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Google to take on the ‘toxic’ trolls: ‘Perspective’ AI is being taught to hunt down hate speech and abuse online

Google’s new artificial intelligence (AI) tool is the latest weapon to join the fight against hate speech.

Called Perspective, the system uses machine learning to identify abusive and offensive comments online in order to elevate the pressure publishers face in tracking down internet trolls.

The technology was fed millions of hateful comments, which taught the AI to score other comments based on how similar they are to ones humans have deemed ‘toxic’.

Never before released FBI interviews tell of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s role grooming the underwear bomber

Newly released FBI interviews have revealed cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s role in grooming the ‘underwear bomber’.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now 30, became known as the notorious ‘underpants bomber’ in 2009 after he attempted to take down a U.S. jetliner by detonating a bomb hidden in his underwear in a warped plan to carry out Islamic jihad.

The plot failed when the bomb did not detonate as planned but burst into flames, setting the jihadi alight.

10 Conservative Sites Blacklisted With Breitbart

A few months ago, brands started coming under fire on Twitter for having ads appear on the conservative news site Breitbart. In response, many did pull ads, including advertisers like Allstate and Modcloth. Brands have started taking blacklisting to a new level, including many more conservative sites which should not be lumped in with Breitbart.

“We have had some clients asking if we can ensure their ads do not run on Breitbart or other specific websites, and we have proactively reached out to others to let them know our options when it comes to blocking specific properties and allowing them to review our blacklist,” Marcus Pratt, vice president of insights and technology at Mediasmith, told Digiday. The site also linked to a blacklist reportedly from Mediasmith, which included a broad swath of reputable websites.

The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration

Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives in the U.S. — despite exploitation and America’s nativist immigration laws.

But the truth is always more complex — and can reveal self-interested as well as idealistic parties.

Employers have long sought to undercut the wages of the American underclass by preference for cheaper imported labor. The upper-middle classes have developed aristocratic ideas of hiring inexpensive “help” to relieve them of domestic chores.

The Islamic State’s Greatest Wish: U.S. Combat Forces in Syria

“The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS,” CNN reported last week. No options have been formally presented to the National Security Council or President Trump for consideration, and there will certainly be more choices on the menu for the NSC staff to consider. But if the deployment of potentially sending several thousand U.S. conventional forces into Syria is truly an option that the Trump administration is considering, then it should think long and hard before signing the order.

Sweden: Arab men live stream sexual assault on Facebook. Again

Live streamed footage of a young woman being sexually harassed in the Swedish capital of Stockholm has become part of an abhorrent ‘PR campaign’ that was launched on a closed Facebook group run by Tunisian men. The perpetrators appear to be showing the video in order to encourage other Tunisians living in Europe to pay a visit to the city.

Adam, a Tunisian man who saw parts of the attack taking place online, informed libertarian-conservative magazine Fria Tider on the existence of the Facebook group. The page has some 60,000 members and specifically aims at enlisting “Tunisians living in Europe,” according to a statement made by the website administrators.

What’s Behind the Accusations that Trump is Anti-Semitic?

As the screenwriter of two feature films about the Holocaust, one of which was nominated for several Academy Awards, and also the author of a series of prize-winning mystery novels about a Jewish detective, I think I can safely say that I have spent a good deal of my life paying close attention to matters of anti-Semitism.

British woman is killed and her husband left for dead after South African robbers torture them for hours with a blowtorch

A British woman has been horrifically murdered and her husband left for dead in an attack described as ‘pure and hateful and pointless torture’.

The couple were asleep in bed on their farm in South Africa when three men broke in through a window at 2am and tied the terrified Brits up.

The gang, who struck at their home in Dullstroom in Mpualanga province, refused to believe Sue Howarth, 64, and husband Robert Lynn, 66, did not have a safe.

The pair were tied up and tortured with a blowtorch at their remote farm 150 miles from Pretoria.

Russia’s anti-fake news site mocked online

Russia’s foreign ministry has launched a website to debunk fake news, but some social media users critical of the government are unimpressed by its lack of evidence.

Moscow has itself often been accused of using propaganda and false information, especially in state media reporting on the conflict in Ukraine and its alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election.

But Russia also says it’s been the subject of false reports.

Intelligence Community Leaking

Saboteurs in the U.S. intelligence community posing as patriots have been working hard to drive President Donald Trump from the White House.

Former National Security Agency intelligence analyst and former War College professor John R. Schindler bragged on Twitter last week about the spy-led plot his friends are conducting against the president.

“Now we go nuclear,” he tweeted. “IC [intelligence community] war [is] going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior IC friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.’”

“US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple.”

Geert Wilders cancels all public events after ‘Muslim’ member of security detail leaked sensitive information

GEERT Wilders has cancelled all public campaign events after a secret service agent from his security team was suspended over allegedly leaking details to a criminal gang.

The leader of the Dutch Freedom Party is leading the polls ahead of next month’s election.

But Mr Wilders has announced he will not appear in public for the foreseeable future because of the investigation involving his agent.

Earlier this week the secret service said an agent of a Moroccan background had been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organisation.

Muslims saw off Jew’s finger in Paris attack

Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.

The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.

The vehicle forced the brothers to stop their car, and they were surrounded by several men whom they described as having a Middle Eastern appearance. The men came out of a hookah café on to the side street, according to the case report published by the news website JSSNews.