Google’s Android OS is specifically designed as a surveillance tool, to collect invasive and detailed personal information about all Android users, globally. Researchers show that an idle Android phone, left on, reports location data to Google 14 times per hour. If you use the phone, Google acquires even more data. Google also correlates your Android data with your web surfing using its advertising networks – even “anonymous” data is correlated with actual individuals.
Companies that run propaganda platforms meet to discuss what to do about people who use their propaganda platforms for propaganda … too funny 🙂
Trailer for the documentary “The Creepy Line” – how online services are collecting and analyzing everything about you in a grand scheme of manipulation.
A new way that individuals – or groups – are manipulating social media to indirectly trash organizations and businesses on social media. Clever and very mean.
Snapchat seems in the right place to counter problems with Facebook and Twitter – but instead it is losing its audience. Perhaps we have passed the peak of social media enthusiasm?
We do not know much about PragerU but a situation involving that group and Facebook confirms that Facebook does indeed shadow ban groups and pages.
Facebook says they made an error in shadow banning the group’s posts and videos and has since restored them. But in the process, they confirmed they are using shadow bans.
The US Housing and Urban Development Administration is accusing Facebook of fostering housing discrimination through use of their ad network and targeting to de-select groups from seeing housing ads.
Perennial fictional news reporter CNBC tops them all in an article about the shortage of epinephrine auto-injectors (also known by the brand name Epi-Pen).
They illustrate the article with a photo of a child being injected with insulin in the arm – but falsely label it as a child receiving an EpiPen injection. Epinephrine auto injectors are used on the thigh muscle, not the arm.
CNBC made a reckless and dangerous error that could be life threatening by training the public to misuse an EpiPen. The original photo they used was clearly labeled as an insulin injection but CNBC intentionally and false changed it to say it is an EpiPen injection.
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Sales people use an arsenal of persuasion methods to get you to buy more than you wanted. This is known as “upselling”. Basically, its a form of propaganda messaging used to persuade you to buy more.
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As we have pointed out here before – fake news, fake reviews, fake news – everything on the Internet is fake. Even YouTube view counts are fake as people buy them from third-party view generators.
Traffic to Facebook.com has fallen from ~8.5 billion visits per month to ~4.7 billion over two years. Source: Impending shakeup in Top Five Websites Those losses have been made up by increasing use of other Facebook resources, such as Instagram. It may just mean that fewer people use Facebook via the Facebook.com web site but continue to access Facebook data through mobile apps.
Facebook restricts certain conduct on its platform. However, journalists and academics are seeking to receive special privileges to do things that are prohibited for others. Journalists and academics, for example, would be permitted to set up fake accounts with fake or curated content, for the purpose of studying users. Individuals, however, would be banned from conducting the same research and thus, would be prohibited from verifying or evaluating the work of journalists and academics. Basically, the proposal is to have…
Facebook has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances, as it seeks to boost user engagement. Source: Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users – WSJ
This blog has commented in the past on the problem of fake reviews all over the Internet. Fake reviews are used to make a product sound better or sometimes to make a competitor’s product sound awful. It is difficult to rely on Amazon product reviews, for example, because for many products, an overwhelming number of reviews are fake. Web sites like fakespot.com help people identify products that are flooded with fake reviews. I rarely look at YouTube comments but just…