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Virtual Legality Episode 269

Twitter vs QAnon: Big Tech Censorship, CDA 230, and Streisand

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Twitter has announced a sweeping ban and suppression campaign of all accounts and information which it determines (through metrics unknown) to be associated with the "QAnon" conspiracy group, regardless of whether such accounts are individually in breach of Twitter's terms of service.

But with such a sweeping action, questions inevitably arise:

Can such an action ever be effective?

Who's watching the watchers, especially when it comes to identifying the "associates" to be blacklisted?

And just what is the likely result of such actions on the debate around CDA Section 230 and its liability shield for Big Tech platforms?

But then again, perhaps even asking those questions might just get you Twitter banned.

We'll never mind losing a battle of ideas, but it's the battle we will forever fight for...in Virtual Legality.

#Twitter #QAnon #Ban


Discussed in this episode:

"We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm."
Twitter Thread - July 21, 2020 - Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety)
https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1285726277719199746

"Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown"
NBC News - July 21, 2020 - Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/twitter-bans-7-000-qanon-accounts-limits-150-000-others-n1234541

"Platform manipulation and spam policy"
Twitter Help Center (Updated September 2019)
https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/platform-manipulation

"Abusive behavior"
Twitter Help Center
https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/abusive-behavior

Google Trending Searches
July 22, 2020 - USA
https://trends.google.com/trends/trendingsearches/daily?geo=US

"Streisand effect"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

"Section 230 Executive Order! A Lawyer Reviews Trump's Plan (Draft) (VL237)"
YouTube Video - May 28, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/tTThb2Y9Fh8

"Section 230 Executive Order SIGNED! A Lawyer Re-Reviews Trump's Plan (VL238)"
YouTube Video - May 28, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/gmBGFVUjCaI

"Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material"
47 USC 230 (CDA Section 230)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

"Joe Biden Wants to Break the Internet (and Video Games) (VL160)"
YouTube Video - January 20, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/YcpRlkIJ-gk

"Transparency is core to everything that we do at Twitter."
Tweet - June 11, 2020 - Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety)
https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1271186244010151941


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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