A Facebook Ban on Political Ads Would Be a Major Blow to the Left. Just Look at AOC's Campaign
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-08
AOC fueled her rise, and the rise of a movement, by deftly combining on-the-ground organizing with sophisticated targeting on Facebook.
Syria: Where Have All the "Professional" Journalists Gone?
Janice Kortkamp | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-08
I'm in Homs on my sixth visit to this vibrant city since May 2016 as an independent, self-funded activist and social media amateur journalist. | Since peace and stability have been restored and life is returning, the "professional news media" is …
This footage of an incoherent, rambling Boris Johnson could lose him the election
Kerry-anne Mendoza | thecanary.co | 2019-11-08
Footage of an incoherent, rambling Boris Johnson at a campaign event has been viewed over 2 million times on social media. And it might just lose him the upcoming general election. Goodness knows, elections have been lost over far less than this. | The footage: | The prime minister was speaking at the Northern Ireland Conservatives' meeting on 7 November. The atmosphere should be electric. But the behaviour of Boris Johnson is so bizarre, the bystanders look visibly uncomfortable and attempt to avoid eye contact. Perhaps they're hoping if they look away long enough, he'll go away. | Most of the video (lim…
Bernie Sanders: Bloomberg's 2020 Bid Shows "Billionaire Class Is Scared"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-08
Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday night that America's billionaire class is "scared," and rightly so, after numerous outlets reported that former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is actively planning to make a late entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential race. | "The billionaire class is scared and they should be scared," tweeted Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, apparently…
A Jewish woman tells BBC Question Time once and for all: 'Jeremy Corbyn is not an antisemite'
Kerry-anne Mendoza | thecanary.co | 2019-11-08
A Jewish audience member of BBC Question Time gave a damning verdict on the antisemitism witch hunt against the Labour Party. She tore into the press and the Conservative Party, accusing them of creating this fake news story in an effort to avoid an honest debate on policy. A debate they would lose.This is your moment: The audience member, who goes by Lila Rose on Twitter, said: You said that Jewish people are scared to go out of their house because Corbyn's an antisemite. I'm Jewish, my whole family's Jewish, I can tell you that we're not scared. Corbyn is not an antisemite. The right-wing press takes thin…
Nazi-normalizing barf journalism: A brief history
Dorothee Benz | mronline.org | 2019-11-07
The article was met with howls of protest across Twitter, but among the many apt responses, Bess Kalb's description (11/25/17) captured my heart and gave me the single most useful phrase of the Trump era: "Nazi-normalizing barf journalism." | Source…
Democrats turn on Bill Gates after billionaire hints he's not a fan of Warren's wealth tax
rt.com | 2019-11-07
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates was eviscerated on social media after balking at some Democratic candidates' wealth tax and hinting he'd vote for whoever is "more professional," which some took as a dog whistle for Trump. | Gates expressed some apprehension about the "wealth tax" proposed by Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, admitting he'd only be willing to fork over so much of his massive fortune. "I've paid over $10 billion in taxes, I've paid more than anyone in taxes! I'm glad to have–If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine," he told the New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday.
The empire, Trump and intra-ruling class conflict
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-11-07
Over the past few months President Trump has unilaterally by Tweet and telephone begun to dismantle the U.S. military's involvement in the Middle East. The irony is amazing, because in a general overarching narrative sense, this is what the marginalized antiwar movement has been trying to do for decades.(1) Prof. Harry Targ, in his important […] | Source…
Former British Ambassador to Syria: UK complicit in Trump's Syria Oil Grab
Peter Ford | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-07
The cat is out of the bag. The UK is potentially complicit in a war crime. With typical insouciance the U.S. military dropped this bombshell by tweet and apparently without realizing the implications for U.S. partners: | We are repositioning @CJTFOIR forces to Deir ez Zor #Syria to continue partnering w/ #SDF to defeat ISIS remnants, protect critical infrastructure, & deny ISIS access to revenue sources…
Gaza Leadership Slams Twitter and Facebook for Yielding to Israel's Dictates
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2019-11-07
Member of Hamas's political bureau, Mohamed Nazzal, has strongly denounced Twitter and Facebook for blocking Palestinian pages in response to Israel's dictates. In remarks to Quds Press. on Tuesday, Nazzal said that Twitter recently blocked his page and dozens of pages belonging to Palestinian national figures because of their positions …
Facebook Sues Israeli Cyber Security Co. NSO Over WhatsApp Surveillance
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-07
Shir Hever discusses the strategy of the Israeli offensive cyber company NSO, its roots in the notorious Israeli "8200" military intelligence unit, and how it crossed a line that very few companies dare cross.
Why Facebook Is Soliciting Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2019-11-07
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Rapper T.I. faces huge backlash after admitting taking his 18yo daughter to obgyn to 'check her hymen'
rt.com | 2019-11-07
Rapper T.I. has sent Twitter into overdrive after he revealed that he takes his teenage daughter to a gynecologist to check if her hymen is intact. The bizarre admission has prompted accusations of abuse. | "Not only have we had the conversation [about sex], we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," T.I. said, with his confession leaving podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham somewhat dumbfounded. | The musician, however, did not stop at that, making sure nobody got the impression he was just messing with the presenters. | "Right after the birthday we celebrate. And usually like the da…
Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch fin…
Something in the air
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-11-07
international solidarity Peter BoyleIssue 1244 AustraliaNovember 7, 2019Looking through a collection of street art shared on social media from the Lebanese rebellion against corruption and inequality, I was reminded of the similar explosion in street art during the Sudanese rebellion, just a few months ago. | A quick online se…
NYC: Subway protest vs. cop brutality
Workers World staff | workers.org | 2019-11-06
Over 1,000 militant activists streamed into main streets in downtown Brooklyn on Nov. 1 to protest recent police attacks on people of color and young people. A few days before, a video went viral that exposed New York Police Department cops attacking a group of teenagers at a Brooklyn subway . . . | Continue reading NYC: Subway protest vs. cop brutality at Workers.org…
People taking the mick out of Jo Swinson's battle bus is just beautiful
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-11-06
It's officially an election now that the first battle bus has been revealed. Unfortunately for Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats, though, the big reveal got off to a bad start; because people soon took to social media to take the piss. Fortunately for the rest of us, it provided some much-needed comic relief at the expense of the party that just can't seem to stop misleading voters about marginal constituencies or fabricating quotes. | It's a failed band!: | The bus, e…
'Ban things I don't like': Elizabeth Warren slams Twitter's new ban on political ads after urging Facebook to censor opponents
rt.com | 2019-11-06
Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren can't seem to make up her mind on the correct course for big tech, first attacking Facebook's ad policies as too lax, then Twitter's as too strict. Perhaps they should make her CEO. | Senator Warren (D-Massachusetts), who has vowed to break up tech giants she deems too large or powerful, took to Twitter on Tuesday to denounce the platform's upcoming policy change banning all political ads, arguing the new rule helps the spread of misinformation about climate change. | "Twitter's new ad policy will allow fossil fuel companies to buy ads defending themselves and spreading…
Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-05
by Lucas Koerner Chilean protester beaten by government forces (Twitter, 10/21/19) | Chile's anti-neoliberal rebellion is entering its third week, and the brutal crackdown continues. Hard-right President Sebastian Piñera and his generals have effectively decreed the country's oligarch-dominated democracy out of existence by sending soldiers into the streets to kill, maim and torture their own people. | And, for the most part, the Western corporate media blackout persists unabated. | October 25's historic 1.2 million–person march in Sa…
YouTube Yanks Second Red Ice Channel
Hannah Gais | splcenter.org | 2019-10-23
YouTube has taken down a second Red Ice channel after the hate network tried to circumvent the media giant's initial ban.
YouTube Takes Down Red Ice's Main Channel
Hannah Gais | splcenter.org | 2019-10-18
YouTube removed one of the most prominent video news outlets for white nationalists, Red Ice, from its platform.