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Social: Congress proposes to ban TikTok

Social: Congress proposes to ban TikTok

This would be a HUGE benefit to Twitter, which is well situated to turn into a TikTok replacement. I believe Musk is aware of this and is likely lobbying Congress on this issue: The proposed legislation would block all transactions from any social media company in or under the influence of China and Russia. Source: US lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China’s TikTok | South China Morning Post

Social media: “Everyone’s Over Instagram” is probably true

Social media: “Everyone’s Over Instagram” is probably true

Instagram is seeing a rapid decline in usage. Still photos have been replaced by short form video (see TikTok). Users are abandoning IG as fewer and fewer post photo updates, and even fewer have their posts seen by others thanks to “The Algorithm” that decides what gets shared and what does not get shared. The result is fewer and fewer “likes” and comments, leading to less engagement, leading to users asking, “Why am I spending time with this anymore?”

Meta (Facebook, IG) is not doing so well anymore.

Spin: Why misinformation didn’t wreck the midterms

Spin: Why misinformation didn’t wreck the midterms

Two years ago, we were told by multiple “sides” that misinformation and disinformation on social media threw election results. Two years later, oddly, everyone is pretending the same misinformation and disinformation no longer is an issue – which is not very believable. And then spin: “The amount of content we saw that you could call kind of election disinformation was actually larger than what we saw in 2020 — but overall, the effects were much more muted,” Source: Why misinformation…

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Social media: The media resents having lost control

Social media: The media resents having lost control

Propaganda used to require access to a printing press or broadcast license. Social media changed all that – in an instant, anyone can be a propagandist and publish their messaging for free, potentially to large audiences.

The elite have lost their eliteness and their control over propaganda. They are not happy about that.