Twitter continues to go Censorship Crazy! When will it end?
The only way the censorship ends is if Twitter has its 230 protections removed so that individuals can sue them for infringing on their 1st amendment rights. There has to be thousands of people just waiting to get their hands one twitter in a court of law but cannot because they believe they have immunity from lawsuits.
But this week the tide may be turning as the President himself considers twitter’s section 230 protections a National Security issue. It is only a matter of time before twitter gets slammed in court by so many lawsuits that it will be pushed into bankruptcy.
What are Section 230 Protections?
Section 230 is a piece of Internet legislation in the United States, passed into law as part of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 (a common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996), formally codified as Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 at 47 U.S.C. § 230. Section 230 generally provides immunity for website publishers from third-party content.
At its core, Section 230(c)(1) provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an “interactive computer service” who publish information provided by third-party users:
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230
The statute in Section 230(c)(2) further provides “Good Samaritan” protection from civil liability for operators of interactive computer services in the removal or moderation of third-party material they deem obscene or offensive, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it is done in good faith.
Section 230 give Twitter protections against lawsuits when they “moderate” or censor information on their platforms.
This is an example of a tweet that is being censored.
Twitter banns a whole Web Domain!
Twitter also went ahead and banned a whole web domain from being shared. They have demonstrated this ability in the past by blocking the sharing of a link by the NYPOST of a story they had broken but twitter went a whole step further and banned an entire website. In effect anything published to this particular website was banned from being shared. In this case if you wanted to read the public document, a lawsuit filed in Georgia on election fraud with proof, you could not access it through twitter.
And this is where alternative sites like Parler come in. Users were taking the information that was being censored on twitter and posting it to Parler.
Most of this information you are not seeing being reported in the mainstream news. Even the casual social media user would not be able to access this important information, but the truly social media savvy are getting the real newsstand spreading it around.
Censorship on Social Media is a big problem. We may be seeing a resolution soon…
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