Intro to MeWe CEO Response to ‘False’ Accusations


Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted January 25, 2021

 

On a couple of non-Big Tech Social Media platforms, I have run into very adamant posters that the MeWe Social Media is owned by or supportive of the Dem-Marxist Agenda. I commented to one such post and the fellow went off after my comment that I share on numerous Conservative and Patriot Groups on MeWe with a zero-censorship experience.

 

Mark Weinstein – MeWe CEO

 

The anti-MeWe accusations have become so pervasive that MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein addressed the accusations with a near complete denial of the rumors. I say “near” because he admits to donating to Dems, BUT he ALSO donated to Republicans equally. Weinstein explains he was attempting to head off Left-Wing anger. Well…Good luck with that, Leftists have developed into venomous intolerant perpetrators of hate.

 

Below is Weinstein’s denial of rumors that culminates with a Youtube video on a Newsmax interview on where MeWe is on Big Tech Censorship. U Agree some & disagree some with MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein. The interview shows MeWe moderates against incitement of violence and insinuates Parler did not implying his belief for the reason Parler was deplatformed. I don’t know that I buy that since Amazon Twitter, Facebook, etc. has no problem with Leftist incitement of violence against Conservatives. The part that is important – regardless of vilification rumors – MeWe is NOT censoring Conservatives.

 

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Setting the Record Straight: “FAKE NEWS” about MeWe 

 

By Mark Weinstein – MeWe Administrator

Posted January 25, 2021 (edited)

Posted at MEWE NEWS AND UPDATES

 

MeWe Members and Friends,

As we all know, the web is full of entertaining rumors and falsehoods (both harmless and harmful). You may have heard that MeWe is owned by Facebook (or Mark Z’s wife 😂) , the Democratic Party, by China; or that MeWe is censoring content for political reasons. HUH? 🧐

 

Facebook is often the source of these kinds of rumors. They are a known dirty player using smear tactics whenever they can to thwart upstarts daring to challenge them. 🤥👎

 

LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT: THESE RUMORS ARE PURE BS!

 

Here’s the TRUTH:

 

1) No affiliation with FB, the Democratic Party, China, or ANY political party or government ever. 🚫. MeWe is 100% funded by high-net-worth investors, period. Investors include good Americans of all views, shapes and sizes.

 

2) MeWe is for all good people of all backgrounds, countries, political views, religious affiliations, lifestyles, etc. MeWe supports the fundamental principles of Democracy worldwide, plain and simple. This is the American way! 🇺🇸

 

3) I am a registered Libertarian and neither my politics nor any MeWe team member’s will ever influence how MeWe is run. (Full disclosure: I contributed to both candidates to ensure that MeWe retains goodwill with all sides 🙂

 

MeWe Solves all the Problems of Social Media 🥁

 

MeWe is built to solve the problems perpetrated by the Big Tech giants. All the features people love and no ads, no targeting, no political bias, no data mining, no newsfeed manipulation, and no BS.

 

Regardless of your politics, background, religion, or lifestyle, MeWe protects Free Speech for all law-abiding and TOS-abiding members. The freedom to disagree and debate different ideas is what democracy is all about! 🤝

 

MeWe is all about great social networking with NO BS. There are hundreds of thousands of open groups on MeWe. Popular group categories include sports, technology, entertainment, video games, travel, health, travel, foodies, animal lovers, politics left and right, and more. ✅

 

Here’s my recent Newsmax interview calling out Facebook and Twitter’s privacy violations and unfair censorship of good people and groups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MUW_2JEp_8&feature=youtu.be

 

[Youtube VIDEO: MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein on National Report, Newsmax 1/21/21

Posted by MeWe

132 subscribers – Jan 21, 2021]

 

Here’s my NY POST op-ed on this topic:
https://nypost.com/2020/05/22/why-social-media-censorship-is-worse-than-useless/

 

MeWe gives you the industry’s first Privacy Bill of Rights guaranteeing that you have total control of your data, newsfeeds, and privacy. 📜
https://mewe.com/privacy#bill

 

MeWe is the social network that serves YOU, our members. Not advertisers, politicians, or governments. 🎯

 

No Ads, No Targeting, No Newsfeed Manipulation, No BS. 🤝🔏❤

 

#LetsMeWe 👍

 

LOOMERED: Facebook Admits They Are a Publisher in New Explosive Court Documents


Facebook has been picking on me lately so I am gratified to read that Laura Loomer is suing Facebook and that lawmakers are paying attention with looming legislation on Facebook censorship.

 

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LOOMERED: Facebook Admits They Are a Publisher in New Explosive Court Documents

A lawsuit filed by banished journalist Laura Loomer has forced Facebook to admit they are a publisher.

 

By Shane Trejo

Sep 19, 2019

Big League Politics

Laura Loomer – Mark Zuckerberg

 

The tech behemoth Facebook has admitted that it is a publisher while defending its arbitrary censorship of banished journalist Laura Loomer, according to court documents.

 

Facebook banned Loomer’s account from their platform during a purge of popular conservative voices that happened in May. Others targeted by the purge included Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson. Loomer is striking back with a lawsuit that is unearthing some interesting revelations about the social media monolith.

 

“Under well-established law, neither Facebook nor any other publisher can be liable for failing to publish someone else’s message,” Facebook’s attorneys wrote.

 

Facebook actually has the audacity to claim that their 1st Amendment rights are being violated by Loomer’s lawsuit, in a total contorting of reality. They have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

 

“She claims Facebook labeled her as a ‘dangerous’ person who promotes hate – yet, the First Amendment has long protected such statements because they are opinions that are not capable of being proven true or false,” Facebook’s attorneys claim in their dismissal motion.

 

Right now, Facebook is protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from being held liable for the content published on their platform. This special exemption worked fine when the social network engaged in relative neutrality, but those days are no more as Big Tech is at war with conservative and pro-Trump voices.

 

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced legislation to reform Section 230 and make the special immunity privileges contingent on Facebook and other tech providers remaining non-biased in how they curate content on their platforms:

 

As it states right now, Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

 

Howley’s bill, the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, would remove that exemption for Big Tech firms if they act like publishers instead of neutral platforms. Corporations would have to comply with external audits proving their algorithms and content moderation are not biased.

 

“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley said in a statement. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”

 

“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”

 

Facebook is being increasingly forced to admit damaging information about its business model due to various lawsuits filed against the embattled corporation.

 

“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Facebook attorney Orin Snyder admitted in court back in June, while describing the social network as a “digital town square” of sorts.

 

Facebook is providing ammunition for its critics to build a case to change the regulations so they can no longer inflict the Orwellian nightmare upon conservatives.

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CPAC, Laura Loomer & Michelle Malkin: Sobering Conservatism


John R. Houk

© March 4, 2019

CPAC is supposed to be the paragon annual meeting of Conservative voices. Perhaps no longer a paragon and now merely a voice of approved-only Conservative voices. Laura Loomer experienced CPAC censorship and Michelle Malkin calls wishy-washy (perhaps RINO or Establishment – you decide) Conservatives that meet CPAC approval.

 

Laura Loomer confronted CNN’s Oliver Darcy at CPAC over his part in getting Alex Jones banned from Twitter and Facebook. The CPAC gods decided confronting Fake News CNN was heckling rather than a holding account for censorship. (Face it – agree, disagree, love or mock Alex Jones for his tactics and conspiracy theories is no reason for censorship in America. Facebook is currently censoring my SlantRight 2.0 blog so I feel that pain.) Thus CPAC, pulled Laura Loomer press credentials. Here is Loomer confronting Darcy:

 

VIDEO: Laura Loomer BANNED From CPAC For Confronting CNN Reporter

 

Posted by Laura Loomer

Published on Mar 3, 2019

 

On Friday March 1, 2019, Laura Loomer confronted CNN reporter Oliver Darcy about why he abused his position at CNN to lobby Facebook and Twitter to ban Alex Jones.

 

Darcy and CNN have been celebrating the de-platforming of Conservatives and have been advocating for Conservatives to be banned on social media for their political speech.

 

It is an abuse of power and violation of journalistic values as a journalist to lobby big tech companies to censor and silence conservatives.

 

After Loomer confronted CNN, Soros funded Right Wing Watch, which is a branch of the SPLC pressured CPAC to revoke her credentials. SPLC is a radical left- wing organization that works to defame and sabotage Conservatives.

 

Why did CPAC ban a conservative journalist from watching President Trump speak while allowing “Fake News CNN” and radical Left wing SPLC & Soros tied “Right Wing Watch” to keep their press credentials? I thought CNN was Fake News?

 

At least that’s what Donald Trump said…

 

Matt Schlapp needs to provide an answer ASAP.

 

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Laura Loomer talks about CPAC weenies pulling credentials in a VDARE interview (H/T Linda Rasmussen (MeWe) on MeWe Group Official Tea Party 3/3/19 10:51 AM):

 

VIDEO: Laura Loomer Breaks Down CPAC Censorship | CPAC 2019

 

Posted by VDARE TV

Published on Mar 3, 2019

 

And Loomer in an INFOWARS interview on Darcy confrontation:

 

VIDEO: INFOWARS EXCLUSIVE: Laura Loomer Banned From CPAC After Confronting CNN Oliver Darcy

 

Posted by Jake Lloyd

Published on Mar 2, 2019

 

And then there is Michelle Malkin having the cajones to call out Never-Trumper Conservatives on the CPAC podium. I wonder if she gets an invite in 2020?

 

VIDEO: CPAC 2019 – Michelle Malkin

 

Posted by American Conservative Union

Published on Mar 2, 2019

 

The Hill has a good summary of Malkin calling out Never Trumpers (minus videos since already posted above):

 

Michelle Malkin goes after ‘the ghost of John McCain’ at CPAC

 

BY RACHEL FRAZIN – 03/01/19 02:20 PM EST

 

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin attacked the “ghost of John McCain” during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

 

“Sanctuary cities have metastasized and both parties are to blame,” Malkin said. “And yes, I’m looking at you, retired [Speaker] Paul Ryan; and yes, I’m looking at you, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell; and yes, I’m looking at you, Bush family; and yes, I’m looking at you, the ghost of John McCain.”

 

She pointed upward while directing her fury at McCain’s ghost, at which point several people in the crowd gave Malkin a standing ovation.

 

McCain, a longtime senator from Arizona and the Republican Party’s 2008 nominee for president, died last year from brain cancer. He was a frequent critic of the Trump administration.

 

Below is The Conservative Tree House/The Last Refuge post that has the entire transcript of Michelle Malkin’s speech.

 

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Michelle Malkin CPAC Speech: “CPAC at the Bridge”…

 

Posted by sundance

March 2, 2019

The Last Refuge

 

Mrs. Michelle Malkin delivered a strong call-to-arms at CPAC surrounding the insufferable Big Club’s republican corporate agenda toward immigration.

 

Wolverine Speech and Transcript Below:

 

[Video of speech deleted – watch above]

 

[Transcript] Good afternoon. Thank you to CPAC for the invitation. My name is Michelle Malkin. I identify as an American. A proud, unhyphenated, unapologetic, fully assimilated American. My pronouns are U.S.A.

 

America is good and America is great. Of these basic truths, there is or should be little dispute among us here. But two questions loom large: 1) For how long will the America we grew up in remain good and great? And 2) To whom shall we entrust the existential responsibility of securing the goodness and greatness passed down peacefully for generations?

 

I wish I could stand here and chirp happily to you about positive news. Yes, unemployment rates are at historic lows, regulations and taxes are being cut, some stellar judges have been confirmed, and the reckless, feckless liberal media has finally, finally self-immolated like a slow-motion downing of the Hindenburg.

 

Yes, we have much to thank President Trump for as he battles the Beltway swamp, the deep state, the administrative state, and the fake news fourth estate. But there is no sugarcoating America’s long-term forecast. We face fearful odds. The game is rigged. The playing field is manifestly unlevel.

 

My first book Invasion in 2002, exposed how border failures and systemic non-enforcement of our visa program rules created a national security crisis that led to 9/11. My last book, Sold Out, which I co-authored in 2015 with former American computer programmer-turned-labor lawyer John Miano, documented how Big Business and Big Government created an economic crisis by exploiting the H-1B tech worker visa program and other foreign employment visas for cheap labor.

 

I’ve been accused of being a grifter for wanting to inform and educate citizens about these destructive rackets. But it’s the GOP sellouts in bed with open borders – like the ones who hijacked the tea party movement to shill for amnesty – who are the real grifters cashing in and practicing deceit at the expense of their base.

 

Our shining city on a hill has become a much-abused doormat to the world. Building the border wall is just half the battle. The numbers tell all. Our future is dimmed. The odds are fearful.

 

We currently grant one million legal permanent residencies to people from around the world every year. The number of green card holders is expected to increase by 10 million by 2025. That’s more than the current combined population of Dallas, St. Louis, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Now multiply that number by at least three and a half.

 

Thanks to our chain migration system, created in 1952 and expanded exponentially by Congress in 1965 and 1990, these new immigrants can sponsor their entire extended families: parents, spouses, adult children and their children, and siblings and their children. Princeton University researchers found that recently admitted immigrants sponsored an average of 3.45 additional relatives each.

 

An estimated 85,000 refugees and 20,000-plus asylees enter the country annually through an overwhelmed system so rife with fraud and abuse that the process is jokingly dubbed “refugee roulette” by immigration lawyers. In total, from fiscal year 2008 to 2017, the U.S. gave green cards to more than 2 million migrants for various humanitarian claims – a population larger than the city of Philadelphia.

 

Nearly half a million more immigrants in that time frame got in through the diversity visa lottery. Illegal aliens are eligible if a legal family member wins the jackpot. Tens of thousands are pouring in from terrorism breeding grounds through the lottery unvetted, unmonitored and unassimilated. Thanks again to chain migration, immigration lotto winners’ spouses and unmarried children under 21 all get passes into the country, too.

 

Nearly half of all illegal aliens in the country have violated the terms of their short-term visitor or work visas. More than 10.8 million people received such visas alone in fiscal year 2015, including 500,000 foreign university and graduate students on academic visas and nearly 700,000 total foreign guest workers (both skilled and unskilled, not to mention their spouses, many of whom are allowed to work here as well).

 

Congress has repeatedly mandated a nationwide visa entry-exit system to track legal short-term visa holders. But one has yet to be built—even in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated in part by several illegal alien visa overstayers. E-verify has been stalled. Sanctuary cities metastasized. And BOTH parties are to blame – yeah I’m looking at you, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the Bush family, Mitt Romney and the ghost of John McCain.

 

This unrelenting inflow of new green card holders, short-term foreign visa holders, legal temporary workers, refugees and asylees is supplemented by 13 to 30 million illegal aliens who expect amnesty and chain migration privileges from Washington despite breaking immigration laws governing everything from border jumping to ID fraud, benefits fraud, tax fraud, and marriage fraud, to human and drug trafficking, to employment rules, deportation orders, and visa overstays.

 

The feds have proved themselves serially unwilling and incapable of handling the lapses, backlogs, overload, and yes, invasion. The numbers tell all. Open borders anarchy, multiplied by endless chain migration, amnesty, and cheap labor pipelines, endangers our general welfare and the blessings of liberty. By every clear measure, the war is not on immigrants but on American sovereignty.

 

I’ve been called white for stating the facts. I’m not white. I’m just right. Both native-born and immigrant families like mine, which revere the rule of law, common traditions, constitutional principles, one identity and one tongue, have been replaced by militantly unassimilable and hostile generations…of future Democrat voters whose tribal allegiance to the Left has only hardened over time.

 

It’s insane that we have elected Republicans on Capitol Hill doing the bidding of the illegal alien DREAMer racket. Until and unless we reclaim the right of self-determination over the numbers, we are doomed.

 

My fellow Americans, we stand at the bridge as Horatius stood at the narrow bridge over the Tiber River alone facing fearful odds as hordes of Etruscans marched towards him and cowards cut and run behind him. Like his enemies, our enemies are both foreign AND domestic.

 

Inside are flimsily defended borders, we are not at peace, or rather, the radical Left is not at peace with us. From the comfort of TV green rooms, Beltway backrooms, corporate boardrooms, and conference ballrooms, it may not look like civil war is imminent. But threats and outright violence against ordinary, law-abiding people are now regularized features, not random bugs, of political life in these dis-United States.

 

College students are being punched, elderly citizens are being harassed, MAGA hat wearers are being kicked off planes and assaulted in school hallways and restaurants, conservative speakers are being mobbed and Molotov cocktailed, ICE agents and their families are being targeted, pro-lifers are being kicked and menaced, pro-Trump, anti-jihad moms on social media are being monitored and doxxed.

 

The madness is beyond parody.

 

Last week, social justice media warriors whipped up hysteria over a Mar a Lago pastry chef’s Instagram posts. Where are the sanctuary spaces for law-abiding conservatives who simply want to exercise their rights to free speech and peaceable assembly?

 

The divide in this country is between decent people who stand up for America and dastardly people who want to bring America to its knees.

 

We certainly should make common cause with others across the aisle who shares our values, but we should not rush to embrace those whose fundamental aim is to smear and destroy us all. That’s suicidal. Which is why I cannot stand here and stay silent about the role Van Jones has played in attempting to silence the Right.

 

My objection is not to his support for criminal justice reform. I have dedicated much of my own time, energy, and money to fighting wrongful convictions, false allegations, and prosecutorial and forensic misconduct. Next time you need a conservative to talk about criminal justice reform, call me. You don’t need someone who’s going to spew fake news pro illegal alien propaganda to talk CJR to conservatives.

 

Fact check: The most recent research by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that illegal aliens are up to 5.5 times more likely than Americans to be incarcerated in state prisons compared to Americans and legal residents.

 

But my most vehement objection is to this stage being used to lend legitimacy to the George Soros-funded organization Color of Change, which dedicated to censoring and sabotaging right-leaning groups for championing the free market, opposing radical Islam, and exposing open borders.

 

Seven years ago, Van Jones’ group pressured Pepsi, McDonald’s, Intuit and other companies to cut ties to the mainstream American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), a half-century-old association of state legislators who believe in “the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.” What was ALEC’s crime? Crafting model legislation on voter ID to protect election integrity, immigration enforcement measures and self-defense legislation to strengthen Second Amendment rights.

 

Color of Change and the smear machine racket known as the Southern Poverty Law Center use the same playbook to marginalize and criminalize mainstream conservatives, anti-jihad groups, and immigration hawks as “hate groups” and push us out of the public square.

 

They conspire with payment processors and Silicon Valley to deprive the Right of our voices and our ability to make a living. So many speaking up and fighting on the front lines for liberty and security are being detwittered depaypaled defacebooked deplatformed – people like Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes and the Center for Immigration Studies and Robert Spencer and so many others.

 

Many are in this room. Stand up if you are one of them. Many have been forced to beg for money to help them fight in court to restore their reputations. Many have been barred from this room.

 

Nice is not enough. Logic and facts and appeals to decency and fairness are not enough. Bemoaning double standards is not enough. Ultimately our future will not be secured in a Fox News anchor chair or a think tank office or on a cruise ship or at a cushy GOP retreat. The future is on the frontlines. At the edge of the bridge.

 

Then out spake brave Horatius, the captain of the Gate. To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods.

 

Instead of throwing allies under that bridge, movement conservatives who have preached so comfortably here in the Beltway about defending America while preserving the status quo need to help provide financial and moral support to the disrupters willing to fight fire with fire.

 

Maybe it’s providence that I am privileged to speak here on the 7th anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death. He was a disrupter. We need more disrupters. We need legislative action at the local and state level.

 

We need politicians who will DO SOMETHING to stop the sowers of hate and their handmaidens. Use the tools at your disposal. Don’t just stand there. DO SOMETHING.

 

Diversity is NOT our strength. Unity is. Our common purpose is the common defense of our nation. Good people make America great.

 

Good people: Stand and fight.

 

[Transcript Link]

 

Conservatives Advocate Border Security & Protest Illegal Aliens

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CPAC, Laura Loomer & Michel Malkin: Sobering Conservatism

John R. Houk

© March 4, 2019

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Michelle Malkin CPAC Speech: “CPAC at the Bridge”…

 

About The Conservative Tree House/The Last Refuge 

 

The Conservative Tree House may be called a Last Refuge for each of us for different reasons. Whatever trail through the woods brought us here, we have shared the turmoil of storms as we have been finding our voices as individuals in this growing community.

 

Perhaps you’ve had some truly shockingly cruel things said to you purely because you believe in limited government and fiscal conservatism. Perhaps you not only believe that we should be self-reliant and personally responsible, but also believe that when we are allowed to depend on ourselves, we are stronger, more successful, take greater pride in ourselves and our work, and are more likely to make positive contributions to society. And then we are happier people, or at least more likely to be happier.

 

Which lends to the following theory: Fear is at the core of liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Liberalism is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment.

 

Control is a reaction to fear. Think in terms or politics and society – the fear behind liberalism is the fear that someone might withhold things (opportunities, money, whatever) from me, fear that if you live your life in a way I dislike that it might affect my life, fear that if you get that job, there will be nothing left for me. Fear that if you make tons of money, it’s means there’s less money out there for me. So people who believe in liberal ideologies seek control as a means of  READ THE REST