European Firewall Meme Ban Will Be The End of Free Internet
At a time when its legitimacy is being questioned by most Europeans, the EU Commission is certainly not making any friends with its latest version of a 'Copyright Directive' which displays remarkable contempt for the public and the public interest groups whose objections it supposedly took into account when redrafting the copyright reform legislation.
Last week a 'final draft' was agreed by both the German and French governments. The main matter of contention was whether to allow an exemption for small businesses under Article 13. France said no; Germany yes. In the end Germany caved and agreed to amendments which would crush small platforms in favor of US Big Tech. Gee, thanks Merkel.
Incredibly, that was the only point France and Germany had any disagreement over - considering that the rest of Article 13, as well as Article 11, are draconian and entirely miss the ostensible reason of achieving fair protections and compensation for content-creators of copyrighted works. Although supporters claim that the Directive helps content-creators, it doesn't actually use or define that term. The 'rights holder' tends to be large conglomerates (such as the film or music industries) and content-creators who aren't beholden to these entities will suddenly find themselves unable to make a living.
In any case, while the EU Commission states that "applying the principles of better regulation will ensure that measures are evidence-based, well designed and deliver tangible and sustainable benefits for citizens, business and society as a whole" (p.3), they've obviously decided that this doesn't apply to Articles 11 and 13. Eurocrats did conduct research on those measures but cherry-picked only the findings which supported their agenda and ignored others.
R. Kelly Charged With Criminal Sexual Abuse, Attorney Says Singer Will Turn Himself Before Midnight
The 52-year-old R&B Kelly is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday
The bombshell announcement that singer R. Kelly is facing charges that he sexually abused four alleged victims has sent shockwaves throughout the community. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest details.
R. Kelly has been indicted on charges of criminal sexual abuse in Illinois' Cook County, court records showed Friday, following decades of allegations the singer sexually abused underage girls.
The 52-year-old R&B star faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, with indictments indicating up to four victims. Three of those victims were under the age of 17, prosecutors said.
Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, tweeted that Kelly plans on turning himself in Friday sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight.
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Robert Kraft Not the Biggest Name in Sex Trafficking Investigation
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with soliciting prostitution as part of large sex-trafficking sting in Florida. With the shockwaves still being felt in the sporting world, ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter went on SportsCenter and alluded to other potential bombshells.
“I’m also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida,” Schefter said.
The Jupiter/Palm Beach area is replete with celebrities and deep pockets. Kraft is certainly a well-known figure so the list of potential bigger fish is somewhat limited.
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How The Elites Are Using “Divide And Rule” To Control Us
It wasn’t long ago that the Left represented the anti-establishment wing in politics. They used to fight against globalism (remember the anti-globalization movement?) even if their motives were different from those of today’s anti-globalists, as well as being against censorship, imperialist wars, and the expanding powers of governments and corporations.
But today, you see leftists protesting against Brexit, attacking and censoring anyone who disagrees with the establishment (using Twitter on their Apple products while sipping on their Starbucks coffee), and are calling for war in Syria to challenge the Russians.
So, just how the hell did did they end up becoming the patsies for the elites
When the people are discontent and angry from being powerless and dispossessed, the pressure will mount and it won’t go anywhere. The people want to vent out their frustrations. The elites know that responding directly with repression only inspires greater desire to rise up, so instead of fighting it, they prefer to re-channel that pent up energy elsewhere.
On February 2012, with the Occupy movement still raging, the elites were given that golden opportunity — or, rather, they created one — when a black teenager was shot dead in Florida: the none other than the infamous Trayvon Martin case.
The shooter wasn’t even a full white, but the elites jumped at the chance and used their control of the media to throw everything they had on it; anything to divert the public attention away from them. With their efforts, it quickly became the biggest story of America.
But they didn’t stop there. Police shootings, which have always been happening and to all races, were also highly publicized by the mainstream media to stoke liberal outrage and racial tensions that led to the creation of Black Lives Matter movement— a movement that is financed by George Soros and others to stir up unrests across America.
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YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought
By Aaron Kesel
YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending conspiracy videos such as those claiming the Earth is flat, or promoting alternative theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
We’ll continue that work this year, including taking a closer look at how we can reduce the spread of content that comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines. To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.
While this shift will apply to less than one percent of the content on YouTube, we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community. To be clear, this will only affect recommendations of what videos to watch, not whether a video is available on YouTube. As always, people can still access all videos that comply with our Community Guidelines and, when relevant, these videos may appear in recommendations for channel subscribers and in search results. We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users.
This change relies on a combination of machine learning and real people. We work with human evaluators and experts from all over the United States to help train the machine learning systems that generate recommendations. These evaluators are trained using public guidelines and provide critical input on the quality of a video.
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