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  • Facebook says they will let its users know if they liked Russian-linked election propaganda

    11/23/2017 7:17:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 22, 2017 | by Andrea Miller
    Facebook announced they are making a portal that will allow users to find out if they liked pages or followed Instagram accounts made by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian internet company that was outed as a troll farm after the 2016 election. The portal will provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election. “This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy,”...
  • How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos

    11/19/2017 9:37:09 PM PST · by poinq · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/19/2017 | John Naughton
    ne of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. But he’s not alone. In fact I’d say he is quite representative of many of the biggest movers and shakers in the tech world. We have a burgeoning genre of “OMG, what have we done?” angst coming from former Facebook and Google employees who have begun to realise that the cool...
  • Facebook Banned Me for Tying Islamic Terror to...Well, Islam

    11/17/2017 9:36:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    American ^ | November 17, 2017 | Paul Austin Murphy
    A week or so ago I was banned (again!) by Facebook for critical comments I made about Islam. I was reported by a Muslim female called Farnaz Javed. This Muslimah frequently carries out Islamic Da‘wah on a Facebook discussion page called "The Great British Political Debate." In other words, she does very little politics; and what politics she does do is always connected to Islam in some way. I've been reported -- and subsequently banned -- by Facebook before, either by Muslims or by their left-wing enablers. Indeed, I've been previously banned after debating with this very woman. I also...
  • News nanny: The race to censor Internet news

    11/13/2017 9:47:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Bombthrowers ^ | 11/13/17 | Daniel Greenfield
    If we don’t fight now, conservatives will vanish from the Internet How can you tell that Internet censorship is really taking off? Easy. It’s becoming a business model. Steven Brill is raising $6 million to launch News Guard. This new service will rate news sites on their trustworthiness from green to red. Forget politically unbiased algorithms. The ratings will be conducted by “qualified, accountable human beings” from teams of “40 to 60 journalists.” Once upon a time, journalism meant original writing. Now it means deciding which original writing to censor. “Can trust be monetized?” The Street’s article on News Guard...
  • Facebook helps small businesses increase sales, attract customers

    11/11/2017 4:35:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies ^ | November 12, 2017
    Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, met with small business owners who are using the social network to grow their business in Viet Nam and internationally on the sidelines of APEC Summit 2017 in the central city of Da Nang on Thursday. “Small businesses are at the heart of our economies – and create the majority of new jobs all around the world. We recently teamed up with MorningConsult for an Economic Impact Survey to understand how small business owners are growing their companies, hiring more employees, and contributing to their communities,” Sandberg said. “In Asia and the Pacific region,...
  • Facebook Founder: God Knows What Social Media Does to Our Children

    11/10/2017 2:44:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | November 10, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, I got to thinking about it. I say so much, the amount of content disseminated every hour on this program, it’s even tough for me to remember it all. You know, I’ll say something on X day, and two weeks later, a story will happen, and I will remember I predicted it, and I wonder how many of you in the audience remember. I’ll never know. I’ll never know. I assume many of you do because I assume you listen very closely and very carefully, but at the same time I realize that it’s impossible to remember...
  • Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

    11/10/2017 5:34:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Axios ^ | Nov 9, 2017 | Mike Allen
    Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains. Be smart: Parker's I-was-there account provides priceless perspective in the rising debate about the power and effects of the social networks, which now have scale and reach unknown in human history. He's worried enough that he's sounding the alarm. Parker, 38, now founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, spoke yesterday at an Axios event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, about accelerating cancer...
  • Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos

    11/09/2017 5:09:09 PM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 November 2017
    Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn. The BBC understands that members of Facebook's community operations team will look at the images in order to make a "fingerprint" of them to prevent them being uploaded again. Facebook will notify the person once the photo has been "hashed'. It will then be up to the sender to delete the image. The trial, which could be extended to other countries, is seen as a way of of allowing users greater control over their intimate photos...
  • China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform it Bans at Home

    11/08/2017 7:20:32 AM PST · by Gennie · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 8, 2017 | Paul Mozur
    HONG KONG — China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion. As if to demonstrate the platform’s effectiveness, outside its borders China uses it to spread state-produced propaganda around the world, including the United States. So much do China’s government and companies value Facebook that the country is Facebook’s biggest advertising market in Asia, even as it is the only major country in the region that blocks the social network.
  • Paradise Papers – Facebook and Twitter Received Hundreds of Millions from Russians

    11/08/2017 5:23:14 AM PST · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    You will hear about the Trump associates, you will hear about the famous, but you won’t hear much about two of the largest beneficiaries from Russian State linked investment in the Paradise Papers. Could this be because between the two of them they control the entire market of social media? When the flood of documents first came out in 2013, it was, and is the second largest “document dump” in history. People have spent years poring over the details, some of which came to light today. It turns out that both Facebook and Twitter received hundreds of millions of dollars...
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • Kremlin-owned Firms Linked to Major Investments in Twitter and Facebook

    11/06/2017 5:29:48 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    The Russian government quietly held a financial interest in U.S. social media. A major investor in Twitter and Facebook had financial ties to two Russian government-owned firms known as vehicles for the Kremlin’s politically sensitive dealings, newly unearthed documents show. The records show that one of the Kremlin-owned firms, VTB Bank, quietly directed $191 million into an investment fund, DST Global, that used the money to buy a large stake in Twitter in 2011. They also show that a subsidiary of the Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom heavily funded an offshore company that partnered with DST Global in a large investment...
  • Major investor in Facebook and Twitter had ties to Russian government-owned firms: Report

    11/06/2017 11:06:57 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/05/2017 | Naomi Lim
    The Russian government invested in social media companies Facebook and Twitter through Russian-American billionaire and venture capitalist Yuri Milner, according to documents leaked as part of the Paradise Papers. Records show VTB Bank and energy company Gazprom, both linked to the Kremlin, worked with Milner's investment fund DST Global to buy stakes in Facebook and Twitter before selling them when the companies went public in 2012 and 2013 respectively. VTB Bank initially paid $191 million in 2011 to control 5 percent of Twitter at the time of its public offering, while a Gazprom subsidiary financed a business that partnered with...
  • Facebook Help needed.

    11/04/2017 5:05:37 PM PDT · by affan76 · 10 replies
    Does anybody know how to turn off Marketplace in Facebook?
  • Facebook estimates 200 million users may be fake: report

    11/04/2017 9:34:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Facebook estimates 200 million users may be fake: report By Josh Delk - 11/04/17 10:50 AM EDT acebook now estimates that nearly 200 million of its users may be fake accounts. Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a three-day session this week, providing investigators information on the efforts of foreign actors to meddle in U.S. politics. One of the investigators' concerns, according to the New York Times, is the widespread use of "fake" social media accounts. Twitter also reports that nearly 5 percent of its user base, or more than 16 million people, are fake...
  • Court - Student Can be Expelled for Quoting Bible on Facebook [UK]

    11/03/2017 5:40:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    A Christian student who was expelled from university after posting on Facebook in support of Biblical teaching on marriage and sexual ethics has today (Friday 27th October) lost his case in a judicial review of the university’s decision. Felix Ngole was studying for an MA in Social Work at Sheffield university. In 2015 he made comments using his personal Facebook account on the story of the American registrar Kim Davis who was imprisoned after conscientiously refusing to register same-sex marriages. Felix expressed his Christian beliefs on the issue and argued that: "same sex marriage is a sin whether we like...
  • We’re Learning We’ve Been Fed a Bunch of Fake News About Russian Election Meddling

    11/02/2017 2:22:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush ^ | November 2, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There is also continuing testimony, which nobody is hearing about up on Capitol Hill, by the lawyers for the tech companies, Google and Facebook. In addition to what was learned yesterday that we passed on to you, the Facebook lawyer said that the Russian involvement, the buying of ads on Facebook, that happened after the election and it was oriented toward damaging Trump. The ads that ran on Facebook happened after the election, and their purpose was to do great damage to Trump after he won, the exact opposite of what people have been told that Trump colluded with...
  • Facebook, Twitter Admit Russian Groups Attempted to Undermine Trump Presidency After Election

    11/02/2017 10:09:19 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2017 | Lucas Nolan
    Lawyers representing Facebook and Twitter revealed that Russian groups on their social networks tried to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency after the election. Politico reports that lawyers from Facebook and Twitter told a Senate Judiciary panel on Tuesday that Russian-linked agents on their social networks following election day in November 2016 attempted to undermine President Trump’s victory. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch outlined to the Senate Judiciary panel how a Russian trolling group known as the Internet Research Agency generated content after November 8th focusing on “fomenting discord about the validity of [Trump’s] election.”
  • Facebook: Russians Successfully Triggered Liberals to #Resist Trump

    11/02/2017 7:14:43 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 1 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 11/2/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    All this time, the Democrats and their media pushed the narrative that Russia promoted Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election. But it turns out, by their own admission, Facebook ran ads that, if anything, triggered sore-loser liberals into disputing the legitimacy of the election of Donald J. Trump and we all know what's happened since.
  • Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

    11/01/2017 1:17:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 1, 2017 | By Adam Entous |The Washington Post
    Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call. For months leading up to the vote, Obama and his top aides quietly agonized over how to respond to Russia’s brazen intervention on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign without making matters worse. Weeks after Trump’s surprise victory, some of Obama’s aides looked back with regret and wished they had done more....