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Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys

Twitter may have suspended the Proud Boys and their controversial leader Gavin McInnes, but it was never their platform of choice. The Proud Boys, a self described “Western chauvinist” organization that often flirts with more hard-line groups of the far right, runs an elaborate network of recruiting pages on Facebook to attract and initiate members. While McInnes maintained a presence on many platforms, Facebook is the heart of the group’s operations. It’s there that the Proud Boys boast more than 35 regional and city-specific groups that act as landing pages for vetting thousands of new members and feeding them into local chapters. When it comes to skirting the outer boundaries of social acceptability, McInnes could teach a master class. The Vice founder and Canadian citizen launched his newest project in 2016, capturing a groundswell of public political activity on the far right and launching the Proud Boys, a men’s club allied around the mantra “West is best,” its dedication to Trump and a prohibition against flip-flops  and porn . Facebook recruiting The group makes national headlines for its involvement in violent dust-ups between the far right and far left and has a robust recruitment network centered on initiating members through Facebook groups. As for where it fits into the far right’s many sub-factions, McInnes objects to the term alt-light, sometimes used to describe far right group that oppose some mainstream conservative ideals but don’t openly endorse white nationalism. “Alt Light is a gay term that sounds like a diet soda in bed w Alt Right,” he said on Twitter last year . “We’re “The New Right.” To that end, most regional affiliate pages run a message outlining some ground rules, including a declaration that its members not be racist or homophobic — a useful disclaimer for making the group more palatable than many of its less clever peers. The Proud Boys’ agenda is less explicitly race-based than many groups it has affiliations with, espousing instead a broad sort of antagonism to perceived enemies on the political left and a credo of “western chauvinism.” The language is cleaned up, but it’s one degree removed from less palatable figures, including Unite the Right leader Jason Kessler. McInnes hosted Kessler on his own talk show just days after Kessler led the Charlottesville rally that left counter-protester Heather Heyer dead . In the segment, McInnes tried to create space between Kessler and the Proud Boys, though it wasn’t Kessler’s first time on the show or his only affiliation with the Proud Boys

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At Disrupt, Hans Tung and Yi Wang will talk about the startup road winding from China to the US

Few investors have as deep a knowledge of the U.S. and Chinese markets as Hans Tung. For over a decade the prodigious investor (now with GGV Capital) has been racking up the miles on flights between San Francisco, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Beijing and New York in search of startups that can span the Pacific divide as readily as he does. Over time, that’s led to a portfolio that includes Sino-American sweetheart deals in companies like the multi-billion-dollar retailer, Wish; the recently acquired social media sensation musical.ly; and the Shanghai social and recommendation service Xiaohongshu; along with U.S.-centric investments like OfferUp and Poshmark. Onstage at Disrupt, Tung will be joined by Yi Wang, the founder of the artificial intelligence-powered education Chinese education dynamo, LingoChamp (Liulishuo), to discuss the technologies and techniques that continue to power a cross-border technology revolution even in tumultuous times. There could be no better pairing to lead us along the path that winds from the glass and steel campuses of Silicon Valley to the glass and steel office towers of Beijing’s technology parks. Join us to hear how artificial intelligence is drawing investment dollars on both sides of the Pacific, and how companies are bridging the political divide with compelling new technologies. It’s sure to be one helluva conversation. The full agenda is here . You can purchase tickets here .

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What the Tech: Moviepass changes again – KFDX

KFDX What the Tech: Moviepass changes again KFDX What the Tech: Disney Circle Go. Know what your kids are doing when they're home or away with Disney… 1 day ago. App of the Day : TikTok. The hottest app among pre-teens is changing its name. Musical.ly is… 4 days ago. What the Tech: Block robo-calls ... and more »

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What the Tech: Moviepass changes again – KFDX

KFDX What the Tech: Moviepass changes again KFDX What the Tech: Disney Circle Go. Know what your kids are doing when they're home or away with Disney… 1 day ago. App of the Day : TikTok. The hottest app among pre-teens is changing its name. Musical.ly is… 4 days ago. What the Tech: Block robo-calls ... and more »

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How spy cam porn, now amplified by social media, is starting to reach epidemic levels in South Korea, with 6000+ cases being reported to police each…

Laura Bicker / BBC : How spy cam porn, now amplified by social media, is starting to reach epidemic levels in South Korea, with 6000+ cases being reported to police each year   —  I can remember the first time I heard about South Korea's spy cameras.  —  Just after arriving in Seoul, I was running to the public loo along …

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Bucking trends of rising nationalism, services like Airbnb and BlaBlaCar still find success across 190+ countries, with total strangers sharing homes…

Roger Cohen / New York Times : Bucking trends of rising nationalism, services like Airbnb and BlaBlaCar still find success across 190+ countries, with total strangers sharing homes and cars   —  The nation state is trumpeted.  The nation state is redundant.  —  I was chatting earlier this year with Brian Chesky, the co-founder and chief executive of Airbnb.

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P2P payments app Zelle, backed by big US banks, says 70%+ of transfers are between pairs of customers who have accounts at the same institution (Wall…

Wall Street Journal : P2P payments app Zelle, backed by big US banks, says 70%+ of transfers are between pairs of customers who have accounts at the same institution   —  Usage for the bank-backed money-transfer service is up, but most lenders haven't signed on  —  Zelle, the money-transfer service owned …

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Mike Volpi talks about Index Ventures’ investment strategy that led to six $1B+ exits for its startups this year, investments in Europe, fintech, and…

Theodore Schleifer / Recode : Mike Volpi talks about Index Ventures' investment strategy that led to six $1B+ exits for its startups this year, investments in Europe, fintech, and more   —  Index Ventures is quietly encroaching into the top tier of American investors.  Here are five questions with them.

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HR startup Namely, which fired its founder and CEO Matt Straz for alleged "inconsistent behavior" this year, hires new CEO Elisa Steele and…

Connie Loizos / TechCrunch : HR startup Namely, which fired its founder and CEO Matt Straz for alleged “inconsistent behavior” this year, hires new CEO Elisa Steele and raises $60M Series E   —  Namely, a 400-person, six-and-a-half-year-old company, has mostly had the kind of trajectory that other startups envy.

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Spanish taxi drivers ended a six-day strike after the government agreed to set tough limits, like a 30:1 ratio for licenses issued for taxis vs…

Pablo Rodero / Reuters : Spanish taxi drivers ended a six-day strike after the government agreed to set tough limits, like a 30:1 ratio for licenses issued for taxis vs Uber-like firms   —  MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish taxi drivers ended a six-day strike late on Wednesday after the government agreed to set tough limits …

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As 20 cities pitch multi-billion incentive packages for Amazon HQ2, secrecy shrouds the suggested terms often made by unelected officials, outside…

Julie Creswell / New York Times : As 20 cities pitch multi-billion incentive packages for Amazon HQ2, secrecy shrouds the suggested terms often made by unelected officials, outside reach of FOIA   —  Jared Evans, a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, is proud that the city is among 20 finalists for one of the most coveted prizes …

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As 20 cities pitch multi-billion incentive packages for Amazon HQ2, secrecy shrouds the terms offered by unelected officials, which are outside reach…

Julie Creswell / New York Times : As 20 cities pitch multi-billion incentive packages for Amazon HQ2, secrecy shrouds the terms offered by unelected officials, which are outside reach of FOIA   —  Jared Evans, a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, is proud that the city is among 20 finalists for one of the most coveted prizes …

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