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‘For a very long time, Monsanto has been known as the world’s most evil corporation for promoting poison, monopolizing the seed supply and suing farmers after contaminating their fields with GMOs. But now, Google seems to have supplanted Monsanto, taking the prize as the world’s most evil corporation for its outrageous censorship, collusion with spy agencies and blatant attempts to propagandize the world with dishonest, deceitful information about everything from politics to natural medicine.

Google, which was once founded on the slogan of “Do no evil” has in many ways become the very thing it once opposed. Beyond mere “evil,” Google seems to have recently become the most dangerous entity on the planet, threatening human freedom, human knowledge and the very future of human society as you’ll read below.’

Read More: Did Google just surpass Monsanto as the world’s most EVIL corporation?

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‘Most of us are active on Facebook, use many of Google’s assets (search, YouTube, calendar) and get Amazon products dropped at our doorsteps. But have we ever stopped to think about the enormous impact these three companies have had on our lives and our society?

Well, Jonathan Taplin has given it a lot of thought. The result is a breakthrough, must-read book, Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. The book tells the tale of how the internet “was hijacked by a small group of right-wing radicals [led by Trump supporter Peter Thiel] for whom the ideas of democracy and decentralization were an anathema.”

The upshot is that the dominant philosophy of Silicon Valley became heavily based on the radical libertarian ideology of Ayn Rand. The internet is not the product of any mythical cooperative notion as the public may think, shaped by the pervasive, effectively marketed illusion of goodness symbolized by Google’s tagline: “Don’t Be Evil” (changed to “Do the Right Thing” in 2015 in Google’s code of conduct).’

Read more: The Massive Monopolies of Google, Facebook and Amazon, and Their Role in Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

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‘Bill O’Reilly announced he’d be taking a vacation last week, and his return to Fox News is looking more precarious with each passing day.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the network had settled at least five sexual harassment claims against him totaling approximately $13 million. The revelations prompted several of his biggest sponsors to cut their advertising for “The O’Reilly Factor.”

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that another woman has stepped forward, a black clerical worker who claims O’Reilly routinely called her “hot chocolate.”

“He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,” attorney Lisa Bloom told the Hollywood Reporter. “He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”‘

Read more: Bill O’Reilly’s Fate May Be Sealed After Nauseating New Sexual Harassment Claim

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‘A recent sting operation by Facebook has uncovered a massive scheme involving fake accounts that were planting “likes” on certain pages in order for them to fraudulently gain more followers. Caught in the fray was none other than USA Today, which apparently had nearly five million fake page followers that almost instantly disappeared after Facebook shut the whole thing down and issue an announcement.

As part of an ongoing plan to eliminate spam from its system, Facebook uncovered the fake user ring after observing that many user accounts were being suspiciously created for the sole purpose of liking certain pages, only to go dark not long after. In a statement, Facebook explained how it identified what was going on, and the action it took in response.’

Read more: USA Today instantly loses nearly five million likes after Facebook shuts down massive network of fake users

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‘Well, sure. Wouldn’t you? The woman is running for the presidency of France. She wants to reverse the tide of immigration in her country, so she must be a racist, and whatever she says or whatever anyone else says in support of her is, automatically, fake news, mindless, evil, and the population must be protected from that infection. This is how free speech works. It’s free unless it could do harm, unless certain minds might be taken in by it, and apparently Facebook is stepping up to the plate. Mark Zuckerberg is long overdue for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Zero Hedge: “The first round of French elections will be held on April 23rd, prompting Facebook to shut down pro Le Pen accounts, which they deem to be ‘fake’.”

“In addition to outright bans, the company [Facebook], in conjunction with French media, are running ‘fact checking’ programs — designed to fight ‘fake news’, heightening their efforts around the elections — which spans from 4/23-5/7.”’

Read more: Facebook shuts down pro Le Pen posts as French election nears

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‘If there are two characteristics that really define Trumpism, they are a total disregard for the importance of facts and a nostalgia for a mythical, vaguely defined time of American “greatness.” That makes the Trump era ripe for Glenn Beck’s ongoing project of creating and promoting his revisionist view of American history — one that valorizes straight white men as humanity’s natural leaders and grants Christian fundamentalism a centrality to American history that it did not, in reality, have.

Beck has been ramping up a program he runs with the pseudo-historian David Barton to peddle Barton’s fake history version of American history.’

Read more: First Fake News, Now Fake History: Glenn Beck Wants to Train Young People to Promote an Alternative History

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‘If you’re someone who ‘can’t live without’ social media or know someone like that, there is science behind the addiction, and while sinister, most people who can’t stop checking Facebook or Google have no idea how they became so hooked.

It’s a mind technique the social media giants use to make us feel as though we can’t live without them, according to a former Google product manager.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the tactics are underhanded and designed to get our brains hooked on checking our smartphones, says Tristan Harris, who noted that technology companies are using mind techniques similar to those used by casinos. These techniques are meant to addict people to their phones and the constant access to social media content.’

Read more: Facebook and Google use casino-style brain manipulation tactics to ADDICT users to their mobile apps

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‘The Huffington Post South Africa has a brilliant new progressive plan to solve all of Africa’s problems: deny white men the right to vote, then vote to steal their assets.

It’s all detailed in a new article titled, “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” by “activist and a feminist” Shelley Garland, who says “she” is “completing an MA degree in philosophy.”

“When she’s not gagging at South Africa’s unique brand of rainbow politics, she’s working on ways to smash the patriarchy,” Garland wrote in “her” bio.’

Read more: Huffington Post: Deny White Men the Right to Vote

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Social media giant Facebook could face criminal prosecution after it refused to take down alleged pedophilic content, an investigation has found.

Scores of videos and images were ‘flagged up’ as child pornography to the website’s moderators, alongside several other images believed to be of extremist and terrorist nature, the Times reports.

Rather than remove the content, however, Facebook said the posts were not in breach of its ‘community standards.’’

Read more: Facebook refuses to delete ‘child pornography & extremist material’

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