Facebook is setting up an advocacy group in Washington DC with the sole aim of preventing the US government from regulating the company. The lobbying group will claim that big tech is (vomit bags at the ready) “essential to the future of free speech.”
The details were revealed in a Washington Post report which details how the group, to be called ‘American Edge’ will spend millions in advertising and political greasing to prevent regulation.
“The setup essentially allows it to navigate a thicket of tax laws in such a way that it can raise money, and blitz the airwaves with ads, without the obligation of disclosing all of its donors.” the report states.
The Post also states that the lobbying effort will involve arguments that “strong restrictions imposed on tech giants could hurt US firms and ultimately serve to aid their competitors, particularly in China.”
Confirming its involvement to the Post, Facebook claimed that the lobbying group will “help build support for our industry.”
Facebook is desperate to avoid regulation because it would mean an entire overhaul of its business structure.
The company is currently facing an antitrust probe in addition to several lawsuits from companies and individuals all over the world accusing the social media network of politically motivated censorship.
Facebook has shown time after time that it is a politically partisan organisation, and as such should be subject to oversight, critics have argued.
Last week it was revealed that one of Facebook’s new “content oversight board” members who will decide what information is censored by the social media giant is Pamela Karlan, a leftist who infamously made Barron Trump the punch line of a joke.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 6, 2020
Another member of the company’s new censorship council is a pro-Muslim Brotherhood Yemeni activist who became one of the faces of the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.
Facebook forms a "supreme court" which will decide what content to allow or remove from the world's largest social media platform. One of the members of the supreme court is notorious Muslim Brotherhood activist Tawakkol Karman. pic.twitter.com/m2PHDvhi9c
— Kevork Almassian (@KevorkAlmassian) May 7, 2020
These are the people who will be deciding whether your Facebook posts violate the social media network’s increasingly draconian rules.
2. Facebook’s decision undermines its claim that posts won’t be censored for partisan political reasons.
Karlan testified that “President Trump must be held to account.”
She wrote *in 2016* that she felt “a responsibility to challenge [Trump] in the court of public opinion.”
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) May 7, 2020
Facebook has also recently been banning ‘misinformation’ about the coronavirus, as determined by someone who previously worked in the Wuhan bio-lab.
Facebook’s every move is designed to satiate a rabid obsession with controlling society. The fact that the company is arguing it is defending free speech in doing so is insidiously Orwellian.
Media Executive Warns Big Tech Is Secretively Seizing “All The Power” Over Information
Testifies that Google and Facebook are trying to have a monopoly on news with ‘black box’ algorithms.
Newspaper executive Peter Wright has slammed big tech for secretively developing and changing algorithms for news distribution without giving the industry any indication whatsoever of what they are doing.
Wright of DMG Media, which is the parent company of The Daily Mail, was testifying before the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee Tuesday.
He accused companies like Google and Facebook of ‘monopoly behaviour’ as they seek to seize ‘all the power’ in online news and advertising.
Wright claims that the Mail’s online daily traffic from Google searches has been diminished by 50 per cent in just one year after the company changed the algorithm for news content in 2019.
“Google and Facebook in our view are market dominant companies and they behave in the way that market dominant companies do,” Wright stated, noting that it is significantly impacting journalism.
“Google and Facebook both distribute our content via algorithm. Those algorithms are what is known in the digital world as a ‘black box’ – they are secret, you have no idea how they work. But we can see and measure the results,” Wright said.
Wright also implied that the Mail’s pro Brexit stance led to it being targeted by big tech for diminished online distribution.
He noted that last June “over the space of three days, our search visibility, which is the measure of how often your content is appearing against a basket of search terms, dropped by 50 per cent, and it was particularly marked against some particular terms. One of them for instance was ‘Brexit’.”
Wright noted that after his group protested, normality eventually returned.
“But this is monopoly behaviour. You can’t do this if you’re in a business relationship with someone where there’s any semblance of equality of power,” he urged.
Wright noted that Google and Facebook are not regulated and so they are getting away with a secretive takeover of content.
“As far as the commercial relationship between news publishers and the platforms is concerned, it’s a business relationship between two partners in which one partner has all the power,” Wright declared.
He described Google as “completely dominant” in search and digital marketing, the two main avenues for distributing news content, and Facebook (which also owns instagram) as “dominant in social media”, pointing out that they make “more money out of advertising than our newspapers do.”
Despite the vast power that these companies have in such areas, Wright noted that their terms of service are completely “opaque”.
“Even the contracts that we sign to use their services are often presented to us on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. So what we’re asking for here is for regulation, and the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) are about to report on a massive piece of work they’ve been doing, to address the complete imbalance in the business relationship,” Wright asserted.
Facebook Bans Trump Ad For Using ANTIFA Symbol
Facebook, the arbiters of everything in the new world order, has banned a political ad by the Trump campaign because it used a symbol connected with ‘organised hate’. Yet, it turns out that symbol is one used all the time by ANTIFA.
Facebook has taken down multiple Trump reelection campaign ads citing policy violation against organized hate.
Spox tells @NBCNews "our policy prohibits using a banned hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol”
— Sally Shin (@sallyshin) June 18, 2020
The ad used a red triangle pointing downward, which was picked up on by The Washington Post, which linked it to Nazi-ism:
A red inverted triangle was first used in the 1930s to identify Communists, and was applied as well to Social Democrats, liberals, Freemasons and other members of opposition parties. The badge forced on Jewish political prisoners, by contrast, featured a yellow triangle overlaid by a red triangle.
In response to queries from The Washington Post, Facebook on Thursday afternoon deactivated ads that included the inverted red triangle.
Jewish Action charged that “Trump & the RNC are using it to smear millions of protestors.”
The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection using a Nazi concentration camp symbol.
Nazis used the red triangle to mark political prisoners and people who rescued Jews.
Trump & the RNC are using it to smear millions of protestors.
Their masks are off. pic.twitter.com/UzmzDaRBup
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) June 18, 2020
The Trump campaign responded, noting that the symbol is an emoji, and is routinely used by ANTIFA, hence the campaign’s use of it in reference to “dangerous mobs of far left groups”
This is an emoji. 🔻
It's also a symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa.
It is not in the ADL's Hate Symbols Database. pic.twitter.com/RSzvNT0SrC
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) June 18, 2020
A cursory search confirms that ANTIFA groups use this symbol all the time, as this NBC reporter found out:
It seems like it is a Spain-specific symbol. I've seen versions on several Spanish accounts now. Thanks!
— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) June 18, 2020
So, ironically, Trump’s ad was banned by Facebook because Antifa’s imagery is hateful.
Facebook is coming under increasing scrutiny, with calls for it to be held accountable as a publisher. The company has all manner of secretive ‘woke’ policies that are leading to increased censorship and directly impacting Americans’ right to freedom of speech.
Facebook’s secret ‘diversity board’ is the latest example:
71 Percent Of Americans Reject Privacy Killing Contact Tracing Apps
Europeans also say no to government monitoring.
Almost three quarters of Americans say they will not submit their privacy to contact tracing apps, with Europeans also rejecting the notion outright because they do not trust government to keep their information safe and refrain from misusing it.
A study from Avira reveals that the vast majority of Americans are against contact tracing apps, with 71 percent saying they will not download them, and 75% believing their digital privacy is at risk from the technology.
The poll found that only 14 percent believe the government would protect their data effectively.
When asked if they would trust big tech more than the government, 32 percent said they would feel safe giving Apple or Google their data.
The study also noted that those working in Government and Healthcare are the least-likely to download the technology, with 84% of people from these sectors saying they will not use the apps.
Travis Witteveen, CEO of Avira commented “We believe these survey results send a clear signal to both app creators and the government. COVID contact tracing apps could fail before they launch if developers don’t communicate to the public how they plan to protect people’s privacy.”
Meanwhile, in Germany people are also rejecting the contact tracing technology owing to privacy concerns.
The amount of people willing to use the apps has fallen to 42 percent, according to polling data from Forschungsgruppe Wahlen.
Statista notes that the latest data indicates a 6 percentage point drop since April:
In Norway, the technology has been completely abandoned after it was deemed to be too invasive.
Amnesty International has warned that contact tracing apps like Norway’s are “most alarming mass surveillance tools”. The organisation’s assessment did not include the US contact tracing app.
In the UK, despite touting it for months, the government has (predictably) failed to roll out its contact tracing app because of bureaucracy.
Cybersecurity experts also analysed the source code of the app and found no less than seven major flaws.
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