A telco lobbyists sent a document to the wrong person, who has gone ahead and shared it with all. The telcos argue they’ve long supported privacy for their consumers – except, as the author of this linked article notes, that is not true at all and they have already admitted they view everything they can get.
A Pew Research study finds that social media political posts change the views of relatively few people, but are more likely to change the views of Democrats than of Republicans (by about 2 to 1).
“Officials in Chemnitz said fake news items spread on social media fueled the riots. “
“The San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department is under scrutiny for posting this photo of a deputy praying before his shift. If you support this Deputy and his department’s decision, share this.” appears to be a fake Internet meme created by a troll operation and designed to inflame emotions.
Reporter appears surprised and dismayed that social media platforms designed specifically for the purpose of propaganda messaging, whose business model is dependent on their use as propaganda, are, in fact, used for propaganda.
UK Commercial drone pilot Matthew Greaves spots the absurdity of YouTubers claiming quadcopter near miss collisions with airliners in order to get more views on their YouTube videos. The YouTuber is claiming he flew his quadcopter in violation of UK laws and regulations and nearly collided with an airliner. Except that did not happen. It’s just a click-bait video title. In fact, the thumbnail image is a bad PhotoShop creation. The video shows no aircraft what so ever. It is…
See what happens when a hobby drone collides with a wind turbine? Not really but this shows how easy it is to spread nonsensical memes on social media. Before long, such memes become “facts”.
Irish government seeks proposals from vendors for a system to monitor social media for “keywords”. Some think this proposal may violate EU privacy rules and might also be used to stifle political speech.
40% of people say they have deleted at least one social media account in 2017 because they did not trust social media platforms with their personal information.
School districts are automatically scanning student social media, every day, looking for trouble. Students are not told about the monitoring system.
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This blog analyzed a popular social media propaganda post that was widely distributed in 2016. The poster encouraged viewers to share if you wanted the U.S. to be just like Denmark. Nearly all the claims about Denmark, however, were false. Yet the poster was widely shared. Another popular meme is that Denmark is a socialist country and we should be just like Denmark. Except Denmark is not a socialist country – and that is according to the Prime Minister of Denmark.
Google even analyzes the photos you take with your phone, including collecting data for facial recognition, and attempts to identify the emotions of those in the photos.
Google collects massive amounts of data about you, every day, 24 x 7, including when your phone is turned on but not in use. This post links to an academic paper on the data collected and how it is collected using Android and Chrome. Both products are designed and used to gather information about your interests and your life.