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Is there evidence that more surveillance of social media will prevent mass shootings?

Is there evidence that more surveillance of social media will prevent mass shootings?

In the wake of violent mass murder events in recent weeks, there are instant media analyses that these actions are due to lax gun laws, video games, mental health problems or social media influence. There is an undercurrent that more surveillance of social media can make accurate automated diagnoses of psychiatric disorders and predict people’s future actions. There does not appear to be evidence that more invasive surveillance and artificial intelligence-based analysis would have meaningful impact on these problems. But this is becoming the predominant propaganda message now spreading through the media

Having your cellphone with you near a crime can make you a prime suspect

Having your cellphone with you near a crime can make you a prime suspect

Police routinely ask Google to provide information about all phones within a neighborhood of a crime. This has resulted, in at least one example, of an innocent man arrested for murder. While released a week later, he was fired from his job – even though he was 100% innocent. Further, from the linked news article, Google retrains location information for potentially forever – we already know that Google collects location data even when you disable Location services.

Apple revokes Facebook’s “enterprise certificate”; Facebook staff can no longer use any internal company iOS apps

Apple revokes Facebook’s “enterprise certificate”; Facebook staff can no longer use any internal company iOS apps

Facebook loses all access to its own internal iOS apps after Apple revokes Facebook’s developer enterprise certificate for having violated Apple’s terms of service, using the certificate to install a market research (in this case, spying/privacy violating) app on research participants’ devices.