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Wikipedia Co-Founder Slams Zuckerberg, Big Tech For “Appalling” Internet

“They can control what you see”.

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Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has slammed Facebook and Twitter for abusing their power to create an “appalling” Internet while advocating “decentralized” social networks as the solution.

“They can shape your experience, they can control what you see, when you see it and you become essentially a cog in their machine,” Sanger told CNBC.

Sanger said that it was “appalling frankly” how the Internet had developed since 2001, with companies exploiting users’ data to make vast profits at the cost of “massive violations” of privacy.

He directly called out Mark Zuckerberg as being “too controlling” and having no idea about “bottom up” networks.

“The internet wouldn’t have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today,” said Sanger.

Sanger’s solution, outlined in his Declaration of Digital Independence, is that these “vast digital empires” need to be replaced by networks of decentralized individuals.

This would return the Internet to becoming “freer,” the very foundation on which it was created in the first place, according to the Wikipedia co-founder.

“These networks would, for example, allow individuals to publish information online without going through a central organization, like a corporation. In the same way that bitcoin is a “decentralized” asset not subject to authorities like central banks, decentralized social networks would mean no single platform could control users’ data online,” reports CNBC.

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“You Censorious Thug!”: Pakistani Foreign Minister Confronted Over Twitter Censorship

Pakistan government rep scolded over deletion of tweets in Canada and America.

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was confronted by Ezra Levant over his government’s astonishing ability to censor the tweets of Twitter users who are based in America and Canada.

The exchange took place at a “Defend Media Freedom” conference in London (which some news outlets like RT and Sputnik were barred from attending).

Tweets are routinely deleted by the Silicon Valley giant on the orders of the Pakistani government, particularly in the context of criticism of Islam.

This is what happened to Rebel Media owner Ezra Levant despite Levant being a citizen of Canada and Twitter being an American company.

“You should be embarrassed to invite a censor like this,” Levant told the panel, adding, “Who the hell are you to censor me in Canada?”

Qureshi then proceeded to blather on claiming he was “being respectful” to Levant while completely failing to answer the question.

“You censored me, shame on you,” Levant emphasized while Qureshi continued to act offended that he was being confronted on the issue.

“You censorious thug!” asserted Levant while pointing at Qureshi.

Qureshi’s presence at the conference was not popular, as illustrated by the rows of empty seats as a result of people boycotting his appearance.

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UPDATE: Facebook Deletes Policy Allowing Violent Threats Against “Dangerous Individuals”

Social media giant backs down after backlash.

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Facebook has deleted a policy update that informed users it was acceptable to post violent threats against people deemed “dangerous individuals” by the company.

As we highlighted yesterday, a Community Standards update published by Facebook on July 9 stated (emphasis mine); “Do not post: Threats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence) of any target(s) where threat is defined as any of the following:

Statements of intent to commit high-severity violence; or

Calls for high-severity violence (unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy)….”

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“Dangerous individuals” includes me, because this was the designation under which I was banned by Facebook back in May.

Facebook literally put in place a policy that allowed death threats to be sent to people Facebook doesn’t like, which is completely illegal in virtually all developed countries.

Following a backlash, Facebook has completely deleted the section that allowed violence to be incited against “dangerous individuals”.

They now claim their language was “imprecise,” which is the Orwellian understatement of the century.

There is no indication on Facebook’s Community Standards page that this change was made. The original text has simply been deleted.

Perhaps Facebook is hoping that no one noticed. Unfortunately for them, the Internet is forever.

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Facebook Put a Fatwa on PJW

They’ve gone f*king nuts.

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Facebook is literally inciting its 2 billion users to break the law and incite violence against people Facebook doesn’t like.

The same company that lectures us all day about the need to stop hate is directly encouraging violent hate.

Please share this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8YnsBJeywE

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