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Supreme Court Case Could Determine if Facebook, Twitter, Social Media Firms Can Censor Users

October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

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CNBC reports on the U.S. Supreme Court taking a case that could impact manufactured housing, and the nation at large, in several ways.

 

As the Daily Business News on MHProNews has noted several times the obvious fact that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms are routinely being used to communicate for personal and professional uses, including to members, as well as to potential customers.

Furthermore, with growing allegations that Google, and some social media companies being accused of tilting politically during campaigns, or for search results, there are several reasons that this should be seen as an important high-court decision.

  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.
  • The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor which can be sued for First Amendment violations.
  • The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

 

 

On its face,” per CNBC,the case has nothing to do with social media at all. Rather, the facts of the case concern public access television, and two producers who claim they were punished for expressing their political views. The producers, DeeDee Halleck and Jesus Melendez, say that Manhattan Neighborhood Network suspended them for expressing views that were critical of the network.”

But they added that, “In making the argument to the justices that the case was worthy of review, attorneys for MNN said the court could use the case to resolve a lingering dispute over the power of social media companies to regulate the content on their platforms.”

While the First Amendment is meant to protect citizens against government attempts to limit speech, there are certain situations in which private companies can be subject to First Amendment liability. Attorneys for MNN have made the case that social media companies are clearly not government actors. But in raising the question, they have provided the Supreme Court an opportunity to weigh in,” per CNBC.

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Michael Bloomberg says Dodd-Frank “Stupid,” slamming it and ObamaCare

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

former-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-credit-nypost-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com0Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said harsh regulation on financial institutions are hurting Main Street. Speaking at a conference, Bloomberg lashed out at laws that are arguably helping his own firm, which provides servcies to the financial industry. It’s good for the terminal business,” he said. “Some of these firms have 10 or 15 thousand people working on [compliance]; if that’s not an opportunity to provide software, I don’t know what is.” BuzzFeed tells MHProNews.

CNNMoney reported Bloomberg saying, The trouble is if you reduce the risk at these institutions, they can’t make the money they did. If they can’t make the money they did, they can’t provide the financing that this country and this world needs to create jobs and build infrastructure.”

Bloomberg, is the founder of financial data company Bloomberg L.P., as well as a billionaire philanthropist.

What happens is every little group in Congress has to add something to that bill in return for their votes, and a lot of those things are just mutually exclusive,” Bloomberg said. “Years later now we don’t have the regulations that are required and complying with it is just really impossible.” The same goes for Obamacare, Bloomberg asserted.

The NewYorkPost stated the former mayor said, The world adjusts to stupid laws. They just don’t pay attention to it and you get burned later on. That really is what happens, like a 25-mile-an-hour speed limit.”

Bloomberg sounded off on a range of topics, the NSA, Google and the president being “a wuss” after his party lost the mid-terms so badly.

Google and Facebook and Twitter, they want to collect data on everything you do, everybody you sleep with, every place you eat and what you ordered at the venue, and then they’re going to sell it for their own personal profit,” he said. “And we’re complaining about the NSA?” ##

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MHI Develops Easy Congressional Advocacy Method

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

Nathan Smith, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), tells MHProNews the MHI Government Relations staff, Jason Boehlert and Rick Robinson, have developed a new website to facilitate contacting members of Congress about issues, as well as to learn more about the various issues that impact the manufactured home industry. With “just four clicks,” as Nathan says, you can tweet or email a pre-written message regarding your choice of issues to your congressional representative. The goal is to greatly increase the number the number of contacts with Congress. Also you can connect with MHI’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. For a quick read, please click here. ##

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Using Pinterest to Promote Manufactured Housing

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

pinterest screen shotManufactured housing is one of those products where the pre-conceived image doesn’t always align with the actual product. A picture paints a thousand words and a social media site based on images called Pinterest is helping to change that. Lifestylist Suzanne Felber has been using the site to showcase manufactured homes and other products, and she says the results have been astounding. “Even in the home builders arena, people don’t seem to be aware of it,” Felber says. “It has made more people aware of my brand than other social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.” The site allows users to put their own images on the board, which link back to their web site. Felber says Pinterest users should put images on their own web site first, then “pin” them on Pinterest. One caveat, Felber says the images should be of a high quality or no one will re-pin them, and ultimately it could negatively reflect on the industry. While Pinterest is currently experiencing a surge in popularity, Felber says an up-and-coming site called Olioboard allows users to create design boards in 2D and 3D that include products like doors and windows complete with source and pricing. Unlike Pinterest, the design boards on Olioboard can be kept private.

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