Battle for Free Speech: Censorship of Live Action, Project Veritas by Social Media Giants
On Tuesday, Live Action announced that its Pinterest account had been permanently banned after releasing information obtained by Project Veritas.
Live Action explains:
The video, an undercover investigation conducted by Project Veritas, a watchdog group founded and run by James O’Keefe, shown below, features an anonymous whistleblower who is an employee of Pinterest, claiming to have discovered inside communications confirming that a top official at Pinterest intentionally added LiveAction.org to the blocked list of pornography websites in February of 2019.
After verifying the information provided by Project Veritas that Pinterest was not allowing Live Action “users to create pins” to link to their website, Live Action reached out to Pinterest and was subsequently “permanently suspended.”
Live Action employees put the claim to the test and found that they, too, were unable to create a pin linking to LiveAction.org. Employees were, however, able to create pins using domains of other pro-life groups, as well as pro-abortion sites like Planned Parenthood. As of Sunday evening, Pinterest was not allowing users to create pins that link to Live Action’s website. Only on Monday, after Project Veritas reached out to Pinterest letting them know of the whistleblower’s claims and asking for comment, were pins able to link to LiveAction.org.
Then, as of Tuesday morning around 4:39 a.m. EST, Pinterest suddenly and inexplicably permanently suspended Live Action’s account, saying the account “may have immediate and detrimental effects on a Pinner’s health or on public safety.”
It did not take long before Twitter made the decision to temporarily ban Project Veritas.
On Tuesday, Project Veritas tweeted the internal documents exposing Pinterest’s censorship of Live Action.
Project Veritas shared documents Tuesday on Twitter showing that Pinterest monitored Live Action and alleged it was an attempt to censor the pro-life group. Veritas reported that a whistleblower said a Pinterest staffer allegedly added LiveAction.org to a Pinterest “pornography block list.” LiveAction received an email Tuesday morning announcing that the group had been banned.
By Wednesday morning, Twitter had banned Project Veritas from tweeting and retweeting the evidence obtained from Pinterest internal documents under Twitter’s ‘No Doxxing” policy:
You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission. We also prohibit threatening to expose private information or incentivizing others to do so.
To resume the use of Twitter, Project Veritas was forced to remove the offending tweet from its twitter feed.
Shortly after, pro-life group Let Them Live (along with four other groups) and Project Veritas called for a protest against the censorship of Live Action by the social media giants to be held at Pinterest in San Francisco.
Editor’s Note: At time of publication no additional information has been made available regarding the rally that was to take place at Pinterest in San Francisco.
By Wednesday evening YouTube joined with Pinterest and Twitter in banning the pro-life voice, effectively censoring Live Action along with Veritas from speaking in the public square…their social media platforms.
Project Veritas reported on Twitter:
Tech giants retaliating against an insider who leaked docs showing censorship of christian and pro-life material. They have REMOVED our investigative insider report. @YouTube now fighting bullet-proof journalism by deleting it,” O’Keefe tweeted.
Along with Pinterest’s censorship of pro-life propaganda, Pinterest is allegedly controlling access to Christian content. Project Veritas has reported that Pinterest has blocked certain Bible verses and terms from its search engine results. Although many verses inputted into the search engine pull up content related to that verse, a whistle-blower reveals hostility against Christian beliefs in the company.
“Project Veritas has received and published documents from an insider at Pinterest. The documents, which include product code, Slack messages, and internal policies, reveal terms and websites that Pinterest apparently censors,” Project Veritas reported Monday.
After reviewing Pinterest’s sensitive terms list, many Christian terms such as “Christian Easter” were labeled as “brand unsafe.” The whistleblower explained Pinterest’s censorship tactics.
The anonymous whistleblower said in a statement, “‘Christian’ is being blocked from auto-complete.”
As of Thursday 10:46 pm Mountain time, the term “Christian” has brought up many religious pins, and controversal verses such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 have brought up related content when searched on Pinterest. However several reports have provided evidence showing some users have been prevented from getting related results when entering such words in the server.
Two critical points to make regarding the censorship of both Live Action and Project Veritas.
First, influential online news outlets and journalists are calling out online newspaper giants such as the New York Times and The Washington Post (for additional info see James O’Keefe @JamesOKeefelll) for their continued silence:
Second, online news sites with a large market share such as The Daily Wire, Prager U, The Federalist, The Red State, and others, both online news sites and fellow journalists, have to batten down the hatches for the fight of our lifetime, the freedom of speech in the public square. They’re spreading the news of the suppression of free speech by the ‘ruling oligarchy’ of social media.
On a positive note, Project Veritas along with BitChute are providing a platform with “aims to put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.”
As James O’Keefe, working with leaders in investigative journalism, reminds those of us who have joined the fight, “We won’t sit and complain though. We’ll keep investigating. Tech insiders -we’d love to hear from you. Be Brave.”
[Contributed by Cheri Vandermillen and Reagan Hall]