Monday, February 24, 2020

EU Enters “Final Stage” of Crafting Bill Forcing Big Tech Censorship

by Joseph Jankowski, Planet Free Will:

The European Union is in the final stages of crafting legislation that will force big tech and internet companies to censor “extremist” content and cooperate with law enforcement, Reuters reports.

The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms.

BUSTED: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — We Use ‘Alternative Facts’ to Combat ‘Misinformation’ and ‘Fake News’

from True Pundit:

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said her company would present “alternative facts” to combat what she described as “misinformation” spread on Facebook’s digital platform. She offered her remarks during a Wednesday Senate Intelligence Committee hearing ostensibly examining “Russian interference in U.S. elections” in Washington, DC.

Partial transcript below [emphasis added].

SANDBERG: Finding a line between what is hate speech and what is misinformation is very, very difficult, especially if you’re dedicated to expressing free expression, and sometime free expressing is expressing things you strongly disagree with. In the case of misinformation, what we do is we refer it to third-party fact-checkers.

Trump Admin Officially Goes After Social Media Censorship Of Conservatives And A New Class Action Lawsuit Is Brought Against Google, Facebook, Twitter And Apple

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testify before Congress over a number of issues, including election integrity and the bias shown by social media and big tech against conservatives on their platforms, news breaks that the Trump administration is officially moving against social media giants.

The testimony of Dorsey and Sandberg will be shown, via video at the bottom of this article, but the breaking news comes from two fronts.

First we see from The Hill that Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions has scheduled meetings with a number state AG’s to discuss the issues and “growing concerns” that big tech companies are “intentionally stifling” free speech and the ramifications of those forums “hurting competition” with their censorship practices.

TEXAS DOCTORS SAY THEY SAW KAVANAUGH PROTESTERS BEING PAID OFF BEFORE HEARING

by Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars:

Image shows woman who was later arrested being given cash

Three doctors said they personally witnessed protesters being paid off before the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, which was disrupted by unruly demonstrators.

A total of 70 people were arrested during the hearing after many of them began screeching incoherently in an effort to derail the event.

Is The US Engaging In Propaganda Against Its Own People?

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by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

The only fake news is really coming from the mainstream media and outlets funded by the US government.

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” -William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987

Recently, National Security Agency Director General Paul M. Nakasone said that foreign adversaries are weaponizing information, but what he didn’t tell people was that our government has in its alleged efforts to counter that propaganda, has legalized propaganda against the US population.

Amazon is Far More Dangerous and Powerful Than You Want to Admit

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

The sneaky thing about Amazon’s increased dominance in so many key aspects of our lives is that much of the perniciousness is hidden. No one’s going to tell you about all the retailers who have gotten pressured or destroyed via its tactics while you’re happily clicking “add to cart” and smiling about 2-day free shipping. In this sense, it can be best compared to the evils of factory farming. Most people just simply have no idea about the immense damage going on behind the scenes as they indulge in incredible convenience and what looks like a good deal.

– From my November 15, 2017 post: Amazon Poses a Serious Threat to Freedom and Free Markets

Fives Eyes Governments Seek Control Of Silicon Valley Companies With Security Backdoor

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand announced they intend to force encryption technology providers to provide lawful access to users’ encrypted communications, iTnews reported.

At the Five Country Ministerial meeting on the Gold Coast last week, security and immigration officials put forward a range of proposals to combat terrorism and crime, with an emphasis on the future of the Internet and encryption technology (Silicon Valley).

As part of the Five Eyes umbrella agreement, the countries share intelligence with one another as was revealed by Edward Snowden.

How US Government Relies on Lying Media

by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture:

On Friday, August 31st, the neoconservative US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “The 3 million Syrians who have already been forced out of their homes and are now in #Idlib, will suffer from this aggression. Not good. The world is watching.”

By “this aggression,” he was referring to the completion, by the Syrian Government and its allies Russia and Hezbollah, of their elimination of jihadist terrorists from Syria. Pompeo’s remark was a veiled threat, especially to Russia, not to intervene in the US-led invasion of Syria, which Pompeo and his boss, US President Donald Trump, and the US ‘Defense’ Department, have planned, in continuation of the policies of aggression against Syria, by the prior US President, Barack Obama, and by his Administration — their policies to protect and train and arm those terrorists, so as to overthrow and replace Syria’s Government.

NEW YORK TIMES LOBBIES FACEBOOK TO SHUT DOWN PRIVATE INFOWARS FAN PAGE

from InfoWars:

Not content with Infowars and Alex Jones having been banned on nearly every major social media platform, the New York Times is now lobbying Facebook to delete a private Infowars fan page.

In an article entitled Facebook’s Private Groups Offer Refuge to Fringe Figures, the NY Times’ Kevin Roose reveals how “a private Infowars Facebook group with more than 110,000 members” has “survived the crackdown”.

Is It Social Media or Corporate Surveillance? Facebook’s Business Model

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

It’s time to ask this question: is Facebook wearing the friendly façade of a social media company while actually operating as a high tech citizen surveillance center? We’ll get to that in a moment, but first a look at what an actual citizen surveillance center looks like in New York City.

In 2012 we broke the storythat the intrepid CBS investigative program, 60 Minutes, had aired a fawning piece on the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center. That center is a high tech surveillance center built with over $150 million in taxpayers’ money that uses thousands of spy cameras owned by Wall Street banks together with thousands more owned by the New York City Police Department to spy on millions of law-abiding citizens in lower Manhattan. Data feeds from the cameras are routed to a central computer in the center where individuals can be zoomed in on and tracked without a warrant for probable cause.

Vigilantes with a Badge: Warrior Cops Endanger Our Lives and Freedoms

by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute:

“There are always risks in challenging excessive police power, but the risks of not challenging it are more dangerous, even fatal.”—Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

I have known a lot of good cops, I have defended a lot of good cops, and I have been fortunate to call a number of good cops friends.

So when I say that warrior cops—hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge—have not made America any safer or freer, I am not disrespecting any of the fine, decent, lawful police officers who take seriously their oath of office to serve and protect their fellow citizens, uphold the Constitution, and maintain the peace.

GOOGLE’S NOW GOT YOUR MASTERCARD SALES RECORDS!

from WND:

A year ago, Google made a secret deal with Mastercard that allows the growing tech monopoly to track the sales of its advertising customers to learn if its marketing resulted in a purchase at a physical store in the U.S.

It’s just the latest revelation about the power of Google growing its database to know more about its customers than they know themselves.

Neither company ever informed MasterCard’s 2 billion customers about the privacy concern.