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[h=1]How a ‘Far-Left Propaganda Machine’ Got a Respected Legal Group Expelled by Amazon[/h] Greg Scott / @GScottSays / May 03, 2018

A stellar record was not enough to prevent Alliance Defending Freedom from being banned from participating in the AmazonSmile program. The reason? Leftist liberal Southern Poverty Law Center. (Photo: Bhishek Chinnappa/Reuters/Newscom)



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Alliance Defending Freedom has won seven cases at the U.S. Supreme Court in as many years, including one that upheld an Arizona school choice program and another that prevented the state of Missouri from discriminating against a Christian preschool.


The legal powerhouse, which fights for religious freedom, is awaiting decisions in two more landmark free speech cases it argued this term before the high court. It is counted as one of the most successful legal advocacy organizations in the country.


But even that stellar record was not enough to prevent Alliance Defending Freedom from being banned from participating in AmazonSmile, which allows Amazon.com customers to contribute “0.5% of eligible purchases” to “almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.”
ADF had been one of those charities since the 2013 launch of AmazonSmile until recently, when those who had assigned the legal organization as their charity were notified that it was no longer eligible.
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The reason? Leftist liberal Southern Poverty Law Center.

Those who had selected ADF as their charity received the following explanation of why they’d no longer be able to give to the religious freedom group through the program:
The AmazonSmile Participation Agreement states that certain categories of organizations are not eligible to participate in AmazonSmile. We rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which charities are in certain ineligible categories. You have been excluded from the AmazonSmile program because the Southern Poverty Law Center lists Alliance Defending Freedom in an ineligible category.

For those unfamiliar with SPLC, they are the leftist liberal hysteria-stokers responsible for producing a slanderous list of “hate groups” that lumps together actual violent extremists with respectable organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council and with international human rights activists such as Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

So, the “ineligible category” to which Amazon’s statement refers is really nothing more than a hit list of groups and people SPLC disagrees with. Amazon’s decision to rely on the false accusations of such a bad actor is inexplicable.
In response to the ban, Alliance Defending Freedom’s CEO, Michael Farris, sent a letter urging entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Bezos’ Amazon to reconsider its alliance with the widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center:
Although the Leftist liberal SPLC did good work many years ago, it has devolved into a far-left propaganda machine that slanders organizations with which it disagrees and destroys the possibility of civil discourse in the process. The group has been discredited by investigative journalists and charity watchdogs as a ‘direct mail scam’ that has seen its leaders amass enormous fortunes. It is no surprise that the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have severed ties with the leftist liberal SPLC.

Lest one think that Southern Poverty Law Center is a misunderstood group of would-be do-gooders just trying to provide a public service, but not quite hitting the mark, consider the words of a senior executive, Mark Potok, who said: “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on … I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” (Emphasis mine.)

By its own admission, SPLC is in the game not to inform, but to obliterate. Nice set of friends you have there, Mr. Bezos

“Southern Poverty Law Center spends its time and money attacking veterans, nuns, Muslims who oppose terrorism, Catholics, evangelicals, and anyone else who dares disagree with its far-left ideology,” ADF Senior Vice President Kristen K. Waggoner said. “Meanwhile, ADF works every day to preserve and affirm free speech and the free exercise of religion for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds because we believe freedom is for everyone.”


I can affirm the truth in the above statement, as I spent 13 years working alongside Kristen and many other honorable people at Alliance Defending Freedom. From firsthand experience, I know ADF is committed to building freedom’s future, while Southern Poverty Law Center is hell-bent on vaporizing any opposing views.


With SPLC having been repeatedly exposed as a huckster racket for decades by voices from across the ideological spectrum, it is mind-boggling that one of the largest companies in the world would align itself with its destructive bigotry.
As a private business, Amazon has the freedom to make choices like this.


But faithful Amazon customers should know that Amazon’s choice is to side with a torch-and-pitchfork fear merchant over millions of people who have the audacity to believe in religious freedom, free speech, strong families, and the sanctity of human life. Those are all causes that Alliance Defending Freedom has spent a quarter of a century ably defending.
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So the Fake News tells lies, and then silences opposing points of view.
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Try looking at a video in this thread:
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and you can see what is happening as far as your

freedom of speech. If Diamond and Silk are not yet deleted, it's probably because

the people trying to destroy freedom of speech are afraid of being called racist.
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If you start going down these posts, you will see that freedom of speech is clearly being attacked. YouTube “Mistakenly” Shuts Down Conservative Channels!...so they say....
Youtube is terminating videos which are not approved by the leftists, liberals and democrats and
Leftist organization: Southern Poverty Law Center.

and that folks is not a joke!
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Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter All Work With Left-Wing Southern Poverty Law Center

Peter Hasson / @peterjhasson / June 09, 2018
Morris Dees, above, is co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center. A man who attempted a mass shooting at the Family Research Council in 2012 said he targeted the conservative education organization because SPLC listed it as a “hate group.” (Photo: Robert King/Polaris/Newscom)
Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found. The SPLC is on a list of “external experts and organizations” that Facebook works with “to inform our hate speech policies,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

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Facebook consults the outside organizations when developing changes to hate speech policies, Budhraja said, noting that Facebook representatives will typically hold between one and three meetings with the groups.Citing privacy concerns, the Facebook spokeswoman declined to name all the outside groups working with Facebook, but confirmed the SPLC’s participation.Budhraja emphasized that Facebook’s definition of “hate group” is distinct from the SPLC’s definition and said that Facebook consults with groups across the political spectrum.The SPLC accused Facebook in a May 8 article of not doing enough to censor “anti-Muslim hate” on the platform. That article did not disclose the SPLC’s working partnership with Facebook.“We have our own process and our processes are different and I think that’s why we get the criticism [from the SPLC], because organizations that are hate organizations by their standards don’t match ours,” Budhraja said.

“That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a process in place, and that definitely doesn’t mean we want the platform to be a place for hate but we aren’t going to map to the SPLC’s list or process,” she said.Of the four companies, Amazon gives the SPLC the most direct authority over its platform, The Daily Caller News Foundation found.While Facebook emphasizes its independence from the SPLC, Amazon does the opposite: Jeff Bezos’ company grants the SPLC broad policing power over the Amazon Smile charitable program, while claiming to remain unbiased. “We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible,” an Amazon spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Amazon grants the SPLC that power “because we don’t want to be biased whatsoever,” said the spokeswoman, who could not say whether Amazon considers the SPLC to be unbiased.The Smile program allows customers to identify a charity to receive 0.5 percent of the proceeds from their purchases on Amazon. Customers have given more than $8 million to charities through the program since 2013, according to Amazon. Only one participant in the program, the SPLC, gets to determine which other groups are allowed to join it.



Christian legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom—which recently successfully represented a Christian baker at the Supreme Court—are barred from the Amazon Smile program, while openly anti-Semitic groups remain, The Daily Caller News Foundation found in May.

One month later, the anti-Semitic groups—but not the Alliance Defending Freedom—are still able to participate in the program.

Twitter lists the SPLC as a “safety partner” working with Twitter to combat “hateful conduct and harassment.”

The platform also includes the Trust and Safety Council, which “provides input on our safety products, policies, and programs,” according to Twitter. Free speech advocates have criticized it as Orwellian.A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment on the SPLC specifically, but said the company is “in regular contact with a wide range of civil society organizations and [nongovernmental organizations].” Google uses the SPLC to help police hate speech on YouTube as part of YouTube’s “Trusted Flagger” program, The Daily Caller reported in February, citing a source with knowledge of the agreement. Following that report, the SPLC confirmed it’s policing hate speech on YouTube.The SPLC and other third-party groups in the Trusted Flagger program work closely with YouTube’s employees to crack down on extremist content in two ways, according to YouTube.First, the flaggers are equipped with digital tools allowing them to mass flag content for review by YouTube personnel. Second, the groups act as guides to YouTube’s content monitors and engineers who design the algorithms policing the video platform, but may lack the expertise needed to tackle a given subject.

The SPLC is one of over 300 government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the YouTube program, the vast majority of which remain hidden behind confidentiality agreements.The SPLC has consistently courted controversy in publishing lists of “extremists” and “hate groups.” The nonprofit has been plagued by inaccuracies this year, retracting four articles in March and April alone. The well-funded nonprofit, which did not return a request for comment, deleted three Russia-related articles in March after challenges to their accuracy followed by legal threats.All three articles focused on drawing conspiratorial connections between anti-establishment American political figures and Russian influence operations in the United States.The SPLC removed a controversial “anti-Muslim extremist” list in April, after British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz threatened to sue over his inclusion on the list. The SPLC had accused the supposed extremists of inciting anti-Muslim hate crimes. Somali-born women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali also made the list.

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Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation who now advocates against the practice, is an award-winning human rights activist. But according to the SPLC’s since-deleted list, she was an “anti-Muslim extremist.

”Ali criticized Apple CEO Tim Cook in August 2017 for donating to the SPLC, which she described as “an organization that has lost its way, smearing people who are fighting for liberty and turning a blind eye to an ideology and political movement that has much in common with Nazism.”Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who is now the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was surprised to find out in February 2015 that the SPLC had placed him on an “extremist watch list” for his conservative beliefs.“When embracing traditional Christian values is equated to hatred, we are approaching the stage where wrong is called right and right is called wrong. It is important for us to once again advocate true tolerance,”

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.“That means being respectful of those with whom we disagree and allowing people to live according to their values without harassment,” he continued. “It is nothing but projectionism when some groups label those who disagree with them as haters.” Following a backlash, the SPLC apologized and http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/11/southern-poverty-law-center-apologizes-to-ben-carson-for-putting-him-on-its-extremist-list/. Carson was on the list for four months before the SPLC removed the “extremist” label.
Floyd Lee Corkins, who attempted a mass shooting at the conservative Family Research Council in 2012, said he chose the organization for his act of violence because the SPLC listed it as a “hate group.” The SPLC has faced tough criticisms not just from conservatives, but from establishment publications as well.


“At a time when the line between ‘hate group’ and mainstream politics is getting thinner and the need for productive civil discourse is growing more serious, fanning liberal fears, while a great opportunity for the SPLC, might be a problem for the nation,” Ben Schreckinger, now with GQ, wrote in a June 2017 piece for Politico.



The Washington Post’s Megan McArdle, while still at Bloomberg, similarly criticized the SPLC’s flimsy definition of “hate group” in September 2017. Media outlets who trust the SPLC’s labels, McArdle warned, “will discredit themselves with conservative readers and donors.”
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Facebook has been removing the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution of Laws

as "hate speech". The leftists really hate this country, and if they can keep millenials/younger people

from learning about how this country was founded, it DE-legitimizes the US history of it's founding, and

makes it easier to ignore US laws, making it easier to convince and fool low-information voters into voting

for leftists and socialists.
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.............until there are no more people to take the wealth from.
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democrats complain en masse to delete youtube videos to silence the truth
and to silence YOUR free speech:

" The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement. "

Free speech only applies when liberals and leftists are having their say.
Everything else is "hate speech" and is therefore subject to silencing.
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There are many conservative groups falsely labelled as extremist by Southern Poverty Law Center
Muslim Who Sued SPLC for Calling Him an Anti-Muslim Extremist Says Others Also Wrongly Labeled

Jeremiah Poff / July 23, 2018
Maajid Nawaz, a British Muslim activist, says the Southern Poverty Law Center is wrongly labeling other organizations as hate groups. Nawaz obtained a $3.4 million settlement from the SPLC for labeling him and his organization as anti-Muslim extremists. (Photo: Justin Ng/Retna/Photoshot/Newscom)
A left-wing organization is wrongly labeling others as “hate groups,” a Muslim leader who works against Islamist terrorists says.Maajid Nawaz recently settled out of court with the Southern Poverty Law Center for over $3 million after he challenged it for listing his left-of-center group as extremist. “I want them to understand that something clearly went wrong in the processes here,” Nawaz said Friday on “Fox & Friends.” “If it could have gone wrong for me, which is such a clear case, then there are others.”

Listing Nawaz and his research group, Quilliam, as anti-Muslim extremists cost the Southern Poverty Law Center $3.4 million in a settlement payment paired with a video apology.In 2016, the SPLC had labeled Quilliam, which markets itself as the “world’s first counter-extremism organization,” as an anti-Muslim hate group for its calls to reform Islam. Nawaz, who is British and a former radical Muslim, moved to sue the SPLC on grounds of defamation. The matter was settled out of court June 18, with the SPLC agreeing to pay the $3.4 million and issue a
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“In my youth I grew up respecting the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and their work against the KKK, in particular, was something, somebody like me … grew up appreciating,” Nawaz said in the interview on “Fox & Friends.


”The SPLC has been in the news in recent years for labeling mainstream conservative organizations, including the traditional values group Family Research Council and the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, as hate groups.


They and others say the liberal group does so to those it disagrees with to raise money. Nawaz, who calls himself a liberal politically, said his inclusion on the SPLC’s list of hate groups was “shocking.”



Labeling someone an anti-Muslim extremist is dangerous because “that’s putting a target on our heads for the jihadists to come and kill us,” he said. “These are serious allegations that terrorists take very, very seriously, and they go after people like us,” he said.Nawaz said he told the SPLC that “we agree on more than we disagree when it comes to challenging extremism,” and that he wanted to understand how he had ended up on its list.Nawaz said he believes that the SPLC’s apology was sincere, and that his inclusion on a list of hate groups was a “genuine mistake.” But, he said, he is “still trying to explore and get to the bottom of this.”

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Facebook stock took a 20% drop today 26 July 2018.

Maybe facebook should stop working to punish people who disagree with leftist liberal democrats
and support free speech for ALL people.

...and if an individual doesn't like what you say, that person can choose for themselves to allow
you to message them.

Facebook should not be getting into censoring people and kicking them out if they disagree with someone.
and facebook should not be kicking people off because not everyone praises liberals who are removing their freedom of speech.
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When facebook was just starting, they asked people to give them their list of friends.

At a certain point facebook decided to block out people and organizations that liberals didn't like.

You can use social media all you want, but you will never be heard.
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Then facebook started to CHARGE YOU money if you wanted to communicate with your friends.

The next step is to CHARGE THE PEOPLE ON YOUR LIST OF FRIENDS!
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Why is no one asking why facebook and others think they have the right to STOP YOUR RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH?
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Censorship of Infowars Exposes Larger Problem of Silicon Valley Bias

Jarrett Stepman / @JarrettStepman / August 08, 2018 / 177 Comments

The US Constitution protects ALL speech, not just the speech of special groups.
  • "We are private businesses and if we don't want freedom of speech to apply to people we don't like, screw you".
  • YouTube and Facebook, have elected to strip content from the publication InfoWars from their platforms.
  • Anything that is not the leftist, liberal, democrat agenda is "hate speech"
A wide swath of websites, including YouTube and Facebook, have elected to strip content from the publication InfoWars from their platforms. (Photo: Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom)

Jarrett Stepman @JarrettStepmanJarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast. [email protected].
This week, the conspiracy website Infowars, which is run by Alex Jones, was either “banned” or had content stripped from most social media platforms.YouTube cited “hate speech and harassment” as reasons to remove Infowars from the platform, Apple explained that “hate speech” wouldn’t be tolerated, and Facebook announced: “Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence … and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”Private companies can, of course, censor whomever they like, but the pattern of behavior from Silicon Valley toward speech in general—and continual inability to treat conservative views fairly on their extremely powerful platforms—is rightly concerning to conservatives who use those platforms.Infowars is hardly a conservative website, but some fear that the social media “deplatforming” of its content will bleed over to other more mainstream outlets—especially right-leaning ones that don’t conform with the overwhelmingly left-wing values of the tech industry.

Given the vague and increasingly expanding use of the term “hate speech,” it’s not unreasonable to think that purging Infowars is the tip of the iceberg. This belief was exacerbated by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who took to Twitter to suggest just that.



Unfortunately, there has been a troubling pattern of behavior from social media companies.

For instance, YouTube, an internet video company, has relied on the Southern Poverty Law Center, a far-left activist organization, to police its website under the “Trusted Flaggers” program.While SPLC is often used by media companies to designate “hate groups,” it has been loose with the definition, lumping in traditional conservative and religious organizations, like the Family Research Council, in with the Ku Klux Klan and other similar groups. And there have been other troubling signs of looming censorship of conservative views in particular.

When Google launched a fact-checking tool in January, it exclusively targeted conservative publications and made some dubious claims about incorrect information on those websites. Google backed away from this fact-checking tool after it was hammered by conservative—and even some liberal—media outlets for displaying embarrassingly rank bias—whether the product of faulty algorithms or perhaps other reasons.

Facebook threatened to demonetize the satirical website The Babylon Bee after Snopes.com, a fact-checking website, labeled some of its content “fake news.” The article focused on a joke about CNN using a literal washing machine to “spin news,” and was quite clearly a joke.

Facebook later apologized for the situation and relinquished its threat.....but only AFTER it was publicized. What will happen when
social media eliminates COMPLETELY your right to tell others about unfair treatment?
The Infowars ban also comes in the wake of widespread complaints that Twitter has been “shadow banning” some prominent conservative accounts, meaning that it filters out some content without outright banning accounts, by using key words searches.Twitter denied any kind of shadow ban, but seemed to admit in its denial that it had made it harder to find content from some conservative users.“We do not shadow ban,” Twitter lied/said in a statement. “You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do A LOT more work to find them, like go directly to their profile).” "We are private businesses and if we don't want freedom of speech to apply to people we don't like, screw you".

That response was hardly comforting.

“Uh, call me crazy, but that parenthetical sounds a lot like an admission that Twitter effectively shadow bans users,” wrote Alex Griswold of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website.

Many of these actions could be innocuous, or they could be the way an overwhelmingly liberal industry, as fired Google employee James Damore has warned, suppresses information it doesn’t agree with.

It’s fair to say that social media platforms, like Twitter, have seemed far from even-handed in how they define things like “hate speech” for liberals and conservatives, which is their prerogative. And it is our prerogative as conservatives to use other platforms.....if we can still find any.

In May, a coalition of conservatives published a missive directed at tech companies, laying out four ways in which they can gain conservatives’ trust: “Provide Transparency,” “Provide Clarity on ‘Hate Speech’,” “Provide Equal Footing for Conservatives,” and “Mirror the First Amendment.” You can read the proposal here.However this issue is dealt with, it must be acknowledged that there is an increasing problem with media and social media bias that can’t simply be ignored.
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