Florida Steps Up To Defend Its Unconstitutional Social Media Law And It's Every Bit As Terrible As You'd Imagine

from the discredited-nonsense-cited dept

About a month ago, the governor of Florida signed a showboating bill into law -- one that made it illegal to deplatform people running for office. Well, mostly. It exempted "theme park-associated" websites from the bill to appease the state's Disney overlords, but subjected every other site accessible in Florida to First Amendment violations in the form of compelled speech.

The absurdly unconstitutional bill was immediately challenged. NetChoice and CCIA beat everyone else to the courthouse, suing the state to block the law from being enforced. The plaintiffs pointed out the obvious flaws in the bill, as well as its hypocritical exemption of Disney sites from enforcement. It also pointed out this new law was nothing more than performance art that used both the First Amendment and Section 230 as expendable foot soldiers in Governor Ron DeSantis' war on imagined anti-conservative bias. The following is from NetChoice/CCIA's request for an injunction:

Rather than preventing what it calls “censorship,” the Act does the exact opposite: it empowers government officials in Florida to police the protected editorial judgment of online businesses that the State disfavors and whose perceived political viewpoints it wishes to punish. This is evident from Governor Ron DeSantis’ own press release that touts the Act as a means to “tak[e] back the virtual public square” from “the leftist media and big corporations,” who supposedly “discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology.” The Governor’s press release also leaves no doubt about the Legislature’s unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination: quoting a state legislator, it proclaims that “our freedom of speech as conservatives is under attack by the ‘big tech’ oligarchs in Silicon Valley. But in Florida, [this] … will not be tolerated.”

The state has filed its response [PDF] to CCIA/NetChoice's challenge of the law's constitutionality. And it's just as dumb and wrongheaded as the law that made the state's courtroom presence necessary.

It starts out awful and only gets worse from there.

After years of unprecedented growth by social media platforms, Florida enacted a first-of-its-kind consumer protection law, Senate Bill 7072 (the “Act”), which takes aim at unfair and deceptive business practices by these platforms. The public record is replete with instances of their arbitrary and bad faith content moderation, only some of which are documented in the appendix to this brief. Moreover, the social media behemoths’ power to silence both on their platforms and throughout society has given rise to a troubling trend where a handful of corporations control a critical chokepoint for the expression of ideas. Such unprecedented power of censorship is especially concerning today, when most individuals use social media to obtain their news and government officials harness such mediums to reach the public. The Act seeks to rein in abuse of this power and ensure the widespread dissemination of information from a multiplicity of sources—a governmental objective of the highest order that promotes values central to the First Amendment.

So, it's a "consumer protection law" that only protects people running for office from "tech giants" and only if those "tech giants" aren't Disney or Universal or anyone else who might own a theme park in Florida. That sets the stage for the immense amount of stupidity readers (and the court) will be subjected to.

The immense amount of stupidity arrives in the very next sentence.

In seeking the extraordinary remedy of a pre-enforcement preliminary injunction, Plaintiffs ask the Court to grant them a First Amendment right to disable Florida from even starting the work of preserving the First Amendment rights of its citizens through this law.

Forcing websites to carry users' content is the exact opposite of "preserving First Amendment rights." Sites refusing to carry certain users' content is exactly the First Amendment. When a private company says take your content elsewhere, no one's First Amendment rights are violated.

Dumb, meet dumber.

The law merely prevents online platforms from using their vast powers to distort and suppress the messages of those speakers, leaving platforms free to speak with their own voices and largely free to adopt terms of service as they wish, requiring only that they enforce those terms consistently.

It takes an amazing amount of cognitive dissonance to say that forcing platforms to carry content leaves them "free to speak with their own voices." If a platform says "this content sucks and we won't be its conduit" and the government says "you must carry this content you feel sucks," the platform is forced to speak in the government's voice, rather than its own.

And as for "enforce terms consistently," there's a Pandora's box of subjective interpretation no one should willingly want to open. Case in point, Governor DeSantis' best buddy -- former president Donald Trump -- routinely violated the Twitter Rules but Twitter left his tweets up because he was the nominal leader of the free world and his tweets were considered newsworthy and of public interest. Had Twitter enforced its terms of use consistently, Trump would have been perma-banned long before he actually was.

Dumber and dumber and dumber:

Indeed, given the massive power that social media companies wield over the speech of their users, Florida’s efforts to prevent them from suppressing the speech of Florida’s citizens is little different from traditional common carrier regulation long thought to be constitutionally permissible.

Oh, this bullshit argument again. Trying to equate Facebook with AT&T is a non-starter. Common carriers do not prevent users from saying whatever they want. But neither do they provide platforms for speech that can reach any other user who uses the same service. Common carriers do not moderate content because they are not in the user-generated content business. They are the streets, to use an overused analogy. They are not the billboards alongside the road.

Just brain embolism-triggering levels of stupidity.

Nor is the Act preempted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act; Plaintiffs grossly overread that provision as establishing a law-free zone over the entire Internet, even where the regulation in question would promote rather than restrict free expression.

What the fuck is this word salad. Section 230 simply allows companies to make moderation decisions without worrying about being sued for content created by users, whether the content stays up or is taken down. The immunity was added to the Communications Decency Act to encourage active moderation of user-generated content. And, once again, the "regulation in question" does nothing to "promote free expression." What it actually does is allow the Florida government to determine what content platforms must carry.

That's just the first two pages of the 61-page response. But it's enough to show how badly the state is misunderstanding both the First Amendment and Section 230. And the rest of the response shows how deliberately the state is misunderstanding both of these issues.

Here's just one example of the disingenuousness of the state's arguments, pulled from First Amendment lawyer Ari Cohn's two detailed Twitter threads about the state's response. Here's the state's statement in its response:

To be sure, some courts have read Section 230(c)(1) to confer immunity whenever an interactive computer service exercises any of a publisher's "traditional editorial functions -- such as deciding whether to publish, withdraw, postpone or alter content."

Here's Cohn's acidic response to the state's attempt to portray the issue as unsettled:

To be sure, saying "some courts" is a clever way to try to minimize "damn near all of them." But that's not going to fool the court. At the end of the day, 230(c)(1) applies to the editorial discretion to post or remove content.

And if you can't find enough to work with in Cohn's twin threads (one for the First Amendment and one for Section 230), click on over to Eric Goldman's website where he breaks down thirty-one bogus assertions by Florida's government and provides counterpoints and counterarguments for every single one of them.

This is bad legislating compounded by bad lawyering. But, to be fair to the lawyers, they're being paid to advance the state's agenda, even when the state is so clearly in the wrong that only those dying of Kool Aid-enabled cyanide poisoning think these arguments have merit. Compounding the wrongness of the law is the state legislators' decision to create a carve out for companies they wish to appease, which clearly indicates this isn't about equal protection for political hopefuls but rather a way for DeSantis and his buddies to punish tech companies for their perceived bias.

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  • identicon
    Pixelation, 28 Jun 2021 @ 5:49am

    It seems that Florida has become a theme park.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 6:25am

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      True that. And it's the governor's palace where you get taken for a ride.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 6:53am

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      Has anyone let the people of Florida know that even though they sound similar, there is an important difference between being a theme park and a meme park?

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      MightyMetricBatman, 28 Jun 2021 @ 7:18am

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      I would argue a circus.

      And Governor DeSantis is providing bread and circuses to his supporters who care only about punishing their enemies and rewarding their friends.

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    David, 28 Jun 2021 @ 6:08am

    How about a 2nd Amendment theme park?

    Where you can shoot targets painted with the likenesses of politicians? Current politics clearly is paving the way for an offer like that being attractive to a multitude of visitors.

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    Melvin Chudwaters, 28 Jun 2021 @ 7:10am

    So someone who wishes to de-cancel themselves only need run for city dogcatcher and have their lawyers send paperwork?

    And companies that want to re-cancel need only open an amusement park (or do they only have to re-theme their website to be amusement-park-oriented)?

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    wshuff (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 7:20am

    I think the last paragraph highlights something that can sometimes be overlooked — the attorneys drafting this response aren’t necessarily die-hard advocates for the positions they’re asserting. They’re paid government functionaries paid to represent the state, which may have positions completely at odds with what the attorneys believe as private individuals. Sometimes I’d like to think the ludicrous arguments raised in these pleadings are the author’s underground rebellion - if you’re being paid to advocate for something stupid, might as well go all in and make it too dumb for any court to go with.

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      MathFox, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:13am

      One thing you should also consider is that the lawyers have to work with the facts and the laws that apply to the case. If the case is weak the best they can do is to conjure an argument from almost nothing. When the arguments sound far-fetched and ludicrous, that's likely because there are no better arguments.

      My summary is that a "consumer protection law" that protects (wannabe) politicians more than ordinary consumers should be called "politician protection law". I will not comment on the Mickey Mouse carve-out; enough has already been said about that.
      Yes, it is hard to defend this law.

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      Tanner Andrews (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:08pm

      Re:

      I think the last paragraph highlights something that can sometimes be overlooked — the attorneys drafting this response aren’t necessarily die-hard advocates for the positions they’re asserting

      Perhaps, but observe that the paper is signed by the chief deputy AG, who presumably has read it and has likely shown it to the AG, who is a defendant. I am guessing that a chief deputy is chosen for political alignment, and probably gets sacked if he steps far out of line.

      The Florida AG is generally considered strongly supportive of the entire mess. In fact, a stunningly large portion of Florida govt is thus aligned. In a one-party state, you tend to find officials with toes firmly planted on the line.

      An hundred miles south of Florida, the one-party state substitutes ``Castro'' for ``Trump'' but the results appear similar.

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    Chozen (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 7:30am

    Public Interest - Cry Me a River

    "When, therefore, one devotes his property to a use in which the public has an interest, he, in effect, grants to the public an interest in that use, and must submit to be controlled by the public for the common good, to the extent of the interest he has thus created. He may withdraw his grant by discontinuing the use; but, so long as he maintains the use, he must submit to the control" ~Munn v. Illinios

    Hard to argue that social media is not in the public interest. As such the State of Florida has every right under Munn to regulate it for the common good.

    Cry me a river!

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 5:54pm

      Social media services are not public fora; if you need a citation for that, look no further than a Supreme Court ruling from 2019 where Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion:

      Under the Court’s cases, a private entity may qualify as a state actor when it exercises “powers traditionally exclusively reserved to the State.” … It is not enough that the federal, state, or local government exercised the function in the past, or still does. And it is not enough that the function serves the public good or the public interest in some way. Rather, to qualify as a traditional, exclusive public function within the meaning of our state-action precedents, the government must have traditionally and exclusively performed the function.

      The Court has stressed that “very few” functions fall into that category. … Under the Court’s cases, those functions include, for example, running elections and operating a company town. … The Court has ruled that a variety of functions do not fall into that category, including, for example: running sports associations and leagues, administering insurance payments, operating nursing homes, providing special education, representing indigent criminal defendants, resolving private disputes, and supplying electricity.

      When the government provides a forum for speech (known as a public forum), the government may be constrained by the First Amendment, meaning that the government ordinarily may not exclude speech or speakers from the forum on the basis of viewpoint, or sometimes even on the basis of content[.]

      By contrast, when a private entity provides a forum for speech, the private entity is not ordinarily constrained by the First Amendment because the private entity is not a state actor. The private entity may thus exercise editorial discretion over the speech and speakers in the forum. This Court so ruled in its 1976 decision in Hudgens v. NLRB. There, the Court held that a shopping center owner is not a state actor subject to First Amendment requirements such as the public forum doctrine[.]

      The Hudgens decision reflects a commonsense principle: Providing some kind of forum for speech is not an activity that only governmental entities have traditionally performed. Therefore, a private entity who provides a forum for speech is not transformed by that fact alone into a state actor. After all, private property owners and private lessees often open their property for speech. Grocery stores put up community bulletin boards. Comedy clubs host open mic nights. As Judge Jacobs persuasively explained, it “is not at all a near-exclusive function of the state to provide the forums for public expression, politics, information, or entertainment[”.]

      In short, merely hosting speech by others is not a traditional, exclusive public function and does not alone transform private entities into state actors subject to First Amendment constraints.

      If the rule were otherwise, all private property owners and private lessees who open their property for speech would be subject to First Amendment constraints and would lose the ability to exercise what they deem to be appropriate editorial discretion within that open forum. Private property owners and private lessees would face the unappetizing choice of allowing all comers or closing the platform altogether. “The Constitution by no means requires such an attenuated doctrine of dedication of private property to public use.” … Benjamin Franklin did not have to operate his newspaper as “a stagecoach, with seats for everyone.” … That principle still holds true. As the Court said in Hudgens, to hold that private property owners providing a forum for speech are constrained by the First Amendment would be “to create a court-made law wholly disregarding the constitutional basis on which private ownership of property rests in this country.” … The Constitution does not disable private property owners and private lessees from exercising editorial discretion over speech and speakers on their property.

      A private entity … who opens its property for speech by others is not transformed by that fact alone into a state actor.

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        Samuel Abram (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 6:12pm

        Re:

        And I just collected all seven dragon balls. Now I'll have to ask Shenran for another wish!

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          That One Guy (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 6:24pm

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          I'd suggest wishing that those arguing against 230 and claiming that their first amendment rights are being violated by non-government actors had to actually read the gorram laws in question but I'm not sure even a magic wish granting dragon could pull that one off, and I don't imagine it would change much for the majority of the whiners anyway.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 12:58am

      Re: Public Interest - Cry Me a River

      The judge who heard the hearing today didn't seem to find Florida's argument at all compelling. It's expected he's going to issue an injunction on Wednesday. Then we'll see who's crying.

      Your citation is totally inapplicable here.

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    anon, 28 Jun 2021 @ 7:30am

    just to correct the record

    Jim Jones' followers drank grape Flavor Aid, not grape Kool Aid.

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      sumgai (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:59am

      Re: just to correct the record

      It's called a meme, for a reason. Market familiarity and all that.

      But the real, and sad, story is that the word "Aid" certainly didn't. Aid anyone, that is. (Some Monday morning Zen, if you please.)

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      TaboToka (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:17am

      Re: just to correct the record

      Flavor Aid

      Correct, although that ship has sailed.

      The common vernacular is now the technically-incorrect Drank the kool aid, which joins Play it again, Sam; Luke, I am your father; Beam Me Up Scotty and many others.

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    Koby (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:11am

    Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

    Forcing websites to carry users' content is the exact opposite of "preserving First Amendment rights."

    There is no first amendment defense against fraud or deception. Additionally, numerous laws requiring manufacturers to publish certain information that the manufacturers didn't want to put on their products have been upheld as legitimate. Forcing big tech to live up to their own terms of service is more of a contract dispute, and not a first amendment issue.

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      Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:24am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      The first amendment does not guarantee you access to other people's property so you can access to the largest available audience. If you want access to a platform, obey the terms of service you agreed to when you signed up. It's not hard, millions of us have done so since these platforms were in their infancy without issue.

      'Conservative beliefs' are not a 'get out of consequences free' card. You guys love telling others 'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime', well, maybe you should think about that next time you post things you know violate rules you chose to accept.

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        Koby (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:57am

        Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

        The first amendment does not guarantee you access to other people's property so you can access to the largest available audience.

        The government does it with every pack of cigarettes sold, millions of times each day, and had been upheld.

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          TaboToka (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:10am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          and had been upheld.

          [Citation needed]

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        • identicon
          Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:22am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          I wish GQP conservatism cause cancer. Seems like a cancer to me.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:17pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

            Well it does, albeit indirectly. Eventually deregulation will allow the uninhibited addition of known carcinogens into products in the name of cost savings...

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              Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:34pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

              Already been happening since ages, and much worse since the previous 4 years.

              Underfunding and removing power from the system, as well as installing those who would subvert the actual main mission of protection agencies works really well. Stuff doesn't need to be directly in the consumer product, either.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:29pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

            I wish GQP conservatism cause cancer

            I think it came close. Trump did encourage his followers to inject disinfectant. Not necessarily cancer, but still quite deadly.

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          Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:26am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          Are you likening conservative beliefs to something known to be harmful for a long, long time which escaped proper scrutiny thanks to bribery, corruption and poor education, something that has a severe negative impact on the lives of those who actually partake, as well as everyone unfortunate to be around them while they do it?

          Huh, guess you're nit quite as clueless as you seem.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:34am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          There is a difference between mandating health warnings, and mandating bigotry. If you can't tell the difference, demand a refund from all your teachers.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:57pm

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          I hate to break it to ya pal, but cigarettes aren’t speech.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:26am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      Koby, silly Koby,

      Forcing big tech to live up to their own terms of service is more of a contract dispute, and not a first amendment issue.

      Most social media sites have ToS that allow them to kick or ban for any reason (or no reason), or something online those lines. And even if they did not: they all also have sections that say they can update it unilateraterally, when ever and how ever they want. Which is really fine, it's their own property. People can say things else where.

      HINT: I don't have any social media accounts, and yet somehow I am here calling you out and your demonized Facebook and Twitter can't stop me (though I guess in this narrow case Mike could... but even if he did, I can still talk to people. And if I felt like a madman I could scream in the streets "Koby's Wrong!". However I think I'll refrain from doing that. Too much work. And that's fine.).

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:39pm

        Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

        I love how he thinks there's a legal contract that is immutable, doesn't carry the language that says sites can change things to meet evolving needs, and that he gave something up that gives him power in this "contract".

        Also the fact that his imaginary "breach" of the "contract" is pure bullshit. If that has remotely any weight, then i sue about half the country for breaching the social contract of civil society in their lying, manipulative power-grabbing.

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      Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:28am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      Fling better poo!! That one isn't sticking! It is stinky tho.

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      Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:31am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      "There is no first amendment defense against fraud or deception."

      There's usually monetary compensation for such. How much are the users' owed in you mind? Should be what the user's paid, aye?

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        Koby (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:01am

        Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

        There's usually monetary compensation for such. How much are the users' owed in you mind?

        Compensation can also be asked for in terms of something called "specific performance". When available, and in this case it probably is, I think specific performance is a fine solution that need not involve money changing hands.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:13am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          Money, specific performance, a pat on the head - what difference should it make?

          Take that shit to court then big mouth.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:35am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      There is a difference between ensuring that information to allow for an informed choice is made available on, or in association with products and services and forcing the carrying of political or religious speech where it is not welcome. Political parties have their own websites, and some social media where they can make their views and policies known. To demand access to all sites is to demand the right to forceable convert other people to your politics, and that is a horse of a very different colour.

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      Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:36am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.'

      The first amendment isn't like the christian bibble, thousands upon thousands of pages of contradictory texts that you can use super selectively to justify just about anything, it's short and to the point. There is nothing there about forcing private companies to host hate speech just because it's coming from conservatives, bucko.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:40am

        Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

        Tell me, have you ever actually read the Bible in depth or are you just going on hearsay or what little you might know because it's easier than doing any actual research on the subject? It's not contradictory, it only seems that way because many people who try to read it either don't have a solid understanding of the culture in which it was written, are seeing it from a modern perspective instead of the one for which it was originally intended, don't have any familiarity with the original languages in which it was written, or don't understand God and how he works and only think they do.

        Take David's census, for example, which is often pointed out as one such "contradiction". It's talked about in two different books in the Bible, and on the surface, the differences may make it seem like it doesn't add up. But what's important to note is that both God and the devil wanted him to do the census, only for different reasons, and that one account was written before the Jews were exiled as a historical account while the other was written afterward as an encouragement and a reminder of where they came from and where they would one day return. Both accounts are true and make up the entire story, they're just seen from different perspectives. And as for Jesus having two different lineages listed, another common "contradiction" often trotted out, it has a very simple explanation. One is Joseph's ancestry, and one is Mary's. But both are listed under Joseph because that was the practice of the day and of that culture.

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          Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:09am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          “… I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” — Genesis 32:30

          “No man hath seen God at any time…”– John 1:18

          “…thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. ” — Exodus 21:23-25

          “…ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” — Matthew 5:39

          And so on. It's not just the supposed lineages and historical events that contradict oneanorher, it's the basic messaging over and over and over and over in the magic book.

          I was brought up religious, for a large chunk of my life. I took bible study classes, attended church, Sunday school, went to a church school... I know the bible well, I know Christianity all too well, and I know at the end of it all, the only thing faith will get you is an insincere priest at your funeral.l at your relatives expense.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:37am

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          It's not contradictory, it only seems that way because many people who try to read it either don't have a solid understanding of the culture in which it was written, are seeing it from a modern perspective instead of the one for which it was originally intended, don't have any familiarity with the original languages in which it was written, or don't understand God and how he works and only think they do.

          I have a solid understanding. The authors were simple-minded goat herders who didn't know where the sun came from. To view the bible in eyes other than those is exactly the problem. And to base what to do or not do, is a more ignorant position.

          Debating the details is useless. If there is a god, it seems to have had PMS in the old testament, killing those he supposedly loves with impunity. And the new testament jesus is a simply a socialist libtard (as he would be referred to today by the 'evangelical' hypocrites who follow both him & trump.

          But you be you. It's your time to piss away trying to make a dollar out of 90 cents.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:46pm

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          No, it literally starts out with two mutually contradictory versions of the creation of the world.

          It doesn't matter that "it made sense at the time" (at different times) for political reasons, to write, edit, and compile what we have now. (And there is not even mutual agreement on what we have now.)

          It is what it is, but the overall point was the people cherry-pick it to death to suit whatever it is they want to claim, with the "authority" of the book to "back them up", while there is nearly always multiple (sometimes mutual) opposing passages to back up something else entirely.

          We've watched history. You can argue what you personally think the original intent or "facts" were forever, but changes nothing.

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:17am

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          "It's not contradictory, it only seems that way because many people who try to read it either don't have a solid understanding of the culture in which it was written"

          Cultures, plural. What is today known as the modern Bible is in reality a severely truncated version of a hack job from the 15th century when the papacy, in it's most secularly politicized stage, decided to formalize scripture and manufactured the current book out of every ancient scrap of parchment or vellum they could lay their hands on.

          So the old testament is cobbled together by scriptures and fairytales gathered from all over the middle east, from half a dozen old cultures. The most credible bit of it (relevant to the abrahamic deity, at least) is just what was copied right out of the Torah.

          And the new testament was similarly constructed with the pope and cardinals hanging over the texts from the apostles with a carpet cutter and a pot of glue, lifting only the passages they felt worthy of preservation.

          At the point in time the modern bible was built the pope doing the censoring still had a dedicated brothel, lived like an emperor and didn't much look like a divinely inspired prophet in any respect.

          It's a matter of infinite irony that "Christians" all assign holy status to the bad PR job of corrupt priests in the middle ages.

          "...or don't understand God and how he works and only think they do."

          Bereft of all common logic? Anyone who calls for genocide in one turn and for "loving thine enemies" in the next is nuttier than the Joker - and less charming at that.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:04am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      Forcing big tech to live up to their own terms of service is more of a contract dispute, and not a first amendment issue.

      Hey Kobes, when this case is tossed out on 1st Amendment grounds, will you admit you were wrong?

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        James Burkhardt (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:11am

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        Koby after the case is thrown out:

        <insert pincipal skinner>
        "Is it possible I am ignorant of the state of the law in the US?"

        "No, its the judges who are wrong"

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          Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:38am

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          They'll be MARXIST, LENINIST LEFT WING ACTIVIST JUDGES.. Chosen by Conservative pressure groups and appointed by known liberals George Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

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            Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:27am

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            ...or brainwashed by the Jewish Space Lasers deployed by the Satanist Cabal of Liberal Child-eating Sex Traffickers Headquartered in Hillary's Pizza Parlor and Helmed by The Kenyan Muslim.

            This is a bit of a problem for the GQP these days; Anyone with the required skillset to hold a position they'd like assigned is going to at least be sane enough to have learned those skills in the first place.

            Take one good, long look at Marjorie Taylor-Greene. THAT is what happens when you get Broken Logic in office.
            Anyone sane enough to operate as a judge isn't going to send out a ruling which will have every legal body in the US hanging them in effigy.

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        Melvin Chudwaters, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:19am

        Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

        If it was thrown out, what if that were the wrong ruling? Generally, the Constitution is an inspired document and the Bill of Rights in particular is exceptional. But is it perfect?

        I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online (on a dwindling handful of large websites), effectively they are silenced. Perhaps if they did, they might have modified their ideas on what censorship is.

        Much of the ridicule here stems from the fact that you don't like the people who are being booted from these platforms. And they certainly are obnoxious twats. This same mechanism can be used against you though, even if it's not currently the case. Inevitably it will.

        Whether this means that the first amendment itself should be modified (dangerous), or reinterpreted (also dangerous) I cannot say. I only suggest that liberty should be expanded, rather than restricted with a "nyah nyah nyah soullless corporations can do what they want with their own gigantic internet monopolies".

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 5:59pm

          I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online (on a dwindling handful of large websites), effectively they are silenced.

          You’re not being silenced; you’re being denied the use of large platforms. If you want to speak online and you can’t do it on Facebook or Twitter, there are still plenty of places to do it. That none of them give you the reach of Facebook or Twitter is irrelevant to the fact that they exist. You’re not entitled to “free reach”, you’re not entitled to make the government give it to you, and you’re not going to get any sympathy from me if the only options you think you have left all suffer from the “Worst People” Problem.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:54pm

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          “I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online...”

          Ok cool take it op with the current guardians of that document.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 1:01am

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          I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online (on a dwindling handful of large websites), effectively they are silenced. Perhaps if they did, they might have modified their ideas on what censorship is.

          Then go advocate for a fucking new amendment. In the meantime, this one violates the 1st Amendment (and also the Equal Protection Clause).

          Much of the ridicule here stems from the fact that you don't like the people who are being booted from these platforms.

          Nope, that's not it at all. Which you'd know if you actually read what I wrote. I have had friends and people I agree with dinged from platforms. Techdirt itself has faced moderation. We may complain about it, but we recognize those sites' rights to make those decisions, even if we disagree with them.

          This same mechanism can be used against you though, even if it's not currently the case. Inevitably it will.

          Already has happened. We didn't go running to demand a bogus law to force companies to do business with us. We just went elsewhere.

          I only suggest that liberty should be expanded, rather than restricted

          Florida's bill MASSIVELY restricts liberty.

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            Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2021 @ 2:13am

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            You have friends. That's funny.

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              Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2021 @ 10:41pm

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              And yet your boi Shiva couldn't even nuke the website of a guy you claim to have no friends. Why is that, Hamilton?

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2021 @ 3:48am

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          I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online (on a dwindling handful of large websites), effectively they are silenced.

          Its more a case that they knew very few people could get their words published, or afford a press to print their own pamphlets. For most people, speech reached as far as their circle of friends and acquaintances that they met in bars etc. Ideas spread over a wider area mainly by being carried by travellers.

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:33am

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          "I don't think anyone in the late 1700s could foresee a future where if people can't speak online (on a dwindling handful of large websites), effectively they are silenced."

          No, in the 17th century it was simply understood that although you could have your "speaker's corner" in the public park, no one was owed access to the printing press.

          "This same mechanism can be used against you though, even if it's not currently the case. Inevitably it will."

          And that is OK. Every sane person realizes that if the coolest bar in town doesn't welcome them that's a decision only the bar owner can make.

          Every argument you try to make, Baghdad Bob, boils down to the idea that the owner of private property shouldn't be allowed to choose who they allow entry and who they evict.

          "I only suggest that liberty should be expanded"

          By abolishing it or rendering the concept of property null and void. You aren't arguing for liberty. You're arguing that a set of obnoxious morons should be allowed entry into a place owned by me, against my will, because the law would compel me to host them.

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        techflaws (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:26am

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        Why would he? He still hasn't answer ANY of you guys asking why corporations should be forced to host speech they disagree with.

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        That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:27am

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        Only monday and already we've got a solid contender for funniest of the week.

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      sumgai (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:19am

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      Well, Koby, you finally nailed it:

      ... more of a contract dispute...

      Tell me, sir, where is the contract in dispute?? If I "sign up" and swear to obey a TOU and other agreements, there's going to have to be something in it for me, or the contract can be nullified, easily. Oh yeah, I "get to" use the product or service, within the boundaries so laid out.

      So what do you suppose should happen when I start pissing in someone's Cheerios, eh? That's right, I've broken the contract, and importantly, I was the first to do so. That triggers the other side to enact whatever penalties were included in the contract. For our purposes here, that means ejection from the service.

      Notice that no fraud was involved, by either side. The dispute was about adherence to a mutually agreed-upon contract, and nothing else. If anything, there was deception on the part of contract breaker, by whipping it out and ruining the stock in trade for everyone, not just the service provider. In fact, the provider signed a contract with everyone else to provide an homogenous community that would be conducive to peaceful discourse. By NOT taking out the offender, the provider would be guilty of misfeasance towards everyone else.

      Simple as that, pal.

      By the way, your elementary Reading and Comprehension teacher called, she wants your certificate of completion back. For very obvious reasons.

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        That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:56am

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        The problem is that people like Koby refuse to employ any of that 'personal responsibility' stuff and admit that they might be in the wrong and that a platform might have a very valid reason to moderation their posts/kick them out, and since the problem can't be them then someone else must be to blame instead, hence blaming the platform for punishing them for absolutely no valid reason.

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        Koby (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:21am

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        That's right, I've broken the contract, and importantly, I was the first to do so. That triggers the other side to enact whatever penalties were included in the contract.

        States involve themselves in contracts all the time. I believe we've talked about many of them on this site, such as California's non-compete employment contracts being null, thereby leading to the tech boom in CA over the past 20+ years.

        Contract terms where one side can cancel at any time and for any excuse can reasonably be determined as unconscionable and unenforceable, especially if bias in enforcement can be proven. Just as some states cannot fire employees without cause, I think it would be wise for states to disallow a service cancellation without cause. Cancelling for any reason is a fig leaf for deceptive practices such as shadow banning or political censorship.

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          James Burkhardt (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:06am

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          Contracts require that each side is giving up something of value. Social media gives you access to their property. That is the 'consideration' they bring. Analogous Physical situations (museums, theme parks) explicitly understand that access can be revoked on the discretion of the property owner or their representative. The best compensation you could get is your consideration back. Normally that is money.

          You don't pay facebook money. But at best the 'consideration' you provide is your content. Banning you involves stripping that content out of their site. If fact, that is the goal.

          This gets right back to the point you were responding to. Either you aren't providing consideration, and therefore you can't rely on a contract, or your consideration, your thing of value, is your content. And if that consideration in the opinion of the property holder does not have value, or has negative value, they have a right to remove you to protect the value of the property. This is well adjudicated in the courts.

          This is why free speech has long been the point of argument. You need a wedge to drive through long standing judicially recognized property rights and force new contract terms into the contract. Conservatives have been convinced free speech is that wedge as it was in the past for bigotted speech on TV, radio, and print. That you aren't even that far into the logic tells me how surface level your understanding of everything is.

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          sumgai (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 2:19pm

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          Koby,

          You are obviously capable of rational , but you so often conflate ideas that simply don't go together, and that's what gets you into trouble here.

          For example, we never mentioned 'state' in this context, so I have to assume you are implying Congress, yes? Well, the problem there is, no, states (and Congress) don't address contractual issues until the courts have seen a pretty good-sized number of contractual disputes, most often played out to the harm of the lay citizenry, and said citizens start demanding of their representatives that "something be done". Only then do we get contract laws that try to re-balance the system.

          But your main sticking point is that you wish for states to disallow a "service cancellation without cause". Normally, in most other contexts, I'd say that's a valid and useful statement - services being those we recognize as utilities. And the rub is, utilities are semi-guaranteed to a user. Fail to meet just one condition, that of timely payment, and you're gone. (With lots of fallback protections, to be sure.) Make your payments, and you're golden - no "off with your head" without cause.

          But what we call a social media site can in no wise be shown to have the same status as a utility - it is simply not a requirement for life to be lived, ala water, energy, etc. Thus it follows that regulation by government fiat is out of the question. Using a platform on the internet is an entertainment thing, and only an entertainment thing. If it were removed from society this minute, no one would die; no one would suddenly fall ill, or suffer a broken bone, nothing of the sort. We can live without it, period. (See All Of History Prior To The Third Millenium for examples.)

          And all of that is before we even get to governments and laws and such. For that, I'll refer to James' response above , he covers it quite nicely. You'd do well to pay attention.... who knows, there might be a pop quiz in the near future.

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          sumgai (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 2:39pm

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          In re-reading your post, something else caught my eye;

          Cancelling for any reason is a fig leaf for deceptive practices such as shadow banning or political censorship.

          Holy Jeebus, man, what will it take to wake you up??? If you come into my home on the pretext of wanting a polite conversation, and you then proceed to drop trou and deposit smelly turds on my living room rug, you can be damned sure that my response is going to be to frog-march you right back out the door. And I'd expect that you'd respond in the same way, were I to pull that stunt on you.

          How is this response any different that what social media sites do when they find someone (figuratively) shitting on their floors?? They are private, just like you and I, there's no difference whatsoever. Well, except that they have a helluva lot more private people come trooping through their front door, but other than that....

          Bottom line - do you really want the government to allow me to come into your home and start hanging banners proclaiming that you are a child trafficing neo-Nazi? Or in other words, be damned careful what you ask for.... you just might get it!

          Deceptive practices, my ass!

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            Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:51am

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            "Holy Jeebus, man, what will it take to wake you up???"

            It became crystal clear long ago that "Koby" is only here to be the "rational" voice of whatever alt-right echo chamber his friends and peers like to patronize. He knows damn well that what he keeps saying is bullshit and is only repeating it time and time again in the hope that eventually, at some point, people will be tired of contradicting him so his statements can become normalized.

            People like Koby is the reason savvy bar owners evict patrons on the very first hint that said patron is a nazi. Because if they don't, that patron brings his friends and then that bar becomes a nazi bar.

            They operate the same way on social platforms. TD doesn't practice moderation much from the admin side and so the persistent shitwits of the alt-right - Koby, Shel10, Melvin Chudwater, Restless94110 and Baghdad Bob (by whatever nick) hang out here since it's one of the very few places they can still access without having their accounts banhammered.

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          Rocky, 28 Jun 2021 @ 3:30pm

          Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

          States involve themselves in contracts all the time. I believe we've talked about many of them on this site, such as California's non-compete employment contracts being null, thereby leading to the tech boom in CA over the past 20+ years.

          And employee - employer contracts have zero to do with a site TOS. I've seen this argument cropping up from alt-right idiots who think it's some kind of gotcha, but it's just illustrates their inability to understand how the world actually works.

          Contract terms where one side can cancel at any time and for any excuse can reasonably be determined as unconscionable and unenforceable, especially if bias in enforcement can be proven.

          And a TOS can be canceled by any party for any reason, like a user closing down an account. Your argument also means that a site could possibly stop a user from canceling their "contract" because the person has biased reasons.

          Also, bias? Grow the fuck up Koby, you are a man-child.

          Just as some states cannot fire employees without cause, I think it would be wise for states to disallow a service cancellation without cause. Cancelling for any reason is a fig leaf for deceptive practices such as shadow banning or political censorship.

          Yeah Koby, give us real examples of these "deceptive practices", where people have been banned for no apparent reason.

          Once again Koby, put up or shut up! Or perhaps you are just another lying asshole who make shit up because factual reality doesn't agree.

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        Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:39am

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        "So what do you suppose should happen when I start pissing in someone's Cheerios, eh?"

        Koby's arguments so far all imply that the owner of those cheerios should then be forced to eat them. With a big grin on their face and while thanking the glorious state for guaranteeing a similar meal for everyone.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:51am

      Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

      Forcing big tech to live up to their own terms of service is more of a contract dispute, and not a first amendment issue.

      One of you butthurt whiners should take them to court. You know what I'm talking about - action versus just bitching and complaining. No one likes do-nothings who don't pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and instead cry about their lot in life. Over social fucking media. Like a bunch of 12-year olds who got their phones taken away.

      I would think if someone sued, then at least we can find out for realsies what kind of asshole comments are really getting you banned. Curious why no one would do that. I mean, it's a slam dunk, no? You've obviously done the research. Maybe you should tell them.

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      Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:17am

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      There is no first amendment defense against fraud or deception.

      The only fraud and deception here are in your every post.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:01pm

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      “There is no first amendment defense against fraud or deception”

      It’s a good thing lies are protected by the first amendment or you’d be in jail.

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        Chozen (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 9:38am

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        But Facebook, Google, Etc. can clearly libel people in their take downs and those who suffer this normally legally actionable tort have no legal recourse because Big Tech hides behind section 230.

        If you take down a video of one of the worlds most respected epidemiologists calling it misinformation because he doesn't agree that lockdowns are effective that claim of "misinformation" is libel. Section 230 should not immunize them from attacking a professionals professional reputation.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 7:09pm

          230 doesn’t protect platforms from lawsuits over their own speech. But given the high bar to clear for defamation, that epidemiologist will have one hell of a time suing YouTube over a takedown of a video they could easily repost on any other site willing to host it.

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          Toom1275 (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 8:04pm

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          Facts aren't libel, you shit-for-brains sheep.

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            Chozen (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 7:33am

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            "Facts aren't libel, you shit-for-brains sheep."

            Then prove it in court. Don't say 'nah nah nah section 230 you cant sue me'

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              Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 2:42am

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              "Then prove it in court. Don't say 'nah nah nah section 230 you cant sue me'"

              As a matter of fact, he doesn't have to. The way law operates - in the US at least - is that it's the plaintiff who has to prove it's libel.

              The fact that under 230 any number of courts have agreed with him tells us more than your assertion that he's wrong because the law apparently operates backwards.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 2:06am

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          But Facebook, Google, Etc. can clearly libel people in their take downs and those who suffer this normally legally actionable tort have no legal recourse because Big Tech hides behind section 230.

          If the statement comes from FB/Google etc, then it is not protected by 230, and they are absolutely liable for it if it's libel.

          If you take down a video of one of the worlds most respected epidemiologists calling it misinformation because he doesn't agree that lockdowns are effective that claim of "misinformation" is libel.

          That's not how libel works. Calling something misinformation is not a statement of fact. It's easily protected opinion.

          Section 230 should not immunize them from attacking a professionals professional reputation.

          Again, if the statement is made by the platform itself, 230 isn't an issue. 230 only protects platforms for statements made by others.

          Do you have any idea what you're talking about? It does not appear so. And, indeed, just as I predicted, this law has now been thrown out on 1st Amendment grounds, with the judge noting that on basically even the lower levels of scrutiny, it fails the 1st Amendment test. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210630/17110247100/as-expected-judge-grants-injunction-blocking- floridas-unconstitutional-social-media-law.shtml

          I await your admission that you were totally full of shit.

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            Chozen (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 7:41am

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            "I await your admission that you were totally full of shit."

            I never expected the initial court to rule in Florida's favor. The plaintiffs filed that suit at exactly the right time in exactly the right district knowing with near certainty which judge they would draw.

            With as precise as judge shopping has become in the 21st century the district court ruling is basically meaningless.

            You can pat yourself on the back but this is far from over.

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 11:24am

              Given this ruling and the reasoning provided therein, what makes you think this law has even the slightest chance of surviving any further challenges to its constitutionality?

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              Mike Masnick (profile), 5 Jul 2021 @ 9:08pm

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              I never expected the initial court to rule in Florida's favor.

              Lol. Yeah, sure. Look at those goalposts moving. You insisted that the law was constitutional.

              The plaintiffs filed that suit at exactly the right time in exactly the right district knowing with near certainty which judge they would draw.

              They did no such thing. They filed days after the law was signed, because they needed to get an injunction before it went into effect. There was no judge shopping. They had a random draw of any of the judges in the northern district of Florida.

              You can pat yourself on the back but this is far from over.

              There is no way the 11th Circuit is going to overturn.

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                Lostinlodos (profile), 6 Jul 2021 @ 12:02am

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                I want you to step back a moment and hear me out for a moment.
                Just a moment. For one reason only; fuck the Republican Party!

                Got your attention? Good

                This is how the system is suppose to work. Congress makes laws. The executive passes them. Courts hear challenges.
                [hush quite, no talking]

                This set of actions in Florida is a good thing.
                The ruling will drive the law to the state appeals, where history say it is likely to be overturned. Majority will say association is not protected.
                [I said hush]

                This will move on to the federal level where the appeal will be reversed based on federal precedent.

                If Florida pushes we could, finally, have a SCOTUS ruling on this.

                There are three issues here.
                1) is it constitutional to force equal access, and thus forced “association”
                2) does equal access law violate free speech.
                3) does creating a law that is more restrictive that crosses federal boundaries remain legal under the rights of the State.
                [please, just shut up for a moment, I’m on your side]

                Bitch all you want till you’re blue about the SC, they’ve proven to be less than partisan.
                There’s no doubt this will be struck down.
                But without this going all the way the situation will remain contested.

                Once that happens we can move on to more important things. Like what are the wining lottery numbers, where’s the damn remote, and why are the car keys in the fridge… again?!!!!?

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                  Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2021 @ 1:38am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Platforms Can't Claim the 1st

                  Because the law was passed because a vocal vocal minority think that they can use social media to directly attack those whose life styles or race that dislike, and who have no respect for the constitution or other people, even a supreme court ruling will stop them looking for a way to regulate themselves onto the major platforms. A supreme court ruling will not solve the deep problem that there is a group of people who are determined to dominate society, and they have found some politicians who will support them in that objective.

                  As an outsider looking in on US politics, I can see you have deep social problems, and the republican party has turned towards politics that will make them worse.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:25am

    Politicians are seeing you censor discussions and you're helping us a lot!

    Keep up the good work, Streisand.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:29am

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      Oh the site stopped "moderating" my posts for now.

      Repealing Section 230 would be a better way to ensure free speech.

      Conservatives are definitely censored, as are some liberals, like feminists who aren't on board the pronoun train, or lesbian victims of domestic violence, or anyone who doesn't fit the liberal narrative.

      That they let stupid conservatives function as controlled opposition doesn't mean they aren't censoring the smart ones. The public can decide for itself which speech to follow just fine, and in fact needs a censorship-free environment to know that nothing is being shielded. No one can be "forced to read it" either since filters do work, but are limited to working just for the person using them, not for silencing others.

      This is a good law. Liberals have become speech fascists.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:31am

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        I'm pretty sure I asked you to please not drool on the floor

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        Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:32am

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        You need to look up why Sec 230 was created.

        AOL got sued for what a user posted.

        Repeal that and nobody get's to have an account or comment.

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          Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:33am

          Re: Re: Re:

          ^gets^

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:36am

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          AOL not removing a post made in the middle of the night isn't the same thing as Google forever archiving every lie some autistic incel on 4chan tells about someone they're stalking. "Defamatory stalking" should become its own tort or crime.

          Distributor liability is a notice-and-takedown scheme which eliminates all risk for the ISP. Individual reputations deserve protection; there is no outcome that should be permitted where someone's life is destroyed by a liar with an axe to grind or who is trying to silence someone.

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            Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:44am

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            AOL, although an ISP, was not what they were sued for. It's was their forums.
            This would be akin to suing road makers for allowing bank robbers use their roads.

            I know a particular habitual liar on Twitter that got preferential treatment and they were a conservative. So it seems Twitter favors conservatives.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:47am

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            "Defamatory stalking" should become its own tort or crime.

            ... you mean bog-standard "Defamation"? Already exists. "Stalking"? Already exists. "Defamatory Stalking" adds nothing that doesn't already exist.

            there is no outcome that should be permitted where someone's life is destroyed by a liar with an axe to grind

            ... and that is why we have courts. To, among other things, determine who the liar is. In related news, it is why companies are permitted to do content moderation on their own - so you don't necessarily have to go to court to prove it.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:18am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Distributor liability is a notice-and-takedown scheme which eliminates all risk for the ISP.

            At the cost of removal of legitimate content.

            there is no outcome that should be permitted where someone's life is destroyed by a liar with an axe to grind or who is trying to silence someone.

            What if the person who is making the complaint is the liar and is the one who is trying to silence people?

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:40am

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            Individual reputations deserve protection; there is no outcome that should be permitted where someone's life is destroyed by a liar with an axe to grind or who is trying to silence someone.

            Well, not for nothing, some of those people you're talking about destroyed their own reputations by being outright full of shit and incompetent. Perhaps if they were silenced sooner, they might not look like the shit-flinging morons that they do. For their own good.

            There's some people that should just shut the fuck up, you know? Take for example you and your fucking spamming - now you're exactly one of those assholes I can see getting banned. Because you're an asshole.

            Koby's a little more difficult. He's an asshole, but I don't know if his obtuseness is due to a lack of mental capacity, or he's just the garden-variety asshole like you.

            Either way, you fools would likely not look so 'fooly' if you would just shut up. Sometimes less speech is better. Go where people like you.

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              Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:54am

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              "Koby's a little more difficult. He's an asshole, but I don't know if his obtuseness is due to a lack of mental capacity, or he's just the garden-variety asshole like you."

              Pretty clear Koby's obtuseness is deliberate. He's smart enough to know his persistent argument lacks logic, and just keeps repeating it in the hope that eventually people will start thinking he has a point.

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            Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:19am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Defamatory stalking" should become its own tort or crime.

            You'd be first in line for prison if it does.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:03pm

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            “autistic incel on 4chan”

            You just outed yourself bro.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:57pm

            Re: Your tell in poker has got to be gigantic

            One does wonder what you did that’s so bad that you continuously looks over your shoulder.

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            Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2021 @ 10:45pm

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            It's funny that you can't help but turn every single discussion into a "but but but pirates" argument, Jhon, but next time you can save the piss-poor "lesbian victims of domestic violence" excuse. Nobody rational thinks you have anything nice to say about women, or in their defense.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:34am

        Re: Re:

        The public can decide for itself which speech to follow just fine

        Funny how they are able to decide which speech to follow, but aren't intelligent enough to go somewhere other than Twitter or Facebook.

        That sounds kinda fucking stupid, no?

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      Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:19am

      Re:

      you censor discussions

      [Hallucinates facts not in evidence]

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      James Burkhardt (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 11:17am

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      Yes the vast censor which causes dozens and dozens of extra comments to spring forth every time the subject comes up. You aren't censored. Your opinions are unpopular, but we discuss them, at length, EVERY. TIME.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:34am

    Moreover, the social media behemoths’ power to silence both on their platforms and throughout society

    I would love DeSantis to give one example where a twitter ban meant that the person banned could no longer speak freely "throughout society."

    Let's take Trump as an example, after being banned from most all social media, he is still able to publish his own blog site, can still have rallies, and whenever he wants, he can call up fox news and be heard by millions.

    Explain to me how he is "silence[d] both on their platforms and throughout society."

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:40am

      Re:

      Anyone who gives a genuine example of censorship of conservatives puts a target on their back. Entire political discussions on a global scale are being warped by moderator bias, and this shouldn't be tolerated.

      To the extent it is tolerated, any resulting discussions are irrelevant and worthless, because they are not true discussions. Cancel the best player on the night before the Wimbledon final and it's still Wimbledon, but...

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:42am

        Re: Re:

        Let me ask one question, why do you think Trump is banned from social media?

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          Tanner Andrews (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:52am

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          Let me ask one question, why do you think Trump is banned from social media?

          Question assumes the premise. In fact, Trump is banned only from certain social media platforms, but is free to use others.

          As to those from which he is banned, I need not discern a reason; it being their soapbox, they may lend its use to whom they please. Likewise, my living room shall not contain rude people who offend my other guests.

          While I may not discern the reason for Trump's ouster from particular platforms, I suspect that it comes down to a totality of factors:

          • telling many lies
          • harmful covid disinformation
          • leading armed rebellion against U.S. govt
          • endorsement of ``proud boys'' and similar hate groups

          But, really, I am just guessing. The platforms which do not choose to have him as a user are free to choose on that basis or on the basis of coin flips. Their platform, their choice. If I do not like it, I can go to Parler or Stormfront where I can have all the Trump promotion I want.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:49am

        Re: Re:

        Entire political discussions on a global scale are being warped by moderator bias

        No they are, as their are other outlets for political speech. A conversation can take place when parties are using different outlets, like newspapers.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:43am

        Re: Re:

        Anyone who gives a genuine example of censorship of conservatives puts a target on their back.

        Yeah, that's more of trying to paint yourself a victim. Who has been censored and for what exactly? We never seem to get to that part of the question. You know, the 'put up or shut up' part.

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        Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:21am

        Re: Re:

        Anyone who gives a genuine example of censorship of conservatives puts a target on their back.

        Since nobody ever has or ever could, then obviously there's no problem even if that were true.

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          That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:58am

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          Gotta love how pathetic and transparent the excuses for why no-one ever seems to be able to present actual examples of 'conservatives' being censored have gotten, as though the eternal 'victims' would ever pass up a chance to show how terribly they're being 'persecuted' just because people would be mean about it, something which would just fuel their persecution complex/fetish.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:06pm

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        “Entire political discussions on a global scale are being warped by moderator bias, and this shouldn't be tolerated.”

        You are of course free to start your own website with hookers and blackjack.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:55pm

        Re: Re:

        Anyone who gives a genuine example of censorship of conservatives puts a target on their back.

        For absolute fuxake. It's always something. Any excuse.

        So, what back will be targeted as an anonymous post? Why wouldn't people who make every other argument besides actually putting up some putative evidence not have a target on their back?

        Seriously, what the actual fuck? You can't make bullshit salad "arguments" like that outside of where your own choir just eats that shit up. Thinking people won't have it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:42am

      Re:

      He's hobbled. Those alternatives are costly as well.

      Social media sites which host "official" political channels should not be allowed to ban people from that part of the service. Trump should have "protected-speech access" to Twitter that limits his participation only to constitutionally protected speech or that involving state actors or state issues.

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        Baron von Robber, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:45am

        Re: Re:

        You can host a website for under $10 a month. Seems Trump is not the billionaire he said he was?

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:49am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "Seems Trump is not the billionaire he said he was?"

          He really isn't. I mean, yeah, he might have taken a 400 million dollar loan guaranteed by the Russian state bank because he didn't want to use his own money in that "self-funded" campaign but the preponderance of the evidence suggests he simply didn't have the money.

          What he is, is a successful grifter who for some reason people keep giving another chance. By 2016 they'd stopped doing that and he couldn't get another loan by any bank for any reason - until Putin whispered a few words and the Deutsche Bank received word that the russian state bank would stand as guarantor for Trump's massive new loan.

          And now that he's no longer president his base keeps giving him cash. Funding his own blog isn't the problem. The only people who visit it is - he's made no secret as to the contempt in which he holds the yokels dumb enough to give him their vote.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:46am

        Re: Re:

        Please point the the exact words in the 1st amendment that guarantees you the right to be heard wherever you want to go, especially when it's on somebody else's private property.

        If you think that is some sort of fundamental right, then it should be easy for you to find the text in the 1st amendment, or hell, anywhere in the constitution.

        So please, provide the exact wording from the constitution that states what you think it states.

        I'll wait.

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        Bloof (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:18am

        Re: Re:

        He made hundreds of millions of dollars from the government, he had the military redirect flights to land near his resorts they could help prop up his ailing businesses. He sold access to government business, performing it like a theme park attraction at Mar a Lago, and let members of his club run the VA, all while milking the government continually for trumped up expenses incurred by people there for his own protection. After the bumper years he's had, if anyone can afford to pay Godaddy and squarespace to host a WordPress blog, it's him.

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        techflaws (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:28am

        Re: Re:

        Trump should have "protected-speech access" to Twitter that
        limits his participation only to constitutionally protected speech

        Does this include the outrageous lies he keeps pulling out of his fat butt?

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          That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:40am

          Re: Re: Re:

          As a reminder racism is constitutionally protected speech.

          Sexism is constitutionally protected speech.

          Arguing in favor of torturing gays until they 'give up their sinful ways', constitutionally protected speech.

          Claiming that the nazis had the right idea and it's a shame they were stopped before they could really do something about those shifty jews, constitutionally protected speech.

          Saying that vaccines not only don't work they actively make things worse? You guessed it, constitutionally protected speech.

          Anyone who tries to argue that platforms should limit themselves to only excluding unconstitutional speech is arguing that all of the above and more should be exempt from moderation.

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          Tanner Andrews (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:57am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Does this include the outrageous lies he keeps pulling out of his fat butt?

          Sure, most of his lies are protected speech. That does not mean that any given platform ought to be required to host them. If Twitter does not wish to host that particular collection of vulgar falsehoods, Mr. Trump is free to go to Parler, or Stormfront, or Fox News, or donaldjtrump.com for that matter.

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            Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 6:01am

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            "Mr. Trump is free to go to Parler, or Stormfront, or Fox News, or donaldjtrump.com for that matter."

            Are you daft, man? Those sites are all full of deplorable people. Trumpists. Why on earth would Trump want to go together with the people he only tolerates when they give him money - at arm's length, at that?

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:40am

        Re: Re:

        Social media sites which host "official" political channels should not be allowed to ban people from that part of the service.

        If a politician declares their "official" channel to be your front lawn (with or without your consent), should you therefore be unable to ever kick them out?

        Trump should have "protected-speech access" to Twitter that limits his participation only to constitutionally protected speech or that involving state actors or state issues.

        Trump is no longer president, but even if he was, he has just as much "right" to Twitter as I do.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:47am

        Re: Re:

        He's hobbled. Those alternatives are costly as well.

        Hobbled? Wow, and here I thought he was rich and powerful. I can never tell with you guys - are you tough 2nd Amendment badasses taking your country back or impotent little bitches whining about a time-out from social media?

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:58pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          I believe the new construct for these sorts of conservatives is, "He's a successful... victim."

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 5:59am

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          "...are you tough 2nd Amendment badasses taking your country back or impotent little bitches whining about a time-out from social media?"

          Oh, they've always been impotent whiny little bitches. The worst sort of entitled snowflake who likes to bully the weak almost as much as they enjoy cowering in front of the strong.

          It's an unending source of relief that for all their posturing they've got nothing on the original nazis. Hitler led his mob from the front. Cadet Bonespur sat in an office shouting "I'd be with you all if it wasn't for my gimpy knee!" at a camera.

          The original nazis managed to set their parliament on fire and blame the communists, and organize kristallnacht; Trump's mob, with communications orders of magnitudes better, swarmed the Capitol like concussed and malicious lemmings, achieving nothing significant, unless you count the pile of shit left on the floor by one of the less continent village idiots attending.

          There's nothing "tough" about these feckless shitwit snowflakes who lose their marbles completely when the gas price goes up a bit, someone heckles them on twitter, or, god forbid KFC decides to ration the butter-jalapeno sauce.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:08pm

        Re: Re:

        Wait you want the government to force twitter to host speech.

        Have you never actually read the first amendment.?

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2021 @ 12:00am

        Re: He’s a billionaire y’all keep claiming

        “He's hobbled. Those alternatives are costly as well.”

        Nah his blog sucked just as bad as yours did.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:40am

    So yeah private companies can moderate, and smart people can tune out any "moderated" discussion as incomplete, irrelevant, worthless propaganda.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:57am

      Re:

      and smart people can tune out any "moderated" discussion as incomplete, irrelevant, worthless propaganda.

      And here you are talking on a "moderated" forum...

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    That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:06am

    No benefit of the doubt

    It takes an amazing amount of cognitive dissonance to say that forcing platforms to carry content leaves them "free to speak with their own voices."

    Typo, you misspelled 'dishonesty'. They know that what they're saying is full of shit but they're willing to lie through their teeth in order to pander to the gullible rubes who've been told that 'conservatives' are under attack because of reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with being raging assholes.

    It's certainly not surprising that the arguments in defense of the bill are utter garbage, when there are no merits to defend something on all you're left with if you want to try are misdirection, lies and baseless assertions, so while their arguments may be abysmal they're also entirely expected.

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    Manok, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:12am

    There's good news hiding in this law: Google and Facebook will soon open a theme park in Florida!

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      That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:20am

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      Shortly followed by an emergency session of the florida legislators to add in the 'It Only Applies To Companies We Like!' clause to the law.

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      David, 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:55am

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      There's good news hiding in this law: Google and Facebook will soon open a theme park in Florida!

      I can imagine. Including "all you can eat" cookies. Which is not the same as "all you want to eat" cookies.

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    John85851 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:32am

    What do they want to post?

    I know this has been said before, but all say it again. Whenever conservatives accuse websites of censoring thier posts, ask them what they were trying to post.

    If they're trying to talk about fiscal responsibility and a smaller government and they're getting banned, then there might be an issue. But I somehow doubt this is what they mean by "censorship".

    If they're trying to post racist comments or if they start discussions about killing Democrats or even overthrowing the legitimately elected president, then yes, those kinds of comments should be removed.

    Basically, if the average person thinks the comment is racist or hateful, then the site has every right to remove it. But it seems like their "right" to post crap is more important than a community's right not to deal with crap posts.

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      That One Guy (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 9:43am

      Re: What do they want to post?

      Conservative: I have been censored for my conservative views
      Me: Holy shit! You were censored for wanting lower taxes?
      Con: LOL no…no not those views
      Me: So…deregulation?
      Con: Haha no not those views either
      Me: Which views, exactly?
      Con: Oh, you know the ones

      (All credit to Twitter user @ndrew_lawrence.)

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    Mike, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:05am

    common carrier

    overall I agree that this law should be struck down on 1st amendment grounds. I would like to explore the section about common carrier:

    "Common carriers do not prevent users from saying whatever they want. But neither do they provide platforms for speech that can reach any other user who uses the same service. Common carriers do not moderate content because they are not in the user-generated content business. They are the streets, to use an overused analogy. They are not the billboards alongside the road."

    ethernet providers DO prevent users from saying what they want. How many strikes are required? how quickly will they invite the FBI to someone's door for saying the wrong thing?

    They DO provide platforms for speech that can reach any other user who uses the same service. that is the internet protocol. anyone with a computer and a provider can launch a website sharing information. and if your provider doesn't like it they will kick you off.

    Common carriers ABSOLUTELY moderate content because they ARE in the user-generated content business. They are the streets AND the billboards alongside the road."

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:12am

      Re: common carrier

      anyone with a computer and a provider can launch a website sharing information.

      Oh no no no no no...they certainly CAN'T. If they could, then this whole 'we need to make Twitter carry muh views' discussion wouldn't be taking place.

      Get with the program, Skip. Conservatives are unable to build anything of substance on the Internet, and as a result needs to force Twitter and Facebook to carry their bullshit.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:37am

      Re: common carrier

      Common carriers ABSOLUTELY moderate content because they ARE in the user-generated content business. They are the streets AND the billboards alongside the road."

      Please tell me how AT&T moderates my private phone calls and posts them on a billboard for all to read?

      Can you not understand the difference between a common carrier, such as a phone company, and social media?

      If not, then the problem is with you and not social media.

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        Mike, 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:48pm

        Re: Re: common carrier

        take the example of a bad actor posting a threat to his own personal website on his own personal server in his closet. how quickly do you think that IP address is tracked and/or banned? does AT&T moderate that? you bet your ass they do.

        the billboard analogy can be as simple as a DNS lookup service that allows other people to find the content you want to share.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:57pm

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          the billboard analogy can be as simple as a DNS lookup service that allows other people to find the content you want to share.

          You're not obligated to use AT&T's DNS as a part of their service.

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          Rocky, 28 Jun 2021 @ 2:24pm

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          AT&T will not initiate any action by themselves in most cases. If you aren't clued in to how AT&T et al works, they will only do things if necessary since it costs money to be pro-active.

          If they on the other hand get a report that one of their customers are hosting content through their service which is falls outside what's specified in their TOS, like for example copyright infringement, they will come down on you. Here's the relevant section from their TOS:

          1.5 Termination or Suspension of AT&T Services
          . . .
          Misconduct includes but is not limited to the following conduct by you or any user or your AT&T Services:
          . . .

          • any use of AT&T Services in a manner that negatively affects our or others’ networks, customers, or operations, or that infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights, violates others’ privacy, generates spam or abusive messaging or calling, or results in the publication of threatening, offensive, or illegal materials

          Of course, this has zero to do with what the person you replied to said: Please tell me how AT&T moderates my private phone calls and posts them on a billboard for all to read?, for the simple reason that AT&T doesn't listen on on phone-calls.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:22am

    As usual, the only people lying about a Republican law, are Republicans. Same with their voter suppression.

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    Bruce C., 28 Jun 2021 @ 10:27am

    Part of me...

    ...thinks it would be more fun to use this law if this law stood up, and then use it to block evangelical sites from removing LGBTQ content, or racist sites from removing BLM content. But then I remember that the culture wars don't need any more ammo than is already in circulation. The greatest virtue of the Biden presidency is that it (mostly) seeks to restore sanity.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:49pm

      Sometimes the only way to get a lawmaker’s attention is to show them the legal-yet-awful consequences of the bullshit laws they pass. Doesn’t always work, but it’s easier than taking out a loan from Tony Kneebreaker to bribe ’em.

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    ECA (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:29pm

    know what would be fun?

    To make a list of all these strange bills, created recently, lets not favor either side, and Display it for everyone to see.
    Name of the bill
    Who created it
    Synopsis
    Link to the bills
    It would be great to show off to other sites.

    Sec. 230 does have rules.
    And anything Blatantly Illegal is part of it.
    Problem tends to be WHO is in control of this country?
    I love it when the corps make promises and Even the Gov. has it on Paper, wont enforce it.

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    restless94110 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:43pm

    Failure

    When you write: "Governor Ron DeSantis' war on imagined anti-conservative bias" this is so obviously deluded that everything you wrote after and even everything you wrote before, immediately fails.

    What is the point of reading the work of someone who thinks that anti-conservative bias and censorship is "imagined." So it was people's imagination that the top conservative in the United States was de-platformed? Are you an escaped inmate from a decayed mental institution or do you just play one on TV?

    I mean what is the point is writing as you do? Does anyone believe a word you say?

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:48pm

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      What is the point of reading the work of someone who thinks that anti-conservative bias and censorship is "imagined."

      I dunno - I ask myself that same question of "conservatives" insisting on posting to Twitter or Facebook, despite not being wanted there either.

      I mean what is the point is writing as you do?

      Perhaps you could just 'skip over it' and move the fuck on instead of complaining about it. That's what we're supposed to do with conservative bullshit on social media, if we don't like it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:04pm

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      So it was people's imagination that the top conservative in the United States was de-platformed?

      Deplatforming someone for TOS violations, who just happens to be conservative, and deplatforming someone because they are conservative are not the same thing.

      But by all means, point out the bias. Please feel free to point out the specific conservative viewpoints for which Trump was banned.

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        ECA (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:41pm

        Re: Re: Failure

        PS.
        Tell us what the Conservatives what, and are trying to do.
        BESIDES favor the corps and try to kill off all the Social programs created after 1929.
        Like min wage
        8 hour work days
        Overtime
        Health insurance.
        They already got rid of the jobs programs.

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        Tanner Andrews (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 7:11pm

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        Please feel free to point out the specific conservative viewpoints for which Trump was banned

        Advocacy and encouragement of armed violence against the govt of the United States.

        I presume that supporting armed efforts to overthrow the govt is still considered a ``conservative'' value because the GOP seems very much in favor of such, and opposed to anything that would discourage or learn from such violence.

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          Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 7:35pm

          Re: Re: Re: Failure

          Citation needed.

          When did trump ever advocate or encourage armed violence against the government of the United States?

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            Toom1275 (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 8:12pm

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            How about you read the numerous citations you've been given over and over, gaslighting shitstain?

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 8:15pm

            I’m posting this again to prove a point.

            The following are quotes from Donald Trump himself; they come from his speech on the 6th of January, just before the insurrection:

            Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore and that's what this is all about. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with: We will stop the steal.

            We will not let them silence your voices. We're not going to let it happen, I'm not going to let it happen.

            We're gathered together in the heart of our nation's capital for one very, very basic and simple reason: To save our democracy.

            You're stronger, you're smarter, you've got more going than anybody. And they try and demean everybody having to do with us. And you're the real people, you're the people that built this nation. You're not the people that tore down our nation.

            Republicans are, Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It's like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we're going to have to fight much harder.

            [Y]ou'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.

            We will not be intimidated into accepting the hoaxes and the lies that we've been forced to believe.

            You will have an illegitimate president. That's what you'll have. And we can't let that happen.

            The radical left knows exactly what they're doing. They're ruthless and it's time that somebody did something about it.

            The Republicans have to get tougher. You're not going to have a Republican Party if you don't get tougher. They want to play so straight. They want to play so, sir, yes, the United States. The Constitution doesn't allow me to send them back to the States. Well, I say, yes it does, because the Constitution says you have to protect our country and you have to protect our Constitution, and you can't vote on fraud. And fraud breaks up everything, doesn't it? When you catch somebody in a fraud, you're allowed to go by very different rules.

            We must stop the steal and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again, can never be allowed to happen again.

            The Democrats are hopeless — they never vote for anything. Not even one vote. But we're going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help. We're going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

            Now, I’m sure you’re going to mention all the times he brought up marching peacefully and whatnot. Don’t bother; I’ve skimmed enough of the transcript to know those parts exist. Instead, I want you to read each of those quotes, and notice some of the verbs/verbal phrases he uses: “stop”, “save”, “fight”, “take back”, “get tougher”, “show strength”, “protect”. Then look at the overall gist of those quotes: “we’re fighting to stop the steal”, “we have to get tougher on the fraudsters”, “we’re here to save democracy”, “we need to do something about this”.

            He isn’t explicitly calling for violence, no. But between his planting the idea that his “patriots” must stop the steal by showing strength and doing “something” about the Democrats/“weak Republicans” to save the country, his talking for months about how the election would be fraudulent only if he lost, and his continual(ly rebuked) efforts to overturn an election he lost both electorally and popularly, those quotes — his words — become a form of his mob boss–esque stochastic terrorism. He didn’t need to directly call for violence; all he needed to do is make his wishes known and let his followers do the rest.

            Take a bunch of people who have already been manipulated by right-wing media and Donald Trump into believing the election would be/was stolen. Tell them that the literal last line of defense against the stolen election is a Vice President who has already sworn himself to the duty of his office (i.e., to confirm Joe Biden as the President-elect). Gin them up further by referring to them as true patriots, telling them to toughen up and show strength, and implying that they alone can save American democracy itself. What do you get as a result of all that?

            You get an insurrection.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:09pm

      Re: Failure

      So it was people's imagination that the top conservative in the United States was de-platformed?

      Not at all. I mean he set up his own space and everything and then all of a sudden, poof! He was gone. Perhaps he stiffed the developers or the service he was hosting it on, or maybe the rubes finally figured out they got fooled and stopped donating.

      I think it's horrible that 'from the desk of Donald J. Trump' is offline because of big tech not paying his bills for him. After all, what else could it be? He should call that Frankspeech guy and piggy back on his amazing infrastructure.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:10pm

      Re: Failure

      Ah restless94110

      I thought I smelled failure.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:18pm

      What specific conservative views are being banned from social media? Answer that and maybe I’ll give a shit about what you have to say.

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        Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2021 @ 5:10am

        Re:

        You know, the ones...

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 11:14am

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        The effectiveness of disposable masks?

        Any discussion about election irregularities?

        Until recently, any discussion on C19 origin.

        HyCl as treatment for symptoms and the effectiveness of zinc in combating the SARS family?

        There’s a long list. Should I keep going?

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          Toom1275 (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 12:19pm

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          So you admit you've got absolutely nothing.

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          Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2021 @ 12:40pm

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          The effectiveness of disposable masks?

          Why will you not listen to actual medical advice, rather than the part of the data that justifies you refusal to follow advice. A disposable mask will do little to protect you from, an infected person, but does a lot to protect others should you be infected, and not showing symptoms. Wearing one in public is not a great inconvenience, and helps stop the spread. Being vaccinated is not a reason not to wear one, as the vaccines are not perfect, but will reduce the severity of infection, possible to the level that you show no symptoms, but are capable of infecting others.

          Any discussion about election irregularities?

          Don't you means conspiracy theories pushed by a bad loser, whose supporters have not produces a single bit of creditable evidence in court where it counts, but has been used to initiate seditious actions.

          HyCl as treatment for symptoms and the effectiveness of zinc in combating the SARS family?

          Medical advice from non medical people, such is the stuff of quackery.

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:40pm

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            “ What specific conservative views are being banned from social media?”

            “ Why will you not listen to actual medical advice,”
            I do, including those in my family. Us an N95 or comparable mask. Protection for everyone.
            Maybe if the discussion were allowed at all people would realise there are actually proper tools available. To protect everyone.

            “ Don't you means conspiracy ”
            No, I mean irregularities. Which we see in every election.
            A proper discussion on the topic would show there’s no evidence that the irregularities, errors, etc are outside the margin of error?

            “ HyCl as treatment for symptoms and the effectiveness of zinc in combating the SARS family?”

            Well documented and studied material. You want to blame the 400K+ deaths on someone? If we had rolled out HyCl as a stop gap the rates of death would have been lower. Until a proper vaccination was ready.
            There’s a very well referenced post above you can look at.

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:30pm

              If we had rolled out HyCl as a stop gap the rates of death would have been lower.

              You can’t know that with the certainty of God Herself, so don’t make those kinds of proclamations as if you are God. You’re not God and you never will be.

              Well documented and studied material.

              It isn’t as effective as you want us to think it is. But sure, keep repeating the same shit that Trump does. You gonna whine about all that non-existent widescale election fraud, too? Fuck off outta here, Lostcause.

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:41pm

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            Burying discussion breeds conspiracy theories.

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              Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:20pm

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              And you promote them, you have gotten so deep into the right wing echo chamber that you should change your handle to lost cause.

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                Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 4:07pm

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                Care to show one?
                And do try that implied between the he lines crap. I say what I think.
                Feel free: find one.

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 5:10pm

                  For starters, you promote the still-unproven claim that a lab in Wuhan intentionally released the COVID-19 virus.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2021 @ 3:08am

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                  HyCl, you are claiming that the majority of doctors ignored evidence that it was effective, a conspiracy of such a scale as to be impossible to maintain.

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                    Lostinlodos (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 11:17am

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                    No, what I’m saying is that the media is Ignoring that it has proven benefits.
                    First it reduces the he body’s ability to contract the virus in an active spreadable way by zinc chloride bonding.

                    Post full infection, it reduces the effects and decreases recover time for the same reason.

                    It’s not a solution on it’s own. It’s entirely dependent on the body to be useful.
                    But there’s little doubt that it can work as a full antiviral for a small minority.
                    More importantly it would have worked as a good stop-gap to reduce the spread.
                    Not perfect, but not pointless.

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                      Toom1275 (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 11:56am

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                      The media can't "ignore" what doesn't exist.

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                        Lostinlodos (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 12:53pm

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                        There’s a well sourced post above. Users have flagged it though.
                        I disagree with the poster’s premise but the various studies over many years do so major benefits.

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                          Rocky, 2 Jul 2021 @ 1:46pm

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                          You better read this: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77748-x#article-info

                          CQ = Chloroquine, HCQ = Hydroxychloroquine, AZM = azithromycin, SC = standard care, PCR = viral polymerase chain reaction, MV = mechanical ventilation

                          Conclusion

                          Treating COVID-19 patients with CQ/HCQ did not decrease mortality. It was even increased if AZM was added. Besides, CQ/HCQ alone or in combination with AZM increased the duration of hospital stay. Overall virological cure rate and that on days 4, 10, or 14 were not affected by receiving HCQ. Adding AZM to HCQ/CQ did not show any benefit in terms of virological cure as well. The Need for MV was not improved by exposure to CQ/HCQ alone or in combination with AZM. Moreover, CQ/HCQ, did not neither shorten the duration till conversion to negative PCR, prevent radiological progression, nor affect clinical worsening of the disease. Future randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm these conclusions.

                          TL;DR: By studying all available data on hydroxychloroquine-treatments it's shown that it didn't help, it even increased mortality if administered together with the antibiotic azithromycin. Ie, there is no proven benefits - just people who cherry-pick studies containing statistics they don't understand in the larger context.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2021 @ 12:31pm

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                      But there’s little doubt that it can work as a full antiviral for a small minority.
                      More importantly it would have worked as a good stop-gap to reduce the spread.
                      Not perfect, but not pointless.

                      Lostcaiuse uses non sequitur to justify bullshit. If it only works for a small minority, it does little to stop the spread. More likely the claims for efficacy fall under coincidence is not causation by use including a dew people with natural immunity to covid.

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                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 2:35pm

                      the media is Ignoring that it has proven benefits

                      And how broad or narrow a group of people can benefit from hydroxychloroquine’s alleged effects in treating COVID? If the group is significantly narrow, the benefits of the drug may be outweighed by the fact that the drug isn’t effective in preventing the further spread of COVID. And that assumes the benefits look the same across the board instead of varying from person to person depending on a variety of factors (including which strain of COVID they’re infected with and what preëxisting conditions they may have).

                      More importantly it would have worked as a good stop-gap to reduce the spread.

                      You say hydroxychloroquine could work “as a full antiviral for small minority”. Then you say it could’ve been “a good stop-gap to reduce the spread”. If it could’ve worked only for a small number of people⁠—your words, not mine⁠—how could that have stopped the wider spread of a virus that has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands?

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                        Lostinlodos (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 3:08pm

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                        “chloroquine acts as an effective inhibitor of the replication of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus“
                        The study includes the same conclusions of other Clq variants including HCL/HcQ
                        ~ doi:10.1016/
                        And while that research was on the SARS virus later studies found the same in the current C19 virus, at a lower degree.

                        It reduces your he virus’ ability to replicate.
                        The premise here: reduced replication ≈ reduced spread.

                        And while I understand fully the danger of the side effects, there was a targeted population that could have greatly benefitted from use.
                        Those high risk people with respiratory issues who had healthy hearts.
                        Including the seniors in dedicated living facilities.

                        The ratio of treated effectively vs treated with side effects in the emergency use period last year was positive.
                        The number of those with effective treatment was a minority, personally.
                        But Those that did show signs of effective treatment, the number with dangerous side effects was minimal.

                        It has not been reported what the reduced replication rate is, but the virus at the time was too new to know the nature replication rate as well.

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                          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 11:05am

                          later studies found the same in the current C19 virus, at a lower degree

                          “Lower degree” means “worse performance” in this context. As in, “hydroxychloroquine does worse at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus than it does at preventing the spread of the SARS virus”.

                          The premise here: reduced replication ≈ reduced spread.

                          By the time hydroxychloroquine was even considered for use in COVID patients, it couldn’t have done much to reduce the spread since⁠—by your own admission, no less!⁠—it only would’ve been effective on a small minority of the population.

                          there was a targeted population that could have greatly benefitted from use

                          And if the side effects happened to kill them…well, better that than COVID, huh?

                          The number of those with effective treatment was a minority

                          And that was reason enough to start using hydroxychloroquine on a wider segment of the population? That was reason enough to hoard doses of the drug that people with non-COVID conditions they needed the drug to treat would’ve needed?

                          Hydroxychloroquine’s use as a COVID-19 treatment is, at the absolute best, limited in both effectiveness and who it can work on. To act like it could’ve single-handedly stopped COVID-19 in any meaningful way when absolutely no scientific study to date has ever supported that premise makes a fool out of the person acting that way.

                          And so you know, Lostcause: “Fool” is the kindest word I could’ve used in that sentence.

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                            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 1:14pm

                            Exactly. But not ineffective.

                            Ineffective enough to make it not worth the trouble of trying to turn it into a catch-all COVID-19 treatment like Dear Leader tried to do, though.

                            The study’s aren’t long enough with the Covid-19 version but with tested SARS Variants previous, it weakens the virus’s spreadability.

                            Was it you or some other trolling schmuck who was talking about how COVID-19 wasn’t SARS and the response to COVID-19 being based partially on the response to SARS was a bad idea?

                            The biggest side effect, as I mentioned, is varying heart issues. Which normally don’t cause serious concern for patients with a healthy heart.

                            Even people with a healthy heart can still suffer fatal heart issues. Life and biology are funny that way. Well, not “ha ha” funny so much as “huh, that was unexpected” funny, and not so much “funny” as “tragic”, but…uh…hmm. Well, I trust you get my point, anyway.

                            it’s well documented that the vaccination also has this same issue, it’s at a much lower degree than HCL

                            Which means there is far less risk associated with a vaccine designed specifically to stop COVID-19 than there is with a drug that isn’t generally effective against COVID-19. Imagine that~.

                            even if the effects aren’t immediate to the recipient they weaken the vir[us’s] ability to replicate

                            Given the time that could elapse between someone catching COVID-19 and someone showing symptoms of that infection, that person could easily be a infection vector well before knowing they would need any sort of treatment. What good is a drug you say could weaken the virus’s ability to replicate if people don’t know they need it until after the virus has replicated and spread in far larger numbers than even you could anticipate?

                            here’s nearly a decade of research on these clq drugs. Enough supplemental evidence that the FDA did allow usage.

                            The FDA revoked the emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine three months after it was issued:

                            Based on its ongoing analysis of the EUA and emerging scientific data, the FDA determined that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA. Additionally, in light of ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other potential serious side effects, the known and potential benefits of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for the authorized use.

                            So maybe instead of relying only on information that helps your argument and fellates your biases, try looking up the information that makes you uncomfortable and punches your arguments in the face.

                            The misuse by doctors not verifying pre-existent heart problems, and wide over usage, and quickly rescued supply, had the authorisation pulled (revised, not reversed).

                            Oh, sure, it was the doctors that were the problem, not the drugs itself. Do you listen to yourself say these things in your head as you type them, or do you just say inane bullshit without thinking twice and hope it sticks?

                            I didn’t say miracle cure. I said helpful tool for the fight.

                            Every argument you’ve made in favor of hydroxychloroquine paints the drug as an über-useful tool in stopping COVID-19 altogether, when the drug has proven to be anything but. You almost sound like an evangelist huckster selling snake oil every time you talk about the drug, claiming it does this and that while ignoring the fact that hydroxychloroquine was proven to be an ineffective treatment of, and ineffective preventative measure against, COVID-19 infection.

                            Between that, your twisted desire to prioritize property and property rights over people and their civil rights, and your refusal to admit that you’re a conservative despite supporting them and mirroring many of their bullshit arguments, you’re coming off as a bigger troll than people who post on 4chan all day. At least /b/ regulars have the testicular fortitude to admit they’re assholes. Where are your balls, Lostcause?

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                              Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 1:54pm

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                              “trying to turn it into a catch-all COVID-19 treatment like Dear Leader”
                              I didn’t. At any point. Stop trying to tie people’s statements into a narrative.

                              “Was it you or some other trolling schmuck…”
                              Someone else. Covid-19 is definitely part of the SARS family.
                              As such sars was the best place to start.

                              “Even people with a healthy heart can still suffer fatal heart issues. “
                              Unfortunately all chemical concoctions are potentially fatal.
                              Acetaminophen, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, aspirin, all can kill.

                              “Imagine that”
                              Repeating formulation and use results in similar, er, results.

                              “vir[us’s]”
                              Viri- shorthand. Sorry, forgot you’re big on grammar.

                              “replicated and spread in far larger numbers than even you could anticipate”
                              Because it reduces the ability to further replicate.

                              “The FDA revoked the emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine three months after it was issued”
                              Correct. I read a release summary, which used different terms but did link to the official revocation.
                              I was wrong on that.

                              “argument and fellates your biases, try looking up the information that makes you uncomfortable and punches your arguments in the face”
                              I read the release notification from the FDA’s news feed at the time. My mistake I’m not clicking into it.

                              “über-useful tool in stopping COVID-19 altogether”
                              Useful tool in the fight.

                              “prioritize property and property rights over people and their civil rights”
                              Yes, in your tiny little application.
                              Property is definite. Your mis-association could be quickly and easily recognised by stating it was mis-association.

                              “refusal to admit that you’re a conservative despite supporting them and mirroring many of their bullshit arguments”
                              You have again mid associated me with conservatives based solely on my few aligning ideals, eg strong Borders with legal vetted monitored immigration of verified individuals, and my support for the right to bare arms.
                              Any yes, my belief in personal liberty in masking and closing of businesses.

                              “Where are your balls, Lost[inlodos].
                              Between my legs.

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                                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:38pm

                                Stop trying to tie people’s statements into a narrative.

                                Everyone tells a story, Lodos. What story you’re telling is something I’m allowed to explore, despite your wishes that I don’t. That First Amendment’s a bitch, huh.

                                it reduces the ability to further replicate

                                Does it reduce that ability in significant enough numbers to make it worth injecting into people who may suffer severe side effects⁠—possibly even fatal ones⁠—from the drug even before they know if they have COVID? Because the best way to stop the disease from spreading is to prevent it from infecting people in the first place, and since hydroxychloroquine is being used as a post-infection treatment rather than a pre-infection preventative, the drug doesn’t seem like one of the more effective ways to actually stop COVID-19 from spreading.

                                I was wrong on that.

                                Holy shit, he can admit it. He can actually fucking admit it.

                                That puts you one step above the average conservative, Lodos. It’s a small step, but it’s still something.

                                Useful tool in the fight.

                                That you continue to believe this despite all evidence to the contrary is why you’re telling a story you don’t think you’re telling but everyone else knows you’re telling.

                                Property is definite.

                                And people are what, temporary meat popsicles?

                                Your mis-association could be quickly and easily recognised by stating it was mis-association.

                                There is no misassociation. You’ve continually placed property rights above human rights in a way that makes me think you get off sexually to the idea of exercising property rights. If anything, you’re the one associating yourself with that idea by way of your continued fetishizing of property rights above all else, you fuckin’ libertarian.

                                You have again mi[s]associated me with conservatives based solely on my few aligning ideals

                                Well, when the jackboot fits…

                                my belief in personal liberty in masking and closing of businesses

                                Yes yes, you think someone should have the absolute freedom to make other people sick without regard to public health or basic human decency because PrOpErTy RiGhTs or some shit, we get it already. Find someone who likes the idea of being a disease vector and tell them about it; no one here is going to give you that conversation.

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                                  Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 6:27pm

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                                  “ That you continue to believe this despite all evidence to the contrary…”
                                  There’s a well sourced post above, now hidden by flagging, that shows multiple studies (one didn’t state what the poster thought though).
                                  In reality the evidence for it against is about even, but it no longer matters since we have a vaccination.

                                  The question is, should it have been given a far more extensive look in way, last Feb? Or March?

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                                    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:11pm

                                    the evidence … is about even

                                    No. No, it isn’t. Far more evidence shows hydroxychloroquine is an ineffective treatment for COVID-19 than shows it is an effective treatment. Even the FDA yanked its EUA for the drug after studying it long enough to make a determination on the matter. Do you not trust the FDA, or do you not trust people who don’t comfort your biases?

                                    it no longer matters

                                    Except to you, who keeps trying to push the idea that the drug is some sort of fucking miracle worker in stopping the spread of COVID (despite all evidence to the contrary) and hoping we’ll get so sick of debunking your bullshit that we’ll finally agree with you.

                                    The question is, should it have been given a far more extensive look in way, last Feb? Or March?

                                    See my point above.

                                    The drug was given as extensive a look as possible without unnecessarily risking lives to test whether it was an effective COVID-19 treatment. It was generally found to be ineffective, edge cases notwithstanding. You’re the one so obsessed with the idea that it could’ve stopped COVID that you’re still trying to find ways to make us agree with you on that point.

                                    Give up, man. Nobody here with any credibility is buying your bullshit. Go sell it on Facebook or Parler or fucking 8kun; at least there, you might find a few assholes willing to say “you’re 100% right”, which is probably all you really want anyway.

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                                      Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:30pm

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                                      “ Do you not trust the FDA”
                                      My jury is hung. Given the thousand and thousands who die from drugs they passed, multi-billion dollar lawsuits targeting approved drugs, multiple corruption scandals over the last 30 years: I’ll read the scientific reports, thanks. I’ll make my own decisions, with help from members of the medical community far more versed than I, and far smarter.

                                      “ some sort of fucking miracle worker”
                                      No, it was a potential tool that wasn’t properly investigated by the FDA.

                                      Non interest in facetwit.

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                                        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 8:02pm

                                        I’ll make my own decisions, with help from members of the medical community far more versed than I, and far smarter.

                                        Seems like the only members you’ll listen to are the ones who placate your biases. 🤔

                                        No, it was a potential tool that wasn’t properly investigated by the FDA.

                                        How many lives should the FDA have put at risk for a “proper investigation” into whether hydroxychloroquine was going to help people survive COVID-19, and which lives deserved to be put at risk for that study? I don’t think you have the answers to that⁠—or, at least, answers that won’t make you sound any more heartless than you’ve already made yourself sound by prioritizing property rights over public health.

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                                          Chozen (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:44am

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                                          "How many lives should the FDA have put at risk for a “proper investigation” into whether hydroxychloroquine was going to help people survive COVID-19, and which lives deserved to be put at risk for that study?"

                                          1. There is no legal requirement for an efficacy study. Once a drug has been approved by the FDA for use it can be used with a prescription for any off-label us. That is our law.

                                          Stop making up law!

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                                            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 5:26am

                                            There is no legal requirement for an efficacy study.

                                            Shouldn’t the FDA have done one before, y’know, potentially killing people as part of a “test run” of whether a given drug could actually treat COVID-19?

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                                              Chozen (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 7:28am

                                              Re: That Isn't Efficacy

                                              "Shouldn’t the FDA have done one before, y’know, potentially killing people as part of a “test run” of whether a given drug could actually treat COVID-19?"

                                              There are two kinds of testing safety and efficacy. I know your English sucks but efficacy means effectiveness not safety. When a drug is first introduced it must pass both efficacy and safety testing. Originally government felt it had a compelling public interest in making sure that drug companies don't introduce drugs that while safe are not effective. They didn't want pharmaceutical companies swindling people out of their retirement savings.

                                              It seemed like a good idea at the time during the early days of the pharmaceutical industry. The efficacy requirement became law in 1962. But as time went on the cost of efficacy testing became a problem. A drug would be introduced to the market for a specific treatment like how hydroxychloroquine can treat both malaria and lupus. Or how antiparasitic like ivermectin tend to also have antiviral properties.

                                              Now lets go back to that 1962. The FDA approved hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of lupus in 1955, 7 years before the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1962. So hydroxychloroquine never went through the efficacy testing to treat lupus that you are demanding for COVID-19. It was tested for safety and doctors believed it could be effective for also treating lupus. That was the basis for its approval. It was never proven effective at treating lupus or malaria. But during 2020 we had casandras like yourself screaming both that we cant use HCQ to treat COVID-19 because it would take the drug away from lupus patients and HCQ isn't proven effective, yet HCQ isn't "proven" effective against lupus either.

                                              Many common drugs we use never went through FDA efficacy testing because they predate 1962. But taking them is not dangerous because they did go through safety testing.

                                              As more and more drugs moved to generic by the 1980s we had a problem. There were many drugs that were off patent and available as generics that were most likely effective to treat many different ailments but because there were generic no drug company was willing to spend the money, about $20M, to move a generic through FDA efficacy testing. There is no money to be made if they cant patent the drug.

                                              This came to a major head during the AIDS crisis as we saw the revolving door between the FDA/NIH and the major pharmaceutical companies. More and more it became obvious that the FDA/NIH were using efficacy testing to keep alternative treatments off the market. Hell AIDS crisis aside the FDA still argues against low dose aspirin.

                                              Ultimately what had been intended in 1962, to protect sick people from swindled out of their finances, had the opposite effect. People were being denied access to safe cheep alternatives and were losing their life's savings paying through the nose for patented medicines that were arguably no more effective than cheep generics. Or in the worst instance with AZT a drug that was developed in 1964 was given a use patent in 1987 this patent on a 20+ year old drug for the treatment of a 100% fatal illness made allowed AZT to be the most expensive drug of all time despite the fact alone it wasn't very effective against AIDS, it slowed progress a little but AIDS was still 100% fatal.

                                              In 2017 congress with unanimous consent from the senate passed The Right to Try Act because it was clear that the intent of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1962 had been turned on its head and the act was being used for the exact purpose it was intended to stop, swindling desperate people out of their money for drugs that don't work.

                                              Today once a drug has passed FDA testing once, it is free to be used for any other treatment with the informed consent of the patient. Once a drug has been proven safe a doctor can prescribe it for any treatment. The benefits of informed consent far outweigh the risks.

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                                  Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 6:35pm

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                                  Property is objective, speech is subjective.
                                  I’m no Republican. Their views just happen to align with Tommy libertarian views from time to time. Just like the Democrat platform does.

                                  “ Yes yes, you think someone should have the absolute freedom to make other people sick without regard to public health or basic human decency”
                                  No, I think that a private business has the right to set their own choices. And if they wish to be open and serve masked customers that’s their right. And if they wish to stay open and serve I masked customers, that’s their right.
                                  And if they wish to stay open and ban mask use inside that’s their right.
                                  You talk about the public: the business sets it’s rules.
                                  Aren’t you fond of ‘if you don’t like it go somewhere else’?
                                  That’s an idea you support, yes.
                                  Well, if you don’t like mask free zones go somewhere else.
                                  And if you don’t want to use a mask shop a business that won’t require you to put one on.
                                  It’s not hard to understand how that’s not forcing anything on anyone.

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                                    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:03pm

                                    Aren’t you fond of ‘if you don’t like it go somewhere else’?

                                    I’m also fond of the idea of public health⁠—which means that any public-facing business willing to make itself a disease vector shouldn’t have the right to do so. But you care more about property than people, so of course you don’t think that’s a good idea.

                                    One person is all it takes⁠ to spread COVID-19 to countless others. If a business isn’t willing to take any preventative measures against that possibility for the sake of protecting every single person who comes into the store⁠—regardless of whether they agree with mask mandates and other such measures, regardless of whether they prioritize their personal liberty to make other people sick over the health and well-being of themselves and others⁠—that business can and should go out of business.

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                                    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jul 2021 @ 3:19am

                                    Re: Re:

                                    I’m no Republican

                                    But you support all the worst idea of Trump with a passion, and like him ignore any evidence that shows that you are wrong. You are a Lostcause to rational humanity.

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                          Anonymous Coward, 2 Jul 2021 @ 11:55am

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                          By the time the use of chloroquine was considered, any spread had occurred, and the patient was in isolation. That is most spread occurred by people who did not yet know that they were infected, and not by people after they were hospitalised. A treatment tried in case it might help critically ill people has no impact on the spread of the disease.

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                    Chozen (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:17am

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

                    "HyCl, you are claiming that the majority of doctors ignored evidence that it was effective, a conspiracy of such a scale as to be impossible to maintain."

                    We already lived through that conspiracy once. It was called the AIDS crisis. They managed to maintain that conspiracy for almost 2 decades. There is even a good movie about it.

                    As a result we the people pushed back against big Pharma and the ABC bureaucracy, FDA, NIH etc. We passed right to try legislation.

                    As a result our law today is that if a drug is FDA approved for one treatment a doctor and patient with informed consent can use it for an off label treatment.

                    A large part. And I mean a very very large part of the current HCQ/Ivermectin fiasco is a bureaucratic end around of the law.

                    Zuckerberg and "Tony" have gotten so buddy buddy that big tech is going to ban any discussion of off-label use even though off-label use is perfectly legal and safe. This censorship is in effect gutting right to try laws.

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                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:44pm

                      Zuckerberg and "Tony" have gotten so buddy buddy that big tech is going to ban any discussion of off-label use even though off-label use is perfectly legal and safe.

                      Even if this were true, so what? Facebook is 100% legally allowed to decide what speech it will and won’t host on its servers⁠, even if that speech is protected by the First Amendment.

                      Racial slurs are legally protected. Anti-queer slurs are legally protected. So is porn, spam, and all other kinds of reprehensible speech. Make the argument that Facebook must host one type of legally protected speech that you want forced upon Facebook, and you’ll have to stand on the side of the people who are arguing for all those other types of speech to be forced upon Facebook and all its social media brethren. Yes or no: Do you believe the government should have the legal right to compel any privately owned interactive web service into hosting legally protected speech that the owners/operators of said service don’t want to host?

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                        Chozen (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:38am

                        Re: I've Answered that!

                        "Do you believe the government should have the legal right to compel any privately owned interactive web service into hosting legally protected speech that the owners/operators of said service don’t want to host?

                        I keep answering that question and you ignore it. The answer is absolutely because it already does. Cable providers of a certain size have to provide channel access and local broadcast assess. This was the issue in Warner v. FCC 1996. The able providers argued that the requirement to carry channels was a violation of their First Amendment rights and the size requirements was a violation of 14 Amendment equal protection. The court said that such requirements did not violate the cable providers 1st or 14th Amendment rights.

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                          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 5:30am

                          The answer is absolutely

                          Your other bullshit aside, I have another question for you: Do you believe the government should make you host speech you don’t want to host on an interactive web service you own and operate? For example: If you don’t want to host Ku Klux Klan propaganda⁠—or Black Lives Matter propaganda, for that matter⁠—on a Mastodon instance you run, do you really believe the government should make you host it “or else”?

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                            Chozen (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 7:33am

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                            "Your other bullshit aside, I have another question for you: Do you believe the government should make you host speech you don’t want to host on an interactive web service you own and operate? For example: If you don’t want to host Ku Klux Klan propaganda⁠—or Black Lives Matter propaganda, for that matter⁠—on a Mastodon instance you run, do you really believe the government should make you host it “or else”?"

                            That's a consequence of entering the speech industry by my own free will. Im the one that chose to own and operate a virtual public square. By putting my private property to the public interest I submit to the control of the public. That's the law.

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                              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 5:46pm

                              By putting my private property to the public interest I submit to the control of the public.

                              So, just to be clear: If the government told you that you had to host⁠—had to associate yourself and your private property⁠—which racial slurs, anti-queer propaganda, and even pro-Nazi speech, you would willingly (and perhaps even ecstatically) host that speech despite your property being private and the government having absolutely no right to tell you that you must host such speech?

                              Because if putting private property to the public interest is all it takes for part of the “speech industry” to be deemed a public forum that the government can force speech upon, then your logic would seemingly apply to newspapers. But I don’t see the government trying to turn those into public fora, so…

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:34pm

              Trying to give oxygen to conspiracy theories doesn’t help, either, but you’re doing exactly that anyway, so maybe stop getting your news from places that believe the Big Lie and maybe we’ll stop thinking you’re one of the Big Liars.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:23pm

      Re: Failure

      anti-conservative bias and censorship is "imagined.

      Please provide one example of this anti-conservative bias that leads to censorship. And please be specific as to what was the reason that led to the "censorship."

      Also, please explain to me why Trump has been banned from social media. Is it because he is a conservative? Or was it because he used social media to promote a lie about election fraud and riled up his supporters to the point where they actually attacked a US government building in which congress was validating his election loss?

      Since being a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, bigoted raging asshole seems to be the majority of "conservatives" who complain about anti-conservative bias, then of course you would believe that there is an anti-conservative bias. You are just too blind and / or stupid to realize that you are indeed a raging asshole online and that is why people of your ilk are being banned from social media.

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      Rocky, 28 Jun 2021 @ 2:28pm

      restless94110 is a deranged sock-puppet

      Just flag the asshole, since this particular asshole will never debate - he just drops by, takes a shit on the floor and leaves. He's just another of humanity's shit-stains.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 5:01pm

      Re: Failure

      What's the point of reading anything you write after you state that it isn't imaginary?

      Pics or it didn't happen.

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      Toom1275 (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 6:43pm

      Re: Failure

      Perhaps "Imagined" isn't the correct word.

      "Hallucinated" sounds more appropriate for you who claim to see something that does not, has never, and cannot possibly exist.

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      ECA (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 8:47pm

      Re: Failure

      A person mentioned socialism and how it was bad.
      I had to ask him, how and where did he hear WHAT about socialism.
      Was it a person, TV, or where.
      The person mentioned 'HE TOLD ME'
      I intimated, "from TV", he said yes.
      I suggested he make his own opinion, based on READING what it was. NOT another persons opinion of it.
      And if yuo choose YOUR bias over others, It would be nice to know the SAME question. FROM whom did you get your answer.
      Father, mother, friend, TV. OR did you go out and READ what the truth is?

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 12:49pm

    Use a paywall!

    So I just had an idea that I'm sure someone else has thought of...

    Rather than ban or remove postings like these, maybe just shove the problem users and messages behind a paywall... that way, if you want to see these messages, you have to pay a fee...
    Let those problem users still log in and post, just put all their nonesense behind a paywall...

    That way, the content is still hosted, but only the folks who really want to see that drivel will pay for it and well, you don't let "free" users see behind the paywall.
    Some of you may wonder: "but who would pay for this crap?" I would think no-one, but this way, you're not running afoul of these new stupid "1st amendment laws" that force you to host others speech... your hosting it, it's just behind the paywall

    This might be the first useful way to implement a paywall that might actually increase traffic.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:36pm

      Re: Use a paywall!

      "but who would pay for this crap?"

      I bet we would all be surprised as to how many people would throw money at that. I mean, look at all the grifting that goes on with top "conservative" voices. Sydnee Powell, Mike Flynn, Alex Jones, My Pillow Lindell, Trump rallies, Rudy 'cock and a charred spot' Giuliani. Trump's entire political campaign was all just a grift to get the rubes to pay him to validate their racist, xenophobic, homophobic, bigoted lives.

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      ECA (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 4:24pm

      Re: Use a paywall!

      My suggestion was to lock them in the corner and let then say anything they WANT in the corner.
      Only those that register to that person CAN COME to his room and post, but everyone visiting can watch.
      Nothing leaves that corner.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 1:21pm

    It is nice they have funds to fight this stupidity,
    shame there were no funds to keep the retaining pond of death from threatening citizens
    shame there were no funds to make sure building codes were enforced
    shame they handed out covid shots based on if the citizens were nice to the Gov or not
    shame they spend more time on imaginary problems than solving the issues actively killing citizens on their watch

    shame there seems to be no system in place to protect citizens when the leadership loses their damn minds, encourages people to get infected, puts the almighty dollar ahead of human life...

    But then it appears we are willing to accept citizens being killed in the name of imaginary rights we can't even explain in any way tethered to reality.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2021 @ 2:55pm

    Bad and backward "Constitutional" arguments do not surprise when coming from a 100% Constitution-free Zone such as Florida.

    It's regrettable that the thing won't just snap off and drift away at high speed. More unfortunately, that most intense collection of wackaloons will flow back north, at least a bit, as it ends up under water. Although, given the immense powers of denial and imagination which many of them hold, perhaps they will stay there under a few meters of water, dodging hurricanes for eternity.

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      Tanner Andrews (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 12:59am

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      It's regrettable that [Florida] won't just snap off and drift away at high speed.

      My preference would be to build machine gun towers at the bridges over the St Marys, particularly focusing on the south-bound lanes of I-95. That would offer less disruption than a complete separation.

      The problem is that we get so many people here from up north. A lot of them stay. If they were to go home, they would probably raise the average both here and in their home states.

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      Lostinlodos (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 1:23am

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      “ It's regrettable that thing won't just snap off and drift away at high speed.”

      I feel about the same regarding Crapifuckallya.
      One big quake away from earthly salvation.

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        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:46pm

        Because of course you believe that the deaths of millions of people who don’t share your political views is “salvation”. I don’t like Republican/conservative voters⁠ (or libertarians, for that matter…), but you don’t see me seriously wishing for all of them to suffer whatever would be the real-life equivalent of getting dusted by Thanos.

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          Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 6:49pm

          Re:

          If you didn’t get the back at’cha in that…

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 6:56pm

            I did. But unlike you, I’m not wishing for the deaths of millions to create an imagined paradise, you bloodthirsty sociopathic libertarian asshole.

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              Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:22pm

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              It was sarcasm you literalist nut.
              The post suggested machine guns… killing Americans based on ideology.

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 8:19am

                It was sarcasm you literalist nut.

                You’ve already made your position on humanity clear; don’t blame me for taking that position seriously. Use a sarcasm mark in the future if you don’t want serious responses to “jokes” that seem to reflect your actual sociopathic positions⁠—like, say, a “joke” about genociding an entire state to create an imagined paradise, which tends to align with your views about humanity (and liberals/progressives in particular) being near-worthless compared to the property they inhabit.

                Poe’s Law is dead. So is the “I was just joking” excuse. Be clear about your humor or be taken seriously when you suggest something ghoulish. Make your choice.

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                  Lostinlodos (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:41am

                  Re:

                  Yes, I have.
                  And yes, I get it. Anyone that doesn’t bow down to the socialism of your beliefs is anti human.
                  “ genociding”
                  An earthquake is not genocide.
                  Killing hundreds of people because they are Russian descendants is.

                  But look who I’m talking to, I don’t see any horror over machine gunning Americans. In Florida. Nice.

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                    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 12:04pm

                    Anyone that doesn’t bow down to the socialism of your beliefs is anti human.

                    My beliefs have nothing to do with the fact that you, independently of whatever I’ve said, only took issue with efforts to repeal Section 230 when property rights entered the chat and have continually placed property rights in a position of importance over things like public health. You’re the one who sees property and property rights as more important than humanity; I’m only working with what you’ve given me.

                    An earthquake is not genocide.

                    You talked about sending California into the ocean. That’s going to kill a shitload of people on its own; the days and weeks that follow will kill more as essential supplies run out, power plants stop working, and the government drags its heels in trying to figure out what the fuck to do (which it always does, regardless of who runs it at the time). That’s a fucking genocide, and that’s what you wished for⁠—and if you didn’t want to do that, you should’ve used a sarcasm mark.

                    I don’t see any horror over machine gunning Americans. In Florida.

                    I don’t see you expressing condolences for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Which were you angrier about: the dead people or the damage to the building?

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                      Lostinlodos (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 2:18pm

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                      “ only took issue with efforts to repeal Section 230 when property rights entered the chat”
                      Correct. Because forced association is a fallacy. All you have to say is that their opinion is their own. No association then.
                      That people like you can’t accept what a person says as their beliefs is your own opinion.

                      “ I don’t see you expressing condolences for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting”
                      Where is that part of this discussion?
                      I went ballistic on the web over all the brainwashed turds who worshipped fantasy cloud people and created the culture where people were targeted over how they enjoy life.
                      I sent money to gofundmes and charities set up in the aftermath.

                      I don’t equate someone not using a disposable mask with murder.
                      I’ve also said not wearing a mask was selfish.
                      But I still stand by the principal that it should have be a choice.

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                        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 3:40pm

                        Because forced association is a fallacy. All you have to say is that their opinion is their own. No association then.

                        Yeah, no, shit doesn’t work that way, son. If you claim not to be associated with racists, but you still allow racists to use your property as a soapbox for their speech, you’re still associated with racists regardless of how many disclaimers you put up. People will see your property being used by racists and assume you’re okay with the racists and their racism; that’s how human nature works. Being forced to host racists and their speech doesn’t change that fact. But it does bring up the question of why you might think being forced to host racists is a good idea if property rights weren’t a thing.

                        I sent money to gofundmes and charities set up in the aftermath.

                        Oh wow, you had a semblance of an afterimage of a ghost of a heart somewhere in your body at one point. Bravo~.

                        I still stand by the princip[le] that it should have be[en] a choice.

                        Do you really believe people should have the right to knowingly and purposefully infect others with a deadly disease? Because I’m sure plenty of anti-maskers who contracted COVID would’ve argued for the right to be without masks in public…before they caught COVID, anyway. (And probably after⁠—assuming they were still alive, that is.)

                        I walked into a store a few days ago without a mask⁠—the first time in well over a year that I’d done that!⁠—because I forgot my mask, I’m vaccinated, and I knew the store had a “if you’re vaxed, you don’t need the mask” policy nowadays. Doing that made me feel like some semblance of normalcy was returning⁠—but it also made me feel like shit for not thinking of others. I could have caught COVID and carried it back to my family or spread it to strangers, even just by being in that store maskless for a few minutes, and I would’ve had no one to blame for that but myself.

                        Do I believe mandating masks in public was the right thing to do? Absolutely. Do I plan to keep wearing masks even when the mandates fall for good? Absolutely. Why? Because I’m not a selfish dickbag who only thinks of himself. That’s what a society is: caring for other people, easing the suffering of others, and helping each other realize our full potential. What the fuck is the point of having a society if a good chunk of people within that society care more about themselves (or property…) to the detriment of everyone else?

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    MikeVx (profile), 28 Jun 2021 @ 4:01pm

    Repeating pattern...

    I find it interesting that those most prone to clog discussion platforms with shit are also the first to complain when the platform uses an enema.

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    Lostinlodos (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 7:31pm

    What’s next?

    “ “war on imagined anti-conservative bias”
    Don’t hurt your argument by peddling a lie
    230 protects private sites. Period. Regardless of their perfectly legal bias.

    ““What the fuck is this word salad. Section 230 simply allows companies to make moderation decisions without worrying about being sued for content created by users,”

    Yes. 230, Out of the likes of Prodigy, allows private companies to remove content they don’t like from their private platforms without fearing legal ramifications for missing illegal content in the purges. (That they gain plausible deniability is a bonus).

    “What it actually does is allow the Florida government to determine what content platforms must carry.”

    Yep. While I applaud Florida for attempting to fight content censorship this isn’t the way to do it. (Oh, that’s right, democrats don’t call deleting comments censorship).

    ““being paid to advance the state's agenda,”
    Good for them. Doing their job. And I hope lawyers from both side fight the best damn fight they ever have. Because this need’s to be decided, appealed, decided, appealed, and finally put before the Supreme Court!
    Then, and only then, will it be “settled “.

    Congress makes laws, be it states or National.
    Courts judge the constitutional aspects of challenged laws. Be it state or National.
    Depending on the outcome the law survives, or dies.
    If it dies, Congress can accept it or amend the constitution.
    That’s how it works.

    I look forward to following this case as closely as I can.
    Hopefully enough reporting isn’t done with the same partisanship as the moderation is. Be it left or right.

    This is a vital case. It’s more than just the right to control your own platform, and more than the association issue of some Liberal types.
    It’s about more than the bias, which absolutely exists.
    It’s about more than all of this and every other 230-related argument for or against it.

    This is a chance to see if courts can get politicians on the left to admit what they really want (delete the conservatives and anyone who ever agreed with them).

    This is a chance to see if they can get the politicians on the right to admit what they really want (demanded hosting and access to the public via private corporations).

    The real fun here will be watching how politicians trip over themselves to not say what the mean.

    This has all the makings of a good UK scandal if we can get anyone to cover it down the middle (hopefully CSPAN carries this).

    There’s no doubt this will get shot down. I just hope that happens in the SCOTUS.
    For all the bitching on a “conservative” court the cases we’ve seen since the refill have all been decided, or refused, on purely constitutional grounds.
    The law is dead based on private property rights alone. Compellment is also well judicated. A further nail in the law.
    And yes, there is even some case law for “association” being a violation of speech.

    The big question then will be: what’s next?
    What is the reaction to the case loss. That should be even more entertaining!

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      Toom1275 (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 8:07pm

      Re: What’s next?

      There is no possible good-faith reason that listinlodos repeats here his lies that have been debunked for him many times over now.

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 29 Jun 2021 @ 10:51pm

        Re: Re: What’s next?

        What lies?
        That the bill is doomed to fail?

        That private companies can manage content as the determine?

        That this is clearly partisan legislation?

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          Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:10am

          Re: Re: Re: What’s next?

          Lost cause, you keep on claiming that a private entity removing posts is censorship. Why must a site keep up hateful and racist speech, solicitation for prostitution, and spam, as all are legal speech? Do you really want to hand the Internet over to trolls and spammers, and drive everybody else from the Internet?

          Read up on the history of Usenet, and the wandering of various groups to escape the trolls, and re,member there we are talking about people where the majority had the skills to provide their own filtering.

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 10:34am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: What’s next?

            Usenet was a large server interconnect that expanded time share services to general access relays.

            Usenet came up as an add on to other dial in services in the mid-to-late 80s.
            I’m well aware of the history. CIS was the largest on-ramp to UseNet, and dozens of other protocol servers around the country. Database repositories of site linking for UseNet, Archy, Gopher, Slack, FTP, Veronica, Speed, Burst…
            As an employee handling content I’m well aware of the trash that got posted. A side effect of the glorious global speech revolution.

            “ Why must a site keep ”
            They don’t have to. They’re private companies.
            230 protections them legally safe from things they miss in purging what they don’t want.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 4:09am

          What lies?

          “Moderation is censorship”, “Trump was good actually”, “climate change isn’t anything we have to worry about right now”…

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 10:46am

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            Moderation may include censorship

            Trump had achievements and failures, like all presidents. Your, or my, political viewpoint is the only difference in how one sees each action.

            “ climate change isn’t anything we have to worry about right now”
            Compared with to more immediate issues?
            I welcome you to go look at some of those resources I posted. I assure you most Republicans would call them crap fear mongering.

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 12:17pm

              Moderation may include censorship

              No, it can’t, because then it would be censorship instead of moderation.

              Trump had achievements and failures, like all presidents. Your, or my, political viewpoint is the only difference in how one sees each action.

              Apparently you think 400,000-plus people dead is an “achievement” because he didn’t start a panic by treating COVID-19 seriously, didn’t recommend that people wear masks even after he caught COVID-19, and didn’t actually say “drink bleach to kill COVID-19”.

              Compared with to more immediate issues?

              That freakish heatwave in the Pacific Northwest seems pretty “immediate” to the people who’re suffering and dying as a result of the record-setting heat. But sure, keep thinking we can put off a response to that until a few decades from now.

              most Republicans would call them crap fear mongering

              In ten years, when the weather is even worse than it is now and conservatives are saying things like “why didn’t you tell us things would get this bad” and “why didn’t you do anything about this” to the scientists who were trying to do exactly that, I want you to remember that you’re on the side of the assholes whose fearmongering and hatred of science, expertise, and anything resembling an education beyond the sixth grade⁠—if even that⁠—made impossible any kind of meaningful response to global climate change.

              Then again, maybe I should point to that building collapse in Florida and tell you that plenty of other buildings are going to end up like that one thanks to climate change. You’ll probably care more about the potential for catastrophic property damage than about the potential for catastrophic loss of life, you property rights–humping libertarian ghoul.

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                Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:30pm

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                “ No, it can’t,”

                Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information. This may be done on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient." Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies. ~Wikipedia

                “ Apparently you think 400,000-plus people dead is an “achievement” …”
                Not wince did I say that. Nice of you to ignore the extremely high number of deaths caused by Democrats placing covid patients in nursing homes.
                Not only did that kill residents, it created spread pockets based on prolonged contact. People using disposable masks thinking they were safe working directly with returned infected patients then spread the virus outside said locations.

                “ put off a response”
                No, how about not choke the country to death with deadlines and no plans for infrastructure!??
                The green new deal provides zero reliable infrastructure for dealing with such a drastic and rapid change in energy.

                “I want you to remember that you’re on the side of the assholes whose fearmongering and hatred of science, expertise, and anything resembling …”
                Blah. I’m on the side of fact.
                For nearly 50 years people ran around saying the end is near.
                With zero evidence and a lot of conjecture based on less than conclusive samples.
                From the 70s the glaciers would be gone in a decade.
                From the 70s Florida and California would be under water. From the 60s the oceans would be acid lakes.
                Etc etc etc.
                We are now, finally, starting to get some scientists displaying actual proof. Not conjecture
                If this evidence continues to be presented the likelihood falls on the side of man-made. We’re now seeing it swing that way based on evidence.
                If they had gone and done this research in the first place instead of fighting to see who could publish faster maybe we could have come up with a plan.

                The problem with fear mongers is they are more concerned with spreading their messages than supplying facts.
                You don’t have to be wrong to be a fear monger.
                Now people are starting to present actual evidence. And I’m willing to listen to evidence.

                That doesn’t change the fact that we have no sustainable thought out plan in evidence of HOW to do the transition. Just a mandate to do it.

                As for Florida, all evidence points to the primary and majority reason for the collapse being poor building construction and lack of adherence to regulations.
                Rising sea levels may be a contributing factor.

                As oceans rise (naturally or accelerated) we need to use common sense in moving off risky land.
                Building on sand is ultimately unwise in Florida or anywhere else.

                Let’s also not loose sight of more immediate concerns that are a direct threat to the majority of the population in the process.

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:00pm

                  You’re saying Democrat lawmakers personally ordered COVID patients to be placed in nursing homes, and you expect me to take the rest of your bullshit seriously? Fuck off, you property fetishist.

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                    Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:45pm

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                    Ah, feel free to pass the buck then. Don’t hold anyone accountable when they are on “your” side.

                    That’s more or less the premise correct?

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                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:53pm

                      I’m willing to hold Democrats accountable for their fuck-ups, sure. Now prove that Democrat lawmakers personally and specifically ordered people to specifically place COVID patients specifically in nursing homes. If you can’t do that, fuck off.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:07pm

                  Re: Re:

                  Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information.

                  Moderation is removal from one outlet, and that does not suppress speech, just requires the speakers use a different outlet.

                  Devin Nunes use of the courts to sue anyone who says anything that he does not like on the other hand is censorship, via a creditable threat to cost the a potential speaker large sums in defending themselves should they speak..

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                    Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:59pm

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                    “ Moderation is removal from one outlet, and that does not suppress speech, just requires the speakers use a different outlet.”

                    “ Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies.”
                    Once deleted it’s gone from that platform.
                    It has effectively been censored within the confines of that private institution.
                    And it’s a right they have. No private entity should be forced to host what they don’t want to host!

                    230 guarantees that if a private owner practices moderation, including site based censoring, they are not held liable for illegal user material they have not taken down. It assumes good faith in removing illegal content. And secures the premise of innocent until proven guilty.

                    Devin Nunes, not following, don’t care.
                    Everyone has the right to file a lawsuit. If it’s frivolous, there are many punishments available. From private or public rebuke by the court to monetary rewards to the defendant to civil a d criminal contempt.

                    Keep in mind 230 doesn’t actually protect you from a lawsuit; it secures your defence in law.

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                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 4:06pm

                      It has effectively been censored within the confines of that private institution.

                      No, it’s been moderated off a platform. For the speech to be censored, it would have to be suppressed from being repeated anywhere else⁠—which it can’t be because Twitter doesn’t have the right or the power to do that.

                      Devin Nunes, not following, don’t care.

                      You should. His lawsuits are the definition of “censorship via legal action”⁠—SLAPPs in the face of the First Amendment, if you will⁠—so I’d think someone as opposed to censorship as you claim to be would want to know whether his efforts to censor his critics are succeeding.

                      Or maybe you just don’t care when it’s a conservative trying to silence a critic of conservatives and their ideology, which seems to overlap with yours in ways you’re afraid to admit.

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          Toom1275 (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 11:00am

          Re: Re: Re: What’s next?

          Lies:

          That anti-conservative bias isn't imagined

          That section 230 doesn't protect private sites

          That Florida fought against censorship

          That the legal issue hasn't already been settled

          That there's nothing more to moderation rights than property rights

          That the right to association is at odds to speech rights
          That there's a partisanship problem with moderation

          That liberals want to delete conservatives and all that agree with them

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 4:37am

      the association issue of some Liberal types

      You still think that’s a “liberal” issue? Jesus, Lodos, do you think conservatives would want the government to make Stormfront host speech in favor of critical race theory?

      The freedom to associate is like the freedom to worship: To have the freedom to do it, you must also be free from being forced to do it. That isn’t a partisan principle. Unless you believe the government should legally force queer people to attend an anti-queer Christian megachurch every Sunday, I’d think even you could find it within your long-dead libertarian heart to see people as people long enough for that principle to sink in.

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 11:05am

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        “ conservatives would want the government to make Stormfront host speech in favor of critical race theory”
        Doubtful, but that’s exactly what they are demanding.
        Lol.

        “ you must also be free from being forced to do it.”
        Unfortunately the government hasn’t figured that out yet.
        “god” is everywhere!

        But where you confer the association some cases have left it undecided. One always has the ability to say “I’m not in alignment with:”

        That’s a side issue to me though.
        The main concern is the private service being allowed to maintain its rules to its own standards.
        Regardless of who it is.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 12:04pm

          That’s a side issue to me though.

          Of course it is. Property rights seem to trump every other kind of right in your eyes. Hell, two hundred years ago, you’d probably be giving lectures to plantation owners about what to do about their “property” if “it” died in the middle of a cotton field on a hot summer day.

          Jesus fucking Christ, Lodos, do you really not give a fuck about whether the government can make you go to church or host racist speech aside from the property rights angle?

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 1:57pm

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            Well, making me go to church would be a violation of the first amendment as forcing me to go would be government sponsorship.
            Unless; every American was forced to attend every religious activity. Which may or may not still be considered sponsorship.

            “ host racist speech”
            Racists suck. All of them. No race is superior to another.
            No, I don’t want them on my platform.
            For me, i bury them in the sandbox. A deep as I can.

            “ Hell, two hundred years ago, you’d probably be giving lectures to plantation owners”
            Uh, no. Just no.

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 2:09pm

              No, I don’t want them on my platform. For me, i bury them in the sandbox.

              A bit of breaking news for you: Burying them on your property means they’re still on your property. Putting them out of sight doesn’t kick them off, and they could point to that fact if you ever said you don’t associate with racist assholes.

              Uh, no. Just no.

              Why not? Back then, enslaved people were considered property, and you seem to care far, far, far, far, far more about property than you do about people. What makes you skittish about that particular idea when damn near every idea you’ve expressed on this site to date heavily implies that property is all that matters to you?

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                Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:42pm

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                “ Putting them out of sight doesn’t kick them off, and they could point to that fact if you ever said you don’t associate with racist assholes.”

                “ModNotes: you have clicked on the sand box this is not a children’s playground. This section is unmoderated, uncensored, and totally uncontrolled!
                You must be over 21 to enter and have signed the age verification form before you can access links here.
                Nothing will be removed without a court order.
                The moderation team does not visit here.
                You are on your own.

                You HAVE been WaRnEd!”

                “ Back then, enslaved people were considered property”
                Yes. By law they were. Some agreed with it. Most did not.
                I do not believe you can own life. I don’t own plants or pets either. Though I care for some.
                Again, just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.

                Just because the law said you can own a person didn’t I would.
                Just because the law says you can do something doesn’t mean I would or that anyone should.

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 3:57pm

                  Some agreed with it. Most did not.

                  ahahaha holy fuck you actually think there was widespread opposition to slavery

                  the South literally fought a war to preserve slavery, you asshole

                  Just because the law said you can own a person didn’t I would.

                  Yeah, but given how much of a fetishist you are for property rights, I’m pretty sure you would’ve defended that law back then.

                  Just because the law says you can do something doesn’t mean I would or that anyone should.

                  The law says you don’t have to host racist speech on a service you own, yet you’ve said you’d do it anyway, so…that’s on you, Lostcause.

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                  Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 2:51am

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                  "Yes. By law they were. Some agreed with it. Most did not. "

                  You...need to hit the history books once more. The south went to wart primarily to defend their rights to own other people. The confederate constitution literally had slavery enshrined as sacrosanct and forbade any law to be made to mitigate it with the same fervor that 1A bans congress from making laws restricting speech.

                  Slavery was supported, in the south, to such a point that it served as casus belli with the citizenry as a whole convinced that if they had to treat black people as human beings of equal worth, civilization would perish.

                  "Just because the law said you can own a person didn’t I would. "

                  Had you, I, or Stephen grown up in 18th century Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia or Ohio then odds are overwhelming that we'd all have been in favor of owning people. We would have been taught since birth it was proper. We might, like Robert E. Lee have postulated that the suffering of these lesser being on earth would give them a slim chance for heaven so that whipping and branding became a work of God...or we might just think of it as the natural state of the black man as the state legislation would have it.

                  Don't assume that the enlightenment of today has any bearing on the citizenry of the savage days of yore.

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                    Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 5:58am

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                    “The south went to wart primarily to defend their rights to own other people.”
                    Yes. The majority of citizens we in the North though.

                    Along with that, most in the South did not own slaves, want slaves, or care at all about them.
                    It was an institution that was accepted as ‘is’ and not much more.
                    Slavery was a system of the rich plantation owners.

                    Slavery was a primary institution in the South and the cornerstone of mass farming.
                    It was a major cause of Southern schism with the North.

                    It was not the only one though.
                    The South maintained the view that the Union was of independent self-governing states. State in the general international term.
                    They believed they maintained complete autonomy as long as they complied with other states’s laws. But that they maintained the rights to control their own land within their borders.

                    There were many, many, reasons for the civil war. The issue of slavery was the main one more because of the implication of annulment than the actual act.

                    Lincoln himself lends support to that by stating he would preserve slavery if he knew it would preserve the Union.

                    “We would have been taught since birth it was proper”
                    You assume much in your thoughts.
                    I was raised in a catholic household. Yet I broke away, quietly at first, in my early teams from that dogmatic view.
                    Since bigotry and hate are inshrined in biblical teachings there is no reason to think I would have tossed that off as well then, any more than now.

                    Nobody taught me the Bible was a work of fiction. I figured that out on my own.
                    And I just have well may have then as now.

                    I’ve always been my own self. It’s the way I am.

                    Just as you say I would have supported it, there’s no way for me, or you, to know if I would have; or if I would have been a freedom runner.
                    No way to know. I’d like to think I’d have been the latter.

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                      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 6:29am

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                      "Along with that, most in the South did not own slaves, want slaves, or care at all about them. "

                      I refer you this quote, by a certain A.R. Moxon, regarding an analogous historical situation;

                      “Historians have a word for Germans who joined the Nazi party, not because they hated Jews, but out of a hope for restored patriotism, or a sense of economic anxiety, or a hope to preserve their religious values, or dislike of their opponents, or raw political opportunism, or convenience, or ignorance, or greed. That word is "Nazi." Nobody cares about their motives anymore.”

                      The only thing which really matters about the south is that all the southerners accepted the institution of slavery, "as is". And all southerners more or less willingly joined up to defend the nation centered around the institution of slavery. I don't believe more than one in a thousand confederate soldiers owned slaves, if that. It doesn't matter. What matters is that they were willing to kill and die in the defense of that institution.

                      "But that they maintained the rights to control their own land within their borders. "

                      That's not what all the hubbub was about though. There was no contention about self-governance. What had southern representatives in congress break every border of civility, up to and including assaulting and maiming other representatives right on the floor, was one thing and one thing only; That slaves who fled the south were set free on reaching other states. That was loudly hyped as the north "stealing" valuable "property" from the soutern states as a whole, making a mockery of their "right" to own other people.

                      There have been many studies made about why the south declared war and formed their confederacy. All of them come back to slavery as the sole impetus of any importance. Either just as the right to own and hold or as the right to retrieve.

                      "I was raised in a catholic household. Yet I broke away, quietly at first, in my early teams from that dogmatic view. "

                      Because, unless I miss my guess, you actually made contact with different views. Read too much science, talked to people with different views, and grew up in a place where uttering scepticism in public wouldn't get you beaten, shot or hung. No such input would have been in the offing for a southern boy born in the 1850's.

                      "Just as you say I would have supported it, there’s no way for me, or you, to know if I would have..."

                      The odds are slim, for both of us, in this hypothetical scenario. We might want to believe we would have been the one in a thousand white southerners willing to lend a hand to an escaping slave or hold a station for Harriet Tubman's railroad...

                      ...But the odds are very much against, and by far more likely that we would have been on the other side of the fence, holding to the belief that such is the natural state of things - and particularly so if we owned land.

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                        Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 10:20am

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                        “ What matters is that they were willing to kill and die in the defense of that institution.”
                        You see, commentary like that is why people don’t understand why the flag is still flown in the south.

                        The general (Southern) population didn’t sign up and fight for any institution or regulation.
                        They fought over being ‘invaded’ their land. They fought because Union platoons crossed their fields and burned everything in their wake.
                        They fought based on the factual knowledge that Union solders shot first and sorted it out later.
                        They fought to remain free.

                        The hypocrisy and irony is not lost on me in fighting for freedom when your leaders keep slaves.
                        But the many many thousands who gave their lives on the Southern side did so not for slaves but to be left alone.

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                          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 11:18am

                          The general (Southern) population didn’t sign up and fight for any institution or regulation. They fought over being ‘invaded’ their land.

                          That means they signed up and fought for the Confederate States of America, a nation-state that seceded from the United States for the purpose of ensuring the survival of the institution of slavery. If a Southerner fought for the Confederacy, they were fighting for everything the Confederacy stood for⁠—and above all else, that failed nation-state stood for enshrining slavery into law.

                          They fought to remain free.

                          …to own people as property, yes. Jeez, you’d think you wouldn’t forget that, seeing as how you’re a sociopathic libertarian who thinks property and property rights are more important than people and their civil rights.

                          But the many many thousands who gave their lives on the Southern side did so not for slaves but to be left alone.

                          …to own slaves, yes.

                          Look, you can do all the secession-justifying rhetorical backflips you want, but speaking as someone who has been a Southern man since the day I came into this world: The Confederacy was a failed nation-state that seceded from and lost a war with the United States over the right to keep enslaving Black people as if they were property to be bought and sold like one would buy and sell a car these days. Whether the soldiers were specifically fighting for the institution of slavery is irrelevant⁠—they were fighting for the Confederacy, and in doing so, they were fighting for everything the Confederacy stood for. And the Confederacy stood for slavery.

                          Are you going to bitch about critical race theory and whine about how I’m painting a racist nation-state as racist like all your fellow conservative “lost cause” comrades, or are you going to acknowledge the fucking truth?

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                            Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 1:03pm

                            Re:

                            The truth?
                            “ The hypocrisy and irony is not lost on me in fighting for freedom when your leaders keep slaves.
                            But the many many thousands who gave their lives on the Southern side did so not for slaves but to be left alone.”

                            Just like I am capable of separating an individual’s pay and compensation from that of a company proper, I am capable of separating the framer who grabbed his musket and side arm to fire at Unions soldiers burning his crops, from the Confederate government and it’s goals, including slavery.

                            Just like I separate the Union soldier who was called to duty not by choice by by conscription, who burned Southern property on order under penalty of field marshal and death, from the Union command that orders such scorched earth policy.

                            Ignoring the other factors leaves them repeatable.

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                              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 1:28pm

                              I am capable of separating the f[ar]mer who grabbed his musket and side arm to fire at Unions soldiers burning his crops, from the Confederate government and [its] goals, including slavery.

                              Admittedly, fighting for the protection of one’s home is a noble cause. That said: Not every Southern farmer who fought in the Civil War did so for that purpose. You’re coming off as someone trying to rewrite history by implying that a good chunk of the people fighting against the United States were simple farmers protecting their crops.

                              I separate the Union soldier who was called to duty not by choice by by conscription, who burned Southern property on order under penalty of field marshal and death, from the Union command that orders such scorched earth policy.

                              You shouldn’t. Every soldier had a choice to make. They made their choices regardless of the pressure. Any one soldier could’ve chosen punishment over the acts they committed. Separating the troops from the decisions of their command is to deny those troops the responsibility for their actions⁠—to treat them as little more than robotic drones. You know that’s not true, and you shouldn’t ever make another argument that makes you sound like you don’t know that’s not true.

                              Ignoring the other factors leaves them repeatable.

                              Go tell that to your conservative friends, who are trying to all but outright ban the teaching of racial history in this country by attacking critical race theory. In their world, we could teach the fact that the 13th Amendment exists, but we wouldn’t be allowed to say why it exists and what it says because that might hurt white people’s feelings. Hell, in their world, we’d probably be teaching kids that the Confederacy was right⁠—and given how you appear to be defending the Confederacy, that approach might be something you’d be okay with.

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                                Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:07pm

                                Re:

                                “ Every soldier had a choice to make.”
                                Shoot or be shot.
                                Nice choice

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                                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:50pm

                                  It’s still a choice. Would you choose to keep your integrity and die or sacrifice it for the sake of committing violence? Then again, I don’t know why I’m asking you⁠—you’d probably kill other people without so much as a second thought, since they’re not property.

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                                    Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:01pm

                                    Re:

                                    Yes, I would use deadly force to protect my home, my neighbourhood, my village, my county, my state, and my country, from attack.
                                    That’s why I insisted. To help protect my country and do my duty as a citizen.
                                    That didn’t go away with discharge.

                                    The civil war had some of the largest counts for desertion in US history, possibly the.

                                    The the deserters were often conscripts. And seriously, I don’t much have a problem with that. Being forced to fight against your own neighbours… grr; not good.
                                    But I won’t disparage those that did either.

                                    People do what they think is right. Most, anyway.
                                    Sometimes they’re wrong, and sometimes they’re deadly wrong.

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                                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 12:07pm

                                      You didn’t contradict or push back on my assertion that you’d kill people without hesitation because they’re not property, y’know. That, uh…that says a lot about you, dude.

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                                        Lostinlodos (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 2:25pm

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                                        Insisted-> enlisted.

                                        Outside of a military setting: I would only use deadly force to respond in kind.
                                        Are you implying you would never pick up a weapon to protect yourself, your loved one, your family and friends, your community?

                                        I apologise if your a pacifist, and truly believe in that!
                                        That is your choice: I don’t agree with it, but I definitely respect it.

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                                          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 3:47pm

                                          Are you implying you would never pick up a weapon to protect yourself, your loved one, your family and friends, your community?

                                          I will only pick up a weapon in defense of self or others. All other violence is bullshit⁠—and that includes the death penalty as well as violence intended to protect (or destroy) property.

                                          My “issue” isn’t with the violence itself. It’s that I said you’d kill without hesitation because people aren’t property and you never pushed back on the idea. I mean, if you want to say otherwise, now is the time to assert that you actually give a damn about people⁠—moreso than property, too!⁠—instead of letting the idea that you sincerely believe in an ethos of “property over people” hang in the air.

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                                            Lostinlodos (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:24pm

                                            Re:

                                            “ because people aren’t property and you never pushed back on the idea”
                                            People are not property. Why would I ‘push back’ on that. I agree.

                                            You make me out to be a Wild West gunslinger in all this murder crap.
                                            Let me make this absolutely clear then:

                                            If you threaten myself, my family,
                                            My loved ones, my friends. I will defend with equal force.
                                            That extends to the association, the town, the county, the state, and the Country. (Theoretically to the plant in case of non-planetary invasion).
                                            If you break into my house a 3pm nude and obviously unarmed, I’m likely to smash your head a few times with the softest thing I can graband toss your nude arse right out the front door.

                                            If you break into my house a 3am you’ll likely get shot. That’s not just property. That’s a likely threat to my castle. And castle doctrine allows me to protect it.

                                            Btw:
                                            Shot doesn’t mean kill except in the most over broad of terms. I know how to use a firearm- how to stop a person in most cases using non-lethal force.
                                            Unless you are an immediate, undeniable, threat, my first choice is to stop you, not kill you.
                                            If you keep coming, be it drugs or your a terminator, I will quickly move to more permanent targets, and ultimately yes, lethal force.

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                                              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:42pm

                                              And would you be equally as violent if all I did was smash a window on your house? After all, I did destroy part of your property, and you’ve made your feelings about property and property rights abundantly clear, so… 👀

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                                                Lostinlodos (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:54pm

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                                                No. I’d call the police and report you.

                                                Given how much video security I have I’m quite sure they will find you and arrest you for petty vandalism.
                                                At which point my lawyer would supply me with a civil form so I can file against you for the full price of the window replacement, and the cost of removal and replacement.

                                                One does not need to be violent to punish. I’ll be sure to add cleaning and landscaping repair post replacement, to the cost. By the time I’m done we’ll reach the civil limit here, and I doubt you’ll be dumb enough to try it again.
                                                I may not get a penny out of it: but someone with the is of 50 wouldn’t repeat it at my home.

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    Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 7:31pm

    Reliable sources including NYT are now saying most evidence leans towards a lab leak.
    Even the patrician CNN said it’s a growing amount of evidence.
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/25/politics/wuhan-lab-covid-origin-theory/index.html

    Even the Biden administration is following the evidence now looking for more.
    While not yet definitive, only an ignorant hack parrot would say it’s not possible. Not when everyone is moving to possibly, and a growing push of more “liberal” sources moving toward ‘likely but not confirmed’.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 8:10pm

      Even I’ve said the lab leak theory is a probable one. But until someone produces evidence to confirm that theory, treating it as a certified word-of-God fact is a bullshit thing to do. Unless you have that evidence and are sitting on it for some godforsaken reason, you might want to remind yourself that the theory is still a theory and not a proven fact, then act accordingly.

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 8:26pm

        Re:

        “ treating it as a certified word-of-God fact is a bullshit thing to do”
        I agree.
        Which is why I haven’t said it’s proven fact.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 10:27pm

          And yet, like those who believe it is a fact, you’re pushing it so hard that you come off as one of those people. The fact that you’re also shittalking anyone who dares question the idea that the theory might be bullshit doesn’t help your case, either.

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            Lostinlodos (profile), 30 Jun 2021 @ 11:19pm

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            It has always evidentiarly.
            Even dr flipflop’s emails said he considered it a high possibility.

            The evidence was there. The only people who ignored it were peoples who didn’t vote for trump.
            When you start on the theory that is the exact opposite of the preponderance of evidence… I’m not the ignorant conspiracy theoristy

            Everything pointed to the lab, a lab leak, since day one.
            There is still a minor chance that theory is wrong but every passing day it gets smaller and smaller.
            I’ll wait till the US report comes out before declaring it proven, but I have no problem saying people who ignored the piles of evidence from the start about the lab are partisan hack tools.
            Then again… neither is gravity or evolution.

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 1 Jul 2021 @ 4:56am

              Would you being right bring back the over 600,000 people who’ve died because of COVID⁠—or prevent millions more from infection by all existing variants of the virus? Would it allow you to travel back in time and make Donald Trump a competent and compassionate leader instead of a narcissistic elderly game show host whose entire administration was about him trying to become a king and him living out his “I’m the most powerful man in the world” fantasies? Would that knowledge change literally anything about how the U.S. government responded to COVID during the initial outbreak or how it is currently responding to COVID during the rise of the regional variants?

              You’re so insistent on being right because it’ll give you an “I told you so” to shove down the throats of people who hate⁠—and boy, do I mean hate⁠—Old 45 and his asskissers. (FYI: You’re an asskisser.) But beyond that hollow victory, which would sit upon a pile of bodies that is over 600,000 large and still growing in size, your being right would ultimately be meaningless.

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    Chozen (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 12:07pm

    RE: Only the first step

    "Given this ruling and the reasoning provided therein, what makes you think this law has even the slightest chance of surviving any further challenges to its constitutionality?"

    One its face because the district court ruling basically means nothing these days. Judge shopping has become such an exact science that there is very little doubt which judge the plaintiff will pull.

    On the letter of the law the judge's ruling is a farce. He completely ignores Time Warner v. FCC 1996 which is the controlling legal authority on two of the major factors in his decision. In my entire reading of the decision the judge makes no attempt to even argue why Time Warner v. FCC 1996 doesn't apply. He simply doesn't mention it. He instead relies on See Turner Broad. Sys.,
    Inc. v. FCC 1994 which was superseded by Warner v. FCC 1996.

    Now many legal scholars disagree with Warner v. FCC 1996 many say we should go back to both strict scrutiny by default and have a far more narrow definition of intermediate scrutiny. However, that is not for a district court judge to decide which is what the judge here is trying to do by pretending Warner v. FCC 1996 doesn't exist.

    Outside of strict vs. intermediate scrutiny and how we define intermediate scrutiny. Warner v. FCC 1996 also dealt with another major pillar in Judge Hinkle's ruling. That being his claim that focusing on larger companies is an unconstitutional violatoin of equal protectoin.

    "And even without evidence of an improper motive, the application of these requirements to only a small subset of social-media entities would be sufficient, standing alone, to subject these statutes to strict scrutiny. See, e.g., Minneapolis Star & Tribune Co. v. Minnesota Comm’r of Revenue, 460 U.S. 575, 591 (1983); Arkansas Writers’ Project, Inc. v. Ragland, 481 U.S. 221, 229 (1987)."

    Again judge Hinkle ignores the most significant case Warner v. FCC 1996 and instead cites two out of date cases to come to his conclusion.

    In Warner v. FCC 1996 the entire issue of the law only kicking in for cable providers of a certain size was asked and answered. The law required that cable providers offer leased channels once the provider offered 32 or more channels with the number of leases ratcheting up based on the size of the provider. The court did not agree and found that requirements of larger carriers were not a violation of equal protection.

    Appeals courts don't take kindly to district judges who clearly ignore the most recent in important legal precedence in writing their decisions.

    This entire decision is a direct attack on Warner v. FCC 1996 without ever mentioning Warner v. FCC 1996. That will not be viewed well on appeal.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 4:57pm

      He completely ignores Time Warner v. FCC 1996

      That ruling has no bearing on the moderation of social media services because the FCC doesn’t (and shouldn’t) govern the speech hosted on websites, first- or third-party. That you view Facebook as being equivalent to an NBC affiliate⁠—and that you believe the government should be able to compel the hosting of speech from any website, service, or social interaction network⁠—is a “you” problem.

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 7:04pm

        Re:

        Left field. What would second party speech look like?

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        Chozen (profile), 3 Jul 2021 @ 9:42am

        Re: Here We Go Agian

        "That ruling has no bearing on the moderation of social media services because the FCC doesn’t (and shouldn’t) govern the speech hosted on websites"

        The FCC is broad regulatory power of all wired and wireless communication under the communications act. Facebook does not communicate by ESP. They fall under FCC regulation. Stop making up law.

        Its also no a valid point. The issue isn't does the government have the authority to regulate the question is if such a regulation is constitutional, the question assumes that the power to regulate is legal.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 7 Jul 2021 @ 5:11am

          The FCC is broad regulatory power of all wired and wireless communication under the communications act.

          Then show me the exact law, statute, or “common law” court ruling that says, in clear and concise terms that are directly on point to this argument, the FCC absolutely has the power to make any interactive web service⁠—from the mighty Facebook to the smallest Mastodon instance⁠—host any and all legally protected speech.

          I’ll wait.

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      Toom1275 (profile), 2 Jul 2021 @ 11:56pm

      Re: RE: Only the first step

      On the letter of the law the judge's ruling is a farce.

      [Chozen, without citing a single law that supports his dementia, projects facts not in evidence once again]

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 5 Jul 2021 @ 9:18pm

      Re: RE: Only the first step

      One its face because the district court ruling basically means nothing these days. Judge shopping has become such an exact science that there is very little doubt which judge the plaintiff will pull.

      Uh, no. (1) This wasn't judge shopping. (2) Yes, district courts get overturned, but not all that often. And there is nothing in this case that leads to the suggestion that it will be overturned.

      On the letter of the law the judge's ruling is a farce. He completely ignores Time Warner v. FCC 1996 which is the controlling legal authority on two of the major factors in his decision.

      Um. It's not surprising that the judge would ignore a case that Florida never even raised in its defense. You're not good at this. You don't know what you're talking about and should stop.

      In my entire reading of the decision the judge makes no attempt to even argue why Time Warner v. FCC 1996 doesn't apply. He simply doesn't mention it.

      Again, the defense never even raised that case, so of course the Judge didn't consider it. And the reason Florida didn't raise it is because it's not even remotely relevant. The issue in both of those FCC cases is what level of scrutiny needs to be applied in reviewing laws that impact speech. And in this case the judge pointed out that under BOTH strict scrutiny AND intermediate scrutiny (which was at issue in the TW v. FCC case) the FL law is unconstitutional.

      In other words, the case you're banking on is (1) irrelevant (2) not raised by Florida at all and (3) wouldn't help.

      You look really, really foolish. Stop pretending to be a lawyer on the internet.

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    Chozen (profile), 6 Jul 2021 @ 2:48pm

    Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

    "They did no such thing. They filed days after the law was signed, because they needed to get an injunction before it went into effect. There was no judge shopping. They had a random draw of any of the judges in the northern district of Florida."

    Random Draw lol. It doesn't work that way. The next judge is chosen by the docket and its very easy to predict which judge you will draw based on the docket.

    Surly someone as big of a complainer on patent abuse would know about the honorable Judge James Rodney Gilstrap who at his peek handled around 40% of all national patent cases in his lowly West Texas district court. Don't piss on my back and tell me its raining. I'm certain you are very anti-judge shopping on issues you agree with like patent abuse.

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      Chozen (profile), 22 Jul 2021 @ 12:44pm

      Re: Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

      Hey I found it. You have numerous articles and tweets complaining about judge shopping in patent cases.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/mmasnick/status/1382031813669900288
      https://www.techdirt.com/artic les/20210409/00165046581/patent-loving-judge-keeps-pissing-off-patent-appeals-court-doesnt-seem-to-c are-very-much.shtml

      Yet when you get a decision you like in a clearly judge shopped case you act like judge shopping doesn't exist.

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        Mike Masnick (profile), 22 Jul 2021 @ 1:33pm

        Re: Re: Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

        sigh

        You're really not that bright, and you should stop thinking you know something about shit you clearly are ignorant of.

        Judge shopping works in Waco, BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE. Judge Albright is the only judge in that court. And the issue is that they are filing in that random court in Texas rather than ANY OTHER COURT in the US (such as where the defendants are).

        In THIS case, it was filed IN FLORIDA, because it was ABOUT A FLORIDA LAW and was filed in a district with MULTIPLE JUDGES.

        It was not judge shopping and you're an ignorant fool.

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          Chozen (profile), 22 Jul 2021 @ 3:51pm

          Re: Re: Re: Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

          4

          The Northern District of Florida has 4 US district court judges. Looking at the docket at a given time any lawyer with a damn would know with near 100% certainty which judge they would draw.

          That is why the Northern District has been such a preferred filing location for leftist challenging the Republican Governments laws. They always draw Hinkle, Hinkle always finds 'no compelling government interest', and the 11th circuit almost always @%^& slaps Hinkle across the face on appeal.

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            Mike Masnick (profile), 22 Jul 2021 @ 4:56pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

            Looking at the docket at a given time any lawyer with a damn would know with near 100% certainty which judge they would draw.

            That is literally not at all how it works.

            That is why the Northern District has been such a preferred filing location for leftist challenging the Republican Governments laws. They always draw Hinkle, Hinkle always finds 'no compelling government interest', and the 11th circuit almost always @%^& slaps Hinkle across the face on appeal.

            And when the 11th circuit upholds (easily), will you admit that you're full of shit? This isn't even a close call.

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              Chozen (profile), 22 Jul 2021 @ 8:37pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Yeah no Judge Shopping lol

              That exactly is how it works. It gets harder and there is more randomness the more judges there are in a given district. But as many on the left like to complain about Republicans had a very good batting average in drawing Judge Hanen and the Southern District of Texas has 55 judges. Both sides engage in that targeted judge shopping and republicans were very active and successful during the Obama administration in drawing their target judges.

              Look at your own complaining about patent cases. Between Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas (11 Judges) and Judge Albright in the Western District of Texas (17 Judges) the two of them "randomly" preside over approximately 50-80% of all US patent cases.

              In districts of 11 and 17 judges you can draw your favorite judge with near certainty and you complain about this vigorously. And you are right BTW. But when its ruling you like you are arguing that the 4 judge Northern District of Florida is random? lol

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    Chozen (profile), 8 Jul 2021 @ 1:05am

    RE: I Would Have To

    "So, just to be clear: If the government told you that you had to host⁠—had to associate yourself and your private property⁠—which racial slurs, anti-queer propaganda, and even pro-Nazi speech, you would willingly (and perhaps even ecstatically) host that speech despite your property being private and the government having absolutely no right to tell you that you must host such speech?"

    I would have to that is the law. If I wish to remove myself from the public control I need only remove my property from the public interest.

    Now I have more faith in the people than you.

    The solution would be legislative not judicial. Just like a cable provider if a person meets whatever requirements the law sets I haven no right to deny them use. I knew that when I opened my business.

    But again your argument is extrapolation to absurdity.

    Can the government force me to "had to associate yourself and your private property⁠—which racial slurs, anti-queer propaganda, and even pro-Nazi speech," Yes they do. The check against this is the people. It would be political suicide to use the governments power in that way and the Florida law did not and the people would not allow the Florida legislature to pass a law without extreme consequences.

    There are lots of things the elected government can do that it should not do that it does not do because its political suicide. Elections are why your argumentum absurdum is in a word absurd.

    People like you always engage in argumentum absurdum because you simple are not smart enough to debate the real issues.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 8 Jul 2021 @ 2:29am

      First thing’s first: Learn to use the reply function properly.

      I would have to that is the law.

      And you wouldn’t fight that law in any way, knowing that the First Amendment protects your right to free speech and the law protects your right of association, both of which combine to give you the absolute legal right to moderate your service as you see fit? You’d sit there and go “well, I guess I have to host ‘HitlerWasRight420’ and all their Nazi propaganda”?

      I’m not sure if you lack convictions and the courage to live by them no matter the consequences or if you want the lamest excuse possible to host the worst kinds of people spreading the worst kinds of speech.

      Can the government force me to "had to associate yourself and your private property[ with⁠—]racial slurs, anti-queer propaganda, and even pro-Nazi speech," Yes they do.

      (Minor correction to my own bullshit aside…)

      No, they can’t. They literally can’t force you to host any of that speech, or they’d be making Facebook and Twitter and YouTube host that speech right now. Hell, they’d be making Techdirt host your speech, and last time I checked, Mike is under no legal, moral, or ethical obligation to host my speech, never mind yours.

      The check against this is the people.

      No, we are not “the check”. We are “a check”⁠—and typically, we are the final check on the power of the government. We also have legislatures (at all levels) and courts to help us do that job, as well we should. Overturning bad law shouldn’t require We, The People to all but wage war against our own government.

      It would be political suicide to use the governments power in that way and the Florida law did not

      No, it absolutely did. It was an attempt⁠—naked, partisan, and unconstitutional⁠—to make hosting certain kinds of speech a requirement for certain companies to meet while exempting other companies from that same requirement. Even putting aside the attempt to force speech onto a given platform (which is unconstitutional in and of itself), the fact that the law targeted specific companies while exempting others that would be targeted under the law if not for that “Florida-friendly” theme park stipulation is proof enough of its unfairness.

      the people would not allow the Florida legislature to pass a law without extreme consequences

      Define “extreme consequences”.

      Elections are why your argumentum absurdum is in a word absurd.

      More than 70 million people thought about what Donald Trump had done to the country in his first (and hopefully only) term as president and thought, “We need four more fuckin’ years of that!” Elections are not the foolproof guard against corruption and bullshit that you believe they are.

      People like you always engage in argumentum absurdum because you simple are not smart enough to debate the real issues.

      Show me where any part of my argument is absurd.

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        Lostinlodos (profile), 8 Jul 2021 @ 11:07am

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        I will say one thing, and one thing only; you are very focused on what the “people” think of the “you”.

        Jumping from they hosted this to they agree with this it the mental equivalent of jumping over the Grand Canyon on a bicycle.
        A gigantic leap most don’t do.
        “Don’t judge the book by its cover”.

        And I’m not justifying the law here, just point out something.
        The whole point of hosting alternate opinions, is to have debate.
        Be it a newspaper running an op-Ed. A news show having a panel of mixed ideology, a web site allowing the general public to destroy a bigot instead of simply deleting them.

        Total control platform based censorship, in the form of deletion all discussion the owner doesn’t like, is legal. And from the standpoint of not being forced to host others on your property, makes sense.
        But legality aside, there’s a benefit to discussion and debate.

        Unfortunately debate really has been lost in this country.

        Legislation isn’t the fix. Convincing site owners to bend and support discussion is!
        And that’s not a call to do away with all moderation, even the censorious kind of deletion.
        It’s a statement that there is room for debate, and debate can lead to compromise.

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