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Month: April 2018

Public sector workers have greater free speech rights than do private sector workers

Public sector workers have greater free speech rights than do private sector workers

The NY Times writes in “Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job” that private sector workers ‘ “…don’t have the right to speak freely in the workplace.” Or even outside it.’ Unlike public sector workers: “… anyone who works for a government office, whether local, state or federal, is for the most part protected by the First Amendment”. Public sector workers have a greater free speech right than do private sector workers (which is most of the workers…

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Should professors have more free speech rights than others?

Should professors have more free speech rights than others?

If we engaged in widely publicized hateful or hurtful or vile speech, our employers would likely begin job termination procedures within 24 hours regardless of whether we made such comments in a private capacity or not. As the NY Times notes, “Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job“. Private sector workers ‘ “…don’t have the right to speak freely in the workplace.” Or even outside it.’ Unlike public sector workers: “… anyone who works for a government office,…

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I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I began writing this blog, privately – not visible to the public – back in 2014. It was a way for me to keep notes on my observations about propaganda on social media. At the time, due to Facebook’s incorrect characterization of my politics, my news feed was filled with very left wing propaganda – typically what I call “propaganda posters”. I observed that this seemed like propaganda – a topic I knew little about back then. I set about…

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Pyschographic profiles do not work #Facebook #Twitter #DeleteFacebook

Pyschographic profiles do not work #Facebook #Twitter #DeleteFacebook

Previously, I noted Facebook’s algorithms concluded I am Liberal. I recently downloaded Twitter’s assessment of me and Twitter concluded I am Conservative – and I am a supporter of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, and I like to watch the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting). This was news to me because I live in the United States – and do not have TV! It is fascinating how the brilliant artificially intelligent algorithms at Facebook classified me…

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Begging the Question Fallacy: "This is not who we are" … once again

Begging the Question Fallacy: "This is not who we are" … once again

Previously I wrote about the “Begging the Question” fallacy (and another example here). Immediately after an event, say a mass shooting, a city Mayor says “this is not who we are” – we live in a safe community. But empirically, based on what just happened, they are not a safe community. These scenarios play out frequently – and the response “this is not who we are” is a staple of public relations staff, even though reality demonstrated that this is…

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For years, #Facebook hosted groups with 300,000 members, focused on committing cybercrimes #DeleteFacebook

For years, #Facebook hosted groups with 300,000 members, focused on committing cybercrimes #DeleteFacebook

Hours after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook last week deleted almost 120 private discussion groups totaling more than 300,000 members who flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities on the social media network’s platform. The scam groups facilitated a broad spectrum of shady activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, phony tax refunds, 419 scams, denial-of-service attack-for-hire services and botnet creation tools. The average age of these groups on Facebook’s platform was two years. Source: Deleted Facebook Cybercrime Groups Had 300,000 Members…

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#Facebook profile photos used to create huge facial recognition database #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook profile photos used to create huge facial recognition database #DeleteFacebook

Surveillance is us, 24 x7: This Israeli surveillance juggernaut is sitting on a massive database of faces taken from Facebook and YouTube, all feeding facial recognition tech for national governments. Source: These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database

#Facebook is designed to "reward content that elicits emotion" #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook is designed to "reward content that elicits emotion" #DeleteFacebook

Because emotionally roused viewers are more susceptible to advertising messages: The service’s algorithm, designed to reward content that elicits emotion, made it a perfect tool for Russian propagandists to spread disinformation during the 2016 election. Source: Instagram Looks Like Facebook’s Best Hope – Bloomberg Nice to see others recognizing that Facebook emotionally manipulates people.

#Facebook ad sales team told politicians that FB can "hand them the election" #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook ad sales team told politicians that FB can "hand them the election" #DeleteFacebook

Until literally a few days before, this entire ad sales team at Facebook was literally telling every politician with any budget that Facebook can actually hand them the election. It is incredibly disingenuous and strange for an exec to get up and say that there’s no way Facebook could have potentially impacted the election. Source: Antonio Garcia Martinez, former Facebook Employee Interview One of many Zuckerberg lies. It blew my mind when when the CEO of an advertising company (FB)…

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#Facebook used to brag about its ability to influence elections #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook used to brag about its ability to influence elections #DeleteFacebook

Facebook’s website had an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of political campaigns that used the social network to influence electoral outcomes. That page, however, is now gone, even as the 2018 congressional primaries get underway. Source: Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections

#Facebook Uses AI to predict your future thoughts and actions, in order to control you #DeleteFacebook #Zuckerberg

#Facebook Uses AI to predict your future thoughts and actions, in order to control you #DeleteFacebook #Zuckerberg

Facebook is all about mind control, using what it knows about you – or what its algorithms think they know about you – to manipulate your actions: Instead of merely offering advertisers the ability to target people based on demographics and consumer preferences, Facebook instead offers the ability to target them based on how they will behave, what they will buy, and what they will think. These capabilities are the fruits of a self-improving, artificial intelligence-powered prediction engine, first unveiled by Facebook…

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#Facebook is a platform for mind control #DeleteFacebook #Zuckerberg

#Facebook is a platform for mind control #DeleteFacebook #Zuckerberg

Perhaps at some point in the past few years you’ve told Facebook that you like, say, Kim Kardashian West. …. What you probably missed is that researchers had figured out how to tie your interest in Ms. Kardashian West to certain personality traits, such as how extroverted you are (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat). And when your fondness for Ms. Kardashian West is combined with other interests you’ve indicated on Facebook, researchers believe their…

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Police said to be able to routinely access encrypted #iphones #privacy

Police said to be able to routinely access encrypted #iphones #privacy

Police forces and federal agencies around the country have bought relatively cheap tools to unlock up-to-date iPhones and bypass their encryption, according to a Motherboard investigation based on several caches of internal agency documents, online records, and conversations with law enforcement officials. Source: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show – Motherboard

Aleksandr Kogan collected direct messages between #Facebook users #DeleteFacebook #Privacy #Zuckerbuerg

Aleksandr Kogan collected direct messages between #Facebook users #DeleteFacebook #Privacy #Zuckerbuerg

Aleksandr Kogan collected direct messages sent to and from Facebook users who installed his This Is Your Digital Life app, the Guardian can reveal. It follows Facebook’s admission that the company “may” have handed over the direct messages of some users to the Cambridge Analytica contractor without their express permission. The revelation is the most severe breach of privacy yet in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Source: Revealed: Aleksandr Kogan collected Facebook users’ direct messages | News | The Guardian Note…

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