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  • Robert Mueller, Meet Mark Zuckerberg

    09/15/2017 4:04:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    The candidate ads look like independent expenditures by a foreign national in a U.S. election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Under FECA, the term “foreign national” includes corporations organized under the laws of a foreign county or with a principal place of business in a foreign country. If done knowingly and willfully, such spending by a foreign national is a crime. But what about the First Amendment? That should not be a concern in this case. In 2012, after Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court confirmed in Bluman v. FEC that barring foreign nationals from spending...
  • Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

    09/14/2017 8:30:47 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    ProPublica via MSN ^ | Sep 14, 2017 | Julia Angwin, Madeleine Varner, Ariana Tobin
    ...(the) social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’” To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes. After we contacted Facebook, it removed the anti-Semitic categories — which were created by an algorithm rather than by people —...
  • Facebook VP Travels To Pakistan To Assure Government It Will Remove “Anti-Islam” Material.

    09/13/2017 3:08:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    First they suppress our free speech and our publications, and next they come for us. We have reached a serious crossroads in censorship by Paypal, Facebook, and Google. Have you noticed that “anti-Islamic” references have been suppressed by our media and even our President as of late? I have noticed it, and now I have shocking validation from Alex Jones of INFOWARS and Richard Spencer of JIHAD WATCH. We are in serious danger, and we are losing our sacred freedoms in the United States. We are seeing the Sharia agenda infiltrate this Country, and it is no conspiracy theory. The...
  • Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives

    09/10/2017 6:33:12 AM PDT · by ptsal · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Sept 01, 2017 | Mark Prigg
    **full title** *snip*Facebook aims to use a mix of solar-powered aircraft and low-orbit satellites to beam signals carrying the internet to hard-to-reach locations. The drones, flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres), will be capable of staying in the air for months. Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives Facebook has created a map showing where every single person on the planet lives, it has been revealed. The internet giant hopes the map will help it to offer internet access to more people by creating an 'internet in the sky'. The mapping...
  • I Ran Digital For A 2016 Presidential Campaign. Here's What Russia Might Have Got For $100,000

    09/08/2017 10:58:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | September 8, 2017 | Kevin Bingle
    One common response to the news that a Kremlin-linked online operation in Russia bought $100,000 worth of Facebook ads during the 2016 election campaign has been that the money is a drop in the bucket relative to the more than $1 billion spent on ads during the cycle, or the $27 billion in revenue earned by Facebook last year. But as one of a handful of Americans who managed the digital operations of a 2016 presidential campaign, I think $100,000 smartly spent on Facebook could have a much larger reach than you may realize. And more importantly, nobody — not...
  • Facebook’s role in Trump’s win is clear. No matter what Mark Zuckerberg says.

    09/08/2017 12:16:35 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 Sep 17 | Margaret Sullivan
    What a ridiculous notion, Mark Zuckerberg scoffed shortly after the election, that his social-media company — innocent, well-intentioned Facebook — could have helped Donald Trump’s win. “Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook . . . influenced the election in any way — I think is a pretty crazy idea,” he said. “Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.” In fact, voters make their decisions based on many factors, not just their “lived experience.” Disinformation spread on Facebook clearly was one — a big one. That was obvious in November. It was obvious in April when Facebook, to...
  • Under fire, Facebook refuses to disclose political ads bought by Russian trolls

    09/08/2017 8:06:46 AM PDT · by ptsal · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept 07, 2017 | Michael Isikoff
    Facebook, which acknowledged this week that it sold $100,000 worth of political ads in the last two years to accounts linked to a Russian troll factory, came under stinging criticism Thursday over its refusal to release copies of the ads to the public — or to congressional investigators.
  • Facebook turns over info on Russian ads to Mueller: report

    09/06/2017 11:18:31 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/2017 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    Facebook has turned over its data on ads bought by a Russian company during the 2016 election to special counsel Robert Mueller, Reuters reported Wednesday. The tech company gave Mueller’s team copies of the ads as well as the identities of the ads’ buyers, a source told Reuters. The handover of information comes after Facebook revealed earlier Wednesday that thousands of ads posted on the site over the past two years were linked to fake Facebook accounts based out of Russia. Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said nearly 500 accounts had spent roughly $100,000 on about 3,000 ads, but...
  • Facebook says likely Russian-based operation spent money on ads on issues

    09/06/2017 2:15:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2017 | by Joseph Menn
    Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. The ads spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights, instead of backing a particular political candidate, it said. As recently as June, it told journalists that it had not found any evidence to date of Russian operatives buying election-related ads on its platform. A Facebook employee said Wednesday that there were unspecified connections between the divisive ads and a well-known Russian “troll factory” in St....
  • Fight Leftist Tech Giants With Capitalism, Not Big Government

    09/06/2017 9:03:28 AM PDT · by Mafe · 16 replies ^ | September 6, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Perhaps it is too much West Coast air, or perhaps because the vast wealth of their owners keeps them insulated from the working class, but with few exceptions (such as Pay Pal founder Peter Theil), tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon all share a left-leaning, Kumbaya-like corporate culture; one that will protect itself with all the vengeful vigor of any social justice warrior on a college campus. This corporate culture war has pushed many conservatives to view these companies and their enormous clout as a threat in the market place and in politics. This is, of course, much the...
  • Retail Websites Are 'Public Accommodations' Subject to ADA, Judge Rules

    09/05/2017 5:58:11 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 57 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | September 5, 2017 | Andrew Denney
    n a recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York found that the website for Blick Art Materials, where customers can purchase products, is a place of public accommodation and thus subject to the ADA.... Of the hundreds of suits filed, so far one has gone to trial, and it didn't bode well for the defense bar. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola of the Southern District of Florida found that supermarket chain Winn-Dixie violated the rights of a blind customer by not making its website usable through screen reader software.
  • Should Anti-trust Laws Be Used to Break Up the Social Media Giants? [Islamic influence]

    09/05/2017 5:22:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 1, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Google, Facebook and the rest wield more power than most governments. The secular Left and the proponents of Islamic blasphemy laws have a new issue on which they are making common cause: the quest to destroy the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of our democracy. After Charlottesville, the Left sees its chance to crush all dissent, and given its alliance with Islamic supremacists, this means the implementation in the West of prohibitions on criticism of Islam, including counterterror analysis of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists. This anti-free speech initiative, if it succeeds, will destroy free society, which cannot exist...
  • Robert Spencer: Should Anti-trust Laws Be Used to Break Up the Social Media Giants?

    09/02/2017 2:10:55 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | September 1st 2017 | Robert Spencer
    The secular Left and the proponents of Islamic blasphemy laws have a new issue on which they are making common cause: the quest to destroy the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of our democracy. After Charlottesville, the Left sees its chance to crush all dissent, and given its alliance with Islamic supremacists, this means the implementation in the West of prohibitions on criticism of Islam, including counterterror analysis of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists. This anti-free speech initiative, if it succeeds, will destroy free society, which cannot exist if one is unable to speak out against the tyrant. The...
  • Zuckerberg Group: 700K American Job Openings If DACA Ends

    08/31/2017 11:01:56 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/31/2017 | JOHN BINDER
    A study by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s open borders organization revealed that if an Obama-created amnesty program for young illegal aliens is ended, it would open nearly 700,000 American jobs. Zuckerberg’s group – a pro-immigration lobbying group – released the study with the intention to show the hardships of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, where more than 850,000 young illegal aliens have been given temporary amnesty would have on the American economy. The study claims that on average, if Trump were to repeal DACA, 30,000 American job opportunities would open up each month. President...
  • Germany and France plan to introduce new tax on internet giants

    08/30/2017 4:15:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 28 August 2017 09:00 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France and Germany plan to issue a new proposal to tax internet giants so that they pay a “fair contribution” in every country where they earn money, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. “We will unveil a new plan along with our German partners at the next finance ministers’ meeting in Tallinn in mid-September” for taxing technology giants including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Le Maire said in a Facebook Live chat. “We propose taking the revenues of these large companies as a reference point, and use this to determine a tax level so that these companies...
  • Turning the Lights Back On, on the Internet

    08/28/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/17 | Judi McLeod
    Stand up to the progressive left-guided mainstream and social media, by keeping on going to the videos and news sites of your choice One by one, they’re turning the lights off on the Internet. Not long ago the promised Information Highway for everyone, the World Wide Web is fast transforming over to the Misinformation Highway. An all-powerful Google is now flat-out dictating which videos you will be able to see. A pious Facebook the judge and jury of which topics will be permitted to trend
  • LOL: ‘Shoot Selfies, Not Animals’ PETA Campaign Gets Hilariously Trolled by Hunters…

    08/27/2017 11:12:46 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 14 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | Friday August 25 2017 | Kacie Burnett
    “Shoot Selfies, Not Animals” is a phrase so moronic only PETA could have conjured it up. It’s the name of their latest anti-hunting campaign, which has been making the rounds online. The activist group launched the photo frame a few days ago. It’s now the number one filter currently on Facebook. It didn’t take long for the filter to go viral, but not for the reasons PETA hoped. Hunters quickly jumped onboard and hijacked the campaign in a hilarious trolling. Naturally, PETA responded rather butt-hurtedly. Courtesy of their blog: It’s not every day that thousands of hunters throw their support...
  • Jeff Wieler quits as Piedmont mayor, stays on council after Facebook uproar

    08/27/2017 7:28:11 PM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 5:58 pm, Sunday, August 27, 2017 | By Michael Cabanatuan
    Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler stepped down Sunday, one day before the City Council was scheduled to vote on whether to remove him over controversial social media posts about Democrats and transgender people that prompted outrage in the community. Wieler resigned his position in a letter to the city administrator. However, he said he will remain a member of the City Council until he is termed out in November 2018. In Piedmont, mayors are not elected but appointed by fellow council members, and the tradition is to appoint the person with the most seniority. The position is ceremonial — it has...
  • Facebook, Instagram experience outages Saturday

    08/26/2017 12:48:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | August 26, 2017: 12:35 PM ET
    "Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Facebook services. We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We're sorry for any inconvenience," a Facebook spokesperson said. It's unclear what caused the technical issue. ... Some had trouble logging into their Facebook account entirely, others reported having issues posting on the platform, or sharing from platforms like Twitter onto their Facebook page. For Instagram, people reported problems logging in, refreshing their news feed, posting to Instagram Stories, "liking" photos and more.
  • Social media fuels rumors, fights after police shoot at car: 'Nobody was shot. You can all go home'

    08/24/2017 8:24:11 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 24, 2017 | By Peter Nickeas
    The two women, mothers of young men, cried and shouted as they stood near the Discount Mega Mall in Little Village on Tuesday night. Both heard their sons had been shot. People around them spoke of a dead boy lying somewhere at the mall on 26th and Whipple streets, killed by police. Someone said four people had been shot. Others drove off to check hospitals. Finally, an officer yelled to the growing crowd: "Nobody was shot. You can all go home. Nobody was shot." But the yelling and confusion continued into the night, fueled by rumors that drew more and...