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August 4, 2019

Polish Religion Institute Sues Google for Blocking Anti LGBTQ [Ideology] Film

by Martina Moyski  •  •   
WARSAW, Poland ( - YouTube has blocked and removed the latest episodes of a Polish TV program called I Believe in which the teaching of the Catholic Church was discussed in the context of LGBT ideology.
YouTube authorities explained their move by saying "hate speech" was used.
Google, which owns YouTube, "refuses to disclose which particular reason is at stake," said Dr. Tymoteusz Zych, vice president of the Ordo Iuris Institute, which is suing Google for removing the show. 
"They removed episodes and blocked the option of adding materials until October," he said. "Their reason for spreading hatred could even be a single sentence."
"Therefore, we presented a pre-trial letter to the Google group, which owns the YouTube internet platform," says Dr. Zych. "We demand the withdrawal of the decision to block the videos and an apology."
We demand the withdrawal of the decision to block the videos and an apology.Tweet
The Ordo Iuris Institute team of lawyers believe "there is a pressing need for lawyers to become actively involved in the defense of the [Polish] Constitution. For this reason, we have been guided by the idea of the legal order — ordo iuris."
"There is no specific reason for this blockade," said Dr. Zych, adding: 
There is only a general statement about incitement to violence and hatred, but only a certain list of features appears, i.e., spreading hatred, among others, due to age, social status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, veteran status, etc. This is a fairly wide list, it is not indicated which of these features was the reason for blocking the material. We can only guess that these are issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Dr. Zych told Do Rzeczy that blocking movies violates the personal rights of both the editor as well as the company ( which owns the program. The violation of personal rights includes damage to a good name and reputation of the people involved, and violation of the rights of a company damages the opportunity to present its own views, Dr. Zych explained.
The Catholic program I Believe (Wierzę) consisted of a series of programs, presented by, that Paweł Lisicki created with Marek Miśko hosting. The programs addressed a wide range of topics including the Crusades, the traditional Mass and LGBT ideology. 
Many in formerly occupied Communist countries speak to a feeling of deja vu when they look at current censorship practices.Tweet
One of the viewers of I Believe in Poland told Church Militant, "These were very interesting topics and there was a lot you could learn from them — especially that Paweł Lisicki has a lot to say about these issues in a very intelligent and interesting way."
The poster says: "This is what Poland will look like
if the left wing gains control in 2021."
The Polish viewer told Church Militant that Lisicki talked about respecting homosexuals in accordance with the teaching of the Church, but he pointed out the totalitarian side of the LGBT movement, pointing to the destruction it brings to the family and the structure of society.

Paweł Lisicki is the editor-in-chief of the Polish weekly Do Rzeczy (To the Point) and author of several books, including Kto zabił Jezusa? (Who Killed Jesus?), Dżihad i samozagłada Zachodu (Jihad and Self-annihilation of the West) and Luter. Ciemna strona rewolucji (Luther. The Dark Side of Revolution). 
In 2018, Lisicki authored Epoch of Antichrist, a work of political fiction, which has been described as addressing the consequences of the liberal current in the Catholic Church, conducted by the Vatican in the name of political correctness, which has resulted in a deviation from the Faith and de-Christianization of the world. He has translated the works of Martin Buber, Victor Farias and Karl Adam. 
Lisicki's program being banned falls on the heels of YouTube blocking another program on wRealu24.TV presenting independent topics like LGBT ideology — and yesterday blocked a program commemorating the 75th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising.
The Black The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression records in detail the suffering inflicted by leftist forces in a post-WWII world.
Many in formerly occupied Communist countries speak to a feeling of deja vu when they look at current censorship practices. Communists monopolized media; YouTube and Google now repress access to the media, censoring like Communists did in the past.
The Ordo Iuris website states: "Every day, people are confronted with various radical ideologies that aggressively question the existing social order. Such ideologies are not aimed at improving or healing society, but instead seek to destroy its very foundation, including the foundation for Poland that is clearly confirmed and affirmed by the Polish Constitution."

January 16, 2019

Google Under Fire For Having 'A Pray Away the Gay' App on Their Play Store

Google has come under fire for featuring an app that encourages gay people to seek controversial conversion therapy in its online store.

The app, created by US Christian group Living Hope Ministries, advises young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers, and adults to become heterosexual through prayer and therapy. The app also offers Bible study-style guidance.

The Texas-based Christian group is accused of referring to transgender and gay people as “sexually broken” individuals who can “walk out of false identities”, and claiming that the gay lifestyle is harmful.

Campaigners have claimed that the app falsely portrays being gay as an “addiction”, “sickness” and “sin”.

Activist group Truth Wins Out started a petition online earlier this month demanding that Google remove the app from its online store. The petition has so far collected over 36,000 signatures.

The activist group said: “By any standard, the app is awful. It brazenly compares homosexuality to an addiction. It casually trashes LGBT people as living ‘destructive lifestyles’.”

Google has been accused of “foot-dragging” after it failed to follow the lead from Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, which removed this app from their online stores last month after being approached about it.

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, said that it is “unconscionable” that Google is still offering an online platform to this app.

He said: “We are hoping this is simply an oversight from a very large company, rather than an objectionable policy decision that would warrant further action.”

Google’s figures show that the app has been downloaded over 1,000 times since its launch in 2014.

Phil Samba, a London-based social activist, told the Telegraph: “We don’t know who is reading it, who is affected by it and what damage it is doing.

“I think it’s a terrible thing. I think it’s terrible because there are a lot of people out there that don’t understand their sexuality. When you’re young and in the LGBTQ community you are brought up told that being gay is wrong or a choice. For those vulnerable people who are suicidal, it can be really dangerous.”

Last year Facebook was criticized for allowing advertisers to target young LGBT people with "predatory" gay cure adverts on its site through micro-targeting. 

The UK Government announced a consultation on how to ban the practice of conversion therapy last year after a survey found that thousands of people were offered the so-called treatment. 

Conversion therapy, which aims to 'cure' gay or trans people was found was offered to more than 5,000 of the over 100,000 people who responded to a Government survey.  The true figure is likely to be far higher. 

A Living Hope Ministries spokesman said: "The claims made by Truth Wins Out are inaccurate and are not descriptive of our ministry or the free app that we offer or the other free services we provide individuals.

"We are a discipleship ministry that holds to a traditional, orthodox, understanding of Scripture. We journey with individuals who seek out our help and help as they pursue a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 

"We are saddened by the efforts of Truth Wins Out to eliminate our voice in the public arena."

August 31, 2018

Google Fights Back and Dismantles Trump's Assertion About The State Of The Union Speech


  • Google has issued a methodical statement dismantling US President Donald Trump's latest attack on it.
  • Trump on Wednesday tweeted a video purportedly showing that Google had not promoted his addresses to Congress even after doing so for President Barack Obama.
  • Google debunked this, with independently archived web pages supporting its statement.

Google is fighting back. 
After President Donald Trump widened his line of attack on the search-engine giant, Google swiftly debunked the US president's latest tweet against it in a methodical statement. 
Using the hashtag "#StopTheBias," Trump posted a video claiming to show that Google had promoted President Barack Obama's State of the Union speeches but ignored Trump's addresses to Congress for the past two years. 
"For years, Google promoted President Obama's State of the Union on its homepage," the 24-second video said. "When President Trump took office, Google stopped." Google disagreed. In a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, the company said:  
"On January 30 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump's State of the Union on the homepage. 
"We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new President, which is technically not a State of the Union address. As a result, we didn't include a promotion on for this address in either 2009 or 2017." 

There's evidence to support Google ... 

Google's statement is supported by records on the internet-archive website Wayback Machine, which shows that the search engine indeed promoted live coverage of Trump's State of the Union address this year. This was backed up by a screenshot posted to the "r/The_Donald" community on Reddit

GoogleGoogle/Way Back Machine 

... and questions over whether Trump's video was doctored 

Other inconsistencies in Trump's video have been pointed out. BuzzFeed and others noted that the 2016 screenshot in Trump's video appears to feature a Google logo that was ditched in September 2015. The company explained its new look in a blog post

On the left: Google's new logo, unveiled in September 2015. On the right: Trump's video, claiming to show an old logo in 2016.
Google/Donald Trump/Twitter 

Finally, Wayback Machine shows that Google also ran a Cinderella doodle on January 12, 2016. This does not feature in the short video that Trump tweeted.

February 17, 2018

FaceBook Most Stop Tracking Told by Belgium

(In some editions it will say Google instead of FaceBook. Our apologies. Issue is been fixed)

Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.
The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally.
Belgium's privacy watchdog said the website had broken privacy laws by placing tracking code - known as cookies - on third-party websites. 
Facebook said it would appeal against the ruling.
The social network faces fines of 250,000 euros (£221,000, $311,000) a day if it does not comply.
The court said Facebook must "stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws".
"Facebook must also destroy all personal data obtained illegally."
The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute between the social network and the Belgian commission for the protection of privacy (CPP).
In 2015, the CPP complained that Facebook tracked people when they visited pages on the site or clicked "like" or "share", even if they were not members.
It won its case, but Facebook had the verdict overturned in 2016.
Now the court has again agreed with the findings of the CPP.
Facebook said it was "disappointed" by the verdict.
Richard Allan, the company's vice-president of public policy in Europe, said: "The cookies and pixels we use are industry standard technologies, and enable hundreds of thousands of businesses to grow their businesses and reach customers across the EU."

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June 29, 2017

"America's Sex Life Exposed" (The things You Learn From Google Searches)

One of the most puzzling parts of the information I get as a webmaster (I aways wanted to call myself that) is when I see on a daily basis the Search queries. Never understood them but they are 90% sexual. For a site that is openly media and news oriented, why someone wants the "biggest dildo" etc. I have no idea.     *Adam

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist and Harvard economics Ph.D., spent five years combing through data on U.S. Google searches to learn more about people’s thoughts and behaviors. In recent interviews surrounding the release of his new book Everybody Lies, he has shared insights into gay and bi men’s sex lives. Here are some of his findings:

1. Five percent of men are predominantly attracted to men

By looking at porn-related searches across the U.S., Stephens-Davidowitz came to the conclusion that many men have same-sex sexual fantasies, even if most never act on them.
“It’s clear that a lot of gay men remain in the closet,” Stephens-Davidowitz recently told Vox. “In places where it’s hard to be gay, such as Mississippi, far fewer men say that they are gay than in places where it’s easy to be gay, such as New York.”

2. Gay porn searches are about the same everywhere.

While a recent infographic from the porn tube site PornHub revealed the kinds of gay porn that people search for most, Stephens-Davidowitz says that roughly the same amount of people search for gay porn no matter where they are.
This is interesting because it flies in the face of previous research concluding that red southern states with anti-gay laws seek out gay porn more often than gay-friendly blue states.

3. Many men are closeted and married (and their wives suspect it)

Considering that an estimated 21 percent of straight men watch gay porn (and a smaller number participate in same-sex “buddy sex” without considering themselves gay or bisexual), it’s no wonder that many gay and bi men are closeted and married.
Stephens-Davidowitz came to this conclusion by cross-referencing men’s gay porn searches with women’s searches asking how to tell if their husbands are gay.
He said, “Women are eight times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is an alcoholic and 10 times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is depressed.”
But, he adds, “I think women are too obsessed with their husbands’ sexuality…. It is far more likely that a woman is married to a man who is secretly an alcoholic or secretly depressed than secretly gay.”

4. Men are super insecure about their penis size and premature ejaculation

In a video interview with Buzzfeed (above), Stephens-Davidowitz said, “Men make searches about their penises than any other body part by far…. For every 100 searches men make about their penis, they make about five about their own brain.” He said the second most common search for men is how to last longer in bed.
Stephens-Davidowitz says that women make as many searches about their genitals as men, except while men search for results on “small penis”, women search for “smelly vagina.”

5. Fear of sex may be causing us to be having less of it

“In general,” he said, “this whole data kinda shows us that there’s a whole lot of not talking going on where … things that should be conversations with your partner instead are questions on the internet.”
Stephens-Davidowitz says that people have “overwhelming” anxiety and insecurity about sex. He thinks if we lowered the anxiety around sex, we’d all be having more of it.
(Featured image by palantir via iStock Photography)

June 22, 2015

The World against Google on Censorship


Google, once a global bastion against censorship, is having a pretty tough time of it these days. From being forced to comply with Right To Be Forgotten legislation in the EU to pressure from numerous industries to censor results which may violate copyright, Google’s defenses against censorship are crumbling. Even Google themselves – arguably in a very positive move – is taking steps to censor their own results when it comes to “revenge porn” and hacking victims, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Now, according to a report from MarketingLand, French privacy regulator CNIL is trying to force Google to (somehow) identify French citizens no matter where they are in the world and implement Right To Be Forgotten for them, censoring search results that would normally only be censored on the local version of Google. Not only is this essentially a technical impossibility, CNIL gave Google two weeks to pull it off, one of which is already gone. It’s unclear what penalties Google will face if they fail to meet CNIL’s demands, but it’s very likely we will be finding out.
As Fortune notes, although censorship on Google isn’t really anything new, other courts than France are starting to force them to make it global – something that Google has to choose whether to acknowledge in every case, with consequences either way. Technically, in most cases, they can refuse, but pushing back too much will bring consequences with it – just as it did when Google refused to censor search results in China in 2010, a decision which has had repercussions for the search giant to this day.
Most recently, a Canadian court attempting to resolve a trademark dispute between two companies issued an order to Google to purge certain links in their global search results, rather than the Canadian-specific page – an order that was recently upheld by an appeals court. As Canadian law professor and blogger Michael Geist notes, this decision could have staggering implications for Google.
“The implications are enormous since if a Canadian court has the power to limit access to information for the globe, presumably other courts would as well. While the court does not grapple with this possibility, what happens if a Russian court orders Google to remove gay and lesbian sites from its database? Or if Iran orders it remove Israeli sites from the database? The possibilities are endless since local rules of freedom of expression often differ from country to country.”
Long-time Google authority Danny Sullivan, of MarketingLand, notes that the implications of this decision stretch even further – specifically, that if certain courts are able to force Google to censor their results globally, they may become “censorship tourism” destinations: courts which would uphold a censorship order that plaintiffs are unable to obtain in their home jurisdictions.
Google has made almost no comment on how they plan to handle the global censorship orders, aside to note that they are “reviewing the decision.” They have some tough choices ahead. However the largest search engine in the world chooses to react to global censorship demands may very well shape the course of history. 

April 1, 2013

New on Google Beta Take a Sniff } Smell The Flower App You are Admiring

  • Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation.
  • Your internet sommelier: expertly curated Knowledge Graphs pair images, descriptions, and aromas.
  • Take a whiff: the Google Aromabase - 15M+ scentibytes.
  • Don't ask, don't smell: For when you're wary of your query - SafeSearch included.
  • What’s that smell?

    • Google NoseBETA leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available:
    • Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles.
    • Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world's most sensible mobile operating system.
    • SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors.

March 12, 2013

When You Tab “Like” You Are Telling How Smart or Not You Are

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Well I don’t think if you are might like this, but this is not new technology. This is old know how. Your tastes, associations, marriage, family all of those factors can predict your personality.

But nothing like liking something or not. That is the fastest way without studying your genes etc., that a company, let’s say like FaceBook or Google+ can tell the measurement of your intelligence.
Sexuality, political leanings and even intelligence can ALL those things can be gleaned from the things you choose to "like" on Facebook, a study suggests. 
Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.
The research, published in the journal PNAS, forms surprisingly accurate personal portraits, researchers said.
The findings should "ring alarm bells" for users, privacy campaigners said.
The study used 58,000 volunteers who alongside their Facebook "likes" and demographic information also provided psychometric testing results - designed to highlight personality traits.
The Facebook likes were fed into algorithms and matched with the information from the personality tests.
The algorithms proved 88% accurate for determining male sexuality, 95% accurate in distinguishing African-American from Caucasian-American and 85% for differentiating Republican from Democrat.
Christians and Muslims were correctly classified in 82% of cases and relationship status and substance abuse was predicted with an accuracy between 65% and 73%.
The links clicked rarely explicitly revealed these attributes. Fewer than 5% of gay users clicked obvious likes such as gay marriage, for instance.
Instead, the algorithms aggregated huge amounts of likes such as music and TV shows to create personal profiles.
It also threw up some strange pairings.
"Curly fries correlated with high intelligence and people who liked the Dark Knight tended to have fewer Facebook friends," said research author David Stillwell.
Data rethink
The study will be music to the ears of social media firms keen to make more money from customers via personalised marketing.
But the researchers warned that the digital profiles people are creating also threaten privacy.
"I appreciate automated book recommendations, or Facebook selecting the most relevant stories for my newsfeed. However, I can imagine situations in which the same data and technology is used to predict political views or sexual orientation, posing threats to freedom or even life," said Michael Kosinski, lead researcher on the project.
There are simple things users can do, said Mr Stillwell.
"Facebook likes are public by default but it is not that Facebook is forcing you to make them public; you have a choice to change your privacy settings."
He stressed that the results had implications beyond social media to all digital records - from browser histories to search queries.
"This research should ring alarm bells for anyone who thinks that privacy settings are the solution to protecting information online. We need to fundamentally re-think how much data we are voluntarily sharing," said Nick Pickles, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch.
"Sharing individual likes or pages might not seem hugely intrusive, but it allows individuals to be categorised and behaviour predicted in areas that are far more personal and sensitive than people realise.
"Yet again, it is clear the lack of transparency about how users' data is being used will lead to entirely justified fears about our data being exploited for commercial gain."

December 22, 2012

Do You Google? On Their New Secret Xphone

Motorola accounted for less than 3 percent of Android phone shipments in the third quarter
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Google is working on what the company is internally calling the “X Phone” that it hopes will provide a credible challenge to Apple and Samsung, reveals the Wall Street Journal. Google is using Motorola, which it acquired seven months ago for $12.5 billion, to design a phone that will supposedly have new features unlike any seen in the crop of products currently in the market. But becoming a cutting-edge phone manufacturer is proving a tad more difficult for Google than it had foreseen and the Internet giant has run into several supply-chain management problems, according to the paper. The hurdles have led Google to “rethink” several features it had planned for the phone, including a bendable screen.
According to the anonymous sources cited by the paper, Motorola is working on a two-pronged strategy: developing phones to be sold through carrier partners, and on the X phone. There are also plans for an “X Tablet.” Even if some of the desired features won’t be a reality, or won’t be as novel when the device is actually released, Motorola has the advantage of being able to use the recently acquired Viewdle, an image and gesture-recognition software development company, to enhance the phone. The X phone is scheduled to be released sometime next year.

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