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Stop Facebook’s Currency!

From The Dispatch: In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Tuesday, [Sen. Sherrod] Brown blasted Facebook’s plan to launch a digital currency, rattling off instance after instance when he said Facebook failed to protect its users and made money to the detriment of democracy. Facebook wants to start is…

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Hey Kamala you lost me

By Dave McElhaney   Last year during the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Mark Zuckerberg  dodged questions for 10 hours. This included the famous catch phrase  after Utah’s senator Hatch asked him, “How do you sustain a business model  when Facebook is free?”  “Senator we run adds,” said Zuckerberg smirking. But it was Kamala Harris who did the best job of…

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Who Lives By The Bot…

robots

There was an amusing (and sad) story in the press last month. It seems that there is a kids-only talent show in TV in Russia, sort of like America’s Got Talent or Britain’s Got Talent with children. It’s called The Voice Kids, and the winners are determined (at least in part) by popular vote. Viewers…

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Stopping Russia

I’ve been watching some of Yuri Bezmenov’s lectures.  He was a KGB agent that defected to the West. If he were alive today, he would be 13 years older than Vladimir Putin.  They were both heavily trained by the KGB in a similar era.   In that early 1980s Yuri Bezmenov said we should not…

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Social Media is Funding Cyber Warfare

I has taken me a while to figure out how, but companies like Twitter are (intentionally or unintentionally) completely paying for or highly subsidizing the cyber attacks on The United States.  At least one of the Russian IRA twitter accounts made over a million dollars in advertising and that was just one account.  While some…

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Snopes Probes Islamophobic Network

Snopes, the fact-checking site, has discovered a network of linked Islamophobic, pro-Trump, and anti-Liberal pages on Facebook. In two pieces, Disguising Hate: How Radical Evangelicals Spread Anti-Islamic Vitriol on Facebook and What We Learned Investigating a Network of Islamophobic Facebook Pages, Alex Kasprak notes how a number of radically right-wing Facebook pages, all purporting to…

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A New Facebook? Or the End of Facebook?

Facebook has undergone a startling corporate shake up, with long time star Chris Cox leaving the company. His departure follows announcements from Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg that the social media platform will be focusing on developing encrypted messaging networks–this after social media has proven politically dangerous. Casey Newton, who writes about Facebook and other technical…

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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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