what utter & complete jewish nazi drivel

US-based non-profit sues Apple to REMOVE Telegram over failure to censor ‘hate speech,’ cites Parler crackdown as example
RT.com, Jan 18 2021

The Coalition for a Safer Web, a non-profit founded by an ex-US ambassador, has sued Apple, demanding it deletes Telegram from its store, arguing that the app is being used to “incite extreme violence” ahead of the inauguration. The Washington-based non-profit and its president Marc Ginsberg, who served as US ambassador to Morocco from 1994 to 1998 and was deputy senior adviser to the US president on Middle East Policy (1978–1981), argue in the newly filed federal lawsuit that Apple has failed to hold Telegram accountable for violating its terms of service. The complaint, filed on Sunday with the US District Court for Northern California, accuses Telegram of allowing anti-Semites, white supremacists and other extremists to thrive on its platform, with Apple purportedly turning a blind eye to the fact. The lawsuit alleges:

Telegram currently serves as the preferred neo-Nazi/white nationalist communications channel, fanning anti-Semitic and anti-black incitement during the current wave of protests across America.

It alleges that the privacy-focused messaging app is poised to become an even bigger breeding ground for extremist content as users “migrate to Telegram” after Big Tech’s crackdown on Parler, which was booted from Apple and Google stores for providing a platform for some pro-Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol. The suit posits that if Apple fails to remove the app, it may give rise to street violence, arguing that Telegram “is currently being used to coordinate and incite extreme violence before the inauguration of President Joe Biden.” Ginsberg, who is a co-plaintiff in the suit, notes that in a letter to Apple in July he already asked the tech behemoth to pull Telegram to hold its “financial feet to the fire,” but has received no reply. The former US official, who is Jewish, argues that Apple’s inaction has caused him “emotional distress” through the use of his iPhone. Ginsberg evaluates damages he allegedly suffered as a result of Apple’s perceived leniency towards the messaging app at over $75k. The complaint alleges:

By continuing to host Telegram on the Apple App Store, defendant facilitates religious threats against him and his family that has caused Ambassador Ginsberg to fear for his life.

Arguing that Apple should banish Telegram from its store without delay, the suit draws on Parler’s case as precedent, noting:

Apple has not taken any action against Telegram comparable to the action it has taken against Parler to compel Telegram to improve its content moderation policies.

The non-profit told the WaPo on Sunday that it plans to mount a similar lawsuit against Google. Telegram has seen explosive growth in its user base after established social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, blocked Trump and launched a crackdown on his supporters. The messaging platform, which prides itself on its end-to-end encryption for messages, reported over 500m monthly users in the first week of January, with CEO Pavel Durov saying that it added 25m new users in just 72 hours. However, while some portion of the newcomers might have indeed been conservatives fleeing the wide-ranging social media purge, Durov said that almost two-in-five new clients came from Asia, 27% from Europe, and 21% from Latin America. While facing constant criticism for its lax moderation policies, Telegram has recently made headlines for banning “dozens of public channels” for inciting violence.

‘Hello world, IS THIS THING ON?’ Parler reappears online after finding new host, vows to restore free-speech platform ‘soon’
RT.com, Jan 18 2021

Parler, the fledgling social media platform that was taken down this month as part of a wide-ranging crackdown by Big Tech, has reappeared online with a one-page message vowing to soon have its service back up and running. “Hello world, is this thing on?” Parler Chief Executive John Matze quipped in a message that appeared as the company’s website resurfaced on Sunday, marking its first sighting since being shut down a week ago, when Amazon terminated its web-hosting services. Matze added:

Now seems like the right time to remind you all, both lovers and haters, why we started this platform. We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a non-partisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish.

The company offered no details on its restoration plans or timeline for resuming service. According to the WHOIS internet database, it’s being hosted by Epik, the same platform that carries server traffic for Gab and 8chan. Parler hasn’t commented on its new hosting service, and Epik issued a statement on Jan 11 saying that as of then, it hadn’t been contacted by the social media company. At the same time, Epik spoke out against deplatforming companies like Parler and their users. Taking aim at the tech giant’s move to drop Parler, the company said:

It is becoming increasingly easy to demonize anyone who has different beliefs with no recognition of the actual effects and impact this can have on society.

Parler’s Matze has said the company was almost simultaneously cut off by a wide range of service providers after some of its users were involved in the Jan 6 assault on the US Capitol by election-fraud protesters, and competing providers declined to fill the void. Google and Apple both removed Parler from their app stores, while Amazon Web Services banned the company from using its servers, citing its refusal to remove content that threatens public safety. Parler, although it is particularly favored by conservatives, wasn’t the only place where far-right protesters discussed their plans. Many used mainstream platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, none of which was canceled as a result. Matze had to flee his home and take his family into hiding because of death threats, and many Twitter users reacted to reports of Parler’s new hosting service by calling for Epik to be shut down. One commenter said:

Epik should be sued and held punitively liable for their part in sedition. Hit them financially if they are morally bankrupt.

Ex-Facebook exec calls for de-platforming OANN and Newsmax, laments that some conservatives have BIGGER AUDIENCES than CNN
RT.com, Jan 17 2021

Alex Stamos at the 2017 Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas.
Photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos likened Republicans in Congress to ISIS supporters and argued that conservative voices such as OANN and Newsmax must be quieted to return Americans to “consensual reality.” In a CNN interview on Sunday, Stamos suggested that the conservative news outlets be banned by cable TV carriers. He said:

We’re going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem. You know that these companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes. This is allowing people to seek out information if they really want to, but not pushing it into their faces, I think, is where we’re going to have to go here.

Stamos, who was chief security officer at Facebook until Aug 2018, said press freedoms are being abused by “bad actors” that have an economic interest in becoming “more and more radical.” As Fox News fell out of favor with devout Trump supporters for some of its post-election coverage, which Stamos called introducing “realism” in its reporting, OANN and Newsmax outflanked Fox “on the right” and allowed viewers to “put themselves into a sealed ecosystem,” Stamos said. He argued:

That becomes a huge challenge of figuring out, how do you bring those people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensual reality? There’s over half of the Republicans in Congress voted to overturn the election, and there will be continued political pressure on the companies to not take it seriously.

He called for Big Tech to focus first on removing “violent extremists,” then “turn down the capability” of conservative influencers to reach large audiences. Stamos said:

There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views. So it’s up to the Facebooks and YouTubes, in particular, to think about whether or not they want to be effectively cable networks for disinformation.

The call for aggressive deplatforming of conservative voices, following a purge that’s already seen the banning of the president of the US and a coordinated takedown of free-speech Twitter alternative Parler, was welcomed at CNN, which has already lobbied to push Fox off the airwaves in the wake of the Jan 6 US Capitol riot. CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy said:

Just a reminder that neither Verizon, ATT nor Comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OANN and Newsmax into millions of homes. Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels, given their election-denialism content? They won’t say.

Darcy made no mention of the content at CNN and other mainstream media outlets denying the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election, based on claims, without evidence, that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians to win. Fox contributor Lisa Boothe asked:

What kind of totalitarian society are you cheering on? CNN recently had to settle a big lawsuit for getting the facts wrong. Is this really a fair game to play?

Author Tim Carney questioned whether CNN’s pressuring of cable carriers to drop competitors might be considered a violation of antitrust law. Former California congressional candidate Beatrice Cardenas asked Darcy:

Who are you to demand censorship of freedoms of the press, psycho?

Owen Paun, director of North Macedonia’s International Republican Institute, said Stamos and CNN “want to return to a simpler time, when the establishment was the gatekeeper of ‘truth.'”

Pennsylvania engineer Pete Finnegan said the simpler time might be a fictional one, as in George Orwell’s ‘1984.’

Right-wing activist Jack Posobiec drew attention to Stamos’ record at Facebook:

Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for ‘multiple violations’ after she alleges Georgia elections were ‘stolen’
RT.com, Jan 18 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jan 13 2021. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Twitter has suspended Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for 12 hours after the vocally pro-Trump lawmaker sparred with a Georgia elections official, alleging fraud was to blame for the GOP losing the runoffs. In a statement to CNN on Sunday, Twitter confirmed that it had locked the outspoken lawmaker out of her personal account for 12 hours, citing “multiple violations” of its “civic integrity policy.” Greene apparently fell victim to the recently updated Twitter policy, which envisions a system of strikes for pushing “unverified information about election rigging.” In a string of messages on Sunday, Greene squared off with fellow Republican and Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling, after he pinned the blame for defeat on Greene, former Georgia GOP Rep Doug Collins, as well as President Donald Trump. Sterling argued that the rhetoric on election fraud coming from the trio discouraged party supporters from showing up at the polls, and ultimately “cost the GOP two Senate seats and control of the Senate,” while “giving Biden and Dems a free hand.”

Greene fired back, claiming that the initial Georgia special election on Nov 3 “was stolen” with the help of Dominion voting tech, and that election officials “ignored” reports of voting irregularities.

Responding to her suspension, Greene said that she had been “silenced” by Big Tech for challenging the mainstream narrative. Calling on Congress to “act swiftly to protect free speech in America,” she said:

If a conservative dares to utter a political opinion that is deemed unapproved by the internet police they are now subject to the false accusations of ‘inciting violence’ simply for having an conservative view.

Twitter has ramped up its crackdown on accounts voicing allegations of election fraud after President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was certified by Congress on Jan 6, in a session disrupted by a crowd of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, alleging the election was “stolen” from the Republican incumbent. Twitter has introduced a five-tier system of strikes to punish repeated violators. An 12-hour account lock, the measure the platform enforced in Green’s case, is reserved for those who have already received two or three strikes. In the case of four strikes, the account is suspended for seven days, and if a user incurs the wrath of the Twitter censors for a fifth time, then they face a “permaban.”

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