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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for graduates to overcome "political noise" and algorithms

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech at Tulane University on May 18th.Cook cautioned the graduates to not get caught up in echo chambers and algorithms.He acknowledged the failures of his generation. None Are we so caught up in technology that we don't notice any more the plight of people around us? On May 18th, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech at Tulane University where he addressed modern narcissism and how to combat it. "In a world where we obsessively document our own l...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Politics, Cook, Education, Future, Computers, Teaching, Innovation, Tim Cook, Algorithm, Speech, Personal Growth, Tulane University, Tulane University on May 18th Cook, Cook Push

Gillibrand Lying about Gun Past and Media Helps Her Get Away with It

What, like shamelessly lie to the American public on national television? (kirstengillibrand.com) U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- Townhall’s Beth Baumann posted proof Saturday that Senator and Democrat presidential nomination contestant Kirsten Gillibrand knowingly lied to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” when she dismissed her 180-degree shift on guns as “a simple mistake” because she wasn’t “thoughtful.” True to deceptive form, Gillibrand now portrays her reversal as a sign of “humility to know...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, America, Barack Obama, Cnn, Cbs, Resistance, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bloomberg, Association, 60 Minutes, Nra, Cox, National Rifle Association, Upstate New York, Townhall

Critics Call White House Social Media Bias Survey A 'Data Collection Ploy'

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: Venky Ganesan, a partner at technology investor Menlo Ventures, told The Washington Post that the White House's new survey about bias on social media is "pure kabuki theatre" and an attempt to curry political points with conservatives. He said the Trump administration's repeated accusations that tech companies censor conservative voices are unfounded because even though most Silicon Valley executives are liberal or libertarian, they wouldn't let po...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Washington Post, White House, Tech, Spain, Internet Association, Silicon Valley, The Washington Post, Menlo Ventures, Trump, Facebook Google, Kevin Roose, Michael Beckerman, Venky Ganesan, Twitter The New York Times

Google is using its famously sparse homepage to brag about how much it helps the economy, and it's a telling sign of the tech backlash (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Friday, Google began promoting reports outlining its economic benefits on its famously spare homepage. The reports show stats like how many billions of dollars the tech giant has helped generate and how many hundreds of thousands of businesses have leveraged its ad tools.   Google appears to have created these reports since at least 2009, but it's unclear whether it has ever placed them directly on its homepage until now.  The company's self-promotion comes as President Trump steps up criti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, California, Youtube, White House, US, San Francisco, Trends, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Google Facebook

White House Pushes To Report 'Political Bias' By Social Media Companies

The move follows Facebook's ban of many far-right figures for violating its hate speech policies and a U.S. refusal to work with governments and social media companies to fight extremism online.
Tags: Facebook, News, White House, Social Media Companies

President Trump Wants to Know If Your Political Views Were Censored By a Social Platform

The White House created an online form for people to report instances where they feel that they were censored by social platforms or punished for sharing their political opinions. President Donald Trump introduced the Tech Bias Story Sharing Tool in a tweet and a Facebook post from the White House accounts on those respective platforms,...
Tags: Facebook, White House, Advertising, Donald Trump, Trump, Social Pro Daily

Alabama abortion clinic forced to reassure women it is still open as top Republican admits ban 'goes too far'

Campaigners at an Alabama abortion clinic have been forced to reassure women it is still open following the state’s ban on terminations.The Power House refuge in Montgomery, which is next door to and supports the state capital's only abortion clinic, has reportedly been flooded with calls from women worried they will not be able to access treatment.Volunteer Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow told NBC News: “They’re asking, ‘Can we still come in? Are you still open?’ They’re in a panic and they’re sca...
Tags: Facebook, News, Supreme Court, White House, Nbc News, US, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, House Of Representatives, Susan Collins, Montgomery, Trump, Mike Pence, Wade, Roe

Trump Wants Your Social Media Gripes — And Zip Code, Email And Phone Number

The White House on Wednesday asked social media users to submit their tales of suspected political bias by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and others. It also asked for a lot of personal information, with little explanation of how it would be used. “The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” read a White House tweet Wednesday. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!” The Trump Adminis...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, White House, Censorship, Social Media, The White House, Fox News, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Dorsey, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Trump, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter

Facebook bans election-attack firm linked to Israeli military and 'dozens' more disinformation accounts

Facebook announced today that is has banned an Israeli firm that ran a foreign psyops campaign to disrupt election results in various countries. Facebook claims to have canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation, they said Thursday. Some of the newly banned accounts are said to be linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based consulting firm that claims to be able to “change reality.” The Archimedes website shows that its CEO is the former director of the European Fri...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Russia, Southeast Asia, Israel, Tel Aviv, Associated Press, Latin America, Archimedes, Picks, Election Security, Gleicher, Nathaniel Gleicher Facebook, Archimedes Group

Ex-Glendale Assemblyman Pat Nolan pardoned by President Trump for racketeering conviction

GLENDALE — President Donald Trump rewarded former Assembly Minority Leader Pat Nolan for his efforts to reform the criminal justice system by pardoning him Wednesday for his racketeering conviction in connection with the state capitol sting operation known as Shrimpscam. Nolan, a Republican who represented the Glendale, Burbank and Sunland/Tujunga areas from 1978-94, served 25 months in a federal prison in the 1990s for his guilty plea in 1994. Nolan said he accepted the plea bargain because he ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Congress, White House, Virginia, California News, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Nolan, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Oval Office, Arnold Steinberg

Daily Crunch: Trump targets Huawei with emergency declaration

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Trump declares national emergency to protect US networks from foreign espionage While the U.S. already restricted government contractors and federal agencies from using technology supplied by Huawei or its subsidiaries, this new executive order gives Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other federal agenci...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, London, Instagram, White House, US, Samsung, Tech, Walmart, Commerce, Korea, Broadway, West End, Donald Trump, Huawei

Trump is being mocked on Chinese social media for giving Huawei free publicity

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" on Wednesday. The executive order is expected to precede a ban on US companies buying Huawei telecoms equipment. The order was the subject of "intense discussion" on Chinese social media, BBC Monitoring reported, with Weibo users deriding Trump. Huawei said being locked out of America's 5G network will end up "harming the interests of US companies and consumers." V...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, White House, US, America, Trends, Bbc, Donald Trump, Huawei, Weibo, Trump, Trump Huawei, Trump Weibo, Restricting Huawei

Stephen Colbert does upfronts humor, and the White House tackles Facebook and Twitter: Thursday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device; sign up here. It’s the fourth day of the TV upfronts, with TV networks pitching their shows to advertisers; everyone’s probably a bit bleary-eyed this morning, so let’s start with a joke. At CBS’s event, Stephen Colbert said the reason the network has been No. 1 for 11 seasons is because “there are a lot of old people who d...
Tags: Facebook, Stephen Colbert, White House, Advertising, Cbs, Conde Nast, Tbs, IAC, Nielsen, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Woodstock, Trump, Conan O'brien, AT T, Les Moonves

Instagram heartbroken over reports a Malaysian teen killed herself after asking followers to help her choose life or death

Two Instagram executives appeared before a UK parliamentary committee on Wednesday. They were grilled by lawmakers about the case of a Malaysian teenager, who reportedly died by suicide after posting a poll on Instagram asking people to choose whether she should live or die. The executives said the incident was "heartbreaking" and confirmed that the poll itself was in violation of Instagram's community standards. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two high-ranking Instagram e...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Instagram, White House, Trends, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Damian Collins, Collins, Christchurch, Shah, Reuters, Russell, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee, Karina Newton

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US. The executive order, signed Wednesday, is expected to precede a ban on US firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Huawei slammed Trump's 'unreasonable' ban, saying that the move will only harm US interests in its own 5G rollout. The firm said the ban infrin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, White House, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Huawei, Christchurch, Alexa, Trump, Adam Neumann

Until now, live-streamed killings seemed like something we could all agree to be against. But Trump apparently believes there's a bigger social-media problem. (GOOG, FB, TWTR)

The problem of toxic content on social media came to a head on Wednesday, in a surreal sequence of events. The US refused to sign an international agreement aimed at stamping out terrorist and extremist content online. Instead, the Trump administration launched an online tool to collect examples of people being censored on social-media platforms because of their political views. It's an absurd contortion of the free-speech debate that shows how far apart the country is. Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, US, Trends, Trump, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Christchurch New Zealand, France Canada India

Trump Admin Creates Web Portal for Supporters to Complain About Getting Banned on Social Media

Donald Trump has made absolutely no secret of his feelings on free speech: He hates it when it’s not servile paeans to him and his agenda. He’s called for opening up “libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalistic outfits, issued (empty) threats to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV outlets that embarrass him,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, White House, Social Media, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Trump, Tech Policy, Mods Mods, Freedom Of Speech Is Not Freedom From Consequences

White House launches social media survey to collect Conservative tears

The Trump administration on Wednesday launched launched a new tool where pissed off Conservatives can whine about social media bias. So long as they’re legal citizens, anyway. For Conservatives like Trump, a man who rose to prominence on the backs of the social networks he’s now convinced are out to get him, the argument isn’t a new one. Republicans have, since before the last Presidential Election, been rallying support for the idea that these platforms were silencing right-wing voices. Never m...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Opinion, White House, Social Media, Insider, Trump, Oval Office Too

White House Launches Tool To Report Political Bias On Social Media Sites

On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they've been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. "No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump," the site reads. The Verge reports: The tool asks users for screenshots and links regarding specific enforcement actions, specifying Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube ...
Tags: Facebook, White House, Tech, Trump, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Social Media Sites

The White House created an online tool for Facebook and Twitter users to report examples of political bias and censorship (FB, TWTR, GOOG)

Hours after 18 nations signed a pledge to fight online terrorism through content moderation, the White House released a form encouraging people to report instances in which their content or accounts were removed from the social media. The form, called the "Tech Bias Story Sharing Tool," asks for links and citizenship status, before asking for an email address to be added to the Trump campaign marketing list. The White House frames tech content moderation as a free speech issue, though many of ...
Tags: Facebook, White House, US, Trends, New Zealand, Christchurch, Zealand, Mosques, Trump, Alex Jones, Emmanuel Macron, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Microsoft Google, Jeff Sessions, Trump Administration, Milo Yiannopoulous

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political bias has led to their posts being removed from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The White House’s official Twitter account tweeted a link to the form on Wednesday, saying that “The […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, White House, San Francisco, Ap, Nation

The White House wants to know if you’ve been ‘censored or silenced’ by social media

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has been at war with social media. In the past year, the President has accused several online giants of censoring conservative voices, in particular giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook. The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhuf pic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz — The White House ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Twitter Google, President Trump, Facebook The Trump Administration

White House Asks Users to Report Alleged Social Media Censorship

Doubling down on the idea that conservative views are being censored on social media, the White House launched a web form Wednesday afternoon that asks users to report any actions taken against them on platforms like Facebook and Twitter because of their political views. “Social media platforms should advance freedom of speech,” the White House […]
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, White House

President Trump's new tool for collecting social media bias stories has one unusual question on it: Are you a US citizen? (FB, GOOG, TWTR)

The White House has unveiled a new tool for people to report bias or censorship they encounter on social media sites.  Before users can provide the material though they must answer this question: Are you a US citizen or permanent resident?  The form doesn't say exactly how the information will be used, which in the case of non-US citizens or permanent residents could be potentially dangerous.  Currently, President Trump is trying to add a similar citizenship question to the 2020 census, but th...
Tags: Facebook, Supreme Court, White House, US, Samsung, Trends, Trump, Congressional, Supreme Court Read

White House Abstains From Global ‘Christchurch Call’ Pledge to Stop Spread of Online Hate

The French and New Zealand governments drafted the agreement
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, Media, France, White House, Uncategorized, New Zealand, Onetime

Twitter and Facebook join global pledge to fight hate speech online

At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention to curb the uploading, promotion, amplification and distribution of violent extremism on social media platforms. The initiative calls for hate speech to be “immediately and permanently” taken down, though isn’t legally binding. French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, were joined by lea...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Advertising, Senegal, Theresa May, Nick Clegg, Paris, New Zealand, Jordan, Leo Varadkar, Facebook Live, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Vivendi SA, Macky Sall

World leaders, tech execs pledge to curb online violence

By Sylvie Corbet and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies joined a dozen countries in a global pledge Wednesday to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks. World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and tech executives gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were kill...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, France, White House, US, Sport, European Union, Whatsapp, Soccer, Paris, New Zealand, John Kerry, Christchurch

White House refuses to endorse the “Christchurch Call” to block extremist content online

The United States will not join other nations in endorsing the “Christchurch Call” — a global statement that commits governments and private companies to actions that would curb the distribution of violent and extremist content online. “While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call. We will continue to engage governments, industry, and civil society to counter terrorist content on the Internet,” the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, France, White House, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Christchurch, Poway Calif, Christchruch, Christchurch Call, France Australia Canada

Wall Street rallies as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - business live

Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the USLatest: Trump to delay car tariffs US retail sales disappointChinese retail sales growth hits 16-year lowIntroduction: Germany grew by 0.4% in last quarterMinister: It’s a ray of hope 7.21pm BST Technology companies are leading today’s Wall Street rally.Alphabet (Google) is one of the top risers on the S&P 500, up over 4%, with Facebook (+3.3%) and Twitter (+3%) also standing proud on the leaderboard....
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Japan, Washington, White House, China, Germany, US, International Trade, Economics, Eu, UK News, Stock Markets, Beijing, Tokyo

White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

The White House has declined to endorse a non-binding response condemning the spread of hate speech and terrorist radicalization on social media. The response, dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” was written in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed on…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, France, White House, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Live, Emmanuel Macron, White Nationalism, Paris accord, President Trump

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