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Month: October 2021

Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

A simple research study demonstrated how FB’s algorithm readily amplify extremist political viewpoints on the left and right. The root cause is that FB optimizes for time spent engaged with FB – and does not optimize for what you may wish to see. The result is FB optimizes to keep you perpetually outraged.

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

Oldest trick in the regulatory book: Once the government starts discussing regulation of social media, Facebook steps up with its own proposals (of course), which, as is typical of much regulation, work to preserve entrenched incumbents while harming competitors and largely stopping new competitors from forming.

SF Chronicle labels a group of mostly progressive Democrats as a “conservative parents group”

SF Chronicle labels a group of mostly progressive Democrats as a “conservative parents group”

The news media has labeled any discussion opposing generic cloth facial coverings as motivated by conservatives. In this case, they mislabeled an Open Schools group of mostly progressive Democrats (this is San Francisco where almost no other perspective exists) as “conservative” – because they oppose continuing to force cloth facial coverings on school kids who are fully vaccinated.

Misleading headline: “During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way”

Misleading headline: “During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way”

Misleading headline: During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way The influenza vaccine was not available to the general public until after the end of World War II. The early vaccines were given to military service members during WW II. Reminder: Get vaccinated for Covid-19 and influenza, this fall, if you can and have not yet done so.

Trust in Media drops to 36% of those surveyed

Trust in Media drops to 36% of those surveyed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend. Source: Americans’ Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record