Monthly Archives: November 2016

$TWTR: @twitter is number one in Fake #News On @Apple As @getongab Grabs Market Share

Twitter markets itself as a news application on the apple store.  Perhaps Apple and Tim Cooke need a fake news and propaganda category?

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According to Sensor Tower, Twitter is number one in the news category and 24th overall on the apple store.

 

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According to Vivian Schiller  Vivian Schiller former head of news and journalism partnerships at Twitter and also the former CEO of NPR,

SCHILLER: Let me just say I think it would be a mistake for social media companies to try to, on their own, determine or deign what is a fake news story and what isn’t and shut it off, or what’s a good news organization or a bad news organization. That’s a very, very slippery slope.

Yet, regarding the suspension of “alt right” twitter accounts,

The problem is there is very little transparency and consistency when it comes to what accounts Twitter is suspending and which they are not. As long as there is an even playing field for all and the rules are clearly understood, that would be a good thing. We are not there yet. There’s more to do.

Twitter is hamstrung by privacy laws and regulations that prevent them from showing (in most cases, absent compelling public interest on the specific topic, ie news) exactly why users are suspended.

It would go a long way towards clarifying matters if twitter would, in coordination with the suspended parties release the tweets that earned the suspensions of Milo Yiannopoulis, Mike Ma, Ricky Vaughn, Pax Dickinson, Richard Spencer, Chuck Johnson, John Rivers (and others)   and lead a public discussion about what behavior is acceptable and so the public can determine if Twitter got it right.

With market competitor Gab.ai growing at a massive rate, Twitter’s confusing the issue is CEO Andrew Torba’s gain.

Andrew Torba states,

Daily Reminder: all are welcome here

Gab is for everyone.

We are the defenders of free speech.

We are The People

The alt right and others find a free speech platform that doesn’t suspend accounts and has muting tools in place.

Obviously twitter, as a publicly traded company is being buffeted by the controversy generated by Vijaya Gadde when she blatantly publicized and politicized the abuse scandal at twitter in her WAPO editorial of April 16, 2015.

A major problem for Twitter is that they do not enforce their own rules consistently.

As Fusion Journalist Kristen V Brown noted in her own reporting after receiving death threats, 

But others, like those from the tweeters that suggested I needed to “go” and that it was “op time,” seemed like clear violations: they encouraged others to target me, repeatedly tweeted at and about me and made references to violence.

 

And yet threats and fake content are still omnipresent on twitter.

For instance you can solicit hitmen:

Declare our now elected President as a “common enemy” of CIA?

You can pretend Donald Trump has been sworn in and is President already.

 

 

A founder of Twitter, and Twitter Board Member (and twitter’s largest individual shareholder) Ev Williams called out Facebook for their “fake news” problem in a Medium post (Ev is CEO/Founder) that has made news.

I found it interesting that when I went to read Zuckerberg’s post about misinformation, there were two ads on the side that are super fake.

 

One wonders why Evan Williams is not more outspoken about the fake news and abuse that proliferates on twitter?

Twitter does have rules preventing abuse and fake news on the books, they just don’t enforce them.  And what they do enforce, seems to be one sides in the political spectrum.

It is at the point that Twitter’s core business is suffering as reflected in the stock price which is below IPO.

At the very least, Jack Dorsey and the Board of Directors owe it to shareholders to clarify what is going on, and what steps are being taken to cure the public perception of Twitter as a safe haven for abusers & fake #news.

Related Content:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/how-pro-trump-twitter-bots-spread-fake-news.html

https://www.ft.com/content/2910a7a0-afd7-11e6-a37c-f4a01f1b0fa1

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/fake-twitter-accounts/

 

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$TWTR @jack allows @nymag’s @JesseSingal To Be Fake #news And Conspire To Abuse #Consumers.

Unless you can account for the massive use of social media that Barack Obama started and Donald Trump perfected you can’t account for how fake news by media such as Jesse Singal affected the 2016 Potus election.

Jason Abbruzzese of Mashable writes,

In some ways, it’s right out of the playbook of Barack Obama. Obama’s administration excelled at getting out its message in non-traditional ways while also being noted as one the most secretive administrations ever. For example: The Obama White House routinely leapfrogged the political media, giving interviews to YouTube stars (who aren’t, like Trump’s media surrogates, traditional presidential interviewers).

American politics is both cyclical, swinging from left to right and back again, and somewhat like magnets.

Magnets can attract or, if you reverse polarity, repel.

When you have peace and goodwill, the two parties work closer together, when they are at odds, like they have been since 9/11, you get polarization.

And this has led to the extreme polarization we see today.

With literal socialists on the left driving hateful Democrats rhetoric, and real live nazis on the right with their fingers close to the reins of power and driving the news cycle. the nation is as polarized worse than it has been during the heights of the Vietnam war.

So how did Jesse Singal manage to impact the election to such a huge degree?

By aligning with a SJW mob, and doing their fake #news for them.

Conspiring with them openly as they dogpiled and abused their way through gamergate, and right into the general election as pro gamergate people became pro Trump.

Jesse, so sure of himself, offered to conspire with a twitter account, @2dammuslim, that literally cyber bullied a Syrian war refugee right off twitter.

Mr. @2dammuslim is in the business of “persuasion.”

 

Jesse Singal seems to think he has “protection”.

Mr. @2dammuslim would not be shocked if he was banned by Twitter, however @jack and @support do not treat all their customers equally.

The same conduct that earns people on the right suspensions is ok if done by people with politics Jack approves of.

Mr. @2dammuslim knows his conduct harms twitter customers accounts.  Especially if they are big accounts.

 

Jesse however doesn’t value your civil rights, he’s ok with a Revolution (and the targeted abuse)  as long as he’s a net beneficiary.

 

Additionally @2dammuslim has been assigned by @glinner to attack journalists.

 

In short Jesse Singal got a revolution, and now he’s afraid of what he lit the match to start.

What’s more, Jesse Singal knows he’s fake news and contributed to Trump’s election.

I suppose Jesse is to be commended for his honesty.  It’s not like he tried to hide his efforts.

Honestly Jack Dorsey and Twitter sicken me.

When eminently professional feminist journalists like Kristen V Brown of Fusion receive death threats that Twitter won’t handle responsibly and people like @2dammuslim and Jesse Singal are free to abuse whomever they wish you have to wonder how Twitter remains in business.

Randi Lee Harper, a notorious abuser on Twitter has met with Twitter Safety.

 

Twitter General Council Vijaya Gadde had this to say about abuse on twitter in her Washington Post Op-Ed entitled, Here’s how we’re trying to stop abuse while preserving free speech.”

This is, to put it mildly, not good enough. Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up. We need to do a better job combating abuse without chilling or silencing speech.

One has to wonder how Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde and the rest of Twitter’s leadership feel they can protect free speech and fight abuse while empowering abusers.

 

 

Related:

https://storify.com/ResistISIS/getting-started

http://fusion.net/story/283089/twitter-harassment-policy-enforcement/

View story at Medium.com

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Did @GODSIZEhiroshi Of @GODSIZEofficial Steal A Jewelry Design?

Having great respect for Japanese and Japanese culture this pains me to write.

Vera Von Monika alleges that Japanese jewelry house Godsize, run by  has stolen her design.

According to Ms. Von Monika,

Yes, i created the design!

He’s stealing MY work and I’ve work proposals to that sketch. He doesn’t pay and steals!?

 

 

According to Ms. Von Monica she submitted the artwork in October.

Here is my sketch! He wanted a collaboration but we didn’t have everything settled yet.

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Did Godsize steal Ms. Von Monika’s design?

We Will Now Produce Only The Best Fake #News Available.

In todays headlines, Hillary Clinton was eaten by an alligator at Disneyland as she trolled for new kids to give to Podesta.  No one was hurt, and the alligator received a Congressional Medal of Honor.  Bill Clinton gave the eulogy stating, “Who is that blonde?”

Ron Paul tweeted a list of fake news sites.  We would ask Jack Dorsey and Zuck to immediately bar these fake news sites from publishing news or updates on Facebook and twitter forevermore.

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In NFL news the Cleveland Browns challenged Alabama to a football game.  Alabama declined, fearing excessive injury risk for the pansy Browns players.  The Akron Pop Warner boys U-12’s stepped up and beat the Browns 35-28 in a hard fought game, with the Ghost of the Galloping Ghost Red Grange leading all rushers with 142 yards and 3 td’s.

In Major League Baseball news Justin Verlander was jobbed by the baseball writers out of his Cy Young.   However he has Kate Upton.  So all in all it seems fair.

In basketball news Michael Jordan came out of retirement, dunked on Kanye West and re-retired.  Kanye West was last seen in an ambulance muttering about Beyonce, Taylor Swift and 3 partially eaten bags of cheetos.   Kim Kardashian immediately divorced him saying, “I didn’t know he couldn’t D up and guard an old man.  I don’t feel safe anymore.”

In Twitter news Jack Dorsey resigned as CEO stating, “I suck.  I cannot believe I did this to twitter, my customers and my country.  I am a very bad person.”

 

$TWTR @Jack @Support Fail As Lone Conservative Director of Communications Makes Threats

The Director of Communcations for Lone Conservative (@loconservative), Michael McClister (@themidmerican) has threatened me on Twitter.

Mr. McClister, who previously posted my art without credit for which I filed DCMA takedowns and prevailed, is under the mistaken belief that I have doxed him.

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Twitter, in all their wisdom, locked the account and forced the deletion of one (?) tweet.

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However twitter left the following tweets up.

The tweets tell the full tale of Mr. McClister’s vicious threats.

 

Twitter General Council Vijaya Gadde wrote in her Washington Post Op-Ed of April 16, 2015 that,

This is, to put it mildly, not good enough. Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up. We need to do a better job combating abuse without chilling or silencing speech.

With vicious predatorial people like Michael McClister on Twitter one should doubt Twitter’s commitment to protect their consumers.

One should also doubt Twitter’s ability to protect their own business as Mr. McClister is heavily promoting Gab.Ai, the home of the alt right, on his twitter account and in articles penned at Lone Conservative.

Twitter’s inability to control the abuse by people such as Mr. McClister is a prominent feature of their lack of growth and corresponding stock price drop.

 

Of worrisome note is the rise of anti semitism on twitter, and now the Daily Stormer being heavily posted on gab.ai by Rickey Vaughn, a prominent suspended twitter account in the alt right.

Andrew Torba, CEO of GAB writes,

At Gab, we believe that free speech and free thought are under attack. Political correctness has risen up at the expense of freedom of speech and has become a cancer on discourse and culture. We think that people shouldn’t treat unpleasant, counter-cultural, or conflicting ideas, words, or behaviors as full-scale criminal offenses.”

Related Posts:

http://www.catchnews.com/science-technology/gab-the-pro-free-speech-social-network-alternative-to-twitter-is-here-1479302702.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/16/banned-alt-right-twitter-users-flee-to-invite-only-press-free-safe-space.html

 

Anti Semitism in the Alt Right; Pepe The Frog, Beardson Beardly and @Jack #politics

Art is interpreted in the eyes of the beholder.  Thus what one person finds to be art another can legitimtely feel it’s trash.

Critical to interpretation of art however is the Artist’s Intent.  

With so many things in life, there is room for debate and alternate interpretations.

However with Pepe The Frog there is no debate that Pepe is used by some anti semites to intimidate, threaten and harass Jewish people on Twitter and more broadly on social media.

The alt right combined mediagenic personalities and memes to broadcast their anti semitical message to a general public more connected than ever on Facebook and Twitter.

Anti semites like Beardson Beardly bursting on the scene as a David Duke of sorts.  A mediagenic face conveying the ugly message.

Beardson, who appeared to have ingratiated himself with Mike Cernovich by hiding his true nature (even earning a shoutout from Mike on a periscope as “funny”) quickly networked with alt right figures and even threatened young GOP future leaders such as Kassy Dillon on Twitter.

 

https://www.periscope.tv/Cernovich/1gqGvdDNavBxB

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Mr. Cernovich appears to have quickly detected the virulent anti semitism in Beardson and disassociated.

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Beardson was quickly suspended for his overt threat, and has subsequently apparently been suspended mutliple times for evading suspension.

Beardson also opposed the #NeverTrump campaign led by Ben Shapiro and Louise Mensch of HeatStreet on twitter.

 

Their use is nazi like propaganda from the alt right, which themselves seem mostly disaffected southern and midwesterners holding onto old time prejudices and hatred hoping for a comeback.

It’s as if the South is trying to rise again.  I believe we fought a Civil War over that, however some dreams seem to die hard.

As journalist Kristen V Brown of Fusion writes in Twitter has failed at controlling horrifying anti-Semitism:

Secondly, the social network has time and time again failed to accurately and consistently assess abuse when it does make its way into Twitter’s review process. Twitter’s abusive behavior policy is famously vague, but even when the violations of it are indisputable, the network often fails to act. Earlier this year, I experienced this first hand when Twitter failed to take action against several death threats against me that very clearly violated its harassment policies.

 

No matter what you think about Beardson Beardly’s commentary, he has a history of overt threats on twitter.

The heretofore noted rise in anti semitism in Europe has made the jump to America, stoked by the high visibility and volume anti semitism that is on twitter.

Jack Dorsey and Twitter, as a #news branded application have moral culpability in allowing a massive parade of intimidation and filth on twitter.

We hope that there’s a lesson learner here.  That stoking the fires can and will result in flames.

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Musician Sergio Michel was also attacked by elements of the alt right on twitter and has actively withdrawn from association with the alt right due to their lack of professionalism.

Mr Michel was quite appalled at the trolling on twitter by a journalist from a site that had sought him out for interview.

 

That is rather than write an assigned article, Mr. Cooper chose to troll Mr. Michel on a secondary (?) twitter account.

The full exchange is archived, and took place on 10/21/2016.

Mr. Cooper, who operates numerous twitter accounts, is an intern for Lone Conservative.

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The infecting fringe element of anti semites and twitter trolls needs to be removed from the party, stat.

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The Ghost of Eugene Debs. #Politics In The US Remains Cyclical

In the 1930’s after the collapse of the stock market and mass economic collapse, socialism rose and was partially embraced as a temporary measure by FDR and Congress with the “New deal.”

During that time labor protests racked much of America as workers fought for what they saw as their rights against entrenched business  interests.

The recent Presidential election has once again exposed a rift between the populist leftist wing of the Democrat party (temporarily represented by Bernie Sanders) & the corporate, big bank friendly/war exporting wing of Hillary Clinton.

With Silicon Valley leadership (Jack Dorsey, etc)  preaching leftism and inclusiveness while not actually delivering on the results (poor hiring practices leaving minorities out in the cold, homelessness and a corporate aesthetic taking over San Francisco rather than a vibrant and eclectic city) socialism is once again making a comeback.

At the same time high tech, through the use of borderless (largely unregulated) apps ( like Uber)  undermines even BASIC employment protections that most Americans think of as basic, routine and theirr rights.

IE being an employee and not an independent contractor when you don’t actually control the work you do, workers’ compensation (itself earned through compromise with business interests) and perhaps a dash of time off.

This is hardly unexpected when those same states leave youth uneducated, incarcerated at massive rates and quite frequently jobless, yet without entrepreneurial skills to make their own way.

It’s as if the business left is pulling the wool over the eyes of everyone and expect to have their whole cake and eat it too.

And we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette.

We now have a President elect that’s actually less conservative than Hillary Clinton, yet somehow despised by the left due to the Democrats attempts to rig the election for Hillary Clinton?

How will this play out?  Well I expect actual jobs bills similar in nature to a new “new deal.”

And the self appointed “cultural elites” like Bob Chipman, AKA @the_moviebob?  

Folks like Bob are the same old hate from the Bay Area and Orange County that previous generations of Dust Bowlers felt in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

In other words, politics is cyclical and same as it ever was.

There’s no reason to fear putting people to work who need work and will work.  None.

Will the Democratic party find it’s soul and actually function to protect workers, or will it remain tied to big banks, and tech while lying to their own electorate publically while maintaining private positions?

Will the GOP stop teaching young activists to abolish the Commerce Department even as Congress has explicit authority to regulate interstate commerce?

“to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

Time will tell.

Is Trump Hoover or Eisenhower?

Related:

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Dear @HillaryClinton, Some Ideas To Remain Useful In Your Dotage.

Dear Hillary Clinton,

Due to a shocking display of every deplorable ISM possible, you are not President.

Given the fact that your Foundation appears riddled with corruption in an attempt to personally harness the government, media and foreign policy of the United States for your personal enrichment we have some ideas about how you can spend your dotage.  (You may not have a Foundation for very long.)

If you end up in prison, these ideas probably (mostly) will not work.

10.  Become a dog walker in New York.  Thus you can canvas for the Democrats and actually talk to normal people and not Democrat operatives pretending to “bump” into you post election.

9.  Give Bill a sloppy BJ.  Work on that marriage, girl!  Bill is just a misunderstood male after all.  He loves everyone!

8.  Apply to work as a Greeter at Wal Mart.  Since you know Arkansas and the Walton’s this should be an easy get.

7.  Go to Haiti and give them back their money.  Looting countries (allegedly) is not nice.

6.  Take an adult education class on the internet.  Learn about hackers, cyber security and how to protect your personal information (and national security.)

5.  Learn a second language.  For you, Chinese or Arabic, the better to solicit donations to your political action committee (I mean “foundation”, sorry).

4.  Spend time with your grandchildren.

3.  Kick Harry Reid in the balls.  He really deserves it.  Truly.

2.  Apologize to Bernie Sanders for rigging the entire Democrat party, Administration and news media against him.

1.  Work as a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army.  Your staff thinks you are not normal and don’t relate to regular people.  This would help.

0.  Work on saying, “I plead the 5th” and hire a brilliant defense attorney.

 

 

America’s Brain Is On Fire. Dick Comey of the @FBI, Statutes, Plain Meaning & Big Brother

I have no idea when Dick Comey, Director of the FBI decided that the plain meaning of a statute isn’t the law and he can interpret not only the plain meaning of a statute but Congress’ intent in writing the relevant statute.

In other words, Congress writes the laws, the Administration (FBI) enforces the law and the Supreme Court interprets the law.

This is why we have a court sytem.  To decide these questions.

The question is not to be decided in back rooms of FBI or with the AG and Bill Clinton on a plane.

Our government is dysfunctional and now exists to protect it’s own interests and not the interests of  American citizens.

We have arrived at Big Brother.

And Big Brother doesn’t care that Hillary Clinton broke the law, and everyone on earth knows our secrets.

However it does care that General Patreus, Snowden and Chelsea Manning broke the law.

We officially have a 2 tiered system of justice.  One for people the government doesn’t care about, and one for who it does.

Time to let the Government know this IS NOT OK.