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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Undercover footage exposed a high-ranking Twitter executive discussing the “global” approach to censorship measures being enforced on the social media platform, and promising an “aggressive” crack down on users promoting “conspiracy theories” such as voter fraud.
Investigative group Project Veritas released the video showing Twitter’s Legal, Policy, Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde discussing censorship policies during a team video call two days after the Capitol protests on Jan. 6.
The footage shows Gadde commenting on how the company plans to enforce global censorship of various accounts: “One of the interesting things is a lot of the work that we’ve been doing over the last week is work that we’ve built on in other places around the world, where we’ve seen violence unfold as a result of either misleading information or coded rhetoric.”
“A lot of our learnings here [in the United States] have come from other markets. So, in that sense, you know, we do feel like it is — this is our global approach,” Gadde continued.
She also commented on the policy of widespread censorship of Twitter accounts, including that of the president, if they mentioned voter fraud: “We decided to escalate our enforcement of the civic integrity policy and use a label that disabled engagements to stop the spread of potentially inflammatory content, which is the content around election interference, election fraud, stealing the election, that type of thing.”
Gadde then defended the recent crackdown on conservatives by saying the topic of election fraud was “changing” the way in which Twitter enforced its Civic Integrity Policy: “We think that the severity of what’s happening on the ground, coupled with the information that’s contained in these [election fraud] tweets — misleading information about the election being stolen and massive fraud around the election are what is changing our analysis of how we should enforce this [civic integrity] policy,” she said.
Gadde appeared to infer that violence occurring at the Capitol was purely due to people’s beliefs about voter fraud. As such, tweets about election fraud were termed to be a “severe violation,” given what Gadde said the Big Tech company was “seeing on the ground.”
Twitter has repeatedly censored President Donald Trump’s messages which relate to election fraud, labeling them with the message: “This claim about election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
However, Gadde alluded to further censorship, as well as possibly banning accounts that continued to spread information about election fraud: “We’re going to actually be more aggressive in our enforcement beyond de-amplification.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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“For accounts that are a primary purpose, spreading QAnon theories … conspiracy theories, we are going to be permanently suspending those accounts.”
Commenting on the video exposé, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said: “Twitter is laying the groundwork for essentially anyone questioning election integrity or voter fraud to be removed from the platform, no questions asked.”
Gadde also touched on the issue of the suspension of President Trump (the video was taken before he was subsequently banned), noting that the Civic Integrity Policy allowed for such measures to be taken against the president, especially since Gadde stated she considered Trump’s tweets to be “inciting violence.”
Going further than this, Gadde also had to defend the decision to (originally) temporarily suspend Trump, as others in the company wanted to ban him much sooner. She claimed that by originally imposing a 12-hour ban on his account, Twitter was able to “build trust,” but that she could “totally see” how others would favor banning Trump’s account completely.
The video comes only a few days after Project Veritas released a video of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey describing the plan to censor conservative accounts. Dorsey revealed that the censorship “is going to be bigger than just one account, and this is going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks and go on beyond the [presidential] inauguration.”
Dorsey made claims similar to Gadde, saying that a now deleted account, which Project Veritas took to mean Trump’s, was linked “to real world violence.”
However, Big Tech censorship has led to some blowback.
Idaho internet provider Your T1 WIFI has taken steps to block Facebook and Twitter for some of its customers, after over two-thirds of them complained about Big Tech. Customers who no longer wished to have access to the social media sites can opt out and have the social media platforms blocked.
In an impromptu interview to reporters last week, Trump warned about the ramifications of Big Tech censorship, calling it a “catastrophic mistake.”
“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country,” he said. “I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it, but I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake, and very, very bad for our country.”