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At least 200 #Facebook apps may have been pilfering personal data from users

At least 200 #Facebook apps may have been pilfering personal data from users

In other words, everyone stole everything? Facebook Inc has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Source: Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation Facebook’s public relations team did a remarkable job getting the media to focus on Cambridge Analytica – when the problem is Mark Zuckerburg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s…

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Study proves media engages in propaganda messaging

Study proves media engages in propaganda messaging

In a peer-reviewed study we published this month, we find op-eds do change minds. After reading opinion pieces, we found people were far more likely to agree with the author’s point of view. Even in today’s allegedly post-fact world, people are capable of considering new evidence and reaching new conclusions. Source: This column will probably change your mind – The Washington Post

What Fake News Looks Like: "Volcanic eruptions like the one in Hawaii, are not natural disasters — without them the Earth would explode"

What Fake News Looks Like: "Volcanic eruptions like the one in Hawaii, are not natural disasters — without them the Earth would explode"

Fox News runs a column about Kilauea in which it gets almost everything wrong starting with the headline. Source: Volcanic eruptions like the one in Hawaii, are not natural disasters — without them the Earth would explode | Fox News What an actual volcanologist has to say about this: I also checked with my personal consulting geologist who agrees with Dr. Pitcher. In case Fox fixes their stupidity on this, here’s a screen capture of the headline:

West Sacramento monitors social media posts in the city

West Sacramento monitors social media posts in the city

The City of West Sacramento is using software to continuously analyze social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, saying it gives the city government insights into citizen concerns. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. Is the content of social media reflective of what people actually care about? What if, entirely hypothetical, of course, an organization decided to flood social media with emotional and inflammatory posts about a…

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Should professors have more free speech rights than others?

Should professors have more free speech rights than others?

If we engaged in widely publicized hateful or hurtful or vile speech, our employers would likely begin job termination procedures within 24 hours regardless of whether we made such comments in a private capacity or not. As the NY Times notes, “Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job“. Private sector workers ‘ “…don’t have the right to speak freely in the workplace.” Or even outside it.’ Unlike public sector workers: “… anyone who works for a government office,…

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I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I began writing this blog, privately – not visible to the public – back in 2014. It was a way for me to keep notes on my observations about propaganda on social media. At the time, due to Facebook’s incorrect characterization of my politics, my news feed was filled with very left wing propaganda – typically what I call “propaganda posters”. I observed that this seemed like propaganda – a topic I knew little about back then. I set about…

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Pyschographic profiles do not work #Facebook #Twitter #DeleteFacebook

Pyschographic profiles do not work #Facebook #Twitter #DeleteFacebook

Previously, I noted Facebook’s algorithms concluded I am Liberal. I recently downloaded Twitter’s assessment of me and Twitter concluded I am Conservative – and I am a supporter of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, and I like to watch the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting). This was news to me because I live in the United States – and do not have TV! It is fascinating how the brilliant artificially intelligent algorithms at Facebook classified me…

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Begging the Question Fallacy: "This is not who we are" … once again

Begging the Question Fallacy: "This is not who we are" … once again

Previously I wrote about the “Begging the Question” fallacy (and another example here). Immediately after an event, say a mass shooting, a city Mayor says “this is not who we are” – we live in a safe community. But empirically, based on what just happened, they are not a safe community. These scenarios play out frequently – and the response “this is not who we are” is a staple of public relations staff, even though reality demonstrated that this is…

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