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  • Gory depiction of Trump throat-slitting removed from Portland gallery

    07/17/2018 3:07:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    An art gallery in Portland, Oregon, has removed a graphic window illustration of President Trump being threatened with a bloody knife at his throat after an angry outcry. The One Grand Gallery took down the image entitled “F*** Trump” Tuesday in response to complaints, threats and a request from the landlord, as reported by Fox12. “The same people offended over a ‘death threat’ are the same people upholding death threats & violence. Irony,” said the gallery in a Tuesday post on Facebook.
  • Facebook removes page inciting violence against Republicans after lawmaker’s appeal (Gaetz, R-Fla.)

    07/17/2018 3:03:30 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 | Juliegrace Brufke
    Facebook on Tuesday removed a page for inciting violence against Republicans after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) brought it up in a hearing. Gaetz said his office previously brought the page to Facebook's attention and the social media giant dismissed concerns. But he presented the page to Facebook's head of global policy management directly during the House Judiciary Committee's hearing examining how social media companies filter content. During the hearing, the Florida Republican highlighted content posted on a page titled "Milkshakes against the Republican Party" that called for "crazed shooters" to target the GOP's congressional baseball team and attack the NRA....
  • Twitter suspended 58 million accounts last quarter of 2017

    07/17/2018 1:44:59 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 | Ali Breland
    Twitter suspended at least 58 million accounts in the last quarter of 2017 according to numbers reviewed by the Associated Press. The new figure comes after the company confirmed that it separately booted another 70 million fake accounts from its platform between May and June. Twitter has been aggressively cracking down on fake accounts that have long plagued its platform. Analysts have speculated that Twitter in the past has been reluctant to kick off such users out of fear of hurting its user growth numbers. The companies stock initially took a brief hit after news of its move to remove...
  • Facebook grapples with challenge of conspiracy sites

    07/17/2018 6:50:44 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 | Ali Breland
    Facebook is struggling with a difficult challenge — how to crack down on conspiracy theories and hoax sites on its platform. On one side are groups that say the company should better police user content. They are pushing Facebook to take down videos and posts from organizations such as Alex Jones’s Infowars. That website has pushed hoaxes alleging the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged and that John Podesta, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, was a part of a child-sex ring. But on the other side are Republican lawmakers and conservatives more focused on another issue:...
  • Harvard is facing backlash after their Executive Director Theresa Lund went viral

    07/16/2018 8:09:47 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 67 replies
    The Daily Haze ^ | Meko Haze
    Alyson Laliberte uploaded the video to her Facebook Saturday evening Lund was upset that Laliberte and her 3-year-old daughter were outside playing with chalk Saturday afternoon Since the video went viral Lund has deleted her social media accounts The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is facing backlash after their Executive Director Theresa Lund went viral for harassing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter while drawing with chalk outside their apartment on Saturday afternoon. The viral video was posted to Alyson Laliberte’s Facebook page on Saturday evening. Laliberte uploaded a video—which has already had over 600,000 views—and a picture of Lund. The caption...
  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to testify before House panel

    07/13/2018 8:31:41 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/18 | Ali Breland
    Top public policy officials from Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet's YouTube division are set to testify before Congress on Tuesday to determine whether the companies were politically motivated in filtering content on their platforms. GOP Congressmembers have taken aim at the social media giants for what they have charged are politically biased practices in the content each site chooses to remove. The companies have denied such claims. The companies will send their top public policy officials to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, including Facebook’s head of global policy, Monika Bickert; YouTube’s head of global public policy and government relations Juniper...
  • Sen. Feinstein failed to disclose husband’s Facebook stock before Zuckerberg testified: report

    07/11/2018 7:55:15 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | July 11, 2018 | Seung Lee
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., failed to disclose that her husband owned more than $100,000 in Facebook shares before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to the Senate in April, according to a new report Wednesday.

    07/10/2018 10:58:13 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies
    (Full Title) CALIFORNIA CITY TO GIVE $500 A MONTH TO ANYONE-BUY DRUGS, BOOZE, GAS FOOD-SOCIALISM WORKS! DAILY MAIL: Stockton, California will become the first city in the country to participate in a test of Universal Basic Income, in which 100 residents will be given $500-dollars-a-month, with no strings attached. The program aims to create a level of income that no one will fall beneath. By providing impoverished residents a regular sum of money that they can use on anything they wish, be it food, clothes, gas, or starting a new venture, those behind the program believe it could go a...
  • How Houston Lost Its Mind Over a Trump Shirt

    07/08/2018 11:11:09 AM PDT · by BBell · 160 replies
    t’s hard to imagine a safer space in Houston than West University Place. Its unofficial motto is “The Neighborhood City,” and on a sweet spring night that was blessedly cool and clear, with mature live oaks spreading their protective branches over the tidy streets and the azaleas blooming in a riot of coral, fuchsia, and the whitest white, that’s what it seemed to be: a cozy, friendly oasis in the middle of a big, complicated metropolis. A place where four girls just entering their teens could head out for ice cream and cookies, unaccompanied, to a spot called Tiny’s Milk...
  • David Brock's 2018-2020 Playbook to Take Down Trump

    07/07/2018 8:17:42 AM PDT · by SouthernClaire · 25 replies
    Orwellian Chronicle ^ | 06 July 2018 | Ramses Reyes
    Direct link to Brock's private manual:
  • Facebook Apologizes After Algorithm Blocks the Declaration of Independence as 'Hate Speech'

    07/07/2018 6:57:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/07/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    The Declaration of Independence was censored on Facebook this week. According to Facebook's algorithm, America's founding document contains "hate speech." Leading up to Independence Day, a newspaper in Texas posted sections of the Declaration of Independence on Facebook. The social media site's algorithm blocked a section of America's founding document, categorizing it as "hate speech." I'm glad to say Facebook later realized its mistake, apologized, and unblocked the post, but this incident reveals the problems with automated "hate speech" algorithms. The Vindicator started posting snippets of the Declaration on June 24, enabling readers to digest the whole thing in time...
  • Facebook Co-Founder: Tax the rich at 50% to give $500-a-month free cash and fix income inequality

    07/06/2018 6:59:02 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 5, 2018 | Tom Huddleston Jr.
    Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes thinks the government should give cash handouts to people with the lowest incomes in order to fight income inequality. And he thinks the money should come from higher taxes on wealthy individuals and even big tech companies, like Facebook. Hughes, 34, was one of Facebook’s co-founders, along with Mark Zuckerberg and three of their Harvard classmates, in 2004. He was Facebook’s spokesperson for the company’s first three years, before leaving to finish his Harvard degree and then to work on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as a media strategist. He says he's made "half a billion...
  • Video captures officers using stun gun on sitting man

    07/04/2018 3:23:13 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jul 1, 2018 | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    LANCASTER, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania police officer is seen on video using a stun gun on a man as he's sitting on a curb. Lancaster police says officers were called around 10 a.m. Thursday and told a man was confronting people with a bat. Video posted to Facebook captured Officer Philip Bernot telling 27-year-old Sean Williams to sit on a sidewalk and stick his legs out. Bernot then uses his stun gun on Williams while the man is sitting, facing away from the officer. Police told Lancaster Online another officer, Shannon Mazzante, arrived on the scene just after 10 a.m....
  • Facebook Algorithm Flags, Removes Declaration of Independence Text as Hate Speech

    07/03/2018 2:53:50 PM PDT · by babyfreep · 78 replies ^ | July 3, 2018 | Christian Britschgi
    America's founding document might be too politically incorrect for Facebook, which flagged and removed a post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence. The excerpt, posted by a small community newspaper in Texas, apparently violated the social media site's policies against hate speech. Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator's readers. The first nine such posts of the project went up without incident. "But part 10," writes Vindicator...
  • arzenegger roasted Trump with a perfect Terminator analogy

    07/02/2018 8:36:36 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    indy100 ^ | July 1, 2018 | Greg Evans
    In a Facebook video posted on Thursday by the media company ATTN, the former Governor of California, who is a big supporter of environmental issues says that Trump's policies will be "a threat to future generations." Not only does he reference the Terminator but also make as a very apt analogy using Netflix and Blockbusters. Speaking to a Trump bobblehead, the 70-year-old Austrian says: "So, President Trump, I know you really want to be an action hero, right? So take it from the Terminator, you're only supposed to go back in time to protect future generations. But your administration attempts...
  • Facebook’s disclosures under scrutiny as federal agencies join probe of tech giant’s role in . . .

    07/02/2018 4:43:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/02/18 | Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin, others
    A federal investigation into Facebook’s sharing of data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has broadened to focus on the actions and statements of the tech giant and now involves three agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to people familiar with the official inquiries. Representatives for the FBI, the SEC and the Federal Trade Commission have joined the Department of Justice in its inquiries about the two companies and the sharing of personal information of 71 million Americans, suggesting the wide-ranging nature of the investigation, said five people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a probe...
  • Facebook's new political rules block ads for businesses with Bush, Clinton in name

    07/02/2018 1:55:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/02/18 | Ali Breland
    Facebook’s new algorithms for spotting political advertisements are inadvertently blocking ads for businesses that share the same names as famous politicians.Advertisers told Bloomberg that their ads mentioning the word “bush” have been flagged as political content, even if they are completely unrelated to politics. The company’s filters took down an ad from a Walmart in Beeville, Texas, advertising a sale on cans of Bush’s Beans. In another instance, Facebook took down an ad from a lawn-mowing service in South Dakota advertising bush trimming. Under Facebook's new rules for political ads, the ads are taken down until advertisers can verify themselves....

    07/01/2018 12:58:42 PM PDT · by FrankR · 68 replies
    Vanity | 07/01/2018 | Self
    OK, I've had it with Facebook. I've been on there for a year or so, only because of my kids and grandkids, and a few, close, personal friends. My total number of "Friends" on there is only 54, (and a few of those need to go). Now - in order to get their hooks into more people - you only get to read the "News Feed" IF, you add "more friends". They've blocked me at only one post I can read, until I add more friends. I refuse. I've got the friends I want, and that's all I want. It's...
  • Facebook says it would totally never use its patent to spy on you with your phone’s mic

    06/29/2018 7:50:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | Rachel Kaser
    A patent from Facebook came to light earlier this week, depicting technology that Facebook would use to quietly activate a user’s microphone in order to listen to them as they watch ads. The patent, filed earlier this month, was originally discovered by Metro. It describes a process by which secret messages embedded in TV ads, inaudible to the human ear, would trigger your smart device to record you while the ad was playing. It would then send the audio to Facebook, in order for it to hear your reaction to the ad. You can view the patent here, complete with stick-figure...
  • PA Democrat Mayor Allegedly Wanted BLM Protesters ‘Destroyed’ by Water Cannons

    06/29/2018 9:02:03 AM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nate Church
    Democrat Mayor Karen Peconi is facing public backlash after a series of messages in which she reportedly called for “rioters to be destroyed by a water cannon.” On Facebook, the Arnold, Westmoreland County, mayor reportedly said that she was “posting this so the authorities everywhere sees this … bring the hoses.” Then, “they don’t care about jobs for PGH … none of them work now. That’s how they can do this at 7 a.m. Very sad.” Another post references a 1963 protest photo in which a large water cannon is taking aim at protesters demanding equal rights, saying, “we need...