Chinese Authorities Call For Internet Companies To Add Bias To AI Algorithms -- In Order To 'Promote Mainstream Values'

from the Xi-Jinping's-little-red-subroutine dept

Techdirt has been tracking the worsening online surveillance and censorship situation in China for many years now. The latest move concerns the currently hot area of artificial intelligence (AI). It's a sector that the Chinese government understands better than most Western governments, and which it has made one of its technology priorities. The authorities in China know that AI in the form of algorithms is increasingly deployed to optimize and customize Web sites. They have realized that this fact gives them an important new lever for controlling the online world. As South China Morning Post reports, the Cyberspace Administration of China has released its draft regulations on "managing the cyberspace ecosystem", which include the following:

The regulations state that information providers on all manner of platforms -- from news and social media sites, to gaming and e-commerce -- should strengthen the management of recommendation lists, trending topics, "hot search" lists and push notifications.

"Online information providers that use algorithms to push customised information [to users] should build recommendation systems that promote mainstream values, and establish mechanisms for manual intervention and override," it said.

"Mainstream values" include resources that promote Xi Jinping's writings; party policies and socialist core values; information that displays China's economic and social development; and anything else which helps promote Chinese culture and stability. By contrast, "harmful information" is stuff that is "sexually suggestive, promotes extravagant lifestyles, flaunts wealth or hypes celebrity gossip and scandals."

As is increasingly the case, China is in the vanguard of digital culture here. The rest of the world is beginning to wake up to the serious threat of bias as AI-powered algorithms are deployed more widely. China has moved beyond that stage and is now actively weaponizing bias to push a government agenda. This is a useful warning to those who see algorithmic decision-making as the solution to hard problems.

For example, it is clear that the only way that the EU Copyright Directive's upload filters can be implemented is through automated filters using AI. As China's latest move makes clear, once those filters are in place on major Internet sites in the EU, it would be easy for governments to require that the software should be tweaked to introduce a little bias -- to protect the children, or society, or whatever. Those who are horrified by what the Chinese authorities are proposing would do well to start arguing for safeguards to stop the same path being taken outside that country.

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Filed Under: ai, algorithms, bias, censorship, china, culture, mainstream values


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    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 3:53pm

    And Google was like....

    "100 steps ahead of you"

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:03pm

      Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

      Don’t you have a basement to be inceling up somewhere?

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        Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:39pm

        Re: Re: And Troll

        Don’t you have a basement to be inceling up somewhere?

        That was Blue Balls. Zof is just a neo-nazi trying to eliminate the jews and the darkies.

        Right, Zof?

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          Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:44pm

          Re: Re: Re: And Troll

          Zof is just a neo-nazi trying to eliminate the jews and the darkies.

          by blaming google

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            Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:53pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

            Yeah it's that like, conspiracy or whatever where Google Engineers prove their childish bias, and I'm just imagining there aren't 1000 documents that prove it.

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              Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:21pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

              I'm just imagining there aren't 1000 documents that prove it.

              Yes, you actually are imagining that there are 1000 documents that prove that!

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                Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:59pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                I downloaded them. Want them? I'll repost them on postbin.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:09pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                  Yes, please do, and point to the exact statements that claim what you say they claim.

                  I assume that there must be hundreds and hundreds of examples within the 1000 pages you speak of, so it should be easy for you.

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                    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:12pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                    How about I just post a link to the internal Google forum where I just had it reposted again. HR will probably have it removed before 6am : )

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                      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:19pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                      How about I just post a link to the ....

                      What's wrong, afraid the 1000 documents you have don't actually say what you think they say, is that why you are don't want to post the docs and point to the statements within them?

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                        PaulT (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:24am

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                        What he means is that he's one of the useful idiots who fell for the "there's over 1000 documents!" claim. He doesn't want to be humiliated again by people who, unlike him, actually read the "evidence" and found they prove nothing, so he'll pretend there's a conspiracy to shield the truth rather than admit he was lied to again.

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              Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:44pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

              and I'm just imagining there aren't 1000 documents that prove it

              Actually you are just making shit up Zof. One engineer claiming bias does not make a "Liberal Jew Conspiracy" across the company as you claim...

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                Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:00pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                Yet I have in my possession 1000 documents that Google have confirmed are real. Maybe you should stop acting like a child and apologize now.

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                  Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:16pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                  And yet I can generate 1000 documents in mere minutes.

                  Does that mean my entire company is part of the Jew Conspiracy?

                  Or does it mean that the Clintons are running a sex slave operation out of a Pizza shop?

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 7:04pm

                  The documents being real doesn’t confirm that they say what you think they say.

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                  PaulT (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:26am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

                  "Yet I have in my possession 1000 documents that Google have confirmed are real"

                  I have 1000 documents in my possession that Lucasfilm have confirmed are real items. That doesn't mean that Star Wars actually happened.

                  What you should be doing is stating which parts of the real documents prove the claims you're making, which is suspiciously lacking thus far. "100 documents!" doesn't cut it. "Page X of document Y support claim Z" is the proof we're after. Why are you afraid to supply that information.

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              Mike Masnick (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 5:47pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And Troll

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          Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:52pm

          Re: Re: Re: And Troll

          Um,

          I don't know who anybody is anymore. I mean, there are actually folks calling a gay jewish man a Nazi. That's how stupid people are.

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        Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:50pm

        Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

        And Anonymous Coward was like...

        OH I'M SORRY!

        AC's Don't MATTER!!!!

        LOL!!!

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          Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:05pm

          Re: AC lives matter

          Again bro. Don’t try insulting your betters. You’re just not good at it, at all. I mean posting three times in as many minutes really doesn’t sound like this “not mattering.”

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        Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:03pm

        Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

        Here's the fun thing:

        My comment was so outside the normal news cycle, it's like a filter.

        : )

        Most people just know Google is corrupt. So the only person that would even bother chadding up my comment with their childish nonsense is a Google Employee.

        : )

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          Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:07pm

          Re: Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

          Fucks sake girlfriend, stop trying to flatter me. Googles janitors make way more than I do.

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            Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:09pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

            And you are fooling nobody. You just literally walked right into it again because of your Dunning-Kruger Google Employee delusion. : )

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              Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:30pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pants

              You literally sound stupider and more delusional than blue balls.

              Congrats?

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                Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:37pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pa

                But, and you'll love this as a Google Employee.

                Because of how statistical probability works, you prove me more right every time you post.

                Neat eh?

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                  Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:47pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like....

                  But, and you'll love this as a Google Employee.

                  And everyone will love this... Because Zof will quote a single disgruntled person and claim that this represents an entire company. Or country.

                  But @Zof is just a good ol' boy. No matter how many crosses he burns, it's all just in fun, eh?

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                    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:56pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like....

                    OOOPS! You forgot to post anonymous this time.

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                    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:57pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like....

                    Been working for Google long Gary?

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                      Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:58pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like....

                      Truly scary how right I was about statistical probability huh...

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                        Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:18pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:Zof is a Neo-Nazi

                        No matter how many times you post without proof Zof - you still have no proof.

                        Funny how that works!

                        And yet - we still have seen Zof post, claiming that Jews are the real problem. So...

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                          PaulT (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:37am

                          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:Zof is a Neo-Nazi

                          No, he has proof - 1000 documents!

                          He just hopes that people don't actually read the documents or ask for details, because he didn't do that before he started shouting about them and he'll look really stupid if they don't prove what he claims they do.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:29pm

                        Hahahahahaha

                        Oh wait you’re serious. Let me laugh even harder.

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                Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:02pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: And zof was like.... a shart in white pa

                You get that now that people know who you are, you just look like a dumb little kid every time you make another fake post, right?

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:03pm

      Re: And Google was like....

      Google is 180° away from this. It’s the opposite of the filter-bubble problem. Here, you won’t be trapped in your own little world, you’ll be trapped in the same little world as everyone else.

      It’s already happening in the West. There has been criticism of YouTube’s “recommender” algorithm, and the subsequent pruning of “borderline content.” This is just a another way of saying adding bias towards the mainstream.

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    Daydream, 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:13pm

    I'm confused, is this a bad thing through and through, or a good thing that's at risk of abuse?
    I mean, an AI designed to trawl the internet and curate stuff for recommendations sounds like it could be useful; you could set up for pro-tolerance and positive social messages, educational content, community activities, et-cetera, stuff to inspire people and get them thinking.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:15pm

      It could also drown out voices of opposition and dissent for the sole reason that they are voices of opposition and dissent.

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        Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:20pm

        Re:

        You can be sure this would be one of the prime uses, especially when it comes to political figures.

        How The Donald would love to have this implimented today.

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          Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:19pm

          Re: Re:

          Does anyone REALLY want to trust their government and politicians with deciding what is right and what everyone should believe?

          Once again for the cheap seats, 1984 was a warning and NOT an instruction manual.

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        Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:55pm

        Re:

        Like Google does?

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      That One Guy (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:50pm

      Always ask 'Would this still be good in my enemy's hands?'

      I mean, an AI designed to trawl the internet and curate stuff for recommendations sounds like it could be useful; you could set up for pro-tolerance and positive social messages, educational content, community activities, et-cetera, stuff to inspire people and get them thinking.

      I mean, you could, but if you think that's how it would be used(especially given who is trying to set the standards in this particular story), well... cherish that innocence as long as you can, you probably won't be able to keep it very long these days.

      Even if you were able to absolutely trust the current people who would be shaping the AI's decisions once it's in place it would be trivial to hijack by someone who you might not agree with down the line in order to shape society to how they think it should be.

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        Christenson, 26 Sep 2019 @ 3:06pm

        Re: Always ask 'Would this still be good in my enemy's hands?'

        Umm, a biased AI (because there's no avoiding it) will soon be in everyone's hands. The question is, what biases do you want it to have, and who sets them????

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          That One Guy (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 4:19pm

          Re: Re: Always ask 'Would this still be good in my enemy's hands

          If the choice of 'should it be implemented' has been taken away and it's a given that it will be implemented I'd go with 'the user's' and 'the user' respectively in that case.

          Set the AI as a blank slate and allow it to be molded by the user based upon their actions, such that it's 'biases' reflect theirs and it's suggestions are aimed at meeting what they're looking for. It'll open up the possibility of confirmation bias, where people already leaning one way will be nudged even further that way, but I think I'll take that over an outside party having the power to set the bias according to their ideas of 'what is best'.

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    Christenson, 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:16pm

    AI bias is inevitable

    There’s no such thing as neutral AI.

    AI or whatever filter we use to decide which tiny corner of the internet to pay attention to HAS to have bias, favoring some types of content over others. The only question is what the bias is.

    For example, google’s original contribution to search was to bias results toward those websites other sites linked to a lot.

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2019 @ 3:46am

      Re: AI bias is inevitable

      Spot on.

      And that is why one needs to maintain ones own list of reputable sources of whatever one wants, news, opinion, tech info, ...

      Do not rely on large tech companies to give you "unbiased" X (for their is none).

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    Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 4:37pm

    Bias!

    So this is exactly what Zof, Cadet Bonespurs, Daily Stormer and Faux News all want - Govt sanctioned bias!

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    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:00pm

    THE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!

    "Milo is just pretending. He's clearly a white supremacist"

    Yes.. Makes perfect sense. Milo is clearly just the most amazing troll in history. He's so good, he traveled back in time to make sure both his parents were Jewish, and he just pretended to be gay and fight for gay rights, and literally married a huge Black guy and has gay sex with him.... BECAUSE HE KNEW SOMEDAY.... he'd matter for 2 months. Yeah. Make perfect sense.

    Clearly he's a liar and wants to kill all the um, people of his own faith.

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    That One Guy (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 5:44pm

    'What could go wrong?'

    An oppressive government pushing the idea that the internet should be 'recommending' what they consider 'mainstream values', with the option of being able to step in should any 'recommendations' not suit what they want?

    Well, I can't possibly see how that could go badly...

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    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:06pm

    So Please Enjoy Google Replying To Me In The Comments

    See, I did a type of post called a "tailored post".

    It's very easy. Once I explain it, you'll be able to do it.

    You can carefully craft a post that will literally only offend ONE TYPE OF PERSON. How you ask? Hateful people are so delusional, they think the things that matter to them, matter to everyone. So if you make a post tailored just to make someone like them angry, they will be so self centered and broken, they'll assume everyone is as angry as them. Then, they'll give it away by pretending they speak for everyone in their comment. Simultaneously showing their delusion, and exposing themself as a Google Employee. Because honestly, the only folks that really care about Google at all, are Google employees lol.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:13pm

      Re: So Please Enjoy Google Replying To Me In The Comments

      Because honestly, the only folks that really care about Google at all, are Google employees lol.

      You must work for Google considering how much you obsess over the company.

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        Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:16pm

        Re: Re: So Please Enjoy Google Replying To Me In The Comments

        And it's like, the gift that just keeps on giving : )

        Again, tailored post kid.

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          Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:21pm

          Re: Re: Re: So Please Troll

          We have all seen Zof rail against the Jew Conspiracy. But somehow he's not a neo-nazi puppet?

          He just keeps tossing out more racist posts. But somehow everyone else is lying.

          Makes sense!!

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:34pm

      Re: So Please Enjoy me dropping a zof In The Comments

      The level of projection in this comment is astounding.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 7:08pm

      Hateful people are so delusional, they think the things that matter to them, matter to everyone.

      To wit: The 1,000 documents you say proves Google has a bias against conservatives or for Jewish people or against White people or whatever the hell you believe the bias is.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 7:48pm

      Re: You played yourself bro

      You know what the best part of your little temper tantrum is bro? You are literally the only person talking about google.

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2019 @ 2:26pm

      Re: So Please Enjoy Google Replying To Me In The Comments

      Two words for you Zof; "Fuck" and "Wit." I'll leave you to join the two together and create an accurate one word description of how others see you.

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    Zof (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:18pm

    God...

    I wish Google actually did hire the smart people, instead of just telling the idiots they hire that they are smart, but I guess, they picked that up from Apple. Marketing is a lot cheaper than telling the truth, and dumb people are a lot easier to boss around.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:31pm

      Re: God...don’t stop... I’m almost there.

      Bravo bro. Bravo. I haven’t seen a meltdown of this caliber since Jhon smith threatened to rape all the disabled people.

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        Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 7:19pm

        Re: Re: God...don’t stop... I’m almost there.

        Eh, I wouldn't go that far. Zof is stupidly, rigidly consistent and double downs like a lead balloon, but he's not John Smith's level of apoplectic when his lies get called out on. Zof also doesn't do threats on the level of horse with no name. (Honestly, it's been what, four months? I'm still waiting for Jhon boi to make good on his threat to skewer my Aspie ass.)

        Zof, admittedly, also makes reasonable comments on rare occasion. The same cannot be said for Jhon "I'll insult Masnick's offspring and there's nothing you can do to stop me" Smith.

        I suppose this is as close as we can get to a glowing review of Zof, not that "better than MyNameHere" is a particularly high bar...

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 6:41pm

      Re: God...

      I wish Google actually did hire the smart people

      Zof, you are really not one to talk about smart people as you are definitely not one of them. Let me see, you think that 9800 out of 20000 is about 5%, you think that hardware phone unlock devices can be found on file sharing sites, you think being conservative is now a race. I am sure I could find more.

      Oh, and what about the time that you said you were never reading the articles here again?

      (Some of those linked comments may need to be un-hidden in order to view)

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      Gary (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 7:05pm

      Re: God...

      I guess, they picked that up from Apple. Marketing

      So Zof is just all about tossing baseless nazi taunts - but can't show proof or back up his racist rants?

      Maybe Zof should try citing instead of saying, "I have MOUNTAINS of proof you don't need to see!"

      MOUNTAINS of "Proof."

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        Benjamin Albout, 25 Sep 2019 @ 8:26pm

        Re: Re: "Gary", your efforts to destroy Techdirt are succeeding!

        You're the most subtle and destructive TROLL here, pretending to support the site, but only keeping the cess fresh and stinky,

        Don't know why Masnick allows you to do so. But then again, he may be paying you! His judgment isn't sound.

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          Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 8:43pm

          Re: And yet here you.

          You’re so jelly zof is getting all the attention. It would be cute if it wasn’t so pathetic.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 8:45pm

      Re: Don’t go away mad. Or do. Just go away.

      Hey bro. Remember when you could complete entire sentences? Your cognitive decline is accelerating at an alarming rate.

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      Toom1275 (profile), 25 Sep 2019 @ 9:20pm

      Re: You fanboys are NOT helping the site. You're just not.

      THOUSANDS of others

      The voices in your head don't count.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2019 @ 9:53pm

      Re:

      You fanboys are NOT helping the site. You're just not.

      Considering you want the site dead (that Shiva Ayyadurai gambit really worked out well for you, didn't it?) why would this be a bad thing?

      In the opinion of myself and THOUSANDS of others who stay away from Techdirt every day

      The guy who says there's thousands of people staying away from a website, him included, is letting people know about this... on the website he says he's staying away from.

      Let that sink in.

      You clearly have the advantage of numbers

      I thought you said THOUSANDS of others were staying away from the website? Only 27 Bangladeshi visit this site? How do we have the advantage of numbers, again? Seriously, can't you stay consistent within your own fucking diatribe?

      Stop throwing it away by STUPID back and forth

      When you stop demonizing grandmas you'll stop getting demonized.

      It's not really arguable.

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      PaulT (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:40am

      Re: You fanboys are NOT helping the site. You're just not.

      "THOUSANDS of others who stay away from Techdirt every day"

      Billions of people not only don't come here, but have never heard of the site. Yet, this doesn't make your own drivel any more insightful.

      What differentiates those thousands of people from you is that they at least have sense to stay away from a site they dislike, yet you are compelled to come here every day. It's a very sad sight to behold.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Sep 2019 @ 7:34am

      Re: You fanboys are NOT helping the site. You're just not.

      "In the opinion of myself and THOUSANDS of others who stay away from Techdirt every day, it's you fanboys who look crazy besides petty. "

      I hate to break it to you, but for someone who insists he's staying away from techdirt you appear to be remarkably present.

      ...and that brings me to the topic of what your claim does to your general credibility. Russel's Teapot doesn't become a more valid as an argument because you try to claim there are thousands of the little buggers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:54am

    Y'know, if you just flagged and ignored the idiots instead of replying to them and feeding them they would eventually fade into the oblivion from which they spawned. This entire article's comments sections is nothing but trading "witty" insults with the unarmed. The trolls' strategy is starting to work.

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2019 @ 2:47am

      Re:

      That's how you know the subject of the article is so indefensible, even the trolls have no excuses or explanations to fall back on outside of insults.

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      That One Guy (profile), 26 Sep 2019 @ 11:00am

      'Dance my pathetic puppets, dance.'

      Pavlov really has nothing on TD's trolls. They dangle some obvious bait and people jump right on it like starving animals, eager to show that they can throw out childish insults too, demonstrating not only how laughably easy they are to manipulate but that they are little better than the trolls as they will sink to their level with just a tiny nudge.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2019 @ 12:13pm

    Next story people, nothing but inciteful comments here on this one.

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