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‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’: Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown

Alternative voices online are incensed after Facebook and Twitter closed down hundreds of political media pages ahead of November’s crucial midterm elections. Facebook says they broke its spam rules, they say it’s censorship. Some 800 pages spanning the political spectrum, from left-leaning organizations like The Anti Media, to flag-waving opinion sites like Right Wing News and Nation in Distress, were shut ...

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Outrage on Twitter as Bannon appears at Economist fest, voices support for Orban & Salvini

New York activists have vented their anger at Steve Bannon, who appeared in a live debate set up by The Economist – a couple of weeks after the New Yorker abruptly withdrew his invitation to their own event. Sporadic protests broke out on Saturday at the Open Future festival as Steve Bannon was interviewed via video link by Zanny Minton ...

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Abby Martin’s ‘Empire Files’ series forced to shut down as US sanctions stifle alternative voices

The Trump administration’s sanctions on Venezuela have not just weakened the country’s economy but have deprived millions of viewpoints questioning the US policies, as Abby Martin’s show on TeleSUR shut down citing financial woes. “From inside history’s biggest empire…recording a world shaped by war & inequality” – The Empire Files’ (TEF) airs on TeleSUR, a latin-American TV network that derives ...

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Twitter CEO admits platform is left leaning after complaints tech giant gags conservative voices

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey admitted this that the social media powerhouse is “left-leaning” – but he stressed that the company operates without bias after complaints from conservatives that right-wing accounts are being silenced. Dorsey, appearing on CNN on Saturday, threw out suggestions made by US president Donald Trump that the social media company acts with bias to ban users. Twitter ...

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Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious ‘abusive speech’ complaints

Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China. Conservative newspaper Washington Examiner’s Byron York was reported for posting an apparently innocuous link to his own August 9 story, which exposed the lobbying work Steele, ...

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Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills, courtesy of Amazon Polly

Now Alexa’s voice apps don’t have to sound like Alexa. Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character with the launch of eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of the Amazon Polly service. The voices are only available in U.S. English, and include a mix of both male and female, ...

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Apple voices opposition to Clean Power Plan repeal

The Clean Power Plan is shaping up to be the latest Obama-era legislation on the Trump administration chopping block. In fact, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has been quite open in his intentions to kill the plan focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Apple is among the first — but likely not the last — of companies to voice ...

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Twitter ‘shadow bans’ undesirable voices, censors free speech – Project Veritas exec to RT

Undercover footage of Twitter staff appearing to admit to silencing conservatives shows the social media platform is not the open public forum it presents itself to be, Project Veritas executive director Russell Verney tells RT. “We’re giving away an awful lot to these companies, but when they come out and publicly say they want to be the public forum for ...

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Alexa developers can now use notifications, soon personalize apps based on users’ voices

Amazon says it will allow Alexa skill developers to alert customers using notifications starting today, and soon, it will allow them to recognize users’ individual voices as part of their skill-building process. These changes, along with other developer enhancements, are being announced this morning at Amazon’s re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, where the company delved into the science behind its ...

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'Conservative voices are a besieged minority being silenced' TV host blasts leftie attacks

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria described “conservative voices” as a “besieged minority”, slamming apparent liberals for trying to silence their political views. Dozens of students staged a walk-out when US Vice-President Mike Pence addressed a ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in South Ben, Indiana. A student activist group, We Stand For, said the protest was against his policies which, they ...

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