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Why Did Facebook Fail?

Check out this article over on the Verge, Facebook owes us an explanation  by T.C. Sottek. What happened was that Facebook went mysteriously down on 13 March.  But, notes Sottek, as of press time, Facebook was keeping pretty mum about why. That’s a problem, he says, because Facebook has become one of the central means…

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Facebook Don’t Need No Stinking Transparency

Ever wondered just how much a problem Facebook might be for American democracy? Well, here’s a little hint. The online publication, The Stranger, recently paired with the advocacy research group, ProPublica, to produce a database of all the “dark ads” appearing in American media. Notes The Stranger, “Such ads were used by Russians during their…

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Facebook is the Borg

An enormous number people around the world have opted to join Facebook and other social media, probably because it was new (at one point) and “FREE” and allowed people to connect over long distances. However, it is no longer the same.  Facebook now limits and controls what and who people are allowed to see.  Most…

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How to Fight FART (FASCIST AUTHORITARIAN REGIME OF TRUMP)

Your Personal information is Compromised!   Were you one of the 50 million Facebook users that just had all your personal information/data/messages compromised? I believe that the 50 million accounts that were compromised on Facebook were part of a government effort to grab information from private citizens.  Facebook has no need to hack its own…

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Gen Z and the Failure of Facebook

Remember how Facebook (and Russians, and right-wing psychos, and conspiracy theories) won Trump the White House? That may be a sort of self-correcting problem. Check out Generation Z is already moving away from Facebook, and 6 more industries could be next by Rachel Premack on Business Insider. Premack looks at several buying trends that marketing…

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Facebook Isn’t The Problem. Congress is.

Congress has recently grilled Facebook’s Marc Zukerberg and Facebook itself has come in for a lot of (well-deserved) abuse in recent weeks. But is Facebook really the problem? Ms. Zeynep Tufekci, a cyber-security expert and commentator, rather suspects not. The real problem, she suggests, is Congress, which has had the power to regulate social media,…

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Bannon and Analytica: Marriage Made In Hell

And the Cambridge Analytica just keeps getting weirder. So it seems that Steven Bannon…yes, that Bannon…directed Analytica’s efforts to mine Facebook user data to benefit Trump and co. The Washington Post is reporting that “Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data as part of an ambitious program to…

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Notes From The Editor’s Desk

Hello, Everyone, So this one is going to be quick and dirty, I’m afraid. That’s because I’m writing this on Saturday night, and I’m …well, tired, dirty, and sunburned. I spent the day at the local March For Our Lives in ABQ, NM. This means my eloquent quota is, shall we say, waaaay down. That…

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We’re Looking For A Few Good Reads

It’s been hard to keep up this week. Seems like things are popping everywhere. But, as best as we can keep track of it all, here are some of the more interesting articles that have been on the web this week. John Dowd, Trump’s personal mouthpiece…er, lawyer…has just resigned. The Washington Post notes “Dowd’s departure…

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To Analytica…And Beyond!

Okay, that’s not what Buzz Lightyear said. But, still, this story keeps sounding more and more fantastic. So, maybe, Buzz would feel right at home here. Here’s the thing: Cambridge Analytica is the company that allegedly helped itself to some serious Facebook user data and may have employed that to help Trump win the White…

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