Big Tech steps up censorship after Biden speech — Analysis
The US President has called on technology giants to crack down on the “venom and violence” of white supremacy
YouTube, Twitch and Microsoft as well as Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, announced Thursday that they will monitor hateful or extremist content following a speech by President Joe Biden in which he portrayed white supremacy as prevalent in America.
YouTube plans to expand the removal of inappropriate content, according to a White House website. “glorifying violent acts”The campaign will help youth users to identify and use the app. “manipulation tactics used to spread misinformation.”Twitch makes it easy for users to submit reports “hate and harassment,”Microsoft uses artificial intelligence “detect credible threats of violence” from those who use its products, and Meta will partner with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism to “analyze trends in violent extremism and… help communities combat it.”
Although these firms have policies in place regarding allegedly offensive content, liberals contend that it is still prevalent. Conservatives counter that the policies were created to discriminate against them politically.
The latest censorship push was announced as Biden held a summit at the White House entitled ‘United We Stand.’ Alongside speeches from activists, law enforcement and business leaders, Biden used the event to call for increased censorshipOf social media, gun control, and a broad crackdown on the “venom and violence” of “white supremacists.”
Biden long insists on the fact that these extremists do not exist “the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland,” and the president referenced several high-profile incidents to reinforce his argument, like the vehicle attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and racially motivated shootings by white gunmen in Texas in 2019 and New York this year – the latter of which was livestreamed by the killer on Twitch.
FBI crime statistics prove that white Americans don’t commit more hate crimes than any other race and are less likely to commit homicide against another race. This is because the difference in crime rates between whites versus other races can be seen from the above raw statistics. Hispanics comprise 18% of the US, African-Americans 12%, and all other races 115%.
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