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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Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State

Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State By Matt Agorist As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the phrase “Facebook is a private company” is not accurate as they have formed a partnership with an insidious neoconservative “think tank” known as the Atlantic Council which is directly funded and made up of groups tied to the pharmaceutical industry, the military industrial complex, and even government itself. The Atlantic Council dictates to Facebook who is allowed on the platform and who is purged. Because the…

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Journalist Given Six Months in Prison for Organizing Yellow Vests Protest on Facebook

Journalist Given Six Months in Prison for Organizing Yellow Vests Protest on Facebook By Elias Marat As the Yellow Vests gear up for their tenth consecutive week of protests, dubbed “Act X” by the grassroots social movement, President Emmanuel Macron’s government appears to be raising the stakes of repression in an attempt to quell protests and chill French constitutional guarantees of free speech. Such appeared to be the case after 28-year-old Frenchman, journalist and movement leader Hedi Martin was sentenced last week to six months’ imprisonment after publishing a Facebook…

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Facebook Fails: Sought Patents To Predict Where You Are Going, Fact Checkers Losing Trust, Alternative Media Targeted

Facebook Fails: Sought Patents To Predict Where You Are Going, Fact Checkers Losing Trust, Alternative Media Targeted By Aaron Kesel Three creepy Facebook patent applications describe using your historical location data — and others’ — to determine where users will go next or when they will be offline to feed FB content. BuzzFeed reports that Facebook has filed several patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that is intended to predict your location. The first application filed on May 30, 2017, titled “Offline Trajectories,” describes a process…

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Inviting The Data Collectors In: Facebook’s New Portal Device Is Company’s Ultimate Trust Test

Inviting The Data Collectors In: Facebook’s New Portal Device Is Company’s Ultimate Trust Test By Joseph Jankowski Facebook’s new Portal in-home calling device has just gone on sale in the United States. While there isn’t yet much data showing the level of fanfare for the new product, one thing is certain: that data will reveal if Facebook has any trust left with consumers. The video-call device is coming to market right as Facebook enters a trust crisis with its users who have witnessed the company experience data breaching that has reached far…

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Not Too Big to Fail: Why Facebook’s Long Reign May Be Coming to an End

Not Too Big to Fail: Why Facebook’s Long Reign May Be Coming to an End By Brittany Hunter Over the last several years, Facebook has gone from facilitating the free flow of information to inhibiting it through incremental censorship and account purges. What began with the ban of Alex Jones last summer has since escalated to include the expulsion of hundreds of additional pages, each political in nature. And as more people become wary of the social media platform’s motives, one thing is absolutely certain: we need more market competition…

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Facebook Vows Even MORE Censorship Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Facebook Vows Even MORE Censorship Ahead Of Midterm Elections By Mac Slavo Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social media giant Facebook, has promised to enact even more censorship ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Under the ruse of cracking down on “hate speech,” Facebook will take censorship to a whole new level. Using “misinformation” and “hate speech” as a reason to block others from saying things the political elitists and social media giants dislike, Facebook will take a front role in censorship. The Hollywood Reporter stated in a recent article that Facebook will…

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