AND NOW: YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings Anti-Defamation League (ADL) On Board As Flagger

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger:

With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — Ever since “fake news” found its place among the various explanations used by the Clinton campaign and supporters to account for their candidate’s loss, there has been a quiet but concerted effort on the part of establishment media, technology, and telecommunications companies to thwart the surging popularity of independent media.

The rise of the independent media has been hugely detrimental to the once privileged position of the mainstream media, who have now lost the trust of the vast majority of Americans and – along with that trust – their ability to control political and social narratives.

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Facebook Will Auto-Load Related Headlines to Debunk ‘Fake News’

Facebook Will Auto-Load Related Headlines to Debunk ‘Fake News’:

Facebook is rolling out a “related articles” section that will appear below popular stories and those that are deemed to be “fake news,” according to a report.

Shared articles that Facebook’s fact-checking partners deem to be fake news will now include links to the fact-check below the post.

“Appearing before someone reads, Related Articles will surface links to additional reporting on the same topic to provide different view points, and to truthiness reports from the fact checkers,” reported TechCrunch. “If users see drastically different angles when they compare a story to its Related Articles, they might deem it suspicious and skip it, be less likely to believe or share it, or could click through the Related Articles and make up their own mind.”

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China Unveils Emergency Drill To “Shut Down Harmful Websites”

China’s Ministry of Public Security called for the drill “in order to step up online security… and tackle the problem of smaller websites illegally disseminating harmful information…”

China Unveils Emergency Drill To “Shut Down Harmful Websites”:

China’s 19th National Congress of the Communist Party – the quinquennial confab where the party selects new members of the Politburo, its ruling council – is expected to begin this fall (official dates have not yet been publicly announced). And in an effort to guarantee that the leadership reshuffle goes off without a hitch, President Xi Jinping is tightening the government’s grip on the internet to help protect the official narrative that Xi’s “Chinese Dream” remains intact.

According to Reuters, China held a drill on Thursday with internet service providers to practice taking down websites deemed harmful.

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YouTube Takes Steps To Censor “Controversial” (a.k.a. “Conservative”) Content

“My suspicion is that ‘trusted flaggers’ is just a code word for the ‘usual suspects’. i.e. the same type of radical left-wing reactionaries that have reshaped Twitter into an Orwellian nightmare.”

YouTube Takes Steps To Censor “Controversial” (a.k.a. “Conservative”) Content:

Last night YouTube took to its ‘Official Blog’ to more or less announce that they would be taking steps to censor content they found to be “controversial” even if it didn’t break any laws or violate the site’s user agreement.  And while the message vowed to be part of an effort to “fight terror content online,” the move was met wth widespread skepticism among YouTuber’s as nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.

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Bracing For “Cyber 9/11” With James Corbett (Video)

Flashback:

Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11 And An i-Patriot Act

H/t reader squodgy:

“We must spread awareness of the next BIG step the PTB have planned….a CYBER 9/11.”

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Feds Shut Down AlphaBay; Sessions Warns Criminals “You Cannot Hide” On Dark Web

Feds Shut Down AlphaBay; Sessions Warns Criminals “You Cannot Hide” On Dark Web:

More than three years after the FBI shut down the Silk Road, the pioneering dark-web marketplace for drugs and illegal goods, the FBI and DEA – working with international law-enforcement agencies – have busted two more dark-web marketplaces that facilitated the sales of illicit items like drugs, weapons and stolen data, according to the Department of Justice.

AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest illegal marketplaces on the dark web, have been shut down and their operators arrested during a collaboration between US and European police agencies, according to the BBC. Investigations were led by the FBI and DEA in partnership with Europol.

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Why is Winnie-the-Pooh banned in China?

Why is Winnie-the-Pooh banned in China?:

WINNIE-THE-POOH has been banned from social media sites in China as the Government continues to increase levels of internet censorship. But why is Winnie-the-Pooh banned in China?

H/t reader kevin a.

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‘Any comment about ISIS gets my page banned’: Outspoken Sheikh claims his Facebook account has been taken down because hardline Muslims are making ‘false reports’ about his views

‘Any comment about ISIS gets my page banned’: Outspoken Sheikh claims his Facebook account has been taken down because hardline Muslims are making ‘false reports’ about his views:

A Muslim Imam who campaigns against radicalism and Sharia Law claims his Facebook page was shut down because he spoke out against Islamic State terrorism.

Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, said his Facebook page was deleted after radical Muslims made ‘false reports’ in an effort to silence him.

‘I’m not even allowed to criticise ISIS or Jihadis. Any comment against ISIS gets my page banned,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Facebook’s Solar Powered Drone Has Successful Test Flight: Potential Internet Access To Billions

Facebook’s Solar Powered Drone Has Successful Test Flight: Potential Internet Access To Billions:

Four billion people on the earth have no internet access. That will change if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s solar powered drone plan works.

A previous trial of his drone ended with a crash landing, but a May 2017 Test of the Aquila Drone was a huge success.

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Google Fined A Record €2.4 Billion For Skewing Search Results In European Antitrust Ruling

Google Fined A Record €2.4 Billion For Skewing Search Results In European Antitrust Ruling:

Google suffered a major regulatory blow on Tuesday, when the EU’s antitrust regulator fined Alphabet’s Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) fine for “abusing its dominance in search” and favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results: a decision with far-reaching implications for both the tech sector and already strained transatlantic relations. The EU further ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services in search results.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, said Google “denied other companies the chance to compete” and left consumers without “genuine choice.” 

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Google Promises To Bury “Questionable” Content On YouTube

Google Promises To Bury “Questionable” Content On YouTube:

“…we will be taking a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate our policies — for example, videos that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content. In future these will appear behind an interstitial warning and they will not be monetised, recommended or eligible for comments or user endorsements.”

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Manchester attack could lead Theresa May’s government to launch huge internet crackdown

Manchester attack could lead Theresa May’s government to launch huge internet crackdown:

There been no suggestion that weakened security would have stopped the deadly attack in Manchester

The government may use the deadly attack in Manchester to launch a crackdown on internet securities.

Government officials appear to have briefed newspapers that they will put many of the most invasive parts of the relatively new Investigatory Powers Act into effect after the bombing at Manchester Arena.

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If You Care About Privacy, You Should Change Your Twitter Settings Right Now

Open Settings and go to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety > Personalization and data. At the top of this page is an option to disable all personalization and data settings; on the Twitter website, click the Disable all.


If You Care About Privacy, You Should Change Your Twitter Settings Right Now:

Authoired by Sarah Cronin via TheAntiMedia.org,

Since Wednesday, Twitter has been sending out emails and notifications to its over 300 million monthly users to inform them of changes to their privacy policy.

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UK Government Moves Aggressively to Censor and Control the Internet

UK Government Moves Aggressively to Censor and Control the Internet:

I’ve got family in town, so today’s post will be brief.

I’ll just leave you with the following dystopian excerpts from today’s UK Independent article titled, Theresa May to Create New Internet that Would Be Controlled and Regulated by Government:

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

Thanks for clearing that up.

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New Stealthy Cyberattack Could Dwarf Last Week’s Global Worm Epidemic, Uses Infected Computers To Mine Virtual Currency

“It’s Much Bigger Than WannaCry”: New Stealthy Cyberattack Could Dwarf Last Week’s Global Worm Epidemic:

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday. Rather than freeze files demanding a ransom, Adylkuzz uses infected computers to mine virtual currency…“As it is silent and doesn’t trouble the user, the Adylkuzz attack is much more profitable for the cyber criminals.”

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New Variant Of “WannaCry” Virus Emerges Infecting 3,600 Computers Per Hour

New Variant Of “WannaCry” Virus Emerges Infecting 3,600 Computers Per Hour:

Update: according to the latest data from Check Point Software, cited by Reuters, a new variant of the WannaCry ransomware is now infecting on average 3,600 computers per hour.

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Governments and companies around the world began to gain the upper hand against the first wave of the unrivaled global cyberattack this morning.

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AND NOW: North Korean Hackers Emerge As “Culprits” Behind Global Malware Cyberattack

North Korean Hackers Emerge As “Culprits” Behind Global Malware Cyberattack:

Remember when North Korea “hackers” breached several firewall layers at Sony, exposing gigabytes of confidential data, only for it to eventually emerge that it was all the work of a disgruntled Sony employee?

Apparently not, because the same plot line is being re-run all over again.

Read moreAND NOW: North Korean Hackers Emerge As “Culprits” Behind Global Malware Cyberattack