Friday, October 21, 2016

Culture Beat: The Social Media Thought Police

Culture Beat: The Social Media Thought Police — The Patriot Post
"Policing thought is, unfortunately, one of the realities of social media. 
We’ve detailed the censorship and bias of Facebook, but it’s hardly alone. 
Recently, Twitter suspended University of Tennessee law professor and blogger extraordinaire Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. Instapundit) over a “controversial” tweet about Black Lives Matter protesters. 
He was restored upon appeal, but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. 
This week, Twitter also suspended the account of conservative activist James O'Keefe. 
This time, it has to do with guns.
O'Keefe had just captured former Sen. Russ Feingold on camera saying, “Well, there might be an executive order” on gun control. 
A major Hillary Clinton donor also said, “Hillary wants to shut it down. If we can get guns away from everyone in this country, she’ll close the loopholes, she’ll get rid of assault weapons, she will get rid of being able to buy you know, unlimited bullets, she’s gonna make all that stop.”
Think Twitter didn’t want to suppress that? 
Ostensibly, this is about photos or videos without the subject’s consent, but O'Keefe has a habit of breaking inconvenient stories.
Meanwhile, YouTube has gotten in on the anti-conservative act. 
Prager University, which was created by conservative radio host Dennis Prager and offers short educational videos on a variety of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective, has charged that Google-owned YouTube has been censoring a number of its educational videos by classifying 21 of them as “restricted.” 
Video titles such as “Are the Police Racist?,” “What ISIS Wants,” “Did Bush Lie About Iraq?” and “What is the University Diversity Scam?” have landed under YouTube’s “restricted mode.”...

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