Grandstanding GOP Senators Continue To Mislead About Social Media Bias, Demand A 'Fairness Doctrine' For The Internet

from the stop-it dept

We've talked for a while about the sheer silliness of (mainly) Republican politicians whining about supposed "anti-conservative bias" on social media platforms. As we've pointed out, the actual evidence hasn't shown any evidence of bias. The random anecdotal examples of badly moderated content have mostly just shown how difficult it is to do content moderation at scale. The "bad" moderation decisions impact lots of folks across the political spectrum -- it's just that some grandstanding Republicans like to engage in confirmation bias (the only actual bias that seems to be occurring here) to suggest the moderation mistakes are politically motivated. We've pointed out multiple times now that crying wolf on this issue is not a good look for conservatives -- on multiple levels.

Beyond the fact that the evidence seems to disprove the claims of bias (oh, and yet another study has shown no evidence of bias), for years these very same Republicans kept attacking the idea of the "fairness doctrine," which was an FCC rule in place for a few decades, demanding "equal representation" of political views on the public airwaves. It hasn't been in place for a while, but for a few years, this same group of Republicans grandstanded about false claims that Democrats were trying to bring it back. And yet, what they seem to be demanding now is the return of the fairness doctrine, but in an even more ridiculous way. Rather than on the public airwaves -- where at the very least there was some legitimate claim to the government being able to set some conditions -- these Senators now seem to want to force private companies to run businesses the way they want them to. What a bunch of hypocrites.

And the largest of the hypocrites is Senator Ted Cruz, who has continued to repeat this myth, holding multiple hearings on the topic, including a new one yesterday, with representatives from Facebook and Twitter in attendance. Someone from Google was supposed to be there but (get this), Ted Cruz rejected the Google witness, likely after discovering that Google was sending a former Ted Cruz staffer, who would have done a nice job debunking his former boss's nonsense. Kinda ironic, in a hearing on platforms supposedly blocking conservatives from speaking, the Senate itself decided to block a conservative from speaking.

Most of the hearing went pretty much as planned, with the usual nonsense. Cruz, once again, misrepresented the nature of Section 230 of the CDA and also made noises about changing it. He also threatened other attacks on social media companies, including antitrust. The big "gotcha" moment that some in the press have picked up on was particularly dumb. Cruz rolled out an anti-abortion quote from Mother Theresa that had been used in an ad on Twitter that was apparently blocked, and demanded that Twitter and Facebook execs answer "is this hate speech?".

That, of course, misses the point massively. As Twitter's representative on the panel, Carlos Monje Jr. noted, the tweet was caught in an automated system review, but that the advertiser behind it remains as an advertiser in good standing on the platform -- and he also noted that advertisements on both sides of the abortion debate had been blocked at times on Twitter, which makes total sense, given the strong emotions and controversy felt around that issue. But the bigger point is trotting out a single example is nonsense. It's grandstanding. As we've discussed time and time again, content moderation is an arena of massive gray space, rather than black and white. There are tons of judgment calls, and much of it depends on what it is the platform is actually trying to accomplish. Some platforms don't want controversial content. Some platforms don't want "hate" speech. But what falls into those categories is an open question and in a free market system (the kind Republicans used to claim they supported), we let the companies decide for themselves.

Thankfully, a bunch of conservative/Republican groups and commentators spoke out against Cruz's nonsense as well. The group Americans for Prosperity put out a statement calling out Cruz's nonsense:

... asking the government to police online speech – either through direct action or by cajoling private firms – sets a dangerous precedent that will undermine essential elements of free speech. Government regulation of digital speech won’t protect free speech. It will only increase the likelihood of government censorship.

“Tech companies have the freedom to run their businesses as they see fit, including setting standards for what user content they do and do not want to host, and Americans have the right to speak through alternative platforms or share their opinions elsewhere.

“Today’s largest tech platforms may have the means to manage the legal risk of administering an online speech code but smaller startups do not, so regulation intended to curtail the influence of large tech companies would only cement it.”

TechFreedom's Berin Szoka didn't mince words either:

“Mind-bogglingly, it’s conservatives who are now leading the charge to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine,” continued Szóka. “Conservatives spent nearly 80 years crusading against government meddling in media. Yet now, they’re trying to subject website operators to essentially the same, hopelessly arbitrary standard of ‘neutrality’ they long opposed. They’ve twisted themselves into ideological pretzels by convincing themselves that Section 230 is some kind of special subsidy to ‘Big Tech’ and that the law has always required neutrality. Both claims are patently false. All websites that host user content need clear legal protections against broad liability for user content. Without such protections, the fear of being sued will shut down the smallest sites — and, ironically, protect Big Tech from competition. But even the biggest sites will do less of the kind of content moderation that makes online communities and services usable. In the end, how they run their services will become subject to political pressure. Sadly, it already is, which seems to be the purpose of conservative fear-mongering on this issue.”

“The anecdotal examples of anti-conservative bias in content moderation just don’t hold up,” concluded Szóka. “Cruz, Graham and other leading Republicans have repeatedly cited bogus examples of conservatives being ‘censored.’ Most exemplary is the brazenly false claim that now Sen. Marsha Blackburn was censored for her pro-life views. In fact, her Senate campaign launch video centered on the defamatory claim that Planned Parenthood was selling baby body parts. Neither this video nor her account were taken down by the major platforms; instead, they simply declined to allow her to pay to promote the video because it violated their terms of service. This isn’t censorship; it’s just ad companies preventing the abuse of their advertising systems. Sadly, the companies involved haven’t had the courage to debunk these claims clearly because of the vast political pressure wielded against them by lawmakers bent on partisan revenge. Their timidity should remind us all that the First Amendment bars bullying media companies just as much as explicit censorship.”

Indeed, during the hearing, Marsha Blackburn brought up the bogus ad controversy, saying: “Should Twitter allow ads that denounce Planned Parenthood for selling baby body parts?” That's a ridiculous question for a sitting Senator to ask. No one in Congress should be determining what ads are allowed or not allowed on any platform. And, again, Twitter did allow Blackburn's video. It just said such an ad violated its policies (which it did, because it was nonsense).

Others have raised this point in the past as well. The Cato Institute last year questioned why Ted Cruz -- a supposed conservative free marketer -- seems so against property rights when it comes to the property rights of internet companies. It's almost as if he's a total hypocrite who believes in government intervention against companies he dislikes, but insists on no government intervention when it's companies he does like. Remember, this is the same Ted Cruz who falsely attacked "net neutrality" as a government takeover of the internet.

And now he's whining that the government needs to force neutrality on the internet.

How can anyone possibly take him seriously?

Filed Under: cda 230, conservative bias, fairness doctrine, grandstanding, section 230, senate, ted cruz


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  1. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 10:54am

    Conservatives spent nearly 80 years crusading against government meddling in media. Yet now, they’re trying to subject website operators to essentially the same, hopelessly arbitrary standard of “neutrality” they long opposed.

    Cheering them on from the sidelines are 9/11 truthers, the birther movement, Flat Earthers, sovereign citizens, plague protectionists (a.k.a. anti-vaxxers), and Alex Jones.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:08am

    They're just jealous...

    ...of all the things they are getting away with in the EU right now and are feeling their way into having a comparable relationship with their constituents. Finding new ways to degrade the Constitution is like a sport to them. They keep competing on stupid rather than sly, but don't care too much as either seems to be working.

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    TaboToka (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:09am

    Yeah, he's my Senator

    I wish Canada would take him back.

    ...as a humanitarian gesture.

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    Baron von Robber, 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:17am

    Does this go for AM radio too? It seems to be 100% RWNJs.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:28am

    "If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will abandon democracy."

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    ECA (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:31am

    'Fairness Doctrine'

    Considering it was removed by a republicans, during a republican president??

    BUT what is the problem..
    No one is stopping anyone from creating their OWN SITES...

    Get a chance go read the old version..And why the revocation..
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_fairness_doctrine

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:41am

    Re:

    RNWJs = Random Water Ninja Jackasses?

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    michael, 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:44am

    They said that Net Neutrality was the internet's Fairness Doctri

    Republicans have such short memories.

    One of their earilest and loudest complaints about Net Neutrality was this is was a "Fairness Doctrine for the Internet!!!11!"

    https://thehill.com/policy/technology/63875-blackburn-net-neutrality-is-qfairne ss-doctrine-for-the-internetq

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:00pm

    Someone is trying way to hard to stifle the speech linking him to being the Zodiac Killer.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:23pm

    A study by Media Matters is hardly unbiased or conclusive.

    "Media Matters for America. Media Matters for America (MMfA) is a progressive tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, with the stated mission of "comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media".

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    TDR, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:33pm

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    To be fair about 9/11, the official government report is indeed full of inconsistencies and misrepresentations. AE911Truth is not aligned with other so-called truthers in that it's made up of literally thousands of actual architects and engineers, the people who actually design, build, and know all there is to know about skyscrapers and other such buildings.

    There are a lot of things that can't just be brushed aside. For instance, did you know that all of the companies that were leasing space in the towers at the time had connections either to the Bush administration or to technology such as nano-thermite which was capable of bringing down the towers? Also, earlier that year, both buildings got new fireproofing, but what's curious is that it was applied in the exact places in both buildings where the planes would later hit. There's a lot more if you do some digging.

    https://www.ae911truth.org/

    I'm not familiar with the birther movement, though, so I can't comment on that. As far as vaccines go, It's been observed from multiple studies that Amish, who don't use them, tend to have lower rates of infection and disease than non-Amish, who generally do, but I don't know enough about that issue to draw any firm conclusions about it.

    I try not to disregard anything out of hand that might have any possibility of even a part of it being true, and to me a single faulty study isn't reason enough to demonize and ostracize an entire movement, especially since there are many others independently researching the issue and not trying to fudge the results as they do so, unlike the original researcher so often derided. But again, I don't know enough about it to say for certain how much merit it may or may not have, so I won't.

    Looking down on anyone and thinking you're better than them makes you no better than how you see them, and that hate and mistreatment will eventually turn back on you sooner or later. You might want to think about what you would want were the situation reversed and you were the one whose beliefs and position were being ridiculed.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:35pm

    Media Matters is a lobby firm pretending to be a media outlet. You can't take any website seriously that pretends they matter. They really should change their name.

    It is absolutely impossible to take any author serious that doesn't understand that Media Matters is biased trash. I won't be reading this author anymore since I know he's clueless.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:37pm

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    You sure do have a lot of prejudices.

    Not going to throw religious beliefs in as well? Any who believes in some kind of invisible man in the sky? Or is that not popular at this time?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:42pm

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    You might have a point if other studies didn't corroborate their findings. Since there are other studies that do and no evidence to suggest conservatives are being unfairly censored on social media, we can assume their information is accurate.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:42pm

    Re: At least it’s not midichlorians

    “For instance, did you know that all of the companies that were leasing space in the towers at the time had connections either to the Bush administration or to technology such as nano-thermite which was capable of bringing down the towers? ”

    To be fair about 9/11 truthers. You guys are better fiction writers than most of what passes for actual sci-fi. Do you think you could get a Star Wars novel losence from Disney?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:43pm

    mwahaha

    Mr Cruz seems to forget he does not own twitter😁

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:43pm

    Re: Re: At least it’s not midichlorians

    license*

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:46pm

    Re: and nothing of value was lost

    Bye Felicia

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 12:48pm

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    There is exactly zero evidence of unfair conservative censorship bias on social media platforms. If you point to a conservative who was banned, I can point to a liberal who was banned. The idea that this is even a thing is ludicrous beyond belief.

    Just because Media Matters may or may not be a lobby firm masquerading as a media outlet, doesn't automatically make them wrong on whatever they say. And certainly not in this case where there is no evidence that this is happening.

    You are completely within your rights to leave. And it really sounds like this is not the site for you. Thanks for checking it out anyway though. I wish you luck finding a site that agrees with your particular world view.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re:

    I have a friend who introduced me to this truth back after it happened. Shared a lot of videos and evidence showing what really happened. We spent months pouring over the data and looking at every angle we could find. The amount of stuff we wrote about it could probably be a thesis.

    In the end I could find no evidence whatsoever that fit the narrative that it was an inside, government job. The logic, statistics, and physics just didn't allow for it.

    For instance, statistically speaking, it would have been impossible for there not to have been someone leaking this or blowing the whistle on it given the sheer number of people who would have had to have been involved. Almost 20 years later, there is no way someone would not have come forward with incontrovertible proof it was a government setup.

    I keep an open mind but I've yet to find any evidence that it was not exactly what it appeared to be, a horrible terrorist attack by an extremist group.
    Occam's Razor applies.

    As far as vaccines go, It's been observed from multiple studies that Amish, who don't use them, tend to have lower rates of infection and disease than non-Amish, who generally do

    And you have sources that have done studies that we can look at to verify this? It is an un-disputable fact that vaccines prevent the spread of disease. You only have to look at the current measles outbreak, a disease which was almost eradicated in the US but is now on the rise again, to prove that. Who is getting measles? Only the unvaccinated. Where are the outbreaks? In communities with high rates of unvaccinated people.

    There is no truth to any of these stories. I'm not looking down on you but I do want to challenge you to take another look at the information on both sides.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Is it now prejudice to call out people who aren't telling the truth and instead spreading lies and falsehoods?

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:11pm

    You sure do have a lot of prejudices.

    Everyone has prejudices. Humanity is funny like that.

    Not going to throw religious beliefs in as well?

    We could start with the ones that people use to justify marginalizing and physically attacking LGBT people, if you would like.

    (A specific religious belief in and of itself is inert. The things people do based on those beliefs, however, are worth caring about.)

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:29pm

    Re: Re:

    Oh, I clearly have a point because I'm not an anonymous coward. Therefore I actually matter. I'm also not quoting a biased lobby firm that works for rich democrats that's pretending to be a news outlet so I'm better.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Re: and nothing of value was lost

    Thanks for your original comment child. lol

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Re:

    Oh stop it. Of course there's proof of bias. "Learn to code" proved that. A bunch of childish little journalists got mad because their own line got thrown back in their childish little faces when 2000 of them got fired for not mattering anymore. Because America does not care about buzzfeed social nonsense. That's right. Those folks would have jobs if nutter conspiracy fantasyland and magic corruption russians had actually existed.

    But the fantasy ended. Now Media Matters, a fake news outlet, is being quoted in a story that's trying to pretend it's real, and you in the depths of your ignorance are trying to justify believing a fake lobby firm because of your personal bias

    Everybody sees it. Just like this poorly written story, you aren't fooling anyone intelligent. Just the NPC's.

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    That One Guy (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:34pm

    Uhh, no

    Oh, I clearly have a point because I'm not an anonymous coward. Therefore I actually matter.

    That's... not how that actually works. If TD's resident trolls decided to make accounts and post under them that act would not make their comments matter or be respectable any more than they already are. The only thing that matters is the content, not the name it's posted under or whether or not it's done by someone with an account.

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    Baron von Robber, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:35pm

    Re: Re:

    Right Wing Nut Jobs. Trump, Alex Jones, etc.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:38pm

    Of course there's proof of bias. "Learn to code" proved that.

    “Trebuchet TERFs” proved that Twitter will suspend/ban people who identify as politically left-leaning. Your supposed “proof of bias” is bullshit.

    Also, you might to ask yourself what kinds of views are being expressed by the people identifying as conservatives/Republicans/right-wingers who end up on the business end of a suspension or ban. I mean, when was the last time you heard of any such person being suspended for saying “we need a smaller federal government”?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:39pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm not an anonymous coward. Therefore I actually matter.

    That's a bit elitist and bigoted of you. Since you vote anonymously, does that mean you don't matter either?

    I'm sorry you don't like what I have to say but saying I don't matter because I refuse to register a user account is illogical and, as I said, elitist and bigoted.

    Part of the reason I don't register a username is because of people like you and your exact statement. You could say I'm proving a point.

    I'm also not quoting a biased lobby firm that works for rich democrats that's pretending to be a news outlet

    That doesn't make them wrong. If they said the sky was blue would you say they were wrong just out of spite?

    so I'm better.

    No, actually, you're worse.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:41pm

    Re:

    Again, please stop. You aren't fooling anyone intelligent. Folks can see the bias just going to Google News with no account. Go there in an incognito window. By default the most powerful internet company on Earth only hands you the biased left version of the news.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:42pm

    Re: Uhh, no

    I'm thinking my opinion matters more to me than yours does, so I've decided I'm right.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Try being someone. The anonymous don't matter.

    Hope this helps, coward.

    Fun Fact: The origin of the Anonymous Coward account is Slashdot.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:45pm

    Congratulations, you’re now equally as ignorant and pig-headed as Shiva Ayyadurai.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    NPCs

    Well, it's nice when someone outs themselves as someone completely uninterested in a serious or intellectually honest conversation.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:46pm

    You aren't fooling anyone intelligent.

    Bold of you to presume your own intelligence.

    By default the most powerful internet company on Earth only hands you the biased left version of the news.

    I can’t imagine why Breitbart and InfoWars are not in the top results for news stories~.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:47pm

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    And we can see you've given up because you are lying. That's very childish sir. I'd be embarrassed for having my immaturity exposed so publicly.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You don't actually matter yet. You are still a nobody.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Because America does not care about buzzfeed social nonsense. That's right. Those folks would have jobs if nutter conspiracy fantasyland and magic corruption russians had actually existed.

    That is not why there have been massive online media layoffs in recent years. Buzzfeed, like a large number of media organizations that have not gone to a subscription model, have had a rough time because of falling digital ad revenue, the incredibly wrong push to video movement, social media, and the overall dilution of content across the web.

    But you continue to live in fantasyland and pretend it was because of their content.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 1:57pm

    Re: Re:

    Ahh...I see you refuse to argue in good faith.

    Go on, run back to 4chan and tell all of your buddies how awesome and manly you are for defeating the old nerds at Techdirt. Raise a glass of soda and cheer yourself for being the most alpha man out there.

    Here i'll get you started:
    [deapan]: You are awesome. woo. wooo. You have defeated us on the battlefield of mental combat. woo.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    When people start lying, it's over. He got caught in a lie. We all saw it.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    They literally fired all their "woke" departments. Which is ironic considering they are fast asleep when it comes to ethics.

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:04pm

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    Sadly you are bereft of any value unless we need personal attacks lol.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    [pats you on the head] Bless your heart.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:14pm

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    I won't be reading this author anymore since I know he's clueless.

    Then why are you still here?

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    (changes your diaper lol)

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    Zof (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Because I do what I want. Happy angry little man?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    It most certainly is prejudice to assume how five different groups of people, who each have one single belief to differentiate, all feel on a sixth matter

    It isn't like LGBT where they all feel the same on all other issues is it? At least I haven't heard that all five groups have organized under one umbrella to make themselves louder, have you?

    "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience"

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:37pm

    Re:

    start with the people who like to justify marginalizing others

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    Thad (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:37pm

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    A study by Media Matters is hardly unbiased or conclusive.

    Fortunately, we have Republican senators to provide us with unbiased conclusions.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    There are plenty of regulars here with accounts whose opinions are worth less than many of those from anonymous posters. You are among them.

    I have an account. I just can't be arsed to log into it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Translation:

    Because I'm trying to troll people smarter than me and I keep failing. Please help?

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:53pm

    It most certainly is prejudice to assume how five different groups of people, who each have one single belief to differentiate, all feel on a sixth matter

    Call it prejudice if you want, but I call it sound reasoning. 9/11 truthers, birthers, Flat Earthers, sovereign citizens, plague protectionists, and Alex Jones would all benefit from legal enforcement of “neutrality” on platforms such as Twitter. “But why?” you might ask. Simple: If platforms are required by law to be “view from nowhere” neutral on what people say on those platforms, the misinformation and propaganda from those five groups and one asshole I mentioned before will all receive a boost in credibility. If what they say is not against the law and is just “one side” of an issue, after all, the “side” they each represent could not be prevented from spreading their speech on that platform — no matter how much it might end up causing real harm in the world (e.g., the rise in measles outbreaks around the U.S.; the parents of Sandy Hook victims being harassed and threatened into hiding). If my being prejudiced against those assholes makes me a bad person, say hello to the Bad Guy.

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  53. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think calling him a troll is not even right at this point. He is just flailing randomly and hoping someone engages him. It is getting kind of cute.
    Like when a panda gets its head stuck in a plastic pail and runs into a wall.

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  54. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:57pm

    Re: Re:

    “We could start with the ones that people use to justify marginalizing and”

    You forgot the quote marks bro. Or you didn’t read what he said because it didn’t fit your bullshit narrative.

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  55. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Re:Will the real Jhon Smith please stand up?

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  56. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: and nothing of value was lost

    You are welcome. Now didn’t you say you were leaving bro?

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  57. icon
    Toom1275 (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Can't you come up with something original?
    Your projection is boring.

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  58. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:03pm

    Re: Re:

    Sorry Felecia. You seem to have acting like a child and treating you like a child because you are acting like one badly confused. Grow up and stop stealing talking points from MRA forums and you might be worth treating like an adult. Until then we will continue to treat you like the delusional RWNA that you act like.

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  59. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    With a full nappy no less.

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  60. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:17pm

    Why are we even arguing about whether Media Matters is an unbiased research institution or a partisan political organization?

    Even the company's mission statement admits bias.

    "Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

    https://www.mediamatters.org/about

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  61. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:28pm

    Re:

    No ones arguing about that. We are laughing at a sad little man who’s badly mistaken about his place in life.

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  62. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 3:35pm

    There is a definite liberal BIAS in social media, but is there CENSORSHIP of conservatives? Not directly. What we do have is liberals weaponizing the user rules and reporting more efficiently, with moderators being a bit more sensitive to their concerns due to hashtags with liberal slants.

    Internet censorship is virtually impossible. The internet was built to route around it, as they say.

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  63. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 4:11pm

    What we do have is liberals weaponizing the user rules and reporting more efficiently

    If anything, that weaponizing is coming from the other way around just as equally. The people who I know of that were dinged on Twitter for posting “trebuchet TERFs” received their suspensions/bans thanks mainly to reportbombing from TERFs and other conservatives.

    But as I posited to another commenter on this page: You may want to ask yourself what specific views and opinions expressed by people who identify as conservative/Republican/right-wing in their politics are getting them suspended or banned. If those views are in line with rhetoric from, say, the Westboro Baptist Church, maaaaaaaaaaaaybe that has more to do with the moderation than their generalized political affiliation.

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  64. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 4:49pm

    Re:

    Their viewpoints should be irrelevant if one is talking free speech. In fact, the most offensive views need the greatest protection.

    There are many liberal presumptions baked into supposedly neutral political terms. If their views are abhorrent, let them die on the open market, said our founding fathers.

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  65. identicon
    Robert Beckman, 11 Apr 2019 @ 4:51pm

    Re:

    “from TERFs and other conservatives.”

    It’s great to hear that radical feminists self-identify as conservatives, and that it’s only their pro-trans agenda that allows them to be proper progressives.

    Great analysis there. I wouldn’t have seen it.

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  66. icon
    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 5:54pm

    Snowflakes

    It used to be that the GOP complained about snowflakes. Now they are the snowflakes.

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  67. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 6:00pm

    Re: Re:

    Their viewpoints should be irrelevant if one is talking free speech. In fact, the most offensive views need the greatest protection.

    From the government, sure, but when it comes to privately owned platforms not run by the government 'protection' runs right into property and association rights in not being forced to host speech they object to.

    If their views are abhorrent, let them die on the open market, said our founding fathers.

    They are. They're making public their ideas, and the platforms they are doing so are telling them, 'yeah, not on our platform'. They can of course make their own platforms to compete, and if their ideas and the platforms they host them on are superior they should have no problem winning the war of ideologies.

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  68. identicon
    Bruce C., 11 Apr 2019 @ 6:43pm

    A fair trade...

    If you want a "fairness doctrine" on the internet, reinstate the fairness doctrine for broadcast media. Coulter, Limbaugh and the like have a lot more to lose than the internet giants.

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  69. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 7:12pm

    the most offensive views need the greatest protection

    The government does not (and should not) have a right to tell a homophobe that they cannot say anything homophobic. A privately-owned platform, on the other hand, has the right to tell that homophobe that they can either stop the homophobic speech or stop using the service. The principles of free speech will always run afoul of the paradox of intolerance — and I would not mind seeing one hundred homophobes banned from Twitter if it means one gay person can speak a little louder without the fear of harassment stopping them.

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  70. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 7:17pm

    Turnabout is fair play

    "Tell you what, we'll make it so the internet platforms must allow you to use their platforms if people you don't agree to get to use yours. Twenty to thirty minutes of every hour of your broadcast must be allocated for someone who disagrees with you, thinks you're wrong, and/or holds views you personally consider to be terrible/abhorrent, and you have no ability to refuse to host them.

    Still want to force Facebook and the likes to host your stuff if you have to do the same?"

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  71. icon
    ECA (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 7:39pm

    Re: 'Fairness Doctrine'

    PARt of the past removal was...
    No one enforcing it very well, it was Only for TV broadcasts, NOT newspapers..or any other format..

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 9:49pm

    Where I come from we call it prejudice and censorship. Never visited infowars until it was banned, now have it bookmarked and visit daily. I block twitter and facebook on my machines. Google is also complicit with the mainland Chinese government in suppressing the people. Yahoo was turning in dissidents as well. All for the love of a worthless dollar. Censorship is wrong even, if it is liberals doing it. The first ten amendments to the Constitution are first for a reason. Our Republic will survive to big to fail.

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  73. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 11:40pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I guess you didn't read what I wrote as it doesn't fit your agenda, since I didn't quote him there is no need for quote marks

    Learn to read brony

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 12:03am

    Re:

    How does that relate to them cheering this on from the sidelines? Or prejudice for that matter, other than the fact that you assume what their actions are on this matter

    Our good buddy TAC is gay, do you and he see eye to eye on everything? Can I lump what he says in with what you say? Do you speak for him? Since you both are gay you obviously have the same beliefs about everything, right?

    FYI I don't believe you are that similar just because of one belief you both have. For example, I would invite TAC into my home as a welcomed guest where as you, no, I wouldn't, you are a condescending hypocrite

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  75. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 12:41am

    Re: Quotemarks is magic!

    Bro you only quoted 95% of what he said. Good job cuntwaffle. A- job.

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  76. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 12:42am

    Re: Have a free censorship vote bro.

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  77. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 5:18am

    Never visited infowars until it was banned

    You…you do know that InfoWars and Alex Jones were banned from social media primarily because of Jones’s Sandy Hook “trutherism”, which is the primary cause of several parents of Sandy Hook victims being harassed and threatened into hiding, right? Also InfoWars/Jones only received bans from those social media services; the site itself was never “banned” from existing on its own.

    But hey, if you wanna listen to a man with serious mental health issues rant about gay frogs and the Sandy Hook massacre being a false flag operation between readings of right-wing propaganda, that is your call.

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  78. icon
    Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 5:30am

    Re:

    Hello, bad guy. High five

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  79. icon
    Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 5:32am

    Re:

    Can we please stop calling them "conservatives?" They're not conserving anything, they abandoned traditional values a long time ago and they're only interested in money and power.

    They're right wing nut jobs.

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  80. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 5:36am

    How does that relate to them cheering this on from the sidelines?

    Because a “fairness doctrine” of any kind for social media would give those parties equal footing with the other “side” of their given issues. People who spread misinformation would probably love to have their credibility given an implicit boost by way of not having their bullshit deleted/banned from social media platforms.

    If Twitter were forced by law to treat Alex Jones with the same “view from nowhere” moderation tactics as a reporter with the New York Times, Jones could continue spewing his bile about Sandy Hook on Twitter without anyone getting in his way. “Fairness” would dictate that Jones’s opinions be treated the same as everyone else’s, no matter how much harm his expressing those opinions may cause, because they technically qualify as “one side of the story”. The same theory would apply in equal measure to 9/11 truthers, birthers, Flat Earthers, sovereign citizens, and plague protectionists — hence my naming those groups in the original comment of this discussion thread.

    “Fairness”, in this context, is about giving “both sides of the story” equal weight even when one of those “sides” is obviously bullshit. If you have a problem with me referring to the misinformed and ignorant beliefs of those groups of people I noted above as misinformed and ignorant, that is your problem, not mine. I am under no obligation to treat their beliefs with “fairness” or give them implicit credibility with “view from nowhere” discussion. I am a simple man: I see bullshit, I call it for what it is¹.

    ¹ — To wit: The rest of your comment is such obvious bait that I will not dignify it with a response.

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  81. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:20am

    Re: Re: Uhh, no

    Wow, the only one who matters is you huh. No wonder why you want to leave this site, you don't care about anyone but yourself.

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  82. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Try being someone. The anonymous don't matter.

    Logical fallacy. Being anonymous is not the same as being no one and not mattering. I just don't care to create an account. Again, does your vote not matter since you vote anonymously?

    Hope this helps, coward.

    It doesn't because it's stupid. And the only coward here is you.

    Fun Fact: The origin of the Anonymous Coward account is Slashdot.

    Cool. Relevance?

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  83. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Oh stop it. Of course there's proof of bias.

    Then provide it. You haven't yet.

    "Learn to code" proved that

    Never heard of it. Got links to the story? I googled it and could only find it on non-reputable sources, but it appears it was a targeted harassment campaign which is against Twitter's TOS. How does that prove anything?

    2000 of them got fired for not mattering anymore

    That's literally not what happened.

    Because America does not care about buzzfeed social nonsense.

    The sheer amount of people who hang on celebrities' every word would like to disagree with you. Not that I think that's a good thing, it just proves you're wrong.

    Those folks would have jobs if nutter conspiracy fantasyland and magic corruption russians had actually existed.

    So conspiracies and corruption are good things now? Wow. How divorced from reality are you? And I thought you just said nobody cares about that stuff?

    But the fantasy ended.

    So 2,000 workers, not solely journalists, lost their jobs at one company due to the whims of that company. How many other journalists out there still have their jobs? I bet you it's a lot more than 2,000.

    Now Media Matters, a fake news outlet

    Prove it. Show me facts that completely disprove anything they have said.

    is being quoted in a story that's trying to pretend it's real

    Do you have facts and data to prove it's not real? Anecdotes don't count. I can come up with lots of anecdotes of liberals being unfairly censored.

    in the depths of your ignorance are trying to justify believing a fake lobby firm because of your personal bias

    That's some mega projection going on there. I looked at the facts. Those facts tell me there is no conspiracy to censor conservatives on social media. You have yet to provide facts proving that conspiracy to be true. If you can, I'll change my beliefs. But they have to be hard, incontrovertible facts. Not "well this one guy got booted for disobeying the rules".

    Everybody sees it.

    Who is this everybody? And if everybody does, why isn't EVERYBODY complaining about it?

    Just like this poorly written story, you aren't fooling anyone intelligent.

    Well, that would be because I'm not trying to fool anyone. I'm stating the facts as they exist. And you are not intelligent.

    Just the NPC's.

    Oh, what a burn! How will I ever recover from someone insulting me by completely de-humanizing the entire rest of the world's population?

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  84. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:45am

    Re: Re: Re:

    You just said you wouldn't be reading this author anymore, yet you're still here.

    So you're a liar then.

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  85. icon
    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:45am

    Re: Re:

    "As far as vaccines go, It's been observed from multiple studies that Amish, who don't use them, tend to have lower rates of infection and disease than non-Amish, who generally do, but I don't know enough about that issue to draw any firm conclusions about it."

    From a biologists point of view I could have told you that would be the result, vaccines or no vaccines.

    Amish generally live in closed communities with limited contact to outside infection vectors.
    Anyone living in a modern city, otoh, spends extensive time in incubators with great exposure to outside infection vectors. Public transportation alone means any infection spreads across hundreds of thousands of individuals from one end of the city to another in days.

    So basically it boils down to the non-amish being consistently exposed to EVERY pathogen on the continent. Or multiple continents, if they live close to an airport or port.

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  86. icon
    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:49am

    Re: Re:

    "Can we please stop calling them "conservatives?" They're not conserving anything, they abandoned traditional values a long time ago and they're only interested in money and power."

    I'll second that. I consider myself a liberal conservative by which i understand that before making sweeping changes to law thee should be some evaluation on how it will impact core values such as Freedom of Speech, democracy, human rights in general, etc.

    There's nothing "conservative" about wanting to roll the world back to 1960 the way so many legislators are currently trying to do.

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  87. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:51am

    Re:

    Where I come from we call it prejudice and censorship.

    That's fine, you can go back there if you like it so much.

    Never visited infowars until it was banned, now have it bookmarked and visit daily.

    I'm so sorry for you. I have help numbers you can call.

    I block twitter and facebook on my machines.

    Cool story bro.

    Google is also complicit with the mainland Chinese government in suppressing the people.

    How? They haven't implemented their Chinese version search engine yet.

    Yahoo was turning in dissidents as well.

    What? When? Got links to the story?

    All for the love of a worthless dollar.

    Not denying they're greedy but that's common knowledge.

    Censorship is wrong even, if it is liberals doing it.

    Where is this censorship you speak of that happened and was perpetrated by liberals?

    The first ten amendments to the Constitution are first for a reason.

    Yes they are. And only one of them mildly applies here.

    Our Republic will survive to big to fail.

    Who is too big to fail?

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  88. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:51am

    Re:

    That doesn't make them automatically wrong.

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  89. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    We get it, you think the universe revolves around you and that you think yourself superior to the entire rest of the human race.

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  90. identicon
    LittleCupcakes, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:55am

    Net Neutrality

    "these Senators now seem to want to force private companies to run businesses the way they want them to. What a bunch of hypocrites."

    Sounds like TD wouldn't want senators telling private ISPs how to run their businesses either.

    Oh wait.....

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  91. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:55am

    Re: Re:

    Folks can see the bias just going to Google News with no account. Go there in an incognito window.

    I did. First story covered by Fox News. They must be biased towards conservatives then.

    By default the most powerful internet company on Earth only hands you the biased left version of the news.

    Um, no it doesn't. Fox News was plastered all over it.

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  92. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, no we didn't. We did see you get caught in several lies though and subsequently throw a childish temper tantrum when called out on it.

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  93. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 6:59am

    ISPs are not social media platforms. Try again.

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  94. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 7:05am

    Re: Net Neutrality

    Social media doesn't hold what amounts to a natural monopoly on an increasingly vital and necessary public utility service.

    ISPs do. They should be a dumb pipe, just like my gas, electric, and water pipes.

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  95. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 7:41am

    Re: Re: Re:

    for reference:

    Study: Low vaccination rate in Amish children linked to hospitalization
    https://www.aappublications.org/news/2017/08/02/AmishVaccines080217

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  96. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 7:45am

    Re:

    "If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will abandon democracy."

    • The future is now

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  97. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 7:51am

    Re:

    But but, it is where all the white supremists go

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  98. identicon
    Annonymouse, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re:

    And a High Six from Count Rugen.

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  99. identicon
    Annonymouse, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:15am

    Re: Yeah, he's my Senator

    Nope. No takebacks.

    Is he a selfmade man or the standard party groomed (censored) eh?

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  100. identicon
    Annonymouse, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:20am

    Re: Re: Re:

    What about LWNJs?
    Those with nut allergies?
    Those without wings or jobs or nuts?
    All need to be treated equally.

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  101. identicon
    Annonymouse, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Re:Will the real Jhon Smith please stand up?

    Jhon Smith: "I am standing up."

    With all due respect to Davey Jones for that quote

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  102. identicon
    Annonymouse, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    On which end was the nappy?

    Politicians like diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.

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  103. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2019 @ 11:13pm

    Re: Re: Quotemarks is magic!

    Obviously, I am too hostile to converse with

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  104. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Apr 2019 @ 2:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Quotemarks is magic!

    No you are just an idiot bro.

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  105. identicon
    LittleCupcakes, 13 Apr 2019 @ 4:42am

    Re: Re: Net Neutrality

    I see. So it's ok to have senators regulate those private businesses because you'd like them to.

    Seems fair.

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  106. identicon
    LittleCupcakes, 13 Apr 2019 @ 4:44am

    Re:

    And here I thought that ISPs are private companies, and that senators shouldn't tell private businesses how to run them.

    So no regulation for the companies you want to remain unregulated, but lots of rules for those private companies you want to regulate. Very consistent.

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  107. icon
    Toom1275 (profile), 13 Apr 2019 @ 6:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Net Neutrality

    Oh the hippocracy!

    Moron.

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  108. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 13 Apr 2019 @ 12:37pm

    Companies such as Facebook control access to their websites/services; ISPs control access to the Internet itself. ISPs should face more regulations than social media platforms, especially given how the Internet has essentially become a public utility and the use of platforms such as Facebook is not a required part of using the Internet.

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  109. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 13 Apr 2019 @ 12:39pm

    So

    Cool otherwording, bro.

    it's ok to have senators regulate those private businesses because you'd like them to.

    No, it would be “okay” to regulate ISPs because they offer a public utility (if not in name, then in spirit) and should face stricter regulations for doing so. Facebook, Twitter, etc. are not public utilities because using the Internet does not require you to use those services.

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  110. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2019 @ 6:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Net Neutrality

    Nice otherwording. Want to try actually reading what I said?

    Electric, water, and gas companies are private companies too, but we regulate them more strictly because they are natural monopolies and provide essential services. ISPs fall into the same category as it is required for many people to work, apply for jobs, do and submit homework, manage finances, manage health, etc... Social media is not an essential service and can be done without in most circumstances.

    Do you get the difference now?

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  111. icon
    Thad (profile), 15 Apr 2019 @ 8:45am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    What about

    Thank you for clearly labeling your logical fallacy.

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  112. icon
    Thad (profile), 15 Apr 2019 @ 8:53am

    Re: Re:

    If their views are abhorrent, let them die on the open market, said our founding fathers.

    The "marketplace of ideas" quote is from Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1919. And, for the record, it was in a dissenting opinion -- his view did not represent the majority of the Supreme Court at the time.

    The First Amendment view you're describing is rather a lot newer than the Founding Fathers, many of whom were responsible for passing the Alien and Sedition Acts, which would certainly not pass constitutional muster today.

    Related:

    Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

    and the usual xkcd.

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  113. icon
    Thad (profile), 15 Apr 2019 @ 8:54am

    Re:

    Never visited infowars until it was banned

    Sure you didn't.

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