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The President responds to Twitter—hold onto your hats  


Larry Sanger
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When some of the Hunter Biden videos and pics came out, posting "gtv.org" on Twitter would get you banned in less than 2 minutes. I'm curious if their purge is in preparation for some other information they believe is about to come out which they don't want seen. 

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@2z4 The swamp creatures are clearly terrified that Trump is going to take them all down with him. There's nothing more dangerous to them than Trump with declassification and pardon power.

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I pray he exposes them soon... time is not on our side.

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It feels ugly tonight.

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@davidnotanumber The whole weekend! Posted my thoughts (see below) on FB this morning.  Had one neighbor just about have a cow.  Trying to avoid having this affect our neighborhood family. 

WORDS 1/10/2021:  The problem is, we either have Freedom of Speech for ALL or we have it for NONE!  If you are sitting in your home appreciating your “Freedom of Speech” because you agree with the current narrative, and you find it satisfying, and maybe a little heartening, that a large portion of our population has been censored and shut down, I challenge you to write down HOW you are feeling and WHY you are feeling that way.  Take a snapshot of yourself right now.  This may give you some perspective of how we got to where we are going. 

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I hope Never-Trumpers will be heard on this forum, too.

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@tim I was one in 2016 Voted Constitution Party. Do Not like DT's personality. He accomplished some good.
Voted for him AGAINST socialism 2020. I believe ALL who broke into Capitol should be prosecuted.

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I despise Never Trumpers as much as the Marxists... they are one in the same!

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Larry Sanger
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@wolter61 Now, now. I guarantee that Tim (a good friend) is not a Marxist.

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@wolter61 pfui. Look closer.

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@tim I think the real question is if never-Trumpers are going to be willing to help build something that by its very nature would include Trump.

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@krazy3know some would, for sure.

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you may be heard but you won't be believed

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I hope we can all discuss the actual dissemination of real information, regardless of the cloudy optics and lenses that we have before us now. Decentralization is much more broad than the current ever-changing political landscape, and to assert that these issues are contingent with a particular movement or party is not in our best interests.  While current events may act as a catalyst, the objective equation remains yet to be solved. 

What you believe is yours to experience, there are real physical and digital infrastructures that can (and will) be improved. 

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I was as close to a “never trumpet” as you could get in 2016!  Didn’t like his language, the way he tweeted or much about him at all.  Actually I didn’t believe what he said.  He was like that boisterous guy in a bar that was a big talker.  BTW, I voted 3rd party in 2016.  But within a year of Trump’s presidency, I was believing that guy in the bar!  He actually was doing or trying to do what he had promised.  Nothing like most politicians!  So don’t compare never trumper’s with Marxist.

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@mutchler🙏🏻

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It is false to say that these are private companies and may censor people as they please. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, not only permits tech companies to censor constitutionally protected speech but immunizes them from liability if they do so. 

But the courts have held that shielding private parties from liability makes them government actors. Furthermore, Congress has threatened tech companies with punitive actions if they fail to censor conservative content. 

Either case qualifies them as government actors, and both together certainly do. 

It is “axiomatic,” the Supreme Court held in Norwood v. Harrison (1973), that the government “may not induce, encourage or promote private persons to accomplish what it is constitutionally forbidden to accomplish.” 

 

It is time to break up the big tech giants which monopolize their industry categories. And it is far past time to levy enormous fines for violating our constitutional rights.  

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@topcat1813 what was the reason that Ma Bell (AT&T) was broken up?  Could the government use (or should they use) the same reason to break up any technology company?

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@topcat1813 Yep. To say they are private companies etc is at this moment a smokescreen argument and a moot point.

Sadly, I don't expect our government or anti-trust organizations to do anything about this, and I'd almost go so far as to say they can't. I won't presume to be especially knowledgeable about this topic - certainly not - but I do get the gut feeling that our government and big tech are furthering this weird, inextricable relationship as the days go on. Seems elected officials are beholden to these companies; I don't know if that's because of campaign donations, big tech's ability to control the narrative, or...?

At what point does our government stop slapping these entities on the wrist with fines and start actually breaking them up? Just how egregious does, say, Twitter's behavior need to get before this happens?

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