Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… Bridge terror attack, UK PM Theresa May announced that new international agreements needed to be introduced to regulate the Internet in order to “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online”. And last week in Paris, Mrs May and French President Emmanuel Macron launched a joint campaign to look at how they could make the Internet safe, including making companies legally liable if they refused to remove certain content. Other efforts Similar initiatives to counter hate speech …

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Beyonc Gives Birth To Destiny’s Children

June 19, 2017

… family and friends. Dubbed theCarter Push Party, the gathering made the Internet sigh with collective envy as the guests included mom Tina Knowles and pals Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams and La La Anthony. A post shared by Beyonc (@beyonce) on May 21, 2017 at 3:35pm PDT Throughout her pregnancy, the singer has been blessing us mere mortals with regular Instagram content, showing off her maternity looks, flipbook style. A post shared by Beyonc (@beyonce) on May 19, 2017 at 5:10pm …

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Feds Want ‘Pizzagate’ Shooter Imprisoned For 4.5 Years For D.C. Attack

June 14, 2017

In a sentencing memo filed Tuesday, prosecutors wrote they wanted to send a message to deter other would-be vigilantes from committing similar acts after the next Internet-inspired conspiracy theory. Edgar Welch is apprehended on Dec. 4 after firing a gun in the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. The assault weapon used at Comet Ping Pong in Washington. In a separate sentencing memo from Welchs defense team, they wrote that their clientmade an incredibly …

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NBC Has A Right To Book Alex Jones, But Does It Have A Good Enough Reason?

June 14, 2017

Infowars host Alex Jones declared victory Monday against the mainstream media and their globalist agenda, six days before his controversial interview with NBC is scheduled to air. I win by going into the Gorgons pit and I survive, Jones . I survived going into that lair. And thats what its all about. The Gorgon, in this case, is, who Jones also referred to Monday as a fembot Dr. Evil. The descriptions are on-brand for Infowars, where Jones warns daily on the Internet of dark forces plotting …

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

(CNN)Our time is beset by a special kind of anxiety. The media and the Internet have become personal intravenous hookups to images of crisis — violence, disaster, political upheaval — fed to us instantly, wherever we are. For consumers of media, this condition can feel so total it can feel numbing and almost futile to discuss. Yet there’s a twist: the smoke bombs are harmless, and dazzlingly colored — and the phrases on his flags fall somewhere between …

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Peppa Pig: Comedian John Sparkes behind cartoon voices – BBC News

June 8, 2017

… grown-ups… if you’re sitting at home now reading this story on the Internet and show your kids this is the man who is Mr Rabbit, they won’t thank you for it.” Image caption John Sparkes’ character Siadwell launched his television career on the BBC’s Naked Video After a pit stop as a clerk in Lloyds Bank’s Mumbles branch, a computer studies degree at Oxford Polytechnic and a drama specialist at a Bicester comprehensive school, his professional …

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Companies get ready for day of protest to save net neutrality

June 7, 2017

The day of action to save net neutrality is planned for July 12.Image: Matt Rourke/AP/REX/Shutterstock Digital companies are preparing to make their net neutrality positions clear. Companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, Vimeo, Reddit, Mozilla, and Etsy alongside civil rights organization ACLU are planning an “Internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality” on July 12. SEE ALSO: Don’t count on Netflix as net neutrality’s savior The Federal Communications Commission …

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The ‘Boy In The Ambulance’ Emerges In Interviews With Pro-Assad Media

June 7, 2017

Omran had just been pulled from the rubble after an airstrike on the Syrian city of Aleppo. His older brother would later die of wounds sustained in the attack. With his image circulating on the Internet, Omran came to be known simply as the boy in the ambulance, a symbol of the terror that Syrian children are forced to endure in a civil war. Kinana Allouche, a pro-Assad journalist, shared on Facebook photos of her interview with a healthy-looking Omran with his family, including his father, …

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General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… Secretary Karen Bradley told the BBC that the fight against online radicalisation meant getting “access to information as required” from tech firms. Pressed on whether this meant penetrating encrypted messaging services, she said the tech industry had done the “right thing” in the past in terms of removing indecent images from their platforms and now ministers wanted the “same response” over extremist material. “We know it can be done and the Internet …

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Facebook valiantly tries but fails to moderate hate speech in Myanmar

May 30, 2017

… Internet users in recent years, and Facebook benefited with 10 million Burmese users by 2016. With these new users come challenges. One hot button topic, the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis, has resulted in posts made insulting the minority Muslim Rohingyas. On Facebook’s end, it’s trying to cut derogatory terms that have traditionally been thrown at the group. But like many automated processes dealing with a language’s nuances, it can get those wrong. In a Medium post, …

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25 awesome pins to prove that your soul belongs to food

May 30, 2017

… food pins you can purchase on the Internet. Why? Because pins are making a huge comeback. And we just discussed how food is probably the best part of 2017, food and dogs. So please, enjoy these small enamel versions of some food items we all love. 1. Sriracha hot sauce pin Image: strange ways No other condiment has a more passionate and dedicated fanbase than sriracha. If you love it, you are ride or die. You put it on everything, because food without sriracha doesn’t even count as …

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Peloton’s connected bike business is now worth $1 billion

At-home exercise has always been a weird but lucrative market. Why do you think you’ve seen Bowflex commercials for the past three decades? And where there’s money, there are tech companies looking for their piece of the pie. Enter Peloton, a four-year-old startup that sells Internet-connected stationary bikes tied to a livestreamed subscription workout experience. Peloton is now worth about $1.25 billion thanks to its latest round of funding. That makes the at-home connected-bike …

May 26, 2017
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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… demand—” “—credit card verification systems, Snapchat—” adds a third. “Pornography accounts for 37 percent of all Internet traffic.” “Thirty-eightwhen I’m on it,” says the guy with the highfalutin facial hair. In many ways, the exchange is typical of the show. It’s good for multiple laughs, particularly if you’re wise to the shamelessly eccentric ways of the modern tech world. Punchline aside, the big laugh is that nod …

May 24, 2017
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All the best photos from Pippa Middleton’s decadent wedding

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock On Saturday, Pippa Middleton married hedge fund manager James Matthews. Now, of course, the Internet is thirsty for photos of the lovely affair. Some fast facts: The wedding took place at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Pippa’s dress was made by British designer Giles Deacon. And yes, yes, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were in attendance. Now let’s get to the good stuff. SEE ALSO: Why Prince Harry and Prince William are truly the …

May 22, 2017
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Are hackers working to bring back WannaCry just for the lulz?

… now working to startle the ransomware monster awake from its slumber. Rather, we may have some Internet randos to thank. Why? The leading theory, proposed by security researcher Marcus Hutchins, suggests it’s all about shits and giggles. WannaCry rushed onto the international scene on May 12, infecting and encrypting hundreds of thousands of computer systems running unpatched Windows operating systems. The ransomware demanded that victims pay around $300 in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to …

May 21, 2017
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Patreon grows like crazy as creators sour on ad-driven platforms

… popularity with a mix of obscure Internet humor, inside jokes, and far-left politics. Not far below it is the podcast of author Sam Harris, whose perceived Islamophobia and views on race have alienated him from much of the traditional media. The site’s popularity is perhaps helped by the constant tensions between big ad-driven platforms and the users who make their most popular content. Phillip DeFranco’s fundraising page on Patreon. YouTube angered many of its stars recently …

May 20, 2017
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What Snapchat vs Facebook means for the media

… but, with media titles being encouraged to publish directly onto social media sites – rather than their own – they are beginning to cede control, and revenue, to these Internet giants. Snapchat grows up Enter Snap. Snapchat has adopted an interesting take on revenue raising with Snapchat Discover. It allows publishers to sell adverts in unique channels, before splitting the revenue. This means that the publications dont need to risk as much as they have traditionally done so. They …

May 20, 2017
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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

Image: Shutterstock / issaro prakalung In John Olivers recent segment urging viewers to stand up for net neutrality, the late-night comedian lamented the challenge of building public support for a seemingly obscure issue. Net neutrality the concept that Internet access should be equal and accessible for all is objectively boring, Oliver says. While I disagree, Oliver has a point. Net neutrality can seem like a woolly issue. Explanations tend to cite the Communications Act of 1934 arcane …

May 19, 2017
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Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese Internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media. …

May 18, 2017
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