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House Leader McCarthy slams Google over ‘Nazism’ error, claims bias against conservatives

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has spoken out about what he views as political bias in the tech industry. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was quick to slam Google on Thursday after reports surfaced that an error in the Internet search giant’s Knowledge Panel listed “Nazism” as a tenet of the California Republican Party. “Sadly, this is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives,” McCarthy wrote. “These damaging actions must be held to account. #StopTheBias” Earlier in the week, McCarthy tweeted out a video of his speech to the Council for National Policy, in which he also criticized what he described as efforts to thwart conservative ideas. “Social media is being rigged to censor c...

Google under fire for listing ‘Nazism’ as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Google came under fire on Thursday after an error in its Knowledge Panel listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. The error, which was first spotted by political strategist Eric Wilson, showed  “Nazism” alongside other ideologies such as “Conservatism,” “Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism.” The error showed up in Google’s Knowledge Panel, which pulls information from various sources from across the web, including Wikipedia. FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE SLAMMED, ACCUSED OF BREAKING NEW GDPR PRIVACY LAW “Google should apologize for labeling Republicans nazis,” Wilson tweeted. Wilson is the founder of LearnTestOptimize, which describes itself as “a community platform for professionals worki...

Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws. So it will come as little surprise that Facebook has decided to no longer fight to block the proposed California Consumer Privacy Act. The Privacy Act being proposed would empower anyone in the state to tell businesses not to share or sell their personal data, give them the right to know what personal information is collected about them, and offers protections for consumers “who are victims of negligent business practices resulting in security breaches of data.” All of which don’t help a company like Facebook, which profits from having a lot of freedom to collect and use your data. As Engadget reports, ...

Zuckerberg says he’s unaware of Facebook pushback for liberal groups after conservative targeting

Sen. Cruz challenges Zuckerberg over Facebook’s neutrality Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg responds to questions from Texas Senator Ted Cruz about whether Facebook is a neutral public forum or a biased tool for political advocacy and whether or not the CEO requires new employees to share political views. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Tuesday that he was “not specifically aware” of any instance where the social network had removed content posted by liberal groups amid concerns that the platform is biased against conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Zuckerberg that “a great many Americans” are “deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship.”...

Facebook reconsiders ‘unsafe for community’ tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance

Facebook is reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk, two of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters, as “unsafe to the community” after the dynamic duo went on Fox News’ morning show asking why the embattled social media giant had labeled them as such. In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue. We are reaching out to the creators of Diamond & Silk to try and resolve this matter.” After being deemed “unsafe to the community” by Facebook’s public policy team, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson went on Fox & Friends and said they were provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe. HOW MUCH DOES FACEB...

Facebook thinks it knows whether you’re liberal or conservative: Here’s how to find out

Facebook is facing a backlash on two continents from users, advertisers and lawmakers for having allowed Cambridge Analytica to allegedly amass information on 50 million of its users. The company’s core business that powers around $4 billion in monthly revenue is monetizing everything you do on Facebook to serve its advertisers. However, users may not know that the powerful social network already has an opinion about your political leanings — and it’s fairly easy to find out what Mark Zuckerberg’s company thinks of your political preferences. Hidden in plain sight under Ad Preferences is a section called Your Information. If you click on that tab, you’ll see an option for Your Categories, which contains a section called US Politics — in parentheses, Facebook will have you labeled as Very L...

Apple’s Tim Cook calls for regulation on data, says Facebook incident is ‘dire’

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for stronger privacy regulations to prevent the abuse and misuse of data on Saturday in the aftermath of the leak of Facebook user information. Speaking at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, which he co-hosted, Cook called for “well-crafted” regulations to prevent the information of users being put together and then utilized in ways that they did not know about or approve of. Cook’s statement will add to the mounting scandal hitting Facebook, which has pushed its stock price down 14 percent, and the growing pressure on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify in public and overhaul its privacy protocol with app developers following revelations that his company allowed a firm paid by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, to amass personal data on 50 mil...

Steve Hilton: Elitist hypocrite George Soros makes a fool of himself in Davos

FILE — Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros speaks during a panel discussion at the Nicolas Berggruen Conference in Berlin, October 30, 2012.  (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) Liberal billionaire George Soros grabbed headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday by attacking internet giants Google and Facebook. Conveniently ignoring his own investment in these companies, Soros branded them a “menace to society.” “They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide,” Soros said. “This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents. There is a similarity between internet platforms and gambling companies. Casinos have developed techniques to hook gamblers to the point where they gamble away all their money, even money they don’t have. Something ve...

Ex-Google employee James Damore: ‘Underground conservative network’ in Silicon Valley being hunted by leftists

James Damore, who was fired from Google for posting a controversial memo about bias and discrimination in the workplace, claims there is an “underground conservative network” in Silicon Valley. In an interview with Joe Rogan obtained by conservative website The Daily Wire, Damore said that there are a lot of people, both at Google and in Silicon Valley, who don’t conform to the traditional stereotype that everyone is liberal. “There’s some underground efforts within Google to at least document some of this, because while the [underground operators] may not be the majority, they’re sort of a silent coalition within Google that’s sort of upset about a lot of this,” Damore said, adding that the number of conservative people that work at Google is “definitel...

James Damore sues Google, claims tech giant discriminates against white conservative men

James Damore, the onetime Google employee who was fired after he wrote a memo criticizing the firm for pushing diversity, has filed a class action lawsuit against the tech giant. The suit was filed Monday in Santa Clara Superior Court. Damore is joined in the lawsuit by another former Google engineer, David Gudeman. “Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males,” the lawsuit alleged. “This is the essence of discrimination—Google formed opinions about and then treated Plaintiffs not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in groups with assumed characteristics.” EX-GOOGLE EMPLOYEE JAMES DAMORE: ‘UNDERGROU...

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 goal to fix Facebook is widely mocked

Needless to say, 2017 was a rough year for Facebook, even as profits rose and its stock price reached new heights. The social network was blamed for helping the rise of fake news, it uncovered fraudulent ad spending aimed at influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election and controversies arose surrounding Facebook Live and its potential for nefarious use. Former employees said it was “destroying how society work,” while others worried about the long-term effects it was having on children’s brains. So it should come as no surprise that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for 2018 is fixing Facebook. FACEBOOK, COCAINE, OPIOIDS: HOW ADDICTIVE IS THE SOCIAL NETWORK? Zuckerberg, who has amassed a net worth of over $70 billion according to Forbes, has set a goal to fix the role ...

Chicago PD says Facebook was no help in takedown of online gun and drug ring

Chicago cops said they received no help from Facebook while they were investigating a weapon and a drug ring that was using the social media site for illicit activity.

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