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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Louder than you can possibly imagine

Louder than you can possibly imagine | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We’ve recently been documenting the No campaign’s increasingly-panicked attempts to avoid, or entirely shut down, the Scottish independence debate by various means.

We were on the sharp end of it again last night, as the usual small group of frothing extremist BritNats and psychopathic stalkers (accompanied this time by a tiny handful of “useful idiots” from the SNP’s youth wing) tried to smear and discredit this site by crudely misrepresenting things I’ve said in a personal capacity over a number of years.


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The unwritten law

The unwritten law | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This piece just appeared in a little corner of the Scottish Sun: Kudos to the paper for raising the issue of the No camp's incredible, almost Stalinist levels of censorship, known only thanks to th...
Peter A Bell's insight:

There will hardly be an online Yes campaigner who has not experienced at first hand the quite blatant censorship on the official Better Together Facebook page and other anti-independence sites. We all have our stories to tell.

Like most online independence activists of my acquaintance I have been blocked by Better Together. They will doubtless claim that this was because I broke some rule. But, as Stu points out, I have no way of knowing what these rules are and was never advised of having breached them.

While I am perfectly capable of engaging in robust debate, I was always careful when commenting on the Better Together Facebook page not to give the slightest excuse for objecting to my comments on any of the usual grounds. If their admins claim that I was abusive or used offensive language then they are lying. Why would I present them with such a gift?

As far as I can determine the incident which occasioned my being blocked was also a good example of the censorship referred to. Someone had posted an image - they called it an infographic, but I pointed out that it did not qualify as such because it contained no information - which featured a claim about SNP defence policy which was completely false.

Using quotes from official sources and links to various documents I demonstrated beyond any possible doubt that the claim was untrue. I invited those defending the claim to provide evidence of their own. They declined to do so. After a fairly lengthy exchange, the entire discussion suddenly disappeared. A few moments later, the image with the blatant lie reappeared, minus all the comments challenging its veracity.

That is how Better Together operates. The entire organisation is corrupt and dishonest.

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No-campaign accused of over-zealous online censorship

No-campaign accused of over-zealous online censorship | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The anti-independence campaign group Better Together has been accused of routinely censoring messages from its online Facebook page if they do not express pro-Union views.


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Jim Arnott's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:15 AM

Better Together would never censor anything. Believe that and you will believe the moon is made of cheese.

 

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