BUZZFEED TRICKED INTO PUBLISHING FAKE NEWS STORY

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Trolls pretending to be transgender gamers plotted to fool BuzzFeed from the start

| Infowars.com – MAY 9, 2017

UPDATE: BuzzFeed didn’t even retract their FAKE news story. They just changed the headline & hoped no one would notice.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW

A group of online comedians who plotted to fool BuzzFeed into posting a completely fake news story were successful after the “social news and entertainment company” published hoax claims that the group had been denied entry to an all female video game tournament because they were transgender.

“Over the past 2 weeks we set up a plot to see if we could trick Buzzfeed into posting something that is fake, for the laughs,” Sly Buehl Rigilio told Infowars.

And it worked. BuzzFeed fell right into the trap.

“There was a female only tournament hosted by a company known as ESL (Electronic Sports League), for a game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. We decided to pose as a “transgendered” pro team, we made it as ridiculous as possible by uploading obvious troll pics to our profiles on the tournament’s website (pics of us wearing wigs, etc). We knew we were going to get declined into joining the tournament, so once we did get turned down, I then sent an email to a Buzzfeed “journalist” by the name of Lane Sainty to try and bait them into making a story out of it,” adds Rigilio.

After bombarding Sainty with the “poor me victim approach,” BuzzFeed “instantly jumped at the chance to write an article about it,” says Rigilio.

BuzzFeed’s story, entitled These Trans Women Were Asked To Show Their Passports To Enter A Female Gaming Tournament, quoted Rigilio at length describing his (completely fake) battle against transgender discrimination.

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The article repeated Rigilio’s hoax claim that his transgender team were banned from the tournament because of the photographs they supplied and that he “almost broke down in tears” when he found out. The article also quoted Rigilio as saying some of his team had started “hormone replacement therapy”.

Ironically, the Electronic Sports League rejected Rigilio’s fake transgender team “in order to prevent trolls,” a possibility that BuzzFeed failed to consider before it published the fake news story.

ESL’s director of communications, Anna Rozwandowicz, even told BuzzFeed that “there had been multiple incidents of male players trying to enter female tournaments as a joke,” but BuzzFeed failed to realize that that’s exactly the stunt Rigilio was pulling before publishing the fake story.

All BuzzFeed had to do was Google search “Rigatoni Family,” to discover that the outfit was a troll group with conservative sympathies and that the story was likely to be totally bogus, but they failed to perform this basic due diligence.

“We did nothing to hide our team name, which was “Rigatoni Family” and if you were to search that name into Google, you’d find our channel and website where we clearly are shit disturbers. It’s blatant negligence on the behalf of Buzzfeed and other news orgs that have since picked up the story, aka Fake News,” Rigilio tells Infowars.

The Rigatoni Family has a goofy website and a satirical YouTube channel that includes a video making fun of HIllary Clinton voters, but BuzzFeed failed to check any of this before publishing the fake news story.

Rigilio forwarded Infowars emails confirming that Sainty ran the story past BuzzFeed editors before the go-ahead was given to publish the article.

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“If you come across more incidents like this, I would love to hear about them,” Sainty told Rigilio in her final email.

Yeah, probably best to do a little more research next time, BuzzFeed.

The fake story even set off a debate amongst BuzzFeed’s SJW readers as to whether or not the transgender players should be allowed to compete with biological females because, as one commenter put it, “Women need safe spaces, and misogyny is rife in the gaming community.”

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This is a reference to the “GamerGate” controversy, during which many gamers complained that leftists were inserting their political correctness agenda into video game design, sacrificing quality in favor of virtue-signaling and feminist tokenism.

Kotaku, a video game website that has been accused of pandering to social justice warriors in the past, also reported on the fake news story and quoted Rigilio complaining of the abuse he received from the Electronic Sports League. Mashable also published an article about the fake story.

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Having been completely trolled, Electronic Sports League announced that it would be “working with diversity-focused partner organization AnyKey to revise the rules” of its tournament.

The whole farce underscores how the left’s insistence that gender is fluid and can be anything the individual decides on a whim only leads to confusion and a complete lack of proper discernment. Throughout both articles, Rigilio is referred to as “she” despite the fact that he is definitely a he.

Rigilio says the whole episode emphasizes “how hard it is to take Buzzfeed and other bad news organizations serious.” Indeed, it’s interesting to note how BuzzFeed jumped at the story without any proper vetting simply because it correlated with their hysterical social justice narrative.

Of course, this is not the first time that BuzzFeed has published completely fake news. They infamously released the Donald Trump ‘pissgate’ dossier which has been vehemently debunked.

BuzzFeed, which last week was forced to respond to the scandal of their employees joking about the assassination of President Trump, previously attacked Infowars for publishing fake news (we were similarly tricked by another individual into publishing a bogus story).

The fact that BuzzFeed News, which likes to think of itself as part of the mainstream media and decries Infowars as having zero credibility, fell for the same exact stunt, is particularly ironic.

‘Immigration poses threat to our way of life’ – LGBT support for Front National rising

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A lot of homosexuals, LGBT people, are attracted to parties that want to end immigration and protect our freedoms as many migrants come from countries where views on sexual minorities differ from those in Europe, says David Coburn UKIP MEP.

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Hundreds of people gathered in the city of Marseille on Wednesday, holding banners denouncing Marine Le Pen, after she held a rally there.

Amidst the protests aimed at the National Front, some interesting statistics have arisen regarding the coming election. A significant number of people who identify as LGBT are expected to support Marine Le Pen in the first round of the election on Sunday.

Apparently triggering the switch were Islamist terrorist attacks in France as well as last year’s gay nightclub killing in Orlando which left 49 dead. It was considered a homophobic attack, as the American-born killer had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

In the wake of attacks like these, there are growing security concerns in Europe which has been facing an influx of migrants and refugees. Anti-establishment parties across the EU are gaining popularity as usual voter concerns such as the economy and healthcare are waning against the perceived threats posed by the refugees.

Recently Le Pen said: “homosexuality is attacked in countries that live under the Islamist jackboot.”

RT discussed the rise of National Front popularity among gay voters with UKIP MEP David Coburn.

“I think there is a threat to our way of life. That is attracting a lot of homosexuals, LGBT people toward parties that want a cessation of immigration and want to protect our freedoms,” he said.

“We only have to look at Islamic fundamentalists we have in Europe. Look at the bombs going off. Look at the people who are run over by trucks. This is outrageous stuff. These people have an agenda. It is not our agenda. It is not the free libertarian sort of agenda we want in Europe. It is not what the young people want. I am a libertarian. I believe in people having the freedom to do as they please – within reason, within the law,” he said.

“We fought very hard…have fought very hard to go with homosexual rights in Britain and across Europe. We don’t want people, who’ve come here more recently to come round and tell: “No, we can’t do that sort of thing. That is not allowed.” They don’t like it. Well I am sorry, we fought hard for those rights, and they are rights that we want to keep,” he added.

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According to Coburn, many of the migrants and refugees come to Europe from “very authoritarian countries” that lack tolerance for “other peoples and minorities.”

“So to come here and bring their rather different views with them is obviously a challenge to people from perhaps the homosexual community, and many sorts of parts of society, who maybe think differently – atheists or people of different religions. This is something that is worrying a lot of young people, because they are going to face this in the future, and they don’t want to see this sort of thing,” MEP said.

Coburn also said that Le Pen “is very much in favor of homosexual rights.”

“I know many people from National Front who are homosexual. I am the leader of UKIP in Scotland, and I am a homosexual. I don’t want to see my rights limited, and I wouldn’t like to see those of the French people limited either. There is a great attraction to the Front National, or to groups previously, people described as right wing,” the UKIP member concluded.

GOOGLE ADMITS CERNOVICH WAS RIGHT, AGREES TO STOP CENSORING INFOWARS

Google contractor tried to censor Infowars

Mike Cernovich | Infowars.com – APRIL 18, 2017

Google will not remove InfoWars from its search engine results, Maxwell Tani of Business Insider reports:

Google said Monday that a vendor mistakenly told staffers working for the search engine that InfoWars should be ranked as a low-quality site.

The prominent right-wing website — which has been known to stoke conspiracy theories — blasted Google on Monday after pro-Trump media personality Mike Cernovich shared screenshots that showed a Google contractor saying InfoWars should be rated as a “low-to-medium” reliable site since its stories are “often debunked.”

When Mike Cernovich exclusively reported that Google hired a contractor to target InfoWars for censorship, haters claimed he was wrong. As when Cernovich broke the Susan Rice story, among others, before everyone else, this mistake is understandable.

Cernovich forgives his haters.

No one in media has the network of sources Cernovich has. It’s understandable that people don’t believe him.

Eli Lake of Bloomberg, who has already stolen at least two stories form Cernovich, went onto a podcast Cernovich had never heard of to call Cernovich names.

“They kept tagging me to get attention,” Cernovich said. “Since they show up in Verified Notifications on Twitter, I saw the hate. But it’s not a big podcast. Who cares? I don’t link to anyone who can’t get 1,000 RTs of hate for me.”

Sam Harris recently went on a lengthy rant about Cernovich on the Joe Rogan Podcast. Joe Rogan, who banned Cernovich from the podcast back in November, thought Harris was creepy, even calling him “obsessed with Cernovich” during the podcast.

Cernovich will continue breaking stories while everyone else talks about the same basic b*tch stories.

Sam Harris, for example, claimed Hillary Clinton would win the election. He was wrong. What a joke.

Harris challenged Cernovich to a debate, and then backed out. What is there to debate? Harris said Hillary would win. He has no unique insights into geopolitical affairs.

Joe Rogan refuses to admit Cernovich is banned from the podcast, even though a mutual friend told Cernovich, “Joe said he hated you and the pro-Trump trolls.”

Cernovich never asked to be on Rogan’s podcast, however, and doesn’t care about being “banned.”

“I’ve never asked anyone to be on a podcast. If people ‘ban’ me, that says it all about their fragile egos. How can you ban someone who hasn’t asked to be on your show?!”

Full disclosure: Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire browsing history

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Anxious jobseekers could have another reason to sweat over interviews and reference checks. Google’s latest creation aimed at the recruitment market could give bosses the ability to do full, uncensored background checks.

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Google Hire, the Internet giant’s new recruitment tool that allows employers to manage job applications, has sparked fears that recruiters could access applicants’ entire browsing history.

Touted as a recruitment tool, like Linkedin, Google Hire would allow employers to place job ads and manage applications through the product.

The product’s sign-in page has an option to connect through a personal Google account, which has prompted fears that employers could be able to access your search history and Youtube subscriptions.

Google, however, hasn’t given much away about the new venture, so it is unclear exactly what employers will be able to search for when looking for potential hires.

The ‘Applicant-Tracking System’ (ATS) that Google uses to manage the tracking for its own job applicants has now been repurposed to create a new revenue stream for the company.

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At the moment, the website can only be accessed by those who have been invited to sign up. Crunchbase reports several tech companies appear to be testing the product, including Poynt, SingleHop and CoreOS.

GOOGLE TAKES OUT MAJOR CONTRACT TO DE-LIST INFOWARS FROM ITS SEARCH INDEX

InfoWars articles must be rated “Low to Medium.”

Mike Cernovich | Medium.com – APRIL 17, 2017

Google has hired contractors to remove or limit Alex Jones’ website Infowars.com from its search engines. According to a search engine evaluator for Google, all contractors have been instrucred to actively rate InfoWars as a low quality and untrusted site.

This email was sent out to all contractors.

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The instructions to the contractors provide:

  • InfoWars is not an “outright false” website and is not “among the worst of the worst.”
  • “There are a number of controversial, often debunked claims that the site regularly promotes.”
  • InfoWars articles must be rated “Low to Medium.”

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US lawmakers want to know how many Americans under surveillance

Top members of the House Judiciary Committee have asked the Trump administration to reveal how many Americans are affected by expiring foreign surveillance programs that gather massive amounts of personal data.

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In a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and ranking member John Conyers (D-Michigan) have called for an estimate, according to Reuters, on how many Americans are involved in surveillance operations that expire at the end of the year. The surveillance programs in question are vested in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

“It is clear that Section 702 surveillance programs can and do collect information about U.S. persons, on subjects unrelated to counterterrorism,” wrote Goodlatte and Conyers. “It is imperative that we understand the size of this impact on U.S. persons as our committee proceeds with the debate on reauthorization.”

The pair have requested an answer by April 24, Reuters reported.

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Section 702 of FISA authorizes warrantless data collection of electronic communications stored by US internet service providers, including the likes of Google and Facebook, or that moves across the internet “backbone” located in the US via telecom providers such AT&T. The statute, while explicitly aimed at non-US persons overseas, allows the collection of innocent Americans’ data as long such information is bundled with a single communication involving or related to a target.

The statute, which gives legal cover to the National Security Agency spying programs PRISM and Upstream, which were revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013, also does not require for communications collection that an individual be a suspected terrorist, spy or foreign agent, nor does it demand judicial approval to target someone. Information gleaned by such data collection can be kept for years and be used for purposes that do not have to be related to national security.

Section 702 of FISA may be at the root of Trump’s claims that the Barack Obama administration collected data on he and his staff prior to taking office.

An estimate on how many Americans’ communications have been collected through Section 702 justification is “crucial as we contemplate reauthorization” of the statute prior to December 31, 2017, the committee members wrote, according to Reuters.

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The House Judiciary Committee made a similar request of the Obama administration in December, but a report did not materialize before Donald Trump took office on January 20.

Section 702 was added to FISA, a law first passed in 1978 to collect foreign intelligence information, with bipartisan support in 2008. The amended law was then reauthorized for five years in 2012.

Disclosures by former US intelligence employee Edward Snowden showed that, through the program PRISM, the NSA uses Section 702 as a legal basis for collecting both content and metadata stored by several major internet companies that pertain to specific selectors, such as an email address. Through the program Upstream, also revealed by Snowden and justified by Section 702, the NSA intercepts telephone and internet traffic that is pulled from internet data routes that travel through the US.

Section 702 “is used to collect the communications of tens of thousands of people for broad purposes that go well beyond fighting terrorism,”says the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Last month, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Section 702, Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program, said an estimated 250 million internet communications were gathered under authority of the statute in 2011 alone.

SOROS-FUNDED GROUPS BEHIND GOOGLE CENSORSHIP OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

Radical group supports Obama-era “net neutrality” rules

| Infowars.com – APRIL 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Soros-funded Fight for the Future (FFTF) is leading the charge to demonize President Trump over signing legislation to cancel the FCC’s Internet privacy rule. 

FFTF’s Campaign Director, Evan Greer, is an LGBT activist with an extensive radical past, including working to free a convicted terrorist before joining FFTF.

“Fight for the Future is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 whose mission is to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core,” the group proclaims on its website. “We seek to expand the internet’s transformative power for good, to preserve and enhance its capacity to enrich and empower.”

“We envision a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy.”

How possibly could anyone disagree?

The group’s history demonstrates that FFTF is arguably the most radical of the non-profits joining Google under the Orwellian guise of “Internet freedom” and “civil liberties” to achieve exactly the opposite – more government control of the Internet.

Funded by Open Internet Defense Fund, a project of George SorosMedia Democracy Fund, FFTF joins Google in the fight to preserve the Obama administration’s effort to have the FCC regulate the Internet under Title II “common carrier” rules that resulted both the net neutrality and Internet privacy rules the Trump administration is seeking to overturn.

What FFTF seeks to hide by the group’s professed support for free expression is the group’s ideological ties to Internet giant Google and Google’s campaign to censor conservative websites including Infowars.com as “Fake News.”

As Infowars.com has previously reported, Google’s interest in privacy rules for ISPs and broadband providers should be self-evident: The draconian privacy rules only apply to Google’s competitors in the broadband industry, leaving Google – arguably the world’s worst violator of online privacy – virtually unscathed.

FFTF has supported the Obama administration’s push to have the FCC regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act, in an effort to impose net neutrality rules designed to give the government a firm foothold in regulating the Internet, with Internet giants like Google calculating with the Obama administration to secure its Internet position of dominance.

On the group’s website, FFTF brags that in 2012, “we organized the largest online protest in history, an Internet-wide strike against web censorship which defeated the SOPA and PIPA bills.”

The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP [Internet Privacy] Act, introduced into Congress in 2011 to prevent copyright infringement collapsed after 4.5 million people signed a Google on-line petition and some 7,000 Internet websites, including Wikipedia, conducted a 24-hour “blackout protest.”

FFTF also bragged it organized a “Battle for the Net” campaign that drove “nearly four million people to contact the FCC resulting in the game-changing passage of net neutrality rules,” that the group described as a “First Amendment” for the Internet.

In 2014, FFTF co-founder Holmes Wilson sent an email to FFTF subscribers urging support for President Obama’s statement on Nov. 10, 2014, calling for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the Internet, encouraging the FCC to adopt net neutrality to insure the future of an “open” Internet.

Wilson’s emails made the following points:

  • Our contribution to winning the White House was very significant. The White House has stalled on this issue for so long.
  • We were in close contact with the White House, and it was pretty clear they were only going to move once they were sure it was something that would gain them broad public support and have minimal downside.
  • Our coalition created the circumstances in which they could move. FFTF was a key part of that. From the “buffering” gag at the beginning to the emphasis on “cable companies” (not telcos [telecommunications companies], or ISPs) Obama’s video statement was built from our memes and framing.
  • In the emails they sent to the Organizing For America list, they cribbed exact phrasing from FFTF emails.
  • Our stuff was both resonating with them, and showing them the political path forward.
  • And it mattered: Obama’s statement has very much changed the balance of power on this issue, especially because it means he’ll likely veto any action by Congress against a good FCC rule.”

More recently, FFTF launched a new initiative in March 2017 to provide $15,000 per month to activists who quit their jobs to join “A Teams” to fight President Trump’s public policy agenda.

FFTF launched the program with an eye-catching promotion: “Terrified about Trump? Quit your job, start an A-Team. We’ll fund it.”

“We’re currently taking applications for an initial launch of the project, and will be providing a few select teams with funding, guidance, and support,” said Evan Greer, speaking to reporters in her capacity as FFTF campaign director.

“Our goal is to spawn a movement of small, dedicated, groups of people using the tactics that we’ve used effectively to defend Internet freedom to win major victories in other issue areas affecting our basic rights and freedoms, such as immigration, freedom of press, police brutality, drug reform, and government corruption.”

FFTF board includes several members with close Google financial connections including:

  • Barbara van Schewick: Listed as the Clerk/Secretary of the FFTF board, van Schewick also serves as a Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center for Internet & Society (CIS), a group that boosts of “generous support from Google, Inc. 
  • Marvin Ammori: Listed as president of the FFTF Education Fund 501(c)3 board, Ammori is the founder of the Ammori Group, a law firm and public policy firm based in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, that lists Google as “the largest and most established client we counsel.”

Starting Monday, April 3, 2017, Evan Greer was the contact person for the FFTF press release blasting President Trump for signing SR Res 34, a bill the FFTF characterized as slashing “the FCC’s Internet Privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to monitor, collect, and sell the details of their customers Internet activity to advertisers.”

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On her Tweet account, Greer has posted a series of tweets, on a similar theme, attacking Trump for signing a GOP-sponsored bill that rescinded the FCC “Internet Privacy” rules that prevented ISPs from collecting customer web-browsing data, without disclosing that ISPs rarely have access to this type of data, while the FCC rule did nothing from preventing Internet giants like Google from continuing their extensive web-browsing customer data mining operations.

In another Tweet, dated April 4, 2017, Greer bragged the Washington Post had quoted her attacking Trump for selling out to “CEOs and lobbyists for giant telecom companies, who want to rake in money by spying on all of us and selling the details of our lives to marketing companies.”

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Greer’s Linkedin.com account lists that from November 2009 to April 2012, she worked as media strategy and outreach coordinator for the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee.

Tarek Mehanna is currently serving a 17 ½ year sentence in a federal prison in Illinois after he was convicted in federal court in Boston in 2012 of four terror-related charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to kill in a foreign country, and lying to authorities in a terrorism investigation – a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.