Saturday, March 18, 2017
French advertising agency Havas, one of the world’s largest marketing groups, pulled hundreds of UK clients out of Google’s advertising network Friday after revelations in theTimes newspaper that taxpayers and commercial brands were unknowingly funding extremists through adverts. Dozens of other brands have also allegedly withdrawn their business while Havas said it was also considering a global freeze on YouTube and Google ads.
Video Google Highlights ‘Offensive’ Search Results
The Times found adverts were appearing alongside content from supporters of extremist groups, making them around £6 per 1,000 viewers, as well as making money for the company.
The Times has now revealed why the commercial retreat from YouTube has gathered pace with its analysis showing that more than 200 anti-Semitic videos are hosted on YouTube. In selective cases, the offensive videos were uploaded years ago and have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Some even hosted advertising, suggesting anti-Semites may be enjoying a commercial advantage from perceived association with well-known brands, the newspaper reports.
Content of the videos varied, but relied on common themes that claimed Jews start global conflicts for profit, or perpetuate the ancient blood libel that Jews kill Christian children while keeping others as slaves. Holocaust denial is another thematic variation.
A spokeswoman told the Times: “Google believes in the right for people to express views that we and many others find abhorrent, but we do not tolerate hate speech. We have clear policies against inciting violence or hatred and we remove content that breaks our rules or is illegal when we’re made aware of it.”
Google does not actively look for hate content on YouTube. Instead its policy is to wait for users to flag it up. It said that with 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, it would be impossible to proactively police.
Meanwhile the BBC reports the UK government has removed its adverts from YouTube amid concerns they are appearing next to “inappropriate” material. In one case, Metropolitan Police promotions appeared alongside Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic organisation calling for the establishment of a global caliphate under Sharia law, which is banned in many countries.
The Cabinet Office said it was seeking assurances from YouTube’s owner Google that its messages would be displayed in a “safe and appropriate way” in future. The Guardian newspaper, broadcaster Channel 4 and the BBC itself have also pulled ads citing similar worries over grossly offensive material.
During a recent appearance before the Commons Home Affairs Committee, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were told they had a “terrible reputation” for dealing with problems and censured for not policing their content more effectively, given the billions they made.
Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Committee, said:
“We’ve seen too many cases of vile online hate crimes, harassment or threats where social media companies have failed to act.
“It cannot be beyond the wit and means of multi-billion dollar social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google to develop ways to better protect users from hatred and abuse. They have a duty to do so. We will be asking the companies about specific cases, why they didn’t act, and what they intend to do about it now.”
In response, Google is now directing its review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive in search results.
As Breitbart Tech reported, the review teams – comprised of contractors known as “quality raters” – already comb through websites and other content to flag questionable items such as pornography. Google added a new category, “upsetting-offensive,” in its guidelines for quality raters. For example, content with “racial slurs or extremely offensive terminology” could now get flagged as such
This article exposes Khans new found friendship with Osborne (the Uber lobbyist) and the Standard. It could be why the Standard have been biased in Ubers favour and why Khan has taken no action to stop Ubers blatant breach of the law.
Sadiq Khan and George Osborne's unlikely friendship
The London Mayor has long enjoyed warm relations with the new Evening Standard editor.
In a week of political surprises by far the greatest is the news that the s is George Osborne. It's not unheard of for MPs to combine politics and journalism (recall Boris Johnson's editorship of the ), and Osborne has unfulfilled ambition having been rejected by the and the as a budding hack. But one wonders how the former Chancellor will combine the punishing hours with bookwriting, a Kissinger fellowship, his Northern Powerhouse think-tank, private speaking, Blackrock and, last not but least, representing the good people of Tatton (Osborne has said he will remain an MP).
Friday, March 17, 2017
YouTube hate preachers share screens with household names
Google is to be hauled in front of MPs and brands have scrambled to pull their advertisements from YouTube after research by The Times showed commercial campaigns supporting extremist material
After upsetting the Taxi trade, by advertising free rides home with a certain Rape App, aired during the Super Bowl, Helen Mirren has now upset and insulted the LGBT community on YouTube again.
Let's not forget the R eports in the media over the last few years which have shown Uber drivers frequently discriminating against lesbian and gay passengers.
In this latest faux-pass, just as Steven Anderson reaches the climax of his latest hate-filled sermon -uploaded each week on to YouTube- he is replaced on screen by a close-up image of the actress Helen Mirren.
Dame Helen appears in a L’Oréal campaign for the Prince’s Trust, the charity set up to empower young people to get into jobs, education and training.
The advert appeared while Anderson’s sermon was still playing, its inclusive message clashing with the bearded preacher’s exhortations that "homosexuals were not born that way, but they will burn in hell that way”.
L’Oréal was far from the only brand to advertise on YouTube videos posted on behalf of Anderson, despite the preacher being banned from Britain last year after responding to a terrorist attack on a gay club.
Big name brands are now deserting Google big time, over the way adverts have been placed on unsuitable videos feeds.
If anyone was in any doubt about the extent of the corruption they should now see it clearly.
Lebedev the ex KGB owner of the Standard has appointed Bullingdon boy Osborbne as his editor.
The Standard (along with most of the main stream media ) has failed to report any negative information about Uber or TFL.
Osborne has recently been ‘gifted’ a lucrative job with BlackRock who have $250 million in Uber shares, after Osborne used his position as Chancellor and personal connections to persuade his Bullingdon buddy Boris Johnson to ‘Lay Off Uber’ which is exactly what Johnson and TFL did.
Boris Johnson also publicly claimed that Osborne had blocked any attempts made to the Government to cap Private Hire Numbers, which would have obviously negatively impacted his indirect paymasters Uber.
The Mayor of London has Statutory powers to initiate Legislation, which could have capped Private Hire Licenses.
Both Johnson and Khan have failed to take any action, even though they have the power to do so.
Lebedev was also a close ally of Boris Johnson and gave him full media support during his Mayoral Election Campaigns and throughout his Mayoralty, with a policy of reporting no negative news about Johnson.
Lebedev flew Johnson and his family by Private Jet to his luxury villa in Italy for holidays.
The absolute and utter corruption will continue until there is a Public Inquiry, which is the ONLY mechanism to expose it.
The current Taxi APPG is a scam set up by Sadiq Khans friend Wes Streeting.
This is the description about APPGs’s on the Gov website
''APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.''
Wes Streeting is Khans mate ; he won’t do anything to expose him or the TFL corruption .
Wes Streeting MP
20 April 2016 •
''My friend Sadiq Khan understands what life is like for the majority of people in London. I think his election would make a massive difference to issues like affordable housing, transport and tackling crime.
But I've become increasingly concerned about the campaign against him. It is the worst sort of dog whistle politics and today our Prime Minister engaged in it.
I'm proud of London, proud of its diversity and proud to represent people of all races, faiths and backgrounds. London is better than this nasty campaign against Sadiq.''
The entire purpose of the APPG which has been set up and led by Khans mate Wes, is to make people think that something is being done.
IT IS NOT!
ITS YET ANOTHER SCAM. ITS A DELAYING TACTIC TO STOP ANY PROTEST
ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS A GENUINE ATTEMPT TO EXPOSE THE CORRUPTION NEEDS TO READ THE FACTS.
ANYONE WHO THINKS THAT SPENDING TIME ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING WITH THE APPG WILL RESULT IN URGENT ACTION IS DELUDED.
THE ONLY WAY ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN IS IF THE CORRUPTION IS EXPOSED BY A JUDICIAL PUBLIC INQUIRY.
THE ONLY WAY THIS WILL HAPPEN IS IF THERE IS DAILY PROTESTS.
THERE IS NO NEED FOR NEGOTIATION ;THE ONLY RESULT NEEDED IS A PUBLIC INQUIRY
Thursday, March 16, 2017
EVERY compliance officer has a warrant type card, the same type as carried by all policeman.
ASK to see it clearly and use your phone to make a clear photo of it, the full name of the TFL staff member,only then comply with their request but never sign anything.
Remember eighteen months ago, the Head of the compliance training team made a false complaint to the City Police at the Sugar Quay (Shine Charity walk event ) saying that I'd been drinking.
His boss Garret Emmerson had to apologise in writing to me after a letter was sent from Grant Davis of the LCDC on my behalf making an official complaint.
Mother, 25, suffers black eye in ‘racist assault’ by Asian Uber driver who ‘called her a "white b***h" and said her mixed-race baby daughter’s father "must be a slave"
The most horrific thing is that the police just let him get back in the car and drive off to collect his next customer. What if he does worse to someone else?
‘I was trying to get Savannah’s baby seat out of the car and unlock the heavy gate at the same time so I asked him politely for a hand.
‘When I dropped my keys he picked them up and threw them in my daughter’s face. He called me a “white b*tch” and said Savannah’s dad must be ‘a slave’.
‘What kind of man does that?
Like any mother who had seen what had just happened to my daughter I moved towards him and he took a swipe at me.
Annastazia said: ‘He tried to tell me it wasn’t necessary and I told him it was against the law for her not to use it. My child’s safety is more important than him trying to save time.
‘He kept saying to me “I don’t listen to a woman” and “I tell a woman what to do, not the other way round’. His views were disgusting.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 8.21pm on Saturday, March 11, to reports of an assault in south-east London.
‘The officers at the scene used their discretion and concluded that there were not enough grounds to arrest either party and a community resolution was agreed by all.
‘The following day the woman attended a south London police station and said she was not happy with the resolution.
Open Letter To TfL's Director Of Service Operations Peter Blake, In Regards To The Sean Stockings Affaire.
I refer to your letter dated 3rd March to Sean Stockings which does not appear to contain a rider 'private and confidential' and has thus been reprinted in the March edition of 'The Badge'. This response takes the form of an open reply and will no doubt find it's way to you in due course
You list numerous misdemeanours by Mr Stockings relating to an incident in a restaurant and you conclude that these constitute justification for the revocation of his taxi drivers licence however you fail to mention or seemingly take into account the degree of contributory provocation on the part Leon Daniels the recipient of Sean's verbal abuse.
Daniels is well known to the taxi trade as a principle architect of the Uber scandal and has become a focus of attention to the taxi trade impoverished by the back door deregulation so aggressively pursued by him and others at TfLTPH.
The extent to which TfLTPH have so alienated the body of drivers it is charged with regulating is without precedent in the writer's near 40 years experience of driving a cab in London.
Indeed it is hard to imagine any parallels to a situation in which a regulator has so completely proved to be not 'a safe pair of hands', TfLTPH appear remote, out of touch and in complete denial of the severity of the crisis they have created in the taxi trade and the hubris that now surrounds virtually every utterance from Palestra has reached a megalomania of 'Trumpian' proportions
The long standing 'quid pro quo' whereby candidates acquiring a satisfactory standard of knowledge are granted in return the sole right to ply for hire has been so completely undermined by TfLTPH's licensing of Uber that the only word that adequately describes the mood of the taxi trade is BETRAYAL.
I feel betrayed, Sean Stockings feels betrayed - we all feel betrayed by having to daily and hourly witness members of the public waving at cars in front of us to gain the attention of drivers who have sent their registration details using mobile phones whilst on the move which is itself most likely illegal and a topic for another conversation.
We are all very angry at this blatant 'plying for hire' for that surely is what it is - forget the weasel words, smoke and mirrors obfuscation and lame legalistic justifications about 'bookings' - you have deliberately licensed 100,000 plus inadequates to do our jobs for us.
Far from being the villain of the piece Stockings should be commended for acting with considerable restraint, he was simply venting a frustration that all cab drivers presently feel and did not use foul language nor offer Daniels physical threats as indeed one can imagine more radical temperaments might have done, Leon should count himself lucky that he did not end up with a bowl of Vichyssoise on his head,
No taxi driver should be treated in such a cavalier manner by a kangaroo court bent on victimisation - a warning maybe or suspension for airing grievances in public is the maximum sanction Sean should have to endure - revocation is the term that should now be applied to TfLTPH's tenure as the malignant despots they have become.
Now listen to the ease at which Nick Ferrari points out the woeful inadequacies of TfL's Director of Service Operations Peter Blake, as regulator of the Private hire industry in London.