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It's not easy for me to judge, since I only got one look at the perpetrator
holding the gun before I ran for it. However, they looked very serious. They
were dressed in black, and my coworker who I met up with later said he thought
it was a woman, with at least part of her face covered. The perpetrator was
holding the pistol (medium-sized) in both hands, the sort of way I believe
you're supposed to. When I heard the very loud popping, I looked up from my
food and saw that figure described. I was "fortunate" to be sitting
at the table closest to the lobby doors, whereas the shooter was more in the
center of the patio area and aiming straight in front of her, at a downwards
angle. She could not have been more than 10-15 feet from the victims that got
The door to our building require badges to enter, which slowed our escape by
probably 1 second which felt like an eternity. I escaped through the lobby, but
I think many people may have ran out though the side entrance; where you don't
need a badge to exit.
That's mostly it for my account. I'd like to know how the shooter got in. It
wouldn't be too hard for them to "tailgate" someone through the
outside entrance to the patio, but if they were familiar with the layout (or
lucky) they could have just gone through the garage complex. To get from the
garage complex into the patio there's a heavy door, but for some reason the
badge is only needed to get into the garage from the patio, but not vice versa.
My co-worker think they came through the garage, so I'm not sure how they knew
that. Maybe they've scoped it out.
From the news coverage, there was some initial thought that this could be a
domestic incident, which is what I would _like_ to believe, and at the surface
it would make sense due to the small number of victims. However, as you've
probably read, they've recently released the identity and it seemed like she
had a vendetta against YouTube in general, which is very scary for me and my
co-workers. My co-worker from China was even thinking about leaving and going
back to China permanently. I'm not sure about the exact timeline and I can't
remember the exact pattern of the shots, except that they were rapid fire.
Since it sounds like she bought the gun in California, she probably only had
<10 round magazines. So one possibility is she emptied the magazine into
those three people, reloaded, walked to the lobby doors, and found that they
were locked due to the badge reader. Then she may have shot herself after
realizing she couldn't get much farther before police would have gotten her.
San Bruno is a relatively small town and the police only took a couple minutes
to arrive. I remember hearing sirens as I was still running away from the
Demonetization less important than 'celebrity' factor
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YouTube shooter's father says she was angry at company
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:44
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery and video on your mobile device The night before Nasim Aghdam opened fire in a courtyard at YouTube's headquarters Tuesday afternoon, Mountain View police found the San Diego woman sleeping in her car.
She had been reported missing by her family in Southern California, and her father Ismail Aghdam told police she might be going to YouTube because she ''hated'' the company. Police called the family at 2 a.m. Tuesday to say she'd been found and that everything was ''under control,'' her father said.
But hours later, his daughter was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after shooting three people and causing an afternoon of terror at YouTube's headquarters.
In an interview Tuesday night with the Bay Area News Group, Ismail Aghdam said his 38-year-old daughter told her family a couple of weeks ago that YouTube had been censoring her videos and stopped paying her for her content. ''She was angry,'' he said in an interview from his Riverside County home.
It wasn't clear Tuesday night what Mountain View police knew about her history with YouTube.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers had found a woman of the same name asleep in a vehicle early Tuesday morning in a parking lot.
''Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California,'' said Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
''The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions. At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located.''
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Ismail Aghdam said his daughter was a vegan activist and animal lover. As a youngster, she would not even kill ants that invaded the family home, instead using paper to remove them to the back yard, he said. State records show she had once established a charity called Peace Thunder Inc., to ''educate people about animal cruelty, environmental pollution'' and other causes.
''For me, animal rights equal human rights,'' Aghdam told the San Diego Union-Tribune at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protest in 2009 outside Camp Pendleton.
She told her family that YouTube had stopped paying her for the content she posted to the site, Ismail Aghdam said. YouTubers can receive payment for advertisements accompanying their videos, but the company ''de-monetizes'' some channels for various reasons, meaning ads don't run with them.
Aghdam was prolific on social media, posting videos and photos on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Her YouTube channel included strange workout video clips, graphic animal abuse videos and vegan cooking tutorials. But recent posts show evidence of her growing frustration.
Aghdam's YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages were all taken down late Tuesday, but not before reporters from this news organization were able to view much of the material.
On a March 18 Instagram post, she railed at YouTube: ''All my youtube channels got filtered by youtube so my videos hardly get views and it is called ''merely relegation.'' This is also happening to many other channels on youtube. This is the peaceful tactic used on the internet to censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political '... gains of the system and big businesses. I recently got filtered on instagram too and maybe its related to youtube and youtube staff asked instagram to filter me here too!!?''
On Jan. 28, Aghdam recorded a video of herself lamenting her perceived ''discrimination'' by YouTube, particularly railing on how YouTube determined her ab workout video was too racy and, therefore, filtered it.
''I'm being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I'm not the only one,'' the video begins, as Aghdam, wearing a black, white and orange long-sleeved shirt and short jet black hair stands in front of a background of green and white stars. ''They age restricted my ab workout video. A video that has nothing bad in it. Nothing sexual.''
On one of her many websites, she claims to have at least four YouTube channels, one in English, and then others in Farsi and Turkish.
A law enforcement source on Tuesday afternoon said investigators were looking into whether she may have been targeting a boyfriend, however San Bruno Police late Tuesday night confirmed she was the attacker but said investigators were trying to determine her motive.
''At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted,'' the department said in a press release.
In the interview with this news organization, her father said the family knew nothing about Nasim owning a gun. ''Maybe she bought one'' recently, he said.
Nasim's brother, Shahran Aghdam, spoke to reporters from the foyer of the family's home in Menifee in Riverside County on Tuesday night. His mother could be heard crying in the home and his father asked one reporter about the condition of the victims.
The family came to California from Iran in 1996, Shahran said. He said Nasim had been living recently with her grandmother in San Diego. ''She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,'' he said.
He said she was missing since Saturday and not answering her cell phone. When he learned his sister was in Mountain View, he Googled the city and found out it was near YouTube headquarters.
He said he called the Mountain View police, who found her and reported back that she was fine, and they would keep an eye on her.
Wednesday would have been Nasim's 38th birthday. He said she never hurt anyone until today, and has no idea where she may have gotten a gun. ''She chose the day to die the day she came,'' he said.
Southern California News Group staff writers Stephanie Schulte and Richard De Atley contributed to this report.
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YouTube shooting suspect had been angry over filtering, demonetization
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:08
The suspected shooter in today's YouTube incident has been identified. Please see press release for details - https://t.co/Xvr2l9bB9s pic.twitter.com/NEBoX3WWK5
'-- San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 4, 2018
In several videos posted over the last year or so, she angrily spoke about the company's policies, saying they were filtering her videos so they wouldn't get any more views, and she was upset over demonetization. It appears the channels have now been completely removed by YouTube, citing policy violations.
On her website, she wrote: "There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!"
BE AWARE! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care forpersonal short term profits & do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people,hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk,abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism &sexual degeneration in the name of freedom,..... & turning people into programmed robots!"Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it"Hitler... There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is notsupported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people canhardly see their videos!.There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site,your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!CBS2 News reporter Tina Patel spoke to Aghdam's father, who said he told police of her anger with YouTube after they called him and said that after being missing for a few days, she'd been found in her car in Mountain View. The network also said Aghdam asked for the male victim by name before the shooting started. Buzzfeed heard from Mountain View police in an email that officers found a woman by that name asleep in her vehicle in a parking lot there Tuesday morning.
REPORTS: YouTube Shooter's Father, Brother Warned Police Before Attack Occurred - The Daily Caller
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:40
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SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Nasim Aghdam's family members reportedly warned police they thought she was going to attack the YouTube headquarters early Tuesday morning, but the San Bruno Police Department could not prevent the shooting later that afternoon.
Aghdam wounded three people after opening fire on YouTube staffers Tuesday afternoon. She reportedly was motivated by a perception the company was censoring her videos on a variety of liberal issues.
Aghdam's father, Ismail, reported her missing Monday night. He told local police police she ''hated'' YouTube and could possibly act violently in some capacity. Officers eventually located Aghdam early Tuesday morning in Mountain View, California, more than 700 miles away from San Diego home.
Similarly, Aghdam's brother contacted the authorities after she did not respond to multiple text messages and calls Tuesday morning.
''I Googled 'Mountain View,' and it was close to YouTube headquarters,'' he told a local CNN affiliate. ''She had a problem with YouTube.''
SAN BRUNO, CA '' APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said on ABC Wednesday morning his department was aware Aghdam ''was reported missing by her family in San Diego on the 31st of March, and that she was located in a community about 30 miles south of us early Tuesday morning.''
Aghdam had a history of vocally opposing YouTube via social media and her own personal website. (RELATED: YouTube Shooter's Bizarre Anti-Meat Videos)
''This is what they are doing to vegan activists and many others who try to promote healthy, humane, and smart living,'' she said in one video. ''People like me are not good for big businesses'... that's why they are discriminating and censoring us.''
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Librem 5 '' A Security and Privacy Focused Phone '' Purism
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:27
Freedom of Choice
We believe phones should not track you nor exploit your digital life. We are in the middle of a digital rights revolution where you get to decide the future. We at Purism are building a phone that does not run Android nor iOS, but runs PureOS or any GNU/Linux distribution where all the source code is available.
Note that the visual design of the phone is a work in progress and is subject to evolve based on technical requirements and people's feedback.
Peace of Mind
Our phone will not wholesale gather your data for profit. It will not lock you into an ecosystem that controls you. It will not require you to enter banking details to simply get an app from an app store.
Does Not Track You
Our phone will be built to protect you by default. It will never exploit you for profit. It will be a phone for the people, by the people.
We know how to build products that are convenient, privacy and security focused. Our phone will give you peace of mind knowing it does not track you.
Does not run Google Android Does not run Apple iOS Runs PureOS by default, can run most GNU+Linux distributions World's first ever IP-native mobile handset End-to-end encrypted decentralized communications via Matrix 5'" screen Security focused by design Privacy protection by default Works with 2G/3G/4G, GSM, UMTS, and LTE networks CPU separate from Baseband Hardware Kill Switches for Camera, Microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth, and Baseband Purism PureOS
User Controls Device Yes
Trackers Disabled by Default Yes
Privacy Protection By Default Yes
Does Not Track You Yes
Layered Security Protection Yes
User Controlled Source Code Yes
Runs GNU+Linux Yes
Separates CPU from Cellular Baseband Yes
IP-Native Communication First Yes
Decentralized Communication by Default Yes
Purism has built and delivered laptops successfully for over 2 years and is now ready to begin development on a phone product.
We are focusing on creating a secure communication device, and will continually expand the product through software with community and developer support.
The first version will be capable of voice calling, video, camera, messaging, email, and web browsing, expanding quickly to include the thousands of productivity, gaming, graphics, and photography applications already in PureOS.
By creating a phone that supports an open community-driven development environment, we can change the future of computing to be respectful of your digital life. (learn more)
''I believe digital rights should mirror physical rights, our Librem 5 phone will get humanity closer to that goal.'' '-- Todd Weaver, Founder & CEO
''Computer users are individuals not just consumers. I want people to gain back control of their technical life, I want to empower people!'' '-- Nicole Faerber, Lead Phone Developer
''I don't trust Google because 97% of their revenue is generated by knowing as much as possible about me.'' '-- James Rufer, Director of Product
''The idea of a Matrix-native smartphone is unbelievably exciting. Matrix has always aimed to be a decentralised encrypted alternative to the public telephone network, and the Librem 5 makes this all the more true. With truly open communications and a truly open operating system, this is a vision of a world where users are back in control of their communication and their technology, rather than being trapped in proprietary communication silos '' a world that cannot come soon enough! '-- Matthew Hodgson, Co-founder of Matrix.org
''Android is so frustrating! Trying to remove Google's privacy invasion bit-by-bit removes functionality bit-by-bit, and you end up with a non-working phone. Purism will solve this by putting your privacy protection and security first.'' '-- Zlatan TodoriÄ, CTO
''From the largest server clusters to the tiniest of phones, computing devices of all sizes should ultimately provide the choice to decide whatever level of privacy and freedom is appropriate for them.'' '-- Chris Lamb, Debian Project Leader 2017
''It should be our choice on which data we choose to make public. Lack of awareness or understanding of our digital footprint and having others' benefit from it should not be the norm. Tools, like Librem products and PureOS, are vital to help us manage without needing to become cyber-experts.'' '--Helen Vasilevski, Board Member
''Currently there is no choice but to put your trust in companies that you don't want to trust, and this is a problem. The Librem 5 phone will change that, and allow you to control your own life.'' '-- Youness Alaoui, Hardware Enablement Engineer
''This is MY phone!'' '-- Theodotos Andreou, System Administrator
''I am very pleased to see Purism considering to use, support, and advance GNOME on mobile devices.'' '-- Neil McGovern, Executive Director, GNOME Foundation
''Partnering with Purism will allow us to ready Plasma Mobile for the real world and integrate it seamlessly with a commercial device for the first time. The Librem 5 will make Plasma Mobile shine the way it deserves.'' '-- Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE e.V.
''I am very excited about having a phone that only runs free and open source software. Not only is it a great win for users now having full control over their devices and their privacy, but it also enables the community to develop on a smartphone platform without restrictions, which opens the door for novel ideas and innovation on these devices.'' '-- Matthias Klumpp
''I trust freedoms governed by democratic transparent power structures. My current phone runs Free code '' my next phone will be trustworthy.'' '-- Jonas Smedegaard, Debian developer and PureOS developer
''Do I want a phone I can finally trust, and doubles as a convergence developer board? Was Grace Hopper a rear admiral?!'' '-- David Seaward, Lead developer (Purist services)
''Planned obsolescence of Android and iPhones made me understand how important the free software movement is for everyone. Now, I refuse to buy another phone that I do not control and am not the owner of.'' '-- Fran§ois T(C)chen(C), Director of Creative
''Purism has been doing genuine and important work around making truly free yet desirable laptops. The communities I work with would very much like to see the same philosophy replicated in a phone that runs a GNOME based stack where community members can participate in equal terms and that ensures respect for the users' privacy and security. While pulling this off is hard, Todd seems like someone who sincerely cares about these issues and has a great track record executing, I think the efforts of Purism deserve the support of the free software community.'' '-- Alberto Ruiz, GNOME & Fedora Laptop Enablement
We have assembled a world-class global team, in over 15 countries, united in one common goal to make computing devices that respect digital rights. We have specialties that include mobile development, mobile communications, hardware manufacturing, software security, privacy protection, and free software. We are passionately devoted to security, privacy, and digital rights for users, and this shows clearly in all our products.
The Librem 5 is a 5'" phone that carries with it a social revolution, where we the people can stand up for our digital rights, we can say ''We want to control our phone and keep our own data. We refuse to financially back the wholesale gathering of our digital life. We no longer will allow unfettered access to our photos, videos, email, text messages, applications and usage data.'' By using a Librem 5 phone you are standing up for the future of phone privacy, you are supporting an open community-driven development environment, where all the source code can be used, re-purposed, and shared to improve society. By backing this campaign, you are voting with your wallet to support a future where people can be protected, feel safe, and participate in a respectful culture.
The Librem 5 can be used in any of three ways:
With a cellular carrier provided phone number, data plan, and WiFi With a cellular carrier data plan, and WiFi With no carrier, and using only WiFi WiFi calling and VoIP calling will be able to be provided in WiFi or data plan modes. We expect to offer call-out, and call-in with phone numbers in all of these plans as well. If you still require a ''traditional'' phone number through a carrier and want to make unencrypted phone calls or messaging, it will be an option you can choose, but is not required (we recommend avoiding unencrypted phone calls).
Starting with a metal case, high resolution screen, and multifunction port, we heard your feedback, know what you want, since we want it too. The specifications are continuing to get pinned down, and will not be finalized until after the campaign ends, so please share what you'd like to see, and we will evaluate all design feedback that aligns with our beliefs.
The CPU will be an i.MX 6 or i.MX 8, where we can separate the baseband modem from the main CPU, digging deeper and deeper to protect your privacy and isolate components for a strong security hardware stack.
Enabling the path for a true convergence device, capable to work as a phone, making video and audio calls, encrypted messaging, email, web browser, that can also become a full desktop computer with an option for a compatible keyboard, mouse, and monitor. It can be a desktop computer and phone all-in-one.
PureOS will ship by default, an isolation based security focused operating system, where all the source code is available. PureOS, like Ubuntu, Debian, and Red Hat, runs a Linux Kernel and utilizes the GNU operating system tools that power billions of users on a daily basis. PureOS strives for the strictest of security and privacy protection, by releasing all the source code, and offering safe security and privacy defaults, as well as avoiding common security threats, such as ransomware, and data mining tools. PureOS is in complete compliance with FSF's free distribution guidelines and will never ship non-free binaries.
PureOS on the Librem 5 initially, upon shipment, will offer basic communication services: phone, email, messaging, voice, camera, browsing, and will expand after shipment and over time to more free software applications, through shared collaboration with the developer community (not ''read-only open source'', but true free software collaboration).
Partnering with Matrix Librem 5 is the first ever Matrix-powered smartphone, natively using end-to-end encrypted decentralised communication in its dialer and messaging app.
Matrix is an open ecosystem for interoperable encrypted communication, supporting a rapidly growing community of over 2 million users for VoIP and Slack-style messaging. Allowing you to easily communicate securely to any Internet connected device, including iOS, Android, Windows, OSX, or GNU+Linux machines. Having a native communication suite which allows for Calling, Text Messaging, Group Messaging, and Video Calling is the future of communication.
Group Chat, and Individual Messaging
Double Ratchet, End-to-End Encryption
VoIP signaling for WebRTC
Read Receipts, Typing Notifications
Multiple Device Search
Synchronized Read State and Unread Counts
Decentralized Content Repository
Purism's Librem 5 phone will be able to run HTML5 applications, which means common applications you use everyday will be available through the web browser. Purism will be able to isolate these applications from the OS, so the applications will not be able to have visibility into other running applications or have access to areas that you do not allow.
PureOS Debian GNU/Linux Ubuntu Fedora Suse Arch Linux | ARM SubgraphOS
Librem Laptops Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse WiFi BlueTooth 3G/4G/LTE Apple iOS Apple OSX Android Windows GNU/Linux This device is for anybody and everybody interested in protecting his/her data, communicating privately to your loved ones, or supporting a future of protecting your digital rights.
Parents Parents will love the Librem 5 because it will allow you to communicate with your child, while having peace of mind that they are not being compromised or tracked without your permission.
Developers Developers will love the Librem 5 because it will allow you to control your software and do what you'd like with a phone device.
Enterprises & Businesses Enterprises will love the Librem 5 because it will allow them to have a security focused phone that is immune to common threats and protects their data by default.
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Technology lovers CTOs/CIOs/IT will love the Librem 5 because all the source code is available for audit, and they can tightly integrate whatever configuration the corporation requires.
The specs will be finalized as late as efficiently possible to ensure the best available components. The hardware will run almost any GNU+Linux based distribution, and it will also work with 2G/3G/4G, GSM, UMTS, and LTE networks.
5'" touchscreen i.MX 6 or i.MX 8 CPU (we're already making progress on our roadmap to i.MX 8) Vivante GPU (Etnaviv free software accelerated driver) Separate mobile baseband 3GB LPDDR3 32GB eMMC MicroSD slot Camera (front and back) Flash Headphone and Microphone Jack (3.5mm) Microphone Speaker Power Button Volume Controls SIM Slot WiFi 802.11 Bluetooth 4 Debugging interface (internal) USB Host USB Type-C Battery Sensors: GPS Accelerometer Gyroscope Compass Ambient Light Proximity Hardware kill switches for: Camera Microphone Baseband WiFi/Bluetooth *Specifications are subject to change.
The developer kit includes:
screen + touchscreen development mainboard cabling power supply some critical components as modules: camera baseband modem WiFi GPS various sensors *Specifications are subject to change.
After funding is completed, we will prepare the hardware design, manufacture developer units and get those into the hands of all the developers and backers of the development kit, so we can work on the software and full hardware roll-out in parallel. Once we confirm the basics from these developer units, we will update the hardware design and begin production. Learning from experience, we are giving ourselves time to develop and follow the hardware trends to deliver to you the ideal phone product running the most rights-respecting software available.
The product that ships to backers will be finalized phone hardware that can make a phone call, check email, browse the web, make a video call, and take a photo. This is designed to start as an encrypted communication device, and expand, after shipment, over time, to include all the productivity and software common on existing phone and desktop operating systems.
The Librem 5 phone project started a little over 1.5 years prior to the launch of this campaign, researching and selecting hardware that would work to create a PureOS based phone, that would not rely upon Android. We have added team members to do all the research and development, and after testing the hardware to confirm we can meet our goals, we are now at the point of seeking preorders to prove the demand and fund the manufacturing.
As you can see from the gantt chart above, we expect to use the funds from this preorder campaign to fabricate the development units, manufacture the phone, port/develop the OS, and develop the communication applications. This is a lot of work to accomplish, and we are both allotting enough time to get this all done, and putting a call out for quality, eager, free software developers to add to our phone development team (see our jobs page for more information).
After the Librem 5 ships to customers, we will continue to improve the software by adding common and requested applications such as calendar, notes, calculator, pdf viewer, etc. Since this is a free software phone where all the source code and packages are available, we would expect to see developers creating their own applications, porting existing applications, and improving the overall ''app store'' experience. If you are a developer interested and wanting to port your application, we will be creating a community area to participate in PureOS mobile development. You can find out more about PureOS at PureOS.net.
Like any great endeavor, we have some lofty goals that could be accomplished with enough funding, so we have included our dream roadmap below. Applying funding targets to each goal, allows us to share the stretch goals and see just how far we can go with the product, based on user support:
$4m = VOIP phone number, call-in, call-out features
$6m = Reverse engineering faster WiFi/BT firmware
$8m = Free encrypted VPN tunnel service for all backers for 1 year
$10m = Run Android applications in isolation on Librem 5
$20m = FUN GOAL, Candy Crush (clone) ð available for free
$32m = FUN GOAL, ''We did it!''(polite reference to Ubuntu Edge goal)
We want to hear from you, literally! We want to have a unique Purism Librem 5 ringtone, and will give-away (or refund an existing order for) a Librem 5 to the winner(s) of the Ringtone contest!
What we would like is a free format ringtones for; power-on, phone call, text message, video call, and email notification. We will refund any existing order, or give-away a Librem 5 to whomever we select in any of those categories (so yes, it could be one winner, or could be 5).
Please submit your free format sound clips via email to email@example.com with the subject ''Ringtone Contest submission'', please provide the files under a free cultural work license, please name the files or reference the file names to the categories mentioned above. (e.g. purism-librem-5_email-at-domain_power-on.flac ).
EDIT: The ringtone contest is over, we do not accept any further submissions! Thank you all for participating, the voting process has started among team members and the winner(s) will be announced soon.
Although our core business is hardware, software, and services, and having spent the last 18 months (prior to launching the campaign) doing phone research, there are still risks. We've partnered with one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world to produce the case, and fabricate the motherboard from our specifications, and of course sourcing the screen, battery, and power supply. We have a worldwide team to address all that we need; from mainland China manufacturing, Hong Kong exporting, South San Francisco USA assembly, European reseller, and a Worldwide developer network. We're excited and ready for the journey from this campaign to delivered phone.
One reason for setting the funding goal at our target is to mitigate risk of research and development, and to have some padding for delays, errors, and issues that arise during any new manufacturing project.
Finally, because we will be making some hardware and chipset changes during the development process, this will introduce changes in software or drivers. The good news it that since we believe what you believe, you will end up with a high-quality phone that protects you by default no matter the version of a given chip.
Do I need to add the cost of shipping to my pledge? We offer free worldwide shipping on orders, so there is no need to add any shipping.
Do you have a German or UK/EU Reseller? Yes, we have partnered with a German reseller, and will be shipping all German (and UK/EU orders) from Germany.
Can I run Android apps? Not day 1. However there is a lot of interest in including a isolation layer that will be able to power Android applications natively. We have added that as a stretch goal to quantify the effort.
What forms of payment do you accept? Credit Card, Direct Bank Transfer, Bitcoin, and International Wire Transfer. If you need any assistance or alternative options for payment, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Do you accept Paypal? No, Paypal's policy does not allow for the full funds to be used as pre-sales, they put a large reserve on crowd-funded presales, and that large reserve severely limits the ability for us to pay for non-recurring engineering, tooling, development, manufacturing, and ship product. If you need any assistance or alternative options for payment (or require a one-off Paypal payment), email email@example.com for assistance.
Will the Librem 5 have CE Markings? Yes we will have proper and registered CE markings on the Librem 5 phone, the location of those markings will likely be in the lower back section of the case in a light gray silkscreen, similar to our Librem 15 and Librem 13 laptops.
How easy will it be for me to switch from Android or iOS to the Librem 5? For phone calls, email, web browsing, there will be no issues with switching, if you rely upon native applications that are not yet supported, you may need to use HTML5 applications (Social Media, News, Banking), or consider alternatives (e.g. Riot.im vs. Signal). If we reach our stretch goal to run Android applications in isolation, it will become possible for some applications to run.
Can I transfer my photos, files, downloads from Android or iOS to the Librem 5? Yes, you will be able to use the phone as a storage device, that can show up on your computer by just plugging in the USB cable and viewing the folders. This will allow you to import or export files, photos, documents, with ease. With the Librem 5 there is no proprietary software that locks your files into proprietary formats, allowing easy sharing of the content you want to share.
Will I be able to communicate from my Librem 5 to other phones? Yes, you will be able to make regular unencrypted phone calls to any phone number. You will also be able to communicate securely by using the phone dialing application and messaging application, that can run on the Librem 5 phone, Android based phones, and iOS based phones, and any computing device.
Will communicating from my Librem 5 to other phones compromise my privacy or security? The Librem 5 will be the most secure when communicating with another Librem 5 phone, communicating via an encrypted app on a Librem 5 to an Android or iOS encrypted app is the second best option available.
Will my existing SIM card work on the Librem 5 We aim to support 3G and 4G for the most common international frequency bands and carriers. Exact specifications will follow.
Will I be able to use emergency services (e.g. 911 or 999)? Yes, the Librem 5 will work with most carriers, and those carriers support emergency services
What countries and mobile networks will support the Librem 5 phone? The Librem 5 is an open network phone, not locked to any particular network. It will work in all countries that provide 2G/3G/4G, GSM, UMTS, or LTE-based network services.
Are all hardware components running completely free software, with the source code available? From testing the CPU, GPU, Bootloader and all software will run free software, we are evaluating the WiFi and Bluetooth chips and firmware, this is an area we have to evaluate, finalize, and test. The mobile baseband will most likely use ROM loaded firmware, but a free software kernel driver. We intend to invest time and money toward freeing any non-free firmware.
Can the Librem 5 phone run Windows? Very likely, even though we will not expend resources to test this.
Can the Librem 5 phone run Android? Very likely, even though we will not expend resources to test this.
Can the Librem 5 phone run iOS? Not likely, and we will not expend resources to test this.
Will the phone receive updates after launch? Yes, all hardware Purism releases gets regular security and performance updates within PureOS.
Can the phone runs Qubes OS like Librem laptops? No, Qubes OS requires virtualization on the CPU, and the Librem 5's CPU will not offer that. The Librem laptops do support VT-d and VT-x and therefore support running Qubes OS.
What if you don't reach the funding target? It will show that there is not enough interest in producing a device that focuses on security, privacy, and digital rights, which will be a tremendous social disappointment. If we don't reach our target then all contributions will be fully refunded.
Will Twitter, Fandango, My Bank, etc. work on a Librem 5 phone? Yes, any web based app will work through the browser. Over time these sites will either use progressive web applications, or could have a native app.
Will you have a calendar app, maps app, notepad app, etc. by default? Our first version will be focusing on phone calling, encrypted communication, and web browsing. However the free software community is encouraged to test, port, author, and get involved to take all the great free software applications that exist already and make it work on a 5'" screen.
Will I be able to open word or excel documents sent via email? At delivery we do not plan to support the reader or renderer for these proprietary formats, but this is a top priority to solve after product delivery.
Will there be hardware kill switches? Yes, we need to evaluate the wiring and design limitations to determine the best approach; the intention is to include Camera, Microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth, and Baseband Modem kill switches or some combination. We may utilize a microphone headphone jack plug to kill the microphone at the hardware level as an example of some inventions we are testing and considering. But rest assured we will have hardware kill switches.
Can I remove the battery and replace it? Yes, like all Purism products, the case itself will allow you to access the insides, and the battery will be modular and can be replaced with ease.
Does Purism comply with CALEA requirements? No, because CALEA applies to US based telecommunications providers, not to Purism. If the user of a Librem 5 phone uses a carrier in the US with a traditional ''phone number'', that carrier must comply with CALEA for phone calls, as the phone call is sent over the carrier's connection. Pure Matrix-to-Matrix calls are outside of CALEA requirements (Matrix nor Purism are telecommunications service providers). If the call touches the PSTN is becomes the carrier's responsibility to adhere to CALEA. Matrix is an encrypted voip/messaging protocol not a telco.
Will this run coreboot and have the Intel ME neutralized? The Librem 5 will not be Intel based, it will be i.MX 6/8 based, so therefore we don't need coreboot nor the Management Engine. The i.MX 6/8 CPU will be completely free software without any binaries whatsoever!
Why don't you build a free UI ontop of Mer (Sailfish OS)? Or resurrect Firefox OS? Or insert-name-here? Because we want to promote a pure and unified stack, not have a separate mobile OS with proprietary bits or a completely different middleware stack. We want to support the community efforts of GNOME and KDE*, and allow for any GNU+Linux to work out-of-the-box providing mainline improvements that work not just on mobile but across the device spectrum. The Librem 5 is a new approach to use a regular Linux system and adopt it to mobile use-cases instead of creating a completely new system. We do not create a walled garden, instead we tear down these walls, creating an open utopia. A fully standards-based freedom-oriented system, based on Debian and many other upstream projects, has never been done before''we will be the first to seriously attempt this.
You can also learn more about our position on GNOME and KDE further below in this FAQ.
Will the Librem 5 be able to run Anbox or Shashlik? We will test the capabilities of powering Anbox or Shashlik to allow users the ability to run Android applications within PureOS on the Librem 5, but our long-term goal is to utilize native applications that adhere to our strict philosophy. Enterprise clients or users who require Android applications may choose to to run a Android applications within an isolation container, so this is the reason for testing this type of configuration. We have a stretch goal to help with this developmental effort to have Android apps run in isolation.
What hardware specifications are subject to change? RAM, Storage, USB version and type, WiFi version, Bluetooth version, Screen type, Screen resolution are the important things that are subject to change based on supplier availability, and software and driver support.
What is the RAM/Drive configuration? Purism plans to max-out the CPU's RAM and Drive according to the best capabilities during testing, and have listed the minimum confirmed specifications on the campaign page.
What detailed hardware specs can be provided, and when? The detailed specifications will be released as we firm up the hardware choices, it will be ongoing communication during the research phase.
What CPU will be used, i.MX 6 or i.MX 8? We started prototyping with the i.MX 6, and are getting close to be able to fully confirm the possibility of using i.MX 8. We want to know we can use i.MX 8 for sure. The i.MX8 would be pretty ideal for us, it has much more computational power while at the same time reducing power consumption since it uses a more recent production technology. It is especially designed for mobile use. The i.MX 8M or i.MX 8X seem like the ones we would want. But they have two areas we will be closely following; we will be getting new prototypes in November 2017. The i.MX 8 will have a new, more recent GPU, a dual core Vivante GC7000Lite which is not yet supported by the free Etnaviv driver. The big questions are, when will silicon become available and when will decent Linux support be available for it? So we will keep evaluating after the campaign ends and decide i.MX 6 or do we get to fully move to i.MX 8.
What warranties apply to the Librem 5 phone? Our standard 1yr parts and labor warranty applies. Also if you are not happy with the product, you may return it within 30 days of receiving it for a full refund. Purism will not cover the cost of return postage and packaging.
Will this be an ''open hardware'' design? Our intention is to have everything freed down to the schematic level, but have not cleared all design, patents, legal, and contractual details. We will continue to advance toward this goal as it aligns with our long-term beliefs.
Why not use Wire, Telegram, WhatsApp, or Signal? While these all provide encryption, and some do release the client software under acceptable licensing terms, they all are walled gardens wanting you to register with them, and their server software is proprietary and therefore not acceptable to us. Matrix is the proper solution and that is why we have partnered with them.
Will you be seeking FSF RYF endorsement? We will constantly keep FSF up-to-date on the hardware and software, our current understanding is any non-free kernel firmware needed for RF chips will not meet the RYF qualifications today, so we will continue to evaluate the WiFi and Bluetooth cards in the hopes to advance toward RYF. The end goal for us is to gain RYF for all Purism products. PureOS will always be compliant with FSF distribution endorsement, PureOS will never ship with non-free binaries.
Will you be running GNOME, Plasma, or your own custom UI? We will be working with both GNOME/GTK and KDE/Plasma communities, and have partnered with the foundations behind them for the middleware layer. PureOS currently is GNOME-based and look forward to working with GNOME as an upstream as well as GNOME's OS and design-centric development model; however we will also test, support, and develop with KDE and the KDE community, and of course we will support Qt for application development.
Learn more about the rationale behind this approach.
Will the phone have a fingerprint reader, or other biometric access? No, we will not be shipping with any biometric hardware, the reasons for this is because single access via biometrics does not prevent access to your phone the same way a security code or lock does. The US Supreme Court has alluded to biometric access not protecting you the same way that a security code from memory (a security code) does (e.g. You can say ''no'' to a passphrase, or security code, but you cannot say ''no'' to biometric (physical) information). So even if in future models of the Librem 5 phone we do include biometric hardware, we will be double-locking it with a security code, to have the best security story we can for users.
Can I come work for you? We are actively hiring. Please visit https://puri.sm/jobs/ and take a look. We are mostly interested in eager, self motivated, free software enthusiasts who want to change the world for the better.
Can I invest in Purism? Yes, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org (Investor Relations), and you will get a reply within 24 hours to discuss the opportunity.
I don't see my question, how can I get it answered? Please email email@example.com and we will answer you, and if it applies to the general audience we will post it here!
Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health - ScienceDirect
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:50
Highlights'7 effects have each been repeatedly reported following Wi-Fi & other EMF exposures.
'Established Wi-Fi effects, include apoptosis, oxidat. stress &:
'testis/sperm dysfunct; Neuropsych; DNA impact; hormone change; Ca2+ rise.
'Wi-Fi is thought to act via voltage-gated calcium channel activation.
'One claim of no Wi-Fi effects was found to be deeply flawed.
AbstractRepeated Wi-Fi studies show that Wi-Fi causes oxidative stress, sperm/testicular damage, neuropsychiatric effects including EEG changes, apoptosis, cellular DNA damage, endocrine changes, and calcium overload. Each of these effects are also caused by exposures to other microwave frequency EMFs, with each such effect being documented in from 10 to 16 reviews. Therefore, each of these seven EMF effects are established effects of Wi-Fi and of other microwave frequency EMFs. Each of these seven is also produced by downstream effects of the main action of such EMFs, voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) activation. While VGCC activation via EMF interaction with the VGCC voltage sensor seems to be the predominant mechanism of action of EMFs, other mechanisms appear to have minor roles. Minor roles include activation of other voltage-gated ion channels, calcium cyclotron resonance and the geomagnetic magnetoreception mechanism. Five properties of non-thermal EMF effects are discussed. These are that pulsed EMFs are, in most cases, more active than are non-pulsed EMFs; artificial EMFs are polarized and such polarized EMFs are much more active than non-polarized EMFs; dose-response curves are non-linear and non-monotone; EMF effects are often cumulative; and EMFs may impact young people more than adults. These general findings and data presented earlier on Wi-Fi effects were used to assess the Foster and Moulder (F&M) review of Wi-Fi. The F&M study claimed that there were seven important studies of Wi-Fi that each showed no effect. However, none of these were Wi-Fi studies, with each differing from genuine Wi-Fi in three distinct ways. F&M could, at most conclude that there was no statistically significant evidence of an effect. The tiny numbers studied in each of these seven F&M-linked studies show that each of them lack power to make any substantive conclusions. In conclusion, there are seven repeatedly found Wi-Fi effects which have also been shown to be caused by other similar EMF exposures. Each of the seven should be considered, therefore, as established effects of Wi-Fi.
Keywords Electromagnetic field (EMF)
Testis/sperm count and quality
Impact of pulsation and polarization
Activation of voltage-gated calcium channels
Wi-Fi or WiFi
(C) 2018 The Author. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Mystery Stingray devices discovered in Washington - BBC News
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:01
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Image caption Stingrays are devices which mimic mobile phone towers to gather data Spy kits that can track mobile phones and intercept calls and messages have been discovered in Washington and beyond, the US government has said.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has observed "anomalous activity" consistent with the use of so-called stingrays.
They could be used by foreign spies or criminals, although the DHS said it did not know who was using them.
It added that such devices pose a "growing risk".
Stingrays, a brand name for a type of International Mobile Subscriber Identity catcher (IMSI), are mobile phone surveillance devices that mimic mobile phone towers.
The size of a briefcase, the devices send out signals to trick mobile phones into transmitting their location and identifying information.
As well as tracking the mobile phone of a suspect, the devices also gather information about phones of bystanders who are nearby.
It is believed to be the first time the US government has acknowledged the use of rogue spying devices in Washington.
Police use The revelation came in response to a letter from US senator Ron Wyden to the DHS, asking about the unauthorised use of such devices.
The agency response was obtained by the Associated Press from Wyden's office.
In it, a senior official at the DHS acknowledged that it had "observed anomalous activity in the National Capital Region (NCR) that appears to be consistent with International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers".
It added that it had observed similar activity "outside the NCR" but had "not validated or attributed such activity to specific entities or devices."
The use of Stingray devices by police forces across the US is being tracked by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It has identified 73 agencies in 25 states that own such devices but believes there could be many more in use which are not formally declared.
There are concerns among politicians in Washington that such devices could also be used by unauthorised agencies, such as foreign governments.
Porton Down experts unable to identify 'precise source' of novichok that poisoned spy
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:23
Scientists from Porton Down have not been able to establish where the novichok nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was made.
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, told Sky News they were not yet able to prove it was made in Russia.
He said: "We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent.
"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to Government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to."
Video: 'We don't know source of nerve agent' He said establishing its origin required "other inputs", some of them intelligence-based, that the Government has access to.
Mr Aitkenhead added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured."
However, he confirmed the substance required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor".
He said there was no known antidote to novichok.
Image: Mr Aitkenhead would not comment on whether Porton Down keeps novichok Porton Down's boss would not comment on whether the lab had developed or keeps stocks of novichok, but dismissed suggestions the substance used to poison the Skripals had come from Porton Down.
"There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility," said Mr Aitkenhead.
The Foreign Office responded that they still believed Russia was behind the attack because of the wider "intelligence picture".
A spokesperson said: "We have been clear from the very beginning that our world leading experts at Porton Down identified the substance used in Salisbury as a Novichok, a military grade nerve agent.
"This is only one part of the intelligence picture.
Image: Mr Johnson's department said the chemical test was 'one part' of evidence "As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements to the Commons since 12 March, this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents - probably for assassination - and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks.
"Russia's record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views former intelligence officers as targets.
"It is our assessment that Russia was responsible for this brazen and reckless act and, as the international community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation."
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory also responded to Mr Aitkenhead's comments, writing in a series of posts on Twitter: "Our experts have precisely identified the nerve agent as a Novichok.
"It is not, and has never been, our responsibility to confirm the source of the agent.
"This chemical identity of the nerve agent is one of four factors used by the Government to attribute the use of chemical weapons in Salisbury to Russia.
"The Government's assessment has been clear from the start. Our chemical analysis is a key part of the Government's assessment, and this has not changed."
It comes as the chemical weapons watchdog said it would hold a special meeting on Wednesday into the UK Government's claim that Russia was behind the attack.
Image: Porton Down's boss says there is 'no way' the nerve agent came from there The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) said its executive council would meet in the morning in The Hague.
In a letter, Russia's ambassador to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, asked for the meeting to discuss Britain's allegations "in a confidential sitting".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also called for a "thorough inquiry" into the incident.
OPCW experts have taken samples from Salisbury to try to verify the nerve agent used and its origin.
Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned four weeks ago in Salisbury.
Russia has been pushing hard for access to the pair, saying it "insists" on seeing them.
Image: Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital Ms Skripal's condition improved significantly last week and she is now said to be conscious and talking. Her father, however, remains unresponsive and critical.
The UK Government has said it is looking into the legality of Moscow's request and also considering "the rights and wishes" of the 33-year-old.
The diplomatic row has led to more than 100 diplomats being expelled from the UK, Russia, the US and Europe, and the war of words shows no signs of dying down.
Moscow's deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, said on Tuesday that the poisonings may have been set up by the UK to justify an increase in military spending.
In comments reported by Russian news agencies, Mr Grushko said the attempted murders could have been "arranged by Britain" because "they need a major enemy".
Image: Sergei Lavrov suggested the UK may have carried out the attack because of Brexit His boss, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, floated another possible motive on Monday: that the UK could have carried out the poisonings to distract from Brexit.
A retired Russian lieutenant general has also warned of a doomsday scenario and suggested the situation could escalate into the "last war in the history of mankind".
Evgeny Buzhinsky, who leads security think tank the PIR Center, told the BBC's Today programme he was "afraid that it will end up in a very, very bad outcome".
Asked to clarify, he said: "A real war, worse than a cold war is a real war, it will be the last war in the history of mankind."
Mr Buzhinsky said the West was "cornering Russia and to corner Russia is a very dangerous thing".
When asked if there was any realistic possibility of triggering war, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We need to respond in a proportionate way to this aggressive behaviour from Russia and that's what we're doing."
Unidentified: Porton Down scientists CANNOT confirm Novichok used on Skripals was made in Russia '-- RT UK News
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:44
UK scientists have been unable to prove Russia made the nerve agent A-234 (also known as "Novichok") which was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.
Scientists at the top secret army base Porton Down are unable to link the samples to Russia, after weeks of Moscow insisting it had nothing to do with the attack. Theresa May's Government has repeatedly blamed the Kremlin and imposed sanctions on Russia, including the expulsion of 23 diplomats.
#Salisbury attack: Scientists have not been able to prove that Russia made the nerve agent used in the spy poisoning. Porton Down lab's chief exec reveals the details in this interview pic.twitter.com/qFNgPlr6vS
'-- Sky News (@SkyNews) April 3, 2018Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, told Sky News: "We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent.
"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to."
The Skripals, ex-double agent Sergei and his 33-year-old daughter were found slumped on a park bench in Wiltshire on March 4.
Downing Street immediately pointed the finger at Russia and listed a raft of heavy sanctions, the toughest in three decades. European nations were persuaded by Britain to expel diplomats and were asked by allies in the UK to back them against Moscow.
Now, scientists say they are unsure of the links. Aitkenhead added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family [Novichok] and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured."
Aitkenhead said there is no known antidote to Novichok, and that none was administered to either of the Skripals. He suggested the substance required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor".
The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) said its executive council would meet in the morning in The Hague, on Russia's request.
READ MORE: Russia has 13 questions to OPCW over Skripal case
Russia's Ambassador in London, Alexander Yakovenko has repeatedly stated Russia has been kept out of the loop.
Russia has asked for samples so it can do tests and has insisted it be allowed to investigate, after being blamed. However, the embassy is left to get information through the press in the UK, according to Yakovenko.
Down & out at Porton Down: Embarrassment for the UK's 'Rush to Blame Russia' brigade '-- RT Op-ed
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:32
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The news that the UK's own chemical weapons scientists can't confirm that the nerve agent we're told was used on the Skripals came from Russia is another blow to the credibility of the UK political and media establishment.
They were oh so sure, weren't they? Or at least they wanted us to think that. For the past four weeks in Britain, we've been subjected to a quite hysterical wave of Russophobia, worse than anything we witnessed even at the height of the old Cold War. The poisoning of former MI6 agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found in a collapsed state on a bench in the cathedral city of Salisbury on Sunday, March 4, led not only to calls for a boycott of the football World Cup in Russia, but for RT to be taken off the air. The UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats, and then pressured other European countries to do the same. While on Good Friday, in another provocative move, British authorities boarded an Aeroflot plane at Heathrow Airport.
The important principle of 'innocent until proven guilty,' enshrined in Article 11 (1) of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was chucked out of the window. In its place we had 'guilty until proven innocent.'
Instead of waiting until a full and proper investigation could even begin '' let alone be concluded '' we had a show trial and sentencing, by media, politicians, and members of neocon think tanks.
Anyone who dared to question the official narrative and didn't support punishing Russia, faced attack from Imperial Truth Enforcers. Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, who said that Foreign and Commonwealth Office sources had told him that Porton Down scientists were unable to confirm Russian culpability, was labelled a 'conspiracy theorist' for observing: "The same people who assured you Saddam Hussein had WMDs now assure you Russian 'Novichok' nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil."
Absolute confirmation today my FCO sources were correct and Porton Down scientists not saying substance made in Russia. Awaiting apologies from all the mainstream media "journalists" who attacked me. https://t.co/KGobx9kBDH
'-- Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) April 3, 2018Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who condemned the attack but called for a thorough investigation, was savaged not just by the Tories, but also his own Parliamentary party, simply for taking a cautious line in Parliament on March 14.
Thirty-six Labour MPs signed an Early Day Motion '' sponsored by arch Corbyn-critic John Woodcock '' which declared "This House UNEQUIVOCALLY accepts the Russian state's culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal." The EDM supported the expulsion of Russian diplomats and the calling of a special meeting of the UN Security Council to "discuss Russia's use of chemical weapons on UK soil."
Will these MPs now be apologizing to Russia for accusing them of doing something which most definitely has not been proved? Or does supporting a neocon foreign policy mean never having to say you're sorry?
It's not just politicians who need to eat some humble pie.
In all my years in journalism, I have never felt so ashamed of my profession as in the last four weeks. The job of the journalist is to ask questions. To find out the truth. To be absolutely fearless in following leads, wherever they may take you. Today in Britain, political journalism means just parroting the official War Party line. It soon became apparent that the government narrative on Salisbury had more holes in it than a slab of Swiss cheese. But we were all expected, like the good little townsfolk in Hans Christian Andersen's 'Emperor's New Clothes,' not to notice. Newspapers and magazines which should have been holding Theresa May and Boris Johnson to account did nothing of the sort. Suppositions were reported, day after day, as proven fact.
The last four weeks have shown how nothing really changed even after the catastrophe of Iraq. The same pro-war commentators are still in place, robotically churning out their rabidly anti-Russian, anti-Putin diatribes for an ever-dwindling readership.
After the lies told about Iraqi WMDs, you might have thought there would be a bit of 'mainstream' skepticism about UK government chemical weapons claims against an 'Official Enemy' state, which seem designed to lead us into an even more calamitous war. But no, they all carried on as if the only important thing that had happened in 2003 was Arsenal beating Southampton 1-0 in the FA Cup Final.
Just before the Iraq invasion, I remember asking a Conservative MP at a party if he really believed the guff about Saddam having WMDs. He looked at me and paused, before saying, "Well you've got to admit, he's not a frightfully nice chap." Today that MP, who clearly didn't believe the government's assertions, is the British Foreign Secretary.
Boris Johnson has gone further than any minister down the 'Russia did it' line. In an interview with Deutsche Welle on March 20, he said: "they (the scientists at Porton Down) were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, 'Are you sure?' And he said there's no doubt."
That is flatly contradicted by the statement today of Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, who said, "We have not identified the precise source."
Just as interesting was Aitkenhead's response to being asked if Novichok could have emanated from Porton Down itself. "There's no way that anything like that would ever have come from us'... we've got the highest standards of control and security," he said.
Yet in his Deutsche Welle interview, Boris Johnson, in answer to the question: "Does Britain possess samples of it?" (i.e. Novichok), replied, "They (Porton Down) do." How could Porton Down know the substance used was Novichok if they possessed no samples to test it against?
If samples were stored literally just down the road from where the Skripals were poisoned, surely it's reasonable to ask whether or not some of them did get out? To maintain, as the UK government does, that no other explanation other than Russian guilt is plausible is clearly nonsense. After going out on a limb on this one, (one suspects in order to curry favor with kingmaker Rupert Murdoch, Boris Johnson's position as foreign secretary is surely now untenable. Jeremy Corbyn needs to be calling for his resignation '' and also that of Prime Minister Theresa May '' when he next goes to the House of Commons.
But it's clear that the UK's problems go a lot deeper than changing the faces at the top. The Salisbury 'Rush to Blame Russia,' before any evidence of Kremlin involvement was produced, proves that we need a clear out of the entire political and media establishment and a move to a more democratic, publicly accountable system. We didn't get that after Iraq, but we really must get it now.
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Caravan | Definition of Caravan by Merriam-Webster
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:18
noun car·a·van \ Ëker-É-Ëvan , Ëka-rÉ- \ See What's Trending Now See More Trending Words
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Definition of caravan 1 a : a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also : a train of pack animals
b : a group of vehicles traveling together (as in a file)
2 a : a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters
Examples of caravan in a Sentence a funeral caravan slowly making its way down the street
bought a caravan and drove cross-country to California
Recent Examples of caravan from the Web Soup's role already has diminished greatly at Campbell, which once displayed 325 antique tureens at its headquarters and drew caravans of trucks from South Jersey produce farms to a seven-story downtown factory.
The buses are chartered through a private company, and the caravan is not sponsored by the Howard County Public School System.
Dozens of onlookers watched in surprise as the massive law enforcement caravan converged on the store and followed the suspect inside.
Stay in anything from a caravan-style cabin on an organic farm in Tuscany ($43 per night) to a pet-friendly yurt in a Canadian park ($108 per night) or a rain forest treehouse with a swimming pool in Australia ($413 per night).
Sourcing for the kitchen fell under the purview of the kitchen manager, who sent notes three to four weeks ahead of the caravan to purveyors in the next city.
The caravan will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. March 11 to the senior center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive.
She had been involved with tea party groups and had previously organized a pro-Trump march through her retirement community that included a caravan of dozens of golf carts.
Much of this took place before dawn, hours before the Eagles rolled up Broad in a caravan of green buses, amid bursts of green and white confetti, and adulation from fans clogging the sidewalks four and five deep.
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Origin and Etymology of caravan Italian caravana, from Persian kÄrvÄn
Examples of caravan in a Sentence We caravaned to the campsite.
Recent Examples of caravan from the Web By the film's end, the ants caravan the confetti--a very human remain--down into holes in the earth.
Demonstrators and protestors were then planning to caravan 25 miles north to Murfreesboro for a second rally.
Many Louisville participants also plan to caravan to Frankfort to gather on the steps of the capitol from 7-9 p.m. to honor first responders and honor those who have died during a candle light vigil.
The Volkswagen community likes to caravan to other shows.
The next day, when the policy was scheduled to go into effect, dozens of drivers caravaned to Uber's office in downtown Dallas and planted themselves outside until company officials met with them.
Maryland's Terps on Tour coaches caravan will kick off tonight at the Baltimore Aquarium.
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CARAVAN Defined for English Language Learners Definition of caravan for English Language Learners
: a group of people or animals traveling together on a long journey especially through the desert
: a group of vehicles (such as cars or wagons) traveling together
Definition of caravan for English Language Learners
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#StopTheCaravan - Mexico Disbands Immigrant ''Caravan'' After Trump NAFTA Threat
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:16
President Donald Trump's threat to abandon NAFTA should Mexico not act on the large group of illegal immigrants, mostly from Honduras, that was heading to the US-Mexico border since this weekend, seems to have paid off after Mexico's National Institute of Immigration (INM) declared late on Monday that it plans to disband the caravan by Wednesday. The group of some 1,300 illegals had been allowed to walk through Mexico for nine days without any official stopping them.
"Half the https://twitter.com/hashtag/IllegalImmigrant?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IllegalImmigrant population including these1,100 PPL or whatever it will be by the time they hit the https://twitter.com/hashtag/RioGrande?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RioGrande about half the https://twitter.com/hashtag/Illegals?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Illegals have entered this Country have came here since #911 they broke into a Country on https://twitter.com/hashtag/OrangeAlert?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OrangeAlert https://twitter.com/MarkSteynOnline?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarkSteynOnline https://twitter.com/hashtag/StopTheCaravan?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StopTheCaravan ''-- https://t.co/MzLLka6Op1">pic.twitter.com/MzLLka6Op1
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Ms Gina Garibo, who works for the group Pueblos Sin Fronteras, the volunteer organization which organized the caravan, stated: "At the end of the day these people have the right to ask for asylum,'' and denied that this was the end of the caravan.
"We have to follow through with our promise."
Related coverage: http://thegoldwater.com/news/22122-Soros-Funded-Groups-Backing-Mexico-Caravan-of-Socialists-Pueblos-Sin-Fronteras
Another organizer of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, Mr Alex Mensing claimed that the breakup of the caravan was still a victory as they had successfully persuaded the Mexican government to allow caravan members to apply for asylum both in the United States and Mexico: ''Don't be fooled, the government isn't 'disbanding' it, it's conceding its participants' right to apply for asylum without traveling in the shadows.''
Related coverage: http://thegoldwater.com/news/22031-StopTheCaravan-Trump-Is-Aware-Caravans-Coming-Video
Mr Irineo Mujica, the local director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras claims that about one-third of the migrants will probably choose to stay in Mexico: "I hope a large majority decide to stay in Mexico now that we've seen the reaction from hate groups in the United States.''
STOP THE CARAVAN
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:03
For years, Central Americans have invaded and debased our once-beautiful country.
Our Grievances They illegally vote for politicians who treasonously welcome more illegal aliens. They take our jobs. They do not pay taxes. They send our money back to their home countries. They qualify for and leech government benefits. They drag down our public schools and occupy our precious few college seats. They pass the cost of their medical care onto us. They bring poverty, disease, crime and drugs into our communities. They flood our taxpayer-funded prisons. They do not respect the laws or ideals of the United States. Their Appeal to Emotion Right now, a caravan of thousands of Central Americans is marching towards the United States, and they will demand asylum as refugees.
They tote women and children, and will appeal to the conscience of our generous nation.
We were commanded, ''give to the poor.''
That would be fruitless if we made ourselves poor in the process.
These people are not refugees. They are economic migrants, who will impose a massive cost on the United States. The media will claim that anyone disillusioned to this reality is racist and heartless.
Letting these people live in our country would be heartless to everyone, citizen and non-citizen, whether white, black, or any shade in-between.
Our Appeal to Reason There is an ancient saying to which the United States attributes its wealth:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.
We will not give a fish to every man, woman, and child, every day, from cradle to grave. We will not enslave ourselves to foreigners. We will not inflict the wound of charity upon another nation: to finance an economy of beggars.
An immigrant once claimed we were ''lucky.'' On the contrary; a United States citizen answered him:
Do you think when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock they found buildings, skyscrapers, roads, luxuries?! No! They worked their asses off farming... and their progeny dug, and mined, and built factories! Get off your asses and improve your own damned country!
Central Americans south of the border believe they can demand entry into our country. But our nation refuses to offer illegal aliens the benefits of citizenship without the responsibilities.
On the contrary, the Patriots of the United States of America make a demand to this caravan of Central Americans:
GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND IMPROVE YOUR OWN DAMNED COUNTRY!
If this caravan attempts to cross our border, the President must do his duty. The President must order that the military protect our border from this foreign invasion. The caravan's innocent appearance masks the destruction it will wreck on both of our nations, should it settle here.
Our Duty Immediately, contact the White House via their website, and every day at 9 AM (EST), call the White House:
Demand the following:
The National Guard needs to be sent to protect our border. The Army Corps of Engineers needs to build a southern border wall. This is an invasion, and our survival is at stake.
If the President will not uphold his duty to protect our borders, then he has failed in his duty to serve his People. The People of the Nation must then assume the duty themselves, and take up arms at the border, and defend it from invasion.
There is an awakening among those who love the United States. It is not enough to demand that injustice be temporarily halted. We The People demand a full reversal: OUR GOVERNMENT MUST SERVE US!
Call your congressman and petition for legislative change:
Ask them for these changes:
End due process for illegal aliens. There's no room to hold them, so they're released. They won't show up to court; they'll leave town! Just send them back to their home countries immediately. Require that employers use E-Verify. No illegal alien should take a job that a citizen could perform instead. End birthright citizenship. Don't encourage aliens to have children here who would be separated from their deported parents. Children should not become ''anchors'' making deportation more morally painful. End government services and benefits to illegal aliens. These services and benefits should only be provided to the people who pay for them. Fund and improve programs to find and deport all illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S. Should our government still refuse to serve its citizens, our message is clear:
We will not allow the government to subject us to tyranny and replacement. We will fight back, and replace traitors with True Patriots.
Migrant Caravan Stops in Field in Southern Mexico
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:21
MEXICO CITY (AP) '-- President Donald Trump is warning about ''caravans'' of migrants heading to the U.S., though the caravan of Central American migrants supposedly moving across Mexico toward the border was strikingly immobile Monday.
The group of about 1,100 people, most of them Hondurans, had been walking along roadsides and train tracks, but they have stopped to camp out in a field in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. They are waiting and getting advice on filing for transit or humanitarian visas in Mexico.
While a group of about a couple of hundred men in the march broke off and hopped a freight train north on Sunday '-- probably to try to enter the United States '-- the rest seem unlikely to move until Wednesday or Thursday. Those are probably going to take buses to the last scheduled stop for the caravan, a migrant rights symposium in central Puebla state.
Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the activist group behind the annual symbolic event, said the caravan would continue only to the city of Puebla southeast of Mexico City, ''but not in a massive way.'' After the symposium, some migrants may continue to Mexico's capital, where it is easier to make an asylum claim. Mujica said about 300 to 400 of the migrants say they have relatives living in Mexico and so may consider staying here at least temporarily.
It was all pretty undramatic '-- especially compared to 2013 and 2014, when migrants jammed Mexican trains heading north '-- but Trump's angry tweets raised hackles in Mexico.
''Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!'' Trump wrote in one. ''With all of the money they make from the U.S., hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours.''
Mexico's interior secretary, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, rejected such pressure.
''We will act with complete sovereignty in enforcing our laws,'' Navarrete Prida said Monday. ''Of course we will act '... to enforce our immigration laws, with no pressure whatsoever from any country whatsoever.''
Navarette Prida did say he talked Monday with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. ''We agreed to analyze the best means to handle flows of migration, in accordance with each country's laws,'' Navarrete Prida wrote in his Twitter account.
A Mexican government official said the caravans are tolerated because migrants have a right under Mexican law to request asylum in Mexico or to request a humanitarian visa allowing travel to the U.S. border to seek asylum in the United States.
The ''Stations of the Cross'' migrant caravans have been held in southern Mexico for about 10 years. They began as short processions of migrants, some dressed in biblical garb and carrying crosses, as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico.
The organized portions of the caravans usually don't proceed much farther north than the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Some migrants, moving as individuals or in smaller groups, often take buses or trucks from there to the U.S. border.
Mexico routinely stops and deports Central Americans, sometimes in numbers that rival those of the United States. Deportations of foreigners dropped from 176,726 in 2015 to 76,433 in 2017, in part because fewer were believed to have come to Mexico, and more were requesting asylum in Mexico.
Mexico granted 3,223 asylum requests made in 2016, and 9,626 requests filed last year are either under review or have been accepted.
Obama to Deploy National Guard to Ariz. Border - CBS News
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 23:58
Tennessee National Guard Sgt 1st Class Andy Kelemer stands near the primary border fence area Friday, March 2, 2007, in Yuma, Ariz. Tennessee soldiers are currently deployed in Arizona as a part of Operation Jumpstart, working in support of Border Patrol efforts in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.
AP Photo/John Partipilo, Pool
The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it will send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security, an Arizona congresswoman said.
Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement released Tuesday that President Barack Obama will request $500 million in funding for border security.
Part of Giffords' district borders Mexico.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona plans to introduce a proposal Tuesday afternoon to pay for putting 6,000 National troops at the border.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's spokesman said the governor hadn't been told of the move prior to her office being contacted by The Associated Press and had no immediate comment.
In 2006, President George W. Bush sent thousands of troops to the border to perform support duties that tie up immigration agents, who would then have more time to arrest illegal immigrants. The troops didn't perform significant law enforcement duties.
The goal of the Bush plan was to have the troops at the border until thousands of new Border Patrol agents were trained. Those border troops cost $1.2 billion to work at the border.
At the time, some officials along the border said they experienced a drop-off in traffic after National Guard soldiers began to arrive there.
That program has since ended, and politicians in border states have called for troops to be sent there to curb human and drug smuggling and prevent Mexico's drug violence from spilling over into the United States.
After the Bush plan ended, a much smaller number of National Guard troops still remained at the border, helping federal and state officers with communications and anti-drug efforts.
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Migrant caravan abandons plan to travel to US border | AFP.com
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:10
AFP / VICTORIA RAZO Central American migrants taking part in the "Migrant Via Crucis" caravan towards the United States chooses clothes from a donated pile as they camp at a sport complex in Matias Romero, Oaxaca A caravan of Central American migrants whose trek across Mexico infuriated President Donald Trump has decided not to travel to the US border, leaders said Tuesday.
"We will wrap up our work in Mexico City," said Irineo Mujica, the head of the migrant advocacy group People Without Borders (Pueblo sin Fronteras).
"We have support teams at the border if there are people who need assistance there, but they would have to travel on their own," he told AFP in the town of Matias Romero, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
The just over 1,000 migrants who currently make up the caravan -- many traveling in families of up to 20 people -- have been camped in the southern town since the weekend, deciding their next move in the face of daily attacks from Trump.
The Republican president vowed to send the US military to secure the border and threatened to axe the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico did not stop the caravan.
The caravan is in fact a yearly event whose goal is more to raise awareness about the plight of migrants than to reach the United States -- though some participants have traveled to the border in the past.
Mujica said this year's caravan was so large it would have been dangerous to travel to the border by train-hopping.
"There are too many children -- 450 in all. There are lots of babies. Hopping the train, as we did in the past, would have been crazy," he said.
The caravan now plans to travel to the central city of Puebla for a conference, then on to Mexico City for a series of demonstrations -- and end its journey there.
The group, mainly Hondurans, also includes Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans, mostly fleeing the brutal gang violence that has made Central America home to some of the highest murder rates in the world.
Organizers say Mexican immigration authorities are working with the migrants to get them papers to stay in Mexico.
Mujica praised the Mexican government for its response.
"Donald Trump wanted the world to crush us, to erase our existence. But Mexico responded admirably and we thank the government for the way it handled this caravan," he said.
Zuckerberg fires back at Tim Cook, opens up about fake news | TechCrunch
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:40
Zuckerberg has been on a bit of a publicity tour following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a generally tough year for the social media behemoth.
This morning, an interview with Zuck was published on Vox. In it, the Facebook CEO waded through some of the company's most pressing issues, including how to deal with fake news and help support good journalism and how to deal with governing a community of 2 billion people. Zuck also clapped back at Tim Cook who has criticized Facebook's model of generating revenue through advertising.
Fake NewsOn the problem of Fake News and transparency in the past:
It's tough to be transparent when we don't first have a full understanding of where the state of some of the systems are. In 2016, we were behind having an understanding and operational excellence on preventing things like misinformation, Russian interference. And you can bet that that's a huge focus for us going forward.
On how Facebook is trying to serve up content, including news content, that is meaningful to users:
The way that this works today, broadly, is we have panels of hundreds or thousands of people who come in and we show them all the content that their friends and pages who they follow have shared. And we ask them to rank it, and basically say, ''What were the most meaningful things that you wish were at the top of feed?'' And then we try to design algorithms that just map to what people are actually telling us is meaningful to them. Not what they click on, not what is going to make us the most revenue, but what people actually find meaningful and valuable. So when we're making shifts '-- like the broadly trusted shift '-- the reason why we're doing that is because it actually maps to what people are telling us they want at a deep level.
Zuck was also asked about supporting news organizations, as some slice of Facebook's revenue comes from users consuming news on the platform:
For the larger institutions, and maybe even some of the smaller ones as well, subscriptions are really a key point on this. I think a lot of these business models are moving towards a higher percentage of subscriptions, where the people who are getting the most value from you are contributing a disproportionate amount to the revenue. And there are certainly a lot of things that we can do on Facebook to help people, to help these news organizations, drive subscriptions. And that's certainly been a lot of the work that we've done and we'll continue doing.
He also addressed that subscriptions might not work for local news, which the CEO believes are equally important:
In local news, I think some of the solutions might be a little bit different. But I think it's easy to lose track of how important this is. There's been a lot of conversation about civic engagement changing, and I think people can lose sight of how closely tied that can be to local news. In a town with a strong local newspaper, people are much more informed, they're much more likely to be civically active. On Facebook we've taken steps to show more local news to people. We're also working with them specifically, creating funds to support them and working on both subscriptions and ads there should hopefully create a more thriving ecosystem.
In Reaction to Tim CookIn an interview last week, the Apple CEO said that tech firms ''are beyond'' self-regulation. When asked what he would do if he was in Zuckerberg's position, Cook said ''I wouldn't be in this situation.'' The CEO has long held that an advertising model, in which companies use data around users to sell to brands, is not what Apple wants to become.
''They're gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it,'' he said of Facebook and Google in 2015. ''We think that's wrong. And it's not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.''
Zuck was asked about Cook's statements in the interview:
You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib. And not at all aligned with the truth. The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can't afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.
That doesn't mean that we're not primarily focused on serving people. I think probably to the dissatisfaction of our sales team here, I make all of our decisions based on what's going to matter to our community and focus much less on the advertising side of the business.
Zuck even took the opportunity to clap back at Cook a bit, saying we shouldn't believe that companies trying to charge us more actually care about us.
But if you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford. I thought Jeff Bezos had an excellent saying on this in one of his Kindle launches a number of years back. He said, ''There are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less.'' And at Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use.
I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people. To the contrary, I think it's important that we don't all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.
The Government of FacebookVox's founder and Editor-at-Large Ezra Klein brought up something Zuck said in an earlier interview, that Facebook was more like a government than a traditional company. Zuck explained that disputes over what content is admissible on Facebook has grown to a scale that requires a certain level of governance.
But I think it's actually one of the most interesting philosophical questions that we face. With a community of more than 2 billion people, all around the world, in every different country, where there are wildly different social and cultural norms, it's just not clear to me that us sitting in an office here in California are best placed to always determine what the policies should be for people all around the world. And I've been working on and thinking through, how can you set up a more democratic or community-oriented process that reflects the values of people around the world?
That's one of the things that I really think we need to get right. Because I'm just not sure that the current state is a great one.
On how Facebook could prepare for its own overwhelming scale:
One is transparency. Right now, I don't think we are transparent enough around the prevalence of different issues on the platform. We haven't done a good job of publishing and being transparent about the prevalence of those kind of issues, and the work that we're doing and the trends of how we're driving those things down over time.
And on long-term goals for governance:
But over the long-term, what I'd really like to get to is an independent appeal. So maybe folks at Facebook make the first decision based on the community standards that are outlined, and then people can get a second opinion. You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don't work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world.
You can read the full interview at Vox.com.
A new study suggests fake news might have won Donald Trump the 2016 election - The Washington Post
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:08
Screenshot from 2016 Donald Trump campaign ad, ''Dangerous.''
President Trump has said repeatedly that Russian interference didn't matter in the 2016 election, and he has suggested '-- wrongly '-- that the intelligence and law enforcement communities have said the same. His overriding fear seems to be that Russian interference and the ''fake news'' it promoted would undermine the legitimacy of his election win.
Trump won't like this new study one bit.
The study from researchers at Ohio State University finds that fake news likely played a significant role in depressing Hillary Clinton's support on Election Day 2016. The study, which has not been peer reviewed but which may be the first look at how fake news impacted voter choices, suggests that roughly 4 percent of President Obama's 2012 supporters were dissuaded from voting for Clinton in 2016 by belief in fake-news stories.
Richard Gunther, Paul A. Beck and Erik C. Nisbet, the study's authors, inserted three popular fake-news stories from the 2016 campaign into a massive, 281-question YouGov survey given to 585 Obama supporters in December 2016 '-- 23 percent of which didn't vote for Clinton, either by abstaining or picking another candidate. Here are the false stories, along with the percentages of Obama supporters who believed they were at least ''probably'' true (in parenthesis):
Clinton was in ''very poor health due to a serious illness'' (12 percent) Pope Francis endorsed Trump (8 percent) Clinton approved weapons sales to Islamic jihadists, ''including ISIS'' (20 percent) Overall, about one-quarter of 2012 Obama voters believed at least one of these stories (26 percent). And of that group, just 45 percent voted for Clinton '-- compared to 89 percent who believed none of the three.
This alone does not prove that fake news was a difference-maker, of course. A recent Princeton-led study of fake news consumption during the 2016 campaign found that fake news articles made up only 2.6 percent of all hard-news articles late in the 2016 election, with the stories most often reaching intense partisans who were likely not persuadable. And it wouldn't be surprising if Obama voters who weren't reliable Democratic supporters were more apt to believe fake news stories that affirmed their decision not to vote for Clinton.
So the researchers sought to control for other factors like gender, race, age, education, political leaning and even personal feelings about Clinton and Trump using multiple regression analysis. According to the researchers, all of these factors combined to explain 38 percent of the defection of Obama voters from Clinton, but belief in fake news explained another 11 percent.
For those defecting from Clinton, believing fake news had a greater impact than anything except being a Republican or personally disliking Clinton. Obama voters who believed one of these fake news stories ''were 3.9 times more likely to defect from the Democratic ticket in 2016 than those who believed none of these false claims, after taking into account all of these other factors,'' the researchers write.
''We cannot prove that belief in fake news caused these former Obama voters to defect from the Democratic candidate in 2016,'' they write. ''These data strongly suggest, however, that exposure to fake news did have a significant impact on voting decisions.''
Exactly how that translates into raw votes and whether it swung the election is the big, unanswered question '-- and the one that seems to preoccupy Trump. It's difficult to know how fake news played specifically in the three states that delivered him the presidency: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But the fact that Clinton lost each of these divisive states by less than one percentage point means that even a slight impact by Russia and/or fake news '-- or even then-FBI Director James B. Comey's announcement about Clinton's emails or some other factor '-- could logically have changed the result.
But we can use this study to glean some clues and even rerun a hypothetical 2016 election. The Post's polling director, Scott Clement, ran a predictive probability analysis using the OSU team's data and compared the existing 2016 election to a hypothetical election in which these fake news stories didn't exist. The result: Clinton lost 4.2 percent more of Obama's votes in the race with fake news, versus the hypothetical race without it. The study notes that 10 percent of Obama voters voted from Trump; other surveys have had
If we multiply that 4.2 percent drop-off by Obama's 2012 vote share in the three key states that delivered the presidency to Trump, it suggests fake news cost Clinton around 2.2 or 2.3 points apiece in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. And Clinton lost Michigan by just 0.2 points and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by 0.72 and 0.76 points, respectively.
These are rough estimates, to be clear. But notably, Clinton's estimated drop-off in each state would be about three times bigger '-- or more '-- than the study's impact of fake news. That would mean that, for fake news not to have made the difference (according to these data), Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would have had to be uniquely impervious to the effects of fake news, when compared to the rest of the country.
The survey also notably doesn't measure what impact fake news might have had in increasing Trump's support, instead only focusing on how it depressed Clinton's. That could actually increase the shift. But even with this limited purview, it suggests it made a significant difference.
And it suggests it may well have cost Clinton the presidency.
Clement contributed to this report.
Sinclair Exec Defends 'Must-Run' Script In Memo To Staff '' Talking Points Memo
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:17
The Sinclair Broadcast Group executive behind a ''must-run'' script that made news this week defended the segment in a memo to Sinclair-owned newsrooms Monday, CNN reported.
''The critics are now upset about our well-researched journalistic initiative focused on fair and objective reporting,'' Sinclair's senior vice president of news, Scott Livingston (pictured above), wrote to Sinclair employees, according to a copy of the memo published by CNN. ''For the record, the stories we are referencing in this campaign are the unsubstantiated ones (i.e. fake/false) like 'Pope Endorses Trump' which move quickly across social media and result in an ill-informed public.''
In fact, the must-run script specifically differentiated between the spread of fake news on social media and fake reporting coming from professional news outlets. The script condemned them both.
''The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,'' the script, recited by hundreds of local news anchors nationwide, read. ''More alarming, national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first.''
However, Livingston's memo largely ignored the primary critique of the script: that it was labeled ''must-run'' in the first place, and therefore that it exploited viewers' trust in their local news anchors in order to spread a corporate message.
News anchors looking into camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord, words meant to obscure the truth not elucidate it, isn't journalism. It's propaganda. It's Orwellian. A slippery slope to how despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses.
'-- Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 2, 2018
Anchors for Sinclair-owned local stations nationwide read the script amid what CNN's Brian Stelter reported was an atmosphere of embarrassment and frustration.
The script mirrored a note that Livingston himself read on air a year ago, Stelter noted when he broke the story last month. Weeks after that early March report, and after several days of local stations running the segment, the story gained national attention thanks to a compilation video from Deadspin's Timothy Burke late Friday night.
'-- Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 31, 2018
Sinclair is known to have a conservative slant, and at least two former Trump advisers '-- Sebastian Gorka and Boris Epshteyn '-- have had their commentaries labeled ''must-run'' for Sinclair's local stations.
In fact, Livingston mentioned Epshteyn in his memo to staff.
''One thing the critics DO seem obsessed with is the roughly 8 minutes a week of clearly labelled commentary that Boris Epshteyn offers in our newscasts each week,'' his memo read, according to CNN. ''The critics continue to say that his former affiliation with Republicans makes him a propagandist. But they never offer any perspective on Boris' appearances.''
''They never mention that ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos ran Bill Clinton's Presidential campaign and served as a Senior Advisor to President Clinton for 4 years,'' he continued. ''Stephanopoulos now hosts an ABC political talk shows and co-anchors 10 hours of news a week for ABC. That is 10 hours of 'must run' content that all ABC affiliates must carry each week hosted by a former advisor to President Clinton. We have no problem with Mr. Stephanopoulos anchoring these newscasts, but think it is odd that Sinclair critics seem to express zero outrage over this. Critics never talk about Chris Matthews, who worked for prominent Washington Democrats, including President Carter, before becoming an NBC show host.''
Read Livingston's full memo, and CNN's report on it, here.
Grindr Will Stop Sharing Users' HIV Data With Other Companies
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:36
The popular gay hookup app Grindr said late on Monday that it would stop sharing information about its users' HIV status with third-party analytics companies.
The announcement came after BuzzFeed News revealed that Grindr had been securely providing two companies '-- Apptimize and Localytics, commonly used services to help optimize apps '-- with some of the information that Grindr users include in their profiles, including HIV status and "last tested date."
The company decided to stop sharing the information with Localytics "based on the reaction '-- a misunderstanding of technology '-- to allay people's fears," chief security officer Bryce Case told BuzzFeed News. It will happen when the app's next update is released, he said.
Still, Case defended Grindr's decision to share the data, arguing that Apptimize and Localytics are simply tools to help apps like Grindr function better, and that the information was not shared to make money or for other nefarious purposes.
Case stressed that the HIV data had only been shared with Apptimize as part of Grindr's standard rollout procedure for new features on the app. In this case, it was part of a new opt-in feature that would allow users to be reminded to get tested for HIV. The company stopped sharing the information with the third party when the feature was rolled out last week, Case said.
The second company, Localytics, is "a software program that we use to analyze our own behavior," Case said. "It's being conflated with Cambridge Analytica. This is just something we use for internal tooling," he said. "I will not admit fault in the regard that the data was used."
As to whether the company would retroactively delete the data that was being shared with Localytics, Case said, "I don't have an answer for you at this time. It is something we can look into."
But some security experts say that this argument about whether the data was being sold to a third party for nefarious purposes or not misses the point: that HIV data is highly sensitive, and that sharing it with any outside companies is a move away from the security of its users.
"There was no reason for them to be storing that data with these analytics companies in the first place," Cooper Quintin, senior staff technologist and security researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told BuzzFeed News. "Grindr should be taking extra steps to secure this sort of very personal data."
The company came under fire after a Norwegian nonprofit called SINTEF first revealed that the HIV information is sent together with users' GPS data, phone ID, and email. (SINTEF was commissioned to produce the report by Swedish public broadcaster SVT, which first publicized the findings.) BuzzFeed News later replicated its results and verified the information with outside cybersecurity experts.
The company first released a statement early Monday afternoon defending its decision to share the information with the third parties, stating that "the inclusion of HIV status information within our platform is always regarded carefully with our users' privacy in mind," and that the company, like any other mobile app company, "must operate with industry standard practices."
Hours later, Case said that it would stop sharing the information with third parties. The news was first reported by Axios.
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Medical ethics: UK uses data from doctors to find migrants
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:31
April 01, 2018In letters recently made public, politicians sparred with immigration officials over a data-sharing agreement quietly signed in 2016 that gives the government access to personal information collected by the country's family doctors. Medical details are excluded.
A parliamentary health committee condemned the situation as "unacceptable," calling for the agreement to be suspended. But Britain's immigration department has dismissed those concerns, arguing that such data sharing allows the U.K. to remove people "who might pose a danger to the public."
Medical workers back the health committee's viewpoint. "We understand the government has a job to do, but going into health records to get patient information is not OK," said Lucy Jones, director of programs at Doctors of the World U.K. "The idea that any patient information is being shared with a government body immediately breaks their trust in a doctor-patient relationship."
Several leading medical organizations, including the Royal College of General Practitioners, Public Health England and the General Medical Council, have all slammed the data-sharing deal, saying it could worsen the health of vulnerable people and drive disease outbreaks underground, hurting health care for all.
Dalia Omer, a refugee from Sudan who was granted asylum in the U.K. in February after nearly two years, sought medical help several times while awaiting the government's decision. She said had she known about the data sharing arrangement, she would not have been as forthcoming.
"If I knew the doctors could share information with the Home Office, I would not tell them everything," she said, referring to the British department that oversees immigration and security. She said she might even lie about certain details to protect herself.
Dr. Kitty Worthing, a London-based doctor with the group Docs Not Cops, said "the cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship is confidentiality and this data-sharing is a direct breach of that." She said when she's advised people that their personal information could be shared with immigration officials "their reaction is always fear."
Elsewhere in Europe, many countries have a strict firewall that stops information gathered by health services from being disclosed to other government agencies. Germany's data protection office said regulations prohibit any blanket sharing of such information. In France, no data obtained by doctors is shared with the Interior Ministry.
Some health experts said it was critical that some types of health care are available to everyone in the U.K., regardless of their immigration status. "With HIV treatment, it makes much more sense to treat everybody with HIV, because treatment lowers the level of virus in your blood so you can't pass it on," said Kat Smithson of the National AIDS Trust. "If people are not diagnosed because they're not accessing health care, they're not aware they're living with HIV, which means they're far more likely to pass it on to somebody else."
The British government, however, says protecting its borders outweighs those concerns. "We believe that the release of (patient) information is lawful and proportionate action in pursuit of the effective enforcement of the U.K.'s immigration policy," wrote Caroline Noakes, the minister of state for immigration, and James O'Shaughnessy, parliamentary undersecretary of state for health, responding to lawmaker's concerns.
They cited the case of a Pakistani citizen who overstayed a visitor's visa. After the Pakistani was refused residency in 2013, contact with the Home Office was broken off. Immigration officials sent a request to health services, which revealed a new address.
"The Home Office visited the address and arrested the individual, a convicted sex offender, who is now complying with the Home Office and will leave the U.K.," Noakes and O'Shaughnessy wrote, describing patients' non-medical data as being "at the lower end of the privacy spectrum."
From last November to January, health officials agreed to nearly 1,300 requests for information. Of those, health officials found 501 cases where patients had a different address from the one in Home Office records.
Some Londoners said it was OK for immigration officials to get data from doctors under certain conditions. "If the Home Office needs the information for a good reason, I guess it's OK, but they should ask the people for permission," said Farooq, outside an east London clinic that provides health care largely for migrants. He declined to give his last name because he was worried about the immigration status of his father, originally from Afghanistan.
Farooq said data sharing could make migrants nervous about getting medical attention. "It could put people in a risky situation if they're worried about their visa and they need to see a doctor," he said.
Elaine Ganley in Paris and David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.
This story changes wording in second paragraph from "last month" to reflect the letters were made public in February.
Peter Thiel's Palantir linked to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica fiasco - Business Insider
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:47
Peter Thiel leaving an elevator at Trump Tower in November 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Emails indicate that Eric Schmidt's daughter Sophie once suggested that Cambridge Analytica's parent company work with Palantir.Cambridge Analytica later developed a relationship with a Palantir staffer that produced the idea to use an app to harvest Facebook user data.Both Cambridge Analytica and Palantir are owned by conservative billionaires who funded Donald Trump's election campaign. LONDON '-- Both Peter Thiel's data-mining company Palantir and a daughter of the former Google chairman Eric Schmidt had connections to Cambridge Analytica's misuse of Facebook user information, according to documents seen by The New York Times.
"We learned today that an employee, in 2013-2014, engaged in an entirely personal capacity with people associated with Cambridge Analytica," Palantir told The Times. "We are looking into this and will take the appropriate action."
The employee was Alfredas Chmieliauskas, according to The Times. His LinkedIn shows that he is a business-development staffer at Palantir in London. He suggested that Cambridge Analytica create a personality-quiz app to harvest data from Facebook users, The Times said. Cambridge Analytica eventually used a similar method to obtain data from about 50 million Facebook users it could then sell.
The connection between Palantir and Cambridge Analytica was apparently suggested by Schmidt's daughter Sophie, who had been an intern at SCL Group, a UK-based defense and intelligence contractor that created Cambridge Analytica in 2012. A 2013 email seen by The Times indicated that Sophie Schmidt, who did not respond to the paper's request for comment, urged that SCL work with Palantir:
"Ever come across Palantir. Amusingly Eric Schmidt's daughter was an intern with us and is trying to push us towards them?" one SCL employee wrote to a colleague in the email.
Sophie Schmidt, the daughter of the former Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, visiting the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad in 2009. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Cambridge Analytica and Palantir began their relationship in 2014, when Christopher Wylie, the pink-haired Cambridge Analytica cofounder turned whistleblower who testified to Parliament in London this week, visited Palantir's London headquarters in Soho Square with Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. The Times said:
"Mr. Chmieliauskas continued to communicate with Mr. Wylie's team in 2014, as the Cambridge employees were locked in protracted negotiations with a researcher at Cambridge University, Michal Kosinski, to obtain Facebook data through an app Mr. Kosinski had built. The data was crucial to efficiently scale up Cambridge's psychometrics products so they could be used in elections and for corporate clients.
"'I had left field idea,' Mr. Chmieliauskas wrote in May 2014. 'What about replicating the work of the cambridge prof as a mobile app that connects to facebook?' Reproducing the app, Mr. Chmieliauskas wrote, 'could be a valuable leverage negotiating with the guy.'"
Nix later tried to work officially with executives at Palantir, but they demurred. Ultimately, Cambridge Analytica pursued the app without Palantir's official help.
The emails will make uncomfortable reading for both companies.
Thiel is a Facebook board member and a conservative libertarian with a dystopian view of the future who funded Donald Trump's US presidential campaign. He became a billionaire through a series of tech investments including PayPal and Facebook.
Cambridge Analytica was founded by Robert Mercer, the conservative billionaire hedge fund creator who has also funded Trump and Breitbart News, the right-wing media group that is often accused of publishing misleading stories.
Cambridge Analytica is now the subject of criminal investigations in both the UK and the US over its role in the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the UK. The company has made contradictory statements about its alleged role persuading British people to vote to leave the European Union.
Facebook updates its terms of service to include Messenger, Instagram
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:25
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Facebook is updating its terms of service and data policy to clarify what user information it collects and shares across its family of products including Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Messenger.
The revised policies come at a time when the company is being scrutinized over how it shares personal information with third parties, especially in light of the Cambridge Analytica data leak. The new terms of service and data policy doesn't ask for more user data rights or change privacy controls.
However, it does break down in clearer language what Facebook does with people's data and now includes information on features like Marketplace, Live and 360 video, which were added since the data policy was last amended in 2015.
Here are the notable additions:
Facebook is acknowledging in its terms of service that it owns other platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Messenger. Facebook has never said it doesn't own other platforms, but in its previous terms of service it doesn't mention the other companies. In the new version, it clearly states how it uses data across its owned-and-operated products.
While many people are aware that Facebook owns other companies, some European countries have felt the company isn't clear enough that it is sharing data across platforms. German and EU regulators have been investigating how Facebook gets information from third parties, including sharing information from Instagram and WhatsApp. A German court in February ruled that Facebook's default privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal.
Facebook shows how your info is being used for advertising. Facebook has previously explained what kinds of information it collects, but it's now being more transparent about how it uses it for advertising.
For example, it now details how your name, profile picture, actions on Facebook and information about previous interactions with ads could be used. It could include showing your friends that you are interested in an event or a brand that paid to be promoted on Facebook companies. It also explains how companies pay Facebook to show their content to relevant users, and how Facebook uses its algorithms to find the right people.
Facebook explains what information it shares with others and collects, including device information. The company got in more hot water in late March when several Android phone users found the company had been collecting call and text data, including names, phone numbers and the length of each call made. Facebook says it keeps that information to help users find friends on its platforms, as well as to learn how they use its products including the duration of activities and what they looked at. It emphasizes it complies with mobile device settings.
Facebook states what it is doing to address harmful behavior. The company now includes sections on how it finds harassment and suspicious activity on its platforms, which includes looking at user content. It also said it invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning to find content that violates its policies.
Facebook Blames "Bug" For Harvesting Users' Deleted Videos | Zero Hedge
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:12
As if Facebook didn't already collect enough information on its users, the company on Tuesday admitted it accidentally retained videos that had been deleted by its users, claiming that a glitch was responsible for storing the clips, according to New York.
The company apologized for the issue, and promised it would permanently delete all of the videos that were recorded by users, but never shared.
Users that have requested their data from Facebook have discovered that the company stored texts, messages, phone logs and other personal data for years.
If you granted permission to read contacts during Facebook's installation on Android a few versions ago'--specifically before Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)'--that permission also granted Facebook access to call and message logs by default. The permission structure was changed in the Android API in version 16. But Android applications could bypass this change if they were written to earlier versions of the API, so Facebook API could continue to gain access to call and SMS data by specifying an earlier Android SDK version. Google deprecated version 4.0 of the Android API in October 2017'--the point at which the latest call metadata in Facebook users' data was found. Apple iOS has never allowed silent access to call data. -Ars Technica
Select All broke the story about Facebook keeping the deleted videos last week.
In a statement to Select All, Facebook said it investigated the report and discovered a bug that the company failed to delete.
We investigated a report that some people were seeing their old draft videos when they accessed their information from our Download Your Information tool. We discovered a bug that prevented draft videos from being deleted. We are deleting them and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate New York Magazine for bringing the issue to our attention.
Many users who accessed the Download Your Information tool found the videos, accompanied by hundreds of megabytes of other embarrassing data, much to their chagrin.
Of course we should take Facebook at its word that this was an honest mistake and that Zuckerberg himself will see to it that the offended videos are immediately deleted, and permanently this time.
But it's more likely that these data were just caught up in the net as Facebook tried to collect as much personal information from its users as possible.
We imagine Zuckerberg will be asked about this practice when he appears before Congress later this month.
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VIDEO - New domestic violence program aimed at helping LGBTQ community | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio | Columbus News, Weather & Sports
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New domestic violence program aimed at helping LGBTQ community New domestic violence program aimed at helping LGBTQ community | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio | Columbus News, Weather & Sports
Published: 03/29/18 03:35 pm EDT
Updated: 03/29/18 06:31 pm EDT
A new program aims to stop the cycle of domestic violence in a specific community.
Franklin County's Municipal Court has created a program just for the LGBTQ community.
Judges James O'Grady and Eileen Paley have worked for nearly three years to develop a domestic violence program geared entirely toward LGBTQ offenders.
Myles Stickle is the Director of Behavioral Health for Equitas. He was tasked with coming up with this program that has never existed.
He said the dynamic of same-gender couples is much different than heterosexuals because the foundation of violence isn't based on gender differences.
''We look at the power and control wheel and it has a lot to do with the differences between men and women,'' said Stickle. ''There's other things that create power and control differences in our relationships.''
The program will start with an assessment, then the participant will join an eight-week psycho-educational group followed by 32 more weeks of group therapy geared specifically toward their problems.
''I don't want to have to put people in jail, I know that putting someone in jail isn't helping them with any underlying issues,'' said Judge O'Grady. ''That's ultimately all I want is just people to get help and not have to come back and see me.''
The judges hope the need for this program will be recognized and modeled nationally. They also hope it paves the way for more culturally specific programs.
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VIDEO - 'Nightmare' bacteria, resistant to almost every drug, stalk U.S. hospitals
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:42
Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Published 1:20 p.m. ET April 3, 2018 | Updated 3:35 p.m. ET April 3, 2018
"Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt. (April 3) AP
A strain of Candida auris, a deadly "superbug" fungus that is hard to spot and kill, is shown in a petri dish. (Photo: Shawn Lockhart, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of ''nightmare bacteria'' that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics, according to a report released Tuesday.
Although the CDC has warned of the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacteria for years, the new report helps illustrate the scope of the problem. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, said she was surprised by the extent of the spread.
''As fast as we have run to slow (antibiotic) resistance, some germs have outpaced us,'' Schuchat said. ''We need to do more and we need to do it faster and earlier.''
The CDC set up a nationwide lab network in 2016 to help hospitals quickly diagnose such infections and stop them from spreading.
One in 4 germ samples sent to the lab network contained special genes that allowed them to spread their resistance to other germs, the CDC said. In 1 in 10 cases, people infected with these germs spread the disease to apparently healthy people in the hospital '-- such as patients, doctors or nurses '-- who in turn can act as silent carriers of illness, infecting others even if they don't become sick.
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Nightmare bacteria '-- those that are resistant to almost every drug '-- are particularly deadly in seniors and people with chronic illnesses. Up to half of the resulting infections prove fatal, Schuchat said.
While those bacteria are terrifying on their own, the ''unusual'' genes discussed in this report are truly the ''worst of the worst,'' said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.
About 2 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die, according to the CDC.
''There are certain bacterial genes that are more worrisome than others, that are much harder to treat,'' Adalja said. ''These genes are lurking in American patients and they are spreading in hospitals and health care facilities.''
Many researchers have worried about the emergence of a ''post-antibiotic era,'' in which patients succumb to once-treatable infections. Antibiotics don't just save lives when people develop infectious diseases such as pneumonia: They are also the ''safety net'' for patients undergoing surgery and cancer treatment, Schuchat said.
Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, compared the problem to a ''slow-moving tsunami.''
''This isn't an acute crisis where a wave just hits you,'' Osterholm said. ''But we see these rare cases of resistance in remote areas of the world, and within a year or two, it's everywhere.''
As alarming as the new numbers are, Schuchat said there is some good news. Studies show aggressive hospital action can limit the spread of outbreaks.
In one case, the CDC network helped diagnose bacteria carrying resistance genes in an Iowa nursing home resident with a urinary tract infection. Public health staff tested 30 other nursing home residents and found five were also infected.
Aggressive measures, such as wearing gowns and gloves while caring for infected patients, prevented anyone else from getting sick, Schuchat said. Vigorously diagnosing and containing such infections can reduce infections by 76%, the CDC said.
William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and health policy disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said the CDC's efforts to contain and slow the spread of nightmare bacteria seem to be working.
The CDC lab network is "working at an absolutely high level of effectiveness,'' Schaffner said. ''It's identifying problems with great precision and initiating the appropriate response with the local health department and hospital staff. ''That's the 'good news spin' bun around a scary hot dog,'' he said.
Still, Osterholm said world leaders need to do more to prevent antibiotic resistance.
A 2016 report commissioned by the British government and Wellcome Trust called for investing $40 billion over the next decade to fight the problem. About 700,000 people around the world die due to antibiotic resistance each year. Without immediate action, annual deaths could rise to 10 million by 2050, according to the report.
Bacteria naturally evolve to resist drugs used against them. The more the drugs are used, the faster this happens, Osterholm said. While developing new antibiotics can help, Osterholm compared that approach to ''trying to dig yourself out of a hole.''
It's far more important that countries around the world use antibiotics more judiciously, Osterholm said. Doctors today often prescribe antibiotics when they're not needed. And in developing nations, patients often buy antibiotics on the street, Osterholm said, noting that antibiotics are also widely used in agriculture.
Vaccines can also help fight antibiotic resistance, he said, by preventing people from ever becoming sick in the first place.
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System aims to detect content that violates standards
Company on the defensive about how it handles private data
Facebook Inc. scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they're flagged to moderators, making sure the content abides by the company's rules. If it doesn't, it gets blocked or taken down.
The company confirmed the practice after an interview published earlier this week with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg raised questions about Messenger's practices and privacy. Zuckerberg told Vox's Ezra Klein a story about receiving a phone call related to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Facebook had detected people trying to send sensational messages through the Messenger app, he said.
''In that case, our systems detect what's going on,'' Zuckerberg said. ''We stop those messages from going through.''
Some people reacted with concern on Twitter: Was Facebook reading messages more generally? Facebook has been under scrutiny in recent weeks over how it handles users' private data and the revelation struck a nerve. Messenger doesn't use the data from the scanned messages for advertising, the company said, but the policy may extend beyond what Messenger users expect.
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The company told Bloomberg that while Messenger conversations are private, Facebook scans them and uses the same tools to prevent abuse there that it does on the social network more generally. All content must abide by the same "community standards." People can report posts or messages for violating those standards, which would prompt a review by the company's ''community operations'' team. Automated tools can also do the work.
''For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo matching technology to detect known child exploitation imagery or when you send a link, we scan it for malware or viruses,'' a Facebook Messenger spokeswoman said in a statement. ''Facebook designed these automated tools so we can rapidly stop abusive behavior on our platform.''
Messenger used to be part of Facebook's main service, before it was spun off into a separate application in 2014. Facebook's other major chat app, WhatsApp, encrypts both ends of its users' communications, so that not even WhatsApp can see it -- a fact that's made it more secure for users, and more difficult for lawmakers wanting information in investigations. Messenger also has an encrypted option, but users have to turn it on.
The company updated its data policy and proposed new terms of service on Wednesday to clarify that Messenger and Instagram use the same rules as Facebook. ''We better explain how we combat abuse and investigate suspicious activity, including by analyzing the content people share,'' Facebook said in a blog post.
Facebook is on the defensive after revelations that private information from about 50 million users wound up in the hands of political ad-data firm Cambridge Analytica without their consent. Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before the House next week and is holding a conference call on Wednesday afternoon to discuss changes to Facebook privacy policies. (Follow the call on the TOPLive blog.)
The company is working to make its privacy policies clearer, but still ends up with gaps between what it says users have agreed to, and what users think they actually agreed to.
The Messenger scanning systems ''are very similar to those that other internet companies use today,'' the company said.
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VIDEO - Illinois town votes to ban assault rifles, fine violators up to $1,000 per day - CBS News
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:05
The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has once again ignited the public debate around assault rifles and large capacity magazines. And while no sweeping gun control laws have been enacted at the federal level, one town in Illinois is taking matters into its own hands.
The Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois voted on Monday to ban the possession, sale, and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines to "increase the public's sense of safety." What's more, CBS Chicago reports, anyone refusing to give up their banned firearm will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is handed over or removed from the town's limits.
The ordinance states, "The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual's right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia."
So, beginning June 13, banned assault weapons in Deerfield will include semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, shotguns with revolving cylinders, and conversion kits from which assault weapons can be assembled. And those are just a few of the firearm varieties banned. The list is long and includes all the following models or duplicates thereof: AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, Misr, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR, AR-10, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, Olympic Arms PCR, AR70, Calico Liberty, Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle, Dragunov SVU, Fabrique NationalFN/FAL, FN/LAR, FNC, Hi-Point Carbine, HK-91, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle, SAR-8, Sturm, Ruger Mini-14, and more.
Antique handguns that have been rendered permanently inoperable and weapons designed for Olympic target shooting events are exempt, as are retired police officers.
"We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer," Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said in a press release, after the ban on assault weapons passed unanimously.
The nearby suburb of Highland Park passed a similar ban in 2013, which was contested as unconstitutional by one of the city's residents and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Ultimately, however, the ordinance was upheld in court.
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VIDEO - Sinclair producer in Nebraska resigns to protest 'obvious bias'
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:08
A morning TV producer at a Sinclair-owned station in Nebraska has resigned in protest of what he calls the company's "obvious bias." Justin Simmons gave notice at KHGI TV on March 26. This was after Sinclair's corporate headquarters mandated that local anchors read the controversial promos warning of "fake" and biased news, but before the promos went viral and became a national topic of discussion.
Simmons told CNNMoney that he had been concerned about Sinclair's corporate mandates for the past year and a half, and that the promos were just the final straw.
"This is almost forcing local news anchors to lie to their viewers," he said.
He said his feelings are shared by others at his station, but didn't want to say anything that would imperil his colleagues.
Simmons' decision to quit is a dramatic example of the tensions that exist between Sinclair-owned newsrooms and the company's Maryland-based management. Staffers like Simmons feel that the conservative owners of Sinclair are interfering in local news coverage. (Most of Sinclair's stations are CNN affiliates -- meaning CNN shares content and resources with them and vice versa.)
Related: Sinclair responds to criticism of media-bashing promos
In a resignation letter he shared with CNNMoney, Simmons wrote that he has been required to air "several segments that have made me uncomfortable." He cited "the news media bashing promo our local anchors have been required to read" as the most recent example.
Simmons joined KHGI, known as NTV, nearly four years ago, first in a video editing role. At first the station was owned by Pappas. But Pappas went bankrupt and Sinclair acquired the station at auction in 2015.
"I've always kind of been on edge about Sinclair," Simmons said.
Justin Simmons. In late 2016, he became a producer on the morning show. He noticed requirements from corporate becoming more and more common. These are known as "must-runs:" National segments that local producers are told to air during their newscasts.
One of the "must-runs," the "Terrorism Alert Desk," is a recurring segment about security threats. Critics call the segments alarmist and full of fear-mongering.
Pro-Trump commentaries by former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn are another "must-run" feature.
Simmons asserted that there isn't a hunger for Epshteyn's boosterish videos.
"On YouTube, he only has a couple hundred views for some of his videos," Simmons said. "On Facebook he's not that popular either. To me that's also a concern because Sinclair is forcing us to air these."
Simmons echoed what staffers at other stations have described: Top-down mandates to take up local news time with national stories that sometimes have a conservative bent.
At one point, when higher-ups noticed that he ran only 60% of the "must-runs" in the morning show, "my boss got in trouble," Simmons said.
The station's news director Matt Weesner and general manager Vincent Barresi did not respond to requests for comment.
In his resignation letter, Simmons thanked Weesner for the growth opportunities he was given.
He said he does not have another job lined up -- but felt he had to step down when the promos were mandated.
"Making the local anchors do this was a big concern for me," he said. "I didn't go into news to give people biased information."
"Resigning seemed like the least I could do," he added. "I wish there was more."
At some of Sinclair's stations, some local anchors resisted recording the promos, while others went along with the initiative. The backlash has been fierce on social media ever since Deadspin published a compilation of the promos last weekend.
"Why don't they quit?" has been a theme in the social media reaction to the promos -- meaning, why don't journalists quit if they are troubled by the company's actions?
But some employees, especially on-air anchors and reporters, are under contract. While contracts are common in the TV news industry, Sinclair's contracts have been described as particularly onerous, with severe penalties attached.
Simmons told CNNMoney he was free to quit because he wasn't under contract.
He originally proposed an April 20 resignation date to his boss, but when he later told his boss that he was speaking with a reporter from CNNMoney, he was put on paid leave.
Sinclair has defended the promos as a simple "journalistic responsibility campaign" to market its stations. The company said in a statement on Monday that "the promos served no political agenda, and represented nothing more than an effort to differentiate our award-winning news programming from other, less reliable sources of information."
But Simmons -- and other staffers who have spoken with CNNMoney on condition of anonymity -- see it very differently.
Aaron Weiss, who was a news director at a Sinclair-owned station in 2013, described the dynamic on CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.
"The problem with what Sinclair does is, they co-opt the credibility that local anchors have built up in their communities over years and decades, and use that credibility to promote a political agenda. And that, to me, is what it so ethically inappropriate about what Sinclair does," Weiss said.
CNNMoney (New York) First published April 4, 2018: 2:43 PM ET
VIDEO - US and British soldiers killed in Syria were on ISIS 'kill or capture' mission
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:55
By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 11:25 AM EDT, Mon April 02, 2018
(CNN) The US and British soldiers killed in an improvised explosive devise blast in Manbij, Syria, last week were on a classified mission to "kill or capture a known ISIS member" according to Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway. The US military is releasing few details about the mission that killed Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar and UK soldier Sgt. Matt Tonroe.
They were killed and five other troops were wounded in a March 30 IED blast. The US military has not said if the IED was in a building, a vehicle or buried in the road. The troops were out of their vehicles at the time of the explosion, according to a US official. There is also no word on whether the target was found and captured or killed.
One indicator of the sensitivity of the mission is Dunbar was identified publicly by the Army only as being "assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C." That specific language has been used in the past when troops killed in action have actually been part of the Army's elite Delta Force, a counterterrorism unit that is not publicly identified.
Another US official confirmed to CNN that Dunbar was assigned to Delta. Delta Force and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group -- popularly known as Seal Team Six -- are among the so-called Tier One units that specialize in high-risk counterterrorism and hostage rescue missions that are rarely acknowledged. Special operations forces have been in the Manbij area recently looking for high-value ISIS operatives that may have fled to the area the US official said.
The US maintains about 2,000 US troops in Syria, who mostly work with local allies fighting ISIS in Syria.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that the US would "be coming out of Syria like very soon," just hours after the Pentagon highlighted the need for US troops to remain in the country for the immediate future.
On Saturday, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk tweeted condolences to the families of the deceased and stated that the fight against ISIS "is not over."
VIDEO - Youtuber Shooter Nasime Sabz Balloon Breast Girl - English Subtitles - YouTube
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VIDEO - MSNBC's Wallace Mistakes Someone Opening Soda on Set for Gun Shots :: Grabien News
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:22
MSNBC's Wallace Mistakes Someone Opening Soda on Set for Gun Shots
'I think we just heard some gunshots'
While covering the report of an active shooter at YouTube, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace got skittish.
Someone on set opened a can of soda, and Wallace mistook the sound for gunshots.
Wallace was in the midst of tying the story of a shooter at YouTube's San Bruno's office back to her time in the Bush Administration during 9/11. Wallace was lamenting how difficult it is to enact gun control legislation after mass shootings and said people fall back to their "tribes," much as they did after 9/11.
"Steve Schmidt, I always go back to the horror of 9/11 and the complete reliance, you know, we're in our tribes, we're in our corners most of our lives," Wallace was saying when someone, apparently in the control room, opened a can of soda and inadvertently left an audio feed on.
"I think we just heard some gunshots. Should we listen to that for a second, control room? Not gunshots? Okay. They'll tell us if there's something we need to dip in and listen to."
Check out the clip above to watch the strange moment.
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VIDEO - YouTube Shooting: Nasim Aghdam's Father Says He Called Police Concerned About Her Anger At Company CBS Los Angeles
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:08
April 3, 2018 at 10:25 pm MENIFEE (CBSLA) '-- The family of the woman who went on a deadly shooting spree at YouTube's headquarters in Northern California Tuesday says his daughter became upset with the streaming video company when they stopped paying her.
The father told CBS2 News' reporter Tina Patel that the woman identified as Nasim Aghdam had gone missing for a few days. He said he had called law enforcement in the San Diego area because he was concerned about her recent ire towards YouTube.
He said law enforcement authorities contacted him Tuesday at 2 a.m., telling him they had found his daughter safe in her car in Mountain View in Northern California. When the family realized that was near YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, they told police about her recent complaints about how the company was ''ruining her life.'' They claim police told them they would be keeping an eye on her.
Ismail Aghdam told the Mercury News via phone his daughter became angry with YouTube after the company stopped paying for the content she posted online.
In a since-deleted video on the site, Aghdam, who would have turned 40 in two days, complained that YouTube had started filtering her page, adding age restrictions to keep her viewership down.
''They want you to be their sex slaves and not think outside the box they designed for you! Your knowledge is their enemy,'' Aghdam, who went under the name ''Nasim Wonder 1'' on her YouTube channel, said in the video.
Her family told CBS2 she had been making a living as a YouTube personality. She posted upbeat videos of herself dancing and singing in English, Farsi and Turkish in front of a green screen. She sometimes wore masks and talked about animal rights and going vegan.
Aghdam's family said that, as far as they knew, she had never owned a gun. They also believe she did not know anyone at YouTube personally, adding they were not aware of any motive she could have had.
This story has been updated.
VIDEO - YouTube Shooting: Woman Identified As Nasim Aghdam, 39, Suspected Of Wounding 3 - YouTube
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:58
VIDEO - Officials: YouTube shooter identified as user Nasim Aghdam | abc7news.com
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:53
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 12:00AM
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (KGO) --
Chaos erupted on the YouTube campus in San Bruno Tuesday afternoon when an alleged female shooter entered the campus and opened fire. San Bruno police say she wounded three employees before killing herself.
ABC7 News sources confirm the YouTube shooter was a user of the platform. Nasim Aghdam has a website with an alleged manifesto that targets YouTube for censorship and demonetization of her video content.
San Bruno police later confirmed Aghdam as the suspect as well.
RELATED: 1 dead, 4 injured in shooting at YouTube HQ in San Bruno
Aghdam is said to have no relationship with anyone in the YouTube facility.
Sources contacted by ABC7 News say that Aghdam did not have an ID badge, but was carrying a purse, and that nobody in the facility knew who she was.
According to her website, a possible motivation for the shooting could have been tied to her many YouTube accounts, which she says have seen a decline in viewership over the past few months.
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She embedded videos from the biggest YouTubers on the platform in her website, including massive creator Casey Neistat. In them, they talk about the YouTube "Ad-Pocalypse" where many users are seeing massive dips in traffic, subscriber count loss, and demonetization of videos.
Neistat has more than 9,000,000 subscribers and made a famous video about the YouTube ad revenue scare for creators.
It appears that Aghdam was disgruntled by the changes in the YouTube platform. She wrote on her website, "Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!"
She goes on to quote Adolf Hitler saying, "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it."
The rest of her message targets YouTube and censorship. "There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos."
RELATED: Surgeon treating YouTube shooting victims speaks out on gun violenceAghdam's website shows screenshots of her "reduced" and "supressed" videos. She referred to a specific video that appeared to be an instructional video for a workout saying, "This video got age-restricted after new, close-minded YouTube employees got control of my farsi YouTube channel last year, 2016, and began filtering my videos to reduce views and suppress and discourage me from making my videos!"
Feb. 20, YouTube enacted a new advertising policy that demonetized channels with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Though Aghdam's main English channel had more than 5,000 subscribers, many of her videos appeared to be demonetized.
Click here for full coverage on the YouTube shooting in San Bruno.ABC7 News reporters Kristen Sze and Vic Lee contributed to this report.
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VIDEO - David Hogg LOSES IT After O'Reilly Exposes His Connections to Soros-Funded Groups '' Truthfeed
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:34
Yesterday, Bill O'Reilly exposed the true agenda that David Hogg and the Soros-funded group Media Matters have planned for Laura Ingraham.
O'Reilly himself was a victim of Media Matters tactics, where just like with Ingraham, the Soros-funded group exploited a single talking point in order to turn corporate sponsors against a powerful conservative voice.
Hogg is now lashing out at O'Reilly and desperately covering up the fact that he's working with these ''shadowy radical groups.''
Watch the video:
''I don't have any shadowy figures behind me'... I'm just a kid that uses Twitter if he sees me as powerful that's okay. I don't see myself that way.
'' David Hogg says in response to Bill O'Reilly comments that 'powerful, shadowy radical groups' are leading ad boycott. pic.twitter.com/mMM70WQ8JJ
'-- MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 3, 2018
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VIDEO - Trump Says He Plans to Order Military to Guard Border - The New York Times
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:38
WASHINGTON '-- President Trump said on Tuesday that he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions, proposing a remarkable escalation of his efforts to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally.
Mr. Trump, who has been stewing publicly for days about what he characterizes as lax immigration laws and the potential for an influx of Central American migrants to stream into the United States, said he was consulting with Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, about resorting to military deployments.
''We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things '-- I've been speaking with General Mattis '-- we're going to be doing things militarily,'' Mr. Trump said at the White House, seated beside the defense secretary at a meeting with visiting leaders of Baltic nations. ''Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military. That's a big step. We really haven't done that before, or certainly not very much before.''
It was not immediately clear what Mr. Trump meant by the remarks, or what the rationale would be for deploying United States troops to patrol or even seal the border at a time when the numbers of people being apprehended crossing illegally are down to their lowest level since 1971.
The active-duty military is generally barred by law from carrying out domestic law enforcement functions, such as apprehending people at the border. But previous presidents have deployed National Guard troops to act in support roles on the border with Mexico '-- former President Barack Obama sent 1,200 in 2010 and former President George W. Bush dispatched 6,000 in 2006.Governors of border states have done the same when faced with large inflows.
Mr. Trump has spoken before about launching a military operation to police the border, only to have his aides walk back the remarks amid a backlash from members of his administration and officials in Mexico.
Last February, he called his immigration crackdown ''a military operation,'' prompting Rex W. Tillerson, then the secretary of state, and John F. Kelly, then the homeland security secretary, who were visiting Mexico at the time, to push back vigorously. They told their Mexican counterparts and reporters that the American president did not, in fact, plan to use the military to hunt down and deport undocumented immigrants. The White House later insisted that Mr. Trump had meant the word ''military'' only as an adjective.
On Tuesday, though, the president appeared convinced that American troops were needed.
''We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,'' he said during a news conference with the Baltic leaders, adding that he would be meeting with Mr. Mattis and other officials on the matter later in the day. ''I think it's something we have to do.''
Mr. Trump's comments on Tuesday came after he kicked off his third consecutive day of tweeting about America's ''weak'' border laws and called on Congress to act on legislation to toughen immigration laws. The push comes as Mr. Trump has complained with increasing urgency about a large group of migrants from Honduras that has been traveling through Mexico.
The caravan has been a popular topic on Fox News '-- the president's favorite news network '-- and his aides have argued that weak immigration policies are luring the migrants from Central America to the United States.
''The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our 'Weak Laws' Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,'' he tweeted on Tuesday. ''Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
Mr. Trump's Twitter tirade on immigration policy started Sunday with threats to and, since then, he has consistently threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as Nafta. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said Nafta ''is in play,'' and repeated his contention that Nafta was a ''cash cow'' for other nations.
The president's tweets do not always lead to a new policy, but on Monday afternoon the White House announced Mr. Trump's new push for legislation to make it more difficult to enter and stay in the United States.
A group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras organized the caravan that has prompted the president's complaints, which consists of about 1,200 people '-- including infants, the elderly and people facing violence in their homelands.
Late Monday, Mexican immigration officials started to negotiate with the caravan's organizers. And Mexican authorities have agreed to provide humanitarian visas to the migrants so that they can stay in Mexico legally, a representative from Pueblo Sin Fronteras said.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump claimed credit for having persuaded Mexican officials to break up the caravan.
Ron Nixon and Eileen Sullivan contributed reporting.
VIDEO - Roseanne Barr threatens to retire in huff over Twitter feuding with liberals
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:46
Roseanne Barr recently tweeted that she 'had enough.' She said, ''I won't be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work." The tweets have since all been deleted. USA TODAY
Roseanne Barr in October 2017. (Photo: Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP)
Roseanne Barr, who is scheduled to return to TV in late March, announced on Twitter Friday that she's fed up and retiring. Maybe.
" i won't be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I've had enough. bye!'-- Roseanne Barr," read one of her tweets.
i won't be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I've had enough. bye!
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 29, 2017Even if Barr follows through on her retirement threat, it shouldn't affect the revival of her classic sitcom Roseanne, which is scheduled to premiere on ABC on March 27. The final studio taping of the nine-episode season took place two weeks ago.
Nevertheless, her tweets could make for some intriguing promotional interviews leading up to the launch.
Barr's outburst Friday followed a series of earlier angry tweets from her and other Trump supporters. They praised the president while bashing liberals, former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
4 those who wonder-back in the day when I was called a 'liberal' by journalists, I used to answer-'I'm not a Liberal, I'm a radical' & I still am-I voted Trump 2 shake up the status quo & the staid establishment.
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 27, 2017Barr has been a Trump supporter on Twitter for some time. She said she voted for Trump to "shake up" the status quo. She also believes he's "draining the swamp," likes Jews and is going after child sex traffickers. "let's help to awaken our leftist brothers and sisters about child sex trafficking in America and the world, and how our @Potus is battling it like no Pres b4 him-send links, thanks!"
Trump is fighting pedophiles and he likes Jews-that infuriates some people.
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 28, 2017Responding to a recent poll finding that Obama and Clinton remain the two most-admired public figures, she tweeted on Dec. 26 that they had "killed more innocent people than anyone else in US history."
according to Gallup, americans most admire 2 ppl who killed more innocent ppl than anyone else in US history. oh, well.
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 27, 2017Barr seemed to be responding to tweets critical of her views, but most of the people on her feed or that she retweeted were admiring, such as one from fellow Hollywood conservative, actor James Woods.
I can't wait to see Roseanne's new show. People forget that her original show was a groundbreaker for working women who had families. Behind the comedy was some game changing political progressiveness. She's a friend I greatly admire. @therealroseannehttps://t.co/jwEeJCC933
'-- James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 29, 2017Nevertheless, something set her off so on Friday she struck back with her "I'm-outta-here" tweet. Always a kidder, Barr declared she's not kidding this time:
"do not expect to hear anything more from me. Its a waste of time to oppose fascists here. bye!"
do not expect to hear anything more from me. Its a waste of time to oppose fascists here. bye!
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 29, 2017She said she would not play "the game" anymore. It's not clear what she meant.
the only way to WIN is not to play the game and I will not play.
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 29, 2017And she tweeted that fans of Clinton have threatened her. She appropriated the #MeToo hashtag to solicit others of like mind.
have you been threatened by fans of HRC? Tell us about it-#MeToo
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 28, 2017It appeared the tweets had been deleted by early Friday evening.
So is this the last we'll ever hear from Barr? A message from USA TODAY to her rep was not returned.
Maybe she only means she's retiring from social media. Eventually on Friday, she posted a new tweet with a slightly less hostile tone.
"shabbbat shalom, earth's ppl!"
shabbbat shalom, earth's ppl!
'-- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 29, 2017The nine-episode revival of Roseanne, a groundbreaking hit sitcom when it first ran on ABC from 1989 to 1997, is to be set in the present and feature the original cast, headed by Barr, who plays the title character.
Returning characters and actors included Roseanne's husband, Dan (John Goodman); daughters Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Becky (Lecy Goranson); son, D.J. (Michael Fishman); and sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). Sarah Chalke, who took over the role of Becky later in Roseanne's nine-season run, will return in a different role.
ABC did not immediately return a message from USA TODAY seeking comment.
It looks like the 'Roseanne' series might be jumping on the revival bandwagon. According to reports the 1990s hit sitcom might be the next show to get a revival. Variety and Deadline both reported that many of the original cast will return. USA TODAY
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VIDEO - Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's future, fake news, and Russian mischief - Vox
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:45
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Jeff Roberson/AP ''We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years.'' It's been a tough year for Facebook. The social networking juggernaut found itself engulfed by controversies over fake news, electoral interference, privacy violations, and a broad backlash to smartphone addiction. Wall Street has noticed: The company has lost almost $100 billion in market value in recent weeks.
Behind Facebook's hard year is a collision between the company's values, ambitions, business model, and mind-boggling scale. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has long held that the company's mission is to make the world more open and connected '-- with the assumption being that a more open and connected world is a better world. That assumption has been sorely tested over the past year. As we've seen, a more open world can make it easier for governments to undermine each other's elections from afar; a more connected world can make it easier to spread hatred and incite violence.
In 2017, Facebook hit more than 2 billion monthly users '-- and that's to say nothing of the massive user bases of Facebook-owned properties like Instagram and WhatsApp. There is no way to track, or even understand, all that is happening on Facebook at any given time. Problems that look small in the moment '-- like organized disinformation campaigns mounted by Russia '-- reveal themselves, in retrospect, to be massive, possibly even world-changing, events.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images I spoke with Zuckerberg on Friday about the state of his company, the implications of its global influence, and how he sees the problems ahead of him.
''I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years,'' Zuckerberg said. ''I wish I could solve all these issues in three months or six months, but I just think the reality is that solving some of these questions is just going to take a longer period of time.''
But what happens then? What has this past year meant for Facebook's future? In a 2017 manifesto, Zuckerberg argued that Facebook would help humanity takes its ''next step'' by becoming ''the social infrastructure'' for a truly global community.
Remarkably, Facebook's scale makes this a plausible vision. But it comes with a dark side: Has Facebook become too big to manage, and too dangerous when it fails? Should the most important social infrastructure of the global community be managed by a single company headquartered in Northern California? And does Zuckerberg's optimism about human nature and the benefits of a connected world make it harder for him to see the harm Facebook can cause?
The full conversation with Zuckerberg can be heard on my podcast, The Ezra Klein Show. A transcript, lightly edited for length and clarity, follows.
Ezra Klein I want to begin with something you said recently in an interview, which is that Facebook is now more like a government than a traditional company. Can you expand on that idea?
Mark Zuckerberg Sure. People share a whole lot of content and then sometimes there are disputes between people around whether that content is acceptable, whether it's hate speech or valid political speech; whether it is an organization which is deemed to be a bad or hateful or terrorist organization or one that's expressing a reasonable point of view.
I think more than a lot of other companies, we're in a position where we have to adjudicate those kinds of disputes between different members of our community. And in order to do that, we've had to build out a whole set of policies and governance around how that works.
But I think it's actually one of the most interesting philosophical questions that we face. With a community of more than 2 billion people all around the world, in every different country, where there are wildly different social and cultural norms, it's just not clear to me that us sitting in an office here in California are best placed to always determine what the policies should be for people all around the world. And I've been working on and thinking through: How can you set up a more democratic or community-oriented process that reflects the values of people around the world?
That's one of the things that I really think we need to get right. Because I'm just not sure that the current state is a great one.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; AFP/Getty Images Ezra Klein I'd love to hear more about where your thinking is on that because when Facebook gets it wrong, the consequences are on the scale of when a government gets it wrong. Elections can lose legitimacy, or ethnic violence can break out.
It makes me wonder, has Facebook just become too big and too vast and too consequential for normal corporate governance structures, and also normal private company incentives?
Mark Zuckerberg We're continually thinking through this. As the internet gets to a broader scale and some of these services reach a bigger scale than anything has before, we're constantly confronted with new challenges. I try to judge our success not by, ''Are there no problems that come up?'' But, ''When an issue comes up, can we deal with it responsively and make sure that we can address it so that those kinds of issues don't come up again in the future?''
You mentioned our governance. One of the things that I feel really lucky we have is this company structure where, at the end of the day, it's a controlled company. We are not at the whims of short-term shareholders. We can really design these products and decisions with what is going to be in the best interest of the community over time.
Ezra Klein That is one of the ways Facebook is different, but I can imagine reading it both ways. On the one hand, your control of voting shares makes you more insulated from short-term pressures of the market. On the other hand, you have a lot more personal power. There's no quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook. And that's a normal way that democratic governments ensure accountability. Do you think that governance structure makes you, in some cases, less accountable?
Mark Zuckerberg I certainly think that's a fair question. My goal here is to create a governance structure around the content and the community that reflects more what people in the community want than what short-term-oriented shareholders might want. And if we do that well, then I think that could really break ground on governance for an internet community. But if we don't do it well, then I think we'll fail to handle a lot of the issues that are coming up.
Here are a few of the principles. One is transparency. Right now, I don't think we are transparent enough around the prevalence of different issues on the platform. We haven't done a good job of publishing and being transparent about the prevalence of those kinds of issues, and the work that we're doing and the trends of how we're driving those things down over time.
A second is some sort of independent appeal process. Right now, if you post something on Facebook and someone reports it and our community operations and review team looks at it and decides that it needs to get taken down, there's not really a way to appeal that. I think in any kind of good-functioning democratic system, there needs to be a way to appeal. And I think we can build that internally as a first step.
But over the long term, what I'd really like to get to is an independent appeal. So maybe folks at Facebook make the first decision based on the community standards that are outlined, and then people can get a second opinion. You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don't work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Drew Angerer/Getty Images Ezra Klein One thing that has been damaging for Facebook over the past year is a concern will arise and initially the answer is, ''Very, very few people saw fake news.'' Or, ''Very, very few people saw anything from Russia-related bots.'' And then slowly it comes out, ''No, actually it was more. Millions. Maybe hundreds of millions.''
The problem wasn't the lack of transparency; it was how to know we could trust what was coming out. And one of the reasons I'm interested to hear you broach the idea of independent institutions is I wonder if part of transparency has to be creating modes of information that are independent.
Mark Zuckerberg Yeah, I think that's a good point. And I certainly think what you're saying is a fair criticism. It's tough to be transparent when we don't first have a full understanding of where the state of some of the systems [is]. In 2016, we were behind having an understanding and operational excellence on preventing things like misinformation, Russian interference. And you can bet that's a huge focus for us going forward.
Right now in the company, I think we have about 14,000 people working on security and community operations and review, just to make sure that we can really nail down some of those issues that we had in 2016.
After the 2016 US elections, a number of months later, there were the French elections. And for that, we spent a bunch of time developing new AI tools to find the kind of fake accounts spreading misinformation and we took down '-- I think it was more than 30,000 accounts, and I think the reports out of France were that people felt like that was a much cleaner election on social media.
A few months later, there were the German elections. And there, we augmented the playbook again to work directly with the election commission in Germany. If you work with the government in a country, they'll really actually have a fuller understanding of what is going on and what are all the issues that we would need to focus on.
And then fast-forward to last year, 2017, and the special election in Alabama. We deployed a number of new tools that we'd developed to find fake accounts who were trying to spread false news, and we got them off before a lot of the discussion around the election. And again, I think we felt a lot better about the result there.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; AFP/Getty Images Ezra Klein Let me ask you about your tools to punish that misbehavior, though. The risk reward of manipulating a national election using Facebook is very high. If you're Russia and you get caught hacking into our election systems '-- which they also tried to do '-- and you fail and Hillary Clinton wins, the consequences of that can be really severe. Sanctions could be tremendous, and you could even imagine something like that escalating into armed conflict.
If you do this on Facebook, maybe you get caught and your bots get shut down, but Facebook, in not being a government, really doesn't have the ability to punish. If Cambridge Analytica messes with everybody's privacy, you can't throw them in jail in the way that, if you're a doctor and you repeatedly violate HIPAA, the government makes sure you face very severe legal consequences. So do you have capacity to do not just detection but sanction? Is there a way to increase the cost of using your platform for these kinds of efforts?
Mark Zuckerberg I can walk through how we're basically approaching this.
There are three big categories of fake news. There's a group of people who are like spammers. These are the people who, in pre-social media days, would've been sending you Viagra emails. The basic playbook that you want to run on that is just make it non-economical. So the first step, once we realized that this was an issue, was a number of them ran Facebook ads on their webpages. We immediately said, ''Okay. Anyone who's even remotely sketchy, no way are you going to be able to use our tools to monetize.'' So the amount of money that they made went down.
Then they're trying to pump this content into Facebook with the hopes that people will click on it and see ads and make money. As our systems get better at detecting this, we show the content less, which drives the economic value for them down. Eventually, they just get to a point where they go and do something else.
The second category is state actors. That's basically the Russian interference effort. And that is a security problem. You never fully solve it, but you strengthen your defenses. You get rid of the fake accounts and the tools that they have. We can't do this all by ourselves, so we try to work with local governments everywhere who have more tools to punish them and have more insight into what is going on across their country so that they can tell us what to focus on. And that one I feel like we're making good progress on too.
Then there's the third category, which is the most nuanced, which are basically real media outlets who are saying what they think is true but have varying levels of accuracy or trustworthiness. And that is actually the most challenging portion of the issue to deal with. Because there, I think, there are quite large free speech issues. Folks are saying stuff that may be wrong, but they mean it, they think they're speaking their truth, and do you really wanna shut them down for doing that?
So we've been probably the most careful on that piece. But this year, we've rolled out a number of changes to News Feed that try to boost in the ranking broadly trusted news sources. We've surveyed people across the whole community and asked them whether they trust different news sources.
Take the Wall Street Journal or New York Times. Even if not everyone reads them, the people who don't read them typically still think they're good, trustworthy journalism. Whereas if you get down to blogs that may be on more of the fringe, they'll have their strong supporters, but people who don't necessarily read them often don't trust them as much.
Zavier Zarracina/Vox; LightRocket via Getty Images Ezra Klein I'm somebody who came up as a blogger and had a lot of love for the idea of the open internet and the way the gates were falling down. One thing I hear when I listen to the third solution there is it also creates a huge return to incumbency.
If you're the New York Times and you've been around for a long time and you're well-known, people trust you. If you're somebody who wants to begin a media organization two months from now, people don't know if they can trust you yet. If Facebook is the way people get their news, and the way Facebook ranks its News Feed is by privileging news people already trust, it's going to be a lot harder for new organizations to break through.
Mark Zuckerberg That's an important point that we spend a lot of time thinking about. One of the great things about the internet and the services we're trying to build, you're giving everyone a voice. That's so deep in our mission. We definitely think about that in all the changes that we're making.
I think it's important to keep in mind that of all the strategies that I just laid out, they're made up of many different actions, which each have relatively subtle effects. So the broadly trusted shift that I just mentioned, it changes how much something might be seen by, I don't know, just call it in the range of maybe 20 percent.
What we're really trying to do is make it so that the content that people see is actually really meaningful to them. And one of the things I think we often get criticized for is, and incorrectly in this case, is people say, ''Hey, you're just ranking the system based on what people like and click on.''
That's actually not true. We moved past that many years back. There was this issue with clickbait, where there were a bunch of publications that would push content into Facebook, [and] people would click on them because they had sensational titles but then would not feel good about having read that content. So that was one of the first times that those basic metrics around clicks, likes, and comments on the content really stopped working to help us show the most meaningful content.
The way that this works today, broadly, is we have panels of hundreds or thousands of people who come in and we show them all the content that their friends and pages who they follow have shared. And we ask them to rank it, and basically say, ''What were the most meaningful things that you wish were at the top of feed?''
And then we try to design algorithms that just map to what people are actually telling us is meaningful to them. Not what they click on, not what is going to make us the most revenue, but what people actually find meaningful and valuable. So when we're making shifts '-- like the broadly trusted shift '-- the reason why we're doing that is because it actually maps to what people are telling us they want at a deep level.
Ezra Klein One of the things that has been coming up a lot in the conversation is whether the business model of monetizing user attention is what is letting in a lot of these problems. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, gave an interview the other day and he was asked what he would do if he was in your shoes. He said, ''I wouldn't be in this situation,'' and argued that Apple sells products to users, it doesn't sell users to advertisers, and so it's a sounder business model that doesn't open itself to these problems.
Do you think part of the problem here is the business model where attention ends up dominating above all else, and so anything that can engage has powerful value within the ecosystem?
Mark Zuckerberg You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth. The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can't afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.
That doesn't mean that we're not primarily focused on serving people. I think probably to the dissatisfaction of our sales team here, I make all of our decisions based on what's going to matter to our community and focus much less on the advertising side of the business.
But if you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford. I thought Jeff Bezos had an excellent saying on this in one of his Kindle launches a number of years back. He said, ''There are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less.'' And at Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use.
I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people. To the contrary, I think it's important that we don't all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Jenny Kane/AP Ezra Klein So I'm also within an advertising model, and I have a lot of sympathy for the advertising model. But I also think the advertising model can blind us. It creates incentives that we operate under and justify. And one of the questions I wonder about is whether diversifying the model doesn't make sense. If I understand, and I might not, WhatsApp, which is also part of Facebook, is subscription, right? People pay a small amount?
Mark Zuckerberg No, we actually got rid of that.
Ezra Klein Well, see, there you go. Shows what I know.
Mark Zuckerberg But keep going.
Ezra Klein The broader point I want to make is that you don't need to only serve rich people to diversify away from just being about attention. And when it is about attention, when it is about advertising, when you need to show growth to Wall Street, that does pull you toward getting more and more and more of people's attention over time.
I did an interview with Tristan Harris, who's been a critic of Facebook. And we were talking about your announcement that some of the changes you're making have brought down, a little bit, the amount of time people are spending on the platform. And he made the point, ''You know that's great. But he couldn't do that by 50 percent. Wall Street would freak out; his board would freak out.'' There are costs to this model, and I do wonder how you think about at least protecting yourself against some of them dominating in the long run.
Mark Zuckerberg Well, I think our responsibility here is to make sure that the time people spend on Facebook is time well spent. We don't have teams who have, as their primary goal, making it so people spend more time. The way I design the goals for the teams is that you try to build the best experience you can. I don't think it's really right to assume that people spending time on a service is bad. But at the same time, I also think maximizing the time that people spend is not really the goal either.
In the last year, we've done a lot of research into what drives well-being for people. And what uses of social networks are correlated with happiness and long-term measures of health and all the measures of well-being that you'd expect, and what areas are not as positive.
And the thing we've found is that you can break Facebook and social media use into two categories. One is where people are connecting and building relationships, even if it's subtle, even if it's just I post a photo and someone I haven't talked to in a while comments. That person is reminding me that they care about me.
The other part of the use is basically content consumption. So that's watching videos, reading news, passively consuming content in a way where you're not actually interacting with anyone or building a relationship. And what we find is that the things that are about interacting with people and building relationships end up being correlated with all of the measures of long-term well-being that you'd expect, whereas the things that are primarily just about content consumption, even if they're informative or entertaining and people say they like them, are not as correlated with long-term measures of well-being.
So this is another shift we've made in News Feed and our systems this year. We're prioritizing showing more content from your friends and family first, so that way you'll be more likely to have interactions that are meaningful to you and that more of the time you're spending is building those relationships.
That change actually took time spent down a little bit. That was part of what I was talking about on that earnings call. But over the long term, even if time spent goes down, if people are spending more time on Facebook actually building relationships with people they care about, then that's going to build a stronger community and build a stronger business, regardless of what Wall Street thinks about it in the near term.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Richard Drew/AP Ezra Klein I want to ask you another question about the advertising model, and this one is trickier because it bears very directly on my industry. Something I've seen recently has been a perception at Facebook that a lot of the critical coverage from the media comes from journalists angry that Facebook is decimating the advertising market that journalism depends on. And there is that view. The publisher of Dow Jones, Will Lewis, said that the diversion of advertising dollars into Facebook and Google is killing news and that it has to stop.
Is he right or wrong? And given that so much of the advertising on Facebook wraps around news that journalism organizations are paying to report and publish, what responsibility do you feel you have to the people creating real news for their business model to work, given that their products create value, not just for the world but for Facebook itself?
Mark Zuckerberg So I do think a big responsibility that we have is to help support high-quality journalism. And that's not just the big traditional institutions, but a big part of what I actually think about when I'm thinking about high-quality journalism is local news. And I think that there are almost two different strategies in terms of how you address that.
For the larger institutions, and maybe even some of the smaller ones as well, subscriptions are really a key point on this. I think a lot of these business models are moving toward a higher percentage of subscriptions, where the people who are getting the most value from you are contributing a disproportionate amount to the revenue. And there are certainly a lot of things that we can do on Facebook to help people, to help these news organizations, drive subscriptions. And that's certainly been a lot of the work that we've done and we'll continue doing.
In local news, I think some of the solutions might be a little bit different. But I think it's easy to lose track of how important this is. There's been a lot of conversation about civic engagement changing, and I think people can lose sight of how closely tied that can be to local news. In a town with a strong local newspaper, people are much more informed; they're much more likely to be civically active. On Facebook, we've taken steps to show more local news to people. We're also working with them specifically, creating funds to support them and working on both subscriptions and ads that should hopefully create a more thriving ecosystem.
Ezra Klein I've been thinking a lot, in preparing for this interview, about the 2017 manifesto where you said you wanted Facebook to help humankind take its next step. You wrote that ''progress now requires humanity coming together, not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community,'' and suggested that Facebook could be the social infrastructure for that evolution.
In retrospect, I think a key question here has become whether creating infrastructure where all the tensions of countries and ethnicities and regions and ideologies can more easily collide into each other will actually help us become that global community or whether it will further tear us apart. Has your thinking on that changed at all?
Mark Zuckerberg Sure. I think over the last few years, the political reality has been that there's a lot of people feeling left behind. And there's been a big rise of isolationism and nationalism that I think threatens the global cooperation that will be required to solve some of the bigger issues, like maintaining peace, addressing climate change, eventually collaborating a lot in accelerating science and curing diseases and eliminating poverty.
So this is a huge part of our mission. One of the things I found heartening is if you ask millennials what they identify the most with, it's not their nationality or even their ethnicity. The plurality identifies as a citizen of the world. And that, I think, reflects the values of where we need to go in order to solve some of these bigger questions.
So now the question is how do you do that? I think it's clear that just helping people connect by itself isn't always positive. A much bigger part of the focus for me now is making sure that as we're connecting people, we are helping to build bonds and bring people closer together, rather than just focused on the mechanics of the connection and the infrastructure.
There's a number of different pieces that you need to do here. I think civic society basically starts bottom-up. You need to have well-functioning groups and communities. We're very focused on that. You need a well-informed citizenry, so we're very focused on the quality of journalism, that everyone has a voice, and that people can get access to the content they need. That, I think, ends up being really important.
Civic engagement, both being involved in elections and increasingly working to eliminate interference and different nation-states trying to interfere in each other's elections, ends up being really important. And then I think part of what we need to do is work on some of the new types of governance questions that we started this conversation off with because there hasn't been a community like this that has spanned so many different countries.
So those are some of the things that I'm focused on. But right now a lot of people aren't as focused on connecting the world or bringing countries closer together as maybe they were a few years back. And I still view that as an important part of our vision for where the world should go '-- that we do what we can to stay committed to that and hopefully can help the world move in that direction.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; Jeff Chiu/AP Ezra Klein One of the scary stories I've read about Facebook over the past year is that it had become a real source of anti-Rohingya propaganda in Myanmar, and thus become part of an ethnic cleansing. Phil Robertson, who's a deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Asia, made the point that Facebook is dominant for news information in Myanmar but Myanmar is not an incredibly important market for Facebook. It doesn't get the attention we give things that go wrong in America. I doubt you have a proportionate amount of staff in Myanmar to what you have in America. And he said the result is you end up being like ''an absentee landlord'' in Southeast Asia.
Is Facebook too big to manage its global scale in some of these other countries, the ones we don't always talk about in this conversation, effectively?
Mark Zuckerberg So one of the things I think we need to get better at as we grow is becoming a more global company. We have offices all over the world, so we're already quite global. But our headquarters is here in California and the vast majority of our community is not even in the US, and it's a constant challenge to make sure that we're putting due attention on all of the people in different parts of the community around the world.
The Myanmar issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company. I remember, one Saturday morning, I got a phone call and we detected that people were trying to spread sensational messages through '-- it was Facebook Messenger in this case '-- to each side of the conflict, basically telling the Muslims, ''Hey, there's about to be an uprising of the Buddhists, so make sure that you are armed and go to this place.'' And then the same thing on the other side.
So that's the kind of thing where I think it is clear that people were trying to use our tools in order to incite real harm. Now, in that case, our systems detect that that's going on. We stop those messages from going through. But this is certainly something that we're paying a lot of attention to.
Javier Zarracina/Vox; NurPhoto via Getty Images Ezra Klein I think if you go back a couple years in technology rhetoric, a lot of the slogans people had that were read optimistically have come to take on darker connotations too. The idea that ''anything is possible.'' Our sense of what ''anything'' means there has become wider. Or the idea that you want to make the world more open and connected '-- I think it's become clearer that an open and connected world could be a better world or it could be a worse world.
So, when you think about the 20-year time frame, what will you be looking for to see if Facebook succeeded, if it actually made the world a better place?
Mark Zuckerberg Well, I don't think it's going to take 20 years. I think the basic point that you're getting at is that we're really idealistic. When we started, we thought about how good it would be if people could connect, if everyone had a voice. Frankly, we didn't spend enough time investing in, or thinking through, some of the downside uses of the tools. So for the first 10 years of the company, everyone was just focused on the positive.
I think now people are appropriately focused on some of the risks and downsides as well. And I think we were too slow in investing enough in that. It's not like we did nothing. I mean, at the beginning of last year, I think we had 10,000 people working on security. But by the end of this year, we're going to have 20,000 people working on security.
In terms of resolving a lot of these issues, I think it's just a case where because we didn't invest enough, I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years. I wish I could solve all these issues in three months or six months, but I just think the reality is that solving some of these questions is just going to take a longer period of time.
Now, the good news there is that we really started investing more, at least a year ago. So if it's going to be a three-year process, then I think we're about a year in already. And hopefully, by the end of this year, we'll have really started to turn the corner on some of these issues.
But getting back to your question, I think human nature is generally positive. I'm an optimist in that way. But there's no doubt that our responsibilities to amplify the good parts of what people can do when they connect, and to mitigate and prevent the bad things that people might do to try to abuse each other.
And over the long term, I think that's the big question. Have we enabled people to come together in new ways '-- whether that's creating new jobs, creating new businesses, spreading new ideas, promoting a more open discourse, allowing good ideas to spread through society more quickly than they might have otherwise? And on the other side, did we do a good job of preventing the abuse? Of making it so that governments aren't interfering in each other's civic elections and processes? Are we eliminating, or at least dramatically reducing, things like hate speech?
We're in the middle of a lot of issues, and I certainly think we could've done a better job so far. I'm optimistic that we're going to address a lot of those challenges, and that we'll get through this, and that when you look back five years from now, 10 years from now, people will look at the net effect of being able to connect online and have a voice and share what matters to them as just a massively positive thing in the world.
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President Trump declared on Sunday the deal for the Obama-era DACA program was ''NO MORE'' and called for "tough" immigration reform after a report stated a caravan carrying more than 1,000 people from Central America is traveling through Mexico and to the United States in hopes of entering the states illegally or by asking for asylum.
Trump, who has vowed to end catch and release, tweeted Sunday morning that Republicans need to take the "nuclear option" when passing tougher immigration laws.
The president had given Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation.
''Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. 'Caravans' coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!'' the president tweeted.
The caravan the president was likely referring to was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday. Organized by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan traveled through Mexico without authorization last week, according to the report. Officials in Mexico have not attempted to stop the migrants, about 80 percent of them from Honduras. The group's intent is to provide those people a safe way to travel to the U.S.
Hundreds of Central Americans marching from the southern state of Mexico to the center and north of the country. (Reuters)
National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) union chief Brandon Judd told ''Fox & Friends'' on Sunday that the migrants are riding on the benefit of catch and release, when illegal immigrants are detained in the U.S. and released while they await for their court hearings.
Trump also threatened to pull out of the free trade agreement with Mexico unless the country did more to stop the flow of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. The U.S., Canada and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement at Trump's insistence.
''Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!'' he tweeted.
''These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!'' he added.
Trump also spoke about DACA and Mexico before attending Easter services at Episcopal church near his home in Palm Beach, Fla.
"Mexico has got to help us at the border," Trump told reporters as he held his wife, Melania's, hand. "If they're not going to help us at the border, it's a very sad thing between our two countries."
Organizers believe about two-thirds of the people in the caravan are planning to enter the U.S. illegally or by asking for protection, according to BuzzFeed. The caravan does not give the migrants the guarantee they will enter the U.S. and uses any form of transportation necessary to make it to the border. Most of the people are reportedly fleeing poverty and political unrest from their home country.
Hundreds of Central Americans attend a mass before they begin a Via Crucis on Palm Sunday from the southern state of Mexico to the center and north of the country, demanding respect for their human rights, asylum and reports of violence in their countries in Tapachula, Mexico March 25, 2018. (REUTERS/Jose Torres)
''First off, you have got a Mexican government entity that is assisting these individuals that are coming up to the United States,'' Judd told ''Fox & Friends.'' ''These individuals do not have passports or legal documents to be in Mexico, yet you got an agency that's helping them get to our [U.S.] border.''
Judd said border patrol agents do not have the ability to stop the migrants at the border even if they only step one foot on U.S. soil.
''Once they [the migrants] enter the country, even if we [border patrol agents] are standing at the border with our hands out saying, 'Don't enter, don't enter,' all they have to do is cross one foot into the border and we have to take them into custody,'' Judd said. ''If they ask for asylum or say I fear to go back to my country, then we have to process them under 'credible fear' which allows them to be released into our country.''
It's unclear when the hundreds of migrants will be arriving at the U.S. border. Some of those who are traveling with the caravan are planning to stay in Mexico.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam
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