A new book explores how social media has become weaponized and is being used to disrupt our societies, to push people in to a state of perpetual outrage and anger. This is not for the better of any of us.
Much of the online criticism about the Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, was driven by Russian troll farms and bots as a form of information warfare intended – successfully – to tear our society apart. It’s pretty ugly.
If you use your Facebook account to login to other web sites, the latest Facebook security blunder enabled attackers to log in to all of those web sites too, not just FB. FACEBOOK’S latest hack attack doesn’t just affect the social network – but loads of other sites too. If you use Facebook to log into other services – like Instagram or Tinder – then Fac… Source: Facebook hackers got access to your Tinder, Spotify, Instagram, Messenger and Airbnb too…
During election season, local media outlets post their “voter recommendations” or “endorsements” in a form of straight up propaganda messaging intended to persuade a group of people to adopt the publisher’s own agenda. All media – from traditional industrial media operations to social media – are primarily propaganda operations.
Facebook uses your security questions and security data such as your two-factor authentication phone number as yet another way to scoop up data about you, including using the phone number to link you to data stored in friend’s contact lists, over which you have no control.
The danger of anonymous user generated content – which is largely the basis of all social media – is that anyone can lob false accusations, write fake reviews, and dox people by publishing their personal information.
Google’s proposed search system for users in China would track all of their search inquiries and make that data available to government inspectors.
The problem with user generated content web sites -a.k.a. social media – is that much of the content is fake, incorrect or even fraudulent. TripAdvisor has a history of censoring bad reviews while letting businesses write fake bad reviews of their competitors.
Facebook ad network still being used to target ads based on gender, and in the past, on race, language spoken, age and more discriminators. It is likely all of these discriminators continue to be used.
This image does not show what people think it shows. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was moving around in the water to illustrate the dangers of unseen drop offs in flood waters. I’ve seen clips of the original that show this is what he was doing and this was not “fake news”. The original broadcast occurred after Hurricane Ike. This Internet meme illustrates how an instantaneous, moment in time still image loses all context – and can be readily repurposed into a propaganda message.
The way to respond to accusations of fictional news reporting is to double down on accuracy, objectivity and remaining calm. Unfortunately, the news industry continues to harm itself through self destructive behavior typical of middle school drama. Here, an online magazine staged their photos to accompany an interview, down to providing the clothing worn by the subject being interviewed.
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.
Did Morty the dog really jump 30 feet out of a helicopter after catching the scent of a person in need in Puerto Rico? Probably not.
Weather Channel actor Mike Siedel, who plays the role of a journalist and meteorologist, is shown faking a live TV shot. Former NBC News actress Michelle Kosinski, who played the role of a journalist on NBC News is caught canoeing in a flooded street – having just inches of water. Journalism is dead due to death by self inflicted wounds. Sadly, there is no way for a news consumer to know if their news source is reliable or trustworthy as all major news outlets have been caught making significant errors.