When Twitter labelled a tweet by President Trump and linked to fact-checking sites, the president reacted by threatening to strongly regulate or shut down platforms that squelch free speech. Since then, he signed an executive order making such platforms liable to lawsuits the same as publishers when they exercise editorial decisions, rather than merely allow […]
COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, poses a danger. But death from respiratory failure is not the most insidious consequence for America. Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green grapple with how to fight off the most dangerous symptom…and it’s something you CAN do. “Un-Fearing the Coronavirus,” the episode of Bill Whittle Now that Scott Ott mentions. […]
After frantic headlines and social media memes claimed President Trump’s decision to strike Iran’s chief terror leader, Qassem Suleimani, had started World War III, the American Left must view this Trump-style WWIII as a disappointment. Join Stephen Green, Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and a lot of your future friends on a 3-night Caribbean cruise May […]
Facebook’s recently-announced news tab will provide a reliable place for Americans to find accurate reporting, credible journalism and truthiness — far from the fake news and disinformation of social media. Is this good news for fact-hungry Americans and a rebirth of actual journalism, or is it the final death knell of the great American newspaper, […]
A new study shows almost everyone thinks that almost everyone desires fame. But the survey also shows that almost no one craves it for himself. Instead, the vast majority say they believe that personal success means “following your interests and talents to be the best you can be at something you love.”
China expands its system of tracking a citizen’s behavior with a social credit score, and limiting his freedoms if it goes negative. Your neighbor reports you smoking a cigarette at your house, and when you try to fly to Hong Kong the flight attendant says, your score is too low, get off the plane. Is this just a dystopian nightmare spawned by communism, or could measures taken by American companies to nudge consumer behavior lead to such a scenario in the land of the free?
The FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, and forces several changes on the social media giant to protect the privacy and security of its users. But many see the settlement as a slap on the wrist because founder Mark Zuckerberg stays on his throne, pays nothing personally, and his organization doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing. Should the government have gone further to send a clear signal to the industry?
Facebook outsources screening of gruesome, cruel videos, to a sick sweatshop where workers suffer PTSD and other effects of horrifying work under terrible conditions. How does that square with the social media giant’s happy mission of uniting people around the world? And if violent videos of animal abuse pass the rigorous screening, why is it so hard for limited-government conservatives to get their message out.
Bill Whittle finds three reasons to break up Google, YouTube, Facebook and other social media companies that use algorithms to suppress free speech. This is not merely the revenge of the Right over demonetization. Bias without consent, practical monopoly status, and the distinction between carriers and publishers all lead to the conclusion that even conservatives should cheer the dissolution of these “private” businesses.