Daily Archives: April 10, 2018

'When you're right, you fight,' pro-Trump bloggers Diamond & Silk, 'censored' by Facebook, tell RT

Diamond and Silk, star bloggers that came to prominence as fervent supporters of Donald Trump, told RT they felt ostracized by Facebook for their views after the social media giant told them their brand and content were “unsafe.” The sisters, real names Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, climbed up the social media ranks on the back of the Trump presidential ...

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Helicopter crashes in Russian Far East city, 6 killed

A helicopter has crashed in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk, killing several people. The crash took place inside city boundaries and sparked a fire. All six people on board the helicopter died as a result of the crash, according to investigators and emergency ministry medics. According to early reports, the aircraft was civilian and belonged to Vostok, a ...

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'We categorically want to avoid confrontation with Russia' – NATO deputy chief

Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller says that the Alliance does not wish to face military conflict with Russia, but still blames it for a “troubling pattern of behavior,” from Ukraine to Salisbury. “We would categorically want to avoid a situation where confrontation with Russia is inevitable. And that’s exactly what our decision-making is governed by,” Gottemoeller told Russian ...

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More AI, policing content & other revelations from Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent five hours testifying to the Senate, defending the social network from charges of aiding ‘Russian meddling’ and even revealing a few trade secrets in the process. The marathon session on Tuesday involved members of the Senate Judiciary and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees. While the internet trolled Zuckerberg for using a booster seat ...

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Zuckerberg tells Congress Facebook is not listening to you through your phone

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially shot down the conspiracy theory that the social network has some way of keeping tabs on its users by tapping into the mics on people’s smartphones. During Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate this afternoon, Senator Gary Peters had asked the CEO if the social network is mining audio from mobile devices – something his constituents ...

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UNSC fails to pass 3 resolutions on Syria 'chem attack' as Russia calls for restraint

The Russian envoy to the UN called on the West to “refrain from plans” it might be harboring for Syria, after three consecutive resolutions to investigate the alleged recent chemical attack near Damascus failed to pass. The latest resolution to fail was a Russian-sponsored draft backing an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission at the site ...

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Debunked: How VoA journalist pushed fake news story on ‘Russian tanks crossing into Ukraine’

The easily-verifiable false claim by Voice of America journalist that Russian tanks were filmed entering Ukraine was shared thousands of times before being debunked. The journalist, however, refused to issue a retraction. Russian tanks passing into #Ukraine – this video taken yesterday, April 7, in a village in Rostov region next to the border between the two countries. Locals say ...

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‘We hope you come to your senses’: Russia warns US against illegal Syria strike

The US’ reaction to the alleged chemical incident in the town of Douma has clearly shown it was the long-sought pretext to attack Syria, which was finally provided by the “White Helmets’ provocateurs,” the Russian UN envoy said. The alleged chemical incident in Douma was only beneficial for the militants, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said, urging ...

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Cambridge Analytica pitched ‘psychological profiling’ services to multiple US campaigns – report

Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. The data mining firm, which worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, pitched its “unique” data and “psychological profiling” abilities, which could be used to micro-target voters on Facebook, according ...

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Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill promoting political ad transparency

Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook’s appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress. In a series of tweets from its public policy account, Twitter just announced its decision to back the Honest Ads Act, a piece of legislation introduced last year as a response to mounting evidence ...

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