Jan 18

FYI.


Germany’s New Propaganda Bureau:

Big Brother is Watching YOU!

  • A married couple, Peter and Melanie M., were prosecuted and convicted in July 2016 of creating a Facebook group that criticized the government’s migration policy. Also, in July 2016, 60 people suspected of writing “hate speech” online had their homes raided by German police.
  • None of the above seems to be enough, however, for the president of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, from Angela Merkel’s CDU party, who believes that what Facebook is already doing against “hate speech” is not enough. According to the CDU politician, there is a need for more legislation.
  • The German government’s view of what constitutes “hate speech” is highly selective and appears limited to protecting the government’s own policies on immigration from legitimate criticism.
  • When massive antisemitism swept large German cities in the summer of 2014, for example, no such anti-racist zeal was manifest on the part of the German government. On the contrary, there were instances of authorities practically facilitating hate speech. In July 2014, Frankfurt police let mainly Muslim “protesters” use their van’s megaphone to belt out slogans of incitement in Arabic, including the repeated chanting of “Allahu Akbar” and that Jews are “child murderers”.
  • Firebombing a synagogue, on the other hand, is simply an “act of protest”.

Officials in Germany’s Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to establish a “Defense Center against Disinformation” (Ab­wehr­zen­trum ge­gen Des­in­for­ma­ti­on) to combat what they call “political disinformation,” a euphemism for “fake news.”

“The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation,” the officials told Maizière in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see “authentic political communication” remain “defining for the 21st century.”

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Jan 18

Facebook Launches ‘Fake News’ Filtering Service Ahead Of German Elections

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Jan 13

Finland: Gay man on trial for warning about Islam on Facebook:

The charges relate to Facebook postings Tynkkynen made about Muslims and Islam.

Finns Party gay politician Sebastian Tynkkynen commented in November that “Christianity is the only religion that can be criticised and even disparaged in Finland.” Three Finns Party politicians are now in Finland court over alleged online hate speech against Muslims for their comments about jihad attacks.

Tynkkynen dissolved into tears at the Oulu District Court as he delivered his closing statement during his trial for incitement to religious hatred. Tynkkynen said that as a politician and Christian he could defend himself no further.

Meanwhile, gays are being thrown off rooftops by Islamic State jihadists. Near the Orlando massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub, an imam preached about the Islamic duty to kill gays. The walls are closing in on the West, as Sharia police continue to silence Westerners by replacing our freedom of speech with Sharia penal codes, with leftists’ eager help. Non-Muslims who dare to express their thoughts about jihad attacks and the gross human rights violations committed in the name of Islam are being increasingly singled out for witch-hunts. Continue reading »

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Jan 05

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest

H/t reader kevin a.

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Dec 30

Italy Urges Europe To Begin Censoring Free Speech On The Internet:

First it was the US, then Germany blamed much of what is wrong in society on “fake news”, and not, say, a series of terrible decisions made by politicians. Now it is Italy’s turn to call for an end to “fake news”, which in itself would not be troubling, however, the way Giovanni Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body, demands the European Union “cracks down” on what it would dub “fake news” is nothing short of a total crackdown on all free speech, and would give local governments free reign to silence any outlet that did not comply with the establishment propaganda.

In an interview with the FT, Pitruzzella said the regulation of false information on the internet was best done by the state rather than by social media companies such as Facebook, an approach taken previously by Germany, which has demanded that Facebook end “hate speech” and has threatened to find the social network as much as €500K per “fake” post.

Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body since 2011, said “EU countries should set up independent bodies — co-ordinated by Brussels and modeled on the system of antitrust agencies — which could quickly label fake news, remove it from circulation and impose fines if necessary.”  Continue reading »

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Dec 29

Wake up Germany!

Two Freemasons and elite puppets, …

… just like Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Obama, Bush, Clinton, May, Hollande, Trump and Putin, which is why … 

We Are On Our Own.


Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item:

The government of Germany is considering imposing a legal regime that would allow fining social networks such as Facebook up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for each day the platform leaves a “fake news” story up without deleting it.

In the name of combating harms from false news, the German government next year will consider the bill, which has bipartisan support, that will allow both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”.

The law would also force the social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands and would make these networks responsible for compensation if a post by individual users were found to slander someone.

“If after the relevant checks Facebook does not immediately, within 24 hours, delete the offending post then [it] must reckon with severe penalties of up to 500,000 euros,” said Germany’s parliamentary chief of the Social Democrat party, Thomas Oppermann in an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine. Continue reading »

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Dec 27

US Government Can Legally Access Your Facebook Data — and Now We Know How:

The end of the year is approaching, and data concerning government abuses of power has begun pouring in.

According to Facebook’s Global Government Requests Report, government’s requests for Facebook account data rose 27 percent in the first half of 2016.

Facebook’s official announcement explained that requests for user data went from 46,710 in the last half of 2015 to 59,229 in the first half of 2016. At least 56 percent of these requests, Facebook added, “contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user. Continue reading »

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Dec 18

Guess Who’s Behind Facebook’s New ‘Fake News’ Detector?:

(RPIAre you terrified of “fake news”? Don’t worry, the elites are doing something to combat it!

As anyone active on the Internet is aware, there have been increasing calls for social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to address the mostly manufactured crisis of “fake news” making its way onto people’s computer screens. The mainstream media, which finds itself increasingly viewed as untrustworthy by the American public, has latched on to the idea that the relatively free flow of ideas and opinions on the Internet actually poses a threat to our well-being. Continue reading »

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Dec 18


Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas

German Minister Seeks Jail Time, Fines In Criminal Crackdown Against Facebook “Fake News”:

With Facebook having announced last week the launch of measure to flag and eliminate fake news from appearing on its website, Germany does not think the process is fast enough, and according to Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas, German judges and state prosecutors need to crack down straight away on fake news disseminated through social media platforms such as Facebook. Interviewed by Bild am Sontag, Maas, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, has repeatedly warned the U.S. technology company to respect laws against defamation in Germany that are more rigid than in the United States and added that the newspaper the principle of free speech does not protect against slander.

“Defamation and malicious gossip are not covered under freedom of speech,” Maas said cited by Reuters, just days after other top government officials called for legislation to tackle “hate speech” and fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms. He added that the government is keeping close tabs on how efficiently Facebook removes illegal content.  If removal rates fail to grow, “urgent legal consequences” could follow.Urging a criminal crackdown, the Justice Minister said “authorities must prosecute [hate speech], even on the internet,” noting that offenders could face up to five years in jail. “Anyone who tries to manipulate the political discussion with lies needs to be aware (of the consequences).” 

“We expect significant improvements in Facebook’s removal practice. The standard for removals must be German law,” Maas told Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Friday. Continue reading »

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Dec 18

Sure!


Zuckerberg Promises Facebook Not to Fact Check Stories Based on Politics:

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has given assurances that his social media site’s offensive against fake news will be limited to stories that are patently false, according to Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell.

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Dec 15

Facebook to become left-wing propaganda echo chamber with Orwellian plan to label independent journalism “fake”:

Facebook has announced a new plan today that will very quickly transform the social media site into an “echo chamber” of left-wing media lies and delusional propaganda (just like we’ve recently seen pushed by the Washington Post).

The new effort will rely on left-wing “fact checker” organizations like Politifact and Snopes to determine the “truthiness” of news stories, reports Business Insider. Those stories deemed by left-wing “fact checkers” to be inaccurate will be buried in Facebook users’ feeds as a form of organized totalitarian censorship. Continue reading »

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Dec 06

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This Is the Purge We All Knew Was Coming: “Shutting Down Extremist Content”:

There have been murmurs about it all along.

Someday, they simply wouldn’t allow certain things to remain on the Internet any longer. The potential to reach a global audience with important information, and the idea that it could be in the hands of anyone is just too big.

So it is no surprise that many corporate giants from Silicon Valley are now putting forward a unified front to silence free speech on social media. Continue reading »

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Dec 06

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube Create Program to Silence ‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Online:

According to a new statement by Facebook, they have joined with YouTube, Microsoft, and Twitter to create a shared database of “terrorist content” which they can all jointly use to identify further attempts to post such banned content.

The database will create hashes of videos and images that they’ve already decided are related to terrorism, and then will allow them to single out any further content matching those hatches. Facebook says this will allow them to more quickly remove such content. Continue reading »

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Nov 28

Facebook Employees Are Quitting Because Users Are Being Censored

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Nov 19

Facebook and Google Ready to Kill Alternative Media for the Government:

This week three media goliaths — Facebook, Google, and Twitter, who collectively act as information gatekeepers for the Internet — announced they would begin implementing censorship practices against news sites they deem misleading.

Websites that publish “fake,” misleading, or even satirical news will now be subject to a sliding scale of infractions that will target ad revenue and social media algorithms. Without ad revenue from monetization platforms like Google Adsense, many of these sites would not be able to continue publishing, and without Facebook’s distribution platform, even sites with good organic reach could find their traffic severely crippled.

“Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the web property,” Google stated, following the lead of Mark Zuckerberg. Continue reading »

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Nov 06

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Investigated By German Prosecutors Over “Hate” Postings:

Less than two weeks after Angela Merkel accused Facebook and Google of “distorting” the public’s perception with its automated curation of news stories, and demanding access to the media giants’ algorithms, Spiegel reported over the weekend that prosecutors in the Bavarian capital are conducting an investigation into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other heads of the social media giant for failing to stop hate speech and over potentially illegal posts on the website.

COO Sheryl Sandberg, European policy director Richard Allan and Eva-Maria Kirschsieper, who heads the company’s Berlin office, are all also under investigation, according to Spiegel.

Prosecutors confirmed the investigation to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) as well.

According to The Local, investigators must prove whether there is enough evidence of a criminal offense and whether it would fall under the Munich prosecutors’ jurisdiction.

The probe was initiated after a Bavarian lawyer reported the company to police, accusing its management of allowing racism, Holocaust denial and violent threats to remain on the site without consequence. Facebook is legally bound in Germany to delete all known content which can be considered incitement of hatred. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

FBI Emails Are Not ‘Trending’ On Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Or Snapchat:

They are not known as ‘weapons of mass distraction’ for nothing…

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In the 24 hours since FBI Director Comey dropped perhaps the biggest bombshell of the entire Presidential campaign, sending Democrats (and media) scrambling headless-chicken-like for answers (and blame-scaping), does anyone else find it odd that ‘FBI Emails’ does not appear to be a hot topic, trending, big deal on any social media?

H/t reader kevin a.

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Oct 28

Clinton State Dept Spent 5.4 Million Taxpayer Dollars On ‘Crystal Stemware’, $630k On Facebook ‘Likes’

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Oct 28

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Facebook Faces High Profile Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Technology “DeepFace”:

As the technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous and far more accurate, facial recognition and the lack of any laws or regulations around the practice is slowly starting to enter mainstream consciousness. It’s a very important issue that isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

For example, as I highlighted in the recent post, Half of American Adults Exist in a Government Accessible Facial Recognition Network:

Half of all American adults are already in some sort of facial recognition network accessible to law enforcement, according to a comprehensive new study. Continue reading »

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Oct 27

25.10.2016

Insiders reveal top Facebook managers are pressuring Mark Zuckerberg to delete Donald Trump’s posts about illegal immigration and Muslims for alleged “hate speech” terms of service violations.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Oct 27

Merkel Accuses Facebook, Google Of “Distorting Perception”, Wants Access To Algorithms:

While Facebook and Google have been repeatedly accused of media bias and manipulating public opinion, especially during the US presidential campaign, an unexpected attack on the two media giants came today not from the US but from Germany, when Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a full-on attack at the two companies, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right.

“The algorithms must be made public, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen on questions like: what influences my behavior on the internet and that of others?” said Merkel during a media conference in Berlin on Tuesday cited by RT.

What she said next echoed similar complaints lobbed at the media giants by those considered less than mainstream: “These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they narrow our breadth of information.”

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Angela Merkel speaks with Mark Zuckerberg Eric Schmidt at the G8 Summit in 2011

In a tech-driven world, Google uses an algorithm to decide which search results are first shown to a user (and which are not, for example when one searches about Hillary’s health), while Facebook arranges the order of the news feed, and decides to include certain posts from a user’s liked pages and friends, at the expense of others. Both sites also promote links to news articles, often based on a user’s own media interests. Continue reading »

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Oct 25

Podesta Email Reveals That Facebook COO “Wants Hillary To Win Badly”:

A new Podesta email reveals a cozy relationship between Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and Podesta which is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that former Facebook news curators previously admitted the company “routinely suppressed conservative news.”

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Oct 10

Michigan Man Facing 40 Years in Prison for Angry Facebook Rant Against Cops:

A Michigan man faces 40 years in prison for the alleged rants he posted on Facebook encouraging friends to “kill all white cops,” apparently becoming frustrated after watching several police videos spread across social and news media showing white cops disproportionately killing unarmed black men.

“It was a tirade of hate and violence specifically directed toward police, encouraging people to kill police,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said during a press conference.

“The message is clear. You threaten to kill a police officer, there will be a certain response,” added Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who stood beside him on Wednesday.

However, the charges come two months after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined to file charges against the man, stating that not only were the threats vague, but that the man was in Puerto Rico when he allegedly posted them.

But police took their case to the attorney general, who told the media, “I stand with the cops.” Continue reading »

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Sep 16

H/t reader kevin a ….

& reader squodgy:

“Looks like Facebook/CIA are backing themselves into a corner where only totally uneducated, vacuous and unthinking morons will be allowed to post.

No change there then!!!”


Facebook steps up fight against fake news:

Facebook says it is working to fight the spread of fake news on its platform after false stories claiming the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy and that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was backing Hillary Clinton appeared among its “trending topics.”

The trending section is supposed to include news stories that are popular among users, but the algorithms used to determine their selection have backfired on the company. Continue reading »

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Sep 07

Millennials Horrified As Facebook Algo Accident Exposes Millions To New Ideas:

Submitted by Ben Lee via TheTrustAdvisor.com,

Commentary on the Wall Street Journal article by Laura Saunders

At Facebook, the algorithm doesn’t always know best. In late August, the social network put an algorithm in charge of its “trending” feature, selecting the most popular topics, articles and keywords. The change came after allegations in the spring that the contract workers who curated the news headline feature altered which articles appeared for political reasons.

Yet in recent days, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the “trending” lists have appeared more flawed than when humans were in charge. There have been false stories, misidentified keywords, and celebrity gossip in the place of more serious news. Continue reading »

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Sep 04

Beware the Soros zombies

Beware the Soros zombies:

They’re headed to the Republican convention with a mission to disrupt and distract

Billionaire George Soros has funded liberal organizations intent on bringing confusion, disarray and trouble to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

And they’ve already had some victories.

Civil rights group Color of Change — which Mr. Soros gave $500,000 to in his Foundation’s latest tax return — collected more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to demand Coca-Cola and other companies withdraw their support from the convention. The petition that featured a Coke bottle with the label, “Share a Coke with the KKK.”

Color of Change was joined by UltraViolet, another Soros-backed women’s rights organization, in the petition, an effort to amplify their collective voice against the GOP.

And it worked. Continue reading »

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Sep 01

Holbein hand

Facebook banned Holbein’s hand – but it isn’t even art’s sauciest:

If the Renaissance master’s simple drawing breached community standards, you wonder what Facebook would make of these other delightfully erotic digits

Facebook’s habit of censoring great art has gone from the silly to the utterly surreal after it claimed that a drawing of a hand by Holbein breached its community standards.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Aug 31

Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier

Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier:

I’ve been creeped out by Facebook for a long time now. The following story takes it to another level.

From Fusion:

While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends—and she had no idea why.

“I haven’t shared my email or phone contacts with Facebook,” she told me over the phone. 

The next week, things got weirder. Continue reading »

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Aug 27

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WhatsApp Isn’t Only Giving Your Information to Facebook — and No, You Can’t Opt-Out:

When Facebook purchased the encrypted mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for $19 billion in 2014, some users were concerned about the security of their information and the implications of their private correspondence being handed over to the largest data mining operation in human history. At the time, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum claimed there would be no changes in operations, claiming:

There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.”  

Surprise! WhatsApp announced Thursday it would be sharing all user information with Facebook, compromising the core principle that defined the company — privacy. Continue reading »

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Aug 24

vK.com

Europeans In Exodus To Russian Facebook to Avoid Censorship:

Germans who are critical of Islam and mass migration are fleeing to the site VK, known as the Russian Facebook to avoid censorship of their remarks and possible raids on their homes.

Free speech in Germany has come under fire in recent months with an increasing amount of Germans being arrested jailed or fined for what the German state considers hate speech online. The German government has even enlisted the help of social media giants like Facebook to track down posts that are critical of Muslims or of mass migration

Now more German internet users are flooding to Russian Facebook equivalent VK network to avoid the censorship reports Die Welt. Continue reading »

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