CNBC Complains Facebook Playing Whack-a-Mole with Infowars, Advancing Tech Could Re-define Fake News

CNBC Complains Facebook Playing Whack-a-Mole with Infowars, Advancing Tech Could Re-define Fake News By Daniel Taylor While anti-establishment voices are silenced, technological advancements are being made that will bring “fake news” to a whole new level. Who will remain to challenge it? CNBC lamented shortly after Facebook announced its ban of Infowars that Facebook cannot completely clamp down on accounts, essentially playing “whack-a-mole.” CNBC reported: It’s yet another sign that while huge companies such as Facebook and YouTube have to fight to keep content under control, it’s tough for both…

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Facebook to Ban Users Who Share Infowars Content Unless It Is “Explicitly Condemning” It

Facebook to Ban Users Who Share Infowars Content Unless It Is “Explicitly Condemning” It By Matt Agorist In one of the most disturbing moves by Facebook we’ve ever seen, the platform banned Alex Jones and other controversial U.S. political personalities for violating the social media company’s policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Most of the individuals who’ve been unilaterally wiped off the face of the largest social media space in the world are far right activists like Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson. However, in a seeming move…

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Who Checks the Fact-checkers? Facebook Leaves Verification to Groups Funded by Soros, US Congress

Who Checks the Fact-checkers? Facebook Leaves Verification to Groups Funded by Soros, US Congress By RT In its crusade against ‘fake news’, Facebook has vowed to fight for impartiality. However, when it comes to fact-checking, it seems to rely on sources which have links to the US government and renowned political meddlers. For more than two years, the social media giant has been seeking to convince the public that it does its best to take a stand against malicious disinformation spread through its network and presented a whole bunch of…

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US Police Refuse to Stop Creating Fake Profiles on Facebook

US Police Refuse to Stop Creating Fake Profiles on Facebook By Derrick Broze Local, state, and federal law enforcement are refusing to comply with Facebook’s policy against law enforcement creating fake social media accounts. A new report by The Guardian details how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media accounts connected to a fake university created to identify illegal immigrants. ICE agents created profiles of individuals alleged to have attended the fictional University of Farmington as part of their attempt to ensnare…

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Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users

Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users By Aaron Kesel Facebook has another scandal; this time it has been revealed that the company’s password verification feature for new users collected contact data from users’ email accounts without their consent. Business Insider revealed that Facebook had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” A security researcher e-sushi questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when new users signed up with the platform.…

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Facebook Removes Page of Ecuador’s Former President Rafael Correa on Same Day as Assange’s Arrest

Facebook Removes Page of Ecuador’s Former President Rafael Correa on Same Day as Assange’s Arrest By Elias Marat Facebook has unpublished the page of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday, claiming that the popular leftist leader violated the company’s security policies. In a statement republished by Ecuadorean newspaper El Comercio, a company spokesperson said: Protecting the privacy and security of people is central to Facebook [and] we have clear policies that do not allow the disclosure of personal information such as phone numbers, addresses,…

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Facebook Got Caught Phishing For Friends

Facebook Got Caught Phishing For Friends By Bennett Cyphers and Jason Kelley Once again, Facebook is in the news for bad security practices, dark design patterns, and secretly reappropriating sensitive data meant for “authentication” to its own ends. Incredibly, this time, the company managed to accomplish all three in one fell swoop. What happened? Last weekend, news broke that Facebook has been demanding some new users enter their email passwords in order to sign up for an account on the site. First publicized by cybersecurity specialist e-sushi on Twitter, the…

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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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