Trump’s Message of ‘Peace and Prosperity,’ Contrasts Joe Biden’s Warning of ‘Dark Winter’

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Facebook’s ban of New York Post’s Hunter Biden story had NOTHING to do with fact-checkers, report suggests

Fact-checkers appear to have been invoked only as an excuse to shadowban the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, according to Facebook’s own statement and leaked internal moderation documents.

Earlier this month, the Post had obtained a hard drive belonging to the son of the current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and cited emails they found as indication of troubling business deals in Ukraine. Twitter responded by locking their account, but Facebook said it would “temporarily reduce distribution” of it.

According to Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications director, the story would have to be looked at by fact-checkers, which was part of a “standard process” to reduce the spread of “misinformation.”

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Facebook’s Democratic comms chief admits to SHADOWBANNING NYPost story on Hunter Biden emails

On Friday, however, a Facebook statement seemed to confirm that no such review actually took place.

“As our CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress earlier this week, we have been on heightened alert because of FBI intelligence about the potential for hack and leak operations meant to spread misinformation,” a company spokesman said in a statement to the Guardian. “Based on that risk, and in line with our existing policies and procedures, we made the decision to temporarily limit the content’s distribution while our fact-checkers had a chance to review it.”

When that didn’t happen, we lifted the demotion.

The spokesman did not clarify whether the fact-checkers even attempted to verify the materials published by the Post, but no results of such a review have ever been published.

Moreover, the Guardian cited internal moderation documents that someone at Facebook leaked to them, indicating that the shadowban wasn’t part of a regular process. Instead, the documents purportedly showed the existence of a policy under which stories can be “manually enqueued” for suppression, citing the upcoming US elections as an “issue of importance” that justified such actions.

The documents also say that the standard practice is for Facebook AI to predict which content might contain misinformation, based on signals “including feedback from the community and disbelief comments,” in a sort of pre-crime enforcement straight out of dystopian science fiction.

There is also a de-facto “whitelist” of some 5,000 media outlets, called the “Alexa 5K,” whose content the AI ignores by default “under the assumption these are unlikely to be spreading misinformation.” The Post was apparently on that list, so the decision to suppress the story was made by actual Facebook employees, not an AI system flagging potential misinformation.

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It worked, too. Data compiled by research firm NewsWhip and published in Newsweek last week showed that Facebook’s soft suppression was far more effective than Twitter’s outright censorship of the Post’s account, which was finally overturned on Friday.

On Facebook, the story reached only half as many readers as similar anti-Trump bombshells pushed by the mainstream media. Neither the claims by the New York Times about the president’s taxes nor the Atlantic’s repeatedly-refuted story about Trump calling US troops “suckers and losers” were flagged for fact-checking by either human moderators or Facebook’s AI.

Stone, Facebook’s policy director who announced the shadowban, is open about his history with the Democrats. His Twitter biography shows him working in the past for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jerry McNerney, among others.

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Jonathan Cahn calls for day of prayer and fasting on Nov. 3

Jonathan Cahn at The Return prayer-and-repentance event on the National Mall in Washington Sept. 26, 2020 (Video screenshot)

After leading a massive gathering on the National Mall one month ago, Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn is calling on Americans to pray and fast on Election Day, warning the nation is “standing at a crossroad and a precipice.”

“We are standing at a most critical moment. In a short time, America will be deciding its future. It is undoubtedly the most pivotal election of our lifetime. And never in our lifetime has this nation been as divided as it is now,” he says in a video message.

Known for his New York Times bestsellers, including “The Harbinger,” Cahn believes the nation has been given a “window of time” to return to God that could shut and “seal our nation’s departure, its fall, its apostasy – and its progression to judgment.”

He urges Americans to make next Tuesday “God’s Day,” “The Day of Prayer and Fasting.”

“Millions of us joined together on ‘The Day of Return’ one month ago according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, and in movements of prayer since then,” he says in the video. “Let us now commit to seal it all on November 3.

“Spread the word, tell your friends, your pastors, commit that day in your homes, on your jobs, in your churches, your fellowships, to humble ourselves, to pray, to seek His face, and to turn from our evil ways, that He will hear from heaven and answer us.”

Cahn urges praying that “the will of God will be done, and that He will elect to government those of His choosing, and that no matter what it takes, revival will come to this land.”

He says the election is “not about people, personalities, or parties: It’s about the issues, and the issues could not be any more clear or stark.”

On Friday, Cahn told WND that “politics are important but the answer is revival, the answer is God.”

“Politics can maintain a window or it can close a window, but ultimately it’s the Gospel, prayer and the light of God,” he said.

“Even under a conservative administration we’ve watched America’s culture race away from God.”

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In an interview in September before ‘The Return’ event in Washington, Cahn pointed to another crucial time in America, during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln declared a solemn assembly “and it changed the course of history.”

“We are at a more dangerous point than ever. We have an election that can change the course of the nation at such a time when so many signs are pointing to danger of judgment,” he told WND.

“I believe that if we do not rise to this now, here, embodied by the return, we may pass the point of no return.”

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Deadwood's W. Earl Brown is being very cute about his time on The Mandalorian – The A.V. Club

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Who Should Get The COVID-19 Vaccine First? CDC Advisory Group Mulls Strategy : Shots – Health News – NPR

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Ciara Came Through Drippin’ as Cardi B for Her Epic Halloween Costume – E! NEWS

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Greensboro family’s home partially split in half by Tropical Storm Zeta – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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