Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos – but how accurate is their “fact checking”, and what happens when Facebook fact checkers must apply subjective interpretation? There is a risk that Facebook will become the arbiter of truth, and due to a false positive problem, turn fake facts into true facts.
Tweets published by those with verified “blue check mark” accounts get greater visibility on Twitter. Twitter also admitted to using algorithms to shadow banning 600,00 accounts including those of U.S. Congressional representatives. Twitter is a mess.
Facebook and Twitter largely admit that artificial intelligence is not going to fix the problems with their platforms. The problem, of course, is that social media was designed as a propaganda platform and surprise! Lots of people are using it for propaganda!
You’ve seen those tweets that show up in your Twitter feed telling you that your friend “Liked” someone else’s tweet. Turns out that your friend didn’t Like those tweets, Twitter just made those up and now blames a “bug”.
Yet another fake photo to lower the signal to noise ratio on Facebook.
A Pew Research study finds that social media political posts change the views of relatively few people, but are more likely to change the views of Democrats than of Republicans (by about 2 to 1).
Irish government seeks proposals from vendors for a system to monitor social media for “keywords”. Some think this proposal may violate EU privacy rules and might also be used to stifle political speech.
40% of people say they have deleted at least one social media account in 2017 because they did not trust social media platforms with their personal information.
School districts are automatically scanning student social media, every day, looking for trouble. Students are not told about the monitoring system.
Google even analyzes the photos you take with your phone, including collecting data for facial recognition, and attempts to identify the emotions of those in the photos.
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 🙂
A new way that individuals – or groups – are manipulating social media to indirectly trash organizations and businesses on social media. Clever and very mean.
A reporter, and some of her readers, posted links to a published news report she wrote for her employer, the New York Post. Facebook deleted all of the status updates with links to the published news report even though there is nothing in the article that violates any Facebook policies.