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Twitter Gets Hit with the Censorship Law   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Dec-29 by WALTER784; 1268 views.
WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Dec-29

Twitter Gets Hit with the Censorship Lawsuit America Has Been Waiting For

Social media giant Twitter is being sued by former New York Times journalist and best-selling author on Covid-19 issues Alex Berenson.
 
Berenson is best known for his heterodox views on the Covid-19 pandemic, which has assailed the mainstream media for putting out demonstrable misinformation and untruths about the virus and the vaccines.
 
Now, he is suing Twitter for selectively banning him from the platform and for tarnishing his reputation in the process.
 
“Mr. Berenson also has a uniquely viable claim that Twitter acted on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from to its platform,” the lawsuit said.
 
The background to Twitter’s censorship of Berenson harmed the public interest and the critic was proven right on several occasions.
 
“During 2020 and 2021, Mr. Berenson became a prominent critic of the governmental and public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Berenson made many statements on Twitter which, although controversial at the time, have since become conventional wisdom, most notably about the profound harm to children caused by remote learning and unnecessary school closures.”
 
While Twitter initially reassured Berenson he would be given free reign to pursue his journalism, the Big Tech platform began its suppression of his tweets in reaction to disparaging statements from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Biden administration.
 
“Mr. Berenson’s relationship with Twitter changed dramatically over the course of one week in July 2021,” the lawsuit states. “On Sunday, July 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, called Mr. Berenson’s comments about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
‘horrifying.’ By Friday, President Biden himself piled on, blaming social media companies for ‘killing people’ on account of their failure to adequately censor content. Hours after President Biden’s comment, Twitter locked Mr. Berenson out of his account for the first time.”
 
“On August 28, in the wake of even more calls for censorship from government officials, Twitter permanently suspended Mr. Berenson from its platform, citing ‘repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules’,” the lawsuit notes. “Mr. Berenson did not violate those rules.
 
Twitter, on the other hand, broke its promises to Mr. Berenson as well as its policies, and violated his rights as it served the federal government’s censorship demands.”

Twitter Gets Hit with the Censorship Lawsuit America Has Been Waiting For (trendingpolitics.com)

FWIW

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk

Dec-29

He tends to be a bit extreme, but he should be allowed a say.  I am curious to see what happens.

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk

Jan-6

My complaint with Berenson is that he’s a writer not a scientist. He’s not even an expert. He’s an ordinary person who has a platform.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Jan-6

Showtalk said...

My complaint with Berenson is that he’s a writer not a scientist. He’s not even an expert. He’s an ordinary person who has a platform.

Oh, so because he's a writer and not a scientist, it's OK to selectively ban him from the platform and tarnishing his reputation in the process even if what he posts is true?

Come on now... that's bashing the person, not the content of what he wrote... even though it was true.

On another note, this guy is a scientist:

>>> Prominent vaccine scientist banned from Twitter for spreading anti-vaxx content<<< Prominent virologist kicked off Twitter for spreading anti-vaxx video | Metro News

And this guy was too:

>>>YouTube and Twitter delete Joe Rogan interview with scientist who helped invent mRNA vaccines: Dr Robert Malone claimed US is now like Nazi Germany with society 'hypnotized' to believe in vaccines and extreme pandemic measures<<< YouTube and Twitter delete Joe Rogan interview with scientist who helped invent MRNA vaccines | Daily Mail Online

So is it OK if he's not a scientist but not OK if he's a scientist... or wait... maybe it's OK if he's a scientist too? </sarcasm off>

I think you get my drift!

FWIW

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk

Jan-6

That isn’t my point. I just don’t like him.  I wasn’t talking about YouTube or Twitter. He’s an opportunist.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Jan-7

Well then, opportunist or not... if his defamation suit can stick it to big tech, then more power to him.

He does seem to have a case. 

FWIW

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk

Jan-9

We will see.

WALTER784
Staff

From: WALTER784

Jan-16

It may end up like this Facebook defamation suit:

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But in the defamation suit with Facebook, Stossel may have lost, but he put Facebook in a very precarious and potentially future legal fodder case against Facebook...

The attorneys representing Facebook, Inc., which has now transitioned into Meta Platforms, Inc., in a court filing responding to a lawsuit filed by John Stossel claiming that he was defamed by a "fact check" Facebook used to label a video by him as "misleading," Meta's attorneys assert that the "fact check" was an "opinion," not an actual check of facts and declaration of facts.  Under libel law, opinions are protected from liability for libel.
 
So Facebook admits they don't fact check and that those things they supposedly fact check are just opinions by others and not actual fact checking. (* CHUCKLE *)
 
I see quite a few more lawsuits over this for Facebook, and depending upon the outcome of this Twitter ordeal... perhaps they too will slip up and admit to something that could perhaps legally jeopardize them in the future too.
 
But like you said... we'll just have to wait and see.
 
FWIW
WALTER784
Staff

From: WALTER784

Jan-16

And then there is this... I believe the battle against big tech will continue for quite some time...

One Year Ago, Big Tech Declared Open War On America. Here’s What’s Next

BY: CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD
JANUARY 08, 2022

Big Tech hates us, and they aren’t going to stop.
 
President Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter one year ago this day. In the ensuing turmoil, it’s easy to forget why. Ask near-any self-declared politico around Washington, D.C., and you’ll hear an unsure and uncertain allusion to the Capitol riot.
 
It’s important to understand their reasons, however, to understand what’s in store for the rest of our country.
 
Fortunately, we don’t need to wonder; Twitter was open and upfront on the issue — at least as much as they ever are: The sitting president of the United States, they declared, had sent two terrible and unpardonable tweets.
 
First, he’d written that the political movement he’d started would continue into the future, and wouldn’t be disrespected:
 
The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!
 
Second, he said he wouldn’t be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in two weeks’ time. “To all of those who have asked,” he wrote, “I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
 
These violated their “Glorification of Violence” policy, Twitter claimed, and so the president was “immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
 
It’s a private company, Twitter’s defenders insist, so it doesn’t need remotely passable reasons to ban the president from messaging his 90 million followers. “If you don’t like it, build your own,” sort of thing.
 
But that was as much a lie as the justification for banning the president, and the next night, Parler — an alternative to Twitter that had rocketed to the most-downloaded app on the planet literally overnight — was nearly destroyed by a combined attack from Apple, Google, and Amazon Web Services.
 
Parler had been used to organize the riot, Big Tech claimed. This turned out to be another lie, but it didn’t matter. The week’s riot had given them all the rope they needed for hangings, with corporate media — those bold lovers of the First Amendment — jeering and cheering them on their way.
 
The Capitol riot was used as an excuse for deplatforming an American president and smashing a private company, but it wasn’t the reason: The illiberal left has long used any pretense at all to justify its centralization of control and crushing of dissent; and Big Tech, once a free-wheeling vehicle for decentralized innovation, is now no more than an arm of the illiberal left.
 
During the 2020 election, Big Tech worked hand in glove with Democrats and corporate media to suppress the true story of Hunter Biden’s corruption and defend their candidate under completely unproven pretenses.
 
In 2021, they went after conservative leaders on their platforms and cut the foundations out from a competitor’s platform.
 
Barring dissenting voices from social media wasn’t enough, however. Democratic politicians had fled Texas for weeks in an attempt to stop their colleagues from curtailing their states’ abortion regime, but once the left was defeated, Big Tech deplatformed Texan Christians on their own website. Corporate media cheered.
 
Public health is the excuse used to silence doctors, scientists, and parents challenging the administration’s COVID orthodoxy. “Graphic content” is used as the excuse to silence artists highlighting the Taliban’s brutal rule in the wake of the administration’s retreat from Afghanistan.
 
Every week, the left grows bolder in their censorship-and-control campaign: On Jan. 6, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced legislation to, “outlaw attempts by candidates and elected officials to spread lies about free and fair elections when it has the likelihood to spread violence.”
 
What constitutes a lie — and what constitutes violence — well, that’s up to Jay and the boys.
 
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