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Facebook Might Owe The IRS As Much As $5 Billion In Back Taxes

By Kate Cox Consumerist August 1, 2016     You know what giant corporations really hate to do? Spend lots of their revenue on taxes. And you know what they have to do anyway? Exactly that. But the IRS is saying that Facebook may not have done enough of it, in past years, and may […]

Facebook Might Owe The IRS As Much As $5 Billion In Back Taxes

Afraid of Technology? Here's the One Rule to Follow

Afraid of Technology? Here’s the One Rule to Follow

By Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education July 28, 2016   Afraid of Technology? Here’s the One Rule to Follow   Remember last year when people freaked out about Facebook’s image recognition capabilities? Well hold onto your shoes, luddites, because now Facebook’s got drones. Yep, but the company isn’t dropping bombs or mixtapes. Facebook is […]


‘Blacklisting’ of Right-Wing Stories More Proof that Facebook ‘Rules the News’

By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams May 10, 2016   ‘Blacklisting’ of Right-Wing Stories More Proof that Facebook ‘Rules the News’ Journalists from across the political spectrum raise concerns after former employees reveal manipulation of ‘trending’ bar     Revelations that Facebook may have regularly “blacklisted” conservative stories from the platform’s “trending” news section was met […]

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The Lingering Danger of Google & Facebook

By Ulson Gunnar New Eastern Outlook April 30, 2016   The Lingering Danger of Google & Facebook     During the 2011 Arab Spring, it was clear to those who bothered to look, that the US State Department and the various arms of soft power attached to it were directly responsible for what was otherwise […]


Revealed: CIA Funding Companies that Specialize in Social Media Spying

By Deirdre Fulton Common Dreams April 16, 2016   Revealed: CIA Funding Companies that Specialize in Social Media Spying In-Q-Tel reportedly investing in firms that monitor, collect, and analyze social media activities on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram     Reflecting the CIA’s “increasing focus on monitoring social media,” the spy agency’s venture capital […]

Revealed: CIA Funding Companies that Specialize in Social Media Spying

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

By Chris Morran Consumerist March 14, 2016   Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle     The federal government’s courtroom war with Apple over iPhone encryptionmay be grabbing all the headlines, but a number of tech companies offer devices, apps, and messaging services with privacy settings that frustrate police investigations. And […]


Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute June 2, 2015   Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly     “A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.”—Writers Against Mass Surveillance THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express […]

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New “Hello” App Puts Facebook In Control Of Screening, Blocking Phone Calls

By Chris Morran Consumerist April 22, 2015   New “Hello” App Puts Facebook In Control Of Screening, Blocking Phone Calls     Because we’ve somehow gotten to a place where we can no longer answer the phone without knowing exactly who is calling and why, Facebook is rolling out a new app, dubbed “Hello,” that […]


What Facebook, Twitter posts reveal about your health

By Kim Brunhuber CBC News March 22, 2015 5:00 AM ET   What Facebook, Twitter posts reveal about your health Scientists mining social media to study collective health feel big data could yield big rewards     In a small conference room with flickering lights, Andrew Schwartz fires up the overhead projector and points to two […]

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West Coast, East Coast: Silicon Valley Blurs the Distinction With Washington Presence

By Clark Mindock OpenSecrets.org March 8, 2015   West Coast, East Coast: Silicon Valley Blurs the Distinction With Washington Presence   Silicon Valley has staked its claim in Washington. From Capitol Hill to the White House, tech money is everywhere — and 2016 looks like it will be the industry’s biggest year yet. Tech may […]


Lawmakers Want To Know Who’s Tracking You Online, And Where The Info Goes

By Kate Cox Consumerist March 7, 2015   Lawmakers Want To Know Who’s Tracking You Online, And Where The Info Goes   (Mr Seb)   Everything you do online — on your phone, on your computer, with anything — leaves a digital wake. Put those trails together and you’ve got one massive big data industry […]

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UK Launches Massive Propaganda Campaign

By Washington’s Blog February 4, 2015   UK Launches Massive Propaganda Campaign   Image via Madeline   The West Goes Crazy On Propaganda The Financial Times reports: The British Army will revive one of the most contentious special forces units of the second world war, the Chindits, as a new generation of “Facebook” warriors who […]


Social Media Giants Adopt “Mob Rule” Tactics

By Janet Phelan New Eastern Outlook February 1, 2015   Social Media Giants Adopt “Mob Rule” Tactics   The recent decisions by social media giants Facebook and LinkedIn to adopt user crowd-censoring strategies may be less than benevolent. According to its recent announcement, Facebook will employ an algorithm, based ostensibly on the numbers of user-generated […]

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