#AceNewsReport – Feb.07: Agents assigned to the Calexico station encountered two undocumented individuals who illegally entered the United States. The individuals were placed under arrest and transported to El Centro Sector Processing Center for further medical evaluation and processed.
#AceDailyNews CBP News Report: CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested an undocumented individual wanted for homicide.
U.S. Border Patrol will process all individuals accordingly.
Record checks revealed that one of the individuals has a warrant for homicide. This individual also has multiple re-entries after deportation and has been previously ordered to be removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: Plans to roll out end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram have been delayed amid a row over child safety: Meta – as Facebook’s parent company is now called – said messaging encryption on the apps would now come in 2023.
#AceSocialNewsDesk META At It AGAIN as Facebook & Instagram encryption plans delayed by Meta until 2023 to PROTECT children ONLINE …as THEY have to CHANGE their ALGORITHM and that means LESS money and #ProfitB4People
KIndness & Love❤️ says PROTECTING CHILDREN more important than Zuckerberg making MORE MONEY #PeopleB4Profit Amen
The process means only the sender and receiver can read messages, but law enforcement or Meta cannot: However, child protection groups and politicians have warned that it could hamper police investigating child abuse.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), has claimed that private messaging “is the front line of child sexual abuse”.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has also criticised the technology, saying earlier this year that it could “severely hamper” law enforcement in pursuing criminal activity, including online child abuse.
Privacy v protection
End-to-end encryption works by “scrambling” or encrypting the data while it travels between phones and other devices.
The only way to read the message is usually to get physical access to an unlocked device that sent or received it.
The technology is the default for popular messaging service WhatsApp, also owned by Meta – but not the company’s other apps.
more than 9,470 instances of child sex abuse images and online child sex offences were reported to police
52% of these took place on Facebook-owned apps
over a third of the cases took place on Instagram, and 13% on Facebook and Messenger, with very few occurring via WhatsApp
That has led to fears that Meta’s plans to expand encryption to widely-used Facebook Messenger and Instagram direct messages could shield the majority of abusers from detection.
The NSPCC said that encrypting messages by default could lead to the easier spread of child abuse imagery or online grooming.
But advocates say that encryption protects users’ privacy, and prevents prying by both governments and unscrupulous hackers. Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made those arguments himself when
Antigone Davis, Meta’s global head of safety, said that the delay in implementing encryption to 2023
The company had previously said the change would happen in 2022 at the earliest.
Ms Davis said: “As a company that connects billions of people around the world and has built industry-leading technology, we’re determined to protect people’s private communications and keep people safe online.”
She also outlined a number of additional preventative measures the company had already put in place, including:
Andy Burrows, head of child safety online policy at the NSPCC, welcomed the delay by Meta.
He said: “They should only go ahead with these measures when they can demonstrate they have the technology in place that will ensure children will be at no greater risk of abuse.
“More than 18 months after an NSPCC-led a global coalition of 130 child protection organisations raised the alarm over the danger of end-to-end encryption, Facebook must now show they are serious about the child safety risks and not just playing for time while they weather difficult headlines.”
#AceSocialNewsDesk says META at it again in this Golden Age as Facebook Inc is reported as ‘Paying Musicians and Celebs Up to $50K to Use Its Clubhouse Clone’ as people WANT their 15-minutes of FAME and Zuckerberg more #ProfitB4People with their ‘PRIVATE DATA ….
Tech giant Facebook (now known as Meta) is reportedly offering musicians and online creators as much as $50,000 to use its live audio feature. The feature, a clone of popular startup service Clubhouse, is hoping that chats with celebrities like Miley Cyrus will entice users to stay in the Facebook ecosystem.
That the giant Facebook is continuing to attempt to pay creators to use one of its new features to generate buzz. Facebook (now Meta) CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in July that the firm would be paying $1 billion to creators by the end of 2022. As part of this initiative, the company is reportedly paying creators up to $50,000 to use the platform’s Live Audio Rooms feature: Like most of Facebook’s features, Live Audio Rooms appeared to be a direct clone of the Clubhouse audio chatroom app. Breitbart News previously reported that the Facebook-owned platform Instagram was paying creators up to $35,000 to post on its TikTok clone platform Reels: Read more at the Verge here.
That ” Facebook is offering to pay musicians and other creators $10,000 to $50,000 per session on its five-month-old live audio product, plus a fee for guests of $10,000 or more,” according to “people with direct knowledge of deal terms.”………..Facebook is reportedly asking creators to hose four to six sessions that are at least 30 minutes long as part of the payout deal. Creators that have appeared in the Live Audio Rooms feature include singer Miley Cyrus and comedian Sherry Cola, but there is currently no evidence that they were paid for these appearances……………..Many tech companies are beginning to pay creators to generate attention on the platform. TikTok has its own Creator Fund that pays larger creators on the platform, similarly Snap has a Spotlight program, and Twitter operates a paid “accelerator” program for its Spaces audio chatroom feature.
Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: Our annual Connect conference brings together augmented and virtual reality developers, content creators, marketers and others to celebrate the industry’s momentum and growth. This year’s virtual event explored what experiences in the metaverse could feel like over the next decade — from social connection, to entertainment, gaming, fitness, work, education and commerce. We also announced new tools to help people build for the metaverse, including Presence Platform, which will enable new mixed reality experiences on Quest 2, and a $150-million investment in immersive learning to train the next generation of creators.
#AceSocialDesk says according to Facebook Newsroom Report: The New Name For Facebook Company Is Now Metaverse and it will bring a ‘virtual internet experience to build Zuckerberg Business Model but using YOUR date to make him RICHER …
Kindness & Love❤️ Post earlier says Facebook’s new corporate name is ‘Meta’ as it prepares for a virtual-reality future: I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.
The metaverse will feel like a hybrid of today’s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions or projected into the physical world. It will let you share immersive experiences with other people even when you can’t be together — and do things together you couldn’t do in the physical world. It’s the next evolution in a long line of social technologies, and it’s ushering in a new chapter for our company.
You can watch the full Connect keynote and learn more about how the metaverse will unlock new opportunities at meta.com. You can also learn more about our work over the past several months to develop the Meta brand on our design blog. Read all our news in the posts below:
Our corporate structure is not changing, however, how we report on our financials will. Starting with our results for the fourth quarter of 2021, we plan to report on two operating segments: Family of Apps and Reality Labs. We also intend to start trading under the new stock ticker we have reserved, MVRS, on December 1. Today’s announcement does not affect how we use or share data.
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: However, it was hit by a new privacy update to Apple’s iOS 14 operating system, which made it harder for brands to target ads at specific users.
#AceSocialDesk says according to BBC Business Facebook the social media giant made $9bn (£6.5bn) of profit in the three months to September, up from $7.8bn last year, despite the latest whistleblower scandal and it comes amid fresh claims of unethical behaviour made by a former employee.
Frances Haugen has released a cache of internal documents to the public, alleging that Facebook put profit before user safety: Multiple media reports say the documents show Facebook routinely failed to moderate content that promoted hate speech and sex trafficking outside of the US.
On Monday, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerburg told investors on a conference call: “What we are seeing is a coordinated effort to selectively use leaked documents to paint a false picture of our company.”
In the 12 months to 30 September, the social media giant said its monthly user-base had grown 6% to 2.91 billion.
However, despite its strong profits, its revenue slightly undershot analyst expectations, amid “headwinds” caused by Apple’s privacy rules.
Facebook said the privacy update would also have an impact on its digital business in the final quarter of the year, but that it expected to adjust to the changes in time.
The firm said it would spend some $10bn on its metaverse division this year – known as Facebook Reality Labs – which is tasked with creating augmented and virtual reality hardware, software and content.
The world’s largest social media network is under scrutiny from global lawmakers and regulators, including from the Federal Trade Commission, which has filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging anticompetitive practices.Watch: Frances Haugen tells MPs that Facebook “unquestionably” makes hate worse
The whistleblower documents, which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, have only intensified that pressure.
They include internal research about Instagram’s effects on teen mental health; whether Facebook’s platforms stoke division; and the social media giant’s handling of the 6 January Capitol riot.
At a hearing on Monday, Ms Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is “unquestionably making hate worse”.
She said Facebook safety teams were under-resourced, and that “Facebook has been unwilling to accept even little slivers of profit being sacrificed for safety”.
The MPs are considering what new rules to impose on big social networks under the planned Online Safety Bill.
Despite the allegations, shares in Facebook climbed by 1.3% in after hours trading on Monday. The firm’s stock is up by about 20% so far this year.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: Facebook is at the start of a journey to help build the next computing platform. Working with others, we’re developing what is often referred to as the metaverse — a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual and augmented reality: At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of “virtual presence”, interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person. The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start.
#AceSocialDesk reports that Facebook is to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse to create a virtual network of people that he has chosen for his own environment…….
WHAT IS THE METAVERSE: A metaverse is an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice on the concept: The announcement comes as Facebook deals with the fallout of a damaging scandal and faces increased calls for regulation to curb its influence: The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Facebook said in a blog post: The new jobs being created over the next five years will include “highly specialised engineers”………Investing in the EU offered many advantages, including access to a large consumer market, first-class universities and high-quality talent, Facebook said: Facebook has made building the metaverse one of its big priorities: Despite its history of buying up rivals, Facebook claims the metaverse “won’t be built overnight by a single company” and has promised to collaborate: It recently invested $50m (£36.3m) in funding non-profit groups to help “build the metaverse responsibly”…………..But it thinks the true metaverse idea will take another 10 to 15 years….
Investing in European Talent to Help Build the Metaverse – About Facebook
Creating 10,000 new jobs at Facebook across the EU
Building on our long standing European presence and putting the region at the heart of our plans to help build the metaverse
No one company will own and operate the metaverse. Like the internet, its key feature will be its openness and interoperability. Bringing this to life will take collaboration and cooperation across companies, developers, creators and policymakers. For Facebook, it will also require continued investment in product and tech talent, as well as growth across the business.
So today, we’re announcing a plan to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs within the European Union (EU) over the next five years. This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent.
Europe is hugely important to Facebook. From the thousands of employees in the EU to the millions of businesses using our apps and tools every day, Europe is a big part of our success, as Facebook is invested in the success of European companies and the wider economy.
This is an exciting time for European tech. The EU has a number of advantages that make it a great place for tech companies to invest — a large consumer market, first class universities and, crucially, top-quality talent. European companies are at the cutting edge of several fields, whether it’s the German biotech helping to develop the first-ever MRNA vaccine or the coalition of European neo-banks leading the future of finance. Spain is seeing record levels of investment into startups solving everything from online grocery delivery to neuroelectronics, while Sweden is on its way to becoming the world’s first cashless society by 2023.
We have long believed that European talent is world-leading, which is why we have invested in it so heavily over the years — from funding grants at the Technical University of Munich, to opening our first major European AI research lab and FAIR accelerator programme in France and Facebook Reality Labs office in Cork.
Beyond emerging tech talent, the EU also has an important role to play in shaping the new rules of the internet. European policymakers are leading the way in helping to embed European values like free expression, privacy, transparency and the rights of individuals into the day-to-day workings of the internet. Facebook shares these values and we have taken considerable action over the years to uphold them. We hope to see the completion of the Digital Single Market to support Europe’s existing advantages, as well as stability on international data flows, which are essential to a flourishing digital economy.
As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities. We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to take this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive across the region. And as Facebook continues to grow in Europe, we hope to invest more in its talent and continue to innovate in Europe, for Europe and the world.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: The crackdown, announced Sept. 16, was the first use of Facebook’s new “coordinated social harm” policy aimed at stopping not state-sponsored disinformation campaigns but otherwise typical users who have mounted an increasingly sophisticated effort to sidestep rules on hate speech or misinformation.
#AceDailyNews says that according to AP who reported ‘The Big Delete:’ Inside Facebook’s crackdown in Germany: In the case of the German network, the nearly 150 accounts, pages and groups were linked to the so-called Querdenken movement, a loose coalition that has protested lockdown measures in Germany and includes vaccine and mask opponents, conspiracy theorists and some far-right extremists….
Facebook touted the move as an innovative response to potentially harmful content; far-right commenters condemned it as censorship. But a review of the content that was removed — as well as the many more Querdenken posts that are still available — reveals Facebook’s action to be modest at best. At worst, critics say, it could have been a ploy to counter complaints that it doesn’t do enough to stop harmful content.
“This action appears rather to be motivated by Facebook’s desire to demonstrate action to policymakers in the days before an election, not a comprehensive effort to serve the public,” concluded researchers at Reset, a U.K.-based nonprofit that has criticized social media’s role in democratic discourse.
Facebook regularly updates journalists about accounts it removes under policies banning “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” a term it created in 2018 to describe groups or people who work together to mislead others. Since then, it has removed thousands of accounts, mostly what it said were bad actors attempting to interfere in elections and politics in countries around the world.
But there were constraints, since not all harmful behavior on Facebook is “inauthentic”; there are plenty of perfectly authentic groups using social media to incite violence, spread misinformation and hate. So the company was limited by its policy on what it could take down.
But even with the new rule, a problem remains with the takedowns: they don’t make it clear what harmful material remains up on Facebook, making it difficult to determine just what the social network is accomplishing.
Case in point: the Querdenken network. Reset had already been monitoring the accounts removed by Facebook and issued a report that concluded only a small portion of content relating to Querdenken was taken down while many similar posts were allowed to stay up.
The dangers of COVID-19 extremism were underscored days after Facebook’s announcement when a young German gas station worker was fatally shot by a man who had refused to wear a mask. The suspect followed several far-right users on Twitter and had expressed negative views about immigrants and the government.
Facebook initially declined to provide examples of the Querdenken content it removed, but ultimately released four posts to the Associated Press that weren’t dissimilar to content still available on Facebook. They included a post falsely stating that vaccines create new viral variants and another that wished death on police that broke up violent protests against COVID restrictions.
Reset’s analysis of comments removed by Facebook found that many were actually written by people trying to rebut Querdenken arguments, and did not include misinformation.
Facebook defended its action, saying the account removals were never meant to be a blanket ban of Querdenken, but instead a carefully measured response to users who were working together to violate its rules and spread harmful content.
Facebook plans to refine and expand its use of the new policy going forward, according to David Agranovich, Facebook’s director of global threat disruption.
“This is a start,” he told The AP on Monday. “This is us extending our network disruptions model to address new and emerging threats.”
The approach seeks to strike a balance, Agranovich said, between permitting diverse views and preventing harmful content to spread.
The new policy could represent a significant change in the platform’s ability to confront harmful speech, according to Cliff Lampe, a professor of information at the University of Michigan who studies social media.
“In the past they’ve tried to squash cockroaches, but there are always more,” he said. “You can spend all day stomping your feet and you won’t get anywhere. Going after networks is a smart try.”
While the removal of the Querdenken network may have been justified, it should raise questions about Facebook’s role in democratic debates, said Simon Hegelich, a political scientist at the Technical University of Munich.
Hegelich said Facebook appears to be using Germany as a “test case” for the new policy.
“Facebook is really intervening in German politics,” Hegelich said. “The COVID situation is one of the biggest issues in the election. They’re probably right that there’s a lot of misinformation on these sites, but nevertheless it’s a highly political issue, and Facebook is intervening in it.”
Members of the Querdenken movement reacted angrily to Facebook’s decision, but many also expressed a lack of surprise.
“The big delete continues,” one supporter posted in a still-active Querdenken Facebook group, “See you on the street.”
Klepper reported from Providence, R.I. Associated Press writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report from Oakland, California.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: The joint training engagement included joint operations, professional exchanges, and multi-unit maneuvering at sea to strengthen interoperability between the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Australian Navy.
#AceDailyNews reports that the U.S. Coast Guard has a long history of cooperation with the Royal Australian Navy. The U.S. and Australia, along with New Zealand and France, make up the Pacific Quadrilateral Defense Coordinating Group or P-QUAD. P-QUAD endeavors to enhance maritime security in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean in partnership with the Pacific Island Countries through organizations such as the Fisheries Forum Agency.
“These at-sea engagements with our long-standing partners in the Indo-Pacific region provided an excellent joint training opportunity for the crew,” said Munro’s Commanding Officer Capt. Blake Novak. “Enhancing cooperation and building trust strengthens our relationship with the Royal Australian Navy while expanding our regional security cooperation initiatives.”
“The United States and Australia have deep and abiding interests throughout the Pacific,” said Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area. “As leaders in maritime safety and security, our forces are dedicated to upholding regional sovereignty, stability and security. Through joint operations with Australia, we strengthen our interoperability with an ally deeply committed to promote international rules and norms within the Indo-Pacific.”
“The Royal Australian Navy has enjoyed multiple opportunities throughout the year to work with the United States in the Indo-Pacific,” said Capt. David Teitzel, Royal Australian Navy, Commander Task Group 635.3. “Being able to operate with a United States Coast Guard cutter like USCGC Munro has strengthened how we interoperate and boosts how we work together in the interest of regional security. I thank Munro for their time in-company and we look forward to sailing with the United States Coast Guard again.”
Editors’ Note: Photos courtesy of Royal Australian Navy. Click on images to download high resolution versions.
U.S. Coast Guard cutter engages in maritime training with Royal Australian Navy
Munro, a 418-foot national security cutter, departed its homeport of Alameda in July for a months-long deployment to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of the U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew are engaging in professional exchanges and capacity-building exercises with partner nations, patrolling and conducting operations as directed.
National security cutters like Munro feature advanced command and control capabilities, aviation support facilities, stern cutter boat launch and increased endurance for long-range patrols, enabling the crews to disrupt threats to national security further offshore.
As both a federal law enforcement agency and an armed force, the U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely positioned to conduct defense operations in support of combatant commanders. The service routinely provides forces in joint military operations worldwide, including the deployment of cutters, boats, aircraft and deployable specialized forces.
Additional photos of the exercise provided courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy are available here.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.01: Mr Snowden, a former computer intelligence consultant, has delved into the company’s CSAM (child sexual abuse material) detection system coming to these products soon, branding it “uniquely intrusive”….
#AceDailyNews says Apple iPhone will spy on owners with child sexual abuse material detection system update and the tech giant is launching a new surveillance system on more than one billion active iPhones, iPads and Macs next month – which IT expert Edward Snowden says is “Apple declaring war on your privacy” according to News.Com.Au
In a website post, he states, “Apple’s new system, regardless of how anyone tries to justify it, will permanently redefine what belongs to you, and what belongs to them.”
The system will work by matching a user’s images to illegal material.
“Under the new design, your phone will now perform these searches on Apple’s behalf before your photos have even reached their iCloud servers, and … if enough ‘forbidden content’ is discovered, law-enforcement will be notified,” Mr Snowden explains.
“Apple plans to erase the boundary dividing which devices work for you, and which devices work for them.
“The day after this system goes live, it will no longer matter whether or not Apple ever enables end-to-end encryption, because our iPhones will be reporting their contents before our keys are even used.”
The 38-year-old says there is “compelling evidence” from researchers that the system is flawed, adding, “Apple gets to decide whether or not their phones will monitor their owners’ infractions for the government, but it’s the government that gets to decide what constitutes an infraction … and how to handle it.”
But Mr Snowden has also pointed out that the system can easily be bypassed – undermining its purpose.
“If you’re an enterprising paedophile with a basement full of CSAM-tainted iPhones, Apple welcomes you to entirely exempt yourself from these scans by simply flipping the ‘Disable iCloud Photos’ switch, a bypass which reveals that this system was never designed to protect children, as they would have you believe, but rather to protect their brand,” he says.
“As long as you keep that material off their servers, and so keep Apple out of the headlines, Apple doesn’t care.”
The tech expert says it could lead to governments forcing Apple to remove the option to disable photo uploads to iCloud.
“If Apple demonstrates the capability and willingness to continuously, remotely search every phone for evidence of one particular type of crime, these are questions for which they will have no answer,” he writes.
“And yet an answer will come — and it will come from the worst politicians of the worst governments. This is not a slippery slope. It’s a cliff.”
Apple has so far defended its CSAM detection system, with its software chief saying it is “widely misunderstood” and “poorly communicated” in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The Sun has contacted Apple for a response.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: Seven homeless Santa Clara County residents have suffered fatal overdoses from methamphetamine containing fentanyl over the last three weeks, officials confirmed on Friday….
#AceDailyNews says that ‘Fentanyl Laced Meth Claims Seven Homeless Lives’ that was driven by the drug overdoses, overall there were 36 homeless deaths from July 9 through August 9 — more than double than they were last year during the same period.
“COVID is not the only health crisis we are facing in Santa Clara County, and Delta is not the only deadly variant,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a news release. “We are committed to work alongside advocates and addicts, police and parents, to stop these overdoses and save lives.”
Aside from the death among the homeless, the DA office also cited:
Fentanyl is also the suspected cause of death of a juvenile in Morgan Hill on August 3rd.
Powdered fentanyl is the suspected cause of death of a subject in a Santa Clara hotel on July 26th
Fentanyl was suspected cause of death of an inmate at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on July 22nd.
Cocaine containing fentanyl is the suspected cause of death in a double overdose in a Sunnyvale hotel on July 18th
White powder containing fentanyl is the suspected cause of death in Mountain View on May 21st.
Prosecutors said they were also aware of subjects who recently survived fentanyl overdoses after ingesting what they believed to be methamphetamine.READ
Last week the San Jose Police Department METRO Unit seized over 4 ounces of fentanyl powder from a subject. If pure, that amount of fentanyl could be turned into over 50,000 fatal doses.
Santa Clara County is closely monitoring the number of recorded fentanyl deaths. In 2019, there were 27 recorded deaths. This rose dramatically in 2020 to 88 recorded deaths. In 2021, to date, there have been 44 confirmed deaths.
If someone is experiencing an overdose, experts recommend calling 911 right away.
Naloxone, which is the active ingredient in the nasal spray Narcan, is the medicine that can treat a fentanyl overdose if given right away, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Narcan is available for free to the public through the county’s Behavioral Health Services Department. It can be picked up from 1-2 p.m. every day at the Central Valley Clinic, Alexian Health Clinic or South County Clinic.