BREAKING: Edward Snowden’s Autobiography Censored in China

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Andrew Zirkle|@theandrewzirkle

Edward Snowden is blowing the whistle once again. This time, however, it’s on his own book, Permanent Record.  

On late Monday night, Snowden blew the lid on an attempt to censor the simplified Chinese version of his new autobiography. The book shines a light onto the life of Snowden, who was responsible for exposing NSA and CIA mass surveillance programs back in 2013. 

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Tulsi Gabbard Fights Back Against Big Tech

Atilla Sulker | @AtillaSulker

Recently, Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard went on Tucker Carlson, defending her decision to sue Google for allegedly suspending her campaign ads. According to Gabbard, this move on behalf of Google constitutes “election interference.” Gabbard further went on to say that her lawsuit would underscore the extensive power of Big Tech, and shed light on its violation of free speech. Gabbard’s gripes are very reminiscent of the feelings many conservatives also have towards Big Tech.

Day by day, Big Tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been shutting down the accounts of various figures they deem “controversial”; among these are Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Like Gabbard, many conservatives proclaim that this is an infringement on the right to free speech and liken big tech companies onto monopolies. Thus, they assert that the solution is for the government to punish these companies.

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Dave Portnoy Busts Whiny Labor Unions With Tweets

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James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

Barstool Sports, the go-to media outlet of the Proud Boys, your local jock, and everyone in-between, has gotten itself into trouble, again. This time, it’s over America’s best-known group of swindlers; that’s right, labor unions. CEO and founder Dave Portnoy caused a moral “outrage” on social media by saying that workers of Barstool Sports would be fired “on the spot” if they engaged in any discussion of unionization. Shortly afterward, Portnoy’s replies were full of angry social justice warriors hysterically shrieking over a tongue-in-cheek joke that they simply blew out of proportion.

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Social Media Sites Don’t Have a Monopoly on Free Speech

Atilla Sulker | @AtillaSulker

Individuals from all corners of the political spectrum have been rilled up by the recent bannings of various figures from social media platforms including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Some have praised these bans for providing good restrictions on what they deem “fake news” or “hate speech”. Others have attacked these bans for being influenced by nefarious motives that are contra free speech. The debate regarding the extent to which social media sites may regulate speech has been going on for years now. Perhaps it is time for a reassessment.

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Social Media Censorship: Platform or Publisher?

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Mike Ottavio | @MadMikePolitics

Times change but our rights do not.  This sentiment, repeated mostly by conservatives and libertarians, aims to show that no matter what changes in our society, our rights should always stay the same.  This is a good mindset for any freedom loving individual. But what happens when society changes so much that the way we enforce these rights change? No, we aren’t talking about guns. We are talking about the mother of all rights, freedom of speech. More specifically, we are talking about how it is threatened on social media.

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