Browsing: Useless Media


What took them so long? When Facebook broadcast the horrific Thai murder of an 11-month-old baby, Natalie Jiranuch, hanged by her own father, it was a full 24 hours before the corporate giant removed the unspeakable video footage.

By then it had been seen by 370,000 people, including the baby’s distraught mother, Jiranuch Trirat.

Just a few days earlier, in Cleveland, Ohio, a pensioner called Robert Godwin was out collecting aluminium cans when Steve Stephens, 37, approached and shot him dead, muttering: ‘I’m about to kill this man right here, the old dude.’

This killing was put on Facebook Live – a murder which then remained visible to a supposedly civilised world for a full two hours.

And how did Facebook respond to these snuff videos and the torrent of justified criticism? By asking the rest of us, effectively, to do their job for them.’

Read more: Cyber kings destroying decency: As yet another appalling murder is streamed live, a leading writer warns we must fight the lawless billionaires of the net – or say goodbye to democracy and honesty for ever 

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‘Jeremy Corbyn is mocked mercilessly by the internet on a near daily basis, but in the run up to the general election it’s media bias that should concern us.

As the leader of the opposition, and as a serious politician with a penchant for allotments, it’s understandable that Corbyn would be subject to scrutiny.

Even the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been getting in on the mud slinging – just this week he called the Labour leader a ‘mutton-headed mugwump’.

But in the case of the media, political bias and disproportionate critique of one public figure over another is a dangerous threat to democracy. Especially in the run up to a massively important election.’

Read more: The British public believe media coverage of Jeremy Corbyn has been deliberately biased against him

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‘Google and Facebook have, in recent months, belatedly began to engage in the battle against fake news. But the fact so much misinformation has proliferated on their platforms is only one of the ways these technology giants may be endangering democracy.

Newly published research points to another: It finds the tools these companies offer to customize our news feeds result in users getting less and less exposure to viewpoints that challenge their own.

“Originally conceived by computer and information scientists as a way to help users cope with increasing information overload, customizability technology appears to have a dark side,” writes a research team led by Ivan Dylko of the University at Buffalo. “It enables individuals to surround themselves with information supporting their preexisting political attitudes.”’

Read more: Another Way Facebook and Google May Be Undermining Democracy

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‘Facebook has published a report detailing its plans to tackle “information operations” by both government and non-state actors that seek to use the social media platform “to distort domestic or foreign political sentiment, most frequently to achieve a strategic and/or geopolitical outcome.”

Authored by the network’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos and colleagues, Information Operations and Facebook describes an expansion of the company’s security focus from traditional abusive behavior, such as hacking, malware, spam and financial scams, to more “subtle and insidious forms of misuse,” including “attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive.”‘

Read more: Facebook Cracks Down on Fake News Epidemic… But Admits Problem Non-Existent


‘Today an opinion piece in The Telegraph attempts to liken Boycott Israel campaigns as Nazi’s.

For starters, just look at this picture in the middle of the article – combined with the headline of the article that it’s linking to.

The image of the swastika, along with the accusation that anti-Semitism is common within the left, is nothing more than an attempt to smear campaign groups who oppose Israel’s torrent of war crimes and ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.

No evidence is presented at any point.’

Read more: The Telegraph Attempts To Smear BSD Campaign As Anti-Semitic


‘It appears the UK tabloid, The Sun, needs a lesson in geography after it posted a video of controversial Ukrainian football fan group White Boys Club, who wear KKK capes, and paint swastikas on their clothes under the title ‘Racism in Russia’.

The video was an edited version of a clip posted on YouTube, which shows Ukrainian ultras – hardcore fans of Dynamo Kiev – putting on a visual display during a home match against their biggest rivals, another Ukrainian team, Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

Despite being incorrect, the caption was not removed from the website for several hours.

It is not clear whether this was an innocent geographical error on the part of The Sun, which has been running a campaign warning of hooliganism at next year’s World Cup in Russia.’

Read more: Sun ‘exposes racism in Russia’ with video of far-right UKRAINIAN football fans

‘Bill O’Reilly may be gone at Fox News, but Rupert Murdoch’s festering Fox News mess isn’t going away anytime soon.

Murdoch cut ties with the host last week after multiple women’s reports of sexual harassment became public. Since then, seven black Fox News employees indicated that they plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues, according to New York magazine, and three former Fox employees — Margaret Hoover, Alisyn Camerota, and Kirsten Powers — said on CNN that the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News is deeply ingrained. “The culture … is still there because the executives are still there,” said Hoover.

Then on Monday, former Fox host Andrea Tantaros filed a new lawsuit against the company in federal court, which alleges, “A person working for Fox News was responsible for hacking Ms. Tantaros’s computer so that she could be spied upon.” (Last year, Tantaros sued Fox News for $30 million, claiming sexual harassment.)’

Read more: Why Can’t the Media Admit Rupert Murdoch Is Running a Criminal Enterprise?





‘Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales was accused of hypocrisy last night after announcing plans to set up a media service to tackle ‘fake news’.

Despite claims that his online encyclopaedia is riddled with inaccuracies, the internet entrepreneur said his new Wikitribune site would produce ‘fact- checked, global news stories.’

Read More: Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales is accused of hypocrisy over new website he says will tackle ‘fake news’


‘The UN should create a set of international rules to help stop the pandemic of fake news and Cold war-style disinformation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said during a session of the UN Committee on Information in New York.

“Our delegation proposes the UN to define a strategy for battling fake news and disinformation. Russia will be ready to fully support this initiative which is extremely important for developing a healthy environment for news reporting,” Zakharova said at the 39th Session of the COI on Tuesday.’

Read more: UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russian FM spokeswoman


‘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?