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Devin Nunes, the CEO of Trump’s TRUTH network, a former California politician who once sued an imaginary cow over a Twitter beef, recently declared that the upcoming conservative conversation chamber would be “the most family-friendly of all social media sites.”
In order to accomplish this, Nunes says the company’s hired the same artificial intelligence moderation firm as OnlyFans.
Yes MAGA fans, Trump’s TRUTH will be censored using the same technology as every other social media site.
Oh the irony: Hive, the AI firm in question, serves numerous high-profile clients including Reddit, Parler, and the aforementioned OnlyFans. And, according to its own website, it’s very good at censoring posts that break its clients’ terms of service.
Per a report from Fox Business:
Hive co-founder and CEO Kevin Guo told Fox Business that his company’s AI model will be used for TRUTH Social to offer content moderation for posts to ensure sexually-explicit content, and posts that include violence, bullying, hate speech, and spam never make it to the platform.
Playing devil’s advocate: Banning sexually-explicit content and posts that include violence we understand. But who gets to decide what is and isn’t bullying, hate-speech, or spam?
Choosing Devin Nunes to both run the company as CEO and rule over its content with an iron fist as censorship czar seems like a bold choice. The entire premise of “TRUTH,” is built around free speech and the free exchange of ideas unfettered by censorship.
Nunes is well-known in conservative circles as being a die-hard Trump ally. But he’s perhaps best known for being the guy who spent years trying to sue an imaginary cow and a parody of his mom on Twitter.
In a $250 million lawsuit, the California conservative claimed the parody accounts had defamed him.
Per a report from the Washington Post:
Here’s a sampling of the tweets he alleges are defamatory, using language directly from the lawsuit Fox obtained:
“Devin Nunes’ cow has made, published and republished hundreds of false and defamatory statements of and concerning Nunes, including the following: Nunes is a ‘treasonous cowpoke.’”
“’Devin’s boots are full of manure. He’s udder-ly worthless and its pasture time to move him to prison.’”
“In her endless barrage of tweets, Devin Nunes’ Mom maliciously attacked every aspect of Nunes’ character, honesty, integrity, ethics and fitness to perform his duties as a United States Congressman.”
@DevinNunesMom “falsely stated that Nunes was unfit to run the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.”
@DevinNunesMom “falsely stated that Nunes was ‘voted ‘Most Likely to Commit Treason’ in high school.’ ”
@DevinNunesMom “falsely claimed that Nunes would ‘probably see an indictment before 2020.’”
He seems fun: Between the AI-powered censorship (which is demonstrably more prone to bias and negative outcomes than human moderators) and Nunes’ apparent belief that mocking him should carry a $250 million penalty, it’s going to be hilarious watching TRUTH’s content moderation strategy play out.
Unfortunately for right wingers who believe ‘Free Speech’ somehow means a private company is forced to host their rhetoric, the dream of uncensored social media remains unrealized and it doesn’t appear as though Trump’s latest grift effort will change that.
One need look no further than its closest cousin, GETTR, which was founded by ardent Trump sycophant Jason Miller.
GETTR became the belle of the conservative ball when podcaster and horse dewormer advocate Joe Rogan declared it his backup plan in case Twitter banned him.
But that love affair lasted less than a month before Rogan got hip to the fact that GETTR was funded with Chinese money and adding Twitter user counts to fudge follower numbers.
In a recent interview for The Tim Dillon Show, Rogan called the practices “fuckery” and stated that he “didn’t know how to get off” the platform.
On the bright side for MAGA fans, GETTR still has Marjorie Taylor Greene. And, in all fairness, Trump’s TRUTH network also used a Chinese firm to organize its funding.
Lol don’t worry MAGA die-hards, Twitter will still be there when you inevitably decide to come back.
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