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    Twitter and Facebook Remove Trump Video, Claiming COVID “Misinformation” Violations

    Twitter and Facebook Remove Trump Video, Claiming COVID “Misinformation” Violations

    They’re publishers and they should be treated as such.
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    Facebook and Twitter have both removed videos of a Trump appearance on the cable show Fox and Friends, for what they claim is a violation of their “misinformation” policies. The posts removed were made by Trump himself and it’s not yet clear whether the two platforms have taken any action against posts shared by other users.

    Fox News explains:

    Facebook and Twitter are both taking action after a video shared by President Trump they say contains misinformation about the coronavirus.

    “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois told Fox News in a statement.

    In the removed video, the president told Fox & Friends that schools should remain open.

    “My view is that schools should be open,” Trump said. “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease.”

    He added that children have “much stronger immune systems” and “just don’t have a problem.”

    According to Facebook, this is the first time the social media platform has taken down a post from the president regarding misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

    It was not immediately clear if all posts containing the video have been removed.

    The icing on the cake comes from Twitter, who has hired as their Communications spox, Kamala Harris’ former Press Secretary. I’m sure he’s totally unbiased and neutral when it comes to these things.

    Really though:

    This is a problem. A major problem. It has been for a long time, but there is no longer any denying that major tech platforms are attempting to edge their way into the ultimate arbiters of “valid” or “right” information. They’re no longer platforms. They’re publishers and they should be treated as such.


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    nobody is forced to use these services. they are not public companies. they can do whatever they want. there is nothing that forces anyone to sign up. if you aren’t happy about how they run their companies GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! why is this so difficult to understand?

      Close The Fed in reply to [email protected]. | August 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      This is your typical macro libertarian here.

      On the upper echelon, private enterprise can do whatever they want.

      But the libertarians are never interested in micro libertarianism, because really it’s just too damned hard.

      The business licenses/ building permits/etc etc etc keep getting harder and harder to obtain, take longer, cost more, but the big guys have the skids greased for them.

      I would have respect for someone that tried to make life FREER for Average Americans. I have no respect for people that encourage and edorse a failure of consideration (the legal term) by big companies, and call that “freedom.”

      It would be far better for Congress to legislate, than to allow judges to come up with some jerry rigged common law solution.

      Common law solutions make true the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.”

      Close The Fed in reply to [email protected]. | August 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      And education: the teachers’ unions have a lock on government education pre-k through 12, but no libertarian has put himself on the line to break that lock and give Americans freedom for their kids to go to school wherever the parents want them to go.

      Please, spare me the “private business” schlock.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to [email protected]. | August 7, 2020 at 12:36 am

      They are Facists……

      felixrigidus in reply to [email protected]. | August 7, 2020 at 8:13 am

      So [email protected] thinks private companies can engage in targeted murder, after all to quote you “they can do whatever they want”.
      Does that also apply to drug dealers?
      And “shadow banning” precisely intends to remove any benefit (the reach of your tweet) in a way the user does not see and therefore cannot react.
      At this point in time your argument is either dishonest or stupid. Although, it could be both, come to think of it.

    Cleetus | August 7, 2020 at 6:01 am

    A great many do not understand how science works, how skepticism is an integral part of science which mandates open discussion, how little is really known /understood about COVID-19, etc. What Twitter and Facebook are doing with this policy is declaring themselves to be the final arbiter in science declaring what is fact and what is not while ignoring the reality of scientific research. This is nothing short of their version of Lysenkoism and it will end badly for them for while they condemn so many others for lying by the mere act of disagreeing with them, they themselves are the greater and worse liar.

    BierceAmbrose | August 7, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Do we require attribution of affiliations for commenting on the interwebz? Should we?

    Myself, when I see obfuscations allways drifting in one direction, I’m inclined to infer an agenda; a paid one.

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