June 17, 2016

Facebook, Twitter Censor Conservative Writers Who Support Donald Trump

It is shameful and embarrassing but indicative of how schools, colleges, universities, law schools and journalists have failed to curb the dumbing down of American youth. The idea of free speech is to protect speech that you hate. Speech that you like needs no protection. If speech offends, the solution is more speech not less. That presupposes that speakers and offended listeners are searching for truth. Propaganda cannot withstand scrutiny. Propagandists use censorship to silence exposing their lies. No matter how many people object, if speech is legal it is protected. But under the growing misguided efforts of psychiatry to bring about the therapeutic state, snowflakes who are offended by speech can silence rational criticism and discourse. Shame on university administrators, school teachers, law schools and journalists for remaining silent. 

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Multiple Twitter users have reported that the popular #GaysForTrump hashtag is being censored on the platform.
A GIF posted by Twitter user @PunishedSage has revealed that the Twitter hashtag does not appear in the site’s suggested searches. When you type “#GaysFor” or even “#GaysForTr” into the site’s search function, the hashtags does not appear as a recommendation, despite its popularity in the wake of the Orlando shootings.
Multiple Twitter users have reported that the popular #GaysForTrump hashtag is being censored on the platform.

A GIF posted by Twitter user @PunishedSage has revealed that the Twitter hashtag does not appear in the site’s suggested searches. When you type “#GaysFor” or even “#GaysForTr” into the site’s search function, the hashtags does not appear as a recommendation, despite its popularity in the wake of the Orlando shootings.
This act of censorship by the social media giant comes on the tails of Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ short suspension from Twitter, which occured after he took to the platform with anti-Islamic remarks.


Twitter Appears To Censor Popular #GaysForTrump Hashtag
15 Jun 2016

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Conservative gay journalist Milo Yiannopoulos (pictured below with Anne Coulter and above with Donald Trump) is an outspoken conservative writer, who was suspended from Twitter Wednesday morning while on a tour that took him to a crowd outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

[From article]
Twitter has come under fire for allegedly censoring conservative gay voices after Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos was suspended and a popular pro-Donald Trump hashtag apparently disabled from the site's auto-complete system.
Yiannopoulos, who has been particularly critical of Islam in the wake of Sunday's shooting, in which Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 more in an Orlando gay club, had his account disabled Wednesday, Heat Street reported.
That same day, Twitter apparently blocked the hashtag #GaysForTrump from appearing automatically when typing.
The account run by Yiannopoulos, who is currently on a 50-week, 60-date U.S. college tour in which he espouses anti-feminist, anti-Islam views, went down Wednesday morning, a number of users reported.
Both #FreeMilo and #FreeNero (his Twitter handle) trended as word got out, and several fans objected to what they saw as censorship for his anti-Islamic views.
User @JohnCardillo said: 'Hey progressives, a gay man was silenced by Twitter for calling out radical Islam's killing of gays. #FreeMilo #FreeNero'
Another user, @UKamboj, wrote: 'Milo, a gay journalist, defended the LGBT community and is now suspended by the homophobes at @twitter #JeSuisMilo #FreeMilo'
And @exsacerdotal complained: 'Oh dear, @Nero has been suspended because he's strayed out of the confines of the LGBT zoo.'

Controversial: Yiannopoulos is infamous for his anti-feminist and anti-Islam views.

Yiannopoulos's account was restored by midday Wednesday, but with just 10,000 of his previous crowd of 275,000 followers. His follower list was restored by 3:30pm, Heat Street said.
Although the reason for Yiannopoulos's suspension isn't known at present, one user said that it was due to a focused campaign of complaints by Arabic Twitter users.
According to @Unspectateur, 'A Muslim with 1.2M followers tweeted out a call to action which led to the temporary suspension of @Nero.'
And @Cernovich identified the same account as being the origin for 'mass spam reports' against Yiannopoulos's account. The account is in Arabic.
On Sunday he wrote an article for Breitbart titled 'The Left Chose Islam Over Gays. Now 100 People Are Dead Or Maimed In Orlando.'
In it, he asked: 'How many more innocent gays need to die before we admit that America, and the world, has an Islam problem?'
He added: 'I don’t mean a "radical Islam" problem or an "extremist Islam problem." Violence is not the extreme in Islam any more: it’s the norm.'
Yiannopoulos was notified of the suspension in an interview with The Gavin McInness Show, in which he said he wasn't surprised.

'It was probably a mass reporting,' he said. 'Arabic Twitter got hold of me today... if they mass report enough I think it triggers some kind of automatic thing.'
Yiannopoulos had previously complained loudly about Twitter removing the 'blue tick' that signifies an official, 'verified' account, Business Insider reported in January.
The day before Yiannopoulos's suspension, the social media site came under fire for apparently removing #GaysForTrump from its auto-complete function, Breitbart reported.
Ordinarily when typing out a hashtag, Twitter will provide suggestions, with the options narrowing down with each letter typed.
But typing out '#GaysF' does not provide #GaysForTrump as an option.
User @PunishedSage made the observation Tuesday, adding that #LGBTQHatesTrumpParty - a less popular tag, according to data gleaned by Breitbart - was appearing in the auto-complete form.
'Gays for Trump' is a movement started by Chris Barron, president of the now-defunct gay conservative group GOProud, CNN reported.
As of Wednesday evening, neither option appeared when typed - however, Twitter was also not offering anything for the word '#Gay' at all.

Twitter accused of censorship after it suspends account of gay conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos for 'anti-Islam views' and blocks GaysForTrump hashtag
Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart Tech journalist, was suspended Wednesday
His account was later reinstated, but initially without his 275,000 followers
Some said it was censorship, but he believes it was an automated system
He said that Arabic Twitter users had flooded the site with complaints
Yiannopoulos has written about how the world has 'an Islam problem'
The hashtag #GaysForTrump was also apparently disabled on the site
It does not automatically appear when typing, unlike many other hashtags
PUBLISHED: 19:17 EST, 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 07:52 EST, 16 June 2016

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[From article]
The Women for Trump Facebook group was set up as a voice for women who “are fed up with loser politicians who won’t stand up for our freedom or for the USA.”
The WFT Facebook page currently has 27,000 followers and is one of the most popular Trump fan pages.
Today the Women for Trump Facebook page organizer received this warning from Facebook.
The message said Facebook “has received many reports from your page” and to, “Please review your posts for reasons that you have violated our terms.”
Facebook then threatens to suspend the page—
[video embedded]
This is the only post they can think of that could possibly be offensive?
And it was a video from a cable news show.
Now the page is being threatened with suspension.
UPDATE: This came from an IT professional:
I researched the suspension notice you posted an article about. This may be a spear phishing attack. The domain is registered to a proxy registration service in Panama, and leads to a server containing nothing but the attack form… I posted a warning on the Facebook page itself. This is a time sensitive matter, please contact them.
UPDATE: Brooke from Facebook wrote us with this statement.
Here is what we’re sending to media outlets who are requesting comment. Please feel free to use it in your update!
“After looking into this matter, Facebook was able to determine that the page administrator received this message as part of a phishing attempt. The message did not come from Facebook.”

Facebook Threatens to Suspend “Women for Trump” Facebook Fan Page
Jim Hoft
Jun 15th, 2016 4:24 pm

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