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I can no longer ignore the censorship that is now happening on all the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even Google my favourite search engine has been accused of censorship. Conservative viewpoints in particular are being silenced, Milo Yiannopoulos the latest Conservative/Libertarian voice to be banned for life from Twitter.

Criticism of Islam, and any material that would expose or question the status quo is now being censored or discriminated against. For example YouTube will take away the monetization of a popular YouTube channel if they don’t want people to view it. This is a very underhanded form of discrimination as it is invisible to the viewing public who don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. Cutting off the financial blood supply to the content providers is almost as effective as taking the videos down or censoring their content.

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Screenshot from YouTube video where 16 year old German girl explains what life is like for her after mass muslim migration

I read recently that, GoodGopher.com  was created for independent media as a google alternative. It claims to be a propaganda-free search portal.

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American’s first Amendment rights violated by Social Media companies

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This month the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment.

Center for Security Policy  Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Jihad Watch. The lawsuit alleges that Spencer and Geller as well as the organisations they run, have often been subject to discrimination and censorship by twitter Facebook and YouTube because of the beliefs and views they express. They believe the censorship and discrimination is because these social media organisations consider their freedom of expression to be offensive to Muslims.

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Free speech will be a casualty of the social media war against hate speech

Have you ever heard a person say “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” In America there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever they are ) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.

One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or socialism or democrats or republicans.

-washingtonpost.com

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Social Media however have banded together to create an Orwellian world where free speech that is disapproved of is labeled hate speech and is replaced with European Union sanctioned speech ie propaganda ( counter-narrative. )

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors.

I fear that these “counter-narratives ” will be about ideas rather than people. As the below graphic illustrates, people have rights not ideas.

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It should not be labelled ” hate speech ” if it is open and free discussion about ideas. The new code appears to support this definition.

The IT Companies and the European Commission also stress the need to defend the right to freedom of expression, which, as the European Court of Human Rights has stated, “is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

In reality however the practical application is not as clear cut as you would expect given the above definition. The other day I wrote about a facebook page being shut down for “hate speech. ” The page which was about Islamic genital mutilation for both men and women was clearly a page that discussed Religious/Cultural ideas.

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Paul Little seems…uhm…ahh…err…’confused’

Paul Little has a rage in the Herald on Sunday about monopolies, triggered by the proposed merger of his employer NZME. with Fairfax.

When the all-but-inevitable merger of media companies NZME and Fairfax was announced, journalistic reaction fell into two camps. Those with secure jobs regretfully accepted that it was probably for the best in the long run. Those without security of tenure heard the bicycle bell of the Newspaper Boy of the Apocalypse.

Some members of the public lamented yet another kick in the guts of journalism, and many more worried about possible effects on their daily diet of Naz and Jordan.

Whatever else this merger is, and whatever its results in terms of the information we get, it is part of a seemingly unstoppable trend towards monopoly in all areas of commerce.

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It may be disappointing, but it is the world we live in now

There are some ghoulish people out there.

But they are part of the fabric of our increasingly social media driven society.

Rescue workers say they are “disappointed” after having to form a barrier around a crashed vehicle in the Hutt Valley to prevent onlookers from filming a dying man inside.

Emergency crews were called to a gravel road near Taita Dr beside the Hutt River where a man was trapped inside a vehicle at 11.10am on Sunday.

The man, aged in his 20s, had rolled the car after colliding with a bollard, and had to be cut free.

Police believed he had been drinking before the crash, and was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Why should she say sorry, she’s right

The perpetually outraged have another person to taunt and demand an apology for on behalf of other people that she has”offended”.

The only problem is Nicole Arbour isn’t apologising, and nor should she.

A YouTuber who faced significant backlash after she posted a video saying that fat people should be given tough love has said she is “not apologising” for her comments.

Nicole Arbour, whose video Dear Fat People made headlines when it was published last week, told TIME she did not regret her comments, which included comparing the #bodypositivity hashtag to “#methlove” or “#teamsmokers”.

“I’m not apologising for this video, but if someone got something from it, then that’s great, fantastic,” the 30-year-old said. “Comedy with a message, let’s do it.”

Arbour added that, as a comedian, she valued free speech in satire.

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Face of the day

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Comedian and YouTuber Nicole Arbour:

Today’s face of the day is a comedian who posts Youtube videos. Like all comedians she makes fun of people and does satire. This week we featured her video that made fun of fat people amongst other topics in our password protected section. I have watched the video and like a lot of comedy it has a serious message behind the jokes. She makes pertinent points that it is all about health and wanting the people we love to live a long life and that obesity ( not love handles ) gives people life threatening diseases and health problems. She now is facing calls for her to apologise for making fun of fat people. She has refused. Comedy requires stereotypes to be funny, comedy is bits of truth wrapped in humour. In today’s Politically correct world comedy is under attack.

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Watkins blames Key for media publicising his kids

Tracy Watkins has decided that the media fascination with publicising anything John Key’s kids get up to is all his fault.

It is odd that no one has pointed out that this kind of thing is a vote winner in the selfie generation…but then again no one in the gallery would know anything about that.

They must be frustrated that after nearly a decade of trying to undermine Key the public still like him…so journalists like Tracy Watkins and Barry Soper need to target and blame him.

John Key’s enduring appeal to voters has always boiled down to one thing – he is just like them.

That’s why they forgive his goofy moments, and even the really awkward ones, like ponytail-gate.

Everyone makes a dick of themselves occasionally, right?

Yeah including journalists, yet for some reason they never show up in the pages of their own newspapers…yet.

Does Max Key posting videos of the family living the dream in Hawaii with a glamorous girlfriend at his side undermine that? Hardly.

People know John Key is rich. That has always been part of his appeal – the fact that he managed to remain a regular guy despite his rags-to-riches backstory.

And Hawaii is not unattainable. It’s not exactly a budget destination, but plenty of Kiwis holiday there.

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Guest Post – Why Broadcast TV is Broken

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The broadcast TV model is broken and it’s unclear if it can ever be fixed. Internet streaming is the culprit – it has given power back to the audience. Here’s why:

The basic business model of TV is to entice you to watch with content – and then rent those eyeballs out in bulk to advertisers.

This all worked well while the general public lined up each night to watch whatever was put in front of them in real time. For decades TV ads were the glam business end of the marketers’ arsenal. They would take an eye-watering budget, produce anything they liked – because anything seemed to work – and congratulate themselves all the way to the award dinners.

The trick to making money is a fine balance between what you spend on programming and the rates those eyeball ratings let you command from advertisers. A TV man’s wet dream is to find some unknown (therefore cheap) content overseas that is an overnight success and has everyone talking in the smoko rooms. Get it wrong and pay top dollar for programmes that nobody watches – and the business model is on the verge of a downward spiral – less eyeballs, less revenue, less to spend on content, and so on round it goes. (Think Campbell Live.) But its not just cost – free content can be fraught too (think Party Political broadcasts), while attractive to some can be too contentious for some advertisers – dropping the cost of an ad at that time slot.    Read more »

Face of the day

 Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו said it well:

“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone…The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.”

Mr. President, wake up to the very real threat of Islam.

-Franklin Graham (facebook)

 

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