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Bad week for Facebook and Twitter

Bad week for Facebook and Twitter

Facebook lost about $113 billion market capitalization this week (per news reports). Twitter share price also fell about -20%. One pundit on Twitter remarked that while government did nothing about Facebook’s privacy scandals, the free market itself just assessed a $100 billion fine on Facebook, of which about $16 billion came out of Mark Zuckerberg’s pocket.

Mean world syndrome

Mean world syndrome

At a local comic con, of all places, a cosplayer and recent sociology graduate introduced me to the term “mean world syndrome”. Mean world syndrome is a term coined by George Gerbner to describe a phenomenon whereby violence-related content of mass media makes viewers believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is. Source: Mean world syndrome – Wikipedia She says sociology, as a field, suffers from mean world syndrome as all they do today is study things…

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Identical letters to the editor published in newspapers nationwide

Identical letters to the editor published in newspapers nationwide

Source: Newspapers run IDENTICAL letters slamming Trump’s Supreme Court pick | Daily Mail Online At least one of the signatories to the letter says she never sent the letter and suggests that her name was lifted off a petition. This was an astro-turf propaganda operation, flooding the world with a message that is made to look like it comes “from the people” (grass roots) when in fact, it was manufactured by an organization or public relations agency working on behalf…

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YouTube to combat "fake news" and conspiracy theory videos by making "authoritative news" highly visible

YouTube to combat "fake news" and conspiracy theory videos by making "authoritative news" highly visible

The company said it would invest in more “authoritative” news videos to counter the conspiracy-theory clips that plague the site. It will also insert “text articles” in feeds when breaking news occurs, and will roll out an “information panel” promoting videos from legitimate news groups. Source: YouTube Will Invest $25 Million to Fight Fake News – The Daily Beast Presently, Youtube already stuffs my Youtube video feed with news videos, usually CNN but sometimes other networks. I do not watch…

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Venmo's broken security

Venmo's broken security

I moved this post to my Internet of Things blog: Venmo’s broken security While it deals with privacy issues, it is a better fit for that blog, which also covers security and privacy issues, versus this one which is primarily propaganda and privacy issues on social media.  

Another social media meme turned into imaginary news story

Another social media meme turned into imaginary news story

“I don’t like the phone because my [parents] are on their phone every day … I hate my mom’s phone and I wish she never had one,” one student wrote in a photo posted to Beason’s Facebook page that has since been turned to private. The post was shared more than 261,000 times — parents expressed guilt, and fellow teachers echoed similar conversations they’ve had in their classrooms. Source: kgw.com | I wish my mom’s phone wasn’t invented, 2nd grader…

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Study proves media engages in propaganda messaging

Study proves media engages in propaganda messaging

In a peer-reviewed study we published this month, we find op-eds do change minds. After reading opinion pieces, we found people were far more likely to agree with the author’s point of view. Even in today’s allegedly post-fact world, people are capable of considering new evidence and reaching new conclusions. Source: This column will probably change your mind – The Washington Post

I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I expect to discontinue this blog, SocialPanic.org

I began writing this blog, privately – not visible to the public – back in 2014. It was a way for me to keep notes on my observations about propaganda on social media. At the time, due to Facebook’s incorrect characterization of my politics, my news feed was filled with very left wing propaganda – typically what I call “propaganda posters”. I observed that this seemed like propaganda – a topic I knew little about back then. I set about…

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For years, #Facebook hosted groups with 300,000 members, focused on committing cybercrimes #DeleteFacebook

For years, #Facebook hosted groups with 300,000 members, focused on committing cybercrimes #DeleteFacebook

Hours after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook last week deleted almost 120 private discussion groups totaling more than 300,000 members who flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities on the social media network’s platform. The scam groups facilitated a broad spectrum of shady activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, phony tax refunds, 419 scams, denial-of-service attack-for-hire services and botnet creation tools. The average age of these groups on Facebook’s platform was two years. Source: Deleted Facebook Cybercrime Groups Had 300,000 Members…

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#Facebook profile photos used to create huge facial recognition database #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook profile photos used to create huge facial recognition database #DeleteFacebook

Surveillance is us, 24 x7: This Israeli surveillance juggernaut is sitting on a massive database of faces taken from Facebook and YouTube, all feeding facial recognition tech for national governments. Source: These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database