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Month: November 2018

Seagate wants your photo and social media ID to register a product you’ve purchased from them

Seagate wants your photo and social media ID to register a product you’ve purchased from them

I bought two external Seagate hard drives. Seagate wants me to “register” my product (the sole purpose of which is to gather information about me). You are presented several items to which you are to agree – but you have to click through a few levels to discover that they will attempt to collect the following information about you: “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual. We collect the following types…

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#Facebook uses propaganda troll methods to boost public’s image of Facebook

#Facebook uses propaganda troll methods to boost public’s image of Facebook

Facebook deploys propaganda campaigns to tarnish its competitors and to discredit FB critics by associating them with those who may have unsavory public reputations. Facebook adopts the same methods used by the Internet Research Agency of Russia but for the benefit of Facebook. None of this is a surprise considering that Facebook is the world’s leading propaganda platform.

Are social media posts badly misinformed? Probably

Are social media posts badly misinformed? Probably

In light of the survey finding most voters are badly misinformed on well known and popular public policy issues the same is likely true about social media posts. It is likely that more than half of political or policy oriented social media posts are incorrect. But depending on who makes the posts, and how many followers they have, their incorrect posts can be influential – and plant non factual and illogical constructions in the minds of their targets.

Survey finds most voters are badly misinformed about well known policy topics

Survey finds most voters are badly misinformed about well known policy topics

A survey finds that most voters are badly misinformed about popular policy topics. Literally, what they know is wrong – per the facts. This is not an opinion survey but a knowledge survey. Take the survey yourself – how well do you score on these knowledge topics? Consider the role that propaganda plays in misinforming voters, and how opinion polls of misinformed voters are then used to influence policy.