Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Those Meeting with Lawmakers Now Subject to Social Media Screenings

With the fallout from the events of January 6th set to continue for the foreseeable future, there is no telling what sort of strange new turns our national political discourse could take. There is already a glut of extremism easily accessible online, both in quasi-private places like discord, and blasted to the front page of places like Reddit. We live a digital world of algorithmic acceleration, where the reaction with the most amplitude is the one we strive for, whether it be on either side of the moral divide.

In an effort to keep our lawmakers safe from potential interactions with these far-our political forces, Capitol Police will now be conducting social media screenings for those who visit their public servants.

After the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Capitol Police’s intelligence unit quietly started scrutinizing the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Examining the social media feeds of people who aren’t suspected of crimes, however, is a controversial move for law enforcement and intelligence officials given the civil liberties concerns it raises.

The move is in a morally grey area, of course, as there has been no presumption of wrongdoing against those who apply to meet their lawmaker. This search and seizure of online data could run afoul of the 4th Amendment.


Canuck Folk Rocker Wants Spotify to Take Action Against Joe Rogan’s 1A Rights

Take, for instance, the non-controversy over Joe Rogan’s COVID19 discussions. The left has labeled his two-way talks “misinformation” on more than one occasion, often out of context. Spotify has largely stood by Rogan and his 1st Amendment rights, however.

But now, one of Canada’s folk rock legends has an ultimatum for the platform: It’s Joe Rogan or me.

Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

As of this writing, no official word on the removal of Young’s music from the service has been given.




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