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  • Masters of the Universe: Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s Internal Turmoil About ‘Hate Speech’

    05/25/2018 4:10:49 PM PDT · by davikkm · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | LUCAS NOLAN
    A collection of leaked documents appears to show Facebook redefining rules around hate speech and re-educating content moderators following the Charlottesville protest in 2017. According to leaked internal documents obtained by Motherboard, the 2017 Charlottesville protests were a moment of intense introspective for Facebook, which scrambled to redefine what they consider “hate speech” and to educate content moderators about American white nationalists. One training document obtained shortly after the protests reads: “Recent incidents in the United States (i.e. Charlottesville) have shown that there is potentially confusion about our hate org policies and the specific hate orgs in specific markets.” A...
  • Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook

    05/25/2018 4:35:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 54 replies
    NTK Network ^ | 5/25/2018 | NTK Staff
    Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told Attorney General Maura Healey (D-MA) that she would like to be CEO of Facebook, while receiving the Radcliffe Award at Harvard on Friday. “If you could be a CEO of any company right now, what would you choose?” Healey asked. “Facebook,” Clinton quickly answered. The former secretary of state explained that Facebook “is the biggest news platform in the world.” “Most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook,” she said. “It really is critical to our democracy that people get accurate information on which to make decisions.” Apparently Clinton...
  • Donald Trump 'Jr'. furious with Instagram over warning message to users searching his name........

    05/25/2018 8:37:26 PM PDT · by caww · 7 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | May 25, 2018 | Katie Leach
    Donald Trump Jr. is furious with Instagram because he says the social media platform issued a warning to users searching his name. After noticing a massive loss of followers in the past few weeks, President Trump’s oldest son claimed to have discovered a warning message issued to Instagram users and expressed his outrage in a post to the platform Friday night. He tagged Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, which owns Instagram. “REALLY?!?! Are you fricken kidding me? @zuck this is insane,” he wrote. “I get that my 3 year old Chloe can be pretty aggressive as are a few...
  • Twitter Trolls v. Trump: Trolls Win First Round, But It’s Complicated

    05/25/2018 5:09:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | May 25, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, a Clinton appointee, ruled that when Trump blocks Twitter trolls from his personal @realDonaldTrump account, he violates the First Amendment. Trump is accused of unconstitutionally blocking unfavorable users, dubbed Twitter trolls, from his personal @realDonaldTrump account. The Twitter trolls sued Trump, arguing that when they were blocked, they could not participate in discussions with others in the comments sections on Trump’s tweets, and were therefore deprived of their First Amendment rights. The fact that @realDonaldTrump is a personal account did not prevent Buchwald from opining that the sporadic use of the account for...
  • Here comes Comrade Zuckerberg

    05/23/2018 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Jhadur · 18 replies
    Comrade Zuckerberg and his Lackeys ^ | Today | A band of monkeys
    "We are committed to reducing the spread of false news on Facebook. We remove fake accounts and disrupt economic incentives for people that share misinformation. We also use signals, like feedback from our community, to identify stories that may be false. In countries where we work with independent third-party fact-checkers, stories rated as false by those fact-checkers are shown lower in News Feed. If Pages or domains repeatedly create or share misinformation, we significantly reduce their distribution and remove their advertising rights. We're also working to empower people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share by giving...
  • 'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet

    05/21/2018 9:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 5/19/2018 | Simon Parkin
    Money, violence, indiscretion: the motivation for any person who wants to disappear, either physically or digitally, usually wends back to one of these. Whatever the reason and whatever the scale of the ambition – from starting a new life in a foreign country to scrubbing one’s name and address from the phonebook – it has never been harder to vanish. In a world where almost any action outside your garden shed leaves some kind of digital footprint, there is no clear path back to the realm of the unknown.
  • Twitter Liberals Triggered by White House Laurel or Yanny Video

    05/19/2018 7:57:35 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 18, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Laurel or Yanny? If you are scratching your head over that question then you probably haven't been on the Web for the past few days. During that time, a viral audio clip has been featured in which a listener will hear either "Laurel" or "Yanny." Two very different sounding words. Well, the White House entered this controversy with an amusing video featuring staffers who heard one or the other word. They also tweeted out the video and not unsurprisingly it triggered an angry reaction from liberals as we shall see.
  • Net Neutrality is a Fancy Term for Internet Socialism

    05/18/2018 10:21:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | May 18, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Don’t be fooled by the terminology. Net neutrality isn’t a tech term that will be hard for you to comprehend. You will get it in an instant, I promise. It’s the same old socialism, just rebranded to make it tech-trendy.There’s nothing neutral about net neutrality. It simply means everyone pays more, for things they need and don’t need, all indiscriminately, like taxes. Net neutrality is just internet socialism. People who originally fought for net neutrality were afraid of “unregulated capitalism.” Red flags all over the place. Why else did you think Democrats wanted it so badly? Senate Democrats just voted to keep their...
  • Facebook to launch global project aimed at stopping election hijinks.......

    05/17/2018 7:57:29 AM PDT · by caww · 41 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/17/2018 | Katelyn Caralle
    Facebook on Thursday was expected to announce a new partnership with 'the Atlantic Council' to deter people who try to manipulate the social media site in order to sway elections.....[Facebook's] Digital Forensic Research Lab will work closely with our security, policy and product teams to get Facebook real-time insights ... on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns," according to outlined details of the new partnership. Plan includes looking at 'specific geographic areas' and 'monitoring' misinformation and foreign interference in those regions.
  • Senate would be prudent to leave internet freedom alone

    05/13/2018 3:36:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2018 | Deborah Collier
    It sounds benign and looks good on the outside, but net neutrality is as deceiving inside as the Trojan horse. If proponents of net neutrality achieve their objective of passing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), the result will not be a fair and open internet; it will be a restrictive, innovation-killing, government-run internet.Americans could end up like the Chinese and the Russians, with limited access to information that only the government wants them to see. There will not be free and open access to information. Internet service providers will be...
  • [EU] GDPR Compliance Collides with U.S. Law at Supreme Court

    05/13/2018 8:17:11 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 20 replies
    LEXOLOGY ^ | 7 March 2018 | Fisher Phillips
    European Union, USA March 7 2018 The EU’s General Data Protective Regulation (“GDPR”) has been a popular topic of late. Fisher Phillips’ Employment Privacy Blog has covered the evolution of this regulation, starting with the roll back of the previous “safe harbor” regime, as well as providing updates to GDPR compliance standards, and training recommendations. As if to highlight the seriousness with which the EU is pursuing this directive, the GDPR has even made a recent appearance in Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday. United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2, raised the issue of whether the United States may issue a...
  • We read the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. Their dominant strategy: Sowing racial discord

    05/12/2018 8:34:21 PM PDT · by iowamark · 49 replies
    MSN/USA Today ^ | 5/11/2018 | Nick Penzenstadler, Brad Heath, Jessica Guynn
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  • The Internet Under Siege

    05/08/2018 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 8, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    What is it about the internet that makes it so the government just can't seem to keep its greedy paws off of it? Every few years Congress makes a play to regulate and tax the internet, and free marketeers need to be ever vigilant in swatting them down. First, we have the threat of a new tax on internet sales even when the company in question has no physical presence in the state. Forcing companies to pay for state and local services they don't use: This is simply a revenue grab by states, to the tune of as much as...
  • Woman claims restaurant manager came to home after she left 3-star review on Yelp

    05/04/2018 7:34:24 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 28 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | May 1, 2018
    A woman who gave a Loudoun County, Virginia restaurant an average rating online after ordering food says she got a scare after the manager showed up at her home unannounced later that night. Yesha Callahan, an editor for online magazine The Root, says she ordered food from La Porchetta, a pizza restaurant Callahan said the delivery driver was friendly and asked her for a Yelp review. After her meal, Callahan logged on and gave her assessment of a burger and an Italian-style pastry. "Tried this place based on the reviews and the fact that they had zeppoles on the menu,...
  • Spectrum quietly tries a la carte TV streaming, but restrictions apply

    05/03/2018 9:16:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 36 replies
    TechHive ^ | 2/22/18 | Jared Newman
    [The] Spectrum rep was promising a new kind of a la carte streaming service, officially called Spectrum TV Choice. For $25 per month, he said, I could get all the major broadcast networks, plus my choice of 10 other cable channels, all streaming on mobile devices, web browsers, Roku players, and Xbox consoles. While I personally have little interest in becoming a Spectrum TV customer—I’m happy with my combination of Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and an antenna—this was a rare opportunity to try something truly new from the cable guys. Spectrum’s a la carte TV service is a good value,...
  • Instagram To Filter Out Any Comments It Deems ‘Bullying’

    05/02/2018 9:49:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 5/2/2018 | Kyle Perisic
    Instagram unveiled an update on its platform that will filter out any comments viewed as “bullying” starting Tuesday. The filter is an expansion of Instagram’s update in 2017, which gives users the option to automatically filter out any “offensive” comments. The popular social media site, with its 800 million users, will use a machine-learning algorithm to detect harassers that’s called DeepText and was developed by Instagram’s owner, Facebook, The New York Times reports.
  • Facebook Has Begun To Rank News Organizations By Trust, Zuckerberg Says

    05/02/2018 6:57:00 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 41 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 2 May 2018 | Ben Smith and Mat Honan
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric. Zuckerberg said the company has gathered data on how consumers perceive news brands by asking them to identify whether they have heard of various publications and if they trust them. -snip- The meeting included representatives from BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York Post,...
  • More Censorship of Pro-Gun research by Twitter

    04/29/2018 6:08:57 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 7 replies
    We have previously run into trouble with Twitter censoring our activity. Gavin McGinnis recently posted a Tweet linking to some of our research correcting false statements made by on guns. But Twitter provided the following warning
  • Diamond and Silk Clash with Rep. Hank Johnson in Explosive Hearing on Censorship

    04/26/2018 8:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | April 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Pro-Trump conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk, sisters whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on the topic of bias against conservatives by companies like Facebook, in a hearing that frequently went off the rails. The sisters defended their claims that they were censored by the tech giant, often in very strong terms. They said that if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was censoring liberals, “Democrats would be in the streets right now marching and calling him all types of racist.” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) implied the sisters were making a lot...
  • Tanzanian govt demands $930 fee from bloggers in internet clampdown

    04/24/2018 6:15:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    (CNN) As part of sweeping new internet regulations, the Tanzanian government has introduced a $930 fee for those wanting to have an online blog, giving the authorities unprecedented control over the internet. The government now requires all bloggers to pay the annual fee and register before they begin publishing material. It's not just bloggers affected by the provisions, but online radio stations, online streaming platforms, online forums, social media users and internet cafes.