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    THE heartbroken mom of a teenage boy killed in a highway crash by a distracted truck driver has told of her "living nightmare". Steph Cairns gave an emotional tribute at Preston Crown Court to son, Joe, 14, who died in a crash on the M58 motorway in Lancashire, England last January. 5 Joe's mom described his death as a 'living nightmare'Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 5 Anne Kerr was also killed in the crashCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd The minibus he was traveling in was hit from behind by a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driven by James Majury, 33, who moments earlier had been checking Facebook. Majury admitted causing Joe's death by dangerous driving and also the death of school...
    Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, who was a member of the racist and violent Facebook group that resulted in the firing of four agents, speaks with impeached president Donald Trump at the fencing that was supposed to be paid for by Mexico. More than a year after a racist and vile Facebook group that counted current and border Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as members was exposed by ProPublica, the agency has blocked key information from congressional investigators, including who was behind the gross posts or even the names of the few agents who were ultimately disciplined for their participation in the group, ProPublica newly reports.  Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar, among the legislators personally targeted by the group with sexist and violent expletives,...
    Founder and CEO of US online social media and social networking service Facebook Mark Zuckerberg reacts upon his arrival for a meeting with European Commission vice-president in charge for Values and Transparency, in Brussels, on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)KENZO TRIBOUILLARD Shares of Facebook stock were up more than 5% on Thursday following the U.S. launch of Reels, a new Instagram feature designed to rival Chinese upstart TikTok.  Reels is a short-form video feature that allows Instagram users to create content with overlaid audio and augmented reality effects, much as they already can on TikTok. The feature was first launched in Brazil in November 2019, but on Wednesday, Instagram released...
    Jeff Ross — Comedy Central’s “RoastMaster General" and a native of Newark — has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Ross, born in Springfield Township and raised in Newark and Union, is known for hosting insult-themed comedy roasts of celebrities including Bob Saget, Donald Trump, James Franco, Justin Bieber and Rob Lowe. In a public Facebook page named “Iwas15hewas33,” 15-year-old Jessica Radtke describes her alleged relationship with Ross, which began when the teen worked as an under-the-table receptionist and hostess at the Boston Comedy Club in New York City in 1999, Vulture reports. Radtke's Facebook post was published in October 2019, but it only recently attracted public attention. Radtke recalled meeting Ross, then 33, outside...
    PRESIDENT Trump's press team accused Facebook and Twitter of "flagrant bias" after they removed a video he posted saying kids are "immune" from the coronavirus. His press team then doubled down on the obvious falsehood, claiming the president was simply "stating a fact." 4President Trump's team lashed out at Facebook and Twitter for removing a video in which he states children are "immune" from the coronavirusCredit: EPA "The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus," said Courtney Parella, the campaign's deputy national press secretary, in an email. "Another day, another display of Silicon Valley's flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction," her statement continued. "Social media...
    Facebook and Twitter announced Wednesday that they have removed a video of President Trump shared on his Facebook page and Twitter account because it contained "false claims" about the coronavirus. The video was a clip of a phone interview Mr. Trump did with Fox News on Wednesday morning in which he pushed for schools to reopen for in-person learning and falsely claimed children are "almost immune" to the virus. "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a spokesperson for Facebook said. A Twitter spokesperson also confirmed the video "is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation," and added that @TeamTrump,...
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies via video conference during a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on "Online Platforms and Market Power", in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 29, 2020.Graeme Jennings | Pool via Reuters The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet were careful not to say too much as they were grilled by lawmakers on the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust last Wednesday. But internal documents released by the committee after the hearing say plenty. The release is a curated selection of the 1.3 million documents collected by the committee during its more than year-long investigation into competition concerns with the four tech...
    A JOGGER was left in agony after going for a run, only to be attacked by a giant swarm of bees. Sophie Crew had popped out to have a light work out on the streets of San Diego. 3 Sophie Crew posted a picture of dozens of sting marks after she was attacked by a huge swarm of bees while out runningCredit: Facebook 3 She was saved by a good Samaritan, who helped her get rid of the pests by swatting them awayCredit: Facebook But she had the fright of her life when thousands of the flying critters descended on her as she plodded along the road. Posting an image of her stings to Facebook, she wrote: "So I went for...
    ERIE, Pa. (KDKA) — Four kittens were thrown out of a car and an animal shelter in Erie wants to know who did it. (Photo Credit: The ANNA Shelter/Facebook) In a post on Facebook, the ANNA Shelter Animal Cruelty Division said a person driving over the bridge on Peninsula Drive and W. 25th St. was tossing the kittens out of their window. A motorist stopped and picked up four of the kittens but only two were still alive. The shelter says one of the cats has a broken leg and the other has a broken jaw. “They are terrified but are being tended to by our veterinarians,” the shelter posted to Facebook. Call officer Eric Duckett...
    Facebook announced Wednesday that it has removed a video from President Trump's page because it contained "false claims" about the coronavirus. The video was a clip of a phone interview Mr. Trump did with Fox News on Wednesday morning in which he pushed for schools to reopen for in-person learning and falsely claimed children are "almost immune" to the virus. "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a spokesperson for Facebook said.  In the clip, which was also shared on Mr. Trump's Twitter account, the president repeated his demand that schools reopen in the fall. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE’s reelection campaign accused Facebook of displaying “flagrant bias” against the president after the social media platform removed a post from his official page on Wednesday.  The post that was removed included a video of Trump’s interview on “Fox & Friends” from earlier in the day in which he said young people are “almost immune” to the coronavirus. Facebook said the video was removed because it included “false claims.” The Trump campaign pushed back on Facebook’s assessment, denying that what the president said was factually wrong.  “The President was stating a...
    FACEBOOK on Wednesday down a video posted by President Donald Trump in which he claimed that children are “almost immune” to the coronavirus.  "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a Facebook spokesman said, according to Reuters.  1Facebook took down a post by President Donald Trump regarding children and Covid-19Credit: AFP or licensors More to follow. Most read in News‘SWEPT TO HER DEATH’Autistic girl, 5, dies after 'wandering outside during storm flooding''he does things without asking'Women 'tell horror tales of rape & groping by Ron Jeremy'NEW FORT HOOD TRAGEDYBase investigating death of a FOURTH soldier as body pulled from lakeBILLIONAIRE ‘HYPOCRITE’Oprah branded...
    President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.Andrew Harnik | Pool | Reuters Facebook on Wednesday removed a a video interview posted on the account of President Donald Trump in which he said that children are "almost immune" from Covid-19. The video segment segment comes from an interview with Fox News in which he advocates that schools should open, saying that in his view children are "almost definitely" immune from the coronavirus.  A link to the post tells users "Sorry, this content isn't available right now." "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a...
    The vast majority of Facebook’s “independent oversight board” established with authority to allow or remove content from the platform have ties to liberal billionaire George Soros or groups he supports, according to a new report. An investigation by Sharyl Attkisson of RealClearPolitics showed that 18 out of the 20 members of the Facebook oversight board “collaborated with or are tied to groups” that have received funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Some of the board members include Evelyn Aswad, a U.S. law professor who received a grant from a foundation that has partnered with Soros. Aswad has also said she believes corporations should align their “speech codes with international human rights law” and be guided by “international law...
    The head of the Arlington County Republican Committee reportedly posted the personal information of Virginia residents who reported violations of mask mandates, including their names, email addresses and phone numbers, in a Facebook group open to county residents. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Andrew Loposser was removed from the "Arlington Neighbors Helping Each Other Through Covid-19" Facebook group, which boasts more than 11,000 members, after he posted a screenshot of data from the state Department of Health revealing personal contact information for several residents who had reported violations to the agency. Under the state's mask mandate, people must wear masks in businesses and any public space, including public transportation. The state Health Department runs an online form for reporting violators. “Only...
    A REVOLTED Aldi customer found a false eyelash sealed in a cut of lamb as she made a Sunday roast. Kerri Tucker, 36, shared photos of the eyelash after spotting it in the pack of meat at the weekend. 5Aldi bosses have apologised after a customer found a false eyelash inside a packet of lamb bought from the store in PrestonCredit: Deadline News 5Kerri Tucker shared the image on Facebook Credit: Deadline News 5She said she knew straight away that the foreign object was a false lashCredit: Deadline News The civil servant, of Preston, Lancashire, said she "instantly" recognised it as a “false eyelash with another natural eyelash attached". Images show the jet black lash was visible through the £3.49...
    PARIS Jackson is newly single after it was revealed that she has broken up with musician boyfriend Gabriel Glenn. Now that she is single, the 22-year-old is believed to be spending her newly free time focusing on her music career. 8 The couple recently called it quitsCredit: AFP - Getty Sources close to Michael Jackson's daughter told TMZ that the breakup was amicable, with neither person holding any grudges. An additional source told the outlet that Paris and Gabriel's relationship simply ran its course and no specific incident caused the split. Following the breakup, Paris has reportedly been in the studio almost every day as she works on new music. Paris often attended Gabriel's gigs at music joints and was...
    THE MUSEUM of Man changed its name to the "Museum of Us" after the city discussed changing the name for thirty years. First opened in 1915, the San Diego museum houses 75,000 artifacts from around the world including ancient Egyptian mummies, up to 8,000 human remains and items that might have been "looted" from Native American Apache tribes and Indigenous communities in Australia, the Daily Mail reported. 5The Museum of Man changed its name to the "Museum of Us" 5CEO Micah Parzen said change can be transformationalCredit: Facebook The name change started back in 1990 and in 2010, CEO Micah Parzen heard from some women who refused to "step inside what they considered a monument to patriarchy." "Change...
    By Heather Lang PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Animal Friends is marking a milestone adoption with a thank you to their supporters. This week, River and Stream, two adorable kittens, went home with their new family. The adoption marks the 999th and 1,000th of 2020. (Photo Credit: Animal Friends/Facebook) According to Animal Friends, nearly half of those adoptions have been during the coronavirus pandemic. Animal Friends says on their Facebook page, “We are incredibly grateful to the families who have opened up their hearts and homes to our homeless animal residents, especially during these difficult times.” For more information on the adoptable pets at Animal Friends, visit their website here. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Stay tuned animal lovers for more Furry Tails! You can...
    Twitter said in a regulatory filing this week it’s likely to be fined up to $250 million for misusing user phone numbers to target ads. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday, Twitter said it so far set aside $150 million for an anticipated fine from the Federal Trade Commission. The social network said that last year,  it “inadvertently” used numbers supplied for security — to steer advertising. The FTC last week sent a notice of its intent to punish the company for violating a 2011 data protection agreement. “The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome,” Twitter said in the SEC filing. Twitter allows...
    On April 11, Oklahoma reported 74 new coronavirus cases and five deaths. In terms of the numbers, it was a pretty average day, if not lower than usual, the state’s curve even appeared to be flattening. Less than two weeks later, the governor would announce plans to begin lifting shutdown orders. Hide But for Megan Adkins, there was nothing normal about that day.  Hide “I felt like it was very easy for people to dismiss – ‘Oh, there’s only two deaths, or one death today,’” she told the Daily Dot by phone in July. “I just felt like people weren’t looking at these numbers as if they’re real people with families and stories behind them.” Families like hers.  “My dad...
    IF money were no object, every surface in our home would be marble - we're talking kitchen counters, sideboards and, most importantly, our dressing tables. But as we all know, this fashionable finish comes at a price -and a very high one at that. 2The woman simply covered the top of her IKEA dressing table with a B&M wallpaper sample Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook That said, one savvy DIY fan has revealed how she revamped her boring IKEA dressing table using a marble B&M wallpaper sample - and it looks as good as the real thing. Posting on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, the woman explained how the desk makeover didn't actually cost...
    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has written a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, blasting the Facebook CEO and his platform for censoring medical discussion around coronavirus, in particular the censoring of a viral Breitbart News video of a press conference with frontline doctors and a member of Congress discussing responses to the virus. “It seems you and your team at Facebook choose to censor or misuse your algorithms to downplay voices on one side of the issues while failing to do so on the other,” said Landry. “Recently, Breitbart News and others live-streamed a group of licensed American doctors who were sharing their professional medical opinions regarding COVID-19. Apparently, Facebook made a choice to limit their voices.” The Louisiana attorney general...
    Vera Pavelec, 71, died Monday, July 27, from complications of COVID-19. The Huntington Beach native apparently contacted the illness when she went to a birthday party with five friends at a bar. Four of the six friends tested positive for coronavirus. (Courtesy of Lisa Pavelec-Martinez)  Vera Pavelec was the kind of mom whose energy and effervescence could embarrass her kids. Case in point: She insisted on creating fantastical Halloween ensembles every year, ignoring their pleas for the mass-produced super hero costumes worn by friends. And her two children could not possibly exit a get-together without good-byes dragging on for an hour. “‘She was a social butterfly,” said daughter Lisa Pavelec-Martinez, 45. “She had to hug this person and chat with...
    Facebook slapped a fact-check label on an altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that went viral last week. The deceptive video portrayed Pelosi as being drunk or high by slowing down a speech she made at a news conference earlier this year. The social media giant is now labeling the video with a "partly false" warning courtesy of multiple sources that fact-checked the video, including their partners, Lead Stories, and Reuters. "The information in this post is a mix of true and false statements or it could simply be incomplete," the label reads. "In some cases, the information is misleading." The video originated from a user named Will Allen, who posted the video with the caption:...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has again become victim to a doctored video that has gone viral, according to fact-checkers which said it was made to look like she was intoxicated. The video, seemingly first posted Saturday, had been seen more than 2 million times by Sunday, CNN said — and is still up with just a “Partly False Information” warning before it can be played. “This is unbelievable, she is blowed out of her mind, I bet this gets taken down!” wrote a user named Will Allen, whose Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers, Lead Stories, identified as the original poster. The video was “digitally slowed down to make it appear as if Pelosi was intoxicated,” said the report, which included the initial...
    Another doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going viral on Facebook. The social media giant has not taken down the clip, despite having fact-checkers flag it as "partly false."  The video, which was edited to have parts slowed down and sections cut out, shows Pelosi speaking at a May 20 news conference but makes it look as if she were impaired. The original C-SPAN video of the event shows her answering questions without any issues.  The deceptively edited clip was shared nearly 80,000 times on Facebook, according to Lead Stories, a third-party partner of the social media company that does independent fact-checking. The site concluded on Sunday that the video was "digitally slowed down to make it appear as if...
    A UKRAINIAN TV presenter was beaten beyond recognition by a stranger on a train who tried to rape her in front of her six-year-old son. Anastasia Lugova, 28, was allegedly assaulted by Vitaliy Rudzko, 45, during a journey between the city of Mariupol and capital Kyiv on Friday. 6Anastasia Lugova, 28, was left with horrific injuries following an assault on a train in Ukraine on FridayCredit: Facebook 6Anastasia Lugova, a TV presenter, was travelling to capital Kiev at the time of the attackCredit: Facebook 6Vitaliy Rudzko, 45, arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attackCredit: UKRAINE POLICE Lugova and her son were sleeping in a compartment on the train when Rudzo allegedly broke in at around 3am wearing only his underwear. “I woke up...
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 3 (.) – Brazil’s central bank said on Monday that it has already started testing payments through Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messaging service in the country, calling it a “major advance.” The entity said in a statement that the tests do not include the use of real money and are not framed within the official requests from Facebook, Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc to operate the Brazilian payment system. The central bank indicated that these requests are being analyzed. (Report by Gabriel Stargardter; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)
    Facebook is refusing to remove a fake video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has been doctored to make it appear as if she was drunk or drugged. The video, which has since been viewed more than two million times, shows Pelosi slurring her words and appearing to stare off vacantly into space as reporters ask her questions during a Capitol Hill conference. Taken from a May 20 press briefing, the video of Pelosi was found to have been digitally slowed down to make it appear as if the prominent Democrat was intoxicated. Undoctored footage of the same conference shows Pelosi speaking and acting normally. Twitter, YouTube and TikTok have all removed the video from their platforms citing a breach...
    Facebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, BBC News reported. Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the 12 accounts blocked back in May, as they are under investigation for allegedly spreading false news about judges in the country. A Supreme Court judge said Friday that Facebook had not fully complied with that earlier order. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The News Brig that the company had complied with the order, which it called “extreme” by “restricting the ability for the target Pages and Profiles to be seen from IP locations in Brazil.” The Supreme Court fined the company 1.92 million reais (about $368,000) for not blocking worldwide access to...
    Getty People march in the street after a vigil for Garrett Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin, Texas. Protests are taking place in Austin on Saturday night, August 1, exactly one week since Garrett Foster was killed in a shooting at an Austin Black Lives Matter protest. Rumors circulated early on that Antifa were planning to “scale buildings” during the protest, while photos circulated of armed conservatives getting ready to counterprotest. Here’s a look at live streams that show exactly what’s happening in Austin tonight. These streams will then be fully rewatchable videos after the live-streaming ends.Downtown Protest Live StreamsThese series of live stream videos show what’s happening in downtown Austin on Saturday night. The first...
    BRASILIA, Aug 1 (.) – Facebook said on Saturday that it globally blocked certain accounts controlled by supporters of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, involved in a fake news investigation, a day after it was fined for failing to comply with the order to a Supreme Court judge to do it. A Facebook spokesperson said the order was “extreme” and threatened “freedom of expression outside of Brazil’s jurisdiction.” “Given the threat of criminal liability for a local employee, at this point we see no alternative but to comply with the decision by blocking accounts worldwide, while appealing to the Supreme Court,” the spokesman said. Judge Alexandre de Moraes ruled Thursday that Facebook and Twitter did not comply with orders to block...
    Facebook Mahlon Reyes Mahlon Reyes died from a massive heart attack at age 38. The “Deadliest Catch” star left behind a wife and four children. Reyes was a deckhand on the Discovery Channel show, appearing on more than a dozen episodes since 2012, PEOPLE reported. His wife told TMZ that he suffered a massive heart attack July 25, 2020. He survived the heart attack, but never regained consciousness. The family ultimately decided to take Reyes off life support, and he died surrounded by his loved ones. His official cause of death will be determined pending autopsy and toxicology results, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office told TMZ. Reyes worked on two “Deadliest Catch” boats, the Seabrooke and Cape Caution....
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WHITEHALL BOROUGH (KDKA) — Whitehall Borough Police Department celebrated the birthday and retirement of Officer David Artman on Friday. (Photo Credit: Whitehall Borough Police Department Facebook) Artman retired after 25 years of service to the Whitehall Borough Police Department. The celebration of his retirement happened to fall on his birthday as well, so both occasions were commemorated by the department. (Photo Credit: Whitehall Borough Police Department Facebook) According to the Whitehall Borough Police Department, Artman was the first Baldwin-Whitehall School Resource Officer and was part of the department’s D.A.R.E. program. “‘Officer Dave’ has touched the hearts and minds of many and his contributions will never be forgotten. Enjoy retirement!” the department said in...
    On Friday, the President of the United States declared that he intends to ban a vibrant source of American speech. And that he intends to eliminate competition in a giant industry that doesn’t have nearly enough. It’s a rare feat to upturn two such fundamental democratic values—free speech and free markets—at the same time. TikTok’s fate in the US remains uncertain. Trump’s declarations could be part of a negotiating strategy, with the intended goal of getting Bytedance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, removed entirely from the platform’s ownership. Microsoft may then swoop in. Trump’s proposed executive order could face legal review, and TikTok has vowed that it’s “not planning on going anywhere.” But regardless of how this all shakes out, the...
    A SAVVY shopper has wowed social media users after sharing her impressive haul of kids' clothes, accessories and toys from B&M - and items cost as little as 10p each. Bargain hunters are flocking to B&M as the store has reduced dozens of products in the sale, with some items starting at just 10p. 5 The savvy shopper took home some amazing bargains, including these two swimming costumes for 10p eachCredit: B&M STORES BARGAINS AND MORE/Facebook Taking to the Facebook group B&M Stores Bargains and More, the mum shared a collection of snaps of her impressive haul. She explained: "Everything cost 10p each except the bag which was 50p. "Total RRP £495.28... I paid £8.70." From sweet kids' presents to...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely via videoconference during a U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on "Online Platforms and Market Power" in this screengrab made from video as the committee meets on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020.U.S. House Judiciary Committee via REUTERS The Big Tech companies of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google combined to spend over $20 million on lobbying in the first half of 2020, with part of their focus on legislation that was meant to combat the economic downturn of the coronavirus pandemic.  Facebook and Amazon have been the leaders in lobbying investments throughout the past six months. The social media giant spent just over $10 million, a record...
    By Aluisio Alves SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's central bank has authorized testing of payments via Facebook Inc's messaging service WhatsApp in the country, Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc said on Friday, easing an outright ban on the service imposed last month. The ubiquitious messaging service in Brazil was finally entering the arena of payments by launching the service on June 15, after years of questions on how Facebook would make money from WhatsApp. But only eight days later, Brazil's central bank and anti-trust regulator blocked the service, saying it must be reviewed fair competition and data privacy concerns. Mastercard said in a statement that the tests would allow a limited number of cards to make small payments while the...
    Holocaust survivors are calling on Facebook to remove denialist content that suggests this drama never existed or that downplays its scope. “Those who say the Holocaust never existed are calling me a liar” In one video, nine survivors of theHolocaust share their testimonies on the existence of this tragedy. The survivors also made a request: to remove the negationist content posted on Facebook.Among the survivors is Eva Schloss (85), Anne Frank’s half-sister, and she testified that: “When people say online that theHolocaust never happened, they say my father, sister and sixty members of my family were not murdered by the Nazis. ”Another survivor, Sidney Zoltak, who managed to escape the camps by hiding in villages in Poland, comments: “Those who...
    Q: I’m getting tired of seeing the same political ads. Is there a way to block political ads on Facebook? With the national elections coming up, you can bet that the number of political ads you’ll see on Facebook will increase. Fortunately, if you’re willing to spend the time, you can dramatically reduce what pops up in your feed, but remember ads are how Facebook makes money. The following tips are specifically what you will see using Facebook on a computer, not via the mobile app. Hiding ads on Facebook Facebook allows you to stop seeing any ad that appears in your feed — not just political ads — by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner...
    New York (CNN)Democratic campaigns were warned Thursday that hackers posing as Facebook could be targeting them in an effort to gain access to their Facebook account credentials, according to a copy of a security alert obtained by CNN.The Democratic National Committee's security team detailed in the alert how emails designed to look like they are coming from Facebook tell victims their Facebook page has been unpublished because it violates Facebook's terms."This means that you can still see the page, but other people won't be able to see it," the email reads. It then directs victims to a fake Facebook website where they are told they can appeal the page's deactivation. This fake website asks for some login credentials and other...
    Wednesday’s Congressional hearing with the heads of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google was historic for more than one reason.  It was the first time CEOs from all the major tech companies testified at a single hearing, and it probably wouldn’t have happened that way if it were not for the new-founded procedure of Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News) letting people testify remotely. Getting even one of those men to fly across the country for a hearing is a herculean task even for Congress. Being able to schedule them all at the same time would be close to impossible. Even a private jet is slow compared with videoconferencing. Related Articles Larry Magid: Gmail anti-phishing technology looks promising ...
    GIVING a bedroom, living room or any other space a makeover is exciting, but things like new wallpaper, tools and paint really start to add up. One thrifty DIY fan thought of a genius way to side-step paying for expensive wallpaper and giving several rooms a freshen up thanks to sticky-back plastic. 3 The woman opted for a modern imitation exposed brick effect in her living roomCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group Yes that's right, the frugal woman claims to have decorated three rooms with different kinds of sticky back plastic she bought from Lidl - and she couldn't be happier with the result. Keen to share her genius hack with others, the thrifty woman took to the Facebook...
    Facebook and Apple have both posted quarterly revenue growth of 11 percent, blowing past analyst expectations and shrugging off the pandemic to prosper. On Thursday, both tech giants reported results for recently ended quarter, with Facebook saying it made a profit of $5.2 billion on $18.7 billion in revenue, as the number of people using the platform monthly rose to 2.7 billion. It came despite a punishing ad boycott that has seen giant brands such as Unilever and Honda pull ads from Facebook for the rest of the year in a call for the social network to crack down on what activists call hate speech and political misinformation. 'This was a strong quarter for us, especially compared to what we expected...
    Most people only show the best moments of their lives online - but some people don't let the truth stand in their way when it comes to keeping up appearances.  People from around the world who've been caught lying on social media and in everyday life have had their incriminating photos rounded up for a hilarious gallery shared by Diply. One woman, believed to be from America, was spotted on Twitter trying to convince others an image from Shutterstock was illustrated by her son.  Elsewhere, a man mocked a couple who posted a picture pretending that it was taken without their knowledge as they slept. Below, FEMAIL reveals the funniest times people have been caught out exaggerating the truth... ...
    Amy Cooter July 31, 2020 7:00AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Militias and many other Second Amendment advocates have long argued that their primary desire to own firearms — often, many of them — is rooted in a need to protect themselves and their families from a tyrannical federal government, or to discourage the government from becoming tyrannical in the first place. But with the mayor of a major U.S. city warning that "tyranny and dictatorship" have already arrived on the streets – in the shape of unidentified federal troops using questionable tactics – militia groups appear reluctant to throw their lot in with protesters. In fact, many have been supporting government action to suppress peaceful demonstrators....
    House Republicans took tech CEOs to task over allegations that their companies intentionally blocked or otherwise censored conservative ideas. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, did not waste any time, rattling off a list of instances of unfair treatment during a hearing featuring testimony from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai. BIG TECH BACKLASH: APPLE, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, AMAZON CEOS GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL "Big tech is out to get conservatives," Jordan said early in the hearing. "That’s not a suspicion, that’s not a hunch. That’s a fact." Jordan then gave examples of suspected behavior, which included Google removing Breitbart articles from search results, Amazon's Twitch streaming site suspending President Trump's account, former Facebook employees admitting to censoring conservative views, Facebook...
    By Brian Fung | CNN Business The most powerful figures in tech were hit with tough questions and documents that raised concerns about their competitive tactics during a high-profile antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Of the tech titans, which included the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, some fared better than others in the first hours of the hearing. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, acknowledged, albeit earnestly and transparently, that Amazon may have improperly used third-party seller data to inform its own product decisions — a key concern over the company’s approach to competition. Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, got off pretty lightly. Despite some early questions about whether Apple favors certain developers on its App Store, there...
    By Christopher Bing and Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the clock ticks toward the U.S. presidential election in November, state election officials are devoting more time - and money - to educating voters about the dangers of disinformation while reassuring them that the system is fundamentally sound. On a recent Zoom call, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state's top election official, ran through slides showing altered Facebook photographs, misleading tweets from the last presidential election and photographs of Russian hackers. "Disinformation spreads like a virus," the presentation warned its audience of Black pastors, minority leaders, and civil rights campaigners, detailing how Moscow carried out "an all-out assault on African-American voters using social media." It was an eye-opener,...
              Silicon Valley’s pre-election censorship of conservatives is rapidly increasing, with anything that questions the imposition of a new level of COVID-19 lockdown misery and economic devastation a top target. The latest example of this pre-election censorship occurred yesterday, when Facebook, Twitter and Google removed a press conference video by frontline doctors featuring U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and organized by Tea Party Patriots. Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari reported the livestream had accumulated over 17 million views by the time of its censorship by Facebook. Over 185,000 viewers were concurrently watching the stream when it aired live Monday afternoon. The event, featuring doctors from the organization America’s Frontline Doctors, a group founded by Dr. Simone...
    Nicole Karlis July 30, 2020 12:52AM (UTC) On Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law gathered together to grill the CEOs for Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. The nearly six-hour hearing marked the beginning of a new era that will ultimately determine how much power the federal government will deem is appropriate for Big Tech to have going forward. Indeed, power and how much is too much, was the name of the game during the testimony with a spotlight on antitrust and monopolistic behaviors. The hearing marked the first time the companies' chief executives – Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Sundar Pinchai, and Jeff Bezos – testified live since the committee launched its investigation of the internet...
    Cynthia Wells had a rough time on My 600-LB Life, but pictures and social media updates shows that the once 610-pound mother has gotten back on track and lost weight. Cynthia was originally featured on Season 5 of the TLC docu-series, with fans watching as she clashed with renowned weight-loss surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan and ultimately leaving his strict program to try losing weight on her own. She had originally not lost enough weight to undergo surgery, but was eventually able to get back on track and into the program, where she underwent the procedure and lost close to 300 pounds. There is some renewed attention on Cynthia since the network revisited her original episode in July 2020, and fans...
    The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said the world "needs large" firms, while the heads of Facebook, Apple and Google argued their companies had spurred innovation. The appearance comes as lawmakers consider tougher regulation and competition probes are underway. Some critics want the firms broken up. Follow live updates of the congressional hearing Congressman David Cicilline, a Democrat leading the congressional committee holding the hearing, said a year-long investigation by lawmakers had revealed patterns of abuse by the online platforms. "The dominant platforms have wielded their power in destructive, harmful ways in order to...
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Wednesday accused Google and Facebook of being responsible for the demise of journalism in the US. Directly addressing Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, Nadler said that the two Silicon Valley titans “have gravely threatened journalism,” and described the news industry as being in “economic free fall.” Nadler (D-NY), accused the companies of favoring and promoting content from outlets with whom they have partnerships, and leaving smaller newsrooms and websites in the dust. “Reporters have been fired, local journalism has been shut down, and now we let Google make decisions about what news people see,” Nadler said. “This is a very dangerous situation.” Pichai, for his part, defended Google’s...
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Wednesday accused Google and Facebook of being responsible for the demise of journalism in the US. Directly addressing Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, Nadler said that the two Silicon Valley titans “have gravely threatened journalism,” and described the news industry as being in “economic free fall.” Nadler (D-NY), accused the companies of favoring and promoting content from outlets with whom they have partnerships, and leaving smaller newsrooms and websites in the dust. “Reporters have been fired, local journalism has been shut down, and now we let Google make decisions about what news people see,” Nadler said. “This is a very dangerous situation.” Pichai, for his part, defended Google’s search...
    A woman was fatally struck by a car after she ran out on I-55 to try to retrieve her phone after he flew out her window during a Facebook Live she was filming.  The Jackson Police Department is investigating the incident involving 26-year-old Ashlee Sims, which took place at around 9pm on Tuesday night.  Sims had been singing in the car as she filmed the Facebook Live, riding on I-55 South near Briarwood Drive, WJTV reports.  Ashlee Sims, 26, had been on Facebook Live as she was riding down I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi. She dropped her phone and was fatally struck trying to retrieve it RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Two men, both 34,...
    The life of a New York grandmother who died this month has been memorialized in a hilarious obituary that remembered the avid sports fan as a slot machine-loving, Tom Brady-hating, chain smoker. Beloved grandmother-of-seven Carole Scarsella sadly passed away at home in Lackawanna, Buffalo, on July 19. But in death, the larger-than-life character has achieved posthumous viral fame thanks to an amusing eulogy penned by her daughter, Norma Milholland. The obituary highlighted five key facts about Scarsella’s life, however apparently only one of those facts warranted being written in capital letters. ‘She was an avid sports fan,’ Milholland wrote of her mother. ‘She loved the New York Yankees and LeBron James. She HATED Tom Brady.’ Beloved grandmother-of-seven Carole Scarsella...
    AMAZON boss Jeff Bezos had his company compared to a "heroin dealer" during a historic anti-trust hearing today. On Wednesday, Amazon boss Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc – Google's parent company – Apple's Tim Cook were accused of squeezing out competitors and small businesses. 4The four witnesses are sworn in via video link Credit: AP:Associated Press 4Bezos denied bulling sellers after their relationship with Amazon was likened to a 'heroin dealer'Credit: House Judiciary 4Zuckerberg denied cloning and copying other company's featuresCredit: House Judiciary The highly successful tech moguls were all sworn in to address lawmakers at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Congressman David N. Cicilline said small businesses the committee had spoken to compared...
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) asked Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday why Donald Trump Jr. was locked out of his Twitter account for sharing a video about hydroxychloroquine. Hide In case you need a refresher: Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook. Not Twitter. Hide The odd exchange happened during a a House Subcommittee on Antitrust hearing with the heads of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple testifying. Earlier this week, Trump Jr. was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours for sharing a video where doctors touted hydroxychloroquine. Studies have shown that there isn’t a benefit to using the drug to combat coronavirus. Sensenbrenner asked Zuckerberg about Trump Jr.’s temporary lockout, arguing that the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine...
    A 40-year-old man has died after being found on fire by cops on a California highway shortly after he got into an argument with a group of people outside a 7-Eleven early Friday morning.  Jerry Mungaray of Gilroy was found burning alive by California Highway Patrol officers who were called out to a report of a fire on the side of the freeway south of Gilroy just after 2.45am, the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's deputies called to the scene said Mungaray,was transported to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Trauma Unit. He suffered severe burns to his body and was in critical condition before he died from his injuries just before midnight, the sheriff's office said. A woman identifying herself as...
    Dr Stella Immanuel believes Jesus will destroy Facebook's servers after the site deleted a video in which she claims hydroxychloroquine cures coronavirus.  The Houston pediatrician made headlines across America after President Trump retweeted the video, before it was removed from Twitter and Facebook. Now Immanuel - who also believes demon sex causes sickness and that reptilians help run the government - thinks God is poised to strike down the social media site. Dr Stella Immanuel claimed in a viral video (pictured) that hydroxychloroquine is a coronavirus cure that is being suppressed by the government - before the footage was taken down She now believes that Facebook - which was first to remove the footage - is facing divine...
    Thursday will be a day like none other for tech investors. Four of the five most valuable U.S. companies — Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook — are set to report quarterly results after the closing bell. Those companies, worth almost $5 trillion in combined market cap, have led the stock market to record levels this month even amid a coronavirus pandemic and growing economic crisis. They're trading at historically high multiples relative to expected earnings. And they're releasing financials a day after their CEOs testify to Congress about the power their companies possess and whether they should be subject to antitrust laws. The earnings reports will amount to a giant data dump on everything from the state of online advertising and...
    A DAD whose TV journalist daughter was murdered five years ago has voiced his anger at social media platforms because footage of her killing is still being posted.  Heartbroken Andy Parker, has accused Facebook and YouTube of capitalising on the murder videos for "pure shock value and entertainment". 3Alison Parker and her father Andy pose together shortly before her murder Grudge-bearing Vester Flanagan, 41, killed TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, in Virginia as they conducted a live interview local tourism chief Vicki Gardner, 61, about the anniversary of a man-made lake. Flanagan, who had been sacked from the station the journalists worked for, opened fire at close range. He filmed the shootings and posted footage...
    Ahead of the antitrust hearing that’s due to take place later today, the opening statements from the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have been published on the House Judiciary Committee’s website. Ranging in length from four to eight pages, the statements give us our best look yet at how Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg plan to defend their companies from this latest wave of antitrust scrutiny, and accusations that some of their actions harm consumers and stifle competition. There are a lot of similarities between the four statements which you can read in their entirety here: For example, they all make appeals to American patriotism (“The rest of the world would love even the...
    In May, we saw the arrival of the first viral hoax of the COVID-19 era: “Plandemic,” a meandering 26-minute video which falsely asserted that vaccines “weaken” people’s immune systems and that wearing a mask would “activate” the coronavirus. Despite the best efforts of Facebook and YouTube, a single upload of “Plandemic” got 7.1 million views before it was removed. As I wrote at the time, the problem was not that the platforms were ignoring the video — it was that, at their scale, even the few hours it took them to research the issue were enough for “Plandemic” to get all the way around the world. “It likely won’t be the last piece of harmful misinformation about COVID-19 that...
    (CNN Business)For over a year, top lawmakers in Congress have been investigating Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL). The investigation's purpose? To determine whether the companies have abused their power and dominance in the online marketplace.Now, the CEOs of those companies are set to testify before lawmakers on Wednesday in the biggest hearing of its kind since Microsoft's Bill Gates went to Washington in 1998. While most of the executives have appeared before Congress previously, they've never faced a situation quite like this one. All four will testify alongside one another — and in a pandemic-driven twist, they will all attend the hearing virtually, using Cisco's WebEx conferencing platform. The hearing begins at noon ET.Expect lawmakers to...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Four CEOs of the biggest and most influential tech companies will take the hot seat Wednesday, and come to face-to-face with congressional leaders during the House Judiciary Antitrust probe. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook of Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will answer questions about whether they’re too dominant, suppressing competition and hurting consumers. “All of them will get out their violins and play a really sad song,” said president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russell Hancock. “Life isn’t easy just because you’re big, you continue to face competitive pressures, so they will make that case and I’m sure they will make it very effectively.” The...
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore prime minister's nephew was found guilty of contempt of court and charged S$15,000 ($10,883.76) by the city-state's top court on Wednesday, local broadcaster Channel NewsAsia reported. Li Shengwu's case involved a private Facebook post in 2017 in which he said the Singapore government is "very litigious and has a pliant court system". Earlier this year, he said he had opted not to participate in the proceedings against him. His 2017 post came amid a bitter public feud among the children of the island’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, including the current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Li's father, Lee Hsien Yang. "Apparently the court has rendered judgement on my case today...I disagree with the...
    Big tech and mainstream media have joined forces to crush free speech and press freedom. Not only are they censoring alternative medical views on coronavirus, but they are also censoring news outlets that happen to cover those views. On Monday night, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (owned by Google) took down video from a Facebook live stream of a press conference on coronavirus in Washington, DC, by a group of doctors that was covered by Breitbart News that day. The press conference was held by a group called America’s Frontline Doctors, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured doctors talking about their own views about the treatment of coronavirus or COVID-19, sometimes presenting perspectives...
    President Donald Trump defended the doctor whose claims he retweeted that hydroxychloroquine is a 'cure' for coronavirus got removed by Twitter and resulted in his son's account being suspended.  Dr. Stella Immanuel has a long history of supporting conspiracy theories and Trump ended his Tuesday press conference when pressed on the matter. 'She was on air along with many other doctors,' he said. 'They were big fans of hydroxychloroquin. And I thought she was very impressive in the sense that from where she came -- I don't know which country she comes from but she says she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients and I thought her voice was an important voice but I know nothing about her.' The president was...
    Instagram is offering popular TikTok stars hundreds of thousands of dollars to ditch the platform and instead post exclusively on their new video service, Reels, it has been reported.  The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday cited to unnamed sources, including at least one who is a TikTok influencer, who said the company was approaching creators with large followings in a bid to boost their own popularity when Reels launches next month.  They offered the stars lucrative deals in exchange for them posting first to Reels and later to TikTok, it is claimed. Instagram is gearing up to release Reels, its new, short form video function, in the app in August  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and AMANDA SEITZ WASHINGTON (AP) — The feud between conservatives and social media companies over alleged censorship escalated Tuesday after President Donald Trump and his son shared a fresh dose of misinformation about a disproven drug for treating the coronavirus in videos that were quickly taken down by Twitter and Facebook. The president, in a marked shift from the more measured approach he’s taken toward the virus in recent days, also used his tweets to amplify criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Tuesday’s feud focused mostly on hydroxychloroquine, a drug long approved to treat malaria that Trump has vigorously advocated as a treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Scientific...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will tell lawmakers at Wednesday’s antitrust hearing that the company became an American success story because of stiff competition from other tech giants, according to a copy the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained of the billionaire’s opening statement. “Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable,” a transcript of Zuckerberg’s introduction reads. “As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist.” Democrats and Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee will question the 36-year-old Facebook executive alongside CEOs Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage’s free digital series SummerStage Anywhere continues this week with one-of-a-kind performances. At 5 p.m. on July 28, SummerStage’s Associate Director of Programming Paula Abreu will go live on the SummerStage Instagram channel discuss curating live music on a global scale with Fabiana Batistela, the director of SIM São Paolo and Mercedes Caxaj, the Co-Artistic Director for SUNFEST. At 6 p.m. on July 29, British singer-songwriter Fenne Lily will take the stage for a concert that can be streamed on the SummerStage Instagram, SummerStage YouTube, Facebook page and Twitch. Grammy-award winning Latin Hip Hop artist Mala...
    (CNN)Has Silicon Valley gotten too big?It's a running theme these days: That big tech is has become overly powerful, that Facebook and Google regulate speech on their respective platforms, that Apple and Amazon misuse their monopoly power. But what -- exactly -- does all of this mean? Why should we care even if big tech has gotten too big? Dipayan GhoshThese are the questions that the House Judiciary Committee will have to get to the bottom of when it hosts its Wednesday hearing featuring the CEOs of those four companies -- arguably, the four most powerful business executives in the United States, let alone the tech industry.It is a unique opportunity: Never before have we had such a vaunted occasion...
    Twitter has restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s account after he shared a viral video of Monday’s Capitol Hill press conference with America’s Frontline Doctors, asserting that he violated the policy “on spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” Republican strategist and Trump Jr. spokesman Andrew Surabian shared a screenshot showing the update Trump Jr. received on his Twitter account: BREAKING: @Twitter & @jack have suspended @DonaldJTrumpJr for posting a viral video of medical doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine. Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & theyre continuing to engage in open election interference – full stop. pic.twitter.com/7dJbauq43O — Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 28, 2020 When the features "temporarily limited" are the abilities to tweet and...
    Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Trump Jr.'s account after the president's son tweeted a video of a group of doctors making some questionable claims about COVID-19, CNN Business reported. The video featured doctors from a group called America's Frontline Doctors. The group's website advertises a White Coat Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 27 and 28, and the video in question was from a press conference associated with the summit. Perhaps the most inflammatory claims from the press conference came from Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Houston pediatrician and religious minister who said hydroxychloroquine is both the cure and prevention for COVID-19 and called studies that say it doesn't work "fake science." The Daily Beast reported that Immanuel has a history...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. David Perdue's campaign took down a Facebook ad that appeared to make Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's nose bigger, following accusations of anti-Semitism. The Facebook ad, showing Ossoff next to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, said, "Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!" The Ossoff campaign noted that both he and Schumer are Jewish."Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue's digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I'm Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history," said Ossoff. The Perdue campaign deleted the ad following a report by the Jewish publication The Forward. A Perdue campaign spokeswoman said the size of Ossoff's nose in the ad was an "unintentional error" caused by...
    Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter removed a viral video of doctors discussing the coronavirus and a potential cure on the grounds that they violated the social media platforms' misinformation policies. The video was shared by President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. on social media after it was originally posted by Breitbart News. The video shows people in lab coats identifying themselves as “America’s Frontline Doctors” while holding a press conference outside of the Supreme Court. “This virus has a cure. It’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax,” Dr. Stella Immanuel, a West African born and trained physician, said in the video. “You don’t need masks. There is a cure.” Immanuel said she has had a 100% success rate...
    Alabama lawmaker Will Dismukes came under fire yet again on Monday for his embrace of the confederacy and prominent confederate generals who were also members of the Ku Klux Klan. State Senator Clyde Chambliss called for Dismukes to step down from the legislature after the representative attended an event over the weekend that celebrated Nathan Bedford Forrest. According to Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser, Chambliss posted a missive on Facebook where he said that Dismukes didn’t “share his values” or the values of their shared district. “The post is bad enough, the timing is even worse, but the real problem is that an elected official in 2020 would attend a celebration of the life of someone that led a...
    Facebook/Kristin Fuda Gia Fuda pictured on Kristin Fuda's Facebook page in June 2020. Giovanna “Gia” Fuda is the Washington teenager who is missing in Skykomish. Fuda, 18, was last seen on July 24. Authorities believe that her disappearance is “suspicious.” Skykomish is located just under 70 miles west of Seattle. The King County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet on July 26 that Fuda’s car was last seen west of Stevens Pass on U.S. Highway 2. Anybody with any information on Fuda’s whereabouts is asked to call the King County office on 206-296-3311. The sheriff’s office updated their tweet on July 27 to say that investigators were now treating Fuda’s disappearance as “suspicious.” The message said that...
    By Andy Parker for CNN Business Perspectives Editor’s note: Andy Parker is an activist and author of “For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father’s Fight for Gun Safety.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. My daughter Alison was murdered on live television on August 26, 2015. To this day, the video of her murder is still being hosted on YouTube and Facebook. Both platforms took down the original videos, but the videos were reposted by conspiracy theorists and other bad actors. Along with my advocacy for gun violence prevention, I’ve spent the last five years trying to get Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, to take down the reposted videos. Facebook says it...
    There’s a lot going on this summer. The presidential race is building steam, civil rights protestors are still in the streets, the pandemic is taking a nasty turn, Hamilton is on Disney+. Amid all those news events—and partly because of them—businesses, activists, and lawmakers are zeroing in on an issue that seems less dramatic but is still pretty important: digital advertising, the underlying financial model of the open internet. The highest-profile example is the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which has convinced some major advertisers, including the likes of Verizon and Unilever, to pause their spending on Facebook until the company takes dramatic steps to deal with the spread of hate speech on its platform. But how exactly does this...
    By Jon Passantino and Oliver Darcy | CNN Business A video featuring a group of doctors making false and dubious claims related to the coronavirus was removed by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube after going viral online Monday. The video, published by the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News, featured a group of people wearing white lab coats calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” staging a press conference in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. President Trump shared multiple versions of the video with his 84 million Twitter followers Monday night despite the dubious claims running counter to his administration’s own public health experts. Spokespersons for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. During the press...
    MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Police investigators in South Florida said they are searching for the mother of a toddler found wandering alone Sunday morning in an apartment complex parking lot. Late Monday, the Miramar Police Department tweeted that investigators are searching for Leila Cavett, 21, who may be the child’s mother, adding that they are “concerned for her safety and well-being.” Cavett, according to her Facebook page, lives in Atlanta. Police said she was last seen driving a mid-to-late 90s white Chevy 3500, with a red tailgate and a “Baby on Board” sign on the passenger window. Cavett’s sister, Gina Lewis, said in a Facebook post Monday that she’s seeking donations to travel from Jasper, Alabama, to Miramar to see...
              A group of patrons, apparently teenagers, went on a rampage Saturday at Memphis’ Golf and Games Family Park and damaged nearly $500 worth of property, according to an employee. This, General Manager Aaron Bos said, after several parents dropped their kids off at the park and left them unsupervised. Authorities did not arrest any of the unruly patrons, and no one was injured. But someone recorded the incident on video, and law enforcement officers are currently trying to identify the aggressors based off of that, Boss added. Memphis teens trash putt putt golf biz So this happened over the weekend at putt putt golf businessFull story here: https://wreg.com/news/chaos-erupts-when-300-400-teenagers-left-unattended-at-memphis-putt-putt-fun-center/ Posted by Melissa Moon...
    Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic. Matt Perdie The video accumulated over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, with over 185,000 concurrent viewers. The livestream had accumulated over 17 million views by the time of its censorship by Facebook.  In terms of viral velocity, the post was beating content from many...
    Maine woman killed in possible shark attack Pandemic relief resources everyone should know about Trumps Department of Commerce Petitions FCC to Narrow Protections for Twitter, Facebook © TheWrap Donald Trump The Department of Commerce (DOC) has formally petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review and narrow the interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — which currently protects platforms like Facebook and Twitter from being sued for content their users post — and impose new regulations on social media platforms. The petition, sent to the FCC on Monday, was requested as part of President Donald Trump's executive order in May that called for new regulations against social media companies that moderate or censor the content users...
    BRITAIN’S Chief Rabbi has accused Twitter and Facebook of being “complicit” in anti-Semitic hatred. Ephraim Mirvis joined leading celebs, politicians and faith leaders in a 48-hour boycott of the social media giants. 2Britain's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim MirvisCredit: PA:Press Association 2Grime rapper Wiley is accused of anti-SemitismCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images It was in protest at their slow response over grime rapper Wiley’s slurs against Jews. In Monday’s blistering letter, the Chief Rabbi wrote: “This cannot be allowed to stand. Your inaction amounts to complicity.” Boris Johnson also lashed out at them for taking too long to remove the “abhorrent” messages. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said on Monday: “Social media companies need to go much further and faster in removing hateful content...
    Recently, Project Veritas unveiled a video aimed at exposing left-wing bias in Facebook: "Facebook Content Moderator: If Someones Wearing MAGA Hat, Im Going to Delete Them for Terrorism." Now, another whistleblower has come forward, this time from the office of Cognizant (which performs content moderation for Facebook) in Arizona.  Ryan Hartwig, the latest whistleblower, has corroborated the findings documented by earlier whistleblower Zach McElroy.  Hartwig was an employee at Cognizant and agreed to talk to Newsmax about his experiences. His decision to go public began with a requirement from his employer  to "link our personal Facebook accounts" – this seemed odd to him. Another push to blow the whistle on Cognizant was "the banning of the word nationalist," which Hartwig saw when the company censored a group of...
    Getty/Alex Wong /Johannes SImon Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Monday sent a criminal referral to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, asking that the justice department investigate Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly lying to Congress. Gaetz based his request for an investigation on information he said he learned from a reports by the right-wing group Project Veritas. According to Gaetz, the James O’Keefe-founded group learned that Facebook censors conservative-leaning content on its platform, despite Zuckerberg’s April 2018 testimony to the contrary. During two days of testimony before Senate and House committees, Zuckerberg largely answered questions about the social media giant’s handling of users’ private data, hate...
    BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) — Police K-9 Ciro passed away today, according to the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office. Ciro served eight years with the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office and won multiple awards, according to the sheriff’s office. “He was surrounded by his family and close law enforcement friends as we had a private gathering and sent him with an officer’s escort, led by Trooper Mike Brown and Officer Jim Brown, jr. of Aliquippa,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. Our hearts are heavy today as K-9 Ciro went to see the Lord at approximately 1200 hours. He served 8 years with the… Posted by Beaver County Sheriff’s Office PA on Monday, July 27, 2020 The Beaver County...
    A Facebook group for mothers in the tech industry is disintegrating after members say they were blocked or silenced for posting about anti-racism and white fragility. The group, Moms in Tech, was started in 2017 by Linda Xiong, a product manager at Facebook. Today, it has over 15,000 members. While many of the discussions have focused on the experience of being a mother in the male-dominated tech industry, members also use it as a forum for networking and support. During the pandemic, as working moms navigate school closures and a looming economic crisis, the group’s importance has only grown to its members. “This isn’t just a casual Facebook group,” says Amy Chantasirivisal, director of engineering at Wildbit. “We’ve collectively...
    Dear Moneyist, I’m a gay man from a family of 10 siblings, and the only gay member of my extended family of cousins, to my knowledge. I have been dismayed for several years now that some members of my immediate family support Chick-fil-A, the fast-food corporation controversial for its positions placing religious freedom over LGBTQ rights. At best, the company’s stance is irrelevant to these particular siblings. At worst, these positions are a key reason for their support. Some of them have even gone so far as to post Chick-fil-A on their Facebook page for several years now, even though I have brought to their attention how much that hurts me. In contrast to the aforementioned siblings, a couple of...