[SDNY] GETTR lawsuit over Jason Goodman's videos heats up -- another ODYSEE default?
Updated: Jul 20
Conspiracy Theorist laughs off another lawsuit
New York City's own hyper-aggressive meter maid, Jason Goodman, seemed to laugh off another lawsuit facing his company Multimedia System Design, Inc. and GETTR. Both companies apparently are operational in the S.D.N.Y.
(The links between Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese billionaire, and Trump adviser Steve Bannon go back years. | Alex Wong/Getty Images , By Tina Nguyen, 07/01/2021 09:18 PM EDT)
There was one major question: Just where did GETTR come from?
A POLITICO review reveals that prior to it being revealed on Thursday, GETTR had existed for nearly a year as a Chinese-language social media network linked to Guo (Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese billionaire) and G-TV Media, and on which anti-CCP content had been promoted on a regular basis.
G-TV Media has had a rocky history, and was the subject of a federal probe into its fundraising, with the FBI and SEC investigating the company’s $300 million private fundraising round. The links between Guo and Bannon go back years. Famously, Bannon was arrested aboard Guo’s yacht in 2020 over fraud charges related to a separate crowdfunding project to help build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2019, it was reported that Guo was a member of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.
Neither Bannon nor Guo is a party in the lawsuit (just as neither was charged in the SEC order). Instead, the plaintiff is a mysterious entity called Mountains of Spices LLC, while the top defendant is Sara Lihong Wei Lafrenz, co-director of a nonprofit Bannon and Guo started in 2018. The amended complaint filed in Arizona federal court on Sept. 16 reveals the inner workings of the web of professed anti-Communist exiles Bannon and Guo aspired to organize against the Chinese regime, and in support of a shadow government under their control.
And it suggests the sprawling network is tearing itself apart.
Mountains of Spices, its name borrowed from the biblical Song of Solomon, is one of three companies incorporated at a residential address in the upscale New York City suburb of Great Neck, Long Island. All belong to Qidong Xia, who a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast is a close associate of Guo’s. An attorney for Qidong Xia did not answer repeated questions about his client and the lawsuit.
The complaint, and posts to Guo’s GNews website, describe Mountains of Spices as part of the “Himalaya Supervisory Organization,” the unregistered nongovernmental organization Bannon kicked off with Guo in New York Harbor in 2020. The proclaimed purpose of that group, and of affiliated “farms” like Mountains of Spices, is to coordinate and finance anti-Beijing activities across the United States and around the globe, and support the pair’s “New Federal State of China.”
Cruelty thrives on Facebook and Twitter, but on Gettr it is inescapable. As Arendt wrote of the interwar Europeans who came to embrace totalitarianism, Gettr’s users appear “satisfied with blind partisanship in anything that respectable society had banned… they elevated cruelty to a major virtue because it contradicted society’s liberal and humanitarian hypocrisy”.
OPINION AND EDITORIAL
Numerous trackers from Facebook, Google, and other third parties are embedded in GETTR web and smartphone apps.
App permissions facilitate the surveillance of a wide variety of information about GETTR users, including fine-grained behavior and location data. This data is then used to profile users and shared with third parties.
“Getome,” a previous version of the GETTR app that targeted Chinese-language audiences, is still published in Google Play and effectively provides a backdoor to GETTR. Users can log in and interact on the GETTR network via the Getome app, bypassing updates on the newer application.
Content on GETTR such as news is loaded directly from external sources, opening connections between GETTR users to dozens of domains. This introduces serious privacy and security risks. Some of this content is delivered via unencrypted HTTP, further jeopardizing users.
GETTR’s privacy policies fail to disclose the full extent of GETTR data collection and sharing with third parties.
GETTR infrastructure is hosted by cloud vendors such as Amazon AWS and company email accounts are hosted by Google.
Utilizing the API of GETTR to gather large amounts of data is trivial. The situation has improved since approx. 90,000 emails were breached in July 2021, but a trove of information is still available via basic technical methods.
Employees recently laid off from Gettr—the so-called "free speech" site launched in July 2021 by Jason Miller, a previous adviser to former Republican President Donald Trump—are blaming the platform's key Chinese investor Guo Wengui for Gettr's recent instability.
These clashes have occurred amid monetary issues, a "major restructuring" and resulting lay-offs among Gettr's online security and infrastructure teams, the publication added. At least 13 members of those teams—including the chief information officer and chief information security officer—have been removed from the platform since December 28, 2021.
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