McDONOUGH, Ga. — A judge on Monday asked Georgia election investigators and the GBI to provide an update about any investigations into allegations of counterfeit ballots in last year’s presidential election. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero’s request came during a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to inspect about 147,000 absentee ballots cast in Fulton County in an effort to find fraud. State election officials have said there’s no indication of fraud after three ballot counts and multiple investigations. Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump in Georgia by about 12,000 votes. “It is ...
According to hacked records that were leaked earlier this month, there are more than two dozen current and former police officers, sheriff's deputies, corrections officers, and members of the military in Oregon who appear to have joined the right-wing Oath Keepers militia since the group was founded in 2009, Oregon Public Radio reports.
One of those was Portland police officer Joseph Webber, who denied his involvement with the group to OPB despite being listed in the leaked data.
"The hacked Oath Keepers data was sent to the transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets, which provided the information to journalists and researchers," OPB reports. "In several cases across the country, journalists and citizen sleuths have been able to confirm law enforcement and military members using the leaked data. New York City police officers and a detective in the Hudson County prosecutor's office were in the leaked data, prompting investigations from those two agencies."
Read the full report over at Oregon Public Radio.
Jeffrey Epstein said Bill Barr was really running the White House -- not 'moron' Trump: Michael Wolff
A new report from author Michael Wolff claims that billionaire child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein told former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 2019 that then-President Donald Trump was not really calling the shots at the White House.
While Barak was visiting Epstein at his Manhattan penthouse, writes Wolff for The Daily Beast, he asked Epstein who was really running the government.
Epstein replied that Trump was "a moron" and was thus obviously not in charge.
"At the moment, Bill Barr is in charge," said Epstein, although he warned that could change at any minute given the way that Trump fired people in his administration.
"It's Donald's pattern," Epstein explained. "He lets someone else be in charge, until other people realize that someone, other than him, is in charge. When that happens, you're no longer in charge."
Epstein went on to claim that Barr decided to become attorney general because he believed he'd make lots of money afterward as a "savior" of Republican presidents who couldn't help getting themselves into legal jeopardy.
"Barr believes he'll get a big payday out of this," said Epstein. "If he keeps Donald in office, manages to hold the Justice Department together, and help the Republican Party survive Donald, he thinks this is worth big money to him. I speak from direct knowledge. Extremely direct. Trust me."
Four federal Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation in the House on Friday that would hold websites and social media platforms liable for spreading misinformation and harmful content.
The focus of the bill is the use of algorithms that drive third-party content to people's feeds based on their personal information and browsing history.
The Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act would end civil immunity for Facebook and other platforms that knowingly or recklessly use algorithms or other technology to recommend content that “materially contributes to physical or severe emotional injury."
If passed, the bill would allow people to sue in cases where someone acts on misinformation or damaging content placed in their feed through personalized algorithms — for example, taking their own life.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-06), along with Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), are behind the bill, which would amend the section of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that shields social platforms from responsibility for problematic content posted by its users.
The legislation comes a week after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate committee that Facebook's algorithms promote angry content to keep users engaged — and target children to ensure a lifetime of internet addiction.
The bill does not apply to search features or algorithms that don't use personalization, web-hosting or data-storage and transfer internet infrastructure, or online platforms with fewer than 5 million unique monthly visitors.
“Social media platforms like Facebook continue to actively amplify content that endangers our families, promotes conspiracy theories, and incites extremism to generate more clicks and ad dollars. These platforms are not passive bystanders — they are knowingly choosing profits over people, and our country is paying the price," Pallone said in a statement. “The time for self-regulation is over, and this bill holds them accountable. Designing personalized algorithms that promote extremism, disinformation, and harmful content is a conscious choice, and platforms should have to answer for it."
Some critics have raised First Amendment concerns about the plan. A New Jersey-based cybersecurity expert isn't a fan, calling it censorship.
“I don't believe censoring individuals through legislation on the organizations that provide a vehicle for a person's voice will be effective," said Milan Baria, CEO of Blueclone Networks. “Rather lawmakers should focus on mandating disclosure of any algorithms that promote content so that the end user is fully aware this is happening. For example, if a platform decides to personalize content, there should be a disclaimer near that content which specifies why that content was shown."
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