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  • Diamond and Silk Clash with Rep. Hank Johnson in Explosive Hearing on Censorship

    04/26/2018 8:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 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.
  • Net neutrality is all but dead. Here's what happens now.

    04/23/2018 7:34:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 59 replies ^ | 4/23/18 | MJ FRANKLIN
    Everyone take a moment of silence please — the free and open internet is all but dead. In December 2017 the FCC, under chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality, signaling the end of the open internet as we know it. The decision was controversial at the time, with everyone from Alyssa Milano to Reddit calling out the FCC in the lead-up to the vote, but the the vote was just the first step toward repeal. To enact the change, the FCC would have to officially list the ruling and provide a timeline for it. That listing came in...
  • Net Neutrality Won't Disappear on Monday — Here's Why

    04/23/2018 5:03:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/18 | Mary von Aue
    Parts of the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality is slated to take effect on April 23, causing worry among internet users who fear the worst from their internet service providers. However, many experts believe there won’t be immediate changes come Monday, but that ISPs will wait until users aren’t paying attention to make their move. In December, the Republican-led FCC repealed net neutrality protections that were first set up under the Obama Administration. The repeal did away with rules that inhibited ISPs from slowing down access or prioritizing their own content, and quickly became a point of contention...
  • Yahoo Changes Privacy Agreement

    04/17/2018 7:35:57 PM PDT · by econjack · 18 replies
    Yahoo email ^ | April 17, 2018 | Econjack
    [Yahoo has] updated how we collect and use data. We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data in order to deliver services, content, and relevant advertising to you and protect against abuse. This includes: Analyzing content and information (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications) when you use our services. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and services Linking your activity on third-party sites and apps with information we have about you
  • An Apology for the Internet -- from the People Who Built It

    04/14/2018 4:47:19 PM PDT · by HangnJudge · 74 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 4/14/2018 | Slashdot
    "Those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created," argues a new article in New York Magazine titled "The Internet Apologizes". Today, the most dire warnings are coming from the heart of Silicon Valley itself. The man who oversaw the creation of the original iPhone believes the device he helped build is too addictive. The inventor of the World Wide Web fears his creation is being "weaponized." Even Sean Parker, Facebook's first president, has blasted social media as a dangerous form of psychological manipulation. "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains," he lamented recently...
  • President Trump signs H.R. Fight Online Sex Trafficking [IGNORED BY MEDIA!]

    04/14/2018 4:41:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    the you tube ^ | 4/11/18
    President Trump signs H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. April 11, 2018. President Trump signs bill to combat online sex trafficking....which makes it a Federal crime to own, manage, or operate a website with the intent to promote or facilitate prostitution. H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017,” which makes it a Federal crime to own, manage, or operate a website with the intent to promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • What's this Oath taking over Yahoo?

    04/13/2018 5:40:51 PM PDT · by lepton · 21 replies
    self | 2018-04-13 | lepton
    "We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data in order to deliver services, content, relevant advertising and abuse protection." "This includes: analyzing content and information when you use our services (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications), linking your activity on other sites and apps with information we have about you, and providing anonymized and/or aggregated reports to other parties regarding user trends."
  • The Cambridge Analytica Files

    04/13/2018 7:13:23 PM PDT · by A virtuous woman · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sun 18 Mar 2018 05.44 EDT | Carole Cadwalladr
    For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle. By the time I met him in person, I’d already been talking...
  • Tighter Regulation Would Probably Make Facebook More Profitable

    04/13/2018 11:27:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jonah Goldberg
    Here's a bet: Congress will end up "cracking down" on Facebook with "tough" regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this week. You could tell Zuckerberg took it very seriously, not least because he shed his traditional T-shirt and hoodie in favor of a grown-up suit. Again and again, he was asked whether he was opposed to regulation. "You embrace regulation?" asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "I think the real question, as the internet becomes more important...
  • Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook's Censorship of Conservatives

    04/11/2018 7:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | April 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday about whether or not the social media platform was biased against conservatives. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Cruz raised a “fair concern” but insisted that Facebook was committed to being a “platform for all ideas.” "There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship," Cruz said. He read off examples of Facebook suppressing conservative speech, starting with former Facebook employees admitting to suppressing conservative news in May of 2016. Cruz brought up...
  • How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars

    04/11/2018 4:36:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-10-2018 | Stephanie Stamm, Tripp Mickle and Jessica Kuronen
    Sally and Kristen haven’t hung out in forever, so Sally suggests taking a selfie. After Sally uploads the photo to Facebook, the app suggests she tag Kristen based on its facial-recognition system, which Kristen has given permission to use. ````````````````````````` DATA PROVIDED FACEBOOK ..Uploaded photo ..Text submitted with photo ..Facial recognition ADDITIONAL DATA COLLECTED FACEBOOK ..Photo analysis ..Location of the photo (if included in metadata) ..Date ..Type of device (iPhone X) ..Device ID ..Device operating system ..Battery level ..Signal strength ..Bluetooth signal ..Connection speed ..Available storage ..App and file names and types ..Nearby Wi-Fi beacons and cell towers ..Nearby devices...
  • #BringBackDiamond&Silk

    04/08/2018 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/18 | Judi McLeod
    Mark Zuckerberg will never tell the truth, but it’s as plain as the nose on his face that Facebook didn’t dump popular Diamond and Silk because their “content and brand has been determined unsafe to the community”. Facebook turned D&S’s lights off because they are unabashedly pro-Trump—a high crime that’s been getting people, including kids beaten up and conservative news sites disappeared from the Public Square ever since Nov. 8, 2016. If there’s anyone whose “content and brand is unsafe to the community” it’s Mark Zuckerberg & Company who stole online information from billions of unknowing users and sold it...
  • Homeland Security to compile database of journalists and ‘media influencers’

    04/08/2018 10:18:23 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04/07/2018 | Sun-Times Staff
    The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and goings of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan, which was first reported by, would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” The database would be designed to monitor the public activities of media members and influencers by “location, beat and influencers,” the document says. The...
  • Trump Just Went Up Past 50 Million Twitter followers

    04/08/2018 11:43:20 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/9/18 | sff
    A long time ago he surpassed CNN. Now he is above 50,000,000. Not bad for someone who is supposedly hated.
  • Facebook COO Says Users Should Expect to Pay for Privacy

    04/07/2018 7:15:46 AM PDT · by ptsal · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | Bradford Betz
    Facebook’s second in command Sheryl Sandberg said Friday that users wanting to opt out of having their data used by advertisers will have to pay for that assurance. The comments came in the wake of revelations that the personal information of 87 million users had been inappropriately used by the data firm Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 election campaign, the New York Post reported. While different forms of opt-out are already available on Facebook, an opt-out at the highest level “would be a paid product,” Sandberg said during an interview on NBC's "Today" show, the Post reported. Furthermore, Sandberg suggested...
  • Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share your patient data

    04/06/2018 6:11:20 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 15 replies
    CNCBC ^ | 4/6/18 | Christina Farr
    Facebook was in talks with top hospitals and other medical groups as recently as last month about a proposal to share data about the social networks of their most vulnerable patients. The idea was to build profiles of people that included their medical conditions, information that health systems have, as well as social and economic factors gleaned from Facebook. Facebook said the project is on hiatus so it can focus on "other important work, including doing a better job of protecting people's data."
  • What is Zuckerberg hiding? (secretly deletes private messages; fears sensitive data leaks)

    04/06/2018 6:13:29 AM PDT · by Liz · 52 replies ^ | April 6, 2018 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    <><>Three sources said old Facebook messages from Zuckerberg have disappeared <><>Recipients were not notified - raising concerns about what the CEO is hiding <><>Removal of messages was not disclosed publicly and users were not informed <><>Company's ability to tamper with Messenger could be alarming for some users Facebook claims the change was made after the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, when a mass data breach at the movie studio resulted in embarrassing email histories being leaked. However, the lack of disclosure has angered some users, along with the absence of a similar tool to recall messages for normal users. Although Zuckerberg...
  • Yes, that's possible': Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reveals there could be MORE data breaches [tr]

    04/06/2018 6:15:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2018 | Rory Tingle
    Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has admitted more data breaches could come to light as the company investigates its practices following the privacy scandal. Sandberg conceded Facebook was guilty of a '10 out of 10' breach of their users' trust when it came to data privacy and that bosses should have acted 'two and a half years ago' when it first realised Cambridge Analytica was hoarding personal data. Speaking to NBC's Today programme, Sandberg also laid the ground for her boss Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before Congress, saying he had 'already apologized' and wanted to tell representatives what his firm...
  • Yes, Facebook is reading the messages you send through Messenger

    04/06/2018 7:46:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | April 5, 2018 - 6:21AM | Lulu Chang —
    In an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg noted that Facebook’s system is capable of detecting “what’s going on” in the Messenger app. He added that when “sensational messages” are found, “We stop those messages from going through.” Of course, this raised significant questions about the extent to which Facebook monitors its popular chatting app, and later, the company told Bloomberg that although Messenger conversations are considered private, “Facebook scans them and uses the same tools to prevent abuse there that it does on the social network more generally.” ... “For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our...