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  • Leaked exchanges from internal posts at Facebook show employees wanted to remove Trump's 'looting and shooting' tweets that were reposted to the site despite CEO Zuckerberg saying they were 'essential state advice'

    05/31/2020 12:10:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 31 2020 | JAMES GORDON
    Some workers at Facebook are unhappy with the social media giant's decision to not take any action on controversial posts by President Donald Trump, despite having been flagged on Twitter. Some of the employees are calling on Facebook executives to reconsider the decision to keep up Trump''s controversial posts about mail-in ballots and the Minnesota protests. 'I have to say I am finding the contortions we have to go through incredibly hard to stomach,' one employee was quoted in an email as reported by The Verge.
  • Twitter And Social Media Are A Cancer On Our Civic Life. They Don’t Deserve Protection

    05/30/2020 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 30, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    The debate about whether social media companies should have protection from liability misses a larger question about their role in American society. There’s nothing like a row between Twitter and President Trump to turn everyone into an expert on 47 U.S. Code § 230, a heretofore obscure section of federal law that deals with liability protections for companies like Twitter.Go on social media right now and you’re bound to find friends, neighbors, and colleagues opining on federal statutes and citing old Supreme Court cases to bolster their arguments that we have to do this or that right now to save the...
  • Murky messaging: Facebook allowed 'Death to America' advertising but censors US back-to-work rallies

    05/29/2020 11:47:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29 2020 | Hollie McKay
    When it comes to violating Facebook's guidelines, it is often anyone's guess what will fly and what will fall. As President Trump's rhetoric against social media companies and censorship gains momentum following Twitter's decision to red flag some of his posts for containing false information or glorifying violence, troubling questions still plague Facebook's mixed censorship policies. "Facebook has a massive set of content guidelines that are so broad and extensive they could ban almost any content," Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture Media Research Center, told Fox News. "In addition, Facebook just announced a new Oversight Board that will...
  • Gaetz warns 'big tech will steal this election from Donald Trump and the American people' without action

    05/28/2020 8:37:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 May 2020 | Charles Creitz
    House Judiciary Committee Member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Thursday that it is clear to him "big tech" will try to prevent President Trump from being reelected in November. Gaetz claimed that tech companies "buy off" members of Congress in order to maintain special privileges that local newspapers and television stations do not have. "That's why the president's executive order is one very important next step," he said. "If we just wait around, big tech will steal this election from Donald Trump and the American people." "In 2016 we won three Rust Belt states by one [percentage] point...
  • Pelosi says Zuckerberg comments are a 'disgrace'

    05/28/2020 12:37:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 28 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments about his platform's decision not to fact-check lawmakers, calling the remarks a “disgrace.” “As far as the platforms are concerned, they want two things from the federal government, no regulation and no taxes. And so they cater to the Trump administration all the time. I think that Mark Zuckerberg's statement was a disgrace,” Pelosi said Thursday on MSNBC. Pelosi, however, did not praise Twitter for placing warnings on the president’s tweets about mail-in voting in California. She suggested it did not go far enough to address the root...
  • Tech billionaires line up behind Joe Biden with plans for hi-tech tools to help Democrat best Donald Trump as president goes to war with Twitter

    05/28/2020 9:10:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2020 | Katelyn Caralle
    Four Silicon Valley billionaires in particular are trailblazing an effort to help the Democratic Party with obtaining more data by creating start ups and tech tools specifically to rival Republicans in that field, according to nearly two dozen interviews conducted by Vox's digital news arm Recode. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, philanthropist and Steve Jobs' widower Laurene Powell Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt are all behind this effort to help defeat Donald Trump.
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg, Twitter's Dorsey Spar over Twitter’s Trump Fact-Check; Facebook says Private Companies Should Not be Arbiters of Truth

    05/28/2020 9:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/28/2020 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
    Rival social media CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey had a public spat Wednesday night after Zuckerberg criticized Twitter for its fact-check of President Trump’s prediction that mass voting-by-mail would lead to fraud. Speaking to Fox News’ Dana Perino, Zuckerberg — who has repeatedly pushed back on criticism for his decision to not censor political speech — said that Facebook has “a different policy than Twitter on this.” “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he stated. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in...
  • Platform, or Publisher?

    05/28/2020 7:36:53 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 7, 2018 | Adam CandeubMark Epstein
    When the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on social media censorship late last month, liberal Democratic congressman Ted Lieu transformed into a hardcore libertarian. “This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing,” he said, because “the First Amendment applies to the government, not private companies.” He added that just as the government cannot tell Fox News what content to air, “we can’t tell Facebook what content to filter,” because that would be unconstitutional. Lieu is incorrect. While the First Amendment generally does not apply to private companies, the Supreme Court has held it “does not disable the government from taking...
  • It’s Time To Stop Pretending Twitter Is Neutral

    05/28/2020 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 28, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    If Twitter wants to editorialize and 'factcheck' President TrumpÂ’s tweets with disclaimers, then it should be treated like any other publisher. TwitterÂ’s decision this week to append a disclaimer to President TrumpÂ’s tweets about the risks of mail-in ballot fraud should be enough, at long last, for us to dispense with the fiction that Twitter is nothing more than a neutral platform.ItÂ’s not, it never has been, and itÂ’s time to stop pretending otherwise.Set aside the relative merits of TrumpÂ’s comments and the entire debate about whether mass voting by mail is a good idea, because thatÂ’s not whatÂ’s important...
  • Zuckerberg: 'Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online'

    05/27/2020 6:09:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 27 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday doubled down on his defense of the platform not labeling misinformation shared by politicians after Twitter placed warnings on two posts from President Trump it deemed “misleading.” Asked by Fox News’ Dana Perino if he thought Twitter “made the wrong decision,” Zuckerberg said his platform has “a different policy than Twitter on this.” “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in the interview on Fox's "The Daily Briefing." “I think in general private companies probably shouldn't be — especially...
  • Trump vows to 'strongly regulate' social media after Twitter flags two of president's posts

    05/27/2020 9:56:09 AM PDT · by Zenyatta · 65 replies
    Just The News ^ | 5/27/2020 | Joseph Weber
    President Trump said Wednesday that he will “strongly regulate” or even “close down” social media platforms, one day after Twitter flagged two of his posts. The president made the vow on Twitter after the social media platform added a message to the tweets that linked to a page disputing the accuracy of his posts. Trump and other conservatives argue that social media is censuring or silencing their messages. Read more “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump said over two tweets Wednesday morning. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow...
  • FB Factcheck is soooo in the tank for dims....

    05/27/2020 9:44:24 AM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 35 replies
    This is not news to anyone especially here in FR. But I think they've reached a new low. I posted a clip of Biden saying "I can beat Biden". And FB just tagged that clip as false via their Politifact checkers saying that Biden actually said "I can BE Biden". Really?! What FB just did is to say, "So who you gonna believe, ME or your lyin eyes!" This is a huge stretch and I think its so bold and brazen a lie that this shows how desperate they are.
  • Half of Facebook workforce could remote work permanently, with some facing pay cuts

    05/23/2020 9:46:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | 05/23/2020 | Lily Canter
    Facebook (FB) could have half its workforce permanently working from home in the next decade, Mark Zuckerberg announced this week. The tech giant’s boss released a public video on Thursday outlining the company's remote working policy for its 45,000 staff. Zuckerberg said about 50% of employees could be working remotely for good in the next five to 10 years. But he warned this could mean some workers receive lower salaries related to their cost of living. Facebook will start “aggressively” opening up hiring for remote workers, Zuckerberg said and establishing new hubs away from Silicon Valley. “Certainly being able to...
  • Pa. school director threatens to 'shoot' anyone who approaches her without a mask

    05/22/2020 4:56:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jessica Chasmar
    A Pennsylvania school director resigned Wednesday amid backlash over a Facebook post that said she would “shoot” anyone who came within 6 feet of her without a face mask on. Selinsgrove school director Jennifer Rager-Kay, a physician who last year unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for Rep. Fred Keller’s state House seat, came under fire Monday after she posted a rant against anti-lockdown protesters that gathered last week in Harrisburg. “I find it interesting that the largest group of those protesting in the anti-lockdown protest and refusing to wear masks in public as they see it as a violation of...
  • Online Speech Threatened by Social Media Censorship, Experts Say

    05/21/2020 7:25:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 21, 2020 | BOWEN XIAO
    A surge in topics being moderated and censored by social media companies is causing alarm among some experts who say we’re moving rapidly toward losing our online freedoms. Most recently, platforms have started moderating CCP virus-related content they deem to be misinformation. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the platform would be “removing information that is problematic” including “anything that goes against World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.” Mark Grabowski, an associate professor specializing in cyber law and digital ethics at Adelphi University, said there’s a double standard when it comes to online speech, in particular with virus-related topics, as of late....
  • Facebook Censors PragerU’s Page After Disputed Fact-Check

    05/21/2020 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 14 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 5/21/2021 | Penka Arsova
    Facebook has taken action against PragerU’s page on the platform for what it described as “repeated sharing of false news.” In detail: Facebook has reduced the page’s reach and banned it from running ads on the platform or using its monetizing features. PragerU, the conservative non-profit, announced the move on Twitter earlier this week, accusing Facebook of censorship.
  • Adam Schiff: ‘More Places Are Becoming News Deserts, Without Dedicated Journalists to Investigate Corruption’

    05/21/2020 9:25:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 21, 2020 | Staff
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) applauded local news relief funding awarded to The Eastsider, a neighborhood news blog, through the Facebook Journalism Project . . . the sudden onset of the coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated these trends, and more and more places are becoming news deserts, without dedicated journalists to investigate corruption, tell local stories and document communities’ histories,” he said.
  • Columbia University political science professor calls Trump-supporting student a 'neo-nazi enabler' and tells him to 'drop dead' during Facebook argument over a cartoon

    05/17/2020 7:13:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2020 | Maxine Shen
    A Columbia University political science professor told a Republican college student to 'drop dead' and called him a 'neo-nazi enabler' for supporting President Trump's coronavirus efforts during an argument on social media. . . . Montalvo, the New York State Vice Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, told the newspaper that his response to the cartoon 'defended President Trump on how he's handled the pandemic.' 'People choose what they want to see and everyone has an opinion,' Montalvo wrote on Facebook, according to the screenshot he tweeted out. 'Doesn't help that it's constant bash POTUS with a side of...
  • President Trump says 'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL' in response to rally confrontation

    05/16/2020 6:49:42 AM PDT · by AndyJackson · 21 replies
    News 12 Long Island ^ | May 16, 2020 | Kevin Vesey
    President Donald Trump retweeted a post by News 12 reporter Kevin Vesey on his experience at a rally by a Setauket conservative group. Kevin Vessey: The level of anger directed at the media from these protestors was alarming. As always, I will tell a fair and unbiased story today. Video Link
  • Trump attacks tech giants for being controlled by ''radical left''

    05/16/2020 2:42:17 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    Outlook India ^ | May 16 2020 | IANS
    Trump attacks tech giants for being controlled by ''radical left'' Washington, May 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Saturday once again attacked tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter for being controlled by ''radical left, adding that the US administration is working to address the alleged political bias against the conservatives on social media platforms. Trump said in the tweet: "The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google." "The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events," he added. Trump has regularly slammed tech giants...