Trump Attacks Google’s Bias, Reveals His Own

Yesterday, the president tweeted a video which alleges that Google’s decision to promote Barack Obama’s State of the Union speeches, while failing to do so with Trump’s, amounts to bias. #StopTheBias pic.twitter.com/xqz599iQZw — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018 But the president’s facts are as wrong as his rhetoric is abhorrent. Google did promote the president’s first and only State of the Union in 2018. It did not promote his 2017 address to the…

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The Anatomy of Individualist Belief

A declaration of absolutist belief often opens one up to the smart-aleck retorts of petty pedants who use narrow-minded sophistic jibes to try and warp the ground on which absolutists have built said beliefs. One such contention involves censorship. “I am in no case for censorship.” says the absolutist. “Well, are you for pornography being broadcast by network television on Saturday mornings?” replies the sophist, with a wicked twinkle in his eye. “No.” replies the…

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Social Media Shouldn’t Police the Content of Speech

Yesterday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his much-battered social media platform will institute new verification requirements for popular pages and for anyone wishing to run political advertisements. This comes on the back of public outrage over Facebook’s failure to shut down Russian bot accounts during the 2016 election and public ire following the revelation that user data was obtained and used, in some cases illegally, by advertising firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook is not culpable in…

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