Tim Berners-Lee, the British engineer credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, unveils plan to save the internet. His plan aims to halt abuse of the internet by governments, companies and individuals and addresses problems like misinformation, data surveillance and censorship.

endorsed by Facebook I get very confused...

The top 20 fake news stories outperformed real news at the end of the 2016 campaign


Zuckerberg: the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election is ‘crazy’


Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks

on at least one occasion in 2004, Mark used private login data taken from Facebook's servers to break into Facebook members' private email accounts and read their emails — at best, a gross misuse of private information. Lastly, it suggests that Mark hacked into the competing company's systems and changed some user information with the aim of making the site less useful.


Facebook news chief Campbell Brown cofounded site that has attacked Elizabeth Warren


Facebook allows prominent right-wing website to break the rules

https://popular.info/p/facebook-allows-prominent-right-wing, screenshots: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1188797290527498240, https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1189216741836107776

How key Republicans inside Facebook are shifting its politics to the right

amid fears it could be broken up if a Democrat wins in 2020

the top three leaders in the company’s Washington office are veteran party operatives.

“Facebook’s DC office ensures that the company’s content policies meet the approval of Republicans in Congress,” Popular Information said.

Kaplan has reportedly advocated for rightwing sites such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller, which earlier this year became a partner in Facebook’s factchecking program. Founded by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, the Daily Caller is pro-Trump, anti-immigrant and widely criticised for the way it reported on a fake nude photo of the Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Joel Kaplan, vice-president of global public policy at Facebook, manages the company’s relationships with policymakers around the world. A former law clerk to archconservative justice Antonin Scalia on the supreme court, he served as deputy chief of staff for policy under former president George W Bush from 2006 to 2009, joining Facebook two years later.

Warren noted on Twitter this week: “Since he was hired, Facebook spent over $71 million on lobbying—nearly 100 times what it had spent before Kaplan joined.” She added: “Facebook is now spending millions on lobbying amid antitrust scrutiny—and Kaplan is flexing his DC rolodex to help Mark Zuckerbeg [sic] wage a closed-door charm offensive with Republican lawmakers.”

Katie Harbath, the company’s public policy director for global elections, led digital strategy for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Facebook’s Washington headquarters also includes Kevin Martin, vice-president of US public policy and former chairman, under Bush, of the Federal Communications Commission

Brock, a former conservative journalist turned Democratic operative, added: “I think there’s also the issue of a cluster of conservative Republican operatives who are running the policy shops at Facebook, which just compounds the problem. That you’ve got the major senior players all coming out of Republican politics is not great for the perception of fairness that Facebook should be trying to project.”

Warren’s ascent in the polls has set off alarm bells at Facebook. In a leaked audio recording last month, Zuckerberg could be heard telling employees: “But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.”

Zuckerberg “has to be worried about what happens to Facebook if there’s a Democratic president”


Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near-Billionaire Secretly Funding Trump’s Meme Machine

“We conquered Reddit and drive narrative on social media, conquered the [mainstream media], now it’s time to get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not,” a representative for the group wrote in an introductory post on Reddit.

“I’ve got plenty of money,” Luckey added. “Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time.”

“I came into touch with them over Facebook,” Luckey said of the band of trolls behind the operation. “It went along the lines of ‘hey, I have a bunch of money. I would love to see more of this stuff.’”


The building Putin had Russian employees working on fake news from:


“Guns and gays... That could always get you a couple of dozen likes.”



Russian trolls 'spreading discord' over vaccine safety online


Conservatives amplified Russian trolls 30 times more than liberals... users in Texas and Tennessee were particularly susceptible


Russian trolls trying to sow discord in NFL kneeling debate


Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram


Russia targeted US troops, vets on social media, study finds

The Oxford University study found that three websites with Kremlin ties — Veteranstoday, Veteransnewsnow and Southfront — engaged in “significant and persistent interactions” with the U.S. military community,


"Heart of Texas" reportedly shifted from originally posting pro-Texas, anti-immigration, and anti-Clinton memes to actively promoting events linked to the "Texit" secessionist movement.


Texas Governor May Have Emboldened Russian Disinformation Efforts, Says Former CIA Director

Michael Hayden said Greg Abbott's response to the "Jade Helm" conspiracy theory may have encouraged Russian actors to expand their "fake news" strategy in 2016

“They took their game to North America in 2015, and I won’t belabor it here, but there was an exercise in Texas called Jade Helm 15 that Russian bots and the American alt-right media convinced most, many Texans was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.

And it got so much traction that the governor of Texas had to call out the National Guard to observe the federal exercise, to keep the population calm. At that point, I think they made the decision ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.”

Lastoria attended a public meeting in Bastrop County, Texas in April 2015 in an effort to calm public concerns, but was confronted by a largely hostile and skeptical audience

The conspiracy theory reached peak hysteria during that same month, when Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to “monitor” the USASOC training exercise, a move which some criticized as legitimizing a baseless and potentially harmful set of rumors:

“I’ve ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15 to safeguard Texans’ constitutional rights, private property & civil liberties” — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 28, 2015

In response to the former CIA director’s intervention, the Texas Democratic Party condemned Abbott as a “Russian pawn” and a “useful idiot.” In a scathing press release, the state party’s Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia wrote:

“Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was a Russian pawn and a useful idiot for Russian efforts to turn gullible Texas Republicans against the United States. Michael Hayden knows a Russian operation when he sees it. Hayden served the America people under three different administrations in high-profile intelligence roles. But, it doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas National Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy. Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”


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