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 social media! And yes, it’s all over Twitter!

I’ve had bad service from inconsiderate staff, and rude and insulting service from the office staff of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkeley. But is that a national news story?

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 dumber by reading the message!

On Facebook, a “friend” shared a poster with a quote from a CEO saying he did not want those who voted for a candidate to shop at his stores. Of course, he did not actually say what was in the poster. Yet none of the people in the FB thread bothered to investigate whether the quote was true or not – they accepted it without question – which only reinforced the message! That left viewers of the post dumber than before they had seen it 🙂 Indeed, I posted a link to Snopes and the only reply to that was that Snopes=CNN, therefore, the correct information presented, is not true (which is a logical fallacy unto itself).

Today, I saw this item on Twitter:

It’s true that the Democrat Governor of Montana vetoed “direct primary care” bills – twice, in fact. The last veto was in early 2017.  However, in December 2017, the state’s insurance regulator went ahead and approved direct primary care offerings and there are now direct primary care medical practices in Montana.

But those who see and share the above tweet will conclude that DPC is not allowed in Montana. This illustrates how very old information lives on forever on social media. A side effect is that people become dumber by viewing social media!

These are 3 examples from the past 2 days. Obviously, there are many thousands of such examples every day.

Social media usage makes us dumber every day!

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 of bicycling produces in the range of 50 to 150 watt hours (.05 to .15 kwh) (or stated another way – 100 to 300 watts per hours is 50 to 150 watts per half hour).

American homes have an average consumption of about 11,000 kwh per year or about 30 kwh per day. (The amount consumed varies greatly by where you live in the country, and depends on local climate and local sources of energy, particularly for heating and cooling.)

See the problem? Let’s say .1 kwh produced relative to 30 kwh consumed per day. 30 minutes of bicycling produces less than 1/2 percent of the electricity consumed by an average home in a day.

This type of propaganda uses the simple method of assertion, making a claim (30 minutes of bicycling could power a home for a day). Few people will fact check – few have an intuitive sense of what a “watt” means or how much power they actually consume per day.

Consequently, many people think this assertion sounds great and quickly jump “on the bandwagon” to share this item with their friends.

While the above is from Twitter, the link is to a Facebook page that has been viewed 6.2 million times, shared 89,000 times!

People who ride stationary bikes tend to listen to music or watch TV (visit a gym to see this), which means they are producing less electricity than is being used by the TV. It’s possible for a group of riders, in a gym, to collectively out produce the TV’s demand, but that’s about as good they will do. They still need to power the lights, which they would not be doing! Effectively, riding a bike in the gym is likely to be a net loss of energy versus not riding that bike.

Yet this “meme” will likely takeover and people riding bikes in gyms will be sanctimonious about their behavior, virtue signaling how wonderful they are for the planet. When in fact, they are likely increasing energy consumption 🙂

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

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

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 2009 that users control their data and Facebook would never sell it to other people, or Zuckerberg promising 8 years ago to make it easy to set privacy settings. Zuckerberg didn’t mean that either? And promises to now fix privacy mean, what, exactly?

#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 “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

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“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”

Source: Growth at any cost: Top Facebook executive defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed

Now we understand the Facebook team’s Likes, Comments, Posts, and can evaluate their interests, behavior and their mental health.

Facebook is a global criminal enterprise. Facebook is not your friend.

Technical details of exposing #Facebook user data

For those of you with software development backgrounds, you can learn about the Graph API, which is the application programming interface into the Facebook spying database. Apps can use this to gain much information – for apps created prior to 2012 and in operation as late as October 2017, these tools could lift far more data than today, including from those on your “friends” l ist.

More detail about the various operations you can perform with the Graph API

Source: Using the Graph API

Exactly what data is now available depends also on the privacy settings of each user. Traditionally, default Facebook settings were for minimal privacy – hence, apps could get access to most everything.

Facebook also provides a “Public Feed API“. This enables apps to collect all status updates that are published with a “Public” anti-privacy setting. If a user later changes a post privacy setting from Public to a more private setting, third party apps are supposed to go back and honor that change within 24 hours. But this is not enforced.

I am absolutely sickened by what I have learned that Facebook and their partners were and still are doing to all of us – and straight up lying to us about what they were doing.

#Facebook is a friction-less platform for illegal discrimination #DeleteFacebook

Facebook’s ad platform enables discrimination based on age, sex, and race. That means, Facebook enables advertisers to display ads only to say, whites, or only to young job applicants or only display nursing jobs to women. It is a sneaky way for firms to discriminate against groups of people – generally without any risk of being caught because the target selector is secret. Thus minorities never see housing ads targeted at whites and will never know that Facebook is a friction-less platform for illegal discrimination.

Facebook is incredibly ugly and they use the data against you.

In 2016, ProPublica discovered that Facebook’s algorithms allowed advertisers to exclude users based on race when posting housing ads, and as recently as the end of last year the company hadn’t changed that. And Roger McNamee, a high-profile, early investor in Facebook, wrote recently that Facebook is essentially an “unguarded platform” and an ideal target for abuse. He offers as an example a firm that was harvesting data on users interested in Black Lives Matter and selling that data to police departments; Facebook didn’t do anything until the news became public, and essentially slapped the firm on the wrist.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg Is Sorry Your Data Was Stolen and Will Actually Try to Keep It Safe Now

This discriminatory use of Facebook was going on as recently as the past few months. The root cause problem is Zuckerberg.

No one should continue using Facebook.

#Facebook threatened to sue The Guardian the day before the Cambridge Analytica story came out #Bullying #DeleteFacebook

Campbell Brown, head of news partnerships at Facebook, said: “If it were me I would have probably not threatened to sue the Guardian,” adding it was “not our wisest move”.

Duh.

Source: Facebook says warning to Guardian group ‘not our wisest move’ | News | The Guardian

Facebook is in desperate need of adult supervision.