Embattled tech giant Twitter decided against slapping a warning label on a video posted by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s Twitter account Monday. The video in question was put together by Biden’s campaign, and heavily edits comments made by President Donald Trump and splices them together to make him appear to say he is “failing at managing the coronavirus outbreak.” The video is an obvious parody and uses snippets from different speeches, on different dates, to manipulate Trump into speaking a message that the Biden campaign would like voters to believe.
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It’s been a wild ride on social media the past few days, as Big Tech appears to be doing everything they can to run cover for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign — just weeks after executives from both Facebook and Twitter joined Biden’s transition team. Just weeks ago, executives from both Twitter and Facebook joined Biden’s transition team. The executives include Twitter public policy director Carlos Monje, whose role with the Biden team has not been specified — but Monje previously worked for both Hillary Clinton’s transition team and for President Barack Obama before transitioning to Twitter, Politico reported in September. Now he’s back to working directly for Democrats.
C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully has been indefinitely suspended from the network for falsely claiming his Twitter account had been hacked following a public interaction with Anthony Scaramucci on the social media website about President Donald Trump. Scully, the moderator of the since-cancelled second Trump-Biden presidential debate, told C-SPAN that he had lied about the supposed hacking attempt on Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the network. “By not being immediately forthcoming to C-SPAN and the commission about his tweet, he understands that he made a serious mistake. We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions,” said C-SPAN in a statement.
C-SPAN host Steve Scully, a former intern for then-Senator Joe Biden, appeared to blame President Donald Trump on Thursday for his actions that ultimately led to him being suspended from the network after he admitted that he lied about being hacked on Twitter several days ago. The admission comes in response to a tweet that Scully sent to Trump opponent Anthony Scaramucci where he asked Scaramucci if he should “respond to Trump.” The tweet instantly created controversy and drew widespread accusations of bias as Scully was scheduled to host a presidential debate between Trump and Biden. In a statement given to CNN, Scully appeared to blame Trump for his actions as he portrayed himself as a victim.
FCC Chairman Begins Taking Action On Section 230 Following Alleged Social Media ‘Election Interference’
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Thursday afternoon that he intends to move forward with an FCC “rulemaking” to clarify the meaning of Section 230 following widespread accusations this week that tech companies are censoring news stories that are damaging to the presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden. “Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed serious concerns about the prevailing interpretation of the immunity set forth in Section 230 of the Communications Act,” Pai said in a statement.
The Toronto Star is facing backlash after publishing a comic strip featuring a transphobic joke and imagery in the national paper this week. The Toronto chapter of PFlag, an outreach and support group for the LGBTQ+ community, drew attention to the comics on Twitter and called on the Star to apologize. “The comic perpetuates stereotypes and discriminatory thoughts towards trans folks by depicting them as individuals who are deceptive, who hide in plain sight, all of which couldn’t be further from the truth,” PFlag York Region president Tris Coolman said in a statement condemning the comic. The comic is part of the syndicated comic strip “Pardon My Planet” by Vic Lee and syndicated by King Features Syndicate.
Just when you thought Big Tech companies couldn’t be more obvious with their partisan censorship, they’ve outdone themselves just weeks before the presidential election. On Wednesday, Twitter was blocking users from sharing a link to the New York Post’s bombshell investigative report citing emails allegedly exposing a meeting Hunter Biden initiated between his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — who was vice president at the time — and Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi. According to the emails acquired by the Post, “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”
Discussion posted by: IRWeasel
Nothing will guarantee the gates of hell being thrown open to unleash the vitriol of certain readers than to speak ill of the vulgarian known as U.S. President Donald Trump. Even the slightest criticism will be taken to heart, and what a cold heart it is — eliciting emails that break every aspect of decency.
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Why does it seem like the mainstream media is insisting on more COVID-19 restrictions and rules? Why do they always cheer on Justin Trudeau’s pet projects? True North’s Sam Eskenasi explains how most mainstream media journalists are simply out of touch with the majority of Canadians.
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When a popular Fox News host appeared to mispronounce the name of Canada’s capital in a segment on his U.S. prime-time TV show last week, he may have actually been closer to the mark than many think.