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Donald Trump has turned America into a place where victims are mocked and being merciless is a virtue | The Independent
Trump could not have mocked someone’s account of sexual abuse in the first week of his candidacy. He and the culture he represents have built up to this and they are still building
I was delighted to hear that the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to two people fighting to end sexual violence rather than to a golf enthusiast with bog roll on his shoes who likes to publicly mock those who say they are victims of sexual violence. Restores faith, y’know?
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were selected over Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to win this year’s prize  “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
Mukwege is a gynaecologist who, despite threats to his own life, has looked after thousands of people who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murad is a 25-year-old Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and held as a sex slave. She also has the astounding bravery to talk about it. I watched her interview with Sarah Montague, not an easy thing to do but when a woman has been through such dementedly horrific experiences (made all the more maddening when you know she is just one of thousands of Yazidi women who are considered “spoils of war”) and is brave enough to tell people about it, listening is frankly, the least we could do.
trump  politics  gov2.0  sexism  racism  hate 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Fear and hatred: how propaganda persuades with emotion
As Russian propaganda and disinformation spread around the world, more and more initiatives  are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centres that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its Soviet predecessor.
In many respects, this difference is explained by the fact that, unlike Communist propaganda, today’s Kremlin’s ‘information operations’ do not need to adhere to a specific ideology. Modern Russian propaganda, unlike Marxism-Leninism, does not have to maintain logical consistency, and is in fact often internally contradictory. To create and maintain momentum, it uses images and the feelings created by images which are so provocative that they affect people much more than rational arguments. Russian propaganda does not create a system of views, but it appeals directly to emotions, instincts, reflexes and passions, the intertwining of which leads to the desired result for the Kremlin.
The problem in combating this disinformation is that it is almost impossible to argue with emotions. A coherent system of views can be refuted, ideological errors can easily be debunked by comparing them with the truth. But emotions are another matter. They flatter the human subconscious, respond to people’s deep instincts, immerse them in a world that is convenient and comfortable for them and can cause addiction, in some ways reminiscent of narcotics. People who are immersed in these emotions and inspired by propaganda images often simply do not want to know the truth, not wanting to go beyond their own imaginary world into the realm of dry and uncomfortable rationality. It’s interesting that propaganda used by populists and extremists in Europe and the United States by plays to similar emotions and instincts and uses similar images. Let’s try to highlight what these emotions are and how they are being used.
propaganda  russia  politics  hate  fake_news 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Cruelty Is the Point - The Atlantic
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
The Museum of African-American History and Culture is in part a catalog of cruelty. Amid all the stories of perseverance, tragedy, and unlikely triumph are the artifacts of inhumanity and barbarism: the child-size slave shackles, the bright red robes of the wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, the recordings of civil-rights protesters being brutalized by police.
The artifacts that persist in my memory, the way a bright flash does when you close your eyes, are the photographs of lynchings. But it’s not the burned, mutilated bodies that stick with me. It’s the faces of the white men in the crowd. There’s the photo of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Indiana in 1930, in which a white man can be seen grinning at the camera as he tenderly holds the hand of his wife or girlfriend. There’s the undated photo from Duluth, Minnesota, in which grinning white men stand next to the mutilated, half-naked bodies of two men lashed to a post in the street—one of the white men is straining to get into the picture, his smile cutting from ear to ear. There’s the photo of a crowd of white men huddled behind the smoldering corpse of a man burned to death; one of them is wearing a smart suit, a fedora hat, and a bright smile.
politics  psychology  trump  gov2.0  hate 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Verizon Quits ALEC After Group Hands Microphone to Right-Wing Provocateur David Horowitz ·
Verizon has quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate funded alliance between big business and Republican state lawmakers, after right-wing activist David Horowitz used a guest appearance at the 45th ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans to launch into a tirade against opponents of President Donald Trump, claiming Democrats are socialists bent on attacking traditional American values.
To rousing applause from many of the 1,500 legislators and lobbyists in attendance, Horowitz used two speeches to attack the LGBTQ community, people of color, public education, feminism, gender equality, and the rights of women to seek independent access to reproductive healthcare.
Specifically, Horowitz claimed public schools are “indoctrination and recruitment centers for the Democratic party and its socialist left” and that “school curricula had been turned over to racist organizations like Black Lives Matter and terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.” On a later panel, Horowitz told the audience Trump had not gone far enough attacking his enemies, and defended the president’s remarks calling a woman “a pig.” Those who disagreed were called “communists” by Horowitz. He also argued the United States could only have been founded by Protestant Christians.
business  conference  racism  sexism  hate  politics  GOP  stop_the_cap 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
You Can't Change Hatred—But You Can Outvote It
There’s an old saying: “When the horse is dead—dismount.”
It’s time to stop beating that horse, America. It’s not going anywhere.
I’ve tried for three years now.
I’ve tried to understand them.
I’ve tried to listen to them.
I’ve tried not to assign motive to them, not to speculate as to why they voted the way they voted, not to believe they consented to every cruel thing their vote birthed and enabled.
I’ve tried not to caricaturize them; not to make them into one-dimensional stereotypes, not to treat them as some fictional other whose presence posed a threat.
I’ve tried appealing to their sense of decency, to their capacity for compassion, to their faith in Jesus.
politics  gov2.0  hate  voting  election  religion 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated] | Ars Technica
Facebook has resisted becoming the Internet's fake news police.
Update: This article originally stated that Facebook had not banned most Alex Jones content from the site, which was true when we scheduled the post on Friday afternoon. But on Monday morning, shortly before this article published, Facebook removed four key Alex Jones pages, effectively banning him from the platform. I've updated the story to reflect this change.
Facebook and YouTube both have strict rules against posting content that is hateful, pornographic, or violates someone's privacy. But what if someone posts content that is just egregiously false? Right now, neither Facebook nor YouTube has rules banning this kind of content. And critics say that's a problem.
In recent weeks, the issue has come to a head over online provocateur, pundit, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Jones gleefully flouts the rules of journalistic ethics, regularly making outrageous claims without a shred of evidence.
racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics  facebook 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready [Update] | Ars Technica
Jones urged supporters to ready their weapons against the media, antifa, and others.
After holding out for a few weeks, Twitter joined the chorus of social media and tech giants that have punished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for questionable content. Twitter suspended Jones from his account on Tuesday after he tweeted out a link to a video in which he calls for his supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready for the media and others.
But the catch is that Jones' ban will last just seven days—the InfoWars host will not be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account during that week.
racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics  twitter 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones' Infowars App From The App Store
Apple's App Store guidelines for developers forbid apps with "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste."
A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple's popular App Store. As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars return no results.
Apple confirmed the app's removal to BuzzFeed News, but declined to comment, pointing to its App Store Review Guidelines. The company said Infowars would not be permitted to return to the App Store.
The first clause of those guidelines explicitly rejects "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way."
apple  apps  store  racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Twitter’s latest (and final) punishment for Alex Jones: A permanent ban | Ars Technica
Inflammatory tweets and videos posted yesterday were the final straw for Twitter.
After weeks of controversy, Twitter officially banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars site from its platform. The social media company tweeted out the decision from its Twitter Safety account Thursday afternoon, stating that it permanently suspended Alex Jones and InfoWars after both accounts posted tweets and videos that violated the company's abusive-behavior policy. Previous violations also contributed to the decision to ban both accounts.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
twitter  conservative  fake_news  conspiracy_theory  racism  politics  hate 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Alex Jones and Infowars banned from Twitter, finally.
On Thursday, Twitter permanently removed conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform. The website was the last of the major social platforms to remove Jones and his Infowars site, following Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, all of which gave Jones the boot last month, citing repeated violations of their community standards. Apple Podcasts and Spotify also removed a handful of Infowars podcasts in August, likewise saying that Jones’ content, which often includes rants on outright falsehoods or worse incitements to hate or violence.
Specifically, Twitter suspended the accounts @RealAlexJones and @InfoWars from both its core service and Periscope, its live-streaming app. “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations,” the company said in a tweet. Twitter says it will continue to monitor other accounts associated with Jones and his InfoWars empire.
twitter  conservative  fake_news  conspiracy_theory  racism  politics  hate 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Data vandal changes name of New York City to “Jewtropolis” across multiple apps [Updated] | Ars Technica
20-day old change, long corrected by OpenStreetMap, was pushed out via Mapbox.
Late yesterday, users of Snapchat and a number of other applications began to report that the label on in-application maps for New York City had been changed to "Jewtropolis." That change in data from the mapping developer kit company MapBox had been pulled in from OpenStreetMap—a community-driven mapping project also used by Wikimedia.

Whatever mapping service that Snapchat, CitiBike, StreetEasy, (perhaps others) use — it seems — is showing New York City as "Jewtropolis" this morning. pic.twitter.com/nsVe8goLyo
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) August 30, 2018
maps  security  privacy  hack  data  hate  racism  twitter 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Timely Quotes on Fascism Then and Now - WhoWhatWhy
To find out more, click on this amazing Hate Map, and you will discover a wide variety of fascist hate groups all over the country — whom they hate, what they’ve been up to, and where they are. There’s one for nearly every taste.  
It is as horrifying as those maps you see on the news showing fires raging throughout the American west. The flames seem to be leaping off the map.
White supremacy groups have been quietly simmering for years, but, under the Trump administration, they seem to be flaring up.
The number of neo-Nazi organizations in America increased by 22 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). (But the Ku Klux Klan has been shrinking, possibly due to fashion issues. I’m not being flip; physical image — hair style, clothing, tattoos — are apparently very important to these people.)
racism  hate  KKK  gov2.0  politics  quotes 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Is there really data that heavy Facebook use caused…erm, is correlated with…erm, is linked to real-life hate crimes?
Plus: Does all our yammering about fake news make people think real news is fake?
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.
Study says heavy Facebook use is linked to more hate crimes against asylum seekers in Germany. Wait, is that what it says? The New York Times on Monday published a story, datelined from a “pro-refugee” German town, exploring the terrifying trajectory of actual German Facebook superusers who become radicalized through their intense activity in anti-refugee bubbles on social media, and commit real-life acts of violence. The piece, by Amanda Taub and Max Fisher of the Interpreter column, leaned on a previously covered working paper from researchers at the University of Warwick, and described the paper’s key finding as follows:
Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees. That held true in virtually any sort of community — big city or small town; affluent or struggling; liberal haven or far-right stronghold — suggesting that the link applies universally.
Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.
Shortly thereafter, academics began tussling over both the study’s quality and how it was portrayed in the Times piece.
research  facebook  crime  racism  news  fake_news  hate 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Opinion | Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. - The New York Times
The platform won’t ban the dangerous liar Alex Jones because he “hasn’t violated our rules.” Then what’s the point of these rules?
This week, Alex Jones, the persistently mendacious conspiracy-theory spouter — yeah, that’s a real job in 2018 — finally became the ultimate swipe left of the social media age.
Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify and most other major internet distributors banished Mr. Jones, either permanently or for some unspecified star-chamber-determined amount of time, for hate speech and other violations.
But not Twitter. Instead, Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, founder and tweet inventor himself, took to his own platform to explain in the high-minded tone that one takes with small children that Mr. Jones wasn’t suspended from Twitter because he “hasn’t violated our rules.”
politics  twitter  nytimes  op-ed  propaganda  fake_news  alt_facts  racism  hate  curation 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Undercover Facebook Moderator Was Instructed Not to Remove Fringe Groups or Hate Speech
Nick Statt, writing for The Verge:
The undercover journalist detailed his findings in a new documentary titled Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network, that just aired on the UK’s Channel 4. The investigation outlines questionable practices on behalf of CPL Resources, a third-party content moderator firm based in Dublin, Ireland that Facebook has worked with since 2010.
Those questionable practices primarily involve a hands-off approach to flagged and reported content like graphic violence, hate speech, and racist and other bigoted rhetoric from far-right groups. The undercover reporter says he was also instructed to ignore users who looked as if they were under 13 years of age, which is the minimum age requirement to sign up for Facebook in accordance with the Child Online Protection Act, a 1998 privacy law passed in the US designed to protect young children from exploitation and harmful and violent content on the internet. The documentary insinuates that Facebook takes a hands-off approach to such content, including blatantly false stories parading as truth, because it engages users for longer and drives up advertising revenue.
facebook  daring_fireball  propaganda  politics  hate  racism 
july 2018 by rgl7194
What Suzanna Danuta Walters Missed - The Atlantic
A gender-studies scholar penned an essay laying out the logic of such loathing—but it falls short of its mark.
Last week, Suzanna Danuta Walters, a professor of sociology and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University, posed the question, “Why can’t we hate men?” Because hate speech remains protected by the First Amendment, we can peruse her argument in The Washington Post, preempt anyone inclined to mistake it for mainstream feminism, and respond with persuasion rather than having her ideas fester unseen.
In her telling, at this cultural moment, “it seems logical to hate men.”
culture  men  women  hate 
june 2018 by rgl7194
How the internet helps spread hate, Nazi views
Editor's note: A New York Times profile is being criticized for normalizing a Nazi sympathizer's views and failing to explain why he thinks that way. But it's no mystery. We blame the internet.
You can't miss the rise of hate, racism and the neo-Nazi movement on the internet. But somehow, The New York Times did. A Saturday profile of a Nazi sympathizer drew widespread criticism for giving Tony Hovater, 29, an unchallenged platform for sharing his views.
Hovater is described as "the Nazi sympathizer next door, polite and low-key." He's "an organizer, an occasional podcast guest on a website called Radio Aryan, and a self-described 'social media villain,' although, in person, his Midwestern manners would please anyone's mother." He thinks the Holocaust wasn't as bad as history tells us, and says Hitler "was a lot more kind of chill on [exterminating] Slavs and homosexuals."
hate  internet  news  nytimes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Internet Hate Machine
A series of articles on CNet last week really caught my attention.1 The flagship article sets the stage.
You can't miss the rise of hate, racism and the neo-Nazi movement on the internet. But somehow, The New York Times did. A Saturday profile of a Nazi sympathizer drew widespread criticism for giving Tony Hovater, 29, an unchallenged platform for sharing his views.
Here's the Brutal Reality of Online Hate
This Lawsuit Could Shut Internet Nazis Down
How to Scrub Hate Off Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet
Gamergate to Trump: How Video Game Culture Blew Everything Up
"Hate comes from everywhere on the spectrum, it's not exclusively owned by one party," Heller said. "The theme with all of them was that they said, 'I didn't realize what I wrote affected a real person.'"
This is the weakest defense I can imagine. Taking action against someone and claiming that you didn't know they were a real person, makes you a sociopath. I seriously doubt that there are so many sociopaths. My guess is that they never imagined that there would be consequences for their actions. Then someone showed up on their door step.
As someone that commutes regularly, I see similar behavior on a much more traditional platform, the highways. Once someone is isolated behind their wheel they disconnect from the rest of humanity around them. It's self propagating too. Like a plague it spreads on contact. One bad actor makes the next isolated person feel like the only good defense is a good offense, and so on. I don't think we can change this so we have to change the technology and laws to account for it.
hate  internet  news  nytimes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Silencing the haters: German facebook group talks back to trolls
Reading hateful comments on social media can be distressing. According to Susanne Tannert, reading them for several hours each day requires nerves of steel.
“Many of us become exhausted, discouraged; all this hate is really hard to deal with,” says Tannert, a member of Germany’s anti-hate-speech initiative #ichbinhier. “But we cannot remain silent.”
Like Tannert, members of #ichbinhier (“I am here” in English) routinely track down and counter malevolent remarks, insults, and disinformation that appear in the comments sections of German news stories on Facebook.
The group was founded in December 2016 by Hannes Ley, a digital communications expert from Hamburg, and is inspired by a similar Facebook initiative in Sweden, #jagärhär.
The underlying idea behind the movement is to prevent malicious users from highjacking social media to spread hatred and lies.
On its Facebook page, #ichbinhier describes itself as promoting a “constructive dialogue” on social media “without hate, without hate speech, without fake news.”
germany  facebook  troll  social_media  hate  fake_news 
december 2017 by rgl7194
How the tech sector can legally justify breaking ties to extremists | Ars Technica
Generally speaking, private enterprise may refuse service on ideological grounds.
In the wake of recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a swath of the tech sector has undergone a renaissance of sorts and announced that it was reducing or examining its ties to extremist groups.
CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince said what a lot of executives were thinking when deciding to cancel service to the neo-Nazi site, the Daily Stormer. The site celebrated the death of a Charlottesville protester and sparked a tech-sector backlash against hate speech.
"My rationale for making this decision was simple: the people behind the Daily Stormer are assholes and I'd had enough," Prince said. "Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision."
In recent days, GoDaddy, Apple Pay, PayPal, and a Who's Who of tech companies like Google have decided that, to varying degrees, they will either stop doing business with some extremist groups promoting violence, or they will at least re-examine their financial ties to these groups.
While we've been reporting on the controversy, some Ars commenters have wondered whether it is legal for Internet companies to discriminate based on the viewpoint of a website.
The answer: yes.
"The current shape of the law doesn't prohibit the general discrimination based on general ideology," Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor and blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, told Ars in a telephone interview. The Communications Decency Act, he added, grants the tech sector broad powers "to publish or not publish things."
legal  business  hate  racism  KKK  technology  internet  discrimination 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked – TechCrunch
It seems like just the other day that Reddit finally banned a handful of its most hateful and deplorable subreddits, including r/coontown and r/fatpeoplehate. The move was, at the time, derided by some as pointless, akin to shooing criminals away from one neighborhood only to trouble another. But a new study shows that, for Reddit at least, it has had lasting positive effects.
The policing of hate speech online has become a flash point for many a flame war, these past few months especially, as white nationalists, neo-nazis and others with abhorrent but strictly speaking quite legal viewpoints struggle with being banned repeatedly from the internet’s biggest platforms.
social_media  racism  KKK  hate 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Just Made a Demand So Ludicrous, Reporters Couldn’t Help But Laugh – Realtime Politics
Republican Steve King blamed Obama for the Congressional shooting when in reality, the finger should be pointed at Trump.  The day Trump entered the White House, a miasma of hate began infiltrating America’s atmosphere.  All of the crazies began coming out of the woodwork to spew their hate across our great nation.
Today at the White House, reporters asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump’s rhetoric is to blame for the shooting.
Sanders stated, “There has been quite a bit of attacking against the president.”  Sanders added that the president has “tried to reach out to Democrats.”  Was she referring to all of the tweets he sends attacking Democrats?
trump  politics  gov2.0  racism  hate 
june 2017 by rgl7194
In President Trump’s First Week, ACLU Hands Him First Stinging Rebuke | American Civil Liberties Union
This is a remarkable day. When Donald Trump was elected president, we promised that if he tried to implement his unconstitutional and un-American policies that we would take him to court. We did that today. And we won.
Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that suspended resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspended all other refugee resettlement for 120 days, and banned the entry of nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days. All seven countries are predominately Muslim countries. We have no doubt that the motivation behind the executive order was discriminatory. This was a Muslim ban wrapped in a paper-thin national security rationale.
politics  trump  gov2.0  hate  ACLU  racism  legal 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Make America Hate Again – AVC
I’ve kept my mouth shut about President Trump since he was elected in early November.
I figured there were other things to focus on where I could have an impact and so I did that.
But friday’s executive orders are too much for me.
Trump is institutionalizing hatred, bigotry, and racism with these orders.
They have absolutely nothing to do with policy.
politics  trump  gov2.0  hate  ACLU 
february 2017 by rgl7194

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