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Social media algorithms ‘introduce terrorists to like-minded terrorists’: Ex-FBI official on the rise of white nationalism

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation explained the role of tech companies in spreading white nationalism during the era of President Donald Trump during an appearance on MSNBC with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“If there’s been one constructive thing to come out of Trump era, it’s the current focus on white supremacy as a national and global security threat as racist violence from Kentucky to Christchurch, New Zealand, seems to have galvanized everyone but the Republican party,” Sharpton explained.

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“And our commander-in-chief, who continues to deny the threat despite warnings from the highest levels of law enforcement, recently downgrading the federal response to domestic terror while continuing to push for a racist border wall that would not have stopped a young woman from being run over and killed by neo-nazis in Virginia in 2017, those 12 Jewish worshippers from being shot to death by a racist in Pittsburgh last year, or most recently, those three black churches in Louisiana that authorities suspect were burned down by the white son of a local sheriff’s deputy,” he continued.

“In other words, folks, the enemy is already here and getting help from the top,” Sharpton concluded.

For analysis, the host was joined by former FBI Assist Director Frank Figliuzzi.

“Frank, what can government do and what should they do around making sure that the tech companies do not continue to be an avenue for this kind of hate that is turning into actual violence with an increase in the numbers of victims?” Sharpton asked.

“Yeah, it’s time for Congress to not just cross their fingers and hope for the best out of Silicon Valley, because look, they’ve proven they’re unable to handle this without some adult supervision,” Figliuzzi replied. “They’re driven by profit and quite frankly they’re driven by their own algorithms.”

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You and I on social media, we like the idea they’re suggesting people we should friend or we might want to think about joining this group,” he explained. “Well, guess what, those same algorithms apply for people who are involved in hate and hate speech and we’re finding on the international terrorism side that the algorithms actually introduce terrorists to like-minded terrorists.”

“And so Congress needs to get everybody together and say the algorithms need to be tweaked so that there’s a filter for hate, violence and hate speech and then Congress needs ask law enforcement, do you have what you need to get the job done? Right now, the answer is no,” Figliuzzi concluded.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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