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  • Company That Profits Off Political Misinformation Says It's Going to Do More to Stop It

    10/22/2019 4:22:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 2 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 10/21/19 | Dell Cameron
    After a month of blistering criticism over Facebook’s decision to help more politicians lie in online advertisements, the company has conveniently announced an update on its efforts to shield American voters from the misinformation chronically afflicting its platform. “We have a responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on our platform. That’s why we’ve made significant investments since 2016 to better identify new threats, close vulnerabilities and reduce the spread of viral misinformation and fake accounts,” four senior Facebook officials blogged on Monday, while announcing several changes intended to “help protect the democratic process.” For weeks, Facebook, which makes the...
  • Mom of children found hanging told 911 dispatcher son was bullied, 'didn't want to go alone'

    10/18/2019 8:54:05 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/19 | Robert Gearty
    The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was found hanging in a Pennsylvania basement last month alongside his 4-year-old sister told a 911 dispatcher he had been bullied and "had made threats of doing this but didn't want to go alone." The dispatcher further quoted the mother as saying that sadly the boy, Connor Snyder, “may be the aggressor,” Fox 10 Philadelphia reported Thursday. Lisa Snyder, 36, called 911 after reporting finding Connor and her daughter Brinley hanging from the basement rafters of their home in Albany Township with a dog leash on Sept. 23. Connor and his sister died...
  • Attorney General says website used by accused Tree of Life shooter Bowers is teetering

    10/18/2019 2:50:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 17, 2019 | Rich Lord
    The state's top prosecutor believes that the go-to social media site for accused Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers is on its last legs financially, according to a statement issued early Thursday further explaining that office's decision to close a civil probe that followed the synagogue massacre. The statement from the office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro indicates that the decision to close the probe followed indications that Pennsylvania-based "had exhausted its already-raised money, and was no longer going to be serviced by the payment processors, cutting off all public funding to support the business." Spokeswoman Jacklin Rhoads went...
  • Twitter product lead says company considering auto-deleting old tweets

    10/16/2019 4:11:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/19 | Marty Johnson
    Twitter is toying with the idea of auto-deleting old tweets or other methods of addressing users' fears of posting, the company's head of product said on The Verge's podcast, Vergecast. Kayvon Beykpour was responding to one of the podcast's hosts, Casey Newton, suggesting that tweets go private after existing for a year, citing ever-changing "cultural standards." "Fear of speaking in public and fear of retaliation or fear of being harassed and harassment means many different things to many people," Beykpour, who became Twitter's head of product in 2018, replied. "These are some of the biggest reasons why people don’t tweet,"...
  • Twitter gives judge 'middle finger,' finds out that was wrong answer

    10/15/2019 4:32:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies ^ | 10/9/19 | Staff
    It was tech giant Twitter that let the phrase "Die Trump" trend overseas. It was Twitter from which Disney walked away because of its "nastiness extraordinary." It is Twitter that has been accused countless times of shadowbanning or otherwise suppressing the speech of conservatives. (snip) But things may be changing as a result of a judge's decision to allow a $250 million lawsuit brought by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., against Twitter to go forward. The Federalist reported the case soon could be a "nightmare" for the company. Judge John Marshall, who was assigned the case in Virginia, is considering a...
  • How to Build a Tent (We don't need another platform)

    10/08/2019 8:51:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 7, 2019 | How To Build A Tent
    Business Podcast: We discuss the economy report that recently came out. We also discuss the sentiment that Christians and conservatives need to build another social media platform...
  • 40 state attorneys general to take part in Facebook antitrust probe: report

    10/07/2019 7:16:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/19 | Zack Budryk
    About 40 state attorneys general will participate in an antitrust investigation of Facebook led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the matter. In September, James had announced an investigation with seven other states and the District of Columbia into whether the social media giant has “endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.” The three people who spoke to the Post said the larger inquiry is still confidential, and that New York could enlist further states before the probe is...
  • US House panel taps defunct startup for Facebook files

    10/03/2019 7:21:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 10/03/19 | Staff
    A U.S. congressional committee has requested a trove of internal Facebook documents that the company’s critics say will demonstrate how the social media giant unfairly leveraged its market dominance to crush or absorb competitors. The request by the House Judiciary Committee comes amid a flurry of new antitrust investigations of technology giants, including ones by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. At issue here is a cache of internal Facebook documents unearthed in a case brought by Six4Three, a defunct startup whose founders have waged a bitter four-year legal battle with the social network. In a nine-page Sept....
  • DNC accuses Facebook of allowing Trump 'to mislead the American people'

    10/01/2019 11:41:52 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/19 | Justin Wise
    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is accusing Facebook of allowing President Trump to "mislead the American people" without facing any consequences. DNC CEO Seema Nanda made the allegations in a Tuesday interview with CNN just a week after the tech giant announced that it would not remove posts or advertisements from politicians if they happen to violate the company's community rules. Nanda told CNN that Facebook's move will allow Trump to "mislead the American people on their platform unimpeded." "We know that Trump has an utter disregard for the truth," she said. "Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect...
  • Trump is using Facebook to run thousands of ads about impeachment

    10/01/2019 2:01:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 30, 2019 | Donie O'Sullivan and David Wright
    President Donald Trump is using his powerful social media presence to push back against the impeachment inquiry, tweeting and retweeting more than 100 times over the weekend and his reelection campaign has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook ads on the topic over the past week. More than 1,800 ads on Trump's Facebook page mentioning "impeachment" have run in the past seven days. The ads have been viewed between 16 and 18 million times on Facebook and the campaign has spent between $600,000 and $2,000,000 on the effort, according to data analyzed by Laura Edelson, a researcher at...
  • Free speech suppression online builds case to break up Big Tech

    09/30/2019 9:44:18 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/30/19 | Donald Trump Jr
    Free speech is under attack by the Big Tech monopolies that dominate the internet. The flogging that Beto O’Rourke received during his Reddit “ask me anything” session this month perfectly underscored the distinction between a mainstream media and a genuinely free press. He gave Americans a chance to grill him about his pivot from a centrist Senate candidate to a radical presidential hopeful, and in contrast to the handling he has gotten from the media, they treated him like hamburger meat. No surprise there. Free expression can be edgy, brutal, irreverent, and sometimes downright offensive. I should know. My father...
  • Trump: ‘A Free Society Cannot Allow Social Media Giants to Silence’ Free Speech

    09/24/2019 11:49:24 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Sep 2019 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    President Donald Trump used part of his speech before the United Nations Tuesday to warn of the growing accumulation of power by big tech companies. In one of the President’s strongest statements on social media bias yet, Trump argued that social media censorship is incompatible with a free society. He also drew attention to the growing trend of censorship, “canceling,” and blacklisting in general. “We must always be skeptical of those who want conformity and control,” said the President. “Even in free nations, we see alarming signs and new challenges to liberty.” “A small number of social media platforms are...
  • How YouTube Destroys Channels

    09/21/2019 8:56:54 PM PDT · by OddLane · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 21, 2019 | Independent Man
    Learn how YouTube sets about destroying creators channels and what I'm doing about it.
  • Google and Its Pals Are Worse than Anyone Thought

    09/17/2019 7:37:10 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Sep, 2019 | Leo Goldstein
    …… Gatekeepers Target the Central Subjects of Public Debate Gatekeepers supposedly act against perceived hate speech, white nationalists, or conspiracy theories, and this injury to free speech is enough to cause controversy. However, in reality, the main casualties of Gatekeepers suppression are people and speech supportive of Trump and opposing strong left-wing agendas, which have recently become almost one and the same. The evidence of Spygate, the coup attempt (continuation of Spygate after Trump’s inauguration), climate realism, the racism and anti-Semitism of the Democrat-Socialist party, and the evidence of this collusive tech suppression itself are among the most suppressed topics....
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg dines with senators in DC

    09/19/2019 7:36:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2019 | David Shepardson
    Facebook (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with a half-dozen U.S. senators on Wednesday for dinner as the company seeks to boost its reputation in Washington. The social media giant has been under fire on a number of fronts for more than a year and faces antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and a number of state attorneys general as well as numerous legislative proposals that seek to restrict how it operates.
  • Officer fired after graduating academy due to 6-year-old Facebook posts

    09/16/2019 4:31:09 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 58 replies ^ | 14Sept19 | Law Officer
    TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa Police officer who just graduated from the academy a month ago is out of a job because of questionable posts on Facebook. The department received a complaint about Officer Wayne Brown’s Facebook posts Wednesday morning. The decision to release him didn’t take long. He was fired an hour later, News 9 reported. According to police, he goes by Duke Brown on his Facebook page. A community action group found the posts dating back to 2013 and took screen shots of them. Tulsa Police called most of the memes posted as questionable
  • Liberals haunted by social media tactics they use against the right

    09/09/2019 3:22:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/19 | Madison Gesiotto
    The people who have made an industry out of destroying ordinary people’s lives over old social media posts and out-of-context comments are very upset that it’s happening to them. The New York Times, clearly worried by the recent exposure of blatantly anti-Semitic tweets posted by one of its reporters, and clearly worried that even more embarrassing material is in reserve, tried to stop the hemorrhaging with a rambling article demonizing the independent journalists who uncovered the tweets. In fact, much of the liberal media sphere went into panic mode, vehemently declaring that this particular exercise of the First Amendment is...
  • A Trump social network readies for launch

    09/08/2019 9:57:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 8, 2019 | Anita Kumar
    His campaign plans to launch its own app soon, professionalizing its operation to track ‘the army of Trump’ and keep supporters donating, volunteering and recruiting. Sometimes Twitter isn’t enough. After spending years alleging anti-conservative bias on social media, President Donald Trump will soon have another way to get his message out how he wants. Trump’s reelection campaign plans to launch a smartphone app this fall to encourage supporters to donate, volunteer and reel in like-minded voters — all while providing the president more unfiltered access to his followers. Supporters who download the all-in-one app are expected to be able to...
  • O'Rourke presses tech companies to crack down on disinformation

    09/06/2019 9:26:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/19 | Harper Neidig
    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is demanding answers from major tech platforms following an unsubstantiated claim online that the gunman involved in last weekend's mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, was driving a vehicle with an O'Rourke campaign sticker. Jen O’Malley Dillon, campaign manager for the former House lawmaker from Texas, sent letters to Facebook, Google and Twitter on Friday asking for greater transparency about how the companies respond to disinformation on their platforms and calling on them to take action against any fraudulent accounts involved in amplifying the claim. “As a campaign, we’re almost entirely powerless to stop misinformation,” O’Malley...
  • Coalition of attorneys general launch antitrust investigation into Facebook

    09/06/2019 6:38:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/19 | Emily Birnbaum
    A coalition of eight attorneys general has launched an investigation into Facebook over potential antitrust violations, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday. The group of bipartisan group of state attorneys general, led by New York, is probing Facebook's dominance in social media and any potential "anticompetitive conduct" stemming from that position. The probe heightens the stakes for the embattled social media platform, which is already weathering antitrust investigations from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. SNIP "Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law...