On July 4th, Gab launched it's new version. It uses a fork of Mastodon, which means they've introduced the ability for people to follow each other's posts across instances. I use Gab, (no, I'm not a Trump supporter, Nazi, or white nationalist.) I'm a libertarian who believes in free speech.
As someone who believes in free speech, and property rights, I understand that it's the right of each instance admin to block Gab. Whether I think they should is a different story. Gab is now part of the #Feddiverse, whether Mastodon admins, or the developers of the project itself like it or not.
Do people on other instances have to follow us? No they don't! In fact, they can block every last one of us via Mastodon's built-in filtering features. If they want to, they should. That's completely up to them. However, it isn't up to instance admins, or the mastodon developers themselves, to institute a global, project-wide block on Gab. There are around a million of us gab users, and around two million others who use other instances. I don't see why we can't coexist without being censored.
Wait... actually, I do. Most people think Gab is a site filled with nazis and white supremacists. While that comprises some users, it's definitely not the majority, and most people are extremely nice. Most of them are Trump supporters, that's for sure. However, that inherently doesn't come with the libel being thrown at them by the mainstream media, and most everyone on the radical, establishment left. Yes, I said “radical, establishment,” because these things are now one in the same.
I understand that there are progressives who support free speech. I hope they still support it when we're talking about gab and the Feddiverse. In other words, I hope they support it just as strongly for us who may be considered on the right, than those that have the same views.
In a move that many are seeing as blatant corporate censorship, YouTube has taken down the bombshell Project Veritas report which revealed that its parent company Google is using AI to filter out content that creates undesirable outcomes for Google.
The takedown of this video seemed to be imminent when Project Veritas received two questionable YouTube privacy complaints about sections of the report. Project Veritas had received similar privacy complaints on its previous investigative report into Pinterest’s internal blacklists which led to that report being taken down by YouTube. It was suspected that YouTube would eventually respond to these new privacy complaints in the same way and delete Project Veritas’ report on Google’s biased AI.
While YouTube has taken down the video under the veil of privacy complaints, the reasoning is suspicious because the complaints were filed against sections of the video featuring Google employees who were suggesting that Google’s AI is biased. Presumably, these complaints were filed by at least one of these Google employees which would mean that both employees of Google and the company itself have used privacy complaints to censor information that’s undesirable to Google.
According to James O’Keefe, the head of Project Veritas, the video was nearing 1 million views and 50,000 likes when it was deleted – a huge amount of exposure and engagement considering it was live for less than 24 hours.
Although the video’s no longer on YouTube, it is still available on other platforms including BitChute where it’s rapidly gaining traction and already has 80,000+ views.
This is probably the most egregious example of big tech censorship we’ve seen to date. While Project Veritas’ previous investigative report on Pinterest’s internal blacklists was heavily censored by YouTube and Twitter, Pinterest is a separate corporate entity. In this instance, we’re now seeing a single corporate entity seemingly use its own employees and subsidiaries to censor content which the parent company Google probably doesn’t want the public to see.
You Can't Watch This is a documentary coming out Wednesday. They interviewed a few people who've been deplatformmed, including Alex Jones, who I think is hilarious, but that's unrelated.
I was actually going to write a long article about the banning at some point, then I got a bad headache last weekend. Maybe I'll still do this sometime this week.