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  • Germany: Return of the Stasi Police State?

    01/25/2018 1:31:31 PM PST · by caww · 15 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 2, 2018 | Judith Bergman
    Germany's new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint -- regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say. Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political...
  • Germany: Return of the Stasi Police State?

    01/25/2018 11:28:36 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | January 25, 2018 | Judith Bergman
    Germany's new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint -- regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say. Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political...
  • Angela Merkel's future in balance as riven SPD heads for crunch coalition vote

    01/20/2018 10:25:51 PM PST · by lowbuck · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 21 January 2018 | Staff
    Germany's Social Democratic Party is about to vote on whether to negotiate another so-called grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives. If the party says "no," the chancellor's options may be running out. . . . snip As a result, the SPD spent most of the week denying the very obvious rift in the party. Schulz, whose one-year tenure as party leader would surely be up in the event of a "no" vote on Sunday, has already admitted that he couldn't be sure that he had enough delegates on his side.
  • Germany's SPD in all-or-nothing vote on Merkel alliance

    01/20/2018 7:59:45 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    Germany's divided Social Democrats will hold a crunch vote on Sunday on whether to pursue a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, or plunge the nation into political turmoil. At an extraordinary congress in the western city of Bonn, 600 delegates from the centre-left SPD and its 45-member board will have their say on entering into formal talks for a renewed alliance with Merkel's centre-right CDU/CSU bloc. The stakes could scarcely be higher for Merkel as a "no" vote would leave her with the option of leading an unstable minority government -- a prospect she has baulked at --...
  • Germany 'must develop EU further' with France: minister

    01/20/2018 7:43:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 January 2018 14:51 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Berlin must work with Paris to improve and deepen the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged as his Social Democrats weigh renewing a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel. France and Germany, once bitter enemies, “have a joint responsibility to develop all of Europe further,” he told AFP, highlighting “reform of the economic and monetary union” as a top priority. Historically, the two countries have been the powerhouse of the economic integration project that became the European Union; but French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to shore up the 19-nation euro single currency area and deepen European integration are on...
  • Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

    01/19/2018 1:13:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/19/2018 | Reuters Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will change the ranking of its News Feed to give priority to trustworthy news sources above those that its users do not consider trustworthy, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.
  • NBC orders staff to rat out misbehaving colleagues or be fired

    12/26/2017 4:50:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Page Six ^ | December 25, 2017 | Emily Smith
    NBC has issued strict new anti-sexual harassment rules to employees — including that staffers must snitch on any misbehaving colleagues — in the wake of the firing of disgraced “Today” show host Matt Lauer. A source tells Page Six that NBC employees have been ordered to report any inappropriate relationships in the workplace — and if they fail to do so, they could be fired for covering up for colleagues. Detailed rules also have been issued about conduct in the office, including how to socialize and even how to hug colleagues. A source says, “Romantic relationships at work are not...
  • Sharing “fake news” in Ireland could soon be illegal, with $10k fine attached

    12/18/2017 5:29:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 17, 2017 07:09 AM | Frances Mulraney
    An Irish politician has brought forward a new bill to the Dáil (Irish parliament) which will attempt to legislate to prevent the spread of fake news stories and articles in Ireland. The groundbreaking proposals were brought forward by opposition party Fianna Fáil in the wake of the influence of bots and fake new articles in politics overseas, especially in the 2016 US Presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the UK. There are concerns that although fake news has not been used so far to influence political debate in Ireland, even in the particularly intense 2016 general election, that this...
  • German government says it backs 'open and free internet' [after FCC Net Neutrality repeal]

    12/15/2017 8:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2017 7:54 AM EST
    The German government says it backs an “open and free internet” following the U.S. decision to repeal net neutrality rules. A spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry said Friday that Germany had “taken note” of the U.S. move but declined to comment directly on it. However, spokeswoman Beate Baron said the German government supports rules introduced across the European Union last year forbidding discriminatory access to the internet. …
  • Stasi: Maybe Trump is in need of emergency brain repair after slurred speech

    12/09/2017 10:16:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 9, 2017 | Linda Stasi
    Loose dentures? More like loose screws. Donald Trump was slurring his words pretty good last week for a guy who fancied himself an expert when it came to Hillary Clinton's alleged brain damage. What would he make of his own slurred speech and bizarre behavior? Brain damage from inhaling too much hairspray? A brain tumor from the weight of that massive combover sitting on top of his head like a live farm animal? Simply slurred speech because his thoughts are so fantastic that his mouth can't keep up? Maybe it's a pesky case of dysphasia, the condition Trump's used-to-be-spokesperson Katrina...
  • University to install 400 cameras to catch campus hate crimes

    12/05/2017 5:16:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    College Fix ^ | December 4, 2017 | Jennifer Kannaby
    Westfield State University will soon install 400 security cameras after a spree of alleged hate and bias incidents has prompted unrest and protests at the Massachusetts campus. The board of trustees held a special meeting last week to approve the measure.
  • Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

    11/20/2017 3:54:34 AM PST · by Spiridon · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/20/2017 | BBC
    Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.......
  • Students' union is accused of creating 'police state' as it pays 'safe space marshals' [tr]

    10/26/2017 8:35:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2017 | Rory Tingle
    A students' union pays for £12-per-hour 'safe space marshals' to police external speakers to make sure they do not voice views that are offensive to the audience. King's College Students' Union requires marshals to attend events with a phone in hand so they can take 'immediate action' if anyone expresses opinions though to discriminate against ethnic or sexual minorities.
  • Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

    10/18/2017 8:33:22 AM PDT · by bgill · 8 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Oct. 18, 2017 | ap
    Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. The policy changes were specifically aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online or were subject to unwanted sexual advances. They would also aim to shield groups subject to hateful imagery, symbols and threats of violence.
  • Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with "more aggressive" rules

    10/15/2017 4:15:10 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Yahoo Noose and Propaganda ^ | October 15, 2017 | Matthew Panzarino, Geek Shill
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to...Twitter today to promise a "more aggressive" stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working 'intensely' on over the past few months. Dorsey says that critical decisions were made today in how to go about preventing the rampant and vicious harassment many women, minorities and other users undergo daily on the platform. "We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them," Dorsey says. "New...
  • FEC Commissioner Uses Russian Meddling As Excuse To Restrict Internet Speech

    10/12/2017 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | David Warrington
    Anti-free speech liberals have long sought to regulate and restrict Americans’ freedom of speech on the Internet. Now, their longtime champion, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, has found her latest excuse to restrict American citizens’ free speech on their own websites, blogs, YouTube, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Speaking about Russian meddling in the last election at a recent meeting of the FEC (at minute 10:55), Weintraub stated: If you’re interested I’m happy to talk about it but I’m not here proposing that we reopen the entire Internet rulemaking from 2006. I think that’s something we might want...
  • College prez asks Congress to censor 'hate speech' on Facebook

    10/11/2017 7:58:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 11, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Transylvania University’s president recently asked Congress to enact legislation that would force Facebook to “remove” any postings of “hate speech” from its website. In an essay for Inside Higher Ed, President Seamus Carey argues in favor of increased government regulation of “hate speech,” a request spurred on by the recent “harassment” of a DACA recipient at the university.
  • Google blocks Catalan independence info app following Spanish court ruling

    09/30/2017 7:25:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    rt.com ^ | 29 Sep, 2017 16:31
    Google has followed the court order and blocked the app which is now inaccessible from the Spanish territory. "We remove content from our platforms when we receive a court order or when it violates our terms and conditions," the company said. The local authorities in Catalonia reiterated on Friday that the vote will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, despite strong opposition from Madrid. Spanish authorities have been actively working to prevent the vote as thousands of additional police were deployed to the region, with orders to take control of the voting booths. Earlier this week, the organization managing the...
  • Internet firms say removing extremist content within hours is huge challenge

    09/21/2017 3:45:32 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 9/20/17 | Julia Fioretti/reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Removing extremist content from the internet within a few hours of it appearing poses "an enormous technological and scientific challenge", Google's general counsel will say later on Wednesday to European leaders who want it taken down quicker. Kent Walker, general counsel for Alphabet Inc's Google, will speak on behalf of technology companies Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube at an event on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. The leaders of France, Britain and Italy want to push social media companies to remove "terrorist content" from the internet within one to...
  • It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me

    09/20/2017 5:52:51 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20th, 2017 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Luckily people moved to higher ground and there are no reports of injuries or deaths. An under construction Nam Ao Hydropower Project in Phaxay district, Xieng Khuang Province of Laos burst on September 11, 2017, causing severe flash flooding