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Facebook Bans Political Artist for Provocative MAGA-Hats-as-Klan-Hoods Sculpture

    Facebook Bans Political Artist for Provocative MAGA-Hats-as-Klan-Hoods Sculpture

Facebook has a longstanding tradition of stifling dissenting and alternative voices, including those of journalists. Now, artists’ careers are being hurt by the strongarm of the social media behemoth. Earlier this month, artist Kate Kretz — who employs a multitude of techniques, including silverpoint, wood burning, drawing, painting, embroidery and sculpture — had her account…

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MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden’s Race Problem

    MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden’s Race Problem

In this installment of MintCast, Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss recent MintPress headlines such as efforts to exploit the Sri Lankan Easter bombings, next steps for the Yellow Vest movement in France, and the tightening nexus between social media companies and the U.S. government. Special attention is given to the recent failed coup attempt…

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More Gov’t Hooks in Social Media: Facebook Hires Patriot Act Co-Author While Trump Jawbones Twitter CEO

    More Gov’t Hooks in Social Media: Facebook Hires Patriot Act Co-Author While Trump Jawbones Twitter CEO

The U.S. government-social media nexus appears to be tightening. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Just days prior, the other top social-media network, Facebook, hired Jennifer Newstead, a former legal adviser to Trump’s state department who had previously co-authored the controversial Patriot Act, known for its…

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Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare

    Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare

US Department of Defense officials are looking to weaponize disinformation, by looking for new “influencing tools” against “enemy propaganda,” military.com reported. The Pentagon wishes to expand its capabilities in irregular warfare, which according to Defense officials is a critical tool for defeating near-peer adversaries preemptively. As a department, we have often exhibited a historical preference in…

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Twitter Greenlights Venezuela’s Pro-Opposition Online Blitz – Shuts Down Genuine Opponents

  Twitter Greenlights Venezuela’s Pro-Opposition Online Blitz – Shuts Down Genuine Opponents

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — As the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela continues to take shape, shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in the online theater. If you’ve been on Twitter since January 23, you could be…

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Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

  Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

BRUSSELS —  The neoconservative-backed news rating upstart “Newsguard” is now lobbying the European Union to “force the hand” of major U.S.-based tech companies — including Facebook, Google, and Twitter — to integrate its controversial ratings system into the world’s most popular social media platforms and search engines, according to a recent statement made by Newsguard…

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Four Pro-Democratic Disinformation Campaigns Uncovered in 2017 Alabama Senate Election

  Four Pro-Democratic Disinformation Campaigns Uncovered in 2017 Alabama Senate Election

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — Four separate, distinct groups of pro-Democratic operatives engaged in disinformation tactics during the hotly contested U.S. Senate special election in Alabama in 2017. Last month, the New York Times revealed the existence of an internal document authored by a company called New Knowledge, touting its self-professed “false flag” operation in the state,…

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With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship

  With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship

SAN FRANCISCO – The decision of crowdfunding platform Patreon to delete the page of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for an alleged past association with the group Proud Boys has been hailed by some for derailing the former Breitbart columnist’s planned “magnificent 2019 comeback.” However, the similarities between Patreon’s banning of Yiannopoulos and the deplatforming of…

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Sick Of Facebook? Read This.

  Sick Of Facebook? Read This.

I didn’t realize you were still doing your show!” “Why can’t I see your posts anymore?” “I’ve had to re-follow you several times on Facebook.” These are but a few of the various comments and complaints about my Facebook page that I’ve fielded the past two years. With growing regularity and intensity, the cheery blue…

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Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship

  Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship

After the October 11th, 2018 Facebook and Twitter purge of over 800 activist sites and pages — many of which were partner sites with MintPress — we believe our days as an independent journalism organization on authoritarian social media platforms are numbered. Since 2012, MintPress News has been at the forefront of exposing the dangers of…

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