Reddit Censoring Positive Trump Content From 'The Donald' Forum, Report Claims

Is Reddit censoring positive Donald Trump content? That’s what a report from right-wing publication Infowars is claiming. It appears as if Reddit is trying to hide pro-Trump content from new forum members, as the story says that “Reddit is banning the vast majority of pro-Donald Trump posts from appearing on its ‘most popular’ page frequented by new users.” #Reddit #SteveHuffman – #Vigilance
Reddit Censors Pro-Trump Content in New Crackdownhttps://t.co/z1hfGbth7W
| #tcot #PJNET pic.twitter.com/80FvPdBjlC — OverTheMoonbat (@OverTheMoonbat) February 21, 2017 If this is true, why would they be doing it? Apparently, Reddit recently stated that they would be choosing which content showed up in the “popular” section of the site, and it looks as if a side effect of this move is no more positive Trump posts. According to Infowars’ Kit Daniels, who authored the report, when a graph is drawn up showing which content Reddit staff are eliminating from their “popular” section, “The_Donald” is overwhelmingly taken out more than other topics. [Image by hanohiki/Thinkstock] Daniels isn’t afraid to admit that he thinks this pro-Trump censorship by Reddit is deliberate in nature, citing an occasion in which Steve Huffman, the Chief Executive Officer of Reddit, promised to make pro-Trump material scarce in places on the site not strictly dedicated to it. As it turns out, Huffman did more than just that last November, as it was discovered that he had been actively tweaking the content of members’ pro-Trump posts, the Washington Times and other mainstream outlets reported. Once this was revealed, the Reddit CEO made a public apology. Steve is also the one responsible for permanently axing the controversial “Pizzagate” forum from his site, and it was the public backlash he received from doing this that prompted him to modify comments left by pro-Trump Reddit users. Participants in the Huffman-directed backlash were targeting the CEO’s own Reddit account named “spez” with NSFW content, and Steve admitted that in response to these lewd, offensive messages, he decided to replace his own avatar name with those of the leaders of the pro-Trump forum “The_Donald”, thus sending them the vulgar content he had initially received. Full Transcript: Reddit’s Steve Huffman says he’s really sorry for trolling Trump supporters https://t.co/H1OSu6GhG0 pic.twitter.com/p8YOZGU4p9 — John Koetsier (@johnkoetsier) January 18, 2017 In essence, it seems Huffman sought to punish members of the pro-Donald Trump community for a decision he made that didn’t go over well. Knowing this begs the question of is it really surprising that pro-Trump Reddit posts are suddenly seeming to be censored from the rest of the Reddit forums? Back to the Infowars piece, Kit Daniels is also apparently convinced that Reddit is far from the only heavily-trafficked social media site expurgating positive Trump rhetoric. According to him, Twitter and Facebook have already been doing this for some time. “Since Trump’s election, the largest social media sites including Facebook and Twitter have suppressed Trump supporters – and perhaps even the president himself.” Like Reddit, Twitter also recently divulged a change in handling of content. In early February, the service said it would begin censoring “abusive, low-quality” posts for “safety” reasons, which Daniels claims really means that whoever is in charge of doing this is going to hide whatever content they personally believe crosses the line. Infowars claims this specific change in content policy effectively hid Twitter users’ positive replies to tweets from President Trump, which in turn accelerated the display of Trump’s not-so-friendly responses. Unlike Reddit and Twitter, Facebook, or more appropriately its founder Mark Zuckerberg, has added motive to practice censorship, as about eight years ago China nixed the social media giant and that’s a market Zuckerberg very much wants back. Daniels says that China relies on heavy censorship throughout all types of media to keep their citizens ignorant to the realities of the world, claiming Chinese civilians don’t even know about significant historical events that happened in their home country. The Chinese government does this because an uninformed society is easier to manipulate and rule. The Infowars report then compares the rises in censorship of Reddit, Twitter and Facebook to the Chinese regime. Zuckerberg, Huffman and Jack Dorsey are akin to Lu Wei, the former “internet policeman” of the Communist Party of China. Mark Zuckerberg has actually met with Chinese government officials in person a couple of times. During one of these meetings the Facebook CEO showed Lu Wei that he had purchased a copy of the Chinese president’s book detailing his authoritarian rule. Zuckerberg told Wei that the book would be a good thing for his staff to read so they could better grasp the concept of Chinese socialism. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg greeting Chinese president Xi Jinping (center) and China’s internet regulator Lu Wei (left) on September 23, 2015. [Image by Ted S. Warren/AP Images] Zuckerberg also decided at one point to learn Mandarin, which is the main language of Bejing and is estimated to be spoken by almost a billion people worldwide. Reddit, Twitter and Facebook all have expanded on their censorship policies in the last couple of years, but in Western society should we instead be looking for ways to cut back, not add, on methods that hinder freedom of speech? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. [Featured Image by Julia Tim/Shutterstock]

Warning Harry Styles Fans: Ways One Direction Fans Could Be In Danger Or Scammed

One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan are all so cute, and it is easy to get carried away on Twitter. However, Harry’s sister Gemma Styles just tweeted a sobering message about a potential threat to Directioners. Harry Styles fans have allegedly been scammed out of their money, tricked into giving out personal information and even encouraged to share compromising photos. There are other dangers out there as well, so read carefully and take precautions to avoid the many dangers One Direction fans could face on social media. Gemma Styles wants to remind all One Direction fans to play safely on social media. Gemma tweeted a warning about a Harry Styles imposter trolling for young girls and now The Sun and other major news outlets are reporting on the dangers as well. Whether it’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson or Niall Horan a girl most loves, the same principles apply. Imposters are out there. One Direction’s Harry Styles “Catfish” Scam Gemma Styles is advising One Direction fans to use extreme caution after making a nasty discovery about a man impersonating Harry Styles online. The account @PrvtHarryStyles is NOT Harry Styles’ account, and the person has reportedly coaxed photos and even money out of young girls eager to impress their favorite heartthrob, according to The Sun. Well done @GemmaAnneStyles pic.twitter.com/4U3LVCxgE0 —????sly (@iHarryEmpires) February 17, 2017 The fake Harry Styles account has been shut down by Twitter, but rest assured there are other fake accounts out there. So beware of wolves in heartthrob’s clothing. Make sure all Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne accounts are authentic and beware of strangers pretending to be celebrities, or asking for photos, money or personal information. One Direction with Harry Styles. Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik. [Image by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images] The fake Harry Styles account had attracted over 10,000 followers from the One Direction fan base. Many people were fooled into believing this man was actually Harry. Girls professed their love for him on his very public twitter account. One young lady tweeted to @PrvtHarryStyles, as if in response to his profession of love for her. “Love you as well.” Harry Styles’ sister Gemma urgently reaches out to One Direction fans. “Do not send pictures or anything else. Stay sharp, stay suspicious, stay safe.” This time the imposter chose Harry Styles to impersonate, but next time it could be Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, or virtually anyone else. These people, who pretend to be celebrities in order to lure young women, can be dangerous and often they are mentally ill. It is best not to send private photos or anything over the internet, one would not want to announce or display to everyone, including family, friends, and government because the internet is not private. Do not give out contact information, a vacation destination, or locations as this can be used, not only by the person one is speaking to, but others. Harry Styles of One Direction on ‘Dunkirk’ set. [Image by KGC STAR MAX/ AP Images] One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson or Niall Horan will not request fan photos, especially not nude photos. The One Direction guys would not ask for money either. They have plenty. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan will never ask a fan to meet them privately without their parent’s knowledge. So girls, just say no to fake Harry or fake Louis, Liam or Niall. One Direction Fans Issuing Threats One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson fans recently attacked Bella Thorne when she posted the word “Awww,” in response to a photo by Louis Tomlinson on Instagram. One fan even responded with a death threat according to Seventeen. “Bella Thorne You Gonna Die.” One Direction fans and others should be cautious, because technically, issuing a threat is illegal, even on social media. In addition, it is publicly visible and remains in some form forever on the internet. Social media posts can also end up as news articles like this one in Seventeen. Seventeen is displaying actual fan tweets, with account names. Is this really how some One Direction fans want to be perceived? One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson all have twitter accounts but don’t necessarily post as much as fans might like. Still, fans must stay on guard against being deceived by someone pretending to be Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis using another account. Why would they use a second account to interact with fans? RELATED REPORTS ON THE INQUISITR One Direction Update: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, And Niall Horan Reunion Certain, Timetable Uncertain One Direction Net Worth, Big Houses, And Fast Cars: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson Enjoy Fantastic Lifestyle One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, And Niall Horan Honored For Their Solo Work: Fans Await New Harry Styles And Liam Payne’s Music One Direction’s Workout And Washboard Abs: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, And Niall Horan One Direction 2017 Timeline: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik Album Releases And More One Direction fans are not alone in feeling safe posting whatever they want online. Most people get a false sense of security, tweeting alone in their rooms, or when they are on their phones. Still the dangers out there are very real. Revealing one’s location, meeting up with strangers, and giving out too much personal information can be risky. Gemma Styles and One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan would want Directioners to stay safe. [Featured Image by Star Max 2/AP Images Getty Images]

YouTube Ads: Blockers May Be Unnecessary In 2018 As Longer Unskippables Get Axed

YouTube ads tend to be the most annoying part of the experience for many regular viewers, hence the rise of ad blockers. These browser plug-ins, though the bane of online commerce, often make ads generally non-existent. They also cut into revenue for many sites, and many news sites have been updating their code to make articles inaccessible until you disable it. Google’s acquired video mega-site (they bought YouTube early on) knows this, and they have been noticing a decline in views as a result of pushing those 30-second unskippable ads. Said ads can be a nuisance, especially when they appear before a video which only takes maybe 15 seconds. They also add to the data you consume, making them not so friendly when you’re using Verizon or other expensive mobile plans on the go. Sadly, advertising is also necessary, as most websites can’t afford to exist without it. If you don’t advertise, nobody knows your product exists. Effective advertising costs quite a lot if you’re not already popular enough to just use word of mouth. The existence of ad blockers also likely contributed to the existence of YouTube Red, a subscription-based version of the video-hosting website which removes the ads from popular channels. While it saves time to skip ads, the revenue tends to be more static that way. Greater income potential still lies in the bumper ads you see before videos. YouTube Red is a version where you subscribe to eliminate ads. [Image by Jakraphong Photography/Shutterstock] In 2018, according to Campaign, YouTube is planning to do away with the most annoying part of the viewers’ experience. The 30-second unskippable ads will be history, though we’re most likely to see them replaced with unskippable shorter ones. Their statement was a short but direct one. “We’re committed to providing a better [ad] experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers.” Something else which YouTube might want to consider, for people who watch it through their gaming consoles for the sheer convenience, is keeping tabs on what console the viewer is using. All too often, they advertise Xbox One games, making PS4 owners wonder if YouTube is even paying attention, and vice versa. It’s apparent that YouTube knows the 30-second mandatory ads are an annoyance, and they’ve also realized a disturbing trend on other social media sites not named Vine or Snapchat. Many of them, such as Facebook and Twitter, have started enabling the hosting of video as well. The latter of these is mostly used for political activist purposes, of course, and much like the character limit of 140, the videos tend to be short and direct. They are also a common method for news sites to show snippets or live feed. Even Twitter hosts video now, making YouTube less popular. [Image by Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock] Facebook is the site by which YouTube feels the most threatened since videos uploaded to it often get seen more by followers. Your YouTube subscriptions often don’t appear in your feed due to the site’s algorithms preferring that you watch Smosh, iJustine, or Black Nerd Comedy, as well as the myriad of top ten list channels like Screw Attack and Screen Junkies. Of course, as The Verge says, it won’t mean there won’t be unskippable ads on YouTube. It just means they won’t be as long, and it’s possible that every video you see will start having a six-second ad which runs no matter what. Many viewers might still keep ad blockers enabled on YouTube unless it takes the same route as many news sites today and keeps you from seeing anything until you turn them off. MORE RELATED ARTICLES ON THE INQUISITR: YouTuber PewDiePie Dropped By Disney, Google, And More After Anti-Semitic Videos Tyler Baltierra Starting YouTube Channel: ‘Teen Mom’ Star Claims Fans Want More? Bali Suitcase Murder: Heather Mack Kills Mom, Confesses To Murder On YouTube ‘Legal Insurrection’ YouTube Channel Removed: Is Google Targeting Conservatives? Adam Saleh Scandal ‘Terrorists On A Plane’ Possibly Used YouTube Growth Hacking On Subscribers And Views ‘The Emoji Movie’ Trailer Gets 57,900 Thumbs-Down Ratings On YouTube [Video] [Featured Image by Alexey Boldin]

Facebook Live Murders: What You Should Know About The Livestream Service

There were four Facebook Live murders on Tuesday this week, one involving a two-year-old boy, another involving a man in his twenties, and two others that included the murders of two newscasters of the Dominican Republic. This is, unfortunately, only a sampling of the violence that has been aired on Facebook Live in the past several months. Everyone remembers the four black teens who abducted and tortured a white handicap male in Chicago and broadcasted it on Facebook Live for the world to see, but there are other incidents like this that didn’t make the international news. #Chicago man live-Facebook-streams his own murder. #TenNews #AntonioPerkins https://t.co/rquYVThASl pic.twitter.com/MPW6WF7qkF — TEN Eyewitness News (@channeltennews) June 19, 2016 On June 15, 2016 Antonio Perkins, a 28-year-old man who’d had ties to gang activity in Chicago seemingly recorded his own murder on Facebook Live, according to the New York Post. The video footage was found after the fact by homicide investigators as a post on Perkins’ Facebook page. A couple days prior to Perkins’ death, a jihadist attack in Paris was streamed on Facebook Live. According to Mirror, Larossi Abballa attacked and murdered a Parisian police officer with a knife outside the officer’s home on June 13, 2016. Then, Abballa entered the cop’s residence where the wife and child of the deceased resided and imprisoned them in their own home before police were able to take action. Officer Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and Jessica Schneider are who Larossi Abballa killed on Facebook Live. [Image by Kamil Zihnioglu/AP Images] Abballa was taken out by French law enforcement, but they had arrived too late to save the life of the mother. The male child, although he’d been in severe mental peril, was physically unharmed. Much of the violence seen on Facebook Live are murders, but suicides have also been streamed through the service. Nakia Venant killed herself on Facebook live, Sunday. Venant, 14, is the third person who’s streamed their suicide this month. pic.twitter.com/heltBokzfF — Jalelah Ahmed Fox 26 (@jalelahahmed) January 27, 2017 Facebook Live Suicides On January 22, a young teen girl who was living at a foster home in Miami, Florida hung herself from a tree and streamed the horrific incident on Facebook Live. According to AOL News, the live footage played for two hours. Her name was Nakia Venant and she was only 14 years old when she took her life. Just a day later, on January 23 in Los Angeles, California a 33-year-old man by the name of Frederick Jay Bowdy died of a self-inflicted bullet to the head. It was streamed on Facebook Live as well. According to The Sun, Bowdy was an up-and-coming actor who, just days before his death, had been arrested for suspected rape. A few weeks before these two Facebook Live suicides, on December 30, 2016, a 12-year-old girl named Katelyn Nicole Davis killed herself by hanging. Davis did not use Facebook Live to stream her death, but a similar service called Live.me, according to Inquisitr. Although Katelyn’s suicide wasn’t streamed using Facebook Live, the footage did make its way to YouTube and Facebook, and Live.me is just another option for this kind of disturbing content to be broadcast through. What Are The Rules? It’s not likely these occurrences are going to end, unless action is taken to permanently prevent them from happening, and the only sure-fire way to do that is to discontinue Facebook Live and other livestream services, but is that really realistic? Probably not, as the counter argument to ending livestream services is that people use it to share good and positive things with the world. 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis livestreams her own suicide. The disturbing, tragic details –> https://t.co/r7aXxoiB9U pic.twitter.com/2ie4JuLQfT — Wetpaint (@WetpaintTV) January 16, 2017 Facebook released a statement on July 8, 2016 with the heading “Community Standards and Facebook Live”. In it it’s stated that upsetting content is not necessarily forbidden, as there are times when such footage can be used for a positive purpose. “…if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it. However, if someone shared the same video to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting, we would remove the video.” It also says that livestream videos on Facebook are to be treated like any other content on the site. Hence if one feels that a real-time video needs reporting, they would report it in the same manner they would report any other site post. At the bottom of Facebook’s Community Standards webpage, it says, “Not all disagreeable or disturbing content violates our Community Standards.” It goes on to give tips on how one can prevent themselves from coming across upsetting material by using tools such as blocking, hiding and unfollowing on a regular basis in order for Facebook’s system to learn and recognize when there’s something you’d rather not see. Essentially, the more you utilize the site’s personalization capabilities, the less likely you will encounter distressing content. According to these guidelines, instances of suicide and self-harm are strictly forbidden. Only media and literature that advocates against killing or hurting oneself is allowed. Despite this, for one reason or another, the Facebook Live video depicting Katelyn Nicole Davis’ suicide was not nixed from Facebook until several days after it first appeared. Law enforcement is virtually powerless to stop disturbing livestream videos from getting on the internet and spreading across social media. Sites affected by upsetting Facebook Live or other live footage do what they can to prevent others from being negatively impacted, but as long as the service exists, people are going to use it to share horrific occurrences. Facebook Live is just a part of a bigger problem, and until the creators behind this technology find a way to stop the live streaming of murders, suicides and other violent incidents, this disturbing trend will continue. [Featured Image by GongTo/Shutterstock]

Looking For A Job? Apply And Have Your Interview Via Facebook

Some tongue-in-cheek Facebook taglines would tell you that it’s the one site that makes it easier for one to stalk people, or to find another reason to hate your friends. But, now Facebook is taking their slogan of helping you connect and share, which is its true tagline by the way, to a whole new level. The social networking giant has introduced a new way to connect employers and their prospective employees by giving the former the option to create job postings on their pages and the latter to apply and even get their interview done without having to leave Facebook. Now, this is definitely one way to make use of your time on Facebook more productively. Facebook Now Allows Businesses To Post Job Listings On Facebook Pages. [Image By Grinvalds/Thinkstock Photos] Facebook Is Now A Social Networking Site For Professionals, Too The business team of the social networking site is hoping that they can take the work out of hiring, and help businesses zero in their recruitment efforts on the right people for the job. For now, the option is only available for businesses in the US and Canada. The employers can also track and review the applications for the job listing on their page, and talk to the applicants via Messenger. They also have the option to pay and reach a larger and more relevant audience. On the applicants’ end, they can now find job openings on their Facebook news feed and the business pages, or they can head to Facebook/careers. Using their mobile phones or desktop, they can apply for the job by clicking the Apply Now button. They will then be provided with a form that already contains some of their details based on their profile. The applicants can make some changes before making the submission. People Looking for Jobs Can Now Turn To Facebook For Options. [Image By Rawpixel/Thinkstock Photos] Facebook Saw The Need For This Latest Business Move Andrew Bosworth, Facebook vice president of advertising and business platform, said that small businesses in the U.S. are having difficulty when it comes to hiring qualified people for their job openings, Business Insider reports. In fact, they are struggling with their hiring process more than they do with finding new customers and getting sales, according to their survey. Facebook has already made some earlier tests to gauge the new business ploy, and Bosworth said that there is a positive response from businesses. “It was great because it was easy,” said Wendy Grahn who is one of the owners of Lakeview Kitchen and Market in Chicago. “It took three minutes to fill out the information and put it out there. Then someone saw the post, we talked, and it was done.” Bosworth also added that job postings on Facebook is nothing new, and that businesses and employers have already been using the site to reach out to potential recruits. “Pages were already making these posts, they were just doing it ad-hoc,” he said. “We’re bringing a little structure to it. Privacy Issues Could Be A Downside Is privacy overrated? Now, it seems like Facebook is somehow blurring the lines that delineate the boundaries between personal and professional matters. According to a study conducted back in 2012, the Facebook profile of a person can be a good indicator of how one will likely perform when it comes to his or her job. Some employers and hiring managers believe that it is, actually, a good idea to check out the Facebook and other social networking accounts of their applicants to see if they can find any red flag, or how “employable they seemed,” Forbes reported. Would the Facebook users be willing to use their own personal account to communicate with an employer? According to Jan Dawson, chief analyst for Jackdaw Research, some people might have reservations on this one. And, it could very well be the advantage of LinkedIn and other job listing sites, notes USA Today. “It’s an interesting space for Facebook to get into, but I think most users would find it awkward to apply for jobs through a personal social network rather than LinkedIn,” said Dawson. “That’s LinkedIn’s great strength when it comes to applying for jobs: It already has your resume and it’s a social network tailor made and sanitized for work and job applications.” Now, this could be one more reason to keep yourself in check with how you behave publicly thru your social media accounts. And, probably it is also the best time to update your profile photo and make it a little bit more comely and dignified. You just never know when a business owner or recruitment manager might be prying into your Facebook personal page. [Featured Image By FotoCuisinette/Thinkstock Photos]