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Twitter admits to shadow banning users

Twitter admits to shadow banning users

This sure looks like an admission of shadow banning – this from Twitter:

“We want to be clear that we do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint. We do rank the timeline and we do that with the principle of relevance, but all the content is still there — you just have to do more work to see it.”

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View counts on Youtube are faked

View counts on Youtube are faked

As we have pointed out here before – fake news, fake reviews, fake news – everything on the Internet is fake. Even YouTube view counts are fake as people buy them from third-party view generators.

#Facebook to force Page owners to hand over verified phone number and address information

#Facebook to force Page owners to hand over verified phone number and address information

Facebook wants a phone number tied to any page with a “large audience”. Once Facebook has your phone number, then can use that as a unique identifier to cross link the data they collect with data collected by third party data aggregators that collect information about your offline purchases and more.

The Complex Question Fallacy

The Complex Question Fallacy

“A question that has a presupposition built in, which implies something but protects the one asking the question from accusations of false claims. It is a form of misleading discourse, and it is a fallacy when the audience does not detect the assumed information implicit in the question, and accepts it as a fact.” Examples Have you stopped beating your wife? Is (well known personality) an arrogant jerk? Do you still believe we should kill all the stray dogs? Source:…

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#Facebook sees sizeable decline in monthly page visits

#Facebook sees sizeable decline in monthly page visits

Traffic to Facebook.com has fallen from ~8.5 billion visits per month to ~4.7 billion over two years. Source: Impending shakeup in Top Five Websites Those losses have been made up by increasing use of other Facebook resources, such as Instagram. It may just mean that fewer people use Facebook via the Facebook.com web site but continue to access Facebook data through mobile apps.

But our Facebook AI algorithms will solve everything!

But our Facebook AI algorithms will solve everything!

FACEBOOK says it “regrets” an algorithm blunder that caused balloons and confetti to appear in posts about the deadly earthquake in Indonesia because the same spelling of a word means “I’m unhurt” or “congratulations” depending on context. Facebook automatically displayed animated festive balloons on people using FB to tell their friends they were safe by mistakenly thinking the messages contained congratulatory quotes. Facebook has repeatedly said it will use artificial intelligence (aka artificial stupidity) algorithms to identify and halt hate…

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