Twitter Hires Straight Up Anti-Trumpers To Head Up Its New Project

Twitter Hires Straight Up Anti-Trumpers To Head Up Its New Project

Hannah Bleau

As you’ve probably heard, Twitter has been accused of “shadow banning.”

It released a statement on the matter and kinda sorta admitted that it might possibly be engaging in shady behavior.

Emphasis mine–

“We do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.”

Um…isn’t that what shadow banning entails, at least in part?

Well folks, not to worry! Twitter is rolling out a new campaign designed to zero in on “incivility and intolerance in Twitter conversations.” They’re going to crack down on HATE SPEECH. Isn’t that swell?

The Leiden-led project will primarily focus on two key challenges: echo chambers and uncivil discourse. Based on their past findings, echo chambers, which form when discussions involve only like-minded people and perspectives, can increase hostility and promote resentment towards those not having the same conversation. The project’s first set of metrics will assess the extent to which people acknowledge and engage with diverse viewpoints on Twitter.

The second set of metrics will focus on incivility and intolerance in Twitter conversations. The group has found that while incivility, which breaks norms of politeness, can be problematic, it can also serve important functions in political dialog. In contrast, intolerant discourse — such as hate speech, racism, and xenophobia — is inherently threatening to democracy. The team will therefore work on developing algorithms that distinguish between these two behaviors.

Guess who Twitter’s hiring to head this project up…

She’s stoked.

“In the context of growing political polarization, the spread of misinformation, and increases in incivility and intolerance, it is clear that if we are going to effectively evaluate and address some of the most difficult challenges arising on social media, academic researchers and tech companies will need to work together much more closely,” Dr. Rebekah Tromble said in a statement. “This initiative presents an important and promising opportunity for Twitter and our team of researchers to share expertise and work on solutions together.”

Oh. By the way. There’s something you should know about Rebekah. She hates Trump.

Unfortunately, Rebekah’s only one of MANY.

There’s Dr. Patricia Rossini:


Dr. Jennifer Stromer-Galley:

I’m sure she meant #smallhands in the nicest way possible.

Good to know she fell for that totally misleading cover.

And Dr. Nava Tintarev:

Way to go Twitter! I feel so much better about you guys taking care of all the incivility and bias on your platform!


h/t Fox News


Federal Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order, Stopping The Release Of Downloadable Blueprints For 3D Guns

Federal Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order, Stopping The Release Of Downloadable Blueprints For 3D Guns

Hannah Bleau

Everyone’s been freaking out over the whole 3D gun thing. If you haven’t read this fantastic thread on it, you really should.

The entire debate even caught President Trump’s attention.


Well guys, it looks like this entire thing is paused until further notice. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order, which essentially stops the release of the downloadable blueprints for the guns.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order a day after eight states sued the government to block a settlement reached by the Trump administration last month allowing a Texas-based company, Defense Distributed, to resume online-sharing of blueprints for the 3D firearms.

To be continued…


Facebook Says It Has Identified a Political Influence Campaign Aimed at Creating Left-Wing ‘Resistance’

Facebook Says It Has Identified a Political Influence Campaign Aimed at Creating Left-Wing ‘Resistance’

Facebook announced Tuesday that it has removed 32 inauthentic Instagram and Facebook profiles and pages because the company believes they were part of a coordinated disinformation campaign.

“We’re still in the very early stages of our investigation and don’t have all the facts—including who may be behind this. But we are sharing what we know today given the connection between these bad actors and protests that are planned in Washington next week. We will update this post with more details when we have them, or if the facts we have change,” the company said in a statement.


Many of the named pages and accounts seem to espouse progressive or left-wing political messages. One page, “Resisters,” went as far as creating an event scheduled between Aug. 10 and 12 called “No United the Right 2 — DC.”

About 2,600 Facebook users expressed interest in the event and more than 600 said they were attending, according to the company.

“Inauthentic admins of the ‘Resisters’ Page connected with admins from five legitimate Pages to co-host the event. These legitimate Pages unwittingly helped build interest in ‘No Unite Right 2 — DC’ and posted information about transportation, materials, and locations so people could get to the protests,” Facebook said.

The page linking to information to the event has been taken down and Facebook said it would continue sharing information with law enforcement and Congress.

Unlike previous incidents, Facebook did not seem confident it would be able to identify who was behind the campaign.

Over 290,000 accounts followed “at least one of these” fake pages, which had names like “Aztlan Warriors,” a pro-Latin American page; “Black Elevation,” a Black pride page; and “Mindful Being.”

Some images posted from Resisters included memes calling on President Donald Trump to resign from office while others posted images with feminist slogans. According to The New York Times, “coordinated activity was also detected around #AbolishIce, a left-wing campaign on social media that seeks to end the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.”

The pages in question were responsible for creating around 30 events since May 2017, with one event having “approximately 4,700 accounts interested in attending, and 1,400 users [saying] that they would attend.”

The left-leaning nature of this new round of fraudulent accounts throws a curveball into the narrative that outside governments or groups favor one political party over the others.

Since the 2016 election, American intelligence officials have routinely warned social media companies and political campaigns about foreign interference. During the last presidential election, the Russian government was held responsible for spreading “fake news” to users on a variety of websites.

A number of law enforcement agencies have warned that Russia has shown no signs of stopping its behavior, despite repeated denials of wrongdoing from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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This Chick Is Convinced I’m Suffering From “Internal Sexism.” Also, She’s Looking For A Journalism Position.

This Chick Is Convinced I’m Suffering From “Internal Sexism.” Also, She’s Looking For A Journalism Position.

Mockarena, Co-Founder

I am dying laughing at the exchange I just had on Twitter. BEHOLD:

That’s an Actual Tweet, you guys.  From an Actual Person who Actually Believes This Crap.

And that wasn’t all.  She expanded on that thought, and then announced that she is a JOURNALIST LOOKING FOR A JOB.

I had to retweet her first “whispers” tweet, you guys.  I had to.  And I captioned it as follows:

She didn’t like that. And responded:

OMG. I suffer from “internal sexism,” you guys. Feminists are so ridiculous.

She retweeted me too, clearly miffed about our “platform.”

Oh Jashvina, you poor ignorant feminist.  Platforms aren’t GIVEN to anyone.  That’s not how platforms work.  Platforms are earned by people who create demand.  You can argue whether or not that demand is deserved (and believe me, there are PLENTY of people I’d argue don’t deserve the demand they have *cough* Cashmeousside *cough*), but you can’t suggest that platforms are simply doled out to people via some sort of unfair or unjust system.  If you have things to say that people want to hear/read, then you’ll build an audience. That’s how this works.

And considering Jashvina doesn’t have a JOB, I think it’s pretty clear how much demand there is for what she has to say.  That, and if her tweets are any indication of her ability to properly use the English language, journalism is the last profession she should be pursuing.

Her whole theory about sexism is just pure nonsense, and I retweeted her reply with this caption:

And that’s the thing about these women who cry “SEXISM” whenever they feel remotely slighted.  More often than not, sexism has nothing to do with whatever thing they’re bitching about.

How tiring it must be to play victim all the time.


This Is A SITTING SENATOR, Y’all. Just Let That Sink In.

This Is A SITTING SENATOR, Y’all. Just Let That Sink In.

Mockarena, Co-Founder


If that looked like a sitting Democrat senator has no idea that it’s illegal to cross the border illegally, it’s because it’s a sitting Democrat senator having no idea that it’s illegal to cross the border illegally.

Mazie Horono, everyone.