Monthly Archives: December 2016

Up to 76% of hiring managers profile job candidates on social media

Be careful about what you post online. Up to 76% of hiring managers review the social media posts of job applicants:

Hiring managers in information technology and sales are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; professional and business services were least likely.
IT: 76 percent
Sales: 65 percent
Financial services:
61 percent
Health care: 59 percent
Retail: 59 percent
Manufacturing: 56 percent
Professional and business services: 55 percent

Source: Number of Employers Using Social Media to Screen Candidates Has Increased 500 Percent over the Last Decade – CareerBuilder

Having no online social media presence may be viewed as a negative by a hiring manager, especially for young job applicants.

Hiring managers suggest they are looking for issues related to the job position. About 40% say they check on the social media activities of those currently employed:

Forty-one percent of employers say they use social networking sites to research current employees, nearly a third (32 percent) use search engines to check up on current employees, and more than one in four (26 percent) have found content online that has caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.

There are ramifications in terms of how this impacts who can post online and how this gives some workers, whose speech has stronger protections, a louder and more influential voice on social media.

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Fake news: Anonymously sourced social media as the basis for news reports

This “news” report is based on an anonymously authored social media account:

While the American media and leaders in Washington, D.C., wonder if Vladimir Putin’s government played dirty tricks to get Donald Trump elected, rich Russian youngsters have better things to worry about.

Like expensive cars, bubble baths, jewelry, private jets — and showing it off on social media for the world to see.

An anonymous Instagram account called RichRussianKids is still providing glimpses of the opulent lifestyle of “minigarchs,” or offspring of Russia’s wealthy elite.

Source: ‘Rich Russian Kids’ on Instagram shows wealth of spoiled youngsters – SFGate

The SFGate’s story is based on quoting a report in the Daily Mail, which in turn, is sourced to an anonymous social media account. Which may be intended as a satire.

Face palm moment.

The very definition of “FAKE NEWS”. Pointless story, based on anonymous posts on social media. On the web site “front page” of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Facebook testing anti-fake news features

Facebook is going to start fact checking, labeling, and burying fake news and hoaxes in the News Feed, the company announced on Thursday.

Source: Facebook is going to use Snopes and other fact checkers to combat fake news

“Fake news” is what we used to call “propaganda”.

Facebook has been aware of the propaganda platform issue since at least 2014. Many users (like me) use FB less because we recognize that FB is an ideal platform for the friction-less distribution of propaganda messaging – by professional propaganda organizations, small groups, and individuals.

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Fake news fools about 75% of the time

In a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News, 71 percent of self-identifying Democrats surveyed mistook fake news headlines for real stories. Those who identify as Republicans fell for the false headlines at a higher rate, with 84 percent of those surveyed believing they were true.

Source: The fake news stories that fooled liberals in 2016.

Read the original report here (UPDATE: This link goes to Buzzfeed, which confirmed in Jan 2017 that they lack traditional media editorial standards and publish items they are unable to verify as authentic.)

Critically, those who view “Facebook as a major source of news are more likely to view fake news headlines as accurate”.

Fake news is often written as satire, but sometimes it is produced as propaganda. The general goal of most fake news, however, is to drive eyeballs to advertisers. Indeed, that is the goal of much “mainstream” news reporting too, particularly today where every click on every web story is closely monitored, data mined, and used to shape future reporting.

Fake news successfully fools both right and left:

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