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Month: May 2018

Fake news for hire: Google, Uber pay London's Evening Standard newspaper for favorable news coverage #fakenews

Fake news for hire: Google, Uber pay London's Evening Standard newspaper for favorable news coverage #fakenews

Democracy dies in darkn… oh WTF: Google goes full evil. Source: George Osborne’s London Evening Standard sells its editorial independence to Uber, Google and others – for £3 million | openDemocracy Starbucks, by comparison, said Nyet to the Evening Standard’s offer to sell happy talk news about Starbucks.

#Facebook to build huge data center next to #NSA data center in Utah

#Facebook to build huge data center next to #NSA data center in Utah

Source: No surprise: Facebook to build data center in Eagle Mountain | Deseret News The “most profitable social media company on the planet” will receive $150 million in tax breaks, just to start (with more after that – as in a total of $750 million dollars over 40 years because Facebook could not run their business without subsidies.) From Google Maps, NSA Utah Data Center, at upper right. Facebook data center will be located on the south side of Eagle…

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News: Journalists fall for false meme: why?

News: Journalists fall for false meme: why?

The long time thesis of this blog is that social media is a frictionless platform for the spread of propaganda. In the “good old days”, propaganda required owning a printing press or broadcast license. Today, anyone can become a propagandist by posting an appropriate meme on social media and watch it shared thousands or millions of times. Journalists frequently use their personal accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (but especially Twitter) to share items of interest to themselves. Due to…

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Journalists fall for false meme, because they want it to be true?

Journalists fall for false meme, because they want it to be true?

The long time thesis of this blog is that social media is a frictionless platform for the spread of propaganda. In the “good old days”, propaganda required owning a printing press or broadcast license. Today, anyone can become a propagandist by posting an appropriate meme on social media and watch it shared thousands or millions of times. Journalists frequently use their personal accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (but especially Twitter) to share items of interest to themselves. Due to…

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Another social media meme turned into imaginary news story

Another social media meme turned into imaginary news story

“I don’t like the phone because my [parents] are on their phone every day … I hate my mom’s phone and I wish she never had one,” one student wrote in a photo posted to Beason’s Facebook page that has since been turned to private. The post was shared more than 261,000 times — parents expressed guilt, and fellow teachers echoed similar conversations they’ve had in their classrooms. Source: kgw.com | I wish my mom’s phone wasn’t invented, 2nd grader…

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Why is this even considered news? A social media post about an idiot store clerk?

Why is this even considered news? A social media post about an idiot store clerk?

This is a news story about … a social media post … describing an idiot store clerk. GRESHAM, Ore. (KATU) – A Gresham woman’s post about a grocery store clerk’s behavior is going viral this week. Source: Cashier shames woman for WIC card usage in grocery store: ‘They keep getting handouts’ | KATU In other news today, Tommy yelled at Susie on the playground this afternoon, and their friends posted photos on social media! The purpose of this “news” is…

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

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…

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#Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

#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…

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

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…

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Social media platforms all became swamps of propaganda

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

100% Fictiopnal 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 fictional news story, below. They have since rewritten their original fiction story (same URL as before) to correctly report on the…

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

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…

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

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…

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