Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM


16-08-19 09:33:00,

By Aaron Kesel

In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Yahoo News reported.

The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.

The revelation comes from the Irish Data Protection Commission in Europe, which said it will be examining the activity for possible violations of the EU’s strict privacy rules. Yahoo further reports that at least one contracting company known as TaskUs Inc. had employees tasked with transcribing audio and they were forbidden from saying who the company was, calling them by code name “PRISM.”

Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed.

Facebook has long denied the allegations that it records conversations despite having access to your phone’s microphone — as giving permission to access your microphone is a requirement to be able to download the site’s mobile app – thus giving the company the ability to access your phone’s mic at any time.

The app itself can listen to audio and collect audio information from users – while the two aren’t combined, and that no audio data is stored or correlated with advertising according to Facebook, after all these other lies one has to wonder.

Facebook admits it has a public feature that started in 2014 which will try to recognize any audio in the background, like music or TV— however, it’s only while you’re entering a status update, and only if you’ve opted in.

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Facebook Is Collecting User Audio, Paying Contractors To Transcribe It


13-08-19 08:02:00,

First it was Amazon. Then Apple. Now, to nobody’s surprise, not only was the biggest privacy violator in history, Facebook, also listening in to everything you were dumb enough to say in its proximity, but it also was just as busy writing it all down.

According to Bloomberg, the company which has faced Congressional hearings for virtually every possible and impossible violation of user privacy (and gotten away with it with just a wristslap), Facebook was not only secretly collecting user audio without their knowledge or permission, but was paying “hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services.” Facebook – and Mark Zuckerberg – also appear to have forgotten to mention this minor detail during their countless sworn testimonies in Congress over the past year.

The work, as Bloomberg notes,  “rattled the contract employees”, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs.

They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.

Here’s a lucky guess “why” – because in its attempt to cozy with the government, and replace the NSA, Facebook ran out of in house spies and was forced to hire outside privacy violators in its quest to make a mockery of user privacy.

When approached by Bloomberg, Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, because somehow that will make it all better.

“We paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday.  The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. The contractors were checking whether Facebook’s artificial intelligence correctly interpreted the messages, which were anonymized.

Of course, Facebook can just plead ignorance, and claim all other big tech companies – including Amazon and Apple – were doing the same. Indeed, all three tech giants have recently come under fire for collecting audio snippets from consumer computing devices and subjecting those clips to human review.

Bloomberg first reported in April that Amazon had a team of thousands of workers around the world listening to Alexa audio requests with the goal of improving the software,

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Ook Facebook heeft zich bij klimaatinquisitie aangesloten – Climategate


10-08-19 10:20:00,

Afbeelding: Ancient Origins.

Het ecototalitarisme is nog steeds in opmars. Naast NU en Wikipedia heeft nu ook Facebook zich sinds kort bij de klimaatinquisitie aangesloten. Het laatste voorbeeld daarvan betrof de publicatie van twee Finse wetenschappers, Kauppinen en Malmi (hier door André Bijkerk beschreven) op de Facebook-pagina van Jan Goffa, die volgens de anonieme inquisiteurs van Facebook niet door de beugel kon.

De vermelding van deze publicatie heeft aanleiding gegeven tot een (tijdelijke) ban van de Facebook-pagina van Jan Goffa (België).

Het doet onwillekeurig denken aan de praktijken van de vroegere Stasi en KGB. Wie had gedacht dat het ooit zo ver in het vrije westen zou kunnen komen? Klimaat maakt meer kapot dan je lief is!

Opvallend is ook het oorverdovende stilzwijgen van de politiek, de media en de wetenschap over deze totalitaire tendenties in onze samenleving.

Een gastbijdrage van Marc Reisinger (België).

Onacceptabele wetenschappelijke censuur op Facebook

Twee Finse auteurs hebben onlangs op de website van de Cornell University een artikel gepubliceerd, waarin ze aantonen dat de variaties in temperatuur op aarde verband houden met de hoeveelheid lage wolken. Elke toename van 1% in deze wolken resulteert in een daling van de gemiddelde temperatuur met 0,11 °C. De bescheiden stijging van de aardtemperatuur, waargenomen door satellieten in de afgelopen 25 jaar, houdt verband met een afname van de lage bewolking. (1)

Deze relatie laat bijna geen ruimte voor een invloed van menselijke activiteit en CO2 op de mondiale temperatuur. Dit heeft tot opwinding geleid bij de voorstanders van de hypothese van antropogene opwarming, die deze als de heilige drie-eenheid beschouwen.

De gegevens van Kauppinen en Malmi en hun analyse lijken onbetwistbaar. Dus was een krachtige aanval noodzakelijk. De auteurs werden aanvankelijk bekritiseerd omdat ze de bronnen van hun gegevens over temperatuur en bewolking niet citeerden. Maar die bronnen zijn onbetwist en aangehaald in een van hun eerdere artikelen, waarnaar ze verwijzen, namelijk NASA-waarnemingen.

Een ander punt van kritiek was dat hun artikel nog niet werd gepubliceerd in een peer-reviewed tijdschrift. ‘Niet-peer-reviewed manuscript beweert ten onrechte dat natuurlijke veranderingen in de bewolking de opwarming van de aarde kunnen verklaren’,

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Facebook ‘News’: A bold step toward total control of reality?


10-08-19 10:12:00,

Facebook’s plan to hook ad-cash-deprived mainstream outlets on licensing payouts seems to be an attempt to hijack narrative control en route to total domination of the infosphere – the ultimate safe space, Zuckerberg-style.

More than two thirds of American adults get their news from social media at the same time that more than half expect that news to be “largely inaccurate.” Perhaps sensing a business opportunity, Facebook has moved in to manage that news consumption, reportedly offering mainstream outlets millions of dollars per year to license their content in order to present it to users authoritatively, as “Facebook News” – having long since ceased trusting users to share news among themselves.

But trusting Facebook to deliver the news is like trusting a cheetah to babysit your gazelles – all that’s left at the end is likely to be a pile of bones. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned legacy media last year that if they did not work with his plan to “revitalize journalism,” they would be left dying “like in a hospice.”  

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An offer they can’t refuse? Facebook offers mainstream news millions in licensing fees

Dangling a few million in front of news outlets after depriving them of the advertising cash on which they once subsisted is merely the final step in the process of consolidation and control that began when Facebook removed actual news from its newsfeed in an effort to manage the narrative in the run-up to the 2016 election. A move ostensibly designed to “favor friends and family over publishers,” it instead plunged mainstream and especially alternative media into financial oblivion, setting them scrambling to recoup lost traffic as their place in subscribers’ feeds was taken by cat videos and family snapshots.

Alternative media were further marginalized after Zuckerberg inked a deal with the Atlantic Council – NATO’s narrative-managers whose board is populated by some of the most notorious warmongers of recent history – who arrived to set the platform straight after it failed to deliver the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton. The group would ensure Facebook played a “

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Facebook & Co nutzen Schwächen unseres Gehirns aus


04-08-19 10:30:00,

Empfangen und Senden mit dem Smartphone wird zur Dauerbeschäftigung.

Michel Arduin / 04. Aug 2019 –

Mobile Telefone und Tablets können abhängig machen. Einige Neurowissenschaftler fürchten um den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft.

Red. Der Autor ist Digital Officer an der Berner Fachhochschule im Fachbereich Wirtschaft.

Als ich klein war, hat mir mein Vater einen Trick beigebracht, wie man sicherer im Verkehr unterwegs sei. Neben «luege, lose, laufe» hat er mir empfohlen, durch die Windschutzscheibe den Fahrer anzublicken. Wenn man den Fahrer am Steuer sehen konnte, dann konnte man auch erkennen, wohin dieser schaut und ob er einen gesehen hat.

Das mache ich im Verkehr noch immer so. Aber heute zähle ich, wie viele Leute am Steuer das Handy verwenden. Fazit: Mehr als man denken würde.

Kurz an der Ampel gestanden? Handy hervorgekramt. Lange, langweilige Strasse und Geschwindigkeitsbeschränkung auf 30km/h? Zeit zu scrollen, während man mit einem Auge die Strasse mehr oder weniger im Blick behält. Anruf? Muss abgenommen werden. An einem guten Tag komme ich auf etwa sechs Beispiele pro Arbeitsweg und dieser ist nicht allzu lang. Kurzum, ich überlege mir, ob ich nicht vom Velo auf etwas Sichereres umsteigen soll.

Beim Einfahren in die Stadt komme ich an mehreren Haltestellen vorbei und sehe Menschentrauben auf ihren ÖV warten – und was wird dort gemacht? Instagram gescrollt, Benachrichtigungen abgearbeitet, Messages beantwortet. Um 10 Uhr komme ich an einem Café vorbei, ein Pärchen sitzt da, jung, hübsch. Sie reden nicht miteinander, sie leisten sich Gesellschaft beim Texten, während der Kellner fünf Meter weiter entfernt in seiner Zigarettenpause den Feed, der sich seit Schichtbeginn angesammelt hat, auf seinem neuen iPhone abarbeitet.

Feierabend, ich gehe an die Aare, schliesslich ist Abkühlung dringend notwendig. Auf dem Weg vom Marzili unter dem Bundeshaus zum Eichholz zähle ich die Handys, die von Badenden im Wasser gehalten werden, und komme oft auf drei. Die Handys, die auf den Badetüchern links und rechts gezückt sind – unzählbar.

Fast schon habe ich das Gefühl, dass diese Leute es kaum erwarten können, ihr Handy unter die Haut implantiert zu bekommen und es subkutan zu konsumieren, es überall mitzunehmen und nie mehr wieder verlieren zu können. Manchmal fühle ich mich wie in einem dieser klassischen Horrorfilme,

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Facebook: een graftombe voor kritische informatie – Transitieweb


03-08-19 03:32:00,

Zo gaat dat dus: op 20 juli sloot Facebook de pagina van Désirée Röver af. Dat betekent dat uiterst waardevolle informatie over (onder meer) vaccinaties van de ene op de andere dag – op die plek – niet meer toegankelijk is.

MeWe als alternatief?

Désirée is nu uitgeweken naar het MeWe. Ik roep iedereen op om haar daar weer op te zoeken, te volgen en te steunen.

Maar….. ook MeWe is weer zo’n centraal platform dat op een kwade dag door een grote boze hand kan worden dichtgeknepen.

Of – nog lelijker gedacht-  het is een nieuwe honingpot, waarop mensen met een kritische boodschap verlekkerd afkomen. Al die prachtige technologie die je zomaar gratis mag gebruiken! Te mooi om waar te zijn. En dat is het ook. Want als er een bepaalde kritische grens is bereikt, dan wordt ook deze honingpot – of het onwelgevallige deel daarvan – opgeblazen.

Decentrale media

Een duurzaam en effectief antwoord op de toenemende internetcensuur zal decentraal moeten zijn.

Aan zo’n decentraal netwerk wordt al een tijd hard gewerkt.

Lieve Désiréé, kijk ook eens naar Mastodon!


Het antwoord op internetcensuur: decentrale social media in combinatie met publicaties op papier

De censuur omzeilen met decentrale sociale media

Hier vind je videos en interviews van Désirée Röver:



Url van haar MeWe-pagina: https://mewe.com/i/désiréeröver

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Facebook Wants To Read Your Mind


03-08-19 07:35:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Facebook is one step closer to reading your mind. The social media giant has become one step closer to developing a working brain-computer interface, capable of reading users’ thoughts.

CNBC reported that Facebook has taken yet another step in developing its brain-computer interface, with the company’s Reality Labs division working alongside researchers from the University of California, San Francisco to develop a device that can decode speech directly from the human brain onto a screen. A new report published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that researchers are becoming closer than ever to connecting human brains directly to computers.

Researchers reportedly worked with three patients currently undergoing treatment for epilepsy in order to develop the device. The patients had electrodes implanted into their brains and researchers will spend the next year testing the technology. Researchers from UCSF stated that the findings of the research could help to give patients that are unable to speak due to severe brain injuries a new way to communicate. –Breitbart News

Researchers have claimed that successful trials are more likely to be used as part of Facebook’s efforts to develop augmented reality glasses.

Today we’re sharing an update on our work to build a non-invasive wearable device that lets people type just by imagining what they want to say. Our progress shows real potential in how future inputs and interactions with AR glasses could one day look. https://t.co/ilk192GwAR

— Boz (@boztank) July 30, 2019

“It’s currently bulky, slow, and unreliable,” Facebook said. “But the potential is significant, so we believe it’s worthwhile to keep improving this state-of-the-art technology over time.”

Many other Silicon Valley companies are also researching computer-brain interfaces, with Elon Musk’s firm Neuralink working on a similar project.

Musk claimed at a recent event that the company expects to start human trials before the end of 2020.  Facebook is quickly jumping into artificial intelligence and mind reading at a time when humanity is quickly approaching “singularity.” or the point of no return when it comes to machine learning.

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Facebook ist eine digitale Ödnis geworden. Warum wir es trotzdem nicht loswerden.


28-06-19 09:20:00,

Ich scrolle nicht mehr oft durch Facebook, denn es gibt immer weniger Anlass dazu. Wer schöne Bilder macht, postet sie heute auf Instagram, flotte Sprüche kommen auf Twitter, Jobsuche läuft bei LinkedIn. Für die Facebook-Timeline bleiben Hochzeiten, Kinderfeste und andere Lebensereignisse übrig, also vor allem Dinge, die wir bereit sind, mit all unseren hunderten Freunden zu teilen. Zu denen gehören oft längst auch die eigenen Eltern, Berufskollegen, fast völlig Fremde und alte Klassenkameraden. Wer würde da auch nur ansatzweise etwas teilen, dass er nicht auch in der Lokalzeitung veröffentlichen oder im Wohnviertel ans Schwarze Brett nageln würde?

Nicht nur ich scrolle weniger. Nach Zahlen der Analysefirma Mixpanel gingen seit der Datenaffäre um Cambridge Analytica im März 2018 die Interaktionen wie Posts, Likes und Shares auf Facebook um fast 20 Prozent zurück. Die Marktforschungsfirma eMarketer errechnete zuletzt, dass Nutzer*innen in den USA im Schnitt ein paar Minuten weniger als noch 2017 auf Facebook verbringen.

Das deckt sich mit meiner persönlichen Wahrnehmung: Immer mehr Menschen nutzen Facebook vor allem passiv. Die Zeit des großen Teilens ist vorbei, das soziale Netzwerke hat angesichts vieler Skandale seine Unschuld verloren.

Miese Algorithmen, coolere Alternativen

Die Gründe dafür sind vielfältig. Andere soziale Netzwerke sind cooler und jünger als Facebook, bieten mehr Privatsphäre oder sind besser spezialisiert auf eine bestimmte Art der Interaktion, sei es Bilderaustausch oder Dating. Besonders gilt das für Messenger: Was früher auf Facebook gepostet wurde, läuft heute oftmals in privaten Chatgruppen.

Zugleich hat Facebook vielleicht einmal zu oft an der Uhr gedreht: Immer wieder änderte Facebook seinen Newsfeed, optimierte den Algorithmus für mehr Aufmerksamkeit der Nutzer*innen. Einige der Eingriffe sollten helfen, das soziale Netzwerk vor Kritik zu schützen, es habe bei der Verbreitung von Desinformation geholfen. Bei seinen Anpassungen griff Facebook vermutlich zur falschen Tinktur.

Eine Änderung des Algorithmus im Frühjahr 2018 sollte den „bedeutungsvollen Austausch“ mit Freund*innen und Familie fördern, um wütenden und oft hetzerischen Debatten über Politik die virale Verbreitung zu nehmen. Seither sind aggressive politische Inhalte keineswegs von der Plattform verschwunden, doch sinkt die Zahl der Menschen, die angeben, ihre Nachrichten über Facebook zu lesen. Das deutet darauf hin, dass die Änderungen am Newsfeed der Plattform die Relevanz genommen haben, ohne das Vertrauen der Nutzer*innen zu heben.

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Privacy? What’s that? Facebook lawyer argues users have none


01-06-19 08:31:00,

Facebook’s lawyer has denied the social media platform invaded American users’ privacy when it allowed their personal data to be slurped up by Cambridge Analytica, claiming they had no privacy to begin with. No crime, no victims?

There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued in a motion to have a class-action lawsuit against Facebook dismissed in California’s Northern District Court this week. The suit alleges Facebook’s failure to protect user data from predatory third parties like Cambridge Analytica constitutes invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and negligence and violates other privacy statutes. 

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You have to closely guard something to have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” Snyder explained, claiming that Facebook is merely a “digital town square” where users voluntarily dispense with any notion of privacy and any “reasonable Facebook user” would have been aware that third-party app-makers could access their data through friends’ activity.

US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria pointed out that just last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was rapturously declaring “the future is private!” and announcing the company’s privacy-focused new direction – a far cry from Snyder’s scornful dismissal of the concept. Nor did Chhabria agree with the Facebook lawyer’s assertion that users were explicitly informed of the limits of their privacy through the platform’s terms of service, suggesting that a user who signed up 10 years ago probably hadn’t read those terms every time the company changed them.

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Facebook, which had previously described the class-action suit filed earlier this year as “a kitchen sink-like lobbing of 50 claims – all in the hopes that something, anything, sticks,” complained that if the plaintiffs are so anxious about privacy and digital life in general, they can stop using Facebook at any time. Chhabria was not amused.

The California suit is dwarfed by the pile of legal issues currently facing Facebook,

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Facebook accused of promoting terrorism with auto-generated content

10-05-19 07:49:00,

After five months of research, a whistleblower says Facebook allows terrorist sympathizers to thrive not only by failing to remove their accounts, but also by auto-creating celebratory videos and pages for terrorist groups.

The National Whistleblower Center in Washington (NWC) has published a 48-page comprehensive study into how Facebook neglects to curb, and even boosts, Al-Qaeda affiliated militants’ outreach, arguing that Facebook’s lack of action facilitates the recruitment of terrorists.

The study, conducted by an unnamed whistleblower from August through December 2018, showed that out of 3,228 accounts belonging to ‘friends’ of self-identified terrorists, only 30 percent were removed by the platform.

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These “friends” hail from around the world. Those who were singled out for the survey are based in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Among them, “many openly identified as terrorists themselves and shared extremist content,” the executive summary of the report states.

The social media giant, which recently prided itself on taking down 99 percent of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) related content before it is reported by users, actually creates such content itself with its auto-generating tools, according to the report.

For example, it refers to an auto-generated page Facebook “set up” for Al-Shabaab militant group, complete with an ISIS logo. Somalia-based Al-Shabaab has long been associated with Al-Qaeda. In 2015, a splinter group of its fighters pledged allegiance to IS.

The page came about because some users listed their membership in the terrorist group as their job occupation, prompting Facebook’s AI to create a “local business” page.

Another popular feature embedded in the Facebook algorithm allows for glorification of terrorism and extremism, the report says, referring to “celebration” and “memories” videos. It turns out that the seemingly innocuous feature makes no distinction between a user sharing a video with, say, birthday celebrations, and violence-filled extremist content. One such chilling “celebration” video featuring puddles of blood racked up over 2,000 likes, the report notes.

The “frame” feature that allows users to pledge allegiance to a favorite sports team or express support for a country,

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Facebook Now Demands That You Hate Targeted People Or You Will Be Banned, Too!


08-05-19 04:26:00,

Authored by Mike Adams via NaturalNews.com,

We have now reached the point of total insanity when it comes to extreme censorship by the tech giants. In what actor Rob Schneider calls a “real world Orwellian nightmare,” Facebook has now issued a gag order on 2.2 billion users, demanding that they must HATE certain selected individuals who are named as targets of censorship.

Those individuals include Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer (see FreeLoomer.com), Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos and others. From this point forward, you are only allowed to post content from these individuals if you express hatred toward them in your Facebook post.

This is “mandatory hate speech” by Facebook. That’s how insane all this has become now, which is why I have openly announced that every nation on Earth must declare war against Big Tech (or be destroyed by it).


Breitbart News writer James Delingpole has posted an extremely important article about all this that you absolutely must read. I’m re-publishing it here with credit and a link to Breitbart News, which is also fighting for survival in an age of outrageous Orwellian censorship. Here’s Delingpole’s article:

President Trump has retweeted a Breitbart News story headline about Facebook’s blacklist of prominent conservatives including Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer.

This will become an imp & bigger story going into #2020 ⁦@GOPLeader⁩ ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ ⁦@MorningsMaria⁩ ⁦@FoxBusiness#vote harvesting pic.twitter.com/ZTJlWx0UJV

— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) May 3, 2019

Good. Let’s hope this is a sign that he intends to take this problem seriously because right now I’d say Silicon Valley censorship poses one of the biggest threats to Western Civilisation in the world today.

Of course, there are other threats at least as dangerous: fundamentalist Islam, China, eco-fascism, neo-Marxism, and so on.

But what’s particularly insidious about Silicon Valley censorship is that it makes all those other threats more pressing and real by making it impossible to speak out against them.

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Facebook and Google Must Answer to the Market


07-05-19 09:23:00,

Giant technology companies like Facebook and Google get that way because their size is a crucial part of their value. Facebook’s network effects and Google’s search algorithm, finely tuned by its own big data, are a large part of what makes the companies dominant in their respective markets.

But size also gives tech giants tremendous power that, just like that of big government, not only can but will be abused. 2018 saw Facebook and Google embroiled in seemingly endless scandals and controversies about what they do with their enormous caches of data.

The standard antitrust approach would consider breaking the companies up, but that would greatly reduce the value their component parts bring to the market. Seemingly less draconian measures would likely devolve into a complex web of rules that might even serve as barriers to entry to potential competitors down the road.

Can the market provide sufficient discipline to prevent future abuses by giants like Facebook and Google? Those who favor less antitrust enforcement often point to consumers voting with their feet or dollars as both more potent and less intrusive. Consider this a test.

Voting With Their Feet

For our purposes, “market discipline” means a firm either losing market share because of perceived abuses of power, or being preempted from bad actions by the credible threat of losing market share. Consumers may take their business elsewhere because the bad actions directly impact the value they receive (such as a higher risk of one’s own data being compromised) or because they don’t like the firm’s broader impact on society (such as spreading “fake news”).

In theory, perceptions of a firm’s impact on society are a disciplining force in every market. If I found out the chef at my favorite restaurant was a prominent neo-Nazi, I would stop going. But the most successful firms always have some wiggle room because of the superiority of their product or costs of switching away from it.

Market discipline doesn’t happen overnight — consumers first have to be alerted to the firm’s negative actions. In the case of Facebook and Google, we see this messy yet effective process unfolding in different ways.

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Facebook zerschlagen


01-05-19 01:06:00,

Wer angesichts dieser Forderung das Gespenst des Kommunismus umgehen sieht, liegt ziemlich falsch. Das Versprechen, Facebook zu zerschlagen, gab vielmehr eine US-demokratische Senatorin, die die nächste Präsidentin der USA werden will. Aber alles der Reihe nach. Von Wolf Wetzel.

Wer hätte das gedacht: Auch auf Facebook, das als „soziales Netzwerk“ geliked und missverstanden wird, gibt es Wahres und Unwahres, Richtiges und Falsches, Umstrittenes und Anstößiges, Überprüfbares und Spekulatives. Kurz zusammengefasst: Auch dort gibt es das, was es überall in den Medien gibt, ob man sie für sozial, öffentlich-rechtlich oder profitabel hält: Halbwahrheiten, Lügen, Falschmeldungen – und wer das besser versteht: „Fake News“.

Die „guten“, herrschaftssichernden Fake News…

Werfen wir einmal einen Blick auf die Leit-Medien in der Hand einer extremen Minderheit. Nehmen wir zum Beispiel das „KZ in Pristina“ aus dem Jahr 1999 in der ehemaligen Bundesrepublik Jugoslawien. Dieses hat erst der „Verteidigungs“-Minister Scharping erfunden, damit es genauso von allen Medien korrekt wiedergegeben werden konnte, mit dem Ziel, aus einem „Völkergefängnis“ (in das der damalige Außenministers Klaus Kinkel schon sehr früh Jugoslawien verwandelt hatte, um den ‚Ausbruch’ vorzubereiten) eine Kolonie des Westens zu machen. Diese Fake News schafften es ohne Mühe in alle großen Zeitungen und Fernsehanstalten.

Oder die „Brutkastenlüge“ (Kuwait 1990) und die Lüge von den „mobilen Massenvernichtungswaffen“ im Irak 2003, die alle Medien zusammen verbreitet hatten, um ihren Beitrag zum Krieg gegen den Irak abzuliefern.

Um diese Fake News geht es jedoch nicht, wenn ganz plötzlich der Wahrheit zur Macht verholfen werden soll. Denn diese Fake News dienten einem „guten Zweck“: Kriegsverbrechen. Dafür hatte man nachweislich Fake News eingesetzt – eben „gute“.

… Und die bösen Fake News

Hier geht es um die bösen Fake News, also solche, die nicht selbst freigesetzt wurden.

Seit geraumer Zeit wird zu Säuberungsaktionen in „sozialen Netzwerken“ aufgerufen von Medien, die Fake News am laufenden Meter produzieren und keinerlei Scheu zeigen, damit fortzufahren. Sie befürchten doch tatsächlich, dass man mit Fake News Hass, Gewalt und Verwirrung verbreiten könne. Ja, man höre und staune, das ist ein ganz neues, brandaktuelles Phänomen: Mit gezielten Falschmeldungen könne man sogar Menschen beeinflussen, ggf. auch aufhetzen, bis hin zu manipulierten Wahlen.

Nun rollen Woche für Woche entsprechende Nachrichten und Aufmacher über Fake News wie Militärlaster heran.

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Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


14-04-19 06:13:00,

Home / 1. Free Content / Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview

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.

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UK To Fine Facebook, Google For Hosting Terrorist Content


08-04-19 05:56:00,

The cat and mouse game between the world’s largest media company and global governments continues.

Just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for more government regulation in an attempt to mollify the company’s growing critics, while seeking to squash smaller competitors as well as give governments a legitimate reason to enforce censorship and chip away at freedom of speech in order to comply with Facebook’s mysterious “community standards”, the company and its tech peers are facing a new UK law that will impose “substantial” fines, or even ban companies if they don’t act swiftly enough to remove content that encourages terrorism and child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Additionally, hinting that Facebook is now openly seen as a media empire instead of merely a distributor of content, the companies’ directors could also be held personally liable if illegal content is not taken down within a short and pre-determined time-frame, the UK’s Home Office said, which is also seeking to tackle the spread of fake news and interference in elections.

In short: wholesale government censorship under the guise of cracking down on the private sector.

The exact level of fines will be examined during a 12 week consultation following the legislation’s launch on Monday, Bloomberg reported.

The crackdown on UK online content takes place amid the fallout from the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, whose father said the teenager killed herself in 2017 after viewing self-harm and suicide content online. The terrorist attack in New Zealand last month in which 50  Muslims were killed while footage was live-streamed online also prompted UK legislators to demand a new law over a voluntary code.

“Put simply, the tech companies have not done enough to protect their users and stop this shocking content from appearing in the first place,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement released by his office. “Our new proposals will protect U.K. citizens and ensure tech firms will no longer be able to ignore their responsibilities.”

The crackdown on internet content will spread far beyond just Facebook: search engines, online messaging services and file hosting sites will all fall under the remit of a new regulator. Annual reports on what companies have done to remove and block harmful content will be required and streaming sites aimed at children,

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Facebook speicherte Hunderte Millionen Passwörter unverschlüsselt


22-03-19 09:43:00,

Facebook speicherte Hunderte Millionen Passwörter unverschlüsselt

Passwörter von hunderten Millionen Facebook-Nutzern sind für Mitarbeiter des Online-Netzwerks im Klartext zugänglich gewesen. “Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir hunderte Millionen Nutzer von Facebook Lite, Dutzende Millionen weitere Facebook-Nutzer sowie zehntausende Instagram-Nutzer benachrichtigen werden”, erklärte das Unternehmen am Donnerstag. Facebook Lite ist eine abgespeckte Version für Nutzer des Online-Netzwerks in Regionen mit langsamen Internet-Leitungen.

Facebook habe keine Hinweise darauf, dass jemand intern missbräuchlich darauf zugegriffen habe, hieß es weiter. Die Passwörter seien auch für niemanden außerhalb des Unternehmens sichtbar gewesen. Die betroffenen Nutzer sollen dennoch “als Vorsichtsmaßnahme” benachrichtigt werden, obwohl es keinen Hinweis auf einen Missbrauch der Daten gebe. Die Passwörter hätten eigentlich auch intern unkenntlich sein müssen. Der Fehler sei bei einer Routine-Prüfung im Januar aufgefallen. Er sei inzwischen behoben worden – Facebook machte keine Angaben dazu, wann genau.

Kurz vor der Facebook-Mitteilung hatte der IT-Sicherheitsexperte Brian Krebs in seinem Blog von dem Fall berichtet. Er schrieb unter Berufung auf einen nicht namentlich genannten Facebook-Insider, mehr als 20 000 Mitarbeiter des Online-Netzwerks hätten Zugriff auf die im Klartext gespeicherten Passwörter haben können. Insgesamt könnten 200 bis 600 Millionen Facebook-Nutzer betroffen sein.

Die Archiv-Dateien mit unverschleierten Passwörtern gingen bis ins Jahr 2012 zurück, hieß es bei Krebs weiter. Laut Logdaten hätten rund 2.000 Entwickler etwa neun Millionen interne Abfragen für Daten-Elemente gemacht, die ungeschützte Passwörter enthielten, schrieb der Sicherheitsexperte unter Berufung auf den Firmen-Insider. Facebook machte dazu zunächst keine Angaben. (dpa)

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Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


17-03-19 02:17:00,

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 to step up and combat exposure to the information, according to a letter he sent directly to the heads of Google and Facebook. Geek.com cites Bloomberg:

“There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,” Schiff wrote in the letter. “The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues.”

Facebook responded to Schiff’s letter and told Bloomberg in a statement that it’s “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem.” These next steps might include minimizing or reducing false anti-vaccine content from recommendations, including Facebook’s Groups You Should Join, and giving them a lower ranking in Facebook search results. Additionally, Facebook will step up its fake news policing to ensure more authoritative information is available on its social network site.

Legitimate scientific inquiry into the dangers and/or validity of vaccination is by now voluminous and certainly well known to readers of independent media. Evidently, the fact that a level playing field of information — which is exactly what the Internet was promised to be — is skewing toward anti-vaccination (and other holistic healing) must be worrying to those who rely on the financial support of Big Pharma and establishment medicine.

The fact of the matter is that once someone learns the truth, there is no going back to sleep. The urge to share one’s awareness that is intended to help others who are still unaware is a powerful one. It is,

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‘It was a mistake’: Facebook lifts ban on Zero Hedge, says it ‘accidentally’ labeled content as spam


13-03-19 12:55:00,

After backlash online, Facebook said it accidentally labeled stories by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge as spam. Its readers had complained that they began experiencing problems while sharing the blog’s content.

“This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday,” Facebook’s spokesperson was quoted by Breitbart as saying.

The incident added fuel to longstanding allegations that Mark Zuckerberg’s company harbors a bias against conservative and anti-establishment voices. Many commenters online remained skeptical as to whether Facebook’s actions against Zero Hedge were an honest mistake.

Funny how the “technical errors” never happen to a liberal.

— What’s A Defense (@RebsFinsUp) 13 марта 2019 г.

Funny how it’s only the right that is affected by “technical errors” and other various “mistakes”.

— Dave Graham 🇺🇸 (@DaveGraham25) 13 марта 2019 г.

Diamond and Silk? Mistake
Conservatives being targeted? Mistake
How many mistakes have they made?
Sounds like a good story but crickets from MSM

— Steven Boone (@StevenBoone2007) 13 марта 2019 г.

Zero Hedge confirmed on Wednesday that the bewildering ban was “reversed” and things went back to normal. The blog’s authors noted that they don’t know which stories Facebook branded as “spammy,” as the social network still hasn’t contacted them.

According to the publication, its readers first noticed the problem over the weekend. Many complained that Facebook was blocking their attempts to share stories published by Zero Hedge. Some posted screenshots, showing that the company deemed the stories to be in violation of its community standards, while others reported that Facebook had flagged Zero Hedge content as “abusive.”

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Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links

The situation sparked accusations of censorship and drew criticism of Facebook, with public figures like former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr speaking in defense of Zero Hedge.

The censorship continues. How does ⁦@zerohedge⁩’s content not “meet community standards?” FB doesn’t agree with them and they hit the platform’s obvious flaws at times.

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Facebook Bans Zero Hedge


12-03-19 08:34:00,

Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that “the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.”

Facebook has blocked all @zerohedge links, throwing up the following message: pic.twitter.com/iuc3UxWgE1

— Ollie Richardson (@O_Rich_) March 11, 2019

We were especially surprised by this action as neither prior to this seemingly arbitrary act of censorship, nor since, were we contacted by Facebook with an explanation of what “community standard” had been violated or what particular filter or article had triggered the blanket rejection of all Zero Hedge content.

To be sure, as a for-profit enterprise with its own unique set of corporate “ethics”, Facebook has every right to impose whatever filters it desires on the media shared on its platform. It is entirely possible that one or more posts was flagged by Facebook’s “triggered” readers who merely alerted a censorship algo which blocked all content.

Alternatively, it is just as possible that Facebook simply decided to no longer allow its users to share our content in retaliation for our extensive coverage of what some have dubbed the platform’s “many problems”, including chronic privacy violations, mass abandonment by younger users, its gross and ongoing misrepresentation of fake users, ironically – in retrospect – its systematic censorship  and back door government cooperation (those are just links from the past few weeks).

Unfortunately, as noted above, we still don’t know what event precipitated this censorship, and any attempts to get feedback from the company with the $500 billion market cap, have so far remained unanswered.

We would welcome this opportunity to engage Facebook in a constructive dialog over the company’s decision to impose a blanket ban on Zero Hedge content. Alternatively, we will probably not lose much sleep if that fails to occur: unlike other websites, we are lucky in that only a tiny fraction of our inbound traffic originates at Facebook,

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Facebook geht gegen Posts von Impfgegnern vor


09-03-19 10:55:00,


22:30 08.03.2019Zum Kurzlink

Das soziale Netzwerk Facebook hat großen Einfluss, wenn es um die Inhalte und Posts seiner Nutzer geht. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur dpa jetzt berichtet, will Facebook in der Zukunft gezielter gegen Inhalte von Impfgegnern vorgehen.

Der Meldung zufolge will Facebook die Verbreitung der Inhalte von Impfgegnern in dem Online-Netzwerk einschränken.

Andere Sputnik-Artikel: Impfgegner – Eine Gefahr für die Menschheit?Andere Sputnik-Artikel: Impfung gegen Flüchtlinge

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UK to fine Facebook & Google up to 4% value for not removing ‘hate speech’ & ‘fake news’ fast enough


01-03-19 10:18:00,

The UK is rolling out a draconian new ‘harmful content’ policy that will punish social media with massive fines if they fail to remove ill-defined “hate speech,” “misinformation,” and “problematic content” quickly enough.

An “independent tech regulator” would have the power to impose fines amounting to as much as 4 percent of a company’s value if Facebook, Google, or any other social media platform is too slow to remove objectionable content, according to UK digital minister Margot James, who told Business Insider the new rules would be officially unveiled next month. The regulations are purportedly aimed at eradicating “illegal hate speech,” along with child grooming and “problematic content” related to suicide and self-harm, but also target the Western governments’ beloved punching bag, “misinformation.” 

While the new regulator is supposed to be independent of government, it will be up to ministers to decide whether to set up a brand new body or just hand the responsibility for censoring objectionable content over to Ofcom – the same regulator which was recently found to be colluding with a government-funded “think tank” to tie up RT in regulatory red tape with astroturfed “complaints.” 

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Based in part on Germany’s NetzDG laws, which fine companies tens of millions of dollars for hate speech if offending messages are not deleted within a certain period, the new UK regulations won’t stop at censoring “illegal hate speech” (which James apparently defines as anything from terrorist recruitment videos to racism, leaving plenty of wiggle room for neocon think-tanks to sink popular alternative media pages). Child grooming, “problematic content” related to self-harm, and even “misinformation” can now cost tech companies billions of dollars – up to 4 percent of their revenue – if they do not act quickly.

Tech companies listen with their wallets,” Conservative MP Damian Collins said, praising the German model. Collins recently led an 18-month parliamentary investigation into “

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Facebook censureert artikel DLM PLus over weermanipulatie, een aanrader – De Lange Mars Plus


26-02-19 03:32:00,

Opnieuw drukt Facebook een artikel van DLM PLus weg. Beoordeel zelf waarom zij dit beschouwen als ‘strijdig met de communitystandards’.

Dit is de mededeling

En dit is het gewraakte artikel.

Petitie weermodificatie staat op 35.000 handtekeningen

De redactie van DLM Plus raadt mensen aan die meer informatie willen lezen dan door commerciële persbureaus en PR bureaus voorgekookte berichten, zich te abonneren op onze Nieuwsbrief. Dit is gratis. Natuurlijk kan DLM PLus ook ondersteund worden door het nemen van een abonnement voor 12 euro per jaar.


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Would Facebook Still Be Purging Dissent If Not Pressured by the Government?


20-02-19 11:21:00,

‘Facebook is a private company and can do what it wants’ screech precisely the people using the might of the state to twist Zuckerberg’s arm into censoring dissent for them

Once upon a time, Facebook espoused idealistic notions of making the world a more open and connected place. But when it comes to views the US establishment doesn’t like, Facebook magically remembers it’s also a “private company.”

So when Facebook abruptly suspended pages belonging to Maffick Media — a company which is 51 percent owned by RT’s video agency Ruptly — critics of RT were quick to argue the social platform could ban anyone it wants.

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Facebook blocks pages with TENS OF MILLIONS of views after CNN reports their ties to RT


18-02-19 07:47:00,

Facebook has suspended several accounts operated by Maffick Media without prior warning, right after CNN ran a report about the company’s perceived ties to the Kremlin.

In what seems to be a new step in the social media giant’s fight against perceived ‘Russian propaganda’, Facebook took down, without prior notice, several pages offering video content. The social media network said it would ask the administrators of Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed to disclose their “Russian affiliations.”

“People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them. Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

However, no official requests were filed with Maffick Media, the German-based company operating all three pages. They were not notified before the fact, which prompted an angry response (posted on Maffick’s front page at the time of writing) in which they branded Facebook policies “new McCarthyism.” All three pages remained offline on Monday.

The accounts were suspended shortly after CNN aired a report with the catchy headline “Kremlin funds viral videos aimed at millennials,” in which it listed all three pages as part of the Kremlin’s “influence campaign” targeting unsuspecting young American adults. CNN stated that German-based Maffick Media is “mostly owned” by Ruptly video news agency – a subsidiary of RT – and is thus in the Kremlin’s back pocket.

An open secret

CNN also repeatedly accused Maffick of concealing its suspected ties to Russia to mislead its audience. While, indeed, none of the pages bore a glowing stamp that said “paid for by the Kremlin,” they were never told that they were required to do so. Besides, no special effort was made to hide the funding sources – as proved by the CNN reporters themselves, who used an online commercial registers database to acquire documents showing that Maffick is 51 percent (which CNN generalized as “mostly”) owned by Ruptly.

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The remaining near-half belongs to Maffick CEO Anissa Naouai,

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Facebook censureert bericht over 5G, een aanrader dus – De Lange Mars Plus


16-02-19 10:12:00,

Facebook wil de communicatiebedrijven niet voor het hoofd stoten met het artikel van DLM Plus over 5G, daarom brengen wij het nog maar eens extra onder de aandacht.

Een goede aanleiding om even stil te staan bij de reden van deze censuur.



Rob Vellekoop, 16 februari 2019

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Facebook: The Government’s Propaganda Arm?


10-02-19 09:15:00,

Authored by Jeff Charles via Liberty Nation,

The social media giant has a disturbing number of former Obama officials in key positions of authority over content…

Imagine for a moment what it would look like if the federal government launched its own social media network. Every day, Americans could freely use the platform to express their views on everything from economic theory to the best tips for baking peanut butter cookies. They could even discuss their political views and debate the important issues of the day.

But what if the government were empowered to determine which political views are appropriate and which are too obscene for the American public? Well, it looks like this is already happening. Of course, the state has not created a social media network; they didn’t have to. It appears the government is using Facebook – the world’s largest social media company – to sway public opinion.

The Government’s Fingers In Facebook

The Free Thought Project recently published a report revealing that Facebook has some troubling ties to the federal government and that this connection could be enabling former state officials to influence the content displayed. The social media provider has partnered with various think tanks which receive state funding, while hiring an alarming number of individuals who have held prominent positions in the federal government.

Facebook recently announced their partnership with the Atlantic Council – which is partly funded by tax dollars – to ensure that users are presented with quality news stories. And by “quality,” it seems that they mean “progressive.” The council is well known for promoting far-left news sources, including the Xinhua News Agency, which was founded by the Communist Party of China. Well, that’s reassuring. What red-blooded American capitalist doesn’t want to get the news from a communist regime?

But there one aspect of this story is even more troubling: the government-to-Facebook pipeline. The company has employed a significant number of former officials in positions that grant them influence over what content is allowed on the platform.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, prosecuted cybercrimes at the Department of Justice under President Obama.

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Desinformationen auf Facebook und WhatsApp: “Sie führen zu ernsthaften Schäden in der realen Welt”


06-02-19 12:21:00,

Im Dezember fand in Accra/Ghana die erste afrikanische re:publica statt. Dort habe ich den Vortrag der BBC-Journalistin Yemisi Adegoke gesehen und sie anschließend dazu interviewt. Adegoke war Teil eines Rechercheteams, das in einer Region in Nigeria untersucht hat, welchen Einfluss Falschmeldungen auf WhatsApp und Facebook auf religiöse Konflikte hatten: Like. Share. Kill. Nigerian police say false information on Facebook is killing people. Konkret geht um einen Fall im nigerianischen Bundesstaat Plateau. Dort kam es in Folge der Verbreitung von Falschnachrichten zu gewalttätigen Übergriffen auf Andersgläubige – mit mehreren Todesopfern.

Ich fand ihre Geschichte interessant, weil sie zeigt, dass Plattformen wie Facebook mitverantwortlich für Todesopfer sind, wenn sie keine Verantwortung für die Öffentlichkeit übernehmen, die sie herstellen. Statt in vernünftige Infrastrukturen, etwa ausreichend Fact-Checker mit Sprachkenntnissen, zu investieren, setzen sie schlicht auf Profit.

Vier Faktenprüfer für 24 Millionen NutzerInnen

netzpolitik.org: Hi Yemisi, worüber hast Du auf der re:publica hier in Accra gesprochen?

Yemisi Adegoke: Ich bin Journalistin bei der BBC. Gemeinsam mit Africa Eye habe ich recherchiert, welche Auswirkungen Desinformationen auf Gesellschaften haben. Wir wollten insbesondere Fälle aufdecken, bei denen Desinformationen einen realen Schaden verursacht haben. Recherchiert haben wir in Jos, das liegt im Bundesstaat Plateau in Nigeria. Die Polizei glaubt, dass elf Männer dort auf Grund von Desinformationen ums Leben gekommen sind. Mit ihrer Hilfe konnten wir diese Fälle identifizieren.

netzpolitik.org: Welche Bedeutung haben Facebook und WhatsApp in Nigeria?

Yemisi Adegoke: WhatsApp ist hier marktführend, wie auch weltweit. In dieser Hinsicht ist Nigeria dem Rest der Welt sehr ähnlich. Auch Facebook hat als Plattform eine enorme Bedeutung in Nigeria. 2016 hatte Facebook in Nigeria sechzehn Millionen NutzerInnen. Zwei Jahre später waren es schon vierundzwanzig Millionen. Viele junge Menschen nutzen Facebook, um sich mit dem Rest der Welt zu verbinden und um Informationen mit Freunden und Fremden auszutauschen. Es ist schon eine sehr große und einflussreiche Plattform in Nigeria.

netzpolitik.org: Während Eurer Recherche fandet Ihr heraus, wie viele Fakten-Checker es in Nigeria gibt. Wie viele sind es?

Yemisi Adegoke: Facebook leitet eine Initiative zur Überprüfung von Fakten durch Dritte. In Nigeria sind dafür zwei Partner zuständig: die französische Nachrichtenagentur AFP und die Nichtregierungsorganisation Africa Check.

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Facebook Shares Slide After Apple Revokes Developer Certificate


30-01-19 03:43:00,

Following publication of an explosive report  about how Facebook deliberately ignored Apple’s iOS developer guidelines and sidestepped the app store to offer a controversial data harvesting app directly to consumers (the app was targeted at teens), Apple has delivered the Silicon Valley version of a punch to the nose by revoking Facebook’s developer certificate.

Apple announced its decision to revoke the certificate in a terse statement published Wednesday morning.

NEW: Apple now says it has revoked Facebook’s iOS developer certificate, which Apple intends to be used for a company’s employees to sideload apps without needing the App Store, not for the purpose FB used.

Apple’s statement: pic.twitter.com/IvFHUfOZPq

— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) January 30, 2019

As one tech blogger speculated, Facebook probably believed that their apps are “too popular” and that the company could “do what they like”. By revoking the certificate, which will prohibit Facebook from developing internal apps on iOS, Apple is sending a message that this is decidedly not the case, and no developer is too big to ignore Apple’s rules.

Facebook shares are sliding on the news.


Apple shares have also ticked lower on the news.


However, Apple has spared Facebook the ultimate punishment. It hasn’t removed its apps from the App Store, which would be significantly more damaging both to Facebook’s users metrics and, we imagine, its share price.

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Return of the ‘War Room’: Facebook to set up new election integrity centers in Dublin & Singapore


28-01-19 03:37:00,

Facebook will set up two new centers to monitor “election integrity,” based in Dublin and Singapore. These centers will tackle fake news and hate speech, and will probably trigger fresh accusations of censorship.

After its hands-off approach to content policing led to accusations of fake news and misinformation in 2016, Facebook dramatically ramped up its content-policing efforts in the run-up to November’s midterm elections in the US. The social media giant partnered up with third-party ‘fact checkers’ to vet news content, trained an AI to spot and remove “false news stories,” introduced transparency rules for political advertisements, and went as far as building a physical “war room” to monitor elections for “foreign interference” in real-time.

Now, the social media giant is taking its aggressive approach worldwide.

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Facebook announced on Monday it will set up two new regional centers, located in its Dublin and Singapore offices. Facebook’s Dublin office is the company’s biggest location outside California.

“These teams will add a layer of defense against fake news, hate speech and voter suppression, and will work cross-functionally with our threat intelligence, data science, engineering, research, community operations, legal and other teams,” read a blog post from Facebook. As well as probing Facebook, the teams will monitor Instagram and WhatsApp for misuse, according to another blog post from the company.

Facebook’s US-based “war room” attracted some media attention in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, but the company itself was tight-lipped on what exactly its staff did to detect malicious foreign activity and election meddling. The company’s head of civic engagement, Samidh Chakrabarti, only said that “we’ve been working with governments around the world, with security experts around the world, with civic society around the world to share information about threats that we see.”

Among the experts consulted by Facebook is the Atlantic Council. NATO’s academic wing, the Atlantic Council teamed up with Facebook last summer to help the social network “expose and explain falsehood online.”

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The Atlantic Council’s digital efforts to date have included poking RT for nonexistent evidence of election meddling,

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How Facebook Cashed In on Tricking Kids


26-01-19 09:28:00,

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.

Facebook orchestrated a multiyear effort that duped children and their parents out of money, in some cases hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and then often refused to give the money back, according to court documents unsealed tonight in response to a Reveal legal action.

The records are part of a class-action lawsuit focused on how Facebook targeted children in an effort to expand revenue for online games, such as Angry Birds, PetVille and Ninja Saga.

The more than 135 pages of unsealed documents, which include internal Facebook memos, secret strategies and employee emails, paint a troubling picture of how the social media giant conducted business.

Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission–something the social media giant called “friendly fraud”–in an effort to maximize revenues, according to a document detailing the company’s game strategy.

Sometimes the children did not even know they were spending money, according to another internal Facebook report. Facebook employees knew this. Their own reports showed underage users did not realize their parents’ credit cards were connected to their Facebook accounts and they were spending real money in the games, according to the unsealed documents.

For years, the company ignored warnings from its own employees that it was bamboozling children.

A team of Facebook employees even developed a method that would have reduced the problem of children being hoodwinked into spending money, but the company did not implement it, and instead told game developers that the social media giant was focused on maximizing revenues.

When parents found out how much their children had spent–one 15-year-old racked up $6,500 in charges in about two weeks playing games on Facebook–the company denied requests for refunds. Facebook employees referred to these children as “whales”–a term borrowed from the casino industry to describe profligate spenders. A child could spend hundreds of dollars a day on in-game features such as arming their character with a flaming sword or a new magic spell to defeat an enemy–even if they didn’t realize it until the credit card bill arrived.

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Facebook und Instagram entziehen Maduro den „blauen Haken“


24-01-19 09:59:00,


10:19 24.01.2019(aktualisiert 11:28 24.01.2019) Zum Kurzlink

Die sozialen Netzwerke Instagram und Facebook haben bei den Profilen des venezolanischen Präsidenten Nicolas Maduro die blauen Verifizierung-Haken entfernt. Dafür tauchte in Instagram der blaue Haken neben dem Namen des Oppositionellen Juan Guaido auf, der sich am Mittwoch zum Präsidenten erklärt hatte.

Damit unterstützen die sozialen Netzwerke die Linie der US-Regierung, die zuvor Guaido als Übergangspräsidenten anerkannt hatten. Maduro bezeichnete das US-Vorgehen als „Imperialismus“ und Putsch-Versuch.

REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez

Der Präsident der entmachteten Nationalversammlung von Venezuela (Asamblea Nacional), Juan Guaido, hatte sich am Mittwoch während der Proteste im Land zum Staatschef des Landes erklärt. Kurz darauf erklärte US-Präsident Donald Trump, dass er Guaido offiziell als Übergangspräsidenten Venezuelas anerkenne. Das venezolanische Volk habe das „illegitime Maduro-Regime“ genug ertragen müssen.

Maduro kündigte daraufhin den kompletten Abbruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen zu den USA an und gab US-Diplomaten 72 Stunden Zeit, um das Land zu verlassen.

Nach den USA erkannten Kanada, Argentinien, Brasilien, Chile, Kolumbien, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay und Peru Guaido als Übergangspräsidenten an.

Dagegen betrachten Russland, Mexiko, Bolivien, Kuba und die Türkei Maduro weiterhin als legitimen Staatschef Venezuelas.

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Google and Facebook broke company records for US government lobbying in 2018


23-01-19 09:27:00,

Facing increased public scrutiny, Google and Facebook spent record amounts of money lobbying the US government on privacy and antitrust policies in 2018, with both companies topping previous highs, new data filings showed.

In quarterly filings to Congress disclosed on Tuesday, Google revealed that it dished out a company-record of $21.2 million on Washington lobbying last year, besting its previous record of $18.22 million from 2012. The search giant spent $18.04 million on lobbying in 2017.

Facebook disclosed a lobbying spend of $12.62 million, which was up from its previous high of $11.51 million in 2017, according to the Washington D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics which tracks money in politics.

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Imagine! An ‘alternative internet’ not ‘completely in the hands of Facebook & Google’

Companies like Google and Facebook have faced increased scrutiny into their policies and practices in recent years. Both have been accused of using “dark patterns” to trick their users into adopting certain privacy policies and using “misleading wording” to make the policies too convoluted for users to figure out. They have also battled accusations of political bias against both right wing and left wing activists

Lawmakers and regulators around the world have been weighing new privacy and antitrust rules to limit the power of huge tech giants.

Google has consistently ranked among the top spenders when it comes to lobbying the government, alongside defense contractors and healthcare firms. The search giant said its discussions with lobbyists focused on search technology, criminal justice reform, and international tax reform.

If you wonder why some startups raise $50-100M rounds early on, consider this is what some of them are up against:

– Google spent $21.2M on US govt lobbying in 2018

– Facebook spent $12.62M, up from $11.51M

Source: https://t.co/ffBDEoEHgZ

— Roi Carthy (@Roi) January 23, 2019

Filings showed that Facebook was lobbying the Federal Trade Commission, which is looking into its data security policies. After facing political scrutiny over “fake news” and the origin of ads on its platform during the 2016 presidential election in the US,

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Geheimprojekt: Facebook testet mit Airbus Internet-Drohnen in Australien

21-01-19 11:45:00,

Facebooks Ehrgeiz ist riesig. 20.000 Meter hoch, um genau zu sein. Der Konzern arbeitet seit Monaten an einem geheimen Projekt, das ihn vom sozialen Netzwerk zu einem globalen Internetbetreiber transformieren soll. Wir veröffentlichen ein Dokument, das zeigt, wie Airbus und Facebook dafür in Australien Drohnentests planen.

Mit Hilfe der Airbus-Drohne Zephyr möchte der Social-Media-Konzern künftig aus der Stratosphäre Internet auf die Erde strahlen. Die Drohnen steigen den Plänen nach in eine Höhe von 20 Kilometern auf. Dort nehmen sie per Mikrowellen-Strahlung Verbindung zum Boden auf. Selbst entlegene Erdgegenden sollen damit online gebracht werden – und Facebook nutzen.

Die Airbus-Drohne Zephyr Alle Rechte vorbehalten Airbus

Sein eigenes Drohnen-Projekt hat Facebook vergangenes Jahr begraben. Unter dem Codenamen Aquila baute der Konzern vier Jahre lang an einem Fluggerät. Das Projekt versandete, nachdem führende Mitarbeiter im Mai 2018 die Firma verließen. Doch Facebook hat seine Ambitionen nie aufgegeben. Facebook plante bereits vor dem Ende seines hauseigenen Drohnen-Programms Tests mit dem europäischen Rüstungskonzern Airbus.

Vertreter von Facebook und Airbus trafen im April 2018 die EU-Kommission. Thema des Gesprächs: Internet aus der Stratosphäre durch Zephyr-Drohnen. Das Fluggerät könne in Europa beim Vernetzen von Städten helfen, heißt es in einer Gesprächsnotiz, über die wir berichteten. Facebook gibt sich aber bisher scheu zu seinem Interesse an der Drohne – öffentlich dazu sagen möchte der Konzern nichts.

Drohnenstarts am Nordrand Australiens

Das von uns veröffentlichte Dokument gibt einen seltenen Einblick in Facebooks neues Drohnenprojekt. Wie daraus hervorgeht, trafen sich Vertreter von Airbus zwischen März bis September 2018 zumindest 18 Mal mit Australiens Luftfahrtbehörde. Die Behörde händigte uns auf Anfrage nach dem australischen Informationsfreiheitsgesetz ihre Notizen zu den Treffen aus. Das Dokument zeigt die Anstrengungen von Airbus um Genehmigung der Drohnen-Tests.

Die Drohne soll in Wyndham im Norden Australiens getestet werden. Karte: Open Street Map, Lizenz ODbL

Geplanter Schauplatz der Tests war der Flugplatz Wyndham im Norden Australiens. Die Ladung, gemeint ist wohl High-Tech-Netzwerkausrüstung, stammt laut Unterlagen von Facebook. Erste Flüge waren für November und Dezember geplant. Doch es ist unklar, ob sie tatsächlich stattfinden konnten. Weder Facebook noch Airbus wollten auf Anfrage von netzpolitik.org darüber sprechen.

Facebook ließ sich nur zwei dünne Sätze über sein Drohnen-Projekt entlocken.

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