2019-04-22: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-04-22). 'Facebook Coin': The media giant is trying its hand at banking. mronline.org Facebook's cryptocurrency initiative furthers an agenda of neoliberal financialization, writes Josh Gabert-Doyon | Source

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-22). Solidarity with Venezuela Now! Protect the Embassy. globalresearch.ca We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is …

teleSUR (2019-04-22). New US Blockade Of Iran Could Skyrocket Oil Prices This Summer. telesurenglish.net The U.S. government is ending the program that has provided exemptions to five large countries purchasing oil from Iran, the New York Times reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | According to the New York Times report, the U.S. is canceling the exemptions to China, Japan, India, Turkey, and South Korea as they attempt to strengthen their blockade on Iranian goods. | The ultimate goal of this U.S. move is to force regime change…

RT (2019-04-22). Twitterati pounce on MSNBC for sending reporter to pester Mueller near church on Easter Sunday. rt.com Russiagate-obsessed news network MSNBC sent one of its journalists to talk to the one person in a position to feed the dying hopes that the now-public Mueller report still holds the key to ousting President Donald Trump.

teleSUR (2019-04-21). Afghan Women Go Online to Set #myredline for Peace. telesurenglish.net A summit between Afghan delegates and the insurgents that was to take place in Doha this weekend and which had been set to include more women has been postponed indefinitely. | RELATED: | India's Top Court To View Appeal Allowing Women Into Mosques | Across Afghanistan, women have taken to social media to join a campaign dubbed #My…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-20). On WikiLeaks, Mueller Ignored Findings of Former US Intelligence Officials. theantimedia.com (SP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former …

RT (2019-04-20). Whitewashing slavery? Ancestry forced to pull ad with interracial couple after social media backlash. rt.com Genealogy site Ancestry.com has apologized and removed an ad featuring a pre-Civil War interracial couple after critics slammed the spot, claiming it whitewashed the widespread sexual exploitation of slave women.

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

RT (2019-04-19). 'It was collusion, buy my book': #Resistance journalist has 453-tweet meltdown over Mueller report. rt.com The Mueller report left some of President Donald Trump's conduct up for debate, but clearly stated no collusion with Russia took place. Not for one journalist, who launched a Twitter crusade to prove otherwise…with 453 tweets. |

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-19). On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials. shadowproof.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…

Steve Topple (2019-04-18). Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade. thecanary.co Musician and activist Lowkey's latest album has lit up social media and streaming sites since its release on 5 April. Rightly so, because as … | Read more Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade | By Steve Topple

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-18). Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups'. thecanary.co 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has once again slammed US 'regime change' wars. The Iraq veteran tweeted out a video of her discussing … | Read more Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups' | By Mohamed Elmaazi

United Nations (2019-04-18). 'Vaccines are safe' and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign. un.org Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that "vaccines are safe, and they save lives".

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'. thecanary.co Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret

splcenter (2019-04-18). Stalking Mosques and Trading Information, Back Woods Survivalist Squad Merges Anti-Islam Fever With Militia Tactics. splcenter.org Back Woods Survivalist Squad (BWSS), a group of Patriot movement extremists, has been using Facebook to coordinate surveillance on mosques around the country, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-18). Facebook Partners With The Daily Caller for Fact Checking Help. theantimedia.com (CD) — Facebook is partnering with an extreme right-wing website's fact-checking arm, a move that is generating condemnation from both mainstream and progressive critics. Axios reported on Wednesday that Facebook would be working with The Daily Caller's for-profit fact-checker website Check Your Fact to uncover bias and false statements in stories on the social media site. In a statement to The Wrap, Facebook downplayed its partnership …

Mehdi Hasan (2019-04-18). Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It. theintercept.com The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | mendacious Attorney General William Barr, and his repeated — and repeatedly dishonest — attempts to summarize and spin the special counsel's report prior to publication. | You now have access to the report itself, and even the " Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & "Dangerous Hate Campaign" as Right-Wing Attacks Continue. democracynow.org Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "Thi…

Staff (2019-04-16). Trump's Tweets Fuel Media Slander and Death Threats Against Ilhan Omar. therealnews.com James Zogby, of the Arab American Institute, analyzes the increasing threat against Arabs and Muslims in America and its impact on 2020 elections…

FAIR (2019-04-16). Scaring Up Division and Hatred. fair.org Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him— highlighting presidential tweets that …

FAIR (2019-04-16). Scaring Up Division and Hatred. fair.org Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him— highlighting presidential tweets that …

Julianne Tveten (2019-04-16). US Media Lament Internet Censorship—in China, Not US. fair.org The New York Times ( 8/6/18) invites us to pity the Chinese teens who are deprived of US tech giants. | Among mainstream US media, there's a consensus that China is depriving its population, and possibly others, of the internet's full capacities. | The New York Times invoked this trope last summer ( 8/6/18) when it fretted that "a generation" was coming of age without access to such US-founded internet companies as Tw…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-13). NAACP President Responds to President Trump's Islamophobic Tweet. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement in response to President Trump's Islamophobic tweet: "Trump's recent tweet invokes painful memories to promote his racist agenda. This is maddening but not surprising for a President whose presidential campaign and presidency has been based on hate, xenophobia, and bigotry. The President needs to realize that his …

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security. greenleft.org.au Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project (2019-04-05). Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists. splcenter.org Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

2019-04-22: Social Media Postees

'Facebook Coin': The media giant is trying its hand at banking
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-22
Facebook's cryptocurrency initiative furthers an agenda of neoliberal financialization, writes Josh Gabert-Doyon | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/22/facebook-coin-th…

New US Blockade Of Iran Could Skyrocket Oil Prices This Summer
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-22
The U.S. government is ending the program that has provided exemptions to five large countries purchasing oil from Iran, the New York Times reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | According to the New York Times report, the U.S. is canceling the exemptions to China, Japan, India, Turkey, and South Korea as they attempt to strengthen their blockade on Iranian goods. | The ultimate goal of this U.S. move is to force regime change…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trumps-Dangerous…

Twitterati pounce on MSNBC for sending reporter to pester Mueller near church on Easter Sunday
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-22
Russiagate-obsessed news network MSNBC sent one of its journalists to talk to the one person in a position to feed the dying hopes that the now-public Mueller report still holds the key to ousting President Donald Trump. | …
rt.com/usa/457191-msnbc-ambushes-mueller…

Afghan Women Go Online to Set #myredline for Peace
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-21
A summit between Afghan delegates and the insurgents that was to take place in Doha this weekend and which had been set to include more women has been postponed indefinitely. | RELATED: | India's Top Court To View Appeal Allowing Women Into Mosques | Across Afghanistan, women have taken to social media to join a campaign dubbed #My…
telesurenglish.net/news/Afghan-Women-Go-…

Whitewashing slavery? Ancestry forced to pull ad with interracial couple after social media backlash
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-20
Genealogy site Ancestry.com has apologized and removed an ad featuring a pre-Civil War interracial couple after critics slammed the spot, claiming it whitewashed the widespread sexual exploitation of slave women. | …
rt.com/usa/457057-ancestry-pulls-slavery…

On WikiLeaks, Mueller Ignored Findings of Former US Intelligence Officials
Kevin Gosztola | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-20
(SP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former …

On WikiLeaks, Mueller Ignored Findings of Former US Intelligence Officials

Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-19
Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/18/instagram-us-…

On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-19
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/19/on-wikileaks-…

'It was collusion, buy my book': #Resistance journalist has 453-tweet meltdown over Mueller report
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-19
The Mueller report left some of President Donald Trump's conduct up for debate, but clearly stated no collusion with Russia took place. Not for one journalist, who launched a Twitter crusade to prove otherwise…with 453 tweets. | …
rt.com/usa/457045-russiagate-mueller-res…

Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
Musician and activist Lowkey's latest album has lit up social media and streaming sites since its release on 5 April. Rightly so, because as … | Read more Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade | By Steve Topple…
thecanary.co/podcasts/2019/04/18/lowkey-has-dropped-the-most-important-album-of-the-decade/

Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups'
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has once again slammed US 'regime change' wars. The Iraq veteran tweeted out a video of her discussing … | Read more Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups' | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/04/18/tulsi-gabbard-says-us-wars-cost-millions-of-lives-and-strengthen-terrorist-groups/

'Vaccines are safe' and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-18
Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that "vaccines are safe, and they save lives".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/04/18/palestinians-urge-us-all-to-boycott-puma-a-proud-sponsor-of-israeli-apartheid/

Stalking Mosques and Trading Information, Back Woods Survivalist Squad Merges Anti-Islam Fever With Militia Tactics
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-18
Back Woods Survivalist Squad (BWSS), a group of Patriot movement extremists, has been using Facebook to coordinate surveillance on mosques around the country, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/19/stalk…

Facebook Partners With The Daily Caller for Fact Checking Help
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-18
(CD) — Facebook is partnering with an extreme right-wing website's fact-checking arm, a move that is generating condemnation from both mainstream and progressive critics. Axios reported on Wednesday that Facebook would be working with The Daily Caller's for-profit fact-checker website Check Your Fact to uncover bias and false statements in stories on the social media site. In a statement to The Wrap, Facebook downplayed its partnership …

Facebook Partners With The Daily Caller for Fact Checking Help

Trump's Tweets Fuel Media Slander and Death Threats Against Ilhan Omar
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-16
James Zogby, of the Arab American Institute, analyzes the increasing threat against Arabs and Muslims in America and its impact on 2020 elections…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-tweets-fu…

Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & "Dangerous Hate Campaign" as Right-Wing Attacks Continue
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-16
Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "Thi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/16/rep_ilhan…

Scaring Up Division and Hatred
FAIR | fair.org | 2019-04-16
Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him– highlighting presidential tweets that …
fair.org/zmail/scaring-up-division-and-h…

Scaring Up Division and Hatred
FAIR | fair.org | 2019-04-16
Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him– highlighting presidential tweets that …
fair.org/home/scaring-up-division-and-ha…

NAACP President Responds to President Trump's Islamophobic Tweet
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-13
NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement in response to President Trump's Islamophobic tweet: "Trump's recent tweet invokes painful memories to promote his racist agenda. This is maddening but not surprising for a President whose presidential campaign and presidency has been based on hate, xenophobia, and bigotry. The President needs to realize that his …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-president-respond…

Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…
greenleft.org.au/content/hastily-written-tech-laws-threaten-online-privacy-and-security

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/10/vicio…

Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists
Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-04-05
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/05/twitter-lo…