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Entertainment Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg's Bromance and Our Illusion of Democracy

07:40  29 june  2020
07:40  29 june  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video)

  MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video) Rev. Al Sharpton said Monday that he believes President Donald Trump's retweet of video showing a supporter yelling "white power" was "intentional" and came with a message. The civil rights activist made his case on MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "With all that is going on that the president has not addressed — including boycotting of Facebook for talking about postings of hate and stuff — the president would retweet this in the face of this. The reason I'm emphasizing the climate, from the Mississippi vote to Facebook to what's going on in the George Floyd reaction, is because his retweeting this is intentional.

Mark Zuckerberg cares deeply about political speech being publicly available — except when he' s dining with President Donald Trump , apparently. Under the question "Why are politicians not eligible?" the explanation is as follows: " Our approach is grounded in Facebook' s fundamental belief

The importance of Donald Trump . Far from destroying our democracy , he’ s exposing all its As the summer of Donald Trump came to its end — and the prospect of a springtime for Trump Blight said Trump ’ s “real antecedents are in Mark Twain” — in other words, fictional characters, and funny ones.

Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: mark zuckerberg donald trump facebook © TheWrap mark zuckerberg donald trump facebook

Ever since Donald Trump was elected, you might have been wondering if you were still living in a democracy. Now it can be told: No, not really, you're not.

A Washington Post investigation into Facebook's dealings with the Trump administration published on Sunday afternoon reveals the damning level of collusion between the CEO of one of the most powerful public companies in the world, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, and our toxic chief executive.

Exhibit A: the Post reveals that after Trump posted about sending military troops to quell protests in Minnesota over George Floyd's killing, leading to calls to remove or regulate the president's incendiary words, Trump called Zuckerberg.

Scientists funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urge Facebook CEO to curb misinformation

  Scientists funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urge Facebook CEO to curb misinformation The group pointed to President Trump’s “looting” post as antithetical to CZI’s missionThe scientists said in the letter that allowing President Trump to use Facebook “to spread both misinformation and incendiary statements” was not only a violation of Facebook’s policies but “directly antithetical” to CZI’s goal of building a “more inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Trump fired him in 2017, but recently Bannon praised his former boss on Fox News and Trump is rumored to have spoken positively of him in return. An investment banker who became chairman of Breitbart News and led Donald Trump ’ s campaign in 2016, Bannon has extensive links to global

Our democracy has grown tired and middle aged. It lacks the heady optimism of a century ago, and is under assault from populists unhappy with a system that doesn’t serve the people as well as it once did. The rise of conspiracy theories—facilitated by the internet—and the resurgence of nationalism have

According to the Post, on the call, Zuckerberg whined that "the post put the company in a difficult position." His Washington-based staff had earlier that day pleaded with the White House to tweak the language of the post — or "simply delete it."

In other words, Facebook was telling the president that they could all avoid the controversy over imposing limits on incendiary or violent speech on the platform — with a little editing! Later in the day, Trump did just that, adding that his comments were a warning (and thus in bounds for Facebook).

The Post concludes — and please read this dense paragraph slowly to take it all in:

Zuckerberg says Facebook will revisit policies in wake of Trump backlash

  Zuckerberg says Facebook will revisit policies in wake of Trump backlash The announcement comes after the tech giant's inaction on the president's posts sparked uproar, in and out of the company.In a lengthy Facebook post, Zuckerberg said he wanted to “acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community” over the company’s decision not to take any action on a Trump post that appeared to threaten protesters with violence. The move has sparked unrest at the tech behemoth, with scores of staffers publicly denouncing the decision and skipping work in protest.

Mark Zuckerberg reflected on the future of America following Donald Trump ' s presidential victory, offering a message of hope that the American "Holding Max, I thought about all the work ahead of us to create the world we want for our children," the 32-year-old Facebook co-founder and CEO wrote on

MARK ZUCKERBERG has criticised US President Donald Trump ’ s ban on Muslims and refugees in an Donald Trump after signing the executive order yesterday denying US entry to people from Iran, Iraq “They are our future too. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and

"Facebook has constrained its efforts against false and misleading news, adopted a policy explicitly allowing politicians to lie, and even altered its news feed algorithm to neutralize claims that it was biased against conservative publishers, according to more than a dozen former and current employees and previously unreported documents obtained by The Washington Post. One of the documents shows it began as far back as 2015, when as a candidate Trump posted a video calling for a ban of Muslims entering the United States. Facebook's executives declined to remove it, setting in motion an exception for political discourse."

That latter document unearthed by Post reporters shows a process in which four options were proposed to deal with Trump's race-baiting Muslim post, which ended up as policy once Trump was elected. One of the options was to remove Trump's post. But that's not what happened.

Zuckerberg: Trump's 'Shooting' Comment 'Has No History of Being Read as a Dog Whistle'

  Zuckerberg: Trump's 'Shooting' Comment 'Has No History of Being Read as a Dog Whistle' Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, during a virtual questions-and-answers meeting with employees, explained why the company didn't take action against President Donald Trump's recent comments on protestors and rioters in the same way other tech giants have. The decision split Facebook's workforce, with many staging a virtual walkout earlier this week. The meeting, which was held on Tuesday, was transcribed in a 10,000-word story by Vox onThe meeting, which was held on Tuesday, was transcribed in a 10,000-word story by  Vox on Wednesday.

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (/ˈzʌkərbɜːrɡ/; born May 14, 1984) is an American media magnate, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding Facebook

Speaking pointedly to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg , she urged him to act quickly to combat disinformation spread through fake political ads on “The issue is people don ’t understand the gravity yet and you say ‘data rights’ and ‘privacy rights’ and people’ s eyes kind of glaze over, but it really is

"Ultimately, Zuckerberg was talked out of his desire to remove the post in part by (conservative policy adviser Joel) Kaplan, according to the people. Instead, the executives created an allowance that newsworthy political discourse would be taken into account when making decisions about whether posts violated community guidelines."

It's gone downhill from there. In challenge after challenge, Facebook became increasingly deferential to our bully-in-chief, successively emboldening him to continue his (often inaccurate, always unkind) attacks on opponents.

Facebook blinking in the face of Trump has also emboldened despots around the world. But Zuckerberg has gotten incrementally more comfortable with accommodation.

"As Trump grew in power," the Post writes, "the fear of his wrath pushed Facebook into more deferential behavior toward its growing number of right-leaning users, tilting the balance of news people see on the network, according to the current and former employees."

Facebook boss: Zuckerberg announces change of course in dealing with racism

 Facebook boss: Zuckerberg announces change of course in dealing with racism © AFP Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has apparently changed his mind. After the founder of the social network had been sharply criticized by his employees, he now changes his mind. It is not yet clear how state threats of violence will be dealt with in the future. Zuckerberg announces change of course in dealing with racism Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wants to improve the handling of the social network with content. It is about countering racism, said Zuckerberg on Friday.

She finds that president Trump embodies both the arrogance and disruption of American democracy . We manifested Donald Trump by our arrogance and use of democracy to control Thank you for clearly stating – the insanity/ illusion you see is due to these particular illusions within.

Mark Zuckerberg gave an impassioned opening speech at Facebook' s F8 developer conference keynote today, lambasting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters for cultivating a culture of fear in the US. Though he did not name Trump directly, Zuckerberg

Here's one such former employee:

"The value of being in favor with people in power outweighs almost every other concern for Facebook," said David Thiel, a Facebook security engineer who resigned in March.

As debate has swirled over Facebook's policies regarding political speech, you might have thought that the social media giant was really grappling hard with the question of how much they should regulate free speech versus protecting a political process that has been distorted by bad actors on their platform.

Nah. Chump!

The power elite was just getting together to work it out. The Post article is a masterful piece of investigative work — we are all in debt to the writers Elizabeth Dwoskin, Craig Timberg and Tony Romm — that also owes plenty to the principled Facebook executives who left the company in disgust and obviously leaked a lot of information to the Post.

A reminder that Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has courageously taken a stance against Trump's tweets, recently imposing fact checks and earning Trump's wrath as a result.

Also, reminder that a parade of top commercial brands — Unilever, Coca Cola and, lately, Starbucks — have decided to boycott Facebook over the platform's failure to curb hate speech.

Facebook is not just any company. It is the single largest media platform In. The. World.  And it is controlled by one single person who, as my former Post colleague and professional Zuck-baiter Kara Swisher points out, cannot be fired.

So Facebook's responsibility looms larger than any company — public or private — that I can think of.

It is clear that Zuckerberg was not inclined to accept the responsibility that his powerful platform requires. And that financial considerations, tragically, outweigh his paper-thin understanding of the damage to our democracy to which he is contributing.

Now that his current and former employees are speaking out, and Facebook's advertisers are voting with their dollars, perhaps, just maybe, he will pay attention.

Zuckerberg says he will 'review' policies after employee backlash .
Mark Zuckerberg shared a seven-part plan following widespread criticism from employees over his handling of Donald Trump’s Facebook posts last week. The update comes after a week of increasingly vocal dissent from within the company. In the note, Zuckerberg laid out several potential changes to how the company approaches its policy and decision-making, as well as ideas for product changes. He promised more “transparency,” and said he was “committed to elevating the representation of diversity, inclusion and human rights in our processes and management team discussions.

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