Portland has become “ground zero” in the use of street violence against those holding views that others disagree with. Right wing hate groups, like Proud Boys, deliberately come to Portland with a goal of instigating violent uprisings. Portland is ground zero for a movement informally referred to as “Antifa”.
Antifa has no specific ideology but believes in the use of violence (vigilante and mob justice) against anyone they disagree with. While this example was about a right wing hate group, Antifa is all over the map in terms of what they do not like, and then applying violence to those targets. Both groups are filled with angry people, consumed by outrage, and not just inflamed by social media propaganda, but using social media as their platform to encourage more conflict, more outrage and more violence. None of these activities are leading to solutions – they lead only to more violence and more outrage.
Twitter does not represent the views of the people: it represents the views of a very tiny minority of angry and miserable people (most tweets come from about 2% of the population, a group that seems to very outraged and angry). There is a word for this: it’s miserablism, or the philosophy of pessimism and the enjoyment of being miserable.
Google reportedly has a vulnerability that enables 3rd parties to shut down any Google account. In the examples given, this vulnerability has allegedly been used to shut down speakers who some disagreed with, including a political candidate.
Correlation is not causation.
In a touching true story, the remains of USAF Capt. Roy Knight, lost over Laos in 1967, were finally returned home on board a Southwest Airlines flight – crewed by his son, Capt. Bryan Knight. The story stands by itself. But oddly, the reporter felt compelled to throw in an ending paragraph of negativity. Why? I have no idea. But this seems common place – as if we must always spin the story, preferably with outrage.
An incredibly lengthy news article spins a story that a top athlete and scholar’s death, due to suicide, is likely due to the increasing pressure on young women to accomplish great things. 10 pages into this 14 page, single spaced news article, does the author mention she had suffered a brain injury just prior to her suicide, and even that mention goes into less detail than contemporary news reports shortly after her death. (I have had multiple and serious TBI’s myself, which is why I found the reporting on this terribly sad story to be a rambling odyssey that seemingly wanted to avoid reality.)
Reuters is called out this week for leaving out critically important details from their photo (cropped) and text description.
Snopes falls for it again and fact checks a satirical web site that prominently says it is “Fake news you can trust”. Seriously Snopes?
The company, whose business model is based upon exploiting personal information about its users, has been fined $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission. The company also agrees to establish a Board of Directors committee on privacy compliance and for Mark Zuckerberg to be held responsible for assuring compliance.
While researching overuse of the “crisis” label (literally everything is now a crisis), I ran across a Google News linked web site whose own description largely labels itself as a propaganda mill. Yet this is what passes for “news”?
Study finds that “science communications” has routinely devolved into propaganda messaging intended to persuade targets to adopt someone’s agenda.
The way to respond to accusations of fictional news reporting is to double down on accuracy, objectivity and remaining calm. Unfortunately, the news industry continues to harm itself through self destructive behavior typical of middle school drama, such as this fiasco from the NY Times.
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 does not seem to have hired bright people over the years. Everything turns into a mistake or crisis for them, always opposed to the interest of their user community.