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Re: On the recent purges by big tech media companies

Postby Archie » 1 month 1 week ago (Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:27 pm)

On the bright side, all this censorship is probably coming too late. They are shutting the barn door after the horse has run off.

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Re: On the recent purges by big tech media companies

Postby Lamprecht » 1 month 1 week ago (Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:06 pm)

HMSendeavour wrote:Bitchute had hosted, and still might, videos of the Christchurch massacre. If they're going to host that kind of video then they have no excuse to be banning 3-4 minute Hitler speeches and half an hour race realism videos or conference speeches by pro-white activists and academics. It's shameful what they're doing.

Maybe they're not going actively around looking for things to censor and only do so in response to an actual complaint being filed. I wouldn't be at all surprised if those Christchurch videos were censored.
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Re: On the recent purges by big tech media companies

Postby Snow » 1 month 5 days ago (Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:13 pm)

Lamprecht wrote:Giving a heads up regarding BitChute as maybe someone else here has experienced this as well.

I have noticed that in the past few weeks a lot of videos are being quietly removed from BitChute. Videos that were on the platform for months if not years, videos that I watched literally days or weeks ago now show only the following message:
This video has been blocked for breaching the Community Guidelines, and is currently unavailable.

I have seen this too often lately for it to be dismissed a coincidence. These are not copyright-infringing videos, just the sort of content that would be removed from YouTube or other websites for "Hate speech" etc.

There was some talk by a few BitChute content creators about videos being banned from specific countries (namely Australia and parts of Europe) two months ago. I would post those videos where it was being discussed but I just checked them out again and now all I'm getting a "404 - Page not found" error. At least one of those videos giving me this error is from an account that still exists and is posting videos pretty much every day. I can't think of any reason why he would have deleted the videos.

I also don't think this is country-specific. One of those deleted videos was from an Australian uploader and he was getting a message about a video saying it was blocked in his country. (Again, the video has disappeared so I am just going off of memory).

Shorter (smaller filesize) videos can be saved with the Wayback Machine here: http://web.archive.org/save/
But beware: I do not think this is foolproof. In one case (again, this could be a fluke) I archived a video and it worked, but I checked a few days later and both the BitChute video and the archived version of the page were taken down. Archive.today will not work for videos.

If there is a good video on BitChute that you want to make sure always exists, I would suggest you download the .mp4 file. There are free websites that offer this, just Google "bitchute video downloader" there are a bunch of them, or view the page source and find where the .mp4 file is embedded and save the URL there. If you want to back up a channel with a lot of videos on it then I do have a simple script that I made that can do this with little effort. It will work if you have a website that has enough storage space, just PM me and I will send you the scripts and explain how it works. It's rather crude because it's just for personal use, but it will take a user-inputted list of BitChute URLs, rip the .mp4, and transload them all into a folder. A table can also be generated with the video's filename (it will be whatever the BitChute link is) along with the video's title and description.

I would be surprised if BitChute manages to last a whole year from now just based on the financial situation. How could a website make enough money to offer free, endless video streaming without any advertisements? It doesn't add up. If it does get shut down for lack of funds I only hope that they will give some time in advance so that we can download the videos. I wouldn't count on it though.

That's why centralize platforms (such as Youtube and BitChute) sucks and I prefer decentralize plaforms...

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Trump is FINALLY Going After Big Tech, Antitrust Action Against Google Announced

Postby Lamprecht » 3 weeks 9 hours ago (Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:51 pm)

Vincent James has another video out about a story in the NYT. It appears that Trump is finally going after the Big Tech giants, specifically Google in this case. Too little too late? Better than nothing. I am curious to see where this goes. Hopefully the topic is brought up in tomorrow's presidential debate
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Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on Search Dominance - The decision to narrow the case to search could set off separate lawsuits from states over Google’s power in other business segments.
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http://archive.fo/vk2SI | http://web.archive.org/web/202009222144 ... nance.html
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FBI seizes almost 100 Iranian website domains

Postby Lamprecht » 1 week 3 days ago (Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:03 am)

This is not an action by tech monopolies, but rather the FBI. I do not think it needs its own thread though. What has happened is that the FBI has seized 92 website domains run by Iran. These are all American domains (.com, .us, .net, etc).
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From RT:
Washington has announced a new sanctions package against Iran, hitting the country’s financial sector and targeting 18 major banks. Tehran has branded the move a “crime against humanity” and an attempt to starve the country out.

The new sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. The move was made to further “isolate the Iranian economy from the global financial system,” which the Treasury claimed is necessary to stop Tehran from advancing its alleged “malign agenda.”

Earlier in the day, the US Department of Justice announced seizure of 92 web domains allegedly used by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to wage a disinformation campaign. Four of the websites were allegedly disguised as “genuine news outlets” directly targeted the US, while the remainder reached audiences in Western Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the US officials claimed.

The US-oriented domains, identified as “newsstand7.com,” “usjournal.net,” “usjournal.us” and “twtoday.net” now display a message that they’ve been seized by the FBI.
https://rt.com/news/502987-us-iran-banks-sanctions/

There is no due process here, a reason does not actually need to be given. They can just say that they were somehow tied in with "terrorist" groups, what is anybody going to do about it? We have seen with the Russian meddling hysteria that all you have to do is label something "Russan interference" and nobody can defend against the censorship without being accused of ties to the Kremlin. They create a censorship apparatus under the pretense of a need to control odious things such as child pornography, illegal firearms sales, online drug dealing, and so on. After this happens, they can easily move on to the actual targets of the ADL and SPLC, which would be "Holocaust denial" and "neo-Nazi" websites. And then, one-by-one, they start taking down moderate conservatives.

The radical left in the USA has made no secret of the fact that they support censorship of what they call "Hate speech" or "disinformaton." We can already see that "Holocaust denial" laws exist and are enforced in many parts of Europe so when they push for this sort of thing in the United States it is not seen as unprecedented on the world stage. So-called "Holocaust denial" websites are a big target, people are afraid to defend them because they will be accused of being "anti-semitic deniers" themselves. An American school principal was fired for simply acknowledging the existence of "Holocaust deniers" but after a year he was reinstated, possibly because he did not actually question the narrative himself, apologized profusely, and was African-American so a "neo-Nazi" couldn't stick.

The massive tech oligarchs (which are all left-leaning and donate to the democrat party) are happy to censor the US president, although in this case it is a bit less overt.
For example: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 4413992961
They put a warning on the tweet that you have to click through to see it. In other instances, Trump will retweet someone else's post and they will ban the original account so that the post no longer shows up. CODOH has already been removed from these platforms.

What has just happened here is even worse than having your website removed from Google searches, or getting banned from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. All of the links to the pages on these websites are now broken, forever. They can, of course, get a new domain name and go back to doing what they were doing but for a lot of websites such a blow is crushing.
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Re: On the recent purges by big tech media companies

Postby Lamprecht » 2 days 3 hours ago (Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:26 am)

In the wake of Facebook banning "Holocaust denial" and Twitter following suit (or pretending to) - plus all of the other recent censorship of this Hunter Biden stuff and even US government webpages -- the Trump administration is apparently trying to move ahead with reinterpreting "Section 230." Vincent James has a video about this:



I explained why I don't think this is that great of a strategy in another thread: viewtopic.php?p=99152#p99152
Lamprecht wrote:I don't agree with this "Section 230" approach, these big tech giants should be declared instead to be common carriers [or even natural monopolies] and thus cannot discriminate by political ideology. Your electricity company can't just turn off your power because you said Jews weren't gassed at Auschwitz.

The groundwork has been laid already, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommu ... ct_of_1996
Part of the provision says that you cannot be refused service by common carriers, especially phone companies - which at the time were providing internet services because everyone had dial-up - for your political or ideological beliefs.

Better than nothing though. If Trump gets a second term he'll have 4 years to figure this out if this method doesn't work. Trump also has the privilege of being able to shift the Overton window, although at this point I can't imagine that any conservative or pro-Trump internet user hasn't been personally disgusted by the ridiculous levels of censorship by these huge tech monopolies.
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