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Federal Judge Rules Against LGBT YouTuber Content Creators In 'Censorship' Lawsuit

Federal Judge Rules Against LGBT YouTuber Content Creators In ‘Censorship’ Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender YouTube content creators who said the company violated their First Amendment rights by “censoring” their clips.

In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Virginia DeMarchi in San Jose ruled that Google and YouTube are “private entities,” as opposed to government officials, and therefore are not bound by the First Amendment’s prohibition against restricting speech. “Plaintiffs do not state a claim … for violation of the First Amendment because defendants are not state actors,” – Judge Virginia DeMarchi

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The lawsuit brought by the  Divino Group — which distributes GNews! via YouTube — and other LGBT content creators. claimed that YouTube “censored” them by preventing ads from running in some of their videos, placing age restrictions on clips, and tagging other clips with a “restricted mode” aka “mature” audiences designation.

Judge DeMarchi dismissed the claim that Google violated the users’ free speech rights with prejudice — meaning that Divino and the others can’t redraft their complaint and bring that claim again citing a ruling that a federal appellate court sided with Google last year, in a similar lawsuit brought by the anti-LGBT Prager University.

TWITTER Explains Why It Won’t Ban Donald Trump: “It would hide important information from people.”

Via Twitter’s corporate blog:

There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.

Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.

Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.

We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.

We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.

Facebook Denies Demands of Anti-LGBT “Christians” Requests For a Cross Emoji

 

Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out a special rainbow flag reaction emoji, allowing users to honor the LGBT community when responding to friends’ photos, statuses and other posts.  Facebook officials said they created the reaction in an effort to “celebrate love and diversity” while reaffirming the company’s stance as “a platform that supports all communities.” 

The move did not sit well with some extremist right-wing “Christians”

On June 24, Facebook user Hikmat Hanna posted an image asking the social network to create a cross reaction emoji. The next day, Hanna’s post was shared by Arizona-based anti-LGBT evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, who shared the image with his more than two million bigoted Facebook followers. 

Feuerstein’s post had racked up more than 19,000 likes, and had been shared more than 9,000 times. “You can’t cheat nature. God cannot create people of the same sex to ever fall in love with one another,” one person commented. “He can’t.” Added another: “People took a symbol like the rainbow which means beauty and a non-destructive action and turned it into a destructive sinful symbol.” 

Despite the many requests from Feuerstein and his lemmings followers Facebook won’t give in. “This reaction is not actually available on Facebook, and is not something we’re working on.” 

Feuerstein’s anti-gay  alt-right conservative views are well-known. In 2015, he unsuccessfully tried to order a cake that read, “We do not support gay marriage,” from a Florida bakery. Later that year, he made headlines when he recorded a video blasting Starbucks for using minimalist red cups without any direct reference to Christmas during the holiday season. 

Feuerstein also uploaded a video onto the video-sharing website Vimeo.com in which he is shown saying, “I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life.” [sic] The original video was taken down on November 30, 2015 in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting but it was saved and reposted onto YouTube by many of his followers.

Source: HuffPo

House Democrats Introduce “The COVFEFE Act” (REALLY!)

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement or “COVFEFE” Act.

This bill codifies vital guidance from the National Archives by amending the Presidential Records Act to include the term “social media” as a documentary material, ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency.

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” said Rep. Quigley. “President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented.

If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

In 2014, the National Archives released guidance stating its belief that social media merits historical recording. President Trump’s unprecedented use of Twitter calls particular attention to this concern.

When referencing the use of social media, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said, “The president is president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

President Trump’s tweets frequently make national news and are a topic of everyday conversation, including deciphering the meaning behind his tweet using the previously unheard of term, “covfefe.”

While his personal account has become the de facto account for government business, it is unclear as to whether or not it would be archived in the same manner as the official @POTUS account under the Presidential Records Act.

Another concern relates to President Trump’s frequent deletion of tweets. Including social media in the Presidential Records Act ensures that deleted tweets are documented for archival purposes, and makes deleting tweets a violation of the Presidential Records Act, subject to disciplinary action. – Vis Press Release

 

 

Man Accused Of Making PULSE Style Massacre Threats Against Gay Community To Be Arraigned Today On Federal Terrorist Charges

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Craig Jungwirth who made social  media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community over Labor Day weekend in South Florida was arrested Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports:

On Wednesday, FBI agents identified the address of Jungwirth’s mother, and found Craig Jungwirth walking on the street in the area of Citrus Chase Drive in the Bay Hill area. FBI and Orlando Police detectives talked to Jungwirth, who refused to read the printed Facebook statements, and denied making the threats. He would not speak further, and referred detectives to his lawyer.

The FBI subpoenaed Facebook, which identified Jungwirth as the user of the Facebook account that posted the threats, and traced the internet account with Brighthouse Networks to Jungwirth’s address. Jungwirth was arrested Saturday. The FBI has charged him with one count of “threatening communications.”

He is in federal custody at the Seminole County Jail and is expected to have his initial appearance before a judge on Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Orlando. Numerous law agencies are continuing to work the case, including FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Miami and Tampa, along with the Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Sources tell Back2Stonewall that Jungwirth is very well known in the Wilton Manors community and that he is a constant nuisance and trouble maker

Jungwirth faces up to five years in federal prison.

 

Craig Jungwirth Threat Tweets

Facebook Being Sued for $1 Billion for Alleged Use of Medium as Platform for Terrorism

Facebook sued over terrorism

 

Israeli lawyers have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging it allowed the Palestinian militant Hamas group to use the platform to plot attacks that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network platform and communication services,” making it liable for the violence against the five Americans, according to the lawsuit sent to Bloomberg by the office of the Israeli lawyer on the case, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.

The suit was submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 10. Plaintiffs include the families of Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old abducted and murdered in June 2014 after hitching a ride in the West Bank, and 3-year-old Chaya Braun, whose stroller was struck intentionally by a Palestinian driver in October 2014 at a train station in Jerusalem.

The lawsuit alleges that Hamas used Facebook to share operational and tactical information with members and followers, posting notices of upcoming demonstrations, road closures, Israeli military actions and instructions to operatives to carry out the attacks.

Facebook in March took down a page promoting a new Palestinian uprising against Israel because it made “direct calls for violence,” in violation of company polices.

Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas leader, said by phone that “suing Facebook clearly shows the American policy of fighting freedom of the press and expression” and is evidence of U.S. prejudice against the group and “its just cause.”

Source: Bloomberg.com

Gay and Anti-Semitic Groups To Sue Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube For Allowing Hate Speech

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Three French civil rights organizations The Jewish Students’ Union (UEJF), the anti-racist SOS Racism campaign and SOS Homophobie, have said they plan to take legal action against Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for failing to monitor and remove messages of hate on their social media websites.

The  organizations accuse the three social media giants of taking more action against nudity than they do about hate messages posted to their platforms.

“These platforms seem more shocked by bits of naked breasts, which are promptly censored, than by incitements to hatred towards people or groups of people,” said SOS Racisme president Dominique Sopo.

In an independent study published  586 items which were “racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or condoned terrorism or crimes against humanity” posted between March 31 to May 10th.  Of the nearly 600 hate messages, “only four percent were taken down from Twitter, seven percent from YouTube and 34 percent from Facebook”.

While Facebook ranked the best of the three, taking down 53 our of 156 messages, the three organization’s said in reality it “manifests a rigorous application of its rules on pornography”, but does not do the same for hate speech.

Evil Arabic Hashtag #اقترح_طريقة_لقتل_الشواذ‎ On Twitter Filled With Ideas On “How To Kill A Faggot”

A horrific hashtag has begun spreading across Arabic-language social media: “#اقترح_طريقة_لقتل_الشواذ‎” which literally translates to “#suggest_a_way_to_kill_the_faggots.”

The hashtag appeared to have been born a gay wedding was posted online on January 25 with the hashtag “زواج_للشواذ_في_جدة#” which means “faggots’_wedding_ in_ Jeddah”:

There was mass outrage on Twitter in Saudi Arabia.  With some saying it was part of a  gay conspiracy against the country, which is the home of Islam’s holiest city, Mecca.

Twitter has been contacted but at the time of this posting has not responded.

Twitter Kill the Fag Mix

Source: Buzzfeed

 

TLC’s Anti-Gay Duggar Klan Issues “Married Couple” Kissing Challange

 

TLC Duggar Disgrace

 

Oh this is just too delicious for words:

“God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime. God loves marriage and it is supposed to be full of love, joy, fun and romance. Marriage is where romance belongs! Recently, Ben & Jessa received some criticism for posting a kissing picture. We are so grateful they waited to share their first kiss until after marriage. We’ve been married 30 years and are still in love! We had fun trying to duplicate Ben and Jessa’s happily married kissing picture. We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here.”

This was posted today on the Family Research Council connected Duggar Klan’s Facebook page.

So what you going do happily married gays and lesbians?

Whatcha gonna do?

 

UPDATE:

John Becker of The Bilerico Project knew what to do,  Anyone else?

 

John Becker

Anti-Gay Russian Group Offers Reward For Names of LGBT Teachers

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A rabidly anti-gay St. Petersburg  group is using the popular Russian social media site Vkontakte  offering a reward of the equivalent of $150 for to Russian citizens who  report “confirmed” information on LGBT schoolteachers. The group aims to expose them and have them fired by using Russia’s  “gay propaganda to minors law” with the help of local authorities.

Queer Russia reports:

A new St. Petersburg based antigay group emerged on a popular Russian social network Vkontakte has launched an on-line campaign offering an equivalent of $150 for reporting “confirmed” information on LGBT school teachers. The group aims to stop “gay propaganda to minors” in schools and dismiss gay teachers with the help of local authorities. The announcement published on the group’s page Vkontakte urges people to collect and send in any public information about LGBT teachers who are, “explicitly or implicitly”, open about their own sexual orientation on the internet and to their schoolchildren.

The group refuses to accept any rumors or slander and stresses that the information must be available in the open sources so that the group’s activity does not violate the Russian law on collecting personal data without a person’s consent. The announcement claims that such open information can be “threatening to psyche and mind of children who may be around such people”. The group claims to have connections with the Russian authorities in order to perform dismissals “without any bullying, homophobia or calls to violence”, but still enforcing the “gay propaganda to minors ban law”.

The group says that the names of six teachers were reported within the first 24 hours of their post.

And now the witch hunt, gay progroms have begun in earnest.   It is Germany circa 1934 all over again.   Not just about LGBT issues but about xenophobia and economic concentration amongst the party elites.

Did they learn nothing from the past?