Society’s New Post Postmodern Pilgrimage

Society’s New Post Postmodern Pilgrimage By Truthstream Media Melissa and Aaron Dykes were in California getting B-roll for an upcoming film project and they stopped in at Facebook headquarters. They were shocked to see a continuous stream of people lining up to take selfies in front of the Facebook sign — disturbing enough — but they also saw a massive security presence backed up by poles filled with surveillance equipment. Is this what the modern-day spiritual pilgrimage looks like — a big thumbs-up to the emptiness of social media posing…

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Morocco Arrests Journalist And YouTuber; Singapore Defends Fake News Law

Morocco Arrests Journalist And YouTuber; Singapore Defends Fake News Law By Aaron Kesel All over the world there has been a crackdown of freedom of the press and speech. Now, Morocco has arrested a journalist and YouTuber for criticizing their King, amid Singapore defending its Orwellian fake news law. Morocco has arrested YouTuber Mohamed Sekkaki and journalist Omar Radi in two separate cases for criticizing the Moroccan King Mohammed VI and making comments about a court decision and the judge in charge of the case against the leaders of the…

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Orwellian Blueprint For The West? Chinese Man Gets INTERROGATED For Criticizing Police Online

Orwellian Blueprint For The West? Chinese Man Gets INTERROGATED For Criticizing Police Online By Press For Truth If you publicly say something negative of the police they will detain, interrogate and shake you down into compliance! That’s the current reality in China as a new video shows police interrogating a man because of a social media post he made the night before speaking negatively of the local police practice of confiscating motorcycles. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains how this will eventually become a common practice…

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Nigeria’s Social Media Bill Will Obliterate Online Freedom of Expression

Nigeria’s Social Media Bill Will Obliterate Online Freedom of Expression By Nwachukwu Egbunike On November 20, the Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation of other Related Matters Bill 2019, known as the “social media bill,” sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, sailed through a second reading. The social media bill aims to curb online falsehoods and mis- and disinformation. However, the real intent is not regulation, but rather, the annihilation of online freedom of expression, criminalization of government criticism and legalization of internet shutdowns in Nigeria. A similar bill was…

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DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information

DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information By Saira Hussain and Sophia Cope The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule expanding the agency’s collection of social media information on key visa forms and immigration applications. Earlier this month, EFF joined over 40 civil society organizations that signed on to comments drafted by the Brennan Center for Justice. These comments identify the free speech and privacy risks the proposed rule poses to U.S. persons both directly, if they are required to fill…

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Surveillance Capitalism And Social Media Surveillance In America

Surveillance Capitalism And Social Media Surveillance In America By MassPrivateI Freedom House warns that mass social media surveillance is growing. “Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, tilting the technology toward digital authoritarianism.” “Many governments are finding that on social media, propaganda works better than censorship,” said Mike Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “Authoritarians and populists around the globe are exploiting both human nature and computer algorithms to conquer the ballot box, running roughshod over rules designed to ensure free and fair elections.”…

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Viral Meme Campaign Keeps Jeffrey Epstein Story Alive

Viral Meme Campaign Keeps Jeffrey Epstein Story Alive By John Vibes This August, the disgraced billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself while awaiting an extremely high-profile trial. However, as soon as word of his death hit the news, there was widespread doubt and skepticism about the official story behind his death. Despite the odd circumstances behind Epstein’s alleged suicide, the story quickly disappeared from the news. Meanwhile, the many victims in the case appear to be losing their shot at seeing any justice. Luckily, the internet has not forgotten…

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Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement

Zimbabwe Government Continues to Weaponize Information Online to Control Citizen Engagement By Kudzai Chimhangwa In the early morning of November 15, 2017, Zimbabweans woke up to the news that former strongman, the late Robert Mugabe, had been deposed in a coup d’etat, and was under house arrest with his family at the presidential residence, State House. Major General Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign affairs minister, announced on state television that the president was safe under state custody and that “the situation has moved to another level.” Almost immediately following General Moyo’s…

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School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts

School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts By MassPrivateI Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween. A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students’ free speech and social media posts. The WCS recently implemented a “threat surveillance program” called Gaggle, that is so invasive and frightening one would be hard pressed not to call it a “gag” program that limits students’…

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Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered By Corynne McSherry and Kit Walsh Facebook took big step forward this week in its march to create an “oversight board” to help vet its more controversial takedown decisions, publishing more details about how it will work. Both Facebook and its users will be able to refer cases to the Board to request its review. Is this big step a big deal for online speech? Maybe not, but it’s worth paying attention. A handful of tech companies govern a vast amount of…

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