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  • Editorial: Don't mind Facebook's empty threats: Pass the JCPA

    12/07/2022 8:57:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 6, 2022 | The Editorial Board
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., have struck a deal to include the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), according to Axios. If the deal holds, it will move this essential piece of legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk. The NDAA must pass by year’s end to fund America’s military. The JCPA would allow news organizations to band together to negotiate fair fees from online platforms, such as Facebook and Google, who derive ad revenue from the hard work of newsrooms — mostly small, local, community-rooted...
  • Elementary School Teacher Says It's 'Enjoyable' to Confuse Children About Gender Identity

    12/06/2022 12:17:13 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 47 replies ^ | Dec. 6, 2022 | Madeline Leesman
    An elementary school teacher in Louisiana reportedly posted on Facebook that it is “enjoyable” to confuse students about gender identity. The teacher, Blaine Banghart, teaches music at an elementary school and uses the prefix “Mx.” as opposed to “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” according to Fox News. "The kids are all confused and asking why I have a mustache if I’m a girl, if I’m Mr. Banghart now, why am I trying to look like a boy, etc.," Banghart wrote in the post, adding that "I’m just ignoring these questions/redirecting, so I don’t get in trouble." “Though some of the reactions are...
  • FBI Official Admits Agency Colluded Weekly With Facebook To Flag, Take Down Posts

    12/04/2022 3:38:15 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | ALEXA SCHWERHA
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) met weekly with large social media platforms to collaborate on moderating content, according to a deposition this week from FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan. Chan, who was one of the two FBI agents who contacted Facebook ahead of its censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop warning of potential Russian disinformation operations, said that the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) officials met weekly with social media companies to remove specific accounts ahead of the 2020 presidential election, according to his deposition cited by Missouri Attorney General...
  • New Zealand admits it has direct access to Facebook takedown portal where it can flag content for censorship

    12/02/2022 11:36:45 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 14 replies
    Reclaim the Net ^ | December 2, 2022 | Tom Parker
    The censorship-loving government has a direct line to the tech giant. New Zealand’s government has officially admitted that it has partner access to Facebook’s controversial content takedown portal. This portal is designed specifically for government agencies to flag content to Facebook for censorship. According to The Intercept, which reported on the portal in October, government partners can also use the portal to “report disinformation directly” to Facebook. And in a recent response to a New Zealand Official Information Act (OIA) request, which asked whether the government has partner access to Facebook’s takedown portal, the New Zealand government confirmed that the...
  • FBI met weekly with Big Tech ahead of the 2020 election, agent testifies

    12/02/2022 3:02:38 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 2, 2022 | Brianna Herlihy
    On Tuesday, lawyers from the offices of Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana deposed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan as part of their lawsuit against the Biden administration. That suit accuses high-ranking government officials of working with giant social media companies "under the guise of combating misinformation" to achieve greater censorship. Chan, who serves in the FBI’s San Francisco bureau, was questioned under oath by court order about his alleged "critical role" in "coordinating with social-media platforms relating to censorship and suppression of speech on their platforms." During the deposition, Chan said that he,...
  • Meta fires employees for allegedly hacking into user’s accounts

    11/28/2022 8:15:27 AM PST · by EBH · 12 replies
    Cyber Security Hub ^ | 11/22/22 | Olivia Powell
    Internal documents allege that employees were paid thousands of dollars to hijack accounts Meta has allegedly fired and/or discipled more than 12 employees for hacking into users’ Facebook and Instagram accounts on the behalf of hackers. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which broke the story on November 17, some of the hacking cases involved bribery, with employees being paid thousands of dollars to hack into the accounts. According to an internal investigation into the account hijacking, those fired by Meta included contractors employed at the company’s facilities as security guards. They were able to hack into unsuspecting victim’s...
  • Facebook Confirms Ties to US Military and Military-Linked Propaganda Campaigns – Military Accounts Also Found on Google-YouTube and Twitter

    11/28/2022 6:43:23 PM PST · by bitt · 13 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 11/28/2022 | jim hoft
    Facebook recently confirmed its ties to the US military and military-linked pro-war propaganda pages on its platform. Meta announced the finding in their Adversarial Threat Report, 3rd Quarter, 2022. United States: We removed 39 Facebook accounts, 16 Pages, two Groups and 26 accounts on Instagram for violating our policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior. This network originated in the United States and focused on a number of countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The operation ran across many internet services, including Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. It included several clusters of...
  • Russia’s Justice Ministry puts Meta Platform Inc on register of extremist organizations

    11/25/2022 7:34:39 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    Tass ^ | November 25, 2022
    Meta Platforms (outlawed in Russia) has been put on the register of extremist organizations, Russia’s Justice Ministry said on Friday....In March, Moscow’s Tverskoy district court upheld the Prosecutor General’s Office claim and recognized the activity of Meta Platforms-owned Instagram and Facebook as extremist and banned them in Russia. The motion followed Meta’s decision to temporarily lift the ban on posting calls for violence against Russian nationals by the residents of several countries. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on charges of calling for violence against and murders of Russians.
  • Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook

    11/22/2022 9:43:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 22, 2022, 7:00 AM CST | By SIMON FONDRIE-TEITLER, ANGIE WALLER, and COLIN LECHER
    Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned. The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts. The information sent to Facebook can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms and is gathered regardless of whether the person using the tax filing service has...
  • H&R Block, other tax prep services sending 'sensitive financial information' to Facebook: Report

    11/22/2022 9:39:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    Just The News ^ | Updated: November 22, 2022 - 12:08pm | Staff
    Information has reportedly included income, filing status, refund amounts. Major tax preparation services have reportedly been sending sensitive personal financial information to Facebook as part of a potential advertising scheme, according to a report released Tuesday. Companies such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have allegedly been sending Facebook "not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts," a report from the Verge said on Tuesday. The information "can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms," the outlet...
  • Meta [Facebook] Trained an AI on 48M Science Papers. It Was Shut Down After 2 Days

    11/20/2022 12:52:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 71 replies ^ | Nov. 20, 2022 5:00 a.m. PT | Jackson Ryan
    Galactica is an artificial intelligence developed by Meta AI (formerly known as Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) with the intention of using machine learning to "organize science." It's caused a bit of a stir since a demo version was released online last week, with critics suggesting it produced pseudoscience, was overhyped and not ready for public use. The tool is pitched as a kind of evolution of the search engine but specifically for scientific literature. Upon Galactica's launch, the Meta AI team said it can summarize areas of research, solve math problems and write scientific code. Almost as soon as it...
  • Researchers In Swing States Secretly Monitored What Big Tech Showed Voters – “Blatant Manipulation”

    11/17/2022 8:46:19 AM PST · by bitt · 12 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 11/17/2022 | protrumpnews staff
    Big Tech is rigging elections to help Democrats. A team of researchers led by Robert Epstein, Ph.D. found that Google took steps to shift votes in favor of Democrats during the midterm elections. According to the findings, Google nudged undecided voters toward the Democrats by showing them biased content on Google and YouTube. They also found that Google was sending far fewer go-vote reminders to conservatives than to liberals and moderates. The extent of how many votes were shifted by Google’s meddling is unknown. The Epoch Times reported: Based on my team’s research, Google, and to a lesser extent, Facebook...
  • Judge says FBI agent can be deposed for allegedly working with Meta to bury Hunter Biden laptop story

    11/15/2022 4:39:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/22 | Brianna Herlihy
    A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of deposing an FBI agent accused of "colluding" with social media companies to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story. Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana ruled that FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Elvis Chan must be deposed under oath for his alleged involvement in coordinating with Meta to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 election. "Chan had authority over cybersecurity issues for the FBI in the San Francisco, California region which includes the headquarters of major social-media platforms and played a critical role...
  • Facebook Parent Meta to Lay Off 11,000 Employees

    11/09/2022 5:13:06 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9 November 2022 | Sam Schechner & Newley Purnell
    Meta Platforms Inc. said it would cut more than 11,000 workers, or 13% of staff, embarking on the company’s first broad restructuring to cope with a slumping digital-ad market and falling stock price. In a message to staff on Wednesday morning, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company, the parent of Facebook META -0.26%decrease; red down pointing triangle and Instagram, would cut staff across all of its businesses, with its recruiting and business teams disproportionately affected. The company is also tightening its belt by reducing its office space, moving to desk sharing for some workers, and extending a hiring freeze...
  • Documents: AG Ellison spoke at conference partially funded by companies he's investigating. ( Minnesota and Democrat Colorado AG Phil Weiser. ) .

    11/06/2022 8:25:35 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    The Center Square ^ | Nov 4, 2022 | Scott McClallen |
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison claims to be the “People’s Lawyer.” But documents say he spoke at a lavish Hawaii retreat in June 2021 partially funded by companies he’s investigating, including Meta and Google. A 2021 retreat agenda of the Attorney General Alliance says Ellison participated in a lunch conversation at the Grand Wailea hotel with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas about managing high-profile criminal matters. The AGA is a bipartisan group funded via corporate sponsorship tiers from $10,000 to $50,000, according to documents reviewed by The Center Square. A 2020 AGA sponsorship list obtained by The Center Square...
  • Evil Empires collapsing? Report: Meta (Facebook) announcing "large scale lay-offs" Monday as Stock Value Tanks Over 70%

    11/06/2022 8:49:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/06/2022 | Beege Welborn
    I mean, are we watching the people who truly were the threat to democracy begin to dissolve in real-time?HO-LEE-SMOKES, it’s starting to look like it.A bit of grim Sunday news: large scale layoffs at Meta start next week, possibly Wednesday.— Jeff Horwitz (@JeffHorwitz) November 6, 2022According to the report which just broke in the Wall Street Journal, the cuts are going to be substantial across the Meta-verse.…The layoffs are expected to affect many thousands of employees and an announcement is planned to come as soon as Wednesday, according to the people. Meta [META 2.11%increase] reported more than 87,000 employees at...

    11/06/2022 5:18:37 PM PST · by libh8er · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov 6th, 2022 | Jeff Horwitz
    Meta Platforms Inc. is planning to begin large-scale layoffs this week, according to people familiar with the matter, in what could be the largest round in a recent spate of tech job cuts after the industry’s rapid growth during the pandemic. The layoffs are expected to affect many thousands of employees and an announcement is planned to come as soon as Wednesday, according to the people. Meta reported more than 87,000 employees at the end of September. Company officials already told employees to cancel nonessential travel beginning this week, the people said. The planned layoffs would be the first broad...
  • TECH Meta could begin large-scale layoffs this week, report says

    11/06/2022 2:31:39 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    Meta could begin to carry out large-scale layoffs as soon as Wednesday, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The layoffs are expected to impact thousands of employees, the report said.
  • Facebook Parent Meta Is Preparing to Notify Employees of Large-Scale Layoffs This Week

    11/06/2022 2:21:13 PM PST · by abb · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 6, 2022 | Jeff Horwitz
    Meta Platforms Inc. is planning to begin large-scale layoffs this week, according to people familiar with the matter, in what could be the largest round in a recent spate of tech job cuts after the industry’s rapid growth during the pandemic. The layoffs are expected to affect many thousands of employees and an announcement is planned to come as soon as Wednesday, according to the people.
  • BREAKING: GOP Drops Bombshell 1000 Page Report On FBI Corruption: Jim Jordan expected to be nominated for Speaker of the House if all goes right for the Republicans

    11/05/2022 9:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Republic Brief ^ | 11/05/2022 | Kari Donovan
    Democrats are in for a nightmare scenario if the Republicans win enough seats in the House and Senate to be able to have oversight powers over congressional committees, and a report that was released on Friday by US House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) shows that he has an extensive plan to dive into the concerns that face Americans about the historic corruption and fraud at the top of the US Government.Jordan is expected to be nominated for Speaker of the House if all goes right for the Republicans giving him a bird’s eye view of what the report details.Media sources...