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The Key Points of Trump’s Executive Order on Social Media Censorship

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today aimed at addressing social media censorship. Breitbart News has broken down the order into its key components, which include defining social media as the “modern public square,” and potentially changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the crucial legal protection enjoyed exclusively by the Big Tech Masters of the Universe.

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Who Is Big Tech’s ‘Arbiter of Truth’? More than Ever, It’s a Corrupt, Orwellian Wikipedia

Even as the criticism of Wikipedia’s left-wing political bias intensifies, including from the site’s co-founder Larry Sanger, the major tech platforms continue to use the online encyclopedia in their services and rely on it as a model for addressing “fake news” concerns. Rather than improving their services, the integration of Wikipedia into Big Tech platforms has, instead, made them disseminate false or biased information.

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YouTube Blames ‘Error’ for Censoring Anti-China Phrases

YouTube has said it is “looking into” an alleged “error” in its system after it censored the term “Wumao,” a common description for online propagandists for the Chinese Communist Party. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) sent a letter to Google asking the company to explain its censorship after tech pioneer Palmer Luckey pointed it out on social media.

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Apple and Google Release Chinese Virus Contact Tracing Tech

Tech giants Apple and Google have reportedly released the technology to automatically notify people if they have been exposed to individuals that have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. The technology was produced by the two tech giants to allow iPhones and Android smartphones to communicate.

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Report: Google Lands Huge Contract with Department of Defense

Axios reports that Google, the tech giant known for the sharp anti-Trump bias of its executives and founders and its self-admitted “shift toward censorship” in the wake of Trump’s election, has landed a massive contract to build cloud technology for the Department of Defense.

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China-Owned TikTok Names Disney Exec as CEO

TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform that has reached massive popularity with American teens, has poached from the upper ranks of the Walt Disney Company to find its new CEO.

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Vice Media CEO Attacks Big Tech’s ‘Chokehold’ on Journalism

Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc attacked the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe in a memo to all employees sent as the company lays off 155 staffers. Dubuc’s memo says that Big Tech’s “squeeze” is becoming a “Chokehold” on the new business, as platforms are “not just taking a larger slice of the pie, but almost the whole pie.”

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WSJ: DOJ, State Attorneys General Likely to Hit Google with Antitrust Lawsuits

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, officials at the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are focused on Google’s ad business and how it has used its search monopoly. According to the WSJ, the DOJ is planning to bring a case as early as this summer, while state AGs are likely to file a case in the fall.

In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, photo, a woman carries a fire extinguisher past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Internet traffic hijacking disrupted several Google services Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, including search and cloud-hosting services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Republican Set to Lobby for Big Tech’s Right to Censor Conservatives

Bradley Smith, a law professor and former Republican Federal Election Commissioner, is set to serve on the board of a new advocacy group aimed at defending Big Tech companies from regulation. Smith previously ran the “Institute for Free Speech,” which similarly opposed the regulation of Silicon Valley giants

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Google Cancels ‘Smart Town’ Plan Criticized as ‘Data Surveillance Test Bed’

Google-affiliated company Sidewalk Labs has reportedly abandoned its plan to build a high-tech “smart town” on Toronto’s waterfront due to “unprecedented economic uncertainty.” The project had already faced controversy around the tech giant’s data collection plans, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association called it a “data surveillance test bed.”

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