The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook

Tony Cartalucci
New Eastern Outlook

Nations are beginning to take more seriously the control of their respective information space after years of allowing US-based tech giants Google and Facebook to monopolize and exploit them.

Vietnam, according to a recent GeekTime article, is the latest nation to begin encouraging local alternatives to the search engine and social media network in order to rebalance the monopoly over information both tech giants enjoy in the Southeast Asian country today. Continue reading

BIG BROTHER: Top Soros Henchman Calls for Government-Run Social Media in Order to Stop InfoWars & Breitbart

Ralph Retort

Ethan Zuckerman is a name you might not be all that familiar with. I wasn’t either, until my friend and TRR associate Seattle4Truth informed me about some digging he did on this George Soros henchman who seems to be everywhere in the media. He’s not really a flamboyant presence, though. A quote here and there, an op-ed on CNN or The Atlantic, Zuckerman is content with injecting his globalist ideas into the body politic without actually becoming well-known.

I guess that makes it easier for him to operate as the bridge between progressive academia, the media, and their elected leaders.

His latest gambit is pretty much exactly what Seattle and I talked about earlier this year when we had an in-depth discussion about his BLACKPILL documentary. Zuckerman, one of Soros’ top thugs, literally wants to startup government-run social media so that the conservative blogosphere and their associated entities will lose political power. Continue reading

Facebook loses landmark hate speech case with global consequences

RT

An Austrian court has ruled that Facebook must delete hateful posts directed at the leader of the country’s Green Party, but the fallout could soon be felt worldwide.

Viewed as a landmark victory for anti-hate speech campaigners, the case is thought to have wide-reaching ramifications for the social media giant with the court ruling that Facebook must delete the posts across the platform irrespective of jurisdiction, not just in Austria.

The case was filed last year by Austria’s Green Party, whose leader Eva Glawischnig, was subjected to online abuse by a fake account.

The Commercial Court of Vienna granted a preliminary injunction last December, but Facebook’s subsequent appeal of the ruling now appears to have been firmly defeated.

Austria’s Green Party told the court that despite repeated requests that the company remove the posts, Facebook failed to comply.

The party is now hoping to take its case to the country’s highest court in a bid to force Facebook to remove other similar posts and identify holders of fake accounts.

Further to removing the original posts, the court also said that Facebook must remove all verbatim reposts.

The party also wants Facebook to pay damages which, according to Reuters, would make it easier for others involved in similar cases to run the financial risk of taking the world’s biggest social network to court.

“Facebook must put up with the accusation that it is the world’s biggest platform for hate and that it is doing nothing against this,” said Green parliamentarian Dieter Brosz.

The social network has come under increasing pressure in recent months to tackle hate speech on the platform.

In April, the German government approved a new bill on combating hate speech and fake news, under which social networks could face hefty fines if they fail to remove offensive content promptly. Critics denounced the bill as a violation of free speech.

In the UK, the company has been accused of ignoring complaints about extremist content and child abuse imagery being shared on the site.

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Facebook Deletes Tens of Thousands of Accounts Ahead of UK General Election

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge

Ahead of the British general election on June 8, Facebook has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain in its ongoing battle with “fake newsthe AP reports. The campaign is part of Facebook’s evolving response to accusations the group was responsible for influencing the US presidential election, through the spread of fake news stories and “filter bubbles”.

“People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news,” said Simon Milner, Facebook’s director of policy for the UK. “To help people spot false news, we are showing tips to everyone . . . on how to identify if something they see is false.” Continue reading

Social media giants fail to tackle hatred, say MPs

The Times

Google, Twitter and Facebook have shamefully failed to tackle terrorism, violence and hatred online, MPs say.

The social media giants are labelled a disgrace in a report that accuses them of ignoring pleas to remove illegal and dangerous content — including images of child abuse — despite being among the wealthiest organisations in the world. Google is accused of having “profited from hatred”.

The next government should consider urgently changing the law so that social media operators would be prosecuted for leaving unlawful messages on their sites, the select committee report says.

Web companies should be made to reimburse the police for online investigations, just as football clubs are charged for match-day policing.

 

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Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

New.com.au

FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices.

The allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers.

The confidential document dated this year detailed how by monitoring posts, comments and interactions on the site, Facebook can figure out when people as young as 14 feel “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless”, and a “failure”.

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YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers

Newsbeat

YouTube is launching a new campaign to tackle internet safety and issues around fake news, the video streaming site has announced.

he company says it will put on workshops aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds in cities across the UK.

The plans, promoted as part of Internet Citizens day, also aim to raise awareness of issues around free speech, comment moderation and online abuse. Continue reading

Facebook goes virtual: Firm unveils VR and AR software as Mark Zuckerberg confirms it IS developing a ‘mind reading’ brain interface

The Daily Mail

Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled Facebook‘s augmented reality system – and confirmed rumours the firm is developing a ‘mind control’ brain interface.

The social network’s founder took to the stage at the firm’s annual F8 developer conference at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to introduce what he called the ‘second act’ in Facebook’s camera strategy – a new platform to allow developers to build AR apps that intensifies its battle with Snapchat. Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Mike Isaac
The New York Times

SAN JOSE, Calif.Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has long rued the day that Apple and Google beat him to building smartphones, which now underpin many people’s digital lives. Ever since, he has searched for the next frontier of modern computing and how to be a part of it from the start.

Now, Mr. Zuckerberg is betting he has found it: the real world.

On Tuesday, Mr. Zuckerberg introduced what he positioned as the first mainstream augmented reality platform, a way for people to view and digitally manipulate the physical world around them through the lens of their smartphone cameras.

What that means today is fairly limited. Augmented reality is nascent — people can add simple flourishes on top of their photos or videos, like sticking a pixelated blue beard on a selfie or adding puppy stickers to a photo of the front yard of their house.

But in Mr. Zuckerberg’s telling, there are few boundaries for how this technology will evolve. He said he envisioned a world in which people could eventually point smartphone cameras at a bowl of cereal and have an app create tiny sharks swimming in the milk. Friends can leave virtual notes for one another on the walls outside their favorite restaurants, noting which menu item is the most delicious.

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