How Zuckerberg Destroyed Facebook’s Brand 

The self-inflicted wounds that led to this week’s historic stock sell off

On Thursday, Facebook suffered the biggest stock sell-off in U.S. history, $119 billion in one day — a sign investors no longer have faith in the company’s story or brand.

This sell-off came just a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained to the mediathat he would not take down web sites with information known to be false, including Holocaust denial.

That kind of baffling blunder suggests a corporation and CEO that has lost its way entirely, that simply has no idea what its brand is.

“This is pent-up anger, and the markets exploded at Facebook,” marketing professor Scott Galloway, author of a book on the tech giant, told Yahoo. “It’s deeper than a one-day sell-off. It’s like when your husband screams at you for leaving the garage door open. It’s not about the garage door. It’s about something else.”

  1. Facebook has never had a coherent brand story.
  2. Facebook isn’t in sync with its customers on the core value of privacy.
  3. Zuckerberg turned Facebook into the world’s biggest media company, but even to this day he refuses to accept the many responsibilities that role entails.

FINISH READING: How Zuckerberg Destroyed Facebook’s Brand – World News Report – EIN News






 

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A MONEY MAKING MESS

These Facebook Ads are a waste of time and money. There’s an option for letting Facebook decide where best to place the Ad – which audience. They sent my last Ad post to countries that don’t speak English. That’s the only language I write in. What a rip off.

Just today they contacted me saying I hadn’t placed an Ad for a while and offered me a 10$ credit if I’d boost a post. I took it, then checked back later and the Ad post (a 5 ingredient fat-free salad dressing) was set up for 40$.

This is fraud. I didn’t sign up for 40$. I just accepted their 10$ credit. I can buy an Ad for 10$. The Ad post was going to run for only one day. If I hadn’t checked back, they would have taken 40$ out of my bank account without me knowing it.

So I had to cancel the Ad. Even that is not an easy thing to do. They set the system up in such a complicated way that it allows them to steal money with impunity. When you’re taking money out of people’s bank accounts, you need to be accessible. Everything is automated, so there’s no one to ask for clarification on anything.

The support system – made up of other Advertisers who can’t figure it out either – is useless. I don’t have a full day to research hundreds of other people’s issues to see if mine falls into the same category as theirs.

The writers who give the Ad instructions purposely leave steps out or hide options in places no one would know to look. I still don’t even know how to get to the Ads Manager from my Facebook page.

The point should be to assist the advertiser, not to derail them.

They could make it simple, but they prefer to keep the advertiser in a state of confusion.

It’s a money making mess. They mess you up while they take your money.

It’s time to overhaul the advertisement instructions. Stop trying to trick people. It isn’t cool.






 

Pitting People Against Their Own

Pitting white people against white people is not benefitting any one or any group except those whose purpose it is to disrupt American politics by sowing seeds of hatred toward people of the same color.

Those who target white people based on color are really targeting black people. Those are the real racists.

Piss white people off so they attack each other, keeps them from joining blacks and other ethnicities in common causes. Who wins?

Britain and Israel so far.






 

BI Junkies Disrupting Facebook Users

British Intelligence hires junkies to troll Facebook for the purpose of disrupting the American Street. I just encountered a few. They get edgy when in need of a fix.

I suppose beating people up on Facebook like the bullies they are is better than rolling over a pharmacy.

When they claim you to be off your meds, they’re projecting onto you that they’re in need of theirs.

They’ll get their fix when they earn it.






 

FACEBOOKS STATS AND PROFILE

HWH COMMENT:

With more than one billion active users on Facebook worldwide, there is no active head of security or head of an advertising program and no mention of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) that conducts social experiments on Facebook.

Under each category of leadership there was no mention of advertisement nor security. Given that’s how Facebook makes its money, one might think those departments would be reflected in their prospectus. But neither are.

Would you want Mark Zuckerberg to be in charge of the security and privacy of over one billion people around the world, with no government oversight?


“More than one billion people are active on Facebook. More than 100 million people use Instagram every month. Facebook announces new data center in Altoona, Iowa. More than 100 million people use Facebook For Every Phone each month.”

Leadership

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer

David Wehner, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer

Headquarters

1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025

Employees

25,105 employees as of December 31, 2017

Statistics

1.4 billion daily active users on average for December 2017

2.13 billion monthly active users as of December 31, 2017

US offices

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Miami, New York, Seattle, Washington D.C.

International offices

Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Berlin, Bogota, Brasilia, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Gurgaon, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karlsruhe, Kuala Lumpur, London, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw

Data Centers

Prineville, Forest City, Luleå, Altoona, Fort Worth, Clonee, Los Lunas, Odense, Papillion, New Albany, Henrico, Newton

Board of Directors

Mark Zuckerberg Founder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook

Marc Andreessen Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Susan Desmond-Hellmann CEO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Reed Hastings Chairman and CEO, Netflix

Erskine Bowles President Emeritus, the University of North Carolina

Peter Thiel Partner, Founders Fund

Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook

Jan Koum Founder and CEO, WhatsApp

Kenneth I. Chenault Chairman and Managing Director, General Catalyst

See for yourself: https://newsroom.fb.com/company-info/






 

Search and Seizure – Mark Zuckerberg

Where does the FOURTH AMENDMENT stand on unreasonable search and seizure of a person’s private papers and effects? Where does it state, under what provision, amendment, article or law, that ‘we the people’ have privacy rights? When it’s only the government that can be held accountable for violating our privacy rights, then what’s to prevent large corporations or entities from doing it?

That the Central Intelligence Agency has openly stated that they are a part of Facebook conducting social experiments on Facebook members may qualify Facebook as a government institution. In a letter sent to members stating that nobody complained about their presence as justification for them to conduct said experiments and studies [on unsuspecting members] and to continue doing it, seems to me to misinterpret a lack of complaints as agreement with their policies, procedures and methods… Most people are afraid to challenge anything the CIA does – after all they have a long history of threatening people with torture, money loss, family destruction, career bombs and more for questioning their motives regarding anything they do. Like terrorists they are above the law. Next thing you know, your dog dies. Or you get beaten up by a man on a skateboard waiting for you outside your apartment complex.

Fourth Amendment

FOURTH AMENDMENT: AN OVERVIEW

I. INTERESTS PROTECTED

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The ultimate goal of this provision is to protect people’s right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable intrusions by the government.  However, the Fourth Amendment does not guarantee protection from all searches and seizures, but only those done by the government and deemed unreasonable under the law.

To claim violation of Fourth Amendment as the basis for suppressing a relevant evidence, the court had long required that the claimant must prove that he himself was the victim of an invasion of privacy to have a valid standing to claim protection under the Fourth Amendment.  However, the Supreme Court has departed from such requirement,  issue of exclusion is to be determined solely upon a resolution of the substantive question whether the claimant’s Fourth Amendment rights have been violated, which in turn requires that the claimant demonstrates a justifiable expectation of privacy, which was arbitrarily violated by the government.

In general, most warrantless searches of private premises are prohibited under the Fourth Amendment, unless specific exception applies. For instance, a warrantless search may be lawful, if an officer has asked and is given consent to search; if the search is incident to a lawful arrest; if there is probable cause to search and there is exigent circumstance calling for the warrantless search.  Exigent circumstances exist in situations where a situation where people are in imminent danger, where evidence faces imminent destruction, or prior to a suspect‘s imminent escape.

On the other hand, warrantless search and seizure of properties are not illegal, if the objects being searched are in plain view. Further, warrantless seizure of abandoned property, or of properties on an open field do not violate Fourth Amendment, because it is considered that having expectation of privacy right to an abandoned property or to properties on an open field is not reasonable.

However, in some states, there are some exception to this limitation, where some state authorities have granted protection to open fields.  States can always establish higher standards for searches and seizures protection than what is required by the Fourth Amendment, but states cannot allow conducts that violate the Fourth Amendment.

Where there was a violation of one’s fourth amendment rights by federal officials, A bivens action can be filed against federal law enforcement officials for damages, resulting from an unlawful search and seizure.  Under the Bivens action, the claimant needs to prove that there has been a constitutional violation of the fourth amendment rights by federal officials acting under the color of law.

However, the protection under the Fourth Amendment can be waived if one voluntarily consents to or does not object to evidence collected during a warrantless search or seizure

FINISH READING: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment






 

Mark Zuckerberg Justifies Peeping for Profit

Mark Zuckerberg Submits Opening Statement In Writing Prior To Testifying Before Congress…

…To the very members of congress who will be asking him questions regarding the illegal and immoral sharing of personal data of Facebook members.

How rigged is that?

The members of congress even told him what to say when he testifies.

How rigged is that?

I’m assuming here that many members of congress and their rich friends own stock in Facebook, thus should be recused from participating in and/or acting on behalf of their stockholders by watering down the gravity of Mark Zuckerberg’s offenses against members of Facebook who are led to believe that they have security and privacy, when they don’t.

Facebook sold that information. They made huge profits off of perversely peeping into the private messages of Facebook members. Mark Zuckerberg even knows which members he peeped on according to the nightly news reporting that Facebook would be notifying many millions of account holders that their private messages were compromised.

Intentionally compromised.

For Profit.

Tampering with the USA mail is a crime – a federal crime.

People don’t much send letters anymore. They rely on private services to communicate quicker and they are encouraged to do that.

We’re not talking hackers here.

We’re talking about the founder, CEO and Chairperson of Facebook himself who made these [what I call] criminal and immoral decisions for profit.

Full disclosure and transparency will never happen with Facebook as long as the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) is working the bowels of that ship.

Testifying before congress is a sham. Facebook’s stock tanked and the stockholders are going crazy losing all that money, so they want Zuckerberg to ease their money worries by apologizing to the victims of his peeping for profit scam.

Am I the only one who sees the corruption here? Zuckerberg acts like his form of corruption is necessary so poor people around the globe can gain access to his corrupt mail service.

Are you kidding? No one in impoverished nations is going to want to gain access to Facebook knowing they’ll be spied on and their personal data sold to the highest bidder as a common course of operating procedure.

All they’re going to do is try to sell you merchandise and services that you can’t afford anyway. But in addition, they’ll sell your privacy to anybody who has an interest in you.

Bad people…

…who will ruin your life if they choose, or hold over you for their own profit embarrassing stuff that no one has a right to know.

Before long people won’t feel at ease talking about personal issues in the privacy of their own homes.

Mark Zuckerberg over-bloats the importance of Facebook. He after all designed it by humiliating people. He’s a sociopath put in charge of your private messages and gloats about stealing and selling your private thoughts as a necessity.

He even now, while he’s supposedly under investigation, has gone so far up the pole that he wants you to start paying him for your privacy. Facebook just lost round about sixty-seven billion dollars in its stock value – a company that has essentially no overhead. How did they get that wealthy? He doesn’t manufacture a product. It’s all fluff. You can’t even contact Facebook when you have a complaint. Everything is done by automation.

What does his employees actually do, except spy on it’s members?

Now he wants you to pay him not to spy.

Just put your ads on Facebook. You don’t need to know what someone is saying to their friend. What, you think people private message about products for sale? They private message about private stuff. Private messages do not reflect nor predict buying habits. Stop with the lying and the insanity.

Zuckerberg’s net worth is 63.9 billion dollars. Again, what does he produce? What does he sell? How do you ship his product? What’s his overhead?

Facebook is one of the biggest scams of all time.

People lie on Facebook. They embellish just about everything – or just plain make stuff up. But somehow Mark Zuckerberg has convinced the advertising industry that they can take to the bank anything any Facebook member writes on Facebook – especially the private stuff…

…And he thinks it’s legal to tamper with people’s mail.

Peep for profit is evidently legal in the USA and congress evidently supports his actions – since they are treating him in a way that no other person being called to testify before congress would be treated, by allowing him free access to those individuals who will be questioning him before he’s questioned. The citizens of the world should have access to those conversations.

How rigged is that? Was there a court reporter present?

Does any truth come from anything as rigged as that?

Mark Zuckerberg Submits A Written Opening Statement And Conducts His Own Voir Dire (getting a feel for the people who will be judging him) Prior To Testifying Before Congress…

…To the very members of congress who will be asking him questions  and judging his actions regarding the illegal and immoral sharing of personal data of Facebook members.

Did he submit a notarized copy to congress?

In an opening statement each lawyer representing each client talks to the jury before witnesses actually take the stand. They are not held to the truth in any manner. They are allowed to omit, embellish, prejudice the jury members, say anything they want to say – and do.

So in absence of a trial, Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers decided on a trial by public opinion, purposely designing it that way. They also, knowing they had the attention of the world, decided to tell the world of their plan to charge Facebook members for privacy. I guess now they’ll only sell private information of those who can’t afford to pay. So why again, does Madison Avenue want to sell products to those they know can’t afford to buy their product?

It’s a scam. Wake up FBI. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

It’s all a game using people’s intellectual material as their own – to sell to other people who want it, who then pay for it. Anonymously of course. Except you. You’re not anonymous. And why should their ads pop up in your message box, which is the same as a mail box?

THEY SHOULD BE PAYING YOU.

Stealing your intellectual material is copyright infringement. Whatever you write is protected by law.

Nobody has a right to look at it unless you give them that right. Nobody has a right to steal your intellectual material. Nobody has a right to sell your intellectual material. Nobody has a right to pay for somebody else’s intellectual material that isn’t their’s to sell.

How can you believe that it’s only for advertising purposes, when the people doing it lied about everything else? They knew they were doing something illegal, that’s why they kept their actions private. It didn’t work though did it?

The world does not need Facebook. It’s filled with lies. Nothing gets looked at, liked or shared unless it’s outrageous, or manipulated. People have to invent, create outrageous. The CIA creates too many posts as social experiments at the expense of leaving real people’s posts out of your news feed. It’s basically government and Madison Avenue trying to amuse you or abuse you into toeing their lines or destroying individuals they don’t like.

Any time I want to learn about a product I see on television or elsewhere, I never go to the corresponding Facebook page. I go directly to their website. Facebook pages tell you very little about a product. They’re too manipulated by Facebook.

One must wonder about all those Facebook suicides and what roles the CIA played in creating the on-line environment that resulted in those tragic deaths.

FACEBOOK IS A SEWER that needs to be eliminated. It grew into a monster because it was created and designed by a monster.

Mark Zuckerberg should not be getting special privileges from congress.

Why all the privacy around a meeting with those who will be questioning and judging him?

Because the government is involved. Any time the government is involved, the government protects the government.

Why isn’t the USA government raiding the offices of Facebook and Zuckerberg and everybody else involved? Seems like they’re giving them time to hide their self-incriminating evidence.

How rigged is that?

Websites are free these days. Easier to use, fewer restrictions. More space to be creative. Fewer complications. Facebook Pages are dinosaurs that have become extinct. Facebook forced me to create a page even though I didn’t have a business. They locked me out of my account until I created one. There was no one I could complain to. Then they want to charge me 5$ for each post so more people would see it.

At 5$ a post x 7 websites (1 post per day) x 365 days in a year = 12,775$.

I tried it once. Out of over 3000 people who liked my page, it only reached something like 35 people. Most of my posts reach around 5-10 people. These posts don’t fly by themselves. They’re placed.

Who can afford it? Evidently big businesses. But does it work? Just because it lands in somebody’s feed doesn’t mean they’ll see it. They might scroll right by it. So then Facebook manipulates the scroll, to make you look.

Nobody likes being manipulated. They went too far too long and now they’re gone. It’s a waste of precious time for the sole purpose of making some sociopath so rich he thinks he controls the planet.






 

Rare Yellow Cardinal Photographed in Alabaster, Alabama

By Elaina Zachos

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Looking out at her quaint Alabama backyard in late January, Charlie Stephenson noticed something unusual. A strange species of unfamiliar yellow bird was pecking at her hanging birdfeeder.

As a seasoned birdwatcher, Stephenson had seen scores of cardinals in the past. But with its mustard-color coat, this flier was different. So, she took a photo with her iPhone and posted it on Facebook.

Stephenson told AL.com she has seen albino and leucistic birds, the latter being animals that are mostly white but can produce some pigment. But this golden visitor is neither: it’s a male northern cardinal with a “one in a million” genetic mutation that made its red feathers yellow, according to Geoffrey Hill, a bird curator at Auburn University in Alabama.

In his 40 years of cardinal birdwatching, Hill has never seen a yellow bird like this in the wild. The unusually yellow cardinal is not to be confused with the yellow cardinal, an endangered South American species with black and white markings and the occasional green tinge…

FINISH READING: Rare Yellow Cardinal Photographed in Alabaster, Alabama






 

MAN BOOBS re: Facebook inquiry

ANIMALS ON STEROIDS

MAN BOOBS re: Facebook inquiry

Hey, men have mammary glands. Does no one see that? What’s this man boobs thing all about? Accept that men may at some point be called on to feed the world. Or maybe men don’t want that subservient role, so are rebelling against even the suggestion of it. What? I’m becoming a female? No. You are a male. And both males and females have mammary glands – nipples – the whole nine yards. Most women never use their breasts to feed.

There may come a time when both women and men will be used to feed the young. Men need to accept who and what they are – feeding machines. Women too. If the world is without food and you two decide to procreate for all the naturally selfish reasons, then it should be up to the both of you to feed your offspring.

I say man boobs and all the talk surrounding them is prejudicial against women. It’s sexist talk. We all have boobs – some smaller, bigger than others. It’s like we all have legs and arms and eyes, and ears…It’s what makes us who we are and helps us accept those who are just like us.

When you pump yourself full of hormones via the animals you eat, it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, all genders respond to the physical changes produced by the injection of hormones into the system.

I’ve seen people in Cleveland, Ohio who look just like those huge cows with saddle bag muscles all over their bodies – only theirs are saddle bag fat deposits, built on top of each other like somebody designed it. They’re not balloons, they are fat storage tanks piled onto each other. These people of course will all eventually become handicapped, because they can’t stop eating the food that contains the steroids and other hormones which addicted them to the food. They have to have it.

Ever see a person on steroids? Ever see a person in withdrawal from steroids?

Fatten you up before slaughter doesn’t always mean with fat. Body builders take steroids to increase their muscle mass. So do cows and the way their owners tell it, they do it just for you, so you can enjoy a delicious piece of muscle meat after you pay them to kill the cow for your plate.

So it’s the plate’s fault?

Yup. Humans in Cleveland, Ohio look just like that picture. I’ve seen it and so has Steve.






 

Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook 

ON THE MORNING of August 28, 2014, two days after the end of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Sohaib Zahda hopped into a shared taxi in Hebron that was going to Ramallah, where he had a job interview.

Thirty-three-year-old Zahda, who owns a paintball company, is an unlikely terrorist. An avid cyclist who speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and English, he is a member of Youth Against Settlements, a nonviolent organization that protests against Israeli settlers who live in and around Hebron. He is opposed to Hamas firing rockets into Israel. He likes to tell visitors his grandfather had Jewish friends in Hebron in the 1920s.

Hebron and Ramallah are about 25 miles apart. To get between them, Palestinians must pass through the “container checkpoint,” manned by Israeli soldiers on a road that connects the southern West Bank to its central and northern cities. At the checkpoint — named for a shipping container once located at the barrier — Palestinian pedestrians queue up to get their IDs checked, while cars wait for inspection and for soldiers to wave them through. When Zahda’s taxi drove up, masked Israeli soldiers stopped the vehicle, asked him to get out, and then handcuffed him….

Finish reading: Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook – World News Report – EIN News

HWH Comment: This story is way too long. Nobody, unless they like short novels and they feel like reading one, is going to get through this article.

What is it about Arabs and Palestinians and Persians that they have to include every detail surrounding anything they write about? Just give the facts.

Of course Israel is going to blame Palestinians for inciting violence against Israelis. The Palestinians are the ones committing the violence of which the Israelis speak.

Israel is not going to look to themselves as the cause. Israel thinks they are perfectly justified in prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter against a people whose land they covet. They want your land. Why can’t you see the cause of what they do? For the same reason they can’t see the cause of what you do.

Israelis don’t know how to make peace. Palestinians obviously don’t know how to make peace either. Israel wants what they want and they are going to get it – your land. For all these years you haven’t come up with a viable plan – except to kill yourselves. Whoa. Nobody anywhere in the world wants to invest in a people who want to kill themselves. Don’t say you kill yourselves because of what they do to you. That’s not an excuse, a reason nor a plan. Why do you keep asking them to free you? Are you little children? Free yourselves. Work with them, not for them. Equal partners. In everything. Show you can do it.

Hamas and Hezbollah keep saying they have discipline. No you don’t. Yes, I’m talking to you directly. You have no discipline – and the Jews have even less. There is no discipline in killing – in torturing. There is no discipline in building tunnels for the purpose of getting guns. Build a tunnel to get supplies for survival if at all. Guns destroy, and the world thinks you all have a death wish. Israel has a death wish too. They just keep putting themselves in the line of fire instead of moving away from it.

Stop posting death images and threats on social media. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t build or throw a bomb. You may, without knowing it, encourage somebody else to do it. Why should you vent your evil onto the world? I don’t want to hear your anger, your hatred, your destructive thoughts. I don’t want to see the inner you reflected in the images you post. I don’t want to fear you, so don’t try to make me fear you.

Make me want to like you. Both. I’m talking to both of you. Jews don’t care if anybody likes them. That scares me. That means they have no self control and don’t care what they do, how they do it, to whom they do it, when or where or what time they do it. Nobody wants to invest in loose cannons, in people whose direction changes with the wind, people who don’t respect the views of others – only their own.

Hey, if Israel had their way, they’d drown every last Palestinian. Unfortunately the only way to prevent that is to work with them not for them. Jews work very hard at making you hate them, so you’ll pop and then they’ll feel justified in murdering you. Don’t let it happen. Exercise some self control. Build a future not a bomb. Build a life not a death sentence.

Don’t be so arrogant. Neither of you have anything to be arrogant about.






 

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly.

Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of banned content to identify new postings of, say, a beheading or a lecture inciting violence.

The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist.

Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties.

In late April, amid pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online radicalization, internet companies including Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.

The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world’s most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as terrorism, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.

None of the companies at this point has embraced the anti-extremist group’s system, and they have typically been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed.

“It’s a little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very clearly illegal,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places…

Finish reading: Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

HWH Comment: I wonder how this will affect the animal rights movement’s use of animal abuse videos as educational tools to raise the consciousness of the populace?

There will definitely be abuse of our freedom of speech rights.

Just a few nights ago I was blocked three times from responding critically to three different posts. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the block was very real, and very scary – that somebody could do that, and now to discover that it was Facebook. Whoa. That needs to be looked at. This had nothing to do with terrorists.