I neglected to update a server file and continued to have some linked images reference without using https. You should no longer see any Chrome browser warnings about some items on this page not being secure. Note – use https://socialpanic.org for the main web site. This blog at https://social.coldstreams.com is not currently updated regularly while the other is updated. Eventually, I may migrate https://socialpanic.org back to this web server (for various reasons).
Source: No surprise: Facebook to build data center in Eagle Mountain | Deseret News The “most profitable social media company on the planet” will receive $150 million in tax breaks, just to start (with more after that – as in a total of $750 million dollars over 40 years because Facebook could not run their business without subsidies.) From Google Maps, NSA Utah Data Center, at upper right. Facebook data center will be located on the south side of Eagle Mountain, UT, outlined in red line, at the bottom of this map. The largest social media global surveillance company will operate its data center just down the road from the massive data center operated by the largest signals gathering intelligence operation in government.
The long time thesis of this blog is that social media is a frictionless platform for the spread of propaganda. In the “good old days”, propaganda required owning a printing press or broadcast license. Today, anyone can become a propagandist by posting an appropriate meme on social media and watch it shared thousands or millions of times. Journalists frequently use their personal accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (but especially Twitter) to share items of interest to themselves. Due to the immediacy of tweeting and sharing, and the lack of fact checking, professional journalists routinely share items that are shown not to be true. In the past few days, numerous journalists posted photos related to immigration into the United States and the detention of children – in most cases, implying or stating a conclusion about immigrant children. The photos included 2 children lying on the floor inside a cage, and another said to be “a prison bus just for babies”.Read more …
“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 writes in school project KGW is a competitor of local station KATU, which does this too (see the following post).
This is a news story about … a social media post … describing an idiot store clerk. GRESHAM, Ore. (KATU) – A Gresham woman’s post about a grocery store clerk’s behavior is going viral this week. Source: Cashier shames woman for WIC card usage in grocery store: ‘They keep getting handouts’ | KATU In other news today, Tommy yelled at Susie on the playground this afternoon, and their friends posted photos on social media! The purpose of this “news” is to emotionally hook the viewers (and readers). Last week, KATU published a 100% untrue news story, later corrected. The media keeps shooting itself in the head but complains that people do not want to pay for fake, useless trivia and gossip stories. The media does not seem to get it, at all.
SILICON VALLEY – Taking a break from helping the Russian government tamper with American elections, Facebook has pivoted into the dating sphere, utilizing their infamous data collection to facilitate romance. The new date-matching service promises to outperform popular apps such as Tinder by carefully analyzing the idealized self-portrait that users present and matching them with […] Source: Facebook dating algorithm to find the perfect match for your carefully curated online persona – The Beaverton Satire, if you need to be told.
Company gathered data from texts and photos of users and their friends, court case claims Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian There is much more on these allegations here saying that Facebook executives, up to Zuckerberg, intentionally set up schemes to grab as much user data – including from their unsuspecting friends – as possible. This included reading the texts sent by friends, and accessing photos on your phone that were never uploaded to Facebook. Which is a massive invasion of privacy. The lawsuit says Facebook intentionally leaked large quantities of personal data as an enticement to application developers, but once those apps became successful, FB then assessed large fees or required the purchase of FB ads. If the app developer did not or could not comply, FB destroyed the app developers’ businesses. More importantly, the allegations in the lawsuit indicate that Facebook was well aware of the abuse of user dataRead more …
Amazon has voiced activated Smart Home products that enable you to order items, control lights and so on, by voice. A woman in Portland found private conversations inside their home were recorded by the Amazon devices – and forwarded to someone in Seattle. Amazon has confirmed the behavior and has apologized. The 21st century is turning out to be the century of global, 24 x 7 surveillance and the loss of all privacy. Woman says her Amazon devices recorded privacy conversations, sent to random contact