This is a start – I hope to have my own post as there are more things you can do than just what is listed here: How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data – The Verge
The U.S. media spent 17 months chasing a story about $44,000 worth of Russian-linked Facebook ads while UK’s Channel 4 did real journalism, discovering the role Cambridge Analytica played with purloined personal data from Facebook, to craft highly customized propaganda campaigns and fake news to potentially throw a U.S. election.
This is the story – and the role that social media plays at it has devolved into a frictionless propaganda platform. Sorry U.S. media – you missed this story.
Source: UK – Channel 4 News
Apparently way too many people:
The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.
This is not news. It’s celebrity gossip and propaganda. Why do so many waste their time on this? Boredom?
Well, there goes Facebook’s business model 🙂
“What they’re doing is bullshit, basically,” said Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook employee who helped build the social network’s ad-targeting operation. “This has been tried before. There’s no reason to think it’s particularly powerful.”
And a Democratic operative who works in the digital realm said claims of Cambridge Analytica’s effectiveness in 2016 are very much overstated.
“The idea that they had a robust data campaign is just not true,” she said. “They were doing very best practice stuff on the Facebook side, but they weren’t doing this universally. It wasn’t deep or robust.”
She agreed with the political operatives that there is little evidence to support claims that Cambridge Analytica helped swing the election.
I’m so old, I remember back when “Russia hacked the election” – hah hah …
Cambridge Analytica planted fake news on social media, and created distrust of traditional media … says former employee
The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win
How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients
Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media
Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace
Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads
Cambridge Analytica is claiming they threw the election for Trump, using potentially stolen personal data on 50 million Americans and social media propaganda.
I am thinking a very large number of Americans may want to consider deleting their Facebook accounts.
At a prior meeting, Turnbull told the reporters: “Our job is to really drop the bucket further down the well than anybody else to understand what are these really deep-seated fears, concerns. “It is no good fighting an election campaign on the facts, because actually it is all about emotion.”
The most powerful tool in the propagandists tool kit is fear.
The sole purpose of social media is as a propaganda platform for the purpose of mind control and mass manipulation.
Apathy leads down a path to world domination:
Facebook might be stuck in another huge controversy, but the average user couldn’t care less.
(Link to article contains embedded loud video. Turn volume down.)
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.