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.
The FTC says major ISPs are collecting large amounts of data about their customers, and combining it with web browsing histories and third party data to draw conclusions about their customers.
Facebook settles with the U.S. government over reserving 2,600 jobs for temporary imported H-1B visa workers, excluding all U.S. residents from consideration for those jobs.
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.
Facebook is implementing new tools to divert users away from harmful content, limit political content and give parents more control on teen Instagram accounts. Source: Facebook will add new safety features for teens following whistleblower leak
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.
Google announces restrictions and bans on “misleading” climate change themes. Hmmmm … we cannot censor our way to the truth, though.
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.
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
Social media titans believe that the path to truth leads through censorship. This item illustrates an example where Twitter censored a 100% accurate tweet, claiming falsely it was misleading.