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#161 BansheeOne

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 0113 AM

April 23, 2018 / 10:02 PM / Updated 9 hours ago

 

Facebook says it is taking down more material about ISIS, al-Qaeda
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that it removed or put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, or about double the amount from the previous quarter.

 

Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, also published its internal definition of “terrorism” for the first time, as part of an effort to be more open about internal company operations.

 

The European Union has been putting pressure on Facebook and its tech industry competitors to remove extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so, and the sector has increased efforts to demonstrate progress.

 

Of the 1.9 million pieces of extremist content, the "vast majority" was removed and a small portion received a warning label because it was shared for informational or counter-extremist purposes, Facebook said in a post on a corporate blog here.

 

Facebook uses automated software such as image matching to detect some extremist material. The median time required for takedowns was less than one minute in the first quarter of the year, the company said.

 

Facebook, which bans terrorists from its network, has not previously said what its definition encompasses.

 

The company said it defines terrorism as: “Any non-governmental organization that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.”

 

The definition is “agnostic to ideology,” the company said, including such varied groups as religious extremists, white supremacists and militant environmentalists.

 

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 0658 AM

June 8, 2018 / 10:33 PM / Updated 14 hours ago

 

UPDATE 1-G7 to cooperate against malign interference in elections -draft

 

By Jan Strupczewski

 

LA MALBAIE, Quebec, June 8 (Reuters) - The Group of Seven leaders will agree on Friday to share information between themselves and work with internet service providers and social media companies to thwart foreign meddling in elections in their countries, a draft summit commitment said.

 

The draft, seen by Reuters, also says the G7 - the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, Germany and France - agreed to ensure high transparency of funding for political parties and all political advertising, especially during election campaigns.

 

The draft was a thinly veiled reference to allegations by the United States and the governments of some European Union countries that Russia interfered in their elections. Moscow has denied the allegations, which in the United States included a campaign of hacking political party networks and spreading disinformation through social media to help Donald Trump become president.

 

“Foreign actors seek to undermine our democratic societies and institutions, our electoral processes, our sovereignty and our security,” the G7 leaders said in the draft.

 

“These malicious, multi-faceted and ever-evolving tactics constitute a serious strategic threat which we commit to confront together, working with other governments that share our democratic values,” it said.

 

[...]

 

The G7 agreed to establish a G7 Rapid Response Mechanism to identify and respond to threats, “including through sharing information and analysis and identifying opportunities for coordinated response,” the draft commitment said.

 

They agreed to engage directly with internet service providers and social media platforms on malicious misuse of information technology by foreign actors.

 

The G7 would pay particular attention to improving transparency of use, prevention of illegal use of personal data and breaches of privacy. It would support public awareness and media literacy to identify intentionally misleading information.

 

https://www.reuters....t-idUSL2N1TA1OB


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 0644 AM

Date 01.08.2018

 

Author Jenipher Camino Gonzalez (with dpa)

 

EU Commission warns of 'fake news,' meddling in 2019 European elections

 

The EU parliamentary elections are vulnerable to "fake news" and cyberattacks, the commission said. The EU has called on social media companies and member states to better fight online voter manipulation efforts.

 

European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King called on all European Union member states on Wednesday to take the threat of election meddling in the upcoming European elections seriously. 

 

In particular, the EU security chief voiced concerns that foreign influence will be spread through social media, much like the cases of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections and the referendum on an EU agreement with Ukraine.

 

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Threat of meddling

 

The 2019 European election is scheduled to take place in just 10 months. Experts worry that the magnitude of the vote, with 27 countries participating simultaneously, will increase its vulnerability.

 

They also fear that since many European citizens are unfamiliar with EU politics, they may be more susceptible to misinformation campaigns.

 

The EU is working to establish a Code of Practice for tackling online disinformation, with the collaboration of online platforms, leading social networks and the advertising industry. The European Commission hopes to adopt the code in September.

 

https://www.dw.com/e...ions/a-44903487


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 0736 AM

Those russian hackers™ are everywhere! :ninja:

 

 

So when the commission finds that there has been "meddling"... then what? They cancel the election and let the voters vote again until the result is as desired? :huh:


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 0834 AM

OK, so XYZ country says it will not buy ABC country's products because they do something XYZ doesn't like is that meddling in ABC's politics?

 

So per fake news.  Is stating that there are 11-12 million illegal aliens in the US fake news?   This has been stated since late 1990s.  And 500,000 to 750,000 new illegals make it into the US each year.   You'd think they could add up over time.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 1455 PM

They went one step further. They plan a law to ban "terrorist propaganda" on social media.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 0200 AM

Sounds reasonable, until you think how well that works in Turkey.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 1301 PM

Call me a cynic, but I think that's how they wan it to work. We are seeing this with the German Internet Censorship Law. Huge fines for not blocking illegal stuff, no fines for blocking legal stuff = the social networks block and delete like there is no tomorrow.

Critical voices silenced, job done!
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 0417 AM

Actually, out of nearly half a million complaints to social networks in Germany in the first six months the law has been in effect, only about 20 percent resulted in posts being deleted or blocked for German users. Facebook, with over 30 million active German users, is the only network to have installed a separate reporting form under the new law, which led to 886 complaints about 1,704 postings users considered in violation of German criminal code, 362 of which were deleted/blocked. Most complaints that led to action (270) were over personal slander, defamation and libel, and about 100 over popular incitement and slander of religious groups or similar, i. e. "hate speech". The rest was a smattering of personal threats, display of violence, public encouragement of or condoning criminal acts, use of Nazi symbols and propaganda, posting intimate pictures, etc.

 

Twitter and Youtube have integrated complaints under the new law into their existing reporting forms, and don't distinguish between content deleted as violating community standards as before, or German code, since all networks check against both even if a report is referencing the latter. Twitter received about 265,000 complaints and acted upon about 29,000, Youtube received about 215,000 and acted upon 58,000. Complaints to the Federal Bureau of Justice over networks not deleting reported content have been way below expectations, only 526 rather than the projected 25,000; no provider was fined for failing to adhere to the law.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 1457 PM

And OTOH linking the "Gemeinsame Erklärung 2018" get's someone banned for 'hate speech'.

Punish one, discipline a thousand!

https://www.erklaerung2018.de/

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 0526 AM

Did nobody have the intention to build a digital wall around the EU?

"451: Unavailable due to legal reasons
We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-576-4664."

List of websites no longer available without a proxy server outside the EU:

https://data.verifie...ailable-eu-gdpr
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Posted 13 August 2018 - 0725 AM

Did nobody have the intention to build a digital wall around the EU?

"451: Unavailable due to legal reasons
We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-576-4664."

List of websites no longer available without a proxy server outside the EU:

https://data.verifie...ailable-eu-gdpr

 

I think these sites just want to avoid the bureaucratic hassle and possible liabilites.

 

 

What is really sad for me personally is, that strike-to-stun (two decades old WHFRP website and forum) is about to close because of the GDPR. The website has a mixed EU and US ownership afaik, making all this a real head-ache. :wacko:


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 0815 AM

Malice or (more likely) the usual ineptitude the result is the same. Businesses are scared away by the over regulation.
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Posted 13 August 2018 - 1110 AM

Malice or (more likely) the usual ineptitude the result is the same. Businesses are scared away by the over regulation.

 

Yup. And the EU is certainly not good at clarification beforehand. big multiiationals  just hand this off to their legal department to sort out. small firms, or individuals, private clubs are being steamrolled. althugh there are provisions for these cases, but how all this is going to be handled nobody really knows and why take the risk. :(


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