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Tumblr Escalates Censorship to Placate Apple

Blogging platform Tumblr, once a powerhouse of content for millennials, has censored a wide swathe of hashtags on its Apple iOS app, in what the social media company says is an effort to remain within the Apple App Store’s community guidelines. Some of the censored terms include “girl,” “suicide prevention,” and “testicular cancer.”

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Twitter Crackdown: American Principles Project Executive Censored for Criticizing the Mutilation of Kids

Earlier this week, Twitter censored Jon Schweppe, policy director for the pro-family American Principles Project, who criticized the “evil gender ideology” pushing the “chemical castration and surgical mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria.” The Masters of the Universe locked Scheppe’s account on the grounds that his post is “hate speech.”

In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017 photo, Sam, 9, reads a book in the library at Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, making it one of the only camps of its kind in the world open …

How to View YouTube’s Hidden Dislike Counts on Videos Like Seth Rogen’s ‘Santa Inc.’ Trailer

Following Googled-owned YouTube’s decision to hide dislikes on the platform, viewers have taken to the comment section beneath each video to express their displeasure. But on some videos, like the recent trailer for Seth Rogen’s TV show Santa Inc., YouTube has disabled comments, removing viewers’ ability to negatively react altogether. Now, a browser plugin called “Return YouTube Dislike” can show you just how negatively the general public feels about a video.

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Twitter Bans Sharing Photos, Videos ‘Without Consent’ on CEO Parag Agrawal’s First Day

Just one day after Jack Dorsey was replaced as the CEO of Twitter by the company’s former CTO, Parag Agrawal, the platform has banned the sharing of any images or videos of people without their explicit consent. The far-left company stated:  “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”

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Bouncer and Banhammer: Facebook’s Internal Terms for Censoring Users Exposed

As further internal Facebook documents leak, internal company code words and terms used to refer to users and issues have been revealed. Some of the 35 internal terms revealed relate specifically to censoring and punishing users, such as “bouncer,” which is an internal tool used by the company’s “integrity team” to crack down on pages or lists of users.

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Facebook Hired Britney Spears’ Lawyer to Threaten Producers of Upcoming ‘Doomsday Machine’ TV Show

Tech giant Facebook is reportedly threatening the producers of the upcoming Doomsday Machine TV show, which is based on the book An Ugly Truth, noted for its harsh criticism of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. The Masters of the Universe have hired Britney Spears’ lawyer to send the message that “Although our client is a public figure, the truth still matters.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that …

Facebook Blames Catastrophic Outage on ‘Configuration Changes’

Facebook services have come back online following an outage lasting about seven hours, the longest downtime that the site has seen since 2008. The catastrophic outage also impacted the company’s Instagram and WhatsApp platforms, bringing the Masters of the Universe to a grinding halt for most of Monday. The company has blamed “configuration changes” for bringing its entire empire to its knees.

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YouTube Blacklists Ron Paul Institute

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, the organization set up by former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Dr. Ron Paul, has been blacklisted by Google-owned YouTube.

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John Stossel Sues Facebook Alleging Defamation over ‘Fact-Check’ Label

Former TV journalist John Stossel has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Facebook seeking at least $2 million in damages, alleging that the company defamed him by adding “fact-check” labels to two videos he posted related to climate change. After Facebook’s labels, the lawsuit claims “his viewership plummeted due to both Facebook’s censorship and the reputational harm caused by the false labels.”

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 01: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on May 1, 2018 in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the opening keynote to the FB Developer conference that runs through May 2. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)