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.