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CNN Demands Facebook Ban Infowars

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CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, at a Facebook event with reporters on fake news held in New York on Wednesday, repeatedly demanded that Facebook explain why Infowars has not been banned from the site.

CNN’s push to ban Infowars was promoted by CNN and executives and reporters online.

Infowars owner Alex Jones interviewed presidential candidate Donald Trump and Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge, in 2015.

CNN tried in February to get YouTube to ban Infowars.

CNN published Darcy’s report on his effort get Infowars banned by Facebook with the headline, Facebook touts fight on fake news, but struggles to explain why InfoWars isn’t banned.

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When asked by this reporter how the company could claim it was serious about tackling the problem of misinformation online while simultaneously allowing InfoWars to maintain a page with nearly one million followers on its website, Hegeman said that the company does not “take down false news.”

“I guess just for being false that doesn’t violate the community standards,” Hegeman said, explaining that InfoWars has “not violated something that would result in them being taken down.”

Hegeman added, “I think part of the fundamental thing here is that we created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice. And different publishers have very different points of view.”

…Pressed for more answers on its position on InfoWars, Su said at the event that Facebook has thus far chosen to focus on tackling posts on its platform that can be proven beyond a doubt to be demonstrably false.

“There’s a ton of stuff — conspiracy theories, misleading claims, cherry picking — that we know can be really problematic and it bugs me too,” Su said. “But we need to figure out a way to really define that in a clear way, and then figure out what our policy and our product positions are about that.”

Emailed for any additional comment after the event, Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensso said questions about InfoWars hit “on a very real tension” at the social media company.

“We work hard to find the right balance between encouraging free expression and promoting a safe and authentic community, and we believe that down-ranking inauthentic content strikes that balance,” she said. “In other words, we allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed.”

Svensso added, “That said: while sharing fake news doesn’t violate our Community Standards set of policies, we do have strategies in place to deal with actors who repeatedly share false news. If content from a Page or domain is repeatedly given a ‘false’ rating from our third-party fact-checkers … we remove their monetization and advertising privileges to cut off financial incentives, and dramatically reduce the distribution of all of their Page-level or domain-level content on Facebook.”

Buzzfeed’s Davey Alba posted an after-the-fact ‘live tweet’ of the press event. Open the first tweet to view the whole thread. Below is Alba’s report on Darcy’s questions.

[email protected] going IN: If FB is devoted to fighting false news, how does Infowars have an account on your site?
HEGEMAN: It’s true that we take down things that are calling for violence/hate speech but I guess just for being false, that doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

“HEGEMAN: Part of the fundamental thing here is we created FB to be a place where ppl can have different points. Diff publishers have diff POVs. Given the extent to which ppl rely on FB to communicate & express things, we think that’s a very impt & serious responsibility as well.”

[email protected]: I cant understand how FB can say we’re committed to fighting fake news but that @RealAlexJones @infowars can profit off your platform.
SU: …It bugs me too. We need to define that in a clear, fair way & figure out how our policies apply. We have a long way to go.”

“HEGEMAN 1/2: A lot of it comes down to…we dont take down things just for being false because we feel there’s this commitment to be in a place where people can post their POV. Key thing to remember is also a lot of what is uniquely valuable about FB to publishers is distribution.”

“HEGEMAN 2/2: …I understand you probably disagree with aspects of what we’re doing here. But I think that’s probably the most important thing to focus on (in terms of impact in the world); how many people are seeing things & how much distribution it’s getting.”

CNN Executive Producer David P. Gelles promoted Darcy’s call to ban Infowars.

So did CNN Executive Editor Ram Ramgopal.

As did CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan.

CNN’s Brian Ries:

CNN’s Brian Stelter promoted CNN’s campaign to ban Infowars in his nightly newsletter and retweeted a fan’s tweet of the newsletter:

Mother Jones Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery supports banning Infowars.

NBC reporter Ben Collins:

Washington Post columnist Matt O’Brien:

Numerous requests for comment from CNN by this writer on Twitter were not responded to as of publication.

“Do media outlets really want to go down this road? Will you be next calling on bookstores to ban books and newspapers you don’t like? Or is this a pretext to get Fox News banned next?”

“Still looking for an answer. What books does CNN want banned by bookstores? What newspapers? Besides Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who else does CNN want banned?”

“Still waiting for CNN to answer: What books should be banned? What newspapers? Besides Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who else should be banned that you don’t like?”

“I don’t care for Infowars, but it’s a real site, operated by a real person whose opinions on the news have a broad audience. Funny how liberals have abandoned free speech for progressive totalitarianism. Still waiting for CNN on which books, newspapers they want banned/burned?”

For those who care to take the time to watch, below is the video Facebook played for reporters about their effort to combat and “reduce” the influence of fake news on the platform.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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