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Month: July 2018

Facebook to end their ad discrimination practices, sort of-they still support age discrimination in job ads

Facebook to end their ad discrimination practices, sort of-they still support age discrimination in job ads

Facebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Source: Facebook makes deal with Washington AG to halt discriminatory ads | The Columbian The agreement DOES NOT address the use of FB to target job ads based on age, thereby legally discriminating against older workers by ensuring older workers never see job ads. Major…

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Reporter seems to want Facebook to do more censorship of content

Reporter seems to want Facebook to do more censorship of content

Facebook executives promoting their video-on-demand service got into a combative exchange with reporters while at the Television Critics Association’s press… Source: Facebook executives defend having Fox News, ‘atrocious’ Infowars on platform | EW.com Facebook executives were questioned about distribution of conspiracy site InfoWars content on Facebook, also Facebook’s linking to Fox News. Specifically, the reporters’ questioned Facebook about why they permit content from those services on Facebook and what steps is Facebook taking to limit distribution of their content? Oddly,…

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Facebook stock falls by -23%

Facebook stock falls by -23%

Facebook missed revenue and global daily active user projections during its second-quarter earnings report. The company faced difficulties as it dealt with data leaks and fake news scandals during this time period. Source: Facebook earnings Q2 2018 Stock price info captured from CNBC.COM: Don’t forget: Like and Share!

Fake propaganda poster has almost everything wrong

Fake propaganda poster has almost everything wrong

The only part of this propaganda poster that is true is that FactCheck.org did write about Snopes in 2009 but rather than finding it to be a “liberal propaganda site” they said Snopes.com is solid and well documented”. See how easy it is to create a viral propaganda poster for social media sharing? Source: FACT CHECK: Was Snopes.com ‘BUSTED’ for Our CEO’s Ties to George Soros?

Who shares fake news on social media? You do.

Who shares fake news on social media? You do.

“On the left if you’re consuming fake news you’re 34 times more likely than the general population to be a college graduate,” says Green. If you’re on the right, he says, you’re 18 times more likely than the general population to to be in the top 20 percent of income earners. And the study revealed another disturbing trend: the more you consume fake news, the more likely you are to vote. It’s “fascinating and frightening at the same time,” says…

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VICE News says Twitter is shadow banning prominent political figures

VICE News says Twitter is shadow banning prominent political figures

Shadow banning is the term describing a “hidden ban”. The user still thinks their account is active but their content may not be visible to others. In this example, Twitter is said to be excluding some prominent accounts from search results which has the same effect as a shadow ban. “We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box and shipping a change to address this.” Asked why only conservative Republicans appear to be affected…

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Hmmm… Forbes deletes an opinion column after librarians complain about the column

Hmmm… Forbes deletes an opinion column after librarians complain about the column

After much backlash, Forbes appears to have pulled an article saying libraries have no value. Source: Forbes deleted an op-ed arguing that Amazon should replace libraries — Quartz Librarians used to be the front line arguing for freedom of speech, but apparently only for speech they agree with. Forbes deleted the column after librarians complained about the column’s content. The response to speech we do not like is more speech, not censorship. That librarians would advocate censorship of speech is…

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Broward public schools seeks to hire a propaganda specialist to “fix” the public, rather than fix the problem

Broward public schools seeks to hire a propaganda specialist to “fix” the public, rather than fix the problem

When everything is wrong, hire a propaganda specialist to persuade others that things are great because … propaganda! The South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported on how Stoneman Douglas under-reported crime on campus, how the school failed to provide adequate special education services to killer Nikolas Cruz; and how a culture of leniency has allowed unruly students to receive countless second chances. The school district also struggled to defend its controversial PROMISE program, which offers alternatives to arrests for some…

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UK government says Facebook’s friend of friends data was accessed from Russia and other countries

UK government says Facebook’s friend of friends data was accessed from Russia and other countries

Not surprisingly, the leaky data sieve that is Facebook, had its trove of personal data accessed from Russia and other countries (which likely includes the U.S.?): The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN. Source: Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says As…

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Fictional News about opioids and the workforce

Fictional News about opioids and the workforce

Powell cited research from Princeton economist Alan Krueger, who conducted a survey and found that 44 percent of men reported that they had taken some form of pain medication the previous day. Source: Fed’s Powell: Opioids people out of the workforce Actual study text: Fully 44 percent of prime age men who were out of the labor force acknowledged taking pain medication on the previous day, although this encompasses a wide range of medications. Pain medication, per the study, included…

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