Saturday, July 13, 2019

Twitter and Amazon increase their censorship

Twitter announces that it will not ban messages critical of religion:
We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within. Our primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research* shows that dehumanizing language increases that risk. As a result, after months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.
The word "research" is just a euphemism for some Jewish opinion articles.

This would appear to ban a Christian saying that non-Christians will go to Hell.

And Amazon is now banning some self-help books:
After Amazon knuckled under pressure from LGBT activists to ban books offering help to those dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction, ...

Among the banned books are several by Catholic psychologists Joseph Nicolosi and Gerard Van Aardweg, as well as autobiographies of individuals who left active homosexuality.

“We are outraged that a smear campaign by one individual (who stated here that he never read these books) could convince Amazon to censor all books, audiobooks, and Kindle material related to our experiences and viewpoints,” reads the petition. ...

Here are the books known to have been banned by Amazon, which former gays and lesbians are demanding be restored:

Shame and Attachment Loss: The Practical Work of Reparative Therapy, by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi;

Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction, by Anne Paulk;

The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-)Therapy for Homosexuality, by Dr. Gerard J. M. Van Den Aardweg; ...
Note that these bans are not based on anything being false, or dangerous, or infringing, or illegal, or anything like that.

Again, this bans some mainstream Christian opinions.

You might argue that these books have no proven effectiveness. But most of psychology and most self-help books have no proven effectiveness. These books are not any worse than the typical books in this genre. If Amazon were to ban ineffective books, a lot would have to go.

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