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  • Ex-HS teacher who said on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin settles suit

    06/20/2018 8:14:41 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    A former Union High School teacher who resigned nearly six years ago after posting anti-gay comments on social media has settled her long-standing lawsuit against the district for $132,500. Jenye "Viki" Knox will receive $24,500 for back wages, $63,833.33 for claims of emotional distress and $44,166.67 for attorney's fees, according to court papers. The news was first reported by NJ Civil Settlements, which compiles a partial list of settlements paid by New Jersey government agencies and their insurers to those who have sued them. Knox, a 56-year-old Union Township resident who taught special education, described homosexuality as a "perverted spirit"...
  • PAC backing Johnston for governor gets another $1M from Bloomberg ( enemy action in Colorado )

    06/20/2018 6:56:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | June 19, 2018 | Marianne Goodland
    A political action committee backing former state Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver for the Democratic nod for governor has received another $1 million dollars from Michael Bloomberg, bringing the wealthy former New York mayor’s total donations to the committee to $2 million. ... The $1 million contribution was the largest that any campaign committee received in the most recent reporting period from May 31 to June 13, according to the secretary of state’s office’s TRACER campaign finance system. Second on the list: another $750,000 from fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder to his gubernatorial campaign, bringing his total...
  • The conservative free speech dilemma

    06/17/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Jun, 2018 | Joshua Broom
    In a democratic republic, freedom of expression and enlightened, open-ended debate are paramount. Yet in America in 2018, First Amendment rights are vanishing for conservatives. There's a reason: Powerful entities such as online and televised media, many of whom are left-oriented, have gradually shape-shifted our nation's speech to match their political flavor. For progressives, this uneven playing field is a seismic boon. For conservatives, not so much, nor is it good for even moderate left-wing thinkers. Under such a regimen, though, a land and people once revered as freedom-loving now creep closer toward socialism. Yet there they stand: the venomous...
  • Facebook "embeds," Russia and the Trump campaign's secret weapon

    06/15/2018 8:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 10, 2018 | Lesley Stahl
    Tonight you will hear from the man President Donald Trump appointed as his 2020 re-election campaign manager. His name is Brad Parscale, and he got the job because - as we first reported in October - Parscale was the president's secret weapon in his 2016 run for the White House. 42-year-old Parscale was one of the campaign's top decision-makers, operating largely out of public view. He was hired to run the digital team, but over time he came to oversee advertising, data collection and much of the fund-raising. He says his main task was competing with the Clinton Campaign's huge...
  • Facebook execs to meet with GOP leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias

    06/15/2018 7:26:35 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/15/18 | Harper Neidig
    Facebook is sending some of its top executives to meet with Republican leaders following complaints about anti-conservative bias on social media, the company confirmed to The Hill on Friday. The officials from Facebook’s public policy team will be meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager. A McCarthy spokeswoman said that the meeting would focus on “continued issues with conservative censorship on their website.” The meeting was first reported by Axios. Facebook will be represented by a group of former GOP officials: Kevin Martin, who served as...
  • Vanity: Let's Build a Bigger and Better Social Media Platform

    06/11/2018 1:13:12 PM PDT · by tenger · 41 replies
    6/11/2018 | Tenger
    There's been a lot of talk lately about Twitter and Facebook being very unfriendly towards conservatives. What is to prevent a few people getting together and come up with a bigger and better platform for the masses? I know GAB was created, but there are problems with that platform that many will not go on it. I was only on the site for about 2 minutes after my first log in because there was just a lot of unnecessary junk streaming by. Perhaps they've changed and adapted. I realize this is probably a huuuuuge undertaking, but I am confident there...
  • Facebook Keeps Pushing for Thought Control:“News Credibility Specialists” Will Rank News...

    06/09/2018 5:05:13 PM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    As Facebook continues its descent into irrelevancy, at least among the younger generation, Zuckerberg’s latest move is to make editorial decisions about what news content the public should be able to “consume” via his social media platform via hiring “news credibility specialists”. “News credibility specialists” sounds like Goebbels and Stalin’s wet dream if you ask me, but let that go. Here’s a quote from Facebook’s ad for the job via Business Insider and Fortune: “We’re seeking individuals with a passion for journalism, who believe in Facebook’s mission of making the world more connected,” one of the two listings reads. It...
  • Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook, Amazon empower far-left Southern Poverty Law Center

    06/07/2018 4:00:19 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/7/2018 | Brian Flood
    Tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter must not have received the memo, as all four companies have enlisted the SPLC to help determine what organizations are hate groups, as first pointed out by The Daily
  • Facebook, Amazon, Google And Twitter All Work With Left-Wing SPLC

    06/07/2018 9:35:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/07/18 | Peter Hasson
    The Southern Poverty Law Center helps Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter determine what organizations are “hate groups” Amazon gave the SPLC the most direct authority while pretending to remain unbiased The SPLC has been plagued by inaccuracies Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.” Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found. The...
  • Will Gen Z Finally Kill Facebook?

    06/07/2018 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 06.07.18 5:23 AM ET | Kamaron McNair Kamaron McNair
    Dear Generation Z, Lazy. Entitled. Technology obsessed. Do those descriptions sound familiar? Like millennials, you have been called a variety of not so flattering labels. And now, the media has added one more: murderer. All right, maybe you weren’t called murderers, but you have been accused of killing. And no, not the horror movie kind, but rest assured you’ve managed to kill pastimes and have placed entire industries on life support. As someone who either falls into the young millennial or old Gen Z category depending on your definition, I can only share in the excitement (read: eye rolls) as...
  • Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

    06/06/2018 4:45:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Vice ^ | June 3, 2018 | By Sam Nichols
    Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery. A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads on Facebook about cheap return flights to Tokyo. It seemed like just a spooky coincidence, but then everyone seems to have a story about their smartphone listening to them. So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening? According to Dr. Peter Hannay—The senior security consultant for...
  • Facebook gave data access to Chinese firm flagged by US intelligence

    06/05/2018 6:21:17 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 6/5/2018 | Michael LaForgia and Gabriel J.X. Dance
    Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China's government, the social media company said on Tuesday. The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. The four partnerships remain in effect, but Facebook officials said in an interview that the company would wind down the Huawei deal by the end of the week....
  • WSJ: Tech Giants Are Heading Towards Monopoly Status

    06/04/2018 1:55:30 PM PDT · by davikkm · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | TOM CICCOTTA
    A new column the Wall Street Journal argues that companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are heading towards monopoly status in their respective industries. A Thursday column in the Wall Street Journal by Christopher Mims argues that several Silicon Valley giants are gaining monopoly-sized market shares in their respective industries. Mims explained that modern monopolies look much different than monopolies of the past. Mims cited the example of monopolist Andrew Carnegie using armed guards against his striking workers. One way today’s monopolists are different from the robber barons of old is that they’re not exactly ​behaving like, for example, Andrew...
  • Tim Cook: We never requested data from Facebook

    06/04/2018 7:09:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/18 | Brett Samuels
    Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's data practices on Monday in the wake of a New York Times report that said Apple was among tech firms that had access to Facebook users’ personal information. "The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested — zero," Cook told NPR. Cook said the company is “not in the data business,” but rather sought to make it easier for users to share photos on Facebook. Cook’s comments come in...
  • Internet giants urge flexibility in online political ad regulations

    05/29/2018 12:43:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/29/18 | Harper Neidig
    Internet giants are pushing back against tougher election advertising regulations, asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to allow for some flexibility in how they disclose funding sources for political ads. In a filing submitted Tuesday, the Internet Association (IA), a trade group representing the biggest web-based technology companies, said that the same disclosure requirements imposed on television and radio ads don’t work well for the internet. “IA’s recommended approach is to allow for more flexibility given the variety of ways that internet content is consumed and to preserve the ability of the IA’s members to innovate and to allow users...
  • Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

    06/04/2018 2:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 3, 2018 | GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIA
    The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections. As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers...
  • Facebook's 'solution' to political ads — your Social Security number — will bring more trouble

    06/02/2018 8:40:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/02/18 | Shoshana Weissmann and Paul Rosenzweig
    Following concerns that foreign actors influenced American voters using online platforms like Facebook, the social media giant has taken steps to prevent the same thing from happening again. And while Facebook’s efforts are well-intentioned, its solutions are just the latest in a series of unwise, excessively broad reforms. In its most recent move, Facebook will now require those who create advertisements about candidates and certain policy issues on its platform to fulfill three steps: They must input the last four digits of their Social Security number, upload a photo copy of a form of government-issued ID, and input their mailing...
  • Facebook is ditching the "Trending" news section

    06/01/2018 11:32:05 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 19 replies
    Axios ^ | June 1 2018 | Kia Kokalitcheva
    Facebook is doing away with the controversial "Trending" news section next week, the company announced on Friday. Why it matters: The section, which it introduced in 2014, was meant to help users get an easy view of the top news during the day, but Facebook says that it ultimately drove less than 1.5% of clicks to publishers on average. The feature has also come under fire more than once — most heavily in 2016, when Gizmodo reported on the human curators' practices and raised charges that the social network suppressed conservative news.
  • Are New Company Towns Destined to Fail? (Facebook)

    05/31/2018 11:55:51 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Industrial Equipment News ^ | 5-31-18 | Grant Bollmer
    Are New Company Towns Destined to Fail? Grant Bollmer, North Carolina State University There’s one notable thing about Willow Village that makes it different from other new communities in America: It is being developed by Facebook. Willow Village is a community planned for a 59-acre site in California’s Silicon Valley, between Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. It will have housing, offices, a grocery store, a pharmacy, and its developers say, maybe even its own cultural center. There’s one notable thing about Willow Village that makes it different from other new communities in America: It is being developed by Facebook....
  • Vanity: President Trump Continues to Live Rent Free in Libs' Heads on Facebook

    05/30/2018 11:44:14 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 19 replies
    I am amazed at how obsessed my liberal friends are with President Trump. Every day they post deranged media slanders. I just gave one fellow a 30 day snooze. He's gone completely over the bend, LOL! I fear for their mental health when Trump is re-elected.