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Old 09-01-2021, 11:12   #2356
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Re: U.S Election 2020

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Granted Twitter and Facebook are private companies, but Trump hated him or not is until 20th Jan the Democratically elected President of the United States. They have cut him off his preferred communication channels, in a fascists, overreach way.

Even folks from the other side are questioning the power these Big Techs have:

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Anyone celebrating this mass censorship of a political leader just because you hate the man, remember, the pendulum can swing both ways.
If social media owners then can't decide who is banned, which organisation should? Individual governments?
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Old 09-01-2021, 11:21   #2357
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It’s a difficult balancing act though. On the one hand these are commercial enterprises, they have ownership and they get criticised if they allow their property to be used to facilitate criminality. On the other hand they have deliberately sought market dominance and that gives them extraordinary power to control terms of public debate (unlike Cable Forum).

To be honest I’m a little more worried about Google and Apple denying access to their app stores to services like Parler. They are a step removed from what goes on within the app and it is an uncomfortable development if these two companies between them are going to decide this stuff for almost all mobile phone users in most of the world.

Google suspends Parler, Apple threatens to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55598887
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The issue is they have so much power in being the main communication platforms on the internet that there is a real-world consequence to them deplatforming a politician. That said the flip side of that is there is a real-world consequence to them giving people a platform from which they can incite.

Trump has been a headache for ages for social media companies. I think they probably wanted to do this for ages but now Trump is on his way out, significantly weakened his support in congress and given them a reason they took it.

I really don't know the answer because we also don't want the Government regulating it either.
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The issue is they have so much power in being the main communication platforms on the internet that there is a real-world consequence to them deplatforming a politician. That said the flip side of that is there is a real-world consequence to them giving people a platform from which they can incite.

Trump has been a headache for ages for social media companies. I think they probably wanted to do this for ages but now Trump is on his way out, significantly weakened his support in congress and given them a reason they took it.

I really don't know the answer because we also don't want the Government regulating it either.
Pretty clear myself where the line is. If you're advocating, harm injury, or inciting hate, then you're over the line. Otherwise you can spout whatever waffle you want. Trump was over the line repeatedly, not acting sooner has cost lives.
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Pretty clear myself where the line is. If you're advocating, harm injury, or inciting hate, then you're over the line. Otherwise you can spout whatever waffle you want. Trump was over the line repeatedly, not acting sooner has cost lives.
Yup - basically he broke the rules of the various social media platforms and the platform owners banned him. As is their right.

This seems to be a rule that holds true regardless of the size of the platform unless you believe that the Government has the right to over-rule site-owners.

If tech companies over-reach themseleves, then I can see governments getting more involved, perhaps insisting on independent appeals procedures, etc for the bigger sites. But I think they've been pretty patient with Trump, perhaps because he has driven large numbers to their platforms and for fear of a backlash from Trump's supporters.
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Old 09-01-2021, 11:42   #2361
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To be honest I’m a little more worried about Google and Apple denying access to their app stores to services like Parler. They are a step removed from what goes on within the app and it is an uncomfortable development if these two companies between them are going to decide this stuff for almost all mobile phone users in most of the world.

Google suspends Parler, Apple threatens to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55598887
The biggest question there is if Amazon pull the plug since it's apparently hosted on their AWS services.

Some of the stuff on there though is direct advocacy of violence, it's pretty explicit look though some of the content on there. Even before the weekend, you had people whose Twitter accounts were more moderate whereas on Parlar they were directly advocating for people's deaths.

It might be a step removed from Apple/Google's reach but if the developers of the application are not showing any desire to remove this content and even openly celebrating the fact they won't then I think Apple/Google's decision is made a whole lot easier.

I think that is actually an easier decision than the Trump on Twitter one.
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On the other hand they have deliberately sought market dominance and that gives them extraordinary power to control terms of public debate (unlike Cable Forum).
However we have the only people worth debating with.
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The biggest question there is if Amazon pull the plug since it's apparently hosted on their AWS services.

Some of the stuff on there though is direct advocacy of violence, it's pretty explicit look though some of the content on there. Even before the weekend, you had people whose Twitter accounts were more moderate whereas on Parlar they were directly advocating for people's deaths.

It might be a step removed from Apple/Google's reach but if the developers of the application are not showing any desire to remove this content and even openly celebrating the fact they won't then I think Apple/Google's decision is made a whole lot easier.

I think that is actually an easier decision than the Trump on Twitter one.
Yes. I think for Apple in particular it's a reputational one. A disillusioned teenager downloads an app on their iPhone, becomes radicalised and commits grave acts. The parents and media will blame Apple for making this easy.
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Granted Twitter and Facebook are private companies, but Trump hated him or not is until 20th Jan the Democratically elected President of the United States. They have cut him off his preferred communication channels, in a fascists, overreach way.

Even folks from the other side are questioning the power these Big Techs have:

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Anyone celebrating this mass censorship of a political leader just because you hate the man, remember, the pendulum can swing both ways.
He can still use the POTUS account until then...

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No he cannot use potus account, Dorsey locked that one and deleted the tweets Trump posted after his own personal one was locked.
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No he cannot use potus account, Dorsey locked that one and deleted the tweets Trump posted after his own personal one was locked.
They should phone us for help spotting and banning re-registrations and duplicate accounts, there was a time on CF when we were plagued by idiots and this became a primary mod skill. Im sure we could come up with a reasonable hourly rate.
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Can Trump be impeached? Democrats plot move to oust 'unhinged' president over nuclear fears

Following the violent siege of the US Capitol, opponents are seeking the White House incumbent's immediate removal from office.

Moves are under way by Democrats in Congress to impeach Donald Trump for a historic second time, amid fears of the "unhinged" president having access to the nuclear codes.

In the wake of the violent siege of the US Capitol by Trump supporters that left five dead, opponents are seeking his immediate removal from office, declaring him "unstable".

With less than two weeks before he is due to leave the White House, there are also those within Mr Trump's own Republican Party who want to see him gone sooner.
On a private conference call with Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "We must take action."

Prominent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also told the Anchorage Daily News that Mr Trump "needs to get out".
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Now, if there was a way Pence could become President before he leaves office in a week......
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Now, if there was a way Pence could become President before he leaves office in a week......
See what you're saying, Pence now has a pretty good motive for impeaching Trump!
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I imagine if there is a serious threat he'll get Secret Service project. Biden could probably order it anyway.
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