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More Proof: The Bill of Rights Has Given Way To “Terms of Service”

Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:56
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By Hans Bobberman

This morning, published a news report about Harvey Weinstein’s whistleblower Rose McGowan being suspended by Twitter for “speaking out” about sexual misconduct.

This revelation in the Weinstein saga has implications on so many different levels, not just the victim intimidation aspect. 

It’s likely that Twitter was alerted to McGowan’s tweets by receiving numerous complaints from Weinstein sympathizers and supporters, and they had to respond to “the community” by silencing her Twitter account.

Just think about the digital world we now live in.   Each of us has —- what we thought was — unfettered access to share our thoughts and opinions on free services like Facebook and Twitter.  We Americans have always believed that we have freedom to speak and express our opinions (so long as we do not physically harm or threaten someone). 

Throughout our history, the Bill of Rights has protected those freedoms.  It’s always been the law, and we’ve trusted that our Government would enforce those laws particularly mandated by the Constitution.

Let’s face it,  “free” services offered by Twitter, Facebook, etc. require us to check a box when we setup our account which requires us to surrender our freedoms to their terms and conditions of the service their Corporation provides.

Simply put,  we have freedom to express ourselves, so long as we continuously meet the terms and conditions set forth in their Corporate legal disclaimer.  We literally give them permission to violate our freedom of speech and expression, and we surrender our rights at the moment we check that box that says, “I AGREE”.

The implications of checking the box doesn’t fully manifest itself until someone like Rose McGowan receives a notification from Twitter that she “violated Twitter’s terms of use”.   All the work she did to connect with her social network is cut off.  She can no longer share her genuine thoughts with her contacts — people who voluntarily subscribed to read them.  Her assumption that she possessed the freedom to speak out with her opinions and thoughts are secondary to the contract she was forced into when she agreed with the legal terms of using Twitter’s free service.

Americans literally voluntarily surrender their rights to free speech in exchange for free corporate services, and our social networks have become so valuable to us that when incidents like Rose McGowan’s arise, it has a chilling effect on everyone else’s speech.

Just think, when we see someone else lose their Facebook or Twitter account because they spoke out, doesn’t it cause the rest of us to hold back?

Censorship has a chilling effect on free speech.  Rose McGowan has been cut off from expressing her thoughts, but most alarming is the warning Corporations send out to the rest of us.  The unspoken truth that Twitter is communicating is: “…Speak out, but only on our terms…. and don’t complain about free speech, because we (Twitter) are justified in terminating or suspending your account because you agreed to let us.”

Leftist, Harvey Weinstein trolls —- the Clinton Campaign Camp — exploit this truth by attacking Twitter relentlessly with complaints.  The primary victims are the rest of us.

Free Speech Chilled

Read the news article below or click this link to see the original post:

Rose McGowan’s Twitter account suspended: ‘There are powerful forces at work’

Oct. 12 (UPI) — Rose McGowan was informed Wednesday that her Twitter account has been suspended as the actress continued to speak out against Harvey Weinstein and others for their sexual misconduct.

“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY,” McGowan wrote on Instagram to inform her followers of what happened to her Twitter account.

McGowan also shared a photo of the notification Twitter sent her stating that she would not be able to tweet, retweet or like other tweets for 12 hours.

“We have determined this account violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features,” the message from the social media company read.

McGowan has been at the center of the Weinstein sexual assault controversy as she was among the several women named in a New York Times report that first outed the film producers behavior. Since then, McGowan has been critical of the The Weinstein Company on Twitter and other actors she said who were aware of what was going on including Ben Affleck.

News of McGowan’s suspension angered many on Twitter as users noted how white supremacists and President Donald Trump continue to not have their accounts suspended despite provoking outrage.

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  • Detergent

    I know that some will shoot the messenger here, but the First Amendment only limits laws that governments may pass. It simply does not apply to rules that people outside of government may impose on one another.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    The bottom line is, if you don’t like the rules that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, et. al. arbitrarily impose then find other resources with rules more to your liking.

    • TRUTHY1

      You make a very good point ! And why are Americans supporting a company that goes against the values and morals this country was founded on in the first place. Have we already accept Fascism, and Communism? Yes we have I’m sorry to say. We have become a nation of voluntary servants with no self determination because of lack of knowledge or even awareness of current events for that matter ! Sleep well the Enemy is counting on it !

    • Anonymous

      That is what’s great about BIN, very low standards, or suppose no standards. Doesn’t even have to have any nexus with reality, in the entire known universe! Click, click, click, click… I’m still forever puzzled what sort of demographic this is for advertisers, like on YouTube. What use it is to try to sell anything to people who aren’t really there? Do you see most of what goes on here, among the YouTube click monkeys who are actually lured to watch that junk, a category of people that would be highly compensated? Even allowed out in public?


    Obama gave away the internet freedom. He gave it to the U.N. & now American values no longer have a place there, it’s not Ours anymore ! Yawn ! Nobody pays attention until it is way way too late ! Read it and Weep !

    • unidentified

      most of us gave up our rights the first time we clicked on “i agree”

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