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70 Current And Former CBP Employees Reportedly Under Investigation

(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.

Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.

Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.

IWillVote Gala Brings The Democratic Party’s Heavy Hitters To Atlanta

 

(Atlanta, GA) – The IWillVote Gala was back in Atlanta…and what an event by the Democratic National Committee.  Vice President Joe Biden took charge immediately by putting his support behind Women’s Rights and condemning Abortion Laws as certain states move to try and control what a woman does with her body.

Biden stressed once again that it’s time for us to restore American Politics and even the playing field when it comes to education and economic opportunities. He also touched on voter suppression, infrastructure and foreign interference. Uncle Joe had to leave out early because his Granddaughter is graduating.

But, attendees were further charged by Rev. Al Sharpton who didn’t bite his tongue when he challenged citizens (primarily black) to be more cognizant about voter interference plots aimed directly at them and to be blunt..being a complete waste of space as a human being. As Sharpton kept it real…  he encouraged people to brag less about their titles and material possessions and more about what they’re doing to help other people. Sharpton’s speech was so rousing, he received a standing ovation.

Afterwards, Sharpton mingled with an excited crowd that included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Representative Lucy McBath, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms and more.

The Honorable Stacey Abrams was the keynote speaker of the evening closing the Gala out with an impactful speech that focused on the influence Georgia’s population and underrepresented demographics have on elections.   She highlighted Georgia’s Latino, lack and illennial involvement and what that could mean heading into the 2020 election.

The Honorable Beto O’Rourke also laid out parts of his platform; but like Joe Biden he let it be known that regardless of who would be on the Democratic ticket, he would be supportive of the party and the movement.

The IWillVoteGala also featured DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sonya Halpern, Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson and Vice Chair Michael Blake and DNC Associate Chair Jamie Harrison. Congressman John Lewis was slightly ill and didn’t make it.

The DNC launched IWillVote in 2018 as an unprecedented new campaign with four initiatives: Commit to Vote; Voter Registration; Voter Education and Protection; and Get-Out-The-Vote. Under the IWillVote program, the DNC, in partnership with state parties and organizations, reached over 50 million voters during the midterm elections to engage, educate, and mobilize them to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.

The party is certainly in a strong position as we move toward 2020.

 

House Wants To Grill Zuckerberg On Facebook Medical Privacy

(Washington, DC-AP) — A House committee wants to grill Mark Zuckerberg about a complaint that Facebook is harvesting users’ medical information. The issue first surfaced in July, when a private Facebook group for women with a specific gene mutation learned that their sensitive information could be downloaded in bulk.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce says it wants to know if Facebook failed to properly notify group members that their personal health information may have been accessed by health insurance companies and “online bullies.”

Clout Chasing: Death Of Rapper XXXTentacion Is Another Example Of How Social Media Brings Out The Lame In People

(SL) – When the death of 20-year old XXXTentacion was reported, fingers were immediately pointed at different potential suspects that could’ve had something to do with the young rapper’s murder.

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Soldier Kidd (Left), XXXTentacion (Center) and Soldier JoJo (Right)

While one of the accused, Soldier Kidd, was quick to deny any involvement in the shooting death of rap music’s next big star, one particular individual couldn’t bear the thought of someone getting recognition for something ‘his crew did’. So much so, that the man took to social media to post a video claiming responsibility for the latest tragedy to shock the culture.

The idea of not being attached to the mass attention encircling the murderous event emboldened this individual so much that he implicated himself, putting his freedom and life on the line to secure credit for the egregious act.

**WARNING – STRONG LANGUAGE**

In one of the most ignorant posts I’ve ever seen, the young man, draped in a ridiculous red wrap, aggressively claims it was him and his crew who murdered the 2017 Member of XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class and questioned the audacity of anyone else to identify himself/themselves as the shooter. The below image featuring Soldier Kidd and Soldier JoJo and a red mask (part of the suspect’s description) is what made people originally suspicious of the duo. But the guy in red wasn’t about to let that thought linger for too long.

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The red mask featured in the Instagram post made XXXTentacion fans suspicious as the suspect was described as wearing a red mask. 

Saying defiantly and I quote, “And you bit**-*ss boys claiming this body. Y’all know y’all ain’t do that sh** man. Real talk, y’all know who did that sh** man. Y’all need to stop lying on bodies. Y’all know we did that sh**, man.”

The idiot went on to implicate himself in even more crimes including other murders, robberies and felony type behavior that will earn him a one-way ticket to death row.  And for what????? Clout. Attention. Likes.

Then, there’s the unknown rapper out of Georgia who literally edited a post to make it look as if he knew beforehand that XXXtentacion was going to get shot the day before he was murdered.

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Georgia Rapper edits posts to project shooting of chart ranking rapper XXXTentacion

A few people saw the post for what it was but not before it was shared over 20,000 times.

 

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Edit history shows the content of the original post was changed two hours after news of XXXTentacion’s murder 

And for what??? Clout. Attention. Likes. Then there was another wannabe rapper Yung Mac who posted “200 likes and I’ll upload the video of XXXTentacion saying he is not dead.” He included a little promo for himself in the process.

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FRAUD: Georgia man claims to have false video of XXXTentacion saying he isn’t dead following rapper’s murder.

I don’t know which is wore the blatant attempt to mislead some of XXXTentacion’s fans into thinking that he wasn’t really dead or the almost 200 people that actually liked the foolishness.

CBS News with the help of Manhattan based clinical psychologist, relationship expert and social media guru Joseph Cilona took a look at what your facebook posts say about you noting that..

OUTSIDE OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT, WORKING INTERESTS OR CONTENT SHARING…You need social validation and attention if…

… you share viral content that everyone’s buzzing about.

“These individuals are often extremely concerned with attention and social validation. They are likely to be less interested in the actual content itself, and more interested in having an audience and how the audience receives and responds to the information,” Cilona says. “These kinds of needs and issues are similar to those who are attracted to becoming performers of some sort to gain the interest and captivate attention of an audience.”

You have a poor self-image if…

… you constantly post about how awesome, cool or fabulous you are.

“The irony with excessive status-seeking, self-aggrandizing posting [such as if you went to a fabulous party or had a blast at a particular event] is that it is a very strong indication of poor self-image, low self-confidence and an excessive need for approval, validation and recognition from others,” Cilona says. “There is often a dependence on outside approval to maintain a positive self-image and worth.”

This kind of posting pattern is also associated with narcissistic tendencies, including superficial relationships, lack of substance and manipulation, Cilona adds.

These observations can also be true if you’re a constant name-dropper.

You’re bored, lame or both if…

… you constantly update your Facebook profile with mindless things like stuff you watched on TV or what you ate today.

“Frequent and primarily banal updates can indicate a need for distraction from boredom, unpleasant tasks, or troublesome feelings and thoughts. This kind of behavior can also indicate a need for attention and validation combined with a more passive and introverted personality,” explains Cilona. “It’s also important to remember the obvious: someone whose updates consistently lack substance might simply be below average in creativity, originality and intelligence.”

 

 

Facebook Use Grew Despite Scandal

(Menlo Park, CA) – A privacy scandal at Facebook hasn’t seemed to hurt the company. The social media giant made headlines this year when it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested data from 87 million users in the run up to the 2016 election.

Goldman Sachs reports that despite that, the number of Facebook users in the U.S. actually increased 7 percent over the past 12 months, and users are spending more time on the platform. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before EU lawmakers this week to answer questions about privacy and fake news.

Facebook: We’re Not Secretly Recording Call Data

(Menlo Park, CA) — Facebook says it collects call and text message data from Android phones only from people who have given the company permission. A report in “Ars Technica” suggested the social media giant had been collecting information secretly.

The company, already under fire over revelations the data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained info from millions of users, denied the report.

Shatner Calls Out Facebook For Death Ad

(Los Angeles, CA) – Actor William Shatner is calling out Facebook over an ad that said he was dead. Shatner found out about his alleged death yesterday by a fan on Twitter who tagged the actor saying “I thought you might want to know you’re dead.” The post included a picture from a sponsored advertisement on Facebook’s messenger app that said the Sci-Fi actor was found dead.

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Shatner called out the social media site on Twitter saying “Hey @facebook isn’t this your messenger app?,” adding “Thought you were doing something about this?” The company took notice shortly after and contacted Shatner saying they removed the ad.

The Shatner hoax comes as Facebook is under fire for a data breach and continued reports of fake news. Today is Shatner’s 87th birthday.

#DeleteFacebook Grows

(Mountain View, CA) – Backlash against Facebook is growing over the Cambridge Analytical scandal.

The political data firm reportedly collected information from the profiles of 50-million Facebook users without their consent to help President Trump’s presidential campaign. Now, the hashtag #deletefacebook is gaining momentum. The co-founder of WhatsApp is the latest to call on users to delete Facebook. Brian Acton tweeted yesterday, “It is time.”

Did Snapchat Really Lose One Billion In Stock Value After Kylie Jenner Tweet?

(Los Angeles, CA) –  Kylie Jenner may be the reason Snapchat lost over one billion dollars in stock value. The fall in Snap Inc. shares occurred after the reality TV star tweeted out this week that she doesn’t use the app as much as she did in the past.

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The confession comes on the heels of backlash Snapchat has received over its latest update, with some people arguing that it has made the app harder to use. Jenner is reportedly the most-watched person on the platform. But Vox got to the core of the decline and apparently Snapchat has been struggling for awhile now.

Snapchat was floundering before the update

Snapchat has had an uneven fiscal year — mainly because of Instagram. Instagram has directly targeted Snapchat’s predominantly teen user base by mirroring several of its features, most notably by creating Instagram Stories, a feature of Instagram that is extremely similar to Snapchat Stories and now boasts more users than Snapchat’s entire user base.

Snapchat went public in March 2017 despite warning investors that it might never turn a profit. Then it saw a decline in new users — a trend broadly attributable to the belief held by many that people were using Instagram Stories instead.

By August 2017, predictions loomed that Facebook, which owns Instagram, would ultimately put Snapchat out of business. Then Snapchat suffered three quarters in a row where profits were lower than expected, followed by year-end predictions of ongoing financial gloom.

Snapchat’s final quarter earnings last year were actually better than expected for the first time ever, and the company’s stock was up 25 percent. But that’s partly because investors were reacting with optimism to the redesign — which users turned out to despise.

So all these factors, exacerbated by the groundswell of user outrage throughout the start of 2018, were probably what investors were thinking about when they read Jenner’s tweet. Those who sold their shares probably weren’t reacting specifically to Jenner talking about her Snapchat habits, or worried that she might singlehandedly devalue the app. Instead, they probably saw the tweet as the cap-off to a trend of overall decline.