Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Globe Special: Adopt This Post

"Social media altering the way adoptions happen in US; Online ads help link birth moms, hopeful parents" by Tara Bahrampour |  Washington Post, June 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook one night, she stumbled upon a small advertisement. It pictured two smiling men on a sailboat and read: ‘‘Loving gay couple in DC area seeks open adoption of a baby.’’


They had used Facebook to find a child....

As the Internet and social media infiltrate almost every aspect of life, they have also become a tool for people seeking to find, or offer, children for adoption. No one knows how many adoptions have resulted from online connections, but at a time when adoptions can take years the potential ease of finding a match online is appealing.

I would tend to differ with that last statement since the NSA spying scandal rebroke (absent my Sunday Globe, too. No scandal coverage at all).

‘‘This is a big, growing trend that is unlikely to stop anytime in the future; it’s accelerating and it’s changing families and it’s changing adoption,’’ said Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, which recently put out a report about the Internet’s effect on adoption.

But it can also open the door for unanticipated complications.

Predators? Perverts? Human trafficking concerns?

In some cases, it is too good to be true. Adoption agencies have come to recognize and warn their clients about scammers....

That hasn’t stopped hopeful would-be parents from putting ads on Craigslist, Facebook, and other sites....

All forwarded to the NSA.



"Facebook to remove ads from offensive pages" by Tanzina Vega |  New York Times, June 29, 2013

NEW YORK — Facebook said Friday that it would remove ads from pages that contained controversial content, as it tried to protect advertisers from appearing next to offensive material that was beyond their control....

One more reason for me not to monetize.

Facebook said it would begin the manual review for pages containing sensitive content next week with a team of hundreds of employees in offices around the world.

Looks like censorship.

The action comes a month after feminist groups campaigned for an improvement in Facebook’s process for identifying and removing pages that glorify violence against women.

I am worried whenever I see removing a page from anywhere, especially when government pukes are casting doubt on what I do; however, I am against violence against women, and sure wish the EUSraeli empire would stop dropping missiles and bombs on them. 

As for the feminist groups, however well-intentioned or duped, are controlled opposition being used for purposes of division. 

At the time, Facebook acknowledged that its procedures had not worked effectively. Activist groups sent more than 5,000 e-mails to Facebook’s advertisers and elicited more than 60,000 posts on Twitter, requesting the removal of pages featuring women who had been abused. 

Facebook, Twitter, all the rest, nothing but government collection platforms.

Advertisements appeared on the right hand side of Facebook pages with names like “Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs” and “Kicking your Girlfriend in the Fanny because she won’t make you a Sandwich,” and other pages that featured battered and bloodied women....

Why do I view those sites as some sort of provocation, and who benefits?

The company expects to automate the process of identifying such content after a manual review of thousands of pages.