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  • Report: Google Funds Establishment Conservatives to Fight Tech Regulation

    12/14/2018 6:38:42 PM PST · by snarkpup · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Dec 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    Google works with establishment conservative think tanks that argue against regulating the tech giant, one of which had its pro-Google opinions published in National Review, according to a new report. Audio recordings obtained by Wired reveal that Google cooperates with and funds a range of establishment conservatives in D.C. that help it fend off scrutiny and oversight from politicians. The organizations named in Wired’s report are the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), and the Cato Institute. ... In case anyone still takes bought-and-paid-for establishment arguments about free markets and competition seriously, that’s a special privilege Silicon...
  • Self-described feminist banned from Twitter says platform is setting 'dangerous' precedent

    12/06/2018 9:16:22 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 06 2018 | Julia Manchester
    Journalist Meghan Murphy said in an interview that aired Thursday on "Rising" that Twitter's practice of banning users for remarks it deems offensive is a dangerous precedent after she was banned from the platform last month. "I don't want to draw a line that ends up silencing people who have political ideas, or who are talking about ideologies, or who are challenging popular discourse that has been deemed offensive," Murphy, founder and editor of the website Feminist Current, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Wednesday. "Now we're banned, we're silenced, and I actually think it's quite dangerous," she continued. "This is...
  • John Stossel’s Anti-Socialism Video Age Restricted by YouTube

    12/06/2018 7:47:36 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 12/5/2018 | Alexander Hall
    Libertarian TV personality and former ABC reporter John Stossel says Youtube placed age restrictions on a video he published about socialism. The restrictions were later removed, but the fact they occurred is part of a trend that concerns conservatives and free speech advocates. Stossel wrote at Townhall on Dec. 5, that Google informed that morning via email that it wouldn’t allow his "Socialism Leads to Violence" video to be viewed by young people. In his column, Stossel wondered whether this video restriction was the case of oversensitive algorithms or of big tech bias. Both are possible. His video, hosted by...
  • Conservative boycott of Twitter can't and won't work, here's why

    11/30/2018 10:31:41 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30/18 | Joe Concha
    Conservatives are increasingly vowing to quit Twitter for what they say is censorship of prominent voices. The problem with conservatives or any like-minded group quitting a social media platform and all joining a new one is simple: Echo chambers are absolutely no fun. Ever hear of the saying, "... to own the libs?" How about, "... to own the cons." These are prominent sayings on Twitter, and embody much of what the platform is about: embarrassing, or beating or berating the other side. Invariably it's a combination of the three. So if conservatives left Twitter to go somewhere else, would...
  • Conservative pundit says he was trying to avoid getting kicked off Twitter

    11/27/2018 8:46:33 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/18 | Julia Manchester
    Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly, who was banned from Twitter last week, said on Tuesday that he was actually trying to avoid getting kicked off of the social media platform. "I honestly have no idea," Kelly told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton when asked why he was banned from Twitter. "The truth is, I understand how sensitive Twitter is. I understand that they are run by leftists, and they're trying to run off people on the right, so knowing that I'm fairly careful with it," Kelly said. "Especially because it was a big tool I used to promote my show, to promote my...
  • N.Y. bill would require social media, search history review for gun license

    11/26/2018 11:17:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Washington Times, from AP
    NEW YORK — A state lawmaker is proposing a change to New York’s gun laws to allow authorities to search social media for potential red flags before approving a handgun license. State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill would mandate that applicants provide investigators with their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram passwords and access to their Google, Yahoo and Bing searches. The Brooklyn Democrat wants investigators to look at the last three years of an applicant’s social media postings and a year of their search histories for “any good cause for the denial of a license,” such as racial slurs, threats of...
  • Taking a Hint from Silicon Valley, China to Judge Citizens with Social Credit Scores by 2020

    11/24/2018 9:49:45 AM PST · by snarkpup · 25 replies
    Styxhexenhammer666 ^ | Nov 24, 2018 | Styx
    US corporations already do:
  • Gun purchasers may need to submit social media history under proposed New York legislation

    11/23/2018 1:26:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 159 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-22-18 (20 hours ago) | Matt Richardson
    Those looking to buy a gun in New York may need to submit their social media profiles and search history prior to purchase if new firearm legislation in the state becomes law.Under the legislation drafted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and State Senator Kevin Parker, both Democrats, up to three years’ worth of search history on social media would be able to be reviewed, ABC Action News reported.Senate Bill 9191, according to WHAM, mandates "social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver;...
  • Rampage Killing in Russia and the United States form “Media Contagion Cluster”

    11/21/2018 11:23:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 November, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On October 17, 2018, a student at a technical college in the Crimean city of Kerch carried out a Columbine-style rampage attack. He committed suicide at the end of his attack. He killed 20 people and wounded 70 more, many of them severely. I will not mention his name. It is included in the excerpt below. There are very restrictive gun control laws in place in Crimea.The murderer legally obtained a shotgun by performing all that was required, including a medical exam, and joining a local gun club. He purchased 150 rounds of ammunition a month before the attack. In...
  • Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there's more pain ahead

    11/19/2018 11:16:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 11/19/2018 | Rebecca Ungarino
    Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there’s more pain ahead Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there’s more pain ahead 4:52 PM ET Fri, 16 Nov 2018 | 04:19 Facebook is facing a mountain of problems. The social media giant's stock fell nearly 5 percent on Monday, hitting its lowest level since February 2017, as the social media company came under fire after a damaging report about its top management in The New York Times. Facebook is poised to close its third straight month...
  • Inside Facebook, denial, tension and finger-pointing as sense of crisis builds

    11/19/2018 12:23:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 19, 2018 | By Dylan Byers
    As challenges to Facebook mount from consumer organizations, politicians and journalists, the company's leadership remains convinced that its recent crises are primarily public relations problems, according to people at the company. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive officer, and Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, believe Facebook's negative image is a public relations problem that stems from a bungled press strategy and sensational media coverage, not a structural or philosophical shortcoming that requires a wholesale course correction. Zuckerberg and Sandberg have both publicly blamed the company's communications team for the decision to hire a conservative public relations firm that included...
  • Prince William accuses Facebook of putting 'profits before values' as he slams social media...

    11/15/2018 9:36:42 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 Nov 18 | JOSEPH CURTIS
    WHOLE TITLE: "Prince William accuses Facebook of putting 'profits before values' as he slams social media giants for being 'on the back foot' in fight against fake news, privacy and cyber-bullying" Prince William has accused social media giants of being 'on the back foot' when it comes to tackling fake news, privacy and cyber-bullying. The Duke of Cambridge added 'shareholders and profits' were 'distracting' firms from the 'values that made them so successful in the first place'. In a hard-hitting speech he said technology firms 'still have a great deal to learn' about their responsibilities and challenged them to fight...
  • Did Facebook pay out over a hundred million bucks just to be rid of a Trump-supporter?

    11/13/2018 9:46:50 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 11/13/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    It certainly looks like the prejudice against Republicans, conservatives, and especially Trump supporters, is so virulent that Facebook was willing to pay a hundred mill to rid itself od one. The company denies this is the case, but the Wall Street Journal is not convinced. Facebook Inc. executive and virtual-reality wunderkind Palmer Luckey was a rising star of Silicon Valley when, at the height of the 2016 presidential contest, he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group. His donation sparked a backlash from his colleagues. Six months later, he was out. Neither Facebook nor Mr. Luckey has ever said why...
  • Facebook is DOWN: Site unavailable for users around the globe

    11/12/2018 10:16:18 AM PST · by Revel · 71 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 11/12/18 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Facebook's website has crashed for users around the globe. Users trying to access the site are being shown a message saying 'Sorry, something went wrong. 'We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can.'
  • Social Media Makes People Unhappy

    11/10/2018 1:46:30 PM PST · by simpson96 · 2 replies ^ | 11/9/2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: One of my big stated concerns, fears, worries about social media… When I remind you of this, many of you are gonna say, “Oh, yeah, yeah, I remember you saying that.” Facebook, Instagram, Instant Chat, Snapchat, Snap UR Mouth, whatever. One of the big concerns I had was the impact of this stuff on the youths of America, because everybody lies. Everybody wants to have a red carpet life. My belief of social media is that all of the faceless young people that you know are there but you don’t know them personally. You know they’re there. They watch...
  • “I was a little PISSED OFF about being PISSED ON so I started my own social network”

    11/02/2018 2:03:55 PM PDT · by deandg99 · 11 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/28/2018 | Dean Garrison
    My newest definition of irony is this: Getting angry to the point where I decided to start my own social network, on a whim, and then being slapped with a suspension hours later by Facebook. It’s a true story. Last Saturday I finally had enough and decided to do something. You might say I was pissed off about being pissed on by social media.
  • How WhatsApp became linked to mob violence and fake news - and why it's hard to stop

    11/02/2018 8:47:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 2, 2018 | By Ben Popken
    Facebook’s efforts to crack down on fake news have been focused on its 2 billion-person social network, but a recent spate of news stories from around the world point to a different and possibly more urgent problem - the spread of misinformation on its popular messaging service, WhatsApp. Researchers have found that fake news stories and rumors spread quickly via person-to-person and group messages on the app, using its features in culturally specific ways or taking advantage of third-party workarounds to add extra layers of utility - and creating new avenues of potential abuse in the process. The resulting spread...
  • Online Statement from GAB CEO, Andrew Torba

    10/30/2018 8:50:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | 10/29/2018 | Andrew Torba
    Gab has spent the past 48 hours proudly working with the DOJ and FBI to bring justice to an alleged terrorist. Because of the data we provided, they now have plenty of evidence for their case. In the midst of this Gab has been no-platformed by essential internet infrastructure providers at every level. We are the most censored, smeared, and no-platformed startup in history, which means we are a threat to the media and to the Silicon Valley Oligarchy. Gab isn’t going anywhere. It doesn’t matter what you write. It doesn’t matter what the sophist talking heads say on TV....
  • Twitter losing its 'like' button is basically the dumbest thing ever. Here's why.

    10/29/2018 12:35:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies Advanced Media ^ | October 29, 2018
    Twitter is reportedly considering a major change in efforts to decrease toxicity on the ubiquitous social media platform used by more than 60 million people each month: the longstanding 'like' button could be on its way out. The Telegraph reports Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said last week at a Twitter event that he "was not a fan of the heart-shaped button" and would get rid of it "soon." This was foreshadowed by Dorsey's sentiments at the WIRED 25 Summit. "We have a big like button with a heart on it and we're incentivizing people to want (their likes) to go...
  • Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps

    10/29/2018 8:28:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 20, 2018 | Natasha Singer and Nicholas Confessore
    ... Amid a chorus of conservative complaints that Facebook and YouTube have become hostile to right-leaning views — and as those social media giants take steps to limit what they see as abusive or misleading viral content — a few Republican consultants have begun building a parallel digital universe where their political clients set the rules. One start-up has built an app for the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association that has been downloaded more than 150,000 times. Supporters of President Trump can download an app from Great America, a big-spending pro-Trump political action committee, or America First, Mr....