California Congressman Sues Twitter over 'Shadow Bans'

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AuntieAnt

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California Congressman Sues Twitter for $250M over 'Shadow Bans' on Conservatives

US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and some of its users on Monday.

Nunes accuses Twitter of "shadow-banning conservatives," including himself in order to influence the 2018 elections.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/201...er-for-250m-over-shadow-bans-on-conservatives
 

zeroturbulence

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I hope he wins, but twitter and all those other leftist companies like google and facebook are private businesses. They have the right to conduct their business however they want as long as they're not doing anything illegal. Discrimination laws only apply to hiring and firing people, not to content or opinion. If he wins, then people can sue CNN and other media outlets for being biased, but penalizing them for being biased would infringe on their right to free speech.
 

Didymous

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California Congressman Sues Twitter for $250M over 'Shadow Bans' on Conservatives

US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and some of its users on Monday.

Nunes accuses Twitter of "shadow-banning conservatives," including himself in order to influence the 2018 elections.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/201...er-for-250m-over-shadow-bans-on-conservatives
What a cry baby!
 
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Josh Hawley Calls for Third-Party Audit of Twitter

In a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, freshman senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) called on the executive to allow a third-party audit of his social-media platform in light of recent accusations of bias against conservative users.

Hawley, who in just a few months in the Senate has already carved out a space for himself as a prominent conservative critic of big tech and social-media censorship, said in the letter that his request was prompted by Twitter’s recent confusing treatment of the account affiliated with the new movie Unplanned.

“Last week, Twitter suspend[ed] the account of the pro-life movie Unplanned—on opening weekend, no less—raising yet more questions about your supposed commitment to free speech,” Hawley wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained exclusively by National Review. “Just as bad, after you lifted the suspension, 99 percent of Unplanned’s followers mysteriously disappeared.”

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According to Hawley, this incident was just the latest example of a longstanding problem. Congress has given you a sweetheart deal—immunity from liability for illegal content posted by third parties—because tech companies like yours promised to provide ‘a forum for a true diversity of political discourse,’” the senator wrote in his letter. “Yet your company has repeatedly abused that privilege.”

The senator cited an instance in which Twitter refused to allow pro-life group Live Action to purchase ads, because the content was deemed “inflammatory” while allowing pro-abortion groups to advocate late-term abortion on the platform.

“I am rapidly losing confidence that Twitter is committed to the free speech principles that justify immunity under section 230. It is time for Twitter to prove it is truly committed to free speech: conduct a third-party audit and release the results to the public, in full,” Hawley added. His letter also noted that an internal audit would be “inherently biased.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/josh-hawley-calls-for-third-party-audit-of-twitter/
 

Kojikun

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I hope he wins, but twitter and all those other leftist companies like google and facebook are private businesses. They have the right to conduct their business however they want as long as they're not doing anything illegal. Discrimination laws only apply to hiring and firing people, not to content or opinion. If he wins, then people can sue CNN and other media outlets for being biased, but penalizing them for being biased would infringe on their right to free speech.
Its true unfortunately it shows how little the people up top know about the internet.
 

gb9

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it comes down to this- these are private companies , but they offer public platforms. a t t is a private company, but they cannot refuse phone and internet to someone because of their political and religious groups. is that not a fair point?
 

PennEd

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I hope he wins, but twitter and all those other leftist companies like google and facebook are private businesses. They have the right to conduct their business however they want as long as they're not doing anything illegal. Discrimination laws only apply to hiring and firing people, not to content or opinion. If he wins, then people can sue CNN and other media outlets for being biased, but penalizing them for being biased would infringe on their right to free speech.
So was at&t. Or Bell labs. But the government recognized that in effect they were monopolies.

When you have such a gigantic share of the marketplace, with infrastructure, competition is near impossible. Especially with Google, who on my view is the worst of the bunch.
Manipulating search results, steering people, tracking every keystroke. These companies need to be broken up. This is MUCH more important than breaking up the phone company. These people control thoughts, ideas, and expression. Especially political free speech.
Exceedingly dangerous.
 

zeroturbulence

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Google is definitely the biggest, but it's not a monopoly. There are other search engines out there. Also, twitter isn't selling any product to the public. It's the only website like it, but no one is suffering because twitter is gouging prices or stifling upstart tweet companies. Twitter is basically just a big blog site. There are other blog sites out there too.