U.S. Gov Wants Facebook To Tighten Censorship To Battle ‘Extremist Views’

facebookThe U.S. government have urged online media giants such as Facebook and Google to join them in the war against ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalization’ by toughening their censorship rules when dealing with online users harbouring ‘extremist views’. 

The Justice Department met with Facebook Inc, Twitter, and Google – reaching out to them for help following the governments failed attempts to thwart ISIS’ presence online.

Yahoo News reports:

The federal government is not best placed to counter extremist online recruitment efforts with messaging of its own, said George Selim, director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office that coordinates the government’s “countering violent extremism” (CVE) activities.

The goal now, he said, is to help “communities and young people to amplify their own messages.”

Those messages stem from so-called “counter-narrative” programs underway at schools and community groups that have varying degrees of government support, according to government officials and private sector experts.

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FACEBOOK MONITORS YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES AND PHOTOS FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, REPORTS THEM TO POLICE

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by KRISTAN T. HARRIS | THE RUNDOWN LIVE | AUGUST 8, 2015
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Facebook has a new little known software that monitors your profile chat and pictures for criminal activity. The software will proceed to alert an employee at the company who will then decide whether to call authorities or not.

The software will monitor individuals who have a ‘loose’ relationship on social media networks, according to an interview with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.

Reuters interview with the security officer explains, Facebook’s software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network. For example, if two users aren’t friends, only recently became friends, have no mutual friends, interact with each other very little, have a significant age difference, and/or are located far from each other, the tool pays particular attention.

The scanning program looks for certain phrases found in previously obtained chat records from criminals, including sexual predators (because of the Reuters story, we know of at least one alleged child predator who is being brought before the courts as a direct result of Facebook’s chat scanning). The relationship analysis and phrase material have to add up before a Facebook employee actually looks at communications and makes the final decision of whether to ping the authorities.
“We’ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it’s really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate,” Sullivan told Reuters.

The software has been used to help gather information on potential murder suspects as well. In just one case, 62 pages of information, pictures, chat and posts where gathered and handed over to local authorities by Facebook in a recent subpoena request.

Facebook most likely wants to keep this software secret since most people do not think fondly of someone rummaging around their private messages and photos looking for criminal activities. Also how far is this system willing to go and will they soon pursue minor crimes or even thought crime?

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Facebook Will Now Enforce The Official Story And Censor ‘Bad Information’

facebookStarting today, users will be able to help Facebook spot hoaxes and hopefully stop the spread of bad information. Using the Report Post feature, users will now have the option to mark a story as false news. When a number of people have reported the story as inaccurate and full of dirty lies, Facebook will add an annotation to warn users that many others have reported it as fake.

Rather than rely simply on user-reported accounts, which will no doubt consist of people trying to tag news stories as inaccurate when in actuality they just don’t agree with it, Facebook will also contribute to the cause by tracking how often stories are deleted.

Since your gullible friends regularly share nonsense only to delete it once they learn they’ve been tricked (Facebook says people are two times more likely to delete hoax posts after receiving comments from friends telling them it’s fake), Facebook will keep track of how often people quietly, shamefully remove posts from their wall and take that into account.

Even with the reports, Facebook will not be removing links to fake stories entirely. Instead, those flagged as false and regularly deleted will be punished with reduced distribution in the News Feed. In a news post by software engineer Erich Owens and research scientist Udi Weinsberg, they explain, “We are not removing stories people report as false and we are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.”

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Check out the Facebook site “Concerned Citizens Of Carson”

Carson City Sheriff Kenny FurlongThis is a group created for the people of Carson City who are tired of having there constitutional rights violated by Carson City sheriff’s department! Please feel free to add members and share the page.

I also ask anyone who has ever had a run in with ccso to Please share your story whether it be good or bad! The town needs a change. We need to be respected as we are all citizens who live in this town that Carson City sheriff’s department is sworn to SERVE AND PROTEC. The cops around here will profile you and violate your rights.. this group is hopefully going to stop this madness… big plans yet to come!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/395047910652225


This is a group created for the people of Carson City who are tired of having there constitutional rights violated by Carson City sheriff’s department! Please feel free to add members and share the page.

I also ask anyone who has ever had a run in with ccso to Please share your story whether it be good or bad! The town needs a change. We need to be respected as we are all citizens who live in this town that Carson City sheriff’s department is sworn to SERVE AND PROTEC. The cops around here will profile you and violate your rights.. this group is hopefully going to stop this madness… big plans yet to come!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/395047910652225

Supreme Court appears unlikely to protect Facebook threats Supreme Court to weigh Facebook threats appears unlikely to protect Facebook threats Supreme Court to weigh Facebook threats

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By DAVID G. SAVAGE contact the reporter Courts and the JudiciaryTrials and ArbitrationCrimeHomicideU.S. Supreme CourtU.S. Department of JusticeJohn G. Roberts, Jr.

Should a Facebook user be able to post about killing someone? Supreme Court appears skeptical
Supreme Court may be ready to make it easier to convict those who post threatening messages
In its first case testing the limits of free speech on social media, the Supreme Court showed little interest Monday in extending new protections to people who post messages threatening to kill or hurt others.

The justices sharply questioned the lawyer for a Pennsylvania man who was sent to prison for posting on Facebook about killing his ex-wife and cutting the throat of an FBI agent who investigated the threat.

Citing the 1st Amendment, attorney John Elwood said prosecutors should have been required to prove that the messages were not only perceived as threatening, but that his client, Anthony Elonis, intended to scare and intimidate the individuals.

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Elonis, a former amusement park worker, insisted that he did not mean to frighten his ex-wife and that the rants were merely a way to blow off steam.

None of the justices appeared to agree.

“How does one prove what’s in somebody else’s mind?” asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, returning to the bench just days after being hospitalized last week to treat a heart blockage. In this case, she said, a “reasonable person [would] think that the words would put someone in fear.”

The case of Elonis vs. United States has drawn attention because the court’s decision could further refine the outer limits of free speech in the digital age.

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As a legal matter, the case does not turn on the fact that the threats were made on Facebook or the Internet. But the spread of social media has led to an explosion of caustic speech and acerbic criticism that some may see as threatening.

Most justices appeared to agree with a government lawyer who argued that online threats should to be taken as seriously as other threats.

“You’re accountable for the consequences” of your words, said Deputy Solicitor Gen. Michael Dreeben, noting that it is a federal crime to transmit “any threat to injure” another person via Internet or telephone.

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The case began in 2010 when Elonis turned to his Facebook page after his wife moved out with their two children. Writing in rap-style music lyrics, he said there were “a thousand ways to kill ya, and I’m not gonna rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.”

When his wife obtained a restraining order from a judge, Elonis returned to his Facebook page, pondering whether the court order was “thick enough to stop a bullet.”

He also posted messages that spoke of killing an FBI agent who questioned him and of carrying out the “most heinous school shooting” at a kindergarten.

A jury convicted Elonis for posting threatening messages and a judge upheld the verdict on the grounds that a reasonable person would have seen the posts as threats.
In his appeal to the high court, his lawyer defended Elonis’ statements as free expression, comparing them to rap songs, which often contain violent images and language.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said he was unswayed by that argument. Elonis can claim “it’s therapeutic or it’s art,” but that should not be enough to escape prosecution, he said.

Agreeing, Justice Samuel A. Alito said he did not see how a jury can “get into the mind of this obsessed, somewhat disturbed individual” to decide whether he intended to “cause a panic.”

In previous rulings, the court made clear that “true threats” are not protected by the 1st Amendment. But trial judges have been divided over whether prosecutors must prove the defendant had an intent to frighten or intimate his target.

The justices’ arguments Monday suggested the court may be ready to settle that question, potentially making it easier to convict those who post threatening messages.

Victims of domestic violence urged the justices to uphold the conviction. They said women who are stalked or harassed by ex-spouses and others deserve the protection of the law when threats are made.

Free-speech advocates supported Elonis, saying they worried about giving the government too much power to punish rants and offensive words.

Dreeben, the Justice Department lawyer, said threats to injure, murder or cause mass destruction should be prosecuted and punished as serious crimes. They cause “fear and disruption to society and to the individuals who are targeted,” he said.

For example, he said people who call in a bomb threat to a school deserve to be prosecuted and should not be allowed to hide behind the excuse they were drunk or did not intend to be taken seriously. If you “know what you’re doing,” you can be prosecuted for making a threat, he said.

Similarly, he said, when people are arrested for threatening to kill the president, they can be prosecuted if their words sound like a true threat, regardless of their actual intent. The Secret Service “doesn’t have access to the private intentions of the individual,” he said. “The threat causes the harm.”

Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you.

facebookBy Tim Herrera September 18 at 2:25 PM

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You know how Facebook shows you lots of old stuff in your News Feed you haven’t cared about for two days? That may be about to change.

The monolithic social network said Thursday that it’s shifting around its mysterious News Feed algorithm to show people fewer old posts in favor of more “timely” posts, based on a handful of new factors like when a posts got clicks and likes (as opposed to just how many it got) — and whether a given story is “trending.”

“There are also times when a post that is a day or two old may not be relevant to you anymore,” Facebook said in its announcement. “Our latest update to News Feed ranking looks at two new factors to determine if a story is more important in the moment than other types of updates.”

It’s hard to tell what predicated the change. Perhaps it was a handful of News Feed-focused stories recently, or the fair amount of criticism the company got over not surfacing much content about Ferguson for a lot of people (nobody wants to “Like” a story about a person being killed, so those posts will do worse), or something else altogether.

Up to now, Facebook’s News Feed generally surfaced stories from people’s networks that were getting the most engagement. More Likes, comments and clicks on a given post means that post is more likely to spill into your feed. But it’s an ever-changing beast that at times seems more art than science, and its inner workings remain among Facebook’s most closely guarded secrets.

So what does this change actually mean for users? For the most part, this will likely result in fewer posts from two days ago appearing in your News Feed, and more posts from current news topics. Which for a lot of people is a great change!
But beyond that, who knows, really. Facebook will go into broad terms about how it decides what goes into your News Feed, but the fact is, no matter how many explainers Facebook writes about its News Feed, we commoners will simply never really know.

The secrets are too complex and too valuable to Facebook for the company to offer much insight beyond the basics.

source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/09/18/facebook-just-changed-its-news-feed-yet-again-heres-how-it-could-affect-you/