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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Dec 03

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Online Activist Will Spend 10 Years In Jail For “Spreading False News”:

A Kuwaiti online activist will spend 10 years in jail, an appeals court has ruled, for posting messages on Twitter that “insulted the emir” and “spreading false news” that endangered the country.

The court on Thursday confirmed the jail term against Waleed Fares handed down by a lower court in May, AFP reported.

Fares was arrested in September 2015 for comments under the name “Gibrit Seyassi” about Kuwait’s emir and ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah, “offending the judiciary” and “accusing the attorney general and public prosecution of being biased”.

Fares said at his trial he had been beaten and threatened into a confession, according to a statement by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). Continue reading »

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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 18

Backlash: Prominent Conservative James Woods Quits Twitter In Censorship Protest:

Days after Twitter unleashed a purge of so-called “alt-right” accounts, deleting users without explanation, many speculated that this would lead to an angry backlash in which conservative pundits using Twitter would voluntarily leave the struggling social network in protest over Twitter’s suddenly rampant, and dubious, censorship.

Overnight, this was confirmed when actor and prominent conservative commentator James Woods tweeted that “Since @Twitter is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll”

He also changed his bio to say “Twitter has now sadly abdicated its position as a sole beacon of free speech. Voltaire’s famous dictum has been quietly buried by these left wing savages.”

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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

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John B Wells interviews James O’Keefe from Project Veritas

James Edward O’Keefe III (born June 28, 1984) is an American conservative political activist. He has produced secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental and social service organizations, purportedly showing abusive or alleged illegal behavior by representatives of those organizations. He gained national attention for his video recordings of workers at ACORN offices in 2009, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) under false pretenses, and the release of videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011.

When his videos of ACORN workers allegedly aiding a couple in criminal planning hit the 24-hour cable news cycle, the U.S. Congress quickly voted to freeze… Read more by clicking the link below –

http://caravantomidnight.com/james-ok…

H/t reader I.G.

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Oct 27

Twitter lays off 9% of its workforce as it posts a desperately-needed positive Q3

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Aug 28

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DCLeaks Website Down, Twitter Suspended After Releasing Soros Docs:

DCLeaks, a website that releases information on powerful political figures, has had part of its website taken offline after releasing a cache of documents on billionaire donor George Soros. The @DCLeaks Twitter account has also been suspended from Twitter for reasons unknown.

The website had previously released 2,500 internal Open Society Foundation (OSF) documents in order to “shed light on one of the most influential networks operating worldwide.” OSF is one of Soros’ networks of organizations.

The leaked documents had resulted in several damaging reports about the organization. OSF had previously confirmed that the documents were legitimate. Continue reading »

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Aug 14

Twitter suspends account of Guccifer 2.0, hacker behind DNC & DCCC leaks:

The Twitter account of Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claimed responsibility for leaking a trove of Democratic National Committee documents, was suspended less than 24 hours after dumping fresh sensitive DNC data.
On Friday, the hacker wrote a blog post taking credit for a fresh leak from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

He published an excel spreadsheet containing the mobile phone numbers and email addresses of every Democrat in the House of Representatives, as well as passwords to DCCC files to substantiate his claim.

The hacker, who had actively been using Twitter to publicize his leaks, has since had his account suspended.

WikiLeaks claims that the suspension was related to the publication of the DCCC documents. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

Updated March 25, 2016:

Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pensions

H/t reader kevin a.

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Jun 18

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Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets:

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century. Continue reading »

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Jun 18

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Anonymous Hacker Hijacked ISIS’ Twitter, Made Accounts Proudly Gay for Orlando

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May 24

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Audit Shows Hillary Clinton Has the Most Fake Twitter Followers:

The Washington Examiner reports an audit of the Twitter accounts for the 2016 presidential candidates found Hillary Clinton has the highest percentage of phony followers by far, a whopping 41 percent. This means that of the 4.65 million followers Clinton claims, 1, 906,500 of them might be fakes.

These fake followers were sniffed out with a tool called TwitterAudit, which examines the activity on Twitter accounts and looks for telltale signs of falsehood, such as a very low number of tweets, small numbers of followers, and other metrics combined into an authenticity score.  Its creators readily concede the process is not perfect and can have a significant margin of error. Continue reading »

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May 03

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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 »

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Apr 09

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Police in Berlin have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted anti-migrant views online

Police Raid Apartments Over ‘Right-Wing’ Social Media Posts:

Police in Berlin have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted “anti-migrant” views online.

Berlin Police completed a large scale raid on internet users Wednesday. The officers ransacked ten separate apartments in the German capital in the suburbs of Spandau, Tempelhof, Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Pankow.

The force confiscated mobile phones, narcotics and weapons. Nine suspects were arrested, aged 22-58, and are accused of posting messages critical of migrants, migrant helpers and some anti-semitic slogans on social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reports Berliner Morgenpost. Continue reading »

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Apr 08

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Trump Accused of Using Fake Twitter Accounts to Manipulate the Election

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Mar 25

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Journalist Sentenced to Five Years for Anti-Government Tweets:

(MIDDLEEASTEYE) Saudi Arabia has sentenced a journalist to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals (around $13,300) after being charged for “insulting the rulers (and) inciting public opinion”, said Amnesty International on Friday.

Alaa Brinji was also found guilty on 24 March of “accusing security officers of killing protesters in Awamiyya” – a Shia town in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Continue reading »

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Feb 10

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Twitter Unveils In-House “Ministry Of Truth”:

With its markedly ironic title, The Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, is one of the most important agencies of the government. For, as enotes.com writes, an uninformed or misinformed populace can be confused, deceived, and directed easily by controlling powers. Keeping the people confused about who is at war with whom and what is the reality of things causes them to become involved in nothing and, therefore, no threat to the power structure.

With that background in mind, Twitter today unveiled its “Trust & Safety Council.” Continue reading »

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Feb 08

Twitter Suspends over 125,000 Accounts:

 (MiddleEastEyeTwitter suspended over 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, as part of a stepped-up effort to eradicate “terrorist content” on the popular messaging platform, it said on Friday.

The accounts frozen since mid-2015 were targeted “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts,” said Twitter, which is under pressure from governments to act but faces a delicate balancing act and is keen not to be seen as censoring free speech.

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Dec 15

Google, Facebook, Twitter will delete online hate speech at pressure from Germany:

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.

“Complaints will be examined by specialist teams. And the benchmark to be applied will be German law and no longer just the terms of use of each network,” Maas added. Continue reading »

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Oct 13

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David Cameron Attacks Twitter Users, Following in the Footsteps of the Saudi Religious Police Chief:

You know things are not well in the world when you hear claims that the Prime Minister of Great Britain had sex with a dead pig’s head and you barely flinch. That’s because sexual relations with farm animal carcasses simply pales in comparison to the man’s disastrous, authoritarian political positions.

In his latest act of verbal diarrhea, David Cameron has gone on the offensive…against Twitter. Little did he know it, but he’s actually quite late in his perceived “insight” into those who use the social media platform. For instance, it was over two years ago when Saudi authorities made their position quite clear. Here’s a excerpt from the post, Saudi Religious Police Chief Goes on the Attack…Against Twitter: Continue reading »

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Aug 20

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Twitter Down 65% From Highs – Crashes Below IPO Price (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2015) Continue reading »

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Aug 05

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U.S. Government Enthusiastically Tweets About Arm Sales to the Brutal and Autocratic Egyptian Regime (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 5, 2015):

In case you’ve been living under a geopolitical rock for the last couple of years, you’d know that despite a brief period of time during which Egypt appeared headed toward a democratic form of government, it went from one brutal dictator to another. As was the case during Hosni Mubarak’s decades of rule, this is precisely how the U.S. government likes it. So much so, that U.S. officials are not only selling arms to the latest despot, General Abdelfattah al-Sisi, but they are actively bragging about it on Twitter.

Glenn Greenwald reports at the Intercept: Continue reading »

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Aug 03

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Social Media Facade Falters – Twitter Crashes 28% From Post-Earnings Exuberance (ZeroHedge, Aug 3, 2015):

The cracks in the facade are starting to show…

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As we warned yesterday, it is different this time…

There has probably been no greater investing mantra placed upon an industry in recent memory than the now reflexive, as well as defensive response of “It’s different this time” when questioning anything Social. Trying to understand the business model along with its metrics, valuations and more is not only arduous, the response seems more akin to pulling teeth without anesthesia for those selling it, defending it, or both. Continue reading »

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Jun 06

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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 »

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Apr 28

Twitter Confirms Leak: Stocks Plummets On Disastrous Results, Outlook Cut (ZeroHedge, April 28, 2015):

Well, the leak (which ironically came out on Twitter only, and not Facebook) was right, and the full story is even worse than Selerity reported:TWITTER 1Q LOSS PER SHARE 25C; TWITTER INC 1Q ADJ. EPS 7C , EST. 4C.
That much we knew. Here is where it gets worse:

  • TWITTER 1Q REV. $ 435.9M, EST. $456.2M
  • TWITTER SEES 2Q REV. $470M TO $485M, EST. $538.1M
  • TWTR SEES YR REV $2.170B-$2.270B, SAW $2.3B-$2.35B, EST $2.37B

And now perhaps someone will ask how much of Facebook’s 1.4 billion “users” are actually real.

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Apr 06

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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:

Via Hurriyet:

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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Feb 02

Here’s What Happens When the U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Moscow Asks Twitter if RT or The Economist is More Trustworthy (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Feb 1, 2015):

This is brilliant. Will Stevens is the spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The following needs no further commentary.

The latest in a long line of establishment Twitter fails. Continue reading »

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Feb 01

New British army elite unit to hone social media and psychological warfare (RT, Jan 31, 2015):

The British military is to form a new specialist force in “non-lethal” forms of psychological warfare using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to tackle the “asymmetric battlefields” of the 21st century.

The brigade will number 2,000 and will be made up of regular troops from all three services, as well as reservists and civilians, British media report.

It will attempt to draw the best talent from the regulars and reserves and will also allow civilians with specialist skills to operate alongside their military counterparts.

Senior officers have said that the army has to adapt to the changing nature of warfare, as conflicts from Iraq to Ukraine have demonstrated, and that the information war is as important as tanks and artillery. Continue reading »

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