Category Archives: Social Media

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).”

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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.

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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.

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December 3, 2016

Report: Facebook Planning to Promote News from ‘Favored’ Media Partners

Facebook is developing a feature that will promote content in people’s news feeds from publishers specifically chosen by the company, according to a report from Business Insider.

The feature, which will be known as Collections, will reportedly promote news stories, videos, and other content from publishers “handpicked” by Facebook.

Business Insider, who say they have spoken to people involved in the project as well as seeing internal Facebook documentation, reports that Facebook are planning on approaching their preferred media companies in the coming weeks.

As a result of the Collections system, partner companies chosen by Facebook will achieve a far greater reach to Facebook’s 1.8 billion user base than they would normally.

In the run up the election, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz gave over $35 million to left-wing causes in an attempt to defeat Donald Trump, whilst Hillary Clinton was the largest single beneficary of political donations from Facebook employees.

The development comes following hysteria surrounding the rise of “fake news,” with many people blaming the role of social media, particularly Facebook, for the election of Donald Trump.

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November 25, 2016

Report: Facebook Working on Chinese Censorship Tool to Restrict News

Facebook is reportedly working on a censorship tool that will restrict banned news from user’s timelines in preparation to launch officially in China.

The social network, which has been banned in communist China since 2oo9, reportedly sees “the country’s 1.3 billion residents as a source of enormous potential growth” in a climate where user growth is on the decline.

According to The Verge, Facebook has previously “taken down posts in other countries around the world, including Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey. But the tool now in development would prevent the posts from ever surfacing in the News Feed at all.”

Several employees have reportedly left the company in protest of the tool’s development, however Facebook has yet to either publicly confirm or deny their expansion into China.

“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country,” said a Facebook spokesperson to The Verge. “However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China. Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.”

China passed a new bill this month which seeks to further prohibit criticism of the communist government, as well as anonymous internet browsing.

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November 23, 2016

Super-private social network launched to take on Facebook with support of Anonymous

Site hopes to take on Facebook by making its algorithms more open, as well as making it impossible to share data.

new social network, backed by members of Anonymous, hopes to take on Facebook and the other social media giants with a commitment to privacy, security and transparency about how posts are promoted.

The site, Minds.com, has the same basic options as any other social network: users send updates to their followers, who can comment or promote posts that they read. But unlike its competitors it doesn’t aim to make money from gathering data — instead, it encrypts all messages, so that they can’t be read by advertisers or by governments.

The app’s other big differentiating feature from other networks is that it rewards people for interacting with posts, by voting, commenting or uploading. Users are given points that can then be exchanged for views, meaning that the posts of active members will be more promoted by the network.

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November 11, 2016

‘Clint Eastwood’ Twitter account suspended after praising Trump

“It’s official – voicing support for ‘Our’ President elect is now ‘hate speech’” wrote one user. “Censorship and authoritarism [sic] show their claws on Twitter again,” added another.

The good, the bad and the politically correct.

Twitter had Clint Eastwood fans up in arms on Thursday for suspending an account purportedly belonging to the actor following a pro-Trump tweet.

“Thank you America, I don’t have long left to live but now I know the last few years will be great, I can’t thank you enough #PresidentTrump,” tweeted @EastwoodUSA, just hours after the race was called for The Donald.

The social media site apparently wasn’t a fan of the tweet, and chose to suspend the account a short time after — sparking cries of censorship throughout the night.

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October 29, 2016

Angela Merkel Blames Facebook for ‘Distorting Perceptions’ of Migrants, Demands to See Algorithims

German chancellor Angela Merkel accused Facebook of “distorting perceptions” towards her migrant policy and has demanded to see the algorithms used by social media companies.

“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 at a press conference in Berlin earlier this week.

“These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, and narrow our breadth of information,” she claimed .

It is not the first time that Merkel has blamed social media for criticism of her policies, saying that the success of the anti-Islam AfD (Alternative für Deutchsland) was a result of the successful “spread of their lies via social media.”

Her remarks came after her party received their worst ever results in regional elections in Berlin last month.

Merkel’s claims are particularly ironic given her meeting earlier this year with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who agreed to her demands to help censor criticism of her migrant policy across the network.

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October 28, 2016

Muslim Facebook employees try to censor Trump

Argue posts about temporary immigration ban ‘hate speech’

Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech, according to people familiar with the matter.

The decision to allow Mr. Trump’s posts went all the way to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate, according to the people familiar with the matter. That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Mr. Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Mr. Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit, the people said.

Mr. Trump’s campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment. In a statement provided Wednesday evening, a Facebook spokeswoman said its reviewers consider the context of a post when assessing whether to take it down. “That context can include the value of political discourse,” she said. “Many people are voicing opinions about this particular content and it has become an important part of the conversation around who the next U.S. president will be.”

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October 22, 2016

Breitbart Ranked #1 for Most Shared Facebook Content on Presidential Debate Day

Breitbart News ranked #1 in the world for most shared Facebook content in the 24 hours surrounding the third presidential debate, besting number two by over 150,000 Facebook shares.

According to data from leading social media analytics company NewsWhip, from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday, Breitbart News generated 514,992 Facebook shares. Number two on the list was the Donald Trump for President Facebook page, which achieved 362,268 shares during the same time period.

The next closest media publishers to Breitbart News were Fox News at #8 (185,119 shares) and Good Morning America at #10 (144,663 shares).

Huffington Post came in #14 with 114,289 shares; CNN ranked #28 with just 78,539 shares.

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