Liz Gannes

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Facebook Actually a CIA Surveillance Program, Says the Onion

Facebook is a “massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” conceived as part of the Patriot Act and so successful at information gathering that Congress recently reauthorized its funding, reports the Onion News Network. By contrast, pundits say the agency should cut funding for its Twitter initiative, with “400 billion tweets and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted.” Meanwhile, Foursquare was designed by Al Qaeda to identify potential bombing locations, but most people wouldn’t miss its users if they were bombed.

It’s funnier when they say it:


CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald