Linked – Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter
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Linked – Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter

It’s true, fake news spreads farther, and faster, than the truth, but it’s not really Twitter’s fault: “And blame for this problem cannot be laid with our robotic brethren. From 2006 to 2016, Twitter bots amplified true stories as much as they amplified false ones, the study found. Fake news prospers, the authors write, “because…

Advertising Is Manipulation

Advertising Is Manipulation

Recently, I’m sure that many of us have read various articles about how Facebook, Google and other social platform algorithms are being manipulated by media companies, Russians, trolls, government agencies, and so on in one mass effort to manipulate us all to do one thing or another. There have been numerous calls for legislation, censorship,…

Tech Companies Simply Don’t Care About Fake News
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Tech Companies Simply Don’t Care About Fake News

Actually, what we’re seeing more and more is that tech companies are moving forward with amazing stuff, but not really thinking about the consequences of it being misused. Take, for example, this BBC segment about Adobe. In it, the narrator points out that the new technology Adobe is coming up with could easily be used…

Linked – Fake Obama speech is the beginning of the end of video evidence
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Linked – Fake Obama speech is the beginning of the end of video evidence

I don’t think we are quite at the point where video evidence is dead, but the “fake” Obama video is pretty realistic and would take some serious analysis to show that it is a fake, and when we can’t even be bothered to read news articles before they go viral, how much damage could be…

Is the Internet Broken, or are We Broken?
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Is the Internet Broken, or are We Broken?

I read this recent quote from an article about Ev Williams this week and something seemed oddly familiar about it: The trouble with the internet, Mr. Williams says, is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like…

Linked – A ‘fake news’ crackdown could follow Macron’s election win in France
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Linked – A ‘fake news’ crackdown could follow Macron’s election win in France

Some in Silicon Valley breathed a sigh of relief as French voters overwhelmingly backed Emmanuel Macron as their next president over the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen.   Whether that’s short-lived, however, depends on what Macron meant when he pledged to “regulate the internet” this month. Watch the people who talk about using legal means…