Friday, January 08, 2021

#Walkaway campaign and allies banned by Facebook; FB bans a NYTimes article on vaccine priority viewed as hateful to elderly(?); More details on hotel quarantine and what it is like; Twitter on Trump


near where I lived in Dallas in 1980s

There is a lot of controversy today about Facebook’s banning the Walkaway campaign, and many people associated with it.  This included founder Brandon Straka and assistant Tracy Beanz.  There is relatively little about this in mainstream sources so far but Reclaimthenet has a story

Karlyn Borysenko and Tim Pool have detailed videos.

I recall Karlyn’s coverage of a Walkaway march in the fall in Dallas.  There was a minor scuffle with people claiming to be from Black Lives Matter.

Wikipedia explains the controversies about Walkaway, which may include the appearance of foreign support or inauthenticity (according to Facebook’s policies with its Purge 3.0 in the fall of 2018). 

Dr. Borysenko says she was banned from posting on Facebook for four days for linking to a New York Times article about prioritizing the vaccine which some people see as showing callousness toward the elderly (including me).  No, I don’t feel that way.  Vaccinating young grocery store workers before vaccinating me would indirectly protect me anyway.  So would vaccinating repair people who go into people’s homes and apartments to fix things (when you have to stay at home).

I reposted it on my own account and was greeted by an “add a donate button”.  No!  I am not the mouthpiece for other non-profits just for the sake of it.

Another point: Jessica Nemire has a story in HuffPost about what it is like to be quarantined in a city-supplied hotel in San Francisco. It’s not 100% clear, but apparently the author was allowed to take her laptop and some other stuff to the hotel and could get “work from home” done during strict quarantine. But I’d like to get more details. 

 Finally, Twitter explains its permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account today as a matter of implicit content (that is, likely intended meaning as would be understood by likely recipients as a signal for some specific act, likely to be destructive or illegal). 

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