Headline March 29, 2016/ ''' *MOURNING BEYOND* '''


30 PLUS  -STUDENTS' GIRLS AND BOYS,  so young and angelic, on swings and cartwheels, with chips and cokes, and cheering parents-

Got blown to smithereens, with their body parts still under random collection. The cruel and merciless scimitar of fate tolls over 74 dead and over 300 seriously wounded,  -and battling for their lives.

PAKISTAN -the historic first conceptual host of !WOW!  -and the World Students Society mourns in utter grief and devastation.

Numb with this Avalanche of Grief, I return from the state of the world to the hope and beyond.  

SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook,....Google......and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruitment by terrorists-

But the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities............police the Web.

One recent Friday, Facebook Inc, said it took down a profile that the company believed belonged to San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband is accused of killing 14 people in a mass shooting that the FBI is investigating as an  ''act of terrorism''.

In the same span,a day earlier, the French prime minister and European Commission Officials met separately with Facebook, Google, Twitter Inc and other companies to demand faster action on what the commission called.....''online terrorism incitement and hate speech''.

The Internet companies described their policies as straightforward  : they ban certain types of content in accordance with their own terms of service, and require court orders to remove or block anything beyond that.

Anyone can report, or flag, content for review and possible removal. 

But the truth is far more subtle and complicated. According to former employees, Facebook, Google and Twitter all worry that if they are public about their true level of cooperation with Western Law enforcement agencies-

They will face endless demands for similar action from countries around the whole wide world.

They also fret about being perceived by consumers as being tools of the government. Worse, if the companies spell out exactly how their screening works, they run the risk of that technologically savvy militants will learn more about how to beat their systems.

''If they knew what magic sauce went into pushing content into the newsfeed, spammers or whoever would take advantage of that.'' said a security expert who had worked at both Facebook and Twitter,who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

One of the most significant yet least understood aspects of the propaganda issue is the range of ways in which social media companies deal with government officials.

Facebook, Google and Twitter say they do not treat government complaints differently from citizen complaints, unless the government obtains a court order. 

The trio are among a growing number that publish regular transparency reports summarizing  the number of formal requests from officials about content on their sites.

But there are workarounds, according to former employees, activists and government officials.

A key one is for officials or their allies to complain that a threat, hate speech or celebration of violence violates the company's terms of service, rather than any law.

Such content can be taken down within hours or minutes or minutes and without the paper trail that would go with a court order.

''It is commonplace for federal authorities to directly contact twitter, and ask for assistance, rather than going through the formal channels,'' said an activist who has helped get numerous accounts disabled.

In the San Bernardino case, Facebook said it took down Malik's profile, established under an alias, for violating its community standards, which prohibit praise or promotion of  ''acts to terror''. The spokesman said there was pro-IS content on the page but declined to elaborate.

Activists mobilise : Some well-organised online activists have had success getting social media sites to remove content.

A french speaking activist using the Twitter alias  NageAnon  said he helped get rid of thousands of YouTube videos by spreading links to clear case of policy violations and enlisting other volunteers to report them.

''The more it gets reported, the more it will get reviewed quickly and treated as an urgent case,'' he said in a twitter message to Reuters.

The Honour and Serving of the latest ''Operational Research'' on  Social Networks continues. Thank Ya all for reading and see Ya all on the following one:

With respectful dedication to all those who lost their lives, and all those injured, and to all the Parents,  the Leaders, Students, Professors and teachers of the World. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society and the Ecosystem 2011.

''' A World Nomore '''

Good Night and God Bless

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