Category Archives: Social Media

July 10, 2017

The Sum of Knowledge (Video)

“Digital activists are paid employees; their purpose is to attack anyone who’s posting something contrary to the view the page owner wants expressed.”

It’s perhaps one of the most important and pitched battles of our time: The battle to control information and sway public opinion. What can you believe? Who’s telling the truth? What’s real? Trust in the national media breaks along partisan lines. According to the latest survey: just 11 percent of Republicans now trust national news organizations, down from last year. Over the same period, Democrats’ trust has gone up, to 34 percent. Trust in social sites like Facebook and Twitter is in the single digits for all political persuasions; a reflection that the web is a free-for-all, where news is faked, and popular sites are subject to manipulation or censorship. We investigate efforts to control: The Sum of All Knowledge.

As a Donald Trump supporter, Andrew Torba felt like odd man out in California’s Silicon Valley home of prominent tech firms like Apple, Facebook and Google. Last year he was outraged when he attended this campaign rally in San Jose and saw violent anti-Trump protesters attacking Trump supporters.

Sharyl: Did you post these feelings online?

Andrew Torba: Yes.

Sharyl: On what?

Torba: On Facebook, on Twitter, I wrote a blog about it. And immediately, without getting into any of the issues or anything, I was automatically labeled a racist, a bigot, etc. Venture capitalists, people that I respected and had worked with on a very close level, just wrote me off completely and blacklisted me completely.

[…]

Complete text and video linked here.

July 3, 2017

Facebook will start hiding spam public posts from users sharing ‘vast amounts per day’

The social network said it wants to make people’s news feed more ‘informative’

Facebook is due to start hiding posts from people who spam users’ news feed with clickbait, sensationalised and misinformative articles.

In a statement, the social media giant said it was making the update “to reduce low quality links” in users’ news feed.

Facebook said it carried out research which showed that a small group of users were “routinely sharing vast amounts of public posts per day”, which was effectively spamming people’s feeds.

The study showed that the same people, who were sharing vast amounts of public posts, were also sharing low quality content.

As a result of the research, Facebook said it would “deprioritise” posts being shared from those accounts.

The new policy will only apply to links for individual articles and domains – pages, videos, photos, check-ins or status updates will not be affected.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

June 14, 2017

Lawsuit filed against social media companies over Dallas ambush shooting

The lawsuit charges social media corporations with “providing material support to terrorist groups and profiting from the content those groups posts.”

A new lawsuit claims social media companies created a hostile atmosphere that led to a gunman shooting and killing five Dallas officers last July.

The suit alleges Facebook, Google and Twitter are sponsors of terrorism because they allow inflammatory posts and that they make money from the posts by the ads they attach to them.

The lawsuit aims to force social media sites to have strict content regulations, but legal experts say the case will be difficult to prove. Dallas attorney Nicole Knox, who is not a part of the lawsuit, said it seems unlikely the suit would be successful.

“It’s a tough sale from a moral standpoint that we’re allowing this to happen, but under the law I think it’s permitted,” Knox said.

ISIS posted a new YouTube video in early June this year of the July 7 ambush shootings using footage from a bystander’s cell phone in a parking garage showing officers under siege at Main Street and Lamar.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

May 28, 2017

Facebook’s cut-price hate video ‘police’: Social media giant ‘pays young Filipinos £1.81 an hour to assess and remove terror-related material from the site’

An army of Facebook workers are tasked with removing terror-related material. MoS investigation reveals that Facebook has hired young Filipinos to do the job. Hundreds of them – some of who have limited English – ‘earn just £1.81 an hour’. They face being sacked if they fail to meet quotas, assessing hundreds of posts. The social media giant recorded profits of more than £4.7 billion in 2015 alone.

They are the army of workers who man Facebook’s front line, tasked with removing offensive and terror-related material from the internet giant’s site.

But a Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered the multi-billion pound social networking site employs hundreds of young Filipinos – some with limited English skills – who work gruelling shifts and say they earn just £1.81 an hour.

They are forced to decide in seconds whether or not to delete videos, pictures and posts which are too graphic or violent.

Staff face being sacked if they fail to meet strict quotas that mean they have to assess hundreds of extreme posts every shift.

Facebook, which recorded profits of more than £4.7 billion in 2015, has come under fire for giving a platform to terrorists to spread their hateful propaganda.

Last week, Theresa May demanded a crackdown on social media giants that refuse to co-operate on terror.

In the wake of the Manchester attack, handbooks imploring extremists to target concerts were found on the internet.

The army of moderators are part of Facebook’s community standards team whose job is to police the site.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

April 20, 2017

Jack Posobiec: The Coming Censorship of Livestream (Video)

TheRebel.media’s DC Bureau Chief Jack Posobiec warns that social media companies will regulate livestreams in the name of “public safety,” but really to maintain the MSM’s monopoly.

April 7, 2017

Tommy Robinson confronts Twitter troll (Video)

Tommy Robinson of TheRebel.media met face to face with the young man who incited people on Twitter to murder Tommy.

April 3, 2017

4 Social Networks That Will Not Censor, Shadow Ban or Prohibit Free Speech

As censorship hits social media, look for alternatives to exercise your free speech.

With rumors gaining steam that Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter are working to suppress, block, or shadow ban viewpoints that dissent form the liberal left, globalist narrative, many prominent, conservative social media power users like Paul Joseph Watson and Dave Cullen are working to build free speech social networks on alternative platforms…social networks free from globalist influence, CIA surveillance, and silicon valley cronyism.

Here are four social networks where “deplorables” can build a following, without the risks of having their profiles (and free speech) sabotaged by a liberal left witch hunt.

1. Vidme (https://vid.me/)Build the world’s most creator-friendly video community. Over 25 million people use Vidme every month to upload and watch videos, and we’re just getting started.

2. Minds (https://www.minds.com/)Open source platform for freedom. Speak your mind and truly be heard. Freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

March 14, 2017

Facebook Reports BBC Journalists to Police After They Flag Pedophile Posts

“Facebook’s failure to remove illegal content from its website is appalling and violates the agreements they have in place to protect children,” declared the charity in a statement. “It also raises the question of what content they consider to be inappropriate and dangerous to children.”

Facebook reported a group of BBC journalists to the police after they highlighted and sent the social network images posted on Facebook that broke the site’s terms of service during an investigation on pedophiles.

“As part of an investigation into pedophile groups on Facebook, the BBC flagged 100 pieces of infringing content via the report button,” Gizmodo reported. “Despite its own rule that ‘nudity or other sexually suggestive content’ is forbidden, Facebook removed just 18.”

“When the BBC pointed this out to director of policy Simon Milner and asked for an interview, he agreed on the condition the BBC provided examples of the images – for which Facebook then reported the journalists involved to the National Crime Agency,” they continued. “To add insult to injury, after reporting journalists for complying with its request for examples of images that moderators had not removed, Facebook then canceled the promised interview.”

In a statement, Facebook accused the BBC of breaking the law while distribution images of “child exploitation.”

“It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation,” said Facebook. “When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry’s standard practice and reported them to CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre).”

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 31, 2016

Facebook Content Creators Fight Back Against Site Censorship as Pages Removed

Like the meme page revolt earlier this year, which included some of Facebook’s largest meme pages, #PowerToThePages seeks to raise awareness of the censorship that is currently taking place on the platform.

A group of nearly a thousand of Facebook’s top page owners are attempting to put a halt to the site’s increasing censorship.

“I have lost 4.3 million likes on one of my pages with a reach of over 183 million daily, and was gaining approximately 15,000 fans weekly,” claimed page owner Jason Karpowich, who has allegedly lost around four other pages with 1 million likes each, and around 50 with between 100,000 and 500,000 likes. “Overall, with all of the Facebook page purges, I lost around 12 million fans and with the loss of these pages a few families have lost their income due to these unjust Facebook purges/unpublishings.”

“We have been trying to contact Facebook for months to no avail,” he continued. “The only response you get is from a bot and auto response, so we formed a group called #PowerToThePages to get the Facebook page owners together.”

Social media entrepreneur and WTF Magazine owner Jason M. Fyk, who is also a part of the #PowerToThePages group, told Breitbart Tech that Facebook’s purge of pages meant that he had to let go of his former employees and rethink his business steps after they reduced his traffic substantially. He was even sanctioned by the site for posting a picture of Family Guy cartoon star Peter Griffin dancing while holding his digital man-boobs.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 20, 2016

Facebook, Twitter, Google sued by Orlando shooting victims’ families

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, uses popular Internet services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to spread propaganda, to attract and train new recruits, to celebrate terrorist attacks and publicize executions.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are being sued by the families of three victims slain in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State.

The lawsuit, first reported by Fox News, was filed Monday in federal court in the eastern district of Michigan on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero.

The lawsuit is the latest to target popular Internet services for making it too easy for the Islamic State to spread its message. In June, the family of a California college student killed in last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris sued Facebook, Google and Twitter. Keith Altman, the attorney representing the three families in the Orlando nightclub lawsuit, also represents the family of that student, Nohemi Gonzalez, in the Paris terrorist attacks lawsuit.

[…]

Complete text linked here.