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NZ Politicians on Facebook: Who is working and who is shirking?

I have undertaken a COMPLETELY unscientific and unfair investigation into who is working and who is shirking based entirely on politicians’ Facebook pages. My definition of working is actual political stuff like door knocking and political meetings and talking to the news media about current issues. My definition of shirking is no posts to the page since Christmas or self-promotion like makeovers with the Women’s Weekly.

Politicians are people too and deserve a relaxing holiday but some work harder than others and it is nice to know who those hard workers are.

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New Zealand MSM are making a big mistake handing their customers to Facebook

After praising The New Zealand Herald for their balanced coverage of Resolution 2334 in a post I wrote yesterday and published this morning, I decided to view the comments on all the articles that I had referred to in my post. The New Zealand Herald like Stuff have handed their comment sections over to Facebook which has many downsides as I was soon to find out.

The first problem I encountered my total inability to find the article I was looking for on their Facebook page. I was looking for the article titled, “Rob Berg: NZ Government stance on Israel smacks of hypocrisy” which was published that day but all I could find on their page was stories like…

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Fairfax Fake news story attracts vicious anti-Semitism

While I may not like criticism when it is based on propaganda and is historically or otherwise inaccurate I nevertheless would not describe it as hate speech. Criticism of actions and policies and ideology is not hate speech and in a free society, criticism is to be encouraged as is an open debate about issues.

Fairfax journalist Pattrick Smellie wrote an opinion piece that can only be described as fake news which attracted not just criticism of Israel but actual vicious anti-Semitism.

Social media, for all its benefits, has allowed all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories to be circulated unchecked. It is therefore not surprising that anti-Semitism, which attracts lies and conspiracy theories like moths to a flame, has flourished in this forum. A false news story published in New Zealand last week has brought some classic anti-Semitism (and new anti-Semitism) to the fore on Facebook.

Fairfax journalist, Pattrick Smellie, claimed that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had declared war on NZ in a piece entitled “How Israel could wage ‘war’ on New Zealand”. Smellie’s false claim had previously been debunked by Fran O’Sullivan in the NZ Herald. Smellie’s article has since been partially edited in line with the facts. Evidently, an unnamed diplomat reportedly told Israeli media that Netanyahu had told New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, that

“If you continue to promote this resolution from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences. We’ll recall our ambassador to Jerusalem.”

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Facebook enforces Sharia Law on Ex-Muslim writer

Twitter is banning conservative voices like it is going out of fashion and now Facebook is enforcing Sharia law on non-Muslims. Outspoken Free Speech advocate Pamela Geller got sick of Facebook enforcing Sharia law and so her organisation filed a  free speech lawsuit against the Department of Justice. She is challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which allows…

” these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge. The sharia restrictions Facebook continues to impose has chilling effect and ramifications especially in countries where such freedoms can make the difference between freedom and submission, life and death.”

Ex-Muslim writer Majid  Oukacha  posted on facebook

What I care about more than anything else is freedom of thought. It is criminalized by the Koran. 

He was banned last week from Facebook.

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Mike King points out one of the many serious flaws with social media

Both Facebook and Twitter are failing to provide consistency in their business models. No matter what side of the free speech divide you are on as a customer you expect a business to enforce its rules fairly and dispassionately. Furthermore, you expect its rules to be simple and easy to understand so they are easy to enforce.Mike King has alerted Facebook to a serious issue that is still unresolved. It should not be this hard to get a suicide video removed and it reflects the worldwide problem of social media giants who are unable or unwilling to moderate their forums adequately or consistently.Ironically Facebook has a suicide prevention feature but it has failed to remove a video of an actual suicide.

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These are the “moderate” friends of McCully

 

Three days ago Fatah’s official Facebook page posted a drawing of its map of “Palestine,” which includes all of Israel and painted like the Palestinian flag, being used to stab the word “settlement.” The text above the image: “#Palestine will defeat the settlement ”

Yesterday in response to the UN Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal, Fatah republished the identical image but added a pool of blood at the bottom, and the words “Thank You” above the image, and the names of the 14 countries that voted in favour of the UN resolution.

Breitbart reports:

Following the passage of an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party posted a cartoon on its official Facebook page on Saturday, featuring a large knife stabbing “settlements” and the words “Thank You” to the countries that voted for the resolution.   Read more »

Media are embracing Facebook, but is it a good idea?

Media are embracing Facebook. We’ve seen fake news site TheSpinoff close comments and send everyone to Facebook, same with Radio NZ and a number of other sites.

Insiders at NZME. and Fairfax tell me that they are embracing Facebook for news because they get 100% of the revenue from ads…for now.

But as a long-term strategy, is it a good idea?

Nope. Frederick Filloux explains:

Facebook is made up of dozens of millions of groups carefully designed to share the same views and opinions. Each group is protected against ideological infiltration from other cohorts. Maintaining the integrity of these walls is the primary mission of Facebook’s algorithm.   Read more »

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Phil Quin on trolling

Left-wing trolling merely serves to reinforce the impression that Labour is the nasty party.

Phil Quin describes the Labour acolytes and their trolling in the recent Wellington local body elections.

In the months leading up to the election, a number of Young Labor activists organised themselves into a troll army. Seemingly without relent, they inundated Twitter, Facebook and Reddit with vile, invariably baseless, personal attacks on Nick. Far worse, they aimed their vitriol at Porirua, where Nick had been serving as Mayor.  Porirua, they claimed days before the city received a AA rating from Standard & Poors, was broke (false). Rates had skyrocketed under Nick’s leadership (false). Services had been slashed (false). Nick closed Cannons Creek pool (go there for yourself; he didn’t). Most revealing was their constant, condescending refrain that Nick was somehow selfishly “abandoning” the city, as if Porirua residents are incapable of taking care of themselves. A heady blend of dogwhistling and white man’s burden bollocks.

Now, please don’t get me wrong. These thousands of nasty tweets and posts and comments did not shift a single vote. The vast majority of voters wouldn’t have had a clue what was being said in social media swamps, and are smart enough to ignore it if they had.

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The evilness of Facebook

Facebook anti-Semitism Jake Wallis Simons Dan Sanderson and Amy Marley

Facebook anti-Semitism Jake Wallis Simons Dan Sanderson and Amy Marley

You would think an organisation founded and run by someone called Zuckerberg would be more vigilant, but no, Facebook stands accused of vile anti-Semitism.

Facebook is at the centre of an anti-Semitism row after it emerged that its automatic translation software was spewing out vile, anti-Jewish diatribes.

One post written in German, which criticised neo-Nazis, was wrongly translated to produce a rant about ‘dull hollow, dirty Jews’ who were ‘a disgrace to our country’.

Another post in Hebrew, written by Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, was twisted by the software to suggest a Holocaust victim was killed by ‘the master race’.

When MailOnline brought the error to Facebook’s attention it apologised and claimed to have solved the problem, but declined to say what had gone wrong.

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Australia’s version Of TriggleyPuff *Censored by Facebook

The full-length original version of this video has been censored completely by Facebook who took it down permanently.This is why I am on Gab, the only social media platform now that allows free speech. They will soon have video capability like Youtube.
You can view an explanation of what happened on this facebook page.

For now at least, the original video can be viewed on Liveleak.