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Creating artificial social media pundits to manipulate public opinion

Everyone is working to manipulate you on social media:

“It’s recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. It could also be used as surveillance to find public opinions with points of view the powers-that-be didn’t like. It could then potentially have their “fake” people run smear campaigns against those “real” people. As disturbing as this is, it’s not really new for U.S. intelligence or private intelligence firms to do the dirty work behind closed doors.”

Source: Army of fake social media friends to promote propaganda

Read the full article at the link. The article is from 2011 – think about how far these methods have advanced in the previous 5-6 years since then.

Employers use Facebook profile photos to screen applicants

“The candidate with the most favorable Facebook profile picture received approximately 21% more positive responses to his application in comparison to the candidate with the least favorable profile picture. The difference in the chance to be immediately invited to a job interview even amounted to almost 40%. “

Source: Employers use Facebook (photos) to screen job candidates — ScienceDaily

Those who were judged more attractive were more likely to have their job application move to the next step. The researchers also did an experiment where they attached the photo to the application, and had similar results.

The main conclusion of their study is that employers do indeed look up applicants on Facebook, without the knowledge of the applicant. And those with higher attractiveness scores are more likely to progress through the hiring process.


Growing trend to shut off social media

The need to have more Likes and views than others – plus the perpetual outrage culture present on social media – is having impacts:

I wouldn’t say I was suffering from all of those dilemmas, but I knew many people who were. As fabulous as social media can be in terms of connecting people, it can also cause so much anxiety and unhealthy feelings….. Hit that delete button. I promise you, you’ll be glad you did, even if it’s only temporary.

Source: Why Deactivating Social Media Is The Best Thing You Can Do