Heh: #Facebook dating algorithm to find the perfect match for your carefully curated online persona – The Beaverton

SILICON VALLEY – Taking a break from helping the Russian government tamper with American elections, Facebook has pivoted into the dating sphere, utilizing their infamous data collection to facilitate romance. The new date-matching service promises to outperform popular apps such as Tinder by carefully analyzing the idealized self-portrait that users present and matching them with […]

Source: Facebook dating algorithm to find the perfect match for your carefully curated online persona – The Beaverton

Satire, if you need to be told.

#Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Company gathered data from texts and photos of users and their friends, court case claims

Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian

There is much more on these allegations here saying that Facebook executives, up to Zuckerberg, intentionally set up schemes to grab as much user data – including from their unsuspecting friends – as possible. This included reading the texts sent by friends, and accessing photos on your phone that were never uploaded to Facebook. Which is a massive invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit says Facebook intentionally leaked large quantities of personal data as an enticement to application developers, but once those apps became successful, FB then assessed large fees or required the purchase of FB ads. If the app developer did not or could not comply, FB destroyed the app developers’ businesses.

More importantly, the allegations in the lawsuit indicate that Facebook was well aware of the abuse of user data as far back as 2011, but encouraged it to continue.

If true, Facebook needs to be under investigation by law enforcement authorities.

The sole business of Facebook is global surveillance for the purpose of selling access to a global propaganda platform.

Wow – #Amazon devices record audio inside your home and send to random contacts #privacy #spying

Amazon has voiced activated Smart Home products that enable you to order items, control lights and so on, by voice. A woman in Portland found private conversations inside their home were recorded by the Amazon devices – and forwarded to someone in Seattle. Amazon has confirmed the behavior and has apologized.

The 21st century is turning out to be the century of global, 24 x 7 surveillance and the loss of all privacy.

Woman says her Amazon devices recorded privacy conversations, sent to random contact

Social media platforms all became swamps of propaganda

So glad I spotted all this propaganda focused crap on social media long before everyone else noticed:

Those services included infiltrating target audiences with elaborately crafted social-media personas and spreading misleading information through websites meant to mimic news portals, according to interviews and PSY Group documents seen by Bloomberg News.

Source: Mueller Asked About Money Flows to Israeli Social-Media Firm, Source Says – Bloomberg

Social media is a global surveillance and propaganda platform.

100% Fake News: “Hillsboro is building its own Wi-Fi network | KATU”

NO!

The largest planned residential development in Oregon history is now under construction in Hillsboro, and the city has an enticement for people to move there: Wi-Fi.The city is building its own Wi-Fi network separate from the cable giants.

Source: Hillsboro is building its own Wi-Fi network | KATU

Update: See the original screen shots of the KATU fake news story, below. They have since rewritten their original fake news story (same URL as before) to correctly report on the fiber network. They have not, however, noted the correction on their web site that the entire prior report was false. However, the story continues to have the original fake news headline as its URL: http://katu.com/news/local/hillsboro-is-building-its-own-wi-fi-network

I have learned that much news is written by reporters that do not understand what they are reporting, take quotes out of context, report largely as variations on celebrity gossip (who said what to whom), cover most topics as if they were horse races (think political campaigns), and frequently report on items that are 100% unimportant. Think of people getting crappy service in a small restaurant in another state – and soon it is national news. Their primary purpose is to sell eyeballs to advertisers and selecting topics, no matter how unimportant is fine, especially if it gets the viewer emotionally riled up.

Hillsboro is planning to build its own residential fiber network offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. This has nothing to do with Wi-Fi. KATU has created a 100% fake news story. Their reporting never once mentions that it is a fiber network and repeatedly calls it a Wi-Fi network.

Here is the official City of Hillsboro press release – its fiber, not Wi-Fi.

They mention Wi-Fi once, noting that the new fiber network might create a future opportunity to expand Wi-Fi connectivity. But they are building a fiber network, not a Wi-Fi network.

Twitter is  issuing everyone a social score – just like China!

Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply acting like a jerk, it will push your tweets lower down.

Source: Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly

Just like China! –> China assigns every citizen a social credit score to identify who is and isn’t trustworthy

The U.S. government will doubtfully ever adopt a China-like “social credit scoring” system but numerous and powerful corporations are choosing to do so.

 

At least 200 #Facebook apps may have been pilfering personal data from users

In other words, everyone stole everything?

Facebook Inc has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Source: Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

Facebook’s public relations team did a remarkable job getting the media to focus on Cambridge Analytica – when the problem is Mark Zuckerburg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s business model itself.

Facebook is and always has been a global surveillance and propaganda platform.

Study proves media engages in propaganda messaging

In a peer-reviewed study we published this month, we find op-eds do change minds. After reading opinion pieces, we found people were far more likely to agree with the author’s point of view. Even in today’s allegedly post-fact world, people are capable of considering new evidence and reaching new conclusions.

Source: This column will probably change your mind – The Washington Post

What Fake News Looks Like: “Volcanic eruptions like the one in Hawaii, are not natural disasters — without them the Earth would explode”

Fox News runs a column about Kilauea in which it gets almost everything wrong starting with the headline.

Source: Volcanic eruptions like the one in Hawaii, are not natural disasters — without them the Earth would explode | Fox News

What an actual volcanologist has to say about this:

I also checked with my personal consulting geologist who agrees with Dr. Pitcher.

In case Fox fixes their stupidity on this, here’s a screen capture of the headline: