2021-02-09: Social Media Postees

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Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist
Alan MacLeod | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-09
Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. This report was originally published by Mint Press News. Ben Nimmo, a former NATO press officer and current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, has announced Facebook has hired him to "lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations" and "emerging threats." Nimmo specifically named Russia, Iran and China as potential dangers to the …

Facebook Hires NATO Press Officer Ben Nimmo as Intelligence Chief
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
It is now difficult to distinguish where the deep state ends and the fourth estate begins and Ben Nimmo's move from NATO to NATO-aligned think tank to Facebook is just another example of this phenomenon.

Facebook, the ADL and the Brewing Battle to Label Zionism as Hate Speech
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
While a debate rages over whether Facebook should view the term 'Zionist' as a slur, the ADL continues on its crusade to make the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism the worldwide standard.

Trump's Twitter ban highlights need to democratise social media
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-09
Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump's account on January 8 was an anti-climactic conclusion to a presidency that ultimately finished with a whimper rather than a bang, writes Leo Crnogorcevic.

Twitter suspends accounts, removes verification of Saudi political prisoners
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-09
Twitter suspends accounts, removes verification of Saudi political prisoners | Decision criticised as 'uncalled for' as the detainees are held in situations beyond their control | MEE staff | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 11: 54 | Ali al-Omari (L) and Awad al-Qarni have been in jail since 2017. Their verified Twitter badge has recently been removed by the social media giant (Twitter) | Twitter has removed the blue verified badge from…

I analyzed all of Trump's tweets to find out what he was really saying
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-09
By Michael Humphrey | — The tally was in, it was clear Donald Trump had lost — and he tweeted: "either a new election should take place or … results nullified." It sounds familiar, but it wasn't November 2020. It was February 2016. Trump was just months into his presidential campaign, and was already telling …

To End Systemic Racism, Ensure Systemic Equality
ReNika Moore | aclu.org | 2021-02-09
Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that "the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should "go back" to the "corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors. But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially…

Chile: Political Parties Urge Dissolution Of Carabineros
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-09
Chile's political parties and social leaders on Monday demanded the dissolution of the Military police (Carabineros) three days after an agent shot dead juggler Francisco Martinez, 27, during an identity check. | "We demand the Senate to debate on the re-foundation of Carabineros," Progressive Party (PRO) Senator Alejandro Navarro tweeted, recalling that police brutality is part of the "nefarious legacy" of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). | Chile's Communist Party (PC) Secretary Eduardo Artes also demanded the resignation of President Sebastian Piñera, "who has defended the Carabineros despite the br…

Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
Donald Trump, has with luck, eluded the consequences of being a failed gambling czar with no respect for the law. But his luck has reached a new level with Congressional Democrats refraining from holding him accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution as regularly as the rising and setting of the sun for…

'They're silencing women who don't agree with radical feminism' — author who claims book was censored by Facebook tells RT
rt.com | 2021-02-09
Big Tech is trying to silence women who speak out against radical feminism, author Carrie Gress told RT, after a Catholic store claimed that Facebook had taken down ads for her book on 'toxic femininity'. | A Catholic gift store, Guadalupe Gifts, said it was told by Facebook that it could not sell Gress's book on its platform because the item did not comply with the social network's "commerce policies." | "The book's been out for two years, so to get that kind of response at this point seems a bit ridiculous," Gress told RT. | In a late January email to the store, cited by the news website The College Fix, Fac…

Twitter users cry foul as platform mulls subscription service… but meltdown may be premature
rt.com | 2021-02-09
Twitter users are up in arms over reports that the company is toying with the idea of introducing paid features, but some of the drama appears to be the result of people jumping to conclusions after skimming headlines. | In an effort to reduce its reliance on advertising, Twitter is exploring new ways of generating revenue, including the use of subscription fees for some services, Bloomberg reported. | Read more | | Twitter & Facebook could be blocked in Russia over content calling for unauthorized protests, say proposals from country's Senate | In a s…

Turkey trains Libyan troops on counter-terrorism
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-09
The Turkish Armed Forces continue to provide counter-terrorism training to the Libyan Armed Forces, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday."As part of the military training, assistance and advice agreement, we continue to provide training to the Libyan Armed Forces. Our personnel are providing 'Basic Counter-Terrorism Training' to the Libyan soldiers in the Homs Joint Maritime Training Center Command," the ministry said on Twitter.On Nov. 27, 2019, Ankara and Tripoli signed two memorandums of understanding: one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern…

Gateway Pundit founder questions those saying 2020 election was secure while 'cracking down' on sites like his in RT interview
rt.com | 2021-02-09
Following his permanent ban from Twitter, Gateway Pundit founder and editor Jim Hoft spoke to RT and questioned why social media platforms are working so hard to keep sites like his from reaching readers. | The @gatewaypundit Twitter handle belonging to Hoft, which sported over 375,000 followers, was banned on Saturday night for "repeated violations" of Twitter's "civic integrity process," which focuses heavily on information or theories that "could undermine faith in the process itself, such as unverified information about election rigging, ballot tampering, vote tallying, or certification of election results…

'They're gentrifying RBG': Twitter loses it over pricy apartment building 'honoring' Ruth Bader Ginsburg
rt.com | 2021-02-09
A Washington DC apartment building has been named The Ginsburg — to honor the late Supreme Court Justice. The call to live in the upscale complex, "named for the heart of justice," however, drew ridicule online. | The naming of the building was to "honor" Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but in order to live in the complex supposedly inspired by the much-beloved judge, you'll have to fork over some serious money. | According to apartments.com, one two-bedroom apartment is currently available and it can be yours…

Amid internal meltdown at New York Times, '1619 Project' creator doxxes reporter for digging into her own racially charged tweets
rt.com | 2021-02-09
In the New York Times' latest internal scrap, the paper's leading advocate for critical race theory allegedly doxxed a reporter for calling out her hypocrisy, after a veteran journalist was forced out for using "the N-word." | Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, resigned last week. McNeil, it had been revealed, used a racial slur while on a trip to Peru with students in 2009. McNeil simply repeated the term after a student inquired about its usage, and the paper backed him up, saying he had no malicious intent. Nevertheless, he resigned after 150 employees demanded he…

Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2021-02-09
If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial — this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump — they will be remembered as profiles of infamy…

'No good deed goes unpunished': Bafflement as LA Times pundit compares Trump-supporting neighbors who plowed her driveway to Nazis
rt.com | 2021-02-09
A woman whose driveway was cleared of snow by Trump-supporting neighbors has repaid the favor by writing an op-ed in which she notes that even the Nazis were found to be occasionally polite, causing social media to implode. | In a piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, 'What can you do about the Trumpites next door?' Virginia Heffernan relayed the mixed emotions she felt after her neighbors "did a great job" plowing the driveway of her upstate New York "pandemic getaway" second home w…

No sign COVID spread in Wuhan before Dec 2019: WHO
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-09
A team of international experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and China on Tuesday said there is insufficient evidence that the coronavirus had spread in Wuhan before December 2019.Addressing a virtual news conference in Wuhan city of China, the Chinese team leader Dr. Liang Wannian said: "The discovery of viral sequence of coronavirus suggests the virus originated from the zoonotic transmission, but the host is yet to be identified.""There is insufficient evidence that SARS-COV-2 [COVID-19] had spread in Wuhan before December 2019," he said and added: "There is no indication."The 17-member WHO team on…

New app Clubhouse becomes free speech haven in Turkey amid Bogazici protests
Ragip Soylu | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-09
New app Clubhouse becomes free speech haven in Turkey amid Bogazici protests | The audio-only social media application has quickly become a centre of activism in Turkey's deeply polarised society | Ragip Soylu | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 08: 54 | Protesters take photos as Turkish police officers detain demonstrators during a rally in support of Bogazici University students in Istanbul on 4 February 2021 (AFP) | When Turkish p…

Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-09
Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online | Women in Kuwait have launched a social media campaign in which they demand accountability and share their testimonies | Nadda Osman | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 12: 35 | Women in Kuwait are raising awareness about sexual harassment in the country (Screengrab/Instagram/Illustration: Mohamad Elasaar) | "I will not be silenced." | Such has been the rallying cry for women in…

Downtown Business Owner Threatens Violence Against Homeless People in San Lorenzo Park
Santa Cruz Vigilante Watch | indybay.org | 2021-02-09
Troy Swanner, the owner of Live Oak Clothing on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, has made comments on social media threatening vigilante violence against the homeless people who have been camping and sheltering in place nearby in San Lorenzo Park. "Me and the community are going to have to physically go do something about it," Swanner said. "Like what we used to do to the homeless to make them clean up their s***." Swanner then elaborated, saying "we locals […] used to beat the s*** out of the homeless that would spread their garbage around and leave needles. And it seemed to work a lot better than what's…

Drake and Jake, Disney, and Dew — which ads won the Super Bowl, and which fell flat
Alexander Carter | salon.com | 2021-02-08
State Farm's "Drake" ad was one of the Twitter winners of the Super Bowl, while others received mixed feedback…

Scottish police arrest & charge man over 'offensive' tweet about late Captain Sir Tom Moore
rt.com | 2021-02-08
A 35-year-old man has been arrested by Scottish police and charged after he allegedly posted an "offensive" tweet about British veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died last week at the age of 100. | "On Friday, 5 February, we received a report of an offensive tweet about Sir Captain Tom Moore who died on Tuesday, 2 February," Lanarkshire Police declared in a statement on Monday. | It added that the person believed to be responsible for…

Mic check: NFL ace Tom Brady in 'text apology' as fans accuse rival of dropping Super Bowl slur claim because it had been recorded
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Tom Brady has reportedly sent a lengthy message to Tyrann Mathieu after a fierce row during Super Bowl LV, with fans mocking the Kansas City Chiefs safety's claim that the NFL superstar had "called me something I won't repeat." | Brady clashed with Mathieu several times as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback won his seventh Super Bowl title on Sunday, including an incident in which he was caught on film appearing to warn his opponent while gesturing angrily at him. | "Honey Badger" took to Twitter after the Chiefs' comprehensive 31-9 defeat to claim that Brady had directed a disgraceful insult at him, causing…

Telegram scores top spot as most-downloaded app in the WORLD for January, founder reveals
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Encrypted social app Telegram has snagged the coveted position of most downloaded (non-gaming) app in the world for January, attracting tens of millions of WhatsApp, Twitter, and TikTok refugees. | The secure chat app finally hit #1 last month after growing 40 percent over each year, according to founder Pavel Durov, who credited Telegram's win to "consistency" in a celebratory post on his Telegram channel. | "For the last 7.5 years we've consistently defended the privacy of our users and regularly improved the quality and feature set of our apps," he explained, suggesting "focused effort [applied] over a long…

'Worse than we feared': Dutch government extends riot-causing Covid-19 curfew over viral variant worries
rt.com | 2021-02-08
A night-time curfew imposed in the Netherlands since last month will be extended until March 3 in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19, including cases of the UK variant, the Dutch justice minister said on Monday. | The measures sparked big protests across the country, with Dutch police arresting more than 500 people across five nights of demonstrations after the nationwide 9pm curfew came in on January 23. | Announcing the curfew's extension to next month, Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said the government's scientific advisers had "told us that it's turning out worse than we feared after all with the…

UK's adversaries trying to 'tear society apart'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
The UK's adversaries are attempting to divide the British society through social media, a British military general said.One of the UK's most senior generals has warned that the country's adversaries are attempting to use social media to divide the British society."What you're seeing are our adversaries, our rivals, exploiting the tools that are meant to make for a more utopian society — so things like social media — against us, fueling conspiracy theories and really sowing division and tearing the fabric of society apart," Gen. Sir Patrick Sanders on the Sky News Into The Grey Zone podcast on Sunday e…

Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra | Asaad was beheaded by militants at the ancient site after refusing to reveal the location of priceless artefacts | MEE staff | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 12: 27 | Khaled al-Assad had been in charge of the site at ancient Palmyra for decades (social media) | Remains thought to belong to Khaled al-Asaad, the distinguished archaeologist who was killed by Isl…

Proof That the US November Election Was Stolen Exists in Abundance
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-08
The official narrative that there was no election theft is likely the largest lie ever perpetrated on the world. The lie is so vast and so fragile that everyone who disagrees with the official narrative is suppressed, deplatformed, kicked off social media, ostracized, and fired from their job in order to protect the lie from examination and exposure. In Michigan the state attorney general is attempting to debar attorneys who represented cases of electoral theft. Massive effort was made–including an orchestrated "storming of the Capitol"–to insure that the evidence would not be presented and that the m…

Downtown Business Owner Threatens Violence Against Homeless People in San Lorenzo Park
Santa Cruz Vigilante Watch | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Troy Swanner, the owner of Live Oak Clothing on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, has made comments on social media threatening vigilante violence against the homeless people who have been camping and sheltering in place nearby in San Lorenzo Park. "Me and the community are going to have to physically go do something about it," Swanner said. "Like what we used to do to the homeless to make them clean up their s***." Swanner then elaborated, saying "we locals […] used to beat the s*** out of the homeless that would spread their garbage around and leave needles. And it seemed to work a lot better than what's…

Ritchie rich: Report on wealthy celebs using government Covid-19 bailouts sparks debate over fate of taxpayers' funds
rt.com | 2021-02-07
Millionaire celebrities like filmmaker Guy Ritchie have taken advantage of the UK taxpayer-funded job retention programme, the Sun has reported, sparking a heated debate on Twitter on whether they should be allowed to do so. | Ritchie, a renowned filmmaker, whose reported net worth amounts to more than £100 million ($137.3 million), has used the state-run Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to pay 19 workers of his Fatboy Pub Company, the Sun on Sunday reported, citing government documents it obtained. | The filmmaker's firm which was on the government furlough programme list by December manages his Lore of…

School faces backlash after allowing kids to 'opt out' of Black History Month to 'exercise their civil rights'
rt.com | 2021-02-07
A Utah charter school is facing a major backlash after it was revealed to be allowing parents to opt their students out of lessons relating to Black History Month. | In a letter sent to families by Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa, the school said complaints from a handful of families had led to them offering the decision for everyone to "exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school." | Hirokawa wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend that the demands from the few complaining parents "deeply saddens and disappoints me." | The school, which has a majorit…

Sanders Slams Democrats Who Want to Further Limit Eligibility for Relief Checks
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-07
Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter Saturday night to call out Democrats in Congress who are considering a proposal to exclude millions of Americans from receiving $1,400 Covid-19 relief checks with narrower eligibility restrictions than the previous coronavirus pandemic packages passed under former President Donald Trump. | As the new chair of the…

Ideological Imperialism Is Leading to a Bad End
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-07
By Patrick BUCHANAN | When it was learned in 2016 that Russia may have hacked the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and passed the fruits on to WikiLeaks to aid candidate Donald Trump, mighty was the outrage of the American establishment. | If Russia's security services filched those emails, and a troll farm in Saint Petersburg sent tweets and texts to stir up rancor in our politics, it was said, this was an attack on American democracy and its most sacred of rituals — the elections by which we chose our leaders. | Some called it an "act of war." Others compared it to Pearl Harbor. | Almost all agreed it…

Borrell Says Asked Lavrov to Reverse EU Diplomats Expulsion, But 'to No Avail'
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-07
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Sunday that he knew about Moscow's decision to expel three EU diplomats through social media adding that he personally asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reverse this decision, but "to no avail."

'Man has to eat': Report mocked online for revealing Sen. Josh Hawley billed Simpsons-themed food at Universal Studios to campaign
rt.com | 2021-02-07
An article that revealed Republican Senator Josh Hawley had billed nearly $200 worth of Universal Studios fast food to his senate campaign, before reimbursing the cost, attracted mockery and scorn on social media this week. | A Saturday report from the New York Post, which cited FEC records, claimed Hawley had spent $197 at various food outlets during a March 2020 trip to Universal Studios, Florida, and billed it to his campaign. | The bill included $80.04 at Margaritaville, $3…

Around 150 missing as glacier breaks in northern India
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-07
Some 150 people went missing after part of a Himalayan glacier broke in northern India, leading to a massive flood, officials said on Sunday.A portion of Nanda Devi glacier, India's second-highest mountain, broke off in Tapovan area of the Uttarakhand state, damaging the Rishiganga hydro power project."Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site," Ridhim Aggarwal, an official of the state disaster response force, told local media.Photos and videos posted and shared on social media platforms showed a massive flood in the…

Trump's 'Social Media Comeback' Appears to Be Fake, Senior Aide Says
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-06
The former US president has been absent from social media since January 8, after major tech giants – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – banned the former US president over accusations that he incited the Capitol riots.

'People don't go to the pub for lemonade': Angry Brits protest over alleged Covid plan to ban ALCOHOL from pubs
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Reports suggesting that the UK government is contemplating a ban on alcohol when pubs reopen after lockdown in April have provoked fury and disbelief from Brits on Twitter. | On Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is considering a policy which would only allow pubs to reopen if they don't sell alcohol — an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus due to drunk people being less likely to follow social distancing rul…

'Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson': Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Donald Trump and other fans are expressing support for Lou Dobbs after the sudden cancellation of his "number one news program" on Fox News, but liberals are so giddy they want other conservatives like Sean Hannity pulled. | The axing of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' follows a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from SmartMatic, a company behind voting software used in the presidential election, against Fox News and multiple hosts who aired election fraud conspiracy theories, including Dobbs. | A spokesperson for the network, however, did not name the lawsuit or controversies surrounding Dobbs' election coverage — he a…

'Martian landscape': Sahara sand covers Alpine snow as early desert wind from Africa turns Europe orange (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Photographs from France showed orange skies above layers of snow as the sandy wind from the Sahara, known as sirocco, made its way across Europe weeks earlier than expected. | While pictures of the surreal scenes flooded social media on Saturday, the French are actually quite used to the annual phenomenon: the sandy wind is "not extremely rare," but it is "exceptional" that it is so early in the year, Le Parisien wrote. Sirocco normally arrives in April, and leads t…