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Everything You Need to Know From Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Testimony: Day 1

You’ve heard the rumblings over the years: Might Mark Zuckerberg make it to Washington? We’re pretty sure this isn’t the type of visit he had in mind. In the wake of Facebook’s involvement in the data-sharing scandal, Zuckerberg testified today before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee (at 10:00 ET tomorrow morning, he’ll be in the hot seat again, this time before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce).

Zuckerberg already shared his written testimony, but during today’s live-streamed hearing, 44 Senators had five minutes each to ask him questions directly. The whole thing took about five hours. Here are the topics they batted around the most, and what both the Senators and Facebook’s CEO had to say about them.

Consumer Privacy

“If you and other social media companies don’t get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy any more,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said during his opening statement. Given the nature of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (reminder: the third-party app used a quiz to get ahold of user data, as well as that of all of their friends), it’s not surprising that privacy was a hot topic throughout the hearing.

Lawmakers tried to suss out exactly what Facebook knew about the Cambridge Analytical scandal, most of which was already covered in Zuckerberg’s previous statements on the topic. They also asked if he’d react differently if the data scraping happened today (yes, he would).

At several points throughout the testimony, Zuckerberg attempted to clarify exactly what data Facebook collects and what it doesn’t. He frequently emphasized that Facebook does not sell user data. It collects data, and then gives advertisers access to the Facebook users that are most relevant for their products or services.

In one of the most overtly critical moments of the day, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) questioned outright whether Zuckerberg had the “will” to help Congress solve the problem of inadequate privacy protections.

Facebook’s Content

Zuckerberg told Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), “I agree that we’re responsible for the content [on Facebook],” and a number of questions focused specifically on what kind of “content” actually showed up on the social media site.

Several senators asked how Facebook is addressing hate speech. Zuckerberg noted that the platform is creating helpful artificial intelligence (AI) tools and hiring more native speakers to review content in non-English speaking nations.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a different line of questioning (perhaps not surprising since, as several have pointed out, Cruz himself was working with Cambridge Analytica), noting that the platform seems to express a bias against conservative stories and users.

“I am very committed to making sure Facebook is a platform for all ideas,” Zuckerberg responded. Facebook attempts to police content that can cause “real-world harm,” such as terrorism, self-harm, or election interference, according to Zuckerberg.

Beyond that, though, the platform’s goal is “to allow people to have as much expression as possible.”

Tech Regulations

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) noted in his opening remarks that lawmakers may soon need to take more control in the tech industry instead of letting the companies mostly regulate themselves.

When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Zuckerberg if Facebook would “welcome regulation,” Zuckerberg said, “I think, if it’s the right regulation, then yes.”

As for what those that regulation might be, Zuckerberg told Graham he would “absolutely” work with lawmakers on crafting it, and that his team would follow up after (this, perhaps, was Zuckerberg’s most-often repeated phrase of the afternoon).

He later told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that a rule requiring Facebook to notify users of a breach within 72 hours “makes sense” to him. He also supports having a law that makes “opt in” the standard for data sharing.

The Best of the Rest

Here’s a potpourri of things that might have come up less frequently, but were still significant during Zuckerberg’s testimony:

  • User Trust: Sen. Thune questioned why users should trust Facebook, asking Zuckerberg, “After more than a decade of promises to do better, how is today’s apology different?” In response, Zuckerberg noted Facebook’s recent decision to take a “more active view in policing the ecosystem.” He said people will have to judge the company by the results of those efforts.
  • Election Interference: When asked what Facebook is doing to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections, Zuckerberg once again referenced the company’s AI tools. He noted that Facebook has used the tools to identify fake accounts, helping prevent interference in the French presidential election and others since the 2016 presidential election.
  • Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel: The counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has contacted Facebook, Zuckerberg said. Mueller’s team hasn’t interviewed Zuckerberg directly, but others at Facebook have spoken to the investigators.
  • Android Phones: When asked about Facebook’s phone-scraping scandal, Zuckerberg testified that Facebook can’t collect users’ call and text history through its Messenger app unless the user opts in.
  • Facebook’s Future: A “version of Facebook” will always be free, according to Zuckerberg.

Tune in tomorrow for Zuckerberg’s round 2 in the ring with the U.S. Senate.

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David Wilcock’s Insider: “Coming change defies all imagination. We are living through history.”

David Wilcock’s latest update, published on his Divine Cosmos website Sept. 8th, is entitled ‘Stunning New Briefings: Spy Satellites Down, Deep State Arrests Finally Imminent?‘ For my money, the lengthy and comprehensive update delivers fully on its title’s promise.

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The fact is, firstly, that no one can truly predict the future. People may have compelling reasons to believe something will certainly happen based on all they know, only to come to realize that unseen forces continue to have an impact on imminent events. In this update, David takes us through some of those earlier projections, and constructs a through-line in which we can understand why so many ‘false starts’ to this major event have occurred, and why there is reason to believe that this time, and event of unparalleled historic proportions is about to occur.

Mega-Anon Testimony

One testimony that was getting many people excited was from ‘Mega Anon,’ known as an anonymous Trump administration insider of the forum 4chan just before Q-Anon arrived there. This testimony includes a quote from October 6th, 2017 , which David feels gives an interesting characterization of what the impact of a major ‘event’ fronted by Trump could be:

The goal is that when it’s all said and done, there will be no room for question, when it comes to the people.

He won’t have to disclose s#!t like 9/11, OKC, Vegas, Voter Fraud, Russia hacks or collusion, elections rigging, etc. specifically.

When he’s done, it will be a literal “mic drop” on the world’s stage.

No one ever again will have the ability to question who’s responsible for, involved in coordinating, etc. ANYTHING that has ever happened and been considered a “conspiracy theory”, ever again.

When he’s done, the entire world will just KNOW IT ALL. It really is THAT all-encompassing. Like Trump says, “you’ll see”. It just has to happen. We cannot be derailed. Ever again.

Almost a year later, we have not had a “mic drop” event. But there has been no lack of interesting things that have happened between now and then.

Data Dumps

There are indications that the revealing of sensitive information to the public has been slow and piecemeal for a reason. It is believed that releases from Wikileaks (Assange), Snowden and others are done in such a way as to allow people to awaken to the truth without creating a planet-wide trauma or panic. While there may be many in the awakening community that could handle virtually anything, we still have to account for the reaction on the part of the unawakened people in the world to the release of incontestable graphic evidence of the most heinous crimes imaginable occurring on our planet.

Our intel is also saying that new data dumps are very imminent that could be far worse than anything we have seen already, including the so-called Pizzagate documents.

The Pizzagate documents were revealing, but because much of the wording and conversations were coded, people still had plausible deniability if they weren’t ready to accept the reality behind those documents. However, as David hints, we are moving forward.

Disabled Satellites

Perhaps the biggest news to come out recently is that several satellites have been disabled. Here’s what David said about this:

The code names of the now-disabled satellites are Snow White, Corona and Big Bird, followed by a one or two-digit number. These covert satellites were apparently the communications backbone of the Cabal / New World Order / Illuminati / Deep State.

Drops by Q-Anon included by David in his update indicate that we have good reason to believe that disabling these satellites has literally left the Deep State unable to coordinate actions or defend itself now. Here is one of the notifications from Q about a particular satellite being disabled followed by his usual cryptic statements about the implications:

Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: bd6786 No.2805260 
>>2805214
CORONA 16 TASK ROUTE Z8301
CORONA 16 NOW OFFLINE
Q

Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: bd6786 No.2805326

>>2805260
BLIND EYES IN THE SKY.
SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?
Q

If in fact this is true, we have all the more reason to believe a long-forecast action on the part of the Alliance to bring down the Deep State is imminent. What action? Mass arrests.

51,000+ Sealed Indictments And Mass Arrests

As many who have been following Q-Anon are aware, a growing number of sealed indictments have been appearing on pacer.gov, an official government web site, as of last month’s end totaling over 51,000. Since in the past the average number of sealed indictments for one year is just over 1,000, this is probably the best piece of hard evidence that there certainly is a plan on the part of government forces to launch mass arrests in the near future. David explains how involved the process of getting a single sealed indictment is:

In order to grasp how significant it is to have fifty-one thousand sealed indictments on the books, some additional explanation is necessary. Each sealed indictment must be produced by a secret grand jury, convened for the occasion. This is no minor accomplishment, as we will see.

A secret grand jury is composed of twelve to twenty-three civilian jurors, who are sworn to absolute secrecy. The grand jury hears from a prosecutor who must either be a county district attorney (DA), a state attorney general (AG) or a federal US attorney. Sealed indictments can thus be generated from the county, state or federal level.

The secret grand jury hears evidence and, if convinced by the information, it files a sealed order for the pending arrest of the accused. No one can see who is named in the order until it becomes unsealed. This work can all be done on paper, so electronic surveillance won’t work either.

For this same reason, I imagine these secret grand juries are being held in SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) rooms. These rooms are completely impenetrable to any type of surveillance, satellite-based, electronic or otherwise.

September Is National Emergency Preparedeness Month

If there wasn’t enough reason to believe imminent action is planned, David notes Q’s revelation of an Executive Order by Donald Trump on September 1st declaring September ‘National Preparedness Month,’ which calls on all Americans to prepare for potential disasters:

Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: d1b112 No.2833619

National Preparedness Month is a time to focus our attention on the importance of preparing our families, homes, businesses, and communities for disasters that threaten our lives, property, and homeland. During this time, we also honor the brave men and women who selflessly respond to crises and disasters, rendering aid to those in need.

These first responders, who work tirelessly to safeguard our Nation and protect our citizens, deserve our utmost gratitude and appreciation…. Tragedies are somber reminders that preparedness is a shared responsibility and that it is critical to maintain readiness.

All Americans can prepare for potential disasters by developing and practicing a family emergency response plan, assembling a disaster supply kit, signing up for alerts on mobile devices, setting aside emergency savings, and maintaining adequate insurance policies for their homes and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign outlines other important steps to best prepare for a major disaster.

This month, I encourage all Americans to take the opportunity to ensure they have an emergency response plan in place and ready to be properly executed. Emergencies and disasters test the resilience and strength of families, communities, and our Nation. It is impossible to avoid every challenge and threat, but we can and must prepare for them. By doing so, we can help protect our communities and save lives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans, including Federal, State, and local officials, to take action to be prepared for disaster or emergency by making and practicing their emergency response plans. Each step we take to become better prepared makes a real difference in how our families and communities will respond and persevere when faced with the unexpected….

If indeed, there is an Alliance prepared to take down the Deep State, and by extension, the global elite or Cabal that has been running this planet through generational bloodline families since Antiquity, (as detailed in my Lucifer series), then one can understand that they would want to alert people to be ready for anything. They are well aware that the Deep State still has the power to try to wreak tremendous destruction (as David alludes to in an update at the end of his article) and consequently don’t have a clear idea of what their reaction will be to this mass arrest scenario.

There is reason to believe that some form of these mass arrests have been planned at one time or another since and even perhaps before 9/11, and have been thwarted by unseen powers of the Deep State or because of prudence based on new information coming in. You can judge for yourself whether this massive and historic action is imminent, but the best way to do this is read David’s epic update, and see how he ties everything together in his inimitable way.

About The Author

My Master’s thesis on “The Anatomy of Self-Overcoming in Nietzsche” was only the beginning of my journey of exploration into consciousness. I have since lived and taught in Korea, studied yoga in India, written a book entitled “Parables for the New Conversation”, built a film and theater production company (pandorasboxoffice.ca), and started a family. While I endeavor to foster positive change in the world through my works, I hold fast to CE’s maxim ‘Change starts within’. I am humbled and grateful to have joined the CE team as of April 2018 as a contributing writer. You can reach me at richard@collective-evolution.com

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Experts Gather at New UN-hosted Talks To Tackle Issue of Killer Robots

For now it may seem like something to be taken lightly, but with the ever growing AI presence it seems like a sensible move to try and be ahead of any possible ‘robot uprising’, though even though we may discuss it we still may not be able to stop it if (or maybe when) that time may come.

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Experts from around the world have gathered in Geneva this week to find a solution to this ever-growing threat.

The idea of a world in which intelligent machines can decide for themselves who lives and who dies might sound like the plot of the latest Terminator movie, yet as research in to artificial intelligence moves ever forward, so too does the potential for so-called ‘killer robots’ – automated weapon systems that can choose who to kill without the need for human intervention.

This week hundreds of experts have gathered at the UN offices in Geneva in an attempt to find a way to define and regulate such systems before it’s too late.

There’s certainly no denying that autonomous weapon systems are still in their infancy, however it is also clear that robots capable of deciding when to pull the trigger are a very bad idea indeed.

Some countries have advocated a total ban on the development of such systems, while others are still unwilling to commit to such legislation – citing the lack of a clear way to define them.

On Monday, Amnesty International’s Rasha Abdul Rahim noted that the technology was outpacing international law and that killer robots are “no longer the stuff of science fiction.”

Getting every participating country to vote unanimously on a solution however has proven a challenge.

“We are coming closer to an agreement on what should be the guiding principles – guiding the behavior of states and guiding the development and deployment of such systems around the world,” said Gill. “And this is not an insignificant outcome.”

To date, a total of 26 countries have backed calls for a blanket ban.

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Maybe Goldman Sachs Isn’t So Keen On Crypto, After All

Editor’s note (9/6/18 at 6:10 PM ET): According to one source on Twitter and an article article citing it published by CNBC, Martin Chavez, the CTO of Goldman Sachs, denied the business insider report, calling it “fake news” at Tech Crunch. Futurism reached out to Goldman Sachs for comment. The organization repeated its previous statement on the matter (quoted below); as for what their CFO said, a spokesperson declined to elaborate. 

BYE, BYE BITCOIN.
Goldman Sachs giveth, and Goldman Sachs taketh away.

In May, the finance institution announced plans to launch what would have been Wall Street’s first bitcoin trading operation. Now, not quite four months later, it seems to have gotten cold feet and will be ditching the plan.

That’s according to a Business Insider report published Wednesday. Goldman hasn’t confirmed the report, but the news still sent the value of bitcoin plummeting.

TOO RISKY. According to Business Insider’s sources, Goldman Sachs had hoped that by now the government would have established regulations to protect banks from some of the risks associated with trading crypto. It hasn’t yet, so for Goldman, the path forward might seem just a bit too treacherous.

Goldman Sachs, however, isn’t saying anything definitive for now. “In response to client interest in various digital products, we are exploring how best to serve them in the space,” said the company via a statement. “At this point, we have not reached a conclusion on the scope of our digital asset offering.”

Soon after the release of the report, the value of bitcoin fell almost 6 percent. However, Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of crypto hedge fund BKCM, is more worried about the long-term impact of Goldman Sachs’ about-face.

“They were not a part of the ecosystem yet, but to the extent that they represent the institutional herd [of mainstream financial institutions], this is a negative,” he told CNBC.

A TEMPORARY SETBACK. If the report is to be believed, Goldman Sachs isn’t giving up on crypto forever — it’s simply moving a trading platform down its list of priorities. If regulatory waters calm, the bank could jump back on the bitcoin bandwagon, and given the U.S. government’s increased interest in crypto, the wait might not be all that long.

READ MORE: Goldman Sachs Is Ditching Near-Term Plans to Open a Bitcoin Trading Desk, Instead Focusing on a Key Business for Driving Wall Street Investment in Crypto [Business Insider]

More on Goldman Sachs: Wall Street is Officially Hip To Bitcoin Trading

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