Facebook’s head of PR admits to developing a program to slime others with negative propaganda messaging. He had already submitted his resignation.
Facebook’s COO hired external firms to smear those who questioned or criticized the company. Facebook itself engaged in the propaganda behavior made famous by Russia-based Internet Research Agency while simultaneously lying to its user community.
Zuckerberg blames negative propaganda for Facebook’s problems.
The world’s largest propaganda platform sees its share price in free fall.
I bought two external Seagate hard drives. Seagate wants me to “register” my product (the sole purpose of which is to gather information about me). You are presented several items to which you are to agree – but you have to click through a few levels to discover that they will attempt to collect the following information about you: “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual. We collect the following types…
Facebook deploys propaganda campaigns to tarnish its competitors and to discredit FB critics by associating them with those who may have unsavory public reputations. Facebook adopts the same methods used by the Internet Research Agency of Russia but for the benefit of Facebook. None of this is a surprise considering that Facebook is the world’s leading propaganda platform.
News media has advocated a meme that housing rents increase faster than wages but according to the census data, median wages have grown much faster than median rent.
People who tend towards analytical thinking styles are better at spotting fictional news than others.
Revisiting the old Occupy Democrats propaganda poster from 2016, where nearly every item on the poster was an outright lie. I recently updated the “free childcare” section and added Parts 7 and 8 to this popular series. Seriously, it is the most searched for item on this blog!
In light of the survey finding most voters are badly misinformed on well known and popular public policy issues the same is likely true about social media posts. It is likely that more than half of political or policy oriented social media posts are incorrect. But depending on who makes the posts, and how many followers they have, their incorrect posts can be influential – and plant non factual and illogical constructions in the minds of their targets.
A survey finds that most voters are badly misinformed about popular policy topics. Literally, what they know is wrong – per the facts. This is not an opinion survey but a knowledge survey. Take the survey yourself – how well do you score on these knowledge topics? Consider the role that propaganda plays in misinforming voters, and how opinion polls of misinformed voters are then used to influence policy.
Democrats won the popular vote in the U.S. Senate, therefore the 2018 election is unfair, says the meme. Sounds convincing – until you see this claim taken apart by the Washington Post. In fact, Democrats won 22 of the 35 seats or 65% of the seats while receiving just 55% of the total votes. Read the whole thing. This is an example of propaganda messaging that uses the “What you see is all there is” method. Also see thelogical fallacy of implying a vote of 1/3d of the Senate seats is a vote of 100% of Senate seats, fooling the target of the propaganda messaging.
Next Congress is likely to regulate social media companies.
Oxford research teams says “junk news” continues to profligate on social media, worse even than in 2016.