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Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances

Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government. Facebook plans to use these people — and their ability to receive government information about potential threats — to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.

“Questionable social media campaigns” = anyone running against Zuckerberg. He’ll make Hillary’s machinations look like child’s play.

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The Atlantic on what Facebook did to American democracy

They still can’t believe Hillary lost and have no intention of honestly considering why. From Alexis C. Madrigal at The Atlantic:

Tech journalists covering Facebook had a duty to cover what was happening before, during, and after the election. Reporters tried to see past their often liberal political orientations and the unprecedented actions of Donald Trump to see how 2016 was playing out on the internet. Every component of the chaotic digital campaign has been reported on, here at The Atlantic, and elsewhere: Facebook’s enormous distribution power for political information, rapacious partisanship reinforced by distinct media information spheres, the increasing scourge of “viral” hoaxes and other kinds of misinformation that could propagate through those networks, and the Russian information ops agency.

But no one delivered the synthesis that could have tied together all these disparate threads. It’s not that this hypothetical perfect story would have changed the outcome of the election. The real problem—for all political stripes—is understanding the set of conditions that led to Trump’s victory. The informational underpinnings of democracy have eroded, and no one has explained precisely how. More.

Reality check: No one has explained precisely how? Let me try: Americans realized they actually had a chance to reject the politics of both parties. Many Dems turned to Sanders and many Republicans turned to Trump. There were more Republicans. Next question?

See also: Why rubes don’t trust traditional media any more: Because we can get wrong information anyway without paying for it or putting up with tons of ads.

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‘Soldier of Allah’, 22, who threatened to blow up a UK hospital avoids terror charges after ‘legal technicality’ due to his Facebook privacy settings

A man who described himself as a ‘soldier of Allah’ escaped a terrorism charge because of his Facebook settings.  

Leroy McCarthy, 22, was going by the name Abdullah Mahmood when he was arrested for a string of offensive posts.

In one, he wrote about bombing Furness General Hospital, in Cumbria.

But he was not charged with a terrorism offence due to his social media settings.

Lee Dacre, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court: ‘He would have been here today on a terrorism charge but for the settings on his Facebook. It’s a legal technicality.’

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Report: Google, Facebook, Twitter ‘Scrambling’ to Stop Regulation

According to Bloomberg, “Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company’s size has made it too attractive as a target for government regulators,” while “Twitter executives have been in frequent contact with Congressional committees,” and “Facebook has hired two crisis PR firms.”

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People In Germany See Too Much Right-Wing Information, So Facebook Simply Shut It Off

Facebook users in Germany complained about seeing posts from far-right groups so often that the social media platform temporarily turned off a a feature that allows people to discover news stories, USA Today reports.

A group of activists have been using Facebook’s targeting features to push right-wing content to supporters of centrist Prime Minister Angela Merkel leading up to nation-wide elections Sunday, Sandro Gaycken, founder and director of the Digital Society Institute located in Berlin, Germany, told USA Today.

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Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you.

Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’”

To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes.

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Facebook reveals alleged Russia-funded political ad campaign in US

Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts linked to Russia spent $100,000 (€€84,000) on political ads around the 2016 US presidential election, the social media site revealed on Wednesday.

Between June 2015 and May 2017, 470 accounts bought ads touting fake or misleading news or directing users to pages with such content, a Facebook official said.

The 3,000 ads did not specifically reference the election, a candidate or voting, but they did allow the amplification of “divisive messages” on issues such as immigration, race and gay rights, according to Facebook.

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Facebook bans beer festival advert because of nudity laws over a Renaissance-style artwork created for the House of Lords showing a woman’s breasts

A Facebook blunder banned a beer festival advert because of nudity laws – over a Renaissance-style artwork showing a woman’s breasts.

An advert for the Swansea Bay Beer and Cider Festival at a concert hall was rejected because the panel art on the walls failed Facebook’s automated nudity laws.

The panels, painted by Sir Frank Brangwyn in the 1920s, were originally due to cover walls at the House of Lords before being bought by Swansea Council.

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Could This be the Beginning of the End for Facebook?

“Facebook is for old people,” I was told by a 17-year-old last week in San Francisco at the Startup Societies Summit.

He doesn’t use the social media platform. He’s right too. About half a million fewer teens aged 12-17 will use Facebook this year compared to last year.

Facebook depends on older people for its advertising revenue. But it needs to get users while they are young in order to keep them coming back to the social media website when they are older.

h/t Marvin

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Zuckerberg a Tit: Facebook censors 19th classical artwork of bare-breasted women in act of ‘absurd political correctness’

Facebook has been accused of ‘absurd political correctness’ after it censored photos of classic works of art because they contained nudity.

The subject matter included 19th century paintings depicting naked women and bare breasted aboriginal woman.

Images of the work had been uploaded to Facebook by an auction house to promote an upcoming sale.

But representatives from the social network said the posts breached its advertising policy stating ‘adverts must not contain adult content’.

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