Marsha Blackburn, Rose McGowan, the Power of Twitter and the Media

Who’da thunk?

Who would possibly have thought Tennessee Republican and Trump-supporting Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn – a candidate to succeed out-going Senator Bob Corker – would have anything in common with Rose McGowan, the hardworking film, television actress and LGBT activist? Two worlds, and worlds apart.

Until it came to Twitter.

McGowan, it was revealed by the New York Times in the ever burgeoning Harvey Weinstein scandal, had:

“…reached a $100,000 settlement with Mr. Weinstein in 1997 after a hotel room incident at the Sundance Film Festival, and in recent days has been vocal in her support of women who have stepped forward to reveal that the producer sexually harassed them or worse.

On Tuesday, after the actor Ben Affleck tweeted that the allegations against Mr. Weinstein “made him sick,” Ms. McGowan called him a liar, saying he had long been aware of what Mr. Weinstein had done. She has also attacked Hollywood players who failed to criticize Mr. Weinstein, writing in a tweet, ‘You all knew.’”

Of a sudden, McGowan found that Twitter had “locked” her account. The Times headline read: 

Rose McGowan’s Twitter Account Locked After Posts About Weinstein

The Times story began: 

“The actress Rose McGowan said in an Instagram post overnight that her Twitter account had been temporarily locked after a series of posts about Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct, including toward her.

“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE,” Ms. McGowan wrote on her Instagram page after midnight Eastern time on Thursday. She included a snapshot of a message from Twitter saying she would be able to send only direct messages from her account unless she deleted tweets that violated Twitter rules.

The screenshot announced a temporary freeze that prevented her from tweeting, retweeting or liking for 12 hours. Unlike a full suspension, this measure left her account visible.”

Hold that thought and move on to Marsha Blackburn. The Tennessean headline is here:  

Twitter pulls Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign ad over ‘sale of baby body parts’ line 

This story begins:

“Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s online video announcing her campaign for U.S. Senate has been blocked in any Twitter advertisements after the social media company objected to a line that refers to the lawmaker stopping the ‘sale of baby body parts.’

Blackburn’s campaign announced Twitter’s decision on Monday after a representative from Twitter informed her campaign that the line ‘had been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.’ The language violates Twitter’s policy for advertisements, the company said. 

‘If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve,’ a Twitter representative said in an email to a political ad agency working for the campaign.”

Eventually, the fans and friends of each woman rallied and Twitter recanted in both cases. McGowan’s tweet, Twitter said, included a private phone number in the screen shot. Once corrected her account was unlocked. In Blackburn’s case, Twitter also recanted the day after it had blocked the Congresswoman’s video. The Twitter statement read:

“Our ads policies strive to balance protecting our users from potentially distressing content while allowing our advertisers to communicate their messages. Nowhere is this more difficult than in the realm of political advertising and the highly charged issues that are often addressed therein. After further review, we have made the decision to allow the content in question from Rep. Blackburn’s campaign ad to be promoted on our ads platform.”

“While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues.”

But there’s more, more that involves neither woman or Twitter. As noted here at NewsBusters  by Kristine Marsh, there was this, also about the Weinstein scandal. The headline: 

Former NY Reporter: Media ‘Killed’ Stories on Weinstein, ‘Complicit’ In Covering Up His Acts

Kristine’s story begins: 

“Thursday night on NBC’s media entertainment news program Access Hollywood, a former reporter for The New York Post’s Page Six revealed that many media outlets knew about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations long before they were broken by The New York Times, one week ago. 

Reporter Paula Froelich shared with anchor Natalie Morales, one personal encounter she had with Weinstein, nearly twenty years ago, and explained in great detail how she was pressured and threatened by Weinstein and by other media outlets, to stop her story that would expose the Hollywood mogul.”

Add to this the story that reporter Ronan Farrow took his original Weinstein story to NBC – and they rejected it, which is how Farrow’s blockbuster story wound up in The New Yorker.

So what do we have here? What we have is a cautionary tale – make that multiples of cautionary tales – about media outlets (Twitter in this case) using their power to censor speech they don’t like. Yes, the McGowan account was unlocked once the private phone number issue was resolved. And yes, Twitter had second thoughts about a video sponsored by a Member of Congress. But in both cases there is more than a whiff of a reminder that Twitter – along with Facebook, Google and You Tube – have now acquired massive power to decide what the American and global public will be allowed or not allowed to see. 

And the episode that reporter Froelich reports on being threatened both by Weinstein “and other media outlets” to not run her story, added to Farrow’s tale of problems with NBC over his Weinstein story makes for one very serious set of tales about the power of media – liberal media – to protect their favorites. 

Recall well at the dawn of the Internet age that Newsweek had the story of then-President Clinton’s dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and spiked it – only to have the redoubtable Matt Drudge get ahold of it and break the news on the Drudge Report.

The lesson here is obvious. Too much power in too few ideologically-based (read: liberal) media hands and there can be a serious problem with the American public knowing the basic facts of any story that might prove to be upsetting to the liberal agenda of the moment.

And one gets the uncomfortable feeling that we have seen only the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.

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Nets Blackout Twitter Shutting Down Blackburn Campaign Video

While the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were busy hyping up the feud between President Trump and Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker Monday evening, they blacked out Twitter’s targeting of the conservative woman looking to replace the retiring Senator. Earlier in the day, Twitter blocked the advertising for a campaign video posted by Marsha Blackburn and claimed it was “’inflammatory’ & ‘negative.’

During the two minute and 43 seconds long campaign ad, which explained why she was running for the Senate, Blackburn touted just how pro-life she was. “I’m 100 percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.” According to Twitter, that part was the problem.

A spokesperson for the social media company told the campaign’s vendors that Blackburn’s talk of stopping the sale of baby body parts was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” And if the campaign wanted to be allowed to promote the advertisement, that part had to be taken out.

Unironically, Twitter’s own advertising policy declared that company “provides a platform for its users to share and receive a wide range of ideas and content, and we greatly value and defend our users’ ability to express themselves.

Clearly, Twitter’s standards are not universally applied in any sort of fair or even way. For instance: Singer Nancy Sinatra posted a tweet calling for all members of the NRA to be killed by a firing squad after the Las Vegas mass shooting, with absolutely no response from the company.

And since she had her video barred from being promoted, Blackburn had put out a series of tweets containing the video and asked her supporters to help spread the word. “Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it’s “inflammatory” & “negative.” Join me in standing up to Silicon Valley … Retweet our message,” one of them read.

Another tweet exclaimed that “this is the video Twitter didn’t want you to see. Watch it then retweet it to your followers. Don’t let Silicon Valley censor Republicans!

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Also included in the barred campaign ad, was a message from Blackburn to her leftist detractors: “I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative. And you know what? I say that’s all right. Bring it on.

The hypocrisy from the Big Three Networks on this censorship was staggering.

Recently, ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill took to Twitter to assert that the President and his supporters were all white supremacists. And after the President called for Hill’s suspension or firing, the Big Three were up in arms with claims of First Amendment violations. And they were also dead silent when Hill’s coworker Linda Cohn was suspended for saying the company was too political.

Hill was eventually suspended, not for what she said about Trump but for threatening the company’s bottom-line when she Tweeted that her followers should boycott the advertisers for the Dallas Cowboys because of their new no kneeling policy (ESPN was one of them). Only NBC mentioned that on Monday night but hid it in a tiny news brief.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/10/09/nets-blackout-twitter-shutting-down-blackburn-campaign-video

RT’S #1917LIVE TWITTER PROJECT AMONG FINALISTS AT DRUM SOCIAL BUZZ AWARDS

MOSCOW, OCTOBER 9, 2017– RT’s international English-language project #1917LIVE, a large-scale historical re-enactment that marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution by retweeting the events ‘in real time’, is among the finalists at the 2017 Drum Social Buzz Awards.

RT will compete against some of the largest international corporations, including Unilever and Adidas, in the Most Innovative Use of Social category.

In late 2016, RT launched one of the biggest historical re-enactments on Twitter ever. Brought together under a flagship feed called the Russian Telegraph (RT), a fictional media outlet, the innovative project consists of dozens of Twitter accounts set up as key historical characters of the time period, from the last Russian tsar Nicholas II and revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin to common workers and soldiers.

Historians from the US and UK have taken part in the project, as well as Paulo Coelho, world-renowned Brazilian author of ‘The Alchemist’, ‘Veronika Decides to Die’, and ‘The Zahir’. Coelho runs the Twitter account of Margaretha Zelle, a famous double agent during WWI known by her stage name Mata Hari. There are over 80 accounts in total, tweeting in real time. Nearly 200,000 people are now following the project’s accounts, and the #1917LIVE hashtag has been used in over 170,000 tweets.

RT’s project sparked interest in audiences across the world and inspired many followers to join in. Any Twitter user can create an account to participate in the project under #1917CROWD.

RT’s #1917LIVE historical re-enactment on Twitter caught the eye of various public figures, journalists and members of academia in the US, Europe and Latin America. #1917LIVE participants or followers include British and Italian MPs, the Spanish ambassador to Russia, the British ambassadors to Estonia and Ukraine, and the Russian Mission to the UN among its followers. Journalists at The Guardian, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and France 24 are following the project, while stories about #1917LIVE have been published in more than 10 languages.

The Drum Social Buzz Awards bring together individuals and companies at the forefront of social media. The ceremony will take place on November 29 in London.

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FEMA Administrator blames logistics for slow Puerto Rico relief, gets major Twitter reality check

On Sunday morning, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long spoke with Fox News about the devastating post-Maria situation in Puerto Rico, and let’s just say things didn’t go so well.

In his discussion Long referred to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico as “the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen,” prompting the internet to ask the following question: “R u serious, bro?”

SEE ALSO: Trump to Puerto Rico: Show us the money

Long’s response came after “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace played a clip of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shutting down Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

After Duke called the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria a “good news story” Cruz said, “Dammit, this is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story.”

Wallace asked whether Long felt it’s a mistake for people in Washington to refer to the relief thus far as “a good news story” when millions of people are still seriously struggling. 

“Look, we’re not going to be satisfied until the situation is stabilized. And the bottom line is, is this is the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen and we have been moving and pushing as fast as the situation allows,” Long said.

Once Twitter users heard Long’s comments they began to cast some doubt, reminiscing over various other preeeeetty intense logistical challenges that the U.S. has managed to overcome.

Would you agree those feats were also a tad logistically challenging, Long? 

A bit later in the interview Wallace went back to address Long’s comment, giving him a chance to further explain — but the administrator continued to defend his words.

“It’s not only a logistically complex event, just getting to the islands and being able to support an island that was hit not just by one major hurricane but two within basically a 10-day period …The ports were damaged. The airports were damaged,” he said.

“I think there is a frustration from people who are making attacks on them that aren’t grounded in the reality of an incredibly difficult logistical situation. And that’s causing all sorts of people to say things that they probably shouldn’t say,” Long went on.

Despite the public’s outrage with the lack of proper relief in Puerto Rico, President Trump has praised FEMA for its efforts several times on Twitter. He even took it upon himself to so thoughtfully remind everyone on Friday of the logistical situation, by announcing that Puerto Rico is “An island, surround by water. Big water. Ocean water.”

We can only hope FEMA steps the heck up and summons whatever inspiration drove America to land on the moon and fight two world wars to help Puerto Rico, fast. 

CORRECTION: The clip of Mayor Cruz was played on “Fox News Sunday” on the national Fox network. 

WATCH: Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde, and more celebs led a powerful protest at Trump Tower

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Twitter accuses Michelle Obama of pushing 'racist' literature onto children

Former first lady Michelle Obama is facing accusations of pushing “racist” literature onto children by Twitter users after a school librarian rejected a donation of books from first lady Melania Trump and wrote a blog criticizing her literary choices.

Trump got heat Friday after Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro declined several Dr. Seuss books donated by the first lady, claiming the material was “cliché” and based on “racist propaganda.”

“Open one of his books (‘If I Ran a Zoo’ or ‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,’ for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art,” Soeiro wrote in an open letter to Trump, adding that the books were filled with “racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

SEE ALSO: Melania Trump fires back at Mass. librarian who rejected her donated books

Now many online are jumping to Trump’s defense by posting older photos of Michelle Obama reading children excerpts from Dr. Seuss books, arguing that the books weren’t considered “racist” until President Trump was sworn into office.

Dr. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First Lady donates books? Unreal,” one user wrote, while another posted: “Amazing… the same books Michelle Obama read to children, are now racist books because Trump is President.”

See more Twitter reactions below:

Later on Friday, the first lady fired back at the librarian who rejected her donation, with her director of communications calling Soeiro’s response “unfortunate,” according to FOX News

“She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example,” Trump’s spokeswoman told the outlet. “To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere.”

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WashPost Wallows in Twitter Mini-Scandal: ‘@TedCruz Likes Porn’ and ‘Shifts Blame’

On Wednesday morning, The Washington Post wallowed in enjoyment over the micro-scandal of Sen. Ted Cruz (or more likely, a staffer) hitting the “Like” button on a pornographic tweet. The Post headline at the top of page A-2 wasn’t objective. It read like a leftist blog: “At night, @tedcruz likes porn. In the morning light, the senator shifts blame.”

Post reporters Ed O’Keefe and Avi Selk began: “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) woke up Tuesday to find his name trending on Twitter – linked overnight to a certain explicit video, perhaps unfairly, perhaps irrevocably.” The sentence expressed the media wish that this social-media gaffe follow Cruz around for all time. 

The Post on Wednesday offered 732 words exploring with great joy all that this story might “irrevocably” mean. At the bottom of that same page, in tiny type, came this dispatch: “Seattle mayor to step down amid scandal.” They offered less than 150 words, if anyone noticed, to a fifth man accusing Democrat Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager. The “(D)” was in there.

That is barely news, though, as O’Keefe and Selk cracked open a beverage and uncorked their happy story about Cruz: 

Cruz, of course, is nowhere to be seen in the footage, which has been floating around the Internet for more than a year. But around midnight Eastern time, someone signed into the senator’s official Twitter account and clicked a little heart below the video – and thus did @tedcruz “like” porn.

By late morning, reporters were waiting outside the Capitol to question the flesh-and-blood Cruz about his online alias’s handiwork, which he disavowed.

“It was a staffing issue, and it was inadvertent,” the senator said. “It was a mistake.”

He said “a number of people” in his office had access to his account – contrary to Jimmy Kimmel and much of the critical Internet, who had assumed the senator himself clicked the heart before someone else unclicked it, after so much viral mockery.

But Cruz wouldn’t name the mystery staffer or say how they might be disciplined.

And twice that morning, reporters asked him if he was the liker.

“No,” Cruz said quietly as he finally walked away.

Then the Post revisited Cruz’s memoir when he recounted watching porn in a professional capacity, as a law clerk at the Supreme Court, when the justices were decided on whether porn should be regulated on the Internet. The story ended by focusing on how the porn makers are capitalizing on the liberal schadenfreude: 

“Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches,” reads the new banner text on @SexuallPosts.

And denial or not, the senator continued to be mocked across the Internet.

“Everyone on twitter after 1 a.m. on a Monday knows exactly how this whole thing works,” one wag wrote after Cruz’s spokeswoman blamed staff for the like. “You’re foolin’ nobody.”

Quipped another: “Liking a porn tweet is by far the least offensive, most normal thing Ted Cruz has ever done.”

Former Postie Chris Cillizza over at CNN offered his own version of ridicule, implying that Ted Cruz made a porn video (and hey, it’s Twitter, so let’s leave out what the Seattle mayor is accused of doing, and his party affiliation): 

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2017/09/14/washpost-wallows-tedcruz-likes-porn-and-shifts-blame

‘Project Runway’s’ Androgynous Designer Fails on Runway & Twitter

During the season 16 premiere of Lifetime’s Project Runway, we were introduced to designer Aaron Myers who described himself as a “dude in a dress” who wants to create androgynous fashions because, as he claimed, that is where fashion is heading.

But if Thursday, September 7’s episode, “We’re Sleeping Wear,” is any indication, Aaron appears to be sorely mistaken.

The designers were taken to the top of the Empire State Building for a sleepover to find inspiration for this week’s challenge, and Aaron found his inspiration in a vent he saw in the building.

“The inspiration for the pattern was based off of this vent that I saw. I kind of want, like, a simple, easy two-piece, and if I have time, like, and a– like, a-a robe. I’m super excited about my design. I think it’s something I would totally wear.” -Aaron

Except, of course, his model is a woman. Which is his point.

Not only did his design fail badly, Aaron’s own personal choice of clothing, a feminine pair of see-through frilly shorts, exposing his “tighty whitey” underwear underneath, became more of a focus than his design for his model:

Aaron: I was inspired by one of the vents as we were walking by, it had this really cool staggered, like, half-repeat print. So, I made like a stamp kind of block, and then I, like, made a print on there.

Heidi: I would love to know what happened. I was really loving the print that you were making. It’s just what you did with it, I’m so surprised. This is something that is going into the real world. You’re giving whoever she is out there two pieces that are way too tight, that are strangling on top, it’s too high. Who wants to wear that?

Nina: The top looks shabbily made, it’s crooked. The waistband looks like it could be a bad sweat pant. It just feels not well done. It’s a problem.

Aaron: Okay.

Demi Lovato: I really dislike the shorts. I don’t feel like they are flattering. I don’t feel like, if I put that on, I would feel sexy in it.

Zac Posen: Aaron, thank goodness you’re wearing underpants.

Heidi: It’s a little distracting, yeah?

Zac: It’s a little distracting. When you’re presenting a model next to you, just remember that you want that to be highlighted.

Aaron: Definitely, definitely.

Zac: As for the look, I kind of thought it was lackluster. You got to bring it up, this is Runway, the world is watching, and it needs to be a stronger point of view.

Yes, the world is watching. And not only were they put off by Aaron’s androgynous design for his model, they were also very disturbed by his own shorts, which professional designer and judge Zac Posen warned him about. And it wasn’t just the sheer fabric that turned people off; many were also not happy that they were quite feminine in style:

 

It’s a shame because Aaron seems like a sweet kid who is just trying too hard to be noticed. I personally would love to see what his aesthetic would look like if he would design feminine clothing for his models and wear less shocking and attention-grabbing styles for himself.

It’s almost as if the gender bending shock factor is a gimmick and he seems like he’d be talented enough to do well without such subversive methodology. Instead of helping him, his attempts to be edgy appear to be taking away from any possible talent he may have.

Let’s hope he takes Zac’s and the Twitterverse’s advice and leaves the pantaloons at home from now on and starts to design the feminine clothing that most people want to see on women.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/dawn-slusher/2017/09/08/project-runways-androgynous-designer-fails-runway-twitter

Twitter Users Blast Donald Trump For Using Hurricane Harvey 'As Political Cover'

Twitter users are calling out President Donald Trump for announcing a raft of controversial measures on Friday night, just before Hurricane Harvey struck Texas.

Hundreds of tweeters have accused Trump of using the life-threatening weather event, which has seen tens of thousands of people fleeing the Gulf Coast, as a “political cover” to deflect attention away from his actions.

Late Friday, Trump signed a memo which bans transgender individuals from newly enlisting in the military and pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona who was convicted after illegally targeting Latinos and has a history of racist actions, via Twitter:

Sebastian Gorka, one of the Trump’s most controversial advisers, also quit the White House.

Each of those political developments would usually lead news bulletins, and so tweeters were keen to ensure that they weren’t forgotten about because of the devastating Category 4 storm.

Here’s a sampling of the reactions so far:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Why Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all need to be urgently regulated to halt politically motivated censorship

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White House chief strategist and free market advocate Steve Bannon made news late last month by allegedly floating the idea of regulating Google and Facebook like utilities.

In a familiar refrain, three anonymous sources who were involved in discussions with Bannon supposedly revealed this development to The Intercept.

Government intervention into the private sector is usually and generally a bad idea, but assuming this report really reflects Bannon’s thinking, it may be worth considering given the internal and external censorship allegations engulfing Big Social, i.e., the Leftist, politically correct Silicon Valley oligarchy.

From The Intercept:

Bannon’s basic argument, as he has outlined it to people who’ve spoken with him, is that Facebook and Google have become effectively a necessity in contemporary life….

Regulating a company as a utility does not mean that the government controls it, but rather that it is much more tightly regulated in what it is able to do and prices it is able to charge. And it doesn’t mean every element of the company would be regulated in that way. For Google…it may only be the search function that would be regulated like a utility.

The Intercept added that in years past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg actually referred to his creation as a social utility.

Earlier this week, Google fired software engineer James Damore who wrote a 10-page essay from a centrist standpoint challenging the tech giant’s far Left, diversity-at-all-costs culture, a progressive agenda that simultaneously rejects intellectual diversity. This is, of course, the same organization that creates the search algorithms upon which almost every Internet user relies. (Related: Read more about online censorship at NewsCartels.com.)

In an interview after his termination, Damore remarked that there are lots of libertarian, conservative, and anti-social justice warrior employees in Silicon Valley but they have to keep their opinions on the down low to maintain job security, Breitbart reported.

As Natural News has detailed in a whole series of articles (with more coming), Google critics maintain that the giant search engine has down-ranked independent journalism and natural medicine sites — including Natural News at one point — that don’t share its progressive worldview, and is destroying their web traffic in the process.

In June 2016, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed that Google was actively engaged in trying to help Hillary Clinton become president. In a subsequently deleted video, SourceFed demonstrated that Google was allegedly manipulating auto-complete search results to bury negative information about Hillary Clinton.

Last year, Facebook found itself in a scandal over censoring conservative-oriented news from its news feed. As part of the “solution,” it now relies on far-left, third-party fact checkers to determine the difference between real and fake news. “We now live in a world where Facebook has the power and authority to flag and filter out what you can and cannot read,” Natural News separately explained.

Google-owned YouTube is currently demonetizing certain political videos, the latest being those produced by longtime Trump backers Diamond and Silk, thereby choking off a revenue stream, which is a form of stifling free speech.

As part of an expose with the “rebels” of Google, one former engineer using the alias Emmett told Breitbart that “he personally witnessed efforts from leftists within Google to bias YouTube’s algorithms to push anti-PC content off the platform’s ‘related videos” recommendations…and ‘it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before Google begins to bias its search results against the Trump movement, Republicans, and right-leaning politicians.”

Twitter has also been accused of suspending the accounts of Trump supporters and others on flimsy pretexts and shadow-banning tweets favorable to the president or that run counter to the Leftist, globalist worldview.

Earlier this year, Natural News founder Mike Adams wrote that the Google monopoly should be broken up for the benefit of consumers, the competitive marketplace, and free information flow. A New York Times Op-Ed subsequently seemed to agree with the Health Ranger about Google in general, suggesting that the government may need to regulate the search engine giant like a public utility given its gatekeeping sway over web traffic and e-commerce.

Given the revelations that seem to unfold on a daily basis, class-action lawsuits against these dominant social media platforms may also be on the horizon. In the meantime, free-speech advocates are planning nationwide protests, (#MarchOnGoogle) at Google offices around the country.

Parenthetically, the Health Ranger developed GoodGopher.com (which, unlike Google, doesn’t spy on the user), providing uncensored search results from thousands of independent media websites.

Any form of regulation would have to be carefully crafted to avoid any infringement on the First Amendment.

That said, taking all the circumstances into account, do you think it’s time for government, as flawed as it often is, to step in and regulate Google, Facebook, and Twitter like public utilities?

Sources include:

TheIntercept.com

Breitbart.com

Breitbart.com

Inquisitr.com

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