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How marketing propaganda persuades us to buy stuff we often do not need

How marketing propaganda persuades us to buy stuff we often do not need

We are surrounded by marketing propaganda that has enlisted networks of individuals posting online reviews. These ecosystems seem like organic grass roots “from the people” reviews. But most are marketing “astro turf” operations. That is, they are corporate sponsored activities designed to look like they are “from the people”.

Sourcing serious allegations from social media posts is never a good idea

Sourcing serious allegations from social media posts is never a good idea

An egregious example of badly sourcing one’s allegations from social media posts? This time, a political candidate published a list of victims of sexual assault, some of whom say they are not victims, and some who say they never gave permission for their name to be published on a public list. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) has apologized and appears to blame “victim advocates” for the error.

Facebook’s #Instagram is as privacy invasive as #Facebook

Facebook’s #Instagram is as privacy invasive as #Facebook

Log in to Instagram in a browser. Click on your profile icon at upper right. Click on the round, slightly gear shaped icon next to your channel name and “Edit Profile” button. Click on Privacy and Security option on the pop up menu. Page down and click on View Account Data. Here you can see that they record – forever – any current and former phone numbers and email addresses you have provided. They also record – forever – any…

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Automated detection of copyright violations on social media does not work

Automated detection of copyright violations on social media does not work

Source: Platform Censorship: Lessons From the Copyright Wars | Electronic Frontier Foundation I had two music publishers both claim copyright ownership of a music track in one of my videos. Obviously, both could not own the copyright. The music selection I used was written during the U.S. Civil War, decades before music was copyrightable, and the performance was by the U.S. Army with a specific license that it may be used by anyone for any purpose. I challenged the copyright…

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Google’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Google’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

The week started off with an internal Google email from a high level manager describing how Google worked behind the scenes to attempt to get Clinton elected in 2016. A few days later, an internal Google meeting video appeared, showing executives behaving oddly, to say the least, after the 2016 election went for Trump, and suggesting that Google would uses its resources to manipulate voters to achieve Google’s desired outcomes. Ouch.

Technical analysis reveals extent of Google’s use of Android as an invasive, 24×7 surveillance device

Technical analysis reveals extent of Google’s use of Android as an invasive, 24×7 surveillance device

Google’s Android OS is specifically designed as a surveillance tool, to collect invasive and detailed personal information about all Android users, globally. Researchers show that an idle Android phone, left on, reports location data to Google 14 times per hour. If you use the phone, Google acquires even more data. Google also correlates your Android data with your web surfing using its advertising networks – even “anonymous” data is correlated with actual individuals.

Twitter discloses what they do with your personal data, sort of

Twitter discloses what they do with your personal data, sort of

Twitter tracks your online activity off of Twitter and shares that with others. Twitter analyzes what you see online – on and off Twitter – and interprets that to determine what they think are your interests. That information is then shared with third parties. You can probably switch it off if you select the best privacy options for yourself.

#Facebook will disable their features for ads that discriminate based on age, sex, ethnicity and 5,000 other factors

#Facebook will disable their features for ads that discriminate based on age, sex, ethnicity and 5,000 other factors

Facebook’s ad system was intentionally designed for advertisers to discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, language spoken and so on. They defended it because, you know, everyone does it.

But lawsuits and a Federal investigation have changed their thinking and they will disable their networks age, sex, gender, sex orientation, ethnic, national origin, and so on, discrimination features.