EU Threatens “Action” If Facebook Doesn’t Censor All “Fake News” And “Hate Speech”

Did you know that earlier this spring, many U.S. tech megacompanies including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft all signed a “code of conduct” pledge promising the European Union they would work with an unelected EU commission to “sanction” and “criminalize” “individual perpetrators” of “hate speech” online.

In addition, these companies have signed up to “promote independent counter-narratives” favored by the EU. (Sounds like a “you can only spread our propaganda, not anyone else’s” attitude, doesn’t it?)

On Sunday, the same day a known actor walked into Pizzagate’s Comet Ping Pong and fired an assault rifle at the floor in a crime the mainstream media is decrying as “fake news” and “hate speech” related, the EU also added “fake news” to its list of information to censor online.

Now the EU is threatening to escalate the situation up from “non-legislative” action if these companies don’t take action to censor “hate speech” and “fake news” within 24 hours.

Source: EU Threatens “Action” If Facebook Doesn’t Censor All “Fake News” And “Hate Speech” Within 24 Hours

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Social Media Giants Join Forces To Counter Terrorism

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are collaborating to get rid of content from their networks which promotes terrorism and create a ‘shared industry database’ of unique digital fingerprints that have been removed from either of their networks.mark-zuckBrian Solls | FlickrUsing this database, which will contain a record of all the imagery and videos of acts of terrorism or terrorist recruitment, the companies hope to curb the presence of such content on their hosted consumer services.All the aforementioned companies will be sharing their respective database with each other and hope to deter the presence of terrorism globally in the online ecosystem. This will make it easier for the companies to remove the images and videos that propagate terrorism more efficiently and quickly.“Throughout this collaboration, we are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely on our platforms. We also seek to engage with the wider community of interested stakeholders in a transparent, thoughtful and responsible way as we further our shared objective to prevent the spread of terrorist content online while respecting human rights,” Facebook stated in a Newsroom post.

Source: Social Media Giants Join Forces To Counter Terrorism

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HEAR IT: Joe Buck once went to the bathroom while broadcasting

 

Joe Buck will pee you tomorrow night.During an interview with Dave Dameshek on his NFL Network show, the broadcaster revealed that he once urinated in a garbage can while calling a Brett Favre touchdown pass at the same time.Buck said the first half of the Packers game “would not end” and the matchup was taking place in Milwaukee. The bathrooms were far away from the announcers booth and Buck said he couldn’t hold it in any longer.

Source: HEAR IT: Joe Buck once went to the bathroom while broadcasting – NY Daily News

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Social Media Giants Create Database to Silence ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

According to a new statement by Facebook, they have joined with YouTube, Microsoft, and Twitter to create a shared database of “terrorist content” which they can all jointly use to identify further attempts to post such banned content.The database will create hashes of videos and images that they’ve already decided are related to terrorism, and then will allow them to single out any further content matching those hatches. Facebook says this will allow them to more quickly remove such content.The move is an attempt to react to US government demands to “do something” against terrorist propaganda, with the companies apparently hoping that the voluntary crackdown will be enough to stave off any formal government efforts to regulate them.It’s unclear exactly what the scope of this program is going to end up being, and how broadly defined “terrorist propaganda” will be. Company offiicals are downplaying concerns of censorship, however, insisting that they have to act quickly to take such content down so no one sees it.

Source: Social Media Giants Create Database to Silence ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

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Pull a Car From a Ditch With the Super-Strength of Physics | WIRED

If you ever need to pull a heavy object with a rope, there is a simple physics trick that can give you greater tension.

Source: Pull a Car From a Ditch With the Super-Strength of Physics | WIRED

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Democracy Now? or Dishonesty Now!

Source: Democracy Now? or Dishonesty Now! | American Everyman

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House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Websites

(ZHE) On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news“, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”, whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation: Establishment or funding of a front group. Covert broadcasting. Media manipulation. Disinformation and forgeries. Funding agents of influence. Incitement and offensive counterintelligence. Assassinations. Terrorist acts.As ActivistPost correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.

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Bees of the sea: Tiny crustaceans pollinate underwater plants

Seagrass pollen doesn’t just ride the tides – the grains of at least one species hitchhike on undersea invertebrates

Source: Bees of the sea: Tiny crustaceans pollinate underwater plants | New Scientist

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A New Implant Could Boost Failing Human Brains

Dr Theodore Berger, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) in the U.S. and director of USC’s Center of Neural Engineering, is working to bring to market human memory enhancement in the form of a prosthetic implanted in the brain. Berger has already succeeded in enhancing memory in rats using brain chip implants and is now testing it attached to humans.Berger tells IEEE Spectrum that his experiments with rats and primates make him confident that “it’s really time” for a clinical device. “We’re testing it in humans now, and getting good initial results,” he says. “We’re going to go forward with the goal of commercializing this prosthesis.”

Source: A New Implant Could Boost Failing Human Brains » TechWorm

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This Company Claims It Can Tell If You’re a Terrorist Simply by Looking at Your Face

Can you predict who is a murderer just by looking at their face? What about a pedophile? A software company now says it can, and it claims it is able to identify terrorists purely by their facial features. Turning the old idiom that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” on its head, the two-year-old company claims its artificial intelligence algorithms can look at a face and tell if it’s likely to be a terrorist, pedophile, and, wait for it… professional poker player.

Source: This Company Claims It Can Tell If You’re a Terrorist Simply by Looking at Your Face – nsnbc international

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