2018-08-14: News Headlines

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-08-14). Facebook Executive Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying 'Like in a Hospice' in Private Meeting. alternet.org Facebook is "vehemently" denying the veracity of the reported comments. | During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media o. . .

Staff (2018-08-14). Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting. truthdig.com During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…

Jessica Corbett (2018-08-14). Facebook Suspends teleSUR English Without Explanation, Again. mintpressnews.com "It seems like the censorship power many people on the left want Silicon Valley executives to unilaterally exercise might end up being wielded against the left. One good way to know that would happen is that is already is happening."

Jake Johnson (2018-08-14). In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die. mintpressnews.com During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…

George Eliason (2018-08-14). Beyond The DNC — Leaks, Hacks, and Treason. mintpressnews.com People have been divided about the DNC hack-leak ever since the story began with the Chalupa-Isikoff article. These divisions run so deep they mark where people stand politically. Mutually exclusive positions range from whether or not Russians hacked the DNC or if the information was downloaded and then leaked, presumably by Seth Rich. All three are different positions. | This article culminates what I've learned about the hack-leak and the Information Operation surrounding this. It presents a much different perspective. | There were multiple DNC hacks. There is also clear proof supporting the download to a USB stick and subsequent information exchange (leak) to Wikileaks. All are separate events. | Here's what's different in the information I've compiled. | The group I previously identified as Fancy Bear was given access to request password privileges at the DNC. And it looks like the DNC…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-14). 'Doesn't He Know He's President?': Fox Hosts Stunned by Trump Calling Omarosa a 'Dog'. alternet.org Juan Williams was horrified by the president's online remarks. | Fox News host Juan Williams joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business after a Tuesday morning tweet attack from President Donald Trump calling Omarosa a "dog. "Williams was stunned and didn't hold back in blasting the president when asked his opinion by Cavuto. "You just wonder — dog? " Williams said. "What is he thinking? Doesn't he know he's president? ""That's Donald Trump. . .

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-14). Is There a Cult of Trump? truthout.org During a recent rally in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump chose to attack the media, calling us "horrible, horrendous people" and "disgusting." | Trump went on to tweet that the media "is the enemy of the American People," a deeply troubling use of a phrase used by authoritarians throughout history, like Nero, Stalin and Mao. Stalin, for example, took politicians and artists whom he deemed as unsupportive and had them sent to hard labor camps, or killed. Despite the fact that the corporate media is certainly culpable for cheerleading war and the military in general, among countless other grievances, when the press is assailed en masse like this by a powerful leader, it creates a very dangerous situation for all journalists. | When questioned directly about this tweet, Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders would not dispute his claim. These moves were…

RT (2018-08-14). Trump calls fired Omarosa a 'dog' in new furious tweet. rt.com US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter, calling the ex-White House staffer a "dog" and thanking his Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing her. |

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-13). Hatewatch Headlines 8/13/2018. splcenter.org ADF goes on hate radio to attack hate-group status; White nationalists' message permeates mainstream right; Twitter gives Proud Boys the boot; and more.

Fran Shor (2018-08-13). The Distemper of White Spite. counterpunch.org While the snarling rabid minions of the mobilized alt-right seek to cloak themselves in the mantle of "free speech," their provocative marches are, instead, the most extreme recrudescence of a white nationalist distemper. Emboldened by the white supremacist Trump Administration and the constant racist tweeting of its ersatz Fàºhrer, other "aggrieved" whites look to the More

RT (2018-08-13). Trump feuds with former 'apprentice' Omarosa in White House drama fit for reality TV. rt.com Donald Trump has taken time out of his busy presidential schedule to tweet insults at ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, amid a rapidly-escalating feud between the two estranged reality television prima donnas.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-12). Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Russiagate has deepened the partnership between Washington and Silicon Valley, and leftist websites are among the first casualties. After falsely accusing an anti-white supremacist rally event page of being a fake, Facebook shut down the page of VenezuelaAnalysis.com for several hours without explanation. We speak to VA founder and TRNN host Greg Wilpert, as well…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-12). Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights "the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley."

RT (2018-08-12). Democrats hire 'battle station organizers' to shape midterm elections public debate. rt.com The Democratic Party in the US is making an effort to use social media in its favor ahead of midterms, using those tactics it claimed 'Russian trolls' used during the 2016 elections, leading the party to lose.

RT (2018-08-12). Police brutally smash window and drag man from car for seat belt violation (VIDEO). rt.com A viral video showing New Mexico State Police smashing a car window and pulling a man from the vehicle sparked outrage online. Officers have responded by releasing their own video of the incident.

RT (2018-08-12). Omarosa's tape from inside the Situation Room fuels massive freakout over security. rt.com Former White House aide Omarosa Onee Manigault-Newman has unleashed a collective freak-out on Twitter after she revealed she recorded a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly from inside the White House Situation Room.

RT (2018-08-11). Trump blames 'clowns and losers' Comey & co for loss of FBI's 'stellar reputation'. rt.com US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as "clowns and losers" in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once "stellar reputation" of the FBI.

RT (2018-08-11). Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious 'abusive speech' complaints. rt.com Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China.

RT (2018-08-11). On anniversary of Charlottesville clashes, Trump condemns racism, says he 'fights for' minorities. rt.com The US President has spoken out against racism and violence ahead of a fresh Unite the Right rally on Sunday, and has trumpeted his own achievements that he says have benefitted African-Americans and Hispanics.

RT (2018-08-11). 'Nuclear attack': Investors sue Musk over 'misleading' tweet on making Tesla private. rt.com Two investors accuse Elon Musk of manipulating Tesla's share prices by teasing on Twitter that he might pull the company from public markets, and hurting short-sellers. He then took to Twitter to mock them.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-10). In A Corporatist System Of Government, Corporate Censorship Is State Censorship. consortiumnews.com In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship, argues Caitlin Johnstone in this commentary. By Caitlin Johnstone Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed… Read more →

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-10). Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018. splcenter.org Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and more.

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-10). I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe" counterpunch.org In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones's number was due to come up. The big players in Internet media have spent the last few years attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefore unappeasable) by banning and blocking a continuous parade of More

RT (2018-08-10). Social media posts could ruin your college dreams, lawyer warns. rt.com Merely following Alex Jones on Twitter almost cost one teen a college admission. Another lost his scholarship over a Facebook message about the 2016 election. Anything you post can and will be used against you, a lawyer tells RT.

Venezuelanalysis (2018-08-09). Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.

RT (2018-08-09). Banning users & throttling posts: Facebook leans on NATO think tank to 'sort out the Russian bots'. rt.com Under tremendous pressure from politicians and mainstream media, Facebook and other social networks have turned to purging content, viewpoints and even users that the powers-that-be have declared objectionable. |

RT (2018-08-09). 'Dystopian screenplay'? Twitter considers 'off-platform behavior' when banning hate speech. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company reviews real world activity when dealing with accounts of racists and hate-mongers. Some users were chilled by the prospect of being monitored offline, while others plain confused.

RT (2018-08-09). Infowars' Alex Jones claims 5.6 million extra subscribers since being censored, so did he win? rt.com In the battle to have Alex Jones and Infowars purged from social media, it's not obvious who won. Jones' critics are celebrating because he's been deplatformed, while he claims to have 5.6 million extra subscribers as a result. |

RT (2018-08-09). NASA astronaut asked ground control what the 'alien-like' object was that he saw in space. rt.com NASA astronaut Leland Melvin has shared a disturbing experience with UFO watchers on Twitter. His story begins with him saying that he saw something "organic, alien-like" floating out of the payload.

David Neiwert (2018-08-08). Top platforms' ouster of Infowars proof of evil conspiracy, as always, in Alex Jonesville. splcenter.org After being banned on YouTube, Facebook, Apple's iTunes, Pinterest and Spotify, conspiracy-meister Jones comes up with a raft of new theories explaining it all as proof of a free-speech crackdown.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-08). Hatewatch Headlines 8/9/2018. splcenter.org Documentary exposes far-right ties to military; Majority think racial relations are worse; Hannity thanks Twitter CEO for not booting Infowars; and more.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-08). VIPS Asks Twitter to Restore Van Buren's Account. consortiumnews.com The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in a memo to the Twitter board of directors questions its decision to suspend the account of one of its members without due process. August 8, 2018 TO: Twitter Board of Directors FROM: Veteran… Read more →

Ryan Gallagher (2018-08-08). Inside Google's Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China. theintercept.com Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China, according to confidential documents seen by The Intercept. | Engineers working on the censorship sampled search queries from 265.com, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google. | Unlike Google.com and other Google services, such as YouTube, 265.com is not blocked in China by the country's so-called Great Firewall, which restricts access to websites deemed undesirable by the ruling Communist Party regime. | 265.com was founded in 2003 by Cai Wensheng, a Chinese entrepreneur known as the "the godfather of Chinese webmasters." In 2008, Google acquired the website, which it now operates as a subsidiary. Records show that 265.com is hosted on Google servers, but its physical address is listed under the name of the "Beijing…

Adam Sommerstein (2018-08-08). Florida County Commissioner promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. splcenter.org Okaloosa County, Florida, Commissioner Graham Fountain has made numerous social media posts promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, including the belief that American Muslims currently running for elected office in the United States intend to replace our current system of laws with "sharia law."

RT (2018-08-08). Who's the threat to US democracy? Sen. Murphy, Trump Jr. spar after Alex Jones ban. rt.com Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US.

RT (2018-08-08). Twitter says it will not ban Alex Jones and Infowars accounts. rt.com The Twitter accounts of Alex Jones and his show Infowars have not been suspended because the conspiracy theorist hasn't violated the rules of the social network service, company CEO has explained.

RT (2018-08-08). 'Antifa' unmasked: Berkeley police criticized for tweeting mugshots of activists. rt.com Police in Berkeley, California have been criticized for tweeting out mugshots of left-wing antifa activists arrested on Sunday at a protest against a right-wing rally.

RT (2018-08-08). Facebook's 'sensitive political decisions' to be taken by think tanks. rt.com Facebook reportedly plans to hand over political decision-making related to 'propaganda campaigns' to think tanks. The IT giant already uses 'geopolitical expertise' from the group funded by State Department and the US Army.

RT (2018-08-08). 'Twitter is not our friend' — Libertarian presidential hopeful on propaganda & censorship. rt.com While social media companies technically have the right to censor viewpoints, by doing so they are turning into a propaganda wing of the Democratic Party and should be dumped for alternatives, libertarian Arvin Vohra told RT.

RT (2018-08-07). 'Slippery slope': Alex Jones ban won't pay off for companies in the long run — Gina Loudon. rt.com The simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to ban controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has sparked a furious debate about free speech and overreach by social media giants.

RT (2018-08-07). Repost of fake Churchill quote on 'future fascist' left gets Texas governor skewered on Twitter. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott felt the full wrath of the internet after naively tweeting a 9gag-watermarked meme that called the Antifa "the fascists of the future" and attributed the words to Winston Churchill.

RT (2018-08-07). Who'll host Alex Jones? Porn sites enter the infowars. rt.com Following the simultaneous decisions of Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms for 'hate speech,' even porn sites are declaring him unwelcome. |

RT (2018-08-07). 'Truth is treason in empire of lies': Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship. rt.com After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.

Ben Norton (2018-07-09). Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook. grayzoneproject.com Yuri Biryukov, who advises Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and defense minister, wrote a Facebook post using the neo-Nazi symbol "1488," which…

2018-08-14: Social Media Postees

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'Doesn't He Know He's President?': Fox Hosts Stunned by Trump Calling Omarosa a 'Dog'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-14
Juan Williams was horrified by the president's online remarks. | Fox News host Juan Williams joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business after a Tuesday morning tweet attack from President Donald Trump calling Omarosa a "dog. "Williams was stunned and didn't hold back in blasting the president when asked his opinion by Cavuto. "You just wonder — dog? " Williams said. "What is he thinking? Doesn't he know he's president? ""That's Donald Trump. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/doesnt-he-know-hes-president-fox-hosts-stunned-trump-calling-omarosa-dog

Is There a Cult of Trump?
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-14
During a recent rally in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump chose to attack the media, calling us "horrible, horrendous people" and "disgusting." | Trump went on to tweet that the media "is the enemy of the American People," a deeply troubling use of a phrase used by authoritarians throughout history, like Nero, Stalin and Mao. Stalin, for example, took politicians and artists whom he deemed as unsupportive and had them sent to hard labor camps, or killed. Despite the fact that the corporate media is certainly culpable for cheerleading war and the military in general, among countless other grievances, when the press is assailed en masse like this by a powerful leader, it creates a very dangerous situation for all journalists. | When questioned directly about this tweet, Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders would not dispute his claim. These moves were…
truthout.org/articles/is-there-a-cult-of-trump/

Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-14
During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…
truthdig.com/articles/facebook-exec-threatens-news-outlets-in-private-meeting/

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-14
During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…
mintpressnews.com/facebook-warns-news-outlets-die/247630/

Facebook Suspends teleSUR English Without Explanation, Again
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-14
"It seems like the censorship power many people on the left want Silicon Valley executives to unilaterally exercise might end up being wielded against the left. One good way to know that would happen is that is already is happening." | The post Facebook Suspends teleSUR English Without Explanation, Again appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/facebook-suspends-telesur-english/247662/

Facebook Executive Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying 'Like in a Hospice' in Private Meeting
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-08-14
Facebook is "vehemently" denying the veracity of the reported comments. | During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media o. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/facebook-executive-warns-news-outlets-cooperate-or-end-dying-hospice-private

Trump calls fired Omarosa a 'dog' in new furious tweet
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-14
US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter, calling the ex-White House staffer a "dog" and thanking his Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing her.
rt.com/usa/435916-trump-omarosa-crazed-dog/

Hatewatch Headlines 8/13/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-13
ADF goes on hate radio to attack hate-group status; White nationalists' message permeates mainstream right; Twitter gives Proud Boys the boot; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/13/hatewatch-headlines-8132018

The Distemper of White Spite
Fran Shor | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-13
While the snarling rabid minions of the mobilized alt-right seek to cloak themselves in the mantle of "free speech," their provocative marches are, instead, the most extreme recrudescence of a white nationalist distemper. Emboldened by the white supremacist Trump Administration and the constant racist tweeting of its ersatz Fàºhrer, other "aggrieved" whites look to the…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/13/the-distemper-of-white-spite/

Trump feuds with former 'apprentice' Omarosa in White House drama fit for reality TV
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-13
Donald Trump has taken time out of his busy presidential schedule to tweet insults at ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, amid a rapidly-escalating feud between the two estranged reality television prima donnas.
rt.com/usa/435866-omarosa-trump-twitter-feud/

Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites (Pt 2/2)
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-12
Russiagate has deepened the partnership between Washington and Silicon Valley, and leftist websites are among the first casualties. After falsely accusing an anti-white supremacist rally event page of being a fake, Facebook shut down the page of VenezuelaAnalysis.com for several hours without explanation. We speak to VA founder and TRNN host Greg Wilpert, as well… | The post
therealnews.com/stories/russiagate-frenzy-targets-leftist-sites-pt-2-2

Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2)
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-12
From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights "the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley." | The post Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank A…
therealnews.com/stories/facebook-taps-militarist-think-tank-atlantic-council-to-police-its-content-pt-1-2

Democrats hire 'battle station organizers' to shape midterm elections public debate
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
The Democratic Party in the US is making an effort to use social media in its favor ahead of midterms, using those tactics it claimed 'Russian trolls' used during the 2016 elections, leading the party to lose.
rt.com/usa/435796-dccc-bots-software-propaganda/

Police brutally smash window and drag man from car for seat belt violation (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
A viral video showing New Mexico State Police smashing a car window and pulling a man from the vehicle sparked outrage online. Officers have responded by releasing their own video of the incident.
rt.com/usa/435767-new-mexico-cop-smash-window/

Omarosa's tape from inside the Situation Room fuels massive freakout over security
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
Former White House aide Omarosa Onee Manigault-Newman has unleashed a collective freak-out on Twitter after she revealed she recorded a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly from inside the White House Situation Room.
rt.com/usa/435788-situation-room-recording-omarosa/

On anniversary of Charlottesville clashes, Trump condemns racism, says he 'fights for' minorities
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
The US President has spoken out against racism and violence ahead of a fresh Unite the Right rally on Sunday, and has trumpeted his own achievements that he says have benefitted African-Americans and Hispanics.
rt.com/usa/435736-trump-charlottesville-racism-tweet/

Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious 'abusive speech' complaints
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China.
rt.com/usa/435729-twitter-conservatives-false-complaints/

'Nuclear attack': Investors sue Musk over 'misleading' tweet on making Tesla private
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
Two investors accuse Elon Musk of manipulating Tesla's share prices by teasing on Twitter that he might pull the company from public markets, and hurting short-sellers. He then took to Twitter to mock them.
rt.com/usa/435726-investors-sue-musk-tesla/

Trump blames 'clowns and losers' Comey & co for loss of FBI's 'stellar reputation'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as "clowns and losers" in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once "stellar reputation" of the FBI.
rt.com/news/435731-trump-fbi-clowns-losers/

In A Corporatist System Of Government, Corporate Censorship Is State Censorship
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-10
In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship, argues Caitlin Johnstone in this commentary. By Caitlin Johnstone Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/10/in-a-corporatist-system-of-government-corporate-censorship-is-state-censorship/

Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-10
Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/10/hatewatch-headlines-8102018

I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones's number was due to come up. The big players in Internet media have spent the last few years attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefore unappeasable) by banning and blocking a continuous parade of…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/10/i-didnt-join-facebook-to-feel-safe-2/

Social media posts could ruin your college dreams, lawyer warns
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-10
Merely following Alex Jones on Twitter almost cost one teen a college admission. Another lost his scholarship over a Facebook message about the 2016 election. Anything you post can and will be used against you, a lawyer tells RT.
rt.com/usa/435685-social-media-dangers-college/

Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-09
VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13990

'Dystopian screenplay'? Twitter considers 'off-platform behavior' when banning hate speech
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-09
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company reviews real world activity when dealing with accounts of racists and hate-mongers. Some users were chilled by the prospect of being monitored offline, while others plain confused.
rt.com/usa/435534-dystopian-screenplay-twitter-watching/

Banning users & throttling posts: Facebook leans on NATO think tank to 'sort out the Russian bots'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-09
Under tremendous pressure from politicians and mainstream media, Facebook and other social networks have turned to purging content, viewpoints and even users that the powers-that-be have declared objectionable.
rt.com/usa/435575-facebook-infowars-censorship/

Infowars' Alex Jones claims 5.6 million extra subscribers since being censored, so did he win?
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-09
In the battle to have Alex Jones and Infowars purged from social media, it's not obvious who won. Jones' critics are celebrating because he's been deplatformed, while he claims to have 5.6 million extra subscribers as a result.
rt.com/usa/435535-infowars-alex-jones-subscribers/

NASA astronaut asked ground control what the 'alien-like' object was that he saw in space
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-09
NASA astronaut Leland Melvin has shared a disturbing experience with UFO watchers on Twitter. His story begins with him saying that he saw something "organic, alien-like" floating out of the payload.
rt.com/news/435563-alien-nasa-space-shuttle-melvin/

Hatewatch Headlines 8/9/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-08
Documentary exposes far-right ties to military; Majority think racial relations are worse; Hannity thanks Twitter CEO for not booting Infowars; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/09/hatewatch-headlines-892018

VIPS Asks Twitter to Restore Van Buren's Account
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-08
The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in a memo to the Twitter board of directors questions its decision to suspend the account of one of its members without due process. August 8, 2018 TO: Twitter Board of Directors FROM: Veteran… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/07/vips-asks-twitter-to-restore-van-burens-account/

Top platforms' ouster of Infowars proof of evil conspiracy, as always, in Alex Jonesville
David Neiwert | splcenter.org | 2018-08-08
After being banned on YouTube, Facebook, Apple's iTunes, Pinterest and Spotify, conspiracy-meister Jones comes up with a raft of new theories explaining it all as proof of a free-speech crackdown.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/08/top-platforms%25E2%2580%2599-ouster-infowars-proof-evil-conspiracy-always-alex-jonesville

Inside Google's Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-08-08
Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China, according to confidential documents seen by The Intercept. | Engineers working on the censorship sampled search queries from 265.com, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google. | Unlike Google.com and other Google services, such as YouTube, 265.com is not blocked in China by the country's so-called Great Firewall, which restricts access to websites deemed undesirable by the ruling Communist Party regime. | 265.com was founded in 2003 by Cai Wensheng, a Chinese entrepreneur known as the "the godfather of Chinese webmasters." In 2008, Google acquired the website, which it now operates as a subsidiary. Records show that 265.com is hosted on Google servers, but its physical address is listed under the name of the "Beijing…
theintercept.com/2018/08/08/google-censorship-china-blacklist/

Florida County Commissioner promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories
Adam Sommerstein | splcenter.org | 2018-08-08
Okaloosa County, Florida, Commissioner Graham Fountain has made numerous social media posts promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, including the belief that American Muslims currently running for elected office in the United States intend to replace our current system of laws with "sharia law."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/08/florida-county-commissioner-promotes-anti-muslim-conspiracy-theories

Facebook's 'sensitive political decisions' to be taken by think tanks
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-08
Facebook reportedly plans to hand over political decision-making related to 'propaganda campaigns' to think tanks. The IT giant already uses 'geopolitical expertise' from the group funded by State Department and the US Army.
rt.com/usa/435412-facebook-outsourcing-think-tanks/

'Twitter is not our friend' — Libertarian presidential hopeful on propaganda & censorship
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-08
While social media companies technically have the right to censor viewpoints, by doing so they are turning into a propaganda wing of the Democratic Party and should be dumped for alternatives, libertarian Arvin Vohra told RT.
rt.com/usa/435374-twitter-censorship-libertarian-vohra/

Who's the threat to US democracy? Sen. Murphy, Trump Jr. spar after Alex Jones ban
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-08
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US.
rt.com/usa/435416-murphy-trump-online-cenzorship/

Twitter says it will not ban Alex Jones and Infowars accounts
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-08
The Twitter accounts of Alex Jones and his show Infowars have not been suspended because the conspiracy theorist hasn't violated the rules of the social network service, company CEO has explained.
rt.com/usa/435386-alex-jones-twitter-ban/

'Antifa' unmasked: Berkeley police criticized for tweeting mugshots of activists
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-08
Police in Berkeley, California have been criticized for tweeting out mugshots of left-wing antifa activists arrested on Sunday at a protest against a right-wing rally.
rt.com/usa/435470-berkeley-police-antifa-mugshots/

Who'll host Alex Jones? Porn sites enter the infowars
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-07
Following the simultaneous decisions of Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms for 'hate speech,' even porn sites are declaring him unwelcome.
rt.com/usa/435355-porn-sites-alex-jones/

Repost of fake Churchill quote on 'future fascist' left gets Texas governor skewered on Twitter
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-07
Texas Governor Greg Abbott felt the full wrath of the internet after naively tweeting a 9gag-watermarked meme that called the Antifa "the fascists of the future" and attributed the words to Winston Churchill.
rt.com/usa/435363-texas-abbott-churchill-meme-antifa/

'Truth is treason in empire of lies': Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-07
After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.
rt.com/usa/435372-ron-paul-twitter-censorship/

'Slippery slope': Alex Jones ban won't pay off for companies in the long run — Gina Loudon
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-07
The simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to ban controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has sparked a furious debate about free speech and overreach by social media giants.
rt.com/usa/435342-alex-jones-ban-gina-loudon/

Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-07-09
Yuri Biryukov, who advises Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and defense minister, wrote a Facebook post using the neo-Nazi symbol "1488," which… | The post Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/07/09/yuri-biryukov-ukraine-president-adviser-heil-hitler-neo-nazi/