Category: Media

French opposition, media cry foul over ‘fake news’ bill

AFP | Source URL Paris (AFP) – French lawmakers accused the government of attempting to legalise censorship during a stormy debate Friday over a bill designed to fight so-called fake news during election campaigns. President Emmanuel Macron launched a crusade against misinformation after being targeted during his 2017 campaign by […]

Pope to journalists: Be responsible, avoid ideological warfare

Carol Glatz | CRUX | Source URL ROME – Journalists must meticulously uphold their craft of responsible reporting and not be tempted into partisan or ideological warfare, Pope Francis said. “Today, in a world where everything is fast, it is ever more urgent to call upon the tough and strenuous […]

Facebook Shareholders Accuse Zuckerberg of Running ‘Corporate Dictatorship’ and Condemn Data Privacy Scandal as ‘Human Rights Violation’

Julia Conley | Common Dreams | Source URL At a tense annual meeting, Facebook shareholders added their voices to the outcry that’s been directed at the social media giant over its recent user privacy scandal and what some suggested has been CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s outsized control over the company. “If […]

Uganda’s unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Uganda’s social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn’t make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the name of fighting “tax evasion”) but that’s only half of dictator Yoweri […]

Facebook Replaces User-Generated “Trending News” With “Breaking News” From 80 Undisclosed Publications

Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Source URL Facebook is replacing its user-generated “trending news” feature with a “breaking news” section – comprised of 80 publications which they will feed to users.  In other words, Facebook will have complete control over narratives and topics which go against their internal corporate culture.  Facebook’s Trending […]

Intimate details of 3 MILLION Facebook users were exposed in a new data leak, including the results of personal psychological tests

Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL Three million Facebook users had their most intimate details exposed, it has emerged, as a new data protection scandal hits the social network. A popular personality app failed to provide adequate protection to the ‘anonymous’ data of participants, the latest of […]

Facebook’s privacy crisis deepens as firm admits it has now suspended 200 apps as part of audit following the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Press Association via Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into misuse of personal data on the social network. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg promised an audit of apps that may have accessed […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

CBS13 Sacramento | Source URL WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Your First Amendment Right to Silence

Robert Sedler | The Conversation | Source URL New Hampshire’s state motto “Live free or die” is, for many residents, a stirring evocation of the independent spirit of colonial America. But not all New Hampshirites agree with this well-known slogan that is emblazoned on the state’s license plates. In 1975, George […]

Social Media Behemoths Sweep Alternative News into the Memory Hole

Kurt Nimmo | Another Day in the Empire | Source URL | Blog Archive The squabbling between self-identified progressives and conservatives continues as social media transforms itself into a news, information, and opinion gatekeeper.  All information that contradicts the establishment narrative will either be downgraded into obscurity of excluded outright […]

IBM boss joins Tim Cook calls for more oversight following Facebook data scandal, after the Apple CEO warned ‘profound change is needed’

Cheyenne Macdonald | The Daily Mail | Source URL | Blog Archive More and more key players in the tech industry are voicing their concerns over the use of personal data following Facebook‘s massive Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data […]

China introduces “Xi Jinping Thought” in the classroom

Source URL The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Wall Street Journal takes a look: Show less “Xi Jinping Thought is a 14-point theory that emphasizes the party’s “people-centric” approach to governance, […]

Facebook Chief Security Officer Leaving After Clashing Over “Spread Of Disinformation”

Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Source URL | Blog Archive Update 2: Minutes after Stamos’ tweet statubg he was still “fully engaged” at Facebook, Reuters ‘sources’ reported that he will leave the firm effective in August, and has already has responsibilities for countering government-sponsored disinformation taken away from him. FACEBOOK […]

Michigan lawmakers fed up with inaction on campus free speech

Adam Sabes | Campus Reform | Source URL Michigan lawmakers have proposed an amendment to the state’s Constitution that would enable the State Legislature to pass legislation protecting free speech on college campuses. Currently, Michigan’s constitution grants oversight of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University […]

Swedish Justice Minister Pressures Social Media Giants to Ban ‘Extremist Material’ Ahead of Election

Chris Tomlinson | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has promised to put more pressure on social media giants Facebook and YouTube owner Google to remove illegal “hate speech” material. The Minister’s remarks come after many in the Swedish media railed against YouTube over right-wing channels that […]

Police Warn Reporters Not to Report News Until Cops Give Them Permission—Or Face Consequences

Rachel Blevins | The Free Thought Project | Source URL | Blog Archive State police are demanding that local media outlets must wait until they have received official press releases before reporting on ongoing investigations. Pikeville, Kentucky – Local media outlets are speaking out after they received emails from a […]

The Shot Heard Around The TI World: Gen. Hayden Exposed at UNF Event at Jacksonville

Brian S. Marks | The T.I. Chronicles On 2.27.18 seven heroic people from Florida (The Jacksonville Seven) went to an event at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. That event featured war criminal Michael Hayden, formerly of the CIA and the NSA. Watch as questions that were prepared by individuals […]