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  • Man who stole $88,000 from bank vault caught after he flashed stacks of bills on social media

    12/14/2019 2:43:11 PM PST · by Mariner · 46 replies
    CNN via KCRA Sacramento ^ | December 14th, 2019 | By Chauncey Alcorn
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages. A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly stole $88,000 from the bank's vault, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina. And he wasn't bashful about advertising to his social media followers the life of luxury he was funding. The release said a criminal indictment was unsealed this week in federal court after the arrest of Arlando Henderson, 29, by the FBI in San...
  • Trump administration weighs 'bringing antitrust case against Facebook'......

    12/13/2019 11:48:46 AM PST · by caww · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 12/12/2019 | Tim Pearce
    The Trump administration is considering suing Facebook for antitrust violations over the way the tech company's multiple platforms interact........Facebook controls a variety of apps including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. The Federal Trade Commission is considering suing the tech giant over how its apps integrate and work with competitors An antitrust lawsuit against Facebook may signal more aggressive moves by the Trump administration into other big tech companies, as well. Google and Amazon may also become subjects of FTC lawsuits and investigations. The Department of Justice is investigating online platforms for allegedly abusing consumers' data and potentially blocking competitors' access to...
  • Thousands Of UK Political Ads Missing From Facebook Archive Searches

    12/10/2019 4:57:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters via One America News ^ | December 10, 2019 | Elizabeth Culliford
    Thousands of UK political ads went missing from Facebook’s searchable advertising database on Tuesday, hampering researchers’ ability to track political ads two days before Britain’s general election. Facebook’s ad library, which it launched in the UK in 2018, is a public tool for users to track political advertising on the platform. The problem, first reported by Sky News, affected ads from the ruling Conservative Party, the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats. It was not immediately clear if any Labor Party ads were affected. Facebook declined to answer what caused the issue or when it would be resolved. …
  • A Question to the Lawyers Out There?

    12/05/2019 12:35:18 PM PST · by Renkluaf · 16 replies
    The void betwixt my ears | Today | Me
    Lee Smith's book on the plot to overthrow the 2016 election discusses how the Computer Decency Act of 1996 (DCA), Section 230 protects computer services companies (Facebook, Google etc.) from lawsuits concerning the content that they post that is created by others. They're not considered content creators. What I'm wondering is, by filtering/excluding content (particularly that created by conservatives) are they indeed now a type of content creator and no longer protected by Section 230?
  • Democrat Impeachment Witness Noah Feldman Behind Idea for Facebook ‘Oversight Board’

    12/05/2019 12:56:07 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/05/2019 | Allum Bokhari
    Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman, one of the anti-Trump witnesses at yesterday’s impeachment inquiry, is reportedly playing a critical role in Facebook’s establishment of its content oversight board, colloquially dubbed the “Facebook Supreme Court.” The oversight board will, among other things, review cases from banned Facebook users who argue that the termination of their accounts was unwarranted. It is meant to give banned users the right to appeal — but this is corporate due process, not state due process. The “Facebook Supreme Court” will be set up by Facebook and could be shut down at any time by Facebook.
  • American jobs are getting worse, new economic index shows

    11/27/2019 7:44:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 27, 2019 | BY IRINA IVANOVA
    Although the U.S. is on a record streak for job-creation, many Americans still feel like they can't get ahead — it's not their imagination. The last three decades have seen the economy churn out more and more jobs that offer inadequate pay, a group of researchers found. "The history of private-sector employment in the U.S. over the past three decades is one of overall degradation in the ability of many American jobs to support households — even those with multiple jobholders," they wrote. The group wants to popularize a new economic metric, called the Job Quality Index, that goes beyond...
  • France threatens retaliation if US doubles Champagne price

    12/03/2019 6:53:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 3, 2019 | Angela Charlton
    France is threatening a “strong European riposte” if the Trump administration follows through on a proposal to hit French cheese, Champagne, handbags and other products with tariffs — of up to 100%. The U.S. Trade Representative proposed the tariffs on $2.4 billion in goods Monday in retaliation for a French tax on global tech giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook. “I’m not in love with those (tech) companies, but they’re our companies,” Trump said Tuesday ahead of a sure-to-be-tense meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in London. The move is likely to increase trade tensions between the U.S. and Europe....
  • Mom Lisa Snyder charged with murder of kids found hanging in basement

    12/02/2019 11:39:45 AM PST · by conservative98 · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 2, 2019 | 1:34pm | Jackie Salo
    The Pennsylvania mom of two kids found hanging in their basement has been charged with their murders, officials said.Lisa Snyder, 36, was arrested Monday at her Albany Township home where the two siblings were discovered Sept. 23 hanging in the basement, news station Fox29 reported.The children — Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley Snyder, 4 — were both unresponsive and hanging from the same dog leash, the Reading Eagle reported.
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Trump.."Get Under The Bus Nigel"...Chemical Attack Hoax..

    11/30/2019 8:46:07 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/30/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    "If We Make It Through December" and in December (December 12th) we will see an election in the UK and going into it Donald Trump spoke with Nigel Farage and the conversation heaping praise on Nigel and Boris Johnson and expressing fear of Jeremy Corbyn. "I'd like to see you and Boris get together cause you would really have some numbers..... "Nigel would you please get under the bus and let Boris Johnson win the election" And Nigel has obliged pulling his Brexit Party out of Conservative Party seats that the Tories won in the last election..... What is the...
  • Trump supporters create social media platform tailored for them

    A new social media platform for supporters of President Trump has emerged as his backers continue to migrate away from traditional forums such as Reddit. The new website, thedonald.win, was created by users of the r/The_Donald subreddit after Reddit became more controlling about what content could be posted in the forum. In June, the company announced that the subreddit would be “quarantined.” The quarantine, which is still in effect, doesn’t ban the forum but removes certain features and restricts how its content is shared. It also includes a warning about viewing the subreddit. The new website is structured similarly to...
  • Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee unveils plan to save the internet

    11/25/2019 7:55:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.25.2019 | wmr/cmk (AFP, AP)
    Tim Berners-Lee, a British engineer credited with having invented the World Wide Web in 1989, has released an ambitious plan detailing steps for better online governance, addressing problems like misinformation, data surveillance and censorship. The Contract for the Web was created by Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation in cooperation with representatives from governments, companies and civil society to “keep knowledge freely available,” while strengthening laws, regulations and companies “to ensure pursuit of profit is not at the expense of human rights and democracy.” The plan is backed by more than 150 organizations, including internet giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook,...
  • Rep. Al Green’s Probe into People’s Sexuality

    11/24/2019 11:21:34 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 8 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | November 24, 2019 | K. Schleicher
    Rep. Al Green’s Probe into People’s Sexuality Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and CEO of Facebook, which currently has 2.7 billion users around the world plans to launch a digital currency and payment platform named Libra. The establishment of such a product requires consideration of multifaceted ramifications. The House Financial Services Committee is charged with investigating the potential liabilities Libra may impose on competing digital currency, the U.S. dollar and the global commercial system built around it. Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington D.C. to respond to questions about the new money. Zuckerberg delivered an opening...
  • How Facebook’s Embed in the Trump Campaign Helped the President Win

    11/23/2019 7:48:13 AM PST · by oblomov · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | Deepa Seetharaman
    Af­ter the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Re­pub­li­can Party of­fi­cials cred­ited Face­book Inc. with help­ing Don­ald Trump win the White House. One se­nior of­fi­cial sin­gled out a then-28-year-old Face­book em­ployee em­bed­ded with the Trump cam­paign, call­ing him an “MVP.” Now that key player is work­ing for the other side—as na­tional de­bate in­ten­si­fies over Face­book’s role in pol­i­tics. James Barnes left Face­book this spring, and said he is now ded­i­cated to us­ing the digi­tal-ad strate­gies he em­ployed on be­half of the Trump cam­paign to get Pres­i­dent Trump out of of­fice in 2020. Mr. Barnes, who had been a life­long Re­pub­li­can, has reg­is­tered as...
  • Trump hosted secret White House dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    11/20/2019 11:21:48 PM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 21 2019 | Ben Feuerherd
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended a secret dinner at the White House last month with President Trump and tech investor Peter Thiel, the social media company confirmed on Wednesday night. The previously undisclosed meeting in October between the social media mogul and the president was first reported by NBC News, who cited a statement from the company.
  • (Vanity) Democrats Spamming Facebook with Impeachment Hearings

    11/20/2019 11:52:32 AM PST · by JennysCool · 14 replies
    I'm seeing Facebook groups from cooking to movie fandom to sports being spammed by live coverage of the impeachment hearings. This is obviously an organized ploy by the idiot Democrats who KNOW nobody's watching this circus, so feel they have to take drastic measures. Luckily, these intrusions are being met by a chorus of "Get that #$%& out of here!"
  • Politicians Won’t Be Allowed on Facebook If They’ve Previously Been Banned

    11/17/2019 8:42:29 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/14/2019 | Allum Bokhari
    Facebook has said it will not allow politicians to set up new accounts on the platform if they have previously been banned, according to a statement obtained from the social media company by Breitbart News. Breitbart News reached out to Facebook after learning that the platform was blocking a Republican congressional candidate’s attempt to set up an official campaign page. The candidate, Laura Loomer, is running in the Republican primary for the House of Representatives in Florida’s 21st district. She previously had her personal accounts on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram banned under the company’s “dangerous individual” policy. Loomer says the...
  • Google exercises more direct control over search results than it has admitted, report claims

    11/16/2019 6:21:19 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 16 November 2019 | Lauren Feiner
    Google has changed its search algorithm to alter search results in ways it has publicly denied in the past, a new investigation from The Wall Street Journal finds. The report could add fuel to conservatives’ claims of bias and censorship by Google based on how it determines what content surfaces in its search engine and on its video platform, YouTube. CNBC reports Thursday that the 50 state attorneys general probing Google are planning to expand their investigation into Google’s search and Android businesses.
  • Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies

    11/15/2019 5:56:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    vice/motherboard ^ | Nov 14 2019 | Anna Merlan
    Correct information about possible aftershocks was being conveyed inaccurately, or someone at Homeland Security was getting truly bad information and relaying it. Either way, it was a problem. An earthquake conspiracy theory forum was—or perhaps several of them were—clearly pushing out false and misleading information about what was going to happen next. Earthquake conspiracy theorists aren’t a huge group, but they do exist and have an immense amount of sway over their dedicated fans. They would say they are rogue scientists, unfairly reviled by their more mainstream colleagues for having mastered prediction, the ultimate goal of seismology. They say they’re...
  • Go Google free: We pick privacy-friendly alternatives to every Google service.

    11/15/2019 9:54:32 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 40 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 11/07/2019 | Ed Bott
    As privacy concerns grow, companies like Google and Facebook that rely on data collection and advertising for revenue are increasingly in the spotlight. But is it really possible to give up Google's vast range of services? Here are my recommended alternatives. Over the past two years, I've been switching between a succession of iPhones and a series of Android devices, using each for an extended amount of time. Spending months with each mobile platform has been a tremendously useful exercise, helping me understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two dominant smartphone options.
  • Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy

    11/14/2019 10:08:05 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 14 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A coalition of civil rights groups are demanding that Facebook overhaul its political speech policy, according to a letter obtained by The Hill Thursday. The letter, dated Friday, followed up on a meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and the leaders of the groups — including the NAACP, Color of Change and National Action Network — at the Facebook CEO’s home earlier this month. The organizations, which also include Muslim Advocates, UnidosUS and the National Urban League, are asking for a response from Facebook by Nov. 25. Among the requests made in the letter is putting “guardrails on the newsworthiness exemption,” referring...