2021-02-24: Social Media Postees

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Twitter's Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
"The new Twitter scare label illustrates the threat our kind of factual reporting presents to a national security state that must employ social media censorship to conceal its agenda from the public." — The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal…

Twitter called out for 'double standards' after it singles out report on UK influence op in Russia with 'hacked materials' label
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Twitter has added a warning to a bombshell expose revealing a covert UK program to plant pro-government narratives in foreign media, telling users the piece may be based on "hacked material," despite letting similar stories slide. | A story published late last week by Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal showed how major news agencies like Reuters and the BBC worked in secret with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office to cultivate a group of foreign reporters — many based in Russia and Russ…

Amnesty International No Longer Considers Navalny Prisoner of Conscience
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Canadian-US journalist Aaron Mate has posted on Twitter a screenshot of a letter stating that human rights organization Amnesty International no longer considers Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny a prisoner of conscience.

Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution'
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution' | New investigation also denounces the lack of medical treatment given to the Palestinian man and the degrading treatment of his body | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 35 | Ahmad Erekat was killed at an Israeli checkpoint on his sister's wedding day last year (Facebook) | The killing of Palestinian Ahmad Erekat at an Israeli checkpoint on his s…

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage. The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook's decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted pages. The company's target of opprobrium: the News Media Bargaining Code. The Code's ostensible purpose …

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts …

Twitter Deletes Dozens of Russian Accounts for "Undermining Faith in NATO"
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
A propaganda system is far more effective — and dangerous — when those inside are unaware of it and believe themselves to be free from influence.

How do you do, fellow kids? Biden White House leaves followers baffled after tweeting out-of-touch meme with Canadian PM
rt.com | 2021-02-24
The Biden administration has taken a popular meme and mutilated it, leaving what appears to be praise for Canada's Justin Trudeau but which was hard to understand either way. | Biden's White House Twitter account posted two images in a row captioned "How it started. How it's going" on Wednesday. The first showed Biden and Trudeau walking side by side down a hallway lined with flags, apparently from Biden's term as Vice President under Barack Obama. The second featured a large screen on which Trudeau was projected, with Biden turned towards it, seemingly in mid-speech, clearly taken during the pandemic. | How i…

The Real Threat To Free Speech? Florida's Courts
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Gov. Ron DeSantis and some other Florida Republicans are worked up over a perceived threat to the freedom of speech of politicians, but they're ignoring a more significant threat to the public's right to speak. | They're upset that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have begun to suppress posts they deem flagrantly false or socially offensive, particularly those from their favorite ex-president. | But that isn't a First Amendment issue. Those are private corporations, not government entities. | The legitimate First Amendment threat they are ignoring is the misuse of Florida's courts to suppress a…

What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure
rt.com | 2021-02-24
A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things. | Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed." | | t.co/fDhBTf4Cyd

Facebook Remains a Threat to Democracy
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2021-02-24
Facebook Remains a Threat to Democracy…

'Cancel them before they cancel us': Gab CEO says banks have banned platform due to media smears
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Three banks have refused to do business with Gab, a Twitter competitor outspoken about free speech, in recent weeks, the company's chief executive revealed. Andrew Torba blamed the development on mainstream media hit pieces. | The third bank to sever its relationship with the company in three weeks told Torba on Monday that they were doing so because of "all the bad things the press has written about Gab," he said in an interview published by the conservative outlet National File. | Speaking to @NationalFile, Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that…

Conservative host posts about his investigation into voter fraud claims, gets blocked, challenges Twitter to disprove his findings
rt.com | 2021-02-24
BlazeTV host Steven Crowder had his Twitter account restricted after posting about a video investigative piece claiming numerous voter addresses in the 2020 presidential election were faked. | "DOZENS of voter names, addresses, and pictures proving they don't exist. Period. Today I'm tired of this s**t. Mass voter fraud is real and I can prove it," Crowder tweeted on Tuesday. | Twitter quickly restricted the tweet and did not allow anyone to like, retweet, or respond to it "due to a risk of violence." Twitter also temporarily locked Crowder'…

The UC Berkeley Chancellor is Lying About People's Park
In Defense of People's Park | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
UC Chancellor Carol Christ is lying to you about People's Park. | Share this article on social media with the hashtag: #SavePeoplesPark | Support People's Park by sending a message. | Email the UC Chancellor: chancellor@berkeley.edu | Call the Chancellor: (510) 642-7464…

Sweden, Denmark Preparing 'Australian-Style' Laws That Will Press Facebook to Pay for News Content
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
The new legislation is meant to strengthen the position of publishers and ensure fair competition. In the words of the Danish culture minister, failure to comply and losing quality news content will result in Facebook devolving into a gathering of "tinfoil hats and conspiracy theorists".

Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of 'digital book burning'
rt.com | 2021-02-23
Author Ryan T. Anderson has blasted Amazon for removing his latest book on the rise of the transgender movement without explanation, a move that has many criticizing the company for playing politics and accusing it of censorship. | "I hope you've already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book 'When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment' from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now)," Anderson tweeted about the removal. | 'When Harry Became Sally' had p…

As Australia Reaches Deal With Facebook Following News Blackout, Critics Warn Corporate Power Plays Won't Save Journalism
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-23
"It shouldn't be up to Facebook and Google to cherry pick and groom publishers it deems acceptable for side deals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/facebook-agrees-lift-news-blackout-australia.jpeg

'I pray he somehow finds help': Troubled NFL ace who was shamed by Covid breaches & car crash is savaged after quitting on Twitter
rt.com | 2021-02-23
Isaiah Wilson has been blasted as one of the worst first-round picks in NFL history after swiftly deleting a tweet claiming he was "done" with Tennessee Titans, coming after a series of run-ins with the law and two Covid breaches. | Despite being the 29th overall pick at the start of the 2020 season, troubled Wilson had a campaign to forget and was put on the Non-Football Injury list in December after finding himself on the Covid-19 list twice for breaching safety rules. | The 22-year-old offensive tackle was involved in a bizarre incident when Tennessee State University police found him at an off-campus party…

World Bank's emergency cash for Lebanon may stop amid reports MPs queue-jumping for Covid vaccine, regional chief warns
rt.com | 2021-02-23
Millions of dollars in World Bank funding for Lebanon's Covid-19 vaccine rollout could be halted due to alleged queue-jumping for the jab by the country's MPs, the financial institution's regional director said on Tuesday. | According to local media, Lebanese MPs and parliamentary staff over age 75 were to be vaccinated on Tuesday without needing to register in advance, although journalists were not to be allowed to observe. | "This is not in line with the national plan agreed with [the] World Bank," the organization's Middle East chief, Saroj Kumar Jha, said on Twitter. | "Upon confirmation of violation, [the…

Bolivia to receive 500,000 doses of vaccine from China
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-23
A special plane of the Bolivian national airline is making its way to bring Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccines from China to its homeland, President Luis Arce has announced."We report that a [Boliviana de Aviacion] Boeing 767 plane is heading to Beijing to bring half a million Sinopharm vaccines to our country," Arce tweeted on Monday. "We appreciate President Xi Jinping's support in fighting the pandemic."The South American country has recorded more than 243,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 11,500 related deaths, according to the latest data by its Health Ministry.The country already began inoculation in late January…

EU Commission asks Germany again not to close borders
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-23
The European Commission will again remind EU member states not to close borders between member states, an EU commissioner said on Tuesday. | "The Commission wants to recall to the European member states that it is a necessity to go back to a coordinated approach on all the measures taken in relation to the free movement of people and goods," Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders explained in a video message posted on social media ahead of a virtual meeting of EU ministers. | The ministers are expected to debate the bloc's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including border closures and the vaccination campaign…

Join the tweet storm now opposing Neera Tanden
Repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-23
Roots Action and Norman Solomon are asking everyone with a tweeter account to tweet their Senators opposing Neera Tandens OMB nomination.

Facebook and Australian govt strike deal, to insert amendments to media code
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-23
The government has agreed to four amendments to the contentious News Media Bargaining Code, allowing platforms like Google and Facebook to bypass the code…

Workers and youth speak out against Facebook's Australian news ban and corporate media cash grab
wsws.org | 2021-02-23
"The creation and distribution of news is controlled by a few corporations, ruthless in promoting their class interests."

A Defense of Neera Tanden's Tweets (but Not of Neera Tanden)
David Klion | thenation.com | 2021-02-23
A Defense of Neera Tanden's Tweets (but Not of Neera Tanden)…

'Jeep Grand Christopher sounds good': Twitter split after Cherokee Nation chief asks carmaker to stop 'honoring' his tribe
rt.com | 2021-02-23
Naming a vehicle after a Native American tribe is wrong even if the intentions were good, the Cherokee Nation principal chief has said, and Twitter has some ideas for what to call Jeep SUVs instead. | Jeep Cherokee SUVs have been produced since 1974, and in the early 1990s, Chrysler (now part of the Netherlands-based company Stellantis) added the luxury Jeep Grand Cherokee model line to its range. Chuck Hoskin, who heads the largest of the three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes in the US, believes his people's name should not be "plastered on the side of a car," regardless of the motives for putting it the…

America Re-canceled? Black activist Young Pharaoh booted from anti-censorship themed CPAC event for 'reprehensible views'
rt.com | 2021-02-23
The Conservative Political Action Conference has barred activist Young Pharaoh from speaking at its 'America Uncanceled' event, citing his "reprehensible" remarks on Judaism. The rapper denounced the move as "censorship." | CPAC organizers took to Twitter on Monday to declare that the rapper and lecturer would no longer be welcome at this year's conference, noting they had "just learned" of controversial comments he'd made in the past. While they did not offer any specifics on what he might have said, Young Pha…

'Blacklist' site asks people to report everyone who voted for Trump to 'unmask' them
rt.com | 2021-02-23
Conservatives are up in arms over a website that is asking people to report any acquaintance who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. | "This is insane. The Founders are rolling over in their graves," RealClearPolitics cofounder Tim Bevan tweeted on Tuesday, including a link to the site in a subsequent tweet. | This is insane. The Founders are rolling over in their graves. pic.twitter.com/w5BSlPkO36– Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) February 23, 2021 | According…

Outcry in Kuwait over suicide of stateless Bidoon child
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-23
Outcry in Kuwait over suicide of stateless Bidoon child | Thousands of people are highlighting the case online and demanding an end to the community's marginalisation | Nadda Osman | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 14: 07 | An illustration of the child has been shared online with the caption 'you have returned to God, the most merciful, Ali' (Screengrab/Twitter) | Reports of a 12-year-old child's suicide from Kuwait's stateless pop…

UAE-backed STC forces accused of torturing Yemeni journalist
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-23
UAE-backed STC forces accused of torturing Yemeni journalist | Adel al-Hasani produced a CNN report critical of the UAE's activities in Yemen, which a source says is the reason behind his detention | MEE staff | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 12: 04 | Hasani is an investigative journalist, producer and fixer for international journalists, based in the southern Yemeni city of Aden (Social media) | Yemen's UAE-backed Southern Transition…

Campaigners call for the strengthening of Welsh language rights as people globally stand up for oppressed mother languages
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2021-02-23
Sunday 21 February was International Mother Language Day, and people around the world took the opportunity to stand up for oppressed mother tongues. | The International Mother Language Day is a global event intended to highlight the need to protect linguistic diversity. And as activists stood up for oppressed languages around the world, there's also a need to stand up for linguistic freedom closer to home. | Kurdistan: | Commentators on Twitter highlighted the continued o…

The UC Berkeley Chancellor is Lying About People's Park
In Defense of People's Park | indybay.org | 2021-02-23
UC Chancellor Carol Christ is lying to you about People's Park. | Share this article on social media with the hashtag: #SavePeoplesPark | Support People's Park by sending a message. | Email the UC Chancellor: chancellor@berkeley.edu | Call the Chancellor: (510) 642-7464…

Picnic Video Exposes Both Faces of Israeli Apartheid
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-23
A short video taken by a family as they picnicked in the West Bank this month may be the best field guide yet to Israel's complex apartheid system of state-sponsored Jewish supremacy. In the clip posted to Facebook, armed Jewish settlers arrive unexpectedly to break up the picnic of a Palestinian family — including grandparents …

Iran limits nuclear checks but says IAEA cooperation will continue
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-23
Tehran, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Iran has limited international monitoring of its nuclear program but will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the foreign minister said Tuesday. "Obliged by law, we halted voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to regulation passed by Iran's parliament to stop voluntary …

Facebook Wins a Battle with Aussies But May Lose the War in Long-Term, Observers Say
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-23
The Australian government has struck a deal with Facebook under which Canberra has agreed to make amendments to its landmark media bargaining legislation, while the tech firm will restore news to Australian pages in the next few days. But the question remains, who gains to gain the most from the pact?

Turkey condoles death of Italian diplomat in attack
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-23
The Turkish foreign minister on Monday offered his condolences on the death of an Italian diplomat in an attack on a UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.In a tweet, Mevlut Cavusoglu tagged his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio and wrote: "Deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of Ambassador Luca Attanasio of #Italy and a Carabinieri officer in a horrific attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Heartfelt condolences to friendly Italy, bereaved families and the Italian nation."Attanasio, 43, was among three people killed in the attack on a UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Italian polic…

At least 11,000 doses of Ebola vaccine arrive in Guinea: WHO
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-23
A supply of over 11,000 Ebola vaccines have reached Conakry, the capital of Guinea, the WHO said on Tuesday."The cargo was transported from Senegal by government plane after bad weather caused a stop-over in Dakar. Timely vaccination will be crucial in curbing the Ebola outbreak," WHO Africa Region tweeted.Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's Africa director, said a vaccination team has been deployed to N'Zerekore, the country's second-largest city, and is ready to rollout vaccinations soon.Last week, the WHO said more than 100 workers are expected to be part of the Ebola response team in Guinea by the end of February.A n…

'Publish your emails instead': Hillary Clinton's plans to pen 'political thriller' met with groans on social media
rt.com | 2021-02-23
An announcement that former presidential candidate and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to write a "political thriller" with author Louise Penny has been met with groans and eyerolls on social media. | Axios reported on Tuesday that the book, to be titled 'State of Terror', will be published in October by Simon & Schuster and St. Martin's Press. | The story will follow a "novice Secretary of State" who "joins the administration of her rival" a president who was inaugurated "after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage" — perhaps a not-so-thinly-veiled reference…

'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers
Shatha Hammad | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers | The Palestinian women workforce faces a 'direct threat', as Israeli forces raze their agricultural lands | Shatha Hammad | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 11: 05 | On 6 December 2020, Israeli bulldozers carried out one of the largest tree uprooting operations to date in the West Bank, destroying 3,400 olive trees in one day (Social media/Daoud A…

Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Democratic leaders told the House managers to huddle privately with Trump's defense lawyers to strike a deal. They did. They would place a mere statement from Rep. Beutler into the trial record and call no witnesses. The Republicans couldn't have been more delighted, knowing that the Democratic leadership wanted the trial over that day before Congress went on a week-long vacation.

Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
On the morning of February 13, 2021, just before the Senate impeachment trial abruptly ended with Trump's acquittal, Constitutional law specialist Bruce Fein and I sent the following plea to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: More than 240 years of heroic sacrifices by our forebearers to plant the seeds of a government of the people, by the people, for the people are not being furthered by…

The U.S. Empire Is an Abusive Narcissist
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-22
By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Americans: healthcare please | Government: Sorry did you say a new military base in northeastern Syria? | Americans: no, healthcare | Government: Alright you drive a hard bargain but here's a new military base in northeastern Syria. | * | Sorry we're not going to be able to do the $2000 checks thing, or the cancelling student debt thing, or the $15 minimum wage thing. Would you accept payment in the form of social media "dunking" on Senate Republi…

Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg's antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content. As the…

Join the tweet storm now opposing Neera Tanden
Repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Roots Action and Norman Solomon are asking everyone with a tweeter account to tweet their Senators opposing Neera Tandens OMB nomination.

WHO Busts Wuhan Myths: Pandemic started with wild Animal, not Lab, and Wet Market wasn't Ground Zero
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-22
By Dominic Dwyer | — As I write, I am in hotel quarantine in Sydney, after returning from Wuhan, China. There, I was the Australian representative on the international World Health Organization's (WHO) investigation into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Much has been said of the politics surrounding the mission to investigate the viral …

Facebook shuts down group with 90,000 cruise ship crew members
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
On Friday, Facebook removed without explanation a group with 90,000 members who work in the international cruise ship industry.

GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
As Texas battles a severe snowstorm and mass power outages this winter, Tim Boyd, the now-former Republican mayor of Colorado City, revealed his party's plan for the deadly extreme temperatures linked to climate change. In a lengthy Facebook post that was deleted soon after it went viral, then-Mayor Boyd told his residents that they were…

Nathan Robinson speaks about losing his Guardian column after criticizing Israel
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-22
Current Affairs Editor-in-Chief Nathan Robinson tweeted a joke satirizing U.S. support of Israel, and The Guardian newspaper cancelled his regular op-ed column. Now he speaks with TRNN about facing accusations of anti-Semitism for criticizing Israeli power on Capitol Hill.

'I'm not going down WITHOUT A FIGHT': Actress Gina Carano vows to overcome cancel mob & 'Disney bullies'
rt.com | 2021-02-22
Actress Gina Carano said she was motivated to fight back against cancel culture and Hollywood bullying because she wanted to make it safe for others to freely speak their minds in a world of increasing left-wing intolerance. | The former MMA fighter, who was fired from the Disney+ TV series 'The Mandalorian' earlier this month because of her social media posts, said she couldn't back down and issue a disingenuous apology after watching other actors steamrolled for politically incorrect views. She anticipated her firing, after months of attacks from the cancel mob, and decided to "go down swinging." | "My body'…

Octogenarian Indian activist gets bail 30 months after his arrest
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
New Delhi, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- A court on Monday granted bail to an ailing octogenarian activist on medical grounds two and a half years after India's anti-terror probe agency arrested him on charges of inciting caste violence. "Varavara Rao gets bail," lawyer Indira Jaising tweeted, shortly after the decision by the Bombay High Court in …