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Month: February 2018

Told you: "Is It Time To Require Identity Verification For Everyone Using Social Media?"

Told you: "Is It Time To Require Identity Verification For Everyone Using Social Media?"

Social media has become weaponized. And, while this weaponization poses serious threats to our country in the long term, the short term threat is to social media itself. …. Some form of identity verification in social media would guarantee that every account is linked to a registered user. Call it a license or a permit or whatever. But each user must register with a real name, a real address, be issued an account number and perhaps a secret code. Not unlike the security…

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Youtube admits software cannot fix problems inherent in the social media propaganda platforms

Youtube admits software cannot fix problems inherent in the social media propaganda platforms

“This video should never have appeared in Trending. Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it. As soon as we became aware of the video, we removed it from Trending and from YouTube for violating our policies. We are working to improve our systems moving forward.” Source: Hey Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: It’s time to clarify what gets you banned — then actually enforce the rules – Recode It’s not the message, its the…

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It's the medium, not the message that is the problem

It's the medium, not the message that is the problem

Hoaxers impersonate legitimate reporters In the first incident, a perpetrator used a software tool to create two fake tweets that looked like they came from the account of Alex Harris, a Herald reporter preparing tributes to the slain students. One fake tweet asked for photos of dead bodies at the school and another asked if the shooter was white. The reporter almost immediately began getting angry messages. Source: Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur broader information wars | McClatchy Washington…

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Interesting example of how propaganda messaging lives forever and is recycled

Interesting example of how propaganda messaging lives forever and is recycled

The senator [Sanders] from Vermont says 40 percent of guns are sold without a background check. The Washington Post notes the figure came from a small survey in 1993/1994 before major changes in gun laws. The latest data indicate it is 13%, not 40%. But remember, the first propaganda message someone hears is the one that sticks – undoubtedly this figure has stuck with Sanders for a quarter century. Source: Bernie Sanders resurrects a ‘zombie’ claim on gun sales without…

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Double Double Double Cross propaganda

Double Double Double Cross propaganda

A UCLA student journalist reported a story using a photo of a sign in front of a student housing home that said “No Blacks Allowed”. Russian trolls picked up the photo, extensively edited, and then posted it on a Russia run propaganda group called Blacktivist, to emotionally target members of the group. The FB group had 360,000 “Likes”, which was more than the Black Lives Matter group itself. But Blacktivist was a fake group designed by Russian trolls to racially…

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Culture of outrage promotes idiocy

Culture of outrage promotes idiocy

Or as a friend points out, a culture of idiocy promotes outrage! Face palm. A U.S. flag is flying above the flag of Norway. In our political climate, a Norwegian flag, with its blue-and-white cross, was mistaken for a Confederate flag. Questions ensued in the Greenwood neighborhood. Rebecca Morris is a well known author of crime novels that have been on the New York Times Bestseller list. She reported the flying of the “Confederate Flag” to the newspaper and because…

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CNN: "The Trump supporters used by Russia"

CNN: "The Trump supporters used by Russia"

CNN speaks with people unwittingly used by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency. Source: The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia – Feb. 20, 2018 CNN itself covered a rally sponsored by the Internet Research Agency and falsely reported that it was organized by a 20 year old. CNN does not mention that it too was unwittingly used by Internet Research Agency, publishing news stories sourced to Internet Research Agency social media propaganda. Nor does CNN mention that its coverage…

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Facebook aims to be less useful to you

Facebook aims to be less useful to you

Had this announcement in my notifications today: Facebook intends to stop showing me content that I actually want to see. You can turn this off but it requires manual intervention to regain control over what you want to see, rather than what Facebook thinks you want to see. First, when Facebook decides what you see, Facebook is acting as an editorial director. Second, when Facebook decides what you see, Facebook is potentially promoting propaganda. It does not matter that this…

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State of Oregon begins censoring historical re-enactments, largely due to social media propaganda efforts

State of Oregon begins censoring historical re-enactments, largely due to social media propaganda efforts

Civil War re-enactment will relocate from Fort Stevens State Park after 27 years from The Daily Astorian Fort Stevens is the site of an actual Civil War fortress, whose construction began in 1863 to protect the Columbia River from a feared attack by the Confederacy. For 27 years, this fortress was the site of an annual (and very large) Civil War history and education program held every Labor Day weekend. As the news report explains, Oregon State Parks is taking…

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NBC publishes database of 200,000 Internet Research Agency tweets

NBC publishes database of 200,000 Internet Research Agency tweets

Twitter doesn’t make it easy to track Russian propaganda efforts — this database can help Source: Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here. Download and take a look at their 29 megabyte spreadsheet file. Only a very tiny percent of them have anything to do with candidates. A large percentage strongly resemble a fake news operation, such as RT @beforeitsnews: Video of incredibly rare ghost shark released online https://t.co/tZbkZHxzoO https://t.co/UkkfEIYqdl RT @Info24US: Church Of England Group Wants To…

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Twitter terminates 1000s of accounts overnight, thought to have been bots

Twitter terminates 1000s of accounts overnight, thought to have been bots

Source: Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics Twitter users see their follower counts drop by hundreds to thousands, overnight. Twitter says its purging accounts they believe are bots. Fake accounts are deleted from Twitter all the time. I have accounts on Twitter and Instagram and am aware that at any point in time, there are a number of fake accounts following my accounts. Most appear to be business/commercial marketing spam accounts. When Twitter deletes fake…

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Fake news web sites spread conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting

Fake news web sites spread conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting

These were provided to me yesterday, by a friend, in a post that claimed the students appearing on TV in regards to the Florida school shooting were actually actors. I replied that it seemed that photos of unknown origin and unknown time frame were being re-purposed for someone’s propaganda, which turns out to be the case. The NY Daily News says these social media memes were a conspiracy theory pushed by conservative fake news sites InfoWars and Gateway Pundit. Outlets…

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Russia, Propaganda and the power of social media

Russia, Propaganda and the power of social media

the FBI allegations paint a frightening picture of the modern power of social media that leaves us with one of two possible outcomes: either social media has become so powerful in shaping our society that, in the words of one Russian journalist, “only 90 people with $2 million” can alter the election of the head of state of the most powerful nation on earth and we are blissfully unaware of it until after the fact and must trust the platforms…

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The power of social media propaganda: U.S. politicians call it an "Act of War"

The power of social media propaganda: U.S. politicians call it an "Act of War"

U.S. politicians and journalists call social media propaganda originating in Russia during the Obama Presidency an “Act of War” on par with the attack on Pearl Harbor, and are calling for “sanctions”. If this was an attack on par with Pearl Harbor, the sanctions then were a declaration of war culminating with dropping two atomic bombs on Japan. In case you think social media-based friction-less propaganda is not a big deal …adults are calling social media propaganda an act of…

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