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Drug dealers are using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to sell illicit appearance and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs). The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and cyber-intelligence firm GiPEC purchased some of the drugs being promoted on these sites and found some drugs contained potentially harmful steroids or were altogether fake. The social
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Topics in this post: Benjamin Netanyahu Facebook Facebook suspended a feature on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account Thursday after someone managing the profile posted comments suggesting Arabs plan to destroy all Jewish people. The move, which Facebook says will last for 24 hours, comes after chatbot messages were sent from Netanyahu’s page stating
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Topics in this post: antitrust Facebook New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday morning an eight-state coalition to open an investigation into Facebook that will focus on the social media titan’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. The probe will include the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio, among others,
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On March 30, 1981, 25-year-old  shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people. The following year, he went on trial for his crimes. Defense attorneys argued that Hinckley was insane, and they pointed to a trove of evidence to back their claim. Their client had a history of behavioral problems. He was obsessed with the
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Apple apologized Wednesday for listening to recordings of people talking to Siri, the company’s digital voice assistant. The tech giant’s grading program allowed under .2% of audio Siri requests and their transcripts “to measure how well Siri was responding and to improve its reliability,” according to Apple. “We realize we haven’t been fully living up
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Topics in this post: Facebook the 2020 Election Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers
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The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The proposal is part of an initiative to create Health Advanced Research Projects Agency or HARPA, which would be
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Over the past two months, Hong Kong has roared into global headlines. Its seven million citizens have increasingly taken to the streets (and the capital building, and the airport) to protest China’s move to decrease the city-state’s autonomy, set off by a proposed bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited
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Twitter disclosed more than 900 accounts originating from within China that deliberately attempted to promote disinformation in Hong Kong as activists engage in pro-democracy demonstrations in the region. The company’s disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from inside the communist country. Twitter said in a blog post Monday that it has “reliable evidence to support
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SPARKS, Nev. (August 14, 2019) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security leader, selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser® spacecraft’s six NASA missions to the International Space Station.  The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new plan to gather vast amounts of public data from Facebook, Twitter and other social media to identify threats to the U.S. violates surveillance policies. The FBI is working with outside companies to create a contract to gather social media public data, such as people’s names, user IDs and photos
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Amazon’s surveillance camera company coaches local police departments on ways to obtain a customer’s video images, even if that person does not wish to provide such information, Vice reported Monday, citing documents and internal memos. Ring, which Amazon bought in 2018, provides police officers with templates for requesting footage from customers. Company representatives suggest law
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Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Monday that would ban autoplay and endless scrolling on social media in an effort to curb what he called addiction. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would also require social media companies to restrict users to 30 minutes per day unless the user manually changes the
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Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said Wednesday that people are missing the most important element involved in holding the Silicon Valley company responsible for alleged privacy rights violations. “The real threat to the tech giants is competition, not regulation, and everybody is missing what really happened today,” he told his Twitter followers. He
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93% of porn websites leak personal user data to tech giants like Facebook and Google, even when users watch in “Incognito Mode,” according to a Tuesday study. Google announced an update to Chrome Thursday that will close to “loophole” companies use to know when people are browsing in incognito. A researcher who conducted the study
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Conservative pundit Deneen Borelli is blaming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after she lost her commentary gig at the BlazeTV.  Borelli’s cancelled Facebook show comes shortly after the company dramatically changed its algorithms to de-emphasize political content.  Facebook’s changes appear to be affecting smaller outlets and individual pundits at a greater rate than larger media entities
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President Donald Trump cannot block Twitter critics from his @realDonaldTrump account, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday. The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the president’s Twitter account creates a public forum, and blocking users based on viewpoint violates the First Amendment. The decision tees up a possible appeal to the Supreme
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Google is plowing money into the coffers of several conservative groups who are criticizing Sen. Josh Hawley as the Missouri Republican continues crusading against the Silicon Valley giant. The big tech company provides “substantial contributions” to groups like R-Street, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), TechFreedom, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), to
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Facebook agreed Tuesday night to hand French judges the identification data of French users who are suspected of distributing hate speech. The decision comes after several meetings between Zuckerberg and French President Emmanuel Macron, who wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech. France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric
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The Democratic National Committee and two Silicon Valley giants are working together to police platforms for misinformation ahead of the first presidential debates, CNN reported Thursday. The DNC is monitoring disinformation daily and is alerting Facebook and Twitter if it sees false information going viral, the report noted. Both companies have previously taken action
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Spending most of their lives buried in streambeds, freshwater mussels can be easy to miss. You could wade across a dense bed of them without noticing. An observant snorkeler might see scattered shells and pairs of holes in the river bottom where the creatures’ siphons pierce the sediment. Yet even though they’re hunkered out of
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Liberal activists are upset that YouTube and Twitter tagging their content as hateful as the companies attempt to wipe out white supremacist content. Twitter temporarily suspended liberal researcher David Neiwert for posting Klu Klux Clan imagery on his platform  Left-leaning journalists are criticizing Twitter for taking out a blogger at Southern Poverty Law Center who
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Facebook is disputing a Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday that suggests CEO Mark Zuckerberg might have been aware of some potential abuses of private data. Zuckerberg raised issues with a third-party app that was capable of accessing Facebook users’ information regardless of their privacy settings, and was thus aware there was a problem,
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Liberal activists are crying foul after YouTube’s demonetizing frenzy slammed the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization known for labeling conservative groups as hate groups. A video SPLC published was among those nixed after YouTube announced plans Wednesday to remove videos and content that promote white supremacy. Journalist Max Blumenthal lashed out at the company
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George Orwell’s fictionalized world where Big Brother reigns supreme is no longer a figment of the imagination, but a prophetic vision of present-day threats. Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, explains how and why Big Tech is making Orwell’s 1984 a 21st-century reality. Transcript: The year is 1984. One company – Microsoft
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