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Amid censorship concerns, Google, Microsoft donate to Biden Inauguration fund

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Amid fears of Big Tech companies censoring alternatives to mainstream social media, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Comcast have publically donated to the inauguration fund for President-elect Joe Biden.

The Biden Inaugural Committee released a list of its donors Saturday who donated over $200 to the Jan. 20 festivities. The site does not specify the amounts, but according to campaign law, it will have to report the information within 90 days of the inauguration, as reported by Politico.

The full list is available here and shows hundreds of names and several companies funding the Biden/Harris swearing-in.

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Other notable names include Qualcomm, Verizon, Comcast, Boeing, labor union IBEW, medical tech company Masimo Corporation, and health insurance company Anthem, Inc.

The inauguration ceremony is expected to take place in person at the Capitol but supporters are urged to stay home due to the pandemic.

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This news comes at the same time that Google is taking down Parler, a free speech alternative to Twitter, from their Google Play store—demanding more censorship and moderation of content on the platform.

The site is notable for being a conservative go-to as many pro-Trump accounts are fleeing to Parler. Twitter crackdowns are increasing drastically on anyone “supporting violence,” or in other words, holding a different view of the world than Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,” Google’s statement on pulling Parler read. “All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US….In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”

While companies are busy squashing conservative thought and platforms, they seem to find the time to cut checks for the incoming administration.

You can follow Ben Wilson on Twitter @BenDavisWilson 

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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