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Having your cellphone with you near a crime can make you a prime suspect

Having your cellphone with you near a crime can make you a prime suspect

Police routinely ask Google to provide information about all phones within a neighborhood of a crime. This has resulted, in at least one example, of an innocent man arrested for murder. While released a week later, he was fired from his job – even though he was 100% innocent. Further, from the linked news article, Google retrains location information for potentially forever – we already know that Google collects location data even when you disable Location services.

Can a journalist be this bad? Yes.

Can a journalist be this bad? Yes.

A fiction writer for Boston Magazine suggests diabetes is an allergy to carbs and does not understand that there are two kinds of diabetics: Type 1 and Type 2 (and a third) – and they are very different. Wonder why people think reporters are dimwits?

Millions of #Facebook accounts and personal info exposed on servers

Millions of #Facebook accounts and personal info exposed on servers

UpGuard’s Cyber Risk team said Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names. Another database, an app called At the Pool, listed names, passwords and email addresses of 22,000 people, UpGuard said. Source: Facebook removes exposed user records stored on Amazon’s servers | Reuters

Facebook’s false positive censorship?

Facebook’s false positive censorship?

This image was censored by Facebook. Why? No one knows. But I suspect it was due to an image to text conversion error, or to AI language analysis that misinterpreted the meaning of the text. AI has been promised as the savior of social media but in reality, it continues to have numerous problems.

Twitter admits it is shadow banning tweets

Twitter admits it is shadow banning tweets

Shadow banning is common on social media, including newspaper comments. Rather than outright ban a comment, the media publisher hides the comment from everyone except the person who wrote it. In this way, the comment author is unaware that they have been censored.

Nice explanation of how propaganda messaging works

Nice explanation of how propaganda messaging works

“A good cause makes a lie easier to buy”. This is why many propaganda campaigns use themes such as “for the children” – even though their claims are exaggerated or not true. The target buys the propaganda message since its for a good cause.