Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Admits to Making a “Mistake”

Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Admits to Making a “Mistake” By Tyler Durden (ZH) — It has been a strange 24 hours. On Monday, we first learned that for the previous two days, Facebook had banned all Zero Hedge content across its various mediums, as it went against Facebook’s “Community Standards” (which to the best of our knowledge, neither we not anyone else has any idea what they are), a decision which – as we noted yesterday – surprised us for two reasons: not only do we not have an official Facebook account, but Facebook did…

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Facebook Now Automatically Blocks ZeroHedge.com Articles

Facebook Now Automatically Blocks ZeroHedge.com Articles By Joe Jarvis As creepy as Facebook’s algorithms are, they can also be useful. I go on Facebook mainly to see what news articles my friends are posting. In a sense, I am crowdsourcing part of my job. Because many of my friends are pro-free-market and against government overreach, I end up with some great content just from scrolling my news feed. Does this mean Facebook has massive insight into the type of content I like to see? Absolutely. And I’ve noticed my news…

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A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We’ll Believe It When We See It

A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We’ll Believe It When We See It By Gennie Gebhart In his latest announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embraces privacy and security fundamentals like end-to-end encrypted messaging. But announcing a plan is one thing. Implementing it is entirely another. And for those reading between the lines of Zuckerberg’s pivot-to-privacy manifesto, it’s clear that this isn’t just about privacy. It’s also about competition. The Proof is in the Pudding At the core of Zuckerberg’s announcement is Facebook’s plan to merge its three messaging platforms: Facebook’s Messenger, Instagram’s Direct,…

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Facebook Leak Reveals Global Bribery Scheme to Soften Data Privacy Laws

Facebook Leak Reveals Global Bribery Scheme to Soften Data Privacy Laws By Tyler Durden (ZH) — A leak of internal Facebook documents reveals that the company has conducted a global lobbying campaign to against data privacy legislation, targeting politicians around the world with promises of investments and incentives, according to The Guardian. The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all…

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How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Facebook Censorship

How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Facebook Censorship By Alexander Rubenstein (MPN) — Facebook seemed to have outdone itself again in its ongoing suppression of independent media when, earlier this month in coordination with CNN, it banned four pages belonging to a company that was not even accused of breaking any of the platform’s rules. The genesis of In The Now’s ban is striking as it has never concealed its funding and it had been reported on years ago. Nonetheless, a U.S. government-funded neoconservative think tank saw a problem with In…

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Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview

Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview By Project Veritas Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech. Be Brave. Do Something: https://www.projectveritas.com/brave/ See the documents: https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/0… Newsletter: https://www.projectveritas.com/sign-u… Website: http://projectveritas.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectVeritas Twitter: https://twitter.com/Project_Veritas Image credit: The Anti-Media Alternative…

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Facebook, Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Pro-Surveillance Politician Voted Worst Privacy Intruders in Czech Republic

Facebook, Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Pro-Surveillance Politician Voted Worst Privacy Intruders in Czech Republic By Filip Stojanovski What do two Czech state entities, one Silicon Valley giant and one vacuum cleaner have in common? They were all winners in this year’s Big Brother Awards in Czech Republic, an “anti-awards” ceremony designed to shame those who violate people’s rights to privacy and data protection. A jury of nine technology experts, lawyers and journalists determined the worst intruders based on suggestions made by the general public. At a February 14 ceremony in…

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Facebook Censors News Outlets Critical of US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media

Facebook Censors News Outlets Critical of US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media By Jessica Corbett (CD) — Journalists and advocates of press freedoms are once more directing outrage and criticism at Facebook for selectively censoring pages on its platform and refusing to explain the reason behind a decision that appears to many as a clear double standard applied to outlets critical of U.S. foreign policy and corporate interests. Facebook is under fire for shuttering four pages managed by the Berlin-based news and media company Maffick, after CNN reporters asked the social media giant about…

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Deep Dive: FTC Negotiating Multi-Billion Dollar Fine For Facebook’s Privacy Scandals; Violating 2011 Accord

Deep Dive: FTC Negotiating Multi-Billion Dollar Fine For Facebook’s Privacy Scandals; Violating 2011 Accord By Aaron Kesel Facebook is being accused by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) of privacy violations and is in the midst of negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy concerns. The massive fine according to several news sources is not disclosed, although it’s said that it could amount to a record multi-billion dollar fine for privacy violations, Ars Technica reported. This comes after a series of…

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Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report

Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report By Jason Erickson As the “fake news” phenomenon continues to sweep across the Web, and the purge of independent media accelerates, lawmakers are calling on Facebook and Big Tech to take responsibility for anti-vaccine messaging that appears on their platform(s). According to a new report at Geek.com, lawmakers such as Adam Schiff (D-CA) are blaming the measles outbreak in the U.S. on social media systems that offer anti-vaccine messaging in their “recommended reading and groups” areas. Schiff would like Big Tech…

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