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  • Facial Recognition Software Regularly Misgenders Trans People

    02/22/2019 11:11:53 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 57 replies
    Vice News ^ | Feb 19, 2019 | Matthew Gault
    Facial recognition software is a billion dollar industry, with Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook developing systems, some of which have been sold to governments and private companies. Those systems are a nightmare for various reasons—some systems have, for example, been shown to misidentify black people in criminal databases while others have been unable to see black faces at all. The problems can be severe for transgender and nonbinary people because most facial recognition software is programmed to sort people into two groups—male or female. Because these systems aren’t designed with transgender and gender nonconforming people in mind, something as common...
  • Cast Into the Outer Darkness: An Open Letter to Facebook

    02/20/2019 1:48:23 PM PST · by OddLane · 13 replies
    The Stream ^ | 2/20/19 | Faith McDonnell
    Dear Facebook: There was no teeth gnashing, but there was wailing. Well, I may have also gnashed my teeth a bit, thinking of some choice names for you. Frequently when I’ve been on Facebook searching through treasured photo memories, I’ve had the fleeting thought, “Wow, what if I ever lost all this!” I had no idea that moment was soon coming. But it did last week, February 15. You, Facebook, informed me my account had been disabled for “violating community standards.” February 15 became the day you cut me off. Cut me off from over 2000 friends and thousands of...
  • Facebook blocks Rod Dreher article detailing Jussie Smollett’s MAGA ‘hate hoax’

    02/18/2019 3:49:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/18/2019 | Calvin Freiburger
    CHICAGO, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As more and more observers arrive at the conclusion that Empire actor Jussie Smollett likely staged an assault against himself to blame on bigoted Trump supporters, Facebook temporarily blocked a post by The Benedict Option author Rod Dreher labeling the incident a “hate hoax.” The 36-year-old, openly-homosexual actor says he was assaulted in Chicago on January 29, with two masked men allegedly shouting racial and homophobic epithets, beating him to the point of fracturing a rib, putting a rope around his neck, and pouring bleach on him. “This is MAGA country,” they allegedly...
  • 'Donald Trump is evil': Malia Obama's secret Facebook account reveals just how much......

    02/18/2019 9:17:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    'Donald Trump is evil': Malia Obama's secret Facebook account reveals just how much former First Daughter hates her father's successor with post-it note picture liked by Biden's granddaughter Finnegan The Facebook page appears to have been used by Malia in her last year at high school and in her gap year It includes photos of the former first daughter traveling with friends and just before she started college Among the friends who feature regularly on it is 20-year-old Finnegan Biden, Joe Biden's granddaughter The girls became friends while attending school together during the Obama administration By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com...
  • YouTube Bans Video for Exposing Muhammad's Racism

    02/17/2019 2:33:39 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Acts 17 Apologetics ^ | 2/17/19 | David Wood
    This morning, YouTube notified me that my video criticizing racism had been removed for violating the Community Guidelines concerning "hate speech." The video was titled, "Who Will Destroy the Kaaba? (Prophet Muhammad Answers!)" It discusses Muhammad's "prophecies" about a thin-legged black man from Ethiopia demolishing the Kaaba. Since my video criticizes Muhammad for convincing his followers that a black man will destroy their holiest site, we can only conclude that criticizing Muhammad is now "hate speech" on YouTube, and that videos critical of Islam will be flagged, censored, and banned.
  • Facebook suspends Russian-backed pages targeting American millennials

    02/16/2019 7:37:25 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/15/19 | Tal Axelrod
    Facebook has reportedly suspended pages that targeted millennials and garnered tens of millions of video views after it was revealed the accounts were backed by the Kremlin. The social media behemoth suspended the pages Friday and said it would ask administrators to disclose their Russian affiliations, according to CNN. The pages are run by Maffick Media, whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of Kremlin-funded RT. While the company has hired contractors in Los Angeles, the company is registered in Germany, CNN reported. The suspension was an unusual move for Facebook, which does not require users to provide information about...
  • Student charged with wiretapping after livestreaming meeting at Maryland Rep. Harris' office

    02/15/2019 7:43:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lillian Reed and Jeff Barker
    A Salisbury University student has been charged with illegal wiretapping after prosecutors said he streamed a meeting with a congressional staffer for Maryland Rep. Andy Harris via Facebook Live without permission. Jake Burdett, 20, was charged last week with two felony counts of making an illegal recording and distributing the video filmed during a Maryland Marijuana Justice rally at Harris’s Salisbury office in October, the state prosecutor’s office announced Thursday. Marijuana legalization protesters have long tangled with Harris, who in 2014 worked to block full legalization of the drug in the District of Columbia. A protest outside the Republican’s Capitol...
  • Final Conspiracy Theory (Vanity)

    02/15/2019 10:06:59 AM PST · by super7man · 11 replies
    Self | 02/15/2019 | Self
    April 1, 2024 - Congressional Freedom Act All persons residing in the United states will be required to have a Facebook Profile. Governmental and Social benefits will be determined by your Facebook Societal Contribution Score. Each person's FSCS will be determined by their postings, supporting America, as well as the postings of their FB friends. FSCS will be modified to take into account of the individual's disenfranchised minority status. All purchase of goods or services will be done through Amazon whether remotely or at a brick and mortar store. All purchases will be contribute positively or negatively to the individuals...
  • Facebook "BOLO" List

    02/15/2019 9:38:10 AM PST · by WellyP · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 Feb. 2019 | Salvador Rodriguez
    "Facebook maintains a list of individuals that its security guards must "be on lookout" for that is comprised of users who've made threatening statements against the company on its social network as well as numerous former employees..."
  • Virginia Dems add anti-Semitism accusation to party's troubles (Ibraheem Samirah)

    02/09/2019 8:05:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/08/19 | Stephen Dinan
    Ibraheem Samirah, Democrats’ candidate in a special election for a state House seat later this month, apologized Friday for anti-Israel comments from earlier this decade, saying that while he made them, the fact that they are rising now is a “slander campaign.” Dr. Samirah, who was born in the U.S. but calls himself a “second-generation Palestinian refugee,” said he wrote the offending comments five years ago on Facebook, and says they were the musings of his college mind, which “I sincerely regret and apologize for.” “I am so sorry that my ill-chosen words added to the pain of the Jewish...
  • Big Data's Subsidization of Big Media

    02/10/2019 8:32:16 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 10 replies
    Sultan Kinish ^ | Feb. 09, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    The media is dying. Read about it in the media. Facebook is pumping $300 million into the media. And that’s after the Google News Initiative shoved $300 million into fighting “fake news” and helping struggling media outlets like the New York Times. These aren’t investments. They’re charitable donations by Big Data to Big Brother. Take Jeff Bezos taking $250 million, a little more than the $215 million he makes a day, and using it to buy the Washington Post, not because it’s a good business opportunity, but a good political one. The media isn’t worth investing in. TV and cable...
  • Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason

    08/18/2017 4:14:31 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/18/17 | Sharyl Attkisson
    ....As journalists, we’re supposed to sort through press releases, talking points and propaganda, using them only to the extent they enlighten us as to what special interests want to believe: Is it true? Is it the whole story? Who wants you to think it and why? Are they trying to deflect attention from other facts or a more important story? Finding these answers is a basic part of our job. Instead, we’re willing repositories for all kinds of narratives. We report — as if news — press releases from the government, corporations, special interests or nonprofits (that are often undisclosed...
  • School board member resigns after sharing offensive Facebook post

    02/08/2019 12:45:48 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 19, 2019
    PLUM, Pa. - A Plum School Board member has resigned after a post he shared on Facebook drew criticism from residents and the NAACP. Brian Wisniewski said he unintentionally shared a post about Muslim people to his personal Facebook page. On Thursday, Kenneth L. Houston with the NAACP Allegheny East told Channel 11 he doesn't believe the explanation went far enough. "That kind of language and rhetoric has no place anywhere for anyone," he said. "You are an elected school official. you serve a multitude of different cultures in you school district."
  • NYT big Jill Abramson accused of plagiarism in new book, and boy, is it bad

    02/07/2019 7:59:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Jill Abramson, the former New York Times editor who carries a little plastic Obama doll in her purse for comfort, has written quite a book, trying to describe the news industry the same way the great David Halberstam once did in "The Powers That Be" in the 1970s. She examines four news outfits, plus Facebook, in an attempt to replicate Halberstam's tome about how the news industry evolved in her new book, titled: "Merchants of Truth." Her conclusion? Legacy media rules. Upstart media has no value. After a big buildup from this, she's got a problem: She's being accused of plagiarism. Here's the New York Times's generally positive review from...
  • As Many As 2,100 People Have Lost Media Jobs in the Past Two Weeks

    02/05/2019 10:35:58 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 101 replies
    The start of 2019 has been brutal to the media industry, with as many as 2,100 writers, editors, and other workers losing their jobs in the past two weeks. On February 1, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Vice Media would be laying off 10 percent of its staff, or approximately 250 workers, as part of a reorganization effort; just hours later, the Miami New Times reported that McClatchy, which operates newspapers across the country, had offered voluntary buyouts to 450 workers. These reports come just one week after Verizon (which owns HuffPost, Yahoo, and AOL) laid off 7 percent of...
  • Man wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him 'without his consent'

    02/04/2019 5:57:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2019 | Tim Stickings
    Raphael Samuel, 27, has compared having children to 'kidnapping and slavery' On his Facebook page he sends anti-natalist posts to hundreds of followers He intends to sue his parents despite having a 'great relationship' with them A man is planning to sue his parents in India for giving birth to him 'without his consent'. Raphael Samuel said he had a 'great relationship' with his parents but has compared having children to 'kidnapping and slavery'. The 27-year-old from Mumbai is an 'anti-natalist' who believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the 'rigmarole' of life for the pleasure of...
  • Man arrested after alleged sexual assault at Atlanta nightclub is streamed on Facebook Live

    02/01/2019 8:11:14 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | January 31, 2019 | Dakin Andone and Pierre Meilhan
    A man has been arrested after an alleged sexual assault at an Atlanta nightclub was streamed on Facebook Live, according to police. Dominique Williams, 34, turned himself in Tuesday after police obtained a warrant for his arrest on a charge of aggravated sodomy, Atlanta police said in a statement. According to a police report dated January 20, the alleged assault was reported by a woman who said she had seen an incident streamed on Facebook Live which showed "a black female being groped on her chest and possibly being raped from behind" as she screamed "'no, stop.' " Officers were...
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tries to claim teens 'consented' to creepy app that snooped [tr]

    01/31/2019 10:38:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2019 | Annie Palmer
    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been slammed as 'shameful' after defending the firm's controversial research app and claiming teens 'consented' to having all their activity monitored. The social media giant's controversial 'research' app, got Facebook's app permissions revoked by Apple and raised the ire of employees inside the company. In an interview with CNBC, Sandberg said Facebook pulled the app after it 'realized we weren't in compliance with the rules on [Apple's] platform.' However, it was Apple who yanked the 'research' app from its App Store, not Facebook. Apple decided to ban the app, formerly known as Onavo VPN, from...
  • The Mayors of the Worst Cities in America are Running for President - Greenfield

    01/31/2019 9:40:03 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 19 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | January 31, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Mayors of the Worst Cities in America are Running for President Does anyone really want America to be more like Tallahassee, South Bend or Newark? January 31, 2019 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana. But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of...
  • Apple bans Facebook from tech tools for tracking teen browsing habits

    01/30/2019 12:55:50 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    Reuter ^ | Jan 30 2019 | Stephen Nellis, Katie Paul
    Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday it had banned Facebook Inc (FB.O) from a program designed to let businesses control iPhones used by their employees, saying the social networking company had improperly used it to track the web-browsing habits of teenagers. Apple offers what are known as certificates that let businesses have deep controls over iPhones, with the potential to remotely install apps, monitor app usage and access, and delete data owned by a business on an iPhone. Apple designed the program for organizations whose staff use iPhones for official duties, when privacy needs are different from phones for personal...