Code.org is a lobbying organization funded by high tech industrial giants. They are lobbying to have more kids K-12 studying computer science and less time spent studying other subjects in school. One of their methods is to straight up lie about the size of the job market, as you’ll see on the attached post. And its not a little lie, but being off by a factor of ten. This is a great example of corporate funded propaganda that turns into “facts” quoted in media news stories and then likely gets quoted by politicians.
The problem with user generated content web sites -a.k.a. social media – is that much of the content is fake, incorrect or even fraudulent. TripAdvisor has a history of censoring bad reviews while letting businesses write fake bad reviews of their competitors.
Facebook ad network still being used to target ads based on gender, and in the past, on race, language spoken, age and more discriminators. It is likely all of these discriminators continue to be used.
Facebook and Twitter largely admit that artificial intelligence is not going to fix the problems with their platforms. The problem, of course, is that social media was designed as a propaganda platform and surprise! Lots of people are using it for propaganda!
You’ve seen those tweets that show up in your Twitter feed telling you that your friend “Liked” someone else’s tweet. Turns out that your friend didn’t Like those tweets, Twitter just made those up and now blames a “bug”.
Twitter’s failed algorithm censored people based on their assessment of their followers, over which the censored person has no control. This caused Twitter to effectively shadow ban over 600,000 accounts, including those belonging to members of Congress.
44% of young Facebook users have deleted the app from their devices within the past year.
40% of people say they have deleted at least one social media account in 2017 because they did not trust social media platforms with their personal information.
Google even analyzes the photos you take with your phone, including collecting data for facial recognition, and attempts to identify the emotions of those in the photos.
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.
Companies that run propaganda platforms meet to discuss what to do about people who use their propaganda platforms for propaganda … too funny 🙂
Trailer for the documentary “The Creepy Line” – how online services are collecting and analyzing everything about you in a grand scheme of manipulation.
A new way that individuals – or groups – are manipulating social media to indirectly trash organizations and businesses on social media. Clever and very mean.
Snapchat seems in the right place to counter problems with Facebook and Twitter – but instead it is losing its audience. Perhaps we have passed the peak of social media enthusiasm?