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  1. It’s getting more difficult to see where government ends and corporations begin. More often than not they collaborate. I think both government and the corporate world sort of fear the mass social movements of the last decade that have been organized using social media (ie Occupy Wall St, BLM, the Arab Spring, the Alt-Right, Russian Bots, etc). That’s why they’re beginning to try to control more of what we see on their platforms. It’s not for our benefit. It’s for the benefit of the political and financial establishment.
  2. Have you ever had a conversation about a specific product and literally a few minutes later see an advertisement for the product on the web or your social media feed? That’s creepy as hell. We’ve only grazed the surface of the mega corporations using our personal info against us. And they’re not above sharing our most intimate information with the government or other governments. We’re already seeing Facebook and Twitter crackdown on Far Left and Far Right accounts at the request of the US or Israeli governments. Soon no one will use social media for free expression.
  3. It’s when Legal immigrants get Visas for their family members.
  4. It looks like corporations like Google, Apple, Facebook etc are more likely to ruin the internet. They have access to millions (maybe billions) of people’s personal info and can control what information we see (or don’t see). The government created the internet. Big corporations are ruining it
  5. Dems are negotiating with Stephen Miller not Trump
  6. I understand where you’re coming from and I think most people probably agree with you. I miss the days when the internet was more about making friends with strangers from other cities and countries (ie AOL IM, MySpace, etc). I’m not a fan of living in social bubbles with algorithms exposing me only to people I already know personally. The more Facebook isolates news and social interactions to people already in our social bubbles, the worse it will be for Networking and Organizing social movements.
  7. True but the circumstances are much different between 2009 and 2017. Obama came into office after the economy and markets had bottomed out. Trump came into office as the economy and markets began accelerating. Neither of these circumstances happened overnight. Obama got too much blame for the pace of the recovery and Trump may be taking too much credit for the acceleration of economic growth.
  8. Stocks are up worldwide, not just in the USA. There’s more to it than economic policies in the US. Our economy has been doing well for several years since the markets crashed in 08’. The rest of the world is catching up now...
  9. Exactly. I just think they may be over-correcting. I have no problem with middle of the road sources like USA Today or Reuters but I think policies like this will hurt sites like Vox or Huffpost which have a leftwing bias but generally have good journalism standards.
  10. I think some Alternative News sites do solid reporting. There are definitely some bad ones too (The Daily Wire). The responsibility for distinguishing crap from real news is up to individuals. I think we get dumber as a society when others make those decisions for us...
  11. Twitter is good if you’re a news junkie like me and have enough sense to confirm weird things with more than one news source before believing it
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  13. Bloomberg News: Facebook Inc., which is cutting the amount of news in its news feed, will prioritize information from the publishers that remain on the social network by measuring how trustworthy they are, the company said. Trustworthiness is based on a recent survey of U.S. Facebook users that gauged their familiarity with, and trust in, different sources of news. The results will inform the company’s ranking in the news feed, a stream of updates people see when they log in. News sources should also be "informative" and relevant to people’s local communities, the company said in a statement Friday. The move helps Facebook avoid perceptions of bias in selecting what news providers to highlight. "The hard question we’ve struggled with is how to decide what news sources are broadly trusted in a world with so much division," Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. "We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that’s not something we’re comfortable with." Yet another reason to go to Twitter instead of Facebook for News This policy is likely to hurt Alternative news sources on both sides of the political spectrum