Sunday, October 17, 2021

Corporate America has a censorship problem

Peter Rex

Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson just became another casualty of cancel culture, which threatens tremendous harm to our civil society and the American way of life.

Gibson’s sin? Expressing support for the Supreme Court’s decision not to block Texas’s recently enacted heartbeat law . For that, he lost his job.

It is a sin of which I am also guilty. As the founder and CEO of a tech, investment, and real-estate firm, I have likewise used my personal Twitter account to express pro-life views, as do millions of people every day.

No one should ever lose their job over such an intrinsically American act. Yet that was the result of Gibson’s tweet stating his opinion. Following his tweet, other companies announced they would no longer work with Tripwire, which led to Gibson’s inevitable exit.

While Gibson was singled out and removed for expressing an opinion that according to Tripwire “disregarded the values of the whole [Tripwire] team,” other companies have decided to take sides on the Texas law regardless of how their actions might conflict with the values of their employees.

More than 50 businesses have signed a letter in public opposition to the law. Bumble is setting up a relief fund for those seeking abortions in Texas. Lyft and Uber announced they would cover legal fees of drivers who might be sued under the new law.


Lithuania tells citizens to throw out Chinese phones over censorship concerns

Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now, after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.

Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “free Tibet”, “long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”, Lithuania’s state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.

The capability in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software had been turned off for the European Union region, but can be turned on remotely at any time, the ministry’s national cybersecurity centre said in the report.




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