Sex sting: ‘Hundreds’ at Twitter tracking & storing ‘d*ck pics’ – Project Veritas

In undercover interviews with Twitter staff, Project Veritas has alleged that hundreds of employees are tasked with searching for graphic user photos. This data is then stored – indefinitely.

For anyone who thinks the information they send over Twitter is somehow protected from third-party snooping, think again. In a series of interviews caught on hidden camera in early January, Clay Haynes, senior network security engineer, dispels those notions once and for all.

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“I’ve seen way more penises than I’ve ever wanted to see in my life,” Haynes confides to an undercover journalist with Project Veritas.

When asked to elaborate, Haynes says the graphic material is found on “DMs (direct messages), tweets…”

“Lots of d*cks,” he emphasized.

Interestingly, it is not the work of a robot to automatically single out the offensive content, but rather large teams of humans devoted to the task. “There’s teams dedicated to it,” Haynes confirms. “I mean, we’re talking, we’re talking three or four… at least, three or four hundred people.”

“Yes, they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.”

According to the founder of Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, users have no way to protect themselves from Twitter violations of privacy.

“Twitter has pages and pages of rules and requirements, including its comprehensive terms of service that protects Twitter from you,” O’Keefe noted. “But you have nothing that protects you from Twitter.”

This boils down to the ultimate question: How much information does Twitter have, and what are they doing with it?

According to another Twitter employee, a direct messaging engineer introduced as Pranay Singh, quite a lot.

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“All your sex messages and your, like, dick pics are on my server now… All your illegitimate wives and, like, all the girls you’ve been f*cking around with, they’re on my server now,” Singh boasted.

“I’m going to send it to your wife, she’s going to use it in your divorce,” he added, jokingly.

But as the axiom says, with every joke there is a hint of truth.

O’Keefe commented on this particularly jocular, cocky stance from many Twitter engineers, who “seemed to have a more cavalier attitude about user privacy. It is almost like the whole culture at Twitter is about abusing and laughing at users.”

Singh emphasized a terrible truth about all of the vast amounts of personal data that Twitter hoovers up on a daily basis: it never goes away. “Like, they are always on there,” Singh claims.

And this fits in with Twitter’s particular business model, which collects user information and sells it to businesses, advertisers, and other interested parties, it appears.

“Even after you send [the information], people are analyzing them, to see what you’re interested in, to see what you’re talking about, and they sell that data.” When asked to clarify what sort of information Twitter makes available, Singh said, “everything.”

Even direct messages are free game. As O’Keefe explained, “this is not your run-of-the-mill big data. This is personal and specific, and that has a high premium for advertisers.”

It is almost like the whole culture at Twitter is about abusing and laughing at users. – James O’Keefe, Project Veritas

Another Twitter engineer, Mihai Florea, who has been with the company for three years, admitted that selling data to advertisers is “how we make most of our money.”

Florea said that users are “paying for the right to use our website with your data basically… And it’s the same way with every free website.”

Twitter has rejected the claims put forward in the Project Veritas investigation.

“We do not proactively review DMs. Period,” a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed. “A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.”

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It must be noted that the work of Project Veritas has not been without criticism for the methods it employs.

In 2010, O’Keefe was sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $ 1,500 fine for entering then-Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) office on false pretenses.

O’Keefe and three colleagues were arrested by federal authorities at Landrieu’s office on allegations of phone-tampering.

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School bans hijabs & fasting as chairman begins ‘crusade’ against Islamification of kids (VIDEO)

A decision by one of Britain’s top primary schools to ban girls aged under eight from wearing hijabs and religious fasting has divided Muslim parents at the school.

St Stephen’s primary school in Newham, East London has banned pupils from fasting on school days during Ramadan for the sake of their health and safety. Chairman of the school Arif Qawi said some pupils as young as eight were fasting during the religious month despite Muslim clerics usually advising that children do not have to fast until they have reached puberty.

Qawi called on the Department of Education to “step up and [take the issue] out of our hands.” He told the Sunday Times: “We did not ban fasting altogether but we encouraged them to fast in holidays, at weekends and not on the school campus.

“It just seemed wrong. It is common sense,” he said. “Here we are responsible for their health and safety. If they pass out on campus… it is not fair to us.”

Qawi has admitted that he is undertaking “a personal crusade to severely limit the Islamization process and turn these children into modern British citizens.”

The comments were made in a social media post in November 2017, which also celebrated the school’s major achievement when it topped the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ school league tables.

One mother, who was dressed in a hijab, told RT that she is “angered” by the school’s decision. “I think it totally contradicts the statement of the school that they are teaching our children to become respectful citizens,” she said. “I feel extremely angered by the fact that they are not respecting us as parents regarding our children’s upbringing.”

Other mothers were supportive of the move, stating that girls of that age are too small to be wearing the religious garment. “It’s OK because at eight years old, girls are too young to wear the hijab,” one mother said.

A spokesman for the Department of Education told the Sunday Times that “it is a matter for individual schools to decide how to accommodate children observing Ramadan, and to set uniform policies. We issue clear guidance on uniform and to help schools understand their legal duties under the Equality Act.”

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Putin may win presidential election in first round – poll

Current Russian President Vladimir Putin may win the upcoming presidential election in the first round, a survey by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center revealed, two months before the March 18 vote.

If the Russian presidential election were held next Sunday, the current president would receive 81.1% of the vote and win in the first round, with Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin receiving 7.6 percent ,and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky receiving 4.2 percent. The ratings for socialite Ksenia Sobchak of the Civil Initiative Party, Yabloko’s Grigory Yavlinsky, and Party of Growth leader Boris Titov currently have less than 1 percent, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said. The election will enter a second round if none of the candidates is able to get more than one half of the vote.

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The majority of Russians “will come to the polls,” according to the research conducted one week ago. Sixty-seven percent of the respondents intend to vote, and the attitude of this group is “usually close to the actual turnout,” Valery Fedorov, who heads VTsIOM, told Kommersant. Fifteen percent of those surveyed have not decided whether or not they will vote, with 3 percent saying they will “definitely” skip this election. 

The Communists (KPRF) and Lib Dems (LDPR) dispute VTsIOM’s results, saying that they have more trust in their own polls. A telephone survey by the Communist Party showed that 10 percent of those who are definitely going to vote will do so for Grudinin, who is running for president for the first time and is not even a KPRF member.

The Liberal Democrats have even more trust in Zhirinovsky, who has taken part in a record five presidential elections, but has never received more than 10 percent of the vote. “We’ve conducted our own research and it shows that Vladimir Zhirinovsky has the opportunity not only to make it to the second round, but also achieve victory,” Aleksey Didenko, the head of the LDPR election headquarters, told Kommersant.

Meanwhile, more than a million signatures have been collected in support of registering Vladimir Putin as a candidate in the March 18 presidential election, the campaign headquarters said. Despite needing only 300,000, Putin’s team is planning to continue collecting signatures so that “everyone who wants to do so could express their support” for the candidate, Rossiyska Gazeta reported.

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Cryptocurrencies may disappear but technology behind them will remain – Medvedev

Virtual currencies are a new challenge for governments and businesses and could soon disappear, but the technology they are based on might remain, as happened with the internet, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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During his speech at the Gaidar Economic Forum in Moscow, Medvedev said that theorists had predicted the emergence of cryptocurrencies already in the middle of the last century. Nevertheless, digital currencies are a challenge for everyone, including the experts, he said.

“Today, everyone is wondering where’s the end for this ‘cryptocurrency race’. Maybe it’s the dead-end path of the cyber-revolution?” said Medvedev.

He added that he couldn’t completely rule out a repeat of the early 1990s scenario when a large number of new companies emerged due to the developing internet, but later disappeared. The technology itself – the internet – not only remained, but also now plays a key role in our life, according to the Russian PM.

“Similarly, in a few years, cryptocurrencies may disappear but the technology, on the basis of which they evolve, blockchain, will become a part of everyday reality. Such a scenario cannot be excluded,” Medvedev said.

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FIFA sends questions to whistleblower Rodchenkov on Russian football doping

FIFA has stepped up its investigation into doping accusations surrounding Russian soccer by sending a list of specific questions to former Moscow lab head of anti-doping Grigory Rodchenkov.

Testimony from Rodchenkov included in the WADA-commissioned McLaren Report resulted in 34 cases of alleged doping from Russian national team soccer players, including members of the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad. World football’s governing body confirmed in a statement that it had sent the questions to Rodchenkov through a WADA designated lawyer.

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“FIFA is already in possession of information from Dr. Rodchenkov, since we have been in contact with Prof. McLaren who gave us the information concerning football given to him by Dr. Rodchenkov,” the statement read, Sky Sports reported.

“In addition, after conducting an initial review of the new data from the Moscow laboratory provided recently by WADA, FIFA has now submitted a list of specific questions to the WADA designated lawyer for him to forward them to Dr. Rodchenkov.

“Moreover, FIFA has requested that a forensic analysis be conducted on a concrete number of samples (selected following the criteria set by WADA) and asked to be given priority. WADA informed FIFA that the order of priority will be made by the designated expert team. We haven’t heard from the expert team yet.”

It is reported that WADA retrieved 3,000 samples, including 154 from soccer players from the Moscow laboratory, which Rodchenkov headed, despite the fugitive doctor having destroyed around 8,000 doping controls in 2014.
FIFA also says it has access to additional evidence from a database from Rodchenkov’s laboratory that could help to prosecute doping cases in soccer in Russia.

Last summer, FIFA President Gianni Infantino responded to questions surrounding doping in the Russian national team at the final press conference of the 2017 Confederations Cup tournament. Infantino insisted all of the doping tests from the 23 Russian players taking part in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup had come back negative.

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“All 23 Russian players were tested by UEFA accredited doctors and had everything tested. In this Confederations Cup all players were tested, not by Russian people outside of Russia, but by people in our laboratory in Lausanne,” the FIFA president said.

“All these tests, including, in addition, all these tests, not made in Russia, all done in WADA laboratory tests, all tests so far have given negative results. There can be no sanctions. Some people will want sanctions, but if there are no negative results, how can there be?” he said.

In December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee banned Russia from the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games next month and also handed lifetime bans to 42 Russian athletes due to alleged doping violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Last week, Rodchenkov’s lawyer announced the 59-year-old will provide testimony in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal hearings of the 42 Russian athletes, which will be heard the week beginning January 22.

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Attack on the press? Philippines revokes license for major news outlet Rappler

Major Philippines news outlet Rappler has vowed to continue its reporting after the government handed down a ‘kill order’ revoking the company’s license to operate.

The ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the nation’s corporate business regulator, was made public on Monday. According to government officials, Rappler’s license was withdrawn because of its failure to comply with media ownership laws, an allegation which the company denies.

The decision to wipe Rappler’s certificate of incorporation stems from the news outlet’s issuing of Philippines depositary receipts allegedly sold to foreign entities.

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“The constitution sets restrictions on the ownership and management of mass media entities to which all must abide,” said a spokesperson for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The issue at hand is the compliance of 100% Filipino ownership and management of mass media. It is not about infringement on the freedom of the press. No one is above the law. Rappler has to comply.”

Rappler journalists have reported on the death toll of Duterte’s drug war, as well as corruption allegations from within the government. In his 2017 ‘state of the nation’ address, President Duterte questioned Rappler’s operation, adding that the company would end up in American ownership.

On Tuesday, Harry Roque Jr, presidential spokesperson, denied that the Rappler decision was an attack on press freedom.

“[The] truth is the reporter of Rappler is still in our press briefing. She is not being prevented from exercising her profession as a journalist,” he said.

“None of the individuals behind Rappler will be prevented from performing their duties as journalists.”

Rappler has labelled the government’s decision as harassment “pure and simple”.

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“The SEC’s kill order revoking Rappler’s license to operate is the first of its kind in history – both for the Commission and for Philippine media,” a Rappler statement read.

“What this means for you, and for us, is that the Commission is ordering us to close shop, to cease telling you stories, to stop speaking truth to power, and to let go of everything that we have built – and created – with you since 2012.”

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‘Canterbury Cannibal’ who plotted to kill & eat 14yo girl relocated to Nebraska jail

A US man convicted of plotting to kill and eat a 14-year-old girl in England turned up in a quiet community in Nebraska making locals feel uneasy. Authorities have said that the man is still jailed and closely watched.

The story of Dale Bolinger, dubbed the “Canterbury Cannibal” by media, hit the headlines back in 2013-2014. A former nurse who worked at a Thanet Hospital in Kent, Bolinger was arrested after he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl via the Dark Fetish Network (DFN) in the UK.

He reportedly bought an axe before meeting the girl at a train station. The girl, however, never showed up. Bolinger was convicted of trying to eat the teenager and was sentenced to nine years in prison in Canterbury, England.

The convict remained in a British prison until earlier in January, when a Nebraska-based newspaper reported that the wannabe cannibal had settled in the rural town of Blair, Washington County. 

The 62-year old was registered as a sex offender and was reportedly living with local residents Steve and Lynn Sobota in the Todd Drive neighborhood. 

Since the news emerged, locals have been on high alert and parents have kept a close eye on their children. “This is just demented,” said Sylvia Kasper, who babysits several children near the Sobotas’ house. “This neighborhood is filled with children. There are babies right up the street. He could have walked right up to the bus stop!” 

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“It really creeps me out,” another Todd Drive resident, who declined to give her name, said. “I have grandkids who come over.”

Washington County Sheriff Mike Robinson eventually allayed the fears, saying that Bolinger did spend some time in the neighborhood, but only before being sent to the Washington County Jail. The reason for his moving there has not been disclosed. “He’s here, but I cannot tell you why,” Robinson said“Legally, I cannot say anything.” 

Robinson said he is upset that he hadn’t received a tip about Bolinger earlier. “We don’t know why we weren’t notified, since they knew he was going to be living in Washington County, why they didn’t invite us to go to the airport with them to meet him,” Robinson asked. “Why he wasn’t directed to register directly here so we would have a little bit better understanding of his past, ee don’t know. We don’t have any answers yet.”

During the trial of the “Canterbury Cannibal” back in 2014, both American and British media were leaking its blood-chilling details. It emerged that he had fantasizing about cannibalism since the age of six. Once, he allegedly tried to suffocate a female friend with a rag. In addition, the information on the fetishist website claimed that Bolinger was interested in “cannibalism, mainly the hunting and preparation of young but sometimes not so young women.” 

Also according to British court documents, the convicted sex offender used to digitally alter photos of girls to show them with apples in their mouths inside ovens. A psychiatrist ruled at that time, however, that Bolinger wasn’t suffering from any mental illness. 

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Dramatic moment RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over North Sea (VIDEO)

Dramatic footage has emerged of two Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets scrambling to intercept Russian bombers that were seen flying near British airspace. It emerges as the UK government claims such threats are “intensifying.”

The video, released by the Ministry of Defense, shows two 1,500mph jets flying alongside one of the Russian TU-160 Blackjacks. The two supersonic strategic bombers took off from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Monday morning.

They monitored and intercepted the Russian long-range bombers, which were allegedly encroaching on a UK “area of interest.”

The RAF jets set off as soon as the Russian Blackjacks were seen approaching an area within less than 50 miles of the UK. They picked up the Blackjacks around 30 miles from UK sovereign airspace and escorted them before they could go any further.

The jets were supported by the British Voyager carrier, which has the capability to refuel the aircraft mid-air.

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“We can confirm that Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers approaching the UK area of interest,” said an RAF spokesperson.

“The Russian aircraft were initially monitored by a variety of friendly nation fighters and subsequently intercepted by the RAF in the North Sea. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign UK airspace,” he added.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said that threats facing the UK were “intensifying.” He added: “We will not hesitate in defending our skies from acts of aggression.”

French and Belgian air forces were also reportedly deployed to tackle the situation.

It follows a string of incidents between the RAF and Russian Air Forces over the past few months. In September, two RAF Typhoons were scrambled to monitor a pair of Russian planes reportedly flying into UK airspace.

RAF Typhoon jets have been used since 2007 in offensives against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) with pilots carrying out missions that can last up to eight hours. The armed fighter jets incorporate air-to-air missiles and are an integral part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert.

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Back to USSR? IOC to review use of Soviet symbols by Russia

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) special commission will decide whether Soviet symbols can be used by the Russian athletes at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, after Russia’s national emblems were banned.

According to the official answer from the IOC, published by Russian outlet R-Sport, the Olympic governing body is to review the possible use of Soviet symbols.

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On December 5, the IOC’s Executive Board ruled to disqualify the entire Russian squad from next month’s Olympics, as the result of an investigation into an alleged state-sponsored doping program which it is presumed was undertaken in Russia during the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Athletes with clean doping record, however, were given the green light to compete in PyeongChang, on condition they meet the requirements stipulated by a specially-created doping review panel. Those approved to participate in the Winter Games will be required to perform under the name of “Olympic athlete from Russia” without national flag and anthem.

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Following IOC’s decision to ban Russian emblems, some of the Russian internet users offered to go to South Korea bearing Soviet emblems – flag, coat of arms and anthem – which have not been prohibited by the body.

It remains unknown what decision the special commission will make, but taking into account the fact that the Russian and Soviet anthems have the same tune, just different words, the answer will more likely be negative.

Last month, the IOC released Olympic kit requirements for Russian athletes and officials emphasizing that no indication of their national affiliation should be made. It also noted that the word ‘Russia’ should be the same size as the words ‘Olympic Athlete from,’ and that all national emblems must be replaced with the neutral ‘OAR’ logo.

Despite harsh measures imposed by the IOC, Russian fans and journalists planning to attend the Winter Games are allowed to use national emblems, as the body’s rigid restrictions cover only official delegation members.

Strict sanctions against Russia were instigated after the former head of Moscow Anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchekov, who fled to the USA at the end of 2015, repeatedly accused his home country of systematic doping violations.

The fugitive doctor, who supervised doping control at the Sochi Games, claimed that he was replacing steroid-laced probes of the Russian athletes with clean samples, allowing Olympic hosts to cover doping positive results.

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Rodchenkov’s testimony provided the basis for the McLaren report, which was used by the IOC commissions chaired by Denis Oswald and Samuel Schmid who held an investigation into Russia’s alleged doping manipulations.

Acting on the recommendations of the Oswald and Schmid Commissions, the IOC not only disqualified Russia from the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, but also handed lifetime bans for any future Olympics to more than 40 Russian team members, annulling the results they achieved in Sochi.

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Convicted murderer attacks 7 French prison guards amid protests for extra security

A convicted murderer has attacked and injured several guards in a French prison, local trade union says. The incident comes days after a similar assault by a convicted terrorist triggered nationwide protests from prison guards.

The inmate, whose name hasn’t been released, attacked seven prison guards in Mont-de-Marsan prison in the southwest department of Landes on Monday afternoon, France Info radio network reported, citing local SNP-FO prison union. At least five guards received various injuries, including broken bones, the union added. A female guard was among those injured. It’s not yet clear if the convict used a weapon to attack the guards.

The attack took place when prisoners were doing sports, Fabrice Cologni, a local secretary of the union, said. A search of the convict’s bag provoked the incident, the prison administration said, adding that the prisoner was transferred to the disciplinary section of the facility.

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The incident comes days after a former senior Al-Qaeda member, 51-year-old Christian Ganczarski, attacked and injured guards with scissors and a razor blade at the high-security prison in Vendin-le-Vieil. Ganczarski allegedly learnt that he might face extradition to the US in connection with investigations into the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Following the incident, hundreds of prison officers protested across France to demand tighter security around dangerous inmates. “We have between 4,000 and 5,000 assaults of staff per year, about 20 episodes of hostage-taking of staff. When will it stop? When someone is killed?” the secretary-general of UFAP-UNSA prison union, Jean-François Forget, told Europe 1 on Sunday.

The intense protests resulted in the resignation of the head of the Vendin-le-Vieil prison. The Ufap-Unsa, CGT-Penitentiary and FO-Penitentiary unions called for more protests on Tuesday.

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