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The Rising Tide Of Transgender Millennials, when asked their Sex, some are going with option ‘X’

A struggle with identity

One of the first Americans to fight in the courts for recognition as non-binary is Jamie Shupe. Shupe made history last year after a ruling made the Army veteran the first person in the U.S. to be legally allowed to identify as neither male or female.

Shupe — who prefers the pronouns they, them and their — spent their childhood, adolescence and most of adulthood as a male. Shupe served 18 years in the U.S. Army, got married and had a daughter.

Through all that time, Shupe wrestled with their sexual identity, never comfortable living life as a male. The stress of hiding took a heavy toll.

“I’m actually on disability because of PTSD,” Shupe said. “I’m not a combat veteran. I had deployed to Kuwait. I served in the Bosnia theater, I spent a year in Korea, but quite honestly, most of my military trauma came from being picked on for being thought of as being gay, or living in fear of getting thrown out of the military.”

Shupe made the decision to transition to living as a female and began hormone replacement therapy in 2013. But even as Shupe began the process, they had doubts about becoming a woman.

“I only became a female because I had no other choice,” Shupe said. “All of the systems channeled me in that direction, both medical and government, until I took a stand against that. It wasn’t until I got to Portland and got exposure to the queer community that I then understood how wrong all of what had been done to me was.”

For Shupe, the three years of living like a woman were nearly as painful as those spent as a man.

“Turning a male body, especially an older male body into a female, I think it really sets the stage for people committing suicide,” Shupe said. “I mean you had to maintain a hyper-feminine appearance 24-7 or you were back to getting called sir.”

Shupe believed their gender identity was more feminine than masculine, but was not interested in changing physically into a female through surgery. Shupe couldn’t identify with the transgender women who felt they were “born in the wrong body.”

“To me, they’re basically viewing themselves as defective and thinking that they need to be fixed,” Shupe said. “Instead, I view myself as just a unique variation of nature that’s just fine like it is.”

America has slowly begun to acknowledge that for many people, gender is much more complicated than simply being a man or a woman. And a growing number of Americans are seeking recognition of a third gender, neither exclusively male or female, under the label non-binary.

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the greatest Bible teachers of the 20th century, Peter S. Ruckman, had a very good and very controversial teaching where he connects the letter “x” with the coming Antichrist. He goes on to give a list (quoted in article below) of  words that begin with “x” that all seem to have something creepy in common. He passed away last year at the age of 95, but the coming craziness he predicted decades ago is now coming to pass. As for that list of words that begin with “x”, you might want to check it out. Seriously. You should.

People typically think of transgender as meaning gender reversal, where someone identifies as the opposite sex from their birth sex. But transgender is an umbrella term used to cover a wide spectrum of people whose gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth even pedophiles!

More than one-third of transgender people describe themselves as non-binary, which the National Center for Transgender Equality defines as “people whose gender is not exclusively male or female, including those who identify with a gender other than male or female, as more than one gender, or as no gender, identifying as a combination of genders or not identifying with either gender at all.”

Asia Kate Dillon will be presenting the acting award in history with no gender distinction at this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards in Los Angeles.

Non-binary people have always been part of the population. But for the first time, state governments in the U.S.. are beginning to recognize their identity. Oregon approved a third gender option on driver’s licenses last week; California’s Senate passed a law with the same aim, and similar legislation was introduced in both New York and the District of Columbia this week.

Non-binary people are now represented in popular culture as well. Actor Asia Kate Dillon, who is credited with being the “first non-binary actor ever to be portrayed on TV,” plays a gender non-binary character on the Showtime series Billions. 

“Hello, I’m Taylor. My pronouns are they, theirs and them,” Dillon’s Billions character declares when introduced to one of the show’s two protagonists. The scene likely also introduced the concept of non-binary people and non-gender specific pronouns to many viewers.

Words that begin with “x” that you should know about:

The most interesting thing about the number 666 is that it contains three words that end in “X”…Words that will damn the human race are as follows: sex, hex, pox, vex, hoax, jinx, tax, marx, etc. The two latest are “Xerox” and “Fax,” although you will have to admit that Felix, Sphinx, Lynx, Styx, and Rex are very appropriate since the Son of Perdition is a King likened to a cat. “Also rans” are Ax (Rev. 20:4), Ox (Ex. 32), Lux (Isa. 14:12), Vox (Rev. 13:5), X-mas, and “Malcom X.” “X” marks the spot. (Ruckman, Peter. Ruckman’s Bible References: Personal Notes on Salient Verses in the Bible. 1997, p. 364)

The issue of gender on official documentation is not merely a semantic one.

Nearly one-third of transgender people said they were harassed, assaulted or denied service because their ID did not match their “gender presentation,” according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

“Presenting an identification document that does not accurately reflect one’s sex and is inconsistent with one’s gender identity can trigger invasions of privacy, prejudice, stigma, violence and discrimination and harassment in a wide variety of settings, including in employment, education, public accommodations, health care, housing and interactions with the government, including with law enforcement,” the LGBT civil rights group Lambda Legal wrote to the Oregon Department of Transportation arguing for the rule change to allow a third gender option.

Oregon became the first state to give residents the option to identify as neither male or female on their driver’s licenses and state identification cards Thursday after a ruling by the Oregon Transportation Commission. Beginning July 1, those IDs will offer an “X” as a third option in addition to the traditional “F” and “M.”

A bill passed the California Senate to allow the state’s residents to change their gender identity on their birth certificates and state IDs, including driver’s licenses, to “female, male, or non-binary.” The bill is currently awaiting a vote in the state Assembly. Similar legislation has been introduced in New York and the District of Columbia.

Making history

When Shupe decided to fight to be legally recognized as non-binary, they expected a big legal battle, Shupe said.

“But in the end, the huge legal and non-binary civil rights battle that I expected to unfold going into this never came to pass; simply because this was always the right thing to do all along,” Shupe said in a statement after the Oregon Transportation Commission’s decision to include an X option.

“From a government perspective, there’s no rational basis to deny it,” said Lake Perriguey, the Portland-based lawyer who represented Shupe. Perriguey noted the lack of opposition to the change.

“A year is an incredibly quick shift in policy for the state,” said Perriguey, who will be handing out X-marked doughnut holes when the Oregon DMV begins issuing IDs with a third gender option. “It’s great when government works that way.”

Shupe’s argument to the DMV was so effective because Shupe had already been legally recognized as non-binary, Perriguey said. “And that’s the same kind of argument Jamie will use to try to get a passport,” the attorney added.

Jamie Shupe holds a sign demanding transgender rights at Pioneer Square in Portland, Ore., March 31, 2016.

The next battle

The fight to get a third gender option on federal documents like passports is the next major hurdle in non-binary Americans’ struggle for legal recognition.

Dana Zzyym, a Navy veteran from Colorado, has already taken a request for a third gender option to the State Department. Zzyym is intersex, meaning they were born with sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definition of male or female.

The State Department cited fraud concerns when arguing against Zzyym’s request in federal court. But the department’s lawyer Ryan Parker said that “if states were to change their policy and were to issue driver’s licenses that identified the driver’s sex as ‘X,’ maybe that would be something that the State Department would need to take into account as it’s reexamining its policy.”

A federal judge ruled that the State Department’s refusal to meet Zyym’s request was “arbitrary and capricious.” The judge ordered the government to come up with more convincing arguments against providing a third gender option or to change the policy.

The judge did not give a deadline for the State Department to satisfy the ruling, but Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Paul Castillo promised the non-profit would take action “relatively soon” if the government “continues to refuse to modify its policy.”

“Not only is it a matter of safety and privacy, it’s’ a matter of human dignity,” Castillo said.

Unlike Shupe’s lawsuit in Oregon, there is opposition to the idea of a third gender option in California and on the federal level. And Shupe fears for their safety after some of the comments Shupe has read since becoming a focal point in the non-binary debate.

“All the Bible-thumpers believe that there’s only males and females according to the Bible,” Shupe said when explaining the cause of their fears. “I’m the person that destroyed that in the United States.”

Shupe said that once the federal government recognizes non-binary as a gender the battle will be won and Shupe hopes they can then stop being such a public figure.

“Once the State Department battle is over, I think I’ll just be back to being a normal person again living in relative obscurity,” Shupe said. “I’m really proud that I did this, but the fame of it is a big burden. And I didn’t do it to get famous I did it because it had to be done.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whilst you were sleeping and posting on Facebook satan used one man to overturn America! Doesn’t that make all you Bible-thumpers proud out there? Most of you so-called, self-proclaimed Christians wont even have read this far! I could stick my tongue out at you, and you wouldn’t even know it!…You know what? I am sticking my tongue out at you right now. So is Jesus, and you’ll find that out on judgement day, when you find out you weren’t so self-righteous as you thought you were, posting on Facebook for your own fame instead of being busy behind the scenes, helping ministries as Jesus wanted you to do!!!

Now this is either going to make you happy as pie, or, bring a tear to your eye!

Read more, It Is Now A Crime To ‘Misgender’ A Transsexual Or Transgender Person:

https://whatshotn.me/2016/01/03/it-is-now-a-crime-to-misgender-a-transsexual-or-transgender-person/

Oregon court allows person to change sex from ‘female’ to ‘non-binary’:

https://whatshotn.me/2016/06/11/oregon-court-allows-person-to-change-sex-from-female-to-non-binary/

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Mark Zuckerberg says he’s no longer an atheist, believes ‘religion is very important’

The founder of Facebook has found religion, it seems, according to a cheery holiday message he posted on the social network he created.

On Christmas Day, Zuckerberg indicated in a Facebook status that he was “celebrating Christmas.”

“Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me,” he wrote, naming his wife, daughter and dog. Then a commenter asked him: Aren’t you an atheist?

Zuckerberg identified himself as an atheist for years, but on Facebook on Christmas he wrote back: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Mark Zuckerberg, pictured on the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Mark Zuckerberg, pictured on the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

He didn’t answer further questions about what he does believe in. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have publicly discussed their moral values frequently — including in a lengthy letter when their daughter was born a year ago, in which they pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook stock, which at about $45 billion at the time was one of the largest philanthropic commitments ever. And they’ve already met one of the world’s most important religious figures: Pope Francis, with whom they discussed bringing communication technology to the world’s poor.

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Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Pope Francis At Vatican Today, Gives Him A Facebook Drone

Pope Francis meets Mark Zuckerberg and his wife at the Vatican

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday.

Pope Francis meets Mark Zuckerberg and his wife at the VaticanOn Monday Pope Francis met with Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook, at the Vatican, marking the latest in a string of visits from other major tech-heads this year.

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” John 17:11 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Using a title stolen from God, the “holy father” held a meeting today with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It’s rather odd why a person like Pope Francis, who claims to be technologically ignorant, has such a strong desire to meet with all the world’s top technology people. What do you suppose he’s assembling? Hmm…

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said one topic of discussion at the meeting was “how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need.”

Zuckerberg gave the Pope a miniature model of Aquila, the solar-powered drone Facebook wants to use for beaming the internet to countries with no access.

The atmosphere appeared informal, with the chat taking place in the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives.

His meeting with Zuckerberg and Chan marks the fourth time he has met with a major tech head this year.

On Jan. 15 he welcomed Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, for a private meeting at the Vatican. A week later, he granted another private audience to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The Pope has also made an effort to engage with big name celebrities who share topics of interest such as Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom he met Jan. 28 in an encounter that focused on issues related to climate change and the environment.

He has also started to make waves on social media, opening a Twitter account in 2012 and launching his own Instagram March 19, just weeks after his Feb. 26 meeting with the CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

The reason behind Francis’ meeting with Zuckerberg, who co-founded Facebook with college roommates and fellow students at Harvard in 2004, could be prompted by Zuckerberg and Chan’s decision in 2015 to give away virtually all of their $45 billion in Facebook Inc. shares.

As of August 2016, Zuckerberg has an estimated net worth of $53.7 billion, making him one of the top 5 richest people in the world.

When Pope Francis notes, then, as he has frequently done, that according to some studies “80% of the world’s riches are in the hands of 17% of the population,” he’s referring to Zuckerberg.

However, after their daughter Maxina was born in late 2015, Zuckerberg and Chan announced Dec. 2, 2015, in an open letter to her that they would be donating 99 percent of their Facebook stock during their lives through the “Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” aimed at advancing human potential and promoting equality “for all children in the next generation.”

In May, a report from Gizmodo dropped the equivalent of a social media bomb when several former Facebook employees said the company routinely suppressed conservative news in the social media giant’s “trending news” section.

The former Facebook news curators said they were sometimes instructed to insert stories into the “trending” section that had not earned enough attention to be a trending topic, or that they had the freedom to “blacklist” topics that they didn’t want to appear in the section, meaning that the section was not organically curated by the interests of other Facebook users, contrary to popular thought.

Although Facebook denied any allegations of bias and said they had launched an investigation into the issue, the episode has left many skeptical, and doubts remain.

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No, CERN And The Mandela Effect Has Not Changed The King James Bible

Our eyes and brains are being bombarded by light and sounds and words. Our brains are being rewired, and our sense of reality is changing.

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:6,7 (KJV)

It is called the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela Effect is a theory put forth by writer and “paranormal consultant” Fiona Broome who theorizes that false memories are in fact glimpses into parallel worlds with different timelines. The phrase was coined after African president Nelson Mandela who many people claimed to remembered him dying in prison back in the 1980’s. Of course, Nelson Mandela did not die in prison in the 1980’s but more recently in the year 2013.

Here are some examples that Mandela Effect advocates say were “changed” when time travelers used the CERN reactor go into the past which resulted in inadvertent “changes in the matrix”:

  • The children’s book Berenstain Bears used to be called Berenstein Bears.
  • Billy Graham’s funeral was televised even though as of this writing he is still very much alive.
  • Jif peanut butter used to be called Jiffy but now it’s not.

Yes, I know they sound silly – but – this is believed by a rapidly growing number of people who think it’s true. I know a librarian, and one of her favorite kid’s books was the Berenstain Bears when her son was in grade school. He always thought it was funny that it said “stain” instead of “stein”, but that is the original spelling. People call it Jiffy peanut butter because they are confusing it with Skippy peanut butter. Billy Graham has been in ill health for a number of years now, and his absence naturally makes people assume he passed away when in fact he has not. I could give more example but I think you get the point. What I really want to talk about is how this might affect God’s preserved word – the King James Bible.

God’s promise to preserve His word for all generations still stands

As of this writing, there are over 350 different and differing versions of the Bible, with more appearing every year. Since the one thing all these versions have in common is that they are all different, the potential for mass confusion is great. But for the last 405 years, the King James Bible has existed to present God’s true and preserved word to a lost and dying world. In the Bible verse at the top of this article you see God’s promise to preserve His word on this Earth forever. That promise remains unbroken. But Mandela Effect advocates say that even this has been changed due to CERN time travel. Well, in order for that to be true, God’s promise of preservation would have to be broken and that is simply not possible.

There is no machine that man can create that is capable of undoing the smallest of the promises of God, much less to go back in time and change what He Himself has preserved. So with that, let’s look at the main example where Mandela Effect advocates say CERN time travel has changed the God’s preserved word.

THE LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB: Everyone knows that the Bible says that, in the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, that the “lion shall lie down with the lamb”, right? But a quick trip to Isaiah shows that not to the case. Whoa! How can that be?:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)

Mandela EffectThe Mandela Effect people tout this verse as the number one example of how CERN time travel has “changed the Bible”, but is it so? The answer is, of course, no it is not so. Isaiah 11 has always said it will be the “wolf and the lamb” lying down together. The problem is not many Christians spend a whole lot of time actually reading the Bible and memorizing it’s passages. Isaiah rightly said “wolf” and not “lion” because of what the wolf represents, namely the Devil. During the 1,000 Year Reign of Jesus in Jerusalem, Satan will be bound the entire time, right? But his people will continue to dwell with God’s people, side by side. How do we know this? Because the Bible says that as soon as Satan is released from his chains, he immediately is able to raise up an army to come against Jesus Christ in the Battle of Gog and Magog. See for yourself:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Revelation 20:7-9 (KJV)

Satan’s army is raised up from all the people who just spent 1,000 years under the rule of Jesus. They were the “wolves” lying side by side with God’s “lambs”. Isaiah was right, and a swift application of 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) reveals these “deeper nuggets” of Bible doctrine and prophecy. But people have misquoted the verse from Isaiah 11 because over the years they have listened to too many illustrations, videos and songs using the phrase “lion and the lamb”. Combine that with a lack of Bible study of what God’s word actually says, and there you have it. Revelation 5:5,6 (KJV) tells you all about the real Lion and the Lamb. Jesus is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as well as the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. It makes no sense for Isaiah to  have Jesus lying down with Himself. But the wolf with the lamb is Bible prophecy.

Now, we could do what we just did with all the rest of the examples given by the Mandela Effect people to say that the King James Bible has been changed. God’s preserved word has not been changed, neither will it ever be. But there is something that has changed which I think might be the real Mandela Effect.

The amount of time that people are now spending on social media, sharing stories, memes and events from the day has skyrocketed. Slick looking satire sites with fake news, like the Babylon Bee, present satire and phony “news” but in a very convincing manner. On a near daily basis I reach out to friends who have inadvertently shared an fake article thinking it was real. I have watched countless times as a fake story gets shared over hundreds of groups on Facebook, adopted by thousands of people, leading to outrage over the article’s premise but completely fake at the same time. Yet everyone knows that “it’s true” nonetheless. Do you see what’s happening here?

We have become saturated in news, both real and fake, all delivered to use by the pulsing, glowing eye of our monitors, tablets and smart devices. Our eyes and brains are being bombarded by light and sounds and words. The end result being our brains are being rewired, and our sense of reality is changing. But it is not due to the CERN reactor and time travel disrupting the Matrix.

We are doing it to ourselves. Want to see how addicted you’ve really become? Just trying unplugging from everything online, for a mere 30 days and see how you feel. See if you can even last that long. Maybe you better start off with just a week. How about 72 hours?

That’s the real Mandela Effect.

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EU LINKS UP WITH TWITTER, TECH FIRMS TO COMBAT HATE SPEECH

The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world’s biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online. The EU is Coming to Close Down Your Free Speech, SO FREE SPEECH BIG CHILL!

  • The German Chancellor was not interested in the reinforcement of Europe’s external borders, the re-erection of its internal borders, the institution of a workable asylum vetting system and the repatriation of people who had lied to gain entry into Europe. Instead, Chancellor Merkel wanted to know how Facebook’s founder could help her restrict the free speech of Europeans, on Facebook and on other social media.
  • Then, on May 31, the European Union announced a new online speech code to be enforced by four major tech companies, including Facebook and YouTube.
  • It was clear from the outset that Facebook has a definitional problem as well as a political bias in deciding on these targets. What is Facebook’s definition of ‘racism’? What is its definition of ‘xenophobia’? What, come to that, is its definition of ‘hate speech’?
  • Of course the EU is a government — and an unelected government at that — so its desire not just to avoid replying to its critics — but to criminalise their views and ban their contrary expressions — is as bad as the government of any country banning or criminalising the expression of opinion which is not adulatory of the government.
  • People must speak up — must speak up now, and must speak up fast — in support of freedom of speech before it is taken away from them. It is, sadly, not an overstatement to say that our entire future depends on it.

It is nine months since Angela Merkel and Mark Zuckerberg tried to solve Europe’s migrant crisis. Of course having caused the migrant crisis by announcing the doors of Europe as open to the entire third-world, Angela Merkel particularly would have been in a good position actually to try to solve this crisis.

But the German Chancellor was not interested in the reinforcement of Europe’s external borders, the re-erection of its internal borders, the institution of a workable asylum vetting system and the repatriation of people who had lied to gain entry into Europe. Instead, Chancellor Merkel was interested in Facebook.

When seated with Mark Zuckerberg, Frau Merkel wanted to know how the Facebook founder could help her restrict the free speech of Europeans, on Facebook and on other social media. Speaking to Zuckerberg at a UN summit last September (and not aware that the microphones were picking her up) she asked what could be done to restrict people writing things on Facebook which were critical of her migration policy. ‘Are you working on this?’ she asked him. ‘Yeah’, Zuckerberg replied.

In the months that followed, we learned that this was not idle chatter over lunch. In January of this year, Facebook launched its ‘Initiative for civil courage online’, committing a million Euros to fund non-governmental organisations in its work to counter ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’ posts online. It also promised to remove ‘hate speech’ and expressions of ‘xenophobia’ from the Facebook website.

It was clear from the outset that Facebook has a definitional problem as well as a political bias in deciding on these targets. What is Facebook’s definition of ‘racism’? What is its definition of ‘xenophobia’? What, come to that, is its definition of ‘hate speech’? As for the political bias, why had Facebook not previously considered how, for instance, to stifle expressions of open-borders sentiments on Facebook? There are many people in Europe who have argued that the world should have no borders and that Europe in particular should be able to be lived in by anyone who so wishes. Why have people expressing such views on Facebook (and there are many) not found their views censored and their posts removed? Are such views not ‘extreme’?

EDITOR’S NOTE: While removing speech that directly calls for violence is a good thing, the definition of what ‘hate speech’ is remains a little murky. For example, will it be considered hate speech for the Bible believing Christian to say that homosexuality is wrong and that transgender men should not be in the ladies bathroom? Something tells me this is exactly where we are headed. 

Under the terms of a code of conduct, the firms, which also include You Tube and Microsoft, have committed to “quickly and efficiently” tackle illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin. The sites have often been used by terrorist organizations to relay messages and entice hatred against certain individuals or groups.

Among the measures agreed with the EU’s executive arm, the firms have said they will establish internal procedures and staff training to guarantee that a majority of illegal content is assessed and, where necessary, removed within 24 hours. They have also agreed to strengthen their partnerships with civil society organizations who often flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct. The European Commission and the firms have also agreed to support civil society organizations to deliver “anti-hate campaigns.”

“The internet is a place for free speech, not hate speech,” said Vera Jourova, the EU commissioner responsible for justice, consumers and gender equality. She added that the code of conduct, which will be regularly reviewed in terms of its scope and its impact, will ensure that public incitement to violence to hatred has “no place online.”

The firms themselves say there’s no conflict between their mission statements to promote the freedom of expression and clamping down on hate speech.

CensoredTwitter, which has been at the center of much of the hate speech that’s spread online over the past few years, says it will continue to tackle the issue “head-on” along with partners in industry and civil society.

“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” said Twitter’s European head of public policy Karen White. “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”

And Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bickert urged the company’s 1.6 billion users to use the site’s in-built reporting tools in the event they find content they consider unacceptable.

“Our teams around the world review these reports around the clock and take swift action,” she said.

People must speak up — and speak up now, and speak up fast — in support of freedom of speech before it is taken away from them, and against the authorities who would silence all of us. It is, sadly, not an overstatement to say that our entire future depends on it.

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Online Church Service from House of The Nazarene

WHATSHOTNHey I have an idea!

At the present time, We start out singing a few songs to Worship the Lord.

Songs 1-2
Reading (sermon)
Daily verse and thought
Song 1-2
Closing prayer
Song

Read a few sermons, Read the Bible in a year, that gives us Scripture reading, We also post an Audio Bible to listen to while we read the Scripture, that is all on this page.

https://www.facebook.com/The.House.of.the.Nazarene

Once your done that concludes the church service for today!
And you may start at anytime!

I’m open to ideas on how to have a better online service worldwide!

 

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Facebook Trending Topics Will Undergo Changes Following Allegations of Political Bias

Facebook Makes Changes to Address Anti-Conservative Bias Concerns

Facebook is making several changes to its trending topics feature following an investigation stemming from anonymous allegations of political bias, the social network’s general counsel announced in a newsroom post on Monday.

Facebook launched an investigation earlier this month after tech website Gizmodo cited an anonymous source who said the social network’s “news curators” were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into Facebook’s “Trending Topics” list.

Desktop users can see trending topics in the upper right side of their Facebook newsfeed. On the app, trending topics are visible after a user taps the search bar.

Facebook changes names of ToolsColin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, outlined in a newsroom post several changes the social network plans to implement, including no longer relying on a select list of news outlets and websites as a way to automatically nominate topics for the trending feature.

As a result, a “Media 1K” list of feeds, which were used with an algorithm to surface potential trending topics, will be eliminated, along with the ability to add an “importance level” to a topic based on its prominence in a top-ten list of media sources, according to Stretch.

Facebook is also planning refresher training for all reviewers and pledged to add more information in its help center about how the Trending Topics feature is populated.

Despite the changes to Trending Topics, Facebook’s investigation found there was “no evidence of systematic political bias in the selection or prominence of stories included in the Trending Topics feature,” Stretch said. Facebook’s investigation was also unable to substantiate specific allegations of “politically-motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources,” he added.

Facebook to revamp ‘trending topics’ feature to reduce bias risk:

However, the investigation was not able to discount the possibility of an individual straying from the policies or the potential for “unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies,” Stretch noted.

Along with the investigation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg welcomed leading conservatives to Facebook’s campus last week for a discussion about ensuring the social network remains an open platform to all ideas.

“Our community’s success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post last week. “It doesn’t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them.”

What Facebook is not completely admitting, they are mearly changing the names of the tools that is used to accomplish the same outcome!

Now even though Facebook to revamp ‘trending topics’ feature to reduce bias risk, it was said in that way because Facebook will Never and I mean Never eliminate it! You just won’t know about it, Facebook will get smarter about how to lie to the over a billion subscribers they brag about, and you will no less not see the Word of God on the Facebook platform as regularly as they are posted, nor will they Ever be in the trending section! Will Christian media still just vanish? Poof? You betcha!

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Donald Trump Adviser to Attend Facebook Meeting on Alleged News Bias

Barry Bennett, a senior political adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, will be attending a meeting of prominent conservatives at Facebook headquarters this week.

A senior adviser to Donald Trump will attend a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday with prominent conservative leaders in response to a recent report of Facebook’s handling of conservative news stories, a campaign official said today.

The meeting, scheduled to take place at Facebook headquarters, was convened by Zuckerberg in response to these allegations.

Trump senior adviser Barry Bennett told ABC News that he will be representing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee at Wednesday’s meeting.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is convening the meeting in response to recent allegations of anti-conservative bias at the company.

Bennett is the first campaign aide known to be participating. A Facebook spokesman confirmed his attendance on Monday morning.

Bennett was previously Ben Carson’s campaign manager.

Former Senator Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, will also be there, a DeMint aide said.

In a Facebook post last week, Zuckerberg said the company is investigating the anonymous allegations — first reported by Gizmodo — that former workers suppressed conservative news stories in Facebook’s “trending” stories section.

Trump aide Barry Bennett to meet with Mark Zuckerberg

Trump aide Barry Bennett to meet with Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg said the company has found no evidence the allegations are true. But the company recognizes it has a perception problem at the very least.

“I want to have a direct conversation about what Facebook stands for and how we can be sure our platform stays as open as possible,” he wrote.

“I’m going in with an open mind and an eagerness to learn more,” Cupp said. “Conservatives and Silicon Valley actually come down on the same side of many issues and share some common concerns. I’m sure we’ll find plenty to talk about, and I’m honored to have been included.”

Wednesday’s meeting is said to be the first of several such conversations — signaling that Facebook is well aware of the risk to its reputation that comes from the whiff of bias.

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post last week that the company was conducting a “full investigation” into the allegations that former Facebook workers had excluded news stories with conservative viewpoints to appear on the “Trending News” section, first reported by the Tech website, Gizmodo.

“Trending Topics is designed to surface the most newsworthy and popular conversations to Facebook. We have rigorous guidelines that do not permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or the suppression of political perspectives,” Zuckerberg said in a statement on Facebook last week. “This week, there was a report suggesting that Facebook contractors working on Trending Topics suppressed stories with conservatives viewpoints. We take this report very seriously and are conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity of this product.”

Other attendees for the meeting include: The Blaze’s Glenn Beck, Fox’s Dana Perino, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN conservative commentator SE Cupp, and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of tech firm Targeted Victory. Moffatt was previously Mitt Romney’s digital director.

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