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Month: February 2017

Paid propagandists control social media discourse

Paid propagandists control social media discourse

Attkisson: When people get online every day and take part in social media or do searches for news, what is it you think they don’t know? Matthew Brown: I don’t think they know they’re being manipulated. Matthew Brown is a data analyst who pierces the secrecy behind paid efforts to influence online. Attkisson: What areas of the Internet are used to shape and manipulate opinion? Matthew Brown: Everywhere social. Everywhere social means specific Facebook pages, but it also means the…

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NY Times reports women’s FB page suspended after quoting the Bible

NY Times reports women’s FB page suspended after quoting the Bible

She apparently responded to a comment on her page by directly quoting the Bible – six months ago. Six months later, Facebook suspended her account for a week. Source: (NY Times) Facebook accused of ‘liberal bias’ after suspending account of Christian blogger who cited the Bible on homosexuality Facebook does not usually tell someone the specific reason their account has been suspended – only says the user has violated their community standards. Did someone post a comment on my web…

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Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, shadow banned by Twitter

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, shadow banned by Twitter

Source: Scott Adams’ Blog – Scott Adams says he was shadow banned by Twitter. Apparently the ban has been removed as I can see his Tweets on Twitter at this time. Shadow banning is a form of propaganda messaging that I  overlooked. A “shadow ban” is a sneaky way of censoring someone’s voice by hiding their output from everyone else – but still enabling the poster to see his or her own posts. The poster is unaware of the censorship because…

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20th Century Fox created many fake news web sites to promote a movie

20th Century Fox created many fake news web sites to promote a movie

The sites were designed by an experienced fake news publisher using the traditional, emotionally laden headlines, with false stories designed to be shared on social media. The purpose was to promote a movie –  by design, many people began sharing these fake news stories on social media where they were viewed as real. Many of the stories were partisan political posts with false allegations. One fake post had been shared 65,000 times on Facebook alone. A promotion tactic for “A…

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Facebook manifesto: FB intends to control your life

Facebook manifesto: FB intends to control your life

The comments to this opinion column in the Oregonian (via Bloomberg), are mostly from people not happy with how Facebook has degenerated into a culture of outrage, anger and hate (broadly defined – not just in terms of government defined “hate groups”). Source: Facebook plans to rewire your life. Be afraid: Bloomberg View Social media has serious issues. Zuckerberg intends to add automation to eliminate “hate” (conventionally defined) and “fake news” – which suggests he does not  understand the problem.

People – and social media sharing – makes fake news successful

People – and social media sharing – makes fake news successful

The creation of fake news is not the core problem – lying has been around for as long as people have spoken (“Thou shalt not bear false witness,” the Bible says). The problem on social media is that people who don’t know better spread the lies – and the technology enables them to do so faster than ever before. Like the difference between a fire on someone’s stove and a forest fire burning thousands of acres, virality is the primary…

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Non profit spins news story into propaganda success?

Non profit spins news story into propaganda success?

Source: Traffic deaths surge in 2016 My local paper (not linked here) spun this story with anecdotes and quotes that cell phones were the cause of most car crashes (they are not). The story is appearing in online news reports nationwide. According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, all forms of distracted driving accounted for 10% of all fatal car crashes and 16% of all crashes reported to the police. Cell phone usage is one of several driving distractions. Cell…

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Oroville Dam emergency turns in to social media political propaganda opportunity

Oroville Dam emergency turns in to social media political propaganda opportunity

Just hours after a mass evacuation order was given, the emergency in Northern California turned social media into its usual outrage culture filled with political propaganda. This event has provided a real time illustration of the way that social media is collapsing in on itself. The first and third comments in this screen capture illustrate both sides:Water scientist Peter Gleick says he cannot tell which is worse: “gloating comments” on social media might be worse than evacuating 190,000 people under…

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