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Month: January 2018

Net neutrality died, but not for the reasons people were protesting

Net neutrality died, but not for the reasons people were protesting

Net neutrality is gone and had nothing to do with FCC rules on net neutraliy. Google has or is in process of modifying their search systems so that web sites that do not support https secure access are moved down the list of search results. Further, Google has announced that the speed of the web site access will now become a factor in search results. These changes add costs to low end publishers or individuals wishing to run web sites…

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Facebook and Google announce they are launching their own anti-propaganda content

Facebook and Google announce they are launching their own anti-propaganda content

Anti-propaganda is just propaganda in front of a mirror. Facebook, Google and Twitter say they’re creating more anti-terror propaganda to combat violent messages at their source. Source: Facebook, Google tell Congress how they’re fighting extremist content Google’s Youtube analyzes your past searches and viewing patterns and “determines” if the viewer “may be headed toward extremism”. If so, Youtube presents ads to “subtly contradict” others’ propaganda messages. Youtube is removing comments from videos that contain hateful content, as determined by Youtube’s…

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Baltimore launches social media propaganda campaign to counter city's failures and negative public image #MyBmore

Baltimore launches social media propaganda campaign to counter city's failures and negative public image #MyBmore

The multiple failures are piling up at a time when Baltimore is particularly desperate to present a positive face to the world. Its tourism board has launched the #MyBmore campaign to encourage residents to post personal, positive content online to counterbalance the bleaker images more typically associated with their city. Source: Cold classrooms, patient dumping: Baltimore tries to put its best foot forward, stumbles – Baltimore Sun They are working on positive “branding” and “image” management to “change the narrative…

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Facebook to alter its news feed sharing algorithms

Facebook to alter its news feed sharing algorithms

Facebook is said to be rolling out changes to how content is selected for each of us to see in our news feed. FB will show us content that their algorithms believe is user generated (versus that from publishers), and which has been shared, liked or commented upon. Other posts will apparently see lower priority and less visibility, meaning, they sort of disappear. Facebook says this should result in seeing more personal posts from actual FB friends. FB is trying…

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Change.org "signature" fraud

Change.org "signature" fraud

I just received an email from Change.org thanking me for online signing a political petition – a petition I know nothing about and did not sign. Like everything in the online world, low end identify theft is rampant. Stealing people’s identities for online petitions is just another propaganda tool. All it takes is a name and an email address. Recently, the FCC received millions of comments in regards to “net neutrality”. Subsequently, researchers identified hundreds of thousands of comments that…

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Twitter admits that it "downranks"

Twitter admits that it "downranks"

Twitter admits it can “downrank accounts”, which is a modified from of shadow banning. Source: Twitter Responds to Project Veritas’s Video Claiming It Shadow Bans As I have noted, a shadow ban can mean only the poster sees their tweets, or only their current followers see their tweets – but their tweets may be displayed less frequently to their followers, or not at all to non followers – thereby making the tweets disappear from search results. That this goes on…

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How Twitter's shadow banning system works

How Twitter's shadow banning system works

Here is some insight in to how Twitter’s shadow banning algorithm’s may be operating. In addition to their “machine learning” (a good but significantly over-hyped technology) scanning of messages, their algorithms take in to account user reports, and the muting or blocking of accounts to decide if individual tweets or accounts should be shadow banned. The user that is shadow banned is not notified of the ban. Once shadow banned, one’s Tweets may not show up in some follower’s Twitter…

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Instagram said to use shadow banning

Instagram said to use shadow banning

See here. On Instagram, if you use the same hash tags too often, Instagram shadow bans your account because they can. Instagram is owned and operated by Facebook, which also shadow bans posts. It looks like all online platforms engage in shadow banning.

Was I "shadow banned" by Twitter? #shadowbanned

Was I "shadow banned" by Twitter? #shadowbanned

For a little over a month last fall, I ramped up my daily use of Twitter. During that time, I posted many screen snapshots of actual price quotes from HealthCare.gov. For 4 weeks, I did not see a single new follower to my Twitter feed. It was as if my account had vanished. Not one additional follower for 4 weeks. With the news that Twitter actively censors political or policy speech that Twitter disagrees with, it seems likely that Twitter shadow…

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Twitter supported "net neutrality" while simultaneously shadow banning political views on Twitter

Twitter supported "net neutrality" while simultaneously shadow banning political views on Twitter

Then: Twitter and others warn FCC of ‘disastrous’ net neutrality reversal “Disastrously, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week released a draft order that would end this open commerce by repealing the current net neutrality rules and eliminating the protections that keep the internet free and open for America’s businesses and consumers” Today: Twitter “shadow bans” those posting political viewpoints that Twitter does not like A “shadow ban” means posts are visible only to the poster and no one else….

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Political propaganda on social media likely to ramp up significantly

Political propaganda on social media likely to ramp up significantly

In Russia, billionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin funds the Internet Research Agency (IRA) social media “troll farm”. His organization has tripled in size. The IRA is accused of flooding social media with propaganda messaging, fake news, and comments to influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere. In the U.S., billionaire Tom Steyer will spend $30 million to get Democrats elected in 2018. Much of this will likely fund social media propaganda activities. I am so old, I remember 18 months ago when…

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The notionally accurate NY Times

The notionally accurate NY Times

This tweet is not the way to respond to accusations of “fake news”. Maggie Haberman is the White House reporter for the NY Times. Perhaps she does not know what the word “notional” means – or, she is advocating fake news is fine as long as meets (her) imaginary world view. From Dictionary.com: pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea. of the nature of a notion or idea: a notional response to the question. abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as…

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Author advocates more control and censorship over Youtube video content

Author advocates more control and censorship over Youtube video content

In a free advertisement courtesy of USA Today, author Andrew Keen, who has made his living writing books condemning the Internet is quoted: Andrew Keen says the real problem lies with YouTube, a platform without gatekeepers. The rules on the content that’s allowed on television, particularly children’s television, should extend to YouTube, which is soaking up more and more of young people’s screen time, says Keen, author of the upcoming book How to Fix the Future: Staying Human in the…

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