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Facebooks latest solution to its fake news problem.........sign on a right-wing fact-checker

In its newest attempt to stem the flood of fake news and conspiracy theories online, Facebook plans to sign up a conservative US magazine, the Weekly Standard, as a fact-checking partner, according to several people briefed on talks between the two companies.

Facebook said it would started working with fact-checking websites such as Snopes and PolitiFact in the US last December, who follow a code of principles approved by the US’s Poynter Institute, a journalism school. Facebook users can flag stories they think are false, which Facebook then circulates to these partners (it pays them for the service). If fact-checkers find it to be false, users who subsequently try to share the story on Facebook see a warning telling them it has been disputed.

However, none of the organizations on Poynter’s list are conservative-leaning. Right-wing American news outlets and politicians have complained in the past that they think Facebook has a liberal bias. Breitbart News, the white nationalist sympathizing website run by former White House advisor Steve Bannon, said Facebook’s fact-checking partners all “have records of left-wing partisanship—particularly throughout the 2016 election.” (Most consider themselves non-partisan.)
The new partnership, therefore, is part of Facebook’s attempt to “appease all sides,” said one person briefed on the discussions. “There are legitimate publications that write from a conservative point of view, and they are fact-based,” he said.



If there isn’t an algorithm for TRN , The Real News then there sure should be....

The Latest: Interior ordered to reinstate methane rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on rules restricting methane emissions (all times EDT):

8:10 p.m.

A federal judge has ordered the Interior Department to reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

The order by a judge in San Francisco comes as Interior is moving to delay the rule until 2019, saying it is too burdensome to industry. Interior tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte says Interior failed to give a “reasoned explanation” for the changes and had not offered details why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty. She has ordered the entire rule reinstated immediately.

The rule, finalized last November, forces energy companies to capture methane that’s burnt off or “flared” at drilling sites on public lands.



There is some hope...in between bouts of deep despair..

Two former CIA officials: Russia could not have micro-targeted US voters without assistance

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former CIA official Michael Morell on Wednesday said Russia would have required assistance in order to micro-target U.S. voter districts, Bloomberg News reports.

“It is not intuitively obvious that they could have done this themselves,” Hayden said.

“They do not have the analytic capability to do that themselves,” Morell agreed.

Their assessments come one day after CNN reported Russia operatives used ads that specifically targeted voters in Michigan and Wisconsin, two states that were instrumental to Donald Trump’s win in 2016.

The ads were emblematic of Russia’s highly sophisticated micro-targeting operation that allowed hackers to zero in on pivotal demographics in the United States.



The wagons are starting to circle...

Partisan Gerrymandering Got the Sotomayor Treatment

Throughout Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s left-leaning justices grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough questions that suggest a majority of the court is prepared to impose constitutional limits on political redistricting. The highlight of the hour came when Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a very simple inquiry that cut to the core of the case: “Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How does that help our system of government?”

Sotomayor’s question arrived after the justices had debated abstract principles of law (and math) for nearly half an hour. Kennedy and the liberals had already laid out their constitutional case against partisan gerrymandering: When Republicans draw district lines designed to dilute the power of Democratic votes, they are punishing Democratic voters for associating with, and expressing support for, the Democratic Party. (The same goes, naturally, for Democrats drawing district lines to dilute the power of Republican votes.) This viewpoint-based burden on the right to vote clearly infringes upon the freedom of expression and association protected by the First Amendment. Given that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of self-governance, political redistricting would seem to pose a grievous threat to representative democracy, entrenching undemocratic legislative majorities by penalizing voters who openly support the minority party.



Hopefully we have 5 Supremes that care about democracy enough to save it...

Pences chief of staff floats purge of anti-Trump Republicans to wealthy donors

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a “purge” if GOP lawmakers don’t quickly rally behind President Donald Trump’s agenda.

In remarks at a Republican National Committee event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on Tuesday morning, Nick Ayers also warned that Republicans are “on track to get shellacked” in next year’s midterm elections if GOP lawmakers don’t pass Trump’s legislative priorities.

But Ayers reserved his harshest criticism for congressional leaders and members who have not offered full-throated support for the president.

“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him,” Ayers said, according to an audio recording of the remarks obtained by POLITICO.



If this Big Con tax reform becomes law, start the exiting , open New Zealand and all the other remote places on earth..

U.S. Tax Reform Would Leave Renewable Energy Out in the Cold

The prospects for a broad tax reform with lower corporate rates has excited business leaders and boosted the stock market -- except for renewable energy.

Tax reform “will make renewables more expensive,” Keith Martin, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, said in an interview Tuesday at Infocast’s Solar Connect conference in San Diego.

The reasons: reducing corporate taxes would threaten a key source of clean-power financing. A broad reform of the tax code may also lead to pricier debt for new power plants and lower savings from depreciation. And some developers are concerned about the future of two critical U.S. tax credits. President Donald Trump campaigned on tax reform, and the S&P 500 Index has gained more than 18 percent since the election, while the Bloomberg Global Large Solar Energy index of 16 companies has slumped 13 percent.



Of course it would...the kkk is in control...that is kleptocratic kakistrophic klusterf...
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