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Twitter banned President Trump’s official campaign account and his digital director for attempting to use their accounts to give the president a platform to speak on Twitter after he was permanently suspended Friday.

The Mainstream Media are obsessed with condemning the violence without knowing the principle of “peaceful assembly” article in the constitution, they have played an important role in the Capitol’s violence.

Peter Navarro says on Steve Bannon’s War Room:This is the biggest assault on the First Amendment that we’ve ever had in the history of the Republic. It’s shades in the Third Reich and shades of Putin in shades of Beijing.

This is the worst assault on the First Amendment ever since this republic began. It’s the kind of thing that Beijing does on a daily basis with their Great Firewall and this happens here now.

Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Pichai are trying to do attack the First Amendment very directly by minimizing conservative free speech.

Nikki Haley says Trump Twitter ban is ‘what happens in China’

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday reacted to the permanent suspension of President Trump’s Twitter account, describing it as an instance of “silencing” of the kind that happens in communist China.

“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country,” she tweeted, adding the hashtag #Unbelievable.

Haley, who served in the Trump administration between 2017 and the end of 2018, tweeted shortly after the tech behemoth announced that it was permanently suspending the Trump account — which the 45th president has used to communicate with the country and announce policies, as well as hirings and firings.

The ban came within days of the riot at Capitol Hill, which a number of Democrats and Republicans had blamed Trump for encouraging. Twitter indicated it was within that context that the ban was being administered and shared two recent tweets as justification.

One read: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

The other was a tweet from Trump saying he would not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“These two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks,” the company said.

“After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”

Haley had earlier this week been critical of Trump’s role in Wednesday’s events, calling his conduct “deeply disappointing.”

“President Trump has not always chosen the right words. He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time,” she told a Republican National Committee (RNC) dinner in Florida on Thursday. “He was badly wrong with his words yesterday. And it wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”

But Haley’s criticism of the tech giant lined up with a number of other Republicans — many of who were critical of the riot and Trump’s conduct, but also nervous about what they saw as censorship by the Silicon Valley company.

“What happened on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is as wrong as wrong can be,” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “But canceling conservative speech will not promote ‘unity and healing.’”

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz warned: “Big tech tyranny is playing out before our very eyes.”

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YouTube bans Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast channel

YouTube on Friday said it banned the channel of Steve Bannon’s popular War Room podcast, after it repeatedly violated the Google-owned platform’s rules.

The ban came hours after the former White House chief strategist had Rudy Guiliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, on the program following the violent insurgency at the US Capitol earlier this week. The riot left five people dead as rioters breached the building to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden as the next US president.

“In accordance with our strikes system, we have terminated Steve Bannon’s channel ‘War room’ and one associated channel for repeatedly violating our Community Guidelines,” a YouTube spokesman said in a statement. In addition to the War Room channel, YouTube said it took down another one associated with Bannon.

Under YouTube’s rules, three strikes within a 90-day period result in permanently being kicked off the platform. The first strike comes with a one-week ban from posting content. The second strike comes with a two-week ban.

The ban comes as social platforms have cracked down on misinformation and content that could incite violence following the storming of the Capitol. Twitter on Friday banned Trump permanently from its platform, while Facebook has banned him indefinitely.

YouTube said Bannon’s violations were related to a policy tweak the company announced Thursday. The platform said it would now issue a strike on any account that posts videos making false claims about election fraud.

The company first announced the policy update against election fraud claims last month but allowed a grace period before offenders were penalized with strikes. The grace period was set to expire on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 but that deadline was moved up after the attack on the Capitol.

YouTube said it issued two strikes against Bannon’s channels on Thursday for a pair of videos that violated the platform’s rules, though the company didn’t specify which videos were taken down. Bannon couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Thursday’s strikes were added to another one issued in November, after Bannon called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. In the video, Bannon says the heads of Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be displayed on pikes at the White House “as a warning to federal bureaucrats.”

By Richard Nieva
C-net

YouTube bans Steve Bannon’s podcast channel hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared

According to a report by The Hill at noon on January 9, YouTube recently removed the “War Room” podcast channel of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon (Stephen Bannon) from its platform (Podcast). The ban came into place just hours after Rudy Giuliani had appeared on “War Room.”

Let’s read what Mr. Giuliani said in the interview:

Mr. Giuliani said: “What happened here is extremely terrible, it should never happen again. But to blame it on Donald Trump and on Donald Trump supporters is like blaming BLM on people who rightfully protest the murder of black people unjustifiably. And we were very willing to say when there are the terrible rioting and looting but the vast majority of the crowd and the public officials talking to the crowd about justice and even taking measures to assure justice. That could be interpreted as violence, but they’re not responsible for the few people who go crazy. This happened to us 50 times. We’re dealing with a man who has very strong convictions and very strong beliefs, which is something, again that the hateful media either has never understood about them or has never conveyed. They think he’s a transactional President who just goes from one issue to another. They don’t realize he’s rooted in a great love of America. He’s rooted in a firm conviction that he’s had for 20 or 30 years that the American establishment has become almost more and more of an oligarchy, almost each year excluding more and more people. And as you saw during the campaign, he took up the role of being the champion of the people who are excluded quite naturally. Because that’s where he was for most of the 20-25 years, he was out of the politics, if you read the things he wrote, the speeches that he gave at which I was present, often because I gave speeches with him. There’s a core conviction here, that there are a whole group of Americans that are put upon that are treated as second class, third class, you can hear it, you can just hear it in the language of all of them whether it’s Joe Scarborough, or you know whether people who live in the trailers that we are deplorable or we are people that are more ignorant than they are or maybe there’s something wrong with us. If you consider that crowd the other day. I don’t know how many people 100,000 or 200,000. Okay, so a minuscule percentage that can almost not even be quantified, of people that went to the Capitol which means that if there were 400,000 people, none of them were incited to do anything. And a few 100 people who probably couldn’t even hear him because they were so far back, went and did whatever they did. Most of them having come there with implements to do it and also led on by people from, you know, groups that are experts at it. Believe me, Trump people were not scaling the wall. So, there’s nothing to do it that he incited anything.”

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Amazon suspends Parler, threatening to take pro-Trump site offline indefinitely

Amazon suspended the pro-Trump social network Parler from its Web-hosting service this weekend, a move that threatens to darken the site indefinitely after its users glorified the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The e-commerce and Web-hosting giant said Parler had violated its terms of service given its inadequate content-moderation practices, adding in a letter that it would implement its punishment just before midnight Pacific time Monday.

The move by Amazon Web Services, or AWS, marks the latest and most crippling blow for the pro-Trump social network, which has emerged as a haven for conservative users who have fled more mainstream Silicon Valley sites that crackdown on harmful, viral falsehoods online. Earlier this week, Apple and Google removed Parler’s app from their stores for smartphone downloads, similarly citing concerns that posts on Parler could contribute to violence.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that AWS had communicated its suspension to Parler on Saturday.

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Parler also did not respond to a request for comment. But its chief executive, John Matze, said in a post on his site that the social network soon could be “unavailable on the Internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch.” On Sunday, Matze said in an interview on Fox News Channel that it threatens to potentially put the company out of business.

“This could destroy anybody,” he said, adding later that the company is scrambling to find hundreds of servers before Amazon’s deadline. “It’s an impossible feat that we’re going to handle as best we can to get back online as quickly as possible.”

Troubling the tech giants, Parler users in recent days had praised the mob that put the Capitol on lockdown midweek, threatening a potential “war.” The pro-Trump attorney L. Lin Wood, meanwhile, at one point urged Trump-supporting “patriots” on Parler to keep fighting, saying, “Almighty God is with you. TODAY IS OUR DAY.”

Parler historically has taken an aggressively hands-off approach to content moderation. It generally acts using a “community jury” system, allowed trained volunteers to vote on posts to determine if they violate the site’s rules. Otherwise, Parler’s guidelines promise it will keep any removals to an “absolute minimum,” in the spirit of letting users govern themselves, except in cases where there is an “an explicit or implicit encouragement to use violence” or illegal activity.

On Saturday, Matze blasted tech giants for engaging in a “coordinated effort” designed to “inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies,” referring to Twitter’s recent decision to permanently suspend Trump out of concern that his tweets threatened to stir violence during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Such suspensions can incapacitate a website: The extremist forum 8chan, which became a haven for white supremacists, disappeared from the Internet for weeks in 2019 after hosting companies rejected it.

The Parler suspension was first reported by BuzzFeed News.

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