Google, Facebook, Apple Weigh in AGAIN for DACA Amnesty

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

It is February 2019, and major corporate CEOs – who are in most cases reluctant to weigh in on controversial political issues lest they repel significant segments of their customer bases – have no hesitation advocating for the amnesty for DACA recipients, or “Dreamers.”

They have been at it since President Trump was elected.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, initiated by President Obama’s executive order in 2012, granted protections from deportation and work permits to illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children (including teenagers) and have been here five years. President Trump intended to rescind DACA in 2017 but delayed the decision to await a Congressional fix, which never happened, but now the status of the program remains as the efforts to phase it out are tied up in the courts.

In a letter addressed to the top leaders of both … Read More ➡

Netflix Tries Again to Bully North Carolina on Transgenders

Long after North Carolina and dozens of businesses and organizations resolved a conflict over a policy to allow so-called “transgenders” (regardless of their genitalia) to use the public/business restroom of their choosing, Netflix is trying to stir up trouble again.

According to Jonas Pate, the creator of a series called “OBX” who Netflix has contracted with for an initial ten episodes, the company doesn’t want his show filmed or produced in the Tar Heel State, because a law that overrode the original “transgender bathroom” law of a couple years ago wasn’t good enough.

Pate, who lives in Wilmington, NC after 25 years in Hollywood, had his hometown in mind for location shooting. “OBX” is shorthand for “Outer Banks,” the barrier islands that stretch nearly the entire coast of North Carolina.

Pate says Netflix asked him to explore sites in South Carolina, including coastal Charleston, for potential filming – but … Read More ➡

Liberal Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Caves to Saudi Arabia

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings/PHOTO: jdlasica via Creative Commons

What is it about Silicon Valley corporations that make them want to pander to the sensitivities of oppressive dictatorships?

The answer, of course, is earnings, share price and the almighty dollar. But the recent example in which television-streaming service Netflix yanked a program critical of the oppressive Saudi Arabia regime is extreme cowardice, even for the most conflict-averse corporation.

The background: Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing journalist and Saudi dissident who was critical of the government’s intolerance of dissent, was murdered and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. International and U.S. intelligence assigned the responsibility for the killing on Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the regime has denied his involvement. Many have called for the United States to alter diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia until justice is served in Khashoggi’s death and the nation enacts reforms regarding personal … Read More ➡

LinkedIn Billionaire Funded Alabama Senate Race Deception

Reid Hoffman/PHOTO: jdlasica via Creative Commons

A tech industry billionaire has apologized for – but claimed ignorance about – a social media scheme that gave the impression the Russians meddled on behalf of Republican Roy Moore in his failed campaign against Doug Jones, the victorious Democrat in last year’s special Senate race in Alabama.

The co-founder and executive chairman of social media website LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, backed an effort by cyber security firm New Knowledge, run by Democrat operative Jonathon Morgan, to mimic the same tactics blamed on the Russians for affecting the 2016 presidential election. About $100,000 of Hoffman’s money funded the ruse.

“The project’s operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore,” the New York Times reported. “It involved a scheme to link … Read More ➡

Google CEO Stonewalls Congress on Anti-Conservative Bias

Sundar Pichai/IMAGE: YouTube

Google CEO Sundar Pichai made his long-awaited appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to testify, and receive a grilling, about censorship of political conservatives and a planned search engine for communist China.

As expected, like other heads of fellow technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter, Pichai denied any prejudice in its services or products.

“I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way,” Pichai said. “To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests. We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions — and we have no shortage of them among our own employees.”

Google’s best-known and most important service is Internet search, to the degree that the corporate name is now a verb (“Google it”) when referring to researching terms on the Web. Pichai said … Read More ➡

Corporations Mobilize to Attack Gender Normality

Apple CEO Tim Cook

An effort to confer special rights upon individuals who want to “decide” their gender, rather than go with the biology they were born with, was greatly energized and expanded by the Obama administration.

Now the Trump administration is attempting to return that policy to normalcy, which predictably has a number of liberal technology companies steaming.

The likes of Apple and Amazon, and 50-something other companies, have joined to sign a letter opposing plans by the Department of Health and Human Services to restore definitions of sex to remove “identity” and limit it according to the genitalia an individual is born with, for the purposes of Title IX enforcement of gender discrimination in civil rights law.

The change has implications in education, health care, employment, and just about every other walk of life.

TheNew York Times reported late last month about the draft memo being composed … Read More ➡

Facebook Censors Election Messages It Doesn’t Like

Marsha Blackburn

Just days before the midterm elections that have been elevated to the importance of a presidential year, Facebook once again has been caught censoring the messaging of a group trying to reach a critical voting bloc: social conservatives.

This time it’s the Susan B. Anthony List, a nonprofit organization active in both policy and politics, advocating for pro-life laws and informing voters where lawmakers stand on protecting the lives of the unborn.

The problems began with the release on consecutive days in early October of a pair of powerful ads featuring two families telling the stories of how their children were born prematurely due to pregnancy complications, but are healthy today. “Micah” was born at 22 weeks of development, and “Charlotte” was born at 24 weeks. Each ad, devoid of any shock imagery or content that runs afoul of Facebook’s standards, ends with the message, “unborn babies … Read More ➡

Silicon Valley Has an Out-of-Control Mob Problem

Brett Kavanaugh with Facebook’s Joel Kaplan, far left in background/PHOTO: Twitter

As the midterms approach, Republicans and President Trump talk a lot about the sheer mob-bery of the outraged Left, who attack political opponents both loudly and violently, over issues such as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, as well as immigration and abortion.

Driven by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who in June called upon fellow liberals to “create a crowd” and “push back on” political opponents anywhere they encounter them, and former Obama attorney general Eric Holder, who said to “kick them,” the Democrat base is taking it to heart, harassing Republican officials in restaurants and pounding on the doors of the Supreme Court.

Less violent, but no less aggressive and harassing, are the silent mob attacking conservatives on the Internet.

And the intolerance is greatest at the highest profile technology companies in Silicon Valley.

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Google Defends Profane, Hate-Filled Tweet by Employee

 

Dave Hogue’s LinkedIn photo

Upon the swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court after he was falsely accused by Democrats of sexual attacks and impropriety, Google lead designer Dave Hogue let loose on Twitter with a profane rant that condemned Republicans to a painful eternal destiny of torment.

And he wasn’t fired for it – at least not that we know of.

The now-deleted tweet said:

You are finished, @GOP. You polished the final nail for your own coffins.

F***. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL.

I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames.

Just as noteworthy and revealing about the corporate culture that Google fosters is the fact that the company, rather than issue a direct repudiation, instead defended its business.

“What employees … Read More ➡

Google CEO Shamed Into Visiting Congress After Obvious Bias

Last month at National Legal and Policy Center we pondered the question whether Google will “cave to Chinese communists while censoring conservatives at home?”

We already knew, and know, the answer. But a month-and-a-half’s time has only further confirmed the answer is “yes.”

Last week The Intercept reported that Google – despite previous claims that downplayed any plans to rejuvenate a search engine in China that complies with the Communist government’s wishes – is indeed furthering the project along. A discovery of a top-secret company memo showed the search engine, code-named “Dragonfly,” would “require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have ‘unilateral access’ to the data.” Searches would be tied to users’ phone numbers, making it easy for the government to track down anyone researching topics or issues they don’t like – such as … Read More ➡