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Pearson high school history textbook teaches Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists

An updated edition of a high school history textbook promotes an anti-Trump narrative and is laced with innuendos that his supporters and white people in general are racists.<p>Alex On-Air, a talk show host with WNOW-FM radio in Indianapolis, Indiana, posted several examples from the textbook on …

High School

Sen. Tim Scott rips Facebook for censoring pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk, cites ‘liberal hypocrisy’

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) blasted Facebook for censoring pro-President Donald Trump duo Diamond and Silk in a statement on Capitol Hill Tuesday.<p>Diamond and Silk said last week the social media giant deemed the pair “unsafe to the community.”<p>Scott offered his statement in a measured tone, but his …

Donald Trump

California bill would clamp down on social media, require fact-checkers for news stories

Amid questions about social media’s influence and concerns about “fake news,” California lawmakers are considering a bill that would tighten control over free speech on an array of online activities.<p>SB 1424 is moving into the limelight as Congress this week grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …

Social Media

Israel to pay students to defend it online

Students would receive scholarships to engage international audiences online to combat anti-Semitism<p>Students would receive scholarships to engage international audiences online to combat calls to boycott Israel<p>Students%27 messages would parallel statements by government spokespeople<p>JERUSALEM (AP) — …

Israel

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

University of Michigan

Twitter CEO sparks controversy by praising article suggesting Dems start ‘civil war’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sparked controversy this week by praising a Medium article that claims there is no “bipartisan way forward” and the U.S. has two conflicting worldviews “that must be resolved in short order.”<p>Dorsey tweeted the article on his personal account, adding that he believes it’s a …

Social Media

Russian regulator moves to block Telegram

MOSCOW-Russia’s telecoms watchdog on Friday asked a Moscow court to block the popular messaging app Telegram after the expiry of a deadline for it to …

Privacy

Bibles pulled from online stores as China increases control of religion

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.<p>China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been …

China

Top Pakistani News Channel Is Forced Off Air, and Eyes Are on the Military

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s largest television network says it has been forced off the air by cable operators in most parts of the country, in a move widely seen as being forced by the military as it flexes its authority over civilian institutions.<p>“We are off the air in 80 percent of the …

Pakistan

Student says Australia needs new laws on China interference

The planned shake-up of foreign interference laws have been welcomed by an Australian student who says he has been the target of Chinese government …

China

Image of Jesus on cross rejected by Facebook for being ‘shocking’ and ‘excessively violent.’ Oops.

Facebook apologized Wednesday after rejecting a Catholic college ad on Good Friday showing Jesus on the cross, Fox News reported.<p>A spokesman from Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville said Facebook rejected the graduate program’s ad depicting the crucifixion because the image “can’t contain …

Theology

China bans online purchases of the Bible

In its ongoing crackdown on Christianity, the Chinese government has banned sales of the Bible by online retailers including Amazon.<p>Taoist and Buddhists texts are still available online, as is the Quran.<p>While Buddhism and Taoism are both encouraged by the Chinese government as traditional Chinese …

China

Gun rights advocates blast new YouTube policy of censoring videos showing legal gun activity

Gun rights advocates on Friday criticized YouTube for its new policy of banning videos that showcase legal gun activity such as demonstrating safety and use. Leaders of gun-rights groups called the move politically-motivated censorship.<p>What are people saying?<p>The National Rifle Association called …

Guns

Egypt now has a WhatsApp hotline for reporting fake news

Egypt has announced a new hotline for citizens to report fake news. Launched on Monday, 12 March 2018, the hotline will run on WhatsApp and will allow to citizens to report news that aims to “to endanger the nation’s security or public interests.”<p>The announcement was made through a statement by …

Fake News

Egypt expels British reporter ahead of presidential election

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities arrested a British journalist and expelled her from the country after threatening her with a military trial, The Times said on Saturday. The move comes as part of a heavy crackdown on media ahead of this month's presidential elections.<p>Bel Trew, who has been in …

Freedom of the Press

How deepfake porn is killing our trust in tech

Months after fake "celebrity porn" reared its head online, there's a bad-tech aftertaste. Clearly our sense of truth is morphing, with clever dickies …

Artificial Intelligence

Pentagon to launch laser technology that creates ‘spooky’ voices and visual illusions

Within three years, the Pentagon expects to launch new technology for a “direct energy weapon” that can create spooky voices and visual illusions, according to Defense One.<p>What can it do?<p>The technology is being developed by the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, uses what is called the …

Walkie-talkies

YouTube restricts more gun videos, further prohibits firearm sales

YouTube made a policy change this week, reinforcing their prohibition of content that intends to sells guns and adding restrictions on certain firearm accessories. The new rules also forbid videos providing guidance on “manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, [or] homemade …

Internet

Sri Lanka shut down Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

The government of Sri Lanka has shut down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Viber in an attempt to quell ethnic strife in the country. Authorities say people were using the social media platforms to stoke violence against Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority.<p>The country is embroiled in a conflict that …

The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children

YouTube's app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a "world of learning and fun," but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory videos which make claims that the world is flat, that the moon landing was faked, and that the planet …

Internet

Facebook’s algorithm change hurts conservative news sites, helps liberal sites, analysis shows

Facebook changed its algorithm, again. And according to the Western Journal, conservative news sites that have taken the greatest hit.<p>The Journal’s recently published analysis showed that liberal-leaning publishers gained about 2 percent more web-traffic since the change in early February, while …

Reaping the benefits of digital public diplomacy

Yet reaping the full benefit of digital public diplomacy requires that diplomats invest time and resources in cultivating online relationships which …

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem is us?<p>People are the principal culprits, according to a new study examining the flow of stories on Twitter. And people, the study’s …

Journalism

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen could face prison for tweeting ISIS images

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, could face up to three years in prison after being charged with tweeting images of gruesome atrocities committed by the Islamic State.<p>The three images Le Pen posted on Twitter in Dec. 2015 include a photo of the body of James …

North Africa

Whoops: YouTube accidentally removed several alt-right channels

YouTube appears to have removed several political channels in the wake of recent events. Now it’s saying those channels were mistakenly removed by overeager moderators.<p>I may have spoken too soon when I pointed out that YouTube’s algorithm is doing a bad job and the company needed to get more human …

Russian bots reportedly pushed a Thanksgiving food poisoning hoax on Twitter as practice for influencing the 2016 election

• <b>Russian trolls reportedly spread a fake news story about a batch of Walmart Thanksgiving turkeys giving people severe food poisoning in November 2015.</b>• <b><br>The hoax went deep, and included the registration of a fake website that then wrote a compelling news story about the nonexistent outbreak.</b>• <b><br>The</b> …

DEBUNKED: Mainstream media claims Florida shooter ‘trained by the NRA.’ But here’s the truth.

Multiple mainstream media outlets have propagated a claim over the last 24 hours that the Florida school shooter was “trained by the NRA.”<p>However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.<p>What are they saying?<p>The New York Daily News, a notoriously liberal newspaper, pushed the claim on its front …

No, there have not been 18 school shootings already this year

Amping up fears only undermines efforts to reconcile parents and civil rights advocates who want to protect the Bill of Rights.<p>No, there have not been 18 school shootings already this year, as CNBC<i>, Politico, The Washington Post</i>, ABC<i>, The (</i>New York) <i>Daily News</i> and briefly a USA TODAY column all …

Guns

This algorithm can spot extremist propaganda with 94 percent accuracy

UK-based ASI Data Science recently unveiled a new machine learning algorithm capable of identifying jihadist content with a staggering 94 percent accuracy.<p>In London, reporters were given a first-hand look at the inner workings of the algorithm, though they were asked not to share the actual …

NY Times praises Kim Jong Un’s sister, bashes Pence in new story — the backlash is swift and brutal

Add the New York Times to the growing list of mainstream media outlets fawning over Kim Yo Jung, sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.<p>The younger Kim has been the talk of the town at the Winter Olympics after she attended the games’ opening ceremonies in the same VIP box as Vice President …