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Month: February 2018

It’s official: social media is now a global propaganda battlefield

It’s official: social media is now a global propaganda battlefield

The State Department is launching a $40 million initiative to crack down on foreign propaganda and disinformation amid widespread concerns about future Russian efforts to interfere in elections. Source: State Dept. launches $40M offensive against foreign propaganda | TheHill 7 years ago, the U.S. government launched its own social media computational propaganda program. Social media is now an official battlefield as nation states and a cast of thousands of others go to war against each other. I’m so old I…

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It's official: social media is now a global propaganda battlefield

It's official: social media is now a global propaganda battlefield

The State Department is launching a $40 million initiative to crack down on foreign propaganda and disinformation amid widespread concerns about future Russian efforts to interfere in elections. Source: State Dept. launches $40M offensive against foreign propaganda | TheHill 7 years ago, the U.S. government launched its own social media computational propaganda program. Social media is now an official battlefield as nation states and a cast of thousands of others go to war against each other. I’m so old I…

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Newsweek under investigation for financial and advertising fraud

Newsweek under investigation for financial and advertising fraud

Senior executives have resigned or been fired and dozens of staff and reporters have quit. Source: Newsweek in Turmoil: Probe Into Finances and Ties to Bible College Widens – WSJ Newsweek has a history of publishing fake news; in fact, reporters imply they adopted the click-bait model of fake news reporters. There is a relationship between fake news and social media propaganda. One creates fake content for sharing and liking, and the other enables fake stories to propagate like a…

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“Big Tech” under fire for privacy, propaganda, monopoly power

“Big Tech” under fire for privacy, propaganda, monopoly power

Once considered darlings, bigtech is now under fire for their role in destroying privacy, their platforms’ use for spreading propaganda, their own role as powerful monopolies, gaming the tax system, and more. “More” includes their impact on their own local communities were 60 year old 3 bedroom 2 bath homes now have a median price of $1 million. Source: Silicon Valley faces make or break moment amid big tech backlash  

"Big Tech" under fire for privacy, propaganda, monopoly power

"Big Tech" under fire for privacy, propaganda, monopoly power

Once considered darlings, bigtech is now under fire for their role in destroying privacy, their platforms’ use for spreading propaganda, their own role as powerful monopolies, gaming the tax system, and more. “More” includes their impact on their own local communities were 60 year old 3 bedroom 2 bath homes now have a median price of $1 million. Source: Silicon Valley faces make or break moment amid big tech backlash  

“Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media” – revealed in … 2011

“Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media” – revealed in … 2011

The U.S. media has buried its head in deeply to the Russian-propaganda meme, as if this was new and nefarious. Read this from MARCH 2011: The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. … Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother…

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"Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media" – revealed in … 2011

"Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media" – revealed in … 2011

The U.S. media has buried its head in deeply to the Russian-propaganda meme, as if this was new and nefarious. Read this from MARCH 2011: The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. … Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother…

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Twitter’s censorship is just odd

Twitter’s censorship is just odd

One of my hobbies is 3D or “stereo” photography. I saw this in my Twitter feed: And what is this sensitive media? This sort of weird Twitter censorship happens every day. And it proves my point that adding more software to solve the fundamental, root cause problem with social media as a propaganda platform, does not work and will not work.

Twitter's censorship is just odd

Twitter's censorship is just odd

One of my hobbies is 3D or “stereo” photography. I saw this in my Twitter feed: And what is this sensitive media? This sort of weird Twitter censorship happens every day. And it proves my point that adding more software to solve the fundamental, root cause problem with social media as a propaganda platform, does not work and will not work.

Facebook usage dropped significantly from 2016 to 2017

Facebook usage dropped significantly from 2016 to 2017

Facebook was the major mover in Social traffic in 2017. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a positive move. Their share of visits dropped a massive 12.7% between the second half of 2016 and the second half of 2017. Source: Report: Search Referral Traffic Overtook Social in 2017 as Facebook traffic share falls