– 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 »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, humor, Society
– 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 »
Tags: Black Lives Matter, BLM, Brave New Films, Facebook, George Soros, Internet
– 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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Tags: Art, Facebook, Global News, Society
– 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.
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 »
Tags: 1984, Big Brother, Facebook, George Orwell, Global News, Society, Surveillance
– 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 »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Internet, Privacy, Society, Surveillance, WhatsApp
– 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 »
Tags: EU, Europe, Facebook, Germany, Global News, Government, Migrant Crisis, Politics, Society
– This is How Facebook ‘Accidentally’ Blocked DNC Email Leak Scandal:
Once again, the impartiality of Facebook’s news feature is being called into question. This time, the social network claims it“accidentally” obstructed all links to the leaked Democratic National Committee emails published by Wikileaks just ahead of the party’s convention.
This past Friday morning, the infamous publisher of anonymous leaks released nearly 20,000 internal emails between members of the formal governing body of the Democratic Party. The news, where it was seen, provoked outrage, especially among supporters of Bernie Sanders, who was shown to have received unfair treatment by officially impartial party operators. Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Government, Hillary Clinton, Politics, U.S., WIKILEAKS
– Germany: Police Raid Homes of Anti-Migrant Facebook Posters:
German thought-police raided anti-migrant Facebook posters’ homes to punish them for sharing “illegal far-right opinions.”
From The Local:
Authorities have conducted the first ever nationwide raids on people suspected of spreading hate speech on the internet.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, officers in all but two of the 16 German states moved in on properties connected to suspects in hate speech investigations. Continue reading »
Tags: Crime, Dictatorship, EU, Europe, Facebook, Fascism, Germany, Global News, Government, Migrant Crisis, New World Order, Politics, Society
H/t reader U.B.
– Facebook sperrt Bestseller-Autor Udo Ulfkotte wegen flüchtlingskritischen Buchs:
Nur wenige Tage nach Veröffentlichung des regierungs- wie flüchtlingskritischen Buches Grenzenlos kriminell – Was uns Politik und Massenmedien über die Straftaten von Migranten verschweigen sperrte Facebook die persönliche Seite von Udo Ulfkotte. Er hatte zuvor seine 30 000 Follower mit einigen Posts auf die brisante Neuerscheinung hingewiesen.
Im einstmaligen Land der Dichter und Denker ist die Meinungsfreiheit nun offiziell nicht mehr zu Hause. Und dies scheint auch genau das zu sein, was Heiko Maas mit seiner millionenschweren Zensur-Kampagne bei Facebook von Anfang an erreichen wollte.
Diese Befürchtungen teilte mir auch der Publizist Udo Ulfkotte heute am Telefon mit: »Es betrifft ja nicht nur mich, geht also nicht um einen ›Einzelfall‹, sondern es werden bei Facebook weltweit systematisch politisch nicht korrekte Inhalte gelöscht. Es geht darum, in sozialen Netzwerken keine Stimmungen oder Strömungen zu tolerieren, welche die herrschende Elite infrage stellen«, so der Bestseller-Autor weiter.
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Tags: EU, Europe, Facebook, Germany, Global News, Migrant Crisis, Udo Ulfkotte
– Meet Donald Zuckerberg – Facebook Founder Builds ‘Oppressive’ Wall Around $100 Million Hawaii Property:
Just in case you’re still wondering why the world’s so-called “elites” are losing credibility and respect faster than Mario Draghi can say “whatever it takes…”
New York Magazine reports:
In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a crowd of developers that he heard “fearful voices calling for building walls.” At the time it was widely assumed he was talking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But perhaps he was just hearing the voices echoing across his enormous Hawaiian estate?
Back in 2014, the Facebook CEO purchased 700 acres of land on the island of Kauai for a cool $100 million. (House not included.) Now, he’s constructing a six-foot-high stone wall around the Hawaiian property. And his neighbors aren’t exactly thrilled with the giant pile of organized rocks that now stare back at them from where the ocean used to be. Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Mark Zuckerberg, Society, U.S.
– Netanyahu’s Former Advisor Appointed As Facebooks ‘Head Of Policy’:
Jordana Cutler, also chief of staff at the Israeli embassy in Washington, has joined Facebook’s Israel office to oversee the planning and execution of measures taken to combat BDS campaigns.
Cutler’s new post was applauded by the minister of public security Gilad Erdan, who announced on Thursday a series of legislative measures taken by his government against promoting the boycott of Israel.
“If we want to convince the world that de-legitimation of Israel is something wrong and that there should be consequences, we must start here in Israel,” Erdan was quoted by Israeli media as saying during a conference in Herzliya.
“There will now be a real price to pay for someone working […] to isolate [Israel] from the rest of the world. I set up a legal team, together with the ministry of justice, that will promote governmental legislation on the matter,” Erdan said. Continue reading »
Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu, Facebook, Global News, Government, Israel, Politics
– Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Use Facebook’s Reactions Buttons:
Belgian police are warning users not to use the Facebook Reactions feature to respond to posts if they want to protect their privacy. In February, the series of six emoticons, allowing users to express a range of emotions from anger to love, were added to the original thumbs-up option. They came in response to calls for a ‘Dislike’ button.
However, the new expressions are another big ‘like’ for Facebook and a ‘dislike’ for its users — according to Belgian police who claim the site is using them as a way to collect information on people to target advertising toward them. In a statement released on their official website on Wednesday, the Belgian force warned people to avoid using the series of emoticons if they want to preserve their privacy. Continue reading »
Tags: Belgium, Facebook, Global News, Government, Internet, Politics, Privacy
– Journalist Held for Five Months Without Charge Over Facebook Post:
(MEE) A Jordanian journalist and poet has been held without charge for five months in the UAE for a 2014 Facebook post critical of Emirati authorities, Amnesty International said on Friday.
Tayseer al-Najjar was arrested in December, but his family was not made aware of his whereabouts until authorities allowed him to call his wife five children in February. Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Government, Internet, Politics
– Leaked Facebook Training Manual Confirms Allegations Of Conservative News Suppression:
It’s turning out to be a bad week for Facebook. As we reported earlier, it was learned that Facebook’s news feed routinely suppressed conservative news. Now, Recode is reporting that Facebook training documents given to its editors have leaked, and they reveal that editors select trending news topics from just ten editors, only one of which could be considered right-wing.
From Recode Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Internet, Society
– Facebook Workers Admit They “Routinely” Suppressed Conservative News:
As Liberty Blitzkrieg’s Mike Krieger explained last year when fears began to rise over increasing control of news flow… Facebook is a private company and has every right to do as it pleases with its platform, even if that means pushing a political agenda via its “news” feed. That said, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been explicit with his intention to dominate news dissemination to his users. For example, we learned the following in last year’s post, Facebook Reveals its Master Plan – Control All News Flow: Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Internet, Society
– How Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Twitter Use Censorship to Kill Free Speech:
United Kingdom — Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter play an increasingly important role in our lives, but a brand new study into online censorship has revealed a number of developing trends regarding how social media platforms are attempting to regulate their users’ speech.
While most readers have likely been lucky enough to evade Facebook jail, others might have friends who have been kicked off the social networking site for designated periods of time for ‘violating community standards.’ Some may even have had their Facebook accounts closed permanently due to the site’s ‘real names’ policy. Others have likely have had posts flagged or removed for containing nudity or other allegedly offensive content. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Facebook, Global News, Google, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube
– Man jailed after tagging himself in Facebook photos of him taking part in a riot:
A man has been jailed after tagging himself in Facebook photos showing him taking part in a riot.
Robert Darragh, 21, from the Shankill area of Belfast, took part in a riot during a clash between nationalists and unionists during the Loyalist marching season in Northern Ireland last year. 29 police officers were injured during the disturbance as they were pelted with bricks, bottles and other missiles. Continue reading »
Tags: Crime, Facebook, Global News
– Wikileaks Drops Hillary Email Bomb That Could End Her Campaign but FB Censored It:
United Kingdom — On Wednesday, a major archive containing over 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails were released. Though the State Department began releasing the emails in May last year — after a Freedom of Information Act request — it is the first time the messages have been made easily available in a searchable format, courtesy of WikiLeaks. Before the launch, the FBI was investigating the Democratic candidate’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State. The archive contains over 7,000 emails written by Clinton herself.
The scary, albeit fascinating exposé on who’s in bed with whom in the halls of global power has expanded to include Facebook, according to WikiLeaks. The organization has accused the social networking site of censorship, saying Facebook is blocking users’ access to the latest Clinton dispatch.
As a result of the outing, Twitter users are calling Clinton wicked, a thug, and a hypocrite. The released emails uncovered that the presidential frontrunner was instrumental in spreading chaos and extremism in Libya. They also revealed that she pushed for oil privatization in Mexico and forwarded emails claiming a Sunni-Shiite war would be good for Israel and the West.
For those who are fascinated but don’t have the time or inclination to sift through more than 30,000 documents, here is a snapshot of what Clinton’s emails revealed:
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Tags: Facebook, Global News, Government, Hillary Clinton, Politics, U.S.
– A Global Martial Force Is Being Assembled- Facebook to Provide Intel On American Citizens:
Earlier today, I published a report which detailed the threat posed to Facebook users. Reportedly, Facebook is releasing private information to the Chinese military. This is to aid the Chinese military when they are called in by the UN to restore order inside the United as civil unrest is tearing apart the country in an economic collapse scenario. I have also covered how Facebook data is mined by the NSA and is being used to compile an enemies of the state list, we frequently refer to as the “Red List”.
Below is an astute Info Wars report on the creation of a world-wide martial law force. There is no question that Infowars and The Common Sense Show are speaking about the same programs with the same objectives. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Facebook, Global News, Government, Internet, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech deemed illegal in Germany within 24 hours, following pressure from German authorities who have become concerned about an increasing number of racist comments being posted on social media.
The companies committed on Tuesday to removing “illegal content promptly, that is, within 24 hours,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said, as quoted by AFP.
Tags: Dictatorship, EU, Europe, Facebook, Fascism, Germany, Global News, Google, Government, Hate speech, New World Order, Politics, Twitter
“We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.”
– Zuckerberg To Donate 99% Of His Facebook Shares To “Advance Human Potential”:
Moments ago, in a joint letter with his wife Priscilla, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that his wife had just given birth to a daughter, Max, but the real highlight of the letter is the part in the text in which he discloses that in order to “advance human potential” and “promote equality” for all children in the next generation, Zuckerberg begins the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and that in order to advance this mission, Zuckerberg will give 99% of his Facebook shares, currently worth $45 billion, to “advance this mission” Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Mark Zuckerberg, Society
– THERE HAS BEEN A CREEPY DEVELOPMENT WITH FACEBOOK:
Get off Facebook NOW, and NEVER hit anyone elses profile or click a like again, EVER, Facebook is now BANNED for anyone with an ounce of awareness
Via a bug Facebook installs when you visit their web site or click a like, even if you have no account with facebook Facebook can keep on monitoring visitors permanently forever after, including all phone numbers, PASSWORDS TO OTHER WEB SITES, every site you ever visit ever again, and more.
There has been a new development with Facebook. Facebook now plants a bug on your computer that hands them your phone numbers, browsing history, and tracks all future history as well as all photos and anything else you do on your computer if you ever hit the web site or ever click a like, even if you have no facebook account. Facebook has gone full hostile, AVOID FACEBOOK LIKE THE PLAGUE.
How do I know this? Easy, Belgium ordered them to stop doing it, and published the court case. Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Internet, New World Order, Society, U.S.
– Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying for Privacy Destroying “Cyber Security” Bill:
There’s a privacy destroying bill moving through Congress called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, and it’s imperative that the American public stop it in its tracks. Here are a few bullet points on the bill from Fight for the Future:
- All privacy policies effectively null and void. Companies can share any private user data with the government, without a warrant, as long as the government says it is being used for a “cybersecurity” purpose.
- In exchange, companies are given blanket immunity from civil and criminal laws, like fraud, money laundering, or illegal wiretapping (if a violation was committed or exposed in the process of sharing data).
- Data is shared with a wide array of government agencies, from the FBI and NSA, to the IRS and local law enforcement. Many of these agencies have been breached within the last year and have outdated security systems, opening up the doors to even more cyber attacks.
- Companies that play along can get otherwise classified intelligence data from the government, including private information about their competitors.
While the Constitution protects Americans from the federal government, private companies don’t care about your 4th Amendment rights, particularly if you waive them in a “terms of service” agreement. CISA would essentially allow the U.S. government to violate the U.S. Constitution by coercing companies to provide them with data on American citizens it would not otherwise be allowed to collect on its own.
Naturally, Washington D.C. is salivating over the prospect of such a bill. As the Hill notes: Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, CISA, Facebook, Global News, Government, Internet, Obama administration, Politics, Society, U.S.
– Facebook’s solar-powered internet plane looks like a stealth bomber (The Verge, July 30, 2015):
Meet the flying ISP
Facebook’s plans to become a flying internet service provider for the developing world are coming to fruition. The company today introduced Aquila, a high-flying, long-endurance plane that will bring basic internet access to the developing world. A working model of the plane is now ready for testing, Facebook said.
Facebook’s shallow, V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with communications gear, Aquila only weighs between 880 to 1,000 lbs — about a third the weight of a Prius. “When deployed, it will be able to circle a remote region for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 [feet],” the company said in a blog post. This means the planes will be flying at an altitude above commercial aircraft, and even above the weather. Continue reading »
Tags: Facebook, Global News, Internet, Technology
– Your Facebook, Twitter and blog are about to be monitored for references to the Government (Metro, June 5, 2015):
If you’re one of those people that gets a bit vocal about politics, you’ll be interested to know that your Facebook, Twitter and personal blog are about to begin being monitored for references to the Government.
Ministers announced yesterday that the Government had awarded a contract to five companies who will monitor what people tweet, post to Facebook or blog about the Government and provide updates to Whitehall in real time.
Officials and ministers will provide a list of keywords and topics to the companies so that they know what to monitor. Continue reading »
Tags: Big Brother, Bloggers, Blogs, Facebook, Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Surveillance, Twitter, U.K.
– Turkey Devolves Into A Full Police State: Law Grants Unlimited Powers To Weaponized Police Force
– Turkey Bans Social Media Over Hostage Photos (ZeroHedge, April 6, 2015):
It looks as though Turkish authorities are once again set to show Twitter “the power of the Republic of Turkey,” as reports indicate access to social media in the country has been blocked. The move looks to be related to the widespread dissemination of pictures showing prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz after he was taken hostage in Istanbul by DHKP-C last week. Here’s more:
Turkish authorities have blocked access to Twitter, Youtube and Facebook over the publication of photos published on the three social media platforms, showing a prosecutor who was taken hostage by militants in Istanbul last week.
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Tags: Facebook, Global News, Government, Internet, Society, Turkey, Twitter, YouTube
– Facebook Reveals its Master Plan – Control All News Flow (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 24, 2015):
In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.
The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.
And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.
– From the New York Times article: Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content
Last night, I came across an incredibly important article from the New York Times, which described Facebook’s plan to provide direct access to other websites’ content in exchange for some sort of advertising partnership. The implications of this are so huge that at this point I have far more questions than answers.
Let’s start with a few excerpts from the article: Continue reading »
Tags: Big Brother, Facebook, Global News, Internet, Society, Surveillance