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Hold the presses! National news! "Starbucks barista in Philadelphia alledgedly mocked customer's stutter"

Hold the presses! National news! "Starbucks barista in Philadelphia alledgedly mocked customer's stutter"

This is a LOCAL story at best. The news media continues to damage itself into irrelevancy by promoting local click bait trivia stories into a national conversation: A barista at a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia is accused of mocking a man with a stutter. Source: Starbucks barista in Philadelphia alledgedly mocked customer’s stutter This is not national news. This is creative writing by a trivia reporter designed to hook an emotional response. Emotional nonsense news is perfect for sharing on…

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The main purpose of social media is to spread disinformation?

The main purpose of social media is to spread disinformation?

Is the main purpose of social media to spread disinformation? Sure seems so, whether intentional or unintentional. Yesterday, our local Sheriff’s Office spread disinformation on Twitter with a goal of encouraging safe driving (definitely approve that!) But they did so by using a logical fallacy linking bike and pedestrian accidents to cellular phone usage, a conclusion that is false per the reference they cited in their tweet. Because viewers of the tweet learned something that was not true, viewers became…

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Riding a "bike generator" for 30 minutes will power a house for a day? No, not even close. #Facebook #Bicycling #nonsense

Riding a "bike generator" for 30 minutes will power a house for a day? No, not even close. #Facebook #Bicycling #nonsense

This made me laugh – can you see why? A typical bicyclist may generate 100 to 200 watts per hour on a bike. A very fit bicyclist might generate up to 300 watts per hour (and their peak output – like a sprint – can produce 500 or more watts briefly). (Good explanation here. Another way to look at this is that 1 horsepower is 746 watts. Are you as powerful as a horse?) Consequently, for most people, 30 minutes…

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Social media sites share everything, even your private health information #Facebook #DeleteFacebook

Social media sites share everything, even your private health information #Facebook #DeleteFacebook

Grindr, a gay dating app, will stop sharing users’ HIV statuses with third parties after a report disclosed that the company passed the information on to two vendors. Source: Grindr changes policy of sharing users’ HIV status with outside vendors – SFGate If we’ve got your personal data, we can share it with everyone because we are social media surveillance and we are the future!

#Facebook says internal memo saying dead users okay was just "fake news" #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook says internal memo saying dead users okay was just "fake news" #DeleteFacebook

From the 2016 memo: “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools … And still we connect people.” Andrew Bosworth now says he didn’t mean what he said, you know, it was just fake news. And Facebook staff are experts at fake news! Hah hah! Source: Facebook is defending itself again after an internal memo suggested growth was more important than user safety – Recode

#Facebook VP who said its okay to kill people or support terrorists as long as it grows FB #DeleteFacebook #Ethics #Privacy

#Facebook VP who said its okay to kill people or support terrorists as long as it grows FB #DeleteFacebook #Ethics #Privacy

Since he knows all about us, here is the VP that thought killing people is fine if it helps grow Facebook – Andrew Bosworth. He was promoted after writing this memo. Source: Facebook VP’s memo suggests relentless growth is good, even if it gives a platform to terrorists or bullies | VentureBeat He’s now backpedaling and saying he didn’t mean what he actually wrote. Nothing anyone at Facebook says turns out to be what they mean, like Zuckerberg promising in…

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#Facebook VP argues in email we should collect everything even if it results in killing people #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook VP argues in email we should collect everything even if it results in killing people #DeleteFacebook

Facebook admits their system is designed to dupe people and treat Facebook users like, in Zuckerberg’s own words, “Dumb Fucks“. We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew…

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