Free Speech Dead In UK? Citizen Arrested And Convicted For Offensive Joke Video

“A YouTuber has been convicted by a UK court of being “grossly offensive” over a video in which he trained his pet dog to do a Nazi salute and now faces prison time.

Mark Meechan created a satirical video to annoy his girlfriend in which he trained his pug called Buddha to raise its paw when he said the words “Sieg Heil”.

This led to a long drawn out “hate crime trial” which came to a close today when Meechan was convicted of being “grossly offensive,” creating the chilling precedent that offensive humor is against the law…”

The correct action would be to make MORE videos and engage in public protest.

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Facebook Breaks Law In South Korea: “damaging the interests of users”

“As Facebook stock takes a beating over the data row at home, the US company is facing new troubles abroad. South Korea has accused the social network of unfair practices.

The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) on Wednesday slapped Facebook with a 396 million won ($370,000) fine for violating a law against damaging the interests of users. The KCC said the social media giant illegally limited user access to its services from late 2016 to 2017.

The complaint was made when subscribers of local telecommunication providers SK Broadband and LG Uplus began experiencing a slowdown in their Facebook connections…”

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Good News: “Trump cutting Obama-era refugee admissions 77%”

“The Trump administration, which has proposed a massive 60 percent reduction in refugee admissions from the Obama-era high of 110,000, is expected to cut that number even deeper. according to preliminary estimates.

Experts evaluating the administration’s latest refugee totals now predict a slash of over 77 percent, to 25,000 refugees a year.”

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More California Cities Seek [to restore legal order as] ‘Sanctuary State’ Revolt Spreads

More California cities may consider defying the state’s “sanctuary state” laws, after the city council of Los Alamitos passed an ordinance defying the state’s controversial new legislation preventing cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Leaders of Los Alamitos, in Orange County, passed the ordinance 4-1 and instructed the city attorney to file an amicus brief in the ongoing Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California. The lawsuit challenges the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54)…

Republicans are backing a recall of State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) for voting to raise the gas tax. A ballot initiative to repeal the gas tax hike could also bring Republicans out to vote. And the immigration issue is likely to fuel turnout even more…”

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Austin bomb suspect: Identified, blows self up

“”Exotic” batteries ordered online helped lead authorities to the Austin, Texas, bombing suspect before he died early Wednesday as police closed in, multiple senior law enforcement officials told NBC News…

Police did not name the bomber, but two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation identified him to NBC News as Mark Anthony Conditt…

Conditt, the suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized Austin, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said…”

“Bombing suspect sought other addresses in Austin area before death, source says”

“A law enforcement official told the American-Statesman that investigators accessing Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt’s Google search history found that he had been looking up other addresses in Austin and the surrounding area.

Late Tuesday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were dispatched to two homes in the Cedar Park area to check the front porch and to notify residents that they may be in danger…

Manley urged the community to remain vigilant for possible other explosives, adding that “we do not know where (the suspect) has been in the past 24 hours.”…”

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Article update

Master Article: Evils of Facebook [3/20/18]

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Facebook under fire for misuse of user data [About time!]

“Facebook stock drops after reports of FTC probe and UK summons of Zuckerberg in data scandal”

  • The probes follow a weekend of turmoil for Facebook after reports that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the data of more than 50 million users.
  • Shares of Facebook are down 3.5 percent down after falling as much as 8 percent on Monday.
  • UK officials are also investigating the alleged mishandling of data

“The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday.”

“British MPs seek to summon Facebook’s Zuckerberg for questioning over data scandal”

“British MPs have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It’s alleged the details of Facebook users were harvested, and used to influence the 2016 US Presidential election.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Select Committee, headed by MP Damian Collins, has written a letter to Zuckerberg requesting an oral testimony to be given in person.”

“Facebook to hold crisis meeting without Zuckerberg”

“Facebook is holding an open meeting for all employees following allegations that data belonging to its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

The company’s chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg has not commented on the scandal nor made a public appearance since the story broke.

Mr Zuckerberg will not be present to lead Tuesday’s meeting, which instead will be chaired by Facebook’s deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal.”

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