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Zuckerberg slams Trump in keynote speech with thinly-veiled dig at 'building walls' that he warns would reduce trade, stoke fear, and block free expression

It’s rich that Zuckerberg slams Trump for “blocking free expression” when Facebook specifically blocks FOTM’s gun control posts.
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Via Daily Mail: Mark Zuckerberg took aim at Donald Trump in his keynote speech at Facebook’s F8 developer conference on Tuesday. Without naming the GOP frontrunner, the Facebook CEO slammed Trump’s plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico.
His thinly-veiled dig came during a speech about freedom of expression and immigration as he warned America risks cutting itself off from the world. ‘As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,’ he said.
‘I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet.

Self-righteous hypocrite Zuckerberg

Self-righteous hypocrite Zuckerberg


Immigration, he told the audience in San Francisco’s Fort Mason center, fuels economic success. ‘Instead of building walls we can help build bridges,’ he added as he mentioned Facebook’s plans to launch a plane that will provide internet signal to disconnected parts of the world.
He concluded: ‘It takes courage to choose hope over fear. People will always call you naive but it’s this hope and this optimism thats behind every important step forward.’
Zuckerberg has not given his backing to any specific candidate, but this is not the first time he has hit out at Donald Trump.
In February, the president of Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration lobby group FWD.us, Todd Sculte, described Trump’s policies and ‘horrible and fatal’ in an interview with CNBC ahead of the Iowa caucus. ‘For the first time, a major party [is] putting forth people who are saying they are going to round up and deport 11.5 million people; they’re going to eliminate high-skilled immigration,’ Schulte said.  ‘And look, that may get you a win or second place in the Iowa caucuses. That is just a horrible and fatal position in a general election.’
He later tweeted: ‘Trump’s a hack, runs for [sic] policy specifics. Be it immigration, trade, foreign policy – answer is always he’s a strongman, others are weak. On immigration, he wandered into something awful that credentialed past apostasies as ok – rounding up every last undocumented immigrant.’
According to FEC records read by Inc, Zuckerberg received a reimbursement from Marco Rubio’s campaign after the Florida senator dropped out of the race. His words on Tuesday come just days before the New York primary, which Trump is expected to win easily.
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Mark Zuckerberg calls for 'understanding, empathy and love' to defeat terrorism

Riiiight….because ISIS just needs a hug or something.

Smart Power...

Smart Power…


From The Daily Mail: Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has called for ‘understanding, empathy and love’ in order to defeat terrorism. Zuckerberg wrote to his followers on the social media site in the wake of a series of bombings by various terrorist groups that killed dozens and injured hundreds in Ankara, Brussels and Lahore.
He said: ‘Each of these attacks was different, but all had a common thread: they were carried out with a goal to spread fear and distrust, and turn members of a community against each other.
I believe the only sustainable way to fight back against those who seek to divide us is to create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate. Where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved. That’s the world we can and must build together.’
Poor ISIS...they just need some TLC

Poor ISIS…they just need some TLC


Earlier this month 37 people were killed and 125 wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara when a car bomb planted by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons detonated in Guvenpark, in the city’s south. Then three suicide bomb blasts in the Belgian capital of Brussels killed 35 people and wounded another 300 after ISIS fighters attacked the city’s airport and a subway station.
That attack was followed by another bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan, after an Al Qaeda affiliated splinter-group detonated a bomb in a crowded park, claiming to have been targeting Christians.
Since the bomb and gun attack in Paris last year that killed 130 people, Facebook has offered users a ‘check in’ feature to tell friends they’re safe if they live in the vicinity of such an atrocity. However the social media site was derided online following the Lahore bombing, after offering users living thousands of miles away from the region the opportunity to report they were safe.
Zuckerberg, the world’s sixth richest man, did not address that issue in his post, instead merely acknowledging the feature had been put to use frequently in the recent past.  He added: ‘We activated Safety Check in Pakistan after a bomb targeted children and their families in a park in Lahore.
‘Over the last two months, we have activated Safety Check several times for acts of terror – including in Turkey and Belgium – so people in the area can let friends and loved ones know they’re safe.’
Instagram, the photo sharing company owned by Facebook, also came under fire recently for promoting a potential ‘war crime’ after an account surfaced allegedly showing Iraqi soldiers fighting ISIS in the Middle East.
Dubbed ‘Iraqi Swat’, the account regularly uploaded images purporting to show captured ISIS fighters and giving followers the opportunity to vote on whether they lived or were killed. Gideon Boas, a former legal officer at the ICC for Yugoslavia, told reporters that the images ‘unquestionably’ appeared to show a war crime.
A spokesperson for Instagram said: ‘Content which contains serious threats to public or personal safety is not allowed on Instagram. We removed this content as soon as it was reported to us.’
Read the whole story here.
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Huffington Post published names and faces of those who oppose Germany's "migrant" policy

The Huffington Post, the liberal website founded by Arianna Huffington, has a branch in Germany, also called The Huffington Post (HuffPo).
In an article (originally published on August 14, 2015 and updated through August 16), HuffPo (Germany) published the names and photos of people who had commented on social media opposing the ongoing “refugee-migrant” invasion. If you post a comment on their website or Facebook page or any social media, you will be named.
The lead author of the article is HuffPo (Germany)’s chief editor Sebastian Matthes.
The article begins by referring to a prior HuffPo article praising Germans who welcomed the “refugees.” Soon after that article was published, HuffPo was flooded with “hateful” comments by people opposed to Germany’s migrant policy, such as “Europe did not invite the parasites,” “our women are harassed,” “kick them out,” and “Sabrina and her ilk should be sold to the ISIS, where they can enjoy the benefits of Islam wholeheartedly.”
It is also claimed that individuals who were quoted in the article received hate mail. One of them asked HuffPo to delete his name because he feared for his family’s safety.
HuffPo continues (my paraphrase of Google’s translation of the German article):

Now, we can do what we Germans have been doing for too long — we can dismiss the haters as “crazy idiots” and just look the other way. For years, we failed to recognize and confront xenophobia and racism. But no more.
The Internet has become a violent mob who act contrary to the values of our Basic Law. It is time for us to defend democracy and confront the haters by revealing their faces and names. In so doing, we are simply exercising the same freedom of expression that they espouse.

Below is a collage of their faces:
HuffPo Germany outs opponents of refugee-migrants
The rest of the HuffPo article is a long list of the names and comments made by those who oppose Germany’s generous migrant policy.
Pamela Geller points out the gravity of what HuffPo did:

If you post a comment on their site or Facebook or any social media, you will be named. The Huffington Post is a global news organization. This is putting a target on anyone’s head that refuses to go along with the leftist/Islamic war on freedom. These are the lengths the left will go to impose the sharia (Islamic law) on the unwilling.
I have long said the media is the enemy. It’s why I refer to them as the enemedia. They abdicated their role as a news gathering entity and morphed into an activist organization viciously pursuing an anti-freedom agenda.
Germans that are posting anti-refugee posts on Facebook or any other social media site, are being shut down. Facebook, Twitter, etc, and their faces and accounts are being posted. It’s a witch hunt.
[German] Chancellor Merkel is working Mark Zuckerberg to censor anti-invasion FB posts.

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Facebook 'illegally' tracks all visitors to its site even if they do not have accounts

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg


Daily Mail: Facebook is ‘illegally’ tracking people’s internet searches across the web, even if they do not have an account with the social network. The technology company is using so-called internet ‘cookies’ – little pieces of tracking data – to collect information about people’s activity online, each time they visit a website which features a Facebook button.
Academics in Belgium claim that Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is breaching EU privacy laws by placing the tracking cookies on computers without the user’s consent to log their browsing data.
Facebook buttons are on more than 13 million ordinary websites, including those run by the government and the National Health Service, and allow users to do things such as ‘like’ a website, or ‘share’ the link on their own Facebook page.
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A new report from the University of Leuven and a Brussels university claims that Facebook is tracking internet users in Europe for two years even if they have expressly opted out. Facebook has more than 1.3 billion users but there are millions more visits from people who are not signed up.
The researchers say Facebook is putting tracking cookies on internet users’ laptops, PCs and phones when the visit facebook.com – so they can target them with online advertising. This includes anyone clicking on a fan page or other pages still available without a login, or even when they visit some of the 13 million pages with a Facebook module on it and do not click on it.
The company first plants a tracking cookie on a user’s computer whenever they visit a website hosted on facebook.com, such as a page for a friend’s birthday party, a fan page for a celebrity, or for a brand or shop. After that, any web page they visit which features a Facebook button will relay information back to the social network.
And the problem only becomes worse if they try to protect their privacy online, by ‘opting out’ of allowing web companies to track them. Under EU privacy law websites must gain consent before using a cookie, with few exceptions, and websites must ask users to accept cookies when they visit for the first time.
Privacy campaigners have today accused Facebook of taking ‘staggering’ liberties by behaving in this way, and suggested that people can only really protecting themselves if they stop using the internet.
Many online companies use cookies, sent over the internet and ‘planted’ on people’s computers, to gather as much information as they can about their users. These little pieces of data send information back to the companies’ servers, allowing them to ‘remember’ the user. Often this can help them do simple things like ‘remembering’ the user, so that they don’t have to log in afresh every time they visit a particular website.
But cookies are also used to gather information about what websites people have visited, at which times of day, so that companies can target them with carefully tailored adverts.  This practice, known as ‘behavioural advertising ‘, means that users who research a particular car online, for example, would then see an advert for the same car when they visit an unrelated website.
Users can theoretically stop companies from tracking their information in this way by clicking an ‘ad choices’ button, featured on many websites. Once they click that button, people are invited to pick and choose which internet companies are allowed to track them, or just ban them altogether.
However, researchers said today that Facebook takes the request to ‘opt out’ of online tracking as a cue to plant an extra cookie on people’s computers instead. The special cookie, called ‘datr’, gives that person’s computer or smartphone a unique tracking number, and allows Facebook to follow its activity for the next two years.
Report author Brendan Van Alsenoy told the Guardian: ‘European legislation is really quite clear on this point. To be legally valid, an individual’s consent towards online behavioural advertising must be opt-in. Facebook cannot rely on users’ inaction – not opting out – to infer consent. As far as non-users are concerned, Facebook really has no legal basis whatsoever to justify its current tracking practices.’
The report’s authors said that those who make the effort to opt out of getting Facebook cookies are given one as a result. Co-author Günes Acar said: ‘If people who are not being tracked by Facebook use the ‘opt out’ mechanism proposed for the EU, Facebook places a long-term, uniquely identifying cookie, which can be used to track them for the next two years.’ ‘If you take measures to protect your privacy from Facebook, you are actually going to be followed more on the internet,’ said Rob Heyman, another of the authors of the report.
Privacy campaigners said today that Facebook seemed to have forgotten that people are private citizens, rather than money-making machines. ‘It is both staggering and disappointing that Facebook feels the need to track non-Facebook users, people who don’t want to interact with the social platform,’ said Renate Samson, chief executive of the lobby group Big Brother Watch.
‘Just because internet companies can do something doesn’t mean that they should do it. This takes it a big step further than what [European Commission Attorney Bernhard] Shima was saying, which is that if you don’t want to be spied on, you should opt out of Facebook. Actually, you need to opt out of the internet.’
Mr. Shima said last week that people should close their Facebook accounts if they want to ensure that US security services are not spying on their information.
Facebook today said that the report was inaccurate and the researchers had persistently ignored their request to meet. A Facebook spokesman said: ‘This report contains factual inaccuracies. The authors have never contacted us, nor sought to clarify any assumptions upon which their report is based. Neither did they invite our comment on the report before making it public. However, we remain willing to engage with them and hope they will be prepared to update their work in due course.’
‘Earlier this year we updated our terms and policies to make them more clear and concise, to reflect new product features and to highlight how we’re expanding people’s control over advertising. We’re confident the updates comply with applicable laws including EU law.
Two peas in a pod...

Two peas in a pod…


Facebook was last month accused of acting in violation of EU privacy laws by the same academics who claimed they had just expanded its old policy, not changed it, which Facebook denied. The group claimed the social media site ‘placed too much burden’ on users, rather than protecting themselves.
‘If a Facebook user opts out, Facebook promises to stop collecting or using browsing information for the purpose of showing ads. Running a number of tests, we confirmed that Facebook still tracks its users when they visit a webpage containing Facebook social plugins, even after the user “opts out”,’ the researchers concluded. Facebook tracks its users across websites even if they do not make use of social plug-ins, and even if they are not logged in.’
In January an Austrian court said it will consider a class action against Facebook by 25,000 people who are claiming their privacy has been breached.
The David v Goliath case is being spearheaded by law student Max Schrems, who wants Mark Zuckerberg’s social media site to compensate him and his supporters with a symbolic £400 each. A hearing in Vienna on April 9 will consider whether the lawsuit is admissible.
Mr. Schrems began his legal challenge last June, claiming that Facebook supplied personal information to the US Prism spy programme. Over the next few months 25,000 people added their names to the lawsuit. The programme is the U.S. secret service’s worldwide monitoring and data mining system and was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last year.
Mr. Schrems is claiming damages of £397 (€500) per supporter, meaning that if the case was expanded and the activists won, Facebook would have to pay out a total of £23.8million.
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Pro-amnesty billionaires should open their mansions to illegals

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A country is like a house, but with borders instead of doors.
Anyone who enters your home without your invitation or permission are trespassers. The same applies to a country.
But Barack Obama, with the active collusion of the governments of Mexico and Guatemala, has decided to throw open America’s southern border by refusing to enforce border security and immediately sending back or deporting trespassers.
In so doing, the POS is committing dereliction of duty as the head of the U.S. government, and of malfeasance — an act that is criminal or wrongful which causes injury of another person. In this case, “another person” actually numbers in the millions. They are the citizens, legal residents and legal immigrants of the United States, as well as people across the world who respect our laws, having applied to and are patiently awaiting immigration to the U.S.
President Lucifer has powerful and vocal allies not only in the MSM but also among the richest and most powerful — the 0.1 percenters. They include multi-billionaires Sheldon Adelson (casino mogul), Michael Bloomberg (finance-media mogul and former NY mayor who wants to change the U.S. Constitution to prevent future Boston Marathon bombings), Warren Buffet (investor and abortion funder), Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft and funder of a remote-controlled contraceptive-abortion microchip implant), Charles and David Koch (industrialists and businessmen), Rupert Murdoch (media mogul), George Soros (currency profiteer and manipulator), and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

As Hunter Wallace observes in the blog, Occidental Dissent:

Whether Left or Right, Republican or Democrat, Jew or Gentile, the billionaires in this country – the “1 percent” who rule the American oligarchy – overwhelmingly support amnesty for illegal aliens. The GOP establishment, the Obama administration, the Left, the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center], and the “1 percent” are on the same side of this issue.
Are they on your side?

In the video below, Bill Whittle asks the pro-amnesty billionaires to match their deeds to their rhetoric by opening the doors of their mansions to house the illegals flooding across the US-Mexico border, because that effectively is what they are asking from you, me, and the non-élite American people who will have to cough up even more in taxes to pay for the costs of transporting, housing, feeding and schooling HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of illegals.
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Has Mark Zuckerberg’s $100million gift to Newark public schools gone down the drain? The money’s gone but standards remain the same

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DailyMail: In his first major show of philanthropy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a splash by announcing his plan to give $100 million to help turn around Newark, New Jersey’s public schools in an appearance on Oprah in 2010.

But nearly four years later, Zuckerberg’s money has run out, having been spent mostly on labor contracts and consulting fees with no noticeable improvement in student performance, a report in the New Yorker reveals.

“Everybody’s getting paid, but Raheem still can’t read,” Vivian Cox Fraser, the president of the Urban League of Essex County, told the magazine

Then-Mayor Cory Booker came up with the plan to bring cutting-edge educational reform to his city in 2010. He saw a way to bring rapid change through philanthropic donations, which require no public reviews on spending, and Governor Chris Christie got on board.

The program’s largest donor was Zuckerberg, who even admitted to Booker that he didn’t know much about education reform or philanthropy.

Zuckerberg’s conditions were that Booker find other donors to match his contribution and hire a new “transformational leader” as superintendent.

Transformational leader Anderson...

Transformational leader Anderson…

Cami Anderson was eventually selected as superintendent, but the job of turning Newark’s schools into “a symbol of excellence for the whole nation” has not been easy. “This is 16-dimensional chess,” Anderson said.

Zuckerberg’s money has mostly gone into the early stages of overhaul, paying consultants upwards of $1,000 a day to find solutions to Newark public schools’ problems.

According to the report, between 2010 and 2012 “more than $20 million of Zuckerberg’s gift and matching donations went to consulting firms and various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis and teacher evaluations.”

And the plans for overhaul did not settle well with Newark parents, who were informed that many of the schools would be closed and replaced with charter schools.

Anderson’s plan, titled “One Newark”, is the latest iteration of how to change the schools. It offers families the ability to chose between 55 public schools and 16 charter schools to send their children to, with low-income families and those with special-needs students getting first pick.

But there are still several flaws with the plan such as the fact that it doesn’t include funds to provide transportation for students.

The author took a walk with some Newark parents, tracing the route their daughter would take to a potential new school, down streets of boarded-up homes occupied by gangs. “I will not allow my daughter to make this walk,” Jacqueline Edward said. “My twenty-eight-year-old started off in a gang, and we fought to get him out. My twenty-two-year-old has a lot of anger issues because Daddy wasn’t there. I just refuse to see another generation go that way.”

And now there are fears that the plan will be slowed since Ras Baraka, Newar’s new mayor as of Tuesday night, has been an outspoken opponent to the plan.

Meanwhile, the two people that championed the plan have all but abandoned the Newark problem. Booker has since gone to Washington as a New Jersey senator and Governor Christie is busy repairing his reputation after Bridgegate.

It’s unclear if Zuckerberg will offer additional funds.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg’s wealth soars $3.8 Billion in one day

What would you do with all that money. Me, I don’t think I’d want that much. I mean what would make you happy. You want a Rolls, you buy 10.  See my Point? What would you do?

PS I would go out and get every man toy there is..

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By David De Jong – Jul 25, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune soared $3.8 billion yesterday as shares of Facebook Inc. (FB), the world’s most-popular social-networking service, rallied 30 percent to the highest level since May 2012.

Surging demand for mobile advertising helped profit and revenue top analysts’ estimates in the second quarter Wednesday. The earnings may quell concerns, voiced by analysts and investors since Facebook’s initial public offering last year, that the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets is outpacing its ability to make money selling promotions to mobile users.

Very few people saw the pace at which the entire activity of the planet’s Internet connectivity was going to move toward mobile,” said David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” a history of the company, in a telephone interview. “It’s clearly under way now.”

The gain pushed Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 29-year-old co-founder and chief executive officer, ahead of Microsoft Inc. CEO Steve Ballmer and Dell Inc. (DELL) chairman Michael Dellon the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Zuckerberg is No. 42 on the ranking with a net worth of $16.8 billion. His fortune is up 37 percent year-to-date.

Revenue rose 53 percent to $1.81 billion in the latest quarter, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Profit excluding certain items was 19 cents a share. Analysts had projected profit of 14 cents on sales of $1.62 billion on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Boosted Projections

Facebook closed at $34.36 in New York yesterday. The Menlo Park, California-based company traded at 149 times earnings as of today’s close, more expensive than 99 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased their target price to $46 from $40, and at least 10 others also boosted projections, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“They’ve really done a 180-degree shift toward mobile, even if it was somewhat belatedly,” said Kirkpatrick.

In December, Zuckerberg donated almost $500 million in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The gift to the nonprofit group, which had $2 billion in assets in 2011, is to “lay a foundation for new projects,” Zuckerberg said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The billionaire and his wife, Priscilla, have committed the majority of their wealth to charity.

Gates, Slim

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates, 57, remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of $72.2 billion.

Mexico’s Carlos Slim, 73, is $5.5 billion behind Gates. The telecommunications tycoon’s fortune has plunged $8.5 billion this year as his main holding, a 44 percent stake in America Movil SAB, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, has fallen 11 percent.

No. 3 on the Bloomberg ranking is Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) Chairman Warren Buffett. Shares of the Omaha, Nebraska-based company are up 31 percent this year, elevating the 82-year-old’s fortune to $59.8 billion.

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