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For years people have clamored for Facebook to add a “dislike” button alongside its iconic like button.

That was never going to happen, for reasons I’ve explained.

Instead, in October the company began testing a suite of six emoji complements to the like button: “love,” “haha,” “yay,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry.”

On Wednesday, it rolled out the new buttons to Facebook users worldwide, minus one: “yay.” (“Yay” missed the cut, Facebook product manager Sammi Krug told me, because the company’s testing revealed that people found it vague and didn’t use it as much.)’

Read more: Facebook’s new ‘like’ buttons have a hidden agenda

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New York Times best selling author and Hidden Colors film creator Tariq Nasheed joins us for a interview. We spoke on Tariq’s books, the success of Hidden Colors, Facebook censorship of anyone speaking for black empowerment and the racism Cam Newton is receiving in the media.

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Australia to allow Facebook photos to be used in national surveillance database – report

| 22 Oct 2015 | Photos from social media websites like Facebook could be used in an Australian counter-terrorism database. Critics are concerned about the system’s lack of “transparency,” but the new legislation can come into effect without being passed by parliament. Senior officials from the attorney general’s office confirmed late on Tuesday that photos from social media could be used in the system, which is known as “the capability,” the Guardian reports.

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Have you ever come across someone on the Internet that you suspected was a paid government troll?  Well, there is a very good chance that you were not imagining things.  Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have solid proof that paid government trolls are using “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Documents leaked by Snowden also reveal that government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online.  If we do not stand up and object to this kind of Orwellian behavior, it is only going to get worse and worse.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/government-trolls-are-using-psychology-based-influence-techniques-on-youtube-facebook-and-twitter

 

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  • Sierra ‘C-Babi’ Mccurdy posted several messages lauding the deaths of Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, after they were killed Saturday
  • Messages sparked outrage and backlash on social media almost instantly 
  • Tweets and Facebook posts demanding Subway’s response poured in
  • The company announced on Sunday night that she had been terminated  

 

A Mississippi Subway ‘sandwich artist’ has been fired after she created a social media firestorm Sunday by posting messages applauding the deaths of two police officers killed in the line of duty.

After Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed on Saturday night about 30 miles away in Hattiesburg, Laurel woman Sierra ‘C-Babi’ Mccurdy posted a message while wearing her uniform.

She wrote: ‘Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg,’ followed by ‘GOT EM’ and a gun pointed at the words as well as a laughing emoji.

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Pictured in her Subway uniform, Sierra 'C-Babi Mccurdy' was ripped for lauding the deaths of two officers 

Pictured in her Subway uniform, Sierra ‘C-Babi Mccurdy’ was ripped for lauding the deaths of two officers

Mccurdy's post immediately sparked outrage and calls for a boycott of Subway appeared almost instantly

Mccurdy’s post immediately sparked outrage and calls for a boycott of Subway appeared almost instantly

The Laurel, Mississippi, Subway 'sandwich artist' was fired after she created a social media firestorm

The Laurel, Mississippi, Subway ‘sandwich artist’ was fired after she created a social media firestorm

Infuriating people further was another message Mccrudy wrote on Facebook:

‘We can turn this bxtch into Baltimore real quick,’ she posted. ‘Police take away innocent people lives everyday now & get away w/ it, fxck them…[no mercy].’

Thousands of tweets and Facebook posts demanding a response from the company began to appear almost instantly after her post, the Clarion-Ledger reported.

By Sunday night, the popular sandwich chain had handed Mccurdy her walking papers.

A Subway spokesman said: ‘This kind of behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the values and ethics of our brand. The unfortunate choice of one individual should not reflect on the more than 400,000 honest, hardworking Sandwich Artists worldwide. The franchisee has terminated the employee, effective immediately.’

 

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Google, Facebook, and three other companies (here, here, here, here, and here) are gearing up to provide high-speed global WiFi coverage from space within the next three to four years. This would be an ecological and public health nightmare, according to a recently-formed international coalition: the Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS).

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In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

 

– From the New York Times article: Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

Last week, I came across an incredibly important article from the New York Times, which described Facebook’s plan to provide direct access to other websites’ content in exchange for some sort of advertising partnership. The implications of this are so huge that at this point I have far more questions than answers.

Let’s start with a few excerpts from the article:

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

Facebook has said publicly that it wants to make the experience of consuming content online more seamless. News articles on Facebook are currently linked to the publisher’s own website, and open in a web browser, typically taking about eight seconds to load. Facebook thinks that this is too much time, especially on a mobile device, and that when it comes to catching the roving eyeballs of readers, milliseconds matter.

The Huffington Post and the business and economics website Quartz were also approached. Both also declined to discuss their involvement.

Facebook declined to comment on its specific discussions with publishers. But the company noted that it had provided features to help publishers get better traction on Facebook, including tools unveiled in December that let them target their articles to specific groups of Facebook users, such as young women living in New York who like to travel.

The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

And just as Facebook has changed its news feed to automatically play videos hosted directly on the site, giving them an advantage compared with videos hosted on YouTube, it could change the feed to give priority to articles hosted directly on its site.

Let me try to address this the best I can from several different angles. First off, what’s the big picture plan here? As the number two ranked website in the world with 1.4 billion users, Facebook itself is already something like an alternative internet where a disturbing number of individuals spend a disproportionate amount of their time. The only thing that seems to make many of its users click away is content hosted on other people’s websites linked to from Facebook users. Other than this outside content, many FB users might never leave the site.

While this is scary to someone like me, to Facebook it is an abomination. The company doesn’t want people to leave their site ever — for any reason. Hence the aggressive push to carry outside news content, and create a better positioned alternative web centrally controlled by it. This is a huge power play move. 

Second, the New York Times righty asks the question concerning what will publishers get from Facebook for allowing their content to appear on the site seamlessly. Some sort of revenue share from advertisers seems to be an obvious angle, but perhaps there’s more.

While Facebook isn’t a huge traffic driver for Liberty Blitzkrieg, it isn’t totally irrelevant either. For example, FB provided about 3% of the site’s traffic over the past 12 months. This is despite the fact that LBK doesn’t even have a Facebook page, and I’ve never shared a link through it. Even more impressive, Facebook drove more traffic to LBK over the same time period than Twitter, and I am very active on that platform. So I can only imagine how important FB is to website editors who actually use it.

This brings me to a key point about leverage. It seems to me that Facebook has all the leverage in negotiations with content providers. If you’re a news website that refuses to join in this program, over time you might see your traffic evaporate compared to your competitors whose content will load seamlessly and be promoted by the FB algorithm. If a large percentage of your traffic is being generated by Facebook, can you really afford to lose this?

One thing that FB might be willing to offer publishers in return other than advertising dollars, is increased access to their fan base. For example, when I try to figure out through Google analytics who specifically (or what page) on Facebook is sharing my work, I can’t easily do so. Clearly this information could prove very useful for networking purposes and could be quite valuable.

Looking for some additional insight and words of wisdom, I asked the smartest tech/internet person I know for his opinion. It was more optimistic than I thought:

This could be a huge shaper of news on the internet. or it could turn out to be nothing.

 

Other than saying that I don’t really know how to predict what might or might not happen, and I sort of don’t care much because it is in the realm (for now at least) of stuff that I don’t read (mainstream news), on a site that I never see (Facebook). However, the one thing I wonder in terms of the viability of this is whether in the end it may drive people away from FB.

 

Back in the day, probably when you weren’t so aware of the nascent net, there were two giant “services” on the Internet called Compuserve and America Online. They were each what you are thinking that Facebook is heading toward; exclusive, centralized portals to the whole net. They were also giant and successful at the time. Then people outside of them started doing things that were so much more creative and interesting. At the same time, in order to make everything fit inside their proprietary boxes and categories, they were making everything ever more standardized and boring. Then they just abruptly died.

Given the enormity of what Facebook is trying to achieve, I have some obvious concerns. First, since all of the leverage seems to reside with Facebook, I fear they are likely to get the better part of any deal by wide margin. Second, if they succeed in this push, this single company’s ability to control access to news and what is trending and deemed important by a huge section of humanity will be extraordinary.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-29/big-brother-here-facebook-reveals-its-master-plan-control-all-news-flow

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The Great Firewall of China is known around the world as the strict security measures the Chinese government takes against content on the internet that does not favor the government’s viewpoints. The firewall is infamous because it has blocked access to various services such as Gmail, Facebook and Twitter in the past and the new policies of the government blocks VPNs (virtual private networks) used by certain websites. With that and the countless measures against freedom of speech, the Great Firewall of China has made private businessmen and smaller companies lose profits because of the inability to connect with foreign business partners and enterprises.

The latest evolution in the Great Firewall of China story concerns accounts found on the internet, created by users and companies alike. Much like Facebook’s new “real names policy”, Chinese authorities will be enacting new policy over users of the internet requiring them to use their real names on all accounts they create on the internet, to promote “transparency”. My opinion is that this measures is being taken so that the Chinese government can more easily monitor internet users and get to them if they violate any policies.

http://www.loadthegame.com/2015/02/27/great-firewall-china-thousands-accounts-deleted-policy-enacted/

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Facebook said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebook users to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of news stories reported as hoaxes.

Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. Instead, the company’s algorithm, which determines how widely user posts are distributed, will take into account hoax reports.

“A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed,” Facebook explained.

Facebook has become an increasingly important source of news, with 30 percent of adults in the U.S. consuming news on the world’s largest social network, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Facebook cited stories about dinosaur sightings and research supposedly proving the existence of Santa Claus as examples of fake news stories.

Facebook said “satirical” content, such as news stories “intended to be humorous, or content that is clearly labeled as satire,” should not be affected.

 

Facebook users will have the option to flag stories as false.

 Facebook is censoring this HangTheBankers.com article

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-clamps-down-fake-news-stories-202017892–finance.html

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  • Facebook will ban pages in Turkey which ‘insult Prophet Mohammed’
  • Comes weeks after Zuckerberg defended right to be offensive in post
  • Turkey also banned web access to cover of Charlie Hebdo magazine
  • Move is seen as the latest in crackdown on ‘offending religious material’

Facebook has reportedly agreed to censor cartoons of Prophet Mohammed just two weeks after its founder defended the right to free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.

The social network made the decision after Turkish authorities threatened to block the site entirely if it did not remove the images – some of which come from Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The dramatic about-face will be personally embarrassing for Zuckerberg, coming weeks  after he defiantly said: ‘[Facebook] will never let one country or group dictate what people can share.’

Facebook pages which 'insult' the Prophet Mohammed have been blocked in Turkey following a court order, leading to founder Mark Zuckerberg being blasted online

Facebook pages which ‘insult’ the Prophet Mohammed have been blocked in Turkey following a court order, leading to founder Mark Zuckerberg being blasted online

In a post dated January 8, while Said and Cherif Kouachi were still on the run having shot 12 people dead in Paris, he wrote: ‘A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content about Mohammed that offended him.

‘We stood up for this because different voices — even if they’re sometimes offensive — can make the world a better and more interesting place.

‘Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas.

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Facebook has papered over its terms of use with a supposedly plain-English version, so that its users won’t have to worry their pretty heads about being sold off to advertisers.
You can find the new “privacy basics” site here, or if you’re not a child, the less insulting “data policy” site here.
“Every day, people use our apps and services to connect with the people, places and things they care about. Our updates reflect the new products we’ve been working on to improve your Facebook experience. They also more clearly explain how our services work,” said Erin Egan, chief privacy officer at Facebook, in a blog post.
Facebook hasn’t actually changed its fine print outside of a few minor tweaks that it has already announced – a proposed new version is here. The new “privacy basics” web page is an attempt to paper over that scary language.
Now you may think couching T&Cs in normal language is a good idea, but there’s an advantage to legalese: it’s easy to spot when someone is overstepping the mark. It’s sorta like computer code; it’s not supposed to be ambiguous. The legalese has to stay because an agreement written in general terms would give the lawyers at Facebook far too much leeway – there would be plenty of room for interpretation on what exactly the website’s up to with your information.
It’s the difference between stating:

You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you.

…and…

We want our advertising to be as relevant and interesting as the other information you find on our services. With this in mind, we use all of the information we have about you to show you relevant ads.

Yes, both are from Facebook.

Source:www.theregister.co.uk

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‘Increasingly, Facebook is being accused of censoring material that users post on the world’s largest social media website, prompting outrage and confusion from many who see hypocrisy in the site’s rules.

In one recent instance, as reported by InfoWars.com, multiple users of the site have complained that they were not able to share some YouTube videos from the alternative media site, as well as others (including Natural News):

When attempting to share videos by Infowars and by social commentators E.T. Williams and Mark Dice, Facebook users received error messages preventing them from sharing the videos even though they were able to share videos from other, non-political YouTube channels.’

Facebook is deliberately censoring alternative media and pushing globalist agenda

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‘Instagram has reportedly been blocked in China, amid fierce clashes between pro-democracy supporters and police in Hong Kong.

The photo and video-sharing service, which is owned by Facebook Inc, has been put on lockdown by police, according to various sources. Reuters cited Hong Kong-based reporters with The New York Times as being among those to report the story.

The website http://www.blockedinchina.net also indicated that Instagram was blocked across China, including in Beijing and Shenzhen. It suggested that Facebook has also been limited.’

Read more: Hong Kong protests: Instagram ‘blocked’ in China as candid images expose reality of rallies

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