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January 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Mozilla, the organization responsible for popular web browser Firefox, argued in a post on the official company blog that “more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms” is required to stop “violence and hate.”
The blog post, written by Mitchell Baker, who is the Executive Chairwoman and CEO of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation, explicitly referred to recent deplatforming actions taken by Big Tech against President Donald Trump.
The open-source software company’s blog entry, entitled, “We need more than deplatforming,” claims that simply removing social media accounts does not go far enough in stunting “white supremacy” online. Mozilla lands the blame for last Wednesday’s “siege and take-over of the U.S. Capitol” squarely on Trump’s shoulders, describing his “reprehensible” actions as the “use of the internet to foment violence and hate, and reinforce white supremacy.”
Mozilla tweeted the blog post with the caption: “This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President. We have to acknowledge how the internet was misused to get here.”
This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President. We have to acknowledge how the internet was misused to get here.
And we have to change it.https://t.co/gIVZHQPYT4
— Mozilla (@mozilla) January 8, 2021
“Donald Trump is certainly not the first politician to exploit the architecture of the internet in this way,” Baker writes in the blog, ominously warning that “he won’t be the last.”
In the hope that others might be prevented from following in Trump’s footsteps, Baker proffers some solutions to the “dangerous dynamics” posed by such “bad actors.”
In addition to the permanent removal of individual accounts, Baker suggests that websites should detail “who is paying for advertisements, how much they are paying and who is being targeted.” Mozilla also asks that online businesses commit to “meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.”
One more proposal by Baker suggests that media platforms “[t]urn on by default the tools to amplify factual voices over disinformation.” The “tools” spoken of here include algorithms which have been specifically developed to suppress news agencies considered “hyperpartisan” in favor of so-called “authoritative outlets,” according to an article in the New York Times.
Facebook used this method during the 2020 presidential election to enact changes that helped “limit the spread of inaccurate claims about the election,” Facebook spokesman Joe Osbourne said. Osbourne asserted that the algorithms were a temporary measure during the election, but that the social media giant is “still ensuring that people see authoritative and informative news on Facebook, especially during major news cycles and around important global topics like elections, COVID-19 and climate change.”
The Times reports that the amplification of “authoritative” news “resulted in an increase in Facebook traffic for mainstream news publishers including CNN, NPR and The New York Times, while partisan sites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats saw their numbers fall.”
Baker’s final demand in her blog post is that internet platforms “[w]ork with independent researchers” to determine the impact online platforms have on our society. In this way, she says, we can “improve things.”
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The blog concludes with Baker writing that the “answer is not to do away with the internet, but to build a better one that can withstand and gird against these types of challenges.”
Since the tumultuous events of last Wednesday’s Electoral College vote, President Trump has been subject to increasing censorship from Big Tech and other web-based platforms. Last Thursday, Facebook and Instagram banned Trump from their platforms “indefinitely,” alleging that he is seeking to “undermine” the transition of power to Joe Biden.
This was swiftly followed by Twitter, which permanently banned the president for tweets that they allege “incite violence” when “read in the context of broader events in the country.” The social media giant further claimed that Trump’s tweets “glorify, celebrate, praise or condone violent crimes, violent events where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group.”
LifeSite’s Raymond Wolfe noted the inconsistency in Twitter’s application of its Glorification of Violence policy insofar as the company “has left up numerous accounts and posts directly advocating for the murder of the president and his supporters.”