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PostSubject: Via Anarcho-Capitalists' Forum: Alt-right group is using crowd-funding to bring down that leftist-cesspool, Twitter   Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:39 am

THE most notorious political group in the United States — and arguably the western world — right now has launched a campaign to bring down the social media giant, Twitter.



The little blue bird has drawn the ire of the animated faction of the right wing who are known for their staunch support of Donald Trump, so they’ve placed a “bounty” on the social media platform in an apparent bid to bring about its demise.

Seemingly undeterred by how far-fetched the idea is, the group has launched their campaign on the website WeSearchr, which is billed as a crowd-funding platform for the so-called “alt-right” movement.

Their plan is to raise $US250,000 in order to sue Twitter for, among other things, violation of antitrust regulations.

“We’re going to sue Twitter for its discrimination against conservatives, its censorship, its violation of antitrust regulation, and for everything else that we can,” the group wrote on the funding page.

Despite their lofty fundraising goal, they have only raised slightly more than one per cent at the time of writing. However unlike most crowd-funding projects on websites such as Kickstarter which typically provide a relatively small window of time to raise the requested money, the initiative has opened donations for the next three years.

Those who use the website often post fundraising bids for investigations into questions they want answered.

The crowd-funding platform recently placed a bounty on the head of the protester who punched alt-right figurehead and intellectual leader Richard Spencer during an Inauguration Day protest in Washington DC. WeSearchr users offered a $US4,500 ($5,941) reward for someone who could identify the attacker.

In response, Twitter did the only thing it could — it suspended the Twitter account of WeSearchr.

The alt-right is frequently bemoaning its treatment by social media platforms, namely Twitter, and the move elicited a predictable response.

“Twitter has not given any reason for the suspension or communicated with us at all in any way,” WeSearchr co-founder Pax Dickinson said in an email to (the Kremlin-funded) news website Russia Today.

“We have suspicions about why we were suspended but Twitter has refused to tell us the reason or issue any statement on this at all. There’s no sign of it being reversed, but only because there has been NO communication from Twitter at all.”

Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey is notoriously left-leaning. He is often a vocal supporter and associate of causes considered to come from the left, such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Twitter has also banned the accounts of numerous figures from the alt-right such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Chuck Johnson and Tila Tequila.

Both of these things featured as central grievances for those who have the stated goal of “making Twitter the next Gawker”.

[Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy after losing a $US140 million invasion-of-privacy suit brought by former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled the suit after Gawker’s now-defunct Valleywag revealed he was gay more than a decade earlier.]

“Twitter has a lot of power. Twitter wants to have a lot of power. It claims to use it responsibly. It’s not. Let’s fix that — on Twitter’s behalf, and on the behalf of the American people and everybody else in the world who wants to use Twitter like an ‘unbiased public utility,’” the group wrote.

“This bounty will be solved once all our lawsuits against Twitter are complete. We have many grounds on which to sue Twitter, including for discrimination and censorship against conservatives and antitrust violations, and we will pursue each case that we have.”

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/technology/altright-group-is-using-crowdfunding-to-place-a-litigious-bounty-on-twitter/news-story/ffd0e9c41a1fefd6e871ef4e2a245333?nk=bfe5e63c21b6e49cacb09228ac0033eb-1485758253
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