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thisquality in recent times was suspended on Twitter for posting Current Affairs news that had no influence over the New Zealand audience on our website when protestors beached the Capitol in America in Washington, D.C, on January 6.
Our company posted a video showing American President, Donald J. Trump, speaking to protestors telling them to go home asking to stop causing violence, to the YouTube platform. The company later removed that content and deemed it as inappropriate under their Terms of Service and policies.
Since the content was removed, Twitter later censored the video, as did Facebook on the President’s account(s) and any other user(s) associated with it. It was later suspended in-light of Trump’s content and tweets deeming it as inciting violence to American democracy, not New Zealand’s.
thisquality later uploaded the content to its own employed video platform, meaning the video would now be owned as an asset to our company rather than a tech giant. The CEO of thisquality, Sam Hudson (@SamQHudson), posted the article to tweet replies and submitted it to the @thisquality handle on Twitter in article/publication or linked format. The video was not hosted or published to any account(s).
On January 13, the account(s) were suspended for the following: ‘violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam’ — the suspension reason did not describe exactly what it was for or what tweet(s) caused it.
According to Wikipedia, over 70,000 ‘QAnon’ accounts were suspended or removed from Twitter on January 11 for inciting violence or spreading conspiracies.
According to legal assertions and guides, the content was deemed not illegal in New Zealand by the Chief in Censor meaning Big Tech had a right to suspend any account attempting to post the content onto their platforms. However, the content thisquality posted was an asset in article or publication form and did not associate with tech platforms in video hosted format.
The Chief of Censor can deem content objectionable (legal) or non-objectionable (illegal) — the Christchurch mosque shooting is a good example of non-objectionable content and is banned in New Zealand. In this situation, no content thisquality posted to their platform was deemed to be non-objectionable under New Zealand laws.
thisquality raised concerns with Twitter over the suspension and is awaiting a further response. If the tech giant wishes not to respond, our company will take it further and get approval prior to legal advice to take it to the High Courts.
To protect news, it has to be owned and hosted by a company, which is what our company did prior to being suspended.
We are legally proceeding a case to ensure the future of Current Affairs news is never censored unless it contains content to the extent of the Christchurch mosque shootings or extreme content not suitable for anyone that contains violent scenes.
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