All posts tagged: Social Media

Does anyone care that ‘Instagram’ is toxic for teen girls?

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Facebook executives are aware of the negative impact that its popular photo sharing social media platform, Instagram, is having on teenage girls, but it continues to push it on them anyway.

YouTube fined for censoring anti-lockdown protest video

According to a report by Reclaim the Net, a German court has just fined YouTube 100,000 Euros (Approximately US$118,000) for taking down a video of people protesting against the COVID lockdowns in neighbouring Switzerland. When YouTube took down the video back in April 2020, the Dresden court ordered YouTube to immediately restore the video, but YouTube ignored the court’s ruling for nearly a month before finally restoring it on May 14, 2020. Ruling that YouTube’s behaviour was “deliberate and serious violation,” the court fined the social media behemoth. YouTube argued that its “medical misinformation policy” was above the laws of Germany. The court disagreed. READ: YouTube fined 100,000 Euro after German court rejects its “misinformation” excuse for deleting anti-lockdown protest video The manager of the channel censored by YouTube tweeted several responses to the recent court ruling: English translation: “Joachim Steinhöfel: ‘With the historically high fine, the Higher Regional Court makes it very clear that court decisions must be observed without restriction, regardless of whether YouTube assumes a violation of its guidelines or not.’” Rough …

Islamic extremists get pro-Israel Facebook page banned?

Facebook recently took down a page, Jerusalem Prayer Team, dedicated to praying for Jerusalem and told its founder, Mike Evans, there was no appeal. The page had 75 million followers. Evans alleges this took place after Islamic extremists began posting antisemitic comments on the site, including photos and statements by Adolf Hitler, and then reported the comments to Facebook.

Canada issues warning about Chinese social media apps

In a surprising move, Bill Blair, Canada’s federal public safety minister, issued a warning to Canadians over using Chinese social media apps such as TikTok, WeChat and Weibo. Blair made the statement during a parliamentary meeting on China-Canada relation, He stated that China’s communist regime could use information posted on these apps against Canada. Millions of Canadians currently use the three apps.

YouTube bans LifeSiteNews, a pro-life group

YouTube has completely removed all of LifeSiteNews’ videos and effectively banned it from the popular social media platform. LifeSiteNews is a pro-life organization and had 300,000 subscribers on YouTube before it was deplatformed. The Catholic pro-life group has moved its videos over to Rumble, a growing free-speech video platform.

Florida’s plan to fight back against Big Tech censorship

In a recent speech, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed several measures that he will be implementing to protect the citizens of Florida from Big Tech censorship. People are starting to fight back against the rogue actions of Social media giants that are censoring free speech and targeting conservative and religious voices. Breitbart explains: In a 45-minute speech, the governor identified Big Tech companies as the leading threat to American democracy and freedom of expression today, and pledged that Florida Republicans would take action. The new regulations announced by DeSantis include: * Mandatory opt-outs from big tech’s content filters, a solution to tech censorship first proposed by Breitbart News in 2018.* A private right of action for Floridian citizens against tech companies that violate this condition.* Fines of $100,000 per day levied on tech companies that suspend candidates for elected office in Florida from their platforms.* Daily fines for any tech company “that uses their content and user-related algorithms to suppress or prioritize the access of any content related to a political candidate or cause on the …

Twitter CEO secretly caught planning to ramp up censorship

We have all heard the theory that if you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won’t jump out because it is cold-blooded, and will allow itself to boil to death. Well, apparently Twitter CEO and billionaire Jack Dorsey is planning a similar strategy on Twitter. Dorsey was secretly caught on tape stating that the ban on US President Donald Trump was just the first step in censorship of conservatives. But he plans to do it slowly, hoping we won’t notice.

Speaking of a “New World Order’

I have seen a few articles recently on the ‘great reset,’ where people are suggesting that political forces are at work trying to take advantage of the COVID pandemic to change the world as we know it. I am not big into conspiracies, but I gave my head a shake when I read an article on how Facebook censored a video post by Mexican Cardinal, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, that was discussing the threat of a new world order. Maybe it is just me, but doesn’t censoring a Facebook post on a new world order, kind of smacks of a new world order, intentional or not? Breitbart explains: Facebook has censored a video of Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, for suggesting that globalist leaders are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to bring about a new world order.In place of the cardinal’s weekly video, Facebook exhibited a greyed-out screenshot emblazoned with the banner “False information.” Underneath, Facebook added, “This publication repeats information about COVID-19 that independent fact checkers deemed false.”On its Facebook page, Semanario Arquidiocesano …

Did Google become ‘big brother’?

Concerning news out of Australia has many warning again, that Big Tech’s powers must be reined in. A recent report alleges that Google, easily the largest search engine on the internet, was experimenting with ways to block access to news sites in that country. It was responding to the Australian government that is considering having Big Tech companies such as Google and Facebook pay for links to local news sources.

Irony: Twitter’s hypocrisy exposed

Twitter is condemning Uganda’s recent decision to block social media from its internet leading up to its national election. This means that Ugandans will not have access to their social media accounts. The government made the decision stating that the social media giants have “taken sides.” With Twitter opposing the move by stating it supports “OpenInternet,” many took the moment to point out the number of times Twitter has banned or blocked Conservatives that it didn’t agree with.

Was Ron Paul banned for criticizing Facebook censorship?

Many believe the major social media platforms have gone rogue and are completely out of control and that governments need to break them up and allow for more competition. The Foundation of Economic Freedom (FEE) talks about Facebook’s latest ban of former American politician Ron Paul after he published an article criticizing the social media giant’s banning of US President Donal Trump.

Poland’s plan to deal with social media censorship

Social media giants such a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are now defining what is acceptable in society. If they don’t like your politics or beliefs, you are gone. It is essentially a battle over freedom of speech. But Poland has come up with a unique way to deal with Social Media censorship. If passed, under this initiative Big Tech companies could face massive fines if they censor posts that are legal under Polish law.

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Watch our world as it changes

Social Media, including You Tube and Facebook, and many more new offerings, is a big part of life today. For most of us, it’s a huge part of life. The Internet has changed the world everywhere. I remember bulky computers on desk tops, and now we have phones in our pockets. I also remember life before the Internet, when phones had dials, and we talked on them; we only talked on them. We live in a time when old things pass away quickly, and new things emerge and dominate the world. God has promised to shake this world, and it’s easy to see how that could happen. We can’t keep what we have. “Now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken; that is, created things.” (Hebrews 12: 26 and 27)

President Trump vs Social Media

Social media giants such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have special privileges that most media companies don’t have, and some say they are abusing that privilege by censoring opinions, mostly conservative, that they don’t agree with. It’s the difference between a ‘platform’ and a ‘publisher’. Under the law, social media ‘platforms’ are not liable (this includes copyright infringement) for what is uploaded to their sites, because they serve as a posting venue for everyone. Now the individual is still liable for what they do, but the social media company isn’t. A ‘publisher’ is different, because it limits who can post and exerts editorial control over what they say, it can be liable for what people write. But some wonder when social media companies censor content that they don’t agree with or add additional comments to tweets as Twitter does, are they in fact functioning as ‘publisher’ with ‘platform’ privileges? Calling it an attack on “free speech,” President Trump said he plans on making some changes. READ: What’s in Trump’s executive order on social media? There …