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Even After The Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer, Michigan Militant Groups Continue To Thrive On Facebook


A day after the FBI disclosed that organized armed extremists coordinated on Facebook to hatch a terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, multiple pages that encourage political violence were still active on the social network.

An examination by BuzzFeed News and the Tech Transparency Project, a nonpartisan watchdog group, found at least five such pages on the platform as of Friday morning. Those pages, which in some cases appear to be simply rebranded versions of previously banned organizations, use Facebook to recruit and to promote objectives that at times call for violent uprising.

Facebook announced in August that it was banning right-wing militant, anarchist, and QAnon groups after a series of violent crimes were tied to organizations that used the platform. Since then, the company has removed thousands of groups, and this week announced it had banned all accounts, pages, and groups tied to QAnon, the collective delusion that alleges that a secretive government cabal is kidnapping children.

Despite Facebook’s efforts, some of those pages have escaped removal despite incorporating words such as “militia” or “minutemen” in their names or web addresses; others were created after Facebook removed their original groups or pages and appear to have avoided detection by making small changes to their names.

The Michigan Liberty Militia, for example, was banned from Facebook in August. On Sept. 11, it reappeared under a page with new, slightly altered moniker — MLM Michigan liberty minutemen — and marked its return with a picture of a flag bearing two hatchets, the Liberty Bell, and two assault rifles.

“We are back!” read a post on the page posted at 8:59 a.m. and signed by the group’s leader, Phil Robinson. “Help us rebuild share and invite friends.”

A Facebook spokesperson said Friday that its work to remove violent content and

Mobile Games Thrive, Even As Pandemic Keeps Players Home


Mobile games are thriving as players turn to them for fun and friendship during the pandemic, with increasing numbers of women joining the trend.

“Being stuck at home has not stopped people from playing games on their phones,” said SensorTower mobile insights strategist Craig Chapple. “To the contrary, mobile gaming is more popular than ever.”

Smartphone game play involves taps on touchscreens with just a few moments of play at a time, often while sipping coffee or waiting for transit, in contrast to the console games with immersive worlds that can span hours.

Mobile games appeal to a broader demographic than do shooters and other genres popular on console or PC gamers.

More than 40 percent of mobile gamers are women, according to research firms Newzoo and Statista. That differs from gamers using consoles or personal computers, who are more likely to be males age 12 to 35 years old, according to analysts.

“We’ve had loads of people forced inside during lock-downs in need of entertainment,” said Futuresource mobile tech and gaming research analyst Morris Garrard.

More consumers are turning to games played on smartphones like Fortnite for short bits of entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic More consumers are turning to games played on smartphones like Fortnite for short bits of entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic Photo: AFP / Chris DELMAS

“Gaming being one of the most interactive and engaging forms of entertainment has seen a significant boost.”

According to the mobile consultancy App Annie, spending on mobile gaming is expected to see strong growth this year and top $100 billion. Popular titles include Candy Crush Saga, Honor of Kings, Pokemon Go and Gardenscapes.

Many mobile games are free to download and rely on massive numbers of people spending a little on things like extra lives, virtual outfits, or items that boost in-game abilities.

And, paying a dollar or so to upgrade to an ad-free version of a mobile game

Offset Wants To Help Artists Thrive Using Tech With Latest Venture


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Offset is working with bosses at gaming and events company Axis Replay to develop new ways for artists to connect with fans.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, live shows remain off the cards, with acts heading online for livestream concerts to keep fans entertained during the crisis.

The format has become the new normal for stars and their followers worldwide and, speaking to Forbes, Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus, insists he’s determined to push the concept to the next level with his latest venture.

“Fans and artists have been very patient during this long break,” he explained. “As we are all figuring out ways to get back into a normal way of life, we deserve to experience those great live moments we love.

“Music is a universal language. It allows us to connect with one another on a happier level. Right now, we can all use that.”

The joint venture – which is operating under a new production company called AXSD Media – features ongoing virtual performances, as part of the AXR+EXP Concert Series, aimed at spotlighting emerging artists.

The series’ next event, slated for October 16th, will feature up-and-coming stars like Duke Deuce and YRN Mango, as well as Offset himself.

“Being an artist myself, the stage is home,” the Migos star added. “It was a must that I became a part of an initiative that would not only bring one of a kind live concert experiences but also allow emerging artists to participate, perform and make money. Axis Replay ensured that vision came to life.”

Tickets to the show are available via https://FutureStream.tv/

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An anonymous Facebook exec says ‘right-wing populism is always more engaging’ and that’s why conservative posts thrive on the platform


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  • An anonymous Facebook executive said conservatives’ success on the platform is due to having content that is “always more engaging,” according to a Politico report.
  • Politico reported that the executive, who identifies as a “center-left progressive” said the right’s focus on “nation, protection, the other, anger, fear” has always been an effective tactic, pointing to the 1930s.
  • The comments come as Facebook has been criticized by the right and left for having a political bias, with social media platforms drawing attention from both President Trump and Joe Biden.
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An anonymous Facebook executive told Politico that right-wing pages see more engagement because of their emotional pull, instead of the platform’s algorithm, according to a report published Friday.

The publication reported that the executive said that “right-wing populism is always more engaging,” because of its focus on “nation, protection, the other, anger, fear” the same dynamic present in the 1930’s, the executive told Politico.

“This wasn’t invented 15 years ago when Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook,” Politico reported the executive said. 

Facebook hasn’t responded to a Business Insider request for comment at the time of publication. 

In July, data from the Facebook’s internal metrics tool CrowdTangle showed that all five of the site’s top-performing posts came from pages for Fox News and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

The data assessed “engagement” or the total number of likes, comments and shares a post received, prompting Facebook’s head of News Feed John Hegeman to respond that a more apt metric would be “reach,” or total number of people who saw a link in their news feed. Facebook doesn’t publish “reach” numbers, but Hegeman shared data that showed that reach favored more traditional non-partisan outlets.

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