Daily Archives: February 7, 2019

2019-02-07: News Headlines

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-07). Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data. therealnews.com Google, Amazon, Facebook, among others, have developed ecommerce rules that would benefit them and, with the help of the US government, hope to have them adopted by the World Trade Organization. CEPR's Deborah James discusses the implications

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-07). Problems With Facebook. indybay.org Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

RT (2019-02-07). Former NYT editor who wrote book about journalism 'revolution' accused of plagiarism. rt.com Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been relentlessly roasted by social media, after evidence emerged that she plagiarized material for her new book. Abramson says she will "review" the passages in question.

RT (2019-02-07). Offended journalist makes Twitter suspend user over 'learn to code' career advice. rt.com With all of the trolling and abuse that happens daily online, Twitter has revealed some odd priorities when policing its platform, suspending users who jokingly advise jobless journalists that they should "learn to code" instead.

Fred_F (2019-02-07). Student climate strike: 'It's our future'. greenleft.org.au After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

STAFF (2019-02-06). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dismantles Trump's Attack on Socialism. truthdig.com While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated—said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaking to…

Isabel Ostrer, Chris Cai, and Ana Malinow (2019-02-06). An Open Letter to Rep. Pramila Jayapal Regarding Medicare for All. commondreams.org Rep. Pramila Jayapal introducing the new Medicare for All Caucus during a Capitol Hill press conference in July of 2018. (Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-02-06). Sanders Highlights American Struggles in Fierce SOTU Response. commondreams.org Bernie Sanders quickly delved into all the things Trump got wrong about the economy, infrastructure, health care, immigration and more in his own response delivered online. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ruth Conniff (2019-02-06). Trump's Long, Weird, Divisive State of the Union. commondreams.org Wearing suffragette white in solidarity, Democratic women of the 116th Congress listen to the State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019. In his remarks the President stated, "we have more women in the workforce than ever before." According to the Labor Department, women's labor force participation was higher in 2012, and peaked in 2000. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-02-06). Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher tied to Neocon think tank. mronline.org While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users. | Source

teleSUR (2019-02-06). WhatsApp Warns Indian Political Parties Against Abuse of Media. telesurenglish.net India's political parties have been abusing Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp ahead of the country's general election and the company has warned them not to do so, a senior executive said Wednesday. | RELATED: | India: High Unemployment Report Withheld, a 'National Disaster' | WhatsApp declined to name the parties or give the exact nature of the alleged misuse, but there is mounting concern in India that party workers could abuse the platform by using automated too…

RT (2019-02-06). Democrats drool over Nancy Pelosi's 'f**k you' clap during Trump's State of the Union speech. rt.com The State of the Union address was supposed to showcase Donald Trump's statesmanship but, according to social media, the real star of the show was Nancy Pelosi, whose sarcastic antics made her the night's MVP #resistor.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Ocasio-Cortez: Attack on Socialism Shows Trump Is Scared of Progressives. truthout.org While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated — said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaki…

RT (2019-02-06). MAGA teen gearing up to sue dozens of media outlets, celebrities in 'landmark' libel case. rt.com More than 50 media outlets, celebrities and public figures could be targeted in a libel suit aiming to vindicate a MAGA-hat-wearing teen who was savaged by social media after he faced off with a Native American activist.

Fight Back (2019-02-05). Green Bay, WI protests after DA refuses to charge killer cop. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – After months of waiting for a decision, on February 1, the family, friends and supporters of Jonathon Tubby heard District Attorney David Lasees' refusal to charge Officer Erik O'Brien. His decision has left many with questions, anger and confusion — not the answers they had sought. | Tubby, a member of the Oneida Nation, was known as a warm, funny person who cared deeply for his friends and family. In pictures shared on his Facebook and other social media pages, his smile is the first thing that catches one's eye. | On the evening of October 19, Tubby was taken to the Brown County…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-05). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. mintpressnews.com Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). Hundreds of Teachers Protest Proposed Budget Cuts in Baltimore County. therealnews.com Baltimore County public school teachers will rally at a Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5 to protest austerity measures, including budget and staff cutbacks. | The Real News will be covering events live on Twitter and the District will livestream the meeting, which begins at 6: 30. | Teacher protests have swept the nation over the past year—most recently in Virginia, where teachers staged a one-day walkout, and Los Angeles, where teachers won pay raises and class size…

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Aída Chávez (2019-02-04). Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest. theintercept.com Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-04). UK, Stand Firm against Data Demands in Death Penalty Cases. hrw.org | | WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | After heated debate, the United Kingdom has just inched closer to adopting laws that would allow the United States to demand and obtain digital evidence — such as e-mails, texts, and chats — directly from companies that are storing it in…

Olivia Herken (2019-02-01). Black Feminism and the Internet. progressive.org In 'Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets,' Feminista Jones chronicles how a political philosophy and social movement has grown online.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-01). ICE Force-feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike. hrw.org | | Screenshot from a 2013 video of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) volunteering to undergo the standard operating procedures for force-feeding of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. | © 2013 The Guardian/YouTube | ICE officials are force-feeding six immigrant detainees who are on hunger strike in Texas, according to an investigation published by the Associated Press. | The AP reported indications that nearly 30 men — mostly from India an…

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.

ACLU (2019-01-29). Trump Says 58,000 Texans Voted Illegally. Here's What Actually Happened. aclu.org Voter fraud is extremely rare. States using unreliable data to justify purges of eligible voters, unfortunately, is not. | The president of the United States is once again spreading unsubstantiated claims about rampant voter fraud and undermining faith in the integrity of our democracy. This time, he's claiming that 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in Texas and more than half have actually voted. These numbers,…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-24). Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur. splcenter.org An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-01-23). How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company. splcenter.org Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

splcenter (2019-01-22). Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools. splcenter.org When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.

2019-02-07: Social Media Postees

Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/07/1882101…

Offended journalist makes Twitter suspend user over 'learn to code' career advice
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
With all of the trolling and abuse that happens daily online, Twitter has revealed some odd priorities when policing its platform, suspending users who jokingly advise jobless journalists that they should "learn to code" instead. | …
rt.com/usa/450849-twitter-journalists-le…

Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-07
Google, Amazon, Facebook, among others, have developed ecommerce rules that would benefit them and, with the help of the US government, hope to have them adopted by the World Trade Organization. CEPR's Deborah James discusses the implications | The post Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/global-tech-comp…

Student climate strike: 'It's our future'
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…
greenleft.org.au/content/student-climate-strike-its-our-future

Former NYT editor who wrote book about journalism 'revolution' accused of plagiarism
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been relentlessly roasted by social media, after evidence emerged that she plagiarized material for her new book. Abramson says she will "review" the passages in question. | …
rt.com/usa/450862-jill-abramson-plagaris…

Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-02-06
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/06/twitter-erupts-a…

An Open Letter to Rep. Pramila Jayapal Regarding Medicare for All
Isabel Ostrer, Chris Cai, and Ana Malinow | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Rep. Pramila Jayapal introducing the new Medicare for All Caucus during a Capitol Hill press conference in July of 2018. (Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/06/open-l…

Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Seizes…

Trump's Long, Weird, Divisive State of the Union
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Wearing suffragette white in solidarity, Democratic women of the 116th Congress listen to the State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019. In his remarks the President stated, "we have more women in the workforce than ever before." According to the Labor Department, women's labor force participation was higher in 2012, and peaked in 2000. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/06/trumps…

Sanders Highlights American Struggles in Fierce SOTU Response
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Bernie Sanders quickly delved into all the things Trump got wrong about the economy, infrastructure, health care, immigration and more in his own response delivered online. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/06/sander…

WhatsApp Warns Indian Political Parties Against Abuse of Media
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
India's political parties have been abusing Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp ahead of the country's general election and the company has warned them not to do so, a senior executive said Wednesday. | RELATED: | India: High Unemployment Report Withheld, a 'National Disaster' | WhatsApp declined to name the parties or give the exact nature of the alleged misuse, but there is mounting concern in India that party workers could abuse the platform by using automated too…
telesurenglish.net/news/WhatsApp-Warns-I…

Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher tied to Neocon think tank
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-06
While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/06/facebooks-troll-…

MAGA teen gearing up to sue dozens of media outlets, celebrities in 'landmark' libel case
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-06
More than 50 media outlets, celebrities and public figures could be targeted in a libel suit aiming to vindicate a MAGA-hat-wearing teen who was savaged by social media after he faced off with a Native American activist. | …
rt.com/usa/450806-sandmann-maga-lawsuit-…

Democrats drool over Nancy Pelosi's 'f**k you' clap during Trump's State of the Union speech
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-06
The State of the Union address was supposed to showcase Donald Trump's statesmanship but, according to social media, the real star of the show was Nancy Pelosi, whose sarcastic antics made her the night's MVP #resistor. | …
rt.com/usa/450764-pelosi-clap-papers-tru…

Green Bay, WI protests after DA refuses to charge killer cop
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-05
Green Bay, WI – After months of waiting for a decision, on February 1, the family, friends and supporters of Jonathon Tubby heard District Attorney David Lasees' refusal to charge Officer Erik O'Brien. His decision has left many with questions, anger and confusion — not the answers they had sought. | Tubby, a member of the Oneida Nation, was known as a warm, funny person who cared deeply for his friends and family. In pictures shared on his Facebook and other social media pages, his smile is the first thing that catches one's eye. | On the evening of October 19, Tubby was taken to the Brown County…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/5/green-bay…

" God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-05
US President Donald Trump, who has left multiple countries in a state nervous suspense from the first day of his presidency, continues to threaten the world community like some kind of petty Mafioso, this time setting the crosshair on Venezuela. Like president, like press secretary While Trump continues to tweet scattered threats to people across […] | The post " God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!" appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1905-god-chose-trump-and-tru…

Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-05
Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela. | The post Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/twitter-greenlights-ve…

Hundreds of Teachers Protest Proposed Budget Cuts in Baltimore County
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
Baltimore County public school teachers will rally at a Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5 to protest austerity measures, including budget and staff cutbacks. | The Real News will be covering events live on Twitter and the District will livestream the meeting, which begins at 6: 30. | Teacher protests have swept the nation over the past year–most recently in Virginia, where teachers staged a one-day walkout, and Los Angeles, where teachers won pay raises and class size…
therealnews.com/columns/baltimore-county…

Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14294

UK, Stand Firm against Data Demands in Death Penalty Cases
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-04
WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | After heated debate, the United Kingdom has just inched closer to adopting laws that would allow the United States to demand and obtain digital evidence — such as e-mails, texts, and chats — directly from companies that are storing it in…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/04/uk-stand-firm-ag…

Black Feminism and the Internet
Olivia Herken | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
In 'Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets,' Feminista Jones chronicles how a political philosophy and social movement has grown online.
progressive.org/magazine/how-a-political…

Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-adviser-john-bolton-admits-venezuela-coup-oil

ICE Force-feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-01
Screenshot from a 2013 video of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) volunteering to undergo the standard operating procedures for force-feeding of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. | © 2013 The Guardian/YouTube | ICE officials are force-feeding six immigrant detainees who are on hunger strike in Texas, according to an investigation published by the Associated Press. | The AP reported indications that nearly 30 men — mostly from India an…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/01/ice-force-feedin…

Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-24
An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/25/anti-…

How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company
John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-01-23
Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/24/how-g…

Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-22
When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.
splcenter.org/news/2019/01/22/spring-201…