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BUDAPEST, Hungary, January 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Hungary’s minister of justice has warned that she is taking steps to tackle the “systematic abuses” of Big Tech censorship, in order to prevent censorship of Christians and conservatives on social media.
Judit Varga, the Hungarian justice minister, gave the warning in a Facebook post on Monday. She referred to the censorship employed by Big Tech companies, pointing especially to shadow-banning, which she described as “the act of social media providers secretly, for political purposes, restricting the visibility and access of our user profile without our knowledge about it.”
In her strongly worded statement, Varga pointed first to Twitter, making reference to footage of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey revealing his plan to conduct wide-spread censorship of various accounts.
“Tech companies thus violate all those fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture,” she said. “We could not only learn about the system-wide practice of shadow banning from a voice recording of the now-leaked Twitter CEO.”
She also specifically addressed the anti-Christian censorship which is occurring on social media platforms: “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.”
Varga announced that although the Hungarian Ministry of Justice worked with the EU in regulating Big Tech companies, it was necessary to speed up their work, as a result of the “systematic abuses” of Big Tech. “That is why I convened an extraordinary meeting of the Digital Freedom Committee (and this week I will also consult with the President of the Hungarian Competition Authority on the possibility of sanctioning unfair commercial practices).”
Poland is also taking steps to counteract the Big Tech monopoly on free-speech, and laws are being drafted which would make it illegal for Big Tech companies to censor social media accounts. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated, “Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of democracy — that is why we must defend it. It is not up to algorithms or the owners of huge corporations to decide what opinions are correct and which aren’t. The owners of social media networks cannot operate above the law.”
Varga’s statement comes in the aftermath of the global criticism which was launched at Facebook and Twitter, after President Trump was banned from the platforms.
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
Please take a couple of minutes to READ this LifeSiteNews article about MRC's initiative: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lifesite-joins-effort-asking-state-attorneys-general-to-investigate-big-tech-for-deceptive-trade-practices
Then, please SIGN and STOP using Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube) and Amazon to take back your privacy and freedom of speech!
PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech AND their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.
Please SIGN our petition-pledge to Dump Twitter and Big Tech, and take back your freedom of speech and privacy. [CLICK HERE for our "Goodbye Google" resources page to find good alternatives to Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google!]
When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
Don't contribute to this assault on democracy: Stop using Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon as your default social media platforms and search engine! [CLICK HERE to find a good alternative to Google.]
To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our 'Goodbye Google' Resources page.
The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!
This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.
So, at this point, the only way to stop Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon is to quit using their platform.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to pledge to stop using Twitter and Big Tech. Then, please CLICK HERE to find alternative search engines and social media platforms. Thank you!
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Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated his disapproval of Trump’s ban from Twitter, saying: “I don’t like anyone being censored or taking away the right to transmit a message on Twitter or [Facebook]. I do not agree with that; I do not accept that.”
He was supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who declared that the right to express one’s own opinion is of “elementary significance.”
“Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked,” her spokesman said.
Further moves against Big Tech companies are taking place in America, as an internet provider based in Idaho is widely banning Facebook and Twitter, after “over 2/3rd [sic]” of their customers complained about the censorship which they experienced on the platforms.
“Our Company [d]oes not believe a website or Social Networking site has the [a]uthority to [c]ensor what you see and post and hide information from you, stop you seeing what your friends and family are posting,” an email from internet provider Your T1 WIFI read.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Trump, have both condemned the censorship of conservatives, with Pompeo calling it “authoritarianism cloaked as moral righteousness … it’s not who we are. It’s not who we are as Americans.”
Trump also warned about the effects of Big Tech censorship, calling it a “catastrophic mistake.”