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Big Brother Is Here: Twitter Will Monitor Users Behavior ‘Off Platform’

In perhaps the most intrusive move of social media platforms' efforts signal as much virtue as possible and appease their potentially-regulating government overlords, Twitter has announced that it is cracking down on what it defines at hate-speech and not just by looking at its own site. In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter […]

You’ll Never Guess What Happened To BuzzFeed’s IPO Chances After It Missed Revenue By 20%

Buzzfeed’s plans for a rumored 2018 IPO, first reported back in March by Axios, just suffered a serious setback. In what amounts to a serious blow to the digital media pioneer’s credibility with investors, not to mention the potential impact on its lofty venture-capital-fueled valuation, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Buzzfeed is on […]

“Russian Interference” Now Being Blamed For Swaying Vote In Favor Of Brexit

Was Brexit also Putin’s fault? The simmering anti-Russia hysteria that has emerged in the UK recently has finally boiled over, and it appears last night’s story in the        Times of London claiming that a swarm of Twitter bots reportedly created by a troll farm possibly linked to Russian intelligene (sound familiar?) posted more than 45,000 […]

GEsus!

Well that escalated really quickly… GE is now down over 15% from its pre-open highs and down over 8% on the day (the biggest drop in over 8 years)… Crashing below its Aug 2015 flash crash lows to its lowest since June 2012…

Comcast Users Report Massive Nationwide Internet Outage

According to DownDetector.com, and numerous twitter complaints, Comcast’s internet service, Xfinity, is suffering an outage across the country. DownDetector.com shows XFinity internet being down around the United States, mostly on the east coast, but also in in large west coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. So far, online reports don’t suggest that […]

Twitter Revises Terms Of Service, No Longer Believes In “Speaking Truth To Power”

Having been caught in a crossfire over internet free speech and Russian conspiracy theories, Twitter has quietly made a significant change in its stated “Twitter Rules” terms of service. Following several Congressional hearings meant to root out “Russian interference” by Twitter accounts, as well as an incident in which a disgruntled, now former employee, disabled […]

Washington Stomps On Civil Liberty

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, The insouciant American electorate is so inattentive that it routinely elects enemies of civil liberty to represent the public in Congress. Last Wednesday Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R, SC), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D, VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA), Sen. […]

Russian Content May Have Reached 126 Million Facebook Users, There Is Just One Catch

One month ago, the media world and political punditry was in a furore after Facebook revealed that some 470 alleged Russian troll accounts had paid Facebook a whopping $100,000 to purchase 3,000 advertisements potentially influencing the outcome of the election (even though many of the ads “showed support for Clinton” and only half ran before […]

James Bovard: “How Facebook Censored Me”

Submitted by James Bovard via USAToday.com, Facebook said my post's image of a violent FBI raid 'incorrectly triggered our automation tools'… But it wasn't the first time an iconic image vanished… Responding to Russian-funded political advertisements, Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that “we will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation.” But Facebook […]

First Twitter, Now Facebook: Company Introduces New Political Ad Transparency Policy

Facebook must’ve seen this tweet, published three days ago by a ProPublica journalist after Twitter unveiled a sweeping new transparency policy that included new disclosure rules for “political” and “issues-based” ads… Twitter is promising more transparency in political ads than Facebook. I love seeing tech giants try to outdo each other on transparency pic.twitter.com/aXPOpLicoB — […]