A German official has invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to move his company there following President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at protecting free speech on social media.
Germany, of course, is not exactly known for their respect for free speech, as they ban anything “capable of inciting popular hatred.” It actually sounds like a perfect match for a platform that arbitrarily bans accounts for edgy banter.
Thomas Jarzombek of Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry tweeted on Thursday, “Hey @Twitter & @jack, this is an invitation to move to Germany! Here you are free to criticize the government as well as to fight fake news. We have a great startup and tech ecosystem, your company would be a perfect fit and I will open any doors for you!”
Hey @Twitter & @jack, this is an invitation to move to Germany! Here you are free to criticize the government as well as to fight fake news. We have a great startup and tech ecosystem, your company would be a perfect fit and I will open any doors for you! @realDonaldTrump
— Thomas Jarzombek (@tj_tweets) May 28, 2020
He also tagged President Trump in the tweet in an attempt to make sure that his dig would be noticed.
Earlier in the day, President Trump signed an executive order that aims to increase government regulation of the “new public square” by challenging their Section 230 protection from being held liable for content posted by users
Under Section 230, platforms that are not publishers cannot be held liable for most posts by users on their sites. By censoring certain opinions, the platform has crossed the line into acting as a publisher with an editorial line, which is not protected.
“Trump’s directive now could set the stage for federal regulators to write new rules and issue new punishments for companies deemed to exhibit political bias,” the Washington Post explained.
The order also established a council to probe allegations of censorship of users based on their political views and asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether or not content-moderation is falling in line with their pledges of neutrality to users.
“In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet. This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators,” the order read.
“The growth of online platforms in recent years raises important questions about applying the ideals of the First Amendment to modern communications technology. Today, many Americans follow the news, stay in touch with friends and family, and share their views on current events through social media and other online platforms. As a result, these platforms function in many ways as a 21st century equivalent of the public square.”
War is Peace: Twitter Trending Page Features Live Video of Portland Burning Under ‘Peaceful Protest’ Headline
Portland has been dealing with riots and aggressive protests for seven days.
The Twitter trending tab went full Orwellian on Thursday evening while featuring the Portland “protests.”
The trending page was showing a live video with the headline “US Protests: Thousands march in peaceful demonstrations through Portland.” The footage, contrary to the title, was a large fire just blocks away from the Justice Center, where mobs had gathered.
This is so Orwellian. The Twitter headline in the trending tab is “peaceful demonstrations through Portland” over a live video of a fire raging. pic.twitter.com/7AP9yfKiN1
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 4, 2020
Multiple dumpsters and other structures were reportedly lit ablaze in the city around this time.
Shortly after a screen grab of the bizarre headline choice was tweeted by District Herald founder Cassandra Fairbanks, it was changed to “US protests: Thousands march in demonstrations through Portland.”
“A tow truck drives by with a wounded police vehicle, and people cheer raucously. One person shouts ‘burn that car,'” a journalist named Robert Evans tweeted from the protest.
A tow truck drives by with a wounded police vehicle, and people cheer raucously. One person shouts "burn that car". pic.twitter.com/rBVkfzU4mJ
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) June 4, 2020
Protests, riots, and general crime have taken over the United States for the last nine days following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody last week. There have been reported kidnappings, murders, attacks on police, widespread looting, arson and countless businesses vandalized and destroyed.
Portland has been dealing with riots and aggressive protests for seven of those days.
On Thursday, thousands of people gathered in Tom McCall Waterfront Park for what was largely a peaceful protest until nightfall.
“We’re going to be here every day. We don’t have an end date,” one of the speakers told the crowd at the park, according to a report from the Oregonian.
Around 9 p.m. local time, rumors began circulating of a confrontation between protesters and police, causing the crowd to disperse in different directions. Many headed to the Burnside Bridge or the Chapman Square park across the street from the Multnomah County Justice Center.
— KBOO Community Radio (@KBOO) June 4, 2020
By 9:30 p.m., the Portland Police were reporting that they were seeing “criminal activity” with one of the groups of protesters.
The march headed northbound on Naito is still peaceful. Thank you! However, criminal activity is now occurring with the second group which is on 3rd between Main and Jefferson. We are warning them to not tamper with fence and to not shine lasers at officers.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 4, 2020
The department repeatedly Tweeted throughout the night that “we support everyone’s First Amendment rights and want this to stay peaceful.”
Those handing out fireworks, this is a peaceful crowd. We want it to remain peaceful. Do not throw fireworks at the crowd or officers. We have children in the crowd.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 4, 2020
“Those handing out fireworks, this is a peaceful crowd. We want it to remain peaceful. Do not throw fireworks at the crowd or officers. We have children in the crowd,” the department tweeted around 11:30 p.m.
Wikipedia Founder Says the Project Has Abandoned Neutrality Policy, is ‘Badly Biased’
“Wikipedia’s neutral point of view policy is dead.”
Larry Sanger, the founder of Wikipedia says that the project has abandoned neutrality and is now “badly biased.”
Sanger is no longer involved with Wikipedia, and his co-founder, Jimmy Wales, is a far-left activist.
In a blog post on Thursday, Sanger wrote a scathing critique of the bias at his former website.
“Wikipedia’s ‘NPOV’ is dead,” Sanger began, referring to the site’s neutral point of view policy.
He specifically pointed to the entries for former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump as examples.
“The Barack Obama article completely fails to mention many well-known scandals: Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the AP phone records scandal, and Fast and Furious, to say nothing of Solyndra or the Hillary Clinton email server scandal—or, of course, the developing ‘Obamagate’ story in which Obama was personally involved in surveilling Donald Trump,” Sanger explained. “A fair article about a major political figure certainly must include the bad with the good. The only scandals that I could find that were mentioned were a few that the left finds at least a little scandalous, such as Snowden’s revelations about NSA activities under Obama. In short, the article is almost a total whitewash.”
The founder points out that the entry for President Trump, on the other hand, is “unrelentingly negative.”
“Meanwhile, as you can imagine, the idea that the Donald Trump article is neutral is a joke. Just for example, there are 5,224 none-too-flattering words in the ‘Presidency’ section. By contrast, the following ‘Public Profile’ (which the Obama article entirely lacks), ‘Investigations,’ and ‘Impeachment’ sections are unrelentingly negative, and together add up to some 4,545 words—in other words, the controversy sections are almost as long as the sections about his presidency,” Sanger explains. “Common words in the article are ‘false’ and ‘falsely’ (46 instances): Wikipedia frequently asserts, in its own voice, that many of Trump’s statements are ‘false.’ Well, perhaps they are. But even if they are, it is not exactly neutral for an encyclopedia article to say so, especially without attribution. You might approve of Wikipedia describing Trump’s incorrect statements as ‘false,’ very well; but then you must admit that you no longer support a policy of neutrality on Wikipedia.”
Sanger explains that articles on religious topics show a similar pattern of bias and used the entry on Jesus as a particularly egregious example.
Likewise, scientific articles, he explained, are filled with liberal bias and “unscientific views.” He wrote that “when the Establishment (or maybe just the Establishment left) is unified on a certain view of a scientific controversy, then that is the view that is taken for granted, and often aggressively asserted, by Wikipedia.”
The pages for global warming and the MMR vaccine show particularly strong examples of the bias in this area, he explained.
“It is time for Wikipedia to come clean and admit that it has abandoned NPOV (i.e., neutrality as a policy). At the very least they should admit that that they have redefined the term in a way that makes it utterly incompatible with its original notion of neutrality, which is the ordinary and common one,” Sanger stated.
However, he concluded by acknowledging that “Wikipedians are unlikely to concede any such thing; they live in a fantasy world of their own making. This might finally be having an effect, as Wikipedia’s Alexa ranking has dropped within the last year from five to 12 or 13.”
Sanger has now proposed an entirely new and independent decentralized encyclopedia network called “The Encylosphere.”
In a speech given at TheNextWeb’s Hard Fork Summit, MRC reports, Sanger explained that, “The Encyclosphere would give everyone an equal voice in expressing knowledge (or claims to knowledge), and in rating those expressions of knowledge. There would be no single, central knowledge repository or authority.”
Twitch ‘Safety Advisory Council’ Member Thinks A Lot of Gamers Are ‘White Supremacists’
The odd activist pretends to be a deer on livestreams while being petted by a woman until achieving near orgasms.
A member of the new Safety Advisory Council at Twitch is a trans “deer-girl” who believes that “a lot” of gamers are white supremacists and can’t wait to use this power against their enemies.
The odd activist, Steph “FerociouslySteph” Loehr, pretends to be a deer on livestreams while being petted by a woman until achieving near orgasms.
Just found out what deergasm is, brought to you by twitch staff … pic.twitter.com/vOmt4WS0bx
— Miranda Leigh (@miraleighh) May 16, 2020
The gaming platform announced the creation of the Safety Advisory Council earlier this month to “protect the interests of marginalized groups” and “promote healthy streaming and work-life balance habits.”
Loehr’s role on the team sparked immediate controversy as they have previously stated that they believe a lot of the gaming community are white supremacists.
Twitch announced a group of Safety Ambassadors to help advise and moderate the platform, including streamer FerociouslySteph, who wants to ban voice chat because they think most gamers are white supremacists. Are they right, or are they exaggerating? pic.twitter.com/r5nGoVt1kW
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 16, 2020
The activist also has ties to the far-left Anti-Defamation League, who helped to form the Twitch council.
I was talking about this with @UE_UpperEchelon last night as I did my own digging, but I would like to know if the ADL played a role in the creation of the twitch safety advisory board, a certain relationship might explain how Deer Girl was brought on. https://t.co/bTH6k7XI3k pic.twitter.com/JeIou05cgv
— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) May 17, 2020
Loehr has previously advocated for voice chat in competitive games to be removed because it is “the only way to have a level playing field.”
“The only way to have a level playing field at the highest level of play is to not have voice chat, giving up their linguistic profiles. Competition requires you to get every advantage possible. You have to squeeze every amount of advantage you can get. Voice chat is unfair. Period,” they said.
They later opined on Twitter that only “cis white males” oppose the idea of removing voice chat.
In another stream, Loehr expressed extreme joy at the thought of having power and how streamers that they don’t like should be afraid of them.
“I have power. They can’t take it away from me,” Loehr said, barely able to contain their glee. “There’s some people that should be afraid of me.”
Loehr warned that they’re going to “come for harmful people” and added that “Twitch is endorsing me to do that.”
Naturally, Loehr’s extremist views have sparked a massive controversy in the gaming community. Popular streamers began to speak out against their inclusion on the council almost immediately.
In a statement provided to Newsweek, streamer and bodybuilder Knut, pointed out the hypocrisy of Loehr’s attacks on straight while men.
“I find it ironic that someone who was recently appointed to Twitch’s council, with a stated intent to promote equality and improve the platform, is the one who is directly attacking specific groups,” Knut said in a statement. “If the roles had been reversed here, there is no doubt in my mind that they would have been action taken by Twitch. I am simply advocating for subordination to a single rule set by all on the platform, regardless of personal identities or agendas. That is how twitch can remain great and not succumb to bias in either direction.”
Loehr told Newsweek that they are a victim of harassment because of their weirdo behavior.
“I am getting harassed because I represent a lot of things people hate about diversity and acceptance,” Loehr said. “I am different and twitch has platformed me. People believe me to be mentally ill for being different. People believe I am a threat to their video game mechanics. People also don’t like me for my pride, and they don’t like that they have so little power over me.”
Twitch appears to be siding with the “deer-girl,” saying in a statement to the outlet that their safety is the platform’s top priority.
“It is unfortunate to see a member of the advisory council targeted for harassment. The safety of our council members is our top priority and we’ve taken preventative measures to help ensure their safety and well-being. We are in close communication with each of the members and are working diligently to provide them with whatever support they may need.”
A petition has been launched to remove the activist from the advisory council.