Sunday, February 02, 2020

Twitter suspends Zero Hedge over "deceptive" practices with regard to coronavirus; facts are confusing; Facebook prods speakers to raise money for non-profits

There is some confusion as to Twitter’s suspension of Zero Hedge, an edgy website, for posting information related to a conspiracy theory for coronavirus and supposedly doxing a Chinese scientist.  But others stay that the PII of the scientist was publicly posted already. 

The Verge (Jay Peters)  explained the incident as a violation of Twitter’s spam or platform manipulation policy. 
However Tim Pool, in a video, notes that apparently one of the ZeroH articles had an implied threat.  It is true that Twitter will suspend an account that it believes has published threats or broken laws on other sites; this was noticed in some purges in late 2018 in conjunction with the Facebook Purge 3.0.
Recently, I posted an informative medical story on Facebook about the coronavirus epidemic (link to a reputable news source) and I still got the “add a donate button” again.  Facebook seems to want you to act in your own social network rather than just “publish” things, and remember in Sept. 2018 that they said they could not promote my Page unless I had third party sellers on my page doing real commerce.
There is also one tweet  about a proposal in Canada to require website holders to have licenses.  I haven’t confirmed it yet. 

"Economic Invincibility" has an important video where he explains why YouTube has been demonetizing amateur videos who talk about issues and politics.  I get the feeling that tech platforms want to see business and commerce, but not political talk from people who want to do their own activism and take it away from established non-profits. 
Update: Feb. 4

Hoeg Law also explains Twitter's suspension of Planter's accounts under "Baby Nut" for causing illegitimate spam to be generated during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 

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