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Ep. 890 The Pressure is on

In this episode I address the media’s false attacks on President Trump after his Oval Office speech. I also address the real story behind the new charges levied against the Russian lawyer at the center of the “collusion” hoax. Finally, I debunk liberal talking points on taxes and I address a growing Democrat scandal involving voter suppression.

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Facebook Granted Tech Companies Access to Users’ Private Messages, Personal Data

Embattled social media giant Facebook arranged for tech companies to gain access to users’ private messages, friends and contact information, according to a new report.

Fox News reports:

The arrangements are detailed in a blockbuster New York Times report based on over 270 pages of internal Facebook documents and interviews with about 50 former company employees. According to the Times, Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of almost all Facebook users’ friends without consent and gave Netflix and Spotify access to Facebook users’ private messages. The Mark Zuckerberg-led company allowed Amazon to get users’ names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends’ posts. Facebook also reportedly allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read and delete users’ private messages and to see all participants on a thread.

Entertainment sites, automakers, and media companies were among those who benefitted from the secretive deals.

**LISTEN: Dan addresses the latest Facebook privacy scandal and what it means for you**

Facebook released a statement in which they argue that the companies weren’t given access to the data without users’ permission.

“To put it simply, this work was about helping people do two things. First, people could access their Facebook accounts or specific Facebook features on devices and platforms built by other companies like Apple, Amazon, Blackberry and Yahoo,” said the tech giant. “These are known as integration partners. Second, people could have more social experiences – like seeing recommendations from their Facebook friends – on other popular apps and websites, like Netflix, The New York Times, Pandora and Spotify….Still, we recognize that we’ve needed tighter management over how partners and developers can access information using our APIs. We’re already in the process of reviewing all our APIs and the partners who can access them.”

Facebook has come under fire for privacy concerns ever since it was revealed in March that the company allowed private consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to collect millions of user’s personal data.

Americans have grown increasingly suspicious of the social media company. A Reuters-Ipsos poll found that only 41 percent trust Facebook to obey privacy laws compared to “66 percent who said they trust Amazon, 62 percent who trust Google, 60 percent for Microsoft and 47 percent for Yahoo.”

A September Pew Research survey found that many Facebook users have change their “relationship” with the company.

“Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Around four-in-ten (42%) say they have taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more, while around a quarter (26%) say they have deleted the Facebook app from their cellphone. All told, some 74% of Facebook users say they have taken at least one of these three actions in the past year.”

Ep. 876 This is the Make or Break Moment

n this episode I address President Trump’s most important fight – the border wall. This is the make or break moment for President Trump. I also address the stunning revelations about prominent Republican’s roles in the scheme to take down the Trump team. Finally, I address another privacy scandal brewing at Facebook and what it means for you.

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REPORT: Facebook Fires Exec for Pro Trump Beliefs

We all know that Silicon Valley–and particularly Facebook–are breeding grounds for easily triggered millennial snowflakes who enjoy stifling free speech.

So, it should come as no surprise that a recent report suggests Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fired a former top executive for his pro-Trump stance. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual reality company, Oculus, was fired for donating $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group during the 2016 election–triggering delicate Facebook employees and causing a backlash within the company.

Six months after making the donation, the executive was put on leave and eventually fired from Facebook. Luckey, according to the Journal, has told people he was fired because of his support for Donald Trump.

Internal emails also suggest that the donation and Luckey’s support for Trump were discussed “at the highest levels of the company.” In an attempt to quell the outrage, Facebook executives (including Zuckerberg) allegedly pressured Luckey to publicly support libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

According to one employee on an internal Facebook message board, multiple women had “teared up” in front of him over the news of Luckey’s donation and political affiliations.

In October, Luckey told CNBC that it wasn’t his choice to leave the company. “I can’t talk about it too much, but I’ll say that it wasn’t my choice to leave,” he said.

Luckey, 26, is no stranger to being the odd-man-out in Silicon Valley. The Journal notes that the Oculus co-founder is a fan of “big cars and military gear.” He drove a Humvee with machine-gun mounts and orange toy guns which he was forced to move from the Facebook parking lot after someone reported it to the police. In 2011, Luckey wrote a letter to Donald Trump urging him to run for President.

Since his departure from Facebook, Luckey has become more politically active, and even hosted a fundraiser for Senator Ted Cruz.

 

Ep. 847 The 2020 Presidential Election Has Already Begun

In this episode I address some positive signs for the Trump 2020 re-election campaign. I discuss why Facebook and Twitter need conservatives more than conservatives need them. I also discuss the controversy behind a powerful new opioid on the market.

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