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YouTube & Facebook Push Hard To Censor Alternative Views

By Luke Miller, Truth Theory

In what feels like the 2018 version of “book burning” Facebook and YouTube push to censor the alternative voice.

Generally speaking the voice of the media has been finely tuned and constructed to speak from a specific narrative. This is evident in our political “leaders” that serve corporate interests over society, the decisions that are consistently made that do not benefit the majority of humanity and the rampant inequality locally and globally. Continue reading YouTube & Facebook Push Hard To Censor Alternative Views


5 Harsh Truths About Social Media Signalling It’s Time To Let Go

By Mark DeNicola, Collective Evolution

Forget “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The more accurate statement of the top fears for 2018 seems to be “ads and reach and algorithms, oh my!” While none of these terms are new to our digital lexicon, they’ve certainly forced themselves to the forefront of every digital marketers mind due in large part to the recent “well-intentioned” changes announced by Mark Zuckerberg.

To those that are strictly end users, these changes sure do sound quite nice, as we all remember the days where our newsfeeds were filled with “John Smith is at the gym” and “Suzie Jones needs a coffee”, rather than “SIGN UP FOR MY FREE WEBINAR”. Continue reading 5 Harsh Truths About Social Media Signalling It’s Time To Let Go


Facebook Negatively Affects Mood and Well-Being, Studies Reveal

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World

Every month, 1.65 billion people actively use the social media site Facebook. On average, each user spends 50 minutes using the site daily, which doesn’t sound like that much until you consider it’s more time than is spent on any other leisure activity except for watching TV.[1] In the U.S., Americans spend just 19 minutes, on average, reading each day and just 17 minutes on exercise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[2] So the nearly one hour spent on Facebook is significant; it’s about the same amount of time spent eating and drinking (just over one hour).

Further, it’s just an average. Some people spend far more than one hour perusing Facebook every day (teens, for instance, may spend up to nine hours), the consequences of which are only beginning to be understood. Continue reading Facebook Negatively Affects Mood and Well-Being, Studies Reveal


WhatsApp Isn’t Only Giving Your Information to Facebook — and No, You Can’t Opt-Out

By Josie Wales, Anti Media

(ANTIMEDIA) When Facebook purchased the encrypted mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for $19 billion in 2014, some users were concerned about the security of their information and the implications of their private correspondence being handed over to the largest data mining operation in human history. At the time, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum claimed there would be no changes in operations, claiming:

“There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.” Continue reading WhatsApp Isn’t Only Giving Your Information to Facebook — and No, You Can’t Opt-Out


Why Facebook Really Wants You to Use Its New Reaction Buttons

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By Claire Bernish, Anti Media

(ANTIMEDIA) As usual, Facebook’s newest so-called ‘enhancement’ — the emoji reaction buttons meant to be alternatives to the much-maligned ‘like’ option — come with a rather important catch: social engineering.

“Facebook confirmed to Mic that it will use data gathered when you use the new emojis to alter your News Feed and learn more about what you like […] Do you prefer Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, or fashion to green living? […] Facebook knows this about you, and it will use the information to tailor your News Feed to things Facebook thinks you want to see,” reported Mic. Continue reading Why Facebook Really Wants You to Use Its New Reaction Buttons


German Government Wants Facebook to Censor Controversial Speech

By Cassius Methyl, Anti Media, September 29, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) New York, NY — Last weekend, world leaders met at the U.N. 70th General Assembly, arguably “the greatest political show on Earth.” Among these world leaders was Mark Zuckerberg. That’s right, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was present at the event and was reportedly overheard talking about censorship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Continue reading German Government Wants Facebook to Censor Controversial Speech


Kristan T. Harris: Facebook Tells the Cops When You Talk About Criminal Activity in Private Messages

By Kristan T. Harris, August 8, 2015  (Thanks to Anti Media)

(RUNDOWNLIVE) Facebook has a new little known software that monitors your profile chat and pictures for criminal activity. The software will proceed to alert an employee at the company who will then decide whether to call authorities or not. Continue reading Kristan T. Harris: Facebook Tells the Cops When You Talk About Criminal Activity in Private Messages


Claire Bernish: Facebook Can Now Identify You in Pictures Even Without Your Face Showing

By Claire Bernish, Activist Post, July 1, 2015

It’s highly likely your friends could spot you in a crowd, even if your face were obscured or your back turned. Rather eerily, a recent report revealed that your friends aren’t the only ones who can pick you out in a sea of people—Facebook can, too.

In fact, Facebook’s algorithms can accurately identify an individual user from among 800 million pictures—in less than five seconds—98% of the time.

Using its artificial intelligence lab—a rather Orwellian acquisition for a social media platform—Facebook researcher Yann LeCun wanted to determine if the same algorithms already used for facial recognition could be adjusted to scrutinize other cues. LeCun, an expert in computer vision and pattern recognition who came to Facebook in 2013, explained that identifying cues—like body type or the way a person stands—could be taken into consideration by the technology the way humans already do.

“There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back. For example, you can recognize Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt,” he explained.

From a pool of 40,000 public photos found on Flickr—some with faces fully visible and others partially or completely hidden—the tweaked algorithm successfully identified people 83% of the time, though the company says that figure has been as high as 98%. Facebook claims the system will help users of the new Moments feature, which automatically sorts uploaded photos by event—such as a graduation or birthday party—and tags the people who attended. LeCun believes the tool could eventually be a boon for the privacy-minded by alerting them whenever their picture appears anywhere online—even if their face is obscured.

But this has ignited a rather obvious controversy.

“If, even when you hide your face, you can be successfully linked to your identity, that will certainly concern people,” said Ralph Gross of Carnegie Mellon University. “Now is a time when it’s important to discuss these questions.” Though the algorithm is strikingly advanced, its very concept allows a rather gaping potential for abuse. When identifying someone in public is as simple as an automated algorithm, there is no opting out.

Facial recognition is yet another example of technology outpacing law. Talks held last week by U.S. government agencies to establish guidelines for the new technology failed miserably when privacy advocates stormed out in protest. At issue was the answer to a seemingly simple question: “If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?”

Alvaro Bedoya of the Georgetown University Law Center and other privacy advocates in attendance thought this was an easy no, but tech industry representatives didn’t share the sentiment. “We asked if we can agree on this edge case,” he explained, “but not a single company would support it. What facial recognition allows is a world without anonymity […] Companies are already marketing products that will let a stranger point a camera at you and identify you by name and by your dating profile. I think most reasonable people would find this appalling.”

It’s arguable that anyone who doesn’t lacks understanding of the technology—or doesn’t fully grasp the implications. The “if you haven’t done anything wrong then you have nothing to hide” aphorism only goes so far—especially when the choice to hide is no longer yours to make.

“You walk into a car dealership and the salesman knows your name and how much you make,” Bedoya warned. “That’s not a world I want to live in.”

Thanks to Facebook, it might be too late.

Claire Bernish writes for TheAntiMedia.org, where this first appeared. Tune in! The Anti-Media radio show airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Help us fix our typos: edits@theantimedia.org.

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Jon Rappoport: The Truman Show, Facebook, The Social Network: Life Under a Dome

By Jon Rappoport, Activist Post, June 9, 2015

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(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

“Huxley’s Brave New World trumps Orwell’s 1984, because it posits pleasure as the ultimate control device. Genetic and pharmaceutical innovators will engineer brains along a narrow bounded channel of satisfaction. Brave New World is a countrified suburb of the mind. Accept all the feedback signals and you’ll have your miniature package of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. You’ll have the outcome, as if you’d done something to gain it, when in fact no effort was necessary. Skip right to the end of the story. You’re already under the dome. There was no story.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport) Continue reading Jon Rappoport: The Truman Show, Facebook, The Social Network: Life Under a Dome