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Computer algorithms that analyze #Facebook "Likes" understand your thinking better than your spouse #DeleteFacebook #Privacy

Computer algorithms that analyze #Facebook "Likes" understand your thinking better than your spouse #DeleteFacebook #Privacy

Facebook (and Youtube and Twitter) have conducted a global experiment on human populations without consent of the guinea pigs by analyzing our “Likes”. Facebook’s digital model of us is more accurate than our own understanding of ourselves. Computers need evaluate as few as 100 Likes to make a judgement more effective than a human. Analyzing just 300 Likes enables the model to know more about the subject than does the subject’s spouse. Computer models achieve “peak” accuracy when more than…

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Imagine what propaganda goes on *inside* #Facebook

Imagine what propaganda goes on *inside* #Facebook

Most companies define their business with a mission statement, a sentence capturing the essence of what the company does. The mission statement is communicated to staff with communication of goals and alignment of incentives with those goals, nudging workers to “do the right things” to achieve the company’s mission. Some companies use internal propaganda messaging. I once worked in an organization that plastered the walls with posters saying “Every day you are working to change the world!” At Facebook, their…

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Use Social Book Manager plug in to automatically mass delete #Facebook posts!!!! #DeleteFacebook

Use Social Book Manager plug in to automatically mass delete #Facebook posts!!!! #DeleteFacebook

Social Book Manager is a Chrome browser extension/plug in that enables you to select Facebook post by year or content, and then delete them all at once. This is the bulk delete feature that Facebook never provided because Facebook does not want you to delete anything. In Chrome, go to Settings | More tools … | Extensions and search for Social Book Manager, then add it to Chrome. Log in to Facebook and go to your Activity time line page…

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#Apple's view on #privacy opposite of #Google and #Facebook #DeleteFacebook

#Apple's view on #privacy opposite of #Google and #Facebook #DeleteFacebook

Both Facebook and Google’s business models are based on invasive user surveillance and creating friction-less platforms for the spread of propaganda. This also means that Android is not a smart phone operating system but is actually a surveillance and tracking tool. Your Android phone is not so much a phone – it is a surveillance and spying tool, spying on you. Apple takes a different approach, earning money by selling products and services, rather than selling your personal information. I…

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Technical details of exposing #Facebook user data

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:…

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Zuckerberg admits that Artificial Intelligence is not a magic bullet

Zuckerberg admits that Artificial Intelligence is not a magic bullet

It still requires human intervention: “There’s certainly a lot that A.I. can do, we can train classifiers to identify content, but most of what we do is identify things that people should look at.” Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Speaks On Cambridge Analytica Scandal | Time As pointed out on this blog, the capabilities of AI/machine learning have been significantly over stated. Adding more software is not going to solve these problems. Many problems need new business procedures, not software to automate…

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Google launches program to combat fake news

Google launches program to combat fake news

Of course, it could end up with biases that turn it into yet-another propaganda operation, by flagging legitimate stories that have “wrong public opinion orientation”. On our own platforms, we’re focused on combating misinformation during breaking news situations.  Bad actors often target breaking news on Google platforms, increasing the likelihood that people are exposed to inaccurate content. So we’ve trained our systems to recognize these events and adjust our signals toward more authoritative content. There are comparable challenges on YouTube,…

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Center for Humane Technology

Center for Humane Technology

The Center for Humane Technology is a world-class team of former tech insiders and CEOs who are advancing thoughtful solutions to change the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our brains. Source: Center for Humane Technology

Facebook aims to be less useful to you

Facebook aims to be less useful to you

Had this announcement in my notifications today: Facebook intends to stop showing me content that I actually want to see. You can turn this off but it requires manual intervention to regain control over what you want to see, rather than what Facebook thinks you want to see. First, when Facebook decides what you see, Facebook is acting as an editorial director. Second, when Facebook decides what you see, Facebook is potentially promoting propaganda. It does not matter that this…

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Computational propaganda deployed in Mexico since 2012

Computational propaganda deployed in Mexico since 2012

Mexico said to be early adopter of computational propaganda and other social media propaganda techniques: The country’s high level of internet access and history of corruption make it a frequent testbed for digital manipulation techniques often later seen elsewhere. Source: To See The Future Of Social Media Manipulation In Politics, Look To Me When your hypothesis is that computational propaganda is a Russia-specific thing, its awkward to discover its widespread use in social media activities in Mexico since 2012. Computational…

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Fake videos may become the next propaganda focus

Fake videos may become the next propaganda focus

The threat of fake news is about to get immeasurably worse. Start-ups and internet users are discovering ways to quickly create realistic video using artificial intelligence, which could make it hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. Source: Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn’t always be believing We are no where close to peak propaganda. In the near future, a smart phone app will digitally manipulate real people’s faces into fake video…

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Two computer science students create tool to detect "bots" on Twitter

Two computer science students create tool to detect "bots" on Twitter

Two computer science students created a Google Chrome extension that when clicked tells you if a Twitter user appears to be a bot or not. They claim it has 93.5% accuracy[1] (but see the footnote for a hint at some of the problems in how they came to that conclusion). It uses “machine learning” technology to attempt to identify Twitter accounts that may be automated “propaganda” accounts. Per the article, their classifier was trained using Tweets identified as left or…

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