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Social media: Facebook app being used to track people vis a vis Covid19 lockdowns

Social media: Facebook app being used to track people vis a vis Covid19 lockdowns

The researchers also draw on data tracked by Facebook showing reductions in movement as restrictions have been adopted. Facebook shares aggregate information with researchers based on people using its app with location tracking enabled. Source: ‘Strong evidence’ seen that Oregon’s coronavirus restrictions are working – oregonlive.com

Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

A random “factoid” of vanishing cell phones has reasonable alternative explanations. Media reports love “factoids” – little snippets of items or numbers that add little to the story but enable them to pretend they’ve found something. Random correlations of X and Y are a favorite selection for factoids,

Coronavirus Hall of Shame, Part 2

Coronavirus Hall of Shame, Part 2

Young people have been engaged in reckless behaviors that are killing people, all for fun, of course, and to generate more views on their social media. Nest post will look at the “adult” covidiots who have done nearly equally idiotic activities.

Journalism: Does a coronavirus test cost $3,270? No, it does not.

Journalism: Does a coronavirus test cost $3,270? No, it does not.

A new report with a poorly written headline has been interpreted as the cost of a Covid19 (coronavirus) test is $3,270. In fact, the CDC is not charging for their diagnostic tests. However, this meme has taken off on social media – that a test costs $3,270 – and this claim, in turn, is used for propaganda messaging on a variety of political and health topics.

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

The photos of all of us have been amassed to create a massive database. A photo of our face can be submitted and it will identify the person (claimed 99% accuracy) and return information about each of us and all photos of us they have found online, even back to when we were kids. They scraped all of our photos from – social media posts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more – possibly even personal web sites. If your photo is on social media, you are in their database. There is no way to request removal, even if the photo is of a child whose information is protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Social media: Wanna-be Instagram star forces airliner to turn around and fly 1,000 miles back to airport

Social media: Wanna-be Instagram star forces airliner to turn around and fly 1,000 miles back to airport

Wanne be social media star forces a Canadian airliner to retrace 1,000 miles of flight and return to Canada with 243 passengers on board. His goal was to film a video on board as he falsely claimed he had coronavirus with the goal of creating a social media viral video. He’s now under arrest in Canada and may eventually be sentenced to prison. His actions demonstrate how social media turns people into self absorbed, narcissistic idiots.

Social media: Are fewer and fewer people posting Tweets?

Social media: Are fewer and fewer people posting Tweets?

Twitter is randomly inserting tweets from people I do not follow and this seems to be increasing. That suggests fewer and fewer people may be posting content on Twitter, or at least posting less. In order to continue providing content and making it look like Twitter is being used, Twitter’s algorithm is inserting more random Tweets from people we do not follow.