Tim Pool is going to The White House on Thursday, and it’s very promising news for the future of social media in America.
Pool will be attending President Trump’s Digital Summit by invitation. Invitations were not extended to Facebook, Google or Twitter.
Whether it was #LearnToCode or the Vox Adpocalypse, the Covington boys or the Jussie Smollett scandal, Pool has been at the forefront of exposing the biases of media outlets and big tech for seemingly as long as the culture wars have been raging. His independent, crowd-sourced coverage of online censorship is the gold standard of today’s journalism.
When Joe Rogan famously lobbed softballs at Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on The Joe Rogan Experience, people were frustrated that they didn’t get straight answers from Dorsey.
Thankfully, and to his credit, Rogan got a do-over with Dorsey. The second time around, Tim Pool was Rogan’s secret weapon. Pool grilled Dorsey and Head of Trust and Safety, Vijaya Gadde on the platform’s left-leaning political bias. He brought up instance after instance of ideological bias at Twitter from the banning of Meghan Murphy to the double standard applied to the Proud Boys vs. Antifa situation. It was a classic case of speaking truth to power and it provided a ray of hope for those of us on the free speech side of the culture wars.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have taken censorship and suppression against conservatives to the next level over the last few years. And in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, this is likely to continue.
In a video responding to his invitation to the summit, Pool pointed to a 2016 Gizmodo article that revealed that former Facebook employees revealed that they suppressed conservative news outlets. The bias has been in play for a very long time.
Pool also refers to the “sheer amount of evidence” that conservatives have been discriminated against on social media, pointing to recent revelations that Google employees and executives are hell bent “on never letting somebody like Donald Trump come to power again.” While such an aim is perfectly acceptable for political operatives, it is completely unacceptable for a search engine that people trust for non-partisan search results.
Pool went on to say that all of the recent moves by YouTube to favour “authoritative” news sources are leading to an amplification of corporate voices on the platform. He points out that most independent news sources are conservative while most corporate news sources skew to the left: “The independent ecosystem that allows Trump and his supporters to speak is being shut down.”
Pool added that he is not a Trump supporter and other independent liberals like David Pakman have been negatively affected as well. Pool also made the point that at times, the biases acted upon by big tech employees are not political, but personal, and that they are sometimes based on class as opposed to ideology.
It will be interesting to see what comes of a consultation with the president on the topic of social media, especially considering that the House and the Trump administration are already looking closely at antitrust legislation against Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.
Ottawa Police have confirmed the discovery of a massive gun collection inside a Heron Gate home, ensuring the public that there is no threat to public safety.
A community member called police after he had heard about the guns in August, which prompted police into visiting the home, where police discovered the firearms, according to Ottawa Matters.
Police found more than 850 guns inside the man’s home, all stored safely and legally.
Police were then faced with the daunting task of ensuring each of them was legal, and never used in a crime.
The gun stash filled five cargo vans and took more than two months for police to catalogue, to which police discovered that none of the rifles, handguns, machine guns, or ammunition were used to commit a crime, and all of them were legally owned.
Yves-François Blanchet has said that he will not do anything to alleviate western Canada’s frustration. Speaking to reporters, Bloc head Blanchet said that he would not lift a finger to “create an oil state in western Canada.”
These remarks came after Blanchet’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa today. Trudeau has been meeting with the leaders of the federal parties to prepare for parliament reopening on Dec. 5. After this meeting, Blanchet stated that he will support Trudeau’s minority government in emission-reducing initiatives, however, he will fight the Liberals on the TMX pipeline.
The Bloc’s intent to halt the pipeline will not cause Trudeau trouble in controlling the majority of the House.
Blanchet also indicated to reporters that he did not expect the throne speech to get in the way of Quebec’s secularism bill. Bill 21, the deeply controversial bill that stops public employees from wearing religious symbols, has created tension between English and French Canada.
Over the previous week, Trudeau has been meeting with provincial leaders, as well as Andrew Scheer, in an attempt to placate the increasing sentiment of alienation in western Canada. Blanchet’s most recent comment will only likely further this rift.
Comments made on an episode of CTV’s The Social have received heavy online backlash following comments made by one of their correspondents regarding Don Cherry’s firing.
Amid Don Cherry’s refusal to back down following controversial poppy comments which led to the end of his historic broadcasting career, former Maclean’s magazine editor Jessica Allen decided to attack not just Don Cherry, but rather the entire “altar of hockey” which Canada worships, going on to say that the “white boy” hockey players could have used their parents’ money to instead, travel the world.
“I’m told he’s a Canadian icon, and he’s a symbol of the great sport of hockey, which is the sport that unites us across this country, and that narrative is the one that strikes a nerve with me, because I don’t worship at the altar of hockey, I never have,” said Allen.
“Maybe it’s because of where I grew up, and going to a couple different universities. In my mind, in my experience, who does. They all tended to be white boys, who weren’t very nice, they weren’t very thoughtful they were often bullies, their parents were able to afford to spend $5000 a year on minor hockey. You could do other things than spend time in an arena, you could go on a trip and learn about the world. See other things. The world is a big place, maybe get outside of that bubble.”
Outrage quickly ensued, as many called the comments racist and hypocritical, especially in light of Cherry’s comments which many felt carried no racial context. Some even started using the hashtag #FireJessAllen as a way to get their point across, reaching the top of trending by late Wednesday afternoon.
In response to the heavy criticism, Jessica defended herself via Tweet.
” I never said every white boy, just the ones whose unsavoury behaviour, which didn’t feel very Canadian, I witnessed. Because of this, I am guilty of having conflicted feelings about hockey being so closely linked to our national identity,” said Allen.
Canada, of course, has a history with hockey that dates back nearly to the country’s inception, with the Candian Museum of History even hosting a hockey exhibition in 2017 to celebrate various historical aspects of the sport.
CTV has not yet responded to TPM’s request for comment.
Jessica Yaniv, a transwoman who rose to infamy after she took a number of immigrant, racialized at-home salon workers to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) for declining to provide services to her male genitalia, applied for her appeal to be heard by a new Tribunal member. She claimed bias against Devyn Cousineau, according to the 5-page document released today by the BCHRT. The appeal was declined.
Cousineau, who has a background in anti-poverty and human rights law and holds a law degree from the University of Victoria, stated she did not feel Yaniv’s claims that she had been biased in her decision were accurate. According to the document, Yaniv requested the appeal decision be made by a different member on the basis that Cousineau had been pressured and “harassed by members of the public via Twitter” to rule in favour of the salon workers.
“It is my ethical and legal obligation as a member of this Tribunal to decide cases based on the evidence before me and not based on public sentiment,” Couseineau wrote in response to the assertion.
In a recent comment given to The Post Millennial, Yaniv stated that the Tribunal ruling had been a “total misunderstanding” full of “inaccurate information.” In the BCHRT appeal document, nine areas of complaint are listed where Yaniv asserts the Tribunal was “wrong”.
These areas, including that Yaniv targeted certain ethnic groups, declined her services because of her scrotum, and that she manufactured the conditions of her complaints–deliberately attempting to provoke situations where she could claim she was being discriminated against–were listed by the BCHRT as findings of fact.
Findings of Fact
Yaniv allegedly also claimed the appeal was necessary as the decision negated to consider transgender women who required hair removal for “surgery.” Cousineau writes that this “was not an issue raised at any time in [Yaniv’s] complaints.”
One of the most striking points of the document was Yaniv’s claim to be unable to pay the improper conduct costs awarded by the BCHRT to the salon workers. These awards were $2,000 each to three of the four women represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Citing “anti-trans harassment and attacks” Yaniv sought a reduction of costs. This was also declined by the BCHRT, with Cousineau concluding that if Yaniv wants to challenge the final decision, she must do so in court.