Greenwald Splits With Intercept Over Visions of Editing

30 November 2020 — FAIR

Glenn Greenwald (cc photo: Gustavo Oliveira)Less than a week before voters across the US headed to the polls in the 2020 presidential election, famed journalist Glenn Greenwald made a stunning announcement: He was leaving the Intercept, the outlet he helped found in 2013, and striking off on his own at the newsletter website Substack.

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Israel’s growing strategic threat to our freedom of speech

27 November, 2020 — Middle East Monitor

Israeli soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of people including journalists, near a gate leading to Hebron's main al-Shuhada street, closed by troops earlier in February, during an annual demonstration in memory of the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, on 22 February 2019. [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of people including journalists, near a gate leading to Hebron’s main al-Shuhada street, closed by troops earlier in February, during an annual demonstration in memory of the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, on 22 February 2019. [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

Asa Winstanley AsaWinstanley

There is an old saying that you should not put the fox in charge of the hen house. It makes perfect sense, and yet that’s exactly what Western governments are increasingly starting to do when it comes to their freedom of speech policies. All bluster about “cancel culture” aside, the leading threat in the world today to freedom of speech is the ever-increasing crackdown on the right to speak out in support of the Palestinians.

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Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

25 November 2020 — TK News

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm

Matt Taibbi

On November 15th, weeks after news that a New York Post article about Hunter Biden had been blocked by prominent social media platforms, Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters ripped Twitter for a less-publicized incident:

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UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block release of ‘sensitive’ information

23 November 2020 — Open Democracy

Exclusive: Secretive Cabinet Office ‘Clearing House’ for Freedom of Information requests also accused of “blacklisting” journalists; openDemocracy launching a legal bid for transparency

Peter Geoghegan Jenna Corderoy Lucas Amin

Michael Gove’s Cabinet Office “blacklisting” journalists “is a grave threat to our values and transparency in our democracy” | Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

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QAnon Legal Battle Against YouTube Could Transform Free Speech Online

11 November 2020 — Mint Press

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The Purge

A lawsuit brought against YouTube and parent company Google by 15 QAnon social media stars could end up in the Supreme Court and transform the meaning of online free speech in America.

by Raul Diego

The welding of American politics with social media may be the defining moment of a sea change that is taking place at the very top echelons of power in the United States and the world. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all revealed their inescapable ties to the establishment when they launched an information warfare campaign against their own users and content creators in a bid to shape perceptions and control national discourse on the government’s behalf. Continue reading

Obama-Era Officials Call for More Government Control of Your Facebook Feed

26 October 2020 — Mint Press

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Facebook content is already partially curated by government-linked think tanks, but for Samantha Power and others, that is simply not enough.

By Alan Macleod

Writing in the Washington Post, senior Obama-era official Samantha Power has called on social media giant Facebook to do more to crush what she calls conspiracy theories and disinformation circulating on its platform. Continue reading

Social media’s erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future

26 October 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Facebook, Google and Twitter are not neutral platforms. They control the digital public square to aid the powerful – and can cancel any of us overnight

Middle East Eye – 26 October 2020

There is a growing unease that the decisions taken by social media corporations can have a harmful impact on our lives. These platforms, despite enjoying an effective monopoly over the virtual public square, have long avoided serious scrutiny or accountability.

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With the Hunter Biden Exposé, Suppression is a Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story

24 October 2020 — Reporting by Matt Tiabbi

Unprecedented efforts to squelch information about a New York Post story may prove to be more dangerous corruption than whatever Hunter Biden did with a crooked Ukrainian energy company

Matt Taibbi

 The incredible decision by Twitter and Facebook to block access to a New York Post story about a cache of emails reportedly belonging to Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter, with Twitter going so far as to lock the 200 year-old newspaper out of its own account for over a week, continues to be a major underreported scandal. Continue reading