Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform
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I Discuss the Significance of WikiLeaks’ Release of ‘The Guantánamo Files’ in a Primary Sources Podcast with Clive Stafford Smith

“WikiLeaks and ‘The Guantánamo Files'”: a screenshot of the ‘Primary Sources’ podcast featuring Andy Worthington and Clive Stafford Smith in conversation with Chip Gibbons of Defending Rights and Dissent. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months.
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Former Guantánamo Prisoner Kidnapped in Yemen, Held at an Unknown Location

Abdulqadir al-Madhfari (identified by the US as Abdel Qadir Hussein al-Mudhaffari, and given the prisoner number ISN 40), in a photo taken at Guantánamo and included in his classified military file, released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and
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How Mysticism and Pseudoscience Became Central to Nazism

Supernatural ideas were widespread at the turn of the 20th century, especially in Germany. But in the social crisis following World War I, esoteric and border-science ideas became a powerful tool of Nazi mobilization, directed at demonizing Jews and the Left. Adolf Hitler with Herr Lutze, his chief of staff, during a review of the storm troopers in Berlin to mark
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During COP26, Facebook served ads with climate falsehoods, skepticism

Facebook, which recently changed its name to Meta, does not have a specific policy on climate misinformation in ads or unpaid posts. Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google said last month it would no longer allow ads that contradict scientific consensus on climate change on YouTube and its other services, though it would allow content that discusses false claims. Asked about ads pushing climate misinformation,
| Technology, World, climate change |

U.S. says Iran-backed hackers launching disruptive cyber attacks on U.S. firms

On Tuesday, Microsoft said in a blog post that it had observed six different Iranian hacking groups deploying ransomware since September 2020. “As Iranian operators have adapted both their strategic goals and tradecraft, over time they have evolved into more competent threat actors capable of conducting a full spectrum of operations,” the Microsoft analysis reads. Reporting by Christopher Bing Editing by Chris Reese
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Official: US won't end military presence in the Middle East

The administration of US President Joe Biden does not intend to end the US military presence in the Middle East, as recently reported by some media outlets, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, said yesterday. "I must stress, against the background of a lot of recent misinformation in this regard, that our partnerships in
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Artists nominate Palestinian refugee camp for UNESCO world heritage status

During the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe), the nascent Israeli army occupied more than 40 Palestinian villages to the west of Jerusalem. The residents were driven out of their homes and took refuge in what is now known as the occupied West Bank. Up to 15,000 of these refugees settled in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, built-in 1949, just southwest of the city of
| Big Slide, International Organisations, Interviews |

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

How can we tell whether the posts, articles and claims we see on the internet and social media sites are true? Online conspiracies and deliberately misleading, partisan content are serious issues, after all. “What Advice Can You Give?” As this guide looks at some of the first steps for uncovering misinformation and disinformation, it is not fully comprehensive. Other good guides can
| Guides, Resources, Social Media |

Like a Wheedling Abuser, the US Makes Groundless Promises in Julian Assange’s Extradition Appeal

Campaigners in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London on October 28, 2021, the second day of the US government’s appeal against a ruling by a judge in January, preventing Assange’s extradition on mental health grounds (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can
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UK High Court set to hear US appeal in the Assange extradition case

NewsFrom 27 to 28 October, the UK High Court will consider the US government’s appeal against the court decision opposing the extradition of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. Despite continued barriers to access, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will again be attempting to monitor the proceedings, and calls again for the case to be closed and Assange to be immediately released.
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US: Press freedom coalition calls for end to Assange prosecution

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition of 25 press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights organizations in signing a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland again urging the U.S. to drop its appeal in the extradition case of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. The joint letter follows the publication of a shocking investigative report by Yahoo News
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Never-Ending Injustice: State Secrets and the Torture of Abu Zubaydah

An illustration featuring Abu Zubaydah by Brigid Barrett from an article in Wired in July 2013. The photo used is from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues
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Haugen: Facebook has become the Terminator

“I don’t think Facebook ever set out to intentionally promote divisive, extreme, polarizing content. I do think though that they are aware of the side effects of the choices they have made around amplification, and they know that algorithmic-based rankings, so engagement-based ranking, keeps you on their sites longer. You have long — you have longer sessions, you show up
| Corporate Surveillance, Displaced and Refugees, Featured |

Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation

Some of it is the stuff of internet conspiracy theories, like there’s a chip in the vaccine that will take over their DNA. Chicago family physician Dr. Carl Lambert 00:00 <p>In an AP interview, Chicago family physician Dr. Carl Lambert says he’s heard from patients who refuse to be vaccinated because they think the pandemic will end on its own. </p> “They sort of
| World, coronavirus, disease |

Over 20 countries call for the combating racism, racial discrimination

This statement, issued by countries such as Iran, Russia, China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, was presented by the Nigerian Representative to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. The full text of his message reads: I have the honor to deliver a joint statement on behalf of the African Group and China, as well as
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PA welcomes UK Labour Party's motion on Israeli 'apartheid'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the passing of a motion at the UK Labour Party conference on Monday that recognised Israel as an "apartheid" state and called for sanctions against it, as well as the immediate recognition of Palestine, Wafa news agency has reported. Abbas said that the motion sends a strong message to the Israeli government that the
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East |

Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings'

Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings' Brett Wilkins brett Sep 9, 2021 "You can't address the climate crisis without addressing climate misinformation," said the California Democrat, who plans to call fossil fuel, ad, and PR executives to testify before Congress.
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UK: High Court begins consideration of Assange extradition appeal

NewsOn 11 August, the UK High Court began consideration of the US government’s appeal in the extradition case against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. In the preliminary hearing, the presiding judges granted permission for the US to pursue its appeal on two additional grounds, widening the scope to five grounds in total. The full appellate hearing will take place from 27
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CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump

Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept The WikiLeaks publication of an archive of hacking tools used by the CIA in 2017 may have comprised a portion of the referrals. Several of the publication dates appear to align with referral dates from the CIA. Political Prosecutions Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Pompeo’s Surge Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images A Constitutional Collision “The drumbeat of complaints about leaks from the president and other
| National Security, Politics |

Sonia Kennebeck’s Grim Documentaries About Whistleblowers Expose the Excesses of the National Security State

“United States v. Reality Winner” is a principled, soulful documentary about the National Security Agency contractor who sent a document outlining Russian election hacking and influence efforts to The Intercept, only to be imprisoned for her efforts. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, who previously made a film about drone-program whistleblowers, the 2021 movie provides a welcome introduction to the case, as well as an investigation
| critical mass, Film, Reality Winner |

Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

Misinformation regulations A step towards more control Each time you watch journalists being attacked, intimidated, tear gassed in Turkey, remember that it’s YOUR right to information which is attacked, violated and tear gassed no matter where you are. Protect your source to information!#JournalismIsNotACrime pic.twitter.com/97ybc7O9mb Direct message to Germany from Erdoğan: “I have a long arm. We can attack a dissident journalist even in Berlin.”#ErkAcarer@HeikoMaas @amnesty_de
| Activism, Advocacy, Censorship |

The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case

“If Julian Assange is extradited to the U.S. it would be by far the most important and dangerous trial for press freedom in the 21st century.” Unbowed by outside pressure and criticism that using the Espionage Act against Assange would endanger press freedoms, the Biden Justice Department continues to use one of its most incendiary prosecutors to help bring Assange to
| Justice, National Security |

The People vs. Agent Orange Exposes a Mass Poisoning in Plain Sight

In 1975, shortly after moving to Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest, Carol Van Strum began seeing tank trucks and helicopters spraying something pungent. “No one knew what they were spraying, or what it was for,” she recalled. “A lot of people just assumed, ‘It’s the government doing it, it must be OK.’” It wasn’t. Van Strum’s garden wilted. Her children became sick. Then her dog died. Around the region, women
| Film, critical mass, Herbicides |

How Trump Ally Michael Flynn Nurtured — and Profited From — the QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Graphic: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Graphic: Shawn Walker/Arizona State University Raising an Army of “Digital Soldiers” The trademark documents Flynn’s financial connection to the QAnon movement; wherever his logo with the words “Digital Soldiers” is used, he wants to benefit. Right-Wing “Citizen Journalism” From Dark to Light Rallying the Digital Troops Battling the “Deep State” Virtually Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Taking Over “the Idea of Information”
| National Security, Politics, Special Investigations |

Israel forces raid, close healthcare centre in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided the headquarters of a leading healthcare organisation in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh and ordered it to close for six months, a statement issued by the organisation said. General Manager of the Health Work Committees (HWC), Shatha Odeh, said in the statement that heavily-armed Israeli occupation troops smashed the main door of the
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Not All Hackers From DarkSide Group Located in Russia, Cybersecurity Firm Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The fact that members of the DarkSide hacking group speak Russian does not mean they all operate from within Russia and the majority of the cybercriminals are coming from Eastern Europe, cybersecurity firm FireEye Senior VP Charles Carmakal said during a congressional hearing on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
| Tech |

Have Democrats Reached a Turning Point on Israel?

On Thursday, Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire, putting a tentative end to 11 days of fighting that began with protests over the eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and a subsequent Israeli raid at the Al Aqsa mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan. In a statement praising the agreement Thursday night, President Joe Biden described talks between the
| Politics, The Soapbox, Joe Biden |

Settlement Push in East Jerusalem Neighborhood Shows Israeli "Apartheid"

“There is a settler organization registered in the U.S. that is working tirelessly to dispossess me and my family and other people from the neighborhood.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that discussion of issues like settler colonialism and what Zionism really means are finally entering global, and especially American Western, public discourse.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that
| World |

Jen Psaki Grilled on Assange

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was grilled yesterday on press freedom and Julian’s case. Psaki deflected New York Post reporter Steven Nelson’s question by stressing the “independence” of the Justice Department. Activists are joining together to fund a series of #FreeAssange billboards! Led by Misty Winston, they’ve raised thousands in grassroots donations to put up the first billboard in Columbus,
| Activism, Julian Assange, Justice |

Ransomware attack shuts down major US oil pipeline

A Russian criminal group may be responsible for a ransomware attack that shut down a major US fuel pipeline The operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it had halted systems for its 5,500 miles of the pipeline after the attack Unclear when the pipeline will resume operations Who’s responsible for the ransomware attack? SolarWinds hack required massive, sophisticated effort – Microsoft president
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Abu Zubaydah Files Complaint About Torture and Ongoing Imprisonment at Guantánamo with UN Arbitrary Detention Experts

Abu Zubaydah: illustration by Brigid Barrett from an article in Wired in July 2013. The photo used is from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the
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A Call to Free Julian Assange on the 10th Anniversary of WikiLeaks’ Release of the Guantánamo Files

A composite image of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in British custody, and the logo for “The Guantánamo Files,” released ten years ago today. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please click
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Video: I Discuss the Right to Protest, Guantánamo and the Plight of Julian Assange with Team Assange

A screenshot of Andy Worthington being interviewed by Alison Mason of Team Assange on March 20, 2021, discussing the UK government’s attempts to suppress peaceful protest, Guantánamo and the case of Julian Assange. Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.
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The Latest Lies About Russia

Russia impacted the U.S. election results in 2016 or 2020. Russia hacked into U.S. election machines. The recent U.S. government report alleging election interference contained any evidence of anything. The report so much as alleged Russian involvement in the Biden-Ukraine-corruption story. Russia changed the GOP platform. Russia worked with WikiLeaks. Russia met with Michael Cohen in Prague. 17 U.S. agencies claimed Putin launched cyber-attacks in 2016. Russia hacked
| Disinformation, Joe Biden, Russia |

Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists

Database Dumps and Chat Logs Screenshot: The Intercept Gab by the Numbers Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Most Popular Content on Gab /g/The_Donald (299,156 members) Trump 2020 (225,711 members) News (210,733 members) QAnon and the Great Awakening (210,201 members) WeLoveTrump (185,007 members) Conservative News (178,843 members) Stop The Steal (165,184 members) QAnon (156,739 members) QAnon Patriots (147,193 members) Guns of Gab (146,938 members) Joe Biden Is Not My President (141,452 members) Christianity (135,789 members) Memes,
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Netanyahu’s cynical play for ‘Arab’ voters

The Arab public knows… that Likud is their home, said Miri Regev of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week in an interview with the Israeli Ynet. Campaigning for the March 23 election in Israel, Regev elaborated: We go to Israeli Arabs who know that the only ones taking care of them in the last 10 years are Likud. Who brought
| News, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |

A Spanish Company is Building an Apartheid Railway in Israel – Now It Wants in on HS2

Israel’s leading human rights organization B’Tselem made headlines last month after it issued a report saying what Palestinians have been saying for decades: that Israel maintains not just a regime of military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, but an apartheid regime over the entire Palestinian people. In East Jerusalem, where I live, we’ve experienced that apartheid
| Articles, Opinion, apartheid |

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif and Vanunu: Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower

On Saturday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted at Western leaders of countries responsible for Israel’s nuclear program that, “Israel is expanding Dimona, the region’s only nuclear bomb factory… By Eileen Fleming Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted at President Biden and the heads of state of Britain, France and Germany regarding The Guardian’s, “Israel expands nuclear... The post Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

Ethiopia to welcome mediation of Turkey with Sudan

ADDIS ABABA (SONNA): If offered, Ethiopia would appreciate the Turkish government’s mediation on the recent border conflict with Sudan, said the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Ambassador Dina Mufti underscored that the Ethio-Sudanese border conflict could be solved through diplomatic means. With a 1,600-km (994-mile) long shared border, Ethiopia and Sudan
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The PA and UN are wilfully complicit in Israel's settler-colonialism

While Guterres and Mansour relied upon ambiguity to put forth a redundant message, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem made it clear in a position paper last month that the apartheid designation applies to all of the territories that Israel controls, the state "proper" and the occupied Palestinian territories, thus branding it as an apartheid state from its creation in 1948.
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, International Organisations |

Press freedom groups call on Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges

Press freedom groups call on Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges Two dozen major human rights and press freedom organizations are calling on the new Department of Justice to drop the charges against Julian Assange. The cosigners have written to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson in a letter warning that “the proceedings against Mr. Assange jeopardize journalism that is crucial to democracy.” The letter was organized
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America: The Unreliable Superpower

Shutterstock The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden administration is telling. “America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,”
| Democracy & Governance, Redev, War & Peace |

Election Politics and Cybersecurity: What’s the Connection?

Malware Ransomware Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks Fraud Updating election infrastructure . Everything from machines to the databases we use for elections should be updated with the latest in cybersecurity innovation. Voting machines that provide paper back-up records of the vote are one necessary aspect of this upgrade. Digital systems can only be protected to a point; having a
| Cybersecurity, Elections, Electronic Voting |

Julian Assange Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize

Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. We think he deserves to win. There is an incredibly long list of actions that Julian has taken toward a more peaceful world. As Julian has said, “If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.” More than one individual can nominate Assange; he’s already been nominated this
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Video: I Talk to Kevin Gosztola About Guantánamo on the 19th Anniversary of Its Opening — and Julian Assange

A screenshot of Andy Worthington’s interview with Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof on Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help,
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What covering heavy metal taught me about spotting Nazis

A bare-chested, wild-eyed white man in bearskin furs and a horned helmet stood at the podium of the Senate chambers, his fists raised in triumph, as fellow Trump-supporting rioters laid waste to the Capitol. The man, a QAnon cultist from Phoenix named Jacob Anthony Chansley, who goes by the name Jake Angeli, has since been […]
| Analysis, Covering the Election, Criticism |

The Journey of Ashli Babbitt

The Awakening While Babbitt was described to San Diego news stations as a patriot by her husband and “ loyal and extremely passionate ” by her brother-in-law, her social media history details engagement with some of the darker sentiments circulating in online right-wing and pro-Trump circles in recent years. In terms of her views, Ashli Babbitt probably didn’t stand out
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