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TWITTER DEVELOPERS BLOCKED To Prevent Sabotage After Leftist Employees Panic Over Purchase of Highly Censored Platform By Free Speech Advocate Elon Musk

Patty McMurray
Apr 26, 2022

Multiple sources report that Twitter employees who are furious about their new owner’s pledge to restore free speech on one of the world’s largest social media platforms are lashing out in anger and frustration.

Andy Ngo reports that he’s hearing from sources that Twitter employees on internal chats are saying their biggest fear is that the account for President Donald J. Trump will be restored. According to Ngo, many of the employees are expressing hatred for Elon Musk and that they’re sick of hearing about “free speech,” and are “concerned about their mental health.”

Conservative lawyer Mike Cernovich suggests that Twitter employees are shredding documents like Enron.

Disclose TV shared a report from Bloomberg that Twitter’s source code is locked to make it harder for employees to make unauthorized changes to the platform.

Andy Ngo tweeted about sources who told him that Twitter has locked down the ability of its employees to make changes to the platform after Musk sealed the $44 billion deal to purchase the highly censored platform yesterday.

Its “absolutely insane” @ Twitter right now in the virtual valves of private slack rooms & employee group texts, according to an internal source. Their take/breakdown just now: “I feel like I’m going to throw up..I rly don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk.”

The source at Twitter continued, “I don’t rly know what I’m supposed to do…oh my god, my phone’s been blowing up…We have a meeting about it at 5 pm…the CEO is going to address everyone about it” (it=elon) “I hate him, why does he even want this?” they asked…

The employee continued re Elon: 3/“ I feel like he’s this petulant little boy and that he’s doing this to troll…he doesn’t know anything about our policies and what we do…his statement about our algo was fucking insane… “Were just gonna let everyone run amok?…nobody knows.”

Smith deleted his 4th tweet, but fortunately, Sean Davis, the CEO and co-founder of the Federalist was able to capture a screenshot of his post that exposed a Twitter employee who told him that a part of his job is to monitor “toxicity and health trends” on Twitter (conservative speech and any news or information related to alternative treatments for COVID?). The Twitter employee goes on to say he doesn’t know how Musk’s free speech approach to the social media platform will “affect my job.”

The Daily Mail is reporting that Twitter has blocked its developers from making changes to the app to prevent it from being sabotaged by left-wing staff angry at Elon Musk’s $44billion takeover – amid an outbreak of hysteria among liberal social media personalities who are threatening to quit the social media giant.

The Tesla founder said he wanted to re-establish the principle of free speech on the platform and has joined criticism of its moderation policies which are accused of disproportionately targeting conservative voices, but his critics claim he will allow ‘hate to flourish.’

Twitter has now banned any product updates that are not ‘business-critical,’ with the company’s vice-president required to give approval for any to go ahead. The move aims to prevent angry staff from ‘going rogue,’ a source told Bloomberg, and comes after employees dismissed Musk as ‘dangerous to democracy.’

Here’s a video of Twitter employees in Brazil mocking the purchase yesterday.

Do you think it’s appropriate for Elon Musk to lock down the source codes and prevent hostile employees from sabotaging his newly acquired social media platform?

Robert Reich: Former Trilateral Commission Member Goes Full Anti-Free Speech

Legal icon Jonathan Turley takes Robert Reich to task on his anti-free speech screed. Reich is a prominent, former member of the Trilateral Commission. An academic, he has floated in and out of government for 45 years and was named by Time magazine as one of the “Ten Best Cabinet Members” of the century in 2008. — Technocracy News & Trends Editor Patrick Wood

By: Jonathan Turley

We recently discussed the gathering of Democratic politicians and media figures at the University of Chicago to discuss how to better shape news, combat “disinformation,” and reeducate those with conservative views. The political and media elite shared ideas on how to expand censorship and control what people read or viewed in the news. The same figures are now alarmed that Elon Musk could gain greater influence over Twitter and, perish the thought, restore free speech protections to the site. The latest is former labor secretary under President Clinton, Robert Reich, who wrote a perfectly Orwellian column in the Guardian titled “Elon Musk’s vision for the internet is dangerous nonsense.” However, the column offers an insight into the anti-free speech mentality that has taken hold of the Democratic party and the mainstream media.

Musk is an advocate for free speech on the Internet. Like some of us, he is an Internet originalist. That makes him an existential threat for those who have long used “disinformation” as an excuse to silence dissenting views in the media and on social media.

Twitter has gone from denial of seeking to shape speech on the Internet to embracing that function. After the old Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was criticized for his massive censorship efforts, Twitter replaced him with CEO Parag Agrawal who has expressed chilling anti-free speech sentiments. In an interview with Technology Review editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield, he was asked how Twitter would balance its efforts to combat misinformation with wanting to “protect free speech as a core value” and to respect the First Amendment.  Agrawal responded;

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation. The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.

One of the changes today that we see is speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard. The scarce commodity today is attention. There’s a lot of content out there. A lot of tweets out there, not all of it gets attention, some subset of it gets attention.”

He added that Twitter would be “moving towards how we recommend content and … how we direct people’s attention is leading to a healthy public conversation that is most participatory.”

Reich lays that agenda bare in his column while condemning free speech advocates as petty tyrants oppressing people through freedom.

Reich explains that it is not about freedom but tyranny. More free speech means less freedom. It is the type of argument commonly used in China and other authoritarian nations–and an increasing number of American academics and writers. Indeed, his column is reminiscent of the professors who have called for the adoption of the Chinese model for censoring views on the Internet.

In an article published in The Atlantic by Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Arizona law professor Andrew Keane Woods called for Chinese-style censorship of the internet, stating that “in the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong.”

Reich tells people not to be lured by freedom of speech: “Musk says he wants to ‘free’ the internet. But what he really aims to do is make it even less accountable than it is now.” What Reich refers to as “accountability” is being accountable to those like himself who can filter out views and writings that are deemed harmful for readers.

Reich then goes full Orwellian:

“Musk advocates free speech but in reality it’s just about power. Power compelled Musk to buy $2.64bn of Twitter stock, making him the largest individual shareholder.”

Reich insists that censorship of views like former President Donald Trump are “necessary to protect American democracy.” Get it? Less freedom is more freedom.

Read full story here…

Free Speech Warning Sign Displayed on Indiana Campus

By Amanda Mayer
April 7th, 2022

A free speech warning sign has been photographed, reportedly on display on campus at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

The sign warns students reading “ATTENTION FREE SPEECH BEING EXERCISED AHEAD[.] Topics could be upsetting to some.”

A free speech warning sign has been photographed on display, reportedly on Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

The sign warns students reading “ATTENTION FREE SPEECH BEING EXERCISED AHEAD[.] Topics could be upsetting to some.”

The sign also informs students of options to combat: “engage in a civil manner, decline respectfully and continue on, [or] alter your route now.”

The photo was shared by the Twitter account @libsoftiktok.

Spotted at @IUPUI. What a joke pic.twitter.com/h8V9QS49qH

— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 24, 2022

[RELATED: VIDEO: Professor tells Yale Law students to ‘grow up’ as they disrupt free speech event]

According to the University’s Equity and Inclusion Division, “Indiana University encourages discussion from a variety of different perspectives and viewpoints on all of its campuses… IU will protect, as far as possible, the physical safety of invited speakers, their supporters and protestors without regard to their views or the identity of their sponsors.”

[RELATED: These two states are taking bold action to protect free speech on college campuses]

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has issued Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Yellow light rating for its restrictions on student speech.

“Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application” explains FIRE.

The Indiana legislature recently banned free-speech zones on college campuses. The new law explicitly states “that a state educational institution may not: (1) designate an outdoor area on campus as an area where protected expressive activities are prohibited” and “ Allows a court to award injunctive relief, compensatory damages, reasonable court costs, and attorney’s fees to an aggrieved student or student organization if the court finds that a violation occurred.”

The legislation also “allows a court to award compensatory damages up to $50,000” for student and student organizations who believe their right to free speech has been violated on campus.

[RELATED:SURVEY: Students’ confidence in free speech rights, support for safe spaces plummet]

Campus Reform recently reported a similar sign photographed on Colorado State University’s campus. The sign promoted resources for students who have been “affected by a free speech event on campus.”

“If you (or someone you know) are affected by a free speech event on campus, here are some resources,” the sign read.

A growing majority of college students fear that campus policies stifle free speech. Campus Reform reported the Knight Foundation’s recent “College Student Views on Free Expression and Campus Speech” report which revealed that only 47% of students feel their free speech rights are “secure,” while 65%” believe that their campus stifles free expression”, according to the report.

University officials did not respond to Campus Reform’s requests for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

Follow the author on Twitter @amandamayrr

Source: Campus Reform

Colorado State Offers Counseling To Help Students Cope With The Horrors of Free Speech

Amber Crawford 
Jan 31, 2022

Colorado State University (CSU) has placed signs around campus that list resources for students to seek help if they have been triggered by free speech.

These signs read, “If you (or someone you know) are affected by a free speech event on campus, here are some resources…” The sign then lists 17 departments/resources that both the students and faculty can contact if they have been triggered by free speech on CSU’s campus.

This type of initiative encourages college students to act like it is harmful to them to hear someone disagreeing with their political views. CSU is validating the self-victimization of young adults, and encouraging students to fear free speech and think of it as dangerous. Instead of preparing its students for the real world, the university is teaching its students that different opinions are negative things and instead of being intelligent confronted and/or dealt with, they should instead seek counseling.

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This image was initially posted to Instagram by Turning Point USA’s local chapter. The conservative student organization accused the school of intolerance with the caption, “And we haven’t even had an event yet gotta love the intolerance of @coloradostateuniversity”

Back in October, CSU sent out an email threatening to arrest the unvaccinated students if they are caught on school property without first submitting proof of vaccination or being approved for a vaccine exemption.

Offended By What Someone Said? Now You Can Report Them To Law Enforcement

Soon free speech will be a thing of the past in paranoid America. DIGIT Lab’s “Hate Incident Reporting” app promises to turn complete strangers into secret, hate speech/bias spies. Watch what you say, because the person sitting next to you could be reporting you to law enforcement.

Gone are the days when Americans were unafraid to voice their opinions or make snide comments in public. Because DIGIT Labs will turn smartphones into bias reporting devices.

According to a PHYS.org article, DIGIT LAB’s new app allows strangers to report someone for exercising their First Amendment rights.

The first of its kind, the app accepts reports beyond crimes captured in police records. Users from around the country can document all incident types, from derogatory epithets written in bathrooms to slurs yelled from a car window in addition to violent assaults.

This app will make swearing at a fellow motorist or flipping someone off: hate speech.

Where in our Constitution does it say that it is acceptable to report someone who has not committed a crime?

Since 9/11, Homeland Security has tried to turn the entire country into homegrown spies with their “See Something, Say Something” campaign that essentially does the same thing as DIGIT LAB’s Hate Reporting app. If someone sees something or sees someone acting suspiciously, they are encouraged to report it to law enforcement.

But the University of Utah’s Hate Incident Reporting app promises to create a Federal free speech blacklist.

“The major problem we’re dealing with is that hate crimes are so underreported, not only to police, but from police to the federal government,” said Emily Nicolosi, researcher, and Richard Medina, professor of geography. (Nicolosi helped develop the app.)

Creating a national blacklist of people who use derogatory epithets and slurs will turn this country into a mirror image of China.

“We’d like to see it used nationally to get better hate incident statistics, and to understand why, how, and where people are active in hateful incidents, and how that offends or hurts people,” said Medina.

Although the PHYS article claims that all reporting is confidential and anonymous, the amount of detailed information a person is asked to provide would make it easy for law enforcement to identify someone.

The “Hate Incident Reporting” app asks users to submit their location a photo or video of the so-called bias incident. It also asks them to classify it “out of multiple types of bias: religion, disability, gender, identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other.”

Handing pictures, videos and detailed descriptions of someone or something that offended them, will turn law enforcement into speech police.

Image credit: Banksy

12yo Girl Owns Cop for Threatening to Arrest Her for Her Journalism

Originally Published February 23rd, 2019
by Matt Agorist via Free Thought Project

Patagonia, AZ — If you have been to the Free Thought Project before, chances are you’ve seen one of the countless videos we’ve covered showing police officers threaten to arrest people for practicing their First Amendment right to film in public. However, the following video is unlike any we have ever seen, as the person flexing their rights is a 12-year-old girl, who runs her own news company out of Arizona.

Hilde Kate Lysiak is a reporter/publisher of the website Orange Street News—which she founded. Since she was in the single digits of age, this little journalist has been an inspiration to those who value dedication to the free press becoming world famous for being the first to report on a grisly murder in her town—at age 9.

Because Lysiak has been in the business for so long, even though she is only 12, she knows the ropes when it comes to filming in public. So, when she was approached and threatened with arrest for filming, she was undeterred.

On Monday, Lysiak was investigating a tip for a story in Patagonia when she was threatened with arrest.

We’ll let Lysiak describe the rest:

The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by Patagonia Marshal Joseph Patterson and asked for identification.

The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.

Despite providing this information to the officer, Patterson continued to press the girl.

“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” said Patterson. “I’m going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey. “

According to Lysiak, Patterson had passed several other people on the street and didn’t stop any of them. He appeared to be targeting the girl specifically because of what she was doing—reporting.

“I can have you arrested, do you understand?” the Marshal said.

When Lysiak asked the officer what charges she would be arrested on, he replied, for “disobeying my command.” He then quickly changed his tone and said it was for riding on the wrong side of the road.

“I’m worried about your safety, the area you were in we were dealing with a mountain lion,” said Patterson after threatening to have this little girl thrown in a cage for daring to practice her First Amendment rights.

After briefly pretending to care about her safety, Patterson once again resorted back to threatening Lysiak.

“If you paste my face on the internet it’s against the law so I’m not giving you permission to use my picture or my face on the internet, do you understand all that?” Patterson said.

Ah, but this officer clearly hasn’t studied the law at all as multiple courts at all levels—state and federal—including the Supreme Court, have ruled that citizens can film cops in public.

As TFTP has reported, it has been clearly established that all Americans have the right to record the police. For an officer of the law to remain willingly ignorant of this precedent is at best, dereliction of duty, and at worst, unlawful deprivation of rights. Either way, this cop was in the wrong.

As the ACLU points out,

Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right—and that includes transportation facilities, the outside of federal buildings, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.

Unfortunately, law enforcement officers have been known to ask people to stop taking photographs of public places. Those who fail to comply have sometimes been harassed, detained, and arrested. Other people have ended up in FBI databases for taking innocuous photographs of public places.

The right of citizens to record the police is a critical check and balance. It creates an independent record of what took place in a particular incident, one that is free from accusations of bias, lying, or faulty memory. It is no accident that some of the most high-profile cases of police misconduct have involved video and audio records.

When police refuse to have their public service documented and this refusal morphs into kidnapping and threatening children, something has gone seriously wrong. No one should ever face persecution for their first amendment rights—especially in the land of the free—and especially a child.

Because this officer was clearly ignorant of the law, these precedents did not matter and this ignorance was a threat to Lysiak who was told that if she posted the video, she’d be thrown in a cage.

However, Lysiak showed no fear, and after the incident, she published the video on her YouTube channel where it has gotten over 58,000 views. She also covered the story on her website.

Lysiak could’ve simply listened to Patterson and cowered away. However, she chose to assert her rights instead. Because she did so, Patterson’s department is taking disciplinary actions against him.

After receiving so many complaints about this officer, the town of Patagonia posted the following statement on the front page of their website, noting they took action.

“The matter has been carefully reviewed and we have taken action we believe to be appropriate for the situation,” the statement said. “We do not publicly disclose personnel actions including discipline and will have no further comment on this matter.”

In a society where obedience to authoritarians is the norm and peaceful rights-flexing disobedience is the exception, TFTP would like to personally thank Hilde Kate Lysiak for her courage in the face of tyranny. Bravo.