battle,” Guilbeault told reporters on Thursday. “We are really among the first group of countries around the world that are doing this.”

Guilbeault said Canada could model its legislation after Australia’s, or perhaps use the somewhat lighter approach adopted by France, which brokered a deal with Google to pay for French media content in late January. He said Canada is “working to see which model would be the most appropriate.”

Guilbeault was not unduly concerned about Facebook’s surprising retaliatory action against Australia, which has stirred up a backlash against the social media giant around the world. 

“I suspect that soon we will have five, ten, fifteen countries adopting similar rules,” he predicted. “Is Facebook going to cut ties with Germany, with France?”

As for Google, Guilbeault noted it has signed a billion dollars’ worth of deals to purchase content around the world and is already negotiating with Canadian providers, but it would still be subject to whatever law Canada passes.

“What’s to say that Google – tomorrow, six months, a year from now – doesn’t change its mind and says its doesn’t want to do that any more?” he said of Google’s existing deals and pending negotiations.

In a post on his Facebook page, Guilbeault called Facebook’s action against Australia “highly irresponsible” and said Canada would “move forward to put in place fair legislation between news media and web giants.”

“Last week, I met with my Australian, Finnish, German and French counterparts to work together on this issue. The more of us around the table adopting similar regulations, the harder it will be for Facebook to continue such actions. There is strength in numbers!” he said.

 

 
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February 25, 2021

        "A homegrown Australian news app is now No. 1 in the App Store. Features include: reverse-chronological feed; less misinformation than the leading brand; and the “stories” here don’t disappear after 24 hours! I think it could have a chance …."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/bad-news-facebook-tyrants-homegrown-aussie-news-app-now-number-1-app-store-beating-facebook-downloads/

Bad News for Facebook Tyrants: Homegrown Aussie News App Is Now Number 1 on App Store – Beating Facebook in Downloads

Google threatened to shut down operations in Australia in January after a bill moved forward by lawmakers that forces the internet giants to pay news publishers.

Google and Facebook believed this was unfair. So the tech giants announced they may close down their operations Down Under.

Last Thursday Facebook followed up on their threats and blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

According to CBS News Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement.

But in the process, Facebook blocked readers from access to The Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, and charities as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news.

Australia’s Prime Minister said on a statement that Facebook attacked a sovereign nation.

Now there is some bad news for the tyrants at Facebook.

A homegrown Australian news app is now doing better than Facebook in the App Store.

 

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