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  • Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs?

    10/18/2018 5:32:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    BBC ^ | October 17, 2018 | Chris Bell
    Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts after users on pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to set up 'non-player character' profiles mocking liberals on the social networking site. The trolling campaign was born out of the characterisation of liberals as automatons incapable of independent thought on areas of Reddit and 4chan. In 24 hours there were more than 30,000 uses of the term NPC on Twitter, and Facebook pages dedicated to the trend have amassed tens of thousands of followers. So what is an NPC? It's a video game reference. Non-player characters (NPCs) are controlled by the game's artificial intelligence...
  • Leaked Google Document Reveals Shift to Suppressing Free Speech

    10/17/2018 2:38:11 PM PDT · by walford · 33 replies
    The Stream ^ | October 17, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    An 85-page Google internal briefing, chillingly and perhaps oxymoronically titled “The Good Censor,” was just leaked. The big tech giants are moving away from supporting a free internet, it says. Instead, they move toward censoring their users. That’s inevitable. And possibly even “good.”The briefing matter-of-factly notes that global internet freedoms have gone downhill for the past seven years. Users now question celebrating the openness of the internet. “People are no longer willing to see the platforms as neutral mediators of social life.” “More people are asking, isn’t ‘big tech’ really ‘big media’ in disguise?” “Is it possible to have an open...
  • The Supreme Court will hear a case that could decide whether Facebook, Twitter can censor users

    10/17/2018 1:05:33 PM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2018 | Tucker Higgins
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits. That could shape the ability of companies like...
  • Shut Up, They Explain

    10/17/2018 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2018 | John Stossel
    Gloria Alvarez, the young woman from Guatemala I wrote about last week, just got blocked by Facebook. Why? Because she criticizes socialism.After Alvarez joined me in my American studio to make a video we titled "Socialism Fails Every Time," she flew to Mexico City to make a speech.A few days later she wrote me that "some leftist 'students' posted on a fanpage called 'Marxist and Leninist Memes': 'BOYCOTT Gloria Alvarez in our University! We won't let her in!'"So Alvarez posted (in Spanish) on her own Facebook page: "My dear Mexican socialists intolerants: Thank you! for trying to boycott my event......
  • Massive, coordinated social media PURGE silences hundreds of conservative, libertarian channels

    10/15/2018 1:51:34 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 28 replies
    The Olive Branch Report ^ | Oct. 15, 2018 | Mike Adams
    Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 million fans), Press for Truth (350K fans), Police the Police (1.9 million fans), Cop Block (1.7 million fans), and Punk Rock Libertarians (125K fans) are just a few of the ones which were unpublished.
  • Facebook BANS Doug Giles And ClashDaily.com – Here’s Doug’s Response

    10/13/2018 7:58:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 13 October 2018 | Doub Giles
    On October 11th Facebook sent my company a notification that, as of today, we don’t get to have a voice in their world any longer. Here are the ‘reasons’ stated by Zuckerberg’s crew regarding why they pulled the plug on our Facebook pages (2M followers). Pages, by the way, that we spent a BIG chunk of change building over the last few years. Your Page has been unpublished Your Page has been unpublished for misleading behavior, such as being administered by a fake account, misleading users, or violating the Facebook spam policies. This goes against the Facebook Pages Terms and...
  • Facebook Purge: Here is The (Partial) List Of Pages Deleted by Facebook (FB won't list them all)

    10/13/2018 3:02:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 13 OCT 2018 | Patrick Brown
    As reported by The Western Journal, in what many are calling the “Facebook purge,” Facebook announced on Thursday that it removed over 800 political pages and accounts in a clamp down on what the social media company calls “inauthentic behavior” in the lead-up to the midterm elections next month. Facebook did not release the full list of pages impacted by this action. Upon being asked, Facebook refused to disclose the full list. The following is a list of 185 pages that are currently unpublished on Facebook. Some of these have been confirmed by the owners as having been unpublished by...
  • The Great Social Media Purge Has Begun, Right Before Midterms

    10/12/2018 5:48:36 PM PDT · by davikkm · 4 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    Have you ever noticed that it’s only “alternative news” (as in non-establishment) outlets that get deplatformed by social media/payment processors/Internet domain registrars et al for spreading “fake news” and/or “hate speech”, whatever those Orwellian terms mean? And today, just in time for midterms, we got word that social media giants decided to engage in a final purge of dissenting voices on their so-called platforms. Because they are not platforms which allow free speech and a free flow of ideas,as per their initial claim, but something else, since they chose to editorialize content and to censor/ban whomever they see fit. By...
  • FACEBOOK ENGINEER QUITS OVER COMPANY’S MOB-LIKE ATTACKS ON ANYONE OPPOSED TO ‘LEFT-LEANING IDEOLOGY’

    10/12/2018 4:21:41 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 11, 2018 | Grace Carr
    A Facebook engineer announced his resignation Wednesday, decrying the company culture as one that operates on groupthink, uses appeasement as a PR strategy, and attacks conservative views. “I’m leaving because I’m burnt out on Facebook, our strategy, our culture, and our product,” Brian Amerige wrote in an internal message to company employees, adding that Facebook’s PR strategy is “appeasement — not morally earned pride and self-defense,” according to Business Insider. “I care too deeply about our role in supporting free expression and intellectual diversity to even whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that’s how I know it’s time to go,”...
  • Social Media director at Penguin RandomHouse posts massive twitter F bomb (vanity)

    10/07/2018 7:23:36 AM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/7/2018 | me
    NSFW: https://twitter.com/svershbow/status/1048286595017834496 This person - Sophie Vershbow -- is the Social Media director for Penguin/Randomhouse. Their contact into: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/about-us/contact-us/
  • Trump to meet with Google CEO, social media companies later this month

    10/02/2018 9:37:31 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/02/18 | ALI BRELAND
    President Trump is set to meet with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other technology industry representatives later this month, a top White House official announced Tuesday. National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told reporters that a date isn't set for the meeting, but he expects it to be in mid-October. He said he is hopeful that Facebook and Twitter also send representatives for the meeting. "We're going to have a little conference. The president will preside over it. We will have the big internet companies, the big social media companies, search companies, and some who are dissatisfied with those companies,"...
  • Does the FBI Investigation of Ford/Kavanaugh make a target of Ford's Scrubbed Social Media?

    10/01/2018 5:47:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 62 replies
    Vanity | 1 October, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    President Donald Trump has agreed to a limited investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. An investigation of this type should compile Dr. Ford's recent history, including the wiping of her social media accounts in a professional and thorough manner. The FBI should have access to national assets that record and store massive amounts of data on the Internet, continuously. It should be able to determine what was on the Internet about Dr. Ford, and what was wiped by who, when. Such information would go a long way in understanding how credible Dr. Ford's allegations are. This seems an...
  • 13 states accepted Sessions invitation to meeting on social media bias

    09/24/2018 6:02:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/24/18 | Michael Burke
    Representatives from thirteen states and Washington, D.C., are converging in Washington for a meeting about a possible antitrust lawsuit against top tech companies over alleged bias against conservatives, according to BuzzFeed News. BuzzFeed reported that the meeting is set to take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. between top Department of Justice officials and the attorneys general from Alabama, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah and D.C. Representatives from Arkansas, Arizona, Missouri, Texas, and Washington state are also expected to attend, according to BuzzFeed. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will attend with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, originally invited 24...
  • America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare

    09/23/2018 10:37:29 AM PDT · by thecodont · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 2018 Issue | Jeffrey Rosen
    James Madison traveled to Philadelphia in 1787 with Athens on his mind. He had spent the year before the Constitutional Convention reading two trunkfuls of books on the history of failed democracies, sent to him from Paris by Thomas Jefferson. Madison was determined, in drafting the Constitution, to avoid the fate of those “ancient and modern confederacies,” which he believed had succumbed to rule by demagogues and mobs. Madison’s reading convinced him that direct democracies—such as the assembly in Athens, where 6,000 citizens were required for a quorum—unleashed populist passions that overcame the cool, deliberative reason prized above all by...
  • Social Media Platform Gab to Silicon Valley: ‘You Will Be Replaced’

    09/21/2018 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 20 Sep 2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Free speech social media platform Gab.ai has rebranded as Gab.com and aims to become a tech hub for “liberty-minded tech startups” that wish to avoid connections to leftist Silicon Valley groups. Gab.ai, the free-speech themed social media platform founded by CEO Andrew Torba, has long aimed to act as an alternative to sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Now Gab is rebranding as Gab.com and aims to provide an infrastructure for tech developers that wish to grow their own platforms and products without being forced to go through leftist companies based in Silicon Valley. Andrew Torba spoke to Breitbart News...
  • There are lots of ways social media outlets can bias political debate

    09/20/2018 9:27:28 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 20, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    There are lots of ways that social media outlets can bias political debates. We have heard of everything from accounts being closed down to deciding what stories are listed as trending. With Facebook using liberal fact-checking organizations such as ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, and Politifact, it guarantees political bias. On Friday, Facebook announced that it was going to start applying this fact checking to photos and videos.
  • Donald Trump to be DEPRIVED of 2016 presidential campaign's SECRET weapon in 2020

    09/20/2018 7:36:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Express ^ | September 21, 2018 | Martina Bet
    DONALD TRUMP will be left without his secret campaign weapon in the 2020 presidential election, as Facebook has announced it will not offer the same support to US President as it did in 2016. The tech-giant declared its change in policy claiming that it will focus on providing support and information to all politicians and campaigns on its website politics.fb.com rather than visiting campaign headquarters. The company’s decision comes after more than a year of controversy over its role in the Trump campaign, with many alleging Facebook gave the American firebrand preferential treatment. In an interview with CBS News' 60...
  • Former NHL Player Receives Death Threats After Legally Hunting A Grizzly Bear

    09/18/2018 7:43:37 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/17/18 | Beth Baumann Beth Baumann
    Former professional hockey player Tim Brent, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, has received death threats after legally harvesting a grizzly bear, The Resurgent reported. Brent, who's married to well-known hunter Eva Shockey, posted a picture of his harvest on social media. It wasn't long before anti-hunters chimed in and ridiculed him for his actions: Brent harvested the grizzly and a moose with his father-in-law in the Yukon. People, however, were more upset by the pictures of the grizzly than they were the moose. Here are just a few of the responses Brent received: So there...
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Conservative employees 'don’t feel safe to express their opinions'

    09/16/2018 2:38:46 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/16/18 | Megan Keller
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says in a new interview that his company's conservative employees are afraid to express their opinions. "We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don't feel safe to express their opinions at the company," Dorsey told Recode in an interview published Friday. "They do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right," he added, though he did not specify to what extent or how many of...
  • Google employees have enjoyed revolving door during Obama administration [FLASHBACK]

    09/13/2018 2:27:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 9, 2016 | By Johnny Kampis
    More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President Barack Obama took office. The Google Transparency Project, the work of Campaign for Accountability, poured over reams of data to find 258 instances of “revolving door activity” between Google or its associated companies and the federal government, national political campaigns and Congress since 2009. Much of that revolving door activity took place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where 22 former White House officials went to work for Google and 31 executives from Google and related firms went to work at the...