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  • Conservatives Need To Take On Big Tech Now

    10/17/2019 11:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2019 | Mike Davis
    There is growing and bipartisan alarm among Americans about the “bad acts” of Big Tech companies. For far too long, Big Tech has gotten away with profiting from human trafficking, revenge-porn, the opioid epidemic and drug addiction, terrorism, and other forms of human misery, while engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses, and anticompetitive conduct. Big Tech has engaged in this deplorable conduct largely free from any real oversight from Republicans or Democrats in Washington. That’s not surprising, especially if you understand the ways of the DC Swamp. Big Tech is “feeding chickens”...
  • DNC, DHS, FBI, Twitter All Monitoring “Beto Is A Furry” Meme, Other “Disinformation”

    10/16/2019 8:54:28 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 43 replies
    Loomer's site ^ | October 16, 2019 | Peter M. D'Abrosca
    According to a Tuesday POLITICO report, there is a massive and coordinated effort on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), federal law enforcement agencies, and social media outlets like Twitter to monitor and remove “disinformation” from the internet during the 2020 election cycle. In principle, this effort is an authoritarian effort to control the free flow of information which will almost certainly be used against conservatives on behalf of the leftist political establishment. To wit, the aforementioned organizations, which include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working to tackle what they...
  • Whistleblower: Google Partners with China on ‘AI Manhattan Project’

    10/15/2019 7:27:22 AM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/2019 | LUCAS NOLAN
    Former Google senior software developer and whistleblower Zach Vorhies appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour Friday to discuss Google’s relationship with Communist China and the company’s artificial intelligence project DeepMind, which has been called the “AI Manhattan Project.” LISTEN: Mansour asked Vorhies about Google’s business engagements in China. “Google has gotten in trouble in the past for doing business with the Communist government of China,” Mansour said. “And I wanted to ask you were those efforts ongoing when you were with the company? Can you give us any insight into that? Because it was quite troubling.”...
  • Facebook suspends Arlington Heights-based church's page

    10/11/2019 8:28:47 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    Daily Herold ^ | 10/11/2019 | Christopher Placek
    A Facebook page run by the Arlington Heights-based Church of Christian Liberty was shut down for not complying with the social media company's policies, church officials said Friday. Church leaders say they weren't told exactly what led Facebook to ban the Christian Liberty Press page, but they speculate it has to do with expressing their Christian views.
  • Devin Nunes’ Lawsuit Against Twitter Could Turn Into The Company’s Worst Nightmare

    10/08/2019 8:10:17 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/08/2019 | Sean Davis
    When Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sued Twitter in Virginia court in March for negligence over multiple cases of defamation and impersonation by the social media giant’s users, he was mocked and laughed at for thinking his case would accomplish anything. But following a Virginia judge’s ruling last week that Nunes’ suit could proceed to trial in the Old Dominion, it may be Nunes who gets the last laugh. Nunes, who was first elected to Congress 2002, rose to prominence following the 2016 election as the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). With Nunes leading the charge...
  • Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism

    09/12/2019 12:50:28 PM PDT · by Morgana
    The Hill ^ | SEPT. 12, 2019 | Harper Neidig -
    Facebook has removed a fact check from a video posted by an anti-abortion group after Republican senators accused the platform of censorship. The moves comes after the group, Live Action, as well as Republican lawmakers, complained after Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers deemed that a video in which the group’s president, Lila Rose, claims that “abortion is never medically necessary” was inaccurate. They argued that the fact check was not impartial because two of the physicians involved in reviewing the claim had ties to abortion rights groups. The fact check was published by the group Health Feedback, part of the International Fact-Checking...
  • Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism

    09/07/2019 12:02:56 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 7 Sep 2019 | Thomas Claburn
    Cyber-assistant taught to duck sensitive topics Apple has programmed its Siri voice assistant to avoid politically charged subjects, and deflect or duck questions that require its AI to take a stand on issues, it emerged this week. From a tranche of documents leaked by a former contract worker who evaluated Siri responses to user questions for accuracy, The Guardian obtained a set of guidelines drawn up last year to ensure Siri's responses to "sensitive" topics comes across as neutral. In keeping with these guidelines, Siri's responses were revised to endorse "equality" while avoiding the word "feminism," even if asked directly....
  • (Tulsi) Gabbard's lawsuit puts Google on the spot

    09/03/2019 1:28:00 PM PDT · by rintintin · 50 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | Sep 2 2019 | Toledo Blade
    Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has renewed the debate surrounding the outsized influence of tech companies in American politics with her lawsuit against Google. Ms. Gabbard, a U.S. representative from Hawaii, has alleged that Google’s decision to temporarily suspend her advertising account after the June Democratic primary debates was tantamount to suppressing her candidacy. Her lawsuit accuses Google of violating her First Amendment rights, for which she is seeking $50 million and assurances that Google will not censor or restrict her account further. Google has countered that Ms. Gabbard’s account was flagged for “unusual activity” and suspended “to prevent fraud...
  • Facebook censors pro-life group Live Action as 'false news,' cites pro-abortion fact checkers

    09/03/2019 9:06:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/03/2019 | Brandon Showalter
    Facebook is censoring pro-life group Live Action, claiming that its content is "false news" and using two doctors that perform abortions as fact-checkers.The social media giant marked Live Action as “false” for promoting in a video the perspective that abortion is "never medically necessary," a view, the group stressed, that is held by thousands of OB-GYNs across the globe.Live Action said last week it was notified that their page's reach will be reduced for the "repeated sharing of false news."The third-party mechanism that Facebook used last week to determine the group's content was "inaccurate" relied upon the viewpoints of Robyn...
  • A new dogma has turned beliefs that once seemed common sense into hate crimes. [tr]

    09/01/2019 9:43:31 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-31-19 | Douglas Murray
    ---- The question of what exactly we are meant to do now – other than get rich and have fun – was going to have to be answered by something. The answer that has presented itself in recent years has been to live in a permanent state of outrage. To find meaning by waging constant war against anybody who seems to be on the wrong side of a question to which the answer has only just been altered. ---- The interpretation of the world through the lens of ‘social justice’ and ‘identity group politics’ is probably the most audacious and...
  • Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

    08/26/2019 11:49:18 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 19 replies
    fastcompany.com ^ | 8/26/19 | BY MIKE ELGAN
    In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing something similar, outside the law. Have you heard about China’s social credit system? It’s a technology-enabled, surveillance-based nationwide program designed to nudge citizens toward better behavior. The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step,” according to the Chinese government. In place since 2014, the social credit system is a work in progress that could evolve by next year into a single, nationwide point system for all Chinese citizens, akin to...
  • Silicon Valley Copycats China's Orwellian Social Credit Scheme

    08/26/2019 12:04:18 PM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8,26/19 | Stephen Green
    In a piece headlined "Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system," Fast Company's Mike Elgan reports on similar, albeit extralegal efforts to create something similar right here in the United States. Ever gotten out of an Uber and given your driver a low rating because his car was dirty or he drove unsafely? Well, he can rate, you too, as can other "gig" service providers. Elgan writes:
  • Facebook’s New ‘Clear History’ Tool Hits A Legal Roadblock Over Criminal Evidence Concerns

    08/27/2019 10:34:53 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/27/2019 | Audrey Conklin
    A Texas district judge temporarily blocked the implementation of Facebook’s new “Off-Facebook Activity” tool over concerns of erasing criminal evidence. The “Off-Facebook Activity” tool prevents search history from being linked to individual users. The feature was announced more than a year after Facebook said it was working on a “Clear History” tool that would allow users to completely clear their browsing data after it was revealed that the tech giant used that information to target advertisements.
  • Fast Company: Silicon Valley Is Building a Communist-style ‘Social Credit’ System

    08/26/2019 3:52:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Aug 2019 | Allum Bokhari
    Fast Company has caught on to what Breitbart News has been highlighting for some time: that the Big Tech Masters of the Universe are developing systems to monitor and regulate personal behavior that closely resemble China’s totalitarian “social credit” system. The “social credit” system assigns all Chinese citizens a “social credit score.” A citizen’s score drops if he engages in a range of disfavored activities, ranging from littering to supporting political dissidents. Citizens whose score drops low enough can find themselves subject to strict punishment, including bans from the use of public transport, exclusion from top jobs, and prohibitions on...
  • Facebook Audit Results Rile Liberals And Conservatives

    08/21/2019 10:25:49 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2019 | Tristan Justice
    Results of a Facebook (audit) released Tuesday, finding that the social media company has “significant work” to do to satisfy concerns from conservatives, are drawing criticism from both liberals and conservatives alike.[snip] Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has been the leading Republican senator pushing for greater federal regulation of big tech, slammed the report as a “smokescreen disguised as a solution.” Hawley proposed (legislation) in June stripping social media companies such as Facebook of liability protections granted under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unless they consented to an external audit to prove political neutrality.
  • Can Self-Regulation Save Facebook?

    08/21/2019 4:20:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2019 | Erich Reimer
    On Tuesday Facebook released the results of a study on bias within and by the platform against conservative perspectives and activity on the platform. It was led by former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and his team at corporate law firm Covington & Burling LLP.The report confirmed what many had already been experiencing firsthand in the years since social media has become central to global communications, business, governance, and interactivity – that many voices on the right felt subject to arbitrary purposefully targeted restrictions on their ability to operate freely within the terms of services of the platform.Senator Kyl and...
  • Twitter’s debate-chilling problem: The social media site’s arbitrary policies

    08/19/2019 8:24:23 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 4 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 15, 2019 | John Lott
    I am the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, whose account Twitter locked because it tweeted a link to a Daily News article that I wrote about Twitter locking my personal account. Twitter informs me that the account was locked because the News article contains quotes from the New Zealand mass killer, and New Zealand and Australia have laws against sharing the manifestos of shooters.
  • Google blacklists conservative online site, American Thinker

    08/15/2019 7:07:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/2019 | Taylor Day
    In a video and article published on Wednesday, ex-Google employee Zach Vorhies speaks with the antitrust investigators at Project Veritas about the thousands of internal Google documents he recently released to the public.  Among the cache of information is a list of sites that Google has blacklisted with an algorithm developed to alter users' search results.  American Thinker is one of them. The highlighted photo below is from frequent contributor Steve McCann It wasn’t easy for Vorhies to break away from his lucrative Google salary and come forward with the trove of information that shows a huge political bias...
  • Google Will ‘Actively Interfere’ in 2020 Elections, Researcher Says

    08/08/2019 8:12:32 AM PDT · by bitt · 65 replies
    epoch times ^ | 8/7/2019 | BOWEN XIAO
    A researcher who has spent more than half a decade monitoring Google’s influence said he believes the tech giant will “actively interfere” in the 2020 elections. On Aug. 6, President Donald Trump said his administration is watching Google “very closely.” Dr. Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, told The Epoch Times that Google has access to a number of powerful manipulation methods mostly through “ephemeral experiences” that can shift votes. Online ephemeral experiences are brief moments where information is generated instantaneously, such as search suggestions. They are not stored anywhere and can’t...
  • CloudFlare Terminates Service for 8Chan

    08/04/2019 10:01:59 PM PDT · by Skywise · 24 replies
    Cloudflare.com ^ | August 5, 2019 | Matthew Prince
    The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific tragedies. In the case of the El Paso shooting, the suspected terrorist gunman appears to have been inspired by the forum website known as 8chan. Based on evidence we've seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Nearly the same thing happened on 8chan before the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The El Paso shooter specifically referenced the Christchurch incident and appears to...