Saturday, August 18, 2018

Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Infowars gets banned, U.S. Fish and Wildlife turns against saving the bees, and more.

YouTube, Apple and Facebook ban Infowars, which decries ‘mega purge’

YouTube, Apple and Facebook have removed main outlets for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website, citing repeated violations of policies against hate speech and glorifying violence. Infowars responded by accusing the companies of censorship.

The streaming service Spotify also expanded a ban imposed last week on some of Jones’ content, saying Monday that “The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform.”

On Sunday, Apple and iTunes deleted five podcasts related to Infowars and Jones. The other bans then piled up in quick succession.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifts ban on neonicotinoids linked to bee decline to help expand hunting

A decision to rollback an Obama-era ban on neonicotinoids, which was put in place to help protect bees and other pollinators after research linked their decline to pesticides, was announced in a memo by the U.S  Fish and Wildlife Service. The change would now allow “the use of genetically modified crops and pesticides in certain national wildlife refuges where farming is allowed,” EcoWatch reported.

The memo, which was put out by Gregory J. Sheehan, principal deputy director of the Service dated August 2, cited the ban was lifted in order to provide necessary food for waterfowl on national wildlife refuges, which is associated with the likes of hunters of ducks and other birds.

Sunflowers vs. Gunpower: March for Our Lives takes on the NRA

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