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Indonesian government Cabinet Member says he will shut down #Facebook if necessary #DeleteFacebook

Indonesian government Cabinet Member says he will shut down #Facebook if necessary #DeleteFacebook

And Youtube and Twitter if necessary: An Indonesian cabinet member has threatened to shut down Facebook if there is any evidence the personal data of citizens is being harvested. Source: Indonesia Threatens to Shut Down Facebook If Privacy Breached – Bloomberg Under the law of Indonesia, Facebook can face large fines and jail time for employees for violating their privacy laws.

Social media companies really do read your posts, emails and documents

Social media companies really do read your posts, emails and documents

Google’s GMail service “scans” your emails and Google Docs to serve you ads. The word “scans” implies scanning for keywords but that is a false assumption about what is actually being done. Natural language processing technology has advanced to where these algorithms are the equivalent of someone reading all of your emails and taking notes. Literally, online services are reading all of your email and building dossiers on what they think they know about you, ostensibly to better target advertising…

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Facebook hides posts from pages you follow but it’s only a test, they say

Facebook hides posts from pages you follow but it’s only a test, they say

Facebook Explore Feed is rolling out globally this week. Most people around the world can see it in their bookmarks and they can discover new content here. But in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Cambodia it works differently: all posts by pages are moved from newsfeed to Explore Feed. In main newsfeed are now just friend and sponsored posts. Yes, you log into Facebook and you can see only posts from your friends and ads. You have to…

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Cleaning up your social media news feed #politics #socialmedia #propaganda

Cleaning up your social media news feed #politics #socialmedia #propaganda

Last winter I created an informal policy on what to do about the propaganda appearing in my social media news feed, particularly Facebook. As remarked on this blog, social media is a frictionless platform for the rapid spread of propaganda messaging. Many people are outraged over something and for whatever reason are compelled to share their outrage online. Being outraged all the time is not likely a healthy state of life. Thrusting your outrage on to your “friends” is probably…

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Facebook censors a newspaper’s use of famous historical photo

Facebook censors a newspaper’s use of famous historical photo

Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of an abuse of power after Facebook censored one of the most famous images of the Vietnam war from Facebook. Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook censors Vietnam war ‘napalm girl’ photo Facebook censored the use, by Norway’s largest newspaper, of a very famous historical photo from the Vietnam war, taken by a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. Facebook then censored the prime minister of Norway when she posted the censored photo on…

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Heads of state meet with social media CEO over propaganda opportunities

Heads of state meet with social media CEO over propaganda opportunities

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Facebook Nation president Mark Zuckerberg to request that Facebook Nation censor certain kinds of speech on social media: Speaking to the European leader at a luncheon, Zuckerberg was heard saying ‘we need to do some work’ in reference to the German push against racist and xenophobic posts on the Internet. ‘Are you working on this?’ Merkel, who has seen an increase in violence against immigrants in her country during a massive intake of Syrian…

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Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

This is an update to the previous item, below. According to Gizmodo, quoting former Facebook workers: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s…

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