Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air just posted about how Twitter may well be eating itself since some users are abusing the report spam and abuse buttons and are beginning to target conservatives with the hope of forcing the application to automatically shut down accounts. Of course, eventually Twitter turns the account back on after a couple of days claiming the automatic process kicked in due to the high level of complaints.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken on an unusual quest and a “new personal challenge” as he experiments with a diet where he only eats meat from animals he has personally killed. Although I don’t even know why this is news, CNN writer Patricia Sellers suggests this is some sort of “strange journey.”
Nothing in this world surprises me anymore, and Rush would be the last person on earth to whine but …ummm … anyone else here see a double standard? (Don’t answer that. That question is merely a rhetorical device.) The best part of this story: the way Facebook turns itself into a pretzel to explain the difference. Read more
We now learn that the White House , though a private contractor, and without anyone’s knowledge, is collecting and storing comments made on it’s social networking sites at Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo and Sideshare. The truly amazing part though is that the President is pointing to federal law as his justification for these actions.
The Presidential Records Act provides that the president must maintain all documents:
“created or received by the president, his immediate staff or a unit or individual of the Executive Office of the President whose function is to advise and assist the president, in the course of conducting activities which relate to or have an effect upon the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President.”
To me, there are several troubling aspects about what the White House is doing.
First, a private contractor?
Second, anyone who posts a comment on, let’s say, the White House Facebook page, is not notified that their comments will be collected and archived. The folks on the left were outraged that the Patriot Act allowed wiretapping of suspected terrorists without their knowledge. I can only hope there is a similar outrage at collecting “speech” from ordinary Americans without their knowledge. Or will the double standard most cherished by the far left rear its ugly head once again?
Third, what is being collected and archived are comments posted on a third party web site. It seems a stretch to argue that this is some sort of “official correspondence with the President”, such as writing a letter to the President, or going to the White House official web site would be. But, at least with the latter two, you know your correspondence will be collected and archived.
And, finally, what happens with the information collected? Who will have access to it, and why? And, for what purpose will that information be used?
These Obama books are in the children’s area of Borders. Can you guess what the section is? “History” … umm nope …. “Current Affairs” …. not exactly. Take the poll before you click the link below … and no cheating! Read more