Bozell & Graham Column: The Russian Facebook Fizzle

In their book Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report that within 24 hours of losing, Hillary Clinton was ordering her campaign to argue that the election was hacked by Russia. Just as reporters leaped to find “news” to corroborate her “vast right-wing conspiracy” allegations during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they have lunged at stories of Russian interference to validate VRWC 2.0. 

Second verse, same as the first. The media outlets most deeply invested in the narrative that Russia somehow masterfully manipulated the 2016 election are beginning to struggle as the actual facts tumble out. Getting a closer look at the Russian Facebook postings doesn’t help the Sore Loser Chorus. In fact, it demolishes them.  

The New York Times posted a story on October 9 headlined “How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics.” But there in the details was a dramatic shapelessness, a borrowing from the left and a borrowing from the right, ultimately underscoring why the article should have never been published in the first place. 

Times reporters Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi explained that one Russian-orchestrated page was called the United Muslims of America, which often shared posts and videos about American “Islamophobia.” They stole a YouTube video produced by a man named Waqas Shah, in which he paid actors to shove him around in New York City to see if bystanders would object, and they did not. So America is bigoted.

But another Russian account called Being Patriotic spread a widely circulated Internet hoax about how Muslim men in Michigan were collecting welfare payments for multiple wives. So the Russians were both protesting “Islamophobia”….and promoting it. How is that “reshaping” our election process? It is what it is: an attempt to inflame both ends of the spectrum, and to set them to war against each other. 

If the Times is trying to corroborate Hillary’s Russia-Trump conspiracy, they are not helping themselves when they report in the same piece that the Russians caused Americans on both sides of the divide to promote their material. They ran a Facebook page called “Blacktivist” that carried “passionate denunciations of the criminal justice system and viral videos of police violence.” One of their posts about the death of a black teenager in a fight with police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was reposted by Black Lives Matter Chicago. 

The  “Being Patriotic” page also stirred up conservatives with a message against more refugee settlements in America. But here’s the glaring difference in coverage: the Times asked conservative social-media activists how they felt about being used by the Russians, but they didn’t get any quotes from Black Lives Matter about being manipulated. 

Washington Examiner correspondent Byron York dealt a major blow to these Russia-elected-Trump conspiracy theories with facts that Facebook has revealed.

–  Facebook said 56 percent of these ads’ impressions came after the election, and 25 percent of the ads were never seen by anybody. 

– Most of the Russian ads didn’t mention the election or the candidates or the need to vote. They may have “harvested American rage,” but for what purpose? 

– Most of the ads were not geographically targeted, and when they were, they were all over the place. The ones targeted for swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin ran in 2015, and drew less than 1,000 impressions. 

Nothing the Clintonistas have cited as the “real killers” of her presidential hopes have turned out to be true. Hillary wanted this opponent, and then couldn’t vanquish him, and now can’t face it. 

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"Censorship is easy if you don’t worry about becoming The Ministry Of Truth" – Facebook security chief lashes out

    

In a furious tweetstorm this weekend, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer warned interfering desperate politicians and triggered letfists that the fake news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.

As a reminder, we noted that Alex Stamos was seemingly pressured into ‘finding’ Russian evidence after Senator Mark Warner paid the social media company a visit

A few weeks after the French election, Warner flew out to California to visit Facebook in person. It was an opportunity for the senator to press Stamos directly on whether the Russians had used the company’s tools to disseminate anti-Clinton ads to key districts.

Officials said Stamos underlined to Warner the magnitude of the challenge Facebook faced policing political content that looked legitimate.



Stamos told Warner that Facebook had found no accounts that used advertising but agreed with the senator that some probably existed. The difficulty for Facebook was finding them.

For months, a team of engineers at Facebook had been searching through accounts, looking for signs that they were set up by operatives working on behalf of the Kremlin. The task was immense.

Warner’s visit spurred the company to make some changes in how it conducted its internal investigation. Instead of searching through impossibly large batches of data, Facebook decided to focus on a subset of political ads.

Technicians then searched for “indicators” that would link those ads to Russia. To narrow down the search further, Facebook zeroed in on a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency, which had been publicly identified as a troll farm.

“They worked backwards,” a U.S. official said of the process at Facebook.

The breakthrough moment came just days after a Facebook spokesman on July 20 told CNN that “we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election.”

And the rest is history as 3000 “Russian Ads” were suddenly discovered to enable Warner to keep the narrative alive – and more crucially demand social media companies crackdown on ‘fake news’, on politically-sponsored and divisive ads, and on anything they decide is not really fitting their identity-politics-based narratives.

However, given this weekend’s tweetstorm by Stamos, we suspect he has finally snapped and been forced to shove some common sense down the throats of the vengeful politicians who see no unintended consequences in their demands for big-brother-esque newspeak.

“It’s very difficult to spot fake news and propaganda using just computer programs,” Stamos said in a series of Twitter posts on Saturday.

“Nobody of substance at the big companies thinks of algorithms as neutral,” Stamos wrote, adding that the media is simplifying the matter.

“Nobody is not aware of the risks.”

As Bloomberg reports, the easy technical solutions would boil down to silencing topics that Facebook is aware are being spread by bots — which should only be done “if you don’t worry about becoming the Ministry of Truth” with machine learning systems “trained on your personal biases,” he said.

“A lot of people aren’t thinking hard about the world they are asking [Silicon Valley] to build,”Stamos wrote.

“When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.”

Stamos’s comments shed light on why Facebook added 1,000 more people review its advertising, rather than attempting an automated solution.

The company sent a note to advertisers telling them it would start to manually review ads targeted to people based on politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues. The company is trying to figure out how to monitor use of its system without censoring ideas, after the Russian government used fake accounts to spread political discord in the U.S. ahead of the election.

The silver lining at least is that Stamos is aware of what a terrible idea the kind of censorship that Democratic politicians (and John McCain) are demanding… whether this means that, behind the smoke and mirrors of actively managing your news feed to provide you with your self-bias-perpetuating perspective, anything will change, is anyone’s guess.

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Georgia Deputy Fired For Racist Facebook Posts Targeting Black Motorists


A white Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been terminated and another white officer abruptly resigned following an internal affairs investigation that uncovered racist and sexist messages they sent each other on Facebook, including one that described what appeared to be an effort to target black motorists.

The two officers — both former McIntosh County sheriff’s deputies — served on the department’s special traffic unit that patrols I-95 in South Georgia. The two officers sent offensive jokes back and forth through the Facebook’s messaging service and used texting shorthand “lol” to indicate laughter.

One joke referred to “colored people” and another used the word “n—— ,” according to records reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Another showed an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and denigrated his most famous speech.

“I have a dream. That one day my people will not act like animals,” posted Brant Gaither, the McIntosh deputy who was terminated July 25.

“Lol. That’ll never happen,” responded Jeremy Owens, a police officer in Darien, the county seat, who resigned the day after Gaither was fired. Owens previously worked in the sheriff’s office.

And in an apparent reference to their policing of the highways, Owens said: “It’s supposed to rain tomorrow. Might not get too many niggs.”

“I hope we get a few but (expletive) if we don’t,” Gaither replied.

The posts have drawn the attention of the Southern Center for Human Rights, which dispatched a lawyer to the county last week.

The center’s staff has been interviewing people in the county and is seeking information from witnesses who may have had interactions with deputies or information about the department’s policing practices. Sarah Geraghty, the center’s managing attorney for impact litigation, said the non-profit law firm is preparing a formal request for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

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Cops Abandon Search for Lost Child to Bust Man For Weed Pipes, Then Brag About It on Facebook

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The Ashley Borough Police Department received a call for help in finding a missing child. But instead of locating the missing child, when they smelled marijuana at a nearby residence, they abandoned their search and confiscated a cannabis user’s bongs and smoking devices. That was their first mistake, according to some. Their second mistake, arguably, was bragging about their bust on Facebook

Here’s the photo they posted on their Facebook page and the accompanying caption.

The stash was undeniably a prized possession to someone who unwittingly had drawn the attention of Ashley Borough police. Now it’s in the hands of law enforcement. But if the department was looking to be praised by the local community, they were sadly mistaken. Instead of lauding the accomplishments of the boys in blue, the public ripped them a new one.

Spencer Holt was seemingly perplexed when he wrote, “You must be so proud of yourselves. How about the kid? A lost child is a time-sensitive issue, how did that situation develop while you were rounding up the giggle weed?” Holt’s sentiments echoed the overall feelings of the public who viewed abandoning the search for a missing child to committing a cardinal sin.

Chad Mummert blasted the department as well. He wrote, “This basically states that you’ve abandoned a lost child investigation…let’s repeat that…a lost child investigation because you smelled marijuana and went for some low hanging fruit to eventually exploit on social media. You deserve every bit of the roast (pun intended) that you are getting with this foolish post.

Approaching with a more lighthearted statement Connor Cormier asked police if he could buy the bong. He said he’d pay, “$45 for the Zong,” and promised to, “meet you wherever is most convenient.”

The cynicism was not lost in the seriousness of what police had admitted to doing. They openly confessed to devoting at least a portion of their department to potentially charging an individual for treating his/her ailments with cannabis.

As TFTP has reported, cannabis has been decriminalized and made available as medical marijuana in at least 29 states with eight states allowing for recreational use. The states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington now allow for full recreational use of cannabis.

Some of the Ashley Borough Police Department’s critics understand there are many sick people who use cannabis to deal with their illnesses and are not afraid of committing a misdemeanor crime to do so. Alex Hardy didn’t hold anything back when he criticized the department’s seizure. Hardy asked, “Lemme get this straight. You dickless little shits get sidetracked from looking for a missing child to hassle someone for their pot gear. And then you actually brag about it on fb?”

Dallas Shaefer attempted to shame the PD into repentance. “You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is a waste of public resources and damaging to the record of someone who was likely hurting no one,” he wrote.

Whatever their motivations, the Ashley Borough Police Department understandably opened up the proverbial can of worms with their post. The ongoing criticism serves to illustrate how attitudes toward cannabis are changing at the what seems to be the speed of light. People are waking up to the fact that pharmaceutical companies have used their lobbying power for years to convince the federal government, the FDA, and the DEA to keep cannabis categorized as a Schedule I narcotic.

All the while they’ve quietly been addicting millions of Americans to their synthetic opiates which killed more Americans in 2016 than in the entire Vietnam War. Maybe what Ashley Borough Police should do is begin to arrest pharmacists for dispensing addicting and life-ending opiates. Only then can they rightfully claim they’re protecting the public.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-get-call-lost-child-bust-weed-guessed/

[WATCH] Cop Kills Driver, Girlfriend Facebook Live Streams His Last Moments


Another July evening in America has been ruined by police shedding blood over a broken tail light, a man’s life ended too soon in the tragic video below, Facebook live streamed from his car.

“Stay with me,” said Lavish Reynolds onto Facebook Live video, “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back. And the police… they just killed my boyfriend”

Her four year old daughter was in the car too.

A Minnesota police officer appeared at the window moments later.

“FUCK!!!” yelled the St. Anthony Police officer through the window.

“He just shot his arm off,” said Reynolds to the camera.

“I told him not to reach for it,” the frazzled Minnesota cop yelled, “I told him to get hands up!”

“You told him to get his id,” said Reynolds, “his driver’s license. Oh my lord, I hope he’s not dead, I hope he didn’t go like that.”

Lavish Reynolds broadcast that message from the back of a Minnesota police car with her daughter onto Facebook Live just an hour ago in a 9 minute video that’s going viral.

Reynolds’ boyfriend was a St. Paul County public schools employee, driving an unusual right-side drive car through the intersection of Larpenteur and Fry Street through the town of Roseville which is between Minneapolis and northwest of St. Paul, and policed by the St. Anthony Police Department, which has dreadful ratings on Facebook.

She could be heard wailing that he was a good man with no record.

Reynolds later described the Minnesota cop as, “a ‘Chinese’ police officer five foot, five (inches) to five, six and a half, a heavy set guy,” thought to be Officer Kiel Rushton according to PINAC News investigator Felipe Hemming.

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Facebook inadvertently protects Big Tobacco by banning vaping ads

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There is no longer any doubt whatsoever that smoking cigarettes has catastrophic effects on human health. As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking harms virtually every organ in the body, reduces lifespan and causes multiple life-threatening illnesses. In fact, nearly one-in-five deaths in the United States is directly related to cigarette smoking. Of course, in a perfect world absolutely nobody would take up any form of smoking – cigarettes or otherwise – but the reality is that as long as smoking is perceived to be cool by younger people it is a practice that is likely to linger.

With that in mind, The Daily Vaper recently reported that the lives of tens of millions of smokers are being put at risk by the ban Facebook has enforced on all smoking advertisements, since this blanket rule includes vaping. Facebook strictly refuses to advertise “Tobacco or tobacco-related products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, tobacco pipes, hookahs, hookah lounges, rolling papers, vaporiser devices and electronic cigarettes.” [Emphasis added]

While it is truly noble that Facebook would turn its back on such a potentially lucrative advertising stream, by including “vaporizer devices” they are inadvertently protecting Big Tobacco’s interests.

Why do we say that?

Why a failure to advertise vaping protects Big Tobacco

First of all, as noted by The Daily Vaper, vaping devices are not, in fact, tobacco or tobacco-related products:

Vaping devices heat liquid nicotine and do not contain tobacco, but continue to be labeled as tobacco products and included in restrictions applied to traditional cigarettes.

Second, vaping is 95 percent healthier than smoking cigarettes. A 2015 report by Public Health England found that vaping is “significantly less harmful to health than tobacco.” Their “best estimate” was 95 percent less harmful – significant indeed.

If consumers were more educated about this massive reduction in risk – via advertising, for example – they would be far more likely to switch from smoking traditional cigarettes to vaping. By refusing to publish these types of advertisements, therefore, Facebook is inadvertently protecting Big Tobacco’s interests. (Related: Get help at StopSmoking.news)

Third, vaping is 40 percent less expensive than traditional smoking. This is important, because smoking is far more common among people with lower socioeconomic status than their wealthier counterparts. According to Money, switching from smoking cigarettes to vaping can save upwards of $2,000 a year – money which poorer people can use to improve the quality and nutritional value of the food they buy. (Related: Old-school smoking on the decline as more people pick up e-cigarettes.)

Fourth, the CDC and other organizations have voiced concerns that vaping might turn out to be a gateway to traditional smoking for teens. However, the statistics indicate that rather than transitioning from vaping to cigarettes, the majority (90 percent) of vapers are in the process of transitioning from cigarettes in an attempt to improve their health.

In other words, by refusing to allow vaping advertisements, Facebook is preventing potentially life-saving information that could help smokers get off cigarettes.

Fifth, vaping poses significantly less of a risk to the environment and those in the vicinity of the smoker, as determined in a study conducted by the CDC.

So, while no sincere advocate of natural health would ever endorse smoking of any kind, it does seem like Facebook is making a mistake by not allowing vaping companies to advertise. At best, those who switch from cigarettes to vaping could potentially stop smoking altogether, and even those who continue vaping will have reduced their health risks by 95 percent. To refuse to publish these advertisements is really only a protection for Big Tobacco.

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A Clip of The 19th Director of DARPA & Ex Google Exec Who Just Joined Facebook on Microchipping The Human Race







With the recent revelations by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, it’s no secret that we live on a planet characterized by mass surveillance and virtually zero privacy. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with the idea that we face threats, that a high level of national security is needed in order to keep us safe. Think about it, the United States pumps a large majority of their money into the Department of Defense. A state of fear, war and terror is needed to keep those funds flowing in that direction. Many people are starting to wake up and realize a lot of the so called threats we face and have been facing are largely manufactured and fabricated in order to justify a specific agenda, agendas that deal with the black budget world.

“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard.  It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars  allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about” – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defense Minister (source)

It doesn’t stop there, remember when credit and debit cards changed into one with a chip? That could be you in a few years as multiple corporations are pushing to microchip the human race. In fact, microchip implants in humans are already on the market. For example, an American company called Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) has developed one approximately the size of a grain of rice, and has already had it approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution and implementation. (1)

Below is a video of  Ex DARPA director. Google Executive and now Facebook employee, Regina Dugan promoting the idea of microchipping humans. At facebook, her new role will be building new hardware products to connect the world in a better way, whatever that means.

Ask yourself, what if this becomes a requirement for authentication and identification? To withdraw money or go to the grocery store? Would you do it?

These microchips would be implanted under the skin, and allow the wearer’s movements to be tracked and store personal information about them. This kind of reminds us of George Orwell’s “Big Brother” police state doesn’t it?

According to a report drawn up by a team of academics for (then) Britain’s Information Commissioner Richard Thomas in 2006, within the next couple of years our almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies (if it isn’t already). (2)

This isn’t about safety and national security, it’s about controlling the human population even more so than it is today. We live in the illusion of freedom where our potential as a human race to create something better is not wanted. We spend our entire lives working and acquiring little pieces of paper to gather the necessities we need, and in doing so we become blind to what is really happening on, to, and around our planet.

Money should never come in the way of necessity, and we have the potential to create a world where everybody’s needs are provided for. From that place of freedom, just imagine what we can do. We have the potential, and we have the power to do it, we just have to open our eyes and realize it’s possible. Those who monitor us so closely don’t really want to see us thrive, and it seems that they don’t really care about us.

The power does not lie with them, it lies with us. At any time we can choose to wake up and change the way we do things here on the planet. Not many people are resonating with the state of our world today and more people are starting to realize that we can do something about it.

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(1) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/microchip-implants-in-humans-on-the-market-1.314623

(2)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-413345/Britons-microchipped-like-dogs-decade.html


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Retro-influence? Half of ‘Russian ads’ on Facebook shown after US vote, 25% ‘never seen’ at all

In September, Facebook vowed to deliver Congress some 3,000 ads purchased between 2015 and 2017 and connected to 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages, which, as it continues to say, “appear to have come from a Russian entity.” However, Moscow has blasted those allegations, while repeatedly stating that it had nothing to do with the 2016 vote.

“44% of total ad impressions [number of times ads were displayed] were before the US election on November 8, 2016; 56% were after the election,” the social media giant stated on Monday as it published some “facts” about “Russian ads.” 

However, over “25% of the ads were never shown to anyone,” the Monday ‘factsheet’ says, adding the posts have reached some 10 million users.

On the same day the company announced that it is increasing authenticity requirements for advertisers, adding over 1,000 people to its ad-review staff after claiming it found paid postings on “divisive” social and political issues that “appeared” to stem from a Russian entity. 

No evidence of Russia’s alleged hacking of the US elections has been presented as yet, despite a whole team at the US Justice Department struggling to investigate the ‘meddling’.

Facebook is no exception. In September, it said it had “uncovered” some activity after a months-long investigation “into Russian interference,” adding that “for a while we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russia running ads.” However, then both the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to back their revelations with any solid evidence proving such Russian intervention, saying that they are “limited” in what they can share publicly about the findings.

READ MORE: Trump: Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook

Just as Facebook announced the “findings,” US President Donald Trump rushed to accuse the media of bias over a continuing “Russia hoax.” He said that it was “the fake news media” which had “the greatest influence over our election.”

“The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook,” Trump tweeted on September 22. “What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”

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The Federalist’s Bre Payton: Facebook Is Enabling ‘Troll Mobs’ to Censor Conservative Content

(from 2:23 to 2:29, and 2:40 to end)

I think it also is very clear that something shady is going on and I think Mark Zuckerberg knows that.I think it also is very clear that since Facebook has been attacked about these so-called “fake news” allegations or whatever, Facebook response isn’t to fight speech with more speech, which is what you do when you don’t like something. Their reaction has been to censor and to shut things down, right?

Since these allegations have been spinning forth, Facebook has been saying, “Okay, we’ll empower individuals in order to report things as fake news and just click on a ‘fake news’ button on information that they don’t like.” And anyone can just click on that.

And then just a couple of weeks ago, the social network also announced that they’re not going to allow pages that allegedly share so-called fake news — Which, let’s remember that is determined by users at will, and randomly and it’s completely arbitrary. They’ve said they will not let those pages that repeatedly share so-called fake news purchase ads.

CAVUTO: And who’s determining that? We don’t know.

PAYTON: Right, exactly. The point is that it is enabling Internet troll mobs to be able to just get upset and gang up on something that they don’t like.

CAVUTO: And that instantly becomes “fake.”

PAYTON: Right. Exactly. Yeah, and that is exactly the problem. You don’t fight information that you don’t like by suppressing it. You fight it with more information. You fight speech you don’t like with more speech. So Facebook’s reaction in all of this has been, you know, very clear, that they are not about promoting a platform for all ideas. They are about pushing a certain agenda.

CAVUTO: Bre, thank you very, very much.

PAYTON: Thank you.

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